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What’s new this month?

April 13, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

Over the last few weeks I’ve poured a great deal of energy into the everyday admin that keeps all of my creative projects running smoothly.

Much as I love being immersed in the creative process, paying attention to the mundane matters that provide the foundation on which to build new possibilities is so important and definitely has its own reward.

In fact I’ve found that being organized at every level actually frees up the space and energy for a more dynamic creative flow to occur through a beautiful balance of the feminine and masculine energies.

Walking the Path

And it’s a real joy for me to share such discoveries with others!

In reality everything I teach comes from walking the path myself and passing on the benefit of my insights and experience from so many years of personal and professional practice.

This principle also applies to my latest creative offering which comes in the form of a brand new four week online course that I’ll be teaching live by video.

Unlock Your Creativity with Conscious Writing

As I wrote in a recent blog post, like so many of the people I work with, my growing up years lacked any kind of encouragement to develop my natural creativity.

In fact the opposite was true; I was taught that creativity was an optional extra to be reserved for hobbies and weekends.

It took a life-changing accident for me to re-organize my priorities and consciously re-build my life to live in alignment with the creative soul I truly am.

So I know the journey of unlocking your creativity only too well!

Call Forth the Real Creative You

This course is for you if you’re as ready as you’ll ever be to call forth the real creative you and claim your right to create and write what you’re here to create and write. Read more here.

I hope this will inspire you to take action on your creative impulse to write and live in alignment with your soul.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 1:25 pm

5 Good Things Creative Practice

April 10, 2017

I’ve always had an abundance of ideas about almost everything; far more than I could ever follow through on!

In fact, the more awareness and presence I cultivate the more creative I naturally become so the flow of inspiration continues to increase.

Of course this is wonderful for all of the projects I love creating for my work and personal priorities.

Yet it’s also a double-edged sword.

Managing the Creative Fire

Over the years I’ve had to learn to manage this creative fire and the intense energy that’s an integral part of it.

Yet there have been many occasions in the past where I’ve been left feeling depleted from having followed my enthusiasm for too many possibilities and ended up taking on too much.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — Julia @ 1:05 pm

IACCW Member Event: How to Craft Your Memoir as a Conscious Writer

March 30, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Brenda Peterson

Everyone has a remarkable life story. The challenge is to tell it well. A memoir is like a love story, with all the ecstasies, disappointments, and turning points of any relationship. And at the end, you might be surprised to discover that the love of your life is—your life.

For three decades, acclaimed memoirist and writing teacher, Brenda Peterson, has taught the transformative process of memoir and how telling your life story will open doorways to yourself and the world. She shares the elements of craft specific to memoir—story arc, point of view, epiphanies, characterization and dialogue, and offers proven writing exercises and prompts, as well as insights into traditional vs. indie publication.

Whether you’re writing to leave a legacy, for soul work or for publication, Brenda’s approach to memoir is rich with insight, advice and encouragement for anyone eager to bring their real-life stories to the page. In this interview we will discuss:

  • The Ten Best Tips for Writing Successful Memoir
  • Finding Your Own Voice
  • Showing Up: Creating a Character of the Self
  • One Scene that Explains Your Whole Life
  • The Truth, the Truth, and Nothing But?
  • How to Create a Plot of Your Life Story

Brenda Peterson is a writing teacher and author of eighteen books, including the novel Duck and Cover, chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. Her memoirs are Build Me an Ark and I Want to Be Left Behind, selected by independent bookstores as an Indie Next and “Great Read;” also named among the “Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor. Her latest Your Life is a Book co-authored with her long-time New York city literary agent, Sarah Jane Freymann, was selected as an Oprah.com fall 2014 book: “The process of writing about your past can lead to a boost in self-acceptance, self-awareness and fulfillment . . . exercises [from the book] may help you face a difficult experience and recognize your own strengths, personal growth and—yes—wisdom.”— Oprah.com. For more information visit www.BrendaPetersonBooks.com

Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 8:30 am

Cultivating Creative Self-Leadership

March 20, 2017

Creative Self-leadership is one of the most powerful ways you can live your life. It means being drawn
forward by a deep sense of truth and inspiration to realize your full potential and express yourself
authentically to share your gifts in the world.

Following through on your inner impulse to develop your ideas for personal and professional projects
of any kind are all acts of creative self-leadership. These may include writing a blog or book, starting
or developing a business, or simply showing up as the real you in your relationships with others.

But it’s not easy.

It requires cultivating awareness and the right internal and external conditions to find your voice and
bring your whole self to all that you do through aligning your head and your heart with your body
and soul. This is a daily practice for those who make a conscious choice to cultivate Creative
Self-Leadership.

Julia and Nick have known each other for twenty years. Julia commissioned Nick to write his first book
The Work We Were Born To Do in 1998 and they have remained friends since.

In this lively and honest 40-minute conversation you will learn:

  • What Creative Self-leadership is and what it means to both Julia and Nick
  • The necessity of looking within as a first priority to discover your inner resources
  • Some of the principles you can utilize to create and sustain your own Self-leadership
  • The different kinds of resistance and how they can stop you in your tracks
  • How to take daily steps to show up in the face of your resistance and despite your doubts
  • Some of the ways the world may benefit from you Cultivating Your Self-leadership

Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, teacher and Hay House author who left a successful career
as an international publisher to forge her own path following a deep awakening. Her core teaching
includes conscious writing and creative exploration to guide people to discover their authentic voice,
unlock their creativity and transform their life to live in alignment with their soul. For more information
see www.JuliaMcCutchen.com

Nick Williams is the best-selling author of 14 books. He’s spent 25 years coaching, advising and
mentoring leaders in the areas of business the media, entertainment, the law, leadership, academia,
retail, the NHS. His area of expertise is inspiring leaders to listen for and respond to the calling of
their own heart, overcome their resistance and blossom into their next leadership chapter. For more
information see www.iamnickwilliams.com


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If you have any questions, email Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com

Filed under: FREE Live Video Class — Julia @ 10:36 am

What’s new this month?

March 17, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

This month’s newsletter is slightly later than usual because of unexpected technical challenges that were waiting for me following my lovely holiday in Costa Rica!

I’m getting everything back on track now and ironically feeling stronger as result of handling the crisis with a fair degree of equanimity and calm (most of the time!)

Spring is such a delightful season as nature wakes up from the long winter sleep and new life emerges everywhere. I can’t help but feel inspired by that so there are quite a few new creative projects on the horizon to share with you.

Individual Mentoring: Last Call, Last Place!

I’m delighted by the response to the new series of Individual Mentoring that’s starting this month and all the places have been booked up… apart from one! Read all about it here.

If you think you might benefit from working with me individually to start, develop or complete one of your creative, writing or business projects, dive right in to book a FREE 20 minute Discovery Session so we can discuss it. Just email Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com to schedule a date and time.

Conscious Writing Retreat… For Women

Most of the people I work with individually are women and last year (without any planning) all of the participants were women.

It was an amazing experience for us all and I’ve been reflecting on the possibility of making this year’s retreat for women only. Now the decision has been made and it’s become the Conscious Writing Retreat for Women!

We still have a few Early Bird tickets left so if this shift appeals to you as a conscious and creative woman, read more and book your ticket here.

Highlights

The first highlight this month is a FREE Video Chat with my good friend and bestselling author Nick Williams on a new topic that I hope you’ll enjoy, Cultivating Creative Self-Leadership. Read more and register here.

Plus, I’m really looking forward to teaching a brand new four week online course taught LIVE by Video called Unlocking Your Creativity with Conscious Writing. Read more and register for advance information here.

Finally

After seven years of monthly IACCW interviews without missing a single one (!), I’ve decided it’s time to take a pause on booking new speakers and reflect on new possibilities for the future.

So you’re going to have to chance to listen to some of the highlights from our magnificent library starting with a topic that so many people are interested in these days – memoir writing.

Enjoy listening to it and have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 10:00 am

Conscious Journaling to Clear Your Mind

March 16, 2017

The benefits of journaling are well-documented; it’s a powerful way to promote physical, emotional and psychological healing, manage stress skilfully and boost your confidence as well as your creativity.

I’ve written a journal on and off for many years and have always felt the benefit of doing so even when I don’t write every day. Sometimes once a week is enough.

Yet when I’m travelling I love this powerful stream of consciousness writing even more than usual. I capture the impact of significant first impressions seen with fresh eyes and express my thoughts and feelings about life, the universe and everything with a refreshing sense of total freedom.

A Key Tool in My Creative Treasury

My recent trip to Costa Rica has reminded me just how wonderful it is to have journaling as one of the key tools in my creative treasury. So I’m inspired to share this prompt with you…

To read the rest of the article, click here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 4:19 pm

IACCW Member Event: How Mindfulness Breathing Can Boost Your Creativity

February 23, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Rose ElliotRoseElliot250
on 2nd March

Like most people, I’d heard of mindfulness, and I’d tried it, too: focusing on what I was doing, accepting it exactly as it is without criticising, commenting, or trying to change it, like experts suggest. I’d tried it while washing up, eating, brushing my teeth – I kept trying it, but it seemed so pointless, and boring, that I gave up.

Then, I Met a Monk, an experience I have described in my book of the same name, and he gently taught me how to be mindful using my breath… and everything changed from then on.

It helped me to find the strength and inner peace to get through the most exhausting and saddest time of my life – the illness and subsequent death of my husband of over 50 years – and it also had the most unexpected benefit of boosting my creativity to such an extent that in spite of the difficulties I was experiencing, I was able to write two books!

During this interview you will learn:

  • The origins of this ancient practice of mindfulness breathing; how I discovered it, and how it has helped me;
  • How to do it – it’s really simple – and ways of practising it and integrating it into your everyday life
  • How mindfulness breathing can help you to feel almost instant strength and peace, any place, any time
  • How through practising it for a few minutes each day you can connect with your own unique creativity, inner strength, and peace
  • How you can gently extend your breathing if you wish into a short period of meditation, with all the proven benefits that this can bring

Rose Elliot was born into a spiritual retreat centre founded by her grandmother, and wrote her first book as a result of cooking for the visitors there. She became celebrated for her vegetarian cookbooks and dubbed ‘the queen of vegetarian cooking’ but she also has a rich spiritual background expressed in her recent acclaimed books I Met a Monk, and Every Breath You Take. Inspired by her life-changing meeting with a Buddhist monk, both books are very human accounts of how she found inner peace and freedom through the simple practical teaching of the monk, and in particular through the mindfulness breathing that he taught her, which she says saw her through the most difficult period of her life – her husband’s sudden-onset dementia and subsequent death – and brought not only peace and strength but the unexpected blessing of increased creativity and joy. For more information visit www.roseelliot.com

Time to follow through on your dreams…

February 22, 2017

The weeks are zipping by and I’m inspired to reach out to you today to say that if your good intentions for 2017 are starting to fade already, you’re not alone!

When the New Year impulse for a ‘fresh start’ meets the reality of everyday life, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what’s truly important to you as the endless list of commitments takes over.

Even when you know that you’d like to explore your creative ideas, write and make the shift into the next phase of your life, it’s tough to go it alone, especially in such turbulent and uncertain times.

Walking the Path with Guidance and Support

Fortunately, there’s an alternative and it comes in the form of walking the path with intuitive guidance and practical support.

If you’ve never worked with a mentor before, it’s hard to imagine just how amazingly helpful and transformative the journey can be with this kind of partnership in place.

So this is my invitation for you to experience that for yourself.

If you’re as ready as you’ll ever be to follow through on your dreams and express yourself authentically in the world with a professional mentor guiding you every step of the way, now is the perfect moment!

My new six month Mentoring Series starts in MARCH…

It provides a rhythm, structure and positive accountability for you to begin, develop or complete your current priorities with regular guidance and feedback to ensure you’re always on track with your core purpose.

Everything you need to know about what’s on offer, how the Mentoring works and the three different packages available can be found by clicking here.

My speciality is to bring deep intuitive insight to open the way for you to reconnect with the essence of who you are and express your true calling consciously and creatively in the world.

There are only 5 places available because of the in-depth nature of our work together and these are offered on a first come basis.

If you’re interested to find out more, simply email Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com to book a FREE 20 minute Discovery Session so we can discuss the details and make sure this is the right way forwards for you.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you and I hope to have the opportunity to guide you to follow through on your dreams at this significant moment in time.

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 1:05 pm

What’s new this month?

February 16, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

What a delightful time we all had in the New Year: New Creative You! FREE live video class recently which one participant described as ‘yoga for the creative soul’ – lovely!

If you missed it and would like to experience this powerful new teaching medium, the next one will be at the end of March.

I’m also planning a brand new 4 week online course starting in April; all dates and details will be released early next month.

In the meantime, here’s the heads up on two consciously created Highlight offerings for you to review right now:

1. Early Bird tickets for the CONSCIOUS WRITING RETREAT(23-26 June) are now available!

This retreat truly is a highlight of the year for me, and from the feedback I receive, for those who attend as well.

I’ve honestly not come across anything quite like this transformative creative experience anywhere else so do please check it out to see if it resonates with you – read more here.

2. New Six Month MENTORING Series starts in March.

This is your invitation to explore the possibility of working with me individually.

Mentoring seems to be in my DNA! Looking back it’s clear that I’ve been a natural mentor almost all my adult life.

So if you feel like you might benefit from my intuitive insight and the clarity that seems to pour through me, read more here.

Loving the Blog!

I’m also inspired to share with you just how much I’m loving writing the Conscious Writing for Creative Living blog!

I’ve chosen one of the posts to include as this month’s feature article.

It tells the story of one of the key questions that came to me for all Conscious Writers to reflect on as it’s like a Zen Koan for the creative soul!

Comments Request

I hope you enjoy reading it and the other posts I’ve done recently. If so, I’d really appreciate it if you’d take just a few moments to leave a comment on the blog itself.

It’s wonderful to receive positive feedback from people by email but comments at the end of each post remain available for others to benefit from so are much better over the long term.

Signing Off till March

With that said, I’m signing off now for a major creative business review followed by some sunny time out in Costa Rica so I’ll look forward to catching up with you when I surface in early March.

Just so you know, while I’m away my PA is booking FREE Discovery Sessions to discuss the new Mentoring series so simply email Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com and she’ll take care of you.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 4:02 pm

Who Are You Before the Writing Begins?

All of a sudden, as if from nowhere, an idea or phrase arrives fully formed in my awareness; it’s like receiving a ready-made piece of a creative jigsaw. The complete picture is often revealed at a later date yet I’ve learned to pay attention and capture these fragments straight away.

An example is the question, who are you before the writing begins?

It came to me in the early days of developing my ideas for Conscious Writing and remains one of the key questions for self-enquiry that lead you to discover your authentic voice as a Conscious Writer.

Your Authentic Voice

The usual definitions of what your authentic voice is have always left me feeling short-changed as they seem limited and incomplete, certainly where Conscious Writing is concerned.

Read the rest of the article here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 3:56 pm
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