Ways to start off 2016 in authentic & creative ways to stay centred in yourself?

January edition of Open To Create… newsletter is out today…

This can be a funny ol’ time of year neither feeling like it’s not really a ‘new’ year yet with the festive season still milling around the edges of our sight lines but not really feeling the ‘momentum’ that we could easily believe we are ‘supposed to feel this time of year…

Read it here

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Here’s to new beginnings…

We want to wish well for your unique creative journey ahead of you in 2016…

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However you like to review your last year & re-vision the coming year this poem may inspire you… (thanks to Kanada Gorla for sending this through to us) – we look forward to hearing from you over the coming year about what inspires your #everydaycreativity?

New Beginning by John O’Donahue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you
Image taken by Anna B. Sexton of street art by Donk London

Creative Thinking @ Oxford House 4th November 2015…

We had such a blast last time we ran this session. So we are looking forward to getting creative with playful Creative Bags of Surprises, Postcard Tarot BOOK here

We are working in partnership with Echo – Economy of Hours the new way to share creative skills with a massive range of creative folk from across East and wider London, UK.

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Discover new ways of creating solutions
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Creative thinking new ways through to creative solutions ECHO workshop 21st July @ Oxford House, East London

How do you think creatively? Surely this is the whole basis of thinking?

Well… our creative thinking workshops have evolved from listening to those people we have met over the year thwarted by pesky concerns, worries and fears about making their next creative moves happen.

You have been there – knowing where you want to go… BUT not quite hitting your mark.

Get along to our  Creative Thinking workshop with Economy of Hours ECHO in Oxford House, Bethnal Green, East London next week 21st July and play with new ideas, ways of framing your challenges and come away buzzing with new ways forward…

How to think outside your current ways of thinking, seeing and handling your challenges...

How to think outside your current ways of thinking, seeing and handling your challenges…

Every person is creative. With daily practice using creative thinking, we becoming more willing to take risks, try out new ideas and ways of working and tackle day to day challenges with ease and flow.

This 3-hour workshop will equip you with tools you can use to help you approach problems in new ways, tackle creative blocks and build more creative practices into daily life.

Key objectives
• To deepen your understanding of creative thinking and how you already use this in your life and business
• To learn to use creative thinking as a problem solving tool
• To learn to use creative thinking to take more risks
• To come away with new ways forward for yourself and your business
• To have fun and get playful

Key benefits

• Learning what works for you as a creative thinker
• Learning new creative thinking tools to apply in your business and life
• Having fun and relaxing in a like-minded group of people
• Time away from your business to focus on creating new solutions to current and/or long-standing challenges
• Leave with new ideas and ways forward for yourself and your business

Who’s this for?

People working in any industry who want to bring more creative thinking and problem-solving to their work and life!

Your Workshop Leader

Anna B. Sexton is Director of Open To Create… Open To Create… offer bespoke creative learning programmes, workshops and 1:2:1 coaching focusing on growing and sustaining communication, creativity and confidence within individuals and teams.

Dotty about doodling…

June is brightening up and we are getting all excited about Get Lost artist walks and Dinner & Drawing so we can play with doodling… read more about this month’s events & news via

Open To Create… June 2015 newsletter

Creatively playing, doodling frees your mind... when was the last time you took your pencil for a walk?

Creatively playing, doodling frees your mind… when was the last time you took your pencil for a walk?

Creating Authenticity and Self Esteem in yourself, your life, your creative business…

This coming week sees us sharing the love with Monday night Dinner & Drawing 20th April; themed around making it happen your own creative way… 

SEE yourself as you truly are...  Set the real you free...

SEE yourself as you truly are…
Set the real you free…

We are then launching on 23rd April our 5 week Creative Thinking Skills course in partnership with Idea Store, East London, UK.

Authentic Creative Networking re-launches on 24th April in partnership with Martin Copland-Gray and London South Bank University Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Research.

And Self Esteem Enhancement 5 week course kicks off next Saturday 25th April 2015 in partnership with More To Life UK Mentor Programme and Idea Store Whitechapel…

All in the quest to share our love of creating new ways to be fully yourself in your authentic creative wonderfulness…  WANNA PLAY?

Make it a creative month… April 2015

April is the month of more light coming in, more feelings of the creative sap & juices beginning to rise up again… and boy do we feel here @ Open To Create… HQ

Make it, create it... go for it this April...

Make it, create it… go for it this April…

How seasonal are you in your creative cycles and what does April inspire you to create?

We are proud to be part of World Creativity & Innovation week 15th – 20th April with our Dinner & Drawing event 20th April 2015 – this month’s theme is ‘Make it…’ 

World Creativity & Innovation week 15 - 21 April 2015

World Creativity & Innovation week 15 – 21 April 2015

Creative Thinking 5 week course @ Whitechapel Idea Store, East London, UK is a chance to play with your styles of creative thinking, learn about creative coaching goal setting tool & leave with a new started & successful creative project by the end of course…

Boost your confidence to create real & meaningful networks with Authentic Creative Networking 24th April 2015. This forms part of 3x 3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts created in partnership with Martin Copland-Gray & London South Bank University Centre for Enterprise, Innovation & Research.

Self Esteem Enhancement 5 week course @ Whitechapel Idea Store, East London, UK starts 25th April gifting you the time and space to uncover who you really are vs’ who you think you should be to accepted, part of the crowd or to fit in…

Curious about any of the above you can book to call me 07941 655 856 for a long chat about what you want and how our courses can support you making it happen… 

Dinner & Drawing dates for 2015…

Ready to feed your creative soul with a clutch of evening dinner dates for yourself

Give yourself permission to creatively play, meet new people in relaxed surroundings & re-discover and ignite your unique take on creative thinking, making and discovery…

We are all creative thinkers...

Let yourself travel into new waters with your creative talents…

This year we are donating £3 from every booking to The Hunger Project UK

Book your place via Open To Create… Eventbrite Page

BOOK NOW      Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Love Your Creative Self

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Spring into creative bloom BOOK NOW

BOOK NOW – Monday 20th April 2015 – Make it happen creatively

Tuesday 19th May 2015 – May your materials be your guide BOOK NOW 

BOOK NOW – Thursday 18th June 2015 – Dotty about doodling

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – Gentle creativity BOOK NOW 

Summer break 

Monday 7th September 2015 – New creative direction

Thursday 8th October 2015 – Play with your creative monsters

Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Re-light your creative fire

Tuesday 8th December 2015 – Shine a light on your creative year

6 Simple tips to boost your creativity in the coming weeks…

Join us in creating new ideas & conversations about creativity & creative businesses...

Join us in creating new ideas & conversations about creativity & creative businesses…

1. Give yourself the chance to be grateful for 2014. What could you do to mark last years’ highs & lows? Write a list of all you are grateful for, keep writing, and writing until you are out of words…

2. Pick a power word and/or theme for 2015 – grab a cuppa and sit in some quiet and listen in for any words or themes that you would feel inspired to take on in your 2015 journey. A friend of ours has a word each year from “Yes” one year to “wilding & witching” this year! Ours is Shaman Dance

3.  Take yourself to your favourite place that inspires you – we love to go on an artist date to Present and Correct to indulge our love of stationery porn. Or Cass Arts in muse over new paint colours, feel the textures of the paper and imagine new drawings taking shape in the pastel section.

4. Visit your local library – allow yourself to get lost in the different sections, browse sections in the book/CD/DVD rental rack you would not usually check out. Hire out titles that fit with your themes / power words for the year. See what inspires you from going a little outside of your ‘usual’ choices.

5. Listen to your body & inner clock – some of us at this time of year are full of the joys of spring, whilst others are still feel the call of the duvet… you know what you need best. Be bold and make even a short power nap happen around your day.

6. Decide what you want to create in 2015 – whatever you want to create you can. And to keep your momentum going having a clear road map / vision board / personal creative goal list. Your likelihood of succeeding is heightened through making verbal / visual your wants and needs… This year we are using a beautiful upcycled leather note book to collage our goals & dreams…

This post forms part of our January newsletter… we send out a brief, colour & inspiring newsletter every month – sign up to receive these HERE

Creative theme for January 2015…

Be open to grow new creative ideas...

Let yourself sow creative seeds to flourish in 2015

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