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e047 – Creativity & Resilience with Katherine Earl

Katherine Earl has spent twenty years designing curricula and programs for children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. She has conceptualized and brought to life over 200 renowned arts based community development programs over the span of 15 years. Katherine is a consultant, certified teacher, program director, visual artist and mother of two. Her most recent accomplishment is creating My Life Playbook, an arts based mindset journal for kids promoting self awareness, self love and mindfulness. The book became the inspiration for her product based business – My Life Creative, which launched in April of 2021. My Life Creative focuses on products for kids that build resilience using creativity. Katherine has been featured on CTV News, CBC News and Global News providing tips on how parents can support their childrens’ emotional wellness. Katherine’s life’s mission is to use the arts to create fun and interactive experiences that promote resilience, emotional wellbeing and personal growth in everyone, but especially children.

In this episode:

Finding the right juggle for you. It can be a journey of trying different options and deciding what feels right with some bumps and detours along the way.
Take time to recognize and celebrate the little things both personally and professionally.
Strategies to manage the juggle include a routine with a mix of structured time, unstructured time, and connection time, self-compassion, and practicing mindfulness.
Creativity and resilience go hand in hand. Creativity promotes positive emotions and mindset, gives our mind a break, can be an outlet to channel our emotions, encourages problem solving, and normalizes making mistakes.
Encouraging creativity in our children: Let them be bored, create an environment where creativity is available, step back and don’t interfere, encourage the mess, praise the process, and ask questions about the process. 

Connect with Katherine:

Instagram: @mylifecreativekids https://www.instagram.com/mylifecreativekids/

Check out Katherine’s Friday “Mood Boosting Activities”!

Facebook: @mylifecreativekids https://www.facebook.com/mylifecreativekids/?ref=pages_you_manage
Website: https://www.mylifecreative.com

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CELEBRATE THE SMALL THINGS
Katherine talks about taking time to celebrate the small things and the small wins. “Right now, the successes are all about those small little things and that’s really helping me with my own mindset and also, just helping the general vibe in the house overall.”

As a mom, Katherine is celebrating:

Her kids being able to get their own snacks.
Her older daughter being able to help our her younger daughter with virtual school.

In work, Katherine is celebrating:

Somebody reposting something that she has shared on Instagram.
Being able to have an uninterrupted Zoom meeting.

Remembering to acknowledge and celebrate the small wins is definitely something that I need to be better and more intentional about.

MINDFULNESS
“Mindfulness means checking in with yourself and knowing when you need a break. It means being aware of what you’re feeling and what you’re sensing and not judging yourself. It is taking a pause and taking the time you need.”

This can be looking out the window at the trees for a little while after spending the morning on Zoom. It might just be taking a few deep breaths. It might be going outside, leaving your phone inside, and drinking a cup of tea. 

Other strategies that are helpful to Katherine include: 

Having routine with a mix of structured time, unstructured time, and connection time with her family
Naming self-compassion, practicing self-compassion, and teaching her kids about self-compassion

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