Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools

Sharon Barnes CASIGY, Contemplative Handwork, Creative Coping, Creative Healing, Holiday Advice, Inspiration Leave a Comment

Is Facing the New Year as a Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Person Daunting?

Here’s Inspiration and my Best Creative,  Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools

As one year ends, and a new one begins, we tend to ponder our lives. We ask,  “Is my life where I want it to be? Are my relationships the way I want them to be? My finances? My spiritual/soul life? My work? My health?” Just in case they’re not, and you, too may sometimes wonder if you (or your creative, sensitive, or gifted kids)  can actually craft a life you (or they) love to live, here’s some Creative, Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools. They’re the best things I’ve learned (the hard way, of course) about starting the new year well as a creative, sensitive or gifted person.

My practice block

my practice block transformed by the (irregular) Angel of the Hourglass

I once threw away a quilt block that contained too many mistakes to use in the quilt for which it was intended. Before Trash Day, I needed something to practice on, so I salvaged it to use as a practice block. After many months of practicing new skills on it, one day I looked at it with new eyes. I saw beyond the squiggles and lines of stitching to notice the overall patterns and textures. I was amazed. Now I liked this “piece of trash” too much to throw it away. I decided to add more metallic threads to catch the light. As I did, my ugly throw-away block became too beautiful to throw away.

While I stitched, I listened with my heart. I needed to know how to turn the ugliness in my life into beauty. Can you relate? Happily, I wasn’t disappointed. This recycled throw-away block had lots to teach. It showed me how to reclaim my life and start anew, even when all I have is scraps.

Here’s what I’m (still) learning from this throw-away block transformed into a practice block, and then into a quilt. I invite you to take a few deep breaths and stretch and relax your muscles you breathe. Create some quiet space in & around you. Listen with your heart as you read:

           The Angel of the Hourglass:

How to Reclaim Your Life and Start Anew

Don’t throw it away just because it’s not perfect.
Lighten up; have some fun and take some risks with it.
Build on its existing (blah, boring, essential) structure.
Transform the multitude of mistakes with loveliness.
Include glowing images of things you love.
Discover its vibrant themes and develop them.
Add shimmer and sparkle until your eyes shine.
Surround it with strong, broad borders.
Create a cuddly, cozy container for the chaos.
Make it elegant and regal, fit for a queen (or a king).
Let the (irregular) Angel of the Hourglass reveal that Time is in Her Hands.
Enter her timeless place often, and she’ll guide you peacefully through life’s chaos.
Become your own Earth Angel: open your heart to the healing power of love, beauty, wisdom and grace.


Do you have examples to share of a transformative creative process? Or how to face the New Year well? I’d love to have you briefly share your story below.

“Angel of the Hourglass” is an example of my favorite “Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools” –  Creative and Contemplative Handwork. You can learn more about it about here, if you like.


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