When it comes to living a creative life, Catherine Stoodley sets a benchmark. As a Creative Arts graduate, she started out as a Music Educator and Performer based in the Blue Mountains, and now through hard work and study, while raising four children with her husband Justen (also amazingly creative!), she has transformed herself into a Music Therapist and has set herself to see lives transformed through music. I really loved hearing Catherine’s thoughts on the life-changing power of creativity and I think you’ll be inspired by her thoughts too!

#happyweekend #relax #creative

Need to get refreshed this weekend? We’ve all had those weeks where we’ve been busy, stressed-out, under-the-pump, completely frazzled, and maybe even feeling like we are losing our sanity! The weekend is coming, and all we want to do is curl up on the lounge with a good book … or curl up in a ball in a dark room! But we can’t get refreshed, because there is housework to do, kids to take to sport, baking to be done for that family event, groceries to buy and a lawn to mow! And in all that craziness, we are still thinking about the things that stressed us out at work on Tuesday, or the pile of work to go back to on Monday!

In all the demands and busy-ness, how can you get the refreshing and relaxation that your soul and mind desperately need?!

Here are 6 reasons why doing something creative will help you get refreshed this weekend!

What a delight it was to meet Isabel Taylor (née Winwood) at Colour a few weeks ago! In our brief ‘greet and meet’ time, I discovered that Isabel is a fashion designer, so without knowing much else about her, I asked if I could interview her for Created Creative Collective. I’m so glad she said yes! She brings such a beautiful and gentle perspective on creativity, and the ability to cherish and treasure people through the gift of fashion design.

When Marni Kitching decided that her future wasn’t going to be in the Arts, she struggled with finding a place for her creativity to fit. She discovered that the business world needed creative thinkers, and many were lost on their career path. By creatively lifting others and helping them find their way, she has been able to find her own creative place in the world.

Created Creative Collective had a chat with Marni to find out about her creative journey …

What does creativity mean to you?

I think ultimately creativity is being able to see things that perhaps are not seen on the surface, not the obvious, being able to look at, a problem, or an idea, or a solution for something, and just being able to see things that others may not be able to see – and being able to be innovative. 

It’s definitely a spiritual thing for me as well, it’s inspired. I think the other thing for me, personally, creativity is something that captures other people in some form or another.

Can you think of a time when you first realised you were creative?

I think as a child growing up one of the things that I used to do, and it’s probably a funny story:

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