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!

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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!

Maybelle Galuvao exudes confidence. As the lead singer of the band, Soul Nights, a former contestant of The Voice, mother of two, and wife of former NRL player Joey Galuvao, you would think that she has always been bold and daring. But it hasn’t always been that way. I got to chat with Maybelle about her journey with creativity, and how she overcame overwhelming insecurity.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity is how I express myself through what I’m good at. It’s music and song writing. It’s an outlet for me.

When did you first know you were creative?

I keep going back to a time when I was five and my father used to be the guitarist in my church. I come from a family of six sisters and one brother. I remember my dad specifically calling me up to sing with him. I remember at that age, I saw the reaction of people and I could see that they enjoyed it and I enjoyed just being on stage with my father and just singing with him. I think that early on I kind of knew that there was something special.

You’ve been a contestant on The Voice. That’s a great example of stepping out in creativity. Tell us about your experience …

Beautiful things mesmerise me, captivate me, draw me in. Cool droplets hanging off the branches after rain, the rhythmic swaying of the trees in the cool breeze, the freshly washed rosy faces of my kids in pj’s waiting for goodnight cuddles. Don’t you sometimes just want to bottle them up!

I think I was painting my son’s bedroom walls when I heard Gungor’s ‘Beautiful things’ for the first time. I think I cried. The beauty of the music itself, the ebb and flow of rhythm, the swelling crescendos, the deep raw tones of the cello, spoke to a hunger in my soul that was greater than I’d thought, a desire to be immersed in beautiful things. But something more than that too.