Muse

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Artist and director Oroma Elewa once said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” *

The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.

Chances are your muse will come out to play.


Every month, I write a musings on the global monthly themes for CreativeMornings. Themes are chosen by CreativeMornings hosts, in order of when the chapters launched. This monthly theme copy is meant to simply inspire our community and connect the conversations attendees might have at their local events.

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Wonder

Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves. It enables us to expand our horizons and encounter parallel universes that haven’t been explored yet.

According to the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” By drawing us out of our typical patterns, wonderment reconnects us with our ability to marvel at new and beautiful things.

We all have the capacity for wonder; but why do we lose sight of it?

As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. But extraordinary things occur if we make room for the unexpected.

When we leave space in our plans, we create magical conditions for our imagination and thoughts to collide with one another. And it is from these sparks that our best ideas are born.


Every month, I write a musings on the global monthly themes for CreativeMornings. Themes are chosen by CreativeMornings hosts, in order of when the chapters launched. This monthly theme copy is meant to simply inspire our community and connect the conversations attendees might have at their local events.

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Preserve

The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it. 

What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared? 

Preservation begins with asking deep questions and turning our attention to the environment around us. 

Marine biologist and explorer Sylvia Earle wrote in her book, The World is Blue, “Should we race to see how quickly we can consume the last tuna, swordfish, and grouper? Or race to see what can be done to protect what remains? For now, there is still a choice.”

Our daily habits are a mirror reflecting back what we truly care about. Our actions are key to protecting the wellbeing of our communities, cities, and planet. 

Pause for a moment to notice what is being neglected and take an audit. We can break out of patterns, simplify our lives, and focus on the things that will last a long time. 

Together, we can chart a brighter path into the future. 


Every month, I write a musings on the global monthly themes for CreativeMornings. Themes are chosen by CreativeMornings hosts, in order of when the chapters launched. This monthly theme copy is meant to simply inspire our community and connect the conversations attendees might have at their local events.

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Inclusive

When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts.

We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity. People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.

Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.

When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”


Every month, I write a musings on the global monthly themes for CreativeMornings. Themes are chosen by CreativeMornings hosts, in order of when the chapters launched. This monthly theme copy is meant to simply inspire our community and connect the conversations attendees might have at their local events.

Watch the talks | Read quotes