CreativeMornings - 🌾 Gratitude magnifies abundance

November 24, 2022
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December’s Theme is Abundance

Abundance is a state of plenty. In an intensely competitive society, we often feel like we have the opposite. Capitalism breeds a mentality of scarcity — it’s hard to feel like we have enough when we’re constantly trying to accumulate more

Gratitude magnifies our experience of abundance. When we marvel at the taste of ripe summer fruit, juice bursting from its skin. When we set a table, a seat for every person we cherish, and bathe in the radiance. 

Generosity multiplies abundance. When we prioritize mutual flourishing over private stockpiling, plant ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer posits, “the practice for dealing with abundance is to give it away.” Once you stop hoarding what you fear to lose, you find that the more you share, the richer — in community, in wellbeing — you become. 

What would it take for us to feel like we have enough? What does it take for us to unclench our fists and share our overflowing bounty?

Our Santa Fe chapter chose this month’s exploration of Abundance, Neebinnaukzhik Southall illustrated the theme, and Mailchimp is presenting the theme.

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With 2023 quickly approaching, there’s plenty to consider as you plan your upcoming projects. But there’s one question you should ask yourself to make the most of the year ahead: Is your time management strategy effective?

As great as your plans may be, poor time management can easily derail them. Get started on the right foot by implementing a few easy (yet powerful) techniques from Harvest that will boost productivity and help you crush your projects in the new year.
 
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Robin Wall Kimmerer on what the serviceberry teaches us about economies of abundance

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🦜 Marvel at the Abundance Surrounding Us
The artwork "Canopy" by Nick Pedersen
Nick Pedersen’s “Canopy” features a highly stylized and patterned vision of the jungle canopy, with tropical plants, hibiscus flowers, and red macaws, almost like a living wallpaper. Explore our round-up of Abundance and peruse more lush artworks like Nick’s. 
Meet our illustrator for December, Neebinnauzhik Southall! Neebin, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, is a two-spirit graphic designer, illustrator, artist, freelance art writer, and photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they run their small creative business Neebin Studios. Learn about Neebin’s Native Graphic Design Project and explore some of their favorite works. 
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This newsletter was filled with hugs to loved ones. I hope you hug someone you love today too. 

👋 Waving,
Annie Yi, CreativeMornings HQ
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