How Create2Uplift Started
After watching our world crumble a little more everyday last year, I often felt powerless. I was looking for a way to somehow make a difference. My way of helping the world be a better place became to put more color and art in it…so that’s what I did. But I kept praying for God to guide me in becoming more of the person he wants me to be, and I know God is at work in my life and in the life of many heart centered men and women.
I experienced a pivotal moment in October 2017 when I attended a Beth Moore conference in Massachusetts. Nearly 2000 women gathered to worship and hear her message. It didn’t disappoint! For me, the most powerful part, beside hearing Beth very relatable message, was to find myself soaking the energy in the room. There was such a deep force rooted in the arena and I felt a togetherness I had never felt before. It was truly special.
A Spiritual Energy was Guiding my Hand
I don’t know how else to explain it but the sketch I created that night was not done by my hand alone
At one point the lights went out and the music was just wonderful. Lucky for me, I had my sketchbook in my hands and I started to draw (more like doodle). It was very dark and I barely could make out the lines I was drawing. When the lights came back on, I looked at my page and saw this…I didn’t think the line were even connecting but somehow I created a circle of (very much) connected women!
I don’t even remember thinking about drawing a circle of women, it basically drew itself! I showed this sketch to a few women and all of them were touched by it and so was I. One of my friends actually wanted me to bring my sketch to the front of the stage and show Beth More…lol I was humbled by her excitement but I stayed at my seat as I watched her get so close to Beth More she could touch her hand! I looked at my friend, way in the front, and we made eye contact. I could almost hear her thoughts…”Nathalie, your drawing needs to be seen because it will make a difference”! I believed it too, but it would have to wait 😉
As my girlfriend and I exited the arena early because we were escorting 2 special need women, I looked back at the room, still filled with thousands of joyful women, and couldn’t help to think; How could all these women keep that joyful energy once they will be back home? I didn’t have an answer…yet!
When I returned home, a month went by and I didn’t re-open my sketchbook. When I did one night and took a closer look, it spoke to me and my heart was filled with a sense of purpose. I since did a painting inspired by this sketch (see below). I also created a painting tutorial called How to Paint More Freely – Painting From a Simple Sketch and inspired by this same sketch.
I also did an Oil Pastel Tutorial for Beginners – Women Create Art Pastel to Uplift, you guest it, using the original illustration! I am on fire in finding ways to share this image with as many women as humanely possible.
The idea of starting the “Create2Uplift” movement stemmed for this one night…this one simple illustration but I realized that I have been an advocate for women supporting women for as long as I can remember!
I will share more about the stories about when I was little girl to starting a support group for women on Facebook 8 years ago. But for now this is as close as I can get to describing my goal with Create2Uplift.
Pause and be kind to other women, genuinely caring and demonstrating more love with actions, creativity and more love not just words.
We often think we have to wait to do something really big in order to make a difference, but that’s where we are wrong. We can shine a light in someone’s day/life in very simple ways. The smallest gesture can create powerful ripple effects! That’s what Create2Uplift is all about!
WHAT IS #Create2Uplift?
It’s a CHAIN of CREATIVE KINDNESS!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
You’ll get Weekly Videos to help you UNVEIL your creativity, create a cool Creativity Journal and UPLIFT your girlfriends in the process!
The cool part of this whole movement is to share your coloring pages and art with others. The girlfriend at the receiving end will feel loved, she will know she matters enough for you to do this and this for her…she will feel loved!
Here are some of the outcomes and benefits of from creating your Creativity Journal and joining #create2uplift.
✿ GAIN CLARITY in your daily life, set goals, become MORE PLAYFUL and GIVING.
✿ UPLIFT a girlfriend – Give a coloring illustration, a card or even a painting to a friend in need.
✿ INVITE your girlfriends to join this movement so she gets her turn in uplifting a friend. Together we are stronger!
✿ DISCOVER your creative-self (Doing this CREATIVITY JOURNAL will take you on a self-discovery journey).
✿ EXPRESS KINDNESS Doing a random act of kindness for someone else takes the focus from our burdens away.
Are you ready to start your Cool Creativity Journal, and uplift girlfriends?
HERE’S YOUR Printable Coloring Page week -1: http://bit.ly/create2upliftweek1
Go to www.PauseandPaint.com and SIGN-UP to be the first to receive your WEEKLY coloring & journaling pages and video tutorials!
✿ MATERIAL NEEDED
✿ PASTEL COLORS I USED: peach, yellow, violet, pink, moss, red-violet, yellow orange.
✿ Card to print and add with your illustration:
✿ STEPS TO GET STARTED
1- Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/paintwithnathalie
2- Get your art material (or use what you already have at home)
3-Print your coloring & journal pages (watch video & color with me)
4- JOIN OUR COMMUNITY HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womencontest/
5- Please share hashtag #create2uplift and help us spread the CREATIVE GOODNESS!
Other hashtags: #strongertogether #creativegoodness #pauseandpaint
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Remember, Creativity is within you!