WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH TEAM FOR LIFE CREATIVE
Thank you so much for being here, friends. We're so appreciative of your willingness to help us out by spreading the word about our newest book, Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom! You should find all the information you need on this page and within our private Facebook group (click here to request to join), but feel free to connect with our team via email if you have any questions! You can also grab one of the Launch Team Member images to share on your blog or social media platforms!
ABOUT THE BOOK
What was God thinking when He created you creative and then gave you children? Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.
In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they’re showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.
In this book, you’ll learn:
- Why the world needs your art
- How this Life Creative begins at home
- When art can turn a profit
- Your part in this modern day Renaissance
Life Creative paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Wendy Speake is an actress who writes. Kelli Stuart is a writer who sings.
And both of them are passionate about encouraging women to embrace this life creative. For five years they co-hosted a retreat for creative moms. And they dreamed of bottling that sweet time of fellowship to share with other renaissance moms. This book is their answer.
Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. She has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, (in)courage, and Compassion International. Kelli is a noted speaker, sharing her encouraging message to never give up on your dreams and passions with mothers who often feel lost in motherhood.
As a trained actress and heartfelt teacher, Wendy ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and life applications. She utilizes drama, comedy, poetry, and the study of God’s Word. During her career in Hollywood, on shows such as JAG, Melrose Place, Star Trek Voyager, and Roswell, Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women! That's exactly what she’s doing now.
AUTHOR Q&A INTERVIEW
As you craft your review of Life Creative for your blog or social media updates, you may want to include a personal touch from our authors, Kelli and Wendy! So, we've compiled a list of Q&A style interview questions that you can incorporate into your review. We've highlighted a few of those below, but you can download the entire bank of questions and answers by clicking on the button!
Q: In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, it seems like there’s a lot of pressure on mothers to be creative. Is that a new trend born from social media?
WENDY: What a fabulous question! Absolutely. And for some women the stress is real! They feel it when throwing birthday parties for their children, or when it’s their turn to bring refreshments to a Sunday School class. Others feel like losers on Facebook because they don’t think of themselves as articulate, or they’re embarrassed that their picture of their children on Easter Sunday is less than share-worthy because the family’s outfits didn’t even match and the baby’s hair looked like a rat’s nest and the middle child NEVER looks at the camera. Oh the shame! But creativity isn’t doing things like every other pinning, uploading, etsy selling woman is doing! Creativity is being exactly who God created you to be! I LOVE THAT. Our Creativity is simply us being who He created! Picking up pre-made cupcakes from the grocery store can feel like you’re admitting defeat before you even try to whisk up some simple ingredients! But if God made you an extraverted singer, then embrace that! And yodel “Happy Birthday to you!” over store bought confectionaries! Seriously! Embracing the person God made you (you you you you you) to be, is our spiritual act of worship!
Q: What encouragement can you offer to the mom in what you describe as “the Dark Ages of motherhood,” or for whom the art and creativity seems to have been lost?
KELLI: Hold on, sweet mom. It really is true that the days are long but the years are short. The children need so much of you in the early years, but there are days coming when you’ll find yourself with more time in your days, and the inspiration will be there waiting for you. In the meantime, look for ways you can use your artistic gifts right there where you are, inside the walls of your home, with your children, your most beautiful creations.
Q: How can today’s busy mom authentically be involved in the “ends of the earth” part of the Great Commission from their home without needing a plane ticket and a passport?
KELLI: Within the pages of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom, we share the stories of many creative mothers who are blessing people around the world without ever leaving home. Women like Myquilin Smith (The Nester), and Melissa Michaels, both of whom are teaching women the art of hospitality through the embracement of home. There are photographers and jewelry makers and painters, all of whom showcase their art from their living rooms or dining room tables. A picture shared online has the power to bless someone half a world away. Mothers around the world are sharing their faith through their artistic talents, all without ever having to leave home. This is the beauty of living in this digital age.
Q: How can moms guard themselves from the feeling of dying inside during the daily, God-honoring sacrifices of motherhood?
WENDY: Practically speaking, I encourage moms to find small moments in their daily routine to embrace themselves. We spend this season embracing our loved ones, (and it’s a wonderful, often sticky embrace) but learning to embrace one’s own self in the process is crucial to a mother’s heart health. When I speak to women’s groups I often remind them that while we are called to follow Jesus’ example in laying down our lives, He doesn’t actually call many of us to literally die. Sweet mamas, we must learn to take care of ourselves as we care for our beloveds. Simple self-care – like getting to the dentist, exercising, and taking our vitamins – all of this can fall to the wayside each busy mothering day. And soul-care too: reading the word, fellowshipping with other women, spending time being still and knowing that God is pouring in as we daily pour out. And lastly, investing in our God-given unique design: reading, dancing, decorating, laughing, tapping into the areas of ourselves that God marvelously stitched into us! All these things are part of staying in touch with being ALIVE, when sacrifice threatens to zap our strength.
As you continue sharing about the message of Life Creative, we've put together some writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing. These can be used in blog articles or in mini posts on Facebook or Instagram alongside the other marketing materials we provide here on the launch team page! Whenever you post about Life Creative make sure to tag Kelli and Wendy on the appropriate social platform and use the #lifecreative hashtag!
- Share your personal journey out of the "dark ages" of motherhood and into the light of your own personal Renaissance as you have learned to blend your creative gifts into the messiness of daily life!
- How has your artistry changed since having children? Though we tend to think we must lay it down entirely, sometimes our Life Creative simply morphs into a new form of artistic self-expression. What does your #lifecreative look like in this present season? Some examples might include:
- I used to act and now I write — both are forms of storytelling.
- I used to be an opera singer and now I’m an interior designer — both showcase beauty in unique and powerful ways.
- I used to sing in the church choir and now I help in my child’s preschool with crafts and parties — both contribute to the Kingdom.
- The fine art of balancing family time and time set aside to create is a tricky dance. When do you work and how do you set boundaries around your family time? Share the practical details and perhaps even what you've tried in the past that didn't work.
- Take us on a visual journey through your Life Creative — this could be through an image-heavy blog article, a day-in-the-life series on your Instagram profile with hourly updates (or maybe you want to get brave with Snapchat or InstaStories), or maybe you could walk us through your creative space in a Periscope or Facebook Live video! Show us your art, your workspace, your kids, your messy table, your piles of laundry! We need this community!
- Write a review of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom, and use some of the interview questions above and the shareable images below — and don't forget to link your friends over to Amazon to grab their own copy!
CLICK TO TWEET
For the images below, simply right click (or tap) to save the image to your desktop or device! You can also download the full set of images by clicking the button below! Please remember to include the www.lifecreative.me link and #lifecreative hashtag in all your social media updates and blog articles and when appropriate, link to Kelli and Wendy's respective sites and social platforms!
If you have a favorite quote you'd like to feature in a graphic or perhaps you'd like to translate one of the shareable or endorsement images above into a different language, please feel free to use some of the blank images below to create those pieces! We'll also be providing a short training video very soon on how to create these kinds of graphics quickly while maintaining the integrity of the Life Creative brand — including our list of approved colors and fonts to use in your images!