2011 Twenty Questions Interviews : Cynthia Morris
20 Questions Interview
with Cynthia Morris
Certified Coach, Author, Speaker
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
I grew up in Ohio and have lived in Colorado for nearly half my life.
3. Who are you today?
Today I'm a person enjoying the simple pleasures: a sunny day, a walk with two dogs, a fountain in a square in Paris that dispenses mineral water.
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
I help people access their authority so they can write their stories and enjoy life on their own terms. I'm a coach, writer, speaker and enthusiasm generator.
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
I've always been a dreamer, and the fastest way to get somewhere other than where you are is through a book. I love to read and that led me to a love of writing. The Artist's Way opened up my life in amazing ways in 1995 and in 1999 I discovered coaching. I underwent training and began coaching writers and artists and healers. I found I have the ability to help right brain dominant people find ways to enjoy and be empowered by their creativity.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
I'm fascinated by how things come into being. From the initial idea to the decisions along the way to make that idea real, I love the creative process. Creating is the most powerful act we can perform. We find so much of ourselves through the creative act. I am dedicated to being of service to help make creating enjoyable and empowering.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
As a child, I read a lot. That seeded the desire to be a writer.
8. How did you embrace it?
I didn't start actively writing until I was 24. Before that, I had no idea how to get started writing. Once I got on the writing trail, I haven't gotten off. I began with free writing, a la Natalie Goldberg. I gave myself 5 years to write without worrying about it being any good or going anywhere.
9. How did that feel?
It felt great to write without fear. To journal, to draft stories, poems, plays. I gave myself the freedom to try a lot of different things, and that felt great. I encourage my clients and students to experiment with this to try things, to allow our natural curiosity to drive us to what we love.
10. Where has your journey taken you?
I have been a Francophile since I was 14 and began studying French as a way to honor my grandmother, who was from Louisiana and was prohibited from speaking French as a schoolgirl.
This passion for French language and culture has led me to visit France many times and to also lead creativity and writing workshops here. Learning and speaking another language is endlessly fascinating. I find it keeps my creativity fresh and my love for language ever-expanding.
I spend part of every year in France now. I've been in business helping others create their projects and their juicy lives for 12 years now. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the freedom I have.
11. What challenges have you faced?
Being a single woman entrepreneur isn't always easy. There are times I wish I had someone to share the tough days with. But I am lucky to have a lot of supportive people around me who have helped me stay on track and keep growing.
12. What worked for you?
Being surrounded by other successful entrepreneurs, artists and healers reminds me that anything is possible. Reading stories of successful creatives always inspires me.
13. What didn't work for you?
Suggestions from my family about other careers I obviously didn't want to take, like university professor (oh, the bureaucracy!) or French professor (oy, the tedium of the repetition!). Now I just smile and know they always want the best for me, even if what I am doing isn't what they'd do in my shoes.
14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
- Trust yourself. Even if you don't know how you will make it work, you know the kernel of what you love and want to do.
- Seek other creative adventurers, whether in person, online, or from history. Take inspiration from what they did and apply that to your own journey.
- Let yourself love what you love. Whenever you're stuck, ask yourself, "What would be enlivening to me now?"
15. What are you working on now?
Planning the launch of my novel. It's November, so I'm also participating in Art Every Day Month. I'm filling my Moleskine accordion notebook with sketches from
this beautiful Paris autumn.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
I will be publishing my novel, Chasing Sylvia Beach. It's taken 13 years to complete and has made me a new person. I can't wait to see how the publication process grows me and prepares me for whatever is coming next.
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
I'd like to be an artist or an illustrator.
18. How will you make that happen?
I am drawing daily, practicing drawing people, which isn't my strong suit. I have some ideas for how to develop this as a career, but that will have to wait until my novel launch is over.
19. What question do you want to answer that's not on this list?
What do you love the most?
I love good, rich, deep, life-enhancing and entertaining conversations. I love exploring life through dialogue with others.
20. What's your Web site address?