January is International Creativity Month, an opportunity to increase and explore your creativity and innovative spark. You can also celebrate the creativity of your colleagues, family and friends. I recently stumbled across this fun fact myself, while researching ways to ramp up creativity in the brain. Incidentally, that’s one of the cool things about creativity — when you seek, you find. As with gratitude or courage, when you open your mind to it, it spurs you to discover more of it in yourself, others, and the world around you.
Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She delivered the keynote speech at Rome Memorial’s Annual Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health and Recovery. The conference was held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Ms. MacGibbon’s presentation featured her signature mix of both humorous and deeply moving stories of resilience, recovery, and inspiration. She also signed copies of her nationally award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
Marti delivers what she advertises.
Marti MacGibbon delivered a funny, inspiring, and informative keynote speech and workshop at the Health and Human Services Agency, Self Sufficiency Services Division of Napa, California on June 10th. Administrators hired Marti to speak to social services and behavioral health professionals during their annual Staff Appreciation Day. Marti touched upon her powerful personal story, and provided insights into and sure-fire strategies for stress management, having more fun, getting and connected and staying connected to your authentic self and a positive support network.
Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, is an award-winning recovery advocate and a leading humorous inspirational keynote speaker on addiction and recovery. Her nationally award-winning, addiction memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, is an Amazon bestseller in two categories: Memoirs of Women and Feminist Theory. Ms. MacGibbon is an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. In her own life, Marti overcame being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, domestic violence, severe PTSD, homelessness, and hard-core drug addiction.
Humorous inspirational speaker Marti MacGibbon was featured speaker at an event on Amherst College campus last month. The event was organized by the Amherst Chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOHA is a national non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
The event featured a stirring words from Marti, whose powerful personal comeback story is one of triumph over human trafficking, domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, and hard-core drug addiction. After turning her life around, Ms. MacGibbon traveled the U.S.
Emotionally resilient people can manage stress, stay flexible, and enjoy life better.
Start the Day with an Emotional Self-Check – Upon awakening in the morning, take a few minutes to adjust your mood. You can use a quick mental gratitude list, or a self-enhancing statement, such as, “I am energized, grounded, and grateful for this day. Good things are headed my way.” Focus on the present moment, and access the power, in the now, to create positive thoughts and feelings about yourself. As you move through your daily schedule, practice respecting, loving and appreciating yourself.
Leonard Buschel, co-founder of Writers in Treatment (WIT), was a recent guest on Pure Motive Radio Network’s new show, Kickass Personal Transformation™ with Marti MacGibbon. Leonard told host Marti MacGibbon about how his non-profit organization, Writers in Treatment, connects individuals suffering from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors with treatment and recovery solutions. WIT also presents the REEL Recovery Film Festival, an inspiring and relevant event held in 8 cities that showcases both classics and contemporary films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery.
When you’re presented with a setback on the way to your destination, does your brain scream out, “Game over!” ? Or are you energized and spurred on to innovation and expanded creativity? Attitude is everything, and perception is reality. When you allow yourself to perceive setbacks and challenges as opportunities in disguise, you are rocketed into the realm of new possibility. But how do you maintain an attitude that welcomes challenges and obstacles?
The key is cognitive, it’s in your thoughts. Everything you think, say and do creates a physiological and psychological reaction…at a cellular level.
Okay, you’ve booked a radio spot⎯ an opportunity to talk about your book, your business, and whatever else is important to you. And you’re feeling jumpy. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach, and they’re driving you crazy. Your mouth feels tense, or your knees feel weak, or you’ve got cotton mouth…sound familiar? If your answer is yes, read on. You can turn this completely around.
As a professional speaker and standup comic, I’ve experienced all of the above and some even more dramatic “fear” signals in the course of my work.
When it comes to writing, procrastination can be a formidable adversary. Do not allow yourself to fall for any of the fearful, negative thoughts that enable procrastination. Some procrastination-powered thoughts disguise themselves as cautions regarding preparation, or demands that the atmosphere in the office, your personal mood and other factors to be “just right.” The desire to be perfect, to have the perfect situation, to craft the perfect paragraph, to enjoy “the perfect writing career,” creates a pitfall that should be avoided at all costs.