Growing Through Stone

How to Find Creative Space

in a Busy Life


This 4-week course helps you find and expand cracks of time

so you can finally finish your creative projects

Guided course begins September 3rd

You've been there.

You want to make something meaningful. You want to stretch your creative muscles. You have stories or songs or art inside of you, longing to get out.

The only problem: You don’t have time.

Your responsibilities feel like a wall of stone. Maybe your job is taxing. Or your children's needs fill up your days. Whatever the obligations, your schedule is tight or full of interruptions.

Letting go of your creativity isn't an option. Every time you give up on expressing yourself creatively, a part of you feels missing. But you also can't just let go of your obligations.

If any of this sounds familiar, this course is for you.

This 4-week course will help you find cracks of time in your life and expand on them, so your creative energy and projects can grow—like plants miraculously finding a way to grow through stone.


This course will help you:

Finish your creative projects, even in a busy life

Make the most of the creative time you have

Find more time for creativity—without neglecting your responsibilities

We're excited to help you find the time you need.

Kathy West. I'm a writer, mother of two little ones, and executive team member of the company where I work. My time is packed. Even though I accomplish a lot, my days feel hollow if I don't have enough space to write. The four principles we'll practice together in this course are the same ones I've used to carve out time to finish writing three books.

Ashmae Hoiland is an artist, writer, and mother of three young children. Even though her pockets of time to create are short and rare, she has written and published 6 children’s books, run 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns, published her memoir, 100 Birds Taught Me to Fly, and taught at dozens of events, retreats, and classroom settings around the country. She will be involved in this course to help you create what calls to you in the time you have.


What You Get In Growing Through Stone

Four weeks. One time-expanding theme per week.

  • Weekly video lesson with Kathy & Ashmae
  • Reflection questions to personalize and practice each week's theme
  • Private Facebook group to encourage and keep each other accountable
  • Live, end-of-week Q&A for personal feedback and guidance
  • Bonus: 4 Ashmae art prints to download—1 for each theme of this course

Two sessions available: One begins September 3. The second begins November 7.

4-Week Course Schedule

Roots can’t break through rock, but they find and exploit the tiniest cracks, until, over time, they gain enough force to push rocks apart. That will be our guiding image as we find the cracks in your busy life and help something new to grow there.

Week 1: Collecting Seeds

When you're strapped for time, you have two creative challenges: 1) responding to inspiration when it arrives and 2) feeling blocked once you actually do find time to sit down and create. This week's lesson and practice helps eliminate both.


Week 2: Finding Cracks

When many obligations call for your time, creative projects can get relegated to late-night work or completely pushed aside. That can be fixed. Keeping your creative work a priority requires a simple shift that we'll practice together all week long.


Week 3: Watering Roots

One of the biggest creative time-wasters actually seems like an important creative activity—which is why you do it. During week 3, we'll talk about how to consume and appreciate other people's creative work without letting it suck your time (or make you jealous).


Week 4: Growing Toward Light

Like any creative person, you may have many ideas. But when your time is short, trying to work on every idea means you finish none of them. In week 4, we'll discuss how to select which projects deserve attention, and we'll practice ways to focus and finish.


BONUS: 4 Ashmae Art Prints

Once you've finished this course, you'll receive four art print downloads from Ashmae—one for each week's theme. Hang them in your creative space to remind you of the lessons, so you keep expanding your time and creating what matters to you.


What if I'm too busy?

Of course. You’re already strapped for time.

This course was created for someone as busy as you.

Each week does require the investment of watching the lesson. But the rest of the week, you'll practice strategies that actually help you find more time in your current schedule.

Consider how often you feel creatively frustrated or you resent your responsibilities. You don't need to lose anymore time to feeling that way.

When you register for this course, you get:

  • 4 weekly video lessons with Kathy & Ashmae
  • 4 workbook sections to personalize and practice each week's theme
  • Private Facebook group for support and encouragement
  • Weekly live Q&A for personal feedback and guidance
  • Bonus: 4 Ashmae art prints to download—1 for each theme of this course

I invite you to join us. You'll be glad you did.

Get started now!

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who is this course for?

Writers, painters, quilters, designers—anyone with a creative urge. You’ll get the most out of this course if you feel strapped for time or space to fully pursue your creative calling. If your responsibilities (child care, job, community work) ever seem to overshadow or take time from the projects you want to be working on, sign up. This is for you.

+ Can I still sign up if I’m not super busy?

Of course! If you want guidance and practice to be more creative, you are welcome. If you’re having a hard time finishing projects (even if you’re not busy), this course will help you. The 4 steps we’ll practice together will expand what you thought was possible for you.

+ When does the course start and finish?

The course stars on Sep 3, runs for four weeks, and ends on Sep 29, 2018. The course has a set start date because it is a live, guided experience with Kathy and Ashmae. That means that each week’s lessons will be released a week at a time. All of the videos and worksheets can be completed on your own time, but we will move through each week’s practice as a class, with check-ins on our private group to keep us on track. Near the end of each week, you can join an optional live video call to work through questions and challenges with me and the group.

+ How long do I have access to the course?

Once the course is over, you continue to have unlimited access to the course materials. Our final live Q&A call will be held the week of September 24. Though we may keep friendly connections going beyond the course, I will be officially active in the Facebook group until October 3.

+ Can we meet other students in the course?

Yes! We’ll all be together in a private Facebook group where we can share our experience.

+ Will we need to work on a particular creative project during this time?

The practice you will do in this course is about TIME. You already know what calls to you and you just need time to do it. The practices in this course will help you do the creative work that you can never seem to get to—not give you one more obstacle to clear.

+ What if I am unhappy with the course?

We only want you to be part of this course if it’s the right fit for you. Try it for 3 weeks. If you find it’s not what you’re looking for, we'll refund your money.