CREATIVE SELF CARE : A 'HOW TO' WORKBOOK

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Transform yourself from clueless self care seeker to enlightened, action taking self care giver.

For the ones who are ready to do it differently.

For the ones who are sick of the soulless self care solutions that plague the internet and feel like just 'another thing to do'. For the brave. For the creatively courageous. The caregivers with the big hearts and the overwhelmed with the broken hearts.

For the ones who are ready to say no to the quick fix and a wholehearted yes to the magic of the creative thinking.

For the guilt ridden, people pleasing pushovers who can't say no. For the ones who are tired of being swept along and want to start living on purpose.

For the curious.

For the pretty Pinterest quote collectors craving real change. For the ones at the bottom of their own to do list. The chaos jugglers.

The ones who want more, but don't know what 'it' is.

THIS. This is for the ones who are ready to shake apart their old world.

Because your current self care practice doesn't seem to be working for you now and I can guarantee it won't start magically working for you in the future.

THIS IS FOR YOU. 

ART IS LONG AND LIFE IS SHORT [SO WHY DO WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO OTHERS]

art is long and life is short so why do we compare ourselves to others

“...Pick up this colour, put this little circle of paint here, write this over the top with this stencil…”

Is it just me or does nearly everyone have the same STYLE in their art journals at the moment? Same colours, supplies, stencils (Urgh! I despise stencils) same lettering...and on and on I go.

It really rattles my cage and actually saddens me when I see artwork and journal pages that are carbon copies of another.

Don’t get me wrong I think it’s great that there are so many tutorials online now and that art and creativity has become popular and more accessible BUT wouldn’t it be EVEN BETTER if you could learn how to take these techniques and infuse YOU into them. If they weren’t just step by step tutorials but encouraged you to play in the process of creating, to break the rules and weave YOUR story into your pages?

I believe that there are two approaches to making art and art journaling.

1. You can make it to look pretty, to get validation or praise from others

OR

2. you can make art for you, for the process, to release and to untangle your truths and explore and take risks….

 

It’s a no brainer to me.

Because art is long and life is short. Your art journals will be around a long time after you’re gone; imagine future generations flicking through those pages one day, imagine if they told your story, exposed snippets of your hopes and dreams, what if they could read your nuggets of wisdom, how special that could be.  

Life is too short to copy others; connect with yourself, forge your own path, tell your own story. I urge you to play in your journal, take risks and make mistakes, discover your own style along the way.

I remember when I first started art college my tutor asked me, what would you do if you left your sketchbook on the bus? My reply was something along the lines of, oh just call the bus company and see if they have it or buy a new one. It was no big deal, I just had some drawings in there that ‘I had to do for my course’. Fast forward to 6 months later and I was starting to find my way, my sketchbook held everything important to me. Things I’d collected, notes to myself about ideas to explore, they were fat and bursting at the seams, I was squeezing so much in because I didn’t want to start a new one. I was attached to THIS book. My tutor picked it up one day and asked me again how I’d feel if I left it on the bus one day - I’d be devastated!

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That book was a part of me. I wasn’t just learning new skills and techniques for the sake of it, I wasn’t just creating art for the sake of creating art, I was learning and growing in the process. I realised then that I was documenting my life and making sense of it as it unfolded.

And THAT IS THE VALUE of true art journaling.

I urge you to STOP COMPARING your art to anyone else.

I urge you to SAY NO to pretty spreads.

I urge you to BIN THE STENCILS

I urge you to RESIST being a copycat

I urge you to make your art journal an extension of YOUR LIFE.

In both art and everyday life, stop comparing yourself to others - be a voice not an echo.

where can you lay down your life as it unfolds?

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Life is busy and life is messy. I know you wish you could just get it together. But how?

with the help of my FREE COURSE: GET CREATIVE AND HEAL YOUR HEART - how to find time and make space for creative self care.

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You are balancing so much; the appointments, the shopping lists, the to-do lists, the cards to send...

You are carrying so many heavy things; the worry, the questions, the goals and the tangled ache...

WHERE DO YOU LAY IT ALL DOWN?

WOULDN'T IT BE AMAZING IF YOU COULD FIND SPACE FOR IT ALL, IF CREATIVITY COULD BECOME YOUR SELF CARE TOOL. IMAGINE IF YOU COULD FIND THE TIME TO GET MESSY AND CREATIVE WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY ABOUT IT.

This course will teach you why and how to make creative self care a priority - guilt free, stress free and cost free.

This 5 day course covers:

  1. Why creative self care is important to your well being
  2. Shifting your mindset to identify your self care needs
  3. The 3 biggest mistakes people make in their art and creativity adventures
  4. Crafting a creative nook at home and writing your own mantra
  5. How to build and nurture a creative self care habit (even though you're super busy!)

This is for YOU if are a complete creative beginner or newbie self care seeker and want to dip your toes into the world of art and creativity, find out what its all about and open yourself up to the soul medicine of creativity.

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This is self-care re-imagined. If you're ready to get creative and start healing your heart with art, hit that button below to enrol in this FREE COURSE.

TRUST IN YOUR BONES (TURN SELF LIMITING BELIEFS INTO BRAVE WISDOM)

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New workshop! To teach you how to create your own Box of Brave by learning to turn your self limiting beliefs into nuggets of brave wisdom.

Look out below for an audio file excerpt from the Trust in Your Bones workshop!

This is one of my most favourite creations, and  I want to tell you a bit of the back story, I think you will find it as inspiring as the tutorial itself. 

About 8 years ago my family went through a bit of a tough time. We all 'handled' the situation in our own way. My Dad cut himself off, my middle sister threw herself into her work, my younger sister found support in her friends, I went to Cambodia volunteering and my Mum, well she soldiered on and supported us all through our heartache and her own.

 

She has always been the constant of our family. She is always there no matter what, she will always put our needs before her own. She is Mum. But it was around this time that she started to remember that this is not all she is. She started to remember her big dreams, she spoke to me often about wishing she was brave enough to travel the world too, or brave enough to try this and that. But amid the Mum life and the globs of chaos she had forgotten how. Forgotten why. Lost sight of her deepest needs and inner truths. She was stuck somewhere in between.

It was her that inspired me to make The Box of Brave. I packed it full of love, strength and bravery. My goal was to remind her that she IS that brave being she wants to be, that she has the strength inside herself to make bold decisions, to take wild adventures and to live the kind of life she wants to live. 

It has become both a reminder and a reassurance to her. A comfort. She tells me it is one of her most treasured possessions (don't all Mum's say that about their kids creations though!) Sometimes she will pick a notelet and carry it in her pocket as a sort of mantra for the day. Other times she will carry the whole box in her handbag or leave it sat on her desk at work. I never imagined it would become as valuable to her as it has - as I now live on the other side of the world and we can't always have a chat or hug whenever we feel like, it makes my heart happy that she turns to her box of brave instead.

I have taken this idea one step further an combined the creative art project with a creative thinking exercise that will support you in overcoming self limiting beliefs and turn them into nuggets of wisdom, to fill the box of brave with.  

By flipping your self limiting beliefs over into reassuring more positive beliefs you open your brain up to new possibility. The possibility of other options, of other outcomes. If you focus on the negative, you will only see the negative options. If you focus on the positive you will look for more positive alternatives. This isn't just pie in the sky wishful thinking. Its about allowing yourself to SEE WHATS POSSIBLE. Learn how you can flip your self limiting beliefs in the workshop:

TRUST IN YOUR BONES WORKSHOP

Learn how to overcome your self limiting beliefs and trust the faith within. Create a precious box full of little nuggets of your own heart's wisdom to support you in times of doubt. You will learn how to:

  • Discover your self limiting beliefs
  • Flip them into reassuring words of brave wisdom
  • Create your own box of brave

The workshop consists of an audio file and a step by step PDF.

Currently only available as part of a bundle when you get CREATIVE SELF CARE : A 'HOW TO' WORKBOOK

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3 SUPPLIES MYTHS [THAT STOP YOU GETTING CREATIVE]

I'm going to take a bet that you fall into one of these two categories: #1 - you have zero supplies and feel completely overwhelmed with what you need to just get started #2 - you have so many art supplies and don't know how to use them all.

sound familiar? Both of those categories hold you completely stuck. the preconceptions we have about the supplies we need to get messy and get creative often make us fall at the first hurdle and prevent us from actually ever getting started.

Here are three big myths that I want you to keep in mind when you are next gathering your supplies.

1. *EXPENSIVE IS BEST* You do not need the most expensive supplies. Especially if you are a beginner. Expensive supplies can give us immediate paralysis because we are too scared to use them in case we 'muck it up' and waste our money. Our nice expensive paints just sit in the art box never getting used. Cheaper supplies give us permission to wreck them! To really push and see what they can do and have fun doing it.

2. *THE MORE YOU HAVE THE BETTER* Not true. If you already have a lot of supplies you will probably be familiar with the paradox of choice creeping in - stopping you from actually getting started. So keep things simple, fight the urge to buy everything at once. When you are ready to sit down and get creative, limit yourself to just two or three different supplies to stop the overwhelm. 

3. *YOU NEED ALL THE COLOURS IN THE BOX* More becomes less pretty quickly. Sometimes its best to start with just three colours and a white - its very easy to make MUD with more! You can create just as good pages with 8 oil pastels or paint as you could if you had a box of 24 - true story!

HOW TO CRAFT A CREATIVE NOOK AT HOME [WITH VERY LITTLE TIME AND SPACE]

If you're frustrated that you never seem to have the time for YOU and YOUR CREATIVE OUTLET, if your art supplies are left unused waiting for you to find the time to use them, then the chances are you will still be stuck and feeling overwhelmed until you do this one thing. Craft a creative nook at home. I challenge you to do this today (with help from the free CREATIVE NOOK CHECKLIST!).

WHY is having a creative nook so important?

One of the things that holds up back from exploring our creativity is the 'excuse' that we just don't have the time and space to do it. 

While this is often true there are steps you can take to make your creative time more accessible. The first step is to craft your own creative nook at home.

By doing this you are immediately freeing up future time to be messy and get creative, you are removing the excuse that you do not have time by ensuring that everything is set up and ready to go. At ANY time!

Easy access to quick creating = happy heart.

Having a creative nook that you can just sit in each day can inspire and motivate you - just because it exists!

But more than that, a creative nook is an invitation. Having your art supplies within reach, or having your art journal open on the desk, is hard to resist. With this set up quick creating is super easy, you don't need longer than 10 minutes to splash on a few backgrounds, to doodle a few lines and marks, to jot down some thoughts. You can work in layers -just a few minutes here and there - over a period of days or weeks, you will be surprised by what you can achieve in small snippets of time. 

Crafting a creative nook is the easiest way TO MAKE TIME FOR ART AND CREATIVITY.

Your creative nook does not have to be a dedicated art room, or take days to set up, it can be as simple as a corner of your living room or kitchen with a small desk/table, a box of supplies that can be stored underneath and an old bed sheet to cover the floor with. Have a look at my Pinterest board for some inspiration >>

TAKE ACTION:

- Get inspired

- Grab your art stash

- Download the checklist >>

- Start to craft YOUR creative nook today. 

WHAT IS ART JOURNALING?

Whether you want to call it an art journal, visual diary, sketchbook, daily journal, they are all one of the same. I like to think of my art journal as a vessel to contain those parts that spill over the edges of life and often get lost in the busy and the chaos.

an art journal is the perfect vessel to contain it all. 

Over time your art journal becomes a safe place and a guiding post. A place to explore, to take risks, a place where the creative and the emotional sides of you collide with beautiful results.

I choose to use my art journal as a place to collect and to record life as it happens. It can contain paintings, photos, scribbles, poems, magazine cutouts, mixed media collage, fabric scraps, trinkets. 

If there is one thing I want you to know about art journaling it is this THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO ART JOURNAL.

Please don't put pressure on yourself to create the perfect journal, it is always a work in progress. It is much more about the process and what you feel and experience during it than the end result.

I truly believe that creativity is the most personal and honest remedy to the inner and outer chaos we come across at unexpected times in our life. And that self care lives in the layers of paint and mark making.

There are hidden benefits that emerge from an art journaling practice and these are the self care and wellbeing elements that are tricky to pinpoint but are always underlying.

The process of creating allows you to push your boundaries and take risks in a safe place, you learn so much about your story and your needs that you learn to look at yourself with kind eyes. Through making mistakes and experimenting with new techniques comes the skill of surrendering control and learning that you can’t always control the outcome. The best part is that they become your memory keepers in a way that nothing else can because throughout the journey it encourages you to look deeper into the world around you, trying to find all the beauty you can to document.

In my course Art YOUR Heart Out: Art Journaling as a self care tool, we dive much deeper into this topic. If you want to learn more and get on the wait list for enrolment (as well as be in line for free training and goodies) you can do that now.