A Pretty Creative 2018
planning a pretty creative 2018
Throughout January, I will share with you three videos a week, in a 11-day challenge. On YouTube, you’ll find a new video every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, plus, I’ll be creating some (free!) members only content like podcasts, extra videos, printable material and workbooks, here, on the site. So join now, it’s totally free, and take advantage of the full content.
ABOUT ΤΗIS ISSUE
New on the YouTube channel
I decided to debut the new content of my YouTube channel (watch all about it here), with something like a challenge, one that will take you through a process of planning your new year, after doing some important work first: deciding what you want and why. We can technically do this kind of work any time of the year, but January, tends to be a universally “new beginnings” month.
Planning the next year
Throughout this challenge I will give you exercises, and resources. My aim is to inspire you, to open up a few new channels of thinking your daily life and most importantly to inspire you to take action, to move towards your real goals and not just passively consumer content, ideas and products. On YouTube, I’ll be discussing the general idea of the day, on my Free Membership you’ll find more content, tools and resources and on the privet Facebook group we’ll be able to further discuss and share with one another our thoughts and progress.
The vlog below, is my first attempt to document my content creation process. It is a long video (the full version-for free members only), but I chose not to further cut it down (yes, it was longer!), because I share things about me, the new channel and my creative process, that I find are a very nice opportunity to get to meet me and know my intentions. The short version is available to all visitors of the site and the full version is for my beloved (free) members only!
For the full version of the Vlog, become a free member
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
I am Evi and this is my way of working on A Pretty Creative Self!
The Exclusive Extra Content & Perks
for free members
Free members have access to extra content like podcasts every Friday, workbooks and printables whenever applicable in the challenge and a vlog that will only be visible in the members area.
But the challenge’s end, doesn’t mean the exclusive content will end too. Throughout all 2018 (and hopefully long after that), the free members will enjoy 1 exclusive video, 1 podcast and 1 printable artwork every month, and also workbooks, printables, calendars and much more whenever applicable to the content. Also they’ll always have early access to new content and products and they’ll be the first to know the most important updates.
A Pretty Creative year doesn’t have to be creative in a way that necessarily involves art, crafts or literature. When I say “Creative year” I mean consciously creating your day to day life, consciously making happy memories and doing fulfilling activities. The goals you’ll set for a creative year, could be relevant to your career, or not, could be artistic endeavours, or not, might have to do with your appearance or not. The point is to set them for the right reasons in the first place, so you don’t end up forgetting all about them before January ends. We won’t try that hard to lose 5 pounds, or make 500 extra euros if you do it just for the sake of doing it. The “success” will come when we set the goals, with deep intentions that come from strong and deep reasons. Our “Why” as you’ll often hear me saying.
Every blogger and minimalist planned their closet clear out according to the Marie Kondo method, since 2015, not only because a book told them to, but I believe because someone finally gave them permission, and even ordered them to make practical decisions with their heart. This advice usually appears too romantic and involves great risks of getting hurt, but not in this case. In the Marie Kondo method we are asked to keep only what sparks joy, what we love.
Most decluttering and minimalist methods require you to have a certain number of possessions, maybe 37 pieces of clothing, or own only what you can fit in a suitcase, or keep only things you haven’t used for 6-9-12 months. The plans vary, but no one really said before “follow your heart” before The life-changing art of tidying up.
I was so confused the first time I heard about Christmas Blues. I was about 12 or so and I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that someone would be unhappy during Christmas, because of Christmas. Then, I started hearing the reasons why melancholy can appear during the festive season and I think the most common was that people felt obligated to be happy, and this apparently made them sad. As I re-visit the idea now, it feels more like a resistance to some random playfulness and happiness. I mean not everyone has to join the consumerism, the gift giving or spending-hundreds-for-christmas-lights if they don’t feel like it, but we’re given an excuse to feel child like and happy for silly reasons like festive lights, why not take it?
I know, we haven’t actively started planning our year, yet, but we will need a planner for that. Since late October, we’ve been flooded with the newest 2018 planner launches. Personally I find it very difficult to find the perfect planner, this is why I end up getting a simple one and then use a dozen of notebooks throughout the year, to write lists and plans and dreams. I have been eyeing though a few more sophisticated planners that promise to make your life simpler, to perfectly design your day, to make your life a piece of art, or to actually make you happier.
Being jealous is a small-minded person’s feeling. It not only eats us from within, but it also lowers our self-esteem, sends bad energy to the person we envy and sends the Universe signals of unworthiness, misery and lack of abundance. Guess what the Universe will send back to us in return. True …but. As every feeling, jealousy is a human feeling and all humans experience it from times to times. And as all things, it’s not jealousy itself which is “bad”, it’s what you to with it that can be destructive and lead to misery.
Jealousy can be one more step that shows you your true desires, it can be the map to your goals and the feelings you want to feel through them, but only if “used” right. Hating someone who has what you want or hating yourself for not having it, is definitely not the way to grow and feel better.
Find time to
This idea applies to everything from work, to self-care or spending quality time with people you love: Whenever you find you don’t have time for anything, you actually haven’t prioritised your time in the best way you could. I love this idea because in gives us back all the power we think life took from us. We can decide what to do and when, how much time to spend in social media, how much time to spend with our kids, how much time to spend in the bathtub, how much time to spend with our grandparents. Every single human has the same available hours in their life, yet some achieve nothing and others make use of every single minute. People get busy, people get angry, people get carried away by all the responsibilities. I get it, it happens to all of us. But also, people regret for not having spend time with loved ones, when it’s too late, regret not having laughed enough, regret working too much, or not pursuing their hobbies. It all comes down to priorities and setting them right.
I remember when I was first introduced to all of this “positive thinking”. The most vivid experience was that it was so damn hard! I remember constantly bursting into tears and thinking, “I can’t do this!” The whole thing left me too exhausted. This was the opposite of what I was signed up for. What I was doing all wrong was that whenever a negative thought came, I tried to ignore it. It talked to me and I pretended I didn’t hear it, naïvely answering, “Oh, I’m so positive! I so see the bright side, now!” I pushed all negativity under the carpet, but it was still there and oh, I knew it well! The idea here is to let all of your negativity come to the surface, acknowledge it, accept it, honour it and let it go. Kind of like the saying, “It gets worse before it gets better.” Then you’re clear and ready for all of the positivity.
There are some questions that when you seriously consider them, they feel like some kind of explosion. When was the last time you felt like yourself? What do you want? How do you want to feel? What do you need to stop doing?
When we ask ourselves what we want, a series of things comes to mind. But after the first “obvious”, ambitious, hungry answers, the real desires start popping up. “I want to feel respected”, “I want to feel part of a family”, “I want to feel worthy”. The way to dig into a deeper level is to let the first answers out and still keep answering the question “What do I want?”.
Being successful is a matter of perception, really. Not everyone has the same goals and dreams, so the idea of success for some might not align with our own. This is why we need to: a) stop caring about what anyone else thinks of our practices, goals, lifestyle or dreams, as long as what we do actually is what we love and b) try our best to stay on track with our personal goals, our own values and our core desire feelings, without picking up anyone else’s ideas no matter how appealing they might be.
Having done the work we’ve discussed so far, it won’t be too hard to find out what you consider success for yourself. Feeling the way you want to feel, working on yourself to be who you want to be and working to have the things you want to have should be considered success. To paraphrase Gandhi, “Success is when what you think, what you want, and what you do are in harmony.”
How to create
white mental space
Have you ever had a “This sounded a lot better in my head” moment? This happens because thoughts truly “sound” differently in our head, and this is why we need to express them. In our head, we have a million thoughts ideas and memories, fuzzy and unclear. Letting them out, we might be surprised that they “sound” differently and we might even change our mind about them.
White mental space is crucial when you want to really focus on anything. But some times, you just can’t leave everything else aside, forget about what you were doing a few minutes ago and just be there for one particular project or task. What you need is a way to let out your confused thoughts, which will make your mind feel tidy up, “clean” and clear.
The exercise is simple…
Write down 10-20 goal ideas. Things that you’ve been wanting for long time and haven’t had the opportunity yet. Revisit your notes from days 5, 8 and any other notes you’ve made that might inspire you. Don’t get overwhelmed, this is not your final list. Take a look at your goals and choose the ones you’re most excited about, bringing your list down to half. Now, for each one the goal ideas ask the following questions and write down the answers…
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