Monday, 24 November 2014

we are all goddesses

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you! i really hope you are well, wherever in the world you may be.

my mind has been kind of pre-occupied lately on the subject of goddesses

it is my fervent belief that we are all goddesses - each and every one of us!

i wonder if we all know that though? do we feel convinced of our goddess selves? do we truly believe that we have what it takes to be a goddess? or do we talk the talk instead of walking the walk?

we can all talk about being a goddess. about capturing our inner glow. about accentuating our most positive aspects and celebrate our general gorgeousness, warts and all! but do we actually do this? do we truly believe those thoughts? have we taken them to heart and allowed them to really work their magic on our outlooks and our lives?

for example, take these pictures i am sharing in this post. they show me in various different locations (plus murphy in one of them). they bring back happy memories for me of days enjoyed and time well spent.

there's a crucial thing they don't show however. me. my face. my body. they could really and truly be photos of just about anyone.

i have always been somewhat camera shy - i never really feel that the photos i take (or others take) actually look like the reflection of me in the mirror. i really struggle with this. i would go so far as to say that i hate having my photo taken.

is it truly possible to see yourself as a goddess yet be concerned with having your photo taken? have i truly accepted my goddess self if i am still harbouring doubts about having my picture taken?

i wondered just how many other people (especially women) wrestle with this problem? how many others are hiding in the shadows and avoiding the camera lens at all costs?

and i wondered at how we could get past this, collectively. with support, encouragement, friendship and fun.

i think it would be truly awesome to represent our own goddess selves on our own terms. in our own way.

whilst having the most creative fun it is possible to have!

now, the ecourse itself if on early bird special - basically, if you sign up before 1st december you get the course for only £20 (rrp £30). so the time is definitely right. another cool thing to remember though is that my etsy store is having a black friday/cyber monday sale starting on 28th november. so for a further 30% discount head on over this coming weekend and bag yourself a super bargain!

it is also available with a gift certificate option if you're buying for friends and family. perfect for christmas!

i did a video interview with the lovely lyn thurman all about capturing your inner goddess and why art and creativity are so important to me and such a fabulous ingredient for a contented life.

you can check the interview out here.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 21 November 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today is freebie friday once again - yay!

i have a lovely art print to share with you, inspired by philippa gregory's white queen. i loved the tv series and was inspired to create her straight after it.

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, save and download your art. i would recommend printing onto canvas photo paper for best results.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

the secrets of the tarot

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to catch you up on some of the things i've been learning on an ecourse i am really enjoying.

i shared a little about numerology last week, and have moved onto the lesson on tarot this week.

i am finding the whole course really fascinating, and wanted to share a little more about the things i am learning.

did you know that tarot cards were simply used as playing cards when they were first introduced? and they still are in some parts of europe. no one is quite sure where they came from (there are mixed accounts) but they are very popular with people wanting to look into the future and plan, or to support and help them feel confident in the decisions and life choices they have made.

the deck is split into the major and minor arcana, and into houses or suits too. the four suits are cups, wands, swords and coins.

rich patrons used to have their own set of cards designed specially for them by an artist, and there are lots of different styles to choose from too.

the course doesn't just share the history of the tarot though. it shows you how to begin working with it too.

you get a guide to the different types of tarot decks you can choose as well as suggested exercises for honing your skills with the cards.

to begin with, it's advised that you pull a card each day and discern it's meaning. leave the card out during the day and keep returning to the meaning of the card. you can repeat this exercise each day until you have remembered carefully the meanings of each card in the deck.

i am also learning about how to spread my cards and determine their combined meanings more carefully.

i am really learning so much!

i would definitely recommend this course if you're interested in any of the mantic arts (as it covers them all!)

even if you're not interested in setting up in business, you just want to read for yourself, it is a great course for giving you all of the information you need in such a clear and concise way.

what new things are you learning at the moment? i'd love to know.

have a great day lovelies!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

tips and tricks: social media sharing

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some tips and tricks for sharing regularly on social media.

for those of us without a never ending marketing budget (me!) then social media sharing is definitely the way to go.

planning and scheduling:

i tend to sit down each week for about an hour each sunday to schedule my posts for the week. i also place ads in my local paper for my private teaching services.

i plan out which items to focus on each week, which days to post about what and make sure my posts are spread out through the day. once i have that planned out and written down i am ready to schedule!

i use a combination of different platforms for my scheduling, depending on where i'm scheduling to.

then i get my links together and shorten them (and customise the url) using bitly. i keep my bitly links all stored in a notepad document so i can reuse them easily each week.

my favourite schedulers:

i use this to automatically share my blog posts via facebook, twitter, linkedin and flickr. so easy to use and set up :)

nb. i schedule my other posts (talking about my ecourses, shop etc) via the scheduler on my facebook page. i have found that my posts reach more people that way. facebook is a funny old fish really!

i use this to share my ecourses and shop via my google plus pages. again, pretty simple to use and set up.

i use this to share my ecourse and shop posts to linkedin, twitter, facebook pages. it's a little more tricky to set this up, but perfectly simple once they have been set up.

the best things about all of these tools? they are all free to use!

how do you go about sharing on social media? do you have any favourite services?

have a fabulous day lovelies!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

gorgeous gift certificates!

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you a little announcement!

i am now offering gift certificates for all of my e-courses and the curiously gorgeous sisterhood!

these are perfect as christmas presents (i have requested two art ecourses for christmas from my hubby!) as your special someone can access the course from the comfort of their own homes.

here's the lowdown on how these gift certificates work:

  • you purchase an ecourse from my etsy store or sign up to the cgs.
  • in the message to seller (either on etsy or paypal) let me know that this is a gift purchase.
  • i will email out the printable certificate (you can see a sneak peek of the certificate above) along with instructions for accessing whichever course you have purchased.
  • you give those instructions and gift certificate in a pretty envelope.
  • you become an instant christmas hero!

no need to buy unwanted toiletries or other uninspired gifts this christmas. buy your loved ones something they will learn from, love and cherish!

here's what i have to offer you on the ecourse front:

this mixed media art adventure will guide you (or a loved one) through the process of capturing your inner goddess on canvas whilst exploring lots of gorgeous mixed media techniques. plus, it's only £20 for the whole course if you buy before 1st december! bargain! find out more here.

this gorgeous ecourse takes in a whole variety of inspiring creative activities alongside looking deep into your heart's desires and soul's purpose. it combines the imaginative with the aspirational. only £40 for 30 lessons full of uplifting soul work. find out more here.

a wonderfully magical ecourse that combines daily and monthly intentional practices with ancient wisdom. this course will help you to see the bigger picture and focus in on your goals in an uplifting and manageable way.  only £30 for a whole year's content! find out more here.

this thoughtful course is delivered directly to your inbox for 52 weeks (that's a whole year!) packed to the brim with journal examples, inspiration and more it would make a fantastic course for anyone to join in with. and it's only £45! find out more here.

and last but by no means least - the delux present option! this gives you access to all of the above ecourses, plus a library of ebooks, a private blog, downloadable card templates, art prints, video tutorials, podcasts and so much more! to find out more about the sisterhood click here (pay by installment options are also available).

i hope you've enjoyed this little sneak peek into my gift certificate offerings. i am so pleased to have this option available to you lovelies (it's been on my to do list for a while).

how are you doing with your christmas shopping? are you all organised, or still deperately searching?

i'd love to know.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Monday, 17 November 2014

monday mantras for feeling abundant

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some thoughts on abundance and some wise words to help you achieve your own abundance.

i've been through some tough financial times in recent months. august was the worst for me, with barely any funds coming into the coffers at all. it was easy for me, during those times, to hang my head, to feel down and frustrated with my lack of progress in my business. i felt very hard done by during this time.

the funny things is that when you feel down about things you are in effect actively blocking good things from happening to you. the more i focused on the lack of funds, lack of business, the overall lack in august, the less likely i was to be able to turn that around for myself.

in fact, it took until october to really get my sense of abundance back on track and see the results of my hard work.

your thoughts really are everything - if you think of lack you will embody that feeling. if you think of abundance you open up the doorway for that abundance to find you. it make take longer than you'd like for the abundance to make it's way to you, but towards you it will come.

optimism and a strong outlook are vital to your success. of course, there'll be tearful times, stressful times and down times. you will need to honour those feelings. to sit with them for a time. to respect them. but then you can move on with a clear head and heart, full of optimism for a brighter future.

sometimes your realisations and discoveries (particularly in a small business setting) will frustrate you no end. you'll rail against your thoughts and feelings, rail against the facts. that's ok too - you have a right to feel your feelings. but you pick yourself up and move yourself on ultimately and find yourself to be stronger, wiser and a little braver too!

this is one of my (many) favourite mantras. i am so passionate about my offerings and about sharing them that sometimes i can take on too much. get myself carried away. i want to offer everything i can to the world, but in a more relaxed and straightforward way. that's part of the reason i opened up the curiously gorgeous sisterhood. i wanted a way to share all i could with other creatively curious souls without it being difficult for anyone concerned. my sisters can simply sign up and take what they need from the site. and that is a wonderful, abundant feeling for me.

affirmations. intentions. being mindful. these have become my watch words. i have found great solace, power and peace in my intentional practices of late, and long may they continue. there's something magical about setting your intentions each day and allowing the ritual to emphasise and magnify their effects. i strongly believe that these daily and monthly rituals have helped increase my abundance and allowed me to focus on the bigger picture with much greater ease.

don't wait for the perfect time, the perfect day. follow your dreams now. even in small ways. little and often will keep you connected with your dreams, keep your abundant mindset in place and raise your vibration overall.

i hope you enjoyed these little pearls of wisdom. i am more convinced than ever of the need for this kind of abundant thinking and i am certain it is the only way to access physical and financial abundance for you and your loved ones.

have a great day lovelies!

Friday, 14 November 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today it's freebie friday once more which means more lovely free stuff for you!

today i have a cute bookmark printable, using my angelic goddess from the upcoming inner goddess ecourse.

to get your free bookmarks simply click on the picture mock up above to view, save and download the pdf printable. i would recommend printing onto a white card stock then cutting down. pinking shears make a nice decorative edge too!

if you're buying books as gifts for christmas, a nice bookmark just makes your gift that little bit more special.

and what better than a free bookmark?!

have a fabulous friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!