Tuesday, 2 September 2014

curious creatives

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to continue with you one of my newest series on the blog - titled curious creatives!

this is a gorgeous interview series where i feature a different creative each and every month. think of it as a little sneak peek into the hearts and minds of curious creatives everywhere!

next up for this monthly interview series is the lovely elizabeth!

Tell us a little something about your creativity. What do you enjoy creating the most?

I love creating mixed media paintings, because it’s so fun to create different stories and landscapes using a mix of supplies on one canvas or wood panel – paints, inks, paper, pens, etc. The variations are endless, and the results are beautifully unique. I discovered mixed media painting about 2 years ago and quickly realized that it suited me creatively. I especially adore adding paper cut outs (such as moons, stars, and trees) to a canvas and painting over them to add additional texture.  

What made you decide to start creating?

I have always been creatively inclined, and I painted and wrote poetry when I was young. Once I had to look my first full-time job, however, practicality snuck in and I slowly stopped creating art in favor of the 9-5 job. 

I hadn’t realized at the time what a sacrifice I’d made, honestly! It took many years for my creative spirit to push back to the surface, unwilling to be ignored any longer. By the time I started painting again last year, it had been 12 years since I’d held a paint brush and I was in a dark stage of my life (I was bored, mildly depressed, completely unfulfilled creatively, and living in a state of near constant anxiety). I now attribute those feelings to the fact that I was trying to live someone else’s life. 

Beginning to create art again was the most beautiful gift. I was terrified to paint, terrified to show anyone, and certainly terrified of selling my work, but my heart and mind had become clear for the first time in years. I could no longer ignore who I was. The time period since I first picked back up a brush has been the most influential and empowering of my life. 

Where do you get your inspiration from for your creative endeavours?

I follow a handful of extremely inspiring artists and other woman entrepreneurs, who remind me that living a life you love is possible. Without Marie Forleo, Kelly Rae Roberts and Juliette Crane, I never would have found the confidence and knowledge I needed to begin creating a life around my art. 

I also try to spend a lot of time out in nature – being near trees and water has a calming, motivating effect on me and clears my head completely of negative / intrusive thoughts.

What do you if you feel creatively blocked? How do you get past that?   

If I’m working on a painting or a blog entry and feel stuck, I always step away and start working on something else for a while. The distance is helpful for me in gaining some perspective. I find that I am never in love with a painting or a piece of writing after I finish, and I have to revisit it over the next few days until an idea sparks and I have something new to add/tweak. 

The new idea is always an improvement on what I had, and totally worth waiting for. 

I also try to make time to exercise – nothing works quite like clearing your head and moving your body!  

Do you have any advice on silencing your inner critic?

One of my mentors Marie Forleo often says “clarity comes through engagement” and I couldn’t agree more. I am prone to over-thinking EVERYTHING, and my inner critic would have me believe that my work is poor quality and that everyone can paint better than I can. 

While this voice will always threaten to return, I’ve realized that I just have to move forward anyway and silence my critic through action. So my inner critic says I can’t create high quality art? Then I set out to create the highest quality art I can. It’s really been the only tactic that works for me – take consistent, thoughtful action, even when you’re scared and feel like hiding in your bed.

What would be your top tips for living a more creatively fulfilled life?

Listen to your body! I know this may sound silly, but I’ve learned so much about what excites me and lights me up by paying attention to the signals my body is giving me. 

When I started to paint again, my chest felt lighter and my head clearer. I had an easier time getting out of bed in the morning, and my energy improved. Pay attention to what makes your chest feel lighter and your head clearer. Look for the project that pulls you straight out of bed. 

You might not know what that is right now, which is why you have to try new things and be brave enough to feel silly once in a while. You never know what creative path will be the next love of your life.

Pick one of your creative projects to feature here – it could be your favourite, your newest or a popular piece.  What do you think is so special about that item? Tell us more!

Trust Yourself

This painting is one of my personal favorites, as I needed this message so badly when I was just getting my feet under me as an artist. I have also been touched at how many people have connected to the message as well. 

It’s a simple concept, and yet can be so difficult to do. Without trust in yourself, however, can you ever reach that big, exciting dream? 

I love to create paintings which inspire and provide people that little boost of inspiration and courage they need each day. The original painting, art prints, and note cards are available in my Etsy shop. I also wrote a blog entry recently about this painting, which can be found on my blog.

thanks so much elizabeth for sharing with us your art and your heart today - what a great interview! 

if you'd like to be involved in this monthly series on my blog just let me know! you can message me in the comments or use my fancy new contact page up at the top of this page :)

have a fantastic day!

Monday, 1 September 2014

invite the sacred

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you a few different things, and highlight a link that i think you'll love :)

things have been so very busy here lately. i was away in ireland visiting family for ten days, and since i returned i have started lessons with 4 new music students plus a new art student too. i am setting up a timetable of workshops in a local craft shop with a team of instructors and that has taken up lots of time (planning, preparing, organising, advertising). i have also been doing some training with etsy on marketing and merchandising which has been amazing!

all of these things have taken so much of my time and energy since we returned to the uk that i feel a little bit dizzy to be honest!

however, when i saw this gorgeous opportunity from the lovely flora bowley i couldn't help but join in :)

flora is hosting a brilliant boot camp during september with daily prompts and lots of inspiration both for inside and outside of the studio.

the first prompt, for september 1st i've used for the title of this blog post "invite the sacred". flora gives some great examples of her own daily sacred practices and i literally couldn't believe the synchronicity of it - my living more intentionally posts from last week fit with this prompt so well!

i too try to invite the sacred into my days. it's all part of my living more intentionally practice. it centres me and grounds me and prepares me for a more productive day.

i totally agree with flora's examples of ways to be more sacred and also with her assertion that sacred doesn't have to look or be a certain way. what is a sacred practice for you might not be so for me. and that is totally ok.

so, i'd love to invite you too to join in with flora's prompts. i will be sharing my experiences on facebook using the hashtag #bloomtruebootcamp

if you'd like to check out more about my daily intentional and sacred practices you can find my FREE mini ecourse lessons from the blog here: monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday.

also, the full ecourse "living more intentionally" is still on sale at half price just for today! launch week is coming to a close :) click on the picture below to get your hands on the full 12 month course.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 29 August 2014

a fabulously intentional freebie friday

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday for you, wherever you may be.

today i want to conclude my free 5 day series of free lessons about daily intentional practices. i am sharing these as part of my celebrations for the launch of my newest ecourse "living more intentionally". it is a 12 month course packed full of monthly intentional rituals and gorgeous planning printables.

today's lesson is all about having the perfect friday and of course it includes (as all freebie friday posts do) a free printable for you :)

friday belongs to venus, the planet of love. since its energies are warm, sensuous and fulfilling it's of great benefit to efforts involving matters of the heart, pleasure, comfort and luxury. it's also great for any magical work related to music, the arts or aromatherapy.

friday is a day for beauty, love, sex and fertility.

here are the magical ingredients you'll need for your perfect friday:

friday colours

pale green, dark green, pink, violet.

friday herbs

acorns, coriander, elder leaf, jasmine flowers, lemon balm, senna pods, sage

friday stones

emerald, pink tourmaline, rose quartz.

i make sure to dress in pinks and greens (i love to combine these colours!) and wear matching jewellery and hair accessories.

i decorate my altar similarly with a pink candle surrounded by herbs and stones. this is another day when the herbs look especially lovely. the little acorns and senna pods look gorgeous surrounding the candle in the centre of them.

i am then ready to face into the day and step up to whatever challenges may arise.

i really hope you decide to give these techniques a try in your own lives. i think this ancient wisdom (once common place) is so powerful, and it's not something that necessarily should interfere with any other religious beliefs you may have. living in better balance with nature is i think an excellent idea and one that most religions would be supportive of.

as promised, here is your free printable for today's lesson. it's a printable guide to all of the herbs, stones and colours mentioned throughout the 5 lessons, plus some extra wisdom for your saturday and sunday. enjoy!

if you'd like to invite even more intentional and mindful practices into your life my full 12 month ecourse is available, and it's on sale at the moment. it is basically a series of monthly lessons covering candle rituals, goal setting and mindfulness for every month of the year.

grab it while it's available at half price! only £15 until monday 1st september :) simply click on the picture below to get started.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

being intentional on thursdays

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be.

today i am continuing my 5 day series of free lessons on living more intentionally. i am sharing these as part of the celebration of the launch of my newest ecourse "living more intentionally". it is a 12 month ecourse covering goal setting and celebration plus gorgeous candle rituals for each and every month.

today's lesson is all about the perfect thursday.

thursday is governed by jupiter and it influences work that involves material gain, general success, accomplishments, honors and awards, or legal issues. its energies also benefit matters of luck, gambling and prosperity.

thursday is a day for business and good fortune.

thursday is a real go-getter of a day, especially if you own you own business. it's a real hay-maker of a day and a great one for new enterprises, encouraging sales and welcoming more abundance into your life.

here are the magic ingredients for a great thursday:

thursday colours

blue, purple, turquoise, sapphire, amethyst.

thursday herbs

coltsfoot, sandalwood, nutmeg, marigold flowers, dock seed, cinnamon.

thursday stones

turquoise, sapphire, amethyst, lapis lazuli.

i would choose my best blue and purple clothing (favourite colours of mine actually, so there's usually plenty to choose from!) and my favourite jewellery too.

i would then set up my altar (either before or after breakfast) with a dark blue candle and the above herbs and stones gathered around it.

something i often do each day too is to add an extra stone or pinch of herbs to my monthly altar, just to be sure i am mindful of it's overarching intentions too. you can learn more about my monthly altars and rituals in the full ecourse. it's still available at half price for only £15 until monday 1st september. get yours while you can! simply click the picture below to get started.

have a great day lovelies!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

a wonderfully intentional wednesday

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday, wherever in the world you may be.

today i wanted to continue with my series of 5 free intentional lessons, based on bringing more mindfulness into our day to day lives.

i am offering them for free as part of the celebration of the launch of my newest ecourse "living more intentionally". in the full course i share my monthly intentional practices over the whole year and some gorgeous candle ritual magic too.

today i wanted to share with you the key ingredients to a successful wednesday.

wednesday is ruled by mercury. it's energy is of the most benefit to writers, poets, actors, teachers and students. the reason for this is that its influences vibrate towards inspiration, communications, the written and spoken word and all forms of study, learning and teaching. it is also a good day to begin efforts that deal with self-improvement or understanding.

wednesday is a day for communication and memory skills.

another good day for getting things done, but perhaps in a more learned and scholarly way than tuesdays burst of energy would allow. it's a great day for teaching classes or writing down new ideas - any activity that stretches your intellect and your mind.

here are the herbs, stones and colours that will best support your wednesday:

wednesday colours

light blue, gray, green, orange, yellow.

wednesday herbs

cinnamon, mint, dill, sage, goldenrod.

wednesday stones

sodalite, moss agate, opal, aventurine.

again, i would prepare my altar with the above stones and herbs surrounding a green candle. i love the colours and the speckled qualities of the agate stones for this altar - they are so unusual and so lovely.

i also would use the corresponding colours for my clothing and jewellery. i tend to stray towards mainly green and light blue for wednesdays as it seems to me to fit better into the colour scheme. the yellow and orange are an option, but for me the greens speak more clearly.

i would set up this altar early in the day, and use this intentional time to focus my mind on my goals and desired outcomes of the day.

it's great to quieten your mind for a while and to focus on setting up your altar (a task that many would say is a waste of valuable time) when you know for yourself that it isn't. it grounds you, supports you and makes you feel at one with things as you head off into your day, and that is very important.

i hope you've enjoyed this lesson, and that you will try to use it's ancient wisdom to enhance your own life.

i'd love to know how you get on if you do try any of these techniques.

if you'd like to purchase the full 12 month ecourse, feel free to do so. simply click on the picture below to make your purchase. the course is on sale at half price until monday 1st september, to celebrate its launch. don't miss out!

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

tuesday in an intentional way

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i am continuing with my series of 5 free lessons based on my daily intentional practices.

i am sharing these for free as part of my celebration of the launch of my newest e-course "living more intentionally". in the full e-course i share my monthly intentional practices for all of the 12 months of the year, including printable planning sheets and gorgeous candle rituals.

on with today's free lesson - we're all about tuesday today!

mars is the ruler of tuesdays. any work involving men, conflict, physical endurance and strangth, lustm hunting, sports and all kinds of competition will all be extra successful on a tuesday. it is also a great day to work on anything involving surgical procedures or political venture. particularly if this work is ritual based.

tuesday is a day for energy and action. after the dreaminess of mondays tuesday is more of a get-up-and-go kind of day. 

before i practiced this mindfulness i always found tuesdays to be particularly grueling and exhausting. i think because i didn't allow myself the time i needed to reflect and relax on mondays, tuesdays were a step too far for me and my tired soul.

now i find tuesdays to be a much more energetic day. i am fully charged after my nurturing, soul searching monday and raring to go.

here are the magic ingredients for a balanced tuesday:

tuesday colours


tuesday herbs

copal resin, elderberries, hawthorn berries, nettle, ash leaf, conker.

tuesday stones

ruby, garnet, carnelian, bloodstone, pink tourmaline.

i set myself up with an altar, similar to the one i set up on monday. i place in the centre of it a red candle, surrounded by the above herbs and stones. i especially love the herbs for this altar - i just think they look wonderful there, surrounding my candle and boosting it's intention as i head off into the day itself.

i also make sure to choose something red to wear, either via jewellery or clothes. i recently bought myself a healing chakra necklace at a local fair and i wear that most often now, as it has some of every colour of the week on it. it's my go to piece!

i even try to choose hair accessories that match the days colour theme.

these mindful acts seem so small and almost inconsequential, but really they are vital to my success and sense of wellbeing.

i then head off into a busy day full of goals and targets, knowing that i am working in alignment with the natural order and that all is right with whatever i choose to achieve.

i hope you've enjoyed this lesson and that it really adds something to your tuesday. i know that these intentional practices can be invaluable to anyone wanting to live a more balanced, present and mindful life.

if you'd like to get your hands on the full ecourse, now's the time! i have it available at half price - only £15 for the full twelve month course until monday 1st september. simply click on the picture below to check out all of the details.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Monday, 25 August 2014

an intentional monday

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today is the launch day for my newest e-course "living more intentionally". i am so excited to share this course and it's wisdom with you all - it has become a way of life for me, that's for sure.

i honestly don't think my life would be the same without it!

when i look back and see how far i have come, in terms of my mental health and well-being, the satisfaction of my soul and the expression of my creativity i can hardly recognise the me from before. the life i had when i didn't venture to do all of these things.

it's completely amazing to me that a few short years later my life is completely different than it was. i am happier, more centred and much more in control of my life and destiny, which i love.

i have invited creativity into my life and i couldn't be happier about that.

i have welcomed a more intentional practice into my life and it has been powerful.

i have embraced a more ritualistic way of life and i am feeling it's benefits.

the course itself guides you through 12 monthly lessons which will relate to the month they are set in. i'll share the best colours, stones and herbs to use in order to amplify your success and achievements during that month, alongside a gorgeous candle ritual you can perform as an extra boost.

i will advise on what colours to use to decorate your home, your altar and your body in order to work with nature and the seasons.

basically, we will be revisiting the ancient wisdom our ancestors used to live in harmony and balance with nature, centuries ago.

i'll also share goal setting and tracking techniques, which will include monthly printables to help you plan for your goals and celebrate your achievements as you move through the year.

you will have lifetime access to the course itself so you can continue to use it's wisdom throughout your life's journey, limitlessly.

i know that this wisdom has helped me to nurture a more grounded and intentional life, and i feel passionately that it could help you too.

to celebrate the launch of the e-course itself i am offering on the blog here five free lessons, all based on my own daily intentional practices for you to enjoy.

so, let's get started with the first of your free lessons!

today's lesson focuses on the key elements for a successful and balanced monday. 

monday really belongs to the moon. the energy from the moon benefits any efforts that deal with women, the family, home and hearth, the garden and medicine. it also boosts any work you may do to improve your physic development and dreaming with meaning.

it's a day for dreaming and intuition.

if you can make some time within your day on the monday for meditation or any other form of quiet reflective time, you will really see the benefit of it.

i tend to give myself a little break on a monday - if i don't feel like doing much then i don't force it. if i want to daydream, read or relax i allow it. i know this is in alignment with the natural order of things. it also is a day when i know i can give myself a break.

i think it is often the case that in the fast-paced world we live in today we can forget to give ourselves any time to dream.

of course, the opportunity to dream will be valuable on any day of your week, so don't worry overly if monday's just can't fit it in for you. if you can though, you will know you are working with the balance of nature and that is a powerful feeling to have.

here are some more practices to adopt each monday in order to be more in line and in balance with the laws of nature:

monday colours

shiny silver, pearl, pale rose, white, lavender.

monday herbs

jasmine, bracken, dandelion leaf, chamomile flowers, anise  seed, hops flowers, parsley.

monday stones

moonstone, pearl, quartz.

you can see from the picture at the top of this post (taken on a monday) that i am wearing the colours recommended for the day and am ready to face the world :) it's also a great way to get you to think of different outfit combinations and jewellery to wear, if you ocassionally get into a rut of wearing the same clothes over and over.

i would then take those stones and colours and usually either just before or after breakfast, set up my daily altar with them.

i set in place a pink candle, surrounded by the herbs and stones listed above and supported  by some gorgeous rose incense.

this daily act of ritual mindfulness i find really centres me for the day. i find myself more focused and feeling more in touch with my spiritual side by doing this.

in order to make the ritual as easy as possible to fit into my life, i have prepared a little bag, labelled monday, which contains my herbs, stones, candle and incense for that day. it just means i can set up my altar each day easily and without too much fuss.

in fact, i set up all of my days altar ingredients into labelled bags in order to make the whole thing more sustainable, especially in busier times (which are often the times we need these rituals the most).

the daily reminder to be more mindful, plus the thoughtfulness that now goes into choosing my clothes and jewellery makes me feel much more in line with my intentions and gives me a little buzz, or a pick me up as i go about my daily tasks and routines.

i hope that this will also be the case for you, if you decide to try it yourself.

i'd love to know how you get on if you do try.

so, that is my mindful practice for monday. i will be back tomorrow with tuesday's lesson.

if you'd like to get your hands on my monthly intentional practices and ideas you can do that via my new ecourse "living more intentionally". simply click on the pic below to head to etsy and make your purchase.

as an extra special offer, as part of the celebration of the launch, it will be available at half price until monday 1st september. you'll get twelve months of intentional lessons, printables and advice for only £15 (usual price £30). don't miss out!

have a fantastic day lovelies!