Saturday, 3 December 2016

Video: 9 Tips for Using Your Yearly Workbooks & Creative Goal Planning Chat

Hi Love

Yesterday was the final day of my daily blogging week but as there was a bit of 2016/7 creative goal talk throughout it I wanted to share this post to round off the week nicely. 

The video in this post I shared a few days ago with my newsletter crew. Each month for them (and usually for them only, except for this time of course) I create an exclusive video answering their questions; sometimes it's a practical tutorial, a show and tell with supplies, other times it's a coffee chat. 

This one was a chat which I loved because if you know me, I could talk about creative plans, projects, dreams and goals and how to navigate them FOREVER! It's totally one of my fav subjects.

Hope you enjoy:

These are the workbooks we will be discussing:

 but you do not have to have these specifically to enjoy the video - you can have any planner, none or a blank notebook, but it is a great time to get them if you want the 2017 bundle!

Here are the 9 Tips for using Your Workbooks condensed:

1) You don’t have to fill out every section
2) Practicality - how much can you really do this year?
3) See it as a dream planner - nothing is set in stone.
4) Make sections that don’t already exist – customise
5) Use colourful pens, markers and stickers etc - make it fun
6) Keep dates in your diary to refer back to your workbook
7) Break goals down into weekly/monthly deadlines
8) Create an accountability support structure (you can join my free new 'Maker's Meet-Up' Group here:
9) Don’t stress – it’s here to support you, not pressure you!

PS Sorry about the audio on this video – the microphone went haywire, I did the best I could to retrieve it.

If you want help with your creative plans check out my class ‘Creative Goal Journaling’, it contains nine incredibly condensed modules of tools, processes & journaling tricks to bring your goal into being:

My newest class that I mention in the video ‘Rock Your Online Shop’ is out now! Created especially for artists and owners of handmade goods shops to make money from their creative skills sustainably and enjoyably, for more info check out (HALF PRICE UNTIL MONDAY ONLY!): 

Whatever kind of planning you are doing for the new year I hope you have fun,
much love

Friday, 2 December 2016

How to Stay Creatively 'on it' (Daily Behind the Scenes Blog 5)

Hi love

This is my fifth & supposedly final daily blog behind the scenes post (though I do have an inkling I might have something to post tomorrow too), you can view yesterdays here. I'm summing up what I've been up to lately all in one week! Today is about what getting out of the non-creative quagmire and staying in the space of creativity. 

So at the beginning of the week I posted about my 2016, how uncreative it was and how it has turned around, well in this post I'm going to share how I did that - because when you are feeling that stuck/uncreative/emotional/depressed even, it can be hard to see a way out of it. 

Unfortunately I think the main thing it comes down to is something you don't want to hear when you are in that space, in fact it might be the exact opposite to what you want to hear, but it is changing your perspective. Shifting your attitude, yep, told you you don't wanna hear it! But I think deep down we don't want to hear that because we know it is the thing to do that will work. Therefore all our resistance bands together to try to stop us because it knows 'this is gonna be hard'. Your fear and resistance wants you stay where you are, where you are is safe, what's 'out there' isn't safe; it's unknown and it's uncomfortable. So in-spite of everything inside you telling you you can't shift your attitude, that you can't look from another perspective you have to choose to if you want change. When you do this you can then take the steps that will actually bring you out of it...UNTIL you do this though any steps you take will be futile, because what they are doing is dealing with a symptom, not the disease.

So I had to shift from 'this year has been so rubbish/unproductive/uncreative/hard/emotional' to 'I still have x amount of week's left, what can I do in that time to end 2016 with a bang?' It was not easy, nor done in one motion, but once I shifted an inch I did little things to ensure I grabbed it with both hands to gain another inch and keep that momentum going. 

This is how you stay creatively on it, 
you do not let the momentum you have
(any momentum, not matter how little)

Once I could feel this momentum again I increased my little things to big things - I created the class I mentioned earlier this week, hired the right coach to keep me on track and created the 'Maker's Meet-Up' Group on Journal Workshops to be a creativity 'staying on track' hub for people to bring their projects, creative issues & wins and support one another on our journey:

We meet up each week on fridays, share our projects & have a chat (the chat function on Journal Workshops goes on for all of friday, it's super fun!). Here is the video I posted in today's 'Meet-Up' to give you more of an idea about it:

If you think this might be something that is useful to you
here is the direct link to the group:

I also have to say accountability is one of the biggest things to help you stay creatively on track...I know people always say this but it is because it is true. This is why my hiring a coach has been the best thing I could have done for myself, but she does cost me a bomb - here you are getting a supportive creative environment for nada, so what are you waiting for?

Can't wait to see you over there
Ciao for now & Happy Weekend

PS here are the Links to bits mentioned in the vid:

The new class Rock Your Online Shop Has 50% Off ONLY Until Monday! You can join here:

RAW Intuitive Journaling Class (process I'll be doing to re-adjust & reconnect):

PPS I have been mentioning this a lot but it is because TODAY is the last day you can get the 21 Secrets Spring 2015 edition (to which I contributed a class) before it disappears for good. Yep, tomorrow it will be no more, gone, adios - forever! Here is the link & if you use the code 'RETIRE' you will get $30 off! 

PPPS Want something free from me to creatively keep you on track? Sign up to my free newsletter & you will receive a copy of my ebook 'How to Get on (& Stay on) a Creative Roll' plus lotsa other art goodies absolutely free (& immediately!):

Thursday, 1 December 2016

What I do when I don't post here - Free Art Video (Daily Behind the Scenes Blog 4)

Hi lovely

This is my fourth daily blog behind the scenes post, you can view yesterdays (all about my new studio) here. I'm summing up what I've been up to lately all in one week! Today is about what I'm creating when I don't post here.

As I look down my blog articles for 2016 I feel the sparseness. I think back over other years when I posted a lot and realise I'm not posting much less now, it's just not always directly to here. I used to only have this blog and my youtube account, now I have many other places I post - mainly my art community and social media. Not this lovely old blogs fault, I should keep up sharing what's happening elsewhere on here so over today and tomorrow I'll just share two regular things I share on Journal Workshops.

As it is the first of the month today I'll share my video from the Monthly Challenge Group. This is a group where each month I pick one member of my communities suggestion and create an art challenge for my community, here's todays:

I'm sure many of you reading this are already members of the group (there are over 5,000 of you now) but if not you can join up here. What I love most about it is seeing all the pictures that come in, all of the different creations that occur through different hands and perspectives of the members of the group. Anyway here's the challenge:

Here are the linky links to those things mentioned in the video:
Rock Your Online Shop Class
Maker's Meet-Up Group -
21 Secrets 2015 Classes - (use the code 'RETIRE' you will get $30 off!)

Hope you enjoyed the video
see you tomorrow for the last (...may be!daily blog

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