What the Heck is Creative Living

Your life is your art. Creativity is a lifestyle.

Albert Einstein – “Imagination is more important than knowledge”

I love Albert, I love his quotes they really speck to me. Especially this one….

“Imagination is intelligence have fun”

So you can imagine how excited I was to bump into him at Madame Tussauds;

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Anyway to today’s blog post…

What is creative living?

I think there is a bit confusion around the subject of creative living, most people think that to live a creative life they must be an artist or an author, a singer or a dancer, or an actor or actress…when in fact…EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE is already living a creative life. Each and every one of us are born as creative beings. The only difference is that some create consciously and some create unconsciously.

The unconscious creators are;

The mothers cooking dinner for their toddlers, searching through the alphabet chips to find only the letters that spell out their little darling’s name…

The newlywed couple that carefully picks out the colours, curtains and furniture for their new home.

It’s the ritual you have when running a bath, it’s the routine you have when you get dressed, it’s the process you go through when writing your ‘to do…’ list.

Another misconception I think people have when they hear ‘creative living’ is that to live one they have to quit their jobs and go live their life like a hippie to follow their dreams.

It certainly doesn’t mean that…

(unless that’s your thing, it’s mine…am working on it)

It just means that you make room in your life for things that make you happy.

It’s about being mindful and living with purpose…on purpose.

It’s listening to and trusting your own wisdom and intuition.

It is inner peace, happiness and fulfilment.

It is to live in alignment with your core values.

It is looking at the world of being full of possibilities.

It is believing that you are here in this world to make a difference.

It is learning from and embracing life transitions.

It is having the courage to live your life exactly the way you want to live it.

It is following your inspiration – instead of following the crowd.

It’s a quest for Personal & Spiritual Development.

It is knowing that you consciously create your own life in each moment.

And it is having a more laid-back attitude to living.

Creative living is lots of things…but it is also a very individual thing! One person’s creative life will be completely different to the next person’s creative life.

I think it is all about being conscious of what you think and what you do… to become conscious, the first step is to learn to understand yourself and your own values. Finding out what you actually LOVE and what you most dislike… because how can you consciously live a creative life…if you don’t know what you truly enjoy.

To live YOUR kind of creative life, you have to start by getting to know yourself. Search deep within yourself to find what truly pushes your buttons. Find your passions in life. Start your journey of Self-Discovery today and start being the STAR of your own life. I won’t go into detail here because I have already wrote about it here…there is also a free download to 40 thought provoking journal prompt questions that will help you explore and understand yourself on a deeper level.

Thing’s to remember when Consciously living a creative life….

Believe in yourself – don’t wait for permission to live your life.

Continue to learn and grow – its OK to feel lost. Creativity is an irrational process. Just go with it.

Just have fun

Well that is all from me today, feel free to leave me a comment down below. I would love to know what you guys think?

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Meraki – the word I live my life by…

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Today I thought I would share with you a powerful word that I live my life by. This word has resonated with me on a deeper level and I have found that when I am feeling in a bad place, confused or sad… if I remember this word I can get past anything.

This word helps me remember who I am, what my values are and where I want my life to go. It helps me keep the ‘Big Picture’ in mind and helps me stay focused on my long-term goals.

I know some people choose a ‘word of the year’ in January’s to  keep in mind their goals for the upcoming year and this word for me is just like that…only, this word is not just for 1 year…I want to live my whole life by it. If I feel like in the future it doesn’t suit my life then I will change it, but for the foreseeable future I don’t see it changing any time soon.

So here goes;

Meraki (May-Rah-Kee)

This is a Greek word that cannot be translated into English with another one word. This article here explains it in more detail. If you do a quick Pinterest search…it will say the meaning of this word is;

To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work.

Pinterest is where I found this word and I instantly fell in love with it. So I popped over to Google to do a little bit more research.

Meraki means to do something with total love. To do something with Meraki, means you are putting your heart and soul into that ‘something’ you are doing or creating.

An example of how I would put it into a sentence;

I will create this mini album for you with meraki.

When I write I do so with meraki.

I love my life with meraki.

I do not say this word aloud and to others because they wouldn’t know what the hell I was talking about. But I silently say this word to myself before I do anything that has meaning in my life. This reminds me that if I have choose to do something, I will do that ‘something’ with all my heart and soul. I want whatever I create and do, to have a little piece of me in it and my love to shine though it for years to come.

It’s like that saying “if you are going to do something, you might as well do it properly” this word is like that for me “if I am going to do something, I am going to do it with love, with all my heart and soul” because if I don’t, what the point of doing it at all.

This word resonated with me because of my love of creating and writing. When I am doing either of these things, I am truly in a happy place. When I am in a happy place, all my love and attention goes into what I am doing.

Whatever I create, I will do so with meraki. Every word I type or write by hand I do so with meraki. I know the more I create and write, the more I will improve. The more I improve, I know in my heart I am growing as a person and as a spiritual being. The more I grow by doing everything I do with meraki, the more I know I am who I am because that’s who I want to be. (I hope that makes sense)

When I found this word, I was in the stage of my life when I was looking for meaning and purpose. I had been in a state of depression for over 3 years and when I finally hit rock bottom when my friend died, (To read about my friend, click here) I needed change in my life.

Before this I had lived my life to please others, I was always worried in case I said the wrong thing, if I acted in the wrong way. I was always worried if I had upset someone, even when I knew I didn’t do anything. I felt guilty for no reason at all, all the time. I just wanted to be liked by everyone. Being liked by everyone is not possible, I know this now. And to be truly honest, I don’t want to be liked by everyone. I do not like everyone, so why should everyone like me. And to be liked by everyone means you are not standing up for something. Something you believe in!

Tangent…

Without anything to believe in you just become another sheep in the field…looking the same, acting the same and doing all the same things. To do everything you do with meraki…. You are no longer just a boring black or white sheep. You can be any colour sheep you what to be. Pink, blue or even rainbow coloured. In fact let your uniqueness and authenticity stand out even further and be a bloody unicorn or a neon coloured dragon! Be whoever, you want to be! I want to be a forever colour changing butterfly, with eternal life. Flapping my wings freely while I travel the world and leaving sparkle and glitter where ever I go!

Back on track…

Because of the sadness I was always feeling, I knew I needed to make changes for me and only me! I needed to live my life to make me happy…not everyone else. I needed to do things that made me happy and do things that brought my life meaning.

So, now before I do anything, agree with anything, say anything or make any kind of decision at all. I repeat the word ‘meraki’ to myself. To me this is like a metal check in with my values, passions and dreams.

Is this decision I am making contradicting my values?

Is this decision I make in alignment with my passions?

Is this decision I make going to bring me further towards my dreams?

Then I ask myself…if I do decide to do this ‘something’;

Can I do this ‘something’ with all my heart and soul?

Will this ‘something’ make me happy?

Will this ‘something’ make someone I love happy?

If my answer is yes, to all or most of these questions…I can make any decision with full confidence and at ease.  Just this one word has changed the way I look at life, it has changed the way I make decisions and it has changed the way I live.

So, I thought I would make a whole new Pinterest pin for what the word means to me…

Meraki

If you also like this word…get pinning!

Do you have a word you live your life by? Has any word had the same effect on you, as meraki has had on me? I would love to hear what you think…please leave a comment down below.

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A Beginner’s Crash Course on Journalling Part 1 – “Introduction”

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This is the “Introduction” instalment of a 7 part series. This Series is called A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling. I will be talking about the ins and outs of journalling from all the information I have gathered from my extensive research and my experience so far. When I was originally writing this, it was just going to be one post…but I just had so much to say and the post got longer and longer. So, I thought it was best to break it up for you…and turn it into a mini ‘Crash Course’.

My Journalling Journey

I only started keeping a journal just over a year ago and I can tell you it has been the best thing I have ever done. It has helped me tremendously, both mentally and physically. It helped me change my life. And I promise, I am not exaggerating.

I was in a state of deep depression and I tried everything to pull myself out of that big black hole I was in but nothing seemed to work. Like everybody these days, I Googled it….. How to overcome depression”……and every article I read said the same thing. Keep a journal.

At the beginning I just ignored the advice I didn’t want to keep a journal. Only ‘important people’ keep journals, people who have interesting lives. I don’t have anything of importance to write. But the more research I done, the more it kept popping up. So I thought to myself, well nothing else seems to be working, I have nothing to lose.

Back to Google I went!

Procrastination

I read countless articles about journalling and downloaded some kindle eBooks. I learned the benefits, how to start one, what kind of book to use, what writing instrument to use etc. etc. etc. But that is all I did for about 3 months. Read about them. Pinned my favourite articles and many journalling prompts to a board on Pinterest. All good intentions of starting ‘tomorrow’. And guess what? Tomorrow never came.

This all changed when I read a book called “365 Journal Writing Ideas” by Rossi Fox. I highly recommend this book if you are on the fence like I was. He got me excited to start and I took the plunge.

I got myself prepared. I wrote all his journalling prompts out on the computer, printed them off, cut them up and put them in a little folder ready to use when I started. Then I started making myself a book (yes because going to the shop would have been too easy and I am a crafter and a procrastinator {procraftinator}, so making the book seemed like the right decision to me) and after about another 3 weeks of preparing…I eventually started.

I was doing well for about 2 to 3 weeks. Keeping up to date with my entries. Getting myself into a routine. Things were looking up and I was actually enjoying it. Until 1 day I was just too busy and couldn’t get a minute to myself for the privacy I needed to write. So I missed a day, then I missed another day. Then before I knew it I had a whole week to catch up on….the thought of a full weeks’ worth of prompts to complete was not appealing to me. I tried catching up but in the end I gave up.

Then my inner critic started;

You are such a failure!

You can’t even get keeping a journal right!

Why didn’t I just keep up with it…?

I will never get anything right!

Blah blah blah!!

My inner critic has always been my worst enemy.

Perfectionism

The thing was…I was all together missing the point. I was taking the whole ‘journalling’ idea to seriously. Worrying about getting my handwriting perfect, worrying about my grammar and punctuation etc.  I even worried about the layout…yes seriously! I take perfectionism to the next level. I was even worried about not finishing a page with the same entry….I didn’t want to start a new entry below the last one, it needed to be on the next page. But I didn’t want any blank spaces.

So it was no surprise that when I missed a few days it overwhelmed me to pick it back up again. It wasn’t an essay I needed to hand in and get graded on and it wasn’t an art project that was going to get displayed in a gallery.

Second Attempt

It wasn’t till I was having a particularly bad day that I picked up a scraggly old notebook and one of those little free blue pens you get in Argos and just started writing. I didn’t think about what I was writing. I just let my words flow, all my thoughts were just pouring out onto the page and before I knew it I had basically wrote a short book.

My writing was a mess going all small then big then small again. My spelling’s were atrocious (yes, I Google voiced that spelling just now because spell check couldn’t even recognise what I was trying to spell), one sentence lasted about 2 pages and punctuation was non-existent. This type of writing is called ‘streams of consciousness’, I have now learnt.

When I reached the end and put the book down I felt fantastic. It felt like the whole world had been lifted off my shoulders. All the black fog that had been blinding me cleared and I could suddenly see again. That big old rain cloud that had been over my head for months had moved on and the sun started shining down on me.

I still don’t understand how much of a simple thing can make such a big difference. It is quite fascinating. Almost magical! I felt good, like I had been given a second chance, that I had started a new beginning.

I picked up the same scraggly notebook the next day but I didn’t really have much to say because I had spilled my heart the day before. So naturally, I put it down and forgot about journalling all together….again!

Realisation

More months went by, life started piling on top of me again, 101 new stresses emerged and I was feeling as depressed as ever. I was just looking through the dreaded ‘junk draw’ looking for something…I can’t remember what now but it must have been important for me to even attempt to open that draw. Anyway, there it was….my little old scraggly notebook. I opened it up and started reading.

It took me quite a while to get through the book, as I struggled to even understand my own writing but by the time I finished and processed what I had read, I had learnt some important lessons about myself.

Here is what I learnt;

I live in a time loop – Ground-hog Day!

Apart from the fact that I am a mother and have to stick to routine. One day is pretty much the same as yesterday and tomorrow. But that is not my point here.  My point is that my life was going around in circles. I was making the same mistakes and repeating them over and over again. I wasn’t learning from them. I was missing the chance to improve myself repeatedly. I could have learnt a whole set of new skills, if I had only taken the time to reflect on my mistakes and taken a different route to prevent me from making them again.

My thought patterns hadn’t changed

I am a ‘thinker’ I always have been. I regularly live in my head. Over analysing a situation until I come up with a completely different story. Then the thread of my thoughts spring out to past events and possible future events. Am sure some will understand what I mean.

Our brains can generate thousands of thoughts each day. Some are helpful and some are not. But most of the time we ‘think’ the same ‘thinks’ repeatedly. I won’t get to deep into this subject and save it for another blog post. However, my point is, every day I was thinking the same negative thoughts, probably about a thousand or more times per day. So it was no wonder I was feeling depressed.

I was holding myself back

During my ‘dark’ depression days, I always felt like something was holding me back. Like I couldn’t move on with my life until I lost some weight, until I moved house, until I passed my driving test……the list goes on. I never felt like I had enough. I was basing my happiness on ‘things’ that I thought I needed. Procrastinating at its best.

When all these realisations sunk in… I made a decision! I am going to change my life! And I am not going to wait until ‘tomorrow’ I am going to start now. And off I went and opened a Word Document.

Third Time Lucky

From that day I started writing in the Word Document I haven’t looked back. I write daily in a book and/or computer. Sometimes several times a day. I even tried a journal app so I could write on the go but that didn’t last too long. I used it for a few days when I was on holiday but when I got home I forgot all about it.

Everyone’s journalling preferences are different, what works for one person might not work for another. I believe that everyone should keep some kind of journal. There is so many different ways to record and document your feelings. You just have to experiment and see what works best for you.

During this last year I have tried countless different ways to journal. Some I like, some I don’t, some I have not tried yet. I will go into deeper detail about the different kinds and ways of journalling throughout this series (So if this interests you keep your eyes peeled for the next 6 part instalments this week). 

Conclusion

After my rocky journey into journalling, I finally realised the point of it all. Apart from its obvious emotional and health benefits, it is an amazing tool for your overall personal-development. It helps you track your progress and remember lessons that have been learnt from mistakes made. This prevents you from making the same mistakes and having to re-learn them repeatedly.

It is for place for reflecting and evolving. Writing down your goals, your plans, your wishes and your desires. Venting out your bad feelings such as anger, jealously, stress, negative thoughts and sadness. Once everything is out of your head and in your journal you can free up room in your mind to think clearly.

So if you were on the fence about starting up your own journal, I hope my story has inspired you to take the first step. Don’t wait for the perfect moment like I did. Just get started….now! Go find your scraggly old notebook and Argos pen (not literally).

I would love to hear from you. How do you feel about journalling? Have you tried keeping a journal before or do you currently use one? What’s your experience with journals? Please leave a comment down below.

Check out the other instalments of the series…

Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   Part 7

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