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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A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling Part 4 – “The Different Ways & Uses”

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This is the ‘forth’ 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’.

What can you use your journal for?

You can use a journal for absolutely anything…anything your heart desires.

Journals, Journals, Journals, the beautiful world of journals!

Here, I have created a list of all the different ways you can use a journal and all the different uses they can serve, just to give you some ideas;

Journals for Record Keeping

Dream journal – A place to record your dream experiences, this can be nightly dreams or waking dreams. You can reflect on the meaning of them and how they relate to you current situations.

Reading journal – A place to record the books that you have read and the books you would like to read. You can write your own review and reflect on what you have learnt from it.

Prayer journal – A place to record your prayers or passages from the bible. You can reflect on what those prayers mean to you and what can be learnt from them.

Language journal – A place to record new words you have learnt, when studying another language.

Recipe journal – A place to record new recipes you have tried or invented. You can leave a review of how the meal went for your family.

Gardening journal – A place to record what you have planted in your garden, how long they took to bloom. You can add pictures and write down how they make you feel.

Journals to Keep Track of Things

Weight loss journal – A place where you can track you weight loss/gain and reflect on what works and what does not. You can record what exercise you have done, how much water you have drank, how many calories you have consumed etc. You can also plan out your meals ahead of time and write out your shopping lists.

Health journal – A place to track your health habits. This may be good for someone who suffers from some kind of medical condition (e.g. diabetes) and needs to keep a close eye on what they eat and do on a daily basis.

Entrepreneur journal – A place to track your career contributions. This may help someone how is starting up their own business and needs to work though trail and error with their ideas and plans.

School/college/university journal – A place to track your progress and contributions towards your education. Where you can make connections between personal observations and class material, to generate ideas for future papers and to raise questions and issues you may have that could potentially fuel classroom discussions.

Pregnancy journal – A place to track your progress during pregnancy. This is a great way to remember how you felt during each stage of the pregnancy. You can record the first time you felt a kick, what your cravings are, and all the different names that you had picked. You can record how you felt when you find out if you’re having a girl or a boy and add the scan pictures and pictures of your belly growth.

Diary/planner – A place to track and plan your everyday going’s on. Some people don’t count this as a journal but in my opinion, I think they are. As well as planning for the future, you are recording what you do on a day to day basis. For example; you may look back in your planner and realise that you haven’t had lunch with a certain friend for 3 month and then you will know it is time you made another dinner date.

Project journal – A place to track all your brilliant ideas. You can record all your ideas, plan out your ideas, keep track of them when they are in progress and reflect on them when you have completed them.

Lifestyle journal – A place to keep track of any lifestyle changes you may be making. These lifestyles can be anything you decide; for example, a fitness journal, a spiritual journal, a vegan/vegetarian journal etc.

Journals for Memory Keeping

Journals don’t have to be just for writing… You can use journals to document your memories with pictures, memorabilia, ticket stubs…basically anything you can glue or stick in a pocket.

Here are some examples;

Travel journal – A place for you to record and document everywhere you have visited. You can add pictures, write about the place, write how you felt, why you liked it or disliked it etc.

Project life – A place you can document the little moments in life…using pictures and journalling. And of course you can decorate it as creatively as you like. Here is a peak at my Project Life.

Scrap booking – A place where you can store and document your photos in a visually pleasing layout.

Mini albums – An album created and dedicated to a certain event or person. For example; your baby’s first year, a family holiday etc.

Junk journal – A place you can record and document anything you want. You can put in things others would see as junk but you see them to have sentimental value to your life. For example; I like to save all the little notes my children write me and all their drawing and paintings. I haven’t actually made a junk journal out of them yet but I store them in a folder…they are ready and waiting to be made into a brilliant junk journal of memories.

Journals for communicating With Others

Group, couple or family journal – This is a journal that you share with others. You could use one if you have trouble communicating verbally with someone, to work through some issues you may be having or you could just make a journal where everyone writes in it to document memories. For example; a wedding guest book

Pen pal journal – A place to keep all your letters from a pen pal or to record who and when you sent one out or received one. There is a massive community online where people reach out to do swaps with others, where they send out creative snail mail, such as pocket letters, flip books etc. To learn more click here.

Journals to Express Yourself

And of course, journals where you can go to be free to express exactly how you are feeling in the moment…a place you can let your creative soul sour, a place to experiment with different techniques and a place where you can truly be yourself…My favourite kind of journalling.

Creative journal – A bit like a junk journal and art journal all rolled into one…you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. You can draw pictures, colour in, collage cut outs, write…there is no limit of possibilities you can do.

Healing journal – A place you can work out your feelings and concentrate on your personal growth and healing. You can dedicate it to any area of your life you feel you need to concentrate on. For example; to overcome grief or loss, to help move on from a dysfunctional relationship, to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction etc.

Brain dump journal – A place to empty your head of clutter. To learn more click here.

Art journal – Art journalling is a place where you combine art and words to express how you are feeling…you don’t have to be good at drawing or art, to art journal…that is why I love it so much.

Creative writing journal – A place where you can practise your creative writing skills.

Lister’s Gotta List – (I love Lister’s Gotta List, that’s why I feel it needed to be added here) Lister’s Gotta List was created by The Reset Girl on YouTube…where you get prompts every month. You then make a list every day in your journal/Traveller’s notebook in a creatively and visualising layout. To learn more click here.

Ideas journal – A place to record all your brilliant and life changing ideas.

5 minute journal – A journal you write in everyday for just 5 minutes about whatever you feel like writing.

Gratitude journal – A place to document and record everything you have in your life to be grateful for. A gratitude journal is a brilliant tool to use to overcome depression and anxiety because it reminds you of all the good you have in your life.

Affirmation journal – A place you document only positive things. You can record your favourite positive affirmations and quotes that make you feel happy and resonate with you. If you like positive quotes and affirmations, you may like my Instagram page…where I share a positive Daily Affirmations.

 

Well this brings me to the end of my list but I am sure there are many more ideas out there you could use to start your very own journalling journey. A journal doesn’t have to be ‘just’ for writing… you can keep a journal for anything and do anything in it.

I did wish I could have put pictures up of every journal mentioned above…but unfortunately…I don’t have them all to take pictures of. However, if a certain one interests you…a quick search on Pinterest and you will be shown hundreds of examples. I am always on Pinterest pinning stuff…if you would like to follow me click here.

Here is a few more examples you may want to look at;

Bullet journalling

Smash book

Wreak this journal

Midori Traveller’s Notebook

October/December Daily

Bible journalling

Meditation journal

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 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7

Also check out my Journalling challenge called‘100 Creative Journal Prompt Challenge’. (Still open)

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A Beginners Crash Course on Journalling Part 2 – “What Is Journalling, Anyway”

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This is the ‘second’ 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’.

What is Journalling?

In short…”Journalling is a written record of thoughts”. These thoughts can be recorded in many different formats however, the typical form that everyone thinks of when they hear the word ‘journalling’ is a leather bound book held by the mysterious person sitting on their own in a café… well that is how I used to think of them…don’t know about you. But in reality, journalling can be done in any form by anyone that wants to do it. That is the good thing about it, there are literally NO RULES. (I will talk more on the different ways and styles of journalling later on in this series.)

A journal is a place where you can write down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and observations. It is a place where you can truly be free to express yourself. You can keep it private or share your thoughts, this is totally up to you…but generally, a journal is for you. It allows you to document how you are feeling in the moment and is a very good tool for remembering details about your life that you would otherwise forget with time. Because as every day that passes we lose pieces of our memory…of our lives. This is because our brains are only designed to remember things ‘it’ thinks is important and disregards the rest of the things that ‘it’ doesn’t think is important.

For example; can you remember what you had for dinner last week? I bet most people can’t… You may be thinking, “Well I don’t care what I had for dinner last week” but for someone who is trying to make positive healthy changes in their life…this will be important to them. This is what is so good about journalling, YOU get to decide what you want to remember…maybe the things you don’t want to forget is…that silly ‘thing’ that your child did or a special moment you and your significant other shared. Because as time goes by…even if we think we will never forget them…we mostly do.

Facebook for instance, is like a big public journal we each keep…where we share what we had for lunch, pictures of great nights out, silly phrases that our children say. We share these things because they make us happy and we want to share our happiness with others. However, Facebook is also a place where people go to complain, have a rant, slag off others in third person…this is not a good thing to share with your friends, these things should be kept private and expressed in some form of journal. Where you can either destroy when your finished writing or keep for yourself for later observation. For instance, they have an added app now on Facebook, where it shows you want status you wrote 1 year, 2 year ago etc to the day. I had one that I wrote 5 years ago, that I slated my neighbour for playing his drums to late at night, which I forgot I had wrote and was a bit disgraced at myself for complaining about it publicly but I also had one where I shared the moment my daughter tried to sneak by me with all sorts of snacks up her top…I asked her what was on her head and she lifted her hands to feel her head and all the snacks feel out…ha-ha (such a funny moment).

Anyway, I have went on a bit of a tangent there…the point I was trying to make is, that we all keep some kind of journal without even realising. It is really good to look back and see how far you have come and how much you have changed. But I totally recommend that as well as Facebook, that you also keep a written journal of some kind to record your thoughts and memories that you want to remember and pass down to the younger generations. I don’t know about you…but I love hearing stories about things my Mam did as a child or what I did as a child, they are so funny and make me all happy inside. For example, I know that the first song I learnt to sing, was; “it’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring” because my sister told me (Thanks Lauren) and I also know that I could never pronounce my other sister name right and used to call her ‘Tish’ instead of ‘Trish’ (Hi Trish). And when I pass these stories down to my children, it sets them in a fit of laughter. And I just love the story about my Mam (Sorry Mam) from when she was a child and tried to climb out of the window and got stuck (ha-ha), the fire brigade had to come and rescue her.

I know I want to keep the silly memories that my children do and say now to share them with them when their older. You know, maybe the ‘snack sneaking’ story will go down a treat at my daughter’s wedding reception, maybe it’s something her future husband needs to watch out for…hehe.

But apart from the ‘record’ keeping reasons to journal, there is also something very therapeutic about putting a pen to paper…feeling the smoothness of the pen moving around with loops and flicks. Handwriting is like an expression of your personality and how you are feeling in the moment. I know that when I am happy my handwriting is different to when I write when I am angry or upset. And when you go back to observe what you have wrote there is things to be learnt by reading in-between the lines… (So to say).

With regular journalling, in time your handwriting skills will improve and mature with you. And your actual writing skills will improve…even if you don’t include the correct ‘grammar’ etc.… You will begin to grow you own ‘writing voice’. Your senses will sharpen and you will learn to look at your life and things around you with a different perspective. All of a sudden, you will start to look at the world with different eyes…new eyes. Colours start to stand out and the world around you starts to look like a more beautiful place to live. You will begin to notice the little things in life and suddenly your child’s chocolaty messy smiley face will become the most delightful thing you have ever seen…

I think what I am trying to say is…everyone has something to write about, everyone has their own story to tell. And that is basically ‘What journalling is’! Telling your story. And like I said, you don’t have to pass it down to younger generations, you decide who sees it. You may decide you want to keep a journal to learn more about yourself or explore your feelings…in that case you will just keep it private. But I will talk more on this matter later this week. (Keep your eyes peeled for the next 5 instalments this week)

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 1    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7

Also check out my Journalling challenge called‘100 Creative Journal Prompt Challenge’. (Still open)

If you want to learn more about Miss Rachel B (click here)

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