April Authentic Challenge

April 1st, 2014

April Authentic Challenge

Bringing back the Authentic Challenges because I’ve missed them :) Life has been beautifully busy and messy the last three months and a lot of stuff has been going on. I’m now half-way through my Feldenkrais Training course, have been busy working on client projects, several of which are now in the process of wrapping up, my 365 Day Creative Challenge has been going strong, although my blog life has stagnated, I’ve drawn tons of monsters for my Draw A Monster Fiverr Gig, sold quite a few themes, enrolled for Next Level shit with Rebecca Tracey to move my business forward, and have seriously started examining my relationship with money.

I’m excited to move forward, so here are my plans for April.

APRIL // Authentic // Shop Revamp

I’m planning to completely revamp my Etsy Shop. I will be re-working all my themes to make them more stable and compatible and will be adding a bunch of new features. I’m also planning to completely remove myself from the sales process (hello passive income). Currently when someone buys, I create the headers for them before packing up the theme and sending it off. I want to make it easy for clients to add their own header and thus create less work for myself. All themes should then be available for instant download so you can also get started right away when you purchase. I’m hoping to get this out of my system in April so I can start creating new themes to add to the shop in May. The shop has been a great source of extra income and I’m planning to take it way more seriously this year as I think it has loads more potential.

APRIL // Creative // 365 Day Creative Challenge

The goal here is just to stick it through, no matter what. So far I’ve missed exactly ONE day out of 72 and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also hoping to start creating some new fully finished images this month instead of just sketches. I’ll be continuing to post my results on the blog to keep me accountable.

APRIL // Free // Money Love

I’ve spent a large part of March examining my relationship with money. There’s been a shit-ton of subconscious rubbish to sift through and I’m pretty amazed at what’s been coming to the surface. So far I’ve mainly been working through “Money – A Love Story” by Kate Northrup and “Overcoming Underearning” by Barbara Stanny. Both have been a huge help with working through some dirty mindsets around money which are keeping me stuck, the second one even more than the first, although both are great and I’m hoping to make more progress on this in April and get my finances under control. I’ve been pretty clueless about what my money’s been doing the past few years and that seriously needs fixing.

So that’s it for the coming month! Wish me luck!

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December Authentic Challenge // Wrap Up

January 6th, 2014

December Authentic Challenge // Creative, Authentic, Free

December was a pretty mad month, on top of it being Christmas and New Year and my birthday on the 2nd of January and everything. Things are starting to normalise again now, and I’m catching up and getting back into the swing of things. I’ve got a lot of business plans for the near future, so it may get kinda quiet around here for a bit, but I will certainly be back :)

Here’s a recap of the challenges I set myself for December and I’m happy to announce that despite the chaos I managed to follow through with ALL of them!

DECEMBER // Authentic // Business Alignment

December was pretty quiet around here, as I was scrabbling around trying to get all my Christmas presents in time and at the same trying to push my graphics and webdesign business forward with the “Uncage your Business” course by Becca from The Uncaged Life.

If you’re struggling in your small business I’d totally recommend you check it out, it might seem like quite a hefty stack of money to put down, but it’s totally worth it and a great investment. Becca is amazing, she helps you get really clear on all the fuzzy stuff in your business that’s holding you back, gives you clear next action steps and helps you bust through the bullshit you’re surrounding yourself with. The private Facebook group alone is worth the money, the support and feedback of the group is simply amazing and I’d join the course again anytime I’m feeling stuck.

I’ve gone from feeling down in the dumps and totally out of energy regarding my business, to being excited, inspired and full of ideas for the new year.

I’m working on creating a whole new website geared more towards the online market and am hoping to get that up by the end of this month, along with wrapping up some client projects to free myself up for a new direction.

DECEMBER // Creative // 30 Days of Lists

I’ve completed all the lists from this month’s challenge, but still need to add quite a few photos to complete the mini-book I made for this project. It’s pretty much in the same style as my  Gratitude Journal from November, which I find a very simple and stressless way of journaling, as it’s quite easy to prepare before hand and the journaling is simply writing down notes on strips of paper. It’s a bit of work choosing and adding in the photos at the end, but all in all I find it a fun and simple project that I’ll probably keep coming back to when there’s not so much time for more elaborate projects.

I’ll be sharing the finished mini-book here in the near future :)

DECEMBER // Free // Just for Fun

Read some pretty amazing books this December, including “Fire Bringer” by David Clement-Davies and “Choose Yourself” by James Altucher. Both are absolutely amazing reads.

I could hardly put Fire Bringer down. It’s a riveting story about red deer living in Scotland of the past, a tale of loyalty, belief, identity, courage, treachery, hatred and destiny. Lots of action, death and destruction, a very moving story about a herd of deer at war that is at times uncomfortably close to human history and behaviour.

“Choose Yourself” doesn’t reaaaaally fit my “Just for fun” policy, although it was definitely a fun read, but I feel it’s an amazing book that definitely deserves a mention here. In a time where job security is a thing of the past it’s time for us to start “choosing ourself” and creating our own path to happiness instead of relying on outside people and factors to do it for us. Lots of interesting and unconventional advice and inspiring case studies on how to live a better, more productive, more useful and more happy life while putting yourself out there and doing good in this world.

I also read “Promise of the Wolves” which was quite good, but I’m not sure if I found it gripping enough for me to consider getting the next part of the trilogy. It’s a tale of wolves from 14,000 years ago, their relationship with humans and the mythologies around their fate. Not bad – but not over the top awesome.

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December Authentic Challenge

December 4th, 2013

December Authentic Challenge // Creative, Authentic, Free

Sitting home with a cold right now, feeling sorry for myself. So, plans for the current month.

DECEMBER // Authentic // Business Alignment

I’m currently in business coaching with Becca from The Uncaged Life. I’m not quite happy with where I am business-wise right now, something’s just not sitting right even though I have more work than ever, so this month I want to seriously work on revamping my business model.

DECEMBER // Creative // 30 Days of Lists

Life is busy busy busy at the moment, so as usual the creative stuff gets put on the backburner :(
However, I’m determined to go through my second round of 30 Days of Lists which is running again in December. I probably won’t be sharing the lists daily, but was thinking of a round-up every 5 or 6 days maybe if I can manage. Otherwise I’ll  just share my book at the end.

I’m making the lists in a mini-book similar to my Gratitude Journal from November, and will be trying to keep it super simple. My last 30 Days of Lists journal was a bit more elaborate, but I’m not going to manage that again this month.

DECEMBER // Free // Just for Fun

Bringing back my Just for Fun reading challenge because I’ll need it this month. 30 minutes of light reading a day. No business books. Just fun.

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