November Authentic Challenge // Wrap Up

December 1st, 2013

November Authentic Challenge

Wrapping up last month’s Authentic Challenge. Now I need to make my plans for December, I’m kind of behind on this… It’s been an amazing and exciting (though not exactly easy) month and I’m curious to see what will be going down in December, at the moment things don’t seem to be slowing down much.

NOVEMBER // Authentic // Do the exercise that’s available

This was probably the most successful one this month. I haven’t been able to jog due to a dicky knee, and haven’t yet found a new karate club that is really up to my standards AND close enough to get to, and also funds for courses and classes were scarce recently, so this month I tried to make do with the things I actually could do. I visited Judo classes with my boyfriend and went to Pilates courses with my parents (where we’re signed up as a family). Not the most intense workouts, but definitely miles better than doing nothing. I really enjoyed the classes, and I’m slooooowly starting to “get” Judo I think. Before I’d do something one week and forget it completely by the next. Now I’m starting to remember moves and might even remember to use one of the correct holds while fighting :) Now it’s starting to get really fun!

NOVEMBER // Creative // Sketchbook

Failed. Completely and utterly :) But that’s okay for now, this month was crazy, I’ve suddenly been swamped with work after struggling for some months with barely anything, now I’m inundated with it. I still completed some drawings from my “Draw a monster” and “Draw a Cartoon” Fiverr gigs, so I’m good. (The gigs are now on hold due to me having too much work to complete them in time, but I’d love to reopen them at a later time.)

NOVEMBER // Free // Self-Kindness

Could have been a bit better, I had some pretty dark moments recently, but overall I managed to give myself a break despite having loads of stuff to do and have once again accepted I can’t do everything all at once, and have to take my projects and my life one step at a time. That attitude actually makes me a hell of a lot more productive than trying to focus on the gigantic overwhelming whole and I’ve been punching my to-do list in the face this month – I’ve crossed off loads of project, even some just for fun stuff, such as design some free Christmas Cards. Things are working, and I’m getting stuff done, money is coming in and thought I still have quite a few pressing to-dos, the situation feels pretty much back under control. It’s times like this I realise that “being nice” to myself is really the best way to go, otherwise everything grinds to a standstill.

Two out of three were definitely a success, the Creative part not so much – but that’s how it is. Another time then!

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October Authentic // Gratitude Book

November 22nd, 2013

Gratitude Book Cover

Part of my October Authentic Challenge was to keep a gratitude journal. I’d originally planned to keep it super simple and just keep a notebook, but I’d just come out of September’s 30 days of lists and was inspired to keep doing some small daily crafting. So I decided to make another mini-book to keep my gratitude lists in for October.

Gratitude Book Pages // Photo

I did stick with simple though. I cut some thick patterned paper in different shades of yello into 10 x 10 cm squares. I cut paper into strips of 1 cm thickness and used those snippets to write down the things I was grateful for. On the opposite blank page I stuck a photo and spiced it up a little with some gorgeous new washi tape I found recently.

Gratitude Book Pages // Photo

Gratitude Book Pages

Every 5th page was lined, so I used those pages to go into a little more detail. After finishing up all the pages, I punched holes in them and bound the whole thing with two book rings.

Gratitude Book Pages // Thank You

I have a lot to be grateful for, even though I don’t always see it. This little book was a fun little reminder to keep track of all the little things that make life worth living. And I love how the final result turned out!

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November Authentic Challenge

November 1st, 2013

November Authentic Challenge

Coming up with this month’s challenge was a bit difficult this time, as a lot of stuff is happening right now, and I’m not sure what’s going to be happening over the course of this month. So these are kind of tentative goals that may be tipped in favor of other things, but for now, these are some personal goals for November.

NOVEMBER // Authentic // Do the exercise that’s available

This is one of the worst things for me at the moment. My knee is acting up, so I can’t jog. I’m short on cash, so sportsclubs and the train-tickets needed to get there are currently out of the question. And I’m suffering. I used to have intense karate training seven hours a week, and I thrived on it. Currently I’m barely doing any exercise, and it’s sending me up the walls with frustration. I need intense physical exercise. Without it, no matter how good life is, I don’t feel right. So this month I want to commit to doing the exercise I can do. I’m still signed up for Pilates classes via my family. I can train at my boyfriend’s Judo club. I have a karate club I can train at for free (which is quite a good bike-trip away though). Without exercise I don’t function fully. So this month I want to try and do what exercise I can.

NOVEMBER // Creative // Sketchbook

Last month, my “Draw you a monster” Fiverr gig got me drawing almost daily again, which was nice and a massive improvement over the usual, but none of that was technically personal work. I don’t know if I’ll be able to commit to drawing daily this month, so I’m just going to try and break out my sketchbook a few times and see if I can get a few personal sketches done. I also have an Aesop’s Fable I need to finish.

NOVEMBER // Free // Self-Kindness

I have reason to believe, that this month is going to be exciting, but also very stressful. So this is here as a reminder to me, to be nice to myself when things get difficult. To give myself a break. To take it easy now and then. To just read a good book or have a bath even though I don’t “have time”.

Apart from that I’d like to complete a few new themes for my Etsy shop, which had it’s best month since opening last month!

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