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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 35- November 15, 2019

Issue 35- November 15, 2019

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday! "Welcome back to "The Cre8tive Life!"- your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and cool things to check out! 

I am slowly but surely getting back to a "regular" routine of life back here in the NYC. While I typically don't get jetlag post trips (because my sleep routine is all over the place naturally), I feel like I have definitely been on an even more weirder routine than usual...I mean, has anyone else been getting up to eat full meals at 3AM? No? Okay...lol. Aside from that, I have been applying, applying, and applying (again) for some potential job fits (and trying to stay positive around that), doing a bit of networking at some cool events with some of my favorite organizations, revisiting old dance hobbies (belly dancing), and trying out new ones (Chicago Style Stepping). I additionally helped out another fellow event planner at one of her big galas this week.

Be sure to check out my pictures, video highlights, stories, and other life musings on my personal instagram page (@e101) and official brand page (@thecre8tiveartisan) throughout the week---I try to post some of my randomness there.

Have an AMAZING weekend and week next week!



My weekly (random) compilation of some of my favorite "cre8tive" things that I want to share:

  • FAVORITE WORD: Eleutheromania: (noun)  An irresistible yearning for freedom


  • ADVICE:  "Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are, and become that” — Wayne Dyer


  • MOOD MUSIC: All of this Winter weather is putting me in a reminiscent tropical mood (and making me want to escape 😩)...I have been loving this old school goodie by Beres Hammond- "Rock Away"


  • NEW FOOD DISCOVERY: Now, I can't vouch for the taste of these (and, I am not a fan of pecans- so, I would probably leave those out)...but, these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls look like a fun Fall recipe to try. Let me know if you decide to make them!


  • SOMETHING I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO: One of my favorite musical artists of all time is my birthday twin, the one and only legendary, Prince. I'm really looking froward to reading this newly released memoir, "The Beautiful Ones."


  • LIFESTYLE TIP: Sharing a personal travel hack that I have found super useful on some of my past few trips---if you're visiting a place that prominently speaks a language you may not understand, download the offline version of that language in your phone in advance to use to speak with the locals. You will be surprised at how much this comes in handy when you find yourself in a bind! Not to mention, you can end up having some of the most interesting conversations!


  • FEEL GOOD STORY: I'm sitting here wondering why I never get stuck on a subway with entertainment like THIS. It brought me all the smiles, and I hope it does you as well!


I stumbled across this quote/thought as I was looking for a graphic to support and connect to what I wanted to "muse" about in this week's newsletter. As I find myself easing into my end of the year reflection period of assessing goals, life, purpose, etc., I have noticed a theme that has consistently popped up in various aspects of my life. And, that is the theme of resiliency. Resilience can be loosely defined as "knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. It is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it." And, strangely enough, I have actually found myself being drawn into two TOTALLY DIFFERENT events with this underlying theme just this week alone. One event was around the idea of "Resilient Entrepreneurship," and what it means to operate and succeed under that guise; and, the other one was a talkback conversation centered around "overcoming rejection." Both things deeply resonated with my spirit on a career and personal level. And, I thought about the things that I had/have going on in my life that have been intimately connected to having to push back against the grain. It can be very easy to tap into a space and feeling of isolation around things not going the way you wanted, or dealing with (seemingly constant) rejection. But, the key thing is what you do next. Do you sit and wallow; or, do you seek to learn, grow, and expand into the potential of next level opportunity?

It has been said that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." And, I believe that there is a great deal of truth in that. You can definitely have and hold a dream of wanting to do/accomplish certain things. But, in the process of reaching those goals, you may have to get extra creative in how you do them. You have to be open to the learnings, willing to recalibrate, and not take one person's "No" as a state of permanency in all things. Sometimes you have to use those occurrences as tools to open and unlock other doors to get you to where you are ultimately supposed to be. Life can be an interesting journey in that way- where when you remain open to the process of truly connecting to the purpose, you can unlock powerful discoveries through a bit of iteration and tweaking.

Just my two cents for this week...I hope that you have an AMAZING day!!!


This week's challenge is to think about an area of your life where you could be a bit more resilient...Maybe there's something important to you that you have put on the back burner out of dealing with rejection, or just feeling like there's no point to trying. I challenge you to think of a creative way to tackle that thing in a new way! Let me know if you discover something with this!


Thank you to everyone that has filled out the survey! I will be sharing some upcoming events that I have been working on in the next couple of newsletters- so stay tuned for more info and invites!

For those who haven't filled out the survey, I can definitely still use your feedback. So, if you have not done so already, please take  5 minutes to fill out:


Thanks sooooooo much in advance for your time!

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Lastly, if you happen to have any future topic ideas, or come across any events I should know about, PLEASE feel free to send those along my way. I always LOVE discovering and learning about new things! 

Have a great day, and be sure to take time to enjoy your life!


*"The Cre8tive Life" is the weekly "feel good" component of my consultancy, The Cre8tive Artisan, which is where I "make the magic happen" and curate engaging lifestyle events that help connect us humans in deeper ways. Feel free to CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE to see what I do, and let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help you out! As always, if this newsletter is "not your thing", please feel free to unsubscribe (however, I really hope you don't). 

The Cre8tive Artisan

New York, NY