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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 36- November 22, 2019

Issue 36- November 22, 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! 

This week has been a melting pot of random activity for me. I've gone to some art exhibits, met some interesting people, toured the Facebook & Instagram facilities, went to a woodshop class (where I built a mailbox and key holder contraption), participated in some (frustrating) dance therapy, applied for some projects, and have been slowly but surely getting back into somewhat of a more routine sleep schedule. I have also been perpetually researching and buying things to build up my arsenal of goods for surviving winter (I abhor this season- in case you didn't know).

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: Cerebrate: (verb)  To think deeply about something; ponder


  • 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 it.” — Steven Pressfield


  • MOOD MUSIC: Taking things back with a favorite oldie but goodie classic today...Simply Red's "Holding Back The Years" is a definite mood.


  • CULTURE RECOMMENDATION: For my fellow New Yorkers, or those who might find themselves in the area in the near future, I highly recommend a visit to the Yayoi Kusama's new exhibit, "Everyday I Pray for Love" at the David Zwirner Gallery. You have until December 14th to check it out!


  • SOMETHING TO TRY: If you find yourself in a bit of struggle trying to figure out what to bring/make for the next potluck you're invited to, you may find these QUICK AND EASY POTLUCK RECIPES to be a lifesaver. Let me know if you try something and like it!


  • LIFESTYLE TIP: As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may find THIS HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE that the New York Times shard helpful. Seems like they have something covered for everyone that might be on your list!  


  • FEEL GOOD STORY: **CAUTION: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE TO USE THE RESTROOM---DO THAT FIRST, AND THEN COME BACK*** Came across this HILARIOUS little read of "seasoned" people using social media incorrectly, and got some much needed chuckles. Find the laugh you didn't realize you needed HERE


I don't have a "big share" in this area this week...but, I did happen upon a picture of this onion in some random reading, and decided to create and add some of my own copy to further illustrate what I am deeming to be, "The Onion Effect." 

During this time of year, I tend to get in a bit of a reflective (and melancholic) state. And, I am planning to use this "method," if you will, on a few areas of my life and thoughts.

Let me know if you happen to find it helpful!


This week's challenge is to try out this "Onion Effect" in problem area of your life, and see if you discover something "new."


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!

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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