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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 69- July 17, 2020

Issue 69- July 17, 2020

Hello Friends-

"Welcome back to "The Cre8tive Life"- your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and musings.

For me, this past week has encompassed a lot of the same things that I shared last week, plus a few new things here and there. I've been taking daily chess classes (let me know if you're up for a virtual game with a newbie), attending some workshops, got a surprise care package of goodies from my Mom, been continuing to delve deeper into my art, and even completed my first sketchbook (which has inadvertently turned into a quarantine journal documentation of my thoughts and doodles throughout this time). I have additionally been in a perpetual state of prayer and reflection over purpose, life, the world, and beyond...

How have you been? I'd seriously love to know- so, feel free to drop me a line when you can!


Random stories, pictures, video highlights, and other life musings can be found on my personal instagram page (@e101) and official brand page (@thecre8tiveartisan) throughout the week (when/if I end up posting anything).

*And, if you have missed any previous newsletters, feel free to check out the archive section on my website: HERE.

Continued prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy 

(mentally & physically) out there ūüíó.


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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Sanguine (adj): optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation


  • ADVICE:¬†‚ÄúAs you are (consciously) shifting, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. Where you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy, and focus.‚ÄĚ - Anonymous



  • QUARANTINE RECOMMENDATION:¬†I somehow stumbled upon this series thriller called,¬†¬†"What/If", on Netflix, and ended up binge watching it over the weekend. It stars Ren√©e Zellweger in a role like I have never seen her before; and, it kept me on pins and needles in guessing the whole time. I recommend it for anyone who is looking for something a little mysterious.


  • THE MORE YOU KNOW:¬†In one of my many random perusals within the YouTube matrix, I came across a cook making fried dandelions. Out of curiosity, I decided to look further into their function beyond being a "weed." I then uncovered that they actually have quite a few of these health benefits. Who knew?


  • LIFESTYLE TIP:¬† If you're a sucker for personality type quizzes, and trying to understand others (and yourself) better, you may find Gretchen Rubin's "The Four Tendencies" quiz quite interesting. In short, it's a quick tool that helps you understand how you respond to expectations.¬†


  • FEEL GOOD SHARE: I loved learning and reading about this 12-year-old chef, and restauranteur, Omari McQueen who will be launching his very first cookbook next year!


With all that is going on in the world, it can be very easy to go down the rabbit hole of sadness and despair. But, at the same time, it is also so important to remember to reflect on those moments of abundant gratitude that we have in our lives as well. Sometimes it may feel like you might have to reach a little farther than others to find them...but, they are always there.


This week's challenge is to do a daily log of something different that you are grateful for each day.


Hope you can join me next week for another "Cre8tive Connections!" I am conducting these bi-weekly as a little "feel good" for the community. It would be really great to "see" you!


Password is: CRE8TIVE

*Please feel free to invite others you think might be interested in attending!


As a reminder, I have created some new virtual event planner offers called, "Virtualizations!" If you (or, a friend) have an upcoming birthday (or other virtual celebration need), I would love to be considered as your virtual event planner consultant! Together we can craft a unique and engaging virtual experience that all your attendees will be touched by! Please feel free to reach out to me HERE for more details! I look forward to working with you!


***Totally disregard this part of the newsletter if you have already done this.

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