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The Cre8tive Life

Issue 42- January 3, 2020

Issue 42- January 3, 2020

Happy New Year Friends!

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

This past week has been a bit similar to last week (cleaning, organizing, reflecting over the past year). In addition to that, I have been continuing to flesh out my 2020 intentions (will be sharing some of those soon!).

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 upcoming week!



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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Oneiric: (adjective) relating to dreams or dreaming.


  • ADVICE: "You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." John C. Maxwell


  • MOOD MUSIC: This week's music mood has stemmed from me digging into the crates of my favorite singer of all time, Stevie Wonder. In particular, the timeless "Songs in the Key of Life" album.


  • RANDOM RECOMMENDATION: One of my top podcasts, "Hidden Brain," had a great piece on habits- and "how they shape who we are, and who we become" that I found to be quite interesting (and full of valuable tips). You can click HERE for a listen.


  • COOKERY MAGIC:  Looking for more "cooking experiments" this year? Some of these Winter Soups sound like they might be a lot of fun to try!   


  • LIFESTYLE TIP: One of my besties (hey, Keisha) shared an alternative list of resolutions called, "50 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight" that she came across. I liked it, and immediately thought that others who read this might get something out of it too. 


  • FEEL GOOD STORY: This story of this 91 year old woman who got bit by the solo travel bug later in her life totally warmed my heart.


The collage of pictures above are from one particular memory (my visit to The Monastery in Petra, Jordan)- however, at the same time they symbolically and tangentially speak to some of my life experiences from 2019, and the previous decade. I reflect on things such as my "leap of faith" move to NYC (hard to believe it has been over 7 years now  😮)...jobs I hated, jobs I loved, jobs that I loved that I got let go from, the people that I met, love, intense heartbreak, sadness, joy, therapy, priceless friendships, kindness of strangers, travel therapy, dealings with imposter syndrome, milestone birthdays, tears, laughter, fear, rejection, reflections of purpose and belonging, faith, and so much more... 

As I look at these pictures, and reflect back on the journey I took to get them, tears begin to swell up in my eyes...My "Voyage to the Monastery" was quite an intense experience for me (to say the least), and was metaphorically connected to more than just the act of this particular climb...Yet, I will share from this experience to latch on to the bigger picture.

I am not typically known to be a hiker (by any stretch of the imagination); yet, I knew that I really wanted to stretch and challenge myself to hike my way up the 850+ steps to marvel at the beauty I had heard so much about. I can remember walking through the majestic fortress of the Siq, taking in all of the glorious scenery, seeing the bedouins in their natural habitat, feeling the turn of the searing heat, and approaching the entrance to steps of the hike up the Monastery. I was very tempted to take one of the many offers to take a donkey up...but, at the same time, I knew and felt that the climb was something that I needed to do and prove to myself. I remember taking those first few steps to begin my long journey up. I prayed, I cried, I gave myself numerous pep talks. I thought about turning back, and wondered if I had gotten myself too deep into something that I couldn't finish...I made up cheers to keep myself positive, and to take away the fear that was creeping up as I approached slippery and edgy rocks. And, I took mini breaks here and there to look back (and down) at how far I had come. I clinged on to rocks, and let others pass me. I smiled with encouragement when people pushed me to keep going. I sat and had tea with the bedouins. And, I eventually found myself making it up to the top (and with very few people there to be in my picture 🤗). I SCREAMED with excitement that I had actually made it. I was so immensely grateful. It is an experience that I will always cherish, and one that I will never forget.


This week's challenge is to kick off your year with gratitude, and reflect on something that you are grateful for.


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


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The Cre8tive Artisan

New York, NY