Five favourite resources for a lush, creative life this summer

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  • Last summer I attended Japaneese artist Meera’s course Awakening of Creativity at Baravara center, and it was one of the juiciest creative experiences I’ve ever had. Painting with my hands (no previous experience required), meditating, exploring the power of masculine and feminine energies in our creative work, and so much more. I think they still have a few seats available.

  • Right now, I’m doing the last lesson of Hillary Rain’s beautiful online course Inkstains & Alchemy, about the radical act of loving your body, as is. It addresses the challenges of living with overweight, but most of it simply speaks to any woman who’s ever struggled with not feeling at home in her own skin (pretty much all of us, in other words). My own challenges has to do with chronic pain as well as the long term effects of trauma in my body and psyche, and this course has opened the door to new, deeper layers of healing for me. More love for myself and my body = more lush freedom. I deeply recommend it (and right now, Hillary is offering it at a bargain price, so if you feel the nudge go check it out at once.

  • I’m currently not offering one-on-one mentoring sessions except to participants of The Creative Doer, but I’ll happily refer you to my friend and fellow lightworker Michelle McCartan. As a coach, Michelle’s special skill is to guide women home to themselves – to their hearts and bodies, their passions, their true work. Whenever I get off the phone (or Skype, actually) after speaking with Michelle, I feel inspired, calm and grounded. I trust her completely and so will you.

  • I’m working on a new lesson for The Creative Doer, about money and creativity, and I can tell you already that it’s going to be good. But if you’re impatient or feel like you need to give your relationship to money a complete makeover, I always recommend Denise Duffield-Thomas’s course Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp It focuses on the one thing that makes a lasting difference when it comes to dealing with money – our mindset.  (And yes, it’s pricey, but the ROI can be quite spectacular, if you’re up for the work.) I firmly believe that getting into right relationship with money can be the most empowering thing a woman can do.

  • Kylian Martin is one of my Aussie friends and a great inspiration for me when it comes to the art of resting. She specialises in Nervous System Repair and calls herself a Rest Revolutionary (I mean, that alone!). She’s preparing to release a course that I think will be truly revolutionary, but in the mean time, sink into this beautiful calming meditation.

Enjoy!

 

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Creating habits that change your life, and lasts a lifetime

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Hi Anna,

I have been wondering how you learn to live a new way of thinking or insight? For example, I love your idea of being gently pulled forward by vision to reach your creative goals rather than being propelled by fear. And the concept of thinking about time as flow rather than scarcity is so perceptive but so challenging for me. How do you live these heart-changing ideas and not go back to old habits of fear and scarcity? (Just a small question for you!)

Thank you,
Karen

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The Soulful Entrepreneur Series. My interview at Annapurna Living

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“My mantra for the last few years have been no more striving. It came as a reaction to my lifelong tendency to constantly push myself far beyond my limits, but it has slowly grown into a way of life.

Now, whenever I feel the tendency to push and strive—when that tension starts to build in my body—I just stop. Even if I’m in the midst of a deadline race and my to-do list is the length of a toilet roll. I do it to see what happens. I do it to see where this different, softer path will lead me, and so far it has led me right where I want to go.

When I take care of myself, it seems the universe has got my back. I get the work done that needs to be done, even if I rest. (Or rather, because I rest.)”

Read the full interview on annapurnaliving.com

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In search of a simpler life

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I’ve been in a process of simplifying my life for the last few years. I’ve let go of stuff, careers, people, habits, thoughts and all that overwhelm that used to dominate my everyday life.

I have less of that now, but still, it seems a hunger is awakened in me. A deep deep desire, that I’ve just started to tap into.

I want even less. I want simpler.

I’ve learned to say no. I say no to so much these days, you wouldn’t believe it. Over the last three and a half years, since we decided to leave the city and have our second baby, I’ve said no to speaking gigs, leading workshops, giving sessions, coaching writers, big beautiful book projects; I’ve said no to exciting travels, to parties, to weddings, to hanging out; I’ve said no to buying new clothes, to renovating the kitchen, to shiny magazines, to television, to social media.

Honestly, sometimes it amazes me that there’s anything left. But there is. There’s plenty. The more I let go of, the clearer one thing becomes to me. I talked to a friend about it the other day. I said:

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