Working From Home for Creative People

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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Enjoy this guest blog post by Jenny Holt, freelance writer, who wrote about working from home for creative people. It’s very relevant for myself and I’m sure it is for some of you, too. I hope it helps you making the right decision for yourself.

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Are you a creative considering a move away from an official workplace and working from the comfort of your own home? A recent study by the Trade Union Congress found that the number of people working regularly from home in the UK has risen by a fifth in the last decade, now topping over 1.5 million. But the freedom offered by a home office situation isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider before taking the leap.

Advantages

Freedom

Creative people thrive on the versatility and flexibility that working from home provides – after all, there’s no knowing when the Muse will pay you a visit! Plus, you get to take holiday when you want, work around other commitments, and choose to work at your most productive time.

Independence

Creatives are also often best left to their own devices if they want to get the optimum results from their work. A micromanaging boss is the last thing you need when you’re in the throes of creating something amazing, and being at home gives you the autonomy you need to make this happen. You get to develop your best ideas and have control over your creative process, which leads to fulfillment and professional satisfaction.

Economy

Doing what you love is essential for your happiness. But it’s not always easy if the job you love doesn’t bring in as much money, or as reliable an income, as a 9-5 office job. Having your studio or office at home cuts overheads and can help make your dream job a possibility.

Disadvantages

Lack of structure

Creative people often go through spells of being swept up in the inspiration of what they’re doing, and then facing periods of relative inactivity. If you’re in a shared workspace under a boss, you’re forced to work through these dry spells, but when you work from home, you can just indulge them. Think sleeping in, staying in your pyjamas all day, getting very little done and, consequently: not being able to pay the rent.

Isolation

Working from home has many pros and cons, but one of the biggest negatives is the feeling of loneliness that can sometimes arise from working alone. When you work in a shared space like an office, you’re forced into contact with people regularly, which although can sometimes be frustrating, is a natural state for human beings. If you have no other reason to leave your house, you may find that you don’t have human contact for days on end with anyone except your immediate family, which can lead to the formation of negative thought patterns and habits.

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What are your thoughts on becoming a freelancer?

 – A guest blog post by Jenny Holt, Freelance Writer –

Found 5 Tips On How To Become A Successful Freelancer

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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I finally found the time to write about how to become a successful freelancer. It has been more than 6 months for me and I already can tell you a few things about what to do and what to avoid. I have written a blog post about the beginnings before, but here’s my progress. When I talk to people about how to become a successful freelancer there’s such a big halo around it. Don’t misunderstand me, I like it when people think it’s a big deal but I also think if you’re a creative person who likes to find solutions, becoming a freelancer is easier than you think. It has a lot to do with your own attitude.

Before I give you some useful tips I want to tell you when I decided to go freelance and how I started. As far as I remember, I started thinking about freelancing 4 months into my new job when I also started this blog in January 2015. I secretly told myself I have one year to make the jump. So I’d say my thoughts lasted way longer than my actions but that’s quite a common thing. The urgency of becoming freelance is mostly developed out of an emergency, e.g. getting fired, or a huge dissatisfaction, e.g. the job is not fulfilling anymore. My job was alright and so were all the others before but my problem was that everything was too slow for me and I could barely develop my own skills because I had to follow processes and rules. I know I sound like such a rebel but I knew for a long time I might not be the best person doing what other people tell me to do, at least not without questioning it. So freelancing was the first step into independence. I’m guilty of not being prepared enough, i.e. I didn’t have savings when I made the jump. I just couldn’t wait anymore. It might not be the best starting point but on the other hand, I really needed to push myself to make things happen.

At the moment, I still have a mix of different jobs. I work sporadically for an agency as a social media manager and I do have my own clients. I’ve been incredibly lucky that my clients can see such a big potential in me and trust me with my expertise. I not only help them with their social media channels, I also provide help with branding, PR, and marketing. The truth is that I can do so much more than social media but sometimes it’s tricky to sell this to your client when your obvious expertise is social media. Once people get to know me and have seen what I’m capable of we’re rocking their brand together.

But enough about me and my clients. I want to tell you a little bit more about how you can make it, too. Here we go!

  1. Fake it until you make it
    I so believe in this in so many ways. It sounds a little bit like cheating but it is not. A lot of people think they need to work years in a company to gain expertise but all you really gain is confidence and you can develop that, too, when you start freelancing. I have learned so much more in half a year of freelancing than I have by working for a company for 2 years. We’re so lucky that all the things you need to know can be found online nowadays. Visit workshops or (free) events to gain the knowledge you think you’ll need. You can do that whilst you’re freelancing by the way.
  2. Think out of the box
    And by that I mean when it comes to finding your clients. That’s a big question, isn’t it? And it’s a good question. You need to train yourself thinking out of the box. I found my clients all in different ways and I’m sure there will be even more ways to create opportunities – by the way, I’m organising an event with a friend in London soon and it’s all about creating your own opportunities (coming soon on my blog!). Here are a few examples to help you thinking:

    • Use your social media channels; it can be very powerful. I found 2 of clients on social media; I approached the first one on Twitter & the other client found me on Instagram
    • Visit events & put yourself out there
    • Join Facebook groups & offer your help – I recently collaborated with a photographer for one of my clients & our relationship started by her offering a free photo shoot in one of those Facebook groups
    • Don’t be shy to tell all your friends what you’re doing, even your fellow freelancers; there are more possibilities out there than you think & I personally appreciate it when I know a person I can recommend (PS: Tell me what you’re doing!)
    • Plan a PR stunt. That sounds maybe crazy & huge but why not start something real & surprising?! A friend of mine told me once that she wanted to work for a specific agency so she put up a table in front of the office and gave away free Glühwein (mulled wine) to the staff – by the way, she’s German. Mulled wine was a great association to her nationality & personality. She wrote little messages on the cups so they remembered her. How creative is that?
  3. Where to invest your time in
    I already brought this up briefly but social media is very powerful. I might be biased because I have used it successfully but I guess that makes me eligible to make this statement. You can work on your social media presence any time and you can spend as much time as you want. But that’s how you get the chance to reach out to many people. I’m not going to lie, it rarely will be a success over night & it takes some time but you build amazing relationships with people who will support you & who follow you on your journey. The key is consistency. Of course, it doesn’t harm if you combine online & offline events every now & then (see examples above).
  4. Never stop learning
    This is a very important attitude when it comes to becoming a freelancer. I can see it in myself & I have read it about people who are successful: they always search for more knowledge. They’re always curious. We live in a world where technology almost changes monthly. But it’s also important to understand what people are looking for & how they consume things. There’s so much to learn about human beings, about technology, and about the world. If you’re one of those curious minds you definitely have an advantage.
  5. Positive Thinking
    Being a freelancer can be tough but it’s crucial that you stay positive & engaged. There might be a period where times are rough & you can’t go out with your friends for drinks but making these compromises from time to time & especially at the beginning will reward you with independence not to say freedom. Work harder to get more clients or agency jobs. I always have in mind a) if I need to I can get back to a full-time job & b) if money is tight I consider working in a coffee shop or somewhere else where I can earn quick money. There are always alternatives. Just don’t forget to think positively because that way of thinking will help you to find a solution.

Please share your thoughts with me! Are you thinking of going freelance? What does stop you? Where do you see your biggest problem? I’m happy to give some more advice and encouragement!

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Working from the coffee shop around the corner of co-working space Campus London.

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Working with my freelance friend Emelie on my shared terrace in East London.

Found An Update On My Freelance Life + Tips

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Three months have passed by since I quit my job and went freelance. It’s time to talk a little bit about my freelance life and maybe give you some tips as well if you’re thinking about taking the big step.

How do I earn my money?
I think I’ve been quite lucky but at the moment I work three days a week in a social media agency, helping out on projects and support different teams. I say I’m lucky because it’s quite unusual that you can do that in the advertising world. Normally you commit to a couple of months work full-time from Monday to Friday and maybe you take off some time in between jobs. It’s a little risky since I don’t have a contract with the agency (just a verbal agreement & yes, they pay me) but at the same time I have never been that flexible in my life. I also have my own clients, i.e. I do social media strategies and management for startups. It takes some time to get my own clients but that’s okay.

How do I feel?
I know that being a freelancer is riskier than working in a full-time job but I’m totally fine with that. I feel really good and I already can’t imagine to go back to a full-time job (I will though if I’m starving). I’m not saying it’s easy but I do like the feeling of making my own decisions. All depends on the effort I put in. Of course, self-doubt is sometimes part of my life but what’s the point in thinking about that when you need to figure out a) how to earn money and b) how to be happier. Self-doubt is good for self-improvement but that’s about it. So although it can be a little hard sometimes I haven’t regret a second that I went freelance. All I know is that I have to learn a lot and I’m very excited to do so.

What’s next?
I want to build my client base and do more of social media strategy and consultancy for smaller businesses. That’s one part. The other part of this journey is also to be more creative and explore my artistic side. I have to admit the time I spend to create and to design has not increased since I’m a freelancer. I definitely need to make more time for it. Nobody is perfect, right?! BUT, there is a new website – www.zippi.co.uk – I discovered recently where I can sell my design on products within the UK. Although I really like Society6 it’s still very difficult to actually get products from the US without waiting for weeks and paying for customs.

What advice can I give you?

  • Don’t be scared! I know freelancing is a very scary thing but I think, I can always go back to a full-time job if it doesn’t work out and so can you.
  • Don’t plan too much! I realised it’s better to be more flexible. Why? Because you don’t know who’s going to need your help. I jumped in for someone in an agency for a few days and that’s how I got my first freelance job. I for sure didn’t plan it but that’s how I started to work for an agency three times a week. Very unexpected, right?!
  • Embrace the unknown! I agree that not everyone is made for freelancing. That’s okay. It would be horrible if we’re all the same, wanting and doing all the same stuff. But if you want to freelance you need to be adventurous. Most of the time you don’t know what’s going to happen in six months and if you don’t enjoy the unknown it can be more painful than fun.
  • Save some money! Well, the truth is I didn’t do it. I jumped right into the cold water and now I just have to make things happen. To be honest, this is good for me because I’m the most productive when I actually need to do things (when I have an invisible deadline). If I feel too comfortable I barely get sh… done. But on the other hand, I think it’s good to have a little buffer for at least two or three months just because it takes some time to get paid by other agencies or clients.
  • Get yourself out there! Connect with people as much as you can – online and offline. It feels good to connect with like-minded people and it’s also good to meet potential clients. I visit a lot of networking events in London and there’s so much you can take away from these events – advice, free drinks, business cards, new friendships, knowledge & learnings.
  • Take it easy! Don’t be too harsh to yourself at the beginning. I was quite upset with myself at the very beginning because I couldn’t manage time properly and I also made mistakes. You NEED to make mistakes and I guarantee you there hasn’t been a soul on this earth who hasn’t made mistakes, especially at the beginning of their journey. If you don’t make mistakes how are you able to learn anything?

That’s my so-called freelance life after three months. I’m still very excited to see what’s next and I’m willing to work my ass off in order to never stand still and to improve wherever I can. I might have some new insights and tips for you in three months or I might tell you things went in the opposite direction. I’ll definitely let you know.

What’s your opinion on freelancing?

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Found Some Questions About Your Creativity

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Are you creative? You probably struggle to answer that question or you’d immediately answer ‘no’ because you don’t think you’re creative. I can only assume that you probably associate being creative with having a talent such as drawing, crafting, designing, singing, dancing or writing. Creative people might be able to draw or write but that doesn’t mean you’re not creative because you can’t do these things. I want to show you why you’re perfectly capable of living a creative life without having an artistic ability.

Have a look at the seven signs of creativity below and let me know after you read the blog post if you see you’re a creative person. By the way, you don’t have to answer all the questions with a ‘yes’ in order to claim you’re a creative person. One is already enough. Furthermore, there are probably even more signs showcasing that you’re creative. I don’t think there’s only one definition of creativity. Creativity is very subjective and can be seen in so many different environments, not only in the art industry.

Here we go, let’s start with some questions about your creativity!

  1. Do you love challenges?
    Without challenges your life would be boring. You want to change your job? So you’re looking for a new one. You really want to travel to India alone? So you take on that challenge. You want to renovate your apartment? You can’t wait to do it. Whatever challenge you’re willing to take on, big or small, it means you’re not going the easy way, you use your creativity to make it happen.
  2. Do you never stop learning?
    Being curious about the world and wanting to learn more things definitely means being creative. You broaden your horizon with whatever you’re interested in – learning a new language, getting better at photography or learning how to cook. Even if these new skills won’t immediately result in an action you already have it for the moment you’ll need it.
  3. Are you a problem solver?
    That is an easy one and I can imagine almost everyone is or tries to be a problem solver. How can you solve a problem? By finding new solutions. If there’s a guide for every problem in this world then yes, we might not be as creative because we can just look them up and follow the instructions. But there are so many unique problems out there you need your creativity to connect the dots.
  4. Do you try to ignore doubts?
    Doubts and fear are two enemies of creativity. Most likely everyone is scared or doubts herself / himself at one point. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Nevertheless, I think we try to fight these fears and doubts and every time we do that we use our creativity. We imagine how we succeed and we use our fantasy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re creative by finding ways not to shy away from fears but overcome them for the better.
  5. Are you looking for inspiration?
    Looking for inspiration is the first step to living a creative life. It can be in form of an online research or in form of surrounding yourself with other creative people, people who inspire you. In my opinion, someone who tries to get inspired all the time is hardly not creative. Otherwise, why do you need so much inspiration? What do you want to do with it? Just staring at it or does it help you to come up with new ideas?
  6. Do you have goals?
    I think it’s very creative to have goals and to fulfill them. It means you’re a person with visions for your future. By taking action you’re going to make it happen. Of course, you might have goals like losing weight or tidying the house more often and they don’t sound like you need creativity to execute these goals but don’t be mistaken. There are so many ways to reach these kind of goals and it’s up to you how you do it. You might look for inspiration, change something so it suits you or come up with easier ways. All these ideas require creative thinking. Is your goal to travel more? Then you need to find out where to go and plan your trip. You create your own path.
  7. Do you create?
    This is probably the most obvious one and probably the one which is closer to what you think ‘being creative’ means. But I don’t only mean creating art or designs. Think about all the presents you wrap up or the birthday parties you organise for your friends. Think about the dinners you cook for your lover or the stories you make up for your niece. All these little things you might not notice are creative. You probably just see them as natural. So maybe creativity is natural?!

All the above points have one thing in common: they need action. Creativity is going hand in hand with doing, producing, executing and creating. I agree if you don’t do anything then you’re not creative. But if you’re working on your future, if you’re finding new ways to make your life exciting, if you’re thinking how to make your friends and family happy then it’s hard for me to say you’re not creative.

There are really different ways to be creative. You can also be artistic but we can talk about this another time (or if you’re interested I already started a discussion on being an artist here).

So if you feel creative leave a comment below.

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Found More Thoughts About Art – A Guest Blog Post

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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I recently wrote about what I think art is (for me). These thoughts about art motivated Alba to think about it, too. We started a conversation on my blog and the result is Alba continues this thought in another post on my blog. I love it! My blog is not only me but also my readers, that’s why I was more than happy to let Alba talk about her thoughts – also because I mostly agree with her view on art. It’s a little provocative but the more I think about it the more it makes sense to me. With no further comments I let you enjoy Alba’s thoughts about art below.

 

When I read Uli’s article, I couldn’t resist the temptation to share my own perception about art on the comments. Later I thought: why not ask her if I could share it with the readers of her blog?

I am an artist; a writer more specifically. It took me some time to take it seriously and I have met many people on the way who would disagree if I call myself “artist” – probably they don’t think of me as a writer either. However, I understand why because being an artist has connotations attached to it that doesn’t reflect the reality. I think that is the barrier that is stopping us from letting concept of art evolve.

When we look at famous painters, dancers, writers and composers, their names go surrounded by this halo of dignity and a spark of ingenuity. We all have heard stories about how they created masterpieces and the kind of bohemian life they had. But the truth is that in many cases, those are mere legends: behind every genius there is a story of hard work, failures and rejections that we overlook, creating as a consequence an aura of mystery.

The Western world’s perception of being an artist is about selected people with an incredible gift or talent related to the high arts. But in my opinion it has more to do with craftwork and perseverance, and a strong bond with creativity.

Here is what I believe:

  • Anybody can be an artist: The Oxford Dictionary defines artist as “A person who practises or performs any of the creative arts, such as a sculptor, film-maker, actor, or dancer.”
  • Art can be taught: we like to think that is something that comes through your muse, but one can learn how to create art and it certainly can be “trained” as many other things.
  • Art takes hard work: One doesn’t wake up one day with an incredible idea. And if you do, I assure you that if you don’t practise it is not going to work very well. You have to learn and improve.
  • Art can be transformed and reinvented: movies, photography, designs, even video games. Those are things in our daily lives that in my opinion should be considered a kind of art.

Of course, this is my opinion. However, art is changing and I think we should adjust our values to the reality we have in front of us. The same way that photography and movies were included some time ago, designs, video games and more should be too.

So, if you want to be an artist, be. After all, it is all about how you perceive yourself and the world around you.

What do you think?

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Found Some Thoughts About Art

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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I’m new to this world, therefore I want to share some thoughts about art with you. It’s a very individual perspective and what I’m about to say are thoughts and not facts.

I don’t have an artistic background, i.e. I haven’t studied art, my family has never showed a lot of interest in art and I wasn’t that child sketching on paper whenever I had time or even when I should have concentrated on something else. I love a story like that – a story telling I’ve always been drawn to art and I couldn’t exist without it – but that’s not my story. My story is a bit different. I can see that I have been creative over the last decades because my parents have a few paintings and collages made by me hanging on their wall at home. I think I saw making and creating and drawing more as giving it as a gift rather than as spending time to explore art. I don’t think that’s a wrong thing but it also tells me I’ve never thought about art properly.

Art was never an option for my career. I don’t even know if it’s appropriate to have ‘career’ and ‘art’ in one sentence. Does it fit together? Here are my thoughts about what art means to me.

  • Art is freedom + Lately, I was thinking if there’s one thing I could do if money wasn’t an object it would be being an artist. Of course, there are many struggling artists out there – you need some money to survive – but you would still be free to create whatever you want.
  • Art has many definitions + Art is such a broad term I don’t even know where to start with its possibilities. From drawing, to painting, to sculpturing, to collaging, to staging and so on. It can be sometimes overwhelming.
  • Art expands your mind + I discovered how happy I am when I make things. All of a sudden I have all these thoughts and ideas, it’s almost like taking drugs (not that I have done that though). Art gives you the freedom of endless thoughts.

The question to myself and to you is: Is it possible to start exploring art when you’re older (I mean older than 10 and maybe older than a student) and is it crazy to have the vision of being an artist in the future? It scares me to ask this question but I have this great desire to really get into it. I might not come out as an artist – when is an artist an artist anyway?! – but I want to explore the freedom, the possibilities and the growth of the mindset.

What is your perspective on art?

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Found A Snapshot: People We Love

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

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It doesn’t happen often that I share something really personal about me but when my parents came to visit me a few weeks ago and my boyfriend captured this lovely photo I thought I want to share it with you and talk a little bit about the people we love.

Today in two months is Christmas – at least in Germany. I love celebrating Christmas with my family and I realised I haven’t seen them since last year at Christmas. That’s definitely not enough. One of my New Year’s resolution already is to spend more time with the people I love. Unfortunately, my sister didn’t have the time to visit me a couple of weeks ago so I will really see her only this year at Christmas, after one year of no hugs.

Don’t ask me how this happened but if you live in London life is unbelievably fast. I have to remind myself that there is more than work and going out to nice places. We never know how much time we have with our loved ones. So this is a reminder to myself and to all of you. See your family more often and spend some quality time with your friends. Enjoy the little moments and forget for a second that there’s a busy life out there. I forgot this a little bit over the year and I’m ready to make some changes.

Thanks for taking the time reading this blog post. Feel free to leave a comment below. I speak to you soon!

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Found The Power Of Positive Thinking

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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This is a blog post about the power of positive thinking. Especially, when you’re creative you have to stay positive and you shouldn’t give up. In order to progress you need to turn around things and keep going. I understand that writing these lines is easier than actually thinking positively and eventually be happier but you have to start somewhere.

Since I’ve read a few psychology books – non of them is called The Power of Positive Thinking though – I keep working on my positive attitude. It’s not always easy but the most important thing is that I don’t lose faith. Here are a few tips I use for myself to stay positive.

  1. Remember what you have
    I know this sounds just like a way of saying but once you’ve really thought about what you have, your problem doesn’t seem to be that big anymore. It’s an exercise you can really get into like brushing your teeth. Do you have a home? Do you have food? Do you have a family? Do you have great friends? These things seem sometimes so ordinary but they’re quite precious and we forget too easily that we have a lot of amazing things and people in our lives.
  2. Try to be less selfish
    Seriously, I think when we’re negative we think too much about ourselves. I have to work on this one constantly. Just last weekend I was a bit pissed off because my boyfriend preferred spending the rest of the night with his friends and didn’t want to go home with me. That was after he invited me for dinner. I really just thought about myself and what I wanted. Only the next day I was enlightened and immediately stopped being angry before he could wake up.
  3. Make someone else happy
    That’s a next step of the previous point. Go one step further and make someone else happy. Invite someone for a drink or surprise them. You not only made someone else happy – he or she might have been caught up in negative thinking – you also forget about your worries and turn around your bad mood into positive thinking.
  4. Make a list of goals
    I don’t know about you but writing down all the things I want to do in life makes me feel really excited. I can’t help it but think positively about the future. Why else would you write down goals? There is nothing negative with that, is it? Of course, you need to be realistic and count in baby steps but everything is possible. I wrote a blog post about why goals are important for your creativity if you wanna have a look.
  5. Treat yourself
    That’s probably my favourite. Whenever I treat myself it’s hard to not think positively. That could be anything you want: buy some books, get a massage, meet a friend, make some nice food, eat the chocolate bar, etc. I think I’m doing this sometimes a little bit too often but hey, at least I stay positive, right?!

There are probably other ways you can stay positive. I’m also a big fan of reading books. As I mentioned before, a lot of the books I’m reading have a psychological element in them. I don’t want to say they’re guidebooks but they do explore human behaviour in our society. Just to name one book, the Social Animal is worth reading. It’s a thick book but sooo interesting.

Is there anything you’re doing to stay positive?

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Found Some Paper – My Blog Explained

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

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Do you actually know where the name of my blog comes from? Probably not because I haven’t told that many people. It took me a while to come up with a name for my blog.

  • I wanted something generic but it should give an indication of what can be expected
  • I wanted something simple so when I say it to you it’s easy to remember
  • So what does Found Some Paper mean?
    • It’s a fresh start! Whenever you make a plan you use a clean white piece of paper. Then you start writing down all the things you want to do, e.g. a bucket list, a To-Do list, your goals, your blog schedule for the month, Christmas presents you want to buy etc. >> LIFE
    • Be creative! I don’t know how you feel but when I have a piece of paper in front of me I feel like I have to do something arty with it; I have to draw or sketch something >> ART
    • Get inspired! You might have noticed that I start my headlines with ‘Found’ because there is so much inspiration out there I wanted to give it a place to be mentioned. There are no limits! It can be artists, other bloggers, designs, creative people, people I surround myself with, you, anyone and anything >> INSPIRATION

I have a short description of the theme of my blog in my About section but let me tell you a little bit more. There are three main aspects why I have this blog.

  1. Creativity for myself: I’m not creative all the time but my mission is to spend more time to consciously being creative. Being creative doesn’t only mean drawing or DIY’ing. It can be so many things like organising an entertaining event, making day-to-day life exciting, paying more attention to the world around us, appreciating the little things, tackling hurdles with a creative mind, creating a brand, creating images, taking pictures etc.
  2. Creativity for you: I wasn’t sure if I’m creative myself for a long time and I discovered that many adults think they’re not creative. Or they think they shouldn’t event start creating because there are so many other talents out there. But do we always need to be creative for others? Why do we compare each other so often? Is it not about the joy we feel when we make our own things? Do we not feel very much alive when challenging ourselves creatively? I feel like that and I think there are many more like-minded people out there. We do it together!
  3. Collaborations: Last but not least, I love working together with other people. I’m all about collaborations because I think they’re great for bringing out more of my own creativity. Of course, there’s always a time issue (= not enough time) but I’m fighting this. I will find time for side projects! It inspires me working together with other talented people. No matter if it’s online or offline. There is one particular project I just started and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

So this is my blog explained in more detail. Tell me about your blog and how you stay creative!

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Found Some Thoughts About Happiness

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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I felt inspired by Viking when they sent me the #EmergencyHappiness box. I thought about the concept of sending someone a surprise box with lots of things which make them happy.

I remember the project when I sent another blogger a surprise box, and when I also received a package back with lots of cute things in it. When you feel down receiving a box full of goodies that’s just perfect, isn’t it?

The feeling of happiness is quite individual but almost shows the same symptoms: you’re smiling, maybe even laughing, your body feels good, you want to share your happiness with others, you love yourself and others to the moon. Just writing this makes me feel a little happier.

Let me start by telling you what makes me happy.

  • A coffee in the morning
  • Checking who tweeted me
  • Going for a walk in a park
  • Philosophising about life with a friend
  • Photos of my friends’ babies
  • Making something physical like a paper flower
  • Success at work or with side projects
  • Lights like fireworks, fairy lights, and candles
  • Chocolate
  • Graphic Designing
  • Spending time with my family
  • Waking up next to my boyfriend
  • Solving a problem
  • Going for brunch
  • Making others happy

I need to stop here but I realised I could go on and on. How amazing is that? I have a lot of things which make me happy. You should try it and write down all the things which make you happy. The last bullet point is quite important and something I just realised in the last years. I think the older I get the more I understand that giving is part of experiencing happiness.

Here are three aspects of happiness we should pay more attention to:

  1. Appreciation
    Seriously, we forget so often what we have and concentrate too much on the things we don’t have. Let’s be a bit more grateful. If you have a list like the above it comes easier to you being happy.
  2. Sharing
    I mentioned it above already but by sharing not only materials but your inspiration and good mood you’ll infect people. I can barely describe it in words – I’m sure there are plenty of books about it though – but when I see a friend or family member being happy it melts my heart. It definitely makes me happy as well.
  3. Kindness
    You might have tried it yourself already but being kind to others doesn’t only make them happy, it makes you happy as well. I think we just know how much it means to us when someone is kind. When we’re kind to others we can feel what they feel.

So whilst I was writing this blog post I tweeted about this post and BOOM all of a sudden so many people responded to my question what makes them happy. I can tell you it made me super happy to read all those tweets. We definitely had a moment there where we appreciated all the good things in our lives. Check out the responses below.

What makes you happy?

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Last but not least, if you feel a little down today use #EmergencyHappiness and send a tweet to @Viking_Chat in order to win a happiness box yourself.

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