Thursday, 4 February 2016

10 POSITIVE things TO DO to feel better about the world & YOU!

on a walk this morning to enquire about ice skating! the Earl Ferrers pub (fabulous!)

Am I the only one that sometimes gets totally overwhelmed by horrendous news of atrocities happening across the globe? I find it gets me down if I'm not careful and feeds feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. Maybe it's made worse by individual personal (tough) circumstances. But I lay awake last night and made a promise to myself that today I would find and do some things that made me feel positive and would help me take a more redeeming view of humanity and an antidote to so much negative news! 

I thought I would share with you too. Here goes:

1. Sign up to Positive News, see here: http://www.positive.news/join/

2. Random Acts of Kindness is something I've come across before and probably posted, but here it is again for today: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ 

3. Do something you've longed to do that will make you feel really good about yourself, your body and the world you inhabit. I used to ice-skate as a child & have decided I'd like to take it up again. Feel good about my body, rather than wondering why I have yet another ache or pain ;) Mid life crisis? Who cares. I need some fun! :)


5. Start your own local or community garden, allotment or guerilla gardening as a way to say no to GMO farming & environmental destruction. Apparently if you're not a gardener and need somewhere good to begin, lunar gardening is a great way to start: http://www.lunarorganics.com/ 

6. Positive Affirmations. I've just received my copy of this book: I AM/YOU ARE courtesy of Watkins Books (www.watkinspublishing.com)

All about affirmations: "Affirmations are powerful words or short statements. They are one of the easiest ways to turn negative thought patterns into positive ones." See: http://www.rosemarygallagher.com/

7. Walk. Walk as meditation to clear the mind and channel good, positive thoughts and a time to think up solutions to challenges or problems - one of my favourite things to do!

8. Give a gift. Check out the Git Economy idea. You could start or join a gift economy. 

9. Be the change you wish to see in the world (the basis of starting this blog and the quotation has remained at the bottom since the start). Make, create, fund or join something that does amazing, positive things in the the world. See: https://www.globalgiving.org/

10. Stand up and be courageous enough to be the individual you are, and share/live your values daily - even if it goes against the status quo! Go do something you totally believe in :)

Amelia.x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Some creative inspiration for you


Yesterday, dear friends, I was walking home along the pretty, tree-lined streets of south london, when this burst of colour in front of a small English house that makes up the residential streets near me, caught my eye! Made me think of Spring, of beautiful things and being creative once more - capturing images with a phone quickly but ensuring the frame and composition is right, because that's what I love doing.

It reminded me of sleeping Winters, when hibernation is at the forefront and creativity can lie dormant too. Or maybe Winter's of the soul where are 'things' sneak in and steal the time that could be best met creatively.... and a little burst came forth of ideas and inspiration. It awoke a little spark in me.

And as a result I thought I'd share a little bit of inspiration with you from across the way:

- Tracey Emin: What Do Artists Do All Day



- I am waiting for this book to arrive:
and simultaneously fell across this site: http://www.nourishbooks.com/









- Not so long ago, I found this blog post: Will Blogs Survive? Def seems different out there these days!

- An artist to peruse: Lucinda Metcalfe

Amelia.x

Monday, 18 January 2016

Friday, 15 January 2016

Dream & Goals: The power of a goal, date, reward..


Dear friends,

Yesterday was an amazing meeting with author of this book. We spoke at length, it was inspiring, motivating and gave me lots to think about (all good!). Lots about the status quo and politically activist inspired art, and knowing why you're doing something and not just because everyone else is and society thinks it's a good idea. 

I am so happy that this meeting came out of the Mimesis show just before Christmas, and that word gets round. I put my heart in to that project and all good things came back. Like our filmed interview with Studio International - have you seen it? Like lots of interest in what I'm doing and why and even sales - always a great bonus and I'm grateful to be able to support myself like that, as no one supports me to do my art other than me! Feels like an even greater achievement :)

And so I can now say my works are in Jeremy Cooper's postcard art works collection - I'm thrilled! And grateful too.

I have a tonne of personal stuff going on right now that's not the best, but if I remember that every problem is a pro blem (an opportunity in disguise to grow/progress to the next level) then I can see it in a different way.

I had a fantastic (and free!) training day through Neal's Yard Organic on Wednesday also this week. It was so spot on for what I needed to hear that I walked out floating. All about choosing what you see, do, have. How we experience something is up to us. (reminders are always good). Taking a positive perspective and more possibilities and opportunities open up. This is the other way I'm supporting me and my art right now. You can see more on my Facebook page about it.

The thing that really struck me is we were made to state aloud, and write out our goals - and needing to know why we had them. And then write a time frame next to them (date to be achieved) and finally what reward were we going to give ourselves when we achieved that goal by that date. It was powerful stuff making me home in on what exactly I wanted (our overall 'life' goal was asked about too and got me thinking - you know, why are we here kind of thing?)

And so its about making a decision about something, then writing it down - you may not know the 'how is it going to happen', but you've put it out there - and then you write a date next to it and then work backwards - what do I need to do yearly, monthly, weekly and then daily to get to that place? Write it down, tick it off, say it out loud.

And so my friends, I have begun to do this (and always have in one form or another, the above meeting is testament to that, yes, it was a dream I put out there that became reality!) and already (more) strange and weird 'coincidences' are happening. Maybe it's also about being detached from the outcome - something I also hear frequently. Trust.

I leave you with those thoughts. Try it too?

Here's to an amazing 2016.

Amelia.x

Sunday, 3 January 2016

8 Things to do in 2016 + A Neal's Yard Remedies Organic GIVE AWAY!

Welcome to 2016! We made it here! I know there's been mixed feelings about 2015 and so with the start of a new year, I feel it brings opportunity for fresh starts which is exciting.

I have been doing my VISION BOARD book, here's a sneak peak:


So with this in mind, here's 8 things to do in 2016.....

1. Design your own Vision Board or Sketchbook. Mine (above) is an eco one from Cass Arts. Filled with torn pages and cut images from my fav magazines. What do you want to achieve? What would you like 2016 to look like and bring you? Fill your mind (and book) with images of what you intend to have, do, be.....

2. Create a Playscape! I came across this in a book in 2015 and thought it a wonderful idea: Do It Yourself: 50 Projects by Designers and Artists  

3. Learn a new skill

4. Throw a party!

5. Read and DO (i.e fill it in) Be a Free Range Human

6. Book a trip to a previously unvisited foreign land

7. Do ONE major thing this year that you know will impact this world/environment positively (make a big change?)

8. Plant a tree. Here are two ways of doing this if you don't have land yourself: overseas or in the UK

GIVE AWAY TIME!


As many of you know. I started my own Neal's Yard Business last year and it is going swimmingly well. I love it. I get to share and help others whilst on my own journey to health. I'm learning, I feel happier and better, and it's all part of an ongoing unfolding it would seem. Fills me to the brim too knowing it's all environmentally friendly and supports other women across the globe.

Therefore I'm starting the new year with a NYROrganic give-away! I'm putting together a gift pack of goodies I love, worth over £50, and will send it to one lucky winner (this is a UK based give-away). It's a surprise so no pics here yet, but I will eat my hat if you don't like them and see an improvement to your skin! I will also announce the winner in a blog post with a pic. That's how confident I am and happy to share!

I am waiting for my own detox kit to arrive - hurrah a helping hand for a healthy new year!

How to win:

you will need to: 

- like my Facebook page here 
- sign up to my mailing list (if you haven't already), see left-hand sidebar to sign up
-  Have bought something through me or my shop since I started
- Email me and let me know one thing that you would like to see improved with either skin or health this year - this also means I get to know exactly who's entering too! ameliacritchlow{at}hotmail{dot}com

If you haven't already bought something you can do so now to enter and it can be as small or as a large as as you like! (+ there's a great sale on at the mo, see here).

Feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested as it's open to anyone in the UK!

Join Me?

I'm also looking for more people to join my team this year (I'm now a 'Team Leader' - can you believe it? All because it is going so well). If you are interested in starting your own Neal's Yard Business, and joining me, please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you. There are no targets, year round 25% discount on all products & only hosting parties if you want. You can find out more here.

See my latest newsletter here, all about detoxing and wellbeing tips for the new year.

I'm so looking forward to this year. There are things that need to 'clear' and to move on, and it's my intention that they do! 

Wishing you a Happy New 2016 full of all good things!

Amelia.x

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

I'm having a party & you're invited!


It's my Birthday tomorrow! I've been making lots of new year's resolutions, or at least thinking about which ones I can/should really implement.

Ideas:

- buy a plot of land and plant some trees
- travel to a Norwegian Log cabin and experience snow and nature (I miss them both)
- continue my journey of health, exercise and organic living (in every way)
- sort out the difficult situation I have with my ex partner and this house (I will resolve it I am telling myself)
- continue with single large art projects
- spend time with lovely family
- have fun regularly!
- continue to grow my Neal's Yard Business...

Which brings me on to this (and relates to the image above & below!)....... as it's my birthday tomorrow and as the Neal's Yard business has been going so well, I've decided to have an ONLINE PARTY with exclusive special discounts and offers. This is not something you can get in the shops, or online anywhere else! You need to know me, and we need to be friends on FB!

Party Time! 


I'm not brilliant on FB but thought this was the best place to do it. I've created a secret group just for the party. If you would like to come, please feel free to send me a FB friend request and I will add you (and you can also bring a friend :) ) It's as simple as that, but it is only for the next 24 hours finishing on my birthday (tomorrow). My Neal's Yard Organic Facebook page is also here (which will have regular offers, promos and updates throughout the coming year) if you would like to join this too :)

- I have 5 diffusers up for grabs with 20% off
- free £25 shopping at NYR for one lucky person who buys today
- 20% off everything else
- 40% off what is already in the sale

It's my way of saying THANK YOU for the support.

Email me or send me a message on FB if you would like to join in.

I hope wherever you are you've managed to have good Christmas tidings and are plotting and planning all good things for 2016.

I'm also considering running a Monday 'art action/intervention' series for the New Year. I am in contemplation stage and will let you know as and when.....

Have a fantastic New Year wherever you are in the world.

Amelia.x

Saturday, 26 December 2015

December Reflections 2015

* Image courtesy of Paperchase via Getty Images

Merry Christmas 2015 to you all! I hope you're having fun, remembering dreams, being creative, doing what you love, resting and spending time with loved ones and planning how to create a better future for one and all!

I haven't been around for a long time (since September!). It's not that I decided to stop writing the blog, but that some things in 'life' popped up and took over. I really wish I could tell you more, but I guess that some things need to remain private. Writing online - or sitting here on Boxing day; with grey skies and the wind blowing hard whilst I tap away on my laptop in the privacy of my own home - gives a false sense of intimacy. It's like writing my diary. But no, in truth I am potentially telling the whole world!

Ok, I know the whole world doesn't read this but I don't know who does. I am bursting to tell you really. Bursting to tell someone because these things that affect me affect so many people and so many people don't talk about it and by not talking about it these things continue on and on....

Since the Summer of 2015 some big realisations hit hard, it meant huge re-assessments and it meant taking action, that action meant time which took me away from things I normally do. It also meant time reflecting too. Changes. So many changes all the time.

But in amongst the hard times and the tough bits there are glimmers of positive changes. Time for a new direction, time to focus in hard on what really matters. What really matters to you? I want to say to you - go do it! That's what I'm telling myself right now.

I'm not sure how easy it is to cram the last few months in to one blog post, but maybe I will summarise what I can:

MIMESIS



- I've spent the last year (since Dec 2014) working toward a great collaborative art-show (project?) I really wanted to realise. I'm happy to say that show opened on December 9th 2015 at the Westminster Reference Library in Leicester Square, London: MIMESIS - it runs until January 2nd (actually it comes down on January 2nd) and you can read more here. It comes with a publication - we had such fun (and boy, it was hard too!) putting this together. The whole show stems around research and key areas of interest. The kind of art I wish to pursue; one where practice is informed by theory. This show has received good feedback, press, sales - making me so very happy. 

- I've spent the last few months delving into Neal's Yard Remedies Organic and all that it brings personally and globally. It is going so well I'm happy to tell you. I had Christmas lunch at Sheepdrove Organic Farm on Dec 18th - a great organic Christmas lunch experience and I got to hear Peter Kindersley talk. I wish all companies/people's ethics were like this. The world would be a better place if we all lived in full alignment with our values (or at least I think it would be!) Peter Kindersley's recommended reading:
Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA. I've yet to brace myself for something he describes as 'chilling' reading.....
However, I do believe it's time to truly step up in terms of environmental care and live by what each of us believes in. Being more informed is a start and this is what NYROrganic is waking me to up. I knew some, loads I do not know, therefore my choices are limited. Information leads to better decision-making. As well as learning more through NYR I've been doing other research and it makes me a little tearful - so much around us is not working as it should. We are all in this together. I watched this recently:

And there's so much I want to do. Go save the forests, go build an eco-hut (which one day I will do). Re-address education, share my passions - which I'm attempting to do through blogging and doing my art, but hey, it goes on. Love and passion and action. I'm dreaming big for 2016.

I intend to write more, but please know I have so much on my plate right now, so stay with me and I hope to be back here soon.

Here is my latest board on Pinterest in case you'd like to have a peak at my dream Christmas: NOEL :) 

Image credit: I found this on Pinterest & traced back to here - if there are re-use issues, let me know people! thanks :)

And here's to a 2016 that is full of (good!) dreams that come true!

Amelia.x

PS. I've just found this article and wanted to add it to this post: On Being CREATIVE courtesy of Elizabeth Gilbert