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You’re all gonna laugh at me :-)  I decided to cuisine dinner during the day, when I have time and energy.  Instead of in the evening, when I’m worn out and everything has to happen at the same time and everyone wants to tell me how their day was.

Now I just finished dinner preparations (it’s 11am) and I enjoyed cooking as I haven’t been enjoying it for a looong time.  I noticed I had energy enough to pour love into the casseroles, to try something new, to add a little more of this and that.  Instead of throwing things in, slamming on the lids and hoping the recipe doesn’t demand anything more than that.  And if it does: sighing and steaming like a locomotive.

Now I’m sure lots of you already know and do all this.  And you might be thinking: look who’s arriving to the zone of cuisine wisdom!  I’m sure my mom will.

But here’s the thing: we all have to learn things in our time.  I was told by my mom, I have seen others do it and I thought: wow, I should try this out.   But all that isn’t going to change anything.  That’s not the way we learn.

Today I thought: hey! let’s try this out.  I don’t WANT all the stress anymore.  I WANT to pour love in and enjoy my cuisine.

And so it happened.

Amen :-)

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Sweet souls,

I could have never imagined the thought that crossed my mind yesterday:

I was born to be an entrepreneur

Really.  Me.

I come out of a nest where safety and stability ruled.  No adventure.  No change.  It was hard to grow up discovering I was exactly the opposite.  Transformation and self-realization are life-rules for me.  Adventure calls me all the time.  I have a new idea every 4 seconds.  And hell yeah, I’m an entrepreneur.

MUHAHAHA.

I have found my tribe.  One where every single member has his wacky ideas about living life.  I cannot possibly tell you how happy I am,

I’m living the time of my life

Now let me tell you how I felt before I found my tribe and my calling.

It was doubt all allong.  In everything I was doing, I was wondering: now is this really the right thing?  I’m a human being that lives on intuition (they DO exist!) so I always followed that feeling. Which meant I changed my mind A LOT.  I changed from job A LOT.  And guess what: I got judged A LOT.  “You cannot make decisions” “You cannot set your mind on something and finish it properly”. And then there it was:

“you’re such a doubter”

And you here it resonating loud and clear: DOUBT IS NOT DONE.  Those words are poison to someone of the age where you try to figure out for yourself what to do with your life.    Until that poison entered my veins, the doubt was perfectly HEALTHY, it was a mechanism of my soul trying to gently push me the right way.  This is the kind of doubt I would like to rehabilitate.  It’s sane, it’s vital, it’s life saving.  Basically: it’s Intuition calling your attention by causing a feeling of doubt in your body.

The other doubt is the one others talk into your head.  You start doubting your intuiton, your gut feeling.  That’s where the suffering starts.

I’m so glad my intuition was strong enough to resuscitate and carry on after every period of poisonous injections.   And off course I got where I had to be and I believe most of us eventually will.  But with so much unnecessary suffering of self-loathing and inner criticism.

So to hell with those who say you doubt too much.  It’s your soul telling you the circumstances aren’t right.

I can tell you this one thing I learned about life:

CLAIM YOUR INTUITION

Grin,

Nele

Sweet sweet dreamers,

Since I’ve somewhat grown out of my dreamlist #1, it’s time to settle for a #2!!

OH YEAH!

  • get my business rockin’ready for take-off in september 2011
  • find a way to stay grounded and centered during the whole process of getting self-employed
  • find a work rythm that’s good for me: balanced time and space for creating, marketing and playing
  • keep my intuition in the driver’s seat (you’re doing a great job up there in front, thank you!)
  • get access to the unbound child in me that can play with my daughter without using this grown-up fancy mind of mine
  • a new bathroom, an organised garage, a red-painted facade, a laid out garden, a separate working space, a new dining room -WHAAAA!
  • an ecological car (electric)
  • hiking in Ireland(again! it’s been 4 years ago since the first time and my soul is longing to go back, I felt so carried, supported, sustained by earth and nature, it’s a magical country, the very SOIL is magic)
  • go to parties -like A LOT!!
  • get my dance groove on, every day

  • use my natural talent for sacred dance to orientate and ground myself, to regenerate, to clarify, to soothe…
  • surrender to love of my life TNC, not closing myself for what he has to offer, this gorgeous mysterious soul

Now let’s see… if the magic of writing it down works as fast with this one as it did with #1!!

      SO… what are YOUR big dreams ?

The Universe and I are listening…very closely…

Love,

Nele

PS: happy mother’s day to y’all mamas!!

weeklyintention

Urgent indeed.  Coz when I get all nonchy about life and stop setting out intentions, I get  lost in no time.  And then I start wondering what went wrong, I had it all  together, HADN’T I???  Life is a constant exercise, what else would we do here?

So here we go.

This week I need to set intentions at the beginning of every day :-).  This means basically I want to pick up my morning ritual again of picking a Louise Hay Wisdom Card  and writing down 3 MIT’s (Most Important Things) for the day.  A day with and one without this ritual is like day and night difference :-).

And there’s another intention, more like for the rest of the month: focusing on the deeper connection with the love of my life (aka The Next Commuter).  Practical life has taken over with the coming of our daughter, the buying of a house and the social integrating in the new neighbourhood.  Great fun, really.  And so important.  But the scale needs to remain balanced and that’s not just an exercice we do once, it’s life, it’s lifelong.   Before, there was just me and him and we were utterly close.  After studenthood our social life was shrinking and we both missed it.  We built a new one and guess what: now we both miss eachother as connected in the deep way we were before.  Off to a new balance we go…

I started this monday weekly intention inspired by Andrea of ABC Creativity.  It seems like she no longer hosts it on her website or facebook but I’ll continue doing it on my blog.  You can share yours if you like right here.  Sometimes a spot to write it down is all the encouragement we need.

Love,

Nele

My dear fellow sweet dreamers and creators,

I’m going to be needing you!

Why?

Because I’m creating a dream come true…

read on…

Returning to my good old blog I surprised myself in the midst of the process of creating a dream come true out of the Dreamlist I posted exactly six months ago.  What I’m doing right now actually combines no less than SEVEN dreams on the list:

  1. biggest dream right now: to find the right way for me to help people with the talents that were given to me
  2. to find a great job that fits me and my family (>>leaves me enough time to spend with myself, my husband and my daughter)
  3. to be a famous writer
  4. to let my creativity floooooow into the world
  5. to find a good balance between family, friends and work
  6. to really really STAND for myself, my talents, my virtues, my beliefs
  7. to honor and acknowledge my voice and what I say

Can you believe it???  YAY FOR ME!!  And again yay for Andrea and her magic of making dreams come true -only by writing them down as you can see :-)

Now, I hear you thinking : “will she EVER tell what’s going on in her life that makes her freaking out like this?!” :-)

Off course, sweetpies: I’m working my way to entrepreneurship!!  I’m creating a business, hurrah!  The baseline is to create practical tools that will enable you to get closer to authentic and conscious living.  Over and out with the hints and the try-this-out-on-your-own’s.  Just plain and practical and instantly applicable in your life :-).

Curious, hm?  That’s perfect!  I LOVE making everyone around me curious, MUHAHAA.

Many of my friends know I’m working on some mystery project but I won’t release a thing before all the financial and statutary stuff is tackled, you see.  Just in case it wouldn’t work out, cozz I don’t feel like afterwards going to tell everyone that my great project that I revealed into detail cannot go through.

But you guys… you’re my CREATIVE COHORTS

(to speak with the words of Jennifer)

I trust you and I need you.  So you’re gonna be in the know before anyone else.  Coz I value what you’re thinking.  Coz I want creative souls to evaluate my project.  Coz I nééd creative souls around me while working.  Coz it’s hypersuperduperimportant to create community, right Leah? :-)

So from now on, posts on my blog will all relate to the UBERcreative project of my life: creating a company of my own.  Can you believe it all began with a challenge called “creative every day“…? (we love you, Leah!)

Thank you all SO MUCH for being there, for being you.

Love,

Nele

Dear souls,

I’m going through some intense changes these times, this Blue Moon cycle…  During a week or so I managed somehow to combine this intensity with AEDM and Creativity 101 but than I began to feel torn apart and sucked away…  So I just cut it all down to give space to the intensity before it would drown me.

weeklyintention

 

So this week’s intention is to stick with myself, stay very close to my needs.  To keep creating space to breathe amidst this storm of changes.  To be nice to myself…

 

 

It feels like the right time to tell you something about this enigmatic Blue Moon then… (as I promised days ago)

A Blue Moon cycle occurs only once in 2,5 years. Technically it means that the Moon is full twice while the sun is still in the same constellation.  Energetically, it means you’re given the opportunity to leave behind an enormous amount of old restrictive patterns and give birth to a whole new you and that in a time lapse of only a month, where it would take you normally 1 to 3 years.

Be more precise! -you’re thinking.  Well, in a year there are 12 moon cycles, each of them carrying it’s own energy to help you perform a year’s movement from choice over realization to reflection.  And then it starts over again in a new year.  But now you’re given the chance to perform that exact same movement in just one month, it’s amazing and extremely intense, as you can imagine.

Have you felt it? Patterns that were safe to behave in all of a sudden lie shattered on the floor, you feel a little lost but don’t know exactly why.  It’s the Blue Moon calling you. Inviting you to jump of the cliff!

Sending you lots of love and courage,

Nele


crochet hat

Hey you all,

I’m giving myself the permission not to post every day now because… posting every day was slowly taking in the place of taking care of myself every day… I felt like drowning and decided to relax and get things done at my pace.

Yesterday I made this hilarious crochet hat for the metal gear-handle of our car because my hands were freezing off touching it!  If this isn’t being creative, I don’t know it anymore :-)

head-gear for the gear-handle

I think I might be adding pompons later on, what do you think?  Anyway, it makes me feel like decorating the whole car interior ;-)  So dull, all that black!

To be continued!

Love,

Nele

I need to relax into myself, exactly as in the intention-setting-meditation.

To step inside, take some time to look around and see what needs to be done.  Removing the inner clutter, the voices from strangers, the expectations of the world, the impossible demands I make on myself, restore my boundaries where I allowed them to crumble.

Yes… that’s what I need… I can feel it now…

AEDM day 10 -> 15: catching up!

Hi you dear creative souls!

I’ve been out of the country, not being able to post BUT being very creative.  So this is the catch-up post for those days.  Check it out!

Day 10

I started working on a serie of my own Christmas angels.  They’ll all carry a positive message (like “I trust my creativity” ;-)).  This is the first try -I’ve never painted angels nor persons before.  I think she’s too well-behaved, not real.  But then again, we’re sweet to ourselves so I say: not bad for a first try ;-)

well-behaved angel

Day 11

So the next day I started over and, in the sake of naughtiness, I started by painting BLUE hair for my next angel :-)  I kinda like her till now.

blue hair angel

Day 12

This painting I made sitting around the table with my 2-year-old daughter and my friends in their weekend house.  I had brought art supplies for everyone and mobilized them all to paint!  Spreading the word!

Credits for this one go also to my daughter who accidentally painted some spots on my work, thus creating the woman who is dreaming!  Incredible, she just went pa-pa-pa with her brush and bang! a floating woman :-)

dreams

Day 13

I FINALLY finished this crochet piece.  You’ll never believe but I started making it when I was pregnant and I thought it would become a blanket for my baby.  But I never got that far and I finally decided to turn it into a shawl.  I LOVE IT!!

shawl

shawl detail

Day 14

Yesterday was all about creating space for me and my creativity.  I began dragging around furniture and stuff till finally I created this cozy spot in our bedroom.  I love it!!

my creative spot

If you look closely, there’s a little woman figured I clayed a while ago, in my claying-reconnecting-to-the-wild-woman-inside-period :-)  Here’s a detail:

clay woman

Day 15

Aha!  Today I’ve been working on a big SURPRISE for you all.  Shush!!

My soul needs space, needs not to be captured in boxes with name tags on.

Name tags like “AEDM”, “blue moon circle”, “family time”, “me-time”, “blog-time”, “social time”…

I just let it flow and step into the river of life and allow it to take me wherever, I do not try to take over control… and I trust my heart that it will be a perfectly balanced ride…