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Ooopsies! We messed up… So now we are running another Gypset Adventure Q&A Call on Saturday morning.

Ooopsies! We messed up... New Gypset Adventure Q&A Call!

 

Ermmmm,

 

So….

 

Sometimes, we mess up.

 

And when we mess up, we’ve got to come clean. (Or be harassed by the mistakes-gone-past goblins forever.)

 

Hayley and I wanted to A your Q’s about The Gypset Adventure. And we invited you to come and join us on a live call on Tuesday evening.

 

And then somebody (me), forgot to take all our callers off hold. And we happily chatted away, answering all the questions we had received by email so far, which filled an entire hour. We ended the call, thinking how marvellously it had gone. And how excited we were about the great questions you had sent through to us, and how funny it was that no-one who was on the call asked any questions live. (We assumed you were all just a bit too shy…)

 

Until we went to listen to the recording. And all we could hear was elevator music…

 

And realised that you guys couldn’t even hear us! Because we never took you off hold.

 

Ooopsies! We messed up… So now we are running another Gypset Adventure Q&A Call on Saturday morning.

 

Put this in your calendar now:

 

Saturday 27 June at 10.30am AEST / 1.30am GMT / Friday 26 June 8pm EDT.

 

As before, it’s really simple (+ free) to join us:

 

And sign up here, for details, reminders and the recording:

 

 

If you have any questions (silly, serious or otherwise) that you’re dying to ask either of us – come over and put them on my Facebook wall or in the comments section below now.

 

This is going to be really FUN this time around!

 

xo

 

 

Photography by Eyes of Love.

A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Gypset Adventure eCourse came to be.

Vienda and Hayley. A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Gypset Adventure eCourse came to be.

 

It all began with a Skype call.

 

“So, you know, we have been talking about doing a project together for some time. Maybe we should actually do it?!”

“Ammm, yes! I’d love that. What should we do?”

“Maybe something for people who want to run an online business…”

“Yes! Maybe something for people who want freedom… And fun… And travel… And lots of money and time!”

“Basically a lifestyle redesign.”

“Hell yes!”

Hayley and Vienda

 

As the start of any project, the beginnings were very humble, and quiet small. But as the months went on, our vision grew, evolved, changed and finally manifested into The Gypset Adventure: a 6 month journey, complete with a digital eCourse and live mentoring, ending with a live 3 day event in Bali, came to be.

 

We have spent the last few months pouring our brains, hearts and souls into it, to bring this project to life. As many of you would know, building a heart-driven business and creating something that sits beyond the conventional – creating things that feel so big – means we are called to rise. And challenged.

 

It is here, when we are most stretched, that we learn about courage and what we are truly capable of.

 

And that feeling – as scary as it is; as much as it makes you question if you’re ready – is also incredible exhilarating and exciting. It’s part of our growth; as women; as business-owners; as gypsetters. It’s when we are most scared, that we know we are leaning in the direction of our dreams.

 

And now, we are almost ready to begin. The Gypset Adventure starts in 9 days = on Wednesday the 1st of July.

 

It’s taken a huge amount of support from our loved ones, an incredible team, and endless online resources, all of which we couldn’t have done this without.

 

OUR TASKS

Breaking up our tasks was a truly natural, symbiotic encounter, where we each stood in where our strengths, knowledge and talents most lie. Both of us naturally lean in certain directions, so it wasn’t hard to decide who does what.

 

  • We both equally write, create and record the content and lessons for The Gypset Adventure. Most of this is done by using shared Google Docs; Soundcloud and Vimeo.

 

  • I write our email copy; and manage Soundcloud, and the WordPress site where all the content sits. I also manage the Teleseminar operations, during our live mentoring calls.

 

  • Hayley sends schedules and send out all our emails through Infusionsoft, sets up and manages Teleseminar and Vimeo, takes care of our finances, and manages to consistently (magically) tie up all the practical and admin type loose ends.

 

 

OUR CHEERLEADERS

Both of our partners, and friends have been undying supporters. When there was tears and frustration they came with soothing and uplifting words and embraces. When there was breakthroughs and quantum leaps in the right direction, they celebrated with us. They lent us vehicles, drove us to meetings, and jolted us alive with coffee when we needed it. They brought us wine, packed us toasted avocado sandwiches, and stood by us as we went through the highs and lows of the creative process. Every step of which has been so exciting — we felt so alive — and simultaneously curios, to discover how it would all unfold.

 

 

OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM

Amanda LukacSomeday Seeker

Amanda is our tirelessly optimistic and ridiculously talented graphic designer. From creating intros and outs, to editing videos, to designing eBooks and PDFs and creating all our imagery and fonts, Amanda has been crucial to every part of The Gypset Adventure. We changed our minds and redesigned the structure half a dozen times, and she was incredibly patient, professional and truly an angel every step of the way. Not to mention, Amanda’s work is like: Woah! Amazing! Every, single, time.

If you’re looking for a designer to work with, contact her. She’s rad.

 

Michelle SwanEyes of Love Photography

If, for humans, the eyes are the window to their soul; then, for online programs, photography is the window to their essence. Something that Michelle captured so beautifully with such ease and grace. She came down to Byron Bay one weekend, and we spent an afternoon together, eating ice-cream, swapping dirty jokes (ok, not really, I was the only one telling dirty jokes), stealing the spotlight at various cafes and having impromptu costume changes behind bushes. Without these playful and fun images, The Gypset Adventure would be one bland white space, with a lot of words. Michelle turned the entire essence of our eCourse into one of laughter, joy and fun.

 

Kirby AmourI Heart Blog Events

Some people have an eye for practical structure and detail. Kirby, having over 10 years of experience managing bands in the music industry, is one of those people. I have never had those skills, and knowing that she has this covered, is like a massive sigh of relief. We are still in the very beginning stages of development for our Gypset: Bali retreat, as part of The Gypset Adventure, at the end of December, and i absolutely cannot wait to watch this exciting event unfold. (The venue we have already picked is so fucking awesome!!)

 

Tracey GobeyThe Bootstrap Assembly

Tracey is one of those ridiculously-multi-passionate-type-creatives who just seems to be damn good at anything she puts her to. This woman flies true gypset colours, original from South Africa, via Australia, and has been everywhere else in-between. I seriously have no idea how she does it, or where she finds the time, while she is spending an entire year (and maybe more) right now, gypsetting around the Americas like pro, and then still turning out creative work for our Gypset: Bali retreat, plus running her business, all at the same time. Phew! To say this woman is some kind of wonder, is an understatement. Plus, she just got the most awesome tattoo ever. But you’ll have to follow her on Instagram to see that.

 

 

OUR ONLINE RESOURCES

This is where we get all technical. A short rundown of what we have used to get The Gypset Adventure program on the road:

 

Instant Teleseminar

We use this for all of our live mentoring calls, that take place every two weeks. They consider themselves the premier online web call system. After researching a heck of a lot, it seemed to be the best option, and it’s been very effective and useful so far.

 

Vimeo

Vimeo is a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos. This is where we upload and share all of our videos from, because through Vimeo, we can keep them private and personal.

 

WordPress

Each Element is sitting in password-protected pages on a WordPress site, that only our gorgeous gypset tribe on The Gypset Adventure can access.

 

Soundcloud

I am quite in love with Soundcloud, and it is here, where we store all the audio lessons that our gypsetters download and listen to wherever they want, and wherever they are.

 

Infusionsoft

Something that Hayley likes to call ‘Confusionsoft’ – this is an incredibly powerful (maybe too powerful!) automatic email scheduling program, which means all our gypsetters get our emails and the content for The Gypset Adventure right on time, as we release each Element.

 

Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service… Essentially, it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. We share and store our documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with our mobile devices and your computers, so if one of us makes changes, we both can automatically see them, in real-time.

 

Garageband

We use Garageband to record and compile all of our audio lessons, to be easily uploaded onto Soundcloud and downloaded as an MP3 that can be listened to anywhere, even from iTunes.

 

Dropbox

An online storage space, this is how we get all of our audios, photos and videos to our amazing graphic designer, in the (almost) blink of eye.

 

 

Phew! And that is all I have to share with you in this fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of how The Gypset Adventure eCourse came to be. Join us, if you dare!

 

 

Photography by Eyes of Love.

When I was a little girl, I used to think being a grown-up would be so easy.

Vienda Aged 4

 

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

 ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

When I was a little girl, I used to think being a grown-up would be so easy. (That’s a picture of me as a little girl.)

 

Everything was so black and white: so simple.

 

I thought that, when I would be a grown-up, life would be exactly the same, except that I would have the freedom to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, forever. Like stay up past midnight, and eat ice cream for breakfast.

 

I didn’t realise I would have to make endless amounts of choices that would each have their own unique, spectacular effect on my life. And that some of those choices would be really hard.

 

We are constantly walking this fine tightrope between the conditioning we have had from our upbringing, and the new experiences, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes and values that we garner from our day-to-day life experiences. That juggling act defines the choices that we make every single day.

 

This week I’ve had to make a lot of new choices. Because the old choices that I was making weren’t serving me. I’m having to find a new level of ‘going-with-the-flow’ and ‘setting boundaries and policies’ around what I allow and want to experience in my life.

 

I felt like I was being taken for granted. And like I wasn’t really being heard. I felt that people assumed that I would be happy with whatever decision they made, because they thought it was the best decision, without asking me. I felt like my time and space weren’t being respected. And I felt like I was giving away more than I had to give.

 

Which means that:

 

I caught myself working  too much.

I was over-extending and -stretching myself.

I was saying yes, when I really needed to say no.

I wasn’t communicating my thoughts and needs clearly.

I wasn’t following my intuition, because I was afraid of being judged.

 

These are all such valuable signposts. They are the contrast of what I actually want to experience and feel. Which give me the push I need to make a different choice.

 

A new choice. One that aligns with the way I envision my life to feel.

 

So here’s my new approach:

 

I’m accepting things as they are.

I’m speaking up about how if feel.

I’m not getting things done perfectly.

I’m saying no more often, and to more people.

I’m trusting that my work is getting done in time.

I’m taking more time to be alone. And do nothing.

 

When I was a little girl, I thought that there was one set of rules that everyone lived by, and that we all unanimously agreed on those rules. And that because of that, everyone made choices that were the best for themselves and those around them.

 

Now, I see that we live in a world so abundant in choices, that we have to get very, very clear on what we want and where we are going in our lives.

 

I want to live in a world where life is gentle, and warm and easy. That’s the choice I’m making.

 

What kind of world do you want to live in?

 

Vienda xo

 

 

P.S. The countdown for The Gypset Adventure starts today! I cannot wait to get started; you’ve got 10 days to join us! Doors close on Monday 29 June.

Join me for 10 days on an All Access Instagram Adventure. (It starts tomorrow!)

 

Starting tomorrow, Hayley Carr and I are taking you on an All Access Instagram Adventure.

From this Saturday, every day for 10 days we will be sending out prompts, that allow you to inquisitively enquire deep within, what makes your soul tick + why you do the things you do. It’s a chance to press the refresh button on life + start to look at things differently.

We can’t wait to have you join in. Just follow us on Instagram, use the hashtags ‪#‎GypsetAdventure‬.

We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

 

Join me for 10 days on an All Access Instagram Adventure. 

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 1Day 1: She is Confident.

In order for you to have the life that you desire, you must believe you are worthy of it. And guess what? You are. The first step to being confident is to back yourself.

Today, it’s time to make a decision and never go back.

Your first Activity is to upgrade something. It doesn’t matter if its your knickers, where you shop your food, a friendship, or simply a belief, make the decision to upgrade it, and never go back.

Take a photo of your upgrade and share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 2Day 2: She is Free.

Be unapologetic and confident about your desires. This is about clearing and releasing. Your life is your life and no-one else’s. Do not ever let other people’s limitations dictate your experience.

Today, your challenge is to tell someone your vision for your own gypset freedom-fuelled life. Do not hold back, and do not change the way you say it, or play it down based on who you tell.

Before you do it, remind yourself that it is OK to dream, and, everyone can do it. Remind yourself that being unapologetic is being of service to the world. By you being unapologetic, you give others permission to do the same.

Be a lighthouse.

When you’re done, take a photo of and share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 3Day 3: She Makes Money.

How much money you make is directly correlated to how worthy you feel about money.

Today is a very special challenge. We invite you to step into a creative and pondering mindset about your life as it is.

What are the things that you are really good at, or, that you do all the time,, or, that comes naturally to you?

Could you charge money for this? Or, are there other people who do?

Take a photo of yourself doing this thing, or, a representation of it, and share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

We want to see your skills!

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 4Day 4: She is Organised.

Organisation is an essential stepping stone to your freedom. But what is your definition of organised? Because for some people, getting more organised (by their own definition) means a pile of work, and a distraction from what’s important.

But true organisation is simply knowing what your life’s priorities are, and working everything – absolutely everything – around that.

What’s the number one thing in your life, that when this is taken care of, everything else falls into place, and when it’s not, life feels chaotic?

Take a photo of you doing that thing today, schedule it in every single day as your number one priority, and watch what happens to you life.

Don’t forget to hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 5Day 5: She Has Time.

Many of us spend precious time doing things that are not important, and wasting time on things that don’t fulfil or support us.

Today we want you to embody a different way of spending your time. Ask yourself; ask your body: What is it that I need right now?

And do that. No excuses.

Share a photo with us, showing what you you have been guided to do, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

We want to see your creativity.

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 6Day 6: She is Magnetic.

“You get what you focus on. What you focus on expands.”

When you are in complete alignment -through your beliefs, your actions, and your words with exactly what you want, consider it written. It is then your job to make your entire environment conducive to that.

Todays challenge, you have a choice. Do what will work best for. Either make a vision board of your dream life, or, write down in detail, what a day in your dream life looks like, and hang it somewhere prominent for you to see at every opportunity.

Bonus points: Make this your desktop screensaver too. Take every opportunity to flood your subconscious mind with reminders and inspiration.

Take a photo of your visions in action – hung up, and share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 7Day 7: She is Grounded.

“Feeling at home doesn’t need stuff. Home is only ever within you.”

It’s a common misconception that being grounded requires the same ground to stand upon, or some material object that grounds you.

But it’s the feeling of being at home that makes the difference, not the thing that gives you the feeling.

Todays challenge is a pondering one. And it’s very important to nail – for your own happiness. Ask yourself what makes you feel at home? Take a photo of it, and share with us how you will create the feeling this object or thing gives you, within you, wherever you go.

For example, something that makes both of us feel at home is a cup of tea. That’s something you can access anywhere.

Share your photos using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag us: @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 8Day 8: She is Radiant.

Your radiance is not just an external factor. It is what you radiate in every area of your life. When you take care of your mind, body and soul, you emanate radiance throughout your business, relationships, adventures, passions and every-day life.

Even though it may feel selfish, pick something that nourishes your mind, body or soul, and share it with us.

Say YES to yourself and your dreams by nourishing your radiance every day. Add it to your to do list and practice making yourself a priority.

Remember to use the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 9Day 9: She is Love.

When you love someone, or something, what you are feeling is your own expression of what you are. Love!

Today we want you to become aware of the love in your life. Firstly the love you feel and cultivate for yourself. Ad secondly the love you feel and cultivate in your world around you.

Today’s task is two-fold: First, do something that cultivates your own self-love:

Maybe its a walk somewhere, while you peacefully notice the elements on your skin, or your toes in the sand, a meditation in your chair noticing the feeling of your clothes on your body, a self-massage with coconut oil after a bath, taking note of the feeling of your muscles between your fingers.

Then, choose to tell someone you love, just how much they mean to you. It could be a love letter, a sweet note, words, or a text message. Share your love in whatever way feels good to you.

And remember to share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun! We want to see your creativity.

 

Gypset_Instagram_Adventure Day 10Day 10: She is Ready.

Feeling scared and full of resistance?

That’s normal. But we know you are ready. Ready to live a location independent lifestyle. Ready to do work that is meaningful and impactful. Ready to fall in love with yourself. Ready to live your dreams.

Today’s challenge is to take a massive leap in your life. Something that you have been wanting to do for a while.

 

For example:

  • Have a conversation you have been avoiding.
  • Book a flight to an exotic destination.
  • Sign up, and join us, for The Gypset Adventure.

We can’t wait to see how you fulfil today’s challenge! Make sure you share it with us, using the hashtag #gypsetadventure and tag @viendam & @hayleycarrtv so we can follow along with the fun!

 

We are so excited to share this adventure with you, and see what beautiful, insightful and thoughtful posts you share with us!

 

Photography by Eyes of Love.

We want to A your Q’s about The Gypset Adventure. Come, join us on a live call next Tuesday 23 June at 7pm AEST!

Gypset Adventure Q&A with Vienda and Hayley on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 7pm AEST

 

Beautiful one!

We want to A your Q’s about The Gypset Adventure. Come, join us on a live call next Tuesday 23 June at 7pm AEST!

I’ve got a fun invite for you. Totally free and no need to even opt-in! We would love you to come and ask all your questions at our live Q&A call. But if you think you might forget, and you want to receive a reminder, just sign up for the live call here, and get a recording of all the q’s answered, at the end of the call:

 

 

Join me, and Hayley Carr next Tuesday on a live call, where we will chat about:

  • How our individual gypsetting journeys began.
  • How we make money on the road, anywhere and everywhere.
  • How we create our lifestyles through intention setting and manifesting.
  • And so much more!

Come and listen, ask us any random question about our businesses and lifestyles, and get inside information on creating the life of YOUR dreams.

Put this in your calendar now -> Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00pm AEST / 10am GMT.

 

It’s really simple (+ free) to join us:

  • Add join.conference to your Skype contacts.
  • Then when prompted, enter this special code: 807760#

That is all. Et voila, you’ll be on a live call with us. Hooray!

 

Remember, it’s happening live Tuesday 23 June at 7pm AEST / 10am GMT.

 

*** Yes – it’s definitely getting recorded – but if you want to ask us questions live, make plans to be there! And remember, you can only get the recording if you sign up here, so we can email it to you:

 

 

If you have any questions (silly, serious or otherwise) that you’re dying to ask either of us – come over and put them on my Facebook wall or in the comments section below now.

 

This is going to be FUN and inspiring!

 

Vienda xo

 

P.S. Everyone is welcome – even if you’re not into adventures or gypsetting. Ha!

 

Photography by Eyes of Love.

My best #gypset tips for solo world-wanders. (And wanderers.)

My best tips for solo world-wanders.

 

Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.” ― Roman Payne

 

Did you know, that the reason why women are so good at traveling alone, is because they know how to listen to their intuitions? We know how to allow that internal instinct to guide us, to warn us when there is danger, to propel us forward to our next inexplicable adventure.

 

In a little over a month, I’m leaving Byron Bay, on a new adventure: Bali. And for the very first month of that adventure, I’m going on my own. Completely and totally solo.

 

Wandering this spectacular globe alone, is one of the most liberating things that anyone can ever do. Doing it as a woman, even more so.

 

I cannot wait to embrace the world with open arms, all on my own, again. To feel the winds of change and respond to them, to feel the soft caress of the sun on my skin, and follow it whim-fully, to meet strangers and smile, curiously discovering their universe through their words  — all of which happens so differently — when we are intertwined into the lives and arms of another.

 

It is less a desire to be away from my most beloved people and places — but more a desire to feel the contrast. I love and know the warm, familiar embraces, the voices, the tones, the stories, the shadows of the trees, the sound the wind makes around the corners of our home, the chickens clucking and rushing over greedily with hope for treats, the smell that is unique to where I find myself right now. But for all those things to hold meaning, I need to feel the contrast of something else to compare them to.

 

And that contrast comes with experiencing something new. All by myself. With my intuition as my soulful guide. Which is why I wanted to share with you this: My best #gypset tips for solo world-wanders. (And wanderers.)

 

 

Free yourself.

What that means, is to let everything go as much as possible, so you can be truly free. Expectations from others, relationships, clothes, work, books, projects.

Tell the people who you love, that you love them, and you will see them again, on the other side of this. Tell them that no news is good news. And even though they might not hear from you as much as they’d like to, that they are in your thoughts and in your heart every moment of every day.

Give yourself as little as possible to do, or to take with you, on your wanders, to open yourself up to wonders. Make space in your world and in your life, for the unexpected, and unexplored.

Only take your very favourite and most practical clothes. As in the ones that you feel sexiest in, and yet could still serve you well, if you were to be stranded in some exotic location for more than a day. Leave everything else behind. Especially your hairdryer. You look beautiful with wild, windswept hair.

 

 

Heal your hurts.

Anyone who has ever gone traveling after a break-up can attest to the powerful capacity that wandering has to healing your hurts.

The reason why this works so well, is because when we spend enough time alone, being introspective and observant, we become aware of the bigger picture. We can step away from the wall of emotional responses, and that space, allows our hearts to unfurl, to open, and remember: that all there is, is love. And that nothing lasts, but nothing is lost.

Solo-wanders are the cure for all heart-breaks, family feuds, career mishaps and general life-maraudery. They provide that breath of air that we all require when the walls have closed in too tight.

 

 

Back yourself.

There is a new level of confidence and self-assurance that comes with solo-wanders. You learn to trust your intuition and decisions unquestioningly, even though you don’t really ever know what the outcome might be. There is no “right” answer. So any answer that you choose has to be right.

By consistently backing yourself, you build a level of love and trust with yourself, that is uncommon and sadly, rare. Which means that, whatever you do in your life, and wherever you do it, you know without question, that you are always making the best decision you possibly can, with the information that you have, in each and every moment. And that, my sweet-lipped friends, is a very, very beautiful thing.

 

 

Feel strong.

I remember when I first arrived in India, all on my own, 7 years ago. I was terrified. I wanted to be there. But I was terrified. It took me 3 weeks to feel my way into this extravagantly contrasting culture. And then I stayed for 4 months.

Once I tasted it, I couldn’t get enough of it. Because I discovered one part of myself that I had not known before: that I was strong. I could sternly tell any Indian man who was peering a bit too closely to mind his own business. I could haggle my way to the best price for pretty much anything. And I knew what I wanted and how to ask for it. Something that took me a few months in India to learn.

The girl who arrived, was not the girl who left. The girl who left, was stronger. She knew what she wanted. And she knew how to ask for it.

 

 

Learn to love.

There is a love far more powerful, far-reaching and potent than the more commonly thought-of romantic love, that has been castrated by television and media. That love is the glue that holds our entire planet together. It is “to love” – the action verb.

Learning to love means that you learn to love your body —  you take care of it. To love your mind — you cultivate it with things that help it grow. To love others — which result in being of service. To love your work — doing something with soul — passionately and enthusiastically. To love your feelings — respecting and honouring the messages that they give you. And so on.

When you bring this universal principle into every area of your life, alignment occurs. And you begin to feel a sense of unity, and fulfilment in everything that you do.

 

 

And all that solo-travel? Is teaching you exactly that. How to be whole, fulfilled, happy and in-love. Without needing anything or anyone else.

 

Want more of that? Join me for the Gypset Adventure, starting July 1 2015.

 

Creativity takes courage. Here are 27 tricks to kick creative-block ass.

27 ways to kick creative-block ass.

 

According to a global study by Adobe: 75% of people think they’re not living up to creative potential.

 

Creativity is over-romanticised and under-valued. And most of all, too many people think they aren’t creative, or don’t know how to be creative, or even worse, don’t know what creativity really is.

 

“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

 

I think the real reason that such a shocking number of people don’t feel that they are living up to their creative potential, is because they are afraid. Afraid to do it wrong, afraid to be judged, afraid of what it means, and afraid of what they might discover.

 

You, me, and everyone around us has creativity written into their DNA. It is a large part of what makes us human. Creativity is a unique characteristic of living things.

 

“Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness: ecstasy.” ―  Rollo May

 

Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative, but not being creative. Which is your true nature. And, my sweet, blocking that shit up ain’t good for you.

 

As I am in the midst of mega-creative mode, with the soon-to-begin Gypset Adventure, I’m pulling everything I’ve got out into the world. And sometimes the muse just doesn’t want to come play, so I’ve created a list of go-to tricks to move through those moment of creative blockage.

 

Because creativity takes courage. Here are 27 tricks to kick creative-block ass.

 

1. Create space. That means: make space and time to do creative things. I need big chunks of time in my days in which I know I can just write (my personal Number 1 creative pursuit). If my days are crammed with too many things, creativity feels jammed up and just can’t flow.

 

 

2. Learn from Jim: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” ― Jim Jarmusch

 

3. Try some releasing rituals to get things moving again.

 

4. Move your body. It’s the best way to get things flowing again. My personal favourites are mountain hikes and yoga.

 

5. Just start. Even when you are resisting, sit your ass down and start. It doesn’t have to be something on your list. It can be anything. But once you begin, the creative juices start flowing.

 

6. Remember this: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou

 

7. Take away the pressure. Putting enormous pressure on yourself to be creative, will scare any desire to be creative away into the deepest corners of your world, so be gentle with yourself. Allow your creativity to arise out of you, rather than pushing and forcing it out.

 

8. Flex your creativity muscle in many different ways. When we look at life from a grander point of view, we begin to recognise that many of our every day tasks can become creative pursuits. The way we speak with a stranger in a store, our interactions with our lover, cooking a meal, taking a walk, hanging the washing. All of these can be done in the most creative ways.

 

9. Make mistakes: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams

 

10. Be relaxed and spontaneous.

 

11. Take naps often. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of my creativity come from dreams. The #10WeeksofFree program being just one of them. Even Michelangelo, who painted the Sistine Chapel from his dreams, can attest to that.

 

12. Talk to people. I mean really, intimately talk to them. Get to know them. See their perspective. Understand their point of view.

 

13. Travel. Always and often. Here’s one of the many reasons why.

 

14. Learn new things. There’s nothing like a really good book, a course, or a totally new experience to break you out of your rut and re-inspire your creativity.

 

15. Learn to value yourself and things you love to do. My bet is, they’re all creative, and yet someone, somewhere along the way, told you that they aren’t worth doing. They lied. They so are worth doing. Start doing them again. Even if they are bad, and crazy and messy. I’ll love you all the more for it.

 

16. Know that you won’t be the best. And be okay with that.

 

17. Strive to be the best. That’ll keep you on your creative toes!

 

18. And as Andy says: “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things.” ― Andy Warhol

 

19. Play music that inspires you. When I need to get into my creative zone the most, I like to play this:

 

 

20. Eat foods that nourish you. You want to be creative? Feed your brain foods to fuel it. Apparently there are 7 super-foods that super-charge creativity: dark chocolate (obviously); eggs; nuts; broccoli; oatmeal; kale and perhaps not-so-surprisingly — alcohol. (*Sneaking off to get a glass of red wine.)

 

21. Be experimental. Which means try new things and keep trying until you get it right. There are no formulas. That’s what being creative is all about. Figuring things out for ourselves.

 

22. Break all the rules.

 

23. Spend time alone. “People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

 

24. Watch this marvellous TED talk on creativity to get your fame going: Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert.

 

25. Meditate. One of the things that people really get stuck with in their creative pursuits, is their inner critic taking over and telling them that what they are doing “isn’t good enough”. So what if you suck! If you keep doing it, one day you will wake up amongst the masters. And the best way to overcome those voices, is to go into a meditative state before you start. That way, those voices are subdued and you can focus clearly and unobtrusively on your greatest work.

 

26. Know that every masterpiece is created one little step at a time.

 

27. Nurture your relationship with your inner creative muse by noting down her / his ideas, and following her / his whims. “That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” ― Ray Bradbury

 

You asked, we answered. Some Gypset Adventure FAQ’s: If you have to know what you ‘thing’ is; If the Adventure will happen again next year; and When we will meet for the 3 day retreat in December.

You asked, we answered. Gypset Adventure Q&A.

 

You asked, we answered. Some Gypset Adventure FAQ’s: If you have to know what you ‘thing’ is; If the Adventure will happen again next year; and when we will meet for the 3 day retreat in December.

 

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I am keen as mustard to sign up for The Gypset Adventure you are running but although I have signed up for your Live Q&A call, on Tuesday June 23, 7pm AEST, 10am London, work is going to be a bit crazy around that time & I don’t think I’ll be able to be online to ask my questions. What do I do?

 

We totally understand that not everyone can make the call, so please send all your questions here, and will make sure to answer them during the Live Q&A call. After the call, we will email a copy of the recording to all of you who have signed up, whether you were able to make it, or not!

 

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I want to make the leap from cubicle-dwelling stresshead to free-as-a-bird gypsetting adventuress. I was just wondering if you gave guidance during the course if we weren’t 100% sure about how we thought we’d be able to make money – to put it bluntly. Do you have to start the course armed & ready with your ‘thing’ at least 93% defined i.e. life coach, virtual assistant, digital reiki rastafarian etc.?

 

We are very clear that the leap from cubicle-dwelling stresshead to free-living gypsetter, is first and foremost about mindset. It’s about valuing yourself, believing in yourself, and saying yes, I am doing this for me, because I damn well can, and deserve it, even when it’s scary and tough.

 

You want to make money, being free and doing what you love. But you don’t believe it’s possible? Herein lies the problem. The belief. Which is exactly what the Gypset Adventure is about. Changing your beliefs / mindset and then immediately taking action from a completely different place. So, no, you don’t have to start the course armed and ready with your ‘thing’. We are ever-evolving and that’s part of this adventure. Making money is a very important topic that we will be speaking about often, throughout the 6 months together.

 

Or, the short answer to this question is: if you feel called to The Gypset Adventure – there’s a reason. Trust your intuition/gut. 

 

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I was wondering if you would be confirming the dates for the 3-days in Bali so I can plan my life!

 

We will be confirming the dates for the retreat during the Live call, and we can tell you right now, that they are: Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 of December 2015.

 

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Do you anticipate that an adventure such as this one will be offered by you again?  Next year perhaps?

 

At this point in time, the honest answer is: ‘I don’t know’. This is the first time that we are running a 6 month program that’s ending in a retreat like this one, so it’s a bit of a learning curve for us as well, as we figure out the best way to share value and give you the best of everything we can conjure.

 

We would love to say yes, we will be, but it completely depends on this very first ever 6 month program, and how much we love doing it.

 

Right now we are pouring so much love into the video eCourse, creating activities and structure for the fortnightly mentoring sessions, and working with an awesome event organiser for the retreat at the end of the year, which is just so exciting.

 

I think we will have a much better idea on whether we will run it again, by the end of this year.

 

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I’d love love love to do your Gypset Adventure Program and I noticed that as soon as you sign up to the program the monthly payments commence immediately. I’m wondering if it’s possible to sign up and not start being billed monthly until the program actually begins? Totally fine if not, I can just sign up later in June but thought I’d ask :)

 

As you have noticed, the first payment does occur immediately, and then it’s a month by month payment plan.

 

It may be best for you to sign up later on in June, when the timing is better for you, though I do feel that I should warn you that there are limited spaces available, as we have already filled 12 spots.

 

Thank you for reaching out and checking with us. It’s definitely appreciated as we will take this kind of feedback into consideration for future projects.

 

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