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Behind the Scenes of Creating 365 Days of Becoming

So I just released 365 Days of Becoming and thought it would be helpful to give you a glimpse of what it took to put this beast of a Journal/Coloring book together.

Because it is a monster of 365 coloring pages and 365 journal pages.

How I came up with the idea!

I had a thought that it would be amazing to create something that helps you step into your power with two of the tools that have been super helpful to me: coloring and writing.

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome to create something for every single day of the year.

And voila, the idea was born. Now I didn’t have a name yet, only that I knew if would have a lot of coloring pages and writing pages.

Getting to work

I started doodling and initially thought it would only take me about 15 days to create all of the pages. Yep, I am a little bit ambitious but I realized really quickly that I needed more time.

I encountered days where I had other things pop up, I just didn’t feel like doodling and for someone who preaches about self-care, I needed to manage my energy.

So, I extended the deadline and found my energy to be on par.

I finished all of the pages in 25 days. Scanned and edited them in another 3 days.

And then it came down to laying it out, creating a spreadsheet to not duplicate any pages and creating the feel I wanted to create with this monster of a book.

From there it was just a matter of getting the proof ready and correct to the printing standards it needed. This took another 5 days.

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The Lessons Learned:

Deadlines are awesome and I kinda live by them but giving yourself enough time is key or you will burn out on the project/goal. If I am ever going to undertake another project like this, I am giving myself a much longer deadline.

Familiarize yourself with all the printing needs from CreateSpace.com. I spend way more time editing and going back and forth to get it to proper printing quality than necessary. There bigger the book, the bigger the gutter and the margins need to be in retrospect.

Take enough days off so I am not burning out on the project. Again this was a big undertaking and 30 days was pushing it and I still had to extend the deadline. Also, there are still other things that need to happen in life and in business and it’s important I don’t neglect them.

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Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

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365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self

It’s finally here! 365 Days of Becoming – a Journey into Self!

I’ve been working on this, well ever since the idea came to me and so I spent about a month creating the pages and start putting it together.

And it’s a monster!

What exactly is 365 Days of Becoming?

It’s a journey into self. Think about it like as if you are born every single day. Something new to explore and discover about who you are!

Growth always happens from the inside out and it requires courage to be you.

And this journal is so much more because it is also a coloring book. And I wrote about doodling and journaling to give you an insight of how I got started and hopefully conveyed why I find this important!

So how do you use this journal/coloring book?

The pages are filled with quotes, mantra’s and affirmations so you can really feel into the words.

Use them as prompts if you are not sure on what to write.

Color them in any time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and just need to calm yourself.

What will this journal help you achieve or what will it do for you?

  • It will help you to be more present in each moment. All too often we are scattered all over the place and forget to feel and be.
  • It will help you to unlock your own creativity and tap into the parts that perhaps you have been hiding.
  • It will help you solve your own problems. When you venture into sitting down every day and uncover what is holding you back, you are opening the door to your solutions.
  • It will help you become more confident as you are diving deep into your soul and go on to discover who you are.

It’s 365 Coloring Pages and 365 Writing Pages! This thing is HUGE!

Here’s the thing, life is an adventure and this book is your companion along this journey!

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Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

Counting the ways to express gratitude

I express gratitude every single day and I always include all that I have and all that I am calling in. Sometimes I make a list of 10 and sometimes it’s a whole page in my journal.

It can be hard to express gratitude when you are deep into your struggle and you are barely seeing the light of day. If you read my post of what to do when gratitude doesn’t seem to be helping (read it here), then you know I have called you into action.

  • Getting clear on your vision
  • Mapping out a plan
  • Letting go of the shit
  • Taking Action
  • Actively participate in your own change

If you have done this, then you can express gratitude for creating your vision, planning which is often the first step.

But there are many other ways to express your gratitude. I am going to share with you some of my favorites!

Journal

There is so much power in writing it down and engrain it into your vibrational being and into your subconscious. I am a huge fan of pen to paper because it also allows you to “see” all that you have and all that you are working towards. Showing gratitude for creating your vision or mapping out you plan also allows you to celebrate you and not giving up.

Dance it out

I love to dance. I love to make up songs. And sometimes combining the two is exactly what I need to do to uplift my spirits, raise my vibrations and get really excited about what is. Give it a try! Start your song with “I am so grateful and happy that…” to whatever tune comes to mind. Do this for however long feels good. Yes, you may look like a goofball and wonder what people think, but umm be unapologetically you with yourself.

Say it out loud

Speaking out about the things we are grateful for also supports our subconscious and raises our vibrations. Maybe you can sit in front of a mirror or just sit for a moment and honor all those things you are grateful for in the moment and all that you are calling into your life.

Create Art

Take those markers, colored pencils and watercolors and create a piece of art filled with gratitude. Color is an amazing way to uplift our spirits and when we combine this with gratitude, it is so powerful because as you are in the moment of creating, you are giving yourself permission to let go of all the worries and stress and focusing on all that is good in your life.

Do one of them or do them all. Mix it up from day to day. Do one for consecutive days. Whatever feels good in the moment.  Some days I journal and then when I sit outside on my front porch I say them out loud. And maybe when something awesome happened, I’ll dance and sing my gratitude.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, there is only your way.

Share with me in the comments which one you are choosing to do today!

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

Here’s how to challenge your fear

All this week, I have talked about fear how it shows up, where it will stop us and how it is asking you to play bigger.

This is known to be true, if it scares you so much that you almost piss your pants, then you are called to step out.

Here are a few things that you can do to challenge your fear:

Start where you are in small and tiny steps

What really scares you is that your belief you should make big huge leaps and it’s more about taking tiny and consistent steps forward. What tiny thing can you do today to move forward?

Believe in yourself and trust that you know

Think back about a moment in your life where you believed in yourself. Now take this feeling and transfer it into the present moment and really feel it as you are visualizing your next steps. Trust that your intuition is guiding you and that you know what to do.

Challenge that fear by writing it down

This is perhaps one of my favorite journaling activities because I get to proof fear aka the ego wrong in many ways. Take your journal or a piece of paper and write down your fear. Now create a list of evidences to show whether it is true or false. If it’s true, journal what you can do about it.

Do something different from what you have always done

This will without question challenge you and push your comfort zone which is the point! You aren’t going to move forward and achieve your dreams by doing what you have always done. You will need to take it and just get over yourself.

 

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

The Fear of Success and Failure

In my own journey, I have been more afraid of success than I have of failure. I think I have failed many times but always picked myself up and kept on going. But to really embody my vision, to really step into it brought up a lot of fear.

The challenge around success can be

  • losing friends and family
  • making more money than your partner
  • thinking you won’t have time for yourself

And really isn’t it just silly to think you are losing friends and family? Because here’s the thing, people come and go and not everyone is meant to stay in your life.

What is the worst that could happen if you find new friends or letting go of people who don’t really support you? I mean, you want to be supported and hanging out with those that don’t believe may not be the best thing for you.

And so, what if you are making more money than your partner? Is that really a bad thing? Will that shift your relationship or will it create room to improve it? Having an open dialogue with your partner is always a good idea.

And just think the more successful you are and money you make, you can hire support for your business and even in your home and boom there you go, more time for you.

But what about the fear of failure? 

Are you already expecting to fail so that you are not creating the product or the service? Are you expecting that no one will read your book and so you don’t bother writing it?

I suspect that this old messaging that you have learned since childhood. From your school days and bad grades to either not being hired and even fired. All of which may have said to you that you are not good enough, which is bull.

So how can you move through the fear of success or failure? 

  1. Declutter your mind

The best way to declutter your mind is to write all your fears and doubts out of your head.

  1. Forgiveness

This can be huge because maybe you need to forgive a teacher or a former boss, so that you can step into your new belief.

  1. Compassion

Be compassionate with yourself and others. This was then and this is now. You have learned and grown so much, don’t hang on to the day you were not hired.

  1. Strength

Own your strength and make a list of all the things you are amazing at and what you do.

  1. Celebrate

Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements no matter how big or small.

  1. Journal

Journal about the fears, the forgiveness, compassion and your strength. Acknowledging your fear is a good thing because then you can look at it like a detective and see where the evidence is in that belief. Chances are that you have done so much more since you received a bad grad or were fired.

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

14 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life

14 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life

We are always looking for ways to improve our lives. We want things to feel good, peaceful and joyful.

And it doesn’t have to be an outrageous event to make it happen, instead, you can use all or some of the 21 ways to help you improve your life.

  1. Declutter

Decluttering your home will raise your vibrations. There are always areas in our home that get neglected but making time to bring harmony into your home by getting rid of things that no longer feel good, or have just piled up, will always leave you feeling good.

  1. Gratitude

The more grateful we are the wealthier we become. By creating a daily habit of listing 5-10 things you are grateful for you will be able to see the abundance that already surrounds you. Gratitude starts within!

  1. Change your thinking

Every time a negative thought enters, tell it to stop and replace it with a positive thought. You are in control of your thoughts, not the other way around.

  1. Read for expansion

Grow your knowledge and self-awareness through reading personal development books and make it a habit of reading daily for an hour or a chapter!

  1. Stop complaining

The more you complain the more frustrating your life is and the more you attract the same. Make a conscious effort to stop complaining.

  1. Don’t just track your expenses

Tracking your income will help you acknowledge your work you put out into the world. All too often we get caught up in tracking our expenses without really tracking what we are bringing in.

  1. Don’t buy anything you do not need

When you are out and about and something catches your eye, don’t decide to buy it right then and there. Go home and allow a week to pass and see how you feel about the item, and if it truly is a need, then go get it.

  1. Start a journaling habit

Every day make time to free write to declutter your mind. This can include ideas, thoughts, feelings and of course everything you need to do.

  1. Pay attention to the time you spend

Knowing where you are spending your time, will help you see where you can stop doing some activities and replace them with the things you really want to do. Spending too much time on Facebook? Limit yourself to 15-30 minutes.

  1. Start a new food relationship

All too often, we beat ourselves up over the foods we eat. Instead, start a new food relationship! You can still have your favorite chocolate and desert but acknowledge the foods you want to eat more of and plan them into your meals.

  1. Become Active

Start walking, hiking or take an exercise class. Movement not only helps you physically but also mentally.

  1. Do something nice 5 days a week for your partner

This can be coffee in bed, doing a chore or running an errand. Whatever will help your partner feel loved and cared for.

  1. Do an activity with your partner

This can be a weekly date night or nightly walking but make your relationship a priority and spend quality time together away from home.

  1. Spend time with your friends

Social beings need social interactions. Invite your friends out or have a movie night.

Do a little bit or all of them and watch your life slowly improve over time.

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.