Operation Dreamspace: Update #1

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This is probably going to be a very long operation… better get cracking then!

Honestly most of the work is going to be in getting somewhat good at the things I want to actually DO in my Dreamspace studio for yoga, design and music! And of course consistency is key when it comes to getting better at something, so I have committed to at LEAST the following daily (as a minimum!)

Music

  1. 15 minutes guitar practice,
  2. 15 minutes bass practice,
  3. 30 minutes vocals or show rehearsal while I’m getting ready for this

Design

  1. Sketch out at least one concept wearable art design,
  2. Create one new digital design for Grim Ponie (even if I end up hating it), or learn one new digital design trick

Yoga

  1. Practice daily to increase flexibility
  2. Each week will pick a new pose to tackle ,or circle back to a pose I’ve struggled with, and will spend a good chunk of each daily practice to focus on alignment of, or preparation for this pose

Honestly I find I manage to squeeze in more than the minimum most days, but achieving the minimum is great for confidence, especially when it’s been a busy day at the day job to pay the bills in the meantime!

I’d love to hear of any ideas that helped you master your own craft quickly?!

Share the knowledge!

 

Laveena

Letting go to get success

I’m beginning to realise that the key to realise that the key to getting where I want to go may lie in letting go.

Letting go of the little things that aren’t directly connected to my dreams, and accepting that the rest of my life may not look or feel at all perfect. I have been soo caught up in messages from successful people about creating a culture and standard for yourself in all aspects of your life. But lately it occurred to me that if I just concentrated my efforts to detail while working on my dreams in order to succeed, that success while make room in my life to worry about the rest later. Because worrying about whether I get my washing done on schedule every Saturday on schedule each week sure wasn’t helping me focus on the important things.

More importantly, it opened up much larger and much more productive chunks of time where I could focus solely on working on my dreams, and GET SHIT done, rather than stopping and starting on lots of little things all day. In my eyes a whole Saturday focused on design or sewing up an idea is much more productive than housework, which could be slotted in elsewhere throughout the week.

I guess it’s about pioritising first while I’m still in a startup phase, and trying to do everything myself!

Do what works for you, listen to the advice of other’s but evaluate whether it’s appropriate for you and accept or reject at will. It’s your life, only you know what’s going to work best for you.

Laveena

Starting the day on a positive note

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This morning I watched a video on facebook, of the morning meeting held daily at Cardone Enterprises, and it hands-down seemed like the right way for a company to start the day.

The shared the successes of the day before, they congratulated each other at the top of their lungs, and sang happy birthday a couple of people in the team who have made it through another year.

The energy was positive and supportive, and I have no doubt an environment like that breeds the confidence and drive that it takes to work in a competitive sales team, or really any business.

But if like me, you still work for other people, and your small upstart business is still Party of One, how does that help?

I’ve been mulling it over, and definitely think there are ways to adapt this morning strategy to a solo-preneur lifestyle! Things like:

  1. Teaming up with another solo-preneur to boost each other, bounce ideas, and hold each other accountable when motivation is lacking
  2. Morning meeting with your family – if you can swing this, they may appreciate the extra time with you, and have a better understanding of what you’re doing (which can definitely help if you’re grinding the rest of the day and night away, everywhere else but home)
  3. A morning gratitude journal
  4. Convince your boss of the productive benefits of doing this in your office, or hell, just start doing it and let people join in
  5. Hell, if you’re truly flying solo put on the music that makes your feel most powerful, look at your stats from the day before, jump around, dance, sing, celebrate your own successes from the day before

Any other ideas? Do you have your own energy-boosting morning routine?

Stay hungry,

 

Laveena

 

The Artist’s Dilemma: Bills vs Passion

As I follow my heart to what is undoubtedly a more and more creative calling, a realm of possibility seems to grow exponentially with each step.

The ideas and opportunities really are endless. For the first time in my life I feel like I am only limited by my own imagination and drive (although some of this is possibly also due to my efforts to learn from as much as possible from as many successful people as possible, including their mindset).

Regardless of the why, it is both overwhelming and INCREDIBLY EXCITING! The anticipation is killing me! I am like a pot boiling on high on the stove (almost) unchecked.

I say almost because a girl’s still gotta pay her bills… And unless said girl is particularly good at her chosen practice, it is unlikely she will be able to pay her bills with any profits from it, and need to take time away from their passion to make some moolah. Being the ‘late bloomer’ that I am, I find myself in the unlikely category…. The frustration is soo real but soo common! I get it, there are soo many of us in this boat, creative and otherwise.

Gary Vee says the key to success is patience and hard work. Let’s hope so! Cause I’m all in!

Can you relate? How do you deal with it?

Stay hungry 🖤

Laveena

6th March 2018: I ♥ Change

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Dear Diary,

It’s only Tuesday, but what a week it’s been!

It has been officially announced that Job No. 1 (my day job) is changing, and I am gradually moving to a new team, which will hopefully provide more of a challenge (always looking to learn more!).

I’m LOVING FASHION SCHOOL!!! I wish I had taken the plunge sooner! We had our first construction class today, and man, soo many ideas, soo little time. There is something about the act of creating that GIVES ME LIFE…. I am looking forward to seeing what will come of such a short course.

I can’t remember if I already mentioned that I have been offered work experience with a couture fashion designer?! (AKA a couturier). Soo very excited about this! Although I’m yet to start, and don’t have a whole lot of time to fit this in, but we’ll see what comes of it! There is soo much about the industry that can only be picked up by working in it. ESPECIALLY in haute couture, which I am particularly drawn to…

Every day, I can feel the hunger to grow my dream empire grow, and with it, my ideas on how to do it. With each prospect, comes more anxiety about what could go wrong, but I know I just have to do it. I know how much it sucks to just settle, so I just need to get on with it and go all in.

I am still rundown, which is a pain because it’s hard to do yoga without coughing and spluttering so I’ve had to take time out. Sigh. At least I am actually getting better… just slowly.
Stay magical,

 

Laveena

Sass & Grind Saturday: You Deserve Success

 

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There’s a reason they say “fake it ’til you make it”. You may have been grinding your ass for months now, but if there’s a part of you that still doesn’t believe that you deserve the fruits of your efforts, trust me, the world can see it.

This is a problem because the only one who truly knows how hard you’ve worked, how much you’ve given up, is you. So if you don’t think you deserve it, why would anyone else?

Maybe you were told your idea was stupid, maybe you were told that you’d never amount to anything of value to the rest of the world, but it’s all noise, and it’s bullshit. So snap out of it.

If you’ve been busting your ass, continuously pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, tweaking the formula day in and day out, why would you not deserve success? Can you actually tell me why you don’t deserve success? Go on, write it out. Write down why you don’t deserve it, and read it back to yourself. Does that make logical sense to you? Probably not.

So go on and hold your head high, wear that crown, and strut through your day like you’re a Victoria’s Secret supermodel. You are the Queen of your world, or at least you’re about to be, and you’ve EARNED IT.

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Then get back to work 😉

Have a fantastic day!

 

Laveena

 

 

Day 58: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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Day 58 was a good one for my sense of current self, and knowing who I want to become. For those of you who have been reading my blogs or watching my vlogs for a while, you may know that I write my goals down every day. Yesterday I also started writing down what my ideal day looks like.

I started to write down how I would spend my ideal day, because this is really the first big goal that I’m heading towards, the freedom to spend my day doing exactly the way that I choose. This in turn will allow me the freedom and time I need to put full steam into my other larger goals, like funneling more time and money into the not-for-profit groups that I am passionate about, and making music.

I think this is going to be a useful wee addition to my morning goal-writing! It helps me envision the next big achievement ahead!

I hope you’re smashing it today!

 

Laveena