Being thankful is incredible empowering. The healing power of gratitude will fill your life with miracles and silence your inner critic like nothing else.
Celebrating attention to gratitude isn’t just something that sounds nice at Thanksgiving – it’s a lifestyle and mindset choice that will drastically change your life and your creative business.
For something to change in your life, one of two things has to happen: your life changes, or you do. Waiting for life to change is a passive solution.
When you shift your focus away from everything that is scary, difficult, hard, and unfair to a gratitude practice, all of a sudden things start to fall into place. Being a creative soul means being proactive, not passive, and being grateful is one of the fastest ways to generate positive change.
Adopting a gratitude practice takes you out of problems and toward a solution. It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset. That’s a skill you need in your life and in your business decision-making.
When you’re grateful you will INSPIRE people with your contagious positive energy.
And people simply love to be around people with a gratitude attitude.
Gratitude is energy, and everyone is either bringing some to you or draining it from you.
The marvellous thing about practising gratefulness is that it´s (according to psychology research) the fastest way to turn off your negative thinking and grow your confidence.
Spending just 10 minutes a day thinking or writing about things, events, and people you are grateful for can save you a lot of heartache and pain.
You can use gratitude to reframe your thinking. For example, if I hear my inner critic say:
“Christina You are fat and lazy, you should lose a few pounds!”
Then I immediately answer back:
“Yes, maybe, but you know what; I´m super grateful for my body; I have given birth to three wonderful children, I can walk on two strong legs, I can dance the boogie woggie and I can breathe freely. It´s absolutely wonderful – what a miracle!”.
Gratitude can SILENCE your inner critic like nothing else!
The truth is that to re-connect with yourself and find more peace and calm in life, you don´t have to make BIG changes. Think baby steps – choose gratitude. Just breathing deeply and becoming present in the moment is enough to activate calmness and positive change.
Pay attention to the small stuff. When you take little moments during your day to notice these “small” everyday things, you will automatically reduce your fast pace and live more mindfully and gratefully.
To be honest, I´m a very impatient women. As soon as I get an idea, I want to bring it to life. I love that I don´t have to ask anyone for permission, I can do exactly what I want when I want. I´m my own boss.
But I wasn´t always like that. I was raised to be a people pleaser, to be the good girl. In school, I was afraid to speak up or even raise my hand. When I later was accepted into to art school, I was afraid to show my work. I was afraid I wasn´t good enough. And throughout my childhood, I was working really hard for applause and approval – yet it never came, and it limited me big time.
I knew deep in my soul something was wrong with my life. I wasn´t meant to be a quiet girl. I was meant for bigger things. I felt a wild lion inside of me just waiting to break out, but I kept it locked up. I was afraid of the lion, not realizing it was my passion – my fire, my soul´s driving force.
I used so much energy locking my inner lion up that I became depressed. I wasn´t turning into the person I wanted to be. I was constantly directing and designing my life after other peoples agenda and expectations, striving to be the good girl – the people pleaser.
But one day I just had enough. I decided to let the lion out and from that day on my life completely changed. I gave myself permission to be me, allowing myself to speak up, be wildly creative and go after my big dreams.
You see, we humans tend to wait for permission, and for those perfect circumstances to fall into place. Before we know it, life has already passed us by. We wait for approval from people who think they have our best interest at heart—we’re crushed when it never comes. We miss the amazing life that could be ours while we wait for someone to show us the “go” sign.
We think we need permission to live the way we want to live. We believe that all the stars have to align before we can change things. We think that we have to be at a certain point, or that the circumstances have to be just right.
It´s time to stop waiting!
Give yourself permission to live a big life. You are meant to thrive and expand, not stay small and scared because of limiting beliefs. You are meant to dive fully into what this incredible journey has to offer you. You have so many gifts that you can use to create fulfillment and love.
The resources you have within you (your passions, talents, desires) are meant to come forth.
Your purpose is to share these resources with the world rather than play it safe and stay within your comfort zone. You are meant for great things, but first, you must give yourself permission to SHINE and live your full potential.
Give yourself permission, and you will see who you truly are. A magnificent being that is always worthy of love no matter how often you fall. Your amazing spirit is here for a limited time, and you owe it to yourself and the world to live a big life.
Go ahead, start today. Make a promise to yourself to move past your limiting thoughts, shed all worries and step fully into the world with greatness and courage.
You’ll never live up to the standards of what “everyone” wants you to be, so why fight a battle you can never win. Instead focus on being MORE of who you’re meant to be and focus less on what THEY think you should be. You might not see your own beauty but if you continue to conceal and hide who you are, the people that’s right for you won’t be able see it either.
Regardless of how you view yourself, regardless of your past experiences, regardless of your personal story—you can start over today!
The past has gone, and the past does not define how your future looks. You are not your past, and every second, every day, you can make a new decision about who you want to be and how you want to show up in your life.
Go shine and show the world your light.
Unleash your inner LION and become unapologetically YOU!
Are you sometimes overwhelmed with negative thinking – perhaps being downright rude to yourself? Criticizing yourself for not doing enough?
I guess we’ve all been there; having bad days and moments of self-doubt. Days in which you fall short of your own expectations, and instead of treating it as a learning opportunity, you beat yourself up about it.
The frustration that comes from trying to turn your creative passion into a profitable business can quickly turn into a long rant of self-critique.
The pain of being the starving artist, the struggling creative, overworked with little or no money is REAL.
Fighting to figure out how to do it. Constantly looking for the missing piece to get clients, build an audience and harvest a great income. It´s scary, it´s frustrating, and it´s the situation for so many creatives out there.
I get you! I´ve been an entrepreneur for 28 years. I launched my first clothing line at the age of 15. Started my own dance studio at age 18. I´ve been a full-time artist, a personal trainer, an interior designer and created three 6-figure businesses, including a coaching business, a photography business and numerous of online training programs.
Bringing my creative ideas out into the world is my passion – I love to see my vision grow into empires.
And if there´s ONE THING I´ve learned from my many years as a creative entrepreneur, as well as from coaching thousands of clients, it´s this:
There´s absolutely NOTHING wrong with YOU!
If you struggle with growing your business, it does not mean that you are incompetent or incapable. Not at all! It simply means that you are an entrepreneur without a compass. It´s that simple.
Going from struggling artist/creator to a running a profitable business isn´t so much about hard work, brilliant plans, talent or luck as it is about confidence, thoughts, and emotions.
With the right mindset in place, there ain´t nothing you can´t do!
I want you to remember:
YOU can start over, each day. The best time for new beginnings is NOW. It´s okay to have setbacks… it´s okay to draw a line in the sand and start over. Just make sure you are moving the line forward – in a positive direction.
Move in the directions of your dreams and goals. Take baby steps, but take steps that stop you from being stuck.
We all want to reach the top of the mountain and feel that we have achieved something amazing. We want to feel alive, happy and excited. We want to be financially independent and work with what we love.
Whatever you are working towards, and however far you still have to go, let me tell you that; YOU CAN DO IT!
Keep chasing your dream. Don´t give up! It doesn’t matter if you are moving fast or slow, only that you keep moving AND that you STOP criticizing yourself!
Because the truth is; every time you criticise yourself you take a step back – away from your desired destination called your dream life.
When you Play BIG in life fear will be a constant shadow following your every footstep.
Fear will show up asking if you’re sure – if you’re really, really sure you want to take this big risk? And you start to feel shaky.
You start to fear entering unknown territory. You think of all the things that could go wrong.
But, If you spend your life playing it safe, sticking to what you know and what’s comfortable (even if those things cause you unhappiness), you’re missing out on the incredible possibilities of what could be.
Sometimes the biggest risk is taking no risk at all. And oftentimes in taking the biggest risks, you find yourself living your dream life.
Here´s the thing…
The quality of your life and the success of your business is directly affected by how you FEEL about yourself, and how you THINK of yourself?
That´s why I want YOU to make a firm decision TODAY to boost and improve your self-esteem! Give yourself some credit for ALL that you DO and ALL that you ARE.
Doing so will empower you to do more, love more, give more, become more and live more.
All success in life comes from a place of self-confidence. A deep trust in yourself, that you are worthy of it all and that you deserve the best in life.
Abandon the idea that you are not good enough. Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you’re not broken. No one is! You might have some bad habits, you might be a bit out of sync with yourself from time to time- just like the rest of us. But you are not broken, and there´s nothing wrong with you.
You are a perfect, beautiful, unique human being with perfect imperfections. Instead of telling yourself little lies about who you are and what you can and cannot do, focus on your potential, your passion and spread your message with the world.
I´ll show you step-by-step how to leverage your creative skills by following a clear path using your own voice, directed by your heart and soul. Including programming your mind with powerful new beliefs and patterns for success.
During this entire 8-months program I´ll take you behind the scenes of my business and show you exactly how I got from overwhelmed to empowered and from zero to building three 6-figure businesses.
I´m going to tell you like it is, no BS, no fluff, and no sugar coating. Just real world business psychology, and soulful strategies I KNOW works. I´ve got real life experience and 17 years of mindset training to back me up + I live and breathe this lifestyle every day, and I LOVE it. It’s simply amazing!
Optimize Your Creative Life begins Sept. 29 and registration is now OPEN. I can´t wait to connect with you and and support you in building your heart-driven business. We are going to have 8 fabulous, inspiring, productive months together, yay!