Alexandra Gustafsson on how empathy and creativity are at the heart of being an actor

I caught up with actress Alexandra Gustafsson to chat about creativity and empathy from the perspective of a stage performer. Alexandra is currently studying for her Master of Arts in Theatre and Drama. Her journey into the world of acting is a pretty classic one; she has loved being centre stage for as long as she can remember, and her childhood included a lot of coercing family members, friends and guests to sit through her one-woman shows. And whenever there […]

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The healing power of mermaid tears: how silversmith Amber Veyser Kitzler found her marbles on the beach

amber in her studio

I think if we lived on the same island, we’d be besties. When you scroll through Amber’s Instagram page, it’s just such a fun, jaunty place that it makes you want to jump on a plane and fly to Canada for your next vacay. Amber Veyser Kitzler, grew up in the Canadian Rockies but found the ocean when her mom moved Amber and her two brothers to Vancouver Island post-divorce. Amber is a passionate sea glasser and a self-taught silversmith. […]

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Having a regular journaling practice will change your life when you’re highly sensitive and get easily overwhelmed. Here are 8 reasons you should start today!

having a journaling practice will change your life + how to start

You know what you want in life. Or at least know what you need to do in life. Yet, you can’t seem to get to a place in your life where you’re genuinely content with it. There are always more things on that list that you’d like to have. And so you promise yourself that you’re going to write that book, you’re gonna learn Italian because you’re gonna go to Italy and talk to the natives, you’re gonna get out […]

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The 10-minute journaling practice to optimise your creativity & problem-solving when you’re highly sensitive

The 10 minute journaling exercise to optimise your thought process

Did you know that sleep is an integral part of your thinking process? In his book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams*, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker explains how sleep not only restocks your immune system, fine-tunes your metabolism and regulates your appetite, but also recalibrates your emotions and processes your thoughts. For a long time sleep was a mystery. And science had no answer to the question of what sleeping is good for, what […]

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My free gratitude journaling course is finished! It’s the place to be if you want to gain the happiness advantage

Learn gratitude journaling with this free course that has gratitude prompts for 21 days

Wowee, these past few weeks have had me up and down, and spun all around. I finally finished Thankful, my free gratitude journaling course, and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, free. I know spending hours agonising over what to write about and building a whole course on gratitude to give away for nothing seems contradictory when you’re trying to get your busienss off the ground. Trust me, I’ve had my doubts about this too. All the bro marketers and boss […]

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How to create more headspace in your everyday life with these 4 simple writing exercises

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Forget trying to become a writer and just write because it’s one of the best ways to declutter your mind. Writing on paper (rather than on a computer or tab) forces your brain to really slow down and think – that’s why I prefer printable templates that I can write on myself. Of course, you can write in any way that is convenient for you – but you should be writing! This is one of the easiest forms of self-expression […]

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Did you realise that your smartphone is exploiting your brain’s natural chemistry for profit and gradually changing how you behave?

Smart phone addiction is real. Here's what to do about it.

Smartphones have taken over our lives. Like so many Lemmings, they’ve crowded into every nook and cranny of our lives. And now we can’t go anywhere without them – even to bed. Studies and surveys have uncovered that people sleep with their phones and wake up during the night to check what the latest haps are. People have even admitted to checking their phones during sex. How big is the effect of smartphones and constant connectivity on our daily life? […]

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Should you give up on having creative hobbies if you aren’t the creative type?

Should you have creative hobbies even if you aren't creative?

So, you can’t draw. Or knit. Or go near superglue without gluing at least two fingers together. You can’t decorate a cake to save your life and your violin playing makes the alleycats yowl. So what? Does that mean that you should give up on having creative hobbies? Of course not! Creativity is a fundamental part of who you are as a human being – and it doesn’t matter what the end result looks like. That’s something that you tweak […]

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