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  1. Making time for the things you love

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    On Saturday Mr K and I decided to go for a hike up at Devil’s Dyke, on the beautiful South Downs. We packed a picnic and headed out, excited to be on a little adventure with our baby girl in her all-terrain pushchair.

    We entered the forest and started bumping the pushchair down the path over huge tree roots. I was worried about how Sienna would cope with all the bouncing around and jarring from the uneven path, but then unexpectedly heard a loud giggle. It got louder and louder until it was a full blown laugh. She absolutely loved it. The bumpier and the faster the better, and she didn’t stop laughing the whole way down.

    What a little explorer and what a revelation. Something I thought would be daunting for her turned out to be a moment of pure joy, and it was contagious. By the bottom of the forest path we we were all laughing out loud.

    A day away from my computer in the fresh country air did me the world of good. Have you taken any time out to explore lately? To drink in the fresh air of your local beauty spot? To run downhill fast and laugh so loud it hurts? Why not try it this week? It’s a whole lot of fun…

    I need to take my own advice and make more time for the things I love, like being outdoors with my family. That’s why I am so looking forward to Making Time, our 31-day experiment in slowing down and doing a digital detox.

    Making Time starts on September 1 (postponed from August 1, oh the irony), and is completely free. If you want to join us, you’ll get daily emails into your inbox with fun prompts, thought-provoking words and some fab inspiration to help you make more time for the things you love.

    Register for Making Time here and join us for this free online experiment in creating space and time for things that make us feel alive.

    Have a good week – and try to get away from that computer!
    Beth and team

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  2. Building a tiny space to dream (literally, and you’re invited!)

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    I bought a beach hut on a whim. Well actually it has been one of those things I have always thought about in a “Wouldn’t that be cool?” thing-that-other-people-do kind of way. But then one day a couple of weeks back I was walking by the sea (in Hove, England) admiring the cute little huts, and I spotted a ‘for sale’ sign. And that was it.

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    At first glance it might look like I bought myself a shed. But actually I found somewhere I can turn into a space for dreaming, not just for me but for others too. We got the keys a couple of days ago, and today we tore down the old rotting structure, and have started building our own little place from scratch (with the help of an amazing carpenter friend, Iain Moncrieff).

    But this isn’t just any old beach hut. This is going to be The Little Beach Hut of Dreams (she even has her own Twitter account – you can follow her at @beachhutxx).

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    My idea is to invite anyone (that includes you) to apply to be a Dreamer-in-Residence. That means you get to borrow her for the day (for free), to come and just sit, look out to sea, and think, dream, draw, write, plan or do whatever is going to help you get a step closer to doing what you love. In return we’ll just ask you to write a blog post about your experience to inspire others.

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    Mr K and Iain hard at work

    We are going to make it beautiful inside, and then open it up for applications in the next few weeks, so hopefully we can squeeze in our first Dreamers-in-Residence before the end of this glorious summer. Why not have a think about what you might day with a whole day by the sea to dream, and jump on the waiting list to hear more when applications open!

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    This is the view

    We all need the chance to escape our chaotic lives every now and then. We all need the time and space to dream. We are creating the space. You just need to make the time (and apply!)

    Speaking of making time, we hope you will join us for Making Time, a new free 31-day prompt series to help you carve out more time for the things you love, starting August 1. Find out more and sign up here.

    Here’s to more space and time for the things we love!

    Beth

  3. Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of words

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    Get stuck into a good novel, read more to your children, flip through a magazine, start a journal, write a story of your own… what will this inspire you to do this weekend?

    Download a hi-res version here.

     

     

  4. An invitation to discover the power of storytelling

    Andrew Stanton screenshotAndrew Stanton’s TED Talk: The clue to a good story

    Some of my earliest and most treasured memories are of being tucked up in bed, listening to mum or dad read to me. I couldn’t wait for story time because I knew I’d get to spend time in some magical fantasy faraway land before drifting off to sleep.

    It is in our DNA to love a good story. These words, in an advert by Sky Atlantic, summarise just why stories can be so powerful: “Stories, we all spend our lives telling them, about this, about that, about people… but some, some stories are so good we wish they’d never end. They’re so gripping that we’ll go without sleep just to see a little bit more. Some stories bring us laughter and sometimes they bring us tears… but isn’t that what a great story does - Makes you feel? Stories that are so powerful… they really are with us forever.”

    Today we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of words, unleash your creativity and discover the power of a good story for yourself. Here’s how:

    1)    Dive into the book you’ve been meaning to read for weeks

    2)    Take a trip to your local library, browse to your heart’s content and be inspired

    3)    Put pen to paper and write! A short story, your very first blog post, begin that best seller!

    4)    Visit your local bookstore and treat yourself to a new read

    5)    Make a cuppa, relax and enjoy that audio book

    6)    Write a book review, send it to your local newspaper or magazine and see what happens!

    Need some more inspiration? Watch filmmaker Andrew Stanton’s TED talk.

    “Storytelling is medicine for the spirit and healing for the soul.” - Linda Goss

     

  5. The July happy list is here…

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    On my happy list this month… lovely surprises! Earlier this week I received a box of gorgeously wrapped goodies from my sister, including a beautiful card and some craft supplies to inspire me to be creative. I was so touched by her random act of kindness. How can you surprise someone you love today?

    July Happy List

    Each month we share a free downloadable ‘Happy List’ as a place for you to capture the things – small and big – that have made you smile and feel inspired each day. Get yours here.

    Wishing you a July filled with sunshine and joy,

    Rachel

  6. What do you love about the place you call home?

    Today Do What You Love’s Senior Editor shares what she loves most about her home city…

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    We all have an affinity with the place we call home. For me that place is Sheffield. It has a special place in my heart because it’s where I went to university and found my independence; it’s where I accepted my first job as a magazine editor; it’s where I made friends for life and met my husband; and it’s where we bought our first home and welcomed our gorgeous little boy into the world. I’ve lived in Sheffield for 10 years so it’s part of my story and it’s given me lots of happy memories.

    Part of the reason I’ve stayed here so long is that it offers the best of both worlds: the buzz and excitement of modern city life with the laid-back feel of a friendly village steeped in craftsmanship, history and heritage. There’s a pulsating grassroots creative arts community, a harmonious multicultural population, a cool mix of Victorian and modern architecture, a plethora of independent shops, striking public art, stylish restaurants, coffee shops galore, the best pubs in Britain, secret parties, urban farms and Supertrams! It’s a city packed with people who want to make a difference, and it’s brimming with possibilities.

  7. What’s your story?

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    Dolls, daydreams and diaries… we all remember what it was like to be little. And this summer the Museum of Childhood in London is celebrating all those things and more with an inspiring showcase of story-themed exhibitions and displays designed to take us on a trip down memory lane.

    One of the many highlights is ‘The Great Diary Project’ which features diaries from 1813 to 1996 and focuses on the lives of children at particular moments in history. From tales of bedbugs during the Napoleonic Wars to coded accounts of wild teenage behaviour during the Blitz, it’s a fascinating insight into how attitudes have changed over time and how peoples’ unique voices can be captured so beautifully in this very private kind of writing.

  8. A picture paints a thousand words

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    I have fast discovered that when you have a small child, your days are a series of firsts – first smile, first giggle, first taste of solid food etc. Yesterday’s first was first time on a swing. Looking at the photos I realised that they show the whole spectrum of emotions we often feel when trying something new – from trepidation to curiosity, from anticipation to elation. In the case of the swing that was all in the space of 5 seconds for my little one. I’m glad to say it ended in a lot of smiling.

    Next time I try something new – which for us will be our first longhaul flight with a baby next week – I am going to keep these images in mind and focus on the last one. When I’m in the nervous stage, the unsure stage, the panicky stage, I’m going to think ahead to the elated stage, when we are driving up the East Coast with our little traveller in tow, and take that trip.

    How about you? Can you picture your emotions when going through something new or difficult, to get to somewhere you want to be, and focus on the most triumphant visual? It doesn’t mean the other snapshots won’t be there to be captured along the way, but picturing the ‘after’ version might be all the motivator you need.

    Have a lovely week

    Beth and team

  9. MOYO Magazine issue 6 is out – get your free copy here!

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    Inside Issue 6 (which is completely free) you can find:

    • Behind the scenes with DENY Designs
    • Product photography with navyblur
    • Quincy Lamps on lighting
    • Top tips from the Design Trust
    • Design showcases from our talented students

    PLUS: Product inspiration from Tree Couture, Guirado Design and Susy Pilgrim Waters

  10. Bloom True Gallery part 5 (Feb 2014 class)

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    “First time to ever paint was Sept. 2012 Bloom True course. Been painting ever since and taking the course this second time made me even Braver! This is the largest canvas I’ve ever done 3 ft x 4 ft. titled “In Paradise”. Wonderful course and teacher” – Madelyn Montjoy

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    Here is part 4 of the gorgeous work that emerged from the February class of Bloom True. Do you want to access your inner creativity, feel more connected to your life and feel confident to express your true self on canvas? Our next class begins on Monday May 12th! Bloom True might just be for you.

    Take a look at these paintings created by participants of the class and find out more here.