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  1. Join us for the 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

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    The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is a global swap of stitched postcard love, where people all across the world make a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching, and it needs to fit with that quarter’s swap theme.

    The 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is now live and open for registration here, with the theme CREATE. You can use any materials you like (paper, ink, fabric, ephemera, ribbon etc) , and put it together anyway you like to make a postcard. You can include ‘stitches’ any way you like – with a machine or by hand, and you can either send your postcard as it is, or pop it in an envelope to protect it. And in celebration of our brand new online course ‘PaperLove’ we are also challenging you to do something innovative with paper within your postcard design. This is your chance to be really creative, and share your love of creativity with someone somewhere else in the world.

    The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is free to enter (you just pay for the cost of making and posting your postcard), and it’s easy to join in with hundreds of others from around the world. Just follow the instructions below and register by Wednesday 25 February 2014If you join us you will be allocated a swap partner to post your creation to, and then you can look forward to receiving some creative goodness back, in the form of another handmade postcard.

    And all new for this year… we are thrilled to be bringing this to you in collaboration with Anchor, part of the worldwide Coats Group that can trace its roots back nearly 250 years. Coats is the world’s largest supplier of crafting products — from innovative cotton sewing threads, to knitting, embroidery crochet, fabrics and a whole range of accessories. Check out their brand new website MakeitCoats where you will find a world of crafting inspiration, including hundreds of free patterns and tutorials.

    Together we are offering a very special prize for the 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap…

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    THE PRIZE

    One lucky participant will win a gorgeous creative bundle worth over $500:

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    TO ENTER

    Register for the 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap (details below) by midnight GMT on Tuesday February 25 2014, and share your postcard on the Do What You Love Facebook page by midnight GMT on Thursday 13 March 2014. Please be sure to include your name and a link to any blog post you have written about the swap.

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    The winner will be chosen by Do What You Love/Make It Coats from the postcards shared on the Do What You Love Facebook page by the deadline give above. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative unless you have already registered for the PaperLove course and you win, in which case you will get your course fee back. This competition is open to anyone from any country over 18 years of age. The winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday 18 March. Thank you and good luck!

    JOIN THE SWAP!

    • Register here by midnight GMT on Tuesday 25 February 2014.
    • If you like, write a post or put a button on your blog to say you are joining in. Please help spread the word! Feel free to use the little image below or the larger one above and link back to http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/swap  (just save it to your computer direct from this blog post – you have permission!).

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    • Get busy making your postcard right away with the theme ‘CREATE’, using any materials you like, and any techniques you like.  And in celebration of our brand new online course ‘PaperLove’ we are also challenging you to do something innovative with paper within your postcard design. For inspiration scroll to the end of this page to see what was made in the last six swaps, with the themes ‘TIME’, ‘HOME’, ‘LOVE’, ‘BLOOM’, ‘DISCOVER’ and ‘CELEBRATE’.
    • You will be sent the address of your swap partner by Wednesday 5 March latest.  (The swap is free to enter but you will need to pay the postage yourself, as well as the cost of any materials used to make your postcard. Please be aware your swap partner may not live in the same country as you.)
    • Be sure to post your postcard to your swap partner by Thursday 13 March 2014.
    • If you want to be entered into the giveaway (see above), be sure to share a photo of your finished postcard on the Do What You Love Facebook page by midnight GMT on Thursday 13 March 2014. Please be sure to include your name and a link to any blog post you have written about the swap.
    • Wait eagerly to receive a lovely stitched postcard! When it arrives, feel free to share a note on the Do What You Love Facebook page to say that it arrived safely – why not include a picture of yourself holding it? (For those of you who have joined in previous swaps, please note we are not using the Flickr group this time. Instead we will be creating a special album on the Do What You Love Facebook page using all the images that are posted on the page by participants).
    • If you write a blog post about the swap please feel free to post a link on the Do What You Love facebook page
    • Enjoy the postcard art that has been made with love and flown to you from somewhere else in the world! If you talk about it on Twitter or Instagram please use #GBSPS (and follow my updates via @DoWhatYouLoveXx)
    • The giveaway winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday 18 March

    Any questions? Please email us at love@paperphilia.co.uk

  2. Let the games begin…

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    As the sky over Sochi burst into life with fireworks to mark the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday, I was transported back to the eve of the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. As I stood there in the stadium looking up at the awesome pyrotechnics, I had to pinch myself that I was actually being paid to be there, providing language support for the British Bobsleigh Team, having somehow managed to blag a month off university.

    While there I had to interpret in all sorts of situations – from getting one of the bobsleighs resprayed after someone put the wrong sticker on it, to lessons in noodle making for the coaching staff; from scoring free ski slope access for the administrators to lunch with Princess Anne. And the craziest part of it all was my Japanese wasn’t actually all that good. I was only in the third year of my studies, so looking back I’m amazed how I had the guts to take on the job!

    But that’s the point. I did the very best I could with what I had at my disposal. It wasn’t perfect, but the fact is even then I spoke Japanese better than any of the team, so my skills, however limited, were of use to them. It is so easy to get caught up with being ‘perfect’, and never actually taking action because we are always wanting to do a little more preparation, but sometimes you just have to go for it. By all means learn as you go along, but don’t wait until you know everything because that day will never come.

    In the end the British Bobsleigh Team were the only Brits to get a medal that year, so you can imagine the party we had once the event was over!

    How did I get the job in the first place? I asked. Simple as that. I wrote a good old snail mail letter to the General Secretary of the British Olympic Association offering my services. I never actually thought he’d say yes, but I am so glad he did. And if the job at the 1998 Winter Olympics wasn’t cool enough, it led to a whole host of jobs at some of the most incredible sports events in the world, including the World Games, Summer Olympics, FIFA World Cup, World Athletics Championships and more, where I worked alongside some of the world’s top athletes and made some amazing friends along the way. It is all connected.

    So whether or not you like sport, take a moment to watch some of the Winter Olympics over the next couple of weeks and find a way for it to inspire you. Whether it is with the courage to try a new sport, the curiosity to find out about a new country, or even just to reflect on my little story and decide to ‘just ask about that job’ and see what happens. It might just work out!

    Beth and the team

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    Want to create your own online course that sells?

    Every week we receive emails from people asking us to help them develop an online course which allows them to share their unique expertise with the world whilst making money doing what they love. For the first time we have decided to put together a special masterclass revealing our secrets to creating an online course that sells. We are offering this exclusively as part of our special package for anyone signing up to Marie Forleo’s brilliant B-School online marketing program through Do What You Love.

    As a proud affiliate of this fantastic program (which we believe in because we have taken it and seen the results), we are offering a special package to help you build on your B-School experience:

    • VIP pass to the Bundle Your Brilliance Masterclass – a private LIVE online workshop revealing the secrets to creating an e-course that sells, taught by someone who has sold over $1 million worth of online courses (that will be us!)
    • Access to a private Facebook group of others just like you, for extra support throughout the course and beyond
    • A FREE place on the Do What You Love e-course, to help you discover and pursue your true passion (course begins April 28)
    • PLUS the chance to win a series of 6 Mentoring Sessions with e-course producer Beth Kempton to help you get your course up and running and making you profits you can be proud of!

    Sound good? Click here for more details!

  3. Bloom True gallery part 5 (Sept 2013 class)

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    “I am happy with how magical and whimsical this painting feels to me. I call it, “Where the Fairies Live”. Learned how to let go of expectations, stick with a painting over a long period of time, and reached a new level of painting.”Naomi Morris Landers

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    Here is part 5 of the gorgeous work that emerged from the September 2013 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 February 10! Bloom True might just be for you. Take a look at these paintings created by participants of the class and find out more here.

  4. Bloom True gallery part 4 (Sept 2013 class)

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    “This painting is called Firelight because it has sparked a renewed, brave love story with color. The “letting go” and the “allowing” are what I needed the most. And the FB group is such a safe and happy place!”Laly Mille

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    Here is part 4 of our student showcase from the September 2013 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? Bloom True might just be for you. Our next class begins on Monday February 10! Take a look at these paintings created by participants of the class and find out more here.

  5. Bloom True gallery part 3 (Sept 2013 class)

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    “I thoroughly enjoyed the Bloom True Course it was an amazing 5 weeks of fun. It was wonderful to participate and share with others from around the world whom all enjoy the love of painting. It was wonderful to watch Flora paint in her style and learn from her passion. The course has taught me some fantastic skills that will stay with me for many years to come. It certainly taught me to paint more freely and ‘let go’. “ – Bronwyn Wood

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    We are so excited to show you part 3 of the gorgeous work that emerged from the September 2013 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? Bloom True might just be for you. Our next class begins on Monday February 10! Take a look at these paintings created by participants of the class and find out more here.

  6. Bloom True gallery part 1 (Sept 2013 class)

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    “This canvas has been layered, scraped, hosed off, scratched, sprayed, stamped…but not given up on…and in the end loved as my favorite. The course completely recharged my creative batteries (dormant for a few years) and given me a new artistic life. I can take on anything!” -  Lorraine Bowles

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    We are so excited to showcase some of the gorgeous work that emerged from the September 2013 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? Bloom True might just be for you. Take a look at these paintings created by participants of the class and find out more here.

  7. Do What You Love Interview – Catalina Guirado

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    Catalina Guirado was discovered as a model by Vogue at the age of 15, became a television favourite in the late 1990s after appearing on Channel 4‘s cult hit show TFI Friday, hosted by Chris Evans, and has since appeared on many TV shows. Her exciting career has taken many turns, but most recently she launched design label ‘Guirado Designs’ with her first collection of luxury silk scarves, fabrics and bespoke wallpapers. These use  HD prints of chosen enlightening works by her father, internationally acclaimed Spanish surrealist-essentialist artist Juan Antonio Guirado. These beautiful products are available exclusively at luxury concept store The Clerkenwell Collection in London and online at www.theclerkenwellcollection.com. We asked her to share her inspiration, motivation and advice on doing what you love. 

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    Catalina is a half Spanish/British designer and model. She describes herself as ”an art, fashion, gypset, rock n roll, horse obsessed, animal loving, champagne darling!”

    1. How are you leading a life ‘doing what you love’?

    Before I became a model and TV host I actually studied art and textile design. I grew up surrounded by art and attended gallery openings since I was a baby, as my father was an artist. Since his sad death, my life has come full circle and I have returned to what I originally loved and have always wanted to do. I love fashion and design and the creativity of my life. I am extremely grateful that I am able to do this and mean to excel!

  8. What’s on your Happy List?

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    A surprise bouquet of flowers delivered to my door – on my Happy List this week

    “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J.B. Priestley

    The road to doing what you love can be long and hard, with many twists and turns along the way. It pays to stop every now and then to enjoy the view, think about your journey, and celebrate each of the small steps along the way. In fact this is a Tibetan tradition – after a long and arduous journey, travellers seek a high vantage point and look back to see how far they have come.

    One of the ways I like to do this is by pausing to think of the little things which make me happy, even for a fleeting moment, on any given day. There are a hundred ways to do this – keeping a gratitude journal, having a ritual to pause and think during your day, or even having a gratitude app on your phone (like this one or this one). But in case this is new to you, or you have fallen out of the habit, we have created a ‘Happy List’ for you to use – download yours free here:

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    Fill in one thing that has made you happy, and one thing that has inspired you, each and every day. This can be something huge, or something tiny. Good news, an act of kindness, something you are proud of, something beautiful you saw, something that made you laugh…

    By the end of the month you will have a juicy list of reminders about all the good things in your life. Do this for a whole year and surprise yourself with just how much goodness you have experienced! And your list could also provide clues about where your interests and passions lie, when you analyse the things that inspire and delight you over and over again.

    (The Happy List is a free PDF – please feel free to share it with anyone who may enjoy taking note of the good things in their life)

    The name ‘January’ derives from ‘Janus’ the god of gates and doorways, the god of beginnings and transitions, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions – one forward and one back. As you step through the gateway into this fresh and shiny new year, keep a note of what makes you happy, and seek out more of it in the months ahead.

    Beth and the DWYL team

    PS Don’t forget to tell us what is on your Happy List – share it on Facebook here or Twitter here, or in the comments below.

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    NYR 550Are you ready to make major changes in your life? Do you want to look ahead to 2014 with excitement and anticipation? Do you want to make it the year you finally do what you love? To help you do this we have created New Year’s Revolution: a practical kit to help you make 2014 amazing. This is completely free – and it comes with a community you can join to get support throughout the coming year. Doing what you love doesn’t happen overnight. It is an attitude, and a way of life, and it takes courage and boldness to make the tough decisions which let you get there. It also takes thought and planning, so we have created this special gift to help you on your way.

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION KIT

  9. Last chance to get 2-for-1 on creative and inspiring e-courses!

    Our special holiday offer of 2-for-1 on three of our e-courses runs out TOMORROW! This is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and treat someone else with a wonderful and unique holiday gift. Here are the details of the courses included in this offer – don’t miss out!:

    Bloom True: the e-course

    Let go, be bold, unfold with this five week painting and life adventure

    ‘Bloom true: the e-course’ presents a groundbreaking and transformational approach to painting (and living) that celebrates intuition, connects body, mind and spirit and allows unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally and authentically.

    Offer details: Register for Bloom True (starts Feb 10 2014) and receive a FREE gift voucher for a friend to join with you

    Small print: To benefit from this you must register via this page by December 19 2013. You do not need any special voucher code. If you sign up by the offer expiry deadline the gift voucher will be emailed directly to you by December 21 2013. The offer cannot be applied retrospectively to courses already booked.

    PaperLove

    Unwrap a world of papery goodness with this brand new creative course

    Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words? If so, you will love PaperLove, a five-week papery adventure, where we unwrap the possibilities of paper – getting stuck into a host of creative projects, sharing inspiration, hearing from people who have made paper love into their careers, learning about the fascinating history of paper, and connecting with other paper lovers from around the world.

    During this online course you will be encouraged to tap into your own stories, discover the book inside you, get creative and have fun. The clear step-by-step instructions will help you confidently create stitched books, gift boxes and all manner of other papery goodies, while the stories, images and resources shared will provide a feast of papery inspiration.

    Offer details: Register for PaperLove (starts March 31 2014) and receive a FREE gift voucher for a friend to join with you. When registering there are two options – to sign up for the class only or the class + class kit option. Please note that whichever option you choose, you will receive a gift voucher for the course only (not including class kit).

    Small print: To benefit from this you must register via this page by December 19 2013. You do not need any special voucher code. If you sign up by the offer expiry deadline the gift voucher will be emailed directly to you by December 21 2013. The offer cannot be applied retrospectively to courses already booked.

    Do What You Love

    Discover your passion and find new direction with this transformational online adventure

    Feeling uninspired? Overworked? Underpaid? Overwhelmed? Unfulfilled? This course is for you. This online adventure will take you step-by-step on a path to discovering your true passion, and finding a way to make it a greater part of your everyday life. In five weeks you will expand your comfort zone, grow in confidence and map out the route to doing what you love. You will travel this path with a community of like-minded people from across the world, sharing your stories, forging new connections, and inspiring each other. Previous course participants have described this course as ‘life-changing’, ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘transformational’. Make 2014 the year you do what you love!

    Offer details: Register for the Do What You Love e-course (starts April 28 2014) and receive a FREE gift voucher for a friend to join with you

    Small print: To benefit from this you must register via this page by December 19 2013. You do not need any special voucher code. If you sign up by the offer expiry deadline the gift voucher will be emailed directly to you by December 21 2013. The offer cannot be applied retrospectively to courses already booked.

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    Are you ready to make major changes in your life? Do you want to look ahead to 2014 with excitement and anticipation? Do you want to make it the year you finally do what you love? To help you do this we have created New Year’s Revolution: a practical kit to help you make 2014 amazing. This is completely free – and it comes with a community you can join to get support throughout the coming year. Doing what you love doesn’t happen overnight. It is an attitude, and a way of life, and it takes courage and boldness to make the tough decisions which let you get there. It also takes thought and planning, so we have created this special gift to help you on your way.

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION KIT

     

  10. DWYL Christmas Bonanza – Giveaway Winners!!

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    A huge thank you to everyone that took the time to enter the DWYL Christmas Bonanza Giveaways. We were thrilled to receive so many entries reaching far and wide across the world. Looking at the answers that were provided 2014 is going to be a very exciting, adventurous and inspiring year all round.

    We truly believe the world will be a better place if more people were doing what they loved. We hope that if you haven’t already put the wheels in motion to create your new life you will start today. For additional inspiration please visit our ‘interviews’ and ‘shared stories’ pages. Anything is possible.

    It gives us great pleasure to announce the winners;

    Sharon Landon

    Megan Carroll

    Rachel McDonagh

    Chel at GingerBlue (who wins the course for her cousin)

    Anne Blankman Bollman

    PLEASE NOTE:- We will contact all the winners individually by January to provide the class/course information.

     

    And if you didn’t win… 

    …You could always take advantage of our special 2-for-1 offer. If you register by December 19 for Bloom True, Do What You Love or PaperLove you will get a place for yourself and a gift voucher for a friend – perhaps the perfect holiday gift for someone close to you who is ready to discover their passion, explore their creativity or live a braver, more intuitive life? Click here for more info and to register.

    And if you have big dreams for your art/design career in 2014 but haven’t yet downloaded ‘New Year’s Revolution‘ – your FREE practical toolkit to help make 2014 amazing - get yours here!

    We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!