Crafting, Doing new things

8 reasons we should try some Crafting

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It’s always amusing and fun to do something new; however, regularly we fall into the snare of spending our days the same way. In case you are stuck in a similar old daily practice, it may be a great opportunity to try something new.

Consider learning something new. What do you want to do that you have postponed or ignored? Have you dreamed of learning to dance, to sail, knit a sweater, sew, sculpt, paint, skydive, fly, ski, golf? Whatever you choose, your life will be enriched with fun, new friends and the pride of doing something new.

So, to provide an example, how about we try some Crafting?

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About "100 new things", Doing new things

150+ new little things to change your life

150+ new little things to change your life

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Life can get boring if we live day in day out doing the same things and following the same routine. Why not inject something new into our life? We do not know how well we can do something without taking them into action.

After learning the procedure of daily routines, we usually do not even think about it. Our subconscious mind directs us to automatically go through the same motions over and over. New things force us to get off autopilot and reinvent ourselves. It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as it is something new and unfamiliar. Stretch ourselves. Stretch our imaginations. Stretch our possibilities.

So, below is the list I create for you to try new little things. One of the longest lists so far in the Internet, which I am proud of 🙂

The list is divided into:

  • Doing new things (Art and Crafts, Social activities, Travel / New places, Writing / Reading, New skills, Personal habits)
  • Thinking differently (Dealing with emotions, Digging inner thoughts)

Enjoy.

 

Arts and Crafts

  1. Try a seven day simple doodle
  2. Make a sketch of your dream home or vacation home
  3. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking?
  4. Make a scrapbook, print out photographs, emails, pictures
  5. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  6. Cook something you would never normally try
  7. Invent your own cocktail, purchase your favorite ingredients and try out something new
  8. Learn Calligraphy
  9. Learn watercolour painting
  10. Do some colouring pages Continue reading “150+ new little things to change your life”
About "100 new things", Dealing with emotions, Thinking differently

The secret of doing “new little things”: How to overcome fear

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The secret of doing “new little things”: Overcome fear by summoning your Courage

I remember many years ago the Cartoon Network channel had a cartoon series named Courage The Cowardly Dog. This was a cute series about an excited and frightened pink dog that had been living in a house with two oldsters who every day faced with lots of monsters, aliens and ghosts. Courage ran and hid all the time, but every time when the two oldsters were in danger Courage would close his eyes to run back to rescue, for just all three could run together. Very cute.

Thinking about it, you have fears that you have no reason to eliminate. Like me, I have a fear of cockroaches. But that fear has no harm, so I have almost no motivation to eliminate it. After all, I still have the fear of cockroaches for decades. In fact, we have quite a lot of ways to overcome a fear, once we identify them, including fear of cockroaches.

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Doing new things, Drawing

Doodle challenge: Afraid of having no talent for art? Guess what, you have!

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Doodle challenge: Afraid of having no talent for art? Guess what, you have!

Myth: Just some clever gifted ones can do art..

The truth is: Anyone can.

This myth and truth will be repeated constantly on this site. Are you going to say: Anyone can master something by practicing 10,000 hours? You think that in order to be an artist you have to work hard, practice pencil drawing, colour paintings, learn elements, portraits, landscapes, so on and so forth? And you will tell me that you did try to draw and did fail? In this site you will not find things that are too academic or time consuming; on the contrary, I promise this will just be fun, easy, comfortable, creative, and you will reap fruitful results, okay?

So what is doodle art, the theme of this article? If you search this word through google, you will find quite a lot of different types of doodling which are very hard to clarify. In fact they are just small, black or colored illustrations, drawn by any drawing tools you have in hand. With just a piece of paper and a pen, for example, you can sketch a lot of notes on whatever topic you like.

But, to make your doodle art meaningful and fruitful and not to be messy scribbles that do not stick together especially when we are just amateur, we will doodle in the form below.

Step 1: Download the template I created for this doodle challenge

Step 2: Find a topic, for example, drawing one activity you do in the day, or drawing about the  Christmas theme, anything.

Step 3: Determine the number of days you want to draw, the template has 9 boxes. If you want a longer series then print 2 sheets or more.

Step 4: Choose the drawing tools that suit you best. If you are used to drawing, use pencil or water color. If you go to school every day, you can choose colour pencils or pen. If you go to work, draw with a ball pen during the break. Anyway, let’s define your tool.

Step 5: Practice: draw within one box each day using the template. Draw daily. Try to keep this habit, and remember to stick to the topic.

Examples here:

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Doing new things, Taking on fun things

Gathering people: We are all demi experts!

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Gathering people: We are all demi experts!

Do you have different groups of buddies? For example, a high school group, a college group, a close co-worker group, an online group, etc.

Is one of them an expert on something? Maybe they know how to do pottery, oil painting, cocktail, marketing, startup, yoga, or travel planning?

They are not yet real experts in one field, but certainly because they love a particular subject, they have spent time to research about it more than we do. They are already so called a “demi expert”, no joking. You too, you are also a demi expert in a certain area. So why do not we learn from each other?

This idea is all about setting up a coffee group for a mini presentation each week. Each person will spend about 10 minutes presenting one of his favorite areas. He would spend ahead some time to gather up the knowledge he has, and present it in a way that is intensive enough yet easy to understand. The following week will be another person’s speech on a different topic. Imagine, with 10 minutes a week, we’ll get a lot of information from a many different demi experts, interesting?

If this benefit is not enough to convince you, lets take a look at the list of benefits I presented below:

Being a speaker, for example in the field of online marketing, he will be able to:

  • Gather a comprehensive online marketing knowledge he had read which were scattering across the internet into a full set.
  • In the process of structuring the speech he will find ways to add information in some of the arrays he had not known about yet, eg online marketing via emails. This is an opportunity for him to better understand his favorite field.
  • Develop presentation skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Get a chance to talk about his favorite subject.
  • Have the opportunity to listen to other people’s opinions about his favorite subject, gain an alliance or expand his hobby.

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