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Why I wrote “100 new little things”

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Why I wrote “100 new little things”

The book is my own experience, and the experience at the beginning is not as clear as written in the book, but it is in fact a long journey from many years ago of an introverted and lazy person, trying to get out of the box that life locked her in.

My beginning was like many people who tried something new to overcome stress and boredom. Then I got swept up in the whirlwind of works, schools and responsibilities, felt nothing that I really loved and the limits that introverts always encounter. And then I told myself: why couldn’t I both keep my nature (introverted) and radiate in a different way instead of clumping inwardly? A cute kind of “extroverted introvert”, or an ambivert 🙂

And then I realized a recipe of 3 ingredients, which if being put individually will be found spread and shallow throughout the web, but are extremely beneficial to combine, and immediately from the beginning I have set it as “100 new little things”. And it’s especially helpful for introverts to try their own way. In addition, because these are just small beginnings, introverts will not feel compelled to “strive hard”, to “change their values,” or to “expose oneself to public” in order to achieve success.

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Drawing: Quick tips for Newbies

 

Quick tips for Drawing

Hey friend, is that sometimes the talents that intrigue us the most oftentimes seem to exist just outside the reach of our grasp, even though we are all capable of mastering new crafts and skills? Is that life always has a tendency to intervene in humanity’s best-laid plans, and it is easy to sacrifice a dream when facing unrelated obligations? You may also think that you are too set in your ways to absorb fresh skills that it is difficult for ‘old dogs’ to learn new tricks or that doing so would ultimately prove a valueless undertaking?

However, learning is, first and foremost, an endeavor of the mind. To learn, you need to legitimately believe you can learn and that the abilities you gain as a result will serve to enrich your life. Once you learn, you will discover that education and practice inspire you and awaken you to a whole new range of possibilities.

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8 reasons we should try some Crafting

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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150+ new little things to change your life

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

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:

doodle challenge

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Gathering people: We are all demi experts!

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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Pottery: Connect your soul to the mother earth

Pottery: Connect your soul to the mother earth

Ever feel like you can never do something artistic? (by counting whorls on your fingertips?)

Myth: Just some clever gifted ones can do art.

The truth is: Anyone can.

Don’t believe me? Okay, just do it, and this is one of our many SMALL new things.

Now, how to start: You may want to register to a 3 hour ceramic class just to practice. A session like that could be easily found via Google or Facebook search with around VND300-600k per day. You don’t need to enroll to a course of hundred hours, just try one day or two, and if you feel like it and want to advance on it, you can enroll later. The reason you need to find a class is that you don’t have available materials at home, nor the wheel, nor the kiln. Plus, attending a session will get you a mentor whom you can ask questions and help you a bit with your process.

The easiest way to start is to make some easy (chibi) figurines, which does not need any much sculpting skill. You may recall the feeling of touching and sculpting the clay back in your childhood days. It is even better. Feel the wet clay under your palm, it’s a bit cold. And believe me, it feels like you connect your soul to the mother earth. It’s a very good feeling, it makes you calm.

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