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Sunday, January 25, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 10 - the task I can outsource in the next 2 days



Day 10: the task I can outsource in the next 2 days

To be very honest, it's a bit difficult for me to identify what task I can outsource in the next two days as I am in the process of rebuilding my site and I'm doing everything practically by myself. Or in short, I'm not quite there yet. And I enjoy very much each step I take in this process.

But certainly, I'm outsourcing the 'other' tasks.

Which means, I have the luxury of having a house cleaner who comes once a week every saturday, a garbage man who would empty the garbage cans every night, a laundry service across the street as well as the street food stalls around the house who would cook home meals for me whenever I order because they're open 24/7. Cool, no? Hihihi. My mother would say that I'm lazy (duh) though having this kind of services is normal (and not expensive, too) when you live in Jakarta or anywhere in Indonesian cities generally, but hey, this is what I need so I can focus more on doing my work and my artwork!

But, wait, I think I have something that I'm outsourcing when it comes to my website. As I'm working on my newly WordPress based website and my site was taken down when the my hosting found some malicious activities in it (which turned out to be outdated plugins, etc.), I purchased a monitoring service and the guys who work on this service monitored my websites everyday, updated the outdated plugins and services, removed malicious files, controlling spam, etc., and I got their reports and advice periodically. That was very useful! Ah, life can be so beautiful when everything works nicely and well :D



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 9 - that one system to streamline my life



Day 9: that one system I'm going to introduce to streamline my life

Whohoo we're talking about system!

This is kind of my priority so I'd take it really seriously :D

First, the platform (the website and blog) are up and I've made inventory of my artwork I'd like to showcase and I have identified where I will upload them on my website. I have over a thousand of graphics to upload, which means I chopped chopped chopped the big chunk and will work on the small bits everyday, one to two hours in the evening...and you know what?: depending on the internet connection ;)  (ok, I put a smiley there because I want to just make it seem less serious, though it is).

Second option: if the internet doesn't work that evening, I would focus on working on the artwork offline.

When done I would put the update on the "what's new" section on my homepage, put it as a post on my blog, then spread the words via facebook, twitter, instagram and pinterest.

After that, I can reply emails from friends and fans. I want to go to sleep each night feeling happy that I have accomplished the nice tasks and things for the day, and write in my journal (it's part of my creative system, too!)

I create freebies weekly and send the newsletter to my subscriber every Monday (so far it works perfectly!). I create one coloring book per month, uploaded on the first week of each month.

Besides creating and showcasing new artwork, I will also 'recycle' the older graphics and post it on the blog once per week.

I use booth google calendar + print calendar (art journal) and spend mostly on weekends to plan the next week ahead.

Oh yeay, I feel more and more excited about all these things I get to do!! :D




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Friday, January 23, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 8 - 3 big goals I want to achieve this year



Day 8: the 3 major goals I want to achieve this year (and put in my calendar)

Oh wow, this is what I really need! I'm rebuilding my website (and blog, and shop, and community) while having a full time job, so putting my goals the good way in my calendar is very important. Thanks Natalie for giving the tactics in today's challenge video!

And well, these are the goals I want to achieve (and how my calendar looks like)

  • To create an efficient and fantastic system for me to have this website up and running smoothly (with quality contents) after working hours and on weekends (and on holidays). For this, I have now blocked in my calendars days I can have vacations + cool weekends, where I can focus on my artwork and website. First of all, I plan to have a week off in April + a few weeks during summer. Thus I set a goal to have the system ready by the first vacation week (in April), at least the basics of it, so I will be able to focus more on building the contents + other things during the vacations :D
  • To take one big course / business program online to get me more prepared by summer (I'm eyeing Natalie's upcoming the Freedom Plan!)
  • To have my shop up and running + big relaunching of Amretasgraphics during my summer vacation!
The reason I put 'creating a fantastic system' as my number one goal is because I want to have my shop up this summer, and want it to run well even if I will have to work a lot at my full time job until end of year. That's why learning from the pros is also crucial, and certainly taking an online business program is a goal to achieve before having the shop up.

Oh yes, I'm ready! ;)




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 7 - what one thing will I focus on in 2015?



Day 7: What one thing will I focus on in 2015?

Today's challenge taught me that 'focus' is the very key to massive success. Yup!! I've learned it the hard way, too! I've normally got a lot of ideas and easily inspired by this and that, from magazines, from browsing the internet, from what I saw on the street while walking... and I tend to want to try those ideas out so, well, nothing major really happened, I got no time for everything and I got frustrated instead.

Now, it's THE time to narrow my focus. And when I relaunched my website and blog, I had decided that this year I would focus on rebuilding my website and blog and stuffing my online gallery / library with my old and new artwork, to get the platform + the products ready before launching new projects, to reconnect with my peeps and to study more before going further with marketing plans.

It seems big for me already, a one year project. But I'm kind of sure that it would work. I'm the kind of person who would jump before I'm ready, but this time I've learned more so I will jump with one focus!



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 6. what would be my ideal business model?



Day 6: What would be my ideal business model?

Yeay! Probably it's obvious for me already. I create artwork, and then display them on my website, and for now, I plan to sell the digital format of my creations. So it's more or less I'm more into 'passive income stream' right now. Not only because that suits my personality when it comes to creating art, but I just restarted and so I'm still in the process of stuffing my website with my older artwork while creating the new.

Maybe in the long run it will change. Because I realised I also get energy from being around and talking to and engaging with people, especially those creative, enthusiastic people with positive energy. I love to share my experience and my creative process, because sharing also energizes me.

Seems like I have several plans already! :D The road to freedom is definitely exciting. I'm convinced!



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From my sketchbook today: flowers and veggies





Drawing flowers and veggies always reminds me of my vacation days at my host families' homes in the Swedish countryside, where they have in their gardens patches to grow their own veggies and lots of flowers and flowers everywhere. So peaceful and artfully beautiful.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From my sketchbook today: herbs garden






I love herbs. Always dream of having an herbs garden. But now I think, I can always have one or many on my sketchbook ;)

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15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day5. Bye bye clutter and I'm on my way to freedom!


Day 5: To let go of the old and to install the new

Oh, hello, I need to be brave (again) to answer today's challenge.

Everyone knows that letting go of old habits, people, things and pretty much everything else that do not serve you anymore, can be really hard, and sometimes heartbreaking. But in my own experience, forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone always ended up being so rewarding and worth the hard work (and the heartbreak. You'll will laugh about it when you look back).

So today here's the one thing I'm going to let go (uhm): clutter. Mentally and physically.

I will be brave, I will clean up, and I will stop focusing on / giving away my power and energy to information/talks/food/things/people that do not serve me  + do not make me feel good + bring me down.

And I will instead: focus on everything that make me feel uplifted, appreciated, celebrated. And that includes taking care of my body and soul and mind. Make more art. Being in the nature.

It possibly means that I should walk away from things and people who are not aligned with my energy, even if I care about them... maybe it's the difficult thing. Maybe I should learn how to deal with this first. To learn how to shift my focus and destroy the bad thoughts and replace them with more uplifting from-the-bright-side thoughts. To surround myself with only things which bring me joy and people who propel me forward and higher.



Okay, little by little, girl! Take a deep breath and:

  1. Identify the old habits and clutter that I need to eliminate let go.
  2. Let them go. Difficult? Remember the down-feeling they brought you so far. And remember that by getting rid of those energy eater, you're creating a bigger container for better things to come. 
  3. And now you're ready with better everything in your life! Welcome everything that bring you joy and install the good habits.
The real life examples:
  1. Will discard and declutter old things and clothes which do not bring me joy anymore. Will keep / replace them with things that uplift me.
  2. Detox the clutter in my body and install a healthy eating habit
  3. Clean-up the bad chatter in my head and start focusing instead on what great things I can do.
  4. Oh, I will not clutter my day with procrastination and just do!

Aaah, FREEDOM, I'm on my way!!



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Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekly Graphicalicious Gifts No. 02/2015



This week: two variations of desktop wallpaper + two variations of facebook covers, a graphicalicious digital paper collage mix with a quote by the brave girl Joan of Arc "I am not afraid. I was born to do this". There's also the blank ones for you to add your own text, or just use it as is.

Click on the links below each preview below to download. Enjoy! :)






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15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day4. That one distraction to remove


Day 4: Removing distractions and reducing your dependence online

I think I'm pretty good at putting myself into "the zone" especially when it comes to drawing, writing, even reading, no matter where I sit. No tv nor music would distract me. Even those kids running and screaming in the crowded neighborhood. Sitting in a cafe with nice atmosphere would put me into the zone more quickly. I survived (happily) living a few days without my precious smartphone nor computer which means no email, no blogging, no social media (only normally it's during a vacation! not possible on normal days when your full time job involves the media).

My problem is only one: I live in a studio-room which doubles as bedroom and workroom. And that bed and those fluffy pillows...oh help me. Once my head touches the pillows, I'm gone to the dreamland.



So, when it's time to work, I will remove...the pillows.

Thankfully, a lot of cafes with good wi-fi nowadays. And when it's not possible but I really have to work, I just try to go outside and I'll be in my best focus-mode.

Oh yeah, a good coffee will make it perfect!




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Sunday, January 18, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 3. Those (artful) productivity tools to keep me on track!



Day 3: Productivity tools to keep me on track

What? Should I be brave and just admit that - when it comes to my artsy-whimsy life - I'm more of an artsy paper-and-pen girl?

Hmm. Why not. It's  me. It's truly who I am.

My art journal + doodled calendar + colorful pens are my most loved productivity tools.

I just love recording things on paper, cutting images and glue them on my journals. And playing with those colorful markers.

I love bringing them everywhere in my bag, and the fact that I don't need electricity to operate them. Except when it's dark and I need a lamp.





But hey, I'm not 100% that old fashioned spunky artist.

I'm a techie officer dealing mostly with science, cultural calendar and the media in my currently professional life. Which means? I'm also good friends with those sophisticated productivity tools online or offline. I love them. Especially google calendar and everything google. I can't live without them. They make my life at work so much much much easier.

That in the evening I can go home happy and ... open my art journal and doodle calendar, jot down my thoughts, my plans, reminders, ideas and found inspiration, and see what happy things I'm going to add to the (artsy) world today. Double happy ;D

Maybe someday I'm going totally techie, but for now, that's what I love and what works super well for me. Being happy and productive at the same time is definitely possible!




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Saturday, January 17, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 2. What's that one most important action to do today?



Day 2: I've been asked to identify ONE Most Important Action to take daily for the next two weeks to leverage my business.

Yeay! I know! I know what it is! :)

I've spent a few weeks now planning, preparing, renewing and relaunching my artful website. These past two weeks, the daily Most Important Action was working on the platform a.k.a. the website pages, new look, navigation, etc. So, everyday I spent a few hours (sometimes the whole day on weekend like this!) renovating the old pages of my website, one by one I gave the pages new look, new colors, new graphics, new feels.

Done.



And now for the next week, my daily Most Important Action will be adding contents, both the old and the new. Which means I will have to re-upload over a thousand of graphics I have created since the year 2000. Wow, huh? :D

So far I managed to re-arrange and update around 5-7 pages per day, depending on what's going on during the day, but I'm happy to say that I made it to set aside several  hours to work according to plan. It's not yet finished, but each time, with each updated page, I felt somehow great that I was moving forward.

Hitting "upload" on the ftp and then seeing "transfer success" on the status feels like a small victory - towards a big one soon :D I really LOVE that feeling!




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Friday, January 16, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 1. Setting me up for daily success. Yes!


Aaah.. my journey to courage and freedom has now begun! 


The ever wonderful Natalie Sisson the Suitcase Entrepreneur announced a week ago that she'd have a 15 days new year blog challenge. Wow, how can one resist? This is what I obviously need. A guidance and motivation to blog consistently, with a purpose. It's new year! I love what I hear (hey, it's not everyday that I like the chatter in my head). And it's just precisely the right timing as I'm revamping my artful website and I had always wanted to restart this blog, renew and refresh.

And the teacher appears when the student is ready! :-) So let's take on this challenge.

Day 1: Setting yourself up for daily success

First of all, you need to know that I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, and what you're going to read here might sound unusual for those of you who live in other continents (ok, I'm warning you!).

Secondly, I have a full time job which I'm passionate about - but let's be honest here (be brave, girl!) I also have another passion I was born with, an artist by blood, and it's something I can't deny. As a "double agent", I'm in constant search of ways to live the multi passions, to make them work side by side and support one another.

For Day 1, Natalie challenges me to detail up my daily plan for success. And my answer? After some years of constant search I mentioned above, I noticed that I would perform best when I start the day with these habits. (P.S. thank you my dear journals!)


I wake up every morning at around 04.30 then spend approximately 30 minutes to do my morning prayer, meditation, and a sequence of 8 movements Tibetan yoga called Kum-Nye. Then, before anything else, I would take a turmeric 'jamu' (Indonesian traditional herbal healing drink) - fresh from the jamu seller in the traditional market in the neighborhood (yes, I'm very lucky!). In my tradition, turmeric is believed to keep your guts healthy - which means the start of a healthy body.

Then it's time for creative practice. I like Julia Cameron's "morning pages" exercise - writing three pages each morning. Lately, I adapted that exercise to three (sometimes more) pages of doodles, and just let my hand move freely, guided by intuition. I tell you, time passes quickly when I do this exercise. But I still need to read and write, too. So normally I would also do an exercise I have been doing since my year at the secretarial school 18 years ago: retyping "Editor's letter" or interviews / articles from my favorite magazines. It was my sure-fire way of learning, practicing and writing in English. Many years ago I used to play Bach's partitas on the violin every morning, but now this brain-tuning activity already evolved to listening to Bach, Corelli, Telemann, or Handel's while doing my three-pages of doodling exercise. I still sometimes play the violin when I have plenty of time in the morning, like Saturday or Sunday. The reason: time flies when I have the violin under my chin, and it's very difficult to stop once I play. So, anyway, I have to choose.

Cold shower with fragrant soap is my favorite, especially using a traditional javanese fragrant herbs + spices + flowers soap called "lulur". It's a total aromatherapy effect which can boost my good mood in the beginning of the day. And then I will put on (sheer) make up - feeling pretty is also a good mood boost!

Next, even when I wear dress, I will put on my comfy sneakers and walk for about 40 minutes to work. Passing through the traditional market, colorful residential areas with nice people hanging out on their street food stalls or home-based grocery stores - and most of the time I would stop by a street stall and have mung bean + sticky black rice porridge for breakfast there...on the street. Cheap, delicious, and healthy. The tummy is full and I am happy, and I continue to walk to work while enjoying the scenes, sometimes stopping by another street food stall which sells fermented cassava (very delicious according to me, and in any case it's very good for your stomach), and always, always by default it's time where I can walk and contemplate. Sometimes ideas popped up so I always have my notebook and a pen within easy reach in my strap bag. Most of the time, I would also listen to audio books while walking. I found that uplifting books are perfect for morning walk, and I listen to business book while walking home from work in the afternoon / evening.

Arriving at work, I would make myself detox tea and continue with lots and lots of warm water during the day.

I swear by this routine because I always feel good after doing all those practices. And I give a lot and a lot of thanks - for a good start of the day and for daily success :-)

See you soon again in the challenge day 2!




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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New year recap: hello! welcome back to Amretasgraphics!

Actually, this is a recap post of my first two weeks in 2015! Yeay! And d'you know why I am soo excited about it? Because... I have worked a lot on my website and now it's relaunched! :D Here's a screen shot of the new look. Check it out if you haven't already. Click on the preview image below (or on the "home" button on the menu above"). 


So, what's new at Amretasgraphics.com (besides the new look)?

All the sub pages have been updated with fresh contents:


And a new gallery full of heartfelt artwork is on a preparation. Look what you'll find in the gallery once it's ready:


I also decided to post extra gift on the free goodies page: now there's the 'classic' weekly gift (that changes every weekend) plus a monthly gift: a 16 pages coloring book! Head over to the free goodies page and download the gifts. And if you want to get notification by email, don't forget to join my list.



What's more besides the graphics? I keep learning! :-) I started to take Lisa Congdon's Sketchbook Exploration course on CreativeBug. Now on week 2 and I love it. So refreshing and Lisa's process in creating her artwork gives me a lot of ideas, too.



And TOMORROW I will start taking Natalie Sisson the Suitcase Entrepreneur's 15 Days to Freedom: New Year Blog Challenge. Yeay! Am I challenging myself? You guess it right! It feels good. I'm up for an exciting new year, new adventure, and a new me :D Thank you for hanging in there with me!






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