Roar like a tiger

A little musical and lyrcial inspiration for all the fierce girls out there, which is every girl out there (yes that includes you).

  • You always have a choice!
  • Stand for something or fall for everything!
  • Get up!
  • Use your voice!
  • Fight!
  • Dance!
  • You are a champion!
  • ROAR!
  • Be your own hero!

I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar! Are you with me?

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar!

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

I Adore You

I recently purchased this hot foil print from my friend Belinda Love Lee:

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It might usually be considered the type of item you would give to a significant other or loved one.

I chose to purchase this for myself.

Because what if we adored ourselves?

I don’t mean in a narcissistic way. I just mean, what if we could see ourselves through the eyes of those that really do adore us.

What if no one adores me? It doesn’t matter. Make it up.

Actually, your higher self adores you and is crying out for you to do the same.

What would someone who adored you think of you? What would they say about you? How would they view your so called “faults” or bad habits? What would they say about your struggles?

Can you reframe yourself in this way and move a step closer to adoring yourself?

I think adoring ourselves also means taking care of ourselves in the following ways:

– Physical care – being mindful about what you eat and drink and exercise.
– Getting enough rest.
– Creating space to do the things you love or that give your life meaning.
– Creating space to do things that restore you.
– Work on the projects that inspire and challenge us.
– Focusing.
– Saying no.
– Reading that book we said we would.
– Starting that project.

How do we treat those that we adore?

– With kindness
– With love
– With respect
– Listen to them
– Give them space
– Give them time
– Treat them
– Take them to places you know they like
– Get the little things you know they like
– Tell them all the good things about them
– Tell them when they did something great
– I love it when you x,y,z.

How can you step into adoring yourself?

It’s easy to adore someone else, how about turning that around and adoring yourself for a change.

The highest part of ourselves adores us, surely it’s time to respond and honour that.

Be well.

Learning Trends and Opportunities

I feel that there is a really great opportunity in life and business at this present time to:

  1. Make stuff
  2. Share stuff
  3. Help others do the same

Doing the above not only makes us feel great and gives us purpose, but there are also business opportunities in part 3 – getting paid to help others make and share stuff / learn new things, which I will explore a little below.

I have noticed lately that wherever people are creating great and inspiring work / art, people gather and ask questions. They want to learn how to do exactly what that person is doing or has done.

Some areas I have personally noticed this taking place include:

  • hand lettering
  • calligraphy
  • war hammer figure painting / sculpting
  • paint spraying bikes
  • sewing
  • quilting
  • knitting
  • DIY
  • DJing
  • fitness
  • diet
  • cooking

This applies to practically any field. Don’t believe me? Think of any subject, type it in google then add the words “how to” afterwards. How many results come up? How much information is out there? People are constantly searching for “how to” information.

In particular, I have noticed this quest for knowledge whilst learning and exploring the topic of “hand lettering” and “calligraphy” on instagram. There is a community of highly talented lettering / calligraphy artists that share their work for all to see. These are people who have spent time on their craft. Time after time, people ask the same questions over and over:

  • How did you do that?
  • What pen did you use?
  • What is your process?
  • I got stuck when I tried to do this, can you explain x?

Similarly, my experience of this is people asking me the same questions over and over on my YouTube Scratch DJ tutorial channel and website:

  • What equipment do I need / can you recommend?
  • I am stuck, can you give me pointers on x technique?
  • What record do you use?
  • What music are you using?
  • Is this piece of gear any good?
  • I’m having this problem with x, what should I do?
  • How did you get started?
  • How long does it take to get good?

More and more people are creating “toolbox” pages to answer such questions. More examples here and here.

I see more and more people reaching out and asking the people they look up to if they teach online classes. Or how they can learn.

People are definitely willing to pay to learn “how to”. I for one have paid and will continue to pay to learn from others.

Some popular paid learning sites that I have used and have gained from include:

  • Lynda.com – monthly or yearly paid membership to a wide access of video tutorials
  • Skillshare– classes start from $20.

So, if you are someone that makes and shares stuff, my question to you is:

What can you create that helps others learn how to do what you do? 

Some suggestions:

  • An eBook
  • Video Tutorials
  • A membership site

Why not explore this further? You might be surprised what comes of it!

Please leave your thoughts and comments or share any experiences of how you are already doing this below.

– Emma

Life Is For Living

Today I caught myself saying “Life is too short” when justifying something that I wanted to do. Something good.

Words are powerful and so I think from now on, whenever I think that, I will instead use the phrase “Life is for living!

I don’t want a short life, I want a long happy life filled with good things. I am sure you do too.

So, until next time, remember… life is for living, enjoy it!

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Image by myself. Instagram: eemmaholmesart

Happy Birthday Dad!

I left my Dad’s birthday gathering inside the family home and stepped out into the in the darkness. It was pouring outside.

He put up an umbrella to keep us dry and walked me to my car, gift of coronas in hand.

We said goodbye and I drove away out of his sight.

I could have driven 2 other ways to get back to the main road and continue my journey.

This time however, I chose the ‘turn around’ option that would take me past the family home once again.

Driving back down the road towards the house, I briefly wondered if my Dad would still be outside. But why would he be? It was cold, dark, raining and he had no way of knowing which route I would take back home.

But sure enough, there he was, waiting patiently in the pouring rain to see if I would drive back past, smiling like the sun and waving me off.

Because that’s the sort of thing great Dads do.

Thank you for always braving the cold, rainy dark times with me Dad. You are a ray of sunshine!

Wishing you once again a very Happy Birthday for yesterday.

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

How To Not Fix Everything

One of the greatest gifts people give me is the simple art of listening.

They don’t try to fix things.

They hear me out patiently, only adding words if needs be and never just for the sake of it.

They are patient and understanding about the fact that I am, more often than not, working out there and then how I actually feel and what I think about something by verbalising it to their ears.

They know that they do not have to create a solution on the spot, rather, they let me think it through myself as I talk it out.

I always feel better after and usually no action has been taken, other than the fact that I have got clear about how I feel and I know how to deal with whatever it was that was bothering me. I know then what I have to do.

I cannot put a price on that.

Thanks for listening to me.

How do people help you by listening? How do you help others by listening?

Tell me here.

 

Getting Over “Writers Block”

I haven’t written much lately.

I finally got over what some might call ‘writers block’ last night.

Here is my suggestion list of what worked for me:

  • Write SOMETHING, anything.
  • Write about something you don’t care about, something you have no attachment to, just to get in the flow again.
  • Write a list. About anything.
  • Play with words, write random words in handwriting.
  • Write some things you did in bullet points.
  • Write a journal. Not long, maybe even bullet points as above.
  • Take a walk.
  • Get outside.
  • Do something worth writing about, staring at a screen won’t help.
  • See the world.
  • Ask some questions on your favourite social gathering space.
  • Talk it out. If you have things on your mind, that you cannot seem to write about, how about talking it out with someone who will listen. I mean really listen. Many times I find it enough simply to verbalise it and then POW, its out and gone and life can move on.

Refuse to believe in writer’s block. That’s just an excuse we tell ourselves and we know it!

What will you write today?

Let me know in my comments here.

This Months Theme – What makes Me Come Alive?

This months theme / question is:

What makes me come alive?

I am exploring and answering this question. Here is my list so far:

  • Taking pictures
  • Shooting small videos
  • Walking
  • All 3 of the above together at once with friends
  • Being in nature
  • Meeting people for coffee and planning how we are going to kick life in the teeth
  • Surfing
  • Yoga sun salutations
  • Eating good food
  • Listening to and discovering new music
  • Reading
  • Watching vimeo inspirational videos
  • Instagram / phoneography
  • Being with people who know more and have done more than me
  • Exploring quirky funky design type shops
  • Cycling / Fixed Gear
  • Encouraging others

What makes you come alive?

Please share in the comments below if you would like to.

Why not take some time out to think and explore this question with me…

Happy New Moment!

Happy New Year 2012 from the UK!

I took these pictures of the TV whilst watching the fireworks taking place in London. Pretty spectacular.

I have received a lot of messages from people saying that anytime is a good time to start fresh.

I appreciate that.

I also feel its a thing of beauty that the whole world starts afresh on 1st January every single year.

Those good feelings have to count for something.

Have an awesome moment, day, week, month and year!