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No Label Can Define YOU!

YOU--by-Michelle-Grant-desi

This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. I think that we as society have become so obsessed with labels. Everything has to be labelled to fit into a box to make someone else feel comfortable.

From what size you are to what disorder you have, to status, to disabilities, orientation and so much more.
What ever happened to just being YOU and all those labels are just a part of your journey through life!
Labels don’t define us unless we let them. There is so much emphasis on being labelled one thing or another and then being left in that box as if that is what measures your worth.

Can I just say only you can measure your worth! Your heart and love is the only thing that really matters at the end of the day! The ability to love and be loved. Love in itself is the only constant in this world that we start life with when we are born and what we are left with when we go.

When you think about it we don’t go with our labels, your gravestones are not going to say your name and then what size you were, how wealthy you were, what mental state you had, or if you were depressed, or how smart or dumb you were, educated or not, or if you were judgmental, an addict (of anything), or race, religion, disabilities or your status etc etc the list goes on.
They say your name and the people you loved, wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend etc. And how long you had to love and be loved on this earth. You are guaranteed to be at least one of those names on your grave. That is one of the only certainties in life.
At the end of the day the only thing that matters is you and your family and unconditional love.

The media, society and doctors and more are all too quick to put a label on YOU and put YOU in a box. Some companies earn big bucks off it too. The more labels that need fixing the more money they can make.

With those labels then comes the judgement, pity, disdain, anger, hurt, fear, greed, guilt, shame, confusion,ย  jealousy etc generally it makes us think different about a person or ourselves with preconceived thoughts whether warranted or not.

For eg: That fat girl who keeps having more kids and is depressed and has a gambling addiction and anxiety is ……….,,,,,
What would you say or think??????
Do you automatically go into judgment and think you are better than her or do you go into pity and leave it at that?
Or are you intolerant of someone who doesn’t have it all together?
I know I have been guilty of all of the above in the past.

I now consciously think and act from a place of love, honesty and compassion.
I now see a girl who is just struggling to find herself and is struggling to love herself from what ever past hurts she has endured.
Everyone has their own story and it is not our place to judge them, you don’t know what demons they are battling. After all we as humans are great at putting on a brave front that is all for show or a false protection. If we are all honest with ourselves everyone feels vulnerable.

And yes it can be frustrating if someone doesn’t want to help themselves but that is their journey not yours, all you can do is be there for them when they are ready to ask for help.
You don’t have to get dragged into their stuff.

Labels are a dangerous place to be trapped in. You can quickly let them define you and think you are not allowed or capable of anything more than your label.

I can think of a dozen labels I could put on myself right now, and as soon as I do it brings judgment, sadness, disdain etc on myself. The labels I could put on myself are not pretty.
Instead I am allowing myself one label, to love, to come from a place of love and to be loved. It is not easy! But when you can all those other labels just fall away. Cause at the end of the day when I am gone they are not the important things I have left behind.

A child is still a child regardless of what labels are put on them from an early age. A child with disabilities is still a child.
Labels divide humanity, religion, race etc etc
Love Unites it is really that simple!! Makes you wonder why it has to be so hard.

Every week we are told something different about what we can or can’t do or can or can’t eat or even what is good for us or not.
We have lost the ability to listen to our bodies and trust in ourselves, that how we can possibly know what we do or don’t need.
Knowledge is definitely power, but at the same time not all knowledge is right for everyone. Everyone is unique! Just Trust yourself for what is right for you.

We all need to take the time to stop and listen to our hearts and bodies. Cause really most people have enough common sense to know right from wrong. But the media, or anyone in a position of influence has done a good job of totally confusing us and making us feel like we can’t make our own decisions. Everyone is trying to fix us, I have even been guilty of trying to fix people too.
Unless your help or advice is asked for it will just come across as you are right and they are wrong.
Just be present and allow someone to just be and be available if and when they want your help or advice.

The best gift you can give to others is to show them how you can JUST BE from a place of LOVE, follow your heart and your dreams.
This in itself is not an easy task, it is not easy to remove those labels we and others have ingrained in us. Often from a very young age. Just remain true to you and ask for help if you don’t know how. Align yourself with people who will help you on your journey of love.
It is all about getting back to the essence of our souls.

You don’t have to stay trapped in any Label, everyday you wake up you have a choice! I know that I am choosing love for me, my family and loved ones xxxx I haven’t perfected it yet, but I am very conscious of it and I try every day.

Everyone deserves to be loved and happy and that includes you too!
Celebrate your uniqueness, there is no one else like you in the world, there is only one YOU!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

Sending much love to you, have a fabulous day xxx
Cheers
Michelle

KiTs2Go Nearly GONE! Happy New Year :)

I hope you were able to get some time out over the Christmas/ New Year period to spend some time with Family & Friends making new memories.
We had a lovely little break down the beach.
I just wanted to welcome you into the new year, Have you made any New Year Resolutions this year? Do you have a word you go by for the year?
This year my word to aspire to is going to be Fearless, well I am going to try with everything I have got anyway LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

kItS2GO ~ Nearly GONE!
I have been doing a little stock taking over the break and wanted to give you a heads up on the kits that have nearly sold out. These following kits have less than 10 kits available for each one. If you have had your eye on one or more of these now is the time to jump in before they all go! Why not take advantage of the holiday deal and get 15% off your order today and also get FREE postage on orders over $75.ย  Use discount code XMAS15
Check out the New Kits in the shop by our talented designers and stay tuned for 5 more NEW RELEASES coming this month too. Shop HERE!

KiTs Nearly SOLD OUT, Get in quick so you don’t miss out ๐Ÿ™‚

K2G0028 Fun Times by Michelle – ONLY 3 LEFT!

K2G0033 Achieve by Michelle – ONLY 2 LEFT!ย 

K2G0036 Shine by Heather – ONLY 4 LEFT!

K2G0039 So Sweet by Lynn – ONLY 4 LEFT!

K2G0040 Believe by Lynn- ONLY 4 LEFT!

K2G0047 So Adorable by Michelle – ONLY 5 LEFT!

The Following Kits have LESS THAN 10 KITS AVAILABLE for each kit, get in quick if you have had your eye on one! ๐Ÿ™‚
Click on the Layout to take you to the shop.



To see all the 2016 dates for the workshops and tours and more click HERE!

Cre8 til L8 ~ Cre8tive Escapes the Fist one kicks off on the 30th of January.
All bookings are now open online HERE!

Wishing you all an Amazing Year!! I hope all your dreams come true and so much more!!!
Remember you are ENOUGH just the way you are!
Have a fantastic Year!
Cheers
Michelle & Team

Personalized Coffee Mug ~ Pebeo Porcelaine 150 for Crafty Crusaders

Are you looking for a personalized Christmas gift idea, then you can’t go past these.
These personalized coffee mugs are soooo easy to make and gives your gift a unique touch that friends and family are sure to love. Especially those with unique names. ๐Ÿ™‚
Check out the video tutorial below to see how easy this is to create ๐Ÿ™‚
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Thank you for watching, Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and an Awesome New Year!
Hope all your creative dreams come true. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

2016 Dates & Teaching Tours

Are you looking forward to the new year as much as I am? Next years calendar is already starting to look pretty full.

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Cre8 til L8 ~ Cre8tive Escapes
We have a new name for our crop days for 2016 they are now called Cre8 til L8 ~ Cre8tive Escapes.
This is to be more appealing to all creative souls who need some time out with some like minded peeps.
These days are soooo Much fun and inspiring all bookings for the year are now open online HERE!

ScrapMedia Weekend WORKSHOPS
May 14th & 15th ~ Mackay Art Society Hall
October 29th & 30th ~ Mackay Art Society Hall
The bookings for these are not up in the shop just yet, you can email expressions of interest to
studiomdesigns@bigpond.com if you want to put your name down now so you don’t miss out ๐Ÿ™‚

MACKAY ART SOCIETY ~ Mixed Media WORKSHOP
March 5th ~ Mixed Media Workshop
Stay up to date on the Facebook page HERE!

2016 TEACHING TOURS
I will be doing a couple of teaching tours next year, one down the coast to Brisbane (April/May)ย  and one over in Perth (July).
If you know of anywhere that would like me to come and teach at just let me know and I will see if we can fit it into one of the tours. )
I will also be teaching at the Brisbane Expo again in 2016 in June (10th -12th)

Printable Dates flyer can be downloaded from HERE!
2016 Dates:

January 30th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

February 27th โ€”Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

March 5thโ€”Mixed Media Workshop (for Mackay Art Society)

March 12th โ€”Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

April 30th โ€”Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

April -Teaching Tour QLD to Brisbane (4th -11th)

May – Teaching Tourย  Brisbane 18th -21st & Workshop Wonders 22nd

May 14th & 15 โ€”Weekend Workshop

June 4th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

June 10thโ€”12thโ€”Teaching at Brisbane Expo

July 30th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

July– Teaching Tour Perth (Dates TBA)

August 13th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

September 3rdโ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

October 29th & 30thโ€” Weekend Workshop

November 26th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

December 10th โ€” Cre8 till L8 ~ Creative Escape

I hope you can all discover your creative dreams in 2016, here is to an inspired year of more creative fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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