My new creativity blog is born – Health and Life coach for creatives

Who I am and why I am here was one big question I was dealing with for the last year and the reason I stopped blogging. I was going through my own personal journey to discover myself and my true soul’s purpose. Now, I have some big news: I recently became a certified Health and Life Coach and specialise in creative people like you and me. Going forward I am going to share tips and stories which helped me to find my purpose in life and living a life which is in line with my creative personality. My new creativity blog is born, and I am looking forward to having you creative folks on board.

Why a Health and Life Coach Why Now?

I can say I am feeling content and fulfilled with my life right now. I found my purpose, but that has not always been like this. It took me years to find out who I truly am.

How it all began

I was born and raised in Germany and moved to Australia in 2007. That’s where my journey began to discover myself. I was working as an auditor in big corporations. I always thought that was my career and I made my parents happy. However, it never made me happy. Something was missing, but I couldn’t tell what it was. I blamed the long working hours and the company.

In 2010 I changed to a bigger corporation, and my life went downwards. My health suffered. I was stressed like never before, always tired even though I slept for 7-8 hours each night. Going to dancing schools or gym was not an option any longer because I had no energy to move. I worked to at least midnight every night even on weekends. My life was feeling like hell to me. I gained weight and felt horrible; I couldn’t look into the mirror any longer. The person I saw in the mirror was not me. What happened?

My turning point

Luckily, my employer sent me to a leadership seminar, which was about life and our values. I realised that the life I lived was not the life I imagined to have and was not even in line with my values. It was time to stop living a life to please others but to step into my own personal power and change my life.

First, I had to get into a healthy state. From that day on, I signed up for dancing classes, left work early and went to the gym. It felt good. My food choices were healthy, but now I paid more attention to the amount of sugar I ate. We sometimes don’t realise how much sugar is hidden in everything we eat. My energy level doubled, and I never felt that healthy and sexy. My stress level reduced significantly, and I was more productive at work. In fact, I could prove with numbers that I managed to complete more work in fewer hours.

Now, this sounds like I made it? No, not yet. This was just the beginning. I gained clarity on what I liked doing. I bought a DSLR and signed up for a photography course, taught myself a lot about photography and travelled around the world whenever I could get enough leave.

Something had changed in me during that time. My values became clearer to me. I faced the real world I was still living in. Even though I was on top of my work, people were not happy with me leaving work early. I felt this internal block to keep travelling along this path, and I was wondering what was wrong with me. Well, nothing was wrong with me, I just didn’t live my truth. I was trying to fit in to please others but not myself.

Over the years I nourished myself and read a lot of self-help and spiritual books, did meditations on a regular basis. That helped me to learn more about myself and who I truly am.

It didn’t take me long to discover that I just worked differently as a creative person. You can’t put a creative person in a 9-5 job without giving them time to pursue their passion. Creative people will die from the inside. I met so many creative people in my life, and they all face the same challenges, most people don’t even realise that they are creative. It became evident to me that my mission is to help creative people to gain back their health and see clearly what they are made of. I love to help them to unlock their own personal power, to change their disempowering into empowering beliefs and be the creative person they are born to be.

My life now

I am now a certified Health and Life Coach. This is my calling, and I put all of my passion into my work as a coach.

Don’t wait 10 or more years to discover what you want. Life happens, and sometimes we become so stuck in our daily habits we feel it’s all too hard to change. However, you can change with the help of a health and life coach who will guide you along the way and provide you with the right system, support and accountability to make the change your body and soul are longing for!

My free breakthrough sessions

Book your complimentary 45 min “Reduce your stress, double your energy and reignite your true creative passion –  breakthrough session”:

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Here’s what you will discover in your session

  • uncover what’s been stopping you, slowing you down or keeping you from reducing your stress and gaining clarity about your creative expression
  • develop a powerful vision for what doubling your energy and expressing your true self with your creativity will mean for you and your life
  • discover which food and lifestyle habits are increasing your stress, sapping your energy and make your brain feel foggy…and what to do about it
  • get crystal clear on a step – by step plan to reduce your stress and gain clarity about your true self and how to express it in a creative way in 90 days or less.

AlexK Health and Life Coach, creatives, creative people, creativity

Key to happiness

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“As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery; we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.” – Dalai Lama

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sunset over Gunnamatta Bay

Ten reasons why dogs are amazing animals

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I decided to dedicate this week’s photo challenge “eye-spy” to Luna. She was the beautiful dog of my brother and his girlfriend. Unfortunately Luna passed away a few weeks ago due to lung cancer. May she rest in peace now. She will always be a part of our hearts.

Loosing a pet is heartbreaking. I lost two dogs who were close to my heart in the past and thinking about it feels like it just happened some months ago. We are getting easily attached to dogs who are lucky to share their life with us. Why are dogs so special to us? Read below the 10 reasons why dogs are amazing animals to be around with:

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may Luna rest in peace.
  1. Dogs love you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter how you look like, how you feel like or how much attention you give to your dog today (just make sure your dog gets the daily portion of food though:). Your dog still loves you.
  2. Dogs have an EQ (emotional intelligence). Lot’s of people actually don’t. They quickly pick up on your mood and adapt to you. Are you sad, your dog will sit next to you and be there for you. If you feel happy and full of energy, your dog will feel the same and gets the ball to play with you.
  3. You are coming back home from work and feeling stressed? Your dog will change this situation immediately. Dogs welcome you with their wagging tail and big smile in their face, jump at you to say hello.
  4. Dogs love to socialise. They love being surrounded by people or other dogs. Where ever you go and what ever you do, dogs want to be part of it.
  5. They bring joy to your heart and love to play. Playing dogs can go crazy. We were used to say our dog had his 5 minutes going “gaga”. It is fun watching and playing with them.
  6. Dogs are very smart animals. If you learn them tricks they are very eager to learn and pick it up very quickly. They in the end will trick you if you don’t pay attention.
  7. If one animal is very loyal to humans it has to be the dog. There are stories that a dog was guarding the graveyard of his owner who passed away. Only dogs will do that.
  8. Dogs make you forget your worries the minute you look into their cute eyes. You cannot help yourself but to smile. Smiling is like medicine.
  9. As a dog owner you become healthier without the need of going to the gym. Your dog needs to go for a walk at least twice to three times a day. No excuse, bad weather does not exist for a dog.
  10. Dogs protect you in your home. Dogs help people in need like the guide dogs or rescue dogs trained to find people in emergency situations.
Luna's eyes
Luna’s eyes

Who ever has had or has a dog understands how special these animals are for us. Unfortunately not every dog gets the right treatment from human beings. I hope that each dog will find a lovely dog owner who treats them with respect and understands their nature and appreciates them.

May Luna rest in peace. She definitely was one of the lucky dogs who had very special and lovely dog owners who only gave her the best she could have. Luna will always remember them and lives now in happy dog’s heaven playing with all the other dogs people have lost.

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Let nature make your heart sing

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We might believe that we are creating our own destiny but sometimes the power of mother nature takes over. Weather and season can have an impact on our mood.

In winter or on a rainy day we may feel more comfortable staying at home, sit on a couch, read a book or watch TV while we are sipping a cup of tea. In spring we feel the urge of cleaning our home to get ready for summer. Summer on the other hand has a positive impact on us. We feel more active, having more energy, enjoy being outdoors and are generally happier.

When we are slowing down, we feel the rhythm of nature ebb and flow within us. Sit down quietly and watch the sunrise and sunset, watch the moonrise and enjoy the colours of mother nature. Listen to the sound of nature; listen to the wind, the rain or the ocean. Smell the freshness of a forest and the scents of flowers and the ocean. Enjoy and appreciate mother nature.

‘It is the song we hold in our hearts even as we wander the city and stay up late. It is the music that will lift your spirit and set you free.’

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a place for happiness

Chose your attitude to create happiness

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It is not a set of circumstances or the people you are with who make you happy. Happiness comes from your inside and your attitude.

Are you able to adopt to changing circumstances because your change your attitude?

If you ever face situations you don’t like, think about what it is you don’t like in particular. Is it very important to you or is it just a first world problem? What happens when you would change your attitude? Would you feel better?

Don’t forget: it is all in your mind; change your attitude and you will feel happiness.

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs-

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Moonshine over Bondi Beach in Sydney

The way to happiness

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Don’t we always worry to much about what could happen. Stop right there. Some things are just out of our control and we cannot change it. It might not meant to be that way and this is fine because something better is waiting for us.

Let’s stop worrying about things we cannot control as it doesn’t get us anywhere. Worry less and expect the unexpected. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. Deal with your worries when it actually happens which might not ever be the case.

Worrying can make you sick and depressive. If a situation doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would be, make the best out of it. It is not always sunshine but you can still have a great day. You never know but you might discover things you wouldn’t have thought of it in the beginning.

Stop worrying and live in the moment.

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will” – Epictetus

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water drops

Set your boundaries to live your values

sunset in NYC

Setting boundaries is important and necessary; it is a life skill.

We all have our own core values; you might not be aware of it but once you think about it and write it down it becomes very clear what the drivers are in your life. Now, life is challenging us with situations where others control or want to control our life. It might be your work place where you get told to do something even though it might be against your core values. I have seen people, especially younger ones who are scared to say something and just agree and do what they are told to do. However, with more experience you become more aware of what is important to you and have more confidence to defend your values. A lesson I learned in life is to set your boundaries from the beginning. This can be done in a nice and diplomatic way. Setting boundaries means to clearly and openly communicate and asserting your personal values and not compromising or even having them violated. What is acceptable for you and where does it stop? Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. Live your values. Some people love to control our lives or don’t want to take responsibility for their own life. It is up to you how much others can take over.

Without knowing your core values and setting your boundaries your identity is becoming diffused and defined by others; but hey it is your life.

Healthy relationships are an ‘inter-dependent’ relationship of two independent people. Identify what is important to you and defend your values, adapt if necessary but stay true to yourself.

When you think about your values you probably come up with 10 important things. Write them all down and once finished think about the least important one in your list and cross it off. Keep going until you have 3 core values left. These are the ones driving you. Now take a second and think about how much time you spend on all the 3 core values? Maybe you don’t spend any time or a minimal amount only. Change it and live your values. Set your boundaries and communicate this with the people you deal with in business and private life. Make your core values a priority in everything you deal with; make decisions which are in line with your personal values when you are being presented with life choices or people try to control and confront you. Having healthy values and boundaries is a lifestyle, not a quick fix to a relationship dispute.

Setting your boundaries means staying true to yourself to live your values

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Brooklyn bridge in the red sunset
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Boundaries.”

Good people bring happiness and best people give you memories

Ushuaia

In one of my previous posts I was talking about that ‘everything happens for a reason’ even the people you meet in your life have a certain reason.

We meet a variety of people. Some of them have a happy aura and bring pure happiness. It is easy to hang out with them; they make you feel good and happy.

Unfortunately not everybody you have to deal with is such a positive person; you might have a negative co-worker, boss or even friend. If you can, try not to stick around and surround yourself with positive people. Negativity is toxic and can make you depressive. It might be a hard decision to make but you feel so much more relieved once you dealt with the situation. If it is a person at your work place, try to sort it out and if nothing works you might want to start looking for another job.

However, we cannot always pick the cherries and we sometimes have to deal with certain people. It is up to you for how long you are willing to put up with that certain situation; but always remember, people enter our life for a reason. Don’t blame anybody for anything happening to you in your life. You might need to gain some experience to strengthen you for the future or we have to learn a lesson because we did not realise what is going on. On the positive side some people bring happiness into your life and very special ones give you great memories.

“Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. The worst people give you a lesson; and the best people give you memories.” – spirit science

Ushuaia
penguins from the Beagle Channel, Argentina

Why to spend some time alone is benefiting you

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We live in a busy world, rushing all the time to get as much done as possible. In the end we are exhausted and don’t even have time to reflect and think about our future. We find ourselves carried along by it all, burdened by expectations and our daily obligations. Let’s take a break and spend some time alone to get back in touch with the part of yourself that has big plans.

There are different ways of how to find your life’s purpose. Whatever is working for you, give it a go. You might want to meditate or you just go for a walk or run to clear your mind, maybe you want to travel on your own for a few days or longer.

Find some time and ask yourself what your purpose in life is. Whatever the answer might be, could be a pleasant surprise to you.

Spend some time alone to reconnect with your life’s purpose and follow the path

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Spend some time alone to reconnect with your life’s direction

Why am I writing and sharing my photos

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I am writing because I love to share my travel stories and happiness quotes with you. I hope to inspire you to open your eyes when walking through your day, to see the beauty in our nature and help you creating your own happiness.

New Zealand sunset
reflections of Karekare beach in New Zealand

I love taking and sharing my photographs with you. See and experience amazing places in the world with me through my photos and writing.

A beautiful day in Fitz Roy National Park in Patagonia.

We easily can get caught up with first world problems in our lives and forget to see the beauty around us. I want you to open your eyes and mind throughout the day. You will be amazed what you can see. The best part is, you don’t need to travel to see beautiful nature.

Glenorchy, New Zealand
If you don’y know where you are going, that’s where you will end up

With my photos and happiness stories I want you to see the things you cannot buy with money and to be grateful of the little things you have. Enjoying the simple things in life is what we learn when we travel and experience different cultures with an open mind. Money cannot buy you happiness.

appreciate the little things
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be

I am writing to reflect on situations we sometimes experience in life. No matter how bad a situation can be, you mostly can choose to see the positive side in it and move on knowing you learned a lesson. When one door closes another door opens.

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Open your mind

Choose to be happy and you will be.

Welcome to my blog. I am happy that you decided to stick around for a while to check out some of my previous posts.

Enjoy.