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Paris Film Noir – Sneak Peek

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I am so happy to share with you a sneak peek of a Paris Film Noir session I did recently with these heavenly gals in Paris.

I was the lucky gal who captured 10 years of joy as Christina and Barbara celebrated their wedding anniversary with possibly the cutest pooch on the planet, Rosie.

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It’s days like these I feel blessed to be a photographer and have the chance to hang out with the loveliest people on the planet and capture their story.

I have 3 spots for winter 2019 (yikes how did that come so quickly) and if you would like to be the mysterious woman photographed in Paris, you can check out my Paris Film Noir shoot here.

Hugest thanks to Christina, Barbara, and Rosie for allowing me to share these images.

Carla

Why Joy is like Spiritual Crack

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Dear Creative Folk,

What is the definition of Joy?

The kind folks at Merriam-Webster define Joy as: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

 What’s the big deal about Joy anyway? Joy is like spiritual crack!!!

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But how many of us allow ourselves to do what we truly desire in life? Often we are so disconnected from our desires that if someone asked us what we want for the next part of our life, we are kind of stumped, we just don’t have the answer.

We can lose the connection to our deep desires over a lifetime of pleasing others, doing what we think we should do instead of what makes us happy and what brings us joy.

When you are connected to your desires you feel passionate, when you have more passion in your life you feel joy. When you have more joy in your life the world is your oyster!!

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If you combine joy with consciously creating, you are unstoppable!!

And sweet folks this is exactly what we want to bring to your life in our Joy – Living Creatively Greek Island Retreat.

We have designed this retreat to help you harness your deepest desires, ignite your passion and consciously create the next part of your life in a heavenly atmosphere with focus sessions, swims, lunches, discussions and art as the vehicle.

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL RETREAT, READ THE FULL DETAILS HERE

Last Call for Christmas Print Orders

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Dear Folks,

What a year, where did it go?

I don’t know about you but it felt like a blur to me. One of the things that has kept my feet on the ground was the chance to be in the moment and create a little beauty for my life and yours.

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I know some of you have been naughty and all of you have been nice but Santa’s last call to place international print orders is this Wednesday, 5th December 2018, to guarantee Christmas delivery.

So if you would like to find a beautiful fine art print under the tree this year, you can browse here.

My hugest thanks for all your support, kind words and love this year.

Any questions about prints you can send us a note at notes@carlacoulson.com

 

Carla x

Why We Re-designed our Greek Island Retreat

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Love is joy and pleasure.  It is Eros – passion, attachment, desire even lust that makes us really alive. – Carol Pearson

Glorious Ones,

I have had the chance to do a lot of reflection this year and after the recent photography workshop in Puglia, I came home excited and energized TO REWORK a retreat we had already launched in Greece.

Why? What I realised on the way home was the greatest gift we could give someone is a connection to their passion.

Passion is the ultimate connector to life, it ignites our souls, it connects us to the people around us, our creativity, to achieving how we want to live in life, to getting up and dancing, and most importantly it connects us to what’s in our hearts.

Passion makes us want to jump on a plane, get out a sketch book and draw even if we have never done it before, to tell the person you love that they make a difference in your life, to go on an adventure, write a chapter in your life’s story or to go out of your comfort zone even though it scares you. Passion makes you get out of bed early to go ice-skating or do something that makes sense to you but no-one else. Passion is the fastest road to Joy. 

Passion makes you feel really, really alive. We are all potential geniuses if we find our true passion!

So for this very reason, we re-worked the retreat.

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In this special retreat on the island of Lesvos, four friends want to inspire and guide you to find what brings you joy, connect you to your passion and the desire’s in your heart and to show you how to live creatively.  

Long-time residents of Lesvos Claire Lloyd and Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs offer an invitation to share their lives in a beautiful authentic Greek village where community is paramount.  They are opening their home, their hearts, the places they love and their creativity to give you a true insight into the reality of living creatively in every sense.

One of the things that we are rarely told in life is that we are creators. We may hear that we are creative but rarely that we are creators and our lives are a form of art and the best way to create them is with passion.

Most of us pass our lives NOT understanding what our true LIFE’S DESIRES are how to ignite that passion within us.

Together with my hubby, Francesco Cataldi the four of us combine our expertise as artists, photographers, creators of beautiful spaces, naturopath and life coach to help you uncover your deep desires, embrace them and how your passion and creativity can drive the next part of your life. The goal is JOY!

Each day will be a mix of focus sessions to inspire and motivate you, art lessons, healthy delicious local food, yoga or swimming, walks, boat trips and long table lunches in our favourite tavernas and at Claire and Matthew’s home. There will be breathing and grounding techniques to assist you to access your intuition and downtime to reflect on our discussions, about your path, practice your new found love of drawing and art. The evenings will be spent together around a table reflecting on the day, enjoying local food and the thing the Greeks do so well, Kephi (enjoying life in the moment). Oh, and did we mention there will be Greek dancing!

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IF YOU’D LOVE TO KNOW MORE  ABOUT THIS EXCITING RETREAT, CONTINUE READING HERE.

Your Imagination Is Your Superpower

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Gorgeous Folks,

I felt excited to write today to encourage you to use your imagination more often and more freely.

This glorious tool is one we under use and this natural ability we all have is one of our super powers if we chose to use it.

Here’s the good news, everyone can access theirs, it’s free, vivid and can be tapped into on any boring, dull day. Most imaginations can remember scents and sounds, feelings and colours and before you know it you are on a gondola in Venice going under the Rialto bridge with the smell of salt water in the air and a piano accordion serenading you.

No matter where you are reading this, it could be from jail (send me a note if you are), in between business meetings or in place you would prefer not to be, your imagination can instantly take you somewhere else. You get to choose. Would you prefer to be on a beach, listening to piano music or about to meet the love of your life (that possibly you still haven’t met). Simply close your eyes and go there.

All the great inventions that we know now to be part of our lives have come from people’s imagination. Things that before they were invented were still part of the impossible such as radio, television, planes and the ones that always fascinates me, the fax! How the hell does that work??

Dr. Joseph Murphy said “Your imagination is the treasure house of infinity, which releases to you all the precious jewels of music, art, poetry and inventions.” Everything we have is already within us. Just the notion that even I who can’t play music, has the music with me. Sends shivers!!!

We can tap into past memories and re-imagine ourselves there again and likewise we can imagine experiences that haven’t yet happened to us. Like what would be your idea of an ideal love affair, or what would it be like to live in a bigger house with a pretty space filled with roses and paintings where you can create? In winter we can tap into imagining a beautiful summers day at Bondi.

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You can imagine, even if you have never flown first class before how good that would feel? Cashmere blankets, cold champagne, comfortable chairs and feeling spoilt. Bring it on!

I have imagined myself into a whole new life!!!

Each day I devote a little time to imagining the next part of my life or the next project. It’s in these times of imaginings that ideas are born and if I chose to put my energy, feelings and love behind these imaginings that one day I know they will become reality.

Each day my courage has grown to imagine a little bit more, a little bigger, a little more colourful, a little more helpful, a little more fun, a little more exciting and on and on and on.

So dear folks, I encourage you to spend some time each day with your imagination. If you are struggling where to start, here’s my advice

CARLA’S TIPS TO USING YOUR IMAGINATION

 

  1. Pick a subject it could be a project, trip, room or relationship
  2. Settle into a place where you feel warm and comfortable
  3. Close your eyes, switch on the interior movie camera and start your film
  4. Just like a film choose a setting, the actors, the script and the outcome
  5. Feel how good it is to be there, what are you feeling? Joy, love, excitement, creativity
  6. Allow your mind to play what if?
  7. Dream big

Often when I come out of these moments of imagination I have an idea that drops in and inspires an action. I take that little step and then another comes another day.

I stay with my vision and keep taking steps and then one day I wake up and it’s no longer just a dream, it’s my reality.

Wishing you wonderful dreams

 

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”Walt Disney

 

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