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The 5 Best Lessons of 2018

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Glorious Ones,

As the year comes to a close, I would love to say thank you for being here and sharing this little corner of the planet with me.

How was your year? Did it bring all the things you wished and hoped for or did you learn a valuable lesson?

I had a year like no other. It was a year that took me off my path (or so I thought) for a couple of months but in fact the universe was telling me even though you have learnt a lot of stuff sometimes you need to repeat things to really let the message sink in.

So as 2018 draws to a close, I would love to share with you 5 valuable lessons I re-visited in 2018 that allowed me to grow, dial back into what is important to me, and hopefully there will be something here you can learn from too.

 

Time is Love

This is at the top of my list because the past 3 years have been big learning years for both hubby and myself. I became a life coach and he finished a course as a naturopath. We have read hundreds of books on health, spirituality and psychology and the greatest lesson for me has been that if you could spell love in another way, you would spell it like this T..I.. M.. E..

Wherever you put your time, you put your love. So make time for those you love, your friends, tribe and family because your time is the greatest demonstration of love you have.

 

Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

Hands up if you are guilty of this one? You feel like time is ticking and you have sooo much to do. Between racing from one thing to another you feel tired, stressed and sometimes out of sorts. Life feels serious, kids to get to school, meals to cook, bills to pay, stress at work and not enough time to have fun and kick up your heels.

You may be taking life way too seriously! Yes, I had a bit of 2018 that lost its bubble until one day I laughed at myself. I realised I was taking things too seriously. Why are we doing this? That’s not why we are here!!  From that moment on I focused on the joy and fun and bringing it back into my daily life.

 

You Get What You Focus on

This is a goody for all of us to remember. We can choose to focus on the good stuff or the bad stuff but whichever it is our thoughts become things, so choose wisely.

Being a girl of endless positivity there were a couple of months this year when I focused on the negatives of my personal life instead of the positives and the universe gave me a shock to remind me to live consciously. So if life is giving you lemons check if you have been thinking a little too much about lemons lately and remind yourself to think about what you do want!

 

Ask

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and the people around you who love you, is to ask for help. Many of us use doing ‘it all on our own’ as a badge of honour, when in fact by not asking for help when we need it, we are denying those around us the opportunity to show their love and care for us. So be brave and ask for help when you need it and allow yourself to receive this great gift of a helping hand.

 

Things can be done with ease

So many of us have been brought up to work hard. That the only way to get anywhere is to put in extreme hours and ‘push through’, nose to the grind and bum in the air. 2018 showed me something else, that when you get connected to the spiritual slipstream, the thing the scientists call the quantum field and the woo woo call the universe or source energy and others call God or their god of choice, you can take advantage of synchronicity and other delicious energetic fields to bring home the bacon, love and whatever it is you want in life with more ease.

 

I hope there was something there for you!! You can leave me a comment in the section below to let me know how your year was and what you learnt. Love to hear.

So my lovelies, I wish you with all my heart a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.

I look forward to sharing 2019 with you, more photography, inspiration and motivation to live the best life you can.

Sending love

Carla x

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.