What do you CRAVE, Christine Bissonnette?

 

I felt a lot of resistance towards identifying my CRAVINGS at first. The exercise brought up a lot of demons inside of me – a lot of fears. Once identified, I realized that I couldn’t hide from these parts of myself anymore. If I avoided something I CRAVED – like time spent writing creatively – I’d have to look deep within myself and acknowledge why I was purposely locking my passion outside of my life.

It’s easier to avoid life when you aren’t super clear on what you’re avoiding. Doing this exercise made it super clear, so now my CRAVINGS are harder to avoid. That’s a good thing.

Here are 10 things I CRAVE:

1. Crazy collaborative coffee dates with friends.

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2. Magic – synchronistic connections I didn’t see coming. 

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3. Bonding over insanity with my brother and sister.

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4. At least two hours a day spent writing creatively

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5. Reinvention, change, and doing things differently.

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6. Lobster (I grew up in Nova Scotia). 

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7. Fitness. I love to push past my own limits. 

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8. Acting – voice over, stage, and film. I love to play. 

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9. Time to learn, study, journal and dream.

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10. Yoga, breath, and finding stillness in challenge. 

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Christine is a writer, actor, and blogger. She also works closely with Melody and The Crave Company writing many of the words on our various pages, and communicating with the CRAVE community over social media. 

You can follow Christine on Twitter @CMBissonnette


Want to share your CRAVES?

Send us an email at christine (at) thecravecompany (dot) com with the subject line ‘CRAVING BLOG – [your name]’. We want to hear all about what you CRAVE in your life, and how you are satisfying those CRAVINGS on a daily basis.

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Have You Ever Heard This One Before? Live it Up!

Live every day as if it were your last. How many times have you heard that one? I’ve lost count.

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”Seneca

“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.”Anne Dillard

Okay! Okay!! But how exactly do you do that? How on earth do you even start to live everyday as if it were your last? What would such a day even look like? 

IMG_1460In the CRAVE your life program that’s one of the first questions we work with. What would your answer be? There’s the kind of life that’s filled with anticipation for the next escape, and there’s the kind of life that’s lived with genuine presence; a life enriched with creativity, vulnerable connections, and moments of daring. 

There’s the kind of work that you have to drag yourself out of bed to do, and there’s the kind of work you can’t wait to start (maybe we should even redefine this word: “work”).

Cheers to doing things with your own unique sparkle, and living each day with the awareness that everything could change, in a positive way, at any moment. Everything could change with just one yes. 

We’re offering $100 off our CRAVE your Life 6 week mentorship program until the end of the day. We hope you’ll consider this investment into yourself and your growth, and join us on this adventure. Sign up here!

XO

Melody and the CRAVE TEAM

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FLIP IT…FLIP it good

My favorite Seinfeld episode is the one where George decides to fix his miserable life by doing everything the opposite. If all his choices had been wrong, then, as Jerry tells him, “…the opposite would have to be true.”  I like it because its radical, and there’s something to it.

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Have you ever considered doing the exact opposite of what you’re doing right now in some area of your life? Brainstorm what it would look like if you completely flipped it!  This is an exercise that will inspire new ideas.  

About ten years ago I made an “unhappiness” list of all the things in my business/personal life that I really wanted to escape. The irony was I’d worked hard to get where I was. It was all about more, bigger, busier…the stuff you’re supposed to strive for.  But life was a “groundhog day” routine with no time for girlfriends, and no girlfriends.

So what was the opposite of all this?–my “George” moment.  My new manifesto included flipping everything upside-down, inside out, or sideways, so I could see and think about doing the opposite of what I’d been doing.  When there’s an agitation that something’s missing in part of your life, that’s your cue to flip that agitation into opportunity.

A woman writer friend in Seattle said NO to (almost) every man who asked her out.  Then she started saying YES to everyone who asked.  Out of this “flip” she got a best selling book and a great husband.

You know that song “Whip it” by Devo?  We changed up some words on the verse to hum along to:    

now FLIP IT…

into shape

shape it up

get straight

go forward

move ahead

try to detect it

it’s not too late

to FLIP IT

FLIP IT good

XO

Melody

P.S. Learn how to flip your life so you’re doing what you love and what you’re talented at 100% of the time.   CRAVE your life – 6 week program starting May 12th

 

 

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The CRAVE Your Life Stories – Part 5

It’s a little bit intimidating to ask for what you want out of life. Can you relate?

I heard a great quote from Esther Hicks recently: “Don’t talk yourself out of wanting something just because you haven’t figured out how to get it.”  When it comes to creating the momentum and making the choices that could lead to your CRAVED life,  a lot of trust is involved. You have to be able to trust that by doing what you love, and by being who you are, things will work out. It helps to have support. 

The CRAVE PieWe’ve asked some of the facilitators from our CRAVE Your Life 6 Week Program   to do a brain dump in each of the 6 categories (our CRAVE Pie)

1. Body, Wellness, and Self-Care
2. Business, Work and Wealth
3. Connection, Relationships, and Friendship
4. Adventure, Creativity, and Travel
5. Style, Surroundings, and Environment
6. Impact, Giving Back, Service 

Today we’re moving on to style, because how you present yourself impacts how you feel about yourself. Try thinking of your body and your personal environment as an extension of who you are. This is an opportunity to play! How bravely do you express your true essence? 

Being able to express yourself in a confident manner is important. What style cravings can you satisfy that would make you feel more confident as you pursue your dreams and the full realization of your CRAVED life?

Here’s what our facilitators had to say.

What Do You CRAVE in Style, Surroundings, and Environment?

Stephanie CRAVES StyleStephanie from Washington CRAVES
Fresh flowers, neutral colors with a POP of bright color, manicured nails, an athletic sports look, candles everywhere.
“I have been working on Style/Surroundings for the last 8+ years so this came easy by now. I realized that I do these things through out my year and I love that!!” 

 

Mary CRAVES StyleMary from Portland CRAVES
Dresses with belts, color everywhere, looking totally laid back but ‘put together’, style that is timeless vs trendy, mid-century modern minimalism with bright colors.

“Style has always been important to me, but through this process, I realized how much I value not being a perfectionist about it. I spent too much of my life worrying about how I look. Now, part of my personal style includes having things be easy. I wear dresses, honestly, because it’s easy. I like the balance of looking “put together” without spending too much time or stress about my appearance. It’s important for style to be fun and make me feel confident!” 

Angela CRAVES StyleAngela from Chicago CRAVES
Wearing a brand new pair of shoes, art-filled spaces, embracing her artsy side, burning a scented candle, driving my convertible with the top down.
“I’m realizing there’s a great divide between who I have been and who I want to be. My personal style is evolving.”

 

Jan CRAVES StyleJan from California CRAVES
Black and white colour schemes; lots of jewellery; fireplaces, art, big dining room tables; amazing office spaces, vintage cars.

 

 

Christine CRAVES styleChristine from Vancouver CRAVES
A closet full of vintage dresses, fairies decorating her bedroom, a garden of veggies she’s grown herself, her mala beads around her wrist always, an office space outside her home.
“I actually used to turn my back on style in a way. I was embarrassed by my body and the way it looked. I didn’t want to stand out as a woman. I’m learning to love my style, and even have fun with how I physically express myself in the world. The more I embrace this side of me, the more empowered I feel.”

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We’ve just launched an exciting 6-week in-person and online mentorship program to help women to get obsessively specific about what they want, so that they can start getting it! Want to CRAVE Your Life?

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If you have the X & Y you can bring in the Z

In over 30 years of business projects I’ve never let not knowing how to do something stop me.  If I know the What, I’ll figure out the How when I need to.  If I’ve got the X and Y, I’ll find the Z.  We can’t know it all, do it all ourselves. I outsource expertise all the time in many areas to keep moving ahead.

Likewise in my personal life, I thrive on mastermind and dream groups, book clubs and friendship accountability. The different talents and resources of a group are very valuable.  I’ve found we “see” more clearly and creatively for each other than we do for ourselves.  The world is full of people who know the How you need to move forward.  

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 The upcoming Crave your life program is structured to embrace my strong believe in this concept.

XO

Melody

P.S.  Our upcoming CRAVE your life 6 week program is gathering small intimate groups of 6.  We will begin sharing our resources with each other starting May 12.

 

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