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Realigning Values

Posted by Elina Pasok on

Realigning Values During the 2020 lockdown many people had an epiphany ๐Ÿ˜ฒ and started adding change into their lives. We had a moment to sit with our thoughts and think if thereโ€™s anything missing.Surprisingly, musical instrument shops saw a rise in sales ๐Ÿ“ˆ - people added art into their lives.Have you ever played the Wheel of Lifeโ“๐ŸŽก Itโ€™s a positive psychology technique that helps realign the values and see the bigger picture. The rules are quite simple - evaluate all parts of your life, give them a number, connect the dots - and hereโ€™s your Wheel of Life. You may...

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๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป?

Posted by Elina Pasok on

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป?โ €Iโ€™ve been there. ๐Ÿ˜•โ €โ€œAll work and no playโ€ made me indifferent to my camera. I vaguely remembered I used to love it but couldnโ€™t remember if there was any reason for my apathy. I looked at the camera and instantly thought of work, not play.โ €One day I left my camera at home. It felt like a burden to lug the gear with me to a friendโ€™s birthday. Oh, Iโ€™ve been regretting it since. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ The party was legendary and I wish I had taken the camera with me. Photo album from that party...

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Change is the Only Constant

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๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ? Is it exciting ๐Ÿคฉ or terrifying๐Ÿ˜ฑ? Is it easy or inconvenient? Do you more often experience legendary change or, perhaps, tragic?When I recognized and accepted that everything changes, I experienced a sense of gratitude and humility towards life. Nothing stays the same in the long run, does it? Feelings, thoughts, our bodies, other people, mountains, shifting continents, universal entropy - all move towards change.The deeper question is how you feel about it? Can you adapt to change quickly and make decisions that level your emotional state and bring you to the light? Frankly, itโ€™s...

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Am I creative?

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โ€œIโ€™m not Creativeโ€ - is it really true? When a person says they are not at all creative, they never really mean it. Though the word Creativity comes from Latin โ€œto create, to makeโ€, Creative Thinking + Implementation are what made our species so interesting - big ideas, mind-blowing concepts and successful problem-solving.I wouldnโ€™t limit creativity to painting, filmmaking or building castles out of toothpicks. Creativity is a combination of thinking modes that, when mixed together and implemented, produce a novel and worthwhile idea.Every person is creative, we just use some Thinking Modes more than the others:๐Ÿ’ก Creative thinking -...

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Hi! We are the Optimist Collective

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Hi! Here are Elina and Dan - we launched the Optimist Collective during the 2020 lockdown as an essential outlet for creativity and art. Dan is a musician and Elina is a visual artist based in North-West London.ย Elina: "Music, paintings, photography, literature and regular philosophical debates surround us on a daily basis and at some point, ideas, colours and shapes started spilling over onto our clothes. This was the beginning of Optimist Collective."ย Dan: "Just like so many other enterprises, ours started with a need. We needed to share our positive approach to life, seeing the glass half-full, not empty."ย 

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