Self-care on a Day Off & on Holidays

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The calendar year is filled with opportunities to break routine on a day off and when work is closed for major holidays. Below are some inspirational ideas to create self-care habits for those days.

GIVE THANKS 
– Call your loved ones far away and get in touch
– Volunteer to help a local cause

EXERCISE
– Explore your neighborhood by taking frequent walks outside. How far can you go? Choose a different path every day
– Try a new class at your gym

WRITING
– Develop a love letter to yourself
– Write about the things you are appreciative in your life (from persons to places or things)
– Develop an essay about the importance of self-compassion
– Write about what holds you back in forgiving others and the benefits of how to make it happen

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– Find music that uplifts you and create a playlist
– Play a song with your guitar or other instruments at home
– Make time to watch your favorite movies

PAMPERING
– Take a soothing bath with Epsom salt and lavender
– Safely light up candles and burn incents that smell good
– Wear your favorite cologne
– Buy a new body moisturizer and apply

FOOD
– Treat yourself with your favorite snack
– Block time to have lunch with someone you haven’t met for a while
– Cook a favorite meal from scratch

SPIRITUALITY
– Attend your local church, yoga center, temple and so on
– Go to a service of a different denomination in the area

HOME CARE
– De-clutter your home; start small from drawers, boxes, and closets
– Schedule to donate unwanted things to charity

MEDICAL CARE
– Complete necessary medical appointments if applicable
– Ensure you take your medication on time

LOCAL SUPPORT
– Who’s your support system locally? Plan to mingle and reach out

Take good care of yourself! Best, Nefeli

 

p.s I took the photograph with my iphone at Prospect Park, early November, 2018

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Fear Not, the Human Experience

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This Fall I wear the hat of the film judge for a local film festival in NYC. I watch films from around the world, analyze and evaluate them, based on film elements, such as editing, directing, cinematography, sound, compositional score and more.

There is one documentary film that impacted me. It is about Nazi Germany and the atrocities that took place during Hitler’s occupation in Europe.

In the concentration camps, civilians worked long hours, were undernourished, were not allowed to take a bath but twice a month, and didn’t have enough clothes to stay warm. Because of the Nazis deliberate brutality, a lot of people crossed over. Then there were survivors that spoke of the monstrous behavior of Hitler’s army.

These were not existential problems the people faced, Jews and other European civilians. They were matters of life and death and Hitler’s soldiers often chose their torture to death.

They conducted medical experiments on healthy prisoners, which slowly killed them. They executed fathers in front of their children, killed female prisoner workers for simple mistakes during sewing work, beheaded children in front of other children before they executed them in gas trucks.

It seems to me when one puts their life into perspective, existential problems can be manageable. Fear not the human experience, but building your awareness muscle by simply going within. Your greatest wisdom is your inner guidance.

A racing brain and how to rain it

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Mostly acknowledged as a symptom or a tendency exhibited primarily in creative minds and in people that use their brains, a racing brain can be tamed and reined.

Physical, environmental, internal -these are three major factors that determine your wellness.

  • You empower your health when you eat an anti-inflammatory diet, take sunlight in and walk 30 minutes daily. That’s how you work on the physical factor.
  • Is your living space free from commercial detergents, vinyl, mold? Do you use make-up that is enhanced with chemicals? Do you excessively drink alcohol, indulge in drug use and smoke? That’s the environmental factor -work to remove those chemicals that are toxic to your body and your brain.
  • The internal factor refers to thoughts you allow yourself to listen. They may come from loved ones, from co-workers, or they are your own. A thought is nothing but thin air. Learn to identify those thoughts that hinder you or serve you.

When you learn to remove the weeds from your own backyard with patience and understanding, you can achieve mastery over a racing brain and have better control of the quality of your life.
I took the photograph with my iPhone at Maple Community garden in the summer of 2017

 

ABUNDANCE

 

Summertime at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, 2018

It seems to me abundance is as real and personal as our individual thinking patterns. Life has ups and downs, a journey it is. However, to lessen the stress and the pressure from life, we have free tools to our disposal to proactively strengthen mind, body, and spirit, and create healthier thoughts to the path to wellness:

1. Eat clean, mostly plant-based foods

2. Take in sunlight (15 min daily)

3. Exercise 30 minutes a day, walking works fine

4. Mingle to socialize; thankfully there are tons of social groups to join

5. Drink plenty of fresh water (use a filter or boil it).

It is a state of pressure, “being alive” when I over-think it and select to hear the overbearing thoughts than those that soothe my life experiences. It comes down to the thoughts I choose to think on a daily basis. I put work to achieve mind observation than believing those racing thoughts unless they serve my filmmaking productivity.

Things always work out for me!

Start small. Habit formation requires your commitment to yourself and you will achieve results, I know you will. If you fall in the old habit one day, that is fine, try again the next day.

EUDAIMONIA Newsletter, Fall 2018

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Creativity and self-care

Happy Fall season to you! Handling stress is today’s topic. With good intentions and all, life kicks in. How to cope? Here are some tips to ensure your wellness proactively.

First get clear. Choose the things that give meaning in life and pursue only them. Sure, you can upgrade accordingly as time goes by. The more clear you are about your path, the better you learn to manage the stress that shows up sometimes uninvited.

Second hold on to the positive end result with some sort of visual. Draw it, collage it in the form of a vision board, write it down. Think of it like a personal contract, a reminder to hold yourself accountable for your life.

Third trust deeply in your ability to see life issues through.

Fourth when setbacks kick in, take a break and slow down. Engage in activities that help you de-stress and calm down, such as resting, practice deep breathing, listening to soothing music, mingle with friends, exercise.

Fifth release judgmental thoughts that cross your mind by observing them, simply don’t believe them. 

Sixth consider working with a coach. Interview her/him, find the right fit first. It is easier to have support than doing it alone.

About my summertime

The third summer month I spent 27 heavenly days in Limassol, Cyprus. I was with my family, went to the beach almost daily and shot my new film with the working title Love story. The film is now in the can, well, in the digital form of a can, and to edit it this year. Additionally, thanks to 6×6 Centre of Photography in Limassol, I presented a motivational lecture addressing the business of art to local creatives. The event was successful, we had a full house participation and visitors from all cities of Cyprus joined, which indicates the strong interest. In my opinion, there is the historic importance to note here, since growing up in Cyprus not too long ago, there was no support for art whatsoever. The winds of change are blowing slowly and steadily in the small island of Cyprus!

Planning ahead

 In January 2019, I am to co-lead a workshop in health, creativity, and self-care, to announce more details  with the next newsletter

Happy Fall time to you and yours! Best, Nefeli

 

PS/ The photo is from the motivational lecture I presented in Limassol, Cyprus on 9/8/2018. Mr. Vassos Stylianides, the owner, opens the floor.

 

EUDAIMONIA Newsletter, Summer 2018

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Happy Summer! I am posing at USS Constitution in Boston, was there for a short visit in June.

My first e-book Easy In Teacher, Valuable Enrichment Lessons in Visual Art and Filmmaking is available online, use the highlighted link above to check it out. A discounted price is offered to anyone interested in mindfulness education.

If you are a photography enthusiast who wants to enhance your creative portfolio, check out another course of mine, Building Photography Portfolio course in 10 Decisive Steps.  Now, the word decisive is in almost every title of the courses I develop. I simply love the sounding richness of the word decisive. Secondly, it reminds me of Henry Cartier-Bresson and the concept of the decisive moment in street photography.

Other lifestyle transformational courses I designed are:

In regards to personal creative projects, this summer I take it easy. I practice extreme focus on daily meaningful tasks including helping my clients, teaching, monitoring my last film’s Adjustment festival submissions and researching my directorial approach to my new film,  Love Story.

Nefeli

Nefeli Soteriou, MFA, Certified Creativity Coach, NYS Life Coach -Helping clients achieve lifestyle wellness, offering the humanistic approach

 

EUDAIMONIA NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2018

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Many good things started to happen before Spring this year. I picked a “walk a dog a day” habit to help my healing process from the passing of my eleven-year companion dog, Blaze. I never walked another dog or owned one before Blaze, who was medium in size and roughly 50 pounds, and I was somewhat hesitant to walk larger breeds. Needless to say, I snapped out of it the first week when a giant Great Dane jumped on my back from joy when I visited to take him out for relief.

I met a wonderful artist during one of my walks, her name is Sharon Azar and creates art with mixed media. Sharon is accepting commissions to create amazing portraits of your beloved pets. Her approach with mixed media is unique, her paper mosaics—images are first drawn and then dimensionally built up with small pieces of beautiful paper.

Sharon Azar; 426 Sterling Pl. Apt. #1C; Bklyn, NY 11238; 718 783 3432

Woofwoof.sharon@gmail.com

Raised in Brooklyn by her Sephardic Jewish grandmother, Sharon’s childhood dream of becoming an artist and dancer became realized when she migrated to Greenwich Village in 1963. She began studying with the artist, Otto Franz Krone, the Art Student’s League and School of Visual Arts. Her formal art teacher at the School of Visual Arts was Sarah Reader.

Sharon performed with puppeteer/director, Jane Stein at Lincoln Center Outdoor festival, LaMama Theater in NYC, various NYC nightclubs, traveled with the Tibetan Liberation Theater and worked with the off-off-Broadway director, Charles Allcroft. Sharon received a grant to further her studies from the Center of Oriental Studies, founded by John Brzostoski.

Art above: Wolf, Art below: Cat

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“I was working on a watercolor painting of a butterfly. It simply wasn’t coming out the way I had seen it in my mind’s eye so I walked away to take a break. As I sat drinking tea, I noticed a dress that no longer fit lying over the back of a chair. The pattern of the dress was so beautiful I just couldn’t toss it out. It came to me that if I could duplicate that pattern in my butterfly watercolor, the piece might really work. Then it came to me. Why not cut up the dress and paste it onto the watercolor. This is how I began making fabric mosaic images which led to using paper exclusively.”

The vitality of the artist and their passion for their medium can also be evident in the environment they construct. Last summer I discovered an educational center for photography in my hometown, in Limassol, Cyprus.  6X6 is the city’s first Contemporary Center for Photography. As I am told by the owners, Mrs. Maria and Vassos Stylianou, the purpose of the Center is to host educational activities and lectures around Photography. The Center offers print services and a large gallery space for anyone interested exhibiting their work, under a submission process. The center displays old equipment and historical photography, significant to the city of Limassol and the island of Cyprus.

What can go on a show?
High-quality Fine Art Prints of paintings, illustrations, watercolors, mosaics, installations and other works of art created by local artists will be featured in exhibitions. Digital inkjet prints using Archival quality pigment-based inks for print permanence and durability on a variety of materials and finishes. All exhibits are available for sale.

Create your own!
Are you an artist interested in reproducing your original work in an affordable way, which matches the standards of the original? Visit this exhibition and explore the possibilities that 6×6 has to offer!

6×6 CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
6×6 ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΑΣ
19 Ipeirou Street, 3040 Limassol, CYPRUS
Mail address:P.O.Box 51961, 3509 Limassol, CYPRUS
TEL.:  +357 25354810 FAX.: +357 25372936
e-mail: info@cyprus6x6.com
http://www.centreforphotography6x6.com
https://www.facebook.com/6x6CentreforPhotography

OTHER HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING EVENTS 

The transition to Spring brought an invitation to speak about my Coaching business to a wider audience at a live interview at The Professionals Roundtable show, hosted by Robert Whetham of All Business Media FM. The interview is 8 minutes long and is useful to anyone who wants to hear about my coaching philosophy overall and how I can help others. Listen to it here
AFFORDABLE EXPRESSIVE ART WORKSHOP AT SOHO PLACES, SUNDAY APRIL 29TH
Address: 435 Broome Street, Manhattan, NY (Prince Street and Canal street stations) Time: 4:00pm to 6:00 pm, Register by clicking here

When: Sunday, April 29th, Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:  SohoPlaces, 435 Broome Street in Manhattan (Prince Street Station and Canal Street)

What we’ll do 

In this relaxing two-hour workshop, we will blend visual art techniques and have fun by using our imagination and creativity to design and complete a new decorative image with collage paper art and stencil to take home, give as a gift, or decorate a wall at work. You don’t need to know about art, but a willingness to try something new. This expressive art workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Some of the benefits

  • Enhance mindfulness and concentration, while developing an idea and assembling all the components
  • Discuss reference imaging of Masters of Photography
  • Learn new ways to utilize the various elements that might be included in an image
  • Increase awareness of the potential of a color, shape, form, and line
  • Work your observational and intuitive skills by focusing on designing a collage theme and developing it to completion
  • An opportunity to socialize and interact with like-minded folks

Materials will be provided, however, you may bring your favorites to use

Testimonials

Dr. Janet Wolfe – Great combination, a mini-lectures on composition, editing, etc and line shooting followed by superb critiques from a highly experienced and talented photographer

J. F. – Excellent, and learned a great deal about texture, balance, and composition

Art for Wellness Expressive Workshop

When: Sunday, April 29th, Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:  SohoPlaces, 435 Broome Street in Manhattan (Prince Street and Canal Street are the closest train stop stations)

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What we’ll do 

In this supportive two-hour workshop, we will have fun by using our imagination and creativity to design and complete a new decorative image with collage paper art and stencil to take home, give as a gift, or decorate a wall at work.  You don’t need to know about art, but a willingness to try something new. This expressive art workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Some of the benefits

  • Enhance mindfulness and concentration, while developing an idea and assembling all the components
  • Discuss reference imaging of Masters of Photography
  • Learn new ways to utilize the various elements that might be included in an image
  • Increase awareness of the potential of a color, shape, form, and line
  • Work your observational and intuitive skills by focusing on designing a collage theme and developing it to completion
  • An opportunity to socialize and interact with like-minded folks

                                                     BUY BY CLICKING HERE

Materials will be provided, however, you may bring your favorites to use

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Breakthrough Coaching blend @ Spring Holistic Fair. Free Admission

photo-nature-heart-healingI ‘ll be offering my breakthrough coaching blend with the tarot at the Spring Holistic Fair organized by the Shamanic Community Gathering NY. Find more about my coaching programs here: http://www.nefelisoteriou.com/services

Testimonials: http://www.nefelisoteriou.com/contact
Nefeli is an excellent coach with angel cards!! I have consulted her on many occasions and always felt more in touch with my feelings after the consultation. And the fact that she could do it over the phone or virtually makes it even more convenient to get clarity of mind. I highly recommend her coaching guidance for getting a better perspective
Apra P.

• The details:
After a strong winter, it is good to release all stagnate energies and let our projects and passions blossom.

Join us for the Spring Holistic Fair. There will be free lectures, amazing energy and shamanic healers from many ancestral traditions. Astrologers, palm, intuitive angels and psychic readers will offer 20-minute sessions for $30, 30-minute session $40, and 40 minutes for $55.

Also, there will be healthy vegan food vendors, native artisan crafts, essential oils, cleaning products, crystals, meditation tools, smudging sticks, salt lamps, sacred geometry pouches, Shamanic healing drums, art prints and much more.

Come at any time. Although, it is preferable to arrive early in order to book a healing session; as they may sell out fast. Come gather and meet amazing people and enjoy healthy and conscious foods.

Date: Saturday, March 24th.
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Location: Soho Places 435 Broome Street. Bet. Crosby St. and Broadway Feel free to bring your family and friends along!

We look forward to seeing you!
Love and Light

-The Shamanic Community Gathering NY Team

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What we’ll do: Images can inform, enlighten, delight, and make our world a better place. Anyone can create them, but skill is required to express a personal vision. This course focuses on expressing your personal vision through a blend of visual art techniques. It is about introducing you to the principles of the photographic composition with discussing reference imaging of Master classic works and becoming inspired to create your own design with collage paper and stencil. You will learn about the graphical elements of the visual representation, compositional techniques, and will be guided to complete your project to take home. You will come away with a new understanding of design and image making, and how to use art material to discover and, or, built on your personal vision. Artistic skill is not required to participate in this expressive workshop.

Day: Sunday, March 4th, 2018, Time: 4:00pm-6:00pmLocation: SohoPlaces, 435 Broome Street, Manhattan, New York City (Canal Street station)

What to bring: We will provide the material, it is included in the affordable fee of $25.00
However, if you have your favorites sets of pencils or markers and want to use them, please bring them along.

Important to know: Pay via Paypal at PayPal.Me/NefeliSoteriou to secure your spot, or bring cash at the location, however, to better coordinate, please first drop me a line here

The fee covers the rental space, the material, and the teacher’s compensation

Art by Alice Lindstrom:
https://www.alicelindstrom.com/