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The Two Magic Words

It’s been exactly a year since I started my online venture called “Libby Creatio”. We all experience ingratitude moments now and then and I sometimes would love to hear the two magic words from time to time and it would be so wrong if I don’t thank my buyers.

I am writing this blog especially to all my customers and well wishers for all the support and enrichment you offered me all through the journey. I love and appreciate each and every individual soul. A big shout out and a massive “Thank you” to you all.

The words of appreciation and all the “wowing” (I don’t even know if it’s a word) phrases you use to describe my works makes me sit smiling like a monkey on the other side of the phone, which obviously you have no idea because I would have responded to you very decent enough for you not to sense my monkeyness (and again, it’s clearly not a word in the dictionary).

*oh oh mom interruption*

Ok, now I’m sitting here sipping a cup full of sanity (no, It’s cuppa, not coffee) as I put down all my thoughts into words, and I’m having brain farts at the moment, because this tea is really good it makes me miss on what I’m writing. My brain is so out of focus now.

Anyway back to business!

Some of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received are from a person who wanted to find out what inspires them after reading my previous blogs. That moment of source of inspiration you bring into someone’s thought for a second is what we need to work on.

“Make people feel good” is the mantra I practice while doing business with my fellow humans. Just like the boomerang effect.  We are nothing but a form of emotional creatures craving to be felt special and treated with the nicest words and respect in the world, and that is almost love in plain clothes.

And I don’t want you all thinking that my venture is all rosy with only happy people appreciating, Nada! Life is not just complete with negative incidents waiting to sneak somewhere through the corner and tear you down for a moment. Just so you know, only for a moment! As you all know whatever you come up new in life, someone, somewhere is waiting to have a good laugh about it or throw a mean comment at you. That is how life goes on, and guess what? They have all the rights to laugh and snicker at you and you equally have the power to pay no heed to them. Overlook each negative comment with a positive vibe.

You folks have inspired me so much to keep working and hustle hard to new and greater things. And to all my 57 customers so far, thanks a million to you all for having the confidence in me and giving me those wonderful orders for me to work on and be a part of your celebration and happy moments.  I feel incredibly blessed.

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Just like how Rhonda Byrne says in one of her Gratitude books, “The more you use gratitude every day, the greater the good you will bring into your life”, I’ve done my part of gratitude to you, my buyers, now it’s time for you to go and make someone’s life you know a happy one today by extending your thanks to them.

Love and hugs!

 

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I AM AN ARTIST AND I’M NOT UNEMPLOYED

Me: Hi, My name is Libby and I’m a doodle Artist. (Happy face)

Known person: Oh! (Total disappointment in their face) What are you planning to do with your life?

Me: Did I miss something? I already have a new start-up business. I make Customized doodle greeting cards, wedding invites and customized doodle notebooks and bookmarks. I will be adding more in future.

Known person: No, I meant, you are jobless, where are you planning to work? Or, are you going to pursue PhD or M.Phil? Should I get you a Job?

Me: Well, Hello, Did I speak Latin Just now? (Voice screaming in my head) I am an artist, which meant, I do something creative (Unlike you) and I earn money for what I use my grey matter for. And I’m happy!

Known person: But (Still sticking to their side of argument) it won’t give you a permanent job, it won’t put food on your plate, maybe you should try at least for school teaching, since you studied only M.sc zoology.

Me: I’m so happy we had this talk! (Smirks)

End of discussion.

Trust me I had infinite number of conversations with such humankind who come preaching about. Being Artists or Entrepreneurs doesn’t make us inferior from you, perhaps we far more superior than what or whom you work for. I wouldn’t say you don’t have the right to tell us, but you can at least appreciate for what we do, because we took the risks of life to gain recognition and not sit among thousands of employees in air conditioned space.  All we ask of you is guidance for leading a life and not advice and degrade us. What we lack most in today’s India is words of “appreciation and motivation”.

And does creativity have a place? No. Not in today’s world. We are brought up with a mind to reflect and mirror mediocre Homo sapiens.

For instance, we learn, sorry, study till 10th grade, and we are “told” to opt for Bio math or computer Science (Which are considered to be studious children’s major). Most parents even take pride in telling that. By the time their children get to write their 12th exams, they push them into a mental trauma to get the highest marks possible and make him\her sit in an engineering class room. As you all know how engineering colleges have formed to become a mini school, were you almost lose all the fun and drain your brain for the next four years, while the parents happily show off to their family and friends how their son/daughter is doing an engineering course.(God knows the struggle). Soon after you finish your 4th year, you get through campus interviews and land in an IT job, only to find after an year that you have lost your happiness, fun and freedom of creative thinking throughout your journey. Do they welcome creative thinking in IT sector? No! (As far as the IT interviews I have attended.) You are just a “techno coolie” to someone who sits in a far off country, who gets all the monotonous work done by you, whereas, he gets all the name and fame and what not. And no questions can be raised because we get the money for that. And for the other part, some end up preparing for exams (As we all know) which they take a zillion years to pass. This is the very reason why we vote for the party which is not educated enough to run our government, this is why we end up in It jobs, this is why we don’t create good movies, this is why we fight for caste and religion, this is why aim for high marks(which is useless, when the child doesn’t know the basic GK), this is why we oppose inter-caste marriage, this is why our education system is backward, this is why lack discipline, this is why don’t come in time, this is why we don’t dress appropriately, this is why we don’t read books, this is why we fight over silly petty actors or actresses, this is why we have poverty, this is why we don’t use our brains. Our eyes are blindfolded to the things we can create. Yet we take pride in having an Indian in an American company, were as we still function as mediocre. It is because he tried, we didn’t, he thought differently, we didn’t he differed from the crowd, we never.

What I am asking of you all is, why do you have to follow the crowd? Why not do something which you are capable of? Why do you have to write exams which are of no interest to you? Why can’t you “learn” to do creative things. Well, if you say that you don’t know what you are capable of, why don’t you go into the world and find out yourself? If you start thinking differently, the same parents who push you to do what the neighbour does will take respect and value in telling about you.

Make up your mind now, this very minute, believe in yourself and do what you want to do.  You can be what you sincerely want to be. Choose a path and focus on that one thing and move along the journey. Never get doomed to failure. Self confidence grows when you meet occasional failure. Think of success and you are a successful person already, before anything happens. Start dreaming Big and act small, you’ll be in greater heights soon.

So this is how I made up my mind. To be an artist or an entrepreneur, you should never leave anyone or anything move or shake your conviction.  I decided to maintain a strong positive mind when I have discouraging conversations. Be a person who hurdles over roadblocks, and achieve something great for yourself. I’m sure you don’t want any regrets in life. Don’t walk the walk of an average person. You were never born to be ordinary. Be creative, be you! Do anything that makes your heart content and the world a difference.  It is not too late, Go create yourself!with brave wings (1)

 

And for  all the people who is waiting to ask me the same question next time, “ Your idea of life is not mine” use it to run yours. Because, I am born unique and different.

I am a doodle artist. I am an entrepreneur. I am a proud human.

 

Doodle Christmas card

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Um-mm…..what do you call those things which you send in snail mails during festive times?

Ahhhh…Greeting cards!

I think back to the time when I exchanged greeting cards with my best friend, (of course she is, come-on its 13 years of friendship) Aarthy during my schooling period. We used to send all types of cards from handmade (‘Twas her) to printed big cards (me, obviously), and all those cute little messages we leave inside them makes me wonder how meaningful we considered every ‘lil thing in our life. Just like how kids these days look at mobile phones and PS4 with fervour, the same intensity of emotion was seen in our faces when the postman dropped the greeting cards or letters in our mail box.

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Greeting cards and letters ! always to cherish !

Eventually, we stopped sending or receiving any types of cards or letters, which totally cut off the warmth and the epitome of happiness it had.

Soon after I started “Libby Creatio” in the month of November’15, I wanted to pop up with something novel for the succeeding month. Fortunately, ‘twas the month of December, which calls for Christmas greeting cards. Before I made a decision I needed an alternative opinion. So I went on for my close circle of people about their outlook if it would sell out or not. I got a mixed review (Mostly negative). Many individuals said, people won’t be interested to buy greeting cards as they are old fashioned and not current. In actuality, my mind was muddled. So with much uncertainty and hesitation I decided to go on with my gut and I ultimately decided to design a couple of Christmas doodle cards, adding some style to it.

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Christmas cards

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Doodled Christmas cards

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doodled Envelope

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2nd variety of Christmas card

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Inside of the card

So in a day or two, a set of two varieties of Christmas cards were done, and I was pinning my hopes on getting some positive results. As a matter of fact the people actually liked my designs and it clicked right away! (A big sigh of relief) I started getting ample amount of orders. ‘Twas a moment of sheer happiness. And all I know the next thing I did for a couple of weeks is, busy packing the orders. I sold about 50 Christmas cards (whoopee!). The reviews were sterling and they sounded satisfactory and happy customers.

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DIY Newspaper Packing with drawings on it ! 🙂

 

Followed by the successful outcome, I had my first interview for my new start up. (Yay moment!) It was for a fortnightly Tamil newspaper and I never expected to have people actually read it and tell me about it when I see them. This is something I feel good and overjoyed about myself to have succeeded in executing it, which makes others think I’m actually good at something different.

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The newspaper article

So every time I do something I take in a new lesson. Don’t let the opinions of others stop you from your dreams.

As Napoleon Hill once said, “who told you it couldn’t be done, and what great achievements has he performed that qualified him to set up limitations for you?”

If someone tells you that what you are attempting to achieve is impossible or not worth the effort, take a close look at them and what they have accomplished with their lives. The chances are good that you will find they haven’t done much. To be a successful person you need to be optimistic and learn to listen to yourself. That’s what I did and I achieved. For a proof, I still get orders for customized greeting cards. (Amazing, right!)

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Custom Birthday card

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Whatever you do, be it an age old idea or anything new, just add some sparkle of color and coolness to it, It will leave others in awe, because you still have the power to bring back old form into existence. Nothing is old until you add a touch of creativity.

Be creative, you can never go wrong in it !

 

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The 4 Letter Magic word – “BOOK”

Early today morning, Facebook reminded me that, today being April 23rd is “World Book Day.” What better reason do I need to write my blog ? So let me tell you, I was a normal kid in school just like every other child studying and learning just my school books. Trust me, if I had read only those text books you wouldn’t be reading this. I would have murdered English by the time you reached second line (I mean, seriously). I remember my mother trying to teach me English grammar and going crazy on one side and I on the other side sitting with a confused face “What’s wrong mom?” So yes, she had a hard time (I suppose). And when those glorious summer holidays arrived, I can hear my dad persistently telling me to read books. And to my dismay every time he said that, my school books came to my mind and the fear of reading it again.

So when my English was going at stake, my parents decided to get me some brand new books to read which included, from famous five to hardy boys, Nancy drew to Goosebumps, Lion king to Pocahontas and all other lovely fairy tales. In each story I envisioned myself to be that persona, and pictured all the beautiful adventure. So that is how my childhood reading journey went on.

And after I reached college, I read few books, from Indian to international authors (Mostly novels). I was not an avid reader, maybe I was distracted towards more fun (sometimes the word laziness also fits). What shocked me is, when my fellow people started asking for help in language and grammar, I found that I was communicating quite in good grammar without even my knowledge. So all those childhood reading was really beneficial and advantageous.

Recently I have been into business, self – help and spiritual books, rarely novels. I would like to share some of the world class authors, who brought out the best in me through their writing, which involves, Napoleon Hill, Robin Sharma (my business guru), Joseph Murphy (the one who explains bible so beautifully), Brian Tracy, Rhonda Byrne, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen (My life guides), and the list goes on. And I have this wonderful Friend named Harine, who along with me is taking up the book challenge 2016. And I’m happy to get her as my reading partner, as we share so much knowledge with each other. We’re discovering ourselves each day through the books we read. And today being the “world book day”, I decided to give her a book by Robin Sharma, one of her favourite authors and mine too (how could anyone not).  So if you’re planning to give your friend a gift or something, a book is the perfect choice. (maybe its time people start educating themselves to differ from mediocre people). Garrison Keillor once said “A book is the gift you can open again and again”. What more than you need than a book full of wisdom. Who knows you can even start your own business like I did, or become an author or improve yourself in your work place, anything can happen with all the motivation you acquire from it. So devote yourself to reading at least 30 minutes a day to differ from the crowd.

As for my mindset, the more the books a person has, the more rich he is.  Learning does not end upon graduation. Be a lifelong learner. I assure you, boredom will never show up on your doorstep as long as you have something to learn.

A house that has a library in it, has a soul. – Plato.

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A book opens a door to your heart. – Libby

A house is a not a home without at least one book shelf with books. I have mine. Do you have yours? If not, bring that book shelf into existence.

Go get yourself a book and see yourself in it.

“Book” is the magic word all you need in life.

 

I Like The Person I Am Becoming

April! Season of exams!

This time, last year everything was so different. I was sitting in the exam gallery in Madras Christian College writing my Semester exams having two assured jobs in my hand. I felt so proud and lucky, in fact it made my brain go lazy to think “Oh just pass the exams!” And yes, after a month I walked into one of the companies to jump start my career. My face looked so happy and eager to learn new things and mostly find new friends (got the coolest ones). My life was so cheerful and fun (you know it. All beginnings are!).

ok wait, Do you have friends who crow about working in companies or any corporate field for the first few months and then complain for the rest of the year about getting bawled by their boss , stress, work pressure, boredom of job, etc ? Well, in my case these things didn’t happen to me, except for the fact I started griping in a month. Soon I realized I was going to do the same monotonous work for the next how many ever years till I need more money. Of course, I need money to live, but nay not this job. Or else I can put it this way, Maybe I wasn’t ready for what everyone else was doing or I couldn’t adapt to the type of work (This is safe to say).

And after a month, I was right there, seated in the sofa on my very own home in Madurai, trying to figure out my life and searching and researching about all possible jobs, while my parents were secretly happy about me being at home.

Days passed as they do and life went on. I felt like a child again at home. I started bringing back my childhood favourite pastime, sketching, doodling, drawing on wooden boards, and trying out different things, giving away handmade bookmarks, making hand drawn notebooks, etc. I started uploading each of them in facebook (the only place to showcase my work). And who expected, there were so many likes and comments from my best people, appreciating and persuading me to sell them and make a commercial activity of my own. My reaction was just like every other girl, “duh, business and me? Come on, I’m a science graduate. This is just a hobby and people are not going to buy my stuff. Dot.

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Hand drawn bookmarks gifted to friends !

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Hand drawn and handmade notebooks !

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The hand drawn bookmarks I gave away to family friends in a meeting.

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Another Handmade notebook !

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Some cute ‘lil bookmarks 😉

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Designs and patterns on wooden board !

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Hand drawn design at the back of my phone cover

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Another tie shaped bookmark for my dad, as a quick father’s day gift !

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Doodled Mobile skin !

 

Meanwhile I started reading quite a lot. Mostly self-help and business books, which caught more of my attention and interest in it. So I kept myself busy and improving myself before I stepped into a new discipline. I only had two things on my mind to concentrate then, 1) Read more and understand the field 2) Attend choir practices to sooth your mind. Music and books definitely helped. Even when people kept on asking me what I was doing, I simply said I was reading, which in the sense I was educating myself. (Not many have time for it these days). I never wanted myself thinking about other professions also. I always went by the saying by Robin Sharma, “A person, who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” I let time work its magic.

“Focus on one area with relentless devotion to daily improvements and a passion for excellence and within three to five years, you will be operating at a level of competence such that people call a genius.” – Robin Sharma

Sooner or later it happened. Nov 21st, 2015 was the day, I made my first 3 sets of doodled notebooks and uploaded it in facebook and waited for the reviews and comments of the people who emboldened me to do it, but still with so much confusion and doubt, fear of rejection, criticisms, and what not, every negative thing rushed to my mind wave after wave. Within minutes the things I scared were transformed into a mammoth of happiness and glee from ear to ear. And to my amazement, at the end of the day the orders totted up to 10. (I know, right, who imagined).

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The first set of Doodle notebooks !

And thus I sold about 22 doodle notebooks ( aye, not bad for a start). ‘Twas time I gave my new start-up a name. And thus emerged “ Libby creatio”.

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Back cover of Notebooks with “Libby creatio” first time printed on it !

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DIY Newspaper Packing with drawings on it ! 🙂

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

From that day onwards I started trusting in the magic of new beginnings. Discover your talents ( I did mine, and exploring hidden ones also).

I never would have pictured myself in a position I am today. It’s hard to believe how much life can change in a year.

I wonder what next April would bring me.

I like the person I am becoming.