Marie-Claire is a Professional Rebel. She inspires people, who feel they don’t belong, remember who they are and find their place in the world. Together they go on a journey of creativity, courage and curiosity to stop giving so many fucks and grab life by the balls.

She’s also a pretty badass photographer too – just don’t call her that 😉

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Low self esteem is like driving through life with the handbrake on.

Maxwell Maltz

Does it ever feel like no matter what you try to do in life, something is holding your ass back, weighing you down and it is killing you trying to work out what the heck it is.

You’ve will-powered till you’re blue in the face and it’s just not funny any more.

You want to express yourself, you want to achieve something, you want to move forwards in your life.

BUT.YOU.JUST.CAN’T.

There must be something wrong with you.

You just don’t get it.

Something in your bones tells you, there’s more to life. You have so much more potential.

It’s why you have all the ideas, the dreams; it’s why you keep dusting yourself off and getting back up again… but there is this constant heavy feeling – you don’t know how long you can keep pushing back against it.

When you do take a step in the right direction, you almost instantly screw it up or retreat and go into hiding; secretly you feel like a fraud or a thief who has taken something that doesn’t really belong to you.

Your inner chatter goes into overdrive. You punish yourself constantly; you compare yourself to others and tell yourself it was just a fluke and that you can’t keep it up.

Sometimes it even seems like doing the thing you feel called to do is making you feel worse than before you started.

It’s getting exhausing.

No, really.

But staying where you are or taking a step back into your previous life / job / mindset isn’t a fucking option.

You feel stuck. Empty. Like something is missing. You don’t even know how to bring it up with anyone because deep down you feel like something is wrong with you.

Ding-a-fucking-ling, it’s time to stop this colossal headfuckery. Seriously, this inner bullshit is sending you mental.

“I feel lighter and more energetic. I didn’t realise this was weighing me down so much!”

Helloooooo! My name is Marie-Claire and you’ll be so pleased to hear:

You are not the only one going through this.

I repeat.

You are not the only one going through this.

Yes, even the grinning sparkle pants pretending to be a unicorn in the photo above as well!

I always seemed to have missed the memo about how awesome I am.

It’s like all the good stuff seemed to just bounce right off me into some kind of ether.

I just couldn’t accept anything good in my life.

I couldn’t see who I really was.

How kind, how creative, how brave, you name it.

I couldn’t see the impact I had on the people I met.

It would not go in.

It affected the choices I made.

It affected how much I put myself out there.

It affected the success and growth of my business.

It affected how much I would charge.

It affected how I spoke to myself.

It affected how I took care of myself.

It affected what I put up with in my life.

And it completely sucked the joy out of my life.

It surprised me just how many of us all think and believe the same things about ourselves.

All we really need is a smack in the chops – a reality check reminding us of our unique personality and accomplishments.

THE BIG BOOK OF I’M AWESOME.

Your self-image is the magic key to what you can and can’t accomplish in your life.

It’s what controls your behaviour each and every day – your habits, your actions, your thoughts, your feelings and even your abilities.

The outside (i.e. your life) isn’t going to change until you change the inside (i.e. your thoughts and opinion of yourself).

People will always act, feel and behave in line with their beliefs about themselves and the world around them.

I created The Big Book of I’m Awesome to strengthen my positive identity; to prove my thoughts about myself were just opinions – and opinions aren’t necessarily the truth.

I needed a reminder. A way to prove myself wrong.

Something physical, something tactile, and something visual.

It had to be something I created – by myself, for myself.

Right from my heart.

Something I could look at to start each and every day, not as the person I believe I am but as the person I actually really am.

Something I could keep at hand when times felt hard.

And something that I can keep creating as I go along.

Maybe one day it will stick.

But for now I have this.

And <3

AND YOU CAN HAVE ONE TOO! YAY!

What is this life changing thing you speak of and how do I get one?

It’s a visual, creative, fun and ongoing project that acutally doubles up as self care too.

HOLY SHIT.

How does it work? 

The project works by decorating a scrap book of your own in your own way. Using items from hobbycraft, the dollar store, or even your kid’s arts and craft box we go on a journey of self exploration and creativity.

Using Idea Instigation prompts, we dig through your past on a mission to find hard evidence of your awesomeness. #EmotionalArchaeology

Together we’ll replacing the dumb shit false opinions of yourself with real truths to brainwash you every day until it all sinks in. Or if you want a more scientific explanation, we’re creating new neural pathways in that pesky brain of yours by changing what information is filtered into your awareness by your Reticular Activating System(RAS).

Participants will have lifetime access to me and everyone else who has taken part in a private facebook group. Here you can share your project as you go along, ask questions, get inspired by everyone else and inspire the others too.  This is likely to be a project you continue adding to for the rest of your life so the group will help you stay committed to your book.

You will also have a chance to shape the project going forwards – any ideas you have, and are happy to share, will be used and credited to you in future versions of this project.

But I’m not creative. Does this mean I can’t take part?

Don’t worry. I didn’t think I was creative for ages. If you are a human, you are creative. I’m guessing some dick teacher told you you weren’t and it stuck with you since then. Remember, that was just their opinion. It’s not the truth. In fact, some of the people who have said they are not creative in our workshops end up being the most creative with the best ideas and a natural knack of choosing colours and textures. You might just surprise yourself.

And remember, kids don’t care if they are creative. They just do it, enjoy it and feel a sense of pride afterwards insisitng you stick their masterpieces up on the fridge.

Oh and if you’re still not buying it, hows about some added bonus interviews from real life living artists?

I have arranged some free bonus lessons from actual artists in our group.

You’re not getting out of this that easily. Mwahahaha!

But I hate paint. Can I do something else?

Sure. I’ve used paint, photographs, glitter, sharpies, gel pens, googly eyes in there, and I’m not finished yet! There will be loads of materials and supplies available. 

What sorts of things do we put in there?

You’ll get all that information in the workshop and group. I’m not going to tell you here, after all, I want you joining in with us on the project, not on your own – if you’re anything like me, you’ll resist the hairy balls out of this and will need support, accountability and pick me ups every now and then. Life has a habit of getting in the way and that part of you that believes all the rubbish about yourself isn’t going to pack up and leave the building quietly.

 Next Workshop

12pm – 6pm Sunday 20th May 2018

Upstairs at Commonhall St Social, 10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ

All materials, a light lunch and drinkie poos provided too!

LIMITED PLACES – £97 

reserve your spot now

CAN’T MAKE IT? WANT INFO ON THE NEXT ONE?

 Next Workshop

12pm – 6pm Sunday 20th May 2018

Upstairs at Commonhall St Social, 10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ

All materials, a light lunch and drinkie poos provided too!

LIMITED PLACES – £97 

reserve your spot now

CAN’T MAKE IT? WANT INFO ON THE NEXT ONE?

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