LIVE: Books for rebels? Here's my top 10.

LIVE: Books for rebels? Here's my top 10.

Hey there rebel,

My name is Violeta Nedkova and I created the Creative Rebel Academy for the creative rebels of the Internet. Creative rebels are creative people who do things in their own way instead of listening to what everybody else says.

This is the first LIVE video of this series to call attention to our mission!

Which is two-pronged:

  1. To rid the Internet of noise, BS, and sameness
  2. To help create more authentic brands & businesses

Today we're talking about avoiding the BS of the Internet by following creative rebels. This LIVE event will happen at 1 pm UTC on February 24

LIVE: How I avoid the BS of the Internet by following creative rebels.

LIVE: How I avoid the BS of the Internet by following creative rebels.

Hey there rebel,

My name is Violeta Nedkova and I created the Creative Rebel Academy for the creative rebels of the Internet. Creative rebels are creative people who do things in their own way instead of listening to what everybody else says.

This is the first LIVE video of this series to call attention to our mission!

  1. To rid the Internet of noise, BS, and sameness
  2. To help create more authentic brands & businesses

Today we're talking about getting rid of the noise by following creative rebels. This LIVE event will happen at 1 pm UTC on February 22

Salvation City: A story of soul survival by Hillary Weiss

Salvation City: A story of soul survival by Hillary Weiss

I remember the way his fork clinked back onto his plate after I said it.

(Isn’t it crazy how those tiny sounds echo when your heart’s in your mouth?)

I’d finally told him The Plan.

Next to me at the kitchen table, there lay a straw boater hat with a black ribbon and a bright yellow flower I’d clipped to the side. I'd bought it at Goodwill two weeks before; someone’s discarded costume, perhaps; or somebody’s grandmother’s forgotten summer chapeau.

“That’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen,” sneered my then-boyfriend.

So I wore it every day.

I AM DUMBLEDORE: A sneak peek inside the Academy.

I AM DUMBLEDORE: A sneak peek inside the Academy.

In my super secret, crazy dreams, I always imagined myself as the head of some kind of creative academy. Like Hogwarts, but for creative people. Which is basically the same as people who possess the gift of magic, so there - I am Dumbledore. 

*tried to grow beard, fails, does next best thing, paces*

Anywho, back to my crazy dream...

I am scary close to it TODAY, as the Creative Rebel Academy opens its doors for enrollment next week, on Monday, February 20.

While it's not a *real* academy but an online one, it's a good start!

How One Simple Daily Practice Transformed My Life Purpose by Steph Halligan

How One Simple Daily Practice Transformed My Life Purpose by Steph Halligan

When I told my friends that I was starting a daily cartoon newsletter – that every single day I was going to write, draw and send out an inspirational cartoon email – they thought it was crazy.

In retrospect, it was crazy. And that’s exactly what I needed.

I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that this journey of drawing a cartoon every day for almost two years would bring me here: that I’d find an incredible audience for my work, that I’d write and illustrate three books based on all of the stuff I had drawn, and that I’d finally have the confidence to call myself a professional.

All I knew is I wanted to draw...

We don't need to know how much $$$ you make.

We don't need to know how much $$$ you make.

Income reports.

Do we really need so much focus on who made how much?

Yeah, I didn't think so...

It's not like I'm accusing you of anything, you probably never posted one in your life, but in case you did or you know people who do - we all do actually - can we just be real and talk about it for a second? Where is this need to share our dirty laundry, I mean dirty money, I mean monthly profits, coming from? 

When I raise this question, income report supporters say,

Confessions of a Sloppy Handwriter by Douglas Humphries

Confessions of a Sloppy Handwriter by Douglas Humphries

I’ve always been self-conscious about my handwriting.

Like most insecurities, I couldn’t tell you exactly when I started to feel that way. Like most insecurities, though, I had good reasons to feel that way.

In 8th grade, my FPS team forced me to stop writing in cursive. It seemed my illegible handwriting was hurting our score. That wasn’t the first instance, though, where I was made to realize that my handwriting wasn’t just quirky or irregular but detrimental.

In elementary school, my teacher told my parents she was worried about my handwriting...

To Rebel in the Moment by Neil Hughes

To Rebel in the Moment by Neil Hughes

"What's your rebel story?"

The obvious answer is too obvious...

I've completed some huge, vulnerable creative projects which were only made possible because I allowed myself to do my own thing. But is it possible to look beyond those?

Rebellion was behind many of my life-changing decisions - like quitting university and going to South America based on the top answer on 'Ask Jeeves', just for one example – but again, part of me is resisting telling these stories... as fun as they are.

And I've just realised why...

You create what you consume.

You create what you consume.

Are you aware of what you've been consuming lately?

Your answer could make the difference between success & fulfillment and comparison & content shock. Not to mention bouts of doubt & lack of inspiration.

We all have this need to check if we're doing "the right things" and see how we can do them even better. The problem is when you drop yourself out of the equation and decide that you should do things by other people's standards. 

Let's take the how to's and life hacks and successful habits as an example...

The Dirty, Exhilarating Truth About Breaking Your Own Rules by Kristan Braziel

The Dirty, Exhilarating Truth About Breaking Your Own Rules by Kristan Braziel

I hardly consider myself a rebel.

In fact, I’m a pretty devout rule-follower, and it’s not because I’m this deeply moral, Pollyanna-type person, who actually enjoys things like Little House on the Prairie and musicals and scrapbooking (but I do).  

The truth is, I follow the rules because I’m a scaredy-cat.

I am more scared of getting in trouble or getting called out than I am to wear hot pink panties under white leggings and a crop-top. I’m the quintessential people-pleaser, getting my life fuel from pats on the back and atta-girls.  

Ugh, it’s ridiculously annoying, even to me...