Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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and don't even say, 'but I'm not an artist.'

The folks at Art House Co-op took the words right out of my mouth.

Not sure how long you've been following my blog, but do you remember when I did a little Sketchbook Project Tour 2012 with Art House Co-op? So fun. Here's a little video and the link to the full article (where I talked about my creative process in a little more detail):

Monochromatic: A sketchbook (and a fun little video)

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/36612687]

I skipped this year's tour, because of travelling (that's ironic) --- although, I did carry a sketchbook during my travels, AND I kind of have a fun little program hidden in my little braincase about travel journaling, too...so, I'll keep you posted --- but, I've decided to join the Sketchbook Project Tour for 2014.

I would LOOOOOOVE it if you could join me!

Click here for all of the deets:

SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2014

And, NO, I am not an affiliate partner of Art House Co-op, so I do not get any kick-downs for signing you up. I'm simply just trying to nudge you into joining me on this creative journey, along with all of the other self-proclaimed artists around the world! It's the teacher in me. You're welcome and good job!!

You on board? Sign-ups end on midnight, NOV 1st!! Postmark deadline is JAN 15th, 2014.

PLEASE, JOIN ME AND THOUSANDS OF ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. INVITE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS LINK WITH ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED. THANK YOU AND I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN THE TOUR!!

join me on the sketchbook project tour 2014

home sweet home in bali: andree's homestay

Many of you have been asking about where we are living...well, here it is. Andree's Homestay. It's a quaint little compound, and so far, the best long-term deal we've seen in the towns that we were interested in staying in. It's not advertised, and most of the guests find this place by word of mouth. We knew about it, because our friends used to live here (Thanks, Ken and Niken!) The family and staff that live here have been wonderful, and now that we have adjusted to Bali living, we happily call this our home away from home... It was challenging, at first, to find a place that fit our needs and our pocket book. We've learned that the stuff you see in travel books and magazines were not as affordable as we expected it to be. If you are vacationing, you can spend as little as $20/night (sometimes less) for a room, backpacker style. Or you can stay at a posh resort for $100/night, and upwards, to $800/night or more for a room.  And then, there is everything in between. A lot of the beautiful villas (that I wished we could live long-term in) are catered mostly to vacationers, and as GORGEOUS as they are, you end up paying western prices...let's say anywhere from $560/week for a small villa to $3,500/week (or more) for something spectacular. Most of the high-end villas include a staff.

Obviously, we can't afford that.

On the other spectrum, you can rent a traditional house for, let's say $3,000/year --- yep, that's approximately $250/month, with a commitment of at least one year --- (at least, that's what we've heard). Or approximately, $400/month for a two-bedroom, two-bath house. Most local houses have open-air living and traditional amenities, or a combination of both. If you go this route, you are usually responsible for setting up utilities, internet, etc. on your own.

Andree's Homestay was the perfect fit for us, because it has a mix of both western and traditional amenities. The rent fit our budget (at $400/month), and all utilities and internet are included...and there's a pool! We also have security and a full-time staff on the grounds, so if there is anything we need, it's nice to know we have help.

There are a lot of things I like about Andree's: it's nice and quiet; it's located near some very nice beaches (where touts are apparently banned) and located near low-pro surf spots; we can easily drive to the West Bukit to surf more popular spots; we have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from; we have met a lot of people from different countries who are also here long term (did I tell you, we met someone from Los Osos?); and although, we are still in a very nomadic state of mind, we have made it our own...

When you travel, what is it that makes a place 'home' for you? Are you planning on visiting Bali anytime soon or are you an expert on Bali living? Feel free to share your thoughts below...

parking at andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

view from upstairs. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

big fish. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

plants near the pond. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

our front door. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

view from our studio. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

elephant statue. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

lounging area. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

another lounging area. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

the swimming pool...essential, to cool down. andree homestay. bali, indonesia. photo by desiree east

random and untitled update #1

bali roads by desiree east Hello from Bali! My apologies for not updating sooner, but it has been somewhat of a whirlwind since our arrival. Brendon and I are finally settling into the groove of things.

The internet service is kind of spotty, so my blogging will be pretty random until I figure out some sort of routine for it, as it seems like we get the best connection at nighttime. Because of this, I'm not sure how I will go about updating my blog. So far, I've got two weeks worth of photos and random stories to go with them.

I'm not kidding when I say random, either (because that's just how it is here, no joke). In a nutshell, I've learned quickly, that the best way to adjust to the pace of the Balinese lifestyle is to just 'go with the flow', follow your instincts, accept the blessings as they come your way, and most important, laugh off any little frustrations that might test your patience.

Like the internet connection. (At this very moment, I am frantically typing at a million words per minute, hoping that I am not cut off whilst in the middle of uploading stuff). And I probably won't have time to edit my grammar and such, so cheers to that.

Someone hand me a bintang, please.

On that note, I will archive everything the best I can by dates. Feel free to to click on the calendar (on the right, in the side bar) to see what we've been up to. My success in uploading photos will also depend on how strong the internet connection is, so...we'll see how that goes, too.

Sooooooo...what have we been up to???

For now, I will start with how our day went today...the MELLOWEST day since we arrived. Pretty uneventful, but a nice change, because we have been going non-stop for the last two weeks, while our friend Mike was here. Unfortunately, we had to say good-bye to Mike yesterday. I'm pretty bummed. No more side-of-the-road robot dances.

good-bye beers at the airport. bali.

Today, we took it easy and settled into our new place. We walked around our neighborhood. No car. No driving. No traffic. We strolled around, took our time, and went really slooow. Although, it was very hot - kind of like walking in a giantic, outdoor sauna, or a very large, enclosed greenhouse, if you will - it was relaxing. Oh, except on the main street, where we were dodging buzzing little mopeds and the occasional construction work truck making its way over dusty potholes.

entry towards our street or 'jalan' by desiree east

country road and neighborhood dog by desiree east

We walked further to see if we could find laundry service. We found a little laundry place right around the corner. You can see quite a few of them along the streets of Bali. There are no laundry mats, just laundry services. You drop your clothes off. They wash and hang them to dry for you. You pay by the piece.

It's been raining in the evenings, and it's been very humid, so hopefully, we will get our clothes back somewhat fresh and dry. It could take one day, or two days, or maybe even three or four days. We'll see. That's been our mantra for the last two weeks, "We'll see..."

laundry time by desiree east

On the way back, we stopped by the Silly Snail Cafe. It's also a base office for the R.O.L.E. Foundation (Rivers Ocean Lakes Ecology Foundation).

A Balinese woman greeted us (shoots, I forgot her name), and we attempted to communicate back-and-forth between Indonesian-English and then English-Indonesian, by using the usual hand gestures, facial expressions, and head nods.

She asked if I had any children, then in turn, I asked her if she had any. I thought she said that she had 20 kids, as I repeated after her, "Duapuluh? Duapuluh?" I vainly attempted to count to twenty with my fingers, "Satu, dua, tiga..." 

Smiling, the Balinese woman kept on nodding her head, "Ya! Duahpuluh." 

(I thought to myself, 'how cute...she is so proud of her twenty children').

But, still very confused, I looked at her petite, little frame, and I asked one more time, "Duapuluh???"

After smiling, giggling, and gesturing through a good two to three minute conversation of charades, I finally figured out that she had only one child who is twenty years old, "Oooooh, okaaaay..."

It was pretty comical. While I thought she had twenty kids, she was probably thinking, "Wow, this girl can count to twenty really well..." I think I need to hire an Indonesian tutor.

The R.O.L.E. Foundation provides education to local women and children, and offering programs that cover areas such as:

  • Women’s Literacy and Vocational Skills
  • Children’s Environmental Awareness
  • Eco-Friendly Business Start Up
  • Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Projects

This looks like something I'd love to be involved with. If we end up staying in Nusa Dua, and if I have more time, I would love to learn more about teaching/volunteering here...but who knows, "We'll see..."

the silly snail cafe and ROLE Foundation. nusa dua, bali. photo by desiree east

medicinal plants by desiree east

i heart orchids by desiree east


transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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