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Triangular Floral Vintage Fabric Cushions by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular cushions made out of vintage 60s and 70s floral fabric.Triangular Vintage Fabric Cushions by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular cushions made out of vintage 60s and 70s floral, Scandinavian apple and waves fabric.Razzamatazz Crochet Cushion by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comCrochet Razzamatazz cushion made from a vintage pattern.Round Floral Vintage Fabric Cushion by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comRound draped cushion made out of vintage floral deadstock fabric.Triangular Pink Floyd Brooch by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular wooden brooches inspired by the cover art of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

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7 podcasts you should be listening to

Chiaki Creates - 7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To chiakicreates.com1. Serial
A new podcast that tells one suspenseful story over a whole season. They simply keep going until they’ve told the whole story. Season 1 investigates the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore. This is all about storytelling and it’s done beautifully. I’m completely addicted to this podcast.

2. How Did This Get Made?
Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas discuss films that are so bad that they’re amazing. They make me cry with laughter every single episode. I spend an awful lot of time talking about bad films as there isn’t really much of a discussion when you talk about good films. I recommend listening to Tiptoes, Jack Frost, Liz and Dick, From Justin To Kelly and The Room to start with.

3. The Cracked Podcast
Intriguing discussions from Cracked’s editorial team. Cracked is one of my favourite websites and their podcast is equally brilliant. Here are a few of my favourite episodes:
Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging You
How One Logical Fallacy Keeps Making You Wrong
5 Seriously Stupid Movies That Will Be Studied By History
Statistics That Prove We’re Wrong About Everything

4. Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
The hilarious Richard Herring interviews the biggest names in comedy. It’s silly and extremely laughter-inducing. My favourite interviews so far are Edgar Wright, Adam Buxton (all of them), Brendon Burns, Stephen Fry and Ross Noble.

5. No Such Thing As A Fish
The QI Elves share the best facts that they’ve found out each week from the QI offices in Covent Garden. Learning new things every day is essential for my wellbeing and this is a perfect way to learn random facts. Start anywhere.

6. The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Jeff interviews creative people who have turned their obsessions into professions, as well as offering expert analysis on geeky things. He’s a fantastic interviewer and asks all the right questions. My favourite episode so far is Hoarders Cleaner Matt Paxton. It made me go “EWW!” out loud in the post office causing some confused looks.

7. Stuff You Should Know
Chuck and Josh of How Stuff Works talk about well, stuff you should know. I loved What Makes A Serial Killer? and How Panic Attacks Work but it’s super interesting no matter what topic they talk about.


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Ch-ch-ch-changes and the myth of a perfect life

Chiaki Creates - The Myth of a Perfect Life chiakicreates.comHello my lovelies! Hope you’re well. As you know, I’ve been conducting some rather intense self-analysis lately and felt that I needed some time off blogging. All this soul-searching made me realise that this blog doesn’t feel like me anymore. I started resenting how it represented only one heavily edited side of me. I’m in no way perfect. I don’t have a perfect life. Far from it.

Everything I share online has been carefully chosen and edited, which is fine but it’s not the whole truth. I don’t tell you when I’m too anxious to leave the house for a couple of days or when I can’t stop crying because I’m fed up with fighting my depression. This is something I struggle with on Instagram as well. Many people don’t realise that it can take 20 minutes to get a snapshot right. They look at the pretty pictures and think that my life must be perfect. It’s just how our brains work.

The truth is that I’m fighting for happiness every day. Some days I’m not even sure I want to be happy because it just seems like too much work. All I really want to do is talk about difficult things. I want to talk about how life can be improved. I want to be radically honest with you. I want to focus on my two biggest passions: writing and the human mind. I have no desire to do any more crafty tutorials or outfit posts.

I’ve been labelled a craft blogger, fashion blogger and even an interior design blogger, yet I never wanted to be either of these. I blogged a lot about crafts yes, but I never wanted to be locked into one subject. I felt like my blog was going somewhere I didn’t want to go so I’ve changed direction and given my about page a makeover.

“This blog is all about living with intention, creating your own reality and appreciating the simple pleasures in life. My aim is to empower and inspire you to live like you mean it by showing you how you can make your life happier, better, simpler and fuller. I want to encourage you to question everything and realise your full potential. Most of all though, I want to make you smile.

I’ve struggled with mental health issues (mainly depression, anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder) my whole life. I’m not claiming to have all the answers but I’ve learnt a few things along the way, so I write to help others, as well as myself.”

I hope you’re as excited for this new journey as I am.


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I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring

Sixties Vintage Fabric Bright Rainbow Pom-Pom Tassel Scarf by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comI love the novelty of new things. Always have. I thought that I was simply a woman who gets bored very easily but recently it dawned on me that the reason that I love change so much, is that I’m not willing to commit to anything. I’ve always strongly disliked feeling trapped and I’ve now realised that I’m afraid of becoming trapped due to poor decision making. Of course then it’s easier to not commit to anything, but I wasn’t even aware of the fact that I wasn’t committing. It was quite a revelation.

I never stay long in the same place. The last few years I haven’t had many belongings because they make me feel tied down. I didn’t go to uni because I couldn’t bring myself to commit to a subject for several years and I also didn’t want to commit to a never-ending student loan repayment plan. I change jobs often because I’m afraid that I’ll end up working in the same place forever. I’ve re-invented my personal style and adopted new personas so many times that I’ve lost count. I can’t commit to creative projects for too long because as soon as they’re not challenging anymore, I move on to something that is. I’m passionate about something for a while and then I find something else to be passionate about.

Frankly, I’m not good at committing to relationships or friendships either. I don’t let people get too close to me emotionally because I don’t want them to be able to hurt me. I know, it’s ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is that I do commit to people who are not available, e.g. friends who end up moving to the other end of the world or men who are unwilling to commit to a relationship. I’m still not completely OK with the fact that my parents divorced when I was 12, and I believe that being the product of a broken home is the reason why I’m so independent. It’s also the reason why I don’t let myself become too attached to people who are within reach.

So it appears that I have unconsciously designed my life like this because I have a pathological need to be able to move on from things when I get bored, to leave before I’m left behind. I cherish my freedom but at the same time, I miss having something that I can rely on. My 30th Birthday was a massive turning point and I’m determined to learn how to commit to the people and things that I genuinely do want in my life. I’m at a crossroads right now and I can feel a shape shift coming on. I’m slowly changing how I dress and I’m selling off my belongings again. I have so many different ideas at the moment. I don’t have it all figured out yet but that’s not a reason to not move forward.

The irony of this blog post is that I’ve decided to take a break from blogging to be able to fully focus on a creative soon-to-be-announced project and everything else that’s going on in my life right now. Don’t fret, I will be back before you know it and I might blog every now and then if inspiration strikes. See, I can’t even commit to not blogging for a while! I’ll still be on all other social media though and you can always send me an email.

The title of this post is a quote by the master shape shifter himself, David Bowie.­


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Happy Birthday to me: 30 life lessons at 30

Chiaki Creates - 30 Life Lessons At 30 chiakicreates.comToday I’m officially leaving my twenties behind and beginning a new chapter of my life. I couldn’t possibly be more excited! I’m spending my Birthday doing my favourite things: working on a very exciting soon to be announced project with my dear friend Chloë, eating loads of Japanese food, drinking wine, laughing, cuddling cats, reading (Jim Morrison’s poems at the moment), listening to freakbeat and getting loads of hugs. To mark this day I have decided to share these life lessons with you. Here are the 30 most important things that I’ve learnt during my 30 years.

1. There’s only this moment, live in it.

2. Material things are unimportant. Focus on experiences, making memories and connecting.

3. Don’t dream it, be it.

4. Expressing gratitude and enjoying the little things in life is the path to happiness.

5. Only compete with yourself.

6. Being naked is awesome.

7. Reading is always a good idea.

8. Wear whatever you want because it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you’re happy.

9. An ex is an ex for a reason.

10. Don’t waste your time waiting for people.

11. When in doubt, watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

12. Learn something new every day.

13. Whole foods and yoga are fantastic.

14. The one thing that feels worse than the fear of failure is the regret of never even having tried.

15. Doing work you hate is never worth the money.

16. Dance, dance, dance.

17. Get out of your comfort zone.

18. Only you can make yourself happy.

19. The people who are there for you when everything falls apart are the people that matter.

20. Take every opportunity you get to laugh.

21. You can’t trust hairdressers.

22. There is such a thing as comfortable and attractive.

23. If you don’t like something; your appearance, job, location, name, partner, habits, attitude; change it.

24. Hate really is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

25. Alone-time should be treasured because not being defined by another person is a very good thing.

26. Your thoughts create your reality.

27. Practise thinking outside of the box because we unconsciously look for things that confirm what we already believe.

28. Always de-clutter.

29. You can only do what you believe that you can.

30. It’s not what people say, but what they do that matters.

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