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How do you design the life you want? Nathalie Hourihan explores how ‘creativism’, which utilises our innate creativity to solve problems, can help

self

About two years ago, I gave up a life I’d spent 20 years building. I had a global job, a lot of friends and lived at a frenetic pace. But what had once proved ideal was no longer working. I was tired – soul-tired. I quit my job, moved from London to Ireland, and set up my own business – all at once. I hadn’t intended a drastic change, but one thing led to another.

In redesigning my life in this way, I’m not the outlier I once would have been. Many more of us have less conventional lives. According to the Association of Independent Professionals, in the past eight years there’s been a 43 per cent increase in freelancers across every industry in the UK. The Office of National Statistics reports our households are also changing shape: a third of us have never married; soaring property prices mean singles and couples are often house-sharing into their 40s; and we are openly less heterosexual.

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This month we’re exploring how to truly have a happy Christmas. If you don’t have any religious beliefs, the holidays can be rather become a meaningless glut of overconsumption and commercialism, but this issue will help you explore how to create a different experience for you, your friends and family this year. And often it’s about kindness. Our interview with June Sapong explores how we can use kindness in our everyday lives to make the world a better place. One of our own relays her experience of finding the bravery and courage to start dating again. When a relationship goes sour, it’s normal to lick your wounds for a bit but how do we begin to heal and have the courage to be vulnerable and get back out there again? Ellen Tout takes us on that journey. Natalie Hourihan explores ‘creativism’ with author and entrepreneur Orna Ross and shows us how to connect with our ‘creative intelligence’ so we can design a life that works for us on our terms. The good news we all have access to this intelligence, we just need to know how to harness it!