The True Sea

Slow Living, Inner Peace and Self Love


April Goals

April Goals | Chiaki Creates○ Make more time for reading.

○ Enjoy every second of my holiday visiting Geenie in Northern Ireland.

○ Go for more walks along the seafront.

○ Sell or donate all the clothes I never wear.

○ Allow myself time to sit silently with my thoughts every day.

○ Rest better and listen to what my body needs.

○ Actively make writing a priority.

○ Practise acceptance of what I cannot control.

○ Develop a new skincare routine and stick to it.

○ Make sure that I have something to look forward to every day.


February goals

February Goals | Chiaki Creates○ Re-read David Bowie Is.

○ Start a Happiness Club with my colleagues.

○ Get dolled up and go out for dinner.

○ Use my self empowerment notebook every day.

○ Call my dad and my brother.

○ Spend less time inside my head.

○ Get out of the habit of wearing skinny jeans to work.

○ Find a new challenge.

○ Make sure that I have something to look forward to every day.

○ Throw a dinner party.

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Intentions for 2016

Intentions For 2016 | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comFor me 2015 was a year of creating the life that I want to live and learning how to make myself happy. For years it seemed like no matter what I did, things just wouldn’t fall into place. In August, something happened inside of me. I decided to start forcing my life to happen the way I wanted it to. From that point on, I refused to take ‘no’ for an answer.

It was a year of letting go of everything that wasn’t right for me anymore. I stepped away from crafting and designing to focus on writing. In June, I left London behind and moved to Brighton. I quit the magazine and a job that wasn’t for me at all. I ended unhealthy friendships and limited the time I spend online.

It was a year of doing what I needed to do for myself. I found an amazing job and fabulous colleagues at an organic essential oil company. I went to Sweden for a month to be with my friends and family. I found the perfect flatmate and moved into her beautiful flat by Brighton Pier. I strengthened my bond with the people I love and I reconnected with myself.

This year I choose to focus on continuing to create the life that I want to live.

I will invest in myself.

I will set healthy boundaries.

I will work towards my life goals.

I will do only things that I genuinely want to do.

I will trust my journey.

This year I choose to make my future a priority. This year I will keep making things happen.

Happy New Year, my lovelies! May 2016 bring us clarity, fulfilment and serenity!

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Christmas wish list

Christmas Wish List | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comMy plan to spend a lot of the holidays snuggled up on the sofa under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book, clearly inspired this wish list. Gyokuro is one of my favourite teas, and the book is next on my to-read list.

Soft to a Good Start Blanket // Modcloth
Blue Swirl Pattern Mug // Japan Centre
Keriana Tunic // Indiska
Side Dish Plate Set // Japan Centre
A is For Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
Gyokuro Green Tea // Whittard


New home wish list

New Home Wish List | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comHello, my lovelies. I’ve moved house! My new home is by Brighton Pier and it’s everything that I’ve been wishing so hard for. It’s near the seafront, beautiful, cosy, serene, and my flatmate is a warm and intelligent woman. Every morning, I watch the sea through the floor-to-ceiling sitting room windows while drinking a cup of sencha. I couldn’t be happier!

I’ve been yearning to create a calm space for myself for a very long time. A space full of candlelight, fabulous textiles, gorgeous scents and things that make me smile. I can’t wait to frame my David Bowie 40th Anniversary picture discs and put my books on display after living sans bookshelves since June.

Rainbow Braided Round Rug // Myakka
Knubbig Cherry Blossom Table Lamp // Ikea
Orange Blossom Scented Candle // Parks
Leaf Plate in Grey // Indiska
Ashai Enamel Teapot in Turqouise // Indiska
Violet Lotus Tea Light Holder // eBay


Delightful little things

Delightful Little Things | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Buying the 40th anniversary Space Oddity picture disc.

○ Downloading a countdown app to count down to the day I can afford to move.

○ Eating pickled homegrown shiso with chilli given to me by a dear friend.

○ Seeing the same friend for tea and cake.

○ Watching Scream the TV series snuggled up in bed.

○ Starting a new notebook.

○ Drinking smoothies and listening to podcasts on my lunch breaks in the garden at work.

○ Adding Neroli oil to my aroma diffuser in the evenings.

○ Binge listening to a fabulous new podcast which I will share with you soon.

○ Receiving an unexpected tax return cheque.

○ Stirring coconut oil into rice dishes.

○ Loving my job and looking forward to going there every day.

○ Spending a Saturday afternoon in bed reading The Changeling by Kenzaburō Ōe.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


I trust my journey

I Trust My Journey | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comI’m in a much, much better place now than I was a year ago. I have the determination, the hope and the love. I know that I can do whatever I want. I just need to figure out exactly what that is. Aren’t we all trying to figure it out? I trust my journey, even when life seems impossible. I’m a fighter and I’m never ever going to give up on creating a happy life for myself.

Right now, my living situation is my only pressing problem but it’s having a huge effect on my well-being. Life seems to have turned into a vicious circle of living in people’s spare rooms. Since May last year, I’ve lived in three different spare rooms and I’m now facing the prospect of moving into yet another spare room before moving again soon. I just want it to stop. I just want to settle. I miss having a home. I miss having a place where I can relax and feel safe. I miss having a place where I’m not constantly bothered by people who think that it’s okay to treat me like I’m worthless.

Apart from that, I’m good. I have supportive loving people around me. I’m hoping to be able to visit my friends and family in Sweden for a while again soon. I have a job that I love and the most wonderful colleagues. It’s a huge thing for me because I’ve hated every job I’ve ever had save one, but even that one ended up boring me in the end. My job is only guaranteed until the end of the year though and when it ends, I have no idea what to do. Life has been repeatedly pulling the rug from under my feet for far too long.

I’ve decided to use all the insane stuff that I’ve been through over the last 5 years as material for the autofiction book that I’m writing about my past. The working title is Can I Go Now?, a nod to my commitment issues and my tendency to get impatiently bored with things and people. I have no intention on holding back on anything in it, so I’m going to tell my family that they best not read it.

For a while now, I’ve had this idea of becoming a life coach. I want to help people live like they mean it. There’s something about me that makes people talk openly about their thoughts and feelings, so I figure it might be a good idea. I want to build on the psychology courses I’ve taken. I want to use my knowledge and my life experience to help people live happier. Frankly, the only thing stopping me is the fear of being self-employed.

How about you? Do you trust your journey?