The True Sea

Slow Living, Inner Peace and Self Love


Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: spending Sunday mornings in bed reading.
Listening: to Quentin Tarantino talk about his soundtracks on Screen 6 Special.
Wearing: my new navy kimono wrap pencil dress next time I go out for dinner.
Making: banana raspberry almond milk smoothies.
Cooking: sautéed garlic and ginger kale with toasted sesame seeds.
Drinking: Cawston Press apple and ginger juice.
Feeling: content but a bit bored.
Reading: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup.
Looking: into places to go for a weekend writing retreat.
Wishing: for snow, to no avail.
Liking: not worrying about money.
Waiting: for season 3 of Inside No. 9.
Snacking: on Clearspring organic whole sesame brown rice crackers.
Coveting: the David Bowie Sound and Vision picture disc.
Hearing: a new true crime podcast.
Learning: to allow things to be good.
Loving: my Apple EarPods.
Watching: mind-bending films.
Getting: myself some treats like an expensive box of truffles and a scented candle.
Noticing: that I no longer have any patience for superficial things that add nothing to life.
Bookmarking: The Pep Talk Generator.
Deciding: to get up earlier in the morning.
Contemplating: when to visit my friends and family in Sweden.
Wanting: to spend more time writing.
Knowing: that I’m on the right path.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.


20 Questions That Will Change Your Life

20 Questions That Will Change Your Life | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comI’m a firm believer in self empowerment. All too often, we disempower ourselves when in reality, we have a lot more control over our lives and our feelings than we think. The way you’re feeling about your life right now, you at some point chose to feel. We have a choice. Perception is not a passive process. When our circumstances aren’t ideal, we can intentionally change how we perceive the world. Asking yourself the right things is a great place to start. It may be a bold claim to say that these questions will change your life, but I promise you that they will if you ask them often and answer them honestly.

1. What can you do today to make yourself feel better about your life?

2. What can you do to make today an amazing day?

3. What are your top 10 life goals and what can you do today to work towards them?

4. What’s preventing you from being happy with your life?

5. How can you put your life in perspective?

6. What can you do to have a good laugh today?

7. What can you do to take better care of yourself?

8. Who in your life deserve a big heartfelt thank you?

9. What in your life is draining you of energy and what can you do to fix it?

10. What are 10 things that you are thankful for today?

11. What makes you happy and how can you have more of that on a daily basis?

12. What can you do to push yourself out of your comfort zone today?

13. What can you do to support and encourage the people you love?

14. What are your top 5 values and are you living your life according to them?

15. What can you do to relax today?

16. What can you do to live more in the moment?

17. What can you read, watch and listen to that will inspire you today?

18. How can you become more connected with yourself?

19. What can you do to nurture your important relationships?

20. What would make you feel fulfilled and how can you work towards that today?

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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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Delightful little things

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

○ Receiving an ornamental pineapple from my now former manager on Christmas Eve.

○ Talking to my brother on the phone.

○ Watching true crime documentaries, such as Making a Murderer, in bed.

○ Having Christmas dinner with work at a vegetarian restaurant.

○ Receiving makeup and a crescent moon necklace in the post from my dear Geenie.

○ Having friends over for dinner on Boxing Day.

○ Reading A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup.

○ Binge watching The Bridge.

○ Having dinner with friends at an Indian restaurant on a Sunday night.

○ Finding 20 quid in the street.

○ Taking essential oil baths in candlelight while listening to Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV.

○ Having a drink with a colleague at the friendliest gay bar on a Friday night.

○ Watching And Then There Were None snuggled up on the sofa under a blanket.

○ Making pancakes with lemon and agave nectar on Christmas Day.

○ Buying a blue mimosa patterned Boden dress for a fifth of the RRP.

○ Having lunch with work at a vegetarian café on Christmas Eve.

○ Going for walks along the seafront while listening to podcasts.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?

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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


Taking stock

Taking Stock | Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comEnjoying: the life that I’ve created for myself.
Listening: to Something For Kate.
Wearing: my fringed, paisley patterned kimono.
Making: quick-pickled red onions.
Drinking: Pukka supreme matcha green tea and Heath & Heather apple cinnamon tisane.
Feeling: elated.
Reading: How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.
Looking: forward to moving down to the seafront on Saturday!
Wishing: that I didn’t have to spend yet another Christmas away from my loved ones.
Waiting: for the English translation of Manatsu no Hōteishiki by Keigo Higashino to come out.
Snacking: on super yummy snacks from graze.
Coveting: a warm wrap poncho thing.
Hearing: the neighbours’ cats greeting me when I walk past their house.
Learning: how to do my eyebrows.
Loving: my waterproof phone.
Watching: American Horror Story: Hotel and my favourite AHS season: Asylum.
Getting: back into sitting zazen.
Noticing: how full of love and compassion everyone I meet is.
Giggling: at The Adam Buxton Podcast.
Bookmarking: documentaries and TV shows that I want to watch.
Deciding: that my hair is long enough for me to start using wooden hair sticks again.
Wanting: what I have.
Thinking: about naïve realism.
Knowing: that I finally have a permanent full time job that I love.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.