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Saturday, 21 July 2018

"Srish, will you ever stop talking about mental health?"

No, I will not. Because not nearly enough people are joining the conversation, meaning it is up to you and me to fill the awkward silence around mental illness and recovery.

I've been in recovery for over a year and a half now, after years of suffering from chronic anxiety and depression. To read all about my journey, click this banner:

Quite frankly, recovery from illnesses such as depression isn't so much a "complete healing" but rather like recovery from addiction - you're always living under the shadow of a possible relapse, though it is the fear of relapse that often causes it in the first place.

Of course, it is so much better to be in recovery, but it is by no means easy. And if you've followed closely on social media, you'll know that July has been especially not-easy for me.

Last week, we flipped through my first Bullet Journal, which was right at the beginning of my recovery, and it was incredibly cathartic and useful to see just how far life has taken me. But somehow, it didn't seem enough.

So today, I'm talking about all of the lessons I learned through my recovery.

You see, everyone's mental health journey is different. Yeah that's an overused trope, but it's true. No two people have the same experiences or the same reactions. Life is complicated with layers and folds, and some of us simply deal with this a lot better than others.

No matter what, though, I still think that every experience is a learning opportunity, so we're going to learn the crap out of this one, together!

Check out all the lessons from my own recovery story by listening to this week's episode of Solid Gold, Baby! Click the banner below!

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Alright you guys, hope this has been helpful, and I truly hope this helps cut your recovery time in half! Thank you so much for being here and listening to me today, and if you enjoyed this episode, please take a second to share this post using of of the buttons below!

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Happy weekend!

All my love,

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Ahhhhhh! I've spent all of last weekend feeling super nostalgic, catching up with some old friends and reliving some great times.

And that got me feeling super nostalgic about a whole bunch of other areas of my life, which, naturally, ended up with me looking back at my Bullet Journal journey.

You see, I started my very first Bullet Journal in the March of 2017, with a yellow Leuchtturm 1917 A5 dot-grid notebook. At the time, it was definitely one of the most luxurious possessions, and one that I was incredibly excited to receive in the mail!

I remember doing a little happy dance with my roommate, Issie at the time, since we were both so into planning, stationery and organisation! By the way, you should totally check out Issie's blog by clicking here, she is like 300% more organised than I am!

At the time, I was just beginning to recover from a severe bout of major depression, and I'm almost certain that this innocuous notebook was a huge catalyst to my recovery!

If you've been with me from the very beginning, back before we even reached 100 followers, you'll know just how difficult times were, and just how much of a transformation has occurred in my life in just over a year. And I have no one but Ryder Carroll to thank!

So today, I'm taking you through the early stages of my mental health recovery journey, as we flip through my very first Bullet Journal!

Check out the flipthrough video below!

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And finally, here are a couple of my absolute favourite spreads from my very first Bullet Journal.

So there you go, guys, I hope you've enjoyed this flip-through. I thought it'd be fun to go back and look at just how much growth has occurred since I first started, and I'm gonna be honest, I didn't even realise just how different my life is today!

As always, please do share your own self-improvement journey here, or over on Instagram, Twitter, or via E-Mail! I absolutely love hearing from you lovely people, so send me some happy mail! 

Thank you so very much for being here and checking out some earlier stages of my journey today, and I'll see you again next week!

All my love,

Monday, 9 July 2018

Hey you guys!

So podcast Friday is upon us, and today's topic is something we've all dealt with, some of us more than others.

I'm talking about self-esteem issues.

Not only is being an adult stressful due to all of the piling responsibilities, it is also often riddled with all of our fears and pain from our early days. So it's not that surprising that a massive number of us all around the world deal with poor self confidence and anxiety.

In today's episode, we're breaking down every thought pattern that can contribute to damaged self-esteem, and I share with you the one awesome exercise that you absolutely need to try!

This episode is slightly different to most others, because it will need a lot of thinking from you, too. So grab a pen and a notepad, or a white-board if you're feeling adventurous, settle in comfortably, and prepare to hit pause and write. A lot.

Check out the episode at the banner below!

Do you struggle with LOW SELF ESTEEM? This is how you can deal with it!

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I truly hope this has helped, and just in case you somehow missed it, here's this week's Youtube video, a super simple time-lapse of an old, old drawing, that I was asked to share!

And there you go, I hope you've enjoyed all this awesome content, and if you'd like more speed drawing videos, make sure you leave this one a thumbs up and subscribe to my Youtube channel for new videos every Thursday!

And if you enjoy this podcast, please support it and all the rest of my work, and leave me a comment saying which your favourite episode is!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today, and I hope you have a splendid weekend!

All my love,

Friday, 29 June 2018

It’s almost July, you know what that means.

It’s Plan With Me time!

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

This month, I wanted to do something comfortable, that wouldn’t require too much fussing around, while still being pretty and looking as if I spent ages creating it. So, I’ve decided that for July, our theme is going to be…


Pink Lemonade!

Curious? Check outthis video to set up with me in real-ish time!

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And finally, here are some of my proud pictures from this month's set-up, cause who doesn’t like a good flatlay?!

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

I'd absolutely LOVE to see how you play with this theme and make it your own, so send me pictures of your recreations over on Instagram, Twitter, or via e-mail, and I'd love to share them all with the whole community! Also make sure you SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL and keep up with all the cool videos coming your way, and tell me what you'd like to see in future videos, in the comments section.

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PLAN WITH ME July 2018! Bullet Journal Watercolour Set-Up

And there you go, guys, a super short, super sweet post, 'cause ain't nobody got time fo' reading.

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Thank you so much for watching, and I'll see you again soon!

All my love,

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

"Teach us your ways, Srish!"

That has got to be the most popular comment on any of my art posts. More often than not, it is followed up by "I could never draw like you do!"

Guess what, friend - you totally can!

Don't believe me?
Try it out for yourself!

That's right, I'm officially opening up a brand new Youtube Series, BUDGET ART SCHOOL. 

This series is specifically designed for those of you with little to no art experience, kind of like me when I first started out.

The early stages of this series will equip you with all the basic terminology, concepts and art theory that I've learned over the last eight years, explained in a way that makes it super easy for you to apply these not just to your drawing process, but also to your observational skills.

For real, dear readers, this is actually happening, AND IT'S FREE!

Yup, I'm so done with schools charging sky-high prices, and while I am by no means a certified art teacher, I'm pretty sure I'm in a position to share with you all of the concepts about art that I've learned over nearly a decade of being self-taught.

While a lot of the first half will deal with general art concepts that apply to every style, the later lessons will have more to do with my own style of realistic portrait and figures. In other words, we gon' draw every person on this planet, y'all!


Check out lessons 1 and 2 below!

I hope you've enjoyed this series so far, and I'm super excited to share new episodes with you every Thursday! Make sure you're subscribed to my Youtube channel and turn that notification bell on so you don't miss a single one!

Thank you so much for watching, and I'll see you next week!

All my love,

Friday, 8 June 2018

It's podcast Friday, y'all!

I know you've missed it as much as I have, so today, I'm talking to you about something that has affected all our lives at some point or another: the idea of seeking approval.

If you've found yourself wondering about how "legit" your work, study, or business is, then this is definitely the episode for you! I share some interesting thoughts about why we are constantly look outwards for permission, and why someone else's approval seems to matter more than our own.

I also share one super simple trick to getting over this need for permission that I use every single morning, and I think everyone should be doing it, too!

Click the picture below to listen to the half-hour-long episode!

Don't have the time yet/ not sure what to expect?

That's cool, check out the first 15 minutes of this episode below:

So what kind of approval-seeking behaviour are you letting go of? Let me know in the comments below, or on Instagram, Twitter, or even Youtube!

As always, thank you so much for tuning in, I hope you enjoy the episode.

All my love,

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Hey heyyy!

Yup, if you haven't heard (or seen) it yet, we're now on Youtube!!!

Gosh I'm SO excited about this channel and the wonderful response it has gathered already, and I have no words to express my thanks for all of you lovely people who have subscribed and commented on my channel already!


So on the giveaway I held recently (which got a total of exactly 333 entries, kind of freaky and amazing!) one of the criteria for extra entries was to leave me a comment telling me what you wanted to see on my new Youtube channel. And the number one, most requested topic was to share a Bullet Journal Set-Up and Plan With Me video for my new journal.

And as you well know by now, your wish is my command!

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Without much further ado, here's my brand new video on how I'm setting up for the next 3-4 months, and how I'm preparing for June in my new Bullet Journal!

Note: New videos come out every Wednesday/Thursday, so make sure you Subscribe and enable Notifications so you don't miss out!

Here we go!

And on the off chance you missed it, here's my very first video, a review of the Bullet Journal I'm moving into!

Again, make sure you Subscribe to the channel, and leave me a comment on either of the videos with your requests! I live to make your dreams come true!

Thank you for watching, and I'll see you again soon!

All my love,

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Friday, 18 May 2018

It's Podcast Friday again!

And as you should probably instinctively know by now, we're talking about yet another deep topic.

You know those random keywords that people like to throw around, not really understanding the true meanings and emotions behind said keywords? "Authenticity" is one of them.

You hear brands and businesses looking for influencers with an "authentic" sense of style, or an "authentic" perspective. But what the hell does that even mean?

On today's episode, I'm breaking it all down into tiny pieces, so we can figure out exactly what "authenticity" is, what it feels like, and how to leverage it to create a unique, one-of-a-kind brand and business that has people gagging for more!

Click the banner below and listen to the full, half-hour-long episode!

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And finally, I have some super exciting news!

Next week, I'm going to be hosting a GIVEAWAY! Yup, that's right, I'm actually giving away physical prizes this time! Don't believe me? Check out this Instagram post I made on Wednesday:

So make sure you're following me on Instagram, and that you're part of the e-mail list (CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP, IT COMES WITH A TON OF FREEBIES!), so you don't miss out on the big announcement!!!

As always, thank you so much for taking some time out to listen to my podcast, and again, please take a second to support it on Patreon, because it allows me to make more awesome content for you!

All my love,

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Hey you guys!

Yes, I’m back, you can all relax now.

I won’t take too much time describing to you my week off, but I’ll tell you what I learnt: First, it is impossible to please everyone all the time. And second, living in the moment is worth way more than meticulous future planning. And I know, these are things every philosopher has said, but you don’t really understand the value of them until you find yourself actively applying these principles in your real life.

Speaking of philosophers, today’s post is a little metaphorical, but entirely applicable to every one of you awesome people, regardless of where you are and what you do.

Growing up, every single one of us has at some point dreamt of being the hero. We’ve been ingrained with this strange desire to somehow “save” the world – even if the world wasn’t in trouble at the time! Now of course, as we get older, this desire transforms into more practical ways in which we can save the world – perhaps by first saving the economy, or producing life-changing medicine. But whatever it is you do with your days, that little superhero inside you still exists.

Today, we’re going to give that superhero a voice, and talk about three steps that you can take every day to save the world!

Save The World in THREE STEPS!

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Step 1. Fill your own cup.

I bet you’ve heard the old saying that goes, “you can not pour from an empty cup.”

Through my 23 years of life, I’ve learned that there is no truth in this world that surpasses this one.
You’d be surprised at just how many people are convinced that the best (the only) way to help others is by sacrificing your own happiness. In fact, I can guarantee that at some point in your own life, you’ve done exactly this, giving up on a wonderful opportunity so that someone “more deserving” can have it. Hell, I’ve even done it.

But guess what: this thought pattern is a clear indicator of a scarcity mindset.

Now we’ve spoken about the scarcity mindset on this blog, on the Solid Gold podcast, and even in the Winstagram course. If, somehow, you’ve missed all three, the scarcity mindset is your worst enemy. It originates from the belief that there isn’t enough of anything in this world – money, oxygen, fuel – to support every living creature on this planet.

Sure, we’re burning up fossil fuels and depleting the ozone layer, but I promise you, there are alternatives. The truth is, whether or not you’re able to see it right now, there is more than enough of everything for everyone. And that, my friends, is the abundant mindset.

Now if you think from the perspective of abundance, you’ll find that, in fact, you don’t need to make sacrifices in order to provide opportunities for the people around you!

Here’s an example: you’ve just received a wonderful offer for a highly competitive job at an amazing firm. The package includes so much more money than you’re currently making, as well as a whole bunch of benefits. You never even imagined such a job truly exists, and it’s yours for the taking!
And yet, you see your friend – who is better qualified and more experienced than you – who is struggling to make ends meet. You see how she didn’t get picked for the job, despite giving it her best shot, and you feel the crushing weight of guilt, pushing you to reject the offer, just so she might have another chance at it. That is the scarcity mindset talking. You need to stop listening to it!

Instead, think about how, once you’ve taken the job and established yourself at the firm, you could open another, bigger door for her! Perhaps you could put in a recommendation with HR, or you could, in some way, create a position that best suits her needs!

You see, giving up on an opportunity out of guilt not only cuts out a massive chunk of abundance for you, it is also incredibly disadvantageous for the people you’re making these sacrifices for. In today’s society, it’s not so much about what you know, as it is about whom you know. So be the kind of person that people want to know, so they can progress with you!

Step 2. Empower your community.

Okay without meaning to throw shade or offend anyone, I’m gonna say outright that some people are doing charity completely wrong.

Don’t misunderstand me, giving back to humanity is honestly an amazing deed, and most donors only have the purest intentions at heart. However, here’s what bothers me about people’s attitudes towards charity – simply volunteering money (or volunteering to raise a lot of money) seems to be the norm in philanthropic endeavors.

Yes, some people need financial aid, but a lot of charity helps the needy lead a comfortable life, while staying where they are. I can’t tell you just how many charitable organisations make it so that the less fortunate learn to lead a comfortable life within the confines of poverty. While it is true that something is better than nothing, that should not be our final aim!

Instead, consider donating your time and resources to helping people rise out of their current situation. Rather than simply signing off a portion of your income to a non-profit, think about how you can use that money to educate and empower. Perhaps you could fund someone’s college tuition. Or, you could provide a job. You could pay off someone’s medical bills or give them better access to opportunities that help them get healthier.

Instead of helping people lead a more comfortable life wherever they are, consider helping them to improve their own situations. Instead of handing someone a fish, teach them to fish!

Step 3. Be a grateful opportunist.

Alright I’ll admit, this is the hardest step of the three, because it takes some active thinking on a daily basis.

If no one else has told you yet, I can guarantee that gratitude is the most powerful force in the world. No really, it is honest, real-life magic. Why? Because the more grateful you are, the more things you’ll have to be grateful.

Now I see you skeptics rolling your eyes, so let me explain the mechanism behind this principle. When you look at your situation and find something to be grateful for, it will instantly make you happy. You don’t need to verbally thank someone or some supernatural entity, but simply feel the feeling of gratitude. Try it. You will instantly feel so much better about whatever it is you’re doing!

You can be grateful for literally anything – if you’re reading this right now, you have eyes that function brilliantly, a brain that perceives the written word, an electronic device of some sort that lets you read blogs, the time and space to be here and read this….just how many times have you thought of all of these things and really seen the magic in it all?

“Alright Srish, I’m grateful, but how does that help me save the world?”

Well, my impatient friend, gratitude not only helps you see the joy in situations that have passed, it will also show you the opportunity for joy in situations that will come to pass!

When you look at the world through the lens of gratitude, you don’t see tragedy, but instead, you’ll only see opportunity!

Got a toothache? It might be a chance to comfort a nervous child at the dentist’s waiting room. Your dogs won’t stop barking? This is as perfect a time as any to create a learning opportunity for them. Car broke down? Perhaps you can finally learn basic fixer-upper skills from the mechanic!

Opportunity is in everything if you only open your eyes to it. And being an opportunist allows you to show the world that not everything is doom and gloom!

Now more than ever, our society could use a little humour, a little slice of joy, and a huge chunk of gratitude. So lighten up and enlighten your community – it will be the best thing you ever do for this world!

Alright you guys, those are my 3 important steps to save the world. Remember, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. So start small, help a friend, and then simply scale up! You don’t need a billion-dollar fortune, nor do you need to go volunteer in Africa to save humanity. All you need is compassion, and a little bit of gratitude.
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Save The World in THREE STEPS! No really, this works!

Of course, my inbox is always open to requests and suggestions, and even just plain conversation, so come drop me a line on Instagram, Twitter or via e-mail.

Thank you ever so much for reading, and I hope this post helps you to help yourself to help the world!
All my love,

Friday, 27 April 2018

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to sudden events, I'm having to take the week from April 30th to May 6th off from work. This means, there will be no new Instagram, Blog or Podcast content for this week, and we will start over on Monday, May 7th. However, I will try to stay as active as possible on Twitter, so come follow me there to come along on my trip to the south!

Happy podcast Friday!!!

Today's episode is for all you established or aspiring entrepreneurs, freelancers, business owners, or even just content creators!

You know that feeling when you're not sure whether a business idea will pan out and actually make a profit? Or when you put your heart and soul into creating something and share it with someone you trust, only to receive scathing reviews and discouraging comments?

Well, beautiful creator, you are not alone!

Honestly, if you haven't received negative feedback yet, you should probably consider switching tactics! Having said that, it can be incredibly discouraging to only receive negative comments and bad "omens" when it comes to your business idea.

So today, I'm talking about my top four tips on how to protect yourself - financially and emotionally - from all the negativity that invariably comes with business ownership! Seriously, it's not rocket science, and it's definitely not jargon. Give this episode a listen, and you'll know exactly what I mean.

Listen to this and every single episode (6.5 hours of awesomeness so far!) of Solid Gold, Baby for literally just $1 by clicking the image below!

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So which of these tips have you applied already? What would you add to this list? Tell me over on Twitter, Instagram, or via e-mail!

As always, thank you for listening, and again, I will be back on May 7th with even more awesomeness!!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and I can't wait to hear all about it when I'm back!

All my love,

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