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Life Design Creative 

Bring Design To Your Life

Life Design Creative: A Different Coaching Approach

Many well-intentioned self help, coaching and goal setting approaches hinder creativity by ignoring essential truths about the human experience. They unintentionally obstruct the creative aspirations of others. Creativity transcends linear goals; it demands imagination, intuition, curiosity and courage to bypass fear and ego. Frustrated by dry, analytical & high pressure practices that stifle potential yet boast big ticket prices, Shay established the Life Design Creative methodology in response to providing much needed creativity based programs with more affordable options in the personal development, executive life coaching & leadership mentoring space. LDC is a celebration of authenticity, a journey to a more vibrant, alive self, accessible to all seeking to reignite their spark. The goal is to share the joy of creativity through gentle, compassionate, fun & playful experiences, helping people apply these tools for deeper self-expression. Art has a transformative power, breathing life into individuals, not only kindling their passion for the creative process but also fostering self-love in its purest form—embracing beautiful imperfections, loving oneself as they are and as they are not. Life Design is a proven self development methodology formulated to discover the truth of who we really are, to live our purpose, and design the life we were meant to live.
 This approach begins by using art & design elements, principles & methods, with consideration of advanced human centred design, social design & human experience design.  Backed up with behavioural neuroscience, 
as well as contemporary spiritual 
teaching and philosophy, 
Life Design is an integral & wholistic coaching practice delivering consistent, 
undeniable results. Participants awaken the artist within, not just of their craft, but of the very act of being alive. This model is not just about working with people who want to be more creative or get through creativity blocks, it is also about using creative tools for anyone who wants to move toward being more alive in a way that feels like coming home to oneself to discover the very essence of who you are & being delighted & empowered by your own limitless enigmatic energy.

What is this thing we call ‘Life’

The way we live can be defined by their term ‘lifestyle’. Lifestyle is the interests, opinions, behaviours, and behavioural orientations of an individual, group, or culture. It is the pattern of habits for how you spend your time, energy and money. Those habits include how you work, have fun, learn, energise yourself, cope with stresses, spend time with other people and generally engage with life. The LDC logo is based on the pikorua Maori symbol known as “The path of love and life”. It represents the journey of life, friendship, eternity and loyalty, as well as the connection of people and the joining of different cultures. In the centre a Koru hides in the negative space. The koru (Māori for 'loop or coil') is a spiral shape based on the appearance of a new unfurling silver fern frond. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.

What is our purpose?

The reason you get up in the morning - your ‘why’ - can be defined by the term ‘life purpose’. Life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behaviour, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation-meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life. Purpose will be unique for everyone; what you identify as your path may be different from others. What’s more, your purpose can actually shift and change throughout life in response to evolving priorities and fluctuations of your own experiences.

About Design

What is Design?

Design is to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan. To conceive and plan out in the mind. To have a purpose. To devise for a specific function or end. Design is permission to stand up and say: “Wait a minute, that’s not great’. And more importantly, ‘I’m going to figure out how to improve it.’ Design is a process of developing purposeful and innovative solutions that embody functional and aesthetic demands based on needs of the intended user. Design is applied in the development of goods, services, processes, messages and environments.

What is Design Process?

Designers initial ideas rarely solve a problem. Instead they try different ideas, learn from their mistakes (design flaws & failures), & try again. The steps designers use to arrive at a solution are called the design process. The design process is a guide or framework used to oversee the execution of the objective/goal, typically involving breaking the process up into smaller chunks & evaluating progress at several specific milestones. These stages and steps are clearly defined & followed to produce a solution to a specific problem or perform a specific task or purpose.

The Life Design Creative Framework is a 4 stage cycle (Ponder, Prepare, Play & Present) & 8 steps (Embark, Explore, Examine, Equip, Experiment, Evolve, Emerge, Enlighten) that guide the life designer/mentor & the mentored as they work towards the defined vision.  
Furthermore reference to Art & Design elements & principles are used metaphorically through the process, & may be applied to each of the 8 pillars of life.

Stage One 
PONDER

Step 1. Embark

Our heart defines

Our mind discusses 
Our body detaches

Step 2. Explore

Our heart dreams 

Our mind discovers 
Our body desires

Stage Two
PREPARE 

Step 3. Examine 

Our heart discerns 

Our mind describes
Our body drafts 

Step 4. Equip

Our heart decides 

Our mind devises
Our body debuts

Stage Three 
 PLAY

Step 5. Experiment 

Our heart debates 

Our mind debugs 
Our body demos

Step 6. Evolve

Our heart defends 

Our mind is disciplined 
Our body develops 

Stage Four
PRESENT

Step 7. Emerge

Our heart is devoted

Our mind is dedicated
Our body tweaks the details

Step 8. Enlighten

Our heart declares 

Our mind is dynamic
Our body delivers

8 Life Pillars

Core areas of the human experience 

Fit & Fab:
Body/Physical Wellbeing/Health

Language of Art & Design 

8 Elements of Art & Design 

Elements of art & design are the stylistic features within an art piece or design to help the artist/designer communicate. They are the letters & words of the language of art.

1. Colour

Art & Design BASE Principles 

If the elements are our letters & words of the language of art, the 8 ‘BASE’ principles of art & design are the grammatical rules & help art make sense.

1. Harmony & Unity

Art & Design BOOSTER Principles 

The 8 ‘BOOSTER’ principles articulate & amplify what is said through the language of art. It is how effectively the original intent is portrayed.

1. Emphasis

Core Four

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