Creative Freedom and Joy Blog

Relax with inspiring stories.
Or make something beautiful with short, playful ways to create.
It naturally boosts your joy and happiness.

Welcome to real life inspirational stories and all things creative.
Including short, fun ways to make happy clothing and jewelry.
Style tips, mixed media, collage, digital art and more

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 Hello, I am Monika Astara.
For the last 36 years I've  inspired women to love themselves the way they are right now.
The transformations have been amazing!
My happy wearable art brand Monika Astara was a  big part of it.

Now I am equally passionate about inspiring you to create freely and with lots of joy, so that - regardless of outer circumstances - you can live your life from a place of inner joy and calm.

Monika Astara Murphy | Feb 28, 2024

Our lives have gotten more challenging. Often people are depressed, anxious or feel lonely. Creating with the hands can be a fun way for ...

Monika Astara Murphy | Dec 25, 2023

Creating necklaces and earrings is like a meditative dance. Intuitively picking components and letting them align in their own harmonious ...

Monika Astara Murphy | Dec 25, 2023

We wouldn't drive a car with low tires. It doesn't handle well, is sluggish, needs more gas. Same with us, if we don't create.

Monika Astara Murphy | Dec 25, 2023

Sounds like an awesome excuse to keep shopping? No quite. It means choose what lights up your inner joy. And leave the rest.

Monika Astara Murphy | Feb 07, 2023

You are your own constant companion - pour some love onto yourself. And if you are up for it - create a fabulous vest that makes you feel ...

Monika Astara Murphy | Feb 05, 2023

Are you passionate about something and would love to turn it into your income producing activity? But fear stops you?

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