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How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

This article will teach you how to create your own Halloween costume with an easy step-by-step guide. The nice thing about it is — you can do it even under the wire. I know you’ll enjoy the story used as a backdrop too. It’s a personal account of a Halloween tale culled from my own life — the night when I dragged down time to the last minute prior to pulling up a Halloween costume.

Here we go…

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It’s just around the corner. The time when this global community will engage in Halloween festivities.

Usually, decorations containing gory images and costumes designed to scare are the norm, but sometimes oddball costumes can also grab the limelight. Like what happened many years ago when I had to come up with a costume at the eleventh hour. Due to the strain caused by rushing, I couldn’t decide what to do. So after stressing over the problem for a while, I gave up. Ok I admit it. In that particular year, I procrastinated until the last minute to whip up a costume. Yep, I got lazy so I ended up stressed. (I promised myself,  I’ll never do this again).

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You’re nodding.

You are nodding. It means you can relate to what I’m narrating. Moreover, in case you’re like most people who are working all the time, balancing a career with family related responsibilities like attending to children’s needs, maintaining a house, running a side business, and a personal life, (whew! I’m breathing heavily after writing that line) then, you’re in luck. I got you covered.

I hate attending Halloween parties without a costume.

I always hated attending Halloween parties without wearing a costume. So at the last minute, while wallowing in mea culpa, I turned to the Internet for a brief respite. You might think I’m weird, but this style works for me all the time. Surfing the Net relaxes me.

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It was 6pm, I was bewildered, and had no idea what costume to wear.

After about 15 minutes surfing, I stumbled upon a site that pointed to something that was super hot during the time.  A story about the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl”. In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow. When I looked at Depp’s picture, I had what you call a light bulb moment. At that instant, I made up my mind to attend the party as Johnny Depp.

A Johnny Depp mask saved my Halloween.

A pirate costume would have  done the trick, but I didn’t have time to purchase or make one, so I did the best alternative. I printed out Depp’s headshot that I got online onto a cover stock, stepped into a sexy shirt and tight fitting jeans (like he does when not attending a formal event), and added a pasteboard sign that flashed a catchy line: “I’m not wearing my Captain Jack Sparrow costume tonight.” Voila! I had a costume.

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The dirty work needed to create a mask that will save your Halloween night.

I assure you, you can do this. Let’s roll up our sleeves and don our creative hats. Let’s say, you want to be Leonardo DiCaprio in the party. All you need to do is find a suitable photo of him, print the right size that fits the width of your head, print onto ultra thin cardboard, cut out eye holes, and attach with a rubber band or elastic string; whatever is easy to locate. Find appropriate clothing for Leonardo. I suggest you get a jacket and wear it with white jeans or chinos. Or you slip in the trousers, pair it with a double-breasted navy blazer; the unlined type, and you’re ready to rock with the Gatsby look. Don’t forget — it’s detrimental to your costume’s success — act like The Great Gatsby.

So my Johnny Depp costume was my savior.

I was surprised when my costume became a huge hit. Many of the people who were partying with me couldn’t wait to pose for pictures with Johnny… sorryme. Believe it or not, the mask I created in a big hurry looked convincingly real.

I was ecstatic the whole night.

It became the most memorable Halloween for me. I was astonished by the attention and compliments I got because of my costume. It became extremely fun with the secret thought that my costume was basically thrown together just on the way out of my box.

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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