How to Create Your Own Manifesto: with 3 Gorgeous Examples to Inspire You

"Cherish your solitutude" quote by Eve Ensler

Why Create Your Own Manifesto?

It is clarifying to body, mind and soul when you take a few minutes to ponder what really matters to you and how you want to live your life aligned with your true desires.

Why? Because creating a manifesto starts with critical thinking: What do I want to create and how will I express it? What matters most to me? Given all that I’ve experienced in life, what do I stand for now?

These questions invoke emotion, and emotion is like rocket fuel for your thoughts. Combine powerful emotion with critical thinking, and Boom! You’ve got a potent cocktail, a recipe for what success means to you.

Your true desires are totally unique to you. What you really, really, really want is not random. Your desires are specific and connected to your higher purpose. This is the feeling of being on purpose and filled with passion for life is what the soul craves.

Creating a manifesto isn’t so much about doing and grand gestures. Your own manifesto is a reflection of who you long to be and captures what exactly makes you feel most fulfilled.

When you create your own manifesto, you create a strong and bold statement from your higher self. This is the part of you that rises above circumstance and surface drama (and victimhood) and looks for the beauty, opportunity or lessons in the stuff of life.

Creating your own manifesto gives you an at-a-glance aligned action plan, and a way to center yourself in your daily life, because you are ultimately asking yourself: Who do I want to practice being?

Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back.

Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees.

Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.

Believe in kissing.”

― Eve Ensler

This passage from Eve Ensler’s book/play I am an Emotional Creature sounds like a personal manifesto.

Ensler wrote this book for girls. The following quotes are from her introduction:

“Dear Emotional Creature, You know who you are. I wrote this book because I believe in you. I believe in your authenticity, your uniqueness, your intensity, your wildness.”

“When I was your age, I didn’t know how to live as an emotional creature. I felt like an alien.”

Daring to be Yourself

Have you ever been called: too sensitive, too emotional, too intense… too something? Too much?! Oye!

Whatever age girl you are now, I recommend you pick up a copy, underline the passages that speak the most to you. Let that girl you that is still inside find solace.

Then, if you feel brave, share this book with the girls in your life: daughters, nieces, sisters, aunts, mothers, grandmothers. The women you are related to, and those who are your soul friends.

“I am older now. I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken me so many years to be okay with being different, with being this alive, this intense. I just don’t want you to have to wait that long.”

What is a Manifesto?

Surrealist Manifesto Book in English by Andre Breton
Manifestos have long been used as political statements, and then adopted by artistic movements as a kind protest against the established “rules” of their time. This is my interpretation of a manifesto. Feel free to google is you want more research and facts. 🙂

The first I ever heard of a manifesto was The Surrealist Manifesto by french writer Andre Breton, which I eagerly absorbed as a teenager.

My Early Journaling Influences

The Surrealists encouraged stream-of-conscious writing, and so that’s exactly how I wrote in my journals.

Years later, when working with Julia Cameron (before she wrote The Artist’s Way), she encouraged us to write the same way, a stream-of-conscious brain dump is what she called it then. Later, these became the famous “morning pages”.

The Benefits of Creating Your Own Manifesto

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own manifesto? Something you could look at and find encouragement when you feel out of sorts. Something that helps you stay the committed to your path when things block your way. A way to make decisions based on your ideals, rather than out of desperation or reaction.

Those are just some of the benefits of having your own manifesto. Here are some examples to inspire you.

3 Gorgeous Manifesto Ideas to Inspire Your Own

Lululemon's Manifesto

1. Lululemon Manifesto

If you do yoga, or just like to wear yoga clothes (LOL), you’ve likely come across the motivational manifesto on the shopping bags and postcards of yoga apparel retailer Lululemon.

According to Lululemon’s website:

“Our manifesto is one way we share our culture with the community. It’s an evolving collection of bold thoughts that allow for some real conversations to take place.”

Bold thoughts and real conversations? I’m in!

2. Sister Corita Kent’s Immaculate Heart College Studio Rules

While not officially a manifesto, the following studio rules were created by artist Sister Corita Kent as part of a project at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles where she taught in the 1960’s.

The art studio rules of Sister Corita Kent

You can find these rules, as well as a whole guide to creative living and learning in Sister Corita Kent’s book, Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit.

The full text of Sister Corita’s studio rules are here:

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HELPFUL HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

"This is you life..." Holstee Manifesto

3. The Holstee Manifesto

Have you seen the Holstee Manifesto floating around the web?

The first thing Holstee’s founders, Dave, Mike and Fabian did when they started their company, was to write out how they define success:

“The goal was to create something they could reflect back on if they ever felt stuck or found themselves living according to someone else’s definition of happiness.”

Since they first penned their manifesto in 2009, it’s become widely shared across the Internet.

Holstee Manifesto Text:

“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.”

— “The Holstee Manifesto”, written by Holstee founders Michael Radparvar, Dave Radparvar, and Fabian Pfortmüller in 2009.

Besides the letterpress poster with the Holstee Manifesto, they have loads of inspirational products, including a journal with the Holstee Manifesto on the cover. They even have a free screen saver.

Holstee Manifeso on the cover of a journal

Inspired? Now it’s your turn to create your own manifesto.

How to Create Your Own Manifesto

Follow these 5 steps to create your own manifesto:

  1. Answer the writing prompts in this post. Stream-of-conscious, first thoughts encouraged!
  2. Circle your boldest statements and convictions. Rewrite them to be bold and succinct.
  3. Find inspiration from the other manifestos shared in this post, and take the ideas that resonate to your own manifesto.
  4. Make it visual. Add some images to your manifesto, or use beautiful typography and make your manifesto into a poster you can hang in your home or art studio.
  5. Try making a manifesto with your family or colleagues. It’s a great way to get people sharing about what matters most to them.

Create Your Own Manifesto Prompts:

Quirky things I cherish about myself…

Things I like to do alone…

Things I want to try at least once…

I want to say yes to…

I will dare to say no to…

I believe in…

Video Writing Prompts

I’ve tried something new with this year’s 30 Day Journal Project and created a video of the writing prompts. I read the prompts to you, as you write along. Just like I do in my workshops.

Audio Writing Prompts

Prefer plain audio? You can get an .mp3 of today’s prompts

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This post is part of the JOURNEY: 30 Day Journal Project.

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Journey: 30 Day Journal Project printablesWhen I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.

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My goal with this project is to help you discover the power and magic of regular creative journaling.

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Happy Journaling!


What stands out to you from today’s post?

Dare: to share some of your personal manifesto. I’d love to hear from you!

Image credits:

Lululemon Manifesto

Holstee Manifesto Images

How to Create Your Own Manifesto - pretty graphic

One Response to How to Create Your Own Manifesto: with 3 Gorgeous Examples to Inspire You

  1. Meo March 24, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Lisa, I love this Manifesto post, filled with inspiration. Perfect timing

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