At the beginning of the year, I began writing a book. Except, instead of writing said book the normal way, I jumped into this project with three blank sketchbooks and began illustrating and hand-writing it. Every day for months, I wrote four pages a day. I wrote until I had those three sketchbooks filled to the brim. And then I stopped. My initial thought had been I would scan all of those pages and add color spots to them as I had done for some of the pages in The Creative Retreat. The problem was, have you ever scanned hundreds . . . Read More
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be mentored by your hero? It might not be as difficult as you think. Here’s how to be mentored from the best in your industry. Years ago, I began noticing how leaders across niches and work spaces were talking more and more about mentoring. I wanted to be mentored too, but when I looked around, I wasn’t sure who to ask. Or what a mentoring relationship would look like. I imagined sitting in a cafe with a seasoned writer, talking about our creative careers, and hashing out what was holding me back. I imagined homework, . . . Read More
Get inspired by 13 bullet journal layouts for students! LOVE these ideas!
How I wish the idea of a bullet journal had popped into my head when I was in school. I used and decorated the standbys that everyone bought at the store. Kind of boring. Knowing my lifelong adoration for stationery supplies, I can imagine I would have spent quality time writing out my notes and schedule in a blank book.
I love how creative these students are . . . Hope they inspire you!
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I received a complimentary copy of the book, Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide to review. All comments and opinions are my own. Are you a planner girl? A list writer? A journalista? I am all the above but when I saw the dot journal movement start up a couple of years ago, I kind of, um, rolled my eyes. I LOVE to create and make things so you would think that creating layouts for my planner would be super fun. But when I scrolled through the bullet journaling (also called dot journaling) images on Instagram and Pinterest, all I could . . . Read More
Learn how to make your home smell like fall using natural ingredients. No need to use chemicals to make your home smell delicious, warm, and inviting! There’s nothing quite like the smell of fall—cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and baking apples are among my favorite scents in the world. In the past, I would have stocked up on a bunch of candles and air fresheners during the fall to keep my home smelling cozy and delicious, but after learning that those options aren’t the best for you, I decided to go au natural and learn how to make my home smell like . . . Read More
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard this before but it bears repeating: “Leaders are readers.” In this digital age, this pithy statement could be amended to “Leaders are listeners to podcasts and audiobooks” as well, but you get the point. In order to lead, you need to know where other people are coming from. It’s vital that you are aware of current trends in the marketplace. You need to be curious and consistently learning and stretching yourself. I love to read and am constantly adding to my “books to read” list, often as I’m reading other books! If I . . . Read More
Oh my goodness. Where do I even start? These online art classes are so much fun, you’ll find yourself taking one and then another, and then treating yourself to just one more . . . Seriously, they’re addictive. CreativeBug started a series last year of Daily Drawing Challenges where different artists shared their techniques in a class form for 30 days. Images began cropping up all over Instagram from beginner to advanced artists, and my interest was piqued. I’ve taken CreativeBug classes before (like this class by Lisa Congdon), and the quality is excellent. You feel like you’re right there . . . Read More
A few of the ways I’m going to use essential oils this summer! I never, ever thought I’d be an essential oil person. Seriously, I didn’t see this one coming. Like I’ve said in a couple of other posts, my journey was gradual. I began cleaning up my diet here and tossing chemical junk out my house there. I began to feel better, which is something you can’t quantify. It’s one thing for someone else to tell you that ditching the junk will make you feel great; it’s completely different to physically feel the vibrancy coming back. This isn’t about . . . Read More
Need some gratitude journal ideas? Look no further! Here are three fun ideas to try . . . Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to become more aware of the goodness in your life, which in turn increases your happiness. Simply writing three specific things a day that you’re grateful for can literally change your life. (And the lives of those around you!) I thought it’d be fun to share three different ways you can start a gratitude journal in your bullet journal, art journal, or regular journal. Use these prompts as a springboard for your own ideas! . . . Read More