Tips for Recharging Creatively

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Tips for Recharging Creatively Okay so let’s chat. Is anyone else tired of creating for social media’s sake?! I feel more so than ever that I am feeling burnt out from creating within the limits and adhering to algorithms. Creating used to be so pure (anyone else remember how terrible DIY tutorial photos were 7 years ago?!), but now everything tends to feel a bit formulaic.

I’m trying my best to get back to that state of creating for fun instead of for likes. To help me do that, I picked up a copy of Creativity Takes Courage by Irene Smit and
Astrid Van der Hulst, the co-founders of Flow Magazine. Not only is it a book about creativity, but it’s also packed with prompts, tips and fun challenges to help you stretch those creative muscles.

Tips for Recharging CreativelyThe book is organized around a series of twelve “dares”—intended to break you out of your usual habits and approach to creating, and to give you a fresh perspective and leave your comfort zone. Here are just a few of the tips I picked up for recharging creatively:

Embrace failure. It’s a lot easier to let loose and just to create when you aren’t hyper focused on the end result coming out perfect. It’s totally okay to fail, and in fact, it’s what will push you to do better.

Tiny goals go a long way. Sometimes all it takes to complete a task is to set small, achieveable goals. You don’t have to do everything all at once, it’s okay to chip away piece by piece. Small steps add up.

Take care of yourself. Sleep more. Drink water. Eat a vegetable every now and then. It’s hard to be the best when you aren’t feeling the best, so respect your body. It seems so obvious but I know for certain many of us aren’t doing this because of how much work there is to do.  Continue reading…

50 Binge-Worthy TV Shows

50 Binge-Worthy TV ShowsWith summer coming to an end soon, it’s almost time to say goodbye to your tv and couch. Hell who am I kidding, every season is perfect for binge watching, STAY PUT. I’ve binged a lot in my day (does anything go better with crafting?) and thought that I’d share my favorite streamable series across Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go. Because if there’s one thing you want after you finish a show, it’s options for what’s next. Well that, and more snacks of course! Continue reading…

DIY Dyed Ombre Basket

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DIY Dyed Ombre BasketWhat’s better than an organized home, you ask? An organized AND colorful home! If there’s one thing that helps me keep my space clutter free, it’s having a designated place to put items. The more baskets and storage containers, the better– especially when it comes to my craft supplies! In less than an hour, you can turn a simple rope basket into a statement piece for any shelf.  Because organizing may not be fun to do, but that doesn’t mean it has to look boring! Here’s how: Continue reading…

Apartment Living: Help Me Pick a Rug!

Living Room BeforeApartment update! We still really need to decorate!

I kept the couch and coffee table from my apartment, but ditched the rug when we moved– and with good reason. The one I had previously was a cream like color, and my god did it shed. Not only was it nearly impossible to keep clean, but it would leave stray white strands all over my navy velvet sofa no matter how often I used a rug rake (yes they make rakes for rugs). If I’m going to have hairs everywhere, it better be from a dog. Another thing I noticed is that when we moved the couch, the sections of the rug under the coffee table and couch were discolored as they didn’t wear the same as the other parts that saw traction. So no more shag rugs for me, no matter how cute I think they are!

I’d really love to involve you guys more in the decorating process, so here are the rugs I’m considering right now for our new place. I could go a few different routes, one would be calming and monochrome with the cool blue tones and light patterns. Or I can go a bit more bold with a bright pink, which let’s face it, is kinda where I’m leaning. Seriously, how good would #4 look with that navy?! But I need your help because when it comes down to it, I’m still on the fence! What rug is your favorite for the space above? Help!

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