Creative Living

10 WAYS TO BE MORE CREATIVE RIGHT NOW

Ok, ok–I think it’s time for a break from the blogging goodness we’ve been discussing all week and talk a little bit about our less practical, more creative sides (don’t worry, more blogging goodness will be comin’ atcha soon enough). Specifically, how can we be more creative in this very moment? You see, there are lots of ways we can improve our…

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Blogging

HANDLING FAILURE WITH POSITIVITY

Happy FRIDAY, friends! It’s a short one today–just want to talk a tiny bit about where we’re all headed with our new year’s resolutions. We’ve officially made it to day three of the new year–how you doing with yours? Or your word of the year/mantra, if you went that route. If you’re like a good percentage of the country/world, you might have…

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Blogging

FINDING YOUR PRIORITIES

Today’s post was going to be about collecting motivation and inspiration for 2014. But the more I got into it, the harder it was for me to pick a focus. And that led me right back to an issue that’s plagued me for, well, always. Prioritization. I get excited about stuff. Lots of stuff. Maybe you do, too? I start in on something–say,…

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Blogging, Creative Living

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS TREE (INTERNAL) DEBATE

When I was little, my sister and I would take turns each year putting the angel on top of the Christmas tree. Inevitably, we’d always think it was our turn, and we’d fight about who got the honor that year. The tree itself was full of an eclectic collection of ornaments–macaroni creations we made at school, a plastic grinch head…

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DIY

DIY MANTLE LETTERS: JOY

A while back, I picked up some plain wooden letters from Joann’s for a little DIY Christmas project. I had the intention of doing something really fancy with them–covering them in glitter, wrapping them in burlap, or modge-podging scrapbook paper over them. But when it came right down to it, none of that sounded right. I put them on the…

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Blogging, Happiness

THE THANKFUL PROJECT: SOMETHING YOU’VE SEEN

Today’s prompt was super easy for me, mostly because I’m going with a total cliche. I’m thankful for having seen the ocean! In July of 2012, C and I went to Mexico for a few days. We stayed at a tiny resort on an island just off the east coast, near Cancun. It was beautiful! We took this ferry boat…

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Happiness, Inspiration

THE THANKFUL PROJECT: SOMETHING YOU OWN

About a year ago, C let me get a store credit card and make a big, rather unnecessary purchase. I was suddenly the proud new owner of an amateur DSLR. I had no idea how to use it, and we’d bought it on credit… pretty much unheard of in C’s world, and therefore a big deal. I couldn’t believe he…

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Blogging

POSITIVITY FOR WHEN YOU’RE SICK

You may or may not have noticed anything funky around here, but I’ve been pretty sick for the past week-ish. It’s super unpleasant up in here, let me tell you. I’ve been finding it hard to get even my bare-minimum to-do list done, much less keep up with any kind of “extra” creative activities. And that’s left me feeling sad…

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Inspiration

WHY GRATITUDE?

With The Thankful Project beginning on Friday and Thanksgiving following closely on its heels, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. Ask any happiness scholar or expert, and he or she will probably tell you that one of the keys is thankfulness. But why? How does being thankful make us happier, when our circumstances haven’t changed at all? Well, it’s all…

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DIY

DIY BEADED WRAP BRACELET

When I first posted about Whimseybox, a lot of you asked to see the bracelet in action. So, I put together this tutorial! (This post originally appeared as a guest post on Mal Smiles, but I knew I just had to share it with you guys, too!) You can order the supplies directly from Whimseybox, or you can go out…

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