I recently met up with a friend who works as a Concept Artist at Meow Wolf, an immersive interactive art experience in Santa Fe, NM. He showed me some of the 3D models he created for a new exhibit in Denver. I flipped through images of ice cathedrals and portals to alternate dimensions while he described his creative process and answered all my questions. I could tell he was proud of this work. He smiled as we talked, his energy magnetic and glowing.Read More
After becoming a minimalist, holiday gift-giving and receiving became more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love gift-giving, and I truly cherish all of the gifts I receive, but I try to be more thoughtful and practical since I decluttered 60% of my belongings.
Here are 12 practical and thoughtful gifts ideas for the minimalist in your life.Read More
Free digital download of my new workbook! Zinefest is my favorite day of the year. I get to spend a whole day talking to people in my community about creativity, writing, design, and activism. This year I debuted a zine called Creativity is an Action.Read More
My shopping ban has been going great, but I do notice myself getting into a slump with my wardrobe. I've been wearing the same pair of pants 5 days a week and neglecting some of my favorite pieces. Instead of going on a shopping spree to alleviate my boredom, I decided to create five new outfits made up of items I already own.Read More
My biggest takeaways as I reflect on the halfway point of my 2018 shopping banRead More
Recently my partner asked me to help him get more organized. I decided to distill my tips into a blog post.Read More
My answer to this reader's question: How can I justify living a more minimalistic lifestyle while expecting others to buy my art, which is arguably just "useless stuff?"Read More
What I bought and how I'm feeling during the first month of my year-long shopping banRead More
Starting and finishing creative projects isn't magic. It's all about planning and putting time into your schedule to work on your project. Here's how I organize my projects each year.Read More
Over the past two years I’ve worked really freaking hard to get to the core of what I care about and why. Through books, mentors, podcasts, online classes, and personal projects, I’ve slowly built my “why” into something that inspires me on a daily basis. My “why” statement is the root of all of my writing, art, design, and code. This blog stems from that “why” statement. It fuels me to wake up and do what I do every day.Read More
Since I take a minimalist approach to spending and consuming, being around someone who is less frugal means even the tiniest luxuries make me feel bubbly and alive.Read More
Vulnerability, authenticity, and transparency. These three buzzwords get thrown around a lot within the personal development world. After reading several articles, blog posts, and Instagram captions chock full of these words, they start to lose their punch. But these words are important. And I feel the need to define them for myself. I decided to share them with you, dear reader, so we can better reflect on 2017 and look forward to the new year.Read More
In an effort to put more focus on creativity this year, I’m planning to complete a 12-month shopping ban in 2018. I was inspired by Cait Flanders, a personal finance and minimalism blogger, who has completed her own shopping bans two years in a row! Here are my goals and guidelines for completing my own 12-month shopping ban.Read More
I recently received this question from a reader and friend: "I think my biggest creative roadblock is that I get super fired up for creative projects every once in a while. The other 95% of the time I focus on other things and lose sight of how happy it makes me to create. How can I make creativity a more natural and regular part of my life?"
Thank you so much for your question, dear friend! This is quite a common problem and one that I revisit often since our habits and routines always require a few tweaks here and there. Like good design, our lives are iterative. Keep reading for my thoughts on making creativity a more natural part of your daily routine.Read More
This month I pulled up my big-girl panties and challenged myself to play around with Photoshop. It’s still early in the month and I have spent about 20+ hours within the program. I’m not yet a Photoshop wizard, but I do feel much more comfortable playing around with some of the more complex features. Through this experiment, I’ve realized that the first 20 hours of learning something new are often the most frustrating. You don’t get any of the fuzzy feelings or sense of fulfillment that come from other activities. You feel defeated. You wonder if it is possible to break the “undo” ctrl+z button.
So how do you get through the first 20 hours of frustration and despair that come with learning a new skill? Keep reading to see my tips.Read More