Creativity

Seven Ways To Make Creativity A Natural And Regular Part Of Your Life

Seven Ways To Make Creativity A Natural And Regular Part Of Your Life

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.

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Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

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.

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Push Your Artistic Potential To The Max With This One Creative Project

Push Your Artistic Potential To The Max With This One Creative Project

Start a 100 Day Project to close the gap between your artistic taste and your creative potential. Completing your own 100 Day Project could transform your creative output, allow you to experiment with something new, and give you the confidence to move closer toward your creative dreams. Why not give it a shot before the year is over?!

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This Unconventional Space In Your Home Could Transform Your Creative Output

This Unconventional Space In Your Home Could Transform Your Creative Output

Do you have a place or routine in your life where you go to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Is this place or routine the same for where you go to actually do your creative work? For me, these processes are very different, one involves expending creative energy and the other involves filling up with energy and inspiration. Guess where I go to retreat from the world and get inspired? Keep reading to find out!

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Fuck Perfection: How Being In A Punk Band Taught Me To Create More & Worry Less

Fuck Perfection: How Being In A Punk Band Taught Me To Create More & Worry Less

Getting involved in the punk and DIY scene in my community helped me overcome perfectionism and actually start and finish creative projects. Perfection kills creativity. Don’t let it have that power! How can you win the battle against perfectionism this week? What will you create that isn’t perfect, but it’s something the world needs to see? The world needs your unique voice!

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I Created My Own Creative Space On A Budget. You Can Too.

I Created My Own Creative Space On A Budget. You Can Too.

Alternate Title: "Doing What You Can With What You’ve Got"

This year, I decided to make creativity a priority in my life. Keeping with this thread, I knew I would eventually need to designate a space in my home to create. I turned my spare room into a creative studio with a super small budget. Take a look at my process and let your imagination run wild with what you could do with your space! You don't need a whole room, either. You could just as easily set up a writing desk in a corner of your living room or buy an organization station for your art supplies.

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Four Reasons To Start Making Zines

Four Reasons To Start Making Zines

Zines are mini magazines that you can create about any topic. Zines have helped me get out of a creative rut and back into writing and designing. For this reason, I think they are a great way to flex your creative muscle, especially if you feel like that particular muscle is out of shape. Not convinced you should start making zines? Keep reading for my four main reasons to start making zines!

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