Starting creative habits isn't easy. Especially when there is so much distraction.
Physical clutter, mental clutter, clickbait articles, endlessly checking social media feeds. How do you start building creative habits amidst all of this distraction?!
Hi, I'm Sam, the Minimalist Creative. Minimalism helped me focus on creative projects that matter.
This website is where you'll find actionable resources and thoughtful writing that will encourage you to start and finish big, scary creative projects by eliminating physical and mental clutter. I provide useful tools and actionable exercises to help you find your inner creative and productivity tips to help you focus on the creative projects that bring you purpose, joy, and fulfillment. Sometimes I post step-by-step tutorials for simple and affordable projects to try on your own.
I'm a freelance graphic designer who still works a full-time job as a project manager. I started this blog as a space for other Nine-To-Fivers to find encouragement and resources that will help them build a more creative lifestyle, without the pressure and stress of quitting their job (yet!).
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This website is for you if...
You feel exhausted by all the clutter in your life and want to feel the freedom that comes with a more minimalist lifestyle.
You are interested in minimalism as a method to eliminate distraction and focus creative work that matters.
You want to start building a creative habit that will bring you joy and fulfillment.
You feel like somewhere deep inside you is a creative spirit, but you have no idea how to unleash it.
You’re not sure where to start when it comes to “creativity” and it all feels very scary.
You feel overwhelmed by everyone on the internet encouraging you to start a business, monetize your blog, and build an email list.
You just want to start a creative project and see where things go from there.
Here are some of my best posts to get you started
- Create your own creative space on a $100 budget
- On Patience + The Creative Journey
- How Minimalism Helped Me To Be More Creative
Check out my free resources page for more goodies such as a printable creativity workbook and a creative manifesto.
I highly recommend downloading my free 4 page guide "Resources and Habits To Jumpstart A Creative Lifestyle" to get a glimpse into some systems and tools that can help you schedule creative activities into your daily routine.
The Minimalist Creative's Backstory
At age 24 I thought I had it all figured out. I had my bachelor’s degree, I was financially independent with a full-time job, I had a supportive partner who I loved, and I spent my free time with a great group of friends. And yet, something was missing. I felt a pull toward creative endeavors such as graphic design, screen printing, video editing, and photography, but felt lost when it came to implementing any of these creative pursuits into my already busy lifestyle. I felt weighted down by all of the stuff in my life: a mountain of clothing, the cluttered kitchen, craft supplies that never got used, social media, and relationships that had become stagnant or toxic.
Re-discovering my inner creative involved decluttering my physical and mental spaces. Somewhere deep down inside, my inner creative was still there, I just had to minimize my belongings and put my focus in the right place.
Working toward a more minimalistic lifestyle has been a 3 year long process, and it continues to evolve as I grow into a stronger creative practice.
In 2017, I started writing about my process and projects that lit a creative fire within me, which is how this blog was born. I hope you stick around to make some creative magic with me!
Samantha Andrews is a graphic designer and writer who works with companies in the lifestyle, health care, creative technology, and personal development industries. Samantha holds a BA in Communication from the University of New Mexico. She recently illustrated #100Catsin100Days as part of her 100 Days Project. She is currently learning about design thinking through a course called Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design. You can learn more about her design projects at Samantha-Andrews.com
Drop me a line at email@example.com to get in touch.