The Relentless Pursuit of “Why”: How To Figure Out What You Want and Forge Your Own Path

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.

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Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Transparency: What Do These Words ACTUALLY MEAN?!

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.

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The Minimalist Creative's 12-Month Shopping Ban: Goals And Guidelines

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.

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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

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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Declutter Your Fantasy Self And Let Your Authentic Self Shine

Lately I’ve been going down a rabbit hole of minimalist YouTube channels. Several videos kept popping up titled, “Decluttering My Fantasy Self” and I was intrigued... Keep reading to learn how to identify your "fantasy selves" and get rid of those skeletons in your closet so your authentic self can have the spotlight.

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Want To Be More Creative But Don't Know Where To Start? Read This.

A simple guide to make a Minimum Viable Creative Project to get started on a creative path. A Minimum Viable Creative Project is a small, digestible creative project that you can start and finish within a week or a couple months.

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The Systems I Use To Take Control of My Routine and Make Time for Projects That Matter

Over the past two years I’ve worked a full-time job and still have plenty of time to make zines, play in a band, and write weekly posts for this blog. I make time for creative projects by simplifying and systemizing all the boring tasks like errands and chores. Keep reading for the systems and routines that I recommend to make your life easier and create more space for creative projects that matter.

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How To Start Thinking Like A Minimalist

This month I wrote a lot about cultivating a minimalist mindset. For me, minimalism began with changing my mindset about consumption, relationships, and letting go, and less about the act of decluttering (although we will definitely get into that!) Here is a super actionable list of things to do to start thinking like a minimalist...

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Minimalism 101: What Are Your Priorities? What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

It’s the third installment of my Minimalism 101 series and we haven’t even started talking about decluttering your physical or digital spaces. For me, minimalism is firstly about mindset. Adjust your beliefs to want less, consume less, and say “no” more often and decluttering your spaces will follow (at least it did for me!). In part three, we will discuss prioritizing your goals and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Minimalism 101: Habit-Building Strategies To Minimize Desire & Consumption

Eliminating desire seems to go against every natural human inclination, but with practice and through mindful habit-building, it is possible. And once small milestones are achieved, it is also deeply gratifying. But how do we start making the small steps toward wanting less? Here is the formula that worked for me.I encourage you to use your biggest consumption weakness and tackle it using some of the strategies I discuss. All it takes is a couple minutes of mindful reflection and a commitment to change your environment to set yourself up for success.

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do - Five Minute Journaling Exercises To Diminish Anxiety and Take Action

“The only move that matters is your next one.” Do you ever get stuck in a tornado of anxiety and overwhelm? Have a hard time detangling the web of confusion? These two five-minute journaling techniques clarify immediate next steps so little time is spent feeling stuck or lost. All you need to complete these two exercises is some paper and a writing utensil. For this reason I always carry a black A5 notebook with me. It’s like having my own personal life coach at my side at all times.

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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

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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Easy DIY Birthday Gift For Best Friends - Custom Astrology Personality Poster

Have you ever wanted to make a thoughtful and creative birthday gift for a friend that shows how much you appreciate their starry personality? This quick and easy DIY craft project will show you how to make a custom astrology/personality poster using the Secret Language of Birthdays free website. This DIY is perfect for those who want to give a meaningful, handmade gift for their witchy friends.

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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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How To Wear Graphic Tees As Part Of A Professional Uniform

You actually can wear all those crazy band T-shirts as part of a professional wardrobe!? I figured it out and made two cute, fun outfits. I also learned a lot about my own personal style and what that means for my creative identity. What you wear informs how you think about yourself, and creating different looks that inspire you is all part of the creative process. What creative outfits can you create this week?

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