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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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

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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Am I Addicted To Change?

I think I’m addicted to change.

This is not a good thing, like you might think. Everyone says, “Change is the only constant, so we might as well get used to it.” But what if I am addicted to the wrong kind of change? What if I’m addicted to the small, seemingly insignificant changes that are actually a distraction from my life’s purpose? 

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Minimalism Helped Me Focus on What's Really Important

I started decluttering my mind and then my possessions so that I could focus on my creative habits and routines. By getting rid of unnecessary thoughts and objects, I was able to focus on the things that are truly important to me. Does minimalism help you to feel more creative?

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Three Years, And How I Wasted It

The creative journey takes time. For me, it's taken the better part of three years. Three years ago I graduated with my bachelor's degree and got a "big-girl" job. However, I still felt like something was missing, which is why I spent a lot of time soul-searching to figure out how I could bring out the creative spirit from my childhood.

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