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new york through my lens

It has been a while since my road trip to New York.

I have waited so long to share my pictures from the trip because I had this strange feeling of insecurity about them. It was the same feeling I got when I was in New York wearing a XL tourist sweatshirt: no one really cares. There are so many people in that city, somehow all in their own little world. When I was freezing, sick and my feet were killing me, it was actually really nice to know that no one cared what I looked like. Haha!

Taking these pictures was so much fun for me. I wanted to capture every hilarious moment, unique building and interesting person. Even though I still have a lingering feeling that my images of New York are just like every other tourists that passes through the city, I love looking back at the images and remembering the great time we had.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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And in the spirit of keepin’ it real, here are some quick shots from my iphone.

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embarrassing/encouraging

From where I’m sitting it seems that most creatives that are doing really great work don’t think of themselves as being the best. They’re never completely satisfied with their work. Don’t get me wrong, we should all be striving to become a better version of ourselves, but confidence is something a creative entrepreneur absolutely must have. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself and your work, why should your clients?

I’ve found that when I’m feeling discouraged and needing help in the confidence department, a little look back to the past is just the encouragement I need. ( That’s why I keep a list of accomplishments + exciting moments – I’ve started calling them “yay moments” )

This time, I found that confidence boost when I looked at the first images I posted on instagram for the world to see.

embarrassing/encouraging - how to boost your confidence

Eeeeek! They’re so dark and cluttered! After I got over my embarrassment, I was encouraged by the huge improvement in my work. It’s really exciting to think about the growth that is possible is such a short time! I’ll probably look back at blog posts a year from now and be completely embarrassed all over again. Haha!

embarrassing/encouraging - how to boost your confidence So friends, be encouraged. And remember that you have to do a lot of really bad work to get to the good stuff – so start cranking out some work! ;)

 

learning to manage my time …with post it notes

Whew, we made it through another Monday! Most of the time, the first day of my week is spent feeling a little overwhelmed with all that I have to accomplish before the next weekend. I try to devote part of my day to creating a game plan for how I will get everything done. Time management has been a struggle for me since I became my own boss and I don’t think I’ll ever have it completely figured out, but I can share what I’ve learned so far and what is working for me right now.

When I posted this picture on instagram of my organized mess of post it notes, a few of you asked how it works so here it goes!

I’ve tried multiple ways of organizing my work flow, ideas and schedule. Since I have so many different things I’m juggling on a daily basis, I was having trouble finding a way that really helped me get all of the lists out of my mind and organized clearly where I could see it all easily.

Side note: I’ll talking about clearing brain space in today’s email to the CLC insiders. If you’re not on the list you can jump on right here

Since most of my work is done online, I always find myself going back to paper and pencil whenever possible. My gold planner never leaves my side! Because of this, I always found myself writing things on post its and sticking them all over my desk + wall where I could see them easily. Of course, this got so messy it just added to my stress so the post it time management board was born! Hah!

work smart: time management board using post it notesIt’s super rough ( I’m kind of embarrassed to show it on here ) + I’m planning to take this idea and clean it up a bit – maybe with a more legit board and some paint – but this is what works for me right now! In the left column I’ve organized the different categories of my life/work by color and then brain dumped in the lower section. Then I moved all of the tasks/events that need to happen within the month into the lower right section. Each week I organize things that need to happen within the week into the day columns. Some post it notes say “laundry” and “lunch with mom” which happen ( or should happen.. haha ) every week and stay on the board so I can make sure to plan around them.

work smart: time management board using post it notesLike I said, this is what works for me right now. An app or online calendar might serve you better and thats great! The key is to find something that helps you get all of those “to do’s” out of your head so you can use that valuable brain space for actually creating and marking things off your list.

I’m always looking for ways that will work better so please, share!

How to you manage your time? Have you found any creative ways that work for you?

 

remember to breathe

Last weekend my mister was gone on his yearly camping trip and I planned to really hunker down and knock out some work. Well, I did get a lot of work done, but only because I also took some time to step away from the computer and just breathe. It’s amazing how much taking a break can to do multiply your time when you get back to work.

I decided to bring my camera on a trip to the beach with friends while we rode beach cruisers. Not for a project or anything other than capturing the beauty around me and admiring the creativity of my God.

Side note: If you’re going to ride 16 miles on the beach… even if it’s cold outside, wear sunscreen.

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beach cruising in jacksonville fl

beach cruising in jacksonville fl

beach cruising in jacksonville fl

beach cruising in jacksonville flGive yourself a break this weekend. Go soak up some inspiration sans-computer! :)

 

how to: embrace messy hair

You know how just a few days ago I said there would be more videos coming? I wasn’t kidding!

I feel super awkward about seeing + hearing myself on video but it’s something I really want to do so I thought I’d start with something silly! ( to see just how silly, make sure to watch until the VERY end ) When I posted this instagram picture of my huge + crazy hair a few of you asked me how I do it so this is for you guys!

Here are the products I used:

how to: embrace messy hair ( video tutorial )

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! If you try out the crazy messy hair, I’d love to see!

so incredibly thankful

You guys know that I love this community right? I hope you do. I’m so thankful for each one of you. Yesterday I felt it big time. I felt an overwhelming, mushy, sappy thankfulness.

so thankful for this community

Taylor and I spoke to a group of interior design students at a local college about blogging and why it could be beneficial for them. It was a very small group but I was super nervous. You might not know it from the bright, bold look we’ve got going on online, but I’m kinda shy and super awkward around people I don’t know. Sitting behind a computer is definitely my comfort zone. Yesterday I shared a tiny bit of that insecurity and you guys blew me away with your encouragement.

21_thankful02So, thank you. I’ve been so blessed by this community. And by the way, the speaking gig went great and Taylor and I loved getting to know the students that came. I’ll be sharing a recap of our talk tomorrow so make sure to come back and check it out. ;)

( photography by Sarahdipity Photos for Create Like Crazy )