Everyday

#goals

As we wrap up the first month of the new year, I thought I’d share some thoughts about some personal goals I’ve made for myself in 2018.

The new year always brings a lot of reflection and soul searching. I’m not huge into resolutions, but I did spend some time thinking about some things I’d like to change and accomplish in 2018:

  1. Unplug. I started doing this by putting my phone away when I nurse my daughter. This may not sound like a big deal, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. She eats every two hours for 20-30 mins at a time. Putting my phone down during this time allows me to enjoy every second of that time with her, instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media.
  2. Be warm. I don’t mean raising my body temperature. I started thinking about people who I love to be around and what it is about them that makes me want to be around them. I realized, they’re warm. Whether it’s their smile, the way they greet me, the way they hug, or their body language when we’re talking, there’s something about their character that’s warm and inviting. I think I have a tendency to come off as cold sometimes when I don’t really mean to. I want to be more aware of this so that I can make others feel warm when they’re around me.
  3. Read more. It’s pretty simple. Exercise my library card more!
  4. Journal. I’ve journaled on and off since I could write sentences. Every time I find an old journal entry, I think of how glad I am that I put that moment in time down in words, whether it was when I was 7 or 17. I journaled every week throughout my pregnancy with Emery and I recently read through it all. Reliving those nine months when I carried her in my belly brought up so many emotions! So, I dusted off an old notebook I used to jot down thoughts in college and started writing again. I mostly write lists: to-do lists, lists of things to read, movies to watch, or people to get a hold of. I also write down a “word of the week” at the end of each week. Just one word to sum up how my week went. It’s a quick, but good way to reflect on how I spent my time that week.
  5. Create. You’ll find this word on my “resolutions” list every year. I always want to continue to exercise and grow my creative abilities. I recently got a job teaching a photography class at our local arts academy. I’m also continuing my small business, Printed With Grace. I think this year I’d also like to find time to pick up painting again (:

I hope you’ve found time to reflect on some things you’d like to change or accomplish this year. Happy 2018, folks!

 

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Everyday, Printed With Grace

Created to Create

Part of the calling in “The Curve and the Calling” is my calling to create. And from that calling, I started a small business of my own this year, Printed With Grace (blog post here).

After a lot of prayer and work, I decided to apply for a couple local art shows and the farmers market in my town. I was nervous I’d be shot down, but then when found out I was accepted as a vendor for these events, I was even more nervous!

I was so scared to be out in the public selling my art. I love talking to people about art, but I am not a salesman. I was so afraid of failure; That I’d work so hard making inventory and setting up at the local craft show, and then no one would buy anything. Or that my booth display wouldn’t match up to those around me.

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Arts, Crafts and DIY

Pinterest: Helping or Hindering Creativity?

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Being almost 5 1/2 months pregnant (get used to me shamelessly plugging my pregnancy into every post), the nursery planning and decorating is in full swing.

As I was driving home from work the other day, I started yet another to-do list in my head of things I need to get for baby girl’s new space. While pondering curtain colors and crib bedding patterns, I almost instinctively thought well I’ll just look it up on Pinterest when I get home. 

I realized in that moment, that as soon as that little red and white “P” icon popped into my head, my creative thinking stopped. I’ve been thinking about this incident ever since.

Does Pinterest help, or hinder my creativity? 

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