Time is always changing. Influenced by your perspective. Altered by your reality. There are moments in life where it's easy to wish for more time. More time to finish a task, more time to spend with someone, more time for the weekends.
Rest can bring a busy mind a bit of peace in the midst of turmoil. It’s underrated and undervalued. Throughout your week, there are a couple easy ways you can slowly incorporate a little bit of rest into your daily routine. They are simple changes and can be incorporated daily, weekly, or even monthly.
I love getting a fresh new home inspired catalog in the mail. It always inspires my intentional living space and also gives me new ideas for displaying original art. I am not a fan of trends, but instead love spotting timeless ideas in fresh perspectives, and there are so many goods ones this season!
Becoming an art collector is a process that will reflect personal expression and help you create a warm and intentional living space. When you purchase an original art piece there are a couple things you should consider.
Creating an intentional living space is all about building a place where you can feel warmth indefinitely. These spaces often excite all your senses as you find rest + relaxation. With a moment of reflection (and possibly a touch of rearranging) your can transform your home into a meaningful space. Below are 5 guidelines I love considering when creating an intentional living space in my own home.
I read a lot of books in 2018 about personal development. A few of them really stood out to me as they related 100% to my creative lifestyle. They left me feeling inspired, refreshed, and motivated. As I moved into 2019, they sparked a lot of honest creative conversations with myself which in turn has helped me gain clarity and write killer goals for 2019. They are as follows:
With the holidays around the corner its easier to get in the mindset of shopping small and supporting local businesses. How can we create this motivation all year long? Below is a list of my favorite ways to support small all year long!
If I am being completely honest, burnout is a real thing in my life (like many others). Between pouring energy into my business, finding time for creativity, and showing up in my personal life, I sometimes feel zero energy, fearing burnout and the lack of motivation. I face guilt for not feeding my creativity, guilt for not sharing on social media, and guilt for not working during my downtime.
The month of September came and I personally felt burnt out; I needed a season of rest. Everything for the past eight months focussed on personal development and growing a business. I didn’t have the energy to push forward anymore so I decided to just s t o p . There had been several ideas brewing in my mind and I was eager to make time for them at the cost of giving up my daily routine. Here’s what happened.
It takes good time to have confidence to understand, write, and practice affirmations. They are complex, intimidating, and personal. Over the course of the year I have focussed a lot on personal development, learning to slow down, find routines, and celebrate the things that bring me closer to my dreams. It has taken all this time, but I am beginning to compile a list of affirmations that resonate with me. Below is a list of 20 of my favorite affirmations. Take them, adapt them, and find what moves you closer to your dreams daily.
We all have specific beliefs about money that directly affects our financial reality. Whether it affects our mindset positively or negatively, our beliefs can be strengthen and formed into healthy thoughts. This past Summer I decided to read three highly recommended money mindset books to help encourage my goals towards personal development. Below is a list of my three favorite money mindset books that formed my beliefs and values and has me actively working towards financial success.
Developing a positive money mindset is challenging. It requires you to dig a little within yourself and discover why you believe certain things about money. It also requires you to do a little adult-ing and face things you have told yourself about money for a long time. There are a few steps that you can take to help reshape your ideas about money and start working towards a financial sound future.
Getting yourself into a daily routine is something that can feel overwhelming. If you stop to focus on the real reasons of implementing a good daily routine we realize there are so many benefits to forming a simple daily routines that can hep you keep a clear mind and approach each day with positivity.
Daily routines are all the hype on social media. Developing daily habits to practice each day will promote self care and help you keep a clear mind. Give yourself some much deserved down time to understand what, why, and how you can develop the best daily routine for a healthy life.
Taking time away from your everyday routine is a must when it comes to promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Vacations are the perfect way to find a little rest and relaxation, but it’s not always easy organizing a big stay away from home. In efforts to help make planning your vacation a breeze, we are sharing some simple steps to ensure your vacation is the best yet!
Summer time… it’s so easy to get distracted from your healthy lifestyle when you’re going out more, sipping drinks, and getting your fix of desserts. It’s important as the seasons change we stay healthy in the Summer season. From what we eat, to how we treat our skin, it’s all important. Read below for some of our favorite tips for a healthy Summer.
Alongside rest + relaxation often comes a little bit of adventure. As we soak in each slow moment we have, sometimes we need to kick the routine and escape into the unknown, feeding our inner travel obsessed mind with wanderlust inspiration. It’s so easy to get on a plane and be in a completely different city within a matter of hours, but let’s be honest, sometimes we need a little unexpected venture, like hitting the road with no real plan. Today, we are sharing our top, must do road trips in the United States.
As you settle into May, I want to share with you some of our favorites reads from the beginning of the year. Finding time for rest + relaxation in the evening is a priority of mine. As my oil diffuser is going, I love reading a good book that will fill my mind with positive thoughts before I rest.
There are a couple things I use daily that help me find rest + relaxation. Some of the tools are simple, others may involve more time. Taking moments each day to rest not only helps me find harmony between the many personas I take on daily, but also find more inspiration and creativity.
The beauty of rest + relaxation is the endless idea that you can define slow living by the lifestyle you desire. Your busy mind can plague you with questions like, is it good to relax, why do we need rest, is it important to rest? As summer approaches and vacations weigh heavily on your minds, the time to slow down is quickly approaching. Practicing rest + relaxation ideas is important, so take full advantage of each opportunity.
The art of slow living is a movement that encourages mindfulness; it creates a lifestyle to appreciate the little details around you and counteract your obsession with speed. Often times, the idea of slow living or finding time for rest + relaxation can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways you can begin to build a slow lifestyle for yourself. Below are a few tips on how you can begin to step into the slow living movement graciously.
The new Spring season is finally upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! With spring, comes new beginnings and a much needed moment of slow before the busy, chaotic summer months filled with travel and adventure. We want to take this opportunity to bring you our best tips and tricks when it comes to spring cleaning, and today we are tackling a big one: how to declutter in 3 simple steps.
In a world full of noise, our mind can easily get overwhelmed causing us to lose sight of our vision and goals and let technology (social media) start dictating our lives. Practicing mindfulness is a great tool to help us maintain a clear mind and stay on track for success. It will provide us with balance between personal development and business development and help us live life to our fullest potential.
I am guilty of getting caught up in the ease of technology, but today, I am bringing it back to the basics: pen and paper. Writing your thoughts on paper can give you a huge advantage in developing perspective, clarity, and efficiency. Whether you are a creative or not, the benefits of the written expression will help you bring yourself closer to your true values helping you live you lifestyle exactly as you dream.
We spend our entire lives building relationships with our friends, family, pets, coworkers, and even the baristas at our favorite coffee shop. We easily get caught up in these relationships and often forget about ourselves, which is the most important relationship of all. The importance of self love reflects in each activity you partake in. Self-love is making yourself a priority and consistently taking time to do something that directly benefits your body, health, or mind. Today we are sharing 5 self love tips that will help you love yourself more this year.
With the new year sneaking up on us, it’s so easy to overlook the opportunity of goal setting and truly take advantage of creating new year resolutions. The idea of setting new goals, resolutions, etc. seems great but we often times fail to really reflect on the past year and make the conscience effort to identify the things that did not work and put in place a strategy so that they do work.
Just a few weeks ago we shared an article about overcoming self doubt. This week we want to talk about important habits to become a confident woman because once we overcome self doubt, and begin answering question for ourselves and not based on other people, we start to build self confidence. While it takes time, we want to ensure we practice strong habits that help keep us confident and build a positive relationship with ourselves.
The biggest thing I am guilty of is not drinking enough water daily. Staying hydrated is one of the largest overlooked heath remedies and it's one of the most important necessities of our body. I feel how my body lacks hydration throughout the day. I become fatigued, anxious, distracted, irritated, restless, sluggish, and I get headaches.
Creativity is a muscle - figuratively and literally. It figuratively needs exercise, discipline, and habit to grow and become stronger. It literally flexes through your body as it moves throughout your work. When this creative muscle memory grows, you open up to your work effortlessly, leaving room for light and inspiration.
Stepping into your studio should wake something inside of you. You should feel energized, motivated, inspired, curious, joyful, and peaceful. You should effortlessly move throughout your creative practice without question or hesitation. Working in this manner is the definition of creating a studio — habitual — ritual and when this happens these emotions come in abundance.
Do you remember a few months ago when you gained clarity and felt real excitement for what was ahead for you? Do you still feel that same excitement? Are you still actively working towards your goals? There are many reasons why goals fail, but there are so many more ways to get ahead and keep your mindset focussed and clear.
Writing goals as a creative feels a little different. Not only do you have to think about your business, studio practice, and creativity, but you also have to think about yourself. How do you want to grow personally? How is your creativity going to impact that? For me, sitting down to consider each factor of my life is important as I gain clarity and write my goals. Over the years, I’ve found 4 things I didn’t know about writing goals, which has changed my goal writing process. I packed it all together in a 10 page workbook that I’m sharing with you for free (below!).
In a world full of creative individuals and influence pouring in from everywhere we turn, finding your creative style can present a challenge and a whole lot of questioning. It’s difficult to see your own creative style, but so easy to see others. Creative style isn’t stagnant either. It’s always growing, changing, and taking on new forms.
When it comes to email organization the tasks feel overwhelming. With a couple tips, tricks, and tools, you can manage your email effectively. Below are a few of my favorite ways to keep my inbox maintained.
Creativity comes in ebbs and flows. But how do you keep it around? How do you endlessly create without fear — fear of running our of ideas, fear of judgement, fear of expectations? Through my practice I have worked to build my toolbox of ideas that help me not only find motivation creatively, but keep it on a day-to-day basis.
This time of the year can hit our minds hard. We look at the calendar and feel shocked it’s already March. We might be working hard, checking off our to do lists, and tackling our goals, or we might be wondering where has the time gone and struggling to understand what we even accomplished this quarter. Stress, anxiety, and negativity creep in. No matter where you fall with your accomplishments, you might feel ready to throw in the towel. So how do you keep a clear mind when you want to quit?
Dealing with overwhelm is no joke. The feeling of overwhelm takes over our mental and physical states leaving us feeling anxious, stressed, or nervous. Whether you are dealing with the stress of business or the day-to-day stress of your day job, there are several ways to help you re-center yourself and maintain focus.
As you begin a new year, it’s important to reflect on what worked last year and what did not. But, in the midst of your busy schedule, it’s easy to forget what your are working towards, the habits you are trying to establish, or to even practice self care. Many of us strive for productivity. We want to get more done in a day so we can have more time to practice the activities we love. Planning for a productive week starts with a healthy Monday routine.
You know when you meet someone and they just have this light to them? This is how I felt when I met the women I chose to have my second slow studio conversation with. She was pure and full of endless knowledge. We clicked and immediately decided we needed to extend our conversation over a long coffee.
My first conversation was shared with someone who has quickly become a really great friend of mine. At the beginning of the year, I slowly began to let people into my studio practice by sharing my process on Instagram live. It is a very raw and a very vulnerable step for me. One day out of the blue, this amazing soul reached out, sharing her thoughts and joy in seeing the process. Once the live was over, she quickly messaged me and our conversation flourished from there.
I am thrilled to be a part of The Handmade Popup (HMPU) for the third season! This event is truly near and dear to my heart. It’s provided me the perfect platform to build community and support other makers, while also sharing a place for you to shop consciously and support small. This will also be your last chance to shop the remaining art pieces from my Spring painting collection. In an effort to inspire community, I’m sharing a small assortment of some of my favorite vendors featured this Spring season.
I’m so excited to finally share that while I spend my days working through my 100 day project, I am letting my imagination run wild on a collaboration with Elizabeth Suzann! Since moving to Nashville two years ago, Elizabeth Suzann quickly caught my attention as a brand/fashion label working to bring quality over excess to their consumer. Always made with 100% natural materials, their clothing celebrates sustainability + simplicity, made for women who want their clothing pieces to live with them.
Do you every create and get completely immersed the process? I’m referencing those moments that you realize you are completely in tune with yourself as the outside world becomes quiet. I refer to these as my slow studio moments and I believe that you can cultivate a practice where these moments are in abundance.
As I reflect on this collection, I am filled with both excitement and accomplishment. Each piece is a true reflection of the ideas floating around in my mind and studio as I work through beautiful pigment explorations. The simple forms and deep colors hold the real, tactile experience of foraged pigments and handmade paints. They bring a moment of pause into the world as they carefully document the time + space of the world we live in. Below is a preview of a few of my favorites from the collection.
As many know, my season of rest has taught me a lot about creativity, burnout, and opportunities. Through this restful and awakening time, I’ve slowed down and explored some of the most fascinating and mesmerizing processes in my studio. If you walk through my artistic space right now, you’d find a lot of rocks, pigments, powders, mortals + pestles, brushes, palettes, ink, jars and experiments. Using earth pigments to make my own watercolor paints, I’ve continued to explore time + space, a concept that has consistently run throughout my work. If you are interested in collecting an original painting from my first earth pigment collection, sign up with your email below to gain early access to the launch! If you are interested in purchasing my handmade watercolors, connect with me and let me know!
I am thrilled to share that this season we’ll be featured as a vendor in the The Handmade Popup (HMPU)! This event is filled with beautiful makers who come together for a length of time to share their work. It’s a great way to shop for your friends and family this holiday season and support an artist, maker, or creative. In an effort to inspire an inclusive community, we’re sharing some of our favorite vendors featured this season.
As the season (slowly) begins to change from Summer to Fall here in Nashville there are a few new and exciting things happening in our studio. If you follow along on Instagram, you know I have big plans to grow Ease’s assortment of products. I’ve started collecting earth pigments and dreaming up of compositions to translate my experience of the landscape into new offerings in an attempt to extend my studies from my BFA.
In one short week, I will turn 25. It’s weird to think I will have survived a quarter of a century. While I believe that I will never live another 25 years and experience as many life changes, it’s also pretty damn amazing how much does actually change. Reflecting on the change, I realized I learned more than I could have imagined, about life, relationships, passions, interests, careers, the list goes on.