Monday, November 30, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up No. 20

This won't be our traditional weekend wrap up as all of the interesting stuff happened during the week since I didn't have classes as it was Thanksgiving Break. It was a MUCH needed time away from classrooms, homework, and everything else college related.

Weekend Wrap Up No. 20


On Monday I did have to do one college/career related thing - take the content exam which will help me get certified to teach! If you've never taken one of these before, it's a bit crazy. It was harder to get into the testing room than it is to get through customs after travelling abroad. No. Joke. They acted like no one from out of state had ever taken a Missouri Content Assessment before (apparently I'm the only student going to college out of state). Then I forgot to take my chapstick out of my pocket and take my ponytail holder off my wrist, so when they searched me (not even kidding. they search you) I got in trouble and had to take those items off and put them in a locker. By the time I finally got into the testing room I was super nervous. I felt like the exam asked some crazy questions and I'm not too sure how I did on it. Hopefully I'll get my results soon and they'll say I passed!

Thursday was Thanksgiving Day here in the US. We had planned to have about 20 people at our house, but we had to cancel because of a giant ice storm. Instead we had a much more intimate Thanksgiving with just my parents and siblings. After our meal we played a few games of Aggravation and then had a Star Wars marathon. We watched the first 3 films made (4, 5, and 6). I hadn't seen them in a while and had forgotten just how good they really are!

Weekend Wrap Up No. 20


Friday everything was still covered in ice, but we decided to brave it to go out to lunch, visit my grandparents, and see Mockingjay. I was super excited to see it as I've read all the books and just about died reading this last one - so intense! I was just as emotional watching the movie - just ask my embarrassed family. 

Saturday I drove back to my apartment. When I got home I went on a cleaning spree and decorated for Christmas. I don't put up a tree in my apartment since I'm never here for Christmas week, but I like putting up a few things (like snowmen and DIYs). I also went grocery shopping which made me feel so adultish and independent after spending the week at my family's house. I ended the day with a good planner decorating session. It's honestly my favorite part of the weekends!

Weekend Wrap Up No. 20
Weekend Wrap Up No. 20
Weekend Wrap Up No. 20


Sunday I had some fun getting a few holiday DIYs done that I'll be sharing soon (!!) and working on homework (boo). My friend did some Black Friday shopping so we got to watch some of her new movies. We watched The Theory of Everything which was a super good drama about a very interesting man. And then we watched Tammy. 

Weekend Wrap Up No. 20


How did you spend your Thanksgiving? Have you seen Mockingjay yet? Did you decorate for the holidays this weekend?


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Very Merry Planner Haul

One of the reasons I've been getting excited for the holidays this year is all the fun stickers that go with it! As you know, I love my planner and decorating it not only makes it look pretty, but also gets me more excited for my week. With Christmas coming up it's time to get to decorating my planner for it! I figured I'd share the joy of new planner stickers with you guys. I've been collecting these for a while now (so don't judge the crazy amount!) and am so excited to finally put them to use!

A Very Merry Planner Haul


First up are these stickers from Michael's. The decorative stickers are about $1.99 per sheet. I got them when they were on sale and went a little crazy. That is one good thing about Michaels - it always seems like there's a sale of some kind! I'm also really happy with these stickers because I'll be able to use most of them throughout winter, likes the snowflakes and snowmen. The red label stickers I'll also be able to get more use out of since it will go with any time I have a red theme.


A Very Merry Planner Haul


Next are these from my absolute favorite Etsy shop for planner stickers, It's Planning Time. This is the first shop I ever bought planner stickers from and I've been so happy with each order. Since I already knew I loved the shop, I went all out and bought the Jolly Christmas Planner Kit and the Jolly Christmas Bucket List. They are all so cute and I can't wait to cover my planner with them!

A Very Merry Planner Haul
A Very Merry Planner Haul
A Very Merry Planner Haul


These planner stickers are from another great Etsy shop, Crafty Planner Addict. When I bought my autumn stickers I went ahead and got a few Christmas ones, too. She has sooo many cute holiday stickers to choose from. I narrowed down my options to the Christmas Weekly Squares and the Christmas Owl Mini Sticker Sheet. Those owls are just too cute! Now that it's a lot closer to the holidays, she has even more to choose from, so you should definitely give it a look!


A Very Merry Planner Haul
A Very Merry Planner Haul


Of course, no planner is complete without some washi! These washi tapes are from the Dollar Tree. They are hard to find so when you do find them you should buy as many as you can! I really like their washi tape as it covers well and the designs really are that bright. I've been looking for some holiday washi at other stores, but haven't found any that I like as well.


A Very Merry Planner Haul


Do you decorate your planner? Have you bought all your planner decorations for Christmas yet?




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What I'm Thankful For

For people in the United States, this week is Thanksgiving! I know it's come and gone in Canada and for everyone else in the world, there is no such holiday. Still, making a list of things your thankful for is good to do at the end of the year, plus it's actually good for you. 

Writing down what your thankful for is a great way to cultivate gratefulness which is proven to make you happier and help you in so many other aspects of life. Besides making you happier, being thankful also helps you to relax, be more resilient, kinder, and more productive. It helps you to have better relationships and helps you to become less self-centered and materialistic. 

So now that you know all the benefits, maybe you're in the mood to write your own list of things you're thankful for! I've been writing down at least one thing I'm thankful for each day this month in my bullet journal. So we'll get to the point of this post and I'll share what I'm thankful for this year!


What I'm Thankful For


  1. My wonderful family. There's a reason I go home to see them all the time. They're very supportive, keep me sane, and I have so much fun with them. 
  2. Friends. I'm so happy and thankful to have some really good friends that I've made the journey through college with.
  3. Having a job I like. I've been teaching an 8th grader Spanish and I absolutely love it. It's nice to have a little confirmation that I like what I'm majoring in. 
  4. Being able to attend college. Not to get all preachy, but there are girls and women all around the globe who are unable to even finish elementary school, let alone go on to attend college. There are also plenty of people who can't afford higher education or have other responsibilities which prevent them from going to college/university. Education is really important to me and I'm so thankful to have one.
  5. Food. I'm so spoiled in being able to buy what I want at the grocery store and go out to eat weekly.
  6. My blog. This may seem somewhat silly, but I am so thankful to have a place where I can share my thoughts, ideas, and projects plus connect with and meet other people. 
  7. I'm also thankful that people actually read my blog and take the time to leave me comments. So thank you :)
  8. Internet. I can't even imagine life without it at this point. I love having access to just about every video and song, being able to read hundreds of blogs, and learn anything I want to online.
  9. My apartment. I love having my own space (unlike a dorm), having my own home to take care of, and you know, having a safe place to sleep and live.
  10. Having classes I like. I love my women's studies and economics classes. They're so interesting and I really like those teachers as well, which brings me to...
  11. Having (some) good teachers who really care about their students and what they're teaching.
  12. Phone calls from family. Some days it just feels really great to hear my phone ring and look down to see "Mama calling."
  13. Productive days. I feel really awesome like I conquered something when I have productive days. It's the best, plus I got stuff done so I don't have to worry about it anymore!
  14. Art supplies. This may seem strange, but I'm so grateful that I have all the paints, brushes, sponges, canvases, and everything else that go into an art project. This is something that calms me, makes me happy, and makes me proud of myself so I'm really grateful that I have the ability to do them whenever I want.
  15. Weekends. I would be absolutely insane without Saturdays and Sundays to relax and recuperate.
  16. Lazy mornings. Is there anything better than a lazy morning in bed, watching TV? I think not.
  17. My car. Being able to go places is pretty cool. I'm glad I can just hop in my car and drive wherever I want (like to Target).
  18. My planner. I don't know how I would live without one at this point. I've been using one for the past 9 years, although it's gotten much more elaborate since 8th grade. It keeps me organized and keeps me on track with appointments, assignments, and other to-dos. Plus I have a lot of fun making it look pretty.

There you have it, the big and little things that I'm thankful for. It's easy to look over some of the smaller and more random things you're grateful for, but if they're important to you and make your life better you should include them in your gratitude list. What are you thankful for this year?



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Depression & Me

I was diagnosed with depression and put on an anti-depressant in Fall 2013. 2 years later I'm still on it. It still works for me, but being on medication for depression for 2 years isn't something everyone gets. My parents ask me if I'm ready to go off the medication and wonder how I can still be depressed, especially since I seem fine. I've also gained some weight since going on the medication which has affected the way I perceive myself. Another "problem" for me is that I was just tired of having to take pills to make me happy (which by the way isn't an accurate description of what anti-depressants are).

So for those reasons and I’m sure a few others I’m not really aware of, I decided to take myself off my anti-depressants without discussing it with anyone. Now, just to reiterate, this is NOT a smart idea. This is NOT something you should do. Despite knowing better, I decided to stop taking my medication cold-turkey. I stopped taking them for about 2 or 3 weeks and I definitely felt the effects.


Depression and Me | What happened when I went off my meds and why I decided to take my mental health seriously and take my medication again



So what happened when I went off my meds (without any medical advice)? I pretty much went back to the same situation I was in Fall 2013. I had a hard time getting myself out of bed and had a hard time not returning to it as soon as classes are over. It was difficult for me to get motivated to do homework. I got overwhelmed and stressed about EVERYTHING. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin again and had all sorts of negative thoughts about myself. I could cry about all sorts of things, especially since I was so easily overwhelmed and stressed.


I let those feelings go on for way too long. I knew after a week that I needed to take my anti-depressants again, but I didn’t want to admit I still needed them. I didn’t want to have to take medication to make me function normally. So I waited a few more days, and a few more, and pretty soon it was 3 weeks without my medication.


After a weekend in which it was painfully obvious that I was depressed followed by a few mishaps early on in the week that upset and stressed me way more than they should have, I was finally ready to accept that I need to be on medication for depression. And it doesn’t mean that I fail as a person or that I’m a “crazy” person. It just means that I need a little extra help and there’s nothing wrong with that.


I hope this story shows you that it’s important to take care of yourself whether it’s by taking medication, going to a therapist, or making some extra time for self-care each day. All of these are important in dealing with a mental illness and there’s absolutely no shame in getting help and taking care of yourself. If you’re like me and maybe your family or friends don’t totally get it, just be patient with them and be honest when speaking with them about it. If you do think you're ready to go off your medication, talk to your doctor about it and she or he can help you come up with a plan.


Do you have depression or a mental illness? Have you felt bad or embarrassed about it? Do your family and friends accept your mental illness?



Saturday, November 21, 2015

10 Ways to Have a Good Day

Everyone loves to have a good day. Who would disagree with that? But sometimes it's hard to have a good day - you're stressed, one bad thing after another keeps happening, or you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I'm sharing 10 ways to have a good day. Some of them are super simple, like listening to some music. Others require you to make a few changes, like disconnecting for a bit. Either way, these have all been tested by me and I'm sure they'll work for you, too!

10 Ways to Have a Good Day

  1. Open the blinds/curtains. Let some natural light in and open up your home.
  2. Turn on some music. If I’m having a bad day listening to some music can always brighten up my day.  Turn on the radio or Pandora. You can even make a playlist with all your favorite songs or the songs that can always get you going in the morning.
  3. Do what you love. Write a new blog post, work on a DIY project, read a book - whatever it is that you love to do. Taking the time to do what you love, even if it’s just a half hour, can help you to have a good day. Related Post: How to Make Time For Yourself
  4. Have a chat. Call up your mom, meet up with your best friend for lunch, or message a friend online. Just having that human contact can really make your day better.
  5. Eat something good. Cook one of your favorite meals for dinner. Having something yummy to look forward to always helps me to have a good day.
  6. Take little breaks throughout the day. Read a blog post, take a little walk, or just close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a minute to clear your mind.
  7. Do one thing at a time. When I do two or three things at once, it's easy for me to start to feel overwhelmed. Focusing on just one thing at a time makes it easier to get things done and helps you to have a better day. Related Post: Multitasking and How to Stop
  8. Disconnect. Get off all those electronic devices and spend time with the people around you, write on a piece of notebook paper, or go outside.
  9. Get outside and enjoy nature. Take a walk around the park, play a game of basketball with a friend, go for a hike. Spending some time outdoors always helps me to have a good day.
  10. Focus on the positive. You could do all the things on this list, but if you’re worrying or looking only at the negatives, you’ll still have a bad day. Make a conscious decision to look on the bright side of life and focus on the positives.

Those are my 10 surefire ways to have a good day. I hope they help you out, especially if you're having a rough time!

Do you do these things? What else do you do to have a good day?


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Easy Things to Bring to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is known for the food - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course pie! Making this meal takes a lot of work which is why a lot of families ask that everyone brings something to this giant meal. But what do you bring to Thanksgiving if you are short on time or not the best cook? I have a few ideas in mind that will help you out!


Easy Things to Bring to Thanksgiving



Bring the Dishware

If you're family is like mine and opts for the no-fuss disposable dishware, this is especially easy. Run to the store and pick up your choice of paper plates, napkins, plastic cups, and plastic silverware. Bonus points if you buy the cute Thanksgiving napkins and other themed dishware!


Drinks

With all of that food, you are going to need something to wash it down! Offer to bring the drinks and pick up some lemonade, soda, or even some flavored water for a healthy option (on the day you over-eat). Just don't forget to bring some ice!


Jello Fruit Salad

One of the easiest foods to make is a jello salad. Get one of your fancy dishes out and mix your favorite flavor of jello in a mixing bowl. Pour it into your fancy dish and then add some fruit. You can use bananas, pears, peaches, fruit cocktail - really, anything! If you use a can just be sure to drain it. Once it's cooled in the fridge you can add some whipped cream on top for that extra touch!


Salad

Salads are great because they can be as simple or as complex as you want. For a basic salad, all you need to do is cut up some lettuce, dice a couple tomatoes and a cucumber, add some grated carrots, and voila! - you have a delicious salad to bring to Thanksgiving! Now all you have to do is bring a few choices of dressing and your set.


Hopefully these ideas of easy things to bring to Thanksgiving will help you out if your short on time this year or aren't ready to show off your cooking skills to the rest of the family. 

What are you bringing to Thanksgiving this year? Are you bringing any of the things I've listed?



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Next Up On My Reading List

I am constantly adding to my list of books I want to read. It seems like there's never enough time to read all of the books! I've found I like non-fiction books and comedic books best. Here are a few of the books next up on my reading list!



Next Up On My Reading List



Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

I got this as a present on my 21st birthday last August and still haven't read it. I love Ellen and love funny autobiographies like this, so I'm looking forward to reading it.


Veronika Decide Morir by Paulo Coelho

This is a book I picked up while studying abroad in Costa Rica. This book can also be found in English (Veronica Decides to Die), but I was in need of a new Spanish novel. The story sounds really interesting and it will be my first time reading a book by Coelho.



Next Up On My Reading List


Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in high school and absolutely fell in love with Maya Angelou. She was an amazing woman with truly brilliant, and wise thoughts. I found this book at a used book store and was so excited to finally own a book by Ms. Angelou. I'm really excited to read this book as I already know I love Angelou's writing and this book is sure to be a favorite.


This Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye

I found this book at the same time I got Letter to My Daugher. I don't know much about this book, but it looks like a good read. It's a collection of poetry from around the world, which automatically has my attention. I'm willing to read anything that will teach me about life around the world and I enjoy reading poetry, so I'm looking forward to the day that I can finally check this book off my reading list.



Next Up On My Reading List


What's on your reading list? Any book recommendations for me?



Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up No. 19

Some of my favorite moments from this week included going out to eat with a few friends, a little midweek shopping trip, and being able to hear the story of and meet Dr. Inge Auerbaucher, a holocaust survivor. It was really a moving and unforgettable lecture, especially since I have actually visited the internment camp her father and grandfather were sent to.  



Friday my weekend began with a little shoe shopping with my mom since I really needed some new boots. I got two pairs so I could have a brown pair and black pair. Since my aunt was in town we had dinner with her and my grandparents at a local restaurant.

Saturday my parents and I went for a drive around some of the areas I might apply to student teach at next year so I could feel a little more comfortable and at ease about moving to a new area. When we got back home I decided to indulge in some blog reading - always one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. In the evening my brother and I played a few rounds of checkers. I don’t play board games enough so this was really fun. I was also surprised at how well my brother can actually play! We had a good competition going on!

Sunday I just didn’t want to go back to college! I stayed at my parents house until they kicked me out (apparently they want me to finish my education). When I got back to my apartment I decided to change up my desk, worked a little bit on homework, got organized for my week, and watched the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.



How was your weekend? If you've moved recently, how did you decide where to move to?

Saturday, November 14, 2015

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas

This summer I shared a post about how I plan for blogging where I talked all about how I plan out my editorial calendar for the month. What I didn't tell you is how I come up with a month's worth of blog post ideas. If you have ideas for lots of blog posts, writing a schedule of when and what you will post is a lot easier!

The way I keep all of these ideas organized is by writing them down in my blogging notebook. I really think everyone should have one! I have a list on my laptop and phone as well, but I add them to my blogging notebook about once a month or so. This way all (or at least most) of my ideas are all in one place I can easily reference if I ever get stumped or need to plan out my month!

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Brainstorming

The number one way I come up with blog post ideas is by brainstorming. I sit down with my blogging notebook and write down any idea that comes to me, no matter what it is. Write down every idea, no matter if it seems silly at the time. Another important thing to think of when brainstorming, is what kind of posts you want to write. For me, I try to think of some general life posts, college related post ideas, blogging tips I might share, and some how-to posts I could write. If there's something special I want to write about that month, I try to think up some posts for that too.

Monthly Topics

Another way I come up with lots of blog post ideas is by brainstorming post ideas related to holidays and important dates for that month. I take a look at my calendar to see what holidays or important dates are coming up. Right now the holidays are really obvious, but there's something going on every month whether it's the start of a new season, back to school, or all the December Holidays. Now that I know what's happening that month, I have another brainstorming session of anything I could write related to that. I try to think of a list, a craft, a recipe, and anything else that could make a good blog post related to that holiday.

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Take Note

Keeping a running list of blog post ideas is a great way to constantly have new blog post ideas. I never know when an idea will come, so I have a list on my computer and a list on my phone for those random moments when a great blog post idea comes to me. I get a lot of ideas when driving back and forth on the weekends and when looking around online. Periodically I take those lists and add them to my blog notebook so they don't get lost or forgotten about.

Read

I get so many ideas from reading other blogs. I'm not saying to just steal posts from other blogs, but you might read a post and think of a great idea based off a point made or a thought you have after reading the post. You might see someone post about their recent trip and realize you never posted about that awesome time you had in Hawaii. Sometimes I'll see a great post and think, I could write a post about that and it would be totally different (like a before bed routine or list of things that make me happy), so I'll add that idea to my notebook.

How to Come Up with More Blog Post Ideas


Think About What YOU Like to Read

This is so important - write about what you would want to read! If you're not interested in your posts, no one else will be. If you save posts you like on Bloglovin or Pinterest, take a look through those to get some inspiration. Maybe you save a lot of posts about nutrition and cooking. You could write a post with 5 delicious and nutritious meals or share one of your recipes. Again, it's important not to steal these posts, but to look at them and think about how you could put your own spin on it or see if it gives you an idea for a blog post.

Live Life

If all you do is sit around in the evenings, you might not have a lot of blog post ideas. You need to do things whether that be a craft project, a trip to a pumpkin patch, a little shopping haul, or exploring downtown. There are so many things I've done in my regular life that I turn into a blog post. One of my favorites is a little day trip I did with my brother that I made into a photo diary post. So go on some adventures and have fun!


Now that you know how I come up with blog post ideas, you can use them for your blog. Hopefully you'll be bursting with enough ideas to keep you going for a couple months!


How do you come up with blog post ideas? How do you keep track of them?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Where I Get Inspiration From

Inspiration is something we're all looking for, isn't it? Whether it's inspiration for your next project, a new blog post, or even just mustering up enough inspiration to get up out of bed. We're all just looking for something to get us excited about life and ready to take on the world. I get my inspiration from lots of different places, from the music I'm listening to to the encouragement my mom gives me. I thought I would make a list of some of the main places I can always get inspiration from.


Nature 

Taking a walk outside always gets me inspired. The  flowers, fall leaves, sunsets, clouds, and butterflies are all so beautiful. It always inspires me to look for beauty in the little, everyday things I take for granted.


School / Learning

In the day to day this can be what drains me, but if I take a step back it's absolutely incredible. All of these amazing, super smart people are willing to share their knowledge with me! Through them I'm able to learn so many amazing things, and that's a privilege that women have had to fight for and continue to fight for (especially in some areas). From the women who have fought and continue to for education for females to the college professors sharing what they have learned to the actual subject matters school is actually a very inspiring place to be!


If you're out of school, you can still be inspired by learning! You can watch videos by Vsauce or CrashCourse for a quick lesson on almost any topic. If you have a bit more time, you can watch a TedTalk or maybe even take part in an ecourse. Of course, you can always pick up some books, too! 


Other Blogs 

As always, it's important to differentiate inspiration from other blogs versus just copying someone else's post (or entire blog). For me, reading other people's content, seeing their photography, and how they design their blog inspires me to better my blog. Sometimes just scrolling through a few blogs can get me inspired to write something new based off a little sentence or phrase that gets my brain running in a thousand different directions with new ideas!

Conversations

I can be kind of quiet, but I love a good conversation. To get inspired from a conversation, it doesn't have to be a deep, philosophical conversation about the meaning of life. Sometimes it can be a funny story my friend is telling me about her weekend, sometimes it's a debate about politics with my dad, sometimes it's a chat with a classmate, and sometimes it's one of those fast paced twitter chats! Talking to people and hearing their experiences and perspectives can be really inspiring. It gives you a fresh view to see the world from. 

Photos

You know those photos on other blogs and Pinterest that you wish you could walk into? The perfect room, the most lovely fall leaves, a winter wonderland complete with fresh snow and twinkle lights? Those all inspire me. They can inspire me to change thinks to make my life the way I want it to be, to give my room a good cleaning, or to appreciate the season we're in.


Where do you get your inspiration from?



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How to Be More Creative

I love being creative. I like making my planner pretty, making my own wall art, random little crafts or art projects, and of course blogging. I discovered my love for creativity in high school. As I've gotten older it's definitely gotten harder to find time to be creative, but it's something I make time for and incorporate into my life.

I really think everyone should find ways to be more creative because it keeps you young (really it does), it gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment when you've made something, and it can be a source of happiness and inspiration in your life. And being creative doesn't have to mean you're a world class painter. You could be creative by drawing zentangles, crocheting a blanket, writing a short story, photographing nature, dancing, or whatever creative outlet feels best to you!

How to Be More Creative


If being more creative sounds good to you, here are some ways you can be more creative:

Just create something. 

 Starting can be the hardest part of a project and we can get hung up on what to create and trying to think of the perfect subject. That's usually when you're best to just start - anything! Write the first thing that comes to mind and see where it takes you. Draw one line and see what it can turn into. You can always go back and change things, so just start creating and see what you end up with.


Don't worry about the finished product. 

If you're too worried about getting everything just right, you might not get very far. Enjoy the process instead and let your creativity flow.


Join a challenge. 

There are sooo many different challenges to join. This summer I jump-started my creativity by joining the #MakeYourMarkJuly challenge on Instagram. There's always a challenge on Instagram whether it's for photos or doodles. November is also National Novel Writing Month, so if that's something you're interested in hop over to the official site and join in! 

How to Be More Creative

Make it part of your routine. 

 By now you might know that I'm a bit of a routine person. It's for a good reason! Once you make something part of your routine, it becomes so natural you don't even think about it. If you want to be more creative, making it a part of your routine will make being creative just like breathing! Doodle a little something every morning. Crochet while watching your favorite show in the evenings. Write a page for your book when you get home from work each day. These simple things make being creative a part of your everyday routine and you'll quickly see progress in your work!


Try new things. 

Part of being creative is trying new things, experimenting, and thinking in different ways. You might not think it, but trying a new recipe, visiting a different museum, or going for a little excursion on the weekend can get your creativity flowing.


Surround yourself with creative people. 

If you're with people who are constantly creating awesome things, you're going to be inspired to create, too. They can also give you tips or pointers if you need them. Of course, craft nights are always better with friends, too!


Are you creative? What do you do to be creative? Are you going to try these tips to be more creative?




Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up No. 18

Hello dears! I hope you all had a refreshing weekend. I am at this point in the school year where I feel like I've been working at my highest gear for too long and all I want is a week of sleep. I settled for a weekend of lazy mornings and coloring instead.

On the blog this week I shared my October favorites, my goals for November, and a cute little Thanksgiving DIY.



Weekend Wrap Up No. 18


My Friday began a bit stressfully as I opened up a giant email from my advisor basically telling me I need to take 18+ credit hours (or I pretty much have to stay for an extra semester). After some investigating I realized my advisor was trying to get me to take a bunch of extra classes that I don't need to graduate or get certified, so I was able to breathe easy again.

After that, I decided to start my weekend with some coloring to relieve that stress that began my day. Then I did some blog reading and writing, took a nap, and then enjoyed some pizza and a Law & Order SVU marathon with my roommate!

Saturday I had a wonderful, lazy morning in bed watching Netflix and poking around the internet before finally getting up and having a productive afternoon. I straightened up my room and cleaned Burt's tank, did some journaling, planning, and grocery shopping. In the evening I worked on my adult coloring page again (they have such intricate designs!), pinterested, and did some blog reading.

Sunday I had another lazy morning and then went to an origami owl part with my roommate. I was so tempted to get a necklace 'till I added up the price of everything! It was really fun though and I liked seeing all the jewelry. Then we plus another  friend went to Dairy Queen for dinner and ice cream. We went back to our apartment to watch Aloha. I hadn't seen it before but I was excited as I loooove Emma Stone. I thought it was pretty good, but my friends didn't enjoy it as much as me.

Here's some photos from the weekend (sorry they're low quality):



Weekend Wrap Up No. 18
Weekend Wrap Up No. 18
Weekend Wrap Up No. 18
Weekend Wrap Up No. 18
Weekend Wrap Up No. 18


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How was your weekend? Did you enjoy a lazy morning or two?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thanksgiving DIY Art Print

I'm getting pretty excited for Thanksgiving. I've been looking for some decorations, but couldn't find anything that I particularly loved. So I decided to make my own! I whipped up this little canvas with feathers and a cute little "give thanks" in one afternoon, so if you have some free time, you can get this done in a snap!



Thanksgiving DIY


To do this project you just need a few things:
- A blank canvas (I used an 8x10 canvas)
- Pencil
- Four colors of paint
- A small paint brush
- A black paint pen
- A gold paint pen

Once you have these goodies and your work space set up, it's time to get work! First step I did was write out "Give Thanks" in my neatest handwriting and I tried to center it. Once I had that I sketched out my feathers. 

With that done it was time to start painting in my feathers! I chose to paint mine orange, yellow, purple, and green but obviously you can choose any color scheme you want! I gave them 2 coats of paint. After the paint dried, I outlined the feathers with a black paint pen.



Thanksgiving DIY Art Print
Thanksgiving DIY Art Print
Thanksgiving DIY Art Print
Thanksgiving DIY Art Print


The next step is to go over the quote with a gold paint pen. I had to do two coats with the paint pen since it was a new pen (they take a bit to break in). 


Thanksgiving DIY
Thanksgiving DIY


Once the lettering dries, it's time to put it up! I have mine on the table with some pumpkins next to it for that extra fall-like touch.

Are you going to give this DIY a go? Do you have any other Thanksgiving DIYs on your mind?


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