I recently attended a Boston Bloggers event that was all about authenticity and creativity and the holidays and so much more. It left me thinking about how I define and refine my own creativity. Sometimes it’s in the form of a scarf (above). Other times it’s in what I’m writing. No matter what it is, I think it’s important to define or break habits that help build or destroy creativity. Here’s some links to back up what I’m feeling this week.
Habits for creativity, but to summarize, it’s whatever works best for YOU
Have you read The Creative Habit yet? I recommend it
How being creative is a choice, I can totally buy into this
“Bad” habits that might be good for productivity and creativity. If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right
How to make Creative Magic, or how to cast a spell using your creativity (a great read for all those creative entrepreneurs out there.)
Now I want to know how you get more creative… give me your must-reads on creativity and creative habits.
Yesterday I mentioned my top 5 reasons to journal. And well, that bonus #6 item got me scouring the internet for my next journal.* So, here are six of my top finds to fill with your greatest, or worst, memories, ideas and thoughts. (PS. These make great gifts too!)
one | two | three | four | five | six
Sometimes when I blog or journal, I follow daily writing prompts, but I also love the idea of following one journal prompt to fill an entire journal. I brainstormed some that were really awful, some that might be good enough to turn into books and some just fun ones. So, above, some journals to fill. And below, some journal prompts to fill them with:
- “This is what I dreamt last night”
- “The Dailys” (outfits, meals, movies watched, placed visited, exercise routine… etc.)
- “If I were a…” (Fill in with a dream occupation)
- Changing the world one page at a time (Ideas of how you’d change daily norms.)
- “My name is…” (Change your name, and write about your fictional life)
- “This one time during my childhood” (Write down as many childhood memories as you can.)
- “If I had a million dollars” (A different outcome every day)
- “Objects in my home” (Write the story of all the things you have collected in your home)
- “People I’ve met” (Start with your family, your friends, your coworkers, then go to the bus driver, your dry cleaning guy, etc… document their places in your life.)
- “An invitation to dinner” (A series of dinner invitations to anyone you want, what you’d serve and how it’d go.)
*NOTE, I have a drawer full of empty journals that I’ve been hoarding over the years, so I’m just going to admire these through the screen!
Happy Sunday, y’all. What are you doing with your extra hour today? How about some links? Let’s do this.
this tee (above), and every other t-shirt on that site
23 cheap and fun things to do for when payday seems too far away
the other day I wrote about a little about Kahlil Gibran now here’s some more because self-righteousness is absurd
how writing and dancing are similar said best by family
and AMC is showing all three Jurassic Park movies this week so set your DVR
Another day, another week, another handful of links for you guys. The weekends here have become pretty lazy as we descend deeper into fall. But after rainy weeks, I’ll take these sunny weekend days so we can get in a few more evenings of grilling out.
Above, for those who have mistaken my concentration face for a pissed off face. “It’s just my face,” and apparently it’s genetic.
Life lessons learned from blogging we don’t all blog, but we do all live
Yet another sliding door project but I like how this one’s not like all the others
How to build your tribe extra points because it uses the phrase “ugly cry”
AND why you should hang with people you admire total truth
Capsule collection podcast because it’s all the rage and my fashion sense is nonexistent
Do you have a habits manifesto? I didn’t even know I needed one… do I?
I’ve been doing lots of writing over the past week. Lots of writing about things that have happened. Things I’m thinking. Things I’m feeling. Where this blog is going. Where I’m going. Some will be easier to share than others. But for today. As we finally descend into a chilly fall here in Boston, just some links. enjoy.
How to save fresh herbs because I can never use all the herbs
Knowing the before & after sides of the internet with thanks to Beckie
Best of the best background downloads because pretty things
How to up your tea game which I’m totally down for this winter
This piece on infant loss & bereavement because statistics are people, not numbers
Secrets of adulthood and I am ALL about #6 this fall
A really slow Sunday here as I’m just now getting around to sharing my links from the week. In reality. It’s anything but slow. We’ve installed a car seat, picked up our CSA and now, football. But, for halftime…
Get your snack on, speaking of football.
Reminder of what to do around the house as our minds are a little preoccupied these days.
Uncle Gene dancing with himself brings the biggest smile to my face.
A nice reminder for my blogger friends because it’s just blogging after all.
My friend Molly featured some Toyidermy on her blog and I’ve got a few place card holder sets left. If you’re so inclined, hit me up.
I’ve been saving these links for you guys for quite some time. I know, I’m sure you’ve been waiting. Apologies if you’ve seen them already or they’re old news.
Common cooking conversions because how much is a handful?
How to make your own pet pop art you know I totally want to make Louise pop.
How to make Iced Coffee better tis the season, after all.
A simple(-ish) succulent hanging garden just lovely.
10 creative Instagram accounts to follow even though I love your selfies.
No-churn vanilla ice cream because Martha. and last weekend of “summer.”
How to take/edit better iPhone photos who carries their real camera these days?
A glitter resin countertop in the dining room because you so fancy, we already know.
A ninja turtle party because my nephews are obsessed.
How to be a grown-ass woman as I think I should probably start thinking about that any day now.
Sausage cheddar muffins will freeze nicely, I think.
Remember a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out how to keep up with all the reading I want to be doing? Well, now you know all the reading includes throwing in a baby book or two, which makes it even more difficult to get to the “just for fun” reading.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do the past few months is get in a daily walk. For a while walking and listening to music was fine. But a couple weeks in, I was getting bored with the same songs, same route, same, same, same.
And then I remember someone telling me they listened to the Jess Lively podcast while at the gym. So, I thought I’d give it a chance. And I liked it.
I liked it so much I had caught up on all the episodes and needed something else to listen to.
Well, this spiraled into a iTunes search, a web search and a lot of downloading podcasts to my phone.
Here’s what’s in my current playlist:
The Lively Show
Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! (NPR)
The Solopreneur Hour
Elise Gets Crafty
After the Jump (Grace Bonney, DesignSponge)
Your Kick-Ass Life
The Accidental Creative
Oh, and the best part… these are all free. And there are hundreds and hundreds more where they came from.
Are you on the podcast bandwagon? What should I be listening to?
I’ve been researching all types of diet fads recently (not for weight loss but overall feeling better) and this documentary (trailer above) on all the added sugar in our food caught my eye.
No matter what aspect of you or your life you’re looking to improve, here is the secret to getting feedback you can actually use.
These toasted ravioli look like an easy and tasty appetizer for an Italian dinner party.
I love birthdays. And countdowns. Bam. This is both.
I’ve recently been participating in a “100 day writing challege,” more on that soon, and this daily writing prompt site and ebook of 365 daily prompts seems like it might be two good sources to go to any time I feel “stuck” with writing.
Here’s hoping your weekend is fabulous. We’ll be celebrating love at a friend’s wedding and doing some stuff around the house. Go out and do something fun, will you?
For this installment of Friday links, I’m giving you all the links that I’ve been saving to cook this May. I haven’t gotten around to all of them, but they are saved and they will happen. (fingers crossed!)
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Mix Donuts. Yes. The mix comes from a box and out comes delicious donuts. I KNOW.
Let’s make this perfect guacamole. And this black bean dip. And then let’s let the chips decide the winner.
If you’re coming over we can have sandwiches, like spicy pulled chicken sliders with bacon queso guacamole. OR we can have some soup, like an easy spicy chicken tortilla soup.
For a new side:
Some other time, we’ll have something like chicken or burgers and I’ll whip up this quinoa with tomato, basil and mozzarella.
All for me:
If you are coming over, don’t expect to have this thick crust gluten-free pizza. Because if I’m making that, I’m making it all for myself.
But for dessert:
Every good day (meal?) ends with dessert. So, let’s try these gluten-free sopapillas (not pictured) and we’ll dip them in warm chocolate.
OK. So, who’s ready for a dinner party? I know I am. You bring the drinks and the fun and I’ll supply the food.