Posts made in February, 2014


Thanks so much for joining us for #ThinkCreateReflect, your weekly dose of “You Time” to think about what’s going on in your life + biz and where you’d like it to go.

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This week, it’s time to get out your watercolors!

Take a piece of paper, canvas, or a page from your journal and write out a list of insecurities you feel about your life or business. Try not to focus too much on this part, but just jot down the first few things that come to mind.

Now, take some black or dark-colored paint and color OVER those insecurities until you can’t see them any more. Let the paint dry.

Take a lighter colored marker or paint pen and write down the things that make you feel proud about your life and business on top of the darker paint. Try to remember this exercise any time you feel those insecurities trying to creep up to the surface again.

photo credit: erix! via photopin cc

photo credit: erix! via photopin cc

 

Share your creations with us! Write out the list of things you’re proud of and put them in the comments, or snap a photo of your art and put it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect!

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Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a moment mid-week to celebrate creativity in all its forms!

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I’ve been really into baths lately. Maybe it’s because I’m getting old and the hot water really does help with the stiff joints. 🙂

A bath tea is just like it sounds – a tea bag you put in the bath. In this one I combined dried Chamomile flowers, which are said to be relaxing and calming with dried Calendula (Marigold) flowers, which are said to help with inflammation and sore muscles. I added a few drops of lavender essential oil for good (relaxing) measure to the reusable tea bag.

Chamomile Calendula Bath Tea

How do you use your crafty skills to take better care of yourself? We’d love to see whatever you’re making! Please post it on Twitter or Instagram and add the tag #MakersWednesday so we can share in the creative juices!

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Face Your Fears

Face Your Fears


Posted By on Feb 24, 2014

Sometimes, as business owners, we can be our own worst enemies. The little fears that normally reside at the back of our minds creep forward, to front and center status, and they can be crippling. If YOUR fears have stopped you from reaching your goals, it’s time to face them head-on: and then keep on walking.

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photo credit: SurFeRGiRL30 via photopin cc

What can you do when your fear stops you from doing what you always dreamed? Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Acknowledge the Fear.
Pretending that you’re not afraid probably hasn’t worked out very well so far, has it? Instead of burying your head in the sand, take a moment to really acknowledge the fears you have. To do this, open up your journal or take out a sheet of paper, and write down something you’re afraid of. (Not: “I’m afraid of spiders.” Yes: “I’m afraid people will think I’m not good enough to call myself an artist.”) 

2. Explore the Fear.
Underneath that fear, take a minute to write out WHY you feel that way; what’s the root of it? Maybe you’re afraid you will fail as an artist because your high school Art teacher told you your paintings were bad. Maybe you’re afraid people won’t like you because you have social anxiety. In any case, if you understand where the fear comes from then that knowledge makes it easier to move past the fear itself. Repeat steps one and two as many times as you need to until you have listed all of the big fears you’re facing in your business life.

3. Make peace with the Fear.
It sounds strange, perhaps, but sometimes you just have to accept a situation for what it is. Tell yourself that it’s okay to be afraid; that you understand where your fear comes from and you acknowledge that it’s something you may have to deal with from now on. What’s NOT okay? Letting that fear be in control. Tell yourself that you’re going to be allowed to feel the fear, but not to be ruled by it. Push it to the back seat where it belongs.

4. Move forward. 
That’s it – just keep moving forward. Face your fears, then move beyond them. If you’re afraid of putting your art out there, do it anyway. If you’re afraid to speak in front of people, agree to that public speaking opportunity anyway. Take the big leap, even if you’re afraid you might fall. Let yourself be afraid, but don’t let that stop you from DOING.

What fears will you be facing this year? If you want to share them with us, we’d love to hear it – just leave a comment below! In the meantime, if you’re looking for more inspiration on facing your fears, check out Why You Need to Do What Scares You and Face Your Fear; the Result Might be Amazing.

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Map it Out

#ThinkCreateReflect: Map it Out


Posted By on Feb 21, 2014

Welcome to another edition of #ThinkCreateReflect, the time where we make a note to PAUSE in our journeys and reflect on where we’ve been, think about the future and maybe even create something new! Thanks so much for joining us!

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This week, it’s time to think about your life + biz journey. After all, how can you know where you’re going if you aren’t sure where you’ve been?

Take out a sheet of paper or your sketch book and your favorite drawing tool. Now make a map of all the places that have been significant in your life, your business, or both! The map doesn’t have to be an exact replica of the United States or your country of residence; it can be a sort of mythological place where all the significant places in your life come together in the magical Land of You.

Take a minute to think about why each place has been important, and decorate it with symbols or adjectives to illustrate that importance.

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photo credit: Mukumbura via photopin cc

Any time you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere in life or in business, pull out this map to remind you of all the places you’ve already been.

If you feel like sharing, we’d love to see your maps! Post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect.

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Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we claim Wednesday as the day to shout our creations from the rooftops! Won’t you join us?

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This week, a reminder that you don’t need to toss out your wedding decorations! Those floral arrangements that garnished the ends of the pews can now become home decor! Remind yourself of your wedding day – EVERY day – when you hang your pew decorations in your windows and on your walls.

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(If these pew decorations look familiar, that’s because they used to be records! How cool is THAT?!?)

What have you been up to, crafty guys and gals? Share with us in the comments below, or better yet – on Instagram and Twitter with a photo and the tag #MakersWednesday! We’ll see you there!

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