organization & musings

13 ways to kick start creativity in 2013

13 in 2013it’s hard to feel inspired after the holidays. for two weeks after xmas, i couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, had trouble focusing on work assignments and basically felt lazy. here are 13 ways to get those creative juices flowing in the new year:

1. organize your work space. i always start with this one when i need to refocus and get motivated.

2. do some exercise. go for a hike outisde, do hot yoga or take one of those crazy uxf burn classes. when your mind is focused on other things, like the burning in your thighs, you can solve tricky design problems or other work-related obstacles.

3. clean out your closet. sometimes it takes motivation to get more motivation, but this one works wonders for me. when my closet is neat and tidy and filled with cute clothes that i want to wear, i feel good. being in a rut with your style translates to the other areas of your life.

4. put on a little make up. if you’re lazy like me, you don’t take the time to pretty up your face every day. putting on a little mascara and lipstick is transformative. (boys: trim your eyebrows or something.)

5. hire a house cleaner. even if it’s only once or twice a month, having someone else clean your house will free up time for other projects.

6. open a recipe book and try cooking some new food. it may inspire you in other areas of your life.

7. go to a museum or art show. looking at other artists’ work may give you ideas that relate to your own projects.

8. pet an animal. when you are relating to an animal, cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, is lowered and the production of serotonin, a chemical associated with well-being, is increased. reducing stress makes room for that creative spark to happen.

9. make a list. it’s easier to accomplish your goals when they are right in front of you on paper.

10. focus on the part of the job that is most interesting and leave the mundane part for later. this one is motivation and procrastination at the same time!

11. try something you’ve never done before. make new neural pathways; your creative mind will love you for it.

12. step away from the computer and sketch. i can’t draw, but every time i pick up a pencil and doodle a bit, ideas come.

13. create a buddy system or a community to keep you going when motivation is flagging. they will also keep you accountable if you check in with each other regularly.

bumper car

i was minding my own business, whistling a happy tune while crossing the street. next thing i know, i’m on the ground. i hear a collective gasp from the many passersby on the bustling block. i absorb what has happened: i was struck by a car going in reverse while walking across the street. ouch! {READ MORE}

shoe project done!

turns out i’m an equal opportunity shoe lover (except the cheap variety). photographing my shoes led me to evaluate whether each pair is current and in good condition. i’ll admit that a few are a little scuffed, but i’m not ready to part with them yet. step-by-step shoe box photo labeling: 1. photograph your shoes. choose {READ MORE}

fall closet cleanout

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not a mommy blog

sometimes, occasionally, i get a  burst of creative energy. i feel good about myself, fun. and i think, “THIS IS WHAT I USED TO BE.” i know i said this wasn’t going to be a mommy blog. and it isn’t. when i think of the “mommy blog”, i envision warm-hued images of barefooted babes and {READ MORE}

eames chair found on sidewalk

newsworthy or not, it felt like serendipity. i was driving in my neighborhood when i spotted this lovely discarded eames chair put out with broken furniture to be collected as trash. i quickly loaded it into my car and drove away before a remorseful owner could stop me and reclaim the treasure. after i got {READ MORE}