4 Important Daily Reminders

4 Important Things to Remind Yourself

I am grateful, but I do get discouraged. When I feel like a failure, these are 4 things I remind myself. I guess these reminders help affirm that life is not perfect and it’s okay.

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No one is perfect: Yes, no one is perfect. I am not perfect. You are not perfect. Humans are not perfect. Someone will have different gifts and talents than you but that doesn’t make them perfect. You will have different gifts and talents than others too. And that’s completely okay. READ MORE

Big Magic || Creative Living Beyond Fear

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I was walking through a local thrift store when I picked up Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love. The book was on my to-read list for a while so for $1.75 I bought it.

After reading the book, I became an instant fan—of the story, of the writing, of Elizabeth Gilbert. Fast forward a few years and I found myself watching Marie Forleo’s interview video with Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity. (By the way, Marie has a phenomenal YouTube channel).

From that video, I found she released her new book Big Magic. I couldn’t get my hands on the book right away, so I went to her podcast and listened to her talk to people about their creativity and their life. I instantly felt an aura of enlightenment—everything (or a lot of things) Elizabeth talked about or advised to these people were the words I needed or the words I’ve been seeking to use (to explain my creative process/thinking to others).

Long and behold, after a few months of following the book launch and Gilbert on social media—I finally got my hands on the actual book.

Big Magic is a “self-help” book where Gilbert talks about creativity through stories and illustrations. However, it is not a step-by-step type of self-help book. It’s more conversational.
I flipped through the pages and I can hear Elizabeth simply talking to me—it’s that kind of self-help book. It’s not condemning you (as someone who creates). It’s about grasping the idea of inspiration and creativity.

One thing I love about the book is the illustrations of inspiration. The one I personally love is Ruth Stone’s story about how “…she would sometimes hear a poem coming toward her—hear it rushing across the landscape at her, like a galloping horse.” She goes on explaining how sometimes it’s more like pulling a tiger’s tail. READ MORE

Long Distance Relationships || 3 Advice

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March marked our 4th year dating anniversary (My boyfriend and I). All of those years were long distance, always 1-3 states apart. I will confess that long distance is not easy, but no relationship is easy. Long distance is not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth it.
To some people, we may not have been together for that long, but to many we’ve been together for so long. Whichever way you may choose to look at our relationship, our relationship has definitely grown. We’re not perfect and our relationship is not perfect, but I want to share 3 things that I find important in our relationship.

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Staying Motivated || Monochrome Portraits

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Here’s the long awaited post about staying motivated. People often say the most difficult step is starting something. Which is true in many cases. But I think it’s the journey that is the most challenging.
For me, I get unmotivated. The little things become tedious, and I begin to lose sight of my main goal(s). However, in the midst of my uninspired moments, I found 3 things that have helped me stay disciplined and motivated. I hope you find them helpful too:

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*CELEBRATE SMALL SUCCESSES READ MORE