I love taking the time to relax and unwind over weekends, but sometimes, because we’ve become so accustomed to always doing something, just lying around all afternoon can feel unproductive. Enter podcasts. Over the last few months, I’ve come to love podcasts. They can be listened to anywhere and require zero effort, but, if you listen to the right ones, they can offer you incredible words of wisdom and inspiration. I thought that I’d just share a few of my favourite podcasts with you.
I’m not one who believes that new habits can only be formed in the new year. I’m actually the kind of person who will start big new things in September. Nonetheless, I still feel that the new year can be a good time to make intentional changes in our lives because we feel a little more rested and at peace after the December break.
As you may know, over this past year or so, I have really delved deep into minimalism as a lifestyle, and I can feel how much lighter I am without the weight of my material possessions. Here are a few tried and tested methods that may just help lighten the mental and physical clutter for you too.
/ Toss it
Stop holding onto things just in case. Sort through your things with intention and get rid of everything you don’t use. You don’t have to throw it away. Donate it instead. Let someone else benefit from it.
/ Unsubscribe and unfollow
I unsubscribed from so many mailers over the past year. Unnecessary emails just clog our inboxes and distract us from the important ones that do require our attention. I also felt that my Instagram feed was clogged and too full. I unfollowed so many different accounts that I just didn’t find any value in or that didn’t inspire me in any way. I even unfollowed some brands I genuinely like as I wasn’t finding any extra value in their account. Be selective about who you follow and change it up regularly in order to stay inspired.
/ Don’t impulse buy
Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. I’ve decided that I will only buy what’s on my wish list. I get a monthly allowance, and with that I either buy what I truly need (I keep a list) or else save it for my big saving-up list. By using this method, you’ll only bring things into your life that’ll truly add value, and you’ll hardly feel as if you’re wasting money.
/ Shake it off
Don’t let negative relationships weigh you down. If you have a problem, talk it out as soon as you can, so that it doesn’t linger at the back of your mind. If the other person isn’t willing, rethink whether or not they are worth your time and energy.
/ Take care of yourself
If you take good care of yourself and you’ll feel happier, lighter, more positive and more productive. Give yourself grace, sleep well, exercise, eat well and pamper yourself when it’s needed.
Lets make 2017 our most meaningful and intentional year yet.
“The happiest people don’t have everything they want, but instead want everything they have.” – Anonymous
I’ve decided to start doing The Edit over here on the blog to share things I’m loving with you. I haven’t quite decided how often I’ll write them yet, but we’ll see. First, let me fill you in on what’s up over at Miss Artsy-Crafty HQ.
So, you may have noticed my absence around here, namely because finals were just crazy and in between studying and sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. Its now summer holidays and some fun content is coming soon! (Don’t forget about this fun DIY though!)
Also, I’m working on my card range which will be launching in early 2017! Final formatting, printing quotes and packaging is under way! I can’t wait to share my brand and products with you!
You may have noticed that my site is now at missartsycrafty.com, which I am very excited about too!
I recently did some content creation for a local small business and was thrilled about being asked because it was the first time I created content from scratch.Nonetheless, after emailing off the first batch of samples, a terrible bout of self-doubt set in.
At first, I was happy but when I looked at them later that day, I felt uneasy about them.
A million questions were running through my head. “What if they hate the colours? What if it isn’t what they wanted? What if they hate it so much that they decide they don’t want to work with me anymore?” I started knit-picking at my work, noticing everything that could be a possible flaw.
When I got an email back the next day saying that they loved what I had done, I felt euphoric and mostly, relieved.
I carried on with the project and the outcome was lovely.
It got me thinking. We doubt ourselves so much. We have little confidence in ourselves but expect others to.
The process of creation should be freeing and liberating, not restricting and upsetting.
It’s time we put a little more trust into our creative process and stop overthinking it all.
I have been wanting a more simple wall hanging in my room for a little while now. Previously, a dream catcher was hanging there but it started to bother me and made the wall feel a little too busy for my liking. I wanted something simple, beautiful and functional.
I did some searching on Pinterest and made a simple hanging based off inspiration I found whilst searching. Mine holds my favourite Instax Mini prints, so I can admire them every day.
Its quick and easy, so lets jump right in.
You will need a bamboo chopstick, a bit of string, a few mini pegs and some mini art prints, photos or Instax prints that you love.
Cut a piece of string and tie it to each end of your chopstick, leaving the same sized gap on either side. Make it as long or short as you like. It all depends on how low you want it to hang.
Cut three separate lengths of string. Feed one through each of your little pegs, through the little spring part in the middle.
Tie a secure knot.Tie each of the strings with the threaded pegs to the chopstick. I tied mine at different lengths, but you can do it however you like. (Also, you can add as many pegs and strings as you like. I just thought three worked well).
Peg your art prints or photos onto the hanging.
Find a good space to hang it and admire the minimal beauty of it!
Have a go at making one. They’re easy to make and are simple, but beautiful.
PS: Summer holidays are here and I have some exciting content to share with you! Stay tuned!
I’ve always admired people who have the will power to have “offline days”. As bad as it sounds, it can be extremely difficult to disconnect ourselves from the hustle and bustle that is constant online. We don’t want to miss out on a thing.
Social media gives us a rush that is described by some as a “runners high”.
That rush of joy we feel when someone retweets, follows or likes what we’ve posted is what some think is happiness, but to me, I think it can take away the ability to look for happiness in less materialistic and superficial places.
I’m not at all shooting down the internet. I’m so grateful for how much my blog and personal brand have grown thanks to the exposure I’ve received on Instagram.
All I’m saying is that we need to know where to draw the line.
We find ourselves starting to live for the media. We have this idea of what life should look like and find ourselves constantly comparing our own lives to the beautifully curated feeds we see on Instagram and Pinterest. I’m guilty of it and I’m sure I’m not alone on that one. Its that constant, unrealistic benchmark that we have set for ourselves and that society has set for us. Emphasis on unrealistic.
I’ve heard people at school say things like “She has such a busy social life! Have you seen her Instagram?” or “Her Instagram has all these photos of her hiking up all these cool mountains. But she’s so clever. When does she study?” Hello? Earth to us all? Instagram is not real life!
I recently listened to a podcast where I heard something very interesting. The hosts were discussing how Instagram has been called ‘visual crack’. Its so easy to get sucked in and spend hours looking at curated photos and then feeling depressed about own, less perfect-looking lives in comparison.
We’ve become obsessed with likes, comments and follows.
Let’s try and change up our barometer for joy.
Let’s go back to the old days where we got joy from spending time in nature or with family, and not only from a retweet.
My personal challenge for 2017 is to have a ‘offline Sunday’ as far as possible. The email can wait.
I challenge you too, to see if you can stay offline for a bit. Even if its just for an hour or two a day where you unplug and connect with yourself and others in a different kind of way.