Pockets of Happiness

I’ve seen little pockets of confetti, glitter and bits of embellishments used on scrapbooking pages and totally love the look. I had to try it for myself when the opportunity came along. A friend of mine sent me some polymer clay logs that you are supposed to slice and use on your nails. They come in lots of different designs, super tiny cute bits. I decided to use them as scrapbooking embellishments along with some other bits of glittery goodness I had lying around.

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In project life style, I put all the little bits into a pocket and sewed it up. How cute is that? It just  made me think of a pocket of happiness! I suppose I’m easily pleased these days… it really does just make me smile.

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I journaled a bit about the little bits and love having this see-thru pocket in my scrapbook album. Have you tried this little trend of embellishments either in vellum or clear plastic pockets? Just so cute!

Work-Life Integration

The talk of work-like balance comes up a lot in the corporate world and I was constantly trying to figure out what exactly that meant when I was working for the Mouse in cubicle land. When does work trump life or life trump work? Maybe I had to tally up the tradeoffs and make sure there was some kind of even playing field between these two arch enemies, work and life. But why does it have to be a battle?

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After striking out as a creative entrepreneur, I realized that work-life balance is total bull. Yeah, you heard me. I really think it’s just the wrong way to approach the whole issue. Work and life are invariably intertwined – I mean, there is only one you. I think when you work for your yourself, you truly realize that. You can’t let yourself down on either side because you are the ultimate boss in work and life.

That’s why I believe in work-life integration, an idea I picked up from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. It’s not about one winning over the other. It’s about integrating work and life so they dance beautifully! We must be working towards our life goals as we do our work and finding overall satisfaction depends on work and life fitting snugly together.

You must change the way you think… it’s work and life… not work or life. Dedicate some time in thinking about your life preferences and how they shape your work decisions. There is no “right” way of working and living only your way, because we are all unique. Ready to end the battle between work and life and integrate instead?

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Interested in more creative business wisdom? Preview The Creative Entrepreneur Toolkit by yours truly – packed with practical business information, printable artwork, worksheets/exercises and cute planner printables. Are you ready to commit fully to your creative business and take it to the next level?

[Guest Post] Inner Dreams: Outer Accomplishments

This is a guest post by Melanie Bowen who emailed me for a little blog love help. It’s about increasing awareness of health difficulties and how the creativity and encouragement of community can be so helpful to those who are struggling. We all know someone that has battled a disease like cancer and I certainly would like to promote how journaling, art, and craft – can serve as great tools of therapy. Please enjoy! Melanie is a part-time blog contributor to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.

Inner Dreams: Outer Accomplishments

by Melanie Bowen 

Sometimes the best place to look for outer inspiration is to look within. Having a
chronic or life threatening illness like diabetes, mesothelioma or lupus can create
times when you just want to sit down and give up. However, no matter what your
prognosis is, you can still take the appropriate steps to create the future you
want for yourself despite your current situation.

Write Down Your Goals

Writing something down is a very powerful experience because it can give you a
sense of accountability and drive to actually accomplish things when you put
them in black and white. This is the reason that we write down contracts or
agreements we make with others. This is also true when you write down goals
for yourself; you create a written agreement with yourself that you will actually
meet the goals that you write down for yourself.

Goal setting for yourself can be as fanciful or as concrete as you want to make
it. For example, you might decide that you want to write out daily goals for
yourself like walking for 30 minutes daily, sweep the kitchen floor, or going
grocery shopping. You can keep this list of goals posted some place where you
will see it every day and work your way down the list throughout the day.

However, you might take personal goal setting a step further and really have
some fun with it. If you could imagine yourself doing whatever you want, without
being concerned about how much it cost, what your health is or anything else,
what would those things be? Would you climb Mount Everest? Would you write
an amazing book? Would you create your own fashion line? Let your
imagination soar and write down whatever fantasies come to mind that you really
could see yourself doing.

Turning Dreams Into Reality

The great thing about personal goal setting is that usually those things we
fantasize about actually accomplishing are things that we can actually do if we
set our minds to it. If something is really important to us, we will find a way to
make it a priority and set events into motion that will bring it about and make it
happen. It is an unconscious process and often it takes a long period of time,
but it also gives us something to look forward to and something to be working
toward in the future.

Turning our dreams into reality is also an uplifting and invigorating
experience
. Suddenly our mood improves. We wake up looking forward to the
adventure of a new day and everything just looks brighter. So start making goals
for yourself and turning them into your own personal reality. Be as concrete or
as fanciful as you want, but create something to look forward to for the
future. Your quality of life can improve and your future may become more enjoyable if you simply take the time to put your dreams on paper.

 

Inspiration From Flickr

A quick search on Flickr.com will give you loads of inspiration on cardmaking, stationery and various greeting ideas.  The wonderful aspect is that everything is from real people out there, just sharing to the public and it is always going to be updated with new ideas as Flickr is added to 24/7 by users.  I always like to see what others are doing to send their sentiments to friends and family.  I also like to check out vintage greeting cards that many have archived in their flickr accounts for illustration ideas in my own work!

Flickr is actually a photo sharing site that has a free and pro account.  Either option lets you share all your photos with friends and family, public or private.  There are groups to learn more about photography or specific subjects and many ways to incorporate your photos in your webpage as well.  You should definitely check it out if you are interested in sharing photos or photography in general.