Author: Julie

This Blog is Officially Retired + Where to Find Me

Hi Everyone! This is my last blog post here at How I Sustain. I’m not gone, by any means. In fact, I have SO MUCH to share, that it started feeling too disjointed to continue. So I’m shifting the location of my person blog + the topics I discuss to two different places so that I can truly focus my content and the discussions we’re having into the places that serve your interests. How I Sustain Blog, as of today, will be retired. The archives will continue to be held here, so you can always come back + I will continue to reference this content in future posts. My new personal blog, with everything paper crafting + memory keeping + self-loving will be at JulieLoveGagen.com. My yoga blog, with everything living well + sustainable living + yoga will be at RenegadePowerYoga.com. Both sites are beautiful. Both sites are unique. Both sites truly capture everything that I love about the community that we have cultivated, together, online. And, of course, you can always check out all …

Changing the Cover of a Traveler's Notebook Cheap DIY to make a gorgeous book | How I Sustain Blog

Changing the Cover of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook or Moleskine Book

Last week I opened this series of posts on traveler’s notebooks. It’s funny how it started, actually. Last year I made two books during the summer, one of which I *nearly* finished and the other that I stopped writing in, but really didn’t know where to take it creatively. And I left them, untouched, for nearly a year. Then, recently, a few things came together. First, someone asked about Little Summer JOY and if we were planning to create that (free) course again. The answer was yes. Second, someone asked how I would be documenting it. The answer was, unquestionably, traveler’s notebook. Third, the Scrap Gals Facebook community started a series of conversations on traveler’s notebooks. And, just like that, I was propelled, full force, into completing last year’s projects, planning this year’s Little Summer JOY, and totally, enthusiastically, committed to finishing both books and fully diving into the world of traveler’s notebooks. My Summer Experience Traveler’s Notebook So I mentioned that I made two books last year. The first was part of Little Summer …

Happy Healthy Hammies is a yoga challenge and YouTube series designed to help you open up your hamstrings and work towards some advanced poses | Renegade Power Yoga

New Yoga VIDEO Series Now on YouTube!

Hi Friends! So this is SUPER exciting! And you can thank everyone in my Yoga for YOUR Life Course for what I’m sharing today, because they totally inspired me to reframe how I approached teaching this course and, last minute (literally at 2am the night/day of course launch), I decided to completely change the way we started the course and add in some really fun things. You can learn all about that – the how and why – in this video on my NEW Renegade Power Yoga YouTube Channel!   (By the way, I am in love with the phrase “my YouTube Channel” .. it’s been SO so long in the making, friends!). Also, I apologize for the massive belly that is only in Week 25. Seriously. I have 15 more weeks to go. And my belly is SO BIG.   So the series is inspired by an Instagram challenge being run through a variety of hosts (@RobinMartinYoga @PocketDwarf @Seonia) and sponsored by Dharma Bums Active. And while I’m not going to write everything that …

5 Ways to Get Creative with a Traveler's Notebook | Part of a series on Midori, Moleskine, and DIY Traveler's Notebooks

Documenting Life in a Midori Travelers Notebook, Bullet Journaling, and Memory Keeping with Moleskine Journals

Recently I posted my Traveler’s Notebook from last year’s Little Summer JOY Project. Truly, truly, it was a *joy* to create that book and I love wandering through its pages – in some ways, more than my other books. There’s just something about this format of memory keeping that makes me want to come back for more. Again and again. I think it’s partly because it encompasses the form of memory keeping that I absolutely cherish – the pairing of words, not just phrases, but actual in-depth journal entries, with photos, mixed media, and elements in a manner that brings the experience to life. That sparks memories. That invokes the feeling, the sentiment, the essence of a moment in life.   And I want to dive into this, in all forms, and give you the experience of what memory keeping in this form is like, so I’m writing what was, at first, a single blog post and has quickly turned into an in-depth series of posts. You can find the links to all the posts, …

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Make Your Own DIY Notebook with Recycled (FREE) Materials

A long time ago, in what feels like an entirely different lifetime, I worked in an office. Yes, friend. It’s true. And in that office I worked with a bunch of environmental professionals, scientists and engineers, that worked on projects that helped improve the natural and lived environment. We did things like improving the efficiencies of water treatment and wastewater treatment. We improved drain systems and cleaned waterways. We remediated old dumping sites and brought ponds back to life. And we wasted A TON of paper. Still, to this day, I shake my head about it. You can’t see it, but I’m shaking my head right now. I never understood contradictions like that. And I still don’t understand them today. But anyway.   Recycled, or Repurposed, Paper Notebooks Being the action-oriented do-gooder creative that I am, I decided to do something with the wasted paper. Just to prove that it was possible. Just to make a point. But also, for the sake of the challenge. And because I wanted to see if it was something …

Expressing Love with the Other in Mind | The Five Love Languages Part I

Friends, I’m a self-help book addict and I have no intention of holding back. Today’s post is about what I learned from Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Now, on the surface, this is totally NOT a book I would read. Not at all. I don’t actually need relationship advice. My relationship with my husband is great. We’re communicative, we work through differences, and we are both equally committed to keeping our marriage alive for the rest of our lives. Awwwwww! Stop it. This is not a #humblebrag post. The truth is, I heard about it at a MOPs meeting and couldn’t help myself. I was so curious by the introduction of this concept of love languages, I just had to read the book. MOPs, by the way, stands for Moms of Preschoolers. It’s an international Christian-based moms group that is SO amazing. Honestly, SO GOOD. And a quick side note before I lose you on this: I’m not overtly religious. For better or worse, it’s just …

Project Life App Pages - May 2015 | Project Life CT member  Julie Love Gagen

Project Life 2015 | May App Pages

This post is part of a series as part of my amazing opportunity to be on the Project Life Creative Team this year. For more on Project Life, visit BeckyHiggins.com. For more on my work, check out this category. Click these links to check out my January, February, March pages, and April pages. —   OH, friend! I feel like I’ve been denying the internet of some of my favorite FAVORITE project life pages of all time. It’s nearly a year later, and I just discovered that I stopped posting my Project Life App pages from 2015 in April. We have a lot of catching up to do! So, in addition to seeing this year’s pages, which you’ll find every Thursday from now until forever (because we are THAT FAR behind, friend!), I’m also sharing pages from last year. The awesome thing about these pages, and the reason I’m SO so excited to share them, is because about halfway through the year I really hit my stride in terms of pulling it all together. It …

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My Yoga YouTube Channel Launched Today!

Well, friends, it happened. FINALLY. After two days of unfortunate computer issues, and A LOT of time on the phone with Apple Support plus a trip to the Apple Genius Bar, I was able to get back to work today. So I finished editing my first YouTube video, created graphics, and officially launched my yoga YouTube channel! Phew! It’s no small feat, friends. But I feel SO so good about how it’s coming together. And I can’t wait for my upcoming yoga course Yoga for YOUR Life to launch (just ONE week!). If you’ve been wanting to get into yoga, wanting to start a practice, or you’re just curious about my video editing skills, you can check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHOgE8pGKnEfaX5Jm0r7WfA In Other News… Because there’s always more news. 😉 I expanded my online presence and launched www.JulieLoveGagen.com. Right now, it’s a place where you can go to learn link and learn about all of my current projects (of which there seem to be MANY), from Yoga to Little Paper Projects to this Blog space. …

Wishing for a smooth but productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done. | Julie Love Gagen

Wishing you a smooth and productive week. Let it be easy. Let it all get done.

Hi, friends! So A LOT of changes are happening around here. And I CANNOT WAIT to share them. But making them happen takes a lot of work. A lot of diligence. A lot of patience. A lot of energy. And, right now, it’s exhausting. In THE BEST way. But exhausting nonetheless.     Slow Monday morning. So I’m starting my Monday morning really really slow. And rather than diving into the sea of never-ending work, I’m writing here. And sharing my experience. And feeling out the pace of this week. I’m breathing in the oils in my diffuser. And I’m drinking my coffee slowly. You see, I’m already dreading Friday. Ending the week with a long meeting is not exactly my way of rounding out the last days before launch (Yoga for YOUR Life launches June 1st!!). But it must be done. And it’s happening whether I want it to or not. So I’m being kind to myself. I’m moving slowly. Even though every fiber of my being wants to move a million miles and …

Baked oatmeal is absolutely delicious and a fastastic brunch recipe. Make it for your friends and they will love you forever | How I Sustain Blog

Baked Oatmeal (is delicious)!!

On a recent weekday at home, Max and I decided to get creative. It was warm and sunny outside, a beautiful spring day, but neither of us felt particularly compelled to leave the house. We were both a little tired, a little grumpy, a little sick, and a little in need of a quiet, easy day. We had plans, of course, because we always have plans. Always. But neither of us could get it together. We couldn’t get our breakfast made. We struggled to pick out clothes. We hemmed and hawed over mundane tasks like standing up and walking. Our scheduled plans felt overwhelming. And so, without meaning to, we collectively decided to stay home, play with toys, get some much needed cleaning done, and try a few recipes we’ve been wanting to make. In other words, we chose to stay in our pajamas until noon, wash a lot of dishes, and bake brunch food. You see, we have a thing for breakfast in this house. My husband grew up in a large family, made …