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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 …

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, …

Make your own DIY Non-Toxic Chemical Free Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own DIY Chemical-Free ALL NATURAL Laundry Detergent

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing another recipe from my awesome friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. This time, we’re making laundry detergent. This is one of those things that I was absolutely interested in – from the very first time she mentioned it. And yet – completely intimidated. Months ago, at craft night in Awbree’s gorgeous studio, she convinced me to try it. Not only because it’s really good at washing clothes (and keeping her white towels really white!), but also because it’s a fraction of the cost of regular laundry detergent. As a friend, I trust her advice. But as a big Awbree fan, I truly admire her frugality when it comes to everything she invests in. So I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients. And did nothing. For MONTHS. When you see the recipe, you’ll probably wonder what I was so worried about. I mean, it’s SUCH a simple recipe. I make more complicated recipes almost every night for dinner. So what was the deal? The truth is, I was …

Make your own DIY Chemical Free Deodorant

Make Your Own: DIY Deodorant

OH, friends! If you’ve never made your own home products, you have NO IDEA what you’re missing out on. Last week I had a chance to attend a demonstration from my fabulous friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. She’s one of the most capable creative people I know. Seriously, friends, everything she touches comes out beautiful and perfect. And her deodorant recipe is no exception. I’ll admit: I was fully skeptical. After all, I’m a power yoga teacher. I sweat regularly. How could some homemade product keep up with me? But I have to say – after using it for a week – I truly LOVE this deodorant!! My body has transitioned with no problem (maybe, in part, because it’s winter?) and I love the smell of coconuts every time I start to sweat. So I know what you’re thinking: “Ok. I get it. But seriously….” WHY would I make my own deodorant? Well, friends, let’s be honest: your arm pits are an incredibly sensitive part of your body’s largest organ – your skin. And every …

Love Where You Live | Clean the corners of your home inspiration

Inspiration to Clean the Corners of your home

It’s the first week of me working on my Love Where You Live project, and I cannot believe how much my perspective on home has already changed. I have SO so much to share, friends. But I’ll start with a short story for your weekend. This week has been packed with deadlines, new work beginnings, new projects, and a whole lot of startup work for Little Paper Projects AND teaching yoga. The timing is a little crazy, but after I made it to the other side, I still had the same level of motivation that I did at the beginning of the week. I felt energized. And I launched, both feet forward, into the Love Where You Live Project. So we’re starting this week with a checklist of photos to take. It’s an interior home tour. But we’re also documenting our messes, and writing stories about our spaces. Our favorite places. At the same time, I’m also reading Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home. And the combination of the two is incredibly inspiring. (Next week …

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Why You Should Start Documenting Messes

I could make a list of 100 reasons why you should start documenting your messes. I know, it sounds crazy, but hear me out. Messes are a reflection of our real lives. Right now. Messes reflect the things we know and love, the stuff we use so much that it never seems to be tucked away. And stuff, friends, isn’t all bad. Right now I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home – which, if you haven’t yet, is a wonderful read. Especially the audiobook version. And the first chapter is dedicated to her relationship with things. In summary, what I took from it was that people who have relationships with their things, often also have good relationships with people. The things, research says, remind them of the people that they care for, the memories they’ve created, and the life moments that they cherish. I love that. That, of course, does not grant permission to hoard every item that has ever meant anything to you. Rather, I think it is further support for this type of …

Love Where You Live by Little Paper Projects | A Lesson in Comparison

Loving Where You Live

So, full disclosure, this post came out of a post that I wrote on Little Paper Projects for the class we launched TODAY called Love Where You Live. It’s truly a wonderful class with a lot to offer, and I hope that this story pushes you a little more to see that the $15 class is absolutely worth every penny (and more). Because I’m learning it too. A little more every time I pick up this project. Living a good life is: loving where you live. Photographers know this trick quite well: you can make almost anything look desirable with the right staging, the right lighting, and the right angles. Sure, it’s a little deceiving, but, hey, that’s what beautiful home tours, Pinterest, and marketing are all about, right?! I share these photos of my living room for a very specific reason: it’s SO easy to get caught up in the comparison game and devalue our own lives. No matter what season of life we’re in, or where we want to be, as soon as …

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The Course is LIVE! Hooray the course is live!!

Honestly, friends, this post is as much about the woes of being a creative entrepreneur as it is a celebration of our first PAID class at Little Paper Projects. The class is called Love Where You Live. It’s a celebration of life and home, driven by photo prompts and inspiration to share stories. It’s a beautiful meditation on what home means. It’s a piece of work I am proud of. But, man, it was SUCH a project to get here. There is, of course, the content. There is the contributor team. There is the prompts, the example project (still in the works), the website copy, the photography, the graphics, the communication with the contributor team, the formatting, the branding package, the list-making, the communication with my awesome business partner Jen and our friend Mandy, who’s helping us with the scheduling right now. And then, of course, there is the absolutely bear of a task of developing the website to support it all. Man, that last one almost set me over the edge. (Though, if I’m …

Money Stress Makes You Crazy. Get Your Head Back. Make a Plan. How I Sustain Blog.

Worrying About Money Makes You Crazy

Worrying about money makes you crazy. Seriously, friends. It does. Money, itself, makes you crazy. Worrying about money makes you double crazy. I’ll explain. So I’m less than a week away from teaching my first yoga class. Which also, coincidentally though NOT AT ALL on purpose, is the exact same day that my newest Little Paper Projects project Love Where You Live is scheduled to launch. And, somehow, though not surprising at all, I managed to build on the stress of launching two businesses at the same time by assigning expectations to how each of those things is supposed to happen. And the second that I did that, I changed my entire outlook on why I was even doing it in the first place. And it started getting hard. And I started building stress. And taking things personally. And internalizing too much. And having nightmares. And stress eating. And feeling overall sick to my stomach. WHY? I don’t know. Honestly, I know when it happened (during a conversation with my husband about money), but I …

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Minimize Your Desktop: Detox your Inbox

This post miniseries on Cleaning Your Desktop is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post. — Every time I sit down at my desk, I click the mouse to wake up my computer. And, as I settle into my chair, and glance across my screen, my first click usually brings up my email. And then I sigh for the first time that day. Friends, sometimes it’s hard to break bad habits. No matter how many times I have received the same advice: from books, blog articles, podcasts, experts on productivity, and general conversations with smart, productive friends, I just can’t seem to break the cycle of email-induced stress. …