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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 …

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 …

Mother's Day DIY Painting

Gifting Original Kid’s Art for Mother’s Day

Every year Max gives his meme original artwork for Mother’s Day. It’s a simple gift that seems like nothing. But I love giving it. I love making it. I love seeing how happy it makes Max to give it, and meme to receive it. Honestly, I just love kid’s art. I love watching their little fingers make sense of paint, paper, and glue. I love seeing how it progresses over time. I love having an annual opportunity to give it to the adults that our kids love so much. So I give Max creative freedom to make whatever he wants. And, with a little help and some time, craft it into a meaningful gift. Today I’m sharing the process we do, every year, to create a meaningful gift for Max’s grandmothers (and me too, because it’s Mother’s Day, after all). Gifting Original Kid’s Art for Mother’s Day Honestly, no one appreciates the silly, strange, and magical creations that kids make more than their moms and grandmothers. With few exceptions, anything that a child makes is …

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#the100DayProject | One. Inviting Creativity into Routine.

Writing is therapy for me. It’s conversation. It’s a chance for me to speak and feel and experience and share. It quiets my mind. Focuses my thoughts. Inspires creativity in other places. Two weeks ago I shared that I was taking on #the100dayproject and that my creative focus would be writing. And I am incredibly happy with that choice.   Because writing isn’t just about the act of putting words on paper or typing onto a screen. It’s a creative process. It’s inspired. And once you tap into that creativity, it’s like a well. And the more you dig, the more you find. And it is consuming, at times, in the best possible way. Writing gets me up in the morning. It helps me pour that second cup of coffee and inspires me to start my day when all I want to do is sneak some extra moments of sleep. It gives more than it takes. It is a gift. I have gained so much in my first 10 days of #the100dayproject that I had …

Why I love Get to Work Book by Elise Blaha Cripe | How I Sustain Blog

Why I Love Get to Work Book

So, full disclosure, I am not affiliated and have no vested interest in selling this product. Elise just doesn’t do that. And I don’t care at all because I just really love being organized, I love having a well-considered place to write out my daily lists, and the format and the inspiration around this book is enough for me to shamelessly promote it until the end of days. For more on Get to Work Book©, click here.   I love Get to Work Book© I just really love this book. I’ve been using it daily as part of my night time routine (totally worthy of a future post), as a way to organize this space, as a way to organize all of my ideas, prioritize them, and get moving on making them happen. It’s also part of #the100DayProject, where I’m committing to writing every day, either here in this space, or in the book, or in one of my (many) memory keeping and journaling projects. Get to Work Book© is filled with inspiration (which I …

My Experience with Hyperemesis Gravidarum | A Pregnancy Story | Julie Love Gagen

My Journey with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Part I

Some story tellers are fortunate enough to have an amazing gift of retelling a story, a situation, something that is ongoing, while it is happening. The exceptional ones are able to precisely carve the relevant pieces of a story and prepare it into a well constructed final display which allows the reader to understand, empathize, and support the author on their journey. That is not me. I am the type of story teller that needs a little space, some time, and emotional distance from an experience in order to be able to retell it in essay form. It’s not that I can’t tell you what is happening when it’s happening. Believe me. If you catch me in the moment of an experience, I will retell every last subtle drop of detail in that story. I will recall facial expressions in an interaction, the time of day, the awkward pauses that later come to mind for further thought. And, in the days that follow, I will work through, hash out, and reprocess the events over and …

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How my year started with a total surprise, and why it’s so important to accept change

I have a thousand blog posts swimming though my mind. Thoughts on books I’ve recently read, new habits I’m developing, and working through a pivot in my business. But I had to write this post first. And I’ve been stuck on what to say for quite a while. You see, back in January, I started the year with BIG plans. Plans to develop a business in helping women find their healthiest self through core-focused yoga, Whole30, and memory keeping. It was an awesome plan for a spectacular year. But – and I feel like I say this all the time – life doesn’t care what plans you make. It takes its own course. And sometimes that means sharp, random turns at unexpected times… like right after you make a level-up business plan. So just 10 days into 2016, I found out I was pregnant. It was a total surprise, and one that I wasn’t quite prepared for. At the time I was just 6 weeks along, but already the symptoms of a difficult first trimester …

4 Simple Steps to Updating Your Blog or Business Branding and Why you need to do it annually.

New Year. New Brand. New things to Come.

So I want to share a little story about my brand. This brand. Where we’ve been. Where we’re going. And what’s coming in 2016. A Little Story about a Little Brand Every year (truly, every 6 months), I revisit the branding on this site (my blog). I look at what I’ve written about, what I want to talk about, and where I need to take the conversation to get between the two. And each time I refine exactly what this space is all about. If you’ve been reading here a while, you know that, generally, I write about the same topics: living well, memory keeping, overcoming challenges, yoga, wellness, and making small improvements to my home, my health, and myself. And that, generally, I have the same message: self-care, making time for yourself, setting goals, making things happen, developing a hobby, investing in your body, your mind, and the food you eat. Truly, I’m passionate about self-improvement and finding the best life for myself (and my family). But that can be too general. And too …

#1 The number one gift every photo loving mom, grandma, aunt, friend, associate, girl boss wants this year: an archival quality, affordable printer for home + home office | How I Sustain Blog

The Best Gift for Memory Keepers This Holiday Season

I know. You’ve probably seen a ton of posts exactly like this one. But this isn’t a marketing scheme, or a blog traffic driver, or even paid (though it should be!), or really anything other than an answer to a question someone left on Instagram the other day. You see, as memory keepers – scrapbookers, moms, busy people, whoever you are – there are few things more annoying than ordering photos. Seriously. I’m not kidding. For example. The other day our mom’s group gave us ONE day’s notice that they needed a photo of us with our kids as part of their way of being just a little more secure when the kids get picked up after our meetings. One day. Considering it was already dark out and I knew the picture would be total crap if I took it at night, and considering we were leaving for the meeting at 9:00 the next morning, and considering who has time for this, seriously! I was thankful to have the option to hustle quickly and make …

Moms, keep your sanity with this last-minute Kids Craft: DIY Scrap Paper Thanksgiving Turkey | How I Sustain Blog

Last Minute Craft: DIY Scrap Paper Turkey

We LOVE crafts in this house. That’s right, friends, these two rough-and-tumble boys love running and deconstructing and playing with cars and making messes.. but the second they see a glue stick, they are fully focused on using that glue stick on paper. RIGHT NOW. This week I promised Cal – MANY many times – that we would make a Thanksgiving craft to decorate our door. And when he asked for the 11th time (in 3 days) I finally said “yes” and we scrambled to gather the supplies to make it quickly before school. This PDF is what I came up with. It’s a fantastic way to use up scrap paper, old stacks of newspaper, old magazines. Honestly – anything you have on hand, cut it out, and give it to the kids. Imperfection is what makes this unique. Honestly, it’s going to look crazy anyway, so you might as well have fun with it! What you need: 1 glue stick per child Child safety scissors if they’re old enough to cut out paper Scissors …