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31 Minutes for 31 Days | A Creative Habit Challenge by Give a Girl Blog + Colorcast Designs

31 Minutes for 31 Days

This post is for all of my friends who love to craft, but have trouble finding the time. This post is for my friends who wish they had time to create something each day. This post is for my friends that talk about starting a new creative adventure, but maybe never get around to actually starting it. Well, friend, today is that day. And October is that month. And this is the time to just start.   I think a lot about habits – about how to create them, how to hold them, and how to keep going when they’re no longer new and exciting. There are a lot of good habits we can build into our lives – waking up early, exercising more, eating better food, reading more, and the list goes on. But all of those things, while important, always seem to come leaps and bounds ahead of our creative time. And we see that in the priorities our schools make. We see it in the choices our friends make. If you haven’t …

Love Where You Live by Little Paper Projects | Blog Badge + IG Share

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 …

Sometimes you have to just put yourself out there and see what happens | How I Sustain Blog

Sometimes You Just Have to Put Yourself Out There

Friends, most of my life is heavily edited. I edit my actions, my choices, my ways of thinking, and my social media posts. Most of the time I would argue that it’s good to self-edit, especially when it comes to negative thinking patterns, or meeting new people, or just being in a world where everything is so documented, so quickly discussed, so often judged. But sometimes the self-editing goes too far. It gets to the point where I edit so much, that I don’t actually say anything at all. And my point is missed. And people never get to know me. And I want people to know me. I definitely do want that.. though I regularly have to remind myself that’s what I want. I’m in the middle of launching my first yoga class (a week from today!) and it’s hard. I have a goal of selling out – which is a great goal – but it’s probably not going to happen. Which is fine. But I still want a critical mass of people in …

Monday Morning Coffee with Julie

Let’s Talk Goals

Okay, friends. It’s mid-month September and I’m about to make a big push in my free goal-setting and accountability group Monday Morning Coffee. If you would like to join, now is THE TIME to do it. I have a lot on the schedule, and now that my goal is fully progressing (more on that soon!) into something that I have to manage (yay!), I’m fully ready to take all of you with me. Let’s do this! YES! Sign me up! Need a little more convincing? I would too. Let’s talk about what it’s going to look like. First, Introductions First, we introduce ourselves and we introduce our goals. For me, it’s good to know who is in the group, what your interests are, and what you’re looking for. That’s how I tailor the goal setting and smaller challenges. If you have a BIG goal – like changing your lifestyle or taking on a big project – your needs are different then if you have a smaller goal – like completing an unfinished project. And if …

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Hello | The Blog-Tember Challenge

Do you ever have those moments where you fully set yourself in a boundary, after spending a lot of time not respecting that boundary, and – finally – firmly plant your heels in the ground and proclaim “DAMN IT, I’m not doing this anymore!” Well, I just did that. And an hour later I tossed it out the window and wrote this blog post instead. The truth is, I’ve been neglecting this space because I was away all summer. And because habits can be hard to form. But I miss it. Every single day. I just need a boost to get started again. A little inspiration. Some motivation. Some support. Which is exactly why I’m starting Monday Morning Coffee (if you haven’t joined yet, DO IT! It’s seriously never too late. Jump in. Stay a while. Make something happen for yourself.) So I’m starting this Blog-Tember challenge with Brave Love Blog, weeks into September, and playing a little catch-up. It’s my way of getting back to this space, in the way that I want to …

Monday Coffee Work Group with Julie Love Gagen

Coming Soon: a (free) Monday Morning Work Group with me

I have spent months upon months thinking about how I would start this next thing. I want to work with people. I want to work on myself while I work with people. And, for all of the thousand ideas that I have had to get started on this path, the most obvious, the simplest – and the easiest – always seems to be the hardest to come to mind. And when I share it, you’re going to think to yourself – “REALLY?? THIS is what you spent months upon months thinking about?!” And the answer to that is no. I have a thousand other ideas. But none of them were the first step. Because the very FIRST step, whenever you do anything – but especially if it’s something new, something scary, something that makes you put yourself out there, in the world, for everyone to see. The first step of that – is to just start. It’s so obvious, right? And, worse, it’s not even new. It’s an idea that I talked about months ago, …

Julie's Get to Work Book | How I Sustain Blog

Get to Work

You may or may not know this about me, but I super-love Elise Blaha Cripe and pretty much everything she does. So when she announced that she was making a planner called Get to Work Book, I was SO there. Seriously. So I ordered it. And it arrived. And I loved the concept and the layout and it was SO awesome. Except for one thing: I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. Thankfully, like many challenges in life, there is a solution to this. So I started down the rabbit hole of social media, checked out the Get to Work Book  instagram handle and hashtag and created an inspirational Pinterest board. It turns out, there is this whole world of planners that I had no idea existed. And I’m partially in awe and partially overwhelmed by it all. Thankfully, as I talked about yesterday, we all have choices. And I’m going to choose to use this as a tool, very specifically, for building my businesses. And, sure, I’ll make it a little …

#LittleSummerJOY Project

How I’m Finding My Joy This Summer

I love memory keeping. LOVE IT. But I recognize that this is a niche that not everyone cares about. I do recognize that. The thing is, that there is a lot of awesome that comes from being self-reflective and considering yourself, your life, and your roles as a parent, professional, sister, daughter, aunt, friend. It’s an opportunity to grow. To learn about yourself. To realize it’s all okay. And to love your life and who you are. It’s good for your soul. Really, really good. But with yoga teacher training coming up, and with the chaos of having two boys on school vacation, and all of the traveling that comes with summer, I knew there was no way I could take on an entire scrapbook album. Just no way. And I got sad about that. I love making albums. They’re so pretty and fun. And I have all these supplies. And I have all these Instagram followers . And I want to keep doing the memory keeping thing, even if it’s not a pocket-page Project-Life …

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I’m over bloggy blogging. Welcome to my new space. It’s mine. And I’ll write what I want.

So I had this realization the other day. I realized that my blog – this space – had turned into a J-O-B. You know, the kind that you start to dread. I lost touch with my daily posts. And I was beginning to feel obligated, rather than inspired, to write here. And I realized I had felt that way for a while. Well, weeks. And you may have noticed. Sorry about that. So when my mom suggested a change the other day, I immediately perked up. And I realized that I had already resolved to give up this space and just move on. And I didn’t want to do that. But I didn’t know how to conform to the “rules” I had developed for this space. About what it would be and what it wouldn’t be. And I realized that I thought those rules were stupid. And I really couldn’t care less about them. This is a blog, after all. Not a thesis. Not a tech paper that I submit to be reviewed for it’s …

Friday Photo + Words Embrace Adventure

Friday Photo + Words: Embrace Adventure

Every Friday I share a photo and a story. A lighter touch. An easier read for the end of the week. Friday Photo + Words is my best way to end the work week. — So here it is: Friday Photo + Words. You may remember that I set this crazy goal for myself back in January to walk every day in 2015. And, man, I picked QUITE a year to start this daily habit! But it’s June now, and the weather is perfect, and walking every day has become a habit I am completely in love with. We walk after lunch. It’s our way to end what is usually a really chaotic, adventurous morning (as life with this active toddler boy always is!), and start my favorite part of the day: naptime (moms, you know what I’m talking about!). Lately, though, our naptimes have decreased. And our walks have, subsequently, increased. It’s quite a racket to get everyone organized. There is me, Max, and the two dogs. There is a stroller. An iPhone. Keys. …