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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 …

#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 …

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 …

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Putting it all together: First and Last Pages of #MySelfieScrapbook

This post is part of the #MySelfieScrapbook collaborative project, co-sponsored by Jen Lake of Sunlight and Air Blog and four talented memory keeping product designers: Kellie Stamps, Record Life Blog, Color Cast Designs, and Polka Dot Creative. For more on this project, check out the initial post here, the list of suggested supplies, and the first prompt. Blog hops take place on Fridays here and on the other blogs through May 15th. If you want to join in, tag your post #myselfiescrapbook photos on Instagram. You can find all of my posts here. — This week is the wrap up of #MySelfieScrapbook – so get ready for a lot of fun (and a lot of social sharing!). Finishing any project is both exhilarating and exhausting. The final 10% of work seems to take 50% of the time you spend on it. There is a lot to consider, of course: formatting, final touches, re-doing draft work, etc. And often there are things we never thought about in the beginning, or the middle, like the cover, the …

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My Winter Capsule Wardrobe

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet 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. — In my last #minimize post I rounded out my Closet Clean Out miniseries with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I wanted to share my full round-up on the winter capsule wardrobe. First, let me share two points that will help to clarify this project and why this post is coming out in mid-April. One. I didn’t set out to develop a “capsule” wardrobe this winter. Changing my wardrobe over with the seasons is something I do quarterly, as the weather dictates. Now that …