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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 …

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Creativity and Vulnerability: I Never Share my Work | One Little Word

Friends. Seriously. I’m kind of half amazed and half fully in shock. Let me explain. I really REALLY thought I was the kind of person that wasn’t afraid to put themselves out there. Truly, in person, I’m an open book. If you ask me a question, I’ll give you an all-too honest, overly detailed answer. I don’t hold anything back. The things that have been hard in my life, the things that I have overcome or worked through, the things that others would be ashamed of, I’m not afraid to share those things. Seriously, just ask my mom. 😉 I’ve been reading Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong and there are a few things about the way she talks about fear and vulnerability that really struck me. The first is that when you’re going through something, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is to others, it’s all about your point of reference. Your perspective. What is impossible for one person, is a blink to another. And so on. This rings true in discussions …

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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 …

Commit to Creativity: The 100 Day Project and tips on successfully rocking your first daily challenge

Tips for Starting a New Creative Challenge #The100DayProject

Every year I try to take on something new. Sometimes, a 30-day commitment. Sometimes, a seasonal change. Sometimes, an annual challenge. Usually, it’s on my own, totally self- perpetuated, and (mostly) successful. It’s something I’ve been doing most of my adult life and a process – and commitment – that I truly, truly learn from and appreciate each and every time. This year I’m participating in the 100 Day Project, hosted by Ella Luna. I’m SUPER excited about this challenge, partly because it’s coming at a time when I need it SO much.   You see, my creativity has been in a slump recently. I’m recovering from an intense first trimester of hyperemesis gravidarium and creativity, friend, is a long lost love. While my motivation is back, and my energy grows more every day, I’m stuck. Uninspired. And wanting, so badly, to get back in the habit of doing the things that I love so much. So when I saw the Ella Luna challenge this year, I knew it was exactly what I needed to …

Everyday Photography tips for capturing your summer vacation | #EveryDayPhotoTips

Capturing Summer: Photo Tips for Everyday Photography

This week I was invited to participate in another Instagram takeover for The Blog Life. You may remember the post on “My Imaginary Perfect Day” last month, where I shared the photos and the stories – and photos – of a perfect day in the life (you know, the kind that never happen).   My theme this month was about capturing the best moments of summer and the apps and resources I use to get the most out of my summer photos. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. You may remember my #100HappyDays series from last year. Every 10 days, for 100 days, I posted a selection of photos from our summer wanderings. It wasn’t a perfect daily photo project, but looking back on the selection of captures and reading the short captions brings me joy. And I want that again this year. I’m not sure what this year’s project will look like. There are a few things I’m waiting to fall into place before I commit to something. In the …

#100HappyDays-10 Capture the Everyday Joy of your Summer Days with your iPhone

#100 Happy Days | Fall

#100HappyDays is a free photo documentation project designed to inspire people to start noticing what makes them happy every day, be happier, be thankful, be optimistic, and all sorts of good stuff. If there is one thing that all this life documentation has taught me, it’s that the small, everyday moments – routines, habits, meals – are the things that make up who you are. When we acknowledge and celebrate those small moments, we’re celebrating ourselves. You can learn more about the project by visiting the 100happydays.com website and sign up for free! — My #100HappyDays challenge ended last month. It was awesome. And I can’t wait to take the photos and turn them into an album we can view for years to come. But I just can’t get enough! So I decided to one more collage for the Fall. I’m enamored with nature lately. We’ve had unseasonably warm weather mixed in between crisp, sunny fall days and the sky has been a beautiful backdrop to the changing light. Naturally, I’m taking full advantage. WAY …

#100HappyDays-10 Capture the Everyday Joy of your Summer Days with your iPhone

#100 Happy Days | Ten

#100HappyDays is a free photo documentation project designed to inspire people to start noticing what makes them happy every day, be happier, be thankful, be optimistic, and all sorts of good stuff. If there is one thing that all this life documentation has taught me, it’s that the small, everyday moments – routines, habits, meals – are the things that make up who you are. When we acknowledge and celebrate those small moments, we’re celebrating ourselves. You can learn more about the project by visiting the 100happydays.com website and sign up for free! — This is the tenth installment of #100HappyDays and I love this project. This was the week leading up to my sister’s wedding. LOTs of excitement. Lots of bright, light photos. Lots of selfies. It was SO. MUCH. FUN! In between pre-wedding festivities – like girl’s night out at the DryBar in Boston and dinner and drinks at a hip joint downtown – Max and I ventured to Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. where I was free to wander and indulge in …

#100HappyDays-09 Capture the Everyday Joy of your Summer Days with your iPhone

#100 Happy Days | Nine

#100HappyDays is a free photo documentation project designed to inspire people to start noticing what makes them happy every day, be happier, be thankful, be optimistic, and all sorts of good stuff. If there is one thing that all this life documentation has taught me, it’s that the small, everyday moments – routines, habits, meals – are the things that make up who you are. When we acknowledge and celebrate those small moments, we’re celebrating ourselves. You can learn more about the project by visiting the 100happydays.com website and sign up for free! — This is the ninth installment of #100HappyDays and I love this project. The middle picture would be more aptly titled “goodbye, summer!” but I’m still not ready to talk about that. This summer was AWESOME. The weather was perfect. The days were long. Everything was easy. We visited historical homes and counted frogs in the Roman-eque garden. We swam in historical ponds. We sought out culture. And bike rides. And smiles. And when we were tired, we rested … together. It …