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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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Overcoming Fear and Pursuing a Creative Passion

Months ago, I applied for Kellie Stamps’ 2016 Design Team. And I got in. And I was SO HAPPY and SO EXCITED and I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it. And instead of announcing it, instead of posting all over Instagram, or writing a short blog post, I said nothing. I silently celebrated all by myself. And rather than immediately diving into the work, I ignored it. And that is fully out of character for me. So let’s talk about that. Because it’s fascinating and surprising and it’s a great personal story that is worthy of your time. Whether you’re a creative or not, this post is worthy of your attention. And, who knows, you might just learn something. Depression and Creativity I had a slow start to the year. And obviously that contributed to my quiet celebration. I was chronically sick, which, combined with the oppression of winter, and the crappiness of the first trimester of pregnancy, lead to depression. And depression, friend, is the killer of creativity. It is stifling while simultaneously …

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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 …

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Living in Sufficiency: A Daily Journey

Occasionally I come across things that are just too good not to share.  This is one of them. If you’ve followed this space for a while, you know that I like to get into the depths of who I am, how I work, what drives me. I like to consider, reflect, and dive a little deeper. I like to work through hard things, to find the positive, to reach a better way of being. Because, frankly, I have no choice. Life is HARD. And “hard” has, for many years, been my normal. That’s why I wholeheartedly pursued teaching yoga. It’s my way of reflecting, moving, working through hard things… when all I really want to do is curl up in my sweatpants and catch the latest Netflix series or scroll through Instagram. Because real life doesn’t give you the time to waste. Real life knocks you on your ass in half a second, pushes you around while your down, and still expects you to get up and go back to work, go back to responsibility, …

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One Little Word 2016 | Magic

Have you ever had one of those moments where coincidence or luck brought you to something totally new, totally amazing, and changed the course of the trajectory you were on? That, friend, is MAGIC. And it’s my One Little Word® this year. What is One Little Word®? Oh! I am SO so glad you asked! You may have noticed the cultural trend to move away from talking about New Year’s Resolutions (which are rarely followed after January), and a push towards adopting a word, or a phrase, or a general theme for the year. Something a little more attainable. A little more achievable. A little more realistic. And inspiring. It’s a trend I appreciate and truly value. It’s also a trend that follows a project I’ve been doing for years. One Little Word® is a project run by Ali Edwards. Ali is a memory keeper, a story teller, a talented artist. Seriously, don’t go to her website unless you’re planning to buy a bunch of stuff. She’s amazing. Anyway. This project, friend, is not a …

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One Little Word 2015 | Final Thoughts

It’s a new year. New start. And time for a new word. A new intention. A new energetic tone to bring to my choices, my spare moments, my goals, my hopes. This is my fourth year choosing a word. For more on my past posts, you can check out the One Little Word® tag, or start reading about Cultivate in 2015 in the first post, or start with “no resolutions: just a word.” But before we start talking about the new word, I want to come back to the word from 2015. Because it meant a lot to me. Because it stuck with me and kept me going, even when I wanted to give up. Because it was, truly, the perfect word for my year. Cultivate was my word in 2015. Cultivate I cultivated my creative outlets: memory keeping, art, painting, handmade things, paper, collage, digital work. I cultivated new skills: script, web design, logos + branding, and continued to cultivate them from good, to better, to something that I am truly proud of. I …

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Cultivate: One Little Word in May

For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word® to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about cultivating the best parts of me. So join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word. — May was a crazy month. CRAZY. If I were to begin to tell the story, I’m not sure you would even believe it all. Cultivate Your Creative Community Oh, friends. The first half of May was all about this incredibly creative, incredibly productive, incredibly driven mindset. I got SO much done. I finished My Selfie Scrapbook with a ton of pictures, a gorgeous final album, and a lot of new friends. It was amazing. And …

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Cultivate: One Little Word in April

For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word® to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about cultivating the best parts of me. So join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word. — Oh, friends. April was such an amazing month for One Little Word that I didn’t get a chance to write about it. And I’m just SO glad to be taking the time now to share it all. At the end of March I did an exercise on building my “intentions” for this year. What they were, what I imagined they would look like, and how could I make them happen. Without more than a few …

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Cultivating Hand Lettering Skills: 3 tips to start hand lettering today

Friends, April was ALL about taking classes and building my creative skill set. You may have noticed something different in the “how I thrive,” “my imaginary perfect day,”  and “coming soon” posts last week: the hand lettering. Today, I wanted to share more about building that skill and how it fits into my one little word this year. If you’ve hung around memory keeping online communities for any amount of time, you probably know that Studio Calico is one of THE sites to visit when you’re looking for creative inspiration. Between their products, classes, and forums, you can really have a lot of fun getting lost in their site. I love everything that they do. So when they offered a self-paced course on hand-lettering last month, the opportunity was too good to pass up. It’s amazing to me how little instructions, small notes, and a few tips can truly transform your creative capabilities. Literally within the first 5 minutes of class, I was amazed at how much I had improved. And since I’m SO in …