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Book Review [A Book For Creatives]: “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon

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Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon is a quick read, you can probably sit down and read it in an hour. However, don’t let the size fool you, this book is filled with a lot of great informationfor creatives trying to make a living out of their art. Show Your Work gives tips for the “starving artist”; it also is a great guide for people who are passionate entrepreneurs. The book is inspirational, but without the fluff, it is very to the point. The chapters are two or three pages long, with drawings and photographs, which makes reading the book go by so much faster. Definitely a must-read for creatives, or anyone who is passionate about branding themselves and starting a business. It is not a necessarily a step-by-step road to success guide, somethings will apply to you and some may not. Yet, the book is like a great pep talk, Kleon gives 10 easy tips on why and how you should share your art with the world. Kleon really understands the struggle of creative artists, because he is one. Reading through the book, I often said to myself, “How did he know I was thinking that?!”.

I will definitely keep Show Your Work on my bookshelf and refer to it often as I try pursue my side passions. It is also a great book to give as a gift to a fellow creative!

My Grade: A+

 

Why You SHOULD Make Your Goals Visual: My 5 Tips on Vision Boarding.

Vision boarding may seem like a task to some (too complicated, too time consuming, too artsy) but I’m here to tell you it is definitely worth your time! It’s something that has become very valuable to me over the past three years. And the whole process is relaxing, creative, and fun (we can all use a little fun creativity in our lives)!

The best part is, that it can actually help you achieve your goals, instead of forgetting all about them come April.

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So why should you make a vision board?

Because Oprah makes vision boards.

Duh!

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No but seriously, I first heard about vision boards through Oprah. Since then I’ve heard many life coaches, therapists and psychologists say it helps to do a vision board at the start of every year, but why?

Because..

– It helps you focus on your life and your future.

-It gets you back in touch with who you are and what you desire.

– It inspires you. It makes you believe in yourself. You’re taking charge of your life by outlining what you want.

– It’s a daily reminder. Every morning I wake up and see my vision board, and if I have a free second during the day I can actually put energy into one of my goals.

Manifestation: “What you think about, you bring about.” You are speaking things into existence and recognizing your own truth.

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5 TIPS FOR CREATING A VISION BOARD

(I like to call it: My Inspiration Board)

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1. Before you start setting your goals for the new year, reflect on your past year, then set resolutions based on growth and becoming a better you. Any mistakes you’ve made or things you want to make sure you change? What do you want to improve? How do you want to improve? Reevaluate your life and the direction you want it to go. Know what you want, what you need and what you deserve. If you don’t know what you want to gain out of life, you better work on knowing. Life is too short to not live with purpose. When you know what you want, you get it faster.

2. Next write out your goals. Write down what you want (and in some cases how you want to achieve it). You can make deadlines. Set numbers. Be as specific as possible. If you want a car, what kind of car do you want? What model? Four-door, two-door? Think visual when writing your goals down.

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*I set my goals in categories. “Love goals”, “Health goals”, “Career goals”, “Personal goals”, “Travel goals”, etc. Add as many categories as you want, it helps you organize your thoughts. Even if it’s not a goal for this year but you can work on it this year include it. (I included a house on mine, but I’m not currently on the market for one.)*

3. Time to get creative. BRING OUT THE MARKERS, SCISSORS AND STICK GLUE. Collect old magazines (You can throw a “vision board party” and have friends bring magazines too!) cut out phrases, words, pictures. Use the markers to write goals you want to put on the board, or to write out inspirational quotes you love.

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Men: you don’t have to go overboard designing this thing. I hope the glitter in the picture doesn’t scare you away!

Examples: A kangaroo can represent a trip to Australia, pictures of healthy foods and a yoga pose if you want healthier lifestyle.

*If you want to put specific things like your dream car on your vision board, google the image and print it out.*

*I also included pictures of my family and famous women I aspire to be like!*

4. Design the board. I bought a big cork board from Target for $9 and fabric and ribbon for less than $3. But you don’t have to go all out creative like me. Some people use a poster board or use their blank wall and tack photos togther. (Be as creative as you want to be!)

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Here’s my vision board!!! Large plain cork board, green fabric , gold ribbon for the border, tacks, construction paper, markers, a lot of photos, postcards, quotes, lists, and old magazine pictures.

*I used a cork board and tacks for most of my goals because if goals change throughout the year or I want to add more later I can easily make those changes.*

5. Make the vision board visible and in your face. Hang it in a place where you’ll be able to see it everyday. You want to be able to see it and be inspired by it as much as possible. Take a picture of your vision board put it as your phone lock screen background or as your wallpaper on your computer.

Your vision board will be an awesome representation of YOU. Enjoy it! Make 2015 a great year!

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“Live, Laugh, Love” is just a corny wall sticker. But here are Some Realistic Ways to Be More Positive.

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“Jess you are such a dreamer, it’s so annoying….”

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There’s a myth about people that are “optimistic”.

No, I am not happy all the time.

Yes, I do feel overwhelmed and cry at times.

Yes, no matter how much life may suck, I am an extremely positive person.

There is so much resistant to just letting yourself be happy because we always want more. I get it; I’m an ambitious person. I am just as goal-oriented as the next 20-something year old, but the key to becoming successful is by thinking optimistically.

Do you think Steve Jobs was thinking like a realist or an optimist when he created Apple? Optimists achieve great things because of their attitude. The more I started thinking positive and kind towards myself, the more I truly believed I was enough, the more the universe returned that same energy and set up to help me accomplish my goals.

Maybe for my generation it’s cool to be a bit negative–to critique others, to bad mouth or to put others down. Maybe this makes us feel better. But if you pay close attention, life really doesn’t suck.

 For the Realists, 5 “Realistic” Ways to Be More Positive:

1. Make An Inspiration Music Playlist.

Or simply listen to happy music–this can be any song that brings out good thoughts. Refer to my previous post to see my personal “good-feeling” playlist.

2. Make a Small Effort to Look Nice Everyday.

I’ve never been one to dress up. As a former athlete, I’m a huge advocate for sweatpants anywhere, anytime. But your appearance can improve your day-to-day life. I never knew how much fashion impacted the confidence in people until I starting working in fashion! As a men’s fashion advisor and sometimes personal stylist, I thought my job was filled with selfish, egocentric, shallow, freaks. Yeah and some people in the fashion world are like that, (luckily not anyone I work with, LOVE YOU GUYS.) It was during my training that I realized I was helping people gain more knowledge on how to present themselves; I was building their confidence.

First day of orientation the fashion advisors watched a scene from the movie The Devil Wears Prada. The main character, who is a recent college graduate and serious journalist, cares more about the content of her work ethic than her clothing–I was a nerd in college, I can relate (again sweatpants everyday, all day). However, when she’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown because she is busting her ass but not pleasing her boss, she decides to get a makeover. A new look, new clothes, and wa-la she is feeling more confident about her position! With a pep in her step, and a better attitude at work, she ends up impressing her boss and most importantly herself!

Before, I would get up for work and leave make up and getting all done-up for when I got there. Now If I have the time I wake up 10 minutes earlier than usual, just to spend extra time on my hair and makeup. A minor change like this can make you more likely to engage in conversation with the hottie at Starbucks 😉 or have a good day overall.

3. Set Short-Term Goals. On your Phone.

Like any 20-something, I’ve got big goals. Huge, daunting goals that make me feel so unbelievably overwhelmed that sometimes it’s hard to even start. To ease my mind, I’ve started writing everything down on my phone. From my late night “I’m lonely” thoughts, to “pick up dry cleaning tomorrow!” I even set alarms and cute reminders for myself  “Meeting at 5pm, smile your day is almost done!” Taking things one step at a time, one day at a time and accomplishing mini goals really boosts your confidence and make your giant dreams feel more attainable.

4. Stay Busy.

I came across a quote from Joyce Meyer, “When we fill our thoughts with the right things, the wrong ones have no room to enter.” As much as I hate the fast busy pace of New York City, we live to work not work to live, but a busy life is indeed a happy life. And forgive me for the add-on but following inspirational people on twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even LinkedIn, is SO worth it! Some of the most depressing times of my life have been when I simply didn’t have enough to do—it breeds boredom and negativity. Staying busy will make you realize that you simply don’t have time to worry about your supposed “weight gain” or that stupid ex boyfriend who keeps texting you.

5. Forgive Yourself and Forgive Others.

As a selfish generation we tend to be too sensitive. Taking everything personally and not stopping to think how our actions may affect other people. Forgive any guilt you may feel. Forgive yourself for hurting people or any wrong doing you have done, and give yourself a fresh start. Also forgive those who hurt you. Let it go. Whatever you do, do not hold on to bitterness. Go on your own truth-seeking journey. Have the courage to accept yourself and your flaws. You are imperfect but you are worthy of love and belonging. Never blame yourself for a break up or change yourself for the sake of making something work. You know what kind of person you want to be, so be that person. Have a vision of what kind of life you want to live. Be the best version of you.

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“Jess you are such a dreamer, it’s so annoying, but I like being around you because you give me hope for my dreams too.”

 

Epeolatry: The Worship Of Words

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We are all friends of a friend, of a friend. We didn’t all know each other but we often wrote, blogged, tweeted–about love, about women, about society’s lack of understanding of love, about society’s lack of understanding of women, about the beauty of love, about the beauty of being women. We loved ourselves, we loved our successes, we loved our joys, we loved our failures, we loved our heartbreaks, and we wanted other women to know that it is okay to feel the same way.

Women are biologically built this way. For a reason. I didn’t know that reason until now.

It was as if the universe brought us together. Law of attraction. 7 local women in their 20s from New York City started a creative blog to empower women. Poems, short stories, art, photography, and more. Love, Strength, and Understanding. I am so happy and proud to know these women and to be apart of #themovement. I am overwhelmed with joy from the feedback we’ve received.

I do not have a tumblr but follow, share, read on a daily, I hope you’ll join us in this positive movement. We are just getting started! http://epeolatrycollective.tumblr.com/

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We are women who fall in love with the world everyday. We are women who channel our emotions into our creative outlets. Though some of us are still in hiding, we are painters, we are photographers, we are writers, we are musicians, but most of all, we are women who want to do nothing but empower one another.

Thinking back, I started this because I am constantly overwhelmed by the amount of talented women I know, women who sometimes don’t know how inspirational they are. I see myself in all these women, and I feel them on multiple levels because our pain and our love is universal. We inspire one another to create, and to love. I can only hope that these women and myself move you as much as they have moved me and continue to move me every day. I hope you follow us on this journey. I love you all, already.