The Currency of the Creative Mind

I have a lot of ideas and sometimes I take it for granted. It’s the currency of the creative – our ideas, and our imagination. It’s what we pride ourselves on. It’s what sets us apart – the fact that we can have so many ideas floating around in our heads. That’s what makes us creative.

Right?

And I realize that not everyone has trained their brain as I have to create and capture new ideas. For some, those ideas that they are passionate about are few and precious. They’re overwhelmed with their busy lives and don’t have the same luxury that I have. I’ve heard it said many times before.

“You have so many cool ideas. It’s because you’re so creative.”

Of course, I don’t think coming up with ideas is something exclusive to the ‘creative person’. I think anyone can be creative. What matters is opening yourself up to those ideas. You have to work at it.

But here’s the tea: ideas are cheap.

It’s the execution of those ideas that really matter. It’s the difference between talking about doing something and actually doing it. Talk is cheap. Actions are what matter.

Everyone can imagine their ideal life. But not everyone has the courage to work for it.

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Why Notebooks Make Great Gifts (& 52 Ways to Fill Them)

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It’s the holidays, and let’s be honest, sometimes brainstorming great gift ideas is hard. But there is one item that comes to mind every year, something I’ve received as a gift myself a few times. It’s super versatile and can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone.

And that item (if the title hasn’t already made it clear) is the notebook. That’s right. Those sheets of paper bound together that hold all your ideas and creative thoughts.

I recently finished my digital notebook experiment and it’s really reinvigorated my love for notebooks and stationery. I firmly believe that notebooks make a really versatile and reliable option for gifts. So I set out to brainstorm how many ways you could use them to prove that very idea.

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4 Ways to Avoid Burnout When Your a Workaholic

One of the most troublesome realities of being a workaholic is this one: you cannot work indefinitely.

Now of course, there are things like food and sleep that are necessary to our survival no matter how much we might try to convince ourselves otherwise, but that isn’t what I’m talking about.

Outside basic necessities and unshakeable responsibilities, we can (and frequently do) spend the rest of our time working, especially if you have your own business, and/or you work from home. I’ve been there. Heck, I’m still doing it even though I know I shouldn’t. This is one of those posts that’s as much about reminding me as it is about helping you.

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Archiving an Old Bullet Journal Using Evernote

I recently finished my very first bullet journal which meant I needed a new one, and if you’re a stationery junkie like me there are few things as exciting as starting a new notebook. But there was just one problem. I was still carrying around my old bullet journal as it had spreads, sketches and information that I needed, but I wasn’t willing to remake them in my new one – it felt like both a waste of paper and a waste of time.

If there is one thing you should know about me it’s that I like to rid myself of the superfluous. If I can streamline my process I will. If I can leave stuff at home when I hit a coffee shop for a few focused hours of work, I will. I don’t like bulk and I don’t like clutter, and I found it a little frustrating that I had to carry around a notebook I could no longer use but still needed.

So, I decided I would digitize my bullet journal. That way I could refer to it whenever I needed to, and the book could be safely stored away. No extra bulk in my bag, weight on my back or clutter on my desk.

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8 Board Ideas to Get You Started on Pinterest

Pinterest is a powerful tool, and whether you know how to use it or not, you need to know what to use it for. I’ve been on Pinterest for years, and I’ve loved every minute of it! If you take a look at my page you’ll notice I have dozens of boards, all with different topics and uses. There are so many different ways you can use Pinterest – it’s a tool in many senses of the word.

Here are just some of the collections I’ve started over on my Pinterest page! If you enjoy it, you can make a board about it.

But let’s face it: it can be intimidating. Pinterest is a big platform, and when you’re just getting started or trying to get back into it, it can be hard to know where to start. As someone who is quite familiar with it at this point, I figured I’d share a few ideas to get you started, whether you’re a freelancer, writer, artist or blogger.

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