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My Love for Spark E-Course + a Giveaway

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop | The Nerd Nest

This summer I was struggling a little bit with blogger burnout. I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go, was having a love/hate relationship with “blog land” itself, and was going through a personal guilt struggle. The main thing that helped me out of the slump was the Spark ecourse, a 30 day e-mail course by my friend Kam of Campfire Chic.

I loved that I got an action oriented e-mail every day, but I’m a little slow, so I decided to put all of the e-mails in a folder and gave myself two days per lesson. Most of the action items Kam gave in the course took 10 minutes or so, but I scheduled the harder (for me) ones in and even did a few of them multiple times. These lessons aren’t about the fluff. Each of them had a specific purpose: to get me thinking about the content of my blog and what I liked / didn’t like about it, to seek out new inspiration and eliminate the source of the bad feelings, to get more efficient with my blogging time, and to be more organized and creative. These weren’t e-mails that were trying to convince me that I shouldn’t be in a funk: they were things I could do to take control and get myself OUT of the funk.

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After reading about how the first half of the course helped me, Kam asked if I’d like to host a giveaway so you can have an opportunity to get your spark back too! To enter to win a spot in the course, just leave a comment about a time you felt blogger burnout. I’ll announce the winner at the bottom of this post Monday, September 29th. You have until then to enter.

You don’t have to wait to see if you’ve won to get started getting your Spark back. For $2 off of the course now through October 4, use the code SPARKNEST. Sign up now and Campfire Chic will reimburse you if you win–or you could give a spot to a friend!

Want an extra entry? Share about the giveaway on your favorite social media site and leave an extra comment letting me know you’ve done so.

I’m an affiliate of Campfire Chic and as such receive a small percentage of any sales made using the links in this post. However, this is not sponsored content: all opinions are my own. I bought and took this course because boy did I need it and am sharing my progress with you because you might need it too.

If you’ve taken Spark, I’d love to hear about your experience with the class!

Project Life 2014 | July 20-26

Project Life 2014 - July 20-26 | The Nerd Nest

I love documenting my life with weekly Project Life spreads! At the end of each month, I batch edit and order the previous month’s photos and then work on spreads in batches. This week, I’m sharing a spread from the end of July.

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July 20-26

I didn’t have any of the bright, deep green I was looking for in my kits, so I mixed cards from Studio Calico Project Life kits with Capture 6×6 paper pad for this spread.

Enhance drab photos with bold colored products | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Brunch, my birthday, watching my niece Ava, the kids building with Lincoln logs, Jake power washing the house, the kids night scootering, and me playing a whole lot of Final Fantasy VII.

In lieu of a group shot, use multiple photos | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If I can’t get a group shot, I like to take multiples to make sure everyone is represented. That’s why you’ll see a lot of photos of two of us at a time at brunch (though Jonas photo bombed Eliza and I this time).

Combine patterned paper and cropped journaling cards | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Sometimes I find a hard balance between cool patterns that bring in the colors I want in the layout and room for words. This is especially the case when I use 6×6 journaling pads–there isn’t a lot of paper with room for words in those. I get the best of both worlds by mixing a patterned paper background with a cropped down journaling card, grid card, or white card.

Fancy up a #projectlife card with a strip of washi tape and a small embellishment at the top | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Fancy up your plainer cards with a strip of washi tape and a small centered embellishment. Both of these are from Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me kits.

Add a label in the middle of a collage | The Nerd Nest

Tip: I love putting a circular embellishment where the points meet in a collage, but it is a great place for a label too if you need room for more color and journaling!

Using #projectlife Design M | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Hedgie, Lily in box fort heaven, Science City, Eliza helping with Jonas’s pre-school lessons, and much needed waffles with Leslie Knope inspired photos (oh, the joy).

Get stills from video with screen shots | The Nerd Nest

Tip: To include stills from videos, I take screen shots with my phone.

How to get straight embellishment lines | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Get small embellishments on in a straight line by cutting the clear backing around the embellishments you’d like to use and adhering that to the layout rather than the embellishments themselves. I’d never be able to replicated the nice and neat spread from the packaging otherwise!

Sneak up on photo shy animals | The Nerd Nest

Tip: For photo shy animals, turn the sound off on your phone, sneak up, wait very still, and start clicking away when the animal returns to business as usual. To get photos of our hedgehog I hover my phone in her cage until she decides it’s not scary anymore. I can’t get photos of her face when we’re holding her because she moves around or burrows into our arms and she’s scared of the shutter on the big camera, so this is the only way I’ve found that works!

Supplies: Basic Grey Capture 6×6 paper pad, Studio Calico Project Life kit, Oh Deer Me kit embellishments, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors, Design M page protectors from this variety pack, Project Life corner rounder.

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.

Catch Up with Project Life

Catch Up with Project Life is open for registration now! Use the code teacherspet for $5 off the class through September. This code can’t be combined with other offers.

Announcing Catch Up with Project Life at Big Picture Classes!

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Catch Up with Project Life - Annette Haring

Catch Up with Project Life - Trisha Harrison

I’m so excited to announce that I’m teaching Catch Up with Project Life at Big Picture Classes along with Annette Haring and Trisha Harrison!

“Falling behind” is the most common struggle we hear from Project Lifers. We wanted a fun way to help you catch up and make progress in your Project Life albums in a fun, no guilt way. Thus Catch Up with Project Life was born!

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Trisha Harrison | Project Life

What’s in the workshop? We designed 12 challenges to tackle common PL trouble areas, complete with instructional video presentations, PDF handouts, and exclusive projects by each of us (including a Project Life mini book by me!). The workshop is a 3 week event, but we added a whole extra week of content–the first three challenges–in pre-class to help you prepare! That means you can get started RIGHT NOW. In addition to the challenges, we have bonus tips, inspirational e-mails, and an awesome 12 hour event at the end of class complete with sponsor prizes!

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited and proud I am.

(Layouts by myself, Annette, and Trish, respectively.)

Catch Up with Project Life

Catch Up with Project Life is open for registration now! Use the code teacherspet for $5 off the class through September. This code can’t be combined with other offers.

If you sign up for the class, I’d love to know what you think after exploring in pre-class! Also, let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Let’s Bust Through Creative Roadblocks

Let's Bust Through Creative Roadblocks | The Nerd Nest

Today I want to talk about Creative Roadblocks–barriers keeping you from pursuing your creative ventures.

There are a lot of things that can keep us from doing creative things. We’ve already covered a big one–internalizing that you are not creative (YOU ARE)–but creative roadblocks really are different for everyone. This week, I want you to reflect on what your creative roadblocks might be so we can come up with possible solutions for getting past them.

To get you started, I’m going to share a few of my common creative roadblocks and how bust through them (or work around them):

Lack of Skill

I love learning new skills, but sometimes I need something done more quickly than I can learn. When learning the new skill takes more time than I feel I can dedicate to a project, I put things off. I had a lack of skill roadblock in creating my newsletter–I wanted something with a beautiful design, but I don’t have the digital design skills to pull off the dream in my head.

To get past it, I recognized that I DON’T NEED an amazing design in my newsletter. It’s a bonus, sure, but isn’t required to get started. So I started anyway–I can always learn to make it prettier and more professional looking later. To make sure I actually DO learn, I’ve been setting aside time for skill building every week.

Time

My biggest creative roadblock is time. I never have enough time to execute all of the creative ideas I have. I probably never will. But, by working to integrate creativity into my schedule and my routine, I have enough time to keep my need for creativity fulfilled.

Sometimes the roadblock to having creative time is a change in schedule. This year, Jonas stopped taking naps–which was my prime creative time. I had to find new ways to carve out that time for myself, by giving him quiet play / room cleaning time, by involving him in my creative endeavors, and by giving up some of my evening activities to work then.

Money

I wish I had tons and tons of extra money to use for supplies for creative pursuits, but I don’t. I have a monthly budget to keep my scrapbooking going, but I don’t have a specific spot in my budget available for projects.

To bust through this roadblock, I come up with plans to make extra money, work hard to use what I already have on hand, research to find cheaper solutions, or start to set aside small bits of money by giving up other things until I have enough saved up for a project. The latter is what I did for my pipe bookshelves and is what I’m working on doing so I can build a DIY dining room table (unless it ends up being cheaper to buy one than build one)!

Those are a few of my creative roadblocks and how I get past them. Share your thoughts or questions in the comments and we’ll brainstorm our way through those creative roadblocks together. Tips on how to overcome certain roadblocks are fantastic too if you’ve already busted through some of yours!

Use the hashtag #NerdNestJumpstart on social media so I can find you!

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Day in the Life // September

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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Monday, September 15:

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It was Jake’s turn to wake up earlier with Eliza, but he fell back asleep after waking up and she basically got herself ready. She just let us know when the bus got here. I hung out with Jake while he got ready for work and told him about my weird long dream. Then I drank coffee and read a bit until Jonas woke up, because that bit of quiet in between Eliza and Jake leaving and Jonas waking up is awesome, when it happens. I’m currently blazing my way through the The Divergent Series, so I opted for reading that rather than using the time to actually work.

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After Jonas woke up we snuggled a bit, had breakfast, and worked on cleaning up his room. Then he played games on the Nintendo 64 while I finished up some work, including yesterday’s blog post because I’m running behind.

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Next, out for errands. We were going to go to the park, but it started raining. We had lunch at Panda Express, picked up groceries and flowers at Trader Joe’s, and picked up Jonas’s friend from his pre-school.

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Jonas and his friend had fun playing outside, wrecking the house, and playing with Legos. I alternated between playing with them, cleaning a bit, and reading.

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Jonas and I read a big stack of books on the front porch while waiting for Eliza to get home. We enjoyed the September air so very much. The kids had yogurt as a snack outside, Eliza worked with Jonas on his ABCs, then they headed inside to do homework. Jonas likes to “homework” while Eliza does, which is usually a combination pre-school workbooks, art projects, and playing with educational games. They did all of that in the box fort while I read a few more chapters outside.

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More homework and cleaning and playing. I set Jonas up with a movie while I started to make chicken and noodles for dinner. When Jake got home, he watched an episode of last week’s The Daily Show, replaced some lightbulbs in the kitchen, then rolled out the homemade noodles and finished up dinner. We all ate together (the kids barely ate and everyone was grouchy), then Jake ran to our neighborhood grocery store to rent Divergent, because I wanted to talk to him about it and he’s not big on reading. The kids and I started cleaning up after dinner, and when Jake got back he read books to Jonas before bed and Eliza finished up the last of her homework and headed off to sleep too.

Jake and I watched most of Divergent before I needed to head to the airport to pick up Paul. I blasted sing along music on the way there, read while waiting for Paul to find his bags, and then talked to him about his trip on the way back. Paul spent the night, but it was late when we got back so Jake and I finshed the last 20 minutes of Divergent and went to bed a bit after midnight.

Are you playing along with mid-month Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with yours if you are!!!

Check out my other Day in the Life posts, including how I put them into Project Life.

Project Life 2014 | July Day in the Life

July #dayinthelife in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

On the 15th of each month this year, I’ve been documenting a Day in the Life, a concept originated by Ali Edwards. Last year I used Ali’s templates to include a 6×12 insert for every Day in the Life I did, but this year I wanted a bit more wiggle room. So I’m throwing a full spread in between weekly spreads (extra full spreads in addition to weekly spreads is sort of my M.O. this year).

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Here’s July Day in the Life:

#dayinthelife in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

I used the Studio Calico September kit and paper pad and the September Oh Deer Me kit for this spread. The pinks and blues worked really well together across both kits!

July #dayinthelife in #projectlife - AM | The Nerd Nest

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As usual for DITL spreads, I kept it pretty simple so I’d have plenty of room for the words.

I didn’t have enough 4×6 journaling cards that matched the spread, so I mixed 4×6 patterned paper, vertical 3×4 patterned cards and horizontal 3×4 journaling cards to make it work.

Here are a few tips you can pull from this spread:

Find natural homes for embellishments in cards | The Nerd Nest

Look for natural homes on your cards for embellishments. The blank circle on this card would be great for a written title or circle embellishment (I went with cute tiny Freckled Fawn flair). The blue rectangle was perfect for this long rectangle veneer wood and would have been a great spot for a label as well.

Making 4x4 photos at home in 4x6 pockets | The Nerd Nest

Repeat design decisions on opposite corners of a #projectlife spread to add balance or symmetry | The Nerd Nest

Repeat design decisions on opposite corners of a spread to add balance. On this page, I used similar designs for the 4×6 journaling spaces and for the 4×6 pockets with 4×4 photos.

Are you doing Day in the Life this year? How are you containing your documentation?

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 12

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 12 | The Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of memory keeping classes online and I’m here again to share my takes with you!

This time I have takes from 30 Days of Lists by Kam and Amy, another take from my and Kristin‘s workshop My Details, and takes from two classes at Big Picture Classes: Angie Lucas‘s upcoming Quizapalooza and Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed).

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September #30Lists 1-10 | The Nerd Nest

30 Days of Lists is a bi-monthly journaling challenge with daily prompts and is one of the workshops I always look forward to most. For September, I’m using Design F Project Life protectors, which fit 10 3×4 lists and one title card per side. For the first 10 lists, I used the exclusive #30Lists digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Designs (free for listers who signed up before September) plus number stamps.

I loved these first 10 lists and am so happy that they really catch what I’m thinking about in the moment. I’d answer the prompts differently if I did them on a different day, so I know that I’d answer them REALLY differently if I were doing them in a different year. I like getting things down that I wouldn’t otherwise think to document.

Listing started September 1, but you can sign up any time and catch-up, or start with the current prompt and work your way back. My first time joining in with #30Lists, I jumped on at the tail end and then did the ones I’d missed the next month.

September #30Lists 1-10 using the Alexandra Rae Design Download | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If you have a repeated stamp image that won’t reach across the entire space, try left justifying one row and right justifying the other for balance.

My Style Circa 2001 | #mydetailsclass take from The Nerd Nest

I love going back through the prompts in My Details because they can be used again and again. This is a self-paced class (plus a private Facebook community) by Kristin of rukristin and myself. It’s all about documenting yourself, past and present, in a meaningful way.

I don’t have a ton of photos of myself from my early teens (I hated getting my photo taken), but I want to document at least a little bit about those years. When I was flipping through my unorganized photo box, this one jumped out at me. I decided to use it to tell the story of how I dressed the year this photo was taken (because the photo just about sums it up). I went with a basic list of my most typical style choices.

Most of the products used on this page are older, but you can find those resin plus shapes and the plus and line stamps in the September Oh Deer Me kit.

Tip: This photo was actually posted by a friend on Facebook! Your FB friends just might be an awesome source of old photos for you.

We’re planning on having another round of My Details next Spring, but will be adding to the current class and will be raising the price at that time. If you sign up before the next round, you’ll get all of that additional content essentially free.

My Style Circa 2001 | Document Your Teen Style #mydetailsclass

Tip: Use vellum to tone down a section of a bold pattern that would otherwise overwhelm the page.

My Style Circa 2001 | Layer scraps #mydetailsclass

Tip: When you are layering, go for scraps first rather than cutting into a fresh sheet of patterned paper. If you don’t have a big enough piece for what you need, see if you can stretch it buy cutting it into smaller strips and laying them side by side, as I did for the blue misted scraps.

Documenting Egyptian Artifacts with #projectlife Foil and Lovely editions | The Nerd Nest

Documenting a King Tut Exhibit Using #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

King Tut exhibit in #projectlife -- Bring on the gold! | The Nerd Nest

King Tut Exhibit Using #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

King Tut exhibit in #projectlife with the Lovely edition | The Nerd Nest

King Tut Exhibit with #ProjectLife panoramic pages | The Nerd Nest

I’m working through Here and There Inspiration by Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan (now closed), a 12 week course all about finding and implementing inspiration. For an assignment about getting inspired by art, I immediately thought of the blindingly beautiful gold and high contrast gold and black designs in the Egyptian art we saw at the Discovery of King Tut exhibit.

I decided to make the page match the artifacts and went for the gold with products from The Lovely mini kit, Foil Value kit, and a few bits from Studio Calico kits. The gold foil is really difficult to photograph and shows up almost black in places, but this spread is so so very pretty in person.

To accommodate all of the photos I wanted to use in this spread, I gave panoramic page protectors a go for the first time. These pages with folding out flaps were perfect for documenting this photo-heavy event. I can get the same amount of extra photos as I would with two inserts by using two panoramic pages, but I like the idea that mixing the panoramic pages and inserts within the same album will insure that all of the extra bulk isn’t just in the middle of the album.

Tip: When you really want to keep the focus on the photos, simplify your design and use fewer embellishments.

About Me Quizes from Angie Lucas's Quizapalooza | The Nerd Nest

Last but not least, I’m gearing up for Angie Lucas‘s Quizapalooza, which starts September 18. I love journaling based classes, and this one is looking like it will be a lot of fun and will spark me to record great stories (Angie is so good at asking just the right question).

Angie gave me a free 5 quiz download to share with you so you can get a small taste of what the class will be like. I went ahead and printed a few to use in my Project Life album (though a few of my answers gave me plans for full pages). These printable quizzes are 5×7, but I cropped them to 3×4 and put them each on a 4×6 card so they’ll work for my PL page. You can make them work for you or can just write down the questions and answer them!

Can’t wait for this class to start, it’s going to be awesome.

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


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Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to much less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).

Today is for…

Harry Potter Lego Display Case | The Nerd Nest

Ready to be Rearranged RGBIV Pipe Bookshelves | The Nerd Nest

Rearranging the RGBIV bookshelves, now that there’s a spare row thanks to our new Harry Potter display case.

Enjoying an Autumn breeze throughout the house.

Reorganizing our pantry closet, which has reached avalanche status again. New IKEA tubs = motivation.

Rocking a new sports bra. (My comfort is more important than your abhorrence of uni-boob, What Not to Wear believers.)

Picking up Jonas’s friend from preschool so they can play and his mom can work.

Working while kids are sleeping / occupied with their own thing, including working with Jake on the new Nerd Nest site which may or may not ever be finished.

Watching yesterday’s Daily Show with Paul.

Making homemade pizza.

Painting with Jonas.

Researching circus animal cruelty with Eliza and teaching her to sort through conflicting information (Paul got us free tickets for last night and E had questions about the protestors).

Looking up a few volunteer opportunities.

Reading a literary criticism textbook.

Savoring cool nights that are conducive to snuggling.

Appreciating a few weeks of calm smashed between heavy work times.

This exercise is a great way to document your right now! Make sure to share a link if you write what YOUR today is for too.

Project Life 2014 | July 13-19

Project Life Spread with Studio Calico's Yeats Add-On | The Nerd Nest

I love documenting my life with weekly Project Life spreads! At the end of each month, I batch edit and order the previous month’s photos and then work on spreads in batches. This week, I’m sharing a spread from mid-July.

Click on the photos for a larger view.

July 13-19

Using Studio Calico's Yeats Add-On in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

I used the Yeats Studio Calico add-on for this spread. I got a bit out of my comfort zone by using more bits than I’m used to with the Crate Paper Notes & Things ephemera pack included in the kit.

Using tags and little bits in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: Me cleaning (happens less often than it should), Eliza’s awesome sense of style, Jonas & Paul’s adorable relationship, the tree-trunk planter my grandpa made for me, a blanket fort, friends over for dinner, our backyard in full summer jungle mode, kids snuggled up watching Doctor Who (Jonas fell asleep), Jake visiting the Boulevard Brewing Company with work, and Jonas playing with a friend.

Use rub-ons to create a card background in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use rub-ons and white cards to create a patterned background.

Use a staple to add vellum embellishments | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use a staple to attach a vellum or other clear embellishment.

Document relationships in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Take the time to document relationships and not just events.

Use an embellishment at the meeting point in a collage to help visually separate the photos | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Use an embellishment at the meeting point in a collage to help visually separate the photos.

Documenting a family party in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Going on here: A party with my family to celebrate my birthday. (I feel I should note that the hat was a present. I’m not wearing a winter hat in July for style.)

Add adhesive under the colored part of translucent embellishments to help hide it | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add adhesive under the colored part of translucent embellishments to help hide it, as I did for the “smile” vellum die-cut, which I added to wood veneer.

Layer tags for a title card in #projectlife | The Nerd Nest

Use: Layer tags, letter stickers, and die cuts for a title card. This is how I got around the lack of numbers in the sticker set!

Put a too-small-for-the-pocket journaling spot on a black white #projectlife card | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Put a too-small-for-the-pocket journaling spot on a black white Project Life card.

Supplies: Studio Calico Project Life kit, Project Life journaling pens, Design A page protectors, Project Life corner rounder.

Let me know if you have any questions about these spreads or about pocket scrapping in general!

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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.

You Are Creative

You Are Creative | Creative Jumpstarts from The Nerd Nest

Today I’d like to give you a hint at the content you’ll find in my newsletter. It’s all about creative jumpstarts: embracing creativity, demystifying the creative process, and ideas for how you can add more creativity to your life.

Here’s the first jumpstart, originally published in The Nerd Nest News, and it only gets better from here:

You are creative.

I hear a lot of people say they just aren’t creative. I see a lot of friends holding themselves back from doing the things they want to do because they don’t feel like it is in their nature or ability set to do creative things. But I’m here to tell you, before we even get started talking about ways to jump start creativity, that you are already creative. Don’t let a narrow view of what creativity means stop you from pursuing your interests.

You are creative.

Even if you don’t splash around paint and ink. Even if you don’t have journals filled to the brim with ideas. Even if you don’t know where to start and need help from others.

You are creative.

Why am I repeating this mantra? Part of doing creative things is internalizing that you yourself are a creative person. It is easy to never try something new because that thing doesn’t fit into your view of yourself. While statements like these might automatically make you think of things that you’ve been held back from trying, I want you to focus now on things that you already do creatively in your life.

You are creative.

What do you picture when you think of creative actions? A master painter at work? A person making a wonderful, complex DIY project out of everyday items? An amazing writer? A graphic designer? A technique driven scrapbook page? There are all representations of creativity, but they’re just part of what it means to be creative.

Here are a few examples of the ways I am creative in my everyday life, beyond the more obvious choices of memory keeping and crafts:

  • Parenting–I use creativity to find ways for my kids to learn that fit their learning styles, to come up with ways to get them to eat a balanced diet, and to reward good behavior.
  • Meal Planning–I use creativity to come up with meals for a week that fit into my family’s budget and schedule in a way that doesn’t waste food but keeps dinnertime interesting.
  • Finances– I need to find creative ways to cut back on spending and generate extra income to save for things like vacations (or, in the past, my house down payment).
  • Time Management–I use creativity to manage my time so I feel balanced (most of the time) between family and friends, work, and creative ventures.

None of these examples have to do with areas of life you’d typically think need creativity. They’re all everyday areas of life that don’t require art supplies. That’s because creativity is about so much more than getting your hands dirty. It’s about using ideas and solving problems. Just to navigate your way through everyday life, you have to use creativity.

So repeat after me: “I Am a Creative Person.”

And believe it.

What ways are you creative?

Use the hashtag #NerdNestJumpstart on social media so I can find you!

Creative Jumpstarts from Megan Anderson | The Nerd Nest News

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