Recently I have been really getting into watching Ted talk videos while working. They tend to help my mind wonder and stimulate new thoughts that spur creativity. The other day I stumbled upon a pretty old Ted talk video by the auther of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert. In this video She talks about creativity and how as creatives we can feel the pressure to create something out of the ordinary all the time, when in reality this may not be in our power. This got me thinking. As creatives we are so fast to take credit and pride in our work, but I don’t think we are the only ones contributing. Creativity is a gift and I know I am guilty for taking credit for this gift way too often. I believe that every creative product began as a thought given as a gift from somewhere beyond us. I know it is a strange thought, but as creative people we must stop thinking all our work is our own and start humbling ourselves to become aware that our creator is the true creative. I think Instagram maybe the best example of this. The photo’s we love to see and fill our feed are photo’s of those who explore nature. We love to see the green hills, beautiful water falls, animals or even people. Those are all things beyond us. Yes it is our phone and our eye catching the right angle, but really it is that huge green hill or water falling so perfectly in front of those rocks that is really collecting those likes. Or lets take a second to talk about golden hour or natural lighting. Both beautiful things we have no control over, yet we know both are key ingredients to breath taking photos.
Please do not get me wrong I do believe we should be proud in the art we create and we should believe in the talents we have been interested with, but we also must give credit where credit is due. For me this was a humbling thought. Creativity is a gift. I get to create things daily for people and that means I get to be inspired and collaborate with the real creator everyday. It is all a gift and today I am choosing to be thankful and allow myself to enter into work with joy.
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In case you may have forgotten it’s fathers day this Sunday and in honor of all the rad dads and father figures out there, I have a free printable card for y’all to download! So call, write, hug, and just let them know your thankful for them!
If it weren’t for my dad I wouldn’t be where I am today. In high school he always supported my creativity and even was the one who told me to pursue graphic design in college (I actually had no idea what graphic design was at the time). It wasn’t until college that I found out how rare it is to have parents who fully support you going into a creative field. My dad has always been my biggest fan. He always pushed me to pursue my dreams and has supported me in every step I have taken. In a field where you are constantly being critiqued and told how you can be better it is amazing to have one person who you know will always be on your side and encourage you on. He also has always challenged me in the same breath. He is the best at asking those questions that really get you thinking. I remember as he used to drive me to school, he would always ask me questions about my faith and encourage me to dig deeper. I am so grateful for those car rides. Now he fully believes in my faith and continues to push me to relay on God completely and follow his will for my life. Thanks Dad for being my biggest fan, supporter of all my dreams, encourager of my faith and really just an amazing dad!
Enjoy this weekend and making the dad’s in your life feel loved and valued for all that they have done! Happy Almost Fathers Day :)
BIKE // CAMERA // SUIT // HAT
It is officially summer time and that means life is about to get 20 times crazier and 100 times more fun! This summer is about to be insane! I have weddings to attend, visitors to entertain, backpacking trips, weekend getaways, and of course summer camp! I am seriously so excited and it begins with this coming weekend as I take a very common trip to San Diego. Although I am about 92% excited about this summer I still find myself 8% nervous as well. This summer is the first summer I will be trying to juggle both my part time job and freelance. I love my clients and love what I do, but I also love adventures, friends, laughing till I cry, spontaneous all nighters and city visits. So how will I handle it all this summer… deep breaths, little sleep, remembering that life is worth living and knowing that it will all happen with one step at a time. Hopefully the excitement of summer and adventures will always out weigh the fear of not getting things done this summer, but I guess we will all have to wait and see! On this note I must admit my blogging will be cut to a minimum this summer as I try to juggle everything else, but I promise I report on all the adventures and do monthly re-caps of all the trips! So for my first summer post I thought I would share with you my summer essientials that I believe are a must for the summer time (especially that swimsuit from topshop)! Happy start of summer friends!!
01. HAT // 02. BAG // 03. SWEATER // 04. SHORTS // 05. NECKLESS // 06. GLASSES // 07. SANDALS
Happy weekend friends! This weekend I will be attending my first baseball game of the season! A fun fact you may not know about me is that I used to be pretty into sports. My family is a spots family, so growing up I tried almost every sport. This also means I have been to a lot of major league games as well. We grew up driving to Seattle often to watch the Mariners play. Although I am not the biggest fan of gathering around the TV to watch a game, I do have a love for actually going to the stadium to see a game live. So needless to say I am pretty excited for my first game of the season! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and get to spend it doing something you love with people you love!
I love having vintage books throughout the home! It takes me back to my Oma’s (Grandma in Dutch) home when I was younger. She always had the neatest books on her coffee table and I found myself sitting and looking through the old pages for hours. Now if ever I spot them at thrift shops, I’m sure to grab a few.
Of course, it depends on the covers. I tend to go for certain colors and patterns. A while ago, my husband and I found a few Reader’s Digest books from the 70′s. We fell in love with the look of the books and decided to bring them home with us to decorate our shelves!
The thing about vintage books is you can have so much fun with them. If you wanted, you could color coordinate them on your shelf to have them stand out. You can even transform them into shelves themselves, which I’ve seen here before! It’s pretty fun. A while ago, I reused a vintage book and created a fun book mobile for our little nook. It was so fun and easy!
Sometime, it’s just nice to have a small collection to add to your home decor. I have them dispersed in almost every room and love it when family or friends come over and notice them. They always love to flip through the pages and look at the old pictures or read the short stories. I know it sounds weird, but I even love the smell of old pages! If you ever spot a fun looking vintage book, pick it up and see if it might interest you next time you’re out thrifting!
This is a mix that makes me want to adventure, pounder life and maybe helps me focus at times. I made this mix for an everyday adventure because I choose to believe that everyday is truly an adventure!
01. LAST NIGHT (THE STROKES COVER) // THE MORNING BENDERS
02. GOLD // MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
03. MARILYN // G-EAZY
04. I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE // TAYLOR SWIFT
06. JIMMY LOVINE // MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
05. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP // BEN HOWARD
07. HOPELESS WANDERER // MUMFORD & SONS
08. WELCOME HOME // RADICAL FACE
09. TIME TO RUN // LORD HURON
10. ISLAND IN THE SUN // WEEZER
11. SKINNY LOVE // BIRDY
12. WHOLE, WIDE, WORLD // BAHAMAS
13. SOME NIGHTS // TYLER WARD & ALEX G
14. FIRE // AUGUSTANA