Friday Favorites no. 031 // links from the week

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I’m always grateful when Fridays roll around and I can look forward to the weekend. I’m especially grateful that school work has been pretty manageable the past couple of weeks. And maybe, I might even have time to get my creative supplies back out this weekend. Whoop.

Have a good one xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

This is how real life looks like.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I got a little stressed out thinking up blog posts this week. It seemed like the inspiration had run pretty dry.

When you spend so much time reading blogs and being inspired by others, sometimes it’s hard to actually blog because there’s so much to compare to: People have perfectly edited blog photos and branding. They have interesting content. They make blogging look so easy (but we all know that it isn’t).

I know bloggers don’t have perfect lives, but sometimes it’s easy to think that way.

That said, I’m all about defying perfection and embracing imperfection instead. So this is how my real life looks like:

It doesn’t look like an Instagram-worthy picture.

It isn’t full of creative projects that I work on every day.

It isn’t always pretty or fun or exciting.

It’s full of school books and to-do lists.

It’s full of trying to stay focused and productive and not distracted.

It has good days, tough days, in-between days.

Real life is hard, sometimes scary, always worth it.

And I’m embracing every moment that comes with it.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24, ESV

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Friday Favorites no. 030 // links from the week

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I finished school earlier than usual this week so I’m excited to start the weekend early, and I’m off to enjoy it!

I hope your weekend is super rad xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Creative Conversations no. 008 // chatting with Caylee Grey

Awhile back, I found Caylee through the Paislee Press blog and then proceeded to stalk read all her archives. She’s that good. Caylee creates with raw emotion and boundless creativity and style, making it so enjoyable to read her posts and see her work. She does it all so effortlessly. She recently left her day job and is running her own business full-time, which is such an exciting journey that I couldn’t be happier for her. Welcome to the blog, Caylee!

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Tell me about yourself. I live a pretty good life in South Africa with my husband and fur baby. I force them into photos and homemade adventures, and they oblige because they love me. Last week I quit my day job and I’m crazyexcited to build up my business and not have to wear pants every day.

What is one weird or interesting fact about you? I get goosebumps when I sneeze. According to T, this is strange.

What do you do to express your creativity? Write out ideas, Project Life our everyday, art journal my innermost feelings, write in Notepad and delete it straight afterwards, read, wear silly underwear.

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How did you get started doing this? I’m a planner. I started planning for Project Life two years before I actually opened up the file in Photoshop and added pictures. Once I got into the regular groove of Project Life I realised that I don’t actually have to plan every detail before diving in. It was a revelation. Now I try to do before thinking about it. That’s why I’m loving art journaling. There are no rules. It simultaneously freaks me out, and intrigues me.

What do you love most about what you do to be creative? Everything. Planning, process, and the final result. Each satisfies a different part of me.

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Who or what inspires you? To do lists. Lists. Mind maps. Non-fiction books. Instagram. Not Pinterest. My husband.

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? I have an Ideas Moleskine, and Evernote. My Evernote is broken up into categories (blog, shop, life, creative, etc) and I get absolutely everything out of my head and into there. Sometimes writing down ideas lead to more ideas and that’s when my favourite types of projects are born. My Moleskine is less of a brain dump and more organised into plans. I’m working on shifting from ideas to completed projects, and so these lists include action points too.

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Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I do it because I get this itchy feeling if I don’t. I’m totally motivated by this itch and by the end result. I love seeing my art journals filled to the brim, and my Project Life files lined up on the shelf fills my heart with glee.

Describe your creative style. What I have learned is that I can’t force my style. I’d like to be minimalist but then I smear a bunch of glitter on the page. My style doesn’t fit in a box and I’m fine with that because everything I make still fits into the Caylee box.

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Name your top five favorite tools or products.

  1. Uni Pin Fine Line
  2. Scissors
  3. Double-sided-tape (stupid glue)
  4. Photoshop
  5. Moleskines

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I’m a night owl and I’m so happy that working for myself allows me to stay up until as late as I can manage. I am my most creative at night, but I’m most productive in the first hour after waking up. It’s a good mix.

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What project(s) are you currently working on? Project Life, my art journal, my Radical Self Love Bible, my Etsy store (fave project !), and bettering myself through self-learning.

If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? Black since they wouldn’t get enough glitter in the gold.

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? The power to Get Things Done. And I’m truly working on this one.

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What is your favorite quote? Pretty much anything that Chuck Palahniuk says, but this is one of the favourites: “Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary.”

I couldn’t fit all of Caylee’s creativity into one blog post, so be sure to follow her on InstagramTwitterPinterest, and her blog to keep up with this inspiring lady!

Thank you for joining us today, Caylee!

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

Hit pause.

When life gets busy, I’m reminded that it’s okay to pause, take a break, and step away from the busyness sometimes.

And that’s how it’s been for me these past couple of weeks – trying to make the everyday moments count because I only get one shot. As I stay busy creating adventure and living life, those are the moments that add up.

I’ll be back with regular posting soon. Thank you for sticking with me.

You guys are the best.

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Creative Conversations no. 007 // chatting with Meg Tsang

When Meg first approached me about being a part of this series, I had seen her around on Instagram but I didn’t really know her. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Meg better both creatively and personally through this post. Meg has an interesting story coming into the creative industry; she also has an incredible eye for photography. And I love the different perspective of creativity that Meg brings to this series. Read on and get to know her better like I did. Welcome to the blog, Meg!


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Tell me about yourself. I’m Meg.  I’m an architect-turned-photographer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.  I photograph couples in love and growing families, all while traveling the world.  I’ve been to over 100 destinations since starting my photography business in 2008.  I love coffee shops, mornings and a good book.  I love life, and I love love.

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What is one weird or interesting fact about you? I once charmed a cobra.

What do you do to express your creativity? I express my creativity through my images and blog.  I love capturing emotion in my images.  When I can make my clients cry when they see their photographs, my job is done.

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How did you get started doing this? I went to school for architecture and loved it.  After graduation I worked at a firm design retail stores (and still get a kick out of visiting some of the stores we built).  When the recession hit, I was laid off.  I enjoyed unemployment for a bit, but soon got a bit antsy.  I started stationery, jewelry and knitting companies before settling into photography.  I was always interested in photography; I was that girl who always had a camera in her purse.  So I started editing for an established photographer and shooting weddings and portraits while I searched for an architecture job.  It was a very natural progression.  Over time the construction industry wasn’t improving, but my business was growing.  Six years later my business is thriving and I couldn’t be happier.

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What do you love most about what you do to be creative? I love that I get to be a part of people’s lives.  I love that I can help them save their memories.  It’s really such a blessing to be a part of such happy moments.

Who or what inspires you? Life and travel inspire me.  Sometimes when I feel uninspired, I take a moment to soak in my surroundings and search with in myself.  That moment of peace usually gets me going.

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How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? Creating a close community of creatives has really helped me get through those uninspired bouts.  I also make a concerted effort to constantly learn.  I take classes and read books in topics that interest me, which helps feed my inspiration.

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I do what I do because it is who I am.  I am a creative, to not be creative would be to deny myself my natural inclinations.

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Describe your creative style. I am fluid and emotional.

Name your top five favorite tools or products.

  1. My wacom tablet.  Every designer/creative/photographer should have a tablet of some sort
  2. My collection of small black sketchbooks.  I carry one wherever I go.  I use it write out ideas, inspiration quotes, to do lists…etc.
  3. My iMac.  Having a great desktop computer has really made me more productive.
  4. Fuji x100s.  It’s the best camera for every day life.  I love it.
  5. My ONA Bowery bag.  It’s the perfect bag for traveling or going out in the city.  It’s a beautiful camera bag that fits all my essentials perfectly.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I am a night owl, but I am most productive from sunrise to noon.  It’s hard for me to get up, but I get more done in the mornings than if I stayed up all night.

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What project(s) are you currently working on? I’m working on a bunch of weddings and portraits, but I have some styled wedding and editorial shoots in the works.

If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? Blue-green

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? Teleportation, so I could travel wherever I wanted whenever I wanted.

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What is your favorite quote? “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be sure to follow Meg on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and blog to keep up with her creative happenings.

Thank you for joining us today, Meg. It is such a pleasure having you!
Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

Let’s look at June…

Each month just seems to fly by. Somehow, this month especially flew by for me. It may be a combination of work + play that helped the month go by so quickly. Either way, it’s hard to believe that next month is already July and halfway through 2014!

June was a little quieter than usual here on the blog. But here’s what went down this month:

This month, we chatted with my creative friends, Andrea and Cindy.

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I went on a road trip with my friends.

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And we celebrated Father’s Day.

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I shared my plan for catching up on Project Life.

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And my favorite links on Fridays.

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Plus, this delicious salted caramel apple upside down cake.

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It was such a fun month! Just click through to see the full posts if you missed any.

I’m excited for what the second-half of the year has in store – so glad for you guys to be joining me!

Bring on July.