Today’s work got hijacked by the arrival of my niece! So excited about the first sweet baby in our family. I did manage to do my painting hours though my time at the hospital made finished my reading + writing time impossible. Anything for a baby right?
Two Hours of Painting from 8-10am: Continue reading “Deep Work Day 4 | July 6, 2017”
Day three is done! Being tired from yesterday’s holiday excitement made working deep today harder than it has been, but I feel really good about the work I got done. Here’s how I spent my time:
Continue reading “Deep Work Day 3 | 7.5.17”
Second day done! We had some 4th of July plans for later in the day so JD and I woke up early and did our creative work from 7-11am. Here’s what I did today:
Continue reading “Deep Work Day 2 | 7.4.17”
Today was my first day of completing my Deep Work challenge for July. Here’s what I did with my time:
Two Hours of Painting from 9-11am:
I spent 1.17 hours finishing up this illustration for my children’s book project:
Continue reading “Deep Work Day 1 | 7.3.17”
So, a new month and a new challenge. Are you surprised? After my month of early mornings in May, I thought I’d give myself a break from challenges in June. But you know what happened? I was bored. And I didn’t get a whole lot of new work done. Not very much new painting or writing. That bothers me.
Just so we’re clear, I don’t really do challenges for the sake of a challenge. I do them with specific goals in mind that the challenge will help me address. But in framing it as a challenge, I am much more motivated to push hard to finish. To persevere. Especially when it radically goes against an already deeply engrained bad/neutral habit that I have become aware of. Maybe I’m addicted to self-improvement? That’s something we can address later. I haven’t yet regretted focusing intensely on achieving a well-thought out and purposeful goal or direction.
Continue reading “Deep Work: My July Challenge”
I did it. I woke up every day in the month of May at 5am. It was super hard and I still can’t quite believe that I did it. What’s even more unbelievable is the fact that I’m still getting up early. I don’t want to quit.
A little background: At the beginning of May I wrote a blog post to explain why I wanted to torture myself and get up at 5am every day for a month. I was tired of my lazy, indulgent sleep habits and got inspired by a bunch of people on the internet when I googled ‘how to wake up early’. (Try it, it’s fun) Turns out a lot of people do it and no one has died from it…imagine that. So I made up a challenge for myself.
Continue reading “What I Learned from my 5am Challenge + Why I Am Still Waking Up”
Hey y’all! This post was really fun to write as I thought back on the past seven or so months I’ve spent collaborating on a couple of sketchbooks with Kristen, or as I met her, @storkybooks, on Instagram.
Continue reading “Notes from a Sketchbook Collaboration | With Kristen Allen”
Last week I wrote about how excited I was that I finally cleaned out my email. This week I wanted to share with you how I actually use my email inbox as a way to curate creative reading + inspiration for my work as well as my mind. I use my inbox as a tool to further my work, while simultaneously not allowing it to be a source of stress in my life. I’ve finally been awakened to the fact that I can choose for myself what gets emailed to me. All the stuff I don’t want is out. But what do I actually want??
Continue reading “Curating My Email”
Happy Monday everyone! I’ve completed my first week of 5am mornings and feel so good! One of the tasks I’ve had on my list and finally had time to do last week was to clean out my email inbox.
So boring and terrible, but…so worth it.
Continue reading “I Cleaned Out My Email”
Wow, lots of M’s in that title! Not intended.
Last night on Facebook I made a pretty dramatic announcement. At least dramatic for me. You can read it here if you want. A monthly challenge, if you will. To help me conquer my sleep issues.
After a lot of thinking and fighting in my soul, as well as research, I’ve finally decided to commit to a month of 5am mornings. I have a lot of reasons for this personal growth challenge:
Continue reading “May: A Month of Early Mornings”