Weekend Reading

I always keep bookmarks or tabs open for posts or things I want to share here, and since it's been a while, the list is a little long today haha but isn't that what weekend reading is for? ;) Here's to crossing things off our to-do lists and having a beautiful weekend!

Think you're good with colours? Try this mildly addicting game that will test that fact.

Just a wee bit obsessed with these repurposed vintage plates from Melissa of The Sweet Escape.

Something you may not know about me? I'm a huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise - no really! There is a bit of a back story there, but needless to say, I saw & loved the latest instalment - and I wasn't the only one.

Is your to-do list full of should-do's? Then this essay on the crossroads of should & must is for you.

23 photos that sum up trying to get your life together. #accurate

We live in a beautiful world.

I'm already a big believer in the power of quiet, but I loved Grace's post on listening to what really matters.

Thoughts on being selfish on Instagram - some really good thoughts on what we share & the reality behind it.

Creative business owner? Here's some tools to help you work better.

In case you missed it, Anna's blog got a makeover & looks so stinkin' good! I seriously get to work with some of the best people.

"This quiet revolution is unavoidable, really, because we humans have a strange and predictable relationship with innovation." - Kevan Kaiser on being in the internet, but not of it

Ever wondered what your pet does when you leave the house? I'm pretty sure Winnie sleeps all day, but oh man, I got a good laugh at this trailer for 'The Secret Life of Pets".

Social media does have it's uses, and getting hired may be one of them.

Feeling stuck? Here's some thoughts on hitting the reset button and turning June into January.

The only lemon loaf recipe you'll ever need. Promise ;)


Weekend Reading

From Instagram this week...
It's officially the first day of spring!!! Oh to know that winter is coming to an end; it happens every year I know, but every year feels new when you've been buried by snow for far too long. I can't wait to see little buds on the trees, smell fresh cut grass, plant my herb garden & delight in those long summer days. Until then, some reading to keep us distracted while the snow melts :)

"What if we saw attention in the same way that we saw air or water, as a valuable resource that we hold in common? Perhaps, if we could envision an “attentional commons,” then we could figure out how to protect it." - The Cost of Paying Attention

"But where is the line between just the right amount of beauty and inspiration and what we deem as too much or too showy? ... what is “too” much? And who decides what’s “normal”? Here’s what I think: There is no normal and there is no perfect." - Negativity Online

"In art, this is very important. Art is where associations are made. Art is where we form the narratives of our identity." - Lighten Up

"After working through my utter shame over being a totally judgmental zit up in my head, I ran headlong into relationship with them and kept coming back, week after week." - What to Do When Women Seem Scary

"Because no one is providing me with a list of priorities, a number of hours, or a pay rate, I have to embark on that road of trial and error." - Resources for Freelancers

"...time is power. As trite as it sounds, but the way we live our days, what we do at 10 am, at 3 pm, how the evening flows, like habits, it really is the way we live our lives." - The Way We Live Our Days


Weekend Reading

Happy weekend! Hope you had a lovely week :) We're due to get more snow today (oh Canada...) so I'm planning on a quiet, snowed in morning, reading by the fire. Here's some posts I loved this week in case you find yourself with some time to read...

+ On why the world needs more people like Atticus Finch

+ On finding & keeping that spark of creativity

+ On why branding matters

+ On the art of waiting for the right one

+ On when to hire a designer

+ On the impossible. (and ps, her shoppe? full of beautiful prints like the one above)


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A little sneak peak I posted on Instagram...
Happy weekend!! Can't believe the first full week of January is over, but I'm excited about what the rest of 2015 has in store :) I'm planning on staying warm & checking off my to-do list this weekend, but I'll see you back here on Monday!

A post all creatives should read

Fun tip for branded short URLs

What you get when you choose gratitude

How distraction might be derailing your dreams

Stop worrying & just go for it

Wise words from Jane Austen

Why we fail at the finish line

Habits are about structure, not effort

Brain hacks to get your creative juices flowing

And if you didn't eat quite enough over the holidays ;), here's a recipe for "the only chococlate chip cookie you will ever need to know how to make for the rest of your life"


Weekend Reading

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was pretty good :) My best friend is home from the UK for Christmas!! We're meeting up for dinner tomorrow night to celebrate my mom's birthday and I'm tagging along to her wedding dress shopping appointments next week (this is the friend I'm throwing the shower for!) so that will be really fun!

I haven't done a roundup of links in a little while, and there's a few posts recently that have stood out to me:

Terminal Cancer Wasn't In My Plans - so heartbreaking and yet she is so positive & inspiring.

+ I've been trying to implement new schedules & goals for my work days, and Lara's post on how she gets things done is really fascinating (I've told you I love behind-the-scenes stuff, right?)

How to Write an Irresistible About Page - need/want to rework mine!

Why Wedding Photograher's Prices Are "Wack" - I don't know if I agree 100% with everything said in the article, but I think it's a really important perspective to keep in mind when looking at hiring a creative professional in any field, whether design, photography, art, etc.

+ Sara is one of my past clients that's turned into a friend, and watching her go from planning to launching her new wedding business, Top Knot Events, has been really inspiring! You can read more about her journey on Saige Wisdom.

+ Kind of in keeping with the 'getting things done' link above, The Case for Having No Goals really spoke to me and re-emphasized a lot of the things Lara mentioned. How do you 'get things done'?

+ The best friend I mentioned above has chosen a dark hunter green for her wedding colour, and while I know she's not really into pink, I still adore the combination of emerald & pink!

+ I shared this post on Twitter, but Jen's post 'Holiday Decorating Using Chalk Ink' is too good not to share again!

+ Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith - Another post that I don't know if I agree with 100%, but it still fascinated me.

In case you missed it on the blog this week:
Mint + Ampersands
Holiday Party Planning
Post-Conference: 2 Month Check-In

And if you need a laugh this weekend, this should do the trick: 'Not My Arms' Challenge

Finally, a quote I saw online that took a minute to sink in: It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without being worsted. - Aristippus

Hope you have a lovely weekend!