5 Things to Remember as a Creative

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Just a thought…

  1. Design a lifestyle that allows you time to create. Develop habits in your life that benefit your creative side that can sometimes be freeing from the everyday mundane and hustle.
  2. Having an organized space can give you a clutter free mind, ready to create.
  3. Remember that it’s okay if you can’t juggle all of the plates in your life all of the time. Just try and allow yourself some leniency to mess up.
  4. Be consistent in allowing yourself some freedom. And if the creative life is your career… schedule, schedule, schedule the time and the space and stick to it!
  5. Sometimes you should unplug and go back to the basics of art… fun, free, creative messiness. Try crafting, painting, collage making, building… etc. The point is to use your hands and free your mind from such a rigid format of life and work. Put those kids to bed (for those WAHM), blast the music, pour yourself a glass of (insert beverage of choice here) and do it to it. But above all else… have FUN.

Thanks for reading… Kat

A Grateful Heart

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A look back to be grateful & move forward in confidence.

To reflect is a good thing, when it can foster growth for the future.  Looking back I am now so excited for what is to come.  The last 6 months came and went by so quick, seriously, did I just blink?  I’ve forged new friendships, strengthened old ones and met some awesome clients along the way.  I have grown professionally, personally & creatively, I have set goals and crossed them off my lists, my children are healthy, happy & oh so bratty… this is my life & I am oh so blessed.  And it is through this growth, this roller coaster, and this crazy thing called life that I find my inspiration to keep creating.

As I am planning my youngest child’s 5th birthday, I am reminded of how precious time is.  My littles are 4 & 6, how in the world did that happen?  Being a creative mama is a challenge.  Sick kiddos, holidays off, late night cries, temper tantrums, “Bubby is being mean to me!”  “Sissy took my toy!”, time out, “No you can’t have candy at 8 in the morning!”, jumping on beds, “Mama, just one more (insert something fun or tasty here)”, potty breaks, play dates, homework practice, chicken “nugs”, Legos, princesses, Frozen, Avengers… yeah it’s a lot but it’s an amazing job & they are my muses.  They help me to see the world through their wonder & innocence and it is such a great gift to draw daily inspiration from them.  As a busy mama I encourage you to find the time to be creative in your day, however you can.  Organize your time and you will see that a little bit of art, paint, pen & paper, hot glue, crayons, wood, (insert art medium here) will set you free.

My 2016 saying is…  Here’s to sunshine, dancing in the rain & finding the silver lining in every cloud. And I have been looking to the sunshine everyday and trying to make sure I see the silver lining in every moment. I have improved on myself, have grown so much and I look forward to see what other adventures the rest of the year has for me, my sweet family, my businesses and life in general. I move forward in confidence, excitement and with a grateful heart.

How has the first half of the year been for you?

Have you taken the time to reflect so you can move forward with a grateful heart and confidence?

So let’s think positive & always keep moving forward.  Thanks for joining me on my creative journey & please feel free to share with me on here or on my Facebook page or a picture on my Instagram page (@KatLangeDesigns) your inspirations & your story to creative happiness. Remember, look to the sunshine, have fun dancing in the rain & always search for the silver lining in every cloud.

Thanks for reading.

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Making time

There are days that just whiz by and as I reflect I wonder to myself “what the heck happened?”  Well as I start to break the day down, I realize that I ran all around town doing errands, went grocery shopping, came home and started some laundry, prepped dinner and then had just enough time to run and pick up the kids from school. Wow, I am tired just writing that. I have found that I can run myself ragged with ‘mommy duties’ and not give myself the work time and the leisure time that I really need to run a graphic design freelance and It Works business and to give myself some much needed me time to just breathe. I need to schedule my own time. Therefore, with summer schedule in mind I have made arrangements for my kids to go to a babysitter 1 day a week by bartering with another mom (we traded babysitting for babysitting). This will give me the much needed quiet time and business time. And 1 to 2 days a week are scheduled for cleaning and errand running and at least 2 days left for summer fun activities with the kiddos. Does anyone find themselves getting so weighed down with life that they forget to stop and schedule some ‘me’ time?? Where are all my busy mamas at??

I find that I am not a spontaneous person. I like to plan. I like to have lists and have post it notes as reminders everywhere. I prep and plan my week every Sunday night: appointments, play dates, coffee dates, shopping times, and errand running… yeah I like to plan. I am the type of mom who plans out meals and snacks before trips, lays out outfits and packs extras just in case, I put waters in the fridge the night before and plans out a packing list if we are doing something the next day. I am always with a cooler of waters and snacks and a bag of toys and electronic distracting devices in the car. So planning keeps me sane. I don’t try to fight it; I go with it. And acknowledging this about myself has made my life much more awesome. But when the last minute changes and things come up now I just go with that too. I have learned to pick my battles and I just go with the flow when I need to. And this has brought peace to my businesses as well.

Plan, prep, organize, schedule, write it down, prioritize, make some rules and allow some freedoms because we need to permit ourselves some special time for us and some important time for business. So go do it, get back on track and just do it. Your busy brain and body will thank you.

Thanks for reading… Cheers!

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A Haiku For You

Taking it way back for a moment, to simpler times of crayons, recess, monkey bars, oh and dodgeball.  {insert movie quote here – 1 guess which movie HAHA}  “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”  A classic for sure.  But I digress…  So I just wanted to remind some people that you need to take time out of your day to refresh, reset and refocus.  My current project that will help amplify my creative productivity and focus is setting up my Command Center/ my place of zen/ where the magic happens and more commonly known as my desk area.  I am attempting to make it easier to sit down and get straight to work.  Believe me when I tell you it is so hard when you don’t have a designated work space, especially when you have 2 little crazies running around.  So by having all of my lists, sketch books, inspirational pieces and notes at hand and organized, it’s an awesome feeling.  So in honor of my Command Center and to convey my silly seriousness to an organized lifestyle I have written a little Haiku.  Thus, me takin’ it back to the old school…  let’s get elementary y’all.

Healthy Happy Days

Organize and Simplify

Make It a Habit.

A Haiku emphasizes simplicity so I thought it was totally appropriate.

Hope I made you think and made you smile.  Happy Creating…

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