5 Thoughts to Inspire your 2018
In preparation for an exciting, expansive and mindful 2018, I am sharing a few simple living practices that you can integrate into your day-to-day living this year! On the eve of the New Year, I find myself reflecting and evaluating on all of the successes and challenges of 2018, I bet that you are doing the same thing too.
I hope this year will bring you success, abundance and an opportunity to meet your goals. As I am looking at what worked here on A Day in the Life, I am looking at the top 3 things that I hope to offer in 2018: DIY videos, a Shibori textile launch and more Creative Sundays with you!
Mindfulness is key
One thing, that I hope for in 2018, is a productive and mindful year. I love to reach for my goals and sometimes that to-do list can be overwhelming. This year, in blogging and in business, I will strive for mindfulness first, attracting the right partnerships and choosing the best projects to focus on. With mindfulness, one thing to think about is your priorities. How will you bring want you want into focus and be more mindful in 2018?
Set goals and plan to achieve them
I bet you have some amazing things that you want to achieve in 2018. I have a goal to grow my Travel and DIY categories. In fact, we have already planned trips to Japan and India this Spring. Also, I hope to collaborate more with various travel writers this year. In order to improve my content and meet this goal, I am planning my editorial calendar well in advance. I am participating in a content planning challenge with XOSarah! If you are a blogger, then you should check it out too, the challenge starts the week of January 8th and I can't wait.
What are some of your goals for 2018 and how do you make plans to approach them?
Starting the Day off with a routine
Ever since, I cleaned up my diet about a month ago, it dawned on me the importance of starting each day off well. Now, I start each day by drinking lemon juice and cold water about 1/2 hour before my cup of coffee followed by fresh fruit and yogurt. I found that by simplifying my eating and establishing a routine, it made it easier to get my son to school on time, then hop right into my design studio. By spending less time thinking about what I will eat fro breakfast, I am able to start my work day more efficiently. I have heard some people say that they start the day with fresh air and meditation. How about you? Do you have a morning routine that works for you? If so, I would love to hear it!
Inspirational Reading for 2018
2 books that are currently fueling my approach to 2018 are The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Universe has your Back! These are books that I have wanted to read for some time. Now, I am finally getting around to it! I always start off the New Year by cleaning up all of the the spaces around our house. Last year, we painted the living room on our days off work. This year, we are really into decluttering our space. The author, Mari Kondo lives in Tokyo, and I find her clean and modern aesthetic totally appealing. It turns out that she starts the day with a simple ritual too!
Thanks to a recommendation from Nadja of the Designer Townhouse I discovered the book, The Universe Has Your Back, which I am loving! Although, I am only on chapter 3, this book requires a lot of mental and emotional work, so I will check in on the process to update you on my progress.
If you have already read this one, Bernstein's latest book Judgement Detox, is available now!
How about you, I'd love to know what are you currently reading? I am considering, The Crossroads of Should and Must as my next read!
I am finding that these few things are paving the way for a mindful and creative 2018!
Thanks to all of you for following along this year, as I developed my creative vision for A Day in the Life. Best wishes for a beautiful and bright New Year. I can't wait to see and discover what this year brings for all of you.
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Random Awesome Last Minute Gifts
I had great luck this year with last minute shopping, so go ahead and procrastinate if you feel like it, it will all work out, it's fine! I thought I would share my top finds last minute gifts and online finds with you. With the holidays fast approaching, I had to kick it into high gear from the sofa and my bedroom. We needed teacher gifts and to finish up most of our shopping before leaving for our holiday trip. The sheer number of items that I was able to scoop up between Whole Foods, Anthropologie and Amazon was quite amazing!
I know it's already Tuesday, but with Amazon Prime, many of these items can arrive within 2-3 days and if all else fails, then you can run to the nearest Whole Foods (where I found many good things) and you can finish up your shopping there! Here is my collection all laid out prior to wrapping.
5 of my favorite last minute gifts are:
Amazon gift cards, soy candle set, a mini-facial kit, Rosebud lip balm and a pair of binoculars.
FOr Bloggers and Photographers
Since, my husband loves to research all the best photo technology which helps me to stay current with my blog, I asked him to recommend gift ideas for bloggers who wish to upgrade their photography equipment. While some of these items are a serious investment, I just loved the flexible tripod for taking all sorts of iPhone photos!
His top 5 photography accessories for bloggers are:
Jooby GorillaPod 3K kit, Canon digital camera, Canon STM Lens, tripod, and Canon 50mm Lens.
Furoshiki: The beautiful Art of Gift Wrapping
Today, I am going to share a technique with you that is beautiful, inexpensive and green called Furoshiki, which is the Japanese Art of gift wrapping. Recently, I loved learning Furoshiki, and I think that you will love it too. Yes, that is a bunny package, which kind of reminds you of origami, right?
I found that Furoshiki technique works will with small rectangular or square boxes. The box is usually placed in the center of the diamond.
If you are eager to get started with Furoshiki, then here is a video that you can watch showing the technique.
Below you will find a few scarves, cloth napkins and gift papers that I think would look awesome using this gift wrap technique! I also enjoy using recycling gift paper and tissue paper, which is a great way to practice Furoshiki.
I had a smooth experience with last minute shopping and finding cool gifts this year. Tomorrow, I am going to share a last minute gift guide for your holidays! Surprisingly, I found almost everything at 2 stores and 1 online retailer. This picture is a sneak peak of what I found!
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