Do you know the feeling when you have to choose a major, or narrow down your interests, and people tell you “it’s ok to have a lot of different things you like”? That’s a lot how I feel with blogging. Similar to how other people always seem to have their careers and life goals neatly organized and tied with a bow (even though we know there is a lot more to it than that), it always feels like other people’s blog content is neatly organized and has a consistent theme…and I was struggling with that.
In the midst of this, I was doing an art project that spanned the floor of my room, and the weekend was spent climbing around my canvas and a bit covered in paint. In between playlists, I used the time to catch up with friends from home, one of whom was Jolene. Jolene is one of my go-to-idea friends, and from our high school student council days to blogging, I’m always a bit inspired after chatting through these things with her.
I threw out that I was having trouble finding a consistent theme to write about…I’m passionate about authenticity and connection, while at the same time I love design, art, decorating, and a bit of fashion.
Jolene responded “well in order to connect with other people, you have to take are of and connect with yourself. For you that’s painting and being creative.” This pulled it all together. In order to improve our relationships with other people, we have to take some time investing in our relationships with ourselves too. So with that, I’ll be sharing some of the ways that I do that…from writing, painting, and playlists, to books and all other ways to get creative or spend a bit of time on your own!
This week’sfeatured project: Banana Leaf “wallpaper”
For anyone who lives in an apartment they’re not planning to stay in for a long time, they know the struggles with decorating. And the banana wallpaper trend has got me all sorts of excited! Without wanting to spend a ton of money on removable wallpaper, I decided to combine my love of decorating and art and turn it into a project.
- 3 Yards of non-primed Canvas
- 1 Large Bottle of Light Green Acrylic Paint
- 1 Medium Bottle of Deep Green Acrylic Paint
- 1 Brush
This was a perfect way to get back to painting and have a full weekend project. I had a great new coffee, some really great music, time to chat with friends as well as enjoy a little quiet time, andI got to use that creative part of my brain. The week following I felt more motivated at work, and got a bit more serious about writing and connecting with people both on and offline.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your own? Comment your activity below and keep the ideas coming!