Posts Tagged ‘decor8’

intro monday…

April 4th, 2011

Hello dear readers. Today I am starting a short series that will introduce you to blogs that I am drawn to and enjoy visiting. Some will be blogs about creativity or design; some will be about simplicity or inspiring words. Some will be from here in the mid-west and others will be from around the globe. Please join me every Monday for the next nine weeks…through the days of spring…until summer has arrived.

So, shall we begin? As I have mentioned, I have been taking an online course called ‘Blogging Your Way’, so thought it was only fitting that the first two blogs I share with you are authored by the course instructors Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring.

After spending a decade in the corporate world, Holly began decor8 in January 2006; gathering design inspirations and blogging passionately about them multiple times daily. Over the following five years decor8 would grow to a readership of 35,000 daily, due in part to Holly’s dedication, but more likely I believe to her very open and accessible nature. There is a wealth of knowledge and resources collected on decor8, from interior designers and photographers to stylists and crafters to name a few, all beautifully presented and thoroughly researched. However, it is the interaction with her readers that Holly takes time to foster which is evident when reading her posts. The entries I tend to gravitate toward the most are ones relating to Scandinavian and Swedish design. Here are a couple of my recent favorites…

Ikea’s inspiring blog; Livet Hemma

Color inspiration from Sweden

Please have a look at this lovely blog and find what draws you to return…

Now onto Leslie’s beautiful blog…

Leslie started a creative mint  in April 2009 as a place to share her inspired projects and photographs. The first time I saw Leslie’s blog I thought it was the most beautiful one I had seen; so simple, pure and stunning. Her photography is captivating and transports the viewer to a quiet, peaceful place. Just what is needed in the hectic world we live in. Leslie is genuine and sweet and has an amazing eye for detail. Every time I visit her site I come away inspired and centered. Here are a couple recent favorites…

Color Me Pretty Time

Clear Blue

I invite you to have a peek….

Thanks for letting me share these with you today…more to come next Monday.

what motivates you?

March 12th, 2011

I am writing this as the sun rises; I am typically not a morning person. So, what has motivated me to jump right into things this early?

Excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation…

Why am I feeling so motivated? I am currently taking an e-course run by Holly of Decor8 and Leslie of A Creative Mint called Blogging Your Way. We are halfway through the course as of today and I have felt a great sense of motivation reading the material, listening to the pod-casts and interacting in the forum.

Motivation can come and go, much like the tide. At certain times it is up and at other times it is at a low point. How can motivation remain more consistent? In an earlier post I suggested that having a tangible image can help motivate us to keep our vision alive.

As part of our course work Holly suggested each student create a mood board relating how we wanted our blog to look and feel. As I was putting mine together it helped me define what was important to include; images and items that represented the desired topics and reason I began this blog. This was a motivating exercise because I now have an image that inspires me to keep moving toward my goal. Here it is…

a sense of purpose…

Motivation can grow when you believe there is a sense of purpose for the actions you are taking. This sense of purpose can be rooted in circumstances that may be uncomfortable or undesirable and you are motivated to change them. Or this sense of purpose can be rooted in knowledge that by refraining from certain action steps your situation may become worse.

an example…

As an example a person may be unhealthy. This may mean they eat a poor diet, rarely exercise and do not consistently get enough sleep. They may be motivated by what they see as an undesirable circumstance and want to change it.

By contrast a healthy person who engages in a good diet, exercises regularly and is well rested, is motivated to continue practicing certain habits to help ensure they do not become unhealthy.

Motivation is like a cheerleader, it gets you moving and prompts action.

Motivation can be found in the words you read, a voice you hear, a project you undertake, music you listen to, people you engage with, a certain place, images that surround you or being still and listening to your heart…

Many times motivation can be found by stepping outside of ourselves and what we feel we need and turn to someone else to help them.

Where do you find your motivation?