March 8, 2016

Anxiety: 10 Tips for Self Care

People in my community and circle are becoming more aware of the impact anxiety is having on our lives and bodies, I am seeing a larger dialogue about it. Maybe it's because I'm in a creative field and anxiety disorders tend to affect creative people more, or maybe people with anxiety tend to be more creative. Whichever the direction the circle goes, we are all sitting it in and looking around at each other with more acceptance, truth, and support in our eyes. 

We are having a bigger conversation about what "anxiety" means. It doesn't mean that you are negative, or a pessimist, or a worrier, or are stressed. The anxiety I am talking about is the biochemical part of our body that tells us we are in danger. It wakes up our brains and sends adrenaline pumping through our veins so forcefully that even when we are DEAD TIRED, our bodies are alert and ready to take on the world. This can serve us in positive ways and it can harm us and take us down. When we empower ourselves with awareness, information, and support, we can create a more informed, positive relationship with anxiety. We can harness it to work for us, and we will notice when it is working against us.

We may not be able to cure or control it, but we can create the space and time and behavior patterns to engage ourselves in what will lead to a more free and comfortable life. I will always be working through my anxiety, and I've turned to resources and people to help me. One of the most impactful people who have helped me is Michaela Cullen, one of my best friends (bridesmaid and Godmother-style), and she happens to be an integral life coach who has worked with her own anxiety for most of her life.

In today's MACC video, we talk about 10 different ways you can empower yourself and start to have a healthier relationship with your anxiety.


10 TIPS
  • Your anxiety is just a part of you, it does not define you
  • Develop your relationship with anxiety through journaling
  • Anxiety is part of your biological chemical makeup
  • Create a support network (friends, family, therapists, coaches, etc.)
  • Use meditation, guided imagery, and visualization
  • Look at any family history with anxiety
  • Filter anxiety through a positive light
  • Connect with your breath
  • Self care is survival
  • Preventative action can help you remain present



RESOURCES


January 30, 2016

Moon Phase Fashion + Free Printable



Make a moon phase shirt, scarf, or any other fashion piece with this quick and easy DIY. Use a thrift store find or upcycle an old piece of clothing or to make this project cheap or even free! You can also create cool lunar wall art using a similar method as seen in Panda Head Blog. Yes, it is washable! Check out the tutorial for care instructions.

December 7, 2015

Holiday Animal Decor + Free Printable

During the holiday season, we’re looking for festive decor and gifts to give. In today's MACC video, I show an easy animal DIY that accomplishes both! Create a winter woodland feel with these geometric animal designs on wood plaques.



Use the FREE PRINTABLE design below, or create your own geometric animal friends!


August 12, 2015

Botanical Jungle Mural


For my big All-Request August week on HGTV Handmade, I am bringing you all along with me as I undertake an office makeover. This is one of my favorite projects of all-time, and one that nearly took a month and my sanity. Join me along the journey and weigh in in the comments section of the video if you think it's a fail or success. Watch it H E R E!






May 27, 2015

Tropical Leaf Free Printable


In today's HGTV Handmade video, I show you how to make a tropical leaf table runner or place mats using faux leather. Here is my *free printable* to get you started making your own!

To use these, you can simply print them out as is, or open in Photoshop and resize.



February 5, 2015

DIY Neon Love Sign




This week's video is a really fun take on a DIY Neon Sign. Check it out below, and find the EL wire to make your own here




January 27, 2015

Midcentury House Template


In today's HGTV Handmade video, I show you how to make midcentury house art and cards using a template that I designed. You can download the template to your computer and re-size it for your project needs below. Before you do, please do check out the video and be sure to let me know what you think you will make with it in the comments section over on the YouTubes.  I love hearing what YOU are up to. 




/// Midcentury House Template ///


January 16, 2015

EBB // FLOW





I read somewhere recently that everything ebbs and flows, particularly creativity.  With this being the case, those of us who work "in the creative" sometimes need to let it ebb a bit, so we can gather ourselves, breathe, and prepare for the flow. A welcome and balanced new cycle, a lovely space to be in, allowing some time to exist, to L I V E, to let life happen.

Thank you for your patience while I took apart in a self-imposed blogging break to ebb, to flow, to declutter the brain-space and gear up for a brand new year. To the new!





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December 8, 2014

DIY 3D Geo Christmas Tree




Make your own 3D geo paper tree with the help of these fools in today's HGTV Handmade DIY video. For the template below, just save it to your computer, adjust the size to your preference, and print on card stock.




HoliDIYs



Greeting cards, place cards, holiday sweaters! The holiday season is in full swing and we all need those little festive touches that make our home feel extra warm and welcoming during this special time of year. To prepare for holiday parties and dinners you may be throwing or attending here are some DIY Woodland Forest Scene place cards to set out for your guests, or to bring along as a hostess gift. 


Need a little mood lighting to set the tone for the evening? Make some very simple yet lovely moss votives for your table or to give as a gift. 


Attending an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this year? Here is a fun and easy way to make your own. 


More holiDIYs coming up today and throughout the rest of the year! I hope you are enjoying this special time of year with the ones you love.