Hey Creative Peeps,
To give you an update, I’ve been working on a new video for my youtube channel in connection to my last blog post, the Romantic Movement. In case you missed it, check out the Love Jar video for a sweet way to do nice things for the one you love.
In the meantime, I’m about to start studying marketing tactics and developing my leadership skills. While this will definitely help me excel at work, I also want to use these tools to push my photography business, youtube page and blog. What’s the use of doing all of this stuff if it doesn’t reach anybody? Art for the sake of art? Well, if that were all I wanted to do, I would write this down in a notebook and keep it on my bookshelf. Writing this blog has been a great experience. It feels good to share my ideas and experiences with you guys (all five of you who read my blog posts, lol). Now that I have added videos and photography to the mix, I’ve got a nice group of options to get creative and hopefully inspire somebody in the process. With some trial and error under my belt, I want to focus on developing and reaching out to an audience or several demographics. Maybe each social network I use to can have a specific theme so you won’t see a bunch of the same things being posted on all of my posts. Or maybe they all could follow the same theme but separate components of it. I think that’s a great way to start! Are you working on a blog, photo series, video channel, etc.? I’d love to hear about it. Maybe we could keep each other encouraged and partner up some time!
I wanted to purposely address another area in my life that could always benefit from more effort. Adding to that list of goals, I am working on being more romantic and thoughtful in my marriage. I can already hear some of you now, that’s his job to romance you. Hear me out will ya? My husband has been such a good friend to me ever since we started dating five years ago. He does his best to consider my feelings and thoughts when it comes to making big decisions. He is faithful to God and to me. When I think about that, I have to remember the times before we met. I won’t go down the list, they aren’t worth mentioning, but I will say this. My husband is truly the best man I know and having him in my life is a big deal. In a world full of ‘independent women’ I’m not ashamed to say that I love my husband and that we are co-dependent on God and each other. That being said, I want to make sure he knows that I appreciate him.
The other day, I started on my ‘romantic quest’ by going to the flower shop and buying him a single stem rose. After that, I took a shower and put on something pretty before picking him up from work. Instead of waiting outside, I parked and stood at the receptionist desk, hiding the rose behind my back. Once he showed up I gave him a big hug and handed him the rose saying that I was really happy to see him (and I was!). Then I took him to a restaurant that neither of us had been to before called BJs. We sat in a booth on the furthest wall away from the door so we could have a view. The food was great and we talked about our future plans and the perks that we hope to get once we have gotten our finances in order. Once we were done eating, we rented a few Redbox movies (he loves movies) and went home to watch them together until we fell asleep. It felt so good to do something nice and unexpected for him. This date inspired me to start purposely working towards keeping the romance in our relationship.
Let’s start a movement.
Let’s vow to put a greater effort into making sure our spouses feel appreciated and special. It doesn’t have to be centered around gifts and dates. Maybe all you need to do is start taking over a few of those errands that your spouse usually handles or cooking a meal for the two of you. But here are a few guidelines that can always help when taking part in this challenge. 1. Whatever you do for them, do it without expecting anything in return. This movement is about being romantic or thoughtful towards your partner to make them feel special. 2. Tell them how you feel often. For my husband, I do this by saying ‘I love you’, texting or emailing him pictures and praying with him before we go to work. 3. Do something, anything together. Showing interest in something your partner likes to do counts for more than doing something that you like to do. Brandon has made it a goal of his to go to the gym several times a week. Now when I see him getting ready to leave, I throw on some sweats and go with him. We have our own work out regimens but we spend about 15 minutes of it stretching together. 4. Share it with others. Doing these romantic gestures for your spouse is going to open a door to feelings of fulfillment, gratefulness and joy. Other people need to see that side of love. Talk, tweet, and post about it. Your love could inspire others.
What’s up Creatives,
I really enjoy reading (or listening to) blogs by women. Some of them are based around fashion and DIY projects, but others are about lifestyle and art forms. The more I look around the more I realize how much great inspiration is out there. Currently, I’m getting attached to a young newlywed named Giustina and her blog, Domestically Blissful. She is a stay at home wife and married to a dental student. What I love about her blog is her love for her husband and cooking. I secretly hope to become an awesome cook whose food is healthy and pretty to look at, lol. She has got this skill down pact! I also like that she has dived into her passions and really created some great projects in her time at home.
A lot of women may be reading this like, awe heck naw, stay at home wife (she isn’t a mother yet) life would drive me insane. But she has figured out a way to stay highly inspired and share her ideas with others. That’s one of my goals for Artistic Flare, to inspire others to take creative action. I think that’s something we all should strive for, even if only 3 people read your posts, it’s worth the effort. You may even surprise and inspire yourself. Don’t worry about what others think, just take a step. My steps so far are to take one photo of myself everyday this year, and one of my husband and I once a week. I also want to work out more to build my energy level, I’m going to need it if I want to jump start my photography business and become a full time creative free agent. Though I can’t get moving today, trying to fight off this fever I have, I’m limited to the couch and viewing the world from my laptop.
Hey Creative peeps,
We are six days into the year as well as six days into my 365 photo project. Everyday, I’m taking a self portrait to track what I am doing this year. I can’t promise that they all will be awesome and interesting but the point is to create a habit and follow-through. That being said, I do hope that I can create some cool images this year. When I get more time, I can really plan some fun shots. If you have any ideas for some, feel free to share them with me! Click here to see the first six images of my 365!
Hey creative peeps!
As promised I am continuing with my explanations of my resolutions for the year. Aside from hair care, I also want to improve my fashion sense and record vlogs/blogs for youtube and wordpress. First lets tackle the fashion. Ok, so I have had an interesting sense of fashion for a long time, some years were a bit on the odd side, while others were just downright bad ideas. Hahahah. In the new year, I have so many plans and those plans demand that my physical presentation be 100% to make good impressions. I’m going to spend the next 12 months picking up colorful, classy clothes that compliment my shape and make me look closer to 25 years old, opposed to looking 16 years old. This also means wearing make-up more often and staying in shape. I’ve got a gym membership, so it’s time to use it! I’ve changed my availability at work so I can always put in an hour at the gym each day. I’m not sure what my workout will be, but I just want to start small by getting in there!
As far as blogging and vlogging, this will take more discipline and dedication. When I first started this blog, I almost wrote every day but as life happened to me, I wrote less and less. But now, in order to stimulate my mind with as many creative outlets as possible, I’m picking up my laptop, and camera, and putting it out there. There have been several instances where people have told me they enjoyed reading my blog or even tried something that I suggested for themselves. I recently launched Artistic Flare, a channel on youtube with one goal: to inspire others to take creative action. Most of my videos there will focus on life updates, photography, and natural hair. With these topics, I’m sure to have plenty to talk about as I work on growing out my hair, becoming a full time artist and just walking out this Christian life one day at a time with my husband by my side.
More resolutions to come!
Watch this video and then download the X OUT PROCRASTINATION sheet below! We are going to meet our goals this year!!
X OUT PROCRASTINATION CHART
Hello creative peeps,
As promised, I’m writing about my New Year’s resolutions. The first one is centered around my hair. As some of you may or may not know, I have been natural for seven years, having cut my relaxed hair off when I turned 19. Over the next seven years, I have done a little of everything including flat ironing, kinky twisting, two strand twists, afro hawks, bantu knots and even shaving it all off. I even cut about four inches off of it three months ago after becoming frustrated with my overly dried ends. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, I experimented with styles and products but never really understood how to handle my ‘locks’. So I did what any girl would do, I looked to books and youtube for advice and inspiration.
Man, there are so many resources out there and vlogs where women are tracking their hair growth, teaching others about the science behind hair and making tutorials. After watching hours of vids and reading three hair books, I think I have found the ideal way to work with my hair. The first step is to accept my hair the way it is, not the way it was or the way I saw someone else’s hair. The second step involves paying more attention to the way my hair reacts to things and putting more intentional care into keeping it moisturized and clean. I plan to avoid heat tools, shampoo, and styles/products that dry my hair out. But I’ve decided to use more conditioner, hair lotions, oils and whatever else I think will help keep my hair from breaking. The plan is to do this until my hair reaches armpit length while it is still in its curly state (no pressed or blown out, etc.). I will do my best to put pics and a few vids about this in case anyone would like to see how I’m progressing.
More resolution explanations on the way!
The Artistic Chic