Ready, set, flourish! In this installment of Allure Decor’s Spring Blossom Giveaway Series Part 3: FLOURISH, I’m sharing some inspiring ways to get your creative juices flowing & tools to help you grow, flourish & stay focused from some of my favorite influencers!
We’re all so damned busy but keeping the creativity flowing is what keeps me charged and inspired when life’s daily commitments and lack of time start to completely overwhelm me. So I’m using this wonderful calendar/planner & creativity journal from Monica Lee at Smart Creative Women:
FLOURISH is a 16 month 2015-16 calendar but even though it’s now May, you’ll still get a year’s use! Each month features a place to state your goals and every single page features an inspiring quote from Monica such as these:
I just love all of the pages set aside for jotting down creative ideas, dreams and plans for any area of your life you want to develop with these highlighted sections:
- Ideas & Lightbulbs
- One Brave Thing
- OMG! Get this done!
- Don’t Miss This
- Simply Must Email
- Books To Read
- Things to Check Out
Monica Lee is an accomplished artist and the founder and host of Smart Creative Women, a podcast show on iTunes and Stitcher radio designed to help women learn, grow, and get inspired. Launched in 2011, Smart Creative Women highlights creative entrepreneurs within a variety of creative industries.
Monica is passionate about creativity and believes each of us can develop a unique personal design aesthetic. As an outspoken supporter encouraging the creative community, Monica speaks at conferences and has developed online courses and clarity coaching for creatives.
You can view some of Monica’s chic feminine designs at MonicaLeeStudios.com:
She’s even launching an accessories line, XO Monica Lee, which I’m excited for!
I’m such a fan of her work that I’m giving a copy of the Flourish planner away to one lucky reader on May 11th. See giveaway details at the end of this post.
Another great resource to keep you creatively inspired is The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women.
GIT ‘ER DONE!
So how do you get a handle on all of the things you really NEED to do each day so you have time and an open, relaxed mind to pursue the creative things you really WANT to do each day?
I found these to be a great framework for getting my priorities in order and maintaining my focus:
5 Tips For Getting the Most Important Things Done Every Day Although this article is from Entrepreneur.com its applicable to everyone!
I also love Marie Forleo’s Brain Dumping technique for creating mental white space:
I’m a super creative with a tad of A.D.D. (okay, maybe full on A.D.D.) so clearing my mind of all mental clutter is critical if I’m to get anything done at all! I keep a notebook handy to jot things down at a moment’s notice which helps immensely and I have extensive lists on my iPhone and use Evernote as my permanent online notebook!
BTW, Marie Forleo is the founder of MarieTV, an award winning video series that’s the flagship of her virtual, woman-owned and run, socially conscious company that inspires entrepreneurial women to create a business and life they’ll love! I’ll be spotlighting some of her most memorable tips in the upcoming Spring Blossom Giveaway Series Part 5: PLAY BIG on May 18th.
We all set out to do more than we can actually accomplish each day, so don’t beat yourself up about it, just focus on the progress you are making. It will bring you contentment and a steady stream of happiness:
Master breakthrough leader Tony Robbins says it best:
“If you aren’t growing, you are dying. It turns out that happiness that is true and lasting is quite simply this: progress. Progress = Happiness! If you are growing, and giving, you will be happy. If you are moving forward in your life, if you are progressing personally, professionally, emotionally, spiritually—you will be happy. It is only in stagnation that we wilt like a flower.”
More on Tony Robbins’ recipe for true happiness to come in the next installment of ALLURE DECOR’s Spring Blossom Giveaway Series Part 4: GET IN THE ZEN on May 11th.
To be eligible for this week’s special giveaway of Monica Lee’s FLOURISH planner, you must first:
- Comment below or follow ALLURE DECOR on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where you’ll have to LIKE the announcement post (Flourish planner with pink swirls) & share/repost the link for this blog post giveaway with the hashtags #springblossomgiveawayseries and #giveaway.
- Must be over 18 years old & reside in the US so I can ship you your prize.
- Entry cut off Sunday May 10, 2015 at 12 pm EST. One entry per person. Prior winners are ineligible.
- Winner announced Monday May 11th!
See you next week!