I’ve been cleaning house, streamlining my life, getting inspired, and basically revisiting a lot of ‘to-do’ lists and re-evaluating whether I want to do them or ditch them. It feels good and I thought I’d share my top 12 list of stuff I’m loving at the moment…
1. Technology Streamlining
If you happen to run a WordPress blog, website, or both you will love ManageWP. My amazing Web guru, Kim Beasley, has been working on my websites to update and optimize them, and she introduced me to ManageWP. It allows you to streamline and manage multiple WordPress websites and blogs with increased security, saving valuable time and money!
2. Design Inspiration
Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report! I’m not a big fashion follower but I love seeing what is being projected for the upcoming Season(s). It helps me calculate my own trend predictions for my work, not to mention I just plain love pretty things. The short video attached to this color palette explaining why each hue was selected is interesting to watch too. It makes me appreciate how much work goes in to color forecasting.
3. Photography Fun
I found this plugin, Perfect Photo Suite by onOne Software, a few months ago and I absolutely love it. It is a fantastic photo editing program that works with Photoshop and allows you to do all sorts of fun photo filters, effects, alterations, and resizing.
4. Expanding my World
I just started getting Smithsonian Magazine again and I am SO happy to have it in my life once more! I’ll admit that one of my streamlining goals was not to accumulate more stuff (magazines being one of them), but Smithsonian is a cut above the rest. What an amazing magazine, I feel smarter just looking at it!
If you haven’t had the chance yet to watch Admiral William H McRaven’s 2014 University of Texas Commencement Speech, please take a few minutes to do so. My family and I watched it again over the Holiday and it really reinvigorated us! And my boys are making their beds every morning! Gotta love that!
I am in no way a dancer but this past year I discovered Zumba and I love it! I never miss a class. If you are someone who has seen those crazy Zumba people at your gym and said, “there is no way I’m going to do that”, think again. Please. I was you and I never knew what I was missing out. It’s just plain fun, and you don’t even realize you’re getting such an intense workout!
I am in love with Lodge Cast Iron products! As far as I’m concerned there is no better cookware out there, and you can’t beat the price! This Christmas Santa brought me a Lodge Dutch Oven. It is the BEST!
If you like warm and snuggly boots I’ve got just the pair for you – Australia Luxe Collective. They are amazing!
9. Expanding my Techie Abilities
Every week I am trying to do one of the many Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials on the Digital Arts site. It is a wonderful way to keep growing as an artist.
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If you’re a Monty Python fan and a lover of quirky musical comedies, ABC’s “Galavant” is for you! It is such a fun escape from reality.
I discovered the tiny buddha website a couple of years ago. It is now a daily go-to for me.
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12. Making Time
My goal this year is to make time for myself, make time for my family, and make time for friends. I want to do more coffee and lunch dates, go for a walk someplace pretty every day, try and go to the gym 2-3 times a week, and make the time to quiet my mind with meditation. Work is always going to be there, whether at an office or at home, but even so we all can make time for peace.
Happy New Year