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In Favor of Making the Time

Driftwood piles at the Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

There's something to be said for the hustle and bustle of each season. The go, go, go isn't always so bad. We move a little faster, are forced to make decisions with confidence (No hems. No haws.) and we often find ourselves becoming a bit more efficient.

Yet, there's still a yearning for slowness and peace. For solitude and connection. For the space to make some time. 

Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to lean in to that feeling—that need for time. As I drove away from the stress of life here, I headed there toward what can only be described as a respite. Sure, I had people to see and nephews to hug—going home around the holidays requires you to tick a few very important boxes, after all—but I also had a chance to sit. To think. To breathe. To assess. To wonder. To wander.

Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

When my dad asked what I wanted to do that Tuesday morning, I told him I wanted to say hello to the ocean. So among other visits around town (including a trip to the adorable quilt guild, of which my stepmom is co-president), we did just that. Camera in tow, we drove until we reached the dead end parking lot of the Point St. George Heritage Area. Since we had a fairly clear day, we could see the St. George Reef Lighthouse several miles offshore and had the pleasure of watching a pilot practice touch-and-goes at the adjacent airport.

St. George Reef Lighthouse off the coast of the Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Flight coming in to the Crescent City Airport //  Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA  

But most importantly, we got to spend time together in a place that holds meaning for our family. My dad used to fly those tiny airplanes and I remember my papa's huge smile after taking a quick flight up over this exact area with his son.

Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

Years later we would say our goodbyes to both my nana and papa in this place. As always with these things in life, their physical presence has since been washed away, but our memories of them have remained vivid.

Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

Upon returning home to the hustle and the bustle I realized that I could have easily canceled my trip north. I had bowed out of meetings, work piled up a bit, the holidays loomed in the distance and family commitments were patiently waiting for me here. Yet, I would have missed what I needed there had I not made the time.

Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA
Point St. George Heritage Area // Crescent City, CA

The trip was a good reminder—one I need every so often—that time matters. Time is just as important as our many, many to-do lists and ever-growing pile of gifts to be wrapped. Time spent can never be returned, exchanged or put on layaway. And thankfully, it's a gift often received with joy and graciousness by all involved.

Here's to making a little time for the good stuff as we close out the year, my friends.



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5 Ways to Support a Creative this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

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5 Ways to Support a Creative this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

5 Ways to Support a Creative this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

I know what you're thinking. It's too early to be talking about the holidays, right?

Well, stick with me here. I've been wanting to write about how those of us in the creative community can support one another for quite some time. I often find myself supporting various creative projects, ventures, ideas and products and it's an important part of my business platform. Yet, I know I can be doing more. So, I've come up with some fun ways to cheer on my fellow creatives this holiday season (and all year long)!

BUY LOCAL

We've all got that friend who sells his or her handmade creations at a local craft fair, right? Or maybe we know someone who recently opened a boutique? Or perhaps that local musician whose jams you have on repeat just dropped an album? I'm personally trying to be better at supporting these types of creative folks by shopping locally. There are a ton of holiday events geared specifically toward supporting local creatives, so why not see if we can get some holiday shopping done right here at home (wherever home might be for you)? You'll be supporting a fellow creative while checking your list twice—two birds, am I right?

TAKE A CLASS

The old saying, "those who can't do, teach" is just plain wrong. If there's anything the internet has taught me it's that those who teach these days not only do, but they do what they do very well. So well, in fact, that they decide to share what they know with all of us. If you have the time and head space for it, might I recommend taking an online class? Or why not find a class you can join locally? Learning a craft or skill can be super rewarding both in-person and online. You can explore new-to-you things or brush up on a skill you've learned and forgotten. And who knows, you just might make new friends in class!

SHOP INTENTIONALLY

This is another place I'm trying to improve. I often find myself at a big box store because of time constraints, the convenience of it all or—let's face it—budget. That said, shopping intentionally can go a long way. I'm always happier with a purchase if I know how it was made, where it was made and who made it. Sometimes cost might be a factor, but when I intentionally seek out skilled makers, I know I'm going to get a higher quality product. So, this year I'm trying to look for fewer things that are made exceptionally well by really great people. (Hint: I'm finding a lot of my new favorites on Instagram!)

BACK OR DONATE

This might be my favorite way to support creatives right now. Thanks to sites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, Patreon and other donation platforms, creatives and their peers can work together to make big things happen. While I can't possibly support every worthy project out there, I've taken to supporting the projects that really resonate with me. For example, a dear friend of mine recently launched a fundraiser for the scholarship she's created with through her business. I was so thrilled to support it! And when it comes to backing crowdfunded projects that offer perks, I always try to donate at a level that will get me something awesome in return. I've got three Christmas presents on the way thanks to a few successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns. Win, win!  

SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, FOLLOW AND REVIEW

I realize that we don't all have the budgets to support creatives financially. In fact, I recently pulled back on my support of some projects this year so that I could support other projects in other ways. That doesn't mean I don't believe in the projects I'm no longer supporting financially, it's just my way of spreading the love! That said, I can still show my support in the form of interaction. I can follow the social media feeds of various projects and creators. I can comment on their blog posts and share links with my followers. I can leave reviews wherever possible and tell friends (yes—real, live people!) about their work. As a content creator, myself, I can tell you that this form of support means more than you'll ever know. 


So, friends: how do YOU like to support creatives throughout the year? I'd love to know what you think and if I've missed anything, feel free to share it in the comment section below! 



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Featured: Clementine Daily + Making Resolutions that Stick

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Who's into making resolutions? (Raises hand.) And who here is tired of breaking resolutions by February 1st? (Looks around the room and points to self, "who me?").

Just before the holidays, I shared some simple ways to make resolutions that actually make sense. It's really easy to tell ourselves that giving up chocolate is a good idea, but let's be real – we've got bigger fish to fry.

Head on over and read the full article on Clementine Daily.

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So how do you make resolutions that stick? I'm sure we can all benefit from one another's tips and suggestions, so feel free to share them in the comment section of the story!


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Featured: Clementine Daily + Giving the Gift of Time

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I'm not sure about you, but I absolutely love giving and receiving experiences as gifts. Sometimes stepping away from the brightly lit stores and online gift guides in an effort to share time with someone you love just makes the most sense.

I recently had the pleasure of writing about some of my favorite experiences to give (and get) during the holidays over on Clementine Daily.

You can read the full article here.

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What are your favorite experiences or 'gifts of time' to give during the holidays? Be sure to give us your two cents in the comment section of the story. I, for one, am always looking for new ideas!

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Featured: Clementine Daily + How to Say 'No' During the Holidays

Anyone else feeling the holiday overwhelm starting to creep in? Between multiple party invites, work deadlines and family pressure, it's easy to get caught up in making everyone else's spirits bright.

'Tis the season, am I right?

Thankfully, I recently had the pleasure of working on a piece for Clementine Daily, in which we declared it our right to step away from the craziness (while continuing to eat the holiday cookies, because why on earth would we say no to those?).

You can read the full article here.

If you're looking for a little more holiday season inspiration from the gals over at Clementine Daily, I'm loving these super simple (and inexpensive) decor ideas and these tips for leading a more joyful life

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So how do you opt out of the hustle and bustle of the season to save your sanity? For me, making the choice to spend more time exploring helps me maintain. Feel free to share your tips in the comment section of the story. We'd love to read them! 


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