Monday, September 22, 2014

Balance Your Life 4: A Creative Space [swap week]

Happy Monday!  Today The Balance Team and I are switching things up for Balance Your Life.  Instead of talking about ways to work your body, today I’ll be talking about how to work your mind!  Everyone else will have a different part this week too– Kristina & Millie [2 Crochet Hooks] will be covering Spirit, Shari [Pure Grace Farms] will be tackling Body, and Heather [My Sweet Mission] will be talking about Heart.  Make sure you visit everyone to see what they’re up to for our very first swap week!

Last week I shared some thoughts on Blog Inc.  One thing it suggests is having a creative space to blog– a place for inspiration.  I don’t have a home office, but I did give a corner in our bedroom a makeover to create a space just for me.  It’s not much, but it works.

 My creative space!  I have a bulletin board (soon to be mood board), some maternity photos, and a DIY jewelry organizer that I love on the wall.  I bought the desk off Craig’s List last year; my mom helped me paint it to give a distressed look.  I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

On my desk I have a calendar of daily scriptures, mason jar of pens, and my Scentsy (I love Scentsy products!).  I also have my “I Feel Prettiest…” sign.  A good friend had this made for my 30th birthday.  It’s one of my most favorite things and I love that it’s one of the first things I see each morning! 

My top right drawer contains what I’m currently up to.  I have my Blog Inc book and some magazines.  I also keep my blogging calendar in here as well as flash drives.

The top left drawer contains “office things” I use regularly.  I’m a list-maker, so I keep plenty of note pads, pens, and sticky notes in here.  I also keep thank you cards so I can send them before I forget about them!

The middle left drawer is more of a miscellaneous drawer.  I keep things I use in here, but maybe not as often as the top drawers.  I keep my paper cutter, nook, flip cam, and various chargers in here.  I also keep more markers in here (I love markers!).  This is where I also keep things I’m not quite sure what to do with yet– like cards or invitations I know I want to keep.

My last drawer contains a bunch of miscellaneous craft supplies.  Stuff I use, but not on a regular basis.  I keep paint brushes, paints, glue, and other random crafty stuff.

So what does this have to do with Balancing Your Life and helping your mind?  Having a specific place for blogging (or work, or any other activity) helps train your brain.  Eventually, when I start sitting down in my desk my mind will automatically know it’s time to get busy.  Another benefit of having a creative space is organization.  With a toddler in the house, cars and trains can be found almost anywhere, but this desk, this one little corner, is MY space.  It’s where I can keep my things organized and the boys know not to intrude.  It helps provide me with inspiration without clutter.

Where do you blog/work?
Do you have a place to call your own (office, desk, corner, etc)?
Where do you find inspiration?

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