* This post was sponsored by Workman Publishing but all opinions are our own.*
If you've been following us for a while, you know we've posted about Flow Magazine before. We fell in love with their books and brand at Alt Summit two years ago and our love has only grown since then.
For those of y'all that aren't familiar with the brand, Flow is a magazine that celebrates creativity, mindfulness, imperfection, and life's small pleasures. In a time where a lot of other print medias are focusing their energies on their digital properties, Flow is fully embracing the physical qualities of paper and the formats in which it can be delivered. And if you know us, you know we're both old souls (read: grandmas), so there's just something about diving into a tangible book with prompts of encouragement that's still so special to us.
This latest book is called Creativity Takes Courage, which if there's ever a statement that's resonated with us, it's this one! When we first started this blog/brand, we were really scared to kind of step out of our comfort zone when it came to creativity, whether that be with the projects we did, colors we wore, people we talked to, so on and so forth. It takes courage to put yourself out there and realize your full potential in your career, and just as a person in general!
This book is sort of organized around a series of "dares". Dare to fail. Dare to try something new. Dare to start. Dare to sleep more (HOLLER). Anyway, each chapter breaks down these challenges with stories, words of encouragement, prompts to enhance your creativity in this specific way. Most chapters end with an "And Now You" section where you really have to put into practice the particular "dare." Which is super important to us. If there's not a prompt to practice it, I'm not going to practice it. It's a great little extra push to get started and open yourself up!
So! When we got our hands on this book and had both skimmed through it, we both had ideas on things we wanted to branch out on for the rest of the year. So we went to a new place, ordered new things off the menu, and discussed new ideas.
If you haven't been to Dots Cafe in Pasadena, it will inspire you in every way possible. Every inch of it is adorable and so well thought out, and we're both just suckers for good visuals in a place. We got veggie fries (air fried mushrooms, holy delish), an avocado salad, and peach passionfruit green tea, and talked about what we wanted for our business and ourselves throughout the rest of this year, and how we can accomplish it, starting with small things from this book! That's something we've realized along the way of working for ourselves. Nothing happens over night. Start with little steps working up to a big goal. And while we'll keep our big picture goals a secret for now, we will share two of the ways we're going to try centering our mindfulness and creativity!
Jenna is going to start a daily project notebook. A project she'll do everyday for however long--a week, a month, 3 months, whatever. Some examples in the book that really stood out to us were: take a 15 minute walk everyday, no matter the weather, and write notes about what you notice along the way; and take a photo at the same time everyday, wherever you are in that moment.
Cort is going to start keeping a "Quietness Diary". We get so easily distracted with a thousand things going on around us at once. But the purpose of this diary is to take note of things you notice when you quiet your mind. The smell of coffee brewing, how the sun feels on your face in the morning, stuff like that. Small pleasures that really open your mind up to what's going on outside of your phone. ;)
What are some of your ways you dive into your creativity? We'd love to know!
Love & new things,
J & C