Magazine of the Moment: Success

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It’s been a while since I have done a Magazine of the Moment post (you can check out the past ones here) but I felt like this was a good time to do this particular magazine.

Success Magazine is marketed towards entrepreneurs, but it’s really a great read for any professional. The magazine covers self improvement, leadership, and ways to find happiness and (wait for it) success.

I say it’s a good time to spotlight this magazine because now that I’m healthy I’m starting to look back at going into the workforce. I’m borderline well, which means it’s time to get a proper plan in place. I prefer magazines like this for inspiration than those like Inc. because I find the articles more digestible and the topics more suited for people of different walks of life. We can’t all be CEO’s.

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Inspiration Book Pages:

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I love this little book. It’s so therapeutic to make and it’s actually inspiring to look back at- I know that’s what I made it for, but sometimes I’m surprised when it works out as well as I want it to. I’ve been thinking about making more of this kind of craft books. This one is for inspiration but who knows what else they could be. I could mix one with everyday journal entities. I would say my poetry and prose could be mixed media also, but I really love my huge leather notebook being all text in all black ink.

Now if I set up a used magazine PO box would you send them to me -kidding- (mostly)

See the rest of my inspiration book’s pages here and here.

Inspiration Book Pages:

IMG_2167 IMG_2168 IMG_2169I shared the first section of my inspiration book and explained it here, and I haven’t had a ton of things to clip since, but yesterday I bought and read a few magazine so it was time for some more pages! This book has been really great to flip through, especially since I use so many different kind of magazines to make it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m all for paper products and being able to hold the finished project. I know this book gives off the same vibes as my tumblr, but it somehow means more having cut out each picture. Anyways, it lets me keep the things I really want in magazines without having to keep a collection of them!

Creating an Inspiration Book:

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My inspiration book is just a plain spiral notebook where I paste clipping and write short entries with titles. I just started this project about a week ago and I’m already loving it. I’ve always been one to find things in magazines and catalogs that I want to keep, even more so in the summer months with by the pool readings. I read business magazines along with fashion and home magazines and some images and articles are down right inspiring! There have been many things I read and relate to, advice that I need to hear, or things I want to wear or decorate my house with.

This book is a place for all of those to come together, in a piece by piece book. I know that some people do them by topic (similar to a physical pintrest!) But I like having them all in one place, made into a “life” inspiration- not just a subject by subject on.

The pros to having something like this instead of an electronic version is that it will be less cluttered and that it will be much more personal and easy to remember. How many times do you pin 20+ things on a board only to forget 90% of them an hour or so later?

There’s also joy in holding a physical book that you just can’t beat- something that book blogs everywhere agree when it comes to the paper verses e-book debate. Plus, like every kind of craft there is huge amount of stress relief that comes with cutting, pasting, and browsing pages.
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Here’s a list of things you can include in your inspiration book!

  • Hair inspiration
  • Food inspiration
  • Business tips
  • Home inspiration
  • Articles you relate to personally
  • Motivational quotes
  • Design inspiration
  • Fashion inspiration
  • Make up inspiration
  • Confidence boosters
  • Personal entries related to clippings
  • & unrelated
  • Photography styles you want to recreate
  • Icons and role models
  • Lists of goals
  • Lists of achievements

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Some Advice:

hhhhhWe can’t only do the stuff we enjoy for the rest of our lives- but we can do more of it than we do. Our culture is very into the “do what you love” movement, and man is it amazing, but realistically not everyone can do what they love. We have to get money, we have to do the house work. It’s not an option to get rid of all of these things. But it is an option to make them less time consuming. House work? Clean as you go to save time for the things you love. Set aside blocks of time for hobbies. Make time for people.

Remember that it’s not just huge time consuming things that make you happy. It’s also little beautiful moments in life. So why this advice might seem to be reaching for the stars on what you’re able to do… it’s not. Make the lists and look over it. It might be as simple as reading for thirty minutes before bed or premaking homemade waffles on the weekend so you can eat them every work morning.

**I do not own this image** 

Inspired Doodle:

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I’ve already established that I’m not artist, just a little crafty. I can’t draw or paint or really anything. But I can doodle, because, well, anyone can doodle to a degree. I feel like doodling is a great but under loved field. I honestly think art is something that everyone should have in their life. It very good for the soul to create.

Some people do better with poems, some with pictures, some with paint, but there is always a group that is just convinced they can’t do any of the above. Doodling is a great cure for that, because you’re not expecting it to be great (or anything like the ones above) but it’s not as intimidating as, say realistic sketching.

The “I didn’t reach my resolutions” revolution.

recenttumblr_ngbyi6rK0v1qzb3obo1_500This is the time of the year were everyone starts panicking or stressing over all the stuff they didn’t get done this year. Understandably, we try to set goals for each year, but they don’t always happen. Maybe I gained weight instead of lost it this year. Maybe I didn’t touch my camera near as much as I wanted to. Maybe I only finished a few books instead of my goal of fifty. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

It’s so easy to get upset over these things, because we feel like we’re not making process. My thought is, what were you doing instead? You were doing something. If you gained weight perhaps you became a better baker, or got a better social life and were eating out more often. Maybe since you weren’t that creative you spent  more time saving up inspiration, see were I’m going?

This year when making that list of resolutions, how about instead of just rewriting all the things you had on it last year, you look at what kept you from getting your goals and you put the first step in the opposite direction. Instead of lose weight: eat three salads a week. Instead of take more pictures: set aside two hours, one for down time and  one for camera time.

Goals are about balance, and now that you’ve made the goals and missed them, you can know why you missed them and how to correct that in the future. Don’t stress about getting it all done in the next two weeks, just be realistic and work out all the details.