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Pesky Persistence
I'm a reader now, I have been for about 5 years. I recently read this great chart called The Life of a Project from Austin Kleon's book Steal Like an Artist. It depicts the life of a creative project perfectly. I identified with it so much! I have to share it. I often get stuck in the "This is gonna take some time" phase. Then, at times, I get bored.


I have a million projects going. Making my own clothes, beauty products, creating artworks, blogging, vintage vending and writing a book. I love the initial phase of a project. Great ideas, learning all kinds of new things. But sticking to any of it is tough.

What do you do to carry on with motivation in a project?

Cheers,

Anna
I'm going to The Hive
The Hive is a blogger conference, this year being held in Berlin. I am delighted and excited to join up with and hear from a number of online story-tellers. I'm heading to the capital city in two weeks. Dominik is going to play a number of shows while we are there!

Image from Cocorrina, one of the speakers at the conference. Check out her design work. It's wicked!

I'm spending my spring break playing music, making art, and learning more about digital story-telling, what are you doing?

Cheers,

Anna

A Quick Way to Get Productive



Set a timer and  determine a reward. It's important for me to set aside specific time and to have a small reward in place so that I can mark my accomplishment for whichever task is at hand.

1. Putting a timer on helps me stay focused. I usually work in either 30 or 50 minute intervals depending on how long I need to do something. I'll take 5 minute breaks in between. I use my IPhone as a timer, and sometimes use apps like, 30/30 or Weple Today. Setting the timer, and putting away all other distractions for a scheduled amount of time helps me to focus tremendously. It's important to take 5-10 minute breaks every hour, get up and move around, get something to drink, or get some fresh air. If you just power through you're more likely loose steam faster, and it's not very healthy to stay in one position for too long.


2. Rewards motivate me immensely. I have noticed that if I determine a small reward that I can treat myself with, I am more motivated to follow through. It could be as small as a cocktail at the end of the workday, a magazine, or it could be as big as a pair of fair-trade designer shoes. The important thing is that my accomplishment is acknowledged and I can mark my progress. The treat is just symbolic and fun.

I'm writing this post for you as much as I am for myself. 

It's a new year. A new chance to really do what we have been wanting to do. Let's get shit done.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers,

Anna


4 Reasons Why I love to blog...
Tomorrow is exactly 5 years since my very first blogpost. I suppose that's a long time. It doesn't feel like it has been that long and I still feel very much like a beginner at blogging. It has changed over time but I have enjoyed it as a wonderful journey.



1. It helps me appreciate life!
Photography and capturing small beautiful details in life, has always been one of my loves. Having a blog has given me a source of constant inspiration to keep creating, but also a wonderful opportunity to share my work and play. It is also one of the best scrap-books I have ever had, and definitely the cheapest.

2. Beginning and keeping connections!
My mom is my most enthusiastic reader of my blog. She mentions weekly, how great it is that I write a blog. I have loved-ones all around the world. So, it's nice to share bits of me and my passions with them. I am meeting more and more people through the blog too. I have met many of you who know me from the blog, it's so fun to meet you and hear that you have been inspired through my writing and photos.



3. Honestly it kept me sane!
Upon first moving to Germany in 2010, I did not speak a word of German. I married a German, all neighbours, "friends", and shopkeepers were German. Everyone was speaking German. It was a really hard time. I was so lonely and just wanted to speak English. I couldn't share my real thoughts, make jokes, or really engage in German conversation at all for the first 6 months of living here. This here blog was the place I could express myself freely, without stumbling over grammar and vocab. My blog really gave me that opportunity to be who I really was, when I couldn't really communicate and be my real self in a German environment.

4. I'm much more reflective and intentional!
Writing a blog has challenged me to think through things more. I suppose it's both the frequent visual and verbal communication, which encourage reflection on my experiences, my struggles, and my dreams. Writing frequently naturally causes me to reflect on where I am coming from and where I am headed. I am a planner and organiser, so being intentional about my life comes naturally to me, but blogging and being part of the online community has really allowed me to dream big and actualise some of my pursuits and goals.



Honestly, it's hard to imagine the past 5 years without a blog. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience.  And I am excited to blog further and see how the wind changes and we grow.

Thank you for reading lovelies!

It's an honour to share life with you.

Cheers,

anna