An Etsy Shop Interview with ArtiKats

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The Inspired Series has launched over at my personal blog.

Click here to see this jeweler’s Etsy Shop, inspirational interview.

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Fall Fashion Look Book

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Hello blog friends,

I have recently started my own personal blog, kathrynfarritor.com. I have much more personal topics and photography-related features on this blog and I just completed a little project I am calling the Fall Fashion Look Book. Would love if you subscribed to email or RSS updates for that blog.

Click here to see the Look Book!

Much love,

Katie

P.S. The Look Book was a personal project I created for myself. It was to give myself an opportunity to envision an idea and bring it to life.

The Fear Game

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Let’s play a game.

It’s simple. List your fears.

Why? Because fears have a tendency to hold you back. They have a tendency to shut you down, make you question your every move, paralyze you. They hinder you from making decisions, from holding a strong opinion, from speaking out. Fear is your own worst enemy and it’s time to move past your enemy. You have great things to accomplish and you will only learn by stepping outside your front door, interacting with people, learning from triumphs and mistakes, taking chances, and gaining as many experiences as you can as fast as you can.

So let’s play a game. Here’s my list. What’s yours?

1. Fear of being judged, for my thoughts, my actions, my emotions, my way of life

2. Fear that I’m not a good writer

3. Fear of being alone

4. Fear of not improving, remaining stagnant

5. Fear of trying really hard and failing

6. Fear of not taking a chance

7. Fear of criticism, mean critisim

8. Fear of getting in trouble

9. Fear of regretting

10. Fear of not seizing an opportunity

The Fear Game. Look at your own list and see what fears are holding you back from something you are trying to accomplish. Whether it’s career or personal in nature, your fears are your own worst enemy. Take a moment and share you fear list – get it out in the public, be vulnerable, and see your fears listed in black and white. I am going to bet that many, if not all, of your fears are worrying tendencies that can be battled with positivity and confidence.

So fight back. Don’t let doubts and worries take over your true potential.

P.S.

Everyone admire my Fear Monster. I didn’t know what to do with an image so I scribbled him with my mouse. He’s a scary little beast, am I right?!

Think vs. Do

I’m the type of person that likes to over-think about things. This makes me good at strategy, analyzing every angle of a situation, and being intentional.

However, I get very frustrated with myself because I have all these brilliant ideas and projects I want to prune into beautiful little creations but find myself stuck at the keyboard staring at the screen with my mind spinning.

To combat this, I’ve been telling myself to just do it, go go go, and get it done. Don’t plan. Don’t think. Just move. I purposefully have to remind myself to move forward when I catch myself in a whirlwind of indecision because of the what ifs and possibilities of a project.

I’ve also made a little game for myself. I turn on pandora, listen to a favorite station, and design until the song ends. When the song ends, I move on to the next design. I don’t have time to over-think and I have to switch design styles when the music changes. It’s a good exercise and if you struggle with designers block or throwing rapid fire designs out there, try it for yourself.

A canvas to our imagination

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“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

There’s a world outside your cubicle, your apartment, your day-to-day life. Did you know? I challenge you to do ONE thing everyday that’s thrilling and new, even if it’s a simple walk in a park you’ve never visited before. Collect these experiences and cherish the small moments in life. The world is but a canvas to your imagination – are you painting?