The Book Tag

Circa 2016 / 2017 was a good time for tags, whatever genre they’re a great way to write and explore your thoughts, feelings, routines and loves plus lets other in because we all want to share a bit. Books can do it all; be the essential resource, make you fall in love with the stories, take inspiration from and be an escape. They can be an amazing part of our arsenal when it comes to both pushing and supporting our creativity, (it’s no new story but) during university due to reading essays upon essays and even completing a few myself - it sort of all but killed my love of turning a page. Since then it’s taken years to get to a better place with the love of a good book and since my initial Book Tag post things have changed so much and it’s become a very welcome crutch to my inspiration and rest. So let’s rewind and do things a little old school.

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How I Show Up For My Creativity

Creativity means different things to different people and it can manifest itself in unique ways - it isn’t just for the stereotypical ideal of an ‘artist‘. Inspiration and motivation can show up through seemingly the most inane unrelated processes but it can inform our work with a fresh perspective. Recognising those routines that not only bring you joy but move you forward creatively can take time to find, let alone understand - leaning into these routes can be awesome for our separation and essential recharge. For my own journey I’m slowly but surely putting more time and effort into what I need to express myself as for a fair few years it was squashed through the education system and an unsatisfactory job situation - our versions of creativity are actually a lot bigger than they may 1st seem.

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Adding More Motivation Into The (Work) Day

Finding the motivation to soldier on especially on those days you really don’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone be a productive human can sometimes be a tall order. This is even harder when you’ve put your energy into the ‘9 - 5‘ but you want to come home and do things for yourself, whether that be creative projects, a side hustle or anything in between. On occasion it’s all too easy to retreat into pjs, easy tv and slobbing on the sofa to unwind - then mentally punish ourselves for ‘wasting’ our own time. Trying to take advantage of those pockets of motivation aren’t always possible but there are some ways to help cultivate that kind of encouragement. Here are some ways to not only brighten my day but hopefully add more inclination to use my time more productively for my own projects.

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Finding Time For Photography & Instagram (When You're Always Busy)

Our creative outlets are the first to be neglected when we’re too busy and our self-care check-in can take a dip (or catastrophic nose dive). We’re more likely to engage in the endless mindless scroll or (unwittingly) listen to other’s voices and perspectives rather than stepping back to make new that’s from us.Instagram is one of the best and the most readily available places to not only take in inspiration but have a platform where you can shout about your imagery - regardless of your style. Finding time to effectively use instagram can be easier said than done but creating photographs can be a welcome release for your energy plus in some cases highlight a moment in your daily adventures you wish to cherish. My own instagram process has been a hit and miss affair plus with all the noise that social media can produce it can be an overwhelming place to be at times, so as a reminder to myself, here are some ways to find the time to post to instagram.

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Wardrobe Love & Self - Expression

Whilst I may not be up to date with the latest in and outs of the fashion, I’m a huge advocate of personal style and the joy / confidence / creativity it can bring. On occasion our personal style choices can seem repetitive and flat but they don’t have to be by rejigging how we see our wardrobe. Over the past couple of years I’ve transitioned my wardrobe into something that is more minimal and monochrome this aesthetic may not be for everyone but the whole process has taught me how to explore and get more creativity from my wardrobe.

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Finding Creativity In The Small Things

Creativity isn’t just related to artists it’s about making new routines, connections or experiences that in turn inspire you to find that spark, so finding new ways that have helped in pushing my motivation is always something I’m keen to encourage. It’s isn’t always possible to dedicate hours or days purely devoted to your creative journey or practicing your craft however there are usually small pockets in our day which we can put towards little fulfilling tasks that in turn could inspire our work. Here are just a few ways / tasks that bring me joy from the little things.

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Blog Post Ideas To Explore Creativity

Creativity is a subject that can be found anywhere and it can help bring focus to our everyday routines. As it comes in all forms it can be a huge inspiration plus serve as fresh content for our online endeavours so to help think of new ideas - here are a few topics that you could explore regardless of your preferred online platform be it a blog, instagram , twitter and beyond. Creativity is such an important subject to look at that there’s needs to be even more discussion.

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How I Unwind After Work

Those hours after our work day are incredibly precious but often we’re too preoccupied with other things like preparing for work the next day, looking after the family or reliving the past work day - to name only a few. When I worked at my previous office role sometimes I’d get home very late leaving no time to truly unplug and over time it became too overwhelming that something had to give. After looking at my own routines and adding more clarity on what brings me joy I found I needed more space and time for slower creativity. Whilst this blog is my main source of creativity it still keeps me attached to electronics, the online world and my idea of a side - hustle it often keeps at bay those thoughts of true rest. The below outlets are all about getting away from a screen, using less of my ‘on’ brain and being more mindful with my time.

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Current Brilliant Book Reads On Creativity

Me and reading have had an odd relationship for a couple of years ever since finishing my creative degree but currently we’re in a good place with more time purposefully put aside to turn those pages. As a reader I’ve always been a reader who has several books on the go and at the moment I’m on a quest to educate myself on the subject of ‘creativity‘ not only to support the thinking behind this site further plus continue my own well-being journey. Here’s my current reading list.

Do you have any recommendations ??

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New Things To Look Forward To (On The Blog) In 2019

Some of you lovely folks will have noticed that the blog has gone through some big changes and is starting to make the pivot from more personal blog to a site with a unified message - ‘finding a creative recharge from the routines of daily life‘. This all started with my own unhappiness in a job that was the classic 9 - 5, it wasn’t a bad job but it was monotonous with no time for myself and it left me craving more balance / creativity / joy (plus neglected the blog). So now this blog is all about taking those past and on-going lessons and putting them into practice. To keep myself accountable and to keep you guys in the loop here are some of the future plans for me, you and the blog.

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Finding Time For Creativity When You're Always Busy

It’s so easy to push creativity aside because it’s not always related to our ‘important’ stuff (this is especially true if like me you work in a 9-5 environment and you are a teeny tiny cog in a huge machine) but we forget that whatever form our creativity takes it can bring a real breath of fresh air and clarity to our day. Whether we enjoy our jobs or not we all need a full stop to our day. It’s effortlessly smooth to fall into the trap of doing everything and leaving the things that bring us joy for ‘when we have time'. Making time in a day can be a tall order especially as we’re all incredibly busy but there are some ways to find an extra half an hour for you and only you.

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A Year Of Minimalism - A Recap

At the start of 2018 I made the decision to embrace elements of minimalism that I thought could work with my current lifestyle (blog post found here). After watching several documentaries such as Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things (found on Netflix) , reading beautiful blogs such as A Considered Life and Jessica Rose Williams - it has really helped compound my growing feeling that I needed to make a change and be more considerate of what I consume, buy and recycle. As a human it can be so difficult to be truly minimal as we’re all running our own race plus our current climate garners towards the power of ‘ease’ rather than the necessary. Our passions and personal lifestyles don’t always take minimalism into account but like so many things it’s a work in progress. In this post it’s all about the baby steps I’ve taken to not be such a wasteful soul.

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Ways To Switch Off From Work

In recent years we’ve cultivated a culture that prioritises work and the art of being busy coupled with undo pressure from our bosses let alone ourselves - it can be incredibly hard to break the cycle and truly unwind from all the hours we spend working. Building our own boundaries and routines into our daily schedule can create more breathing space for other loves plus give us the ability to value ourselves over others. Leaving work behind for the day can be an essential part of self care (even if you adore your job role) but can be so hard to truly accomplish as we can often stay preoccupied with the thought of work during our at home hours too. I’m a girl who loves a bit of structure, separation and easy to implement tips.

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What 2018 Looked Like In Photos

One annual post I love collating is my look back on the year through my camera, some images you will have seen through the blog, some on instagram / stories and a few that would’ve been left to linger in the files. I enjoy these posts as they capture the little moments in the every day adventures, in comparing the 2017’s review blog post you may notice that I’ve been working hard not only on my current photographic style but also what I what I want my year to look like for me. It’s meant more art, nature, confidence with a selfie and exploration.

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A Recap Of 2018's Word Of The Year & My 2019 Choice

Last year I said goodbye to the tradition of setting a list of resolutions in favour of establishing a single word that will encompass the entire year - 2018 saw the word ‘ G R O W T H ‘ come into play. As the year progressed I’ve become a convert of this system as it cultivates a thought process that allows us to show up differently for work and life, I’ve found it much more fulfilling. So here’s a recap of 2018’s word and what I’m taking forward in 2019.

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A Catch Up Of 2018 In Blog Posts

Every year I like to look back on the blog not only as an evaluation but also as a celebration, 2018 has been a quieter one as my focus has been on other life aspects but despite this I’ve found this year more than any other has welcomed in some of my favourite content and behind the scenes planning. Sometimes it’s good to have a recap of the previous year to be reminded of the positives rather than linger on the negatives. If you’re new around these parts or simple need a catch up then here is some of the content you may have missed from the past 12 months.

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A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year From Not Copper Armour

Another year has come around (apparently at the speed of light), after what feels like a last minute rush the break is finally here and entirely welcome - this girl is ready to eat / drink her weight in festive goodness several times over. So this is a quick post from me to say that however you celebrate the festive season and new year - or not - I hope you’re having a wonderful time.

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Lessons Learnt Creating Imagery For Your Blog

As some of you guys may know, photography has been 1 of my ultimate loves for many years so when I finally plucked up the courage to marry this with the urge to create through blogging it seemed like the perfect chance to bring out the camera. However even after studying, taught the subject, worked for businesses and their imagery - 1 of the hardest challenges was to find an image style that suited me plus what I wanted to say. It’s well established that you may not find comfort in certain genres within your artistic field and with 1 as huge as photography … it’s a no brainer. For me I’ve found that getting to a happy place with my rhythm and aesthetic has taken longer than any other journey I’ve taken with anything let alone photography but for now I’m starting to feel at peace with what goes out off into the world through my ‘brand’. Here are few lessons learnt from attempting to define my own personality for the blog and the accompanying aesthetic - do you outsource your images? Have you struggled with any aspects of image - making?

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