Those of you who have been reading this little space for a while may know that during April my mental health was not at an all time peak to say the least and since then I've been working hard to get back to a good (hopefully better) place. Obviously everyone's mental health journey looks very different to another's but we all have those little routines that help us to completely disconnect, unwind and recharge. Here are just a few things I do to calm down and get back to feeling like me again, what are yours?
A few weeks ago I spoke about the benefits of having a mood board (found here) and what it can do for your work regardless of subject or idea, in following on from this I thought I'd share my current inspirations and colour theme. Pinterest has become my one-stop shop for great images and occasional fantastic links to wider content allowing you to find for example fantastic blog reads. Here's just a tiny peek at some of the stunning imagery I've been adoring and have helping motivate a change in my own work. Who are your favourite photographers? Image makers?
Of late I've been doing a few things differently and whilst they are small things they have actually made quite a big impact, call me a sucker but this lazy girl is always looking for ways to streamlining how I work and save time. Here's an honest post about what's new around these parts on Not Copper Armour. What have you recently incorporated into your blogging routines be it new camera? New design? New Mantras? Anything that has added to your success.
At the end of the day a great feeling is to truly switch off on the sofa with snacks and good TV, of late I've been hunting for new ways to find inspiration and Netflix has become my savour. There are so many great documentaries and shows out there that can add not only to your artistic work but get you thinking, I thought I'd share some of the influential shows that have struck a chord. What other TV shows and films would you advise other creatives to watch? (Regardless of genre.)
I'll be the first to admit that cultivating a photography style you can be proud of can be a forever work in progress - every now and again you can feel it when there's been a boost in the way you do things plus an added level of sophistication or higher thinking in what you produce. Sometimes you can attribute this to certain actions or additions to your regime, here are a few things I've done to consistently attempt to improve my work. What have been your game changing moments for your work (regardless of whether it's for passions, personal or business or a mixture of all 3)?
For a while now I've been on my own personal quest to make the content I do put out into the world to be more mindful and be more aware, this is in hopes to help others, produce the content that I truly enjoy but should lessen my reliance on the 'fluff' blog posts as a bridge to the next insightful blog post. Of course this is very much trial and error plus it isn't always as successful in practice but I've found my approach going through a slight change of late in terms of not only post composition but subject matter. Here's how I'm attempting to include more mindful content on my little slice of internet, how do you create more considered work?
Maintaining that productive momentum throughout the day can be tough as not every day is the same but this also means it has the ability to throw a surprise curve ball in the mix that we have to deal with. Not every day is a 'work' day but you can still do little activities that keep your creative levels ticking over till you need it. Even some of the most mundane tasks can be surprisingly influential in this respect, here are my everyday tasks that help my inspiration - what are yours?
When I was first introduced to mood / vision boards it was more for the fact that I got to do something creative with my hands, whilst that is still the case they can offer so much more. They're a complete essential when starting any kind of creative project, they can be more generic in purpose or can be incredibly focused. A mood board at it's basics is a vehicle to put your visual ideas can be digital but I prefer making a physical one as it feels more personal and considered (plus fun). Here are a few reasons why I will always wax lyrical about the joys of a mood board and how something so simple can be so effective.
If you're any kind of writer or creative you'll know that creating new, exciting content that you like can be a lot of hard work and even harder still to maintain that rhythm for any longevity. When you start to build your own online space, products or create for someone else you don't always realise how it can affect you, so here are a few lessons I've learnt from my own content creation (and still getting to grips with).
It's no secret that i have a full time 9-5 job role and also run this online space, the latter is a passion, joy and creative escapism of mine however it's also a lot of work. It is essential to take a break to truly relax away from everything to stop take stock and recharge for the next round. Although this is not a new concept and how I spend my time away from any kind of work is not revolutionary but here's what I do in my downtime to replenish that positive energy, what do you in those quieter moments?