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New Routines In Creativity I’m Embracing

I am passionate about creativity so much so that I’m forever trying to refine or find new things that spark my interest, which is why I want to start the conversation about finding the time / inspiration into pursuing our outlets, sometimes that isn’t always possible as we get lost in life admin and other necessities. We forget that creativity can play a part in every facet of our lives and it isn’t just about artists making magic, it’s about finding elements of self-care that can really help us in the long run that fit in with our current routines. With my new job role I’m determined to build on and address some activities that bring me real joy so that it can also benefit my productivity. How do you find little moments for your outlets and imagination?

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How Rebranding Helped Me & Saying Hello To #coppercreativity

After deciding to rebrand my site very early in 2018, it was 1 of the few yearly goals I set myself and I took it incredibly seriously: reading brilliant books, planned in my sketchbook, procrastinated / worried over the final details then decided to get over my fear and release it. When it was time to press publish you finally realise why it was all worth it and all the good things that can come from reaching your end goal. Here are just a few reasons why rebranding was a good move for me, have you rebranded recently? Are you planning a rebrand? What have you learnt from your experience(s)?

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Why I Use An Inspiration Book

It’s no secret I’m always on the hunt for new concepts that not only add joy to my everyday but also to help with those light bulb moments. One route to nirvana I’m embracing is collecting the images I adore and curate them into a smaller notebook that I can refer to whenever it takes my fancy. Here’s the why behind my book of beauty. How do you bring inspiration into your life on a daily basis?

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Book Choices To Help With Your Latest Creative Idea

I am very mindful of the fact that a lot of my life is spent with either a phone in my hand or gazing at a screen so when starting a new project sometimes it’s good to leaf through actual pages to gain fresh inspiration. You don’t have to read 100’s of books (as that can be overwhelming) but few key choices can really inform your work. Here are the picks I read before the completion of my rebrand project but more than that they’ve become some of my absolute favourites that can be found on my shelves - so much so that I’ve read them multiple times - what are your most inspirational reads?

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Unwinding After A Big Project

When you've finished your planning, created all the necessary elements and you've implemented  your plan - it's time to press publish. But then what? When a big project is over you can feel a little lost, burnt out or overwhelmed after all you've dedicated a lot of hours to this endeavour, perhaps lost sleep over it and reworked your ideas till they're ready to say hello to the world. As you may know I recently completed my latest rebrand, it had been on my mind for the majority of the year and afterwards when it went live I did feel a little flat. Here are a few ways I've been regaining my energy  so I can work on the next goal that brings me joy. How do you unwind especially if there's been a big accomplishment you've been working towards?

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2018: The Year Of The Break & Why I Took September Off

In terms of blogging 2018 has been incredibly successful and will hopefully lead to some new exciting ventures,, it’s my happy space but as it is a passion project and does not support me money-wise it often has to be pushed aside in favour of the the ‘9-5‘ or other less fun necessities. This year has meant a lot of breaks for the blog in order to combat other lifestyle responsibilities but here’s hoping I can be more consistent for myself and revel in my creative outlet (plus also show up for you lovely lot as an audience). This latest break was not intended but looking back was essential to resetting a few things. Here are a few reasons why I needed to step away from social media and blogging.

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Routines To Help Embrace Creativity

Finding time in the day to indulge in even a little bit of creativity can be tough, especially if you're just trying to fit it all in with work, commute, family, run a house and sleep however self care is an important element to your wellbeing. I've found that one of the best ways to cultivate a bit of time is to slowly build in tiny routines that can be molded around you and your lifestyle so it hopefully becomes a welcome habit. Here are just a few ways I'm trying my really hard to include more of that creativity in my current schedule. How do you do it? Any tips to share?

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Some Amazing Podcasts To Help With Motivation

If you've read my post on 'How I'm Trying To Be A Supportive Blogger' you'll know that I've been embracing listening to podcasts to push my productivity to new heights but it's also helped with my motivation to get up and actually do those things I've thought I couldn't do. Whilst it's a complete work in progress for my processes, there are some incredibly interesting podcasts out there that are specifically tailored to helping and inspiring creative folks get going with passion projects. Here are some brilliant soundtracks for your ears, what podcasts have you been listening to?

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Creative Tasks For Your Everyday

Something I'm passionate about is creativity however fitting it in a day can be really tough even if we know it can help our mental wellbeing. As I'm getting older I find myself becoming stricter with myself and that includes putting self care a little higher on the list so that means even if it's just for a couples of minutes I want to put a bit more joy into my day with little artistic flair (even if it's not the greatest in terms of 'good art'). Here are a few prompts I've been trying to take heed of for a happier emma. Do you have a few little tips for getting the creative juices going on a daily basis?      

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On Being A Lone Wolf & A Homebody

I do not currently wok from home (at the minute it's very much a pipe dream) however I am someone who revels in their own time and would much prefer time at home rather than being sociable - which is why I treasure what I time I can get alone. In some cases being a lone wolf or homebody are traits that could be associated with introvertism, whilst it's true for me it may not be for others. So here are some though on being a lover of your own company and why it's a good thing. Are you someone who seeks out others for an energy boost or are you content in your own space?

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Some Of My Recent Productivity Processes

If you've been reading Not Copper Armour for a little while then you'll know that I'm always on the hunt for ways to improve my productivity levels (my spirit animal is a sloth for a reason). Productivity is such a fickle mistress, she can come out in certain seasons and moments then retreat in others plus it can be affected by so many personal factors, thoughts and feelings - it can be an annoyance trying to pin it down. What have you been doing recently to alter your methods for the better? All tips are welcome!

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A Few Things That Define Me

When putting this post together I really had a bit of a think of what items do I always return to, love and which define me as a person. This can be hard as we really don't NEED a lot to keep on trucking. If I was to choose some key items that I thought go some way to giving an insight into me then these would be it. Here are just a few things that define me, what are your can't be without objects?

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Some Of My Self Care Routines

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?

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Necessary TV For Creatives

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.)

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Creative Activities For Your Everyday

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?

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Favourite Things To Do When Not Working

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?

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What I Learnt From Taking Some Time Offline

Hello Internet, my name's Emma and it's been a month since my last blog post. Originally I had planned to take a few days off whilst I finished up my work for my previous job role and made the slow transition into my new position however it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So here's an update on what's been happening during my break plus what has the time away has taught me. Do you take periodic holidays from the internet or do you have techniques that keep you from feeling overwhelmed or addicted to a screen?

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Signs It's Time To Slow Down

Something I wasn't happy with was my sporadic blog posting over the past couple of months and I could feel an impending burn out on the cusp, in not wanting that to happy I took a couple of weeks off during this March. I took 2 weeks off to re-calibrate and give myself time to catch up on planning and physically creating. What with juggling a lot of balls all at once it meant I had no time for my beloved blogging (well no time that equated to something meaningful). It was time to slow down and realign with my productivity and fit in more of what I love. How do you know it's time to slow down?

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