Four questions to help you begin each creative day intuitively

Four questions to help you begin each creative day intuitively

Every day is different. The way you feel, your energy and enthusiasm, your creative work and the challenges it entails. It's all constantly changing.

As a natural planner, this element of uncertainty is something I've always struggled to make room for in my plans, even when I've considered them flexible. 

So lately, I've been doing something different. Instead of trying to control what I can't control, I've begun my creative days intuitively.

We need more slow in our creative lives

We need more slow in our creative lives

We live in a world that is obsessed with more and faster.

When I started to create regularly in 2016, I wanted to do it all. I wanted to stuff as many different creative projects into my life as possible. Quickly finish my first novel. Learn to paint and open an Etsy shop. Post on Instagram every day. Write one blog post and one email for my Teacup Owls every week. While working a 9-5 job.

Summer reads for the bookish creative

Summer reads for the bookish creative

I love reading, always, but I especially love it in the summer. When I was a kid, summer vacation meant being at my family's summer house in the Swedish archipelago, with no TV and no internet. I vividly remember losing myself in a really good horse book series, especially in an intense scene where the protagonist was lost with her horse in a snow storm. When I looked up from my book, I was confused that it was actually summer. 

So I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some reading tips with you.

Balancing a day job with a creative life on the side doesn't have to be stressful

Balancing a day job with a creative life on the side doesn't have to be stressful

Working a full-time day job and being a spare time creative can feel like you’re trying to fight time while stress wants to be your closest friend. But it doesn't have to be like that.

It can be a happy, balanced and meaningful way to live your life.

Over the past two years, I've run this blog, photographed for my Instagram and worked on my novel, along with lots of other projects, all while having a regular office job. And today, I'd like to share the most important things I've learned about keeping stress away.

A creative winter retreat

A creative winter retreat

I love December. The traditions surrounding Christmas are lovely, but even more than the holiday itself, I love the days after, when the big celebration is over. In those days between the holiday rush and the energy of beginning a new year, there's a little gap I like to spend in retreat from the world.

I hide out at home with great leftovers of food, candy and cookies, I take walks in the snow if there is any, I sniff our Christmas tree and sink deep into my books. And I create.

What is pulling you away from your fiercest creative dream?

What is pulling you away from your fiercest creative dream?

It was the beginning of the summer, and I was overwhelmed. For a while now, I've been searching for a clear direction in my creative life, for this blog, over and over again listing all the different things I'm working on. Blog, novel, book club, Etsy shop, photography. 

Structuring and scattering. Finding my focus and losing it again. 

I have tried to live my creative life with a big flaw. 
I have tried to do everything I want to do.

It may sound like living the dream, to do everything you want to do. But the reality is that it often interferes with your dreams, turning you into a stressed person half-assing many projects at once.

I don't know about you, but that's neither how I want to live nor create.

What I learned from taking a creative break

What I learned from taking a creative break

At first, I didn't want to take a break. I had so many plans, so many dreams, my 2017 laid out in a spreadsheet. I didn't have time for a break. 

But it's when we feel like we don't have time that we need a break the most. 

I tried to ignore the little voice in my head that kept whispering that I needed to stop, to rethink and reconsider, but I couldn't.