Avoiding Burnout: 7 Ideas for Happier Workdays (an excerpt from Operation Happiness: Kristi Ling)

Operation Happiness is an incredible quick read written by Kristi Ling that everyone should pick up. She outlines some amazingly simple life changes that help you learn to choose happiness and cultivate it as you would a skill.  What changes does she recommend? Change your view, change your mornings, create new habits. That’s it! READ IT! This book is amazing.

Operation Happiness, Kristi Ling

I’ve chosen to highlight an article from the end of the book (her 30 days of positive life lessons) on avoiding work burnout.  I think work fatigue is an issue for everyone from time to time and this advice is inspiring. I happened to read this on just the right day and it was exactly what I needed!

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“We’ve all been there: that feeling of being overwhelmed and mentally exhausted from ever-growing lists of tasks, messages, and e-mails demanding our energy and attention.

The drive for fifty-hour-plus workweeks, combined with technological advances that keep our mental gears constantly turning, has resulted in millions of over-caffeinated, sleep-deprived, burned-out employees and business owners who dream about moving to an island to work at a seaside mai tai bar.

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Color Palette Inspiration: Cinque Terre

Color Palette Inspiration: Cinque Terre

 

One the most beautiful places in the world full of inspirational color is Cinque Terre, Italy! Inspired by a gorgeous photograph by Jonathan Haider, this color palette has been created to be used and enjoyed! Please feel free to use these color codes as you’d like! Just copy and paste the 6-digit code anywhere on a website where you can specify a color for a perfect match.

Ocean Blue: Hex #3e4d79, Turquoise: Hex #338b8f, Sea Glass: Hex #35b3a7, Gray Blue: Hex #8b97a7, Floral Pink: Hex #e26fa6, Sand: Hex #aba08c

Color Palette Inspiration: Tropical Tones

Tropical Paradise, Color Palette Inspiration

 

This image was spotted on Zulu & Zephyr, and I can’t get enough of these colors. Vividly saturated colors, warms and cools; this feels so inviting!

I’ve created a color palette inspired by this paradise oasis. Feel free to use and enjoy the color code hex numbers!

Deep Purple: Hex#471344, Lavender: Hex#ad77a0, Turquoise: Hex#54ddcd, Mint: Hex#94f2ad, Dark Green: Hex#398449,  Lime: Hex#c6db79

 

So, You Want to Turn your Creativity into a Business?

artist_in_the_studio_watercolor_and_brush

You’ll obviously need creativity and the inclination to turn that into a business, so let’s just say you’ve already got that in the bag. What next? What do you do? How do you become great?

 

An incredible illustrator asked me this recently: How do you do it? How do you turn your artistry into a business and make it successful? So I am sharing with you what I shared with him.

 

This is so easy, it’s mind-blowing. Are you ready?

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How to Create Balance in a Room: 3 Easy Steps Using the Stuff You Already Have

Hotel Henriette, Paris, France

I am a big proponent for utilizing what you have in your home and also making every space feel ultimately functional, comfortable and balanced. Whoa Nelly… that’s pretty ambitious, right?

Sometimes it seems hiring a designer to remove it all and redecorate in one fell swoop would be a like hitting the lottery, but then you would:

A. spend a ton of $$

B. pile up landfills even more

C. not have any of the things you love and cherish

D. not have a space that feels personal

…and that’s not cool.

 

So.. here are 3 huge things you can try at home to make your space feel balanced.  This applies to any room or space— living/family room, bedrooms, entry ways, studio apartments.

Literally anywhere! And best of all… it’s FREE! 🙂

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