Finding Motivation-and Keeping It

The most important thing I recently realized is that motivation is not the same as perseverance. Motivation is the kick of excitement and inspiration that propels us towards our goals, and perseverance is our ability to continue to work towards them, even after all of the fun, excitement and pride from starting something new has faded. Perseverance comes from the inside, whatever drives us towards the unique achievements we dream about. Motivation comes from the outside; people who are doing great things that we believe in, and images or videos that make us want to create and experience new things. I, like a good amount of people, tend to respond very positively to motivation, but have trouble persevering when I have a lack of motivation. The hardest part of achieving things is staying on task and maintaining our resolve; think of all the things we could do if we never got bored!

David Foster Wallace put it best: 752f7470642abf680b42696dd27c94c3

I wanted to figure out how I could keep my goals up front in my daily life, basically I needed more motivation to continue perseverance. I looked at what I have been most drawn to lately, and of course my journal full of quotes was an obvious clue. I decided to make an inspiration wall in my sewing room, right above the sewing machine so I would be looking at it everyday. I’ve collected 20 or so quotes that are powerful to me, and have printed them out on cardstock to hang. Because I am on a budget, and also because I didn’t want to assign myself more work by going out to buy all the frames and hang them, I decided to tape them up. I will post pictures as soon as I have them up, but in the meanwhile look at the pictures that inspired me! I’m hoping this will be a fun, low maintenance solution to adding more motivation to my life.

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Finding Motivation-and Keeping It

Up and Out

Guys, today I have moving on my mind.

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A good mantra while moving

Actually, its been on my mind for a while now.  Between moving out of my college apartment this spring (Three years worth of impulse H&M purchases and junk mail people!), getting back to my parents house in Eastern North Carolina, and then packing it all up in my tiny car to head out to California, it has been a year of changes. The logistics have been exciting, scary, and maybe a bit trying at times- I mean I only called Becca in tears- what was it two or three (hundred) times?

For my first six months in Ventura I have been living in a teeny tiny (read: 350 sq. feet) studio. It seems though, that the new year is bringing along with it new digs and a new roommate which all adds up to- lots of new projects and decorating (which I of course can’t wait to share here!)  But I have to say, though I’m looking forward to moving out and up, I’ve really enjoyed my tiny space.  It was a challenge to make cozy and functional while still feeling personal.

So, to celebrate the tiny nooks and crannies we 20-somethings always seem to find and pay way to much for in cities far and wide, I’m going to share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for making your small home feel like a castle (haha just kidding- but hey you’ll still like the way it looks!)

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  • Keep it light, keep it bright
    Try to stick with minimal curtains, embrace that natural sunshine baby!
  • Pick a color theme and stick to it
    Nothing can make a small space feel more overdone than too many colors competing for attention.  In my experience, what works best is a nice light palette with one or two pop colors.  In my apartment I’ve been trying to stick to white, navy, and green.
  • While you’re at it maybe one of those colors should be green
    Just like keeping your windows uncovered, adding plants and greenery into your space can help pull the outdoors in and make your space feel more open and bright.  Plus it’s fun to have something to nurture… right?
  • Don’t be afraid to fill up the walls
    I am a big advocate of the gallery wall. Photographs, prints, trinkets, almost anything can be framed and hung up for instant added coziness.  Plus nothing can help a space feel more like a home than little reminders of good times.  Just be mindful of your overall color scheme when selecting your frames!
  • Edit, Edit, Edit
    Less furniture, less clutter on tabletops, just less.  Whatever you can edit out of the equation, you probably should. In tiny apartments you want to save your room to dance around in your favorite outfits, not for another footstool or whatever.
  • Set up a bar
    It’s classy. Pro tip: this works in homes of all sizes.

What did I leave out here?  Any favorite tips for small spaces?