Getting Things Done

On wanting both

I'm trying something new - for those of you who, like me, find it tough to sit down and actually read a blog post, I've recorded myself loosely reading this one for you. It's a little awkward, and not really how I talk, but it's a first try so whatever. Let me know what you think! xo The YOSC: Entry #13 So, ...
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The External Brain

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #9 Achim is a pretty techy guy. I nerd-brag about what a good modern handyman he is. He fixes our broken screens himself, even took apart a ricemilk soaked laptop and was able to revive it. He always knows about new geeky things well before I do and he's pretty good at optimising tech to make ...
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When better isn’t best

The 2017 Self-Care Project: Entry #7 This week I am just taking a minute to refocus. I think I got a little off track there, at least in my head, and somehow all this thinking about self-care and learning to take better care of myself started quietly morphing into self-improvement and learning to BE BETTER. It came from a good place, eat ...
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Balance feels better!

I did it! It's still Sunday because I haven't slept yet! Entry #2 of the 2017 illustrated self-care project. As was to be expected, I went a little over the top this week. They won't all be this elaborate! It was my first real go at an autobiographical "comic" type thing (besides the Goal Guide), so I'm still figuring it out ...
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100 Days of How Things Are

Hey Guys! So, I can't believe it, but it's that time of year again. The 100 Day Project is on! I feel like I just finished the last one. This time last year I was the pregnant mama to one curious toddler, now my little baby is a whopping (she really is whopping, cheeks for miiiiles) 9 months old and my ...
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What’s an Introvert, Really?

Woah guys, woah. I just had a major Aha. I've just learned what an introvert really is - I thought I knew! But I didn't. I always thought is was about how you feel energized, whether it's with people or through solitude. Sort of, but not exactly. I am viscerally excited by this new information, which as I will explain, is related to the fact ...
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Creativity tip: Tiny toolkits

A while back, I wrote about my grand plan to put out more frequent, shorter, simpler posts. For example, I thought I would share tiny great ideas. So far I've done it exactly once. Ha! Typical Elena. Brevity is not my thing. But today I have a little tip for you, if you're trying to weasel in time for a creative life. It's such a simple ...
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Goal Setting Guide Revisited

At last! I've wanted to revamp the goal guide pretty well since I first posted it. A few people mentioned that the long, scrolling format was kinda hard to follow and frankly, I agree. The new year seemed like a good time to clean it up and give it a run. I've made it into sensible distinct pages, spaced things out, upped the text ...
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Love Story: Returning November 9th!

Sooooo, part of the idea behind finishing the love story in 30 days was to have it wrapped up before my sister and her husband and baby boy arrived here in Germany (from Canada!) on the 22nd, but of course, that didn't happen. So it goes. And now we are in full swing familyville. We've got a lot of stuff going ...
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Good Idea #1: Two tiny Konmari tidying tips

As a part of my blogging-made-manageable plan, I'm starting a kind of a series here today. Are you ready? The big-little idea is simply this: To chronicle sparkling ideas. Short posts with digestible fragments of fresh brilliance! Here's the thing - does this happen to you? - I often stumble upon a tiny brainchild, something someone says or I read or see, ...
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New directions

Happy September! Ahhh... does a freshly sharpened pencil feel like a new beginning to you too? That smell! My husband, who grew up in Germany where the school year looks quite different, was always so confused when I would refer to September as the "new" year, or the beginning of the year! But that's how it will always feel, I think ...
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The 100 Day Project: Week 5

Week 5 100 Day Project roundup! I think I have entered a new phase in my own personal productivity trajectory! I have shifted out of Phase 1, the "wow, cool, a new challenge!" phase, with all its novelty, excitement and low-expectations, where if it doesn't work out, meh, no biggie. Phase 1 is a lot of fun, BUT really it doesn't see a ...
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But what if I fail?

Today I've got a tidbit of sweet, serendipitous inspiration for you that's been on my mind! Last week I stumbled upon Smart Creative Women - a podcast founded and hosted by artist/creativity coach Monica Lee featuring women in the business of creativity. She interviews super cool women (and some men) doing exciting, creative stuff and I find it pretty inspiring and ...
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The 100 Day Project

First and foremost - a very happy Easter to you that celebrate it! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. I love Easter - it's such a perfect beginning. I just wanna shake off everything stale and grey and blah and wear pink and yellow and big skirts and try new things and sing and flutter and fly with the fresh ...
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On Goal Setting: The Before Story

If you are reading this, it's a sparkling moment for me, and not only because you're here, although that is delightful. It's a special moment because the extremely improbable has occurred. If you are reading this, it will mean that I - the creative wanderer, the half-finisher, the tinkerer, the head-in-the-clouds dreamer, talker, never-doer - have fulfilled a much dreamed, tinkered, and talked-up goal. I have ...
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