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Weekly Links & Goals can’t wait for the next Serial episode either (no. 62)

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✚ If you’re all burned out on creative ideas use this this trick from The Middle Finger Project to short circuit yourself back into the zone.

✚ Girl Scout cookie sales are moving online! Girl Scout cookie sales are moving online!! I mean, I love salad.

✚ Are you going to be alone these holidays? Missing someone you love, or someone you lost? Get through the holidays in one piece, no matter how you’re spending them.

✚ Have you been holding back from being active because you feel guilty or like you’re behind? Yoga doesn’t care – and neither does spin class, your treadmill, or gym. Stop rationalizing, and start acting!

✚ Facebook updated their privacy settings. Again! Fast Company has the few key details you need to stay on top of the changes.

✚ Your creative calendar for December is full of movies in theatres, movies to watch at home, albums you should hear, TV to watch, books to read, places to go and weird holidays to celebrate. With all this and the holidays, you can absolutely justify doing Chinese food for Christmas.

✚ This post on how to manage anxiety while running your own business is full of great advice you can put into action today.

✚ Before the new year arrives you can brush up on the top memes…



Weekly Links + Goals… no. 61

Links and Goals

Hello lovelies! This week I’m changing the format of Friday Finds to Weekend Links & Goals. Every Saturday I’ll share my favourite resources from the week on blogging, business, and living a creative life that feels amazing – and now there will be a section where I invite you to share what you want to accomplish in the coming week, and report on how the following week’s progress went. I’ll do the same & we’ll win at life together, deal?

Bring on the link goodness…

✖ If your creativity is sapped & you’re fresh out of ideas Ash Ambirge has a fun formula for getting your mojo back

✖ If you have policies on your website or offer a service to clients, you should read Alexandra Franzen’s take on how to craft ones that will make you life and business better.

✖ Love the idea of a gratitude journal but hate, you know, actually doing it? Try this instead.

✖ Productivity tips from the busiest people Fast Company could find. (The last one is my personal favourite)

✖ Read this if you’re feeling alone during the holidays.

✖ Could you make a twitter list of “people who antagonize me” in the drop of a hat? Check out how trashing other people (even in your own head!) holds you back.

✖ Reality check your negativity with these 3 quick tips for a more positive outlook.

 

goals

Last week:

 Launch the new KylaRoma.com.  I’ve been working on re-positioning my blog to serve as my full time work HQ, and it’s finally done! If you need me, I’m going to be napping while I recover.

This week:

Officially announce the new KylaRoma.com & the new Freckled Nest Design. (You’ve been getting a sneak peek!)



Friday Finds know you’ll move mountains (no. 60)

Friday Finds

Links about creativity, living fully & getting things done:

11 Extensions To Power Up Your Gmail Productivity

✖ Live like You’re Dying (and Find Time for the Things That Matter)

The 5 Steps to Creative Problem Solving

Tell the difference between your ego & your spriti (or intuition), so your ego doesn’t run your life

Are You Brave Enough to be Vulnerable?

✖ “Creativity is an act of defiance.” – Twyla Tharp

How to Maximize Your Creative Energy

Dr. Money’s Retro Scans is a tumblr full of  whacky and odd illustrations, high school yearbook photos, vintage ads, and weird design grabbed from thrift store & library books.

Alternatives to “What Do You Do?” That Lead to a Better Conversation

 

& a few updates from my world:

✖ The first snow of the year has landed and stayed! We’re officially in winter in the Canadian Prairies.

The Good Will Social Club opened in Winnipeg last month, and it’s my new favourite place. They have great coffee, espresso and baking, pizza plus beer on tap, there’s a mid-century modern living room area, and huge tables with enough outlets for you and 60 friends. I’m visiting it a few times a week to do my blog & course…



Friday Finds don’t care about the competition (no. 60)

Friday Finds

 

it doesn't matter what others are doing it matters what you are doing

Don’t focus on the competition, focus on your game. (lettering by satsuki shibuya)

 

✖ Your life just isn’t complete without this 1989 Aerobics Workout version of Shake it Off.

✖ Get lost in beautiful maps of space throughout the ages 

✖ Scheduling across multiple social media networks? Who isn’t, right? Tiempy is a free social media scheduling tool that’s beautifully designed and ultra useful. Currently supports Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn with Google+ and Pinterest being added soon.

✖ Brush up on the five parts of brand storytelling nearly everyone misses.

✖ Work with lots of files on a daily basis? I didn’t even realize how inconvenient dragging / dropping / copying was until I downloaded DragonDrop. Just shake your mouse, pop files (or anything) into a tiny dock, and keep adding until you’re done. Practical, helpful and playful is a great combination.

✖ One of the more positive and practical pieces about dealing with critics that I’ve read is Jame’s Clear’s piece, “How to Deal with People Judging You and Your Work”. A must read if you’re a blogger or creator online.

✖ Want to have a more meaningful day, week & life? Ask yourself these two questions every morning

✖ Pinterest SEO: 7 Tips From A Pinterest Engineer that have helped my followers grow from 3000 to +40k this past year (not an exaggeration!)



Friday Finds no. 58

Friday Finds on KylaRoma.com

I haven’t done Friday Finds post in a long time, but I’ve been finding so much great content to share between Pinterest and Twitter that keeping it from the blog just seems weird. So out with the weird (unless it’s the good kind of weird!) and in with the new.

Here’s new weekly inspiration from around the internet – links about beautiful things, creativity, social media, positivity, making a living online, community building, and of course some good old fashioned juicy photos…

Amy Roth Etsy Print

Perfect Citrus Wall Art by Amy Roth

The Science Behind How Emotions Lead to Smarter Decisions

New Evernote Web App Takes Decluttering to the Extreme (Now bring it to the desktop app!)

Not sure where to start with your social media campaign?

✖ If you have anxiety, depression, or just a case of the fates conspiring against you, check out this guide to getting back on track when life is hard.

Twin Peaks is coming back, with Lynch directing. Time to get weird… (This is definitely the good kind of weird!)

✖  I shared a lot of my favourite apps and resources with many of the the ladies at Designer Vaca, so if you’re trying to get more done in less time I thought I’d share them here too:

Services / Friendly Robot Helpers

TimeTrade: Let clients book appointments directly into your calendar, without 1000 confusing emails.

Xero: Accounting that works beautifully for multiple currencies, imports your Paypal feed, and lets you invoice clients directly. Integrates with nearly everything.

IFTTT: Stands for “If this, then that” and will let you automate a lot of your online life. Stop doing boring things! Start using robots.

Zapier: Zapier is automation between apps and services that you already use. It’s like IFTTT on steroids – and can do a lot of what you might pay someone to help you with, like recording sales or adding customers into your newsletter list. Basic plans are free, paid start at $20 per month.

ScannerPro: POOF! Your iPhone is now a scanner. This works incredibly well, and many of the illustrators and letterers mentioned that they only use this tool now.

Any.do: A simple, pretty way to track your to do list, and it’s Chrome browser extension turns your emails into tasks for free.

OmniFocus: Paid app that lets you turn your emails into To Do list items that you can organize, action, pause, defer and more. Personal favourite of mine.

Fancy Hands: Get support from a virtual assistant at a fraction of the price

Books & Ideas

Breaking the Time Barrier: Free download that will help you make twice as much as you do now.

The Art of Growth: by Tara Gentile, my business coach! I’ve been following her work for a long time, and this is a great intro to her work.



Weekly Weak Knees no. 61

What’s this? Weekly Weak Knees is a collection of the things that are making me happy this week. Some of these posts have been shared in my daily “currently loving” sidebar feature, but most is a new mix of design, great food, my favourite posts, positivity, handmade goods, DIY’s and a little fashion that I that can’t stand you not knowing about. Why not start the week off inspired, right?

Yarn Ball Feature Wal

◆ Is your home feeling drab? Why not use this yarn ball wall display to create a quirky, crafty feature wall!

Say No!

◆ Boundaries are so crucial to having the life that you want, but they’re hard to set! Saying no makes room for possibility & rest in your life, so next time you don’t know what to say “How to say “no” to everything ever” gives you a simple, gracious script to follow.

Article: How to say “no” to everything ever + Image: Amanda Fuller

 DIY No Slip Rug

Make your own no slip rug, care of a glue gun (or caulk) and Pinterest. This is one of those ideas that’s so simple and practical that it makes you shake your head. Also, is there a situation in which a slippy mat would be desirable? Because I would…



Weekly Weak Knees No. 60

Oh hi! Where did last week go? I’ve been in a design lock down, working on new client site launches and apparently if I don’t blog on the weekend, I don’t post during the week! Lesson learned, and this week of posts is already in the works. Thanks for checking back- I might be a rusty blogger, but I’m getting the hang of it :)

What’s this? Weekly Weak Knees is a collection of the things that are making me happy this week. Some of these posts have been shared in my daily “currently loving” sidebar feature, but most is a new mix of design, great food, my favourite posts, positivity, handmade goods, DIY’s and a little fashion that I that can’t stand you not knowing about. Why not start the week off inspired, right?

Lotta Anderson's Workspace

♠  Beautiful behind the scenes peek into Lotta Anderson’s (of Lotta Jansdotter) workspace

design*sponge

red headband

♠ Simple photography, simple framing & a gorgeous result! Love this etsy product image.

Evergreen Garden

 

only bloom roses that you like

♠  Such an interesting take on the benefits of slowing down- what are you putting time into right now that could bloom into roses you don’t love?

Interview with Jenna from Design For Mankind on Maven Circle

colourful oxfords



Weekly Weak Knees no. 59

Weekly Weak Knees is a collection of the things that are making me happy this week. Some of these posts have been shared in my daily “currently loving” sidebar feature, but most is a new mix of design, great food, my favourite posts, positivity, handmade goods, DIY’s and a little fashion that I that can’t stand you not knowing about. Why not start the week off inspired, right?

Make: Temporary Wall art from Paper & Stitch

⚬ You can never have too much typography, and this wall decal DIY is a great place to start your collection.

Paper & Stitch

neon & naturals coin purse

⚬ Neons & naturals are one of my favourite combos, and this neon pink polka dot pouch does it perfectly

Indigo Bird Design

expert enough manifesto

⚬ “It’s not about being the world’s greatest expert. It’s about being expert enough to accomplish your goals”. YES! There’s lots of truth packed into this one.

In Spaces Between

 

vegan rosemary lemon pasta

⚬ Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Fuel up with vegan rosemary lemon pasta, which looks light and springy. Never tried toasted panko crumbs on pasta before? Then you need to try this, STAT.

Love & Lemons

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Weekly Weak Knees no. 58

Weekly Weak Knees is a collection of the things that are making me happy this week. After this last week, I think we all need to let a little beauty & happiness wash over us for a while. Some of these posts have been shared in my daily “currently loving” sidebar feature, but most is a new mix of design, great food, my favourite posts, positivity, handmade goods, DIY’s and a little fashion that I that can’t stand you not knowing about. Wanna see?

 Colourful Blinds

♦ Colourful blinds make for playful exteriors

matthias heiderich via whorange

Zodiac Necklace

♦ Zodiac charm necklaces

Amelia Presents ($45 USD)

not your normal double exposure

♦ Painted flowers on photographs create a double exposure double take

Pakayal Rae Biehhns via PatternBank

how watches are made

♦ How watches are really made (I knew it!)

TRIWA via Cool Hunting

If you're busy, you're doing it wrong

♦ Don’t run yourself ragged, crib from the work habits of talented people.

Lifehacker

Scotch Tape Photography

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