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Are You Doing Enough of What You Want To Be Doing?

PostTemplate_CG2Mindless consumption.

Mindless consumption has lead us to the point of spending nights indifferently scrolling through our social-media feeds, reading the inspirational quotes, travel imagery, and cool things we could be doing with our lives… but why aren’t we doing it?

It’s a pattern I notice in many of the people around me including my own habitual behavior. I get caught in the trap of consuming a profusion of content that I subconsciously hope will give me “the answer” to propel me into creating the life I love. It’s easy to let the swing of your surroundings numb you. This prohibits the true ability to understand what we want. This is about consciousness.

Questions to ask yourself in light of this mess is what kind of profiles are you following? Do you want to be body-positive but are following personalities that are visibly starving themselves for a good Instagram photo? Are you looking for enlightenment but the majority of your feed consists of negativity and cynicism?(Because that gets you nowhere, trust me.)

Another thing you need to ask yourself is are you trying to create the life that YOU want or are you trying to replicate an “Instagram-Worthy” existence? There is nothing wrong with using the powerful tool that is the web to find like-minded people and souls who are crafting their lives in the way you’d like, but for what reasons are you doing it? A vision-board on Pinterest is just a collection of images until you have your own memories to share.

It is important to disconnect every once in awhile. It is necessary because your mind will begin to expand into neighborhoods of possibility that you never thought were achievable. Falling into the trap of social media addiction can limit what we really want to achieve. Start becoming more conscious of the content you consume and think about how this content is affecting your perspective on goal setting.

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Three Years At Clayton Gerard

Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday to you…

It’s that time of year again! Yesterday my domain turned 3 years old! The time I take to write this post every year gives me time to reminisce about how much I have accomplished over the last couple of years and how I have developed as a writer and designer. That’s why I’ve always liked the idea of having my own nest on the broad world that is the internet. I like to be able to scroll back through my creative development as well as create a dialogue between other creatives!

Blogging for the past couple years has helped me meet many amazing creative individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with. I can’t wait to see what kind of amazing stuff is to come on this space in the upcoming year. I hope you all have been and continue to enjoy the ride.

With that, have a fantastic weekend readers and I will be back with you in the next week.

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Photo Credit: Karen Walker Eyewear 

 

What’s In My Bag 2017

1_24_2017_Blog_WhatsInMyBag_Header-01Last February, I made a post about the things I regularly have on hand that I use on a daily basis. I thought it would be fun to write an update about what I have in my bag here in 2017! Here is an updated list of what I’m packing daily.

2017 Bag essentials

  • 2017 Passion Planner
  • iPhone 6S
  • Sony Extra Bass Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Original Chapstick
  • Poppin Pen
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra cash for random purchases.
  • iPhone charger
  • Starbucks Gold Membership Card
  • Ankar Powerbank

I’d love to hear what you carry in your bags! Do you like taking still-life photos of your belongings like I do? Share them with me! With that, have a good week readers!

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The Power Of Solo Travel

2017_Blog_PostHeaderTemplate2I have found a lot of people in the last couple of months discussing traveling with me and asking multiple questions about travel, specifically traveling by your lonesome in which I am a huge supporter of. I find that there a collection of benefits when it comes to traveling alone that I have experienced first hand. I feel that traveling in a one man wolf-pack creates a lot of internal personal growth. Here are five benefits of solo-travel explained.

comfort to do exactly what you want to do

When you travel in groups, one of the biggest challenges you’ll find is syncing your plans up with everyone else in your group. If you only have 3 days in a city, one friend might not want to split up and has things on their travel-bucket-list that aren’t necessarily on your list. When you’re on your own, you can wake up on your own time, leave the hotel when you want, eat at the places you want, and see all of the places and shops that your heart desires.

You meet awesome people

I’ve noticed that I become much more outgoing when I travel alone. I found myself striking up conversation with complete strangers in my hostel and on the streets when I was in Vietnam and New York City last year. When you visit a new place by yourself, you are more willing to step out of your comfort zone and interact with new people. I mean, one can only take so much social isolation!

Develop a better understanding of yourself

Spending a prolonged period of time with your own company allows you a process your own brain on a deeper level while traveling. Yes, you can do that in the comfort of your own home, but there is something magnificent about the way you perceive things when you spend the time by yourself in a different setting that is less familiar to your neck of the woods.

make use of the inspiration you get traveling

Remember that point I made above about doing exactly what you want to do? If you are a creative like myself, you may love the idea of sitting down at a cafe or local park in the place you’re traveling and work on some writing, sketches, etc. but are caught up with the hustle and bustle of traveling in your group. I find that I pursue those creative projects much more when I am traveling alone.

You will come to enjoy being alone

I admit that I used to hate being alone when going places and I had to go with friends. I used to be incredibly uncomfortable going to a restaurant and ordering for myself let alone dining in alone. After spending time traveling by myself, I take myself out for “me-dates” all the time! This is the biggest one I can say will be worthy of taking back on your flight home. I now am just as social as I used to be but desperately crave my alone time.

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In Closing


Traveling alone can be overwhelming at first and sometimes scary. It definitely is something that you have to get used to. I recommend starting your adventure into the world of solo-travel by spending more time doing solo-events like exploring a nearby city or even taking yourself out for dinner near home. I’d love to hear about your experiences with solo-travel or any other travel-related questions you may have! With that, have a good one readers.

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7 Productivity Tools For 2017

2017_Blog_PostHeaderTemplate [Recovered]-01Now that the first week of 2017 is over and we have all made our intentions for what we’d like to manifest in 2017, it’s time to hit the ground running and start kicking ass! The hype of a New Year is exciting about all of the possibilities, but now is the time to make your super-stellar ambitions happen. I have accumulated a library of tools that I use on a regular basis to increase my productivity and efficiency. Here are seven productivity tools for 2017!

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_PassionPlanner

If you’ve been here for a while, you’d know that I have a thing for paper planners. For the last few years I have been trying out a planner from a different provider. Last year I used a Filofax planner and actually did a live stream with my friend Xandra comparing both of our planners! She uses Passion Planner and I actually fell in love with them while doing the live stream so that is my choice for this year. So far I am incredibly in love with my Passion Planner in which it’s devoted to help you attack your goals with proper planning while leaving room for you to customize it to your liking! You can get your own Passion Planner here!

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_PowerBank-01I had put off purchasing my own power bank for years! When they first started to become widespread in the consumer world they were not reliable in holding a charge. My friends began to own their own power banks and they seemed to have increased in quality. I am on my phone constantly, and especially when I’m traveling, having a power bank is super-helpful when you are on the go and need something to keep your phone charged. I haven’t gone a day in New York without my phone dying while I’m out and about so this is a big help. Get yours here!

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_MintApppngThis one is free and my lifesaver when it comes to remaining financially stable. I dedicated late 2016 after returning from a month-long trip to SE Asia to stabilize my finances. Mint is the godsend of budgeting. What makes Mint so lovely is that you can link your cards and accounts so it will track all of your spending and allow you to set your budgets and notify you if you are spending too much within the month. They also perform periodical credit score reports which will make managing your money a lot easier. You can find out more about the Mint App here.

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_Momentum-01I found Momentum while scrolling through the “Studyblr” community on Tumblr which promotes organization and productivity centered in schooling. Many of the users in this community use the Google Chrome extension, Momentum. Momentum, a free extension is an aesthetically pleasing dashboard that takes place for when you open a new tab on Google Chrome. The free version includes a to-do list, the weather, and a space to proclaim a “main focus” for the day. I find it to be a helpful reminder when I am doing online work and I open up a new tab of what things I have to accomplish on that given day. You can learn more about Momentum here.

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_StickyNotes-01Another cost-effective tool that I use are sticky notes! The joy about sticky notes is that they are completely multi-purpose. I have sticky notes all over my desk at the multitude of jobs I work. The content of my sticky notes varies from reminders, phone numbers to call, gratitude lists, and even quotes I find inspirational that I tack up next to things I visit often during my workday as a reminder to be a boss at what I do! Get yourself a stack here!

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_TUT-01-01If you’re looking for some extra motivation to start your day on a tremendous note, I recommend subscribing to Notes From The Universe. TUT is amazing because they are little blips that come straight to your inbox at the early hours of the morning so by the time you sit down at your desk and start working, you are greeted with a sans-cheesy philosophical message that really makes you remember why you are an all star! You can sign up for free at www.tut.com

1_12_2017_Blog_10ToolsToUpYourProductivityIn2017_UnrollMe-01On the subject of email, have you subscribed to newsletters left and right that are completely clogging your inbox. You know the feeling of coming to work with a list of emails with catchy titles that you know you just simply don’t have the time to read no matter how many times you tell yourself that you’re going to go back and read it. I use the lovely tool Unroll.Me which allows you to log into your email and view all of the newsletters you are subscribed to and easily unsubscribe from the ones you don’t care to see anymore. Clear Inbox. Clear mind.

In closing


The new year creates an aura for many that leaves you excited to tackle the goals you have in place for the next 365 ahead. Realistically, many us will fall victim to our old habits if we do not take the time to find new tricks and tools to keep us on top of our A-Game and getting more of what we want to do, done in 2017. I hope you find these tools helpful, and I am always looking for new tools of productivity, so I’d love to hear what you use to maintain that lovely workflow of yours. With that, have a good one readers.

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