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How To Find Creativity In Your Day-To-Day Routine

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Do you ever have those days where you have endless great ideas, you’re focused, have lots of energy, and creativity seems to be easily accessible? Then, in contrast, days where you just ‘aren’t feeling it’? Nothing you do works, everything is a struggle and it feels as if your mind is dry?

When you work in a creative world, you get paid to be creative and need to deliver on demand. I can’t wait around for inspiration and creativity to magically appear. I need to be intentional about cultivating a lifestyle and an everyday routine that allows me to be creative at a moments notice.

I believe creativity is a mindset, and not an activity. And more often than not, those days where I’m not ‘feeling it’ I have slacked off on my routine, and the stress of falling behind seeps in.

For me, like everyone, I need a balance of work and play. But, I can’t fully be present at a friends BBQ if I know that I’m behind on editing, or I’m keeping a client waiting. I need to be intentional about my work days, so that I finish things…and most importantly so I can recharge and completely relax with family and friends…in order to be the most creative, focused and organised photographer I can be to my clients.

Recently, I’ve been listening to Todd Henry’s podcast, ‘The Accidental Creative‘, he’s an amazing author and business coach. Todd explains how to establish effective practices to ‘unleash’ your creative potential, so you can be creative at a moments notice. He focuses on 5 key elements to create a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm and routine.

1) Focus: Begin with your end goal in mind.
2) Relationships: Build stimulating relationships and ideas will follow.
3) Energy: Manage it as your most valuable resource.
4) Stimuli: Structure the right “inputs” to maximise creative output.
5) Hours: Focus on effectiveness, not efficiency.

I strongly believe that in order to be the best version of yourself, to consistently create interesting work that excites you, it’s essential to have a regular routine in your work day and stick to it! The two seem like polar opposites right? Creativity and routine? But I believe they are unmistakably connected.

You need routine and structure in your life, in order to be creative.

My routine includes quiet time in the morning, exercise, endless cups of tea, dance breaks…etc. The point is NOT to fill up your days, which will leave you more overwhelmed from when you started. The point is to intentionally create space in your days, to have quiet time with no distractions, to move your body, so you can do your work with more energy…so that you can be the BEST version of yourself to your clients, your family, and your friends.

I’ve talked about my routine and ‘ideal day’ here on the blog. I work from home, so I realise I have the luxury to create my own routine and rhythm in my days. We also don’t have kids, so one day this ‘ideal’ day might seem a little too ‘ideal’ and I’ll need to adjust!

What do you think about this? Do you agree you need structure and routine in order to be creative? I’d love to hear from you! xx

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12 Quotes For When You Doubt Yourself

It’s easy to get paralysed in self doubt. It squashes the seed of an idea in your mind. It makes you question and over-analyse everything. Self doubt is so easy to slip into, it can absolutely crush your progression in life! I know, I experience self doubt all the time. I run a very personal business and it can be easy to get over consumed in it, to base my self worth on how well it’s doing.

I know this isn’t healthy, and there are many ways I deal with it. One is to have a mindset that every new thing I introduce in my business, is a test or experiment. If it doesn’t work, great! If it DOES work, great! At least I know I tried. The most important thing for me, is to have grown and learned from it.

I love these quotes because they remind me that I should never be afraid of failing. I should never be afraid of pursing my dreams. What I should be afraid of is: living cautiously, comparing myself, and holding myself to a standard of unrealistic perfection.

These quotes motivate me to focus on what matters, do the hard work, and never give up! I hope they inspire you too.

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Original sources on images here.

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Planted With Light – Recipes!

After every workshop I have hosted at my parents place in New Zealand (the last one was my third), without fail – I get asked for recipes for the salads and cakes my talented Mum and sisters whip up! I was going to share some recipes in the PWL private Facebook pages, but I thought – why not share the love on here too!

I think it is SO essential to have delicious, nourishing food at a workshop, and it’s always been a priority for me. It’s a huge day, and I always want the workshop attendees to feel loved and cared for by the food we provide. I’m SO lucky and thankful for my amazing Mum, who for the last 3 workshops has completely outdone herself and everything is always so delicious!

I hope you enjoy these and have fun making them yourself!

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ROAST PUMPKIN + FETA SALAD

800g Pumpkin, peeled and cubed
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp garlic, crushed
4 red peppers, roasted and sliced
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

DRESSING

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Mix Pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and garlic then place on an oven tray. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly toast pumpkin seeds in a fry pan.

Place pumpkin & seeds in a salad bowl with feta, red onion, and basil.

Mix together dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad. Sprinkle over Pumpkin and serve warm.

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SPINACH & RICOTTA TORTE WITH ITALIAN CHERRY TOMATOES (Serves 4-6) by Petite Kitchen

1 cup Ricotta Cheese
Large bunch of baby spinach
6 Free Range Eggs
Zest of one Lemon
1/3 cup brown rice flour (you can also use buckwheat, ground almonds, or your choice of flour)
Handful of grated parmesan
1 punnet of Italian Cherry Tomatoes
Handful of Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
Sea Salt
Pepper

1) Preheat Oven to 170 degrees C, and grease a cake tin with butter or Olive Oil.

2) Place the Ricotta, Spinach, Eggs, Lemon Zest, Flour and Parmesan, and a large pinch of sea salt and pepper into a food processor. Blend until smooth.

3) Pour the batter in to the prepared cake tin.

4) Slice each tomato in half, and then arrange on top of the torte.

5) Place in to the oven, and bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.

6) Remove from the oven, and leave to cool before carefully inverting on to a plate.

7) Serve with a sprinkling of parsley, and a drizzle of Olive Oil.

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My sister Lydia also made some AMAZING Cakes. Click on the names for links.

From the recipe bookThe Caker (Jordan Rondel)

DARK CHOCOLATE, PEAR AND PISTACHIO CAKE

CARAMEL CAKE WITH SEA SALT + FENNEL SEEDS – You’ll have to buy the Caker’s book for this one. Highly, HIGHLY recommend you do so – this one is especially delicious!

RAW CACAO BLISS BALLS – Melissa Ambrosini

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I haven’t been baking much lately, and I really miss it! Yesterday, I made some blueberry scones for afternoon tea. It was so nice to get away from my computer for a little while! So worth it. Happy baking xx

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