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STOP Procrastinating

 

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I’m making peace with the fact that my life is likely to never settle down.  My best friend at church will say on Sunday, “So where are you going this week?”  Between my husband, my kids and my mom, I seem to always be in the car going somewhere.  And if I’m at home, I’m trying to keep up with the cooking, dishes and laundry.

I bet my life is a lot like yours.  Sometimes I wonder where does a creative life fit into all of this? Do you wonder the same thing, too?  It seems like I’m always procrastinating when it comes to creative endeavors.

“If you wait for perfect conditions you will never get anything done.” ~ Ecclesiastes 11:4  Living Bible (TLB)

The KIng James Version says it like this, ““He that observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”

I realize God has a plan for my life and I believe that plan includes writing in some form.  Even during the weeks that the cat has to go to the vet for a teeth cleaning and we have company staying at the house and my extended family is coming for Sunday Dinner.

But in the midst of the chaos, I realize one saving thought.  If I want to have a good life then I need to obey.  In fact, I am free to obey.  All the demands and fun things and crazy things have to be set aside for time for writing…for this creative life to unfold.

I admire all those bloggers and artists and writers who continue creating during family illness, moves and huge life changes.  My hat is off to you.  I want to be like you when I grow up into my adult creative self.

When my kids were little there was never enough time.  I wished for a freeze button that I could push and freeze everyone in time while I cleaned up the house and fully prepared for the next activity.  Then I would unfreeze everyone and we would have fun until I needed that shot of cold air and extra time again.

But there is no freeze button.  So until it’s invented, I plan to stand up and fight procrastination…beginning with this post.  I’m setting myself a small goal of two posts a month. Why two posts?  Because tiny goals are manageable and encouraging and GET YOU GOING!

Live Your Lemonade Life!

Debbie

Copyright 2015.  All Rights Reserved.  Original photos and Text by Debbie Baker Burns.  If referring to any content on this blog, please link back.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

Sharing Bits and Pieces: Part Two

What if you love fashion but you’d rather be behind the camera instead of in front of it?

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Won’t that be a problem if you want to have a personal style blog?

The answer is…not really.  The first blogger who comes to my mind is Beautifully Invisible.  She doesn’t post as much as she has in the past, but she was one of the first personal style bloggers I followed.  Her guide to moving your blog from Blogspot to a self-hosted WordPress site was invaluable as were her discourses on fashion and beauty.

Somdyuti D. Ray of Stilettosaurus shared an insightful article regarding her choice to blog about fashion without being a personal style blogger.  She said, ” We have so many niche bloggers who are far more interested in speaking fashion than posing in front of the camera.”

If you choose to go this route how do you begin?  First things first.  Figure out your niche.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

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  1.  Write about vintage clothing.  There’s a plethora of article ideas in this one category alone:  How to date clothes by their tags, features about past designers and styles, caring for your vintage items, etc.
  2. Cover a certain era, say the bohemian seventies or the mod sixties.
  3.  Examine and post photos of a fashion genre such as rockabilly or kawaii.
  4. Perhaps you could start a street style blog in your hometown and put other fashionable or quirky people in front of your camera.
  5. Provide thought-provoking articles about the current fashion scene complete with photos.
  6. Start a personal style blog but only photograph your outfits from the neck down.  Patti of Not Dead Yet Style began her blog this way.  This will also build up your confidence about being in front of the camera.
  7. Blog anonymously.  Feel free to put your true feelings and images out there.

The important thing is putting your personal spin on the content.  There are innumerable photos of fashion on the web.  What will draw people to your site is your take on things.

The world is waiting to hear your voice.  You don’t even have to show your face.

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

I Love My Lemonade Life!

When you comment, please feel free to share links to some of your favorite fashion and personal style bloggers who don’t do personal head to toe outfit shots.  Thank you.

You can read Sharing Bits and Pieces, Part One  here.

Link Love:  Visible Monday.

Copyright 2015.  All Rights Reserved.  Original photos and Text by Debbie Baker Burns.  If referring to any content on this blog, please link back.  Thank you for stopping by.

Sharing Bits and Pieces

If you are new to blogging and you are reticent about sharing photos of yourself on your blog, I have a simple solution.  Just share tiny bits and pieces until you feel more comfortable.

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A simple shot of your shoes, your armful of bangles or your eyes can convey volumes about who you are.

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Taking tiny steps like this will gradually increases your confidence until you reach the point to where posting an outfit shot will be a decision made rationally…not made or not made because of fear.

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Post your beautiful skirt swirling around you or your elegant hands sipping a drink.  This sort of photography begs for you to be creative.

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The idea of using tiny actions to progress towards your goals is called Kaizen.  It’s one of the topics I’m learning about this year.

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So try a small step.  A simple photo.  The world is waiting to see you.

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Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

(Photo details:  Gloves, local shop.  Shoes, Shoe Show.  Socks, Claire’s.  Vintage flower pin, thrifted.  Red top, thrifted.  Skirt, Eddie Bauer. Purse, Burke’s Outlet.)

Link Love:  Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.  Share-in-Style at Mis Papelicos

I Love My Lemonade Life!

Copyright 2015.  All Rights Reserved.  Original photos and Text by Debbie Baker Burns.  If referring to any content on this blog, please link back.  Thanks.  I love link love!)