I am so excited to be partnering on this sponsored post with Workman Publishing on another special release by Flow Magazine. Flow is a magazine that takes its time, celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures. In a time when other print media is focusing their energies on their digital properties, Flow Magazine is finding success by fully embracing the physical qualities of paper.
Creativity Takes Courage is the newest book released by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hults. It is available now, and only $21.95!
It is a practical and hands-on guide to stretch your creative muscles and dare to focus on the pleasure of the process! The book is organized around a series of twelve “dares” that are intended to break you out of your usual habits and approach to creating by giving you a fresh perspective and leave your comfort zone. A few of the “dares” in the book are: dare to be quiet, dare to be mindful, dare to try something new, dare to be alone, and one that particularly stood out to me was number 9, dare to go offline.
This post is sponsored by Zappos, thank you for supporting me and helping me share my passions, all opinions are my own.
Fitness and working out is a huge part of my life! I realize that other than occasionally on my day to day Instagram Stories, I don’t share much about my fitness journey. But, I think that is going to change! Truth be told, when I think of fitness bloggers or fitness influencers, I think of rock solid abs, perfectly shaped booty’s, hard core healthy eating, counting calories and macros. I just didn’t think I quite fit that mold. While I workout six days a week (I also like to eat!), I never felt like I was any kind of an authority to talk about it much since I didn’t have the six pack to go along with it, or some amazing before and after. But, fitness is something I love, and has benefitted me in so many ways, so I would love to share more about how I like to approach it!
I have talked a little bit about my fitness journey before, here, and here. But, I am always changing and evolving in what I enjoy doing, and I always love to try new things! Something that may be a little different for me is that I workout because I love how it makes me feel, and because I love my body! I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to change things about it, because I could go into a long list of things, but I have always tried to approach it from a gratitude standpoint and stay very positive and not go into what I don’t like, and appreciate what I do. And, that is the immense gratitude I have for a body that is healthy, alive, bore three children, and serving me well day after day. What more can I ask for? (Maybe some rock hard abs would be nice.. I kid!) Joking aside, I am truly SO grateful for this amazing body that allows me to do so much, I thank God every day for it. I exercise and try to eat a healthy diet to thank my body by keeping it fueled, strong, and healthy.
The one thing that has been a constant in my fitness journey is running. Brooks Running Shoes have always been on my top go-to shoes for running, and I have been using their running shoes for years and years! Their new Brooks Levitate 2 Running Shoes I ordered from Zappos (love their free shipping, returns, best customer service) is a new favorite! They are perfect for my treadmill workouts, as well as an outdoor run. A perfect neutral shoe that is both comfortable, durable, and lightweight with their new DNA AMP energized cushion system! (All so important!) I also grabbed the Brooks Greenlight Running Capris, that are the perfect thickness, suck you in, and don’t slip around or need to constantly be pulled up. The Brooks Array Short Sleeve workout top is also so comfortable, absorbent (I’m a sweater), as well as stylish with a cute split fabric detail in the back!
I am so excited to be partnering with Workman Publishing over next several months on some special releases by Flow Magazine. Flow is a magazine that takes its time, celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures. In a time when other print media is focusing their energies on their digital properties, Flow Magazine is finding success by fully embracing the physical qualities of paper. It’s weight, texture, the way it takes color, and the formats and ways in which it can be delivered. Their newly released book, A Book That Takes Its Time (An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness), is a book about mindfulness and a book that inspires mindfulness written by the editors of Flow Magazine along with Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst. It is a book about doing, about experience, and about intention. This book is a great reminder to slow down, breathe deeply, and be present. It is a book you will want in print since it includes hundreds of interactive paper goodies! It includes, journals, postcards, stickers, thank you notes, posters, and dozens of other treasures. I have absolutely enjoyed reading it, and filling out some of the prompts and interactive activities!
I feel like lately the word busy is brought up in nearly every conversation. How are things? Busy. We are always busy these days. I don’t know if it is the stage of life I am in or if something has changed, but I really think it is both. The younger generations feel so much pressure, stress, loneliness, and anxieties. I feel like it is much more than ever before. But why? I think technology is to blame, privilege, lack of being mindful and present and intentional in how we are living.