Hey HOMwork friends, happy Friday!
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This we have the incredible Amy Tan! A small business owner, proud mama, and craft maven, Amy is the founder of Amy Tangerine, a brand fully committed to providing creatives with the tools and space to see the bright, shiny side of life. In her day-to-day, Amy makes sweet online content as well as top-end products designed to promote a colorful, positive message. She also teaches workshops all over the world, filmsYouTube videos, and consults with awesome brands including American Crafts, Avery, Amazon and more, all with the intention of building a sense of fun, positive energy and putting valuable resources out in the world for everyone to use. You can meet Amy at the intersection of creativity, passion, and purpose.
Every once in a while when I feel like I'm struggling creatively, I like to make a list of positive statements. I’ve had a lot of thoughts lately about where I am, what my purpose is, and questioning if I’m on the right path. Perhaps you've felt the same way. Give yourself grace. Taking moments to pause and create space for self-reflection has been an essential step for me on the path to feeling joy and happiness.
It’s tempting to get stuck striving for perfection. When we focus on unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others, it can feel a little bit like chasing after the end of a rainbow instead of enjoying it. We miss the point and focus on “results” instead of what actually matters – brilliant, vibrant colors and amazing experiences.
This week I pulled out my alcohol inks and explored a new way of getting messy and making something tangible. I always feel like the best version of myself when I carve out time to make something just for the heck of it. Enjoying the process and not overthinking the end result is both invigorating and therapeutic. Wouldn't you agree? It’s so much better to find your flow and let go of expectations. Which leads to this week's assignment!
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Combining my love for mantras and positive affirmations with another favorite - rainbows - is always a fun way to showcase the bright side of life. Hope you feel inspired to keep the creative juices flowing.
Caption Idea: Tell us why you chose that mantra!
Amy & Lauren
P.S. Amy released her book, Craft A Life You Love in 2018, and will be launching a podcast of the same name today!