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Oxymoron: An Organized Creative

I’m a creative. I dream and scheme and write things everywhere. I’ll draw on any surface I can find if I have to get something out of my head, and I’ll stop what I’m doing to sing a song that I randomly started writing mentally. I’m good at rallying people around an idea, and I enjoy bringing people together through common ground.

I’m a creative. And I’m fantastically unorganized and inefficient. I lose everything and forget stuff easily, because my mind is a non stop windmill of thoughts. I often fail to follow through on things and get overwhelmed by the pressure of my character and what comes with it.

This is a problem. I’m a business owner now, and, oh yeah…. I’m an adult. I have a family and responsibilities. I’m a leader in my church community, and I wanna be effective. I’m a musician that actually wants to get my dang music into a physical form that people can listen to. I got a lot of -ish goin’ on, and because of my “creative” tendencies, my life is mostly a disaster.

So, I’ve been trying to change that. I want to be organized, no matter how against the grain it feels for me. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing. If you’re like me, you should try these things too.

Getting Things Done

Read this book. This man came up with a very hands on formula that helps you 1) get EVERYTHING out of your head and 2)organize it in a way that will facilitate getting everything that was in your head done.

Mini Composition Notebook

 

This is a tiny composition notebook, and the pages rip out very easily. It was only $1 at Office Max. I keep this in my purse, and as soon as I get a thought or an idea, I write it on a piece of paper. Even if it’s something like you need to get bobby pins from CVS, write down “Bobby Pins” on a piece of paper. Now it’s out of your head, and you can trust that it will get done because that piece of paper isn’t going to forget it.

Organizing Tasks

 

I made a little system next to my desk that organizes my tasks from most importance to least importance. I bought a project notebook from Walmart ($2.97), clips from Office max ($2.00 for a pack of 8) and little number tabs from the Target dollar bins, and put up four push pins on my wall. Each piece of paper has the title of my task, and the steps I need to take to get it done. I then number them according to their importance (whether that be because of time deadlines or because I just really want to do them) and then hang them up. Now I’m not stuck standing in the middle of my house trying to figure out what I should do first. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I have literally stood in the center of my living room, petrified and not knowing what to do because I couldn’t articulate in my head what should get done first. Without organization, everything feels like it’s the most important.

What system do you have in place to keep yourself organized? Does it work? What about it can you change to make it better?

October always love a Change.

Every year around the beginning of October, when it’s time to go to Catalyst, Daniel or I (or both of us at the same time) ends up with a new job situation. This year it’s my turn.

I know I haven’t been hanging out in this blog for a while (4 months actually), and there’s been so much going on. It was quite a summer… definitely one for the books.

A series of small events led me to make a silly video, and that silly video and the people who got behind it raised us enough money to start a business based around a product I created called Beard Sauce. I also started working at Starbucks this past June, and the call to community living through my church got louder this summer as well.

It’s been nuts. Like 4-hours-of-sleep-a-night nuts. It’s been the most living I’ve ever done. Like real, going beyond all the doubts and fears I’ve always had, shouting out of freedom and sleeping when your dead kinda living. I’ve had some pretty painful downtimes as well, but those were every bit a part of the living.

So whats next for me, huh?

Well, some of you will be happy to hear that I will have more time to devote to Jude and the Walrus again, as today was my last day serving coffee at Starbucks. My full time job will basically be Beard Sauce, finishing my album and hanging out with the people that are placed in my life. I’m gonna need a platform to write about it all as it happens, and this blog is where that will take place.

I know I’m not a terribly consistent person. I just like to do EVERYTHING, but I’m learning how to hone in on a few things at a time and finish stuff with excellence.

This blog isn’t finished yet, though. I feel like we’ve got years to cultivate this bad boy.

Shot Glass Succulents

I’ve recently had a surge of desire for gardening, as you probably know if you follow me on Instagram. About a month ago I set the bottom of a head of lettuce in a dish with water, and it grew! It made me feel real successful, and gave me the idea that maybe I could actually do this! Last spring I tried my hand at planting some produce, and I failed fantastically. I’ve learned a little bit, asked questions here and there and have been doing a great deal of research. Several of my friends are also getting into gardening as well, so tips and ideas have stemmed from those conversations also. Oh yeah, and PINTEREST! Gosh, so many great DIY tutorials and ideas have been flooding my home page and I’ve been pinning like crazy. I currently have some tomato, chard, lettuce and poppy sprouts that just popped up yesterday, and have basil and mint growing on a small table in my kitchen.

Succulents are just so pretty and apparently the easiest to grow and keep up with. They don’t require constant water attention, because they are able to store water. They don’t need a whole lot of room to grow as well. If you wanna keep one in a small space, it will stay that size and continue to look gorgeous.

I’ve seen all kinds of ideas on how to store your succulents, and as I was admiring my little inside propagation station, I had the idea to grow some in the shot glasses I set on the window sill for decoration. I mean why not! If this works, then how cute will it be to have little shot glasses all over the place with pretty plants in them! You can propagate succulents by using their leaves and setting them on top of your soil. After a few days, new buds will grow from the end of the leaf that was cut!

Shot Glass Succulents

 

For tips on how to propagate succulents from plant leaves, check out Succulents and Sunshine. She has great ideas and lots of experience!

Shot Glass Succulents at Jude and the Walrus

 

I like to grab up cute shot glasses that I find at thrift stores. They make sweet decorations for surfaces that can’t hold much.

Shot Glass Succulents on Jude and the WalrusPropagating Succulent Leaves // Jude and the WalrusShot Glass Succulents // Jude and the WalrusShot Glass Succulents // Jude and the Walrus

 

Have you tried your hand at gardening before?