I recently brought home an Apple Pencil after discovering its capabilities with the iPad Pro. I had been watching YouTube videos of what you can accomplish with it, and was sold in about 30 seconds. I’m excited to be able to create graphics for the blog and my ecommerce shops with this handy (literally!) device. I’ve proceeded to text […]

How to Enter the Flow State or Creative Zone

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SARAH PETERSON

I recently brought home an Apple Pencil after discovering its capabilities with the iPad Pro. I had been watching YouTube videos of what you can accomplish with it, and was sold in about 30 seconds. I’m excited to be able to create graphics for the blog and my ecommerce shops with this handy (literally!) device. I’ve proceeded to text drawings to almost everyone I know because, WHY IS ANYMORE USING A NORMAL PEN OR PENCIL ANYMORE?

No joke, Apple nailed it (again) with the Pencil. Go! Get you one.

Everyday for the past few weeks I’ve made time to sit and draw/color/paint/sketch. And something amazing has happened.

I’ve felt noticeably energized, balanced, even. I’ve felt more grounded when confronting difficult moments, almost like my sense of humor is behind the wheel, not my stress. I’ve felt more clarity and focus in areas of my work that are less creative. I’ve felt more rested. The only thing that’s changed is this daily habit of completely “zoning out” with my Apple Pencil for about an hour or two before bed.

Some call it entering “the flow state”, I have always referred to it as “the zone”. It’s when whatever you’re doing you lose track of time, the chatter in your mind halts, and you become completely one with the activity. It might be frosting cupcakes for you, or playing music for someone else. Whatever it is, I’m here to remind you that consistently entering your zone is very important.

Here are some reasons why I want you to tap into your CZ (creative zone) regularly:

It’s a form of meditation.

By now, we all have read the fabulous effects meditation has on our health. The lists are endless with how it helps prevent heart disease, mental illness, lowers stress and anxiety, not to mention improves happiness, longevity, brain function and so much more. Similar to meditation, entering your CZ allows you to clear purchase viagra singapore your head and let your mind rest. By doing so, our brain signals to secrete endorphins that help improve mood and lower anxiety and stress levels.

YES, PLEASE.

Relaxation is just as important as sleep.

We need down-time (outside of sleeping) to allow our bodies to recover from our hectic schedules, to process emotions, and to reflect on experiences. I think of it as allowing my nervous system to take a break. Blocking off time for your CZ (even if it’s just 10 minutes a day) gives the mind time to wander, relax and sort through the congestion and chaos of everyday.

Self-care is so hot right now.

By making your CZ a consistent priority, you’re putting your needs ahead of everything else. This will only help you do more self-caring in other ways (exercise, sleep, diet, relationships, etc). The people who share (or brag?) that they need a bottle of wine at the end of everyday to cope, or they only get 5 hours of sleep routinely are probably not making routine self-care a priority. It might be hard to know how to begin if you’ve never been a self-carer. Finding your CZ is a the perfect place to start.

Grow your creative confidence.

Practice makes perfect. The more you enter your CZ, the better you’ll become at the activity. You will in turn become a more creative person overall. And creativity is applicable in so many aspects of life–not just drawing on an iPad. Most importantly, creativity helps solve problems–big and small.

Entering your CZ is a really healthy form of consistent self-expression. For me, expression is of course about sharing my work with others, but in a much bigger way, it’s also about learning who I am deep down.

Plus, who knows? You might find your CZ makes you really happy, and you could end up creating something you really love that gives you passion and purpose.

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Designer, DIYer, & Deep Googler

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Silicone ALPHABET MOLD

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THERMAL LABEL PRINTER

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amazon

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The best detangler I've found. I throw the travel size bottle in my gym bag, travel bag, and beach bag.

These ABC molds allow for ample DIYs. Jello, melt and pour soaps, crayons... the fun really will never end!

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PLANTER (for DIY CANDLE)

amazon

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LABEL MAKER

amazon

When in doubt, label everything. I'm amazed at how long this little machine's batteries last.

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society 6

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FAUX FUR BLANKET

anthropologie

The coziest blanket you'll ever find. So good I gifted them in different colors to my beloved wedding guests!

FLAUNT PHONE CASE

FLAUNT.COM

Currently using this--it's the perfect shade of radiant orchid pink, and I love the square corners!

Fiberclay PLANTER SET

michaels

Scatter a cute planter set from Michael's around your home--it will make your decor feel cohesive.

SHEEPSKIN rug

etsy

I throw these everywhere... the floor, my work chair, the couch. They are 100% worth every penny.

IMITATION Pothos

michaels

Shhh... When I want my plants to cascade more, I add in an extension like this while they grow.

Bisley FILE CABINET

container store

I used two of these sleek Bisley cabinets under this delicious slab of wood to DIY my dream desk.

HANDMADE CERAMICS

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Sign up for alerts, it's almost impossible to purchase these beauties before they sell out!

MICRON black PENS

amazon

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SOLID PERFUME STICKS

PERFUMIES.COM

Change the way you wear and carry perfume with these perfume sticks that fit in your pocket!

Fanny Pack // BELT BAG

shopbop

The fanny pack has officially changed my life for the better. No more big bag shoulder and back pain!

SCARF NECKLACE

mignonne gavigan

The most beautiful handmade accessories around. (I wore MG "Burst" earrings for my wedding!)

THRIFTED DESIGNER SCARF

thred up

Make money on clothes you no longer wear, and find designer goods (with tags still on!)

Storm Cloud Wall Art

anthropologie

Living in LA's perpetual sunny and 72 degree weather has made me LOVE clouds because I so rarely see them!

TILLANDSIA AIRPLANT

AMAZON

The most low maintenance plant on the market. Find a cool planter and plop it in. Mist every 2-3 weeks.

FLORAL Macbook case

etsy

I've cracked too many screens in my lifetime to not protect my devices. Love this feminine floral hard case.

Distressed Mirror

anthropologie

A mirror that looks like a moon? Make it a full moon everyday in your house!

GLUE GUN

amazon

Everyone (and I mean everyone) should go through life with a trusty glue gun by their side.

uline hair detangler

amazon

The best detangler I've found. I throw the travel size bottle in my gym bag, travel bag, and beach bag.

Silicone ALPHABET MOLD

amazon

These ABC molds allow for ample DIYs. Jello, melt and pour soaps, crayons... the fun really will never end!

fave white tee

amazon

My favorite white tee. Best cut v-neck, long in the body, high quality. (Why not get a few.)

THERMAL LABEL PRINTER

amazon

Print a lot of labels? Get this thermal printer and never buy an ink cartridge again.

e6000 GLUE

amazon

This is the glue that holds my life together. No really... I use it for everything.

Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens

amazon

100% my most favorite portrait lens. Do yourself a favor and add it to your cart immediately.

Caudalie BEAUTY elixir

amazon

This face mist instantly will make you feel more refreshed and awake after a few spritzes!

Candle Making Pitcher

amazon

Never buy a candle again! Use this to DIY your own (they smell better, burn longer, and save money).

singer sewing machine

amazon

This is the sewing machine I used to DIY my wedding dress! Easy to use, I recommend it to any level sewist.

photography backdrops

replica surfaces

I use these surfaces to shoot styled stock, product, and brand photos that need clean, realistic backgrounds.