How to Explain Your Non-Traditional Job to People: A Guest Post

The struggle of working a non-traditional job is real, people! Sometimes it's because of a lack of understanding. Other times it's because of generational stereotypes.

I grew up in a generation that was told the sky is the limit, and while many argue that millennials are lazy and entitled, I just don't believe that.

But that stereotype still follows us (millennials) around, and when we don't end up with traditional 9-5 jobs, people tend to scoff and tell us that it's because we are too lazy to work, or think we are better than a traditional job.

How to Explain Your Non-Traditional Job to People – Guest Post by Dana Nicole for THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

For those of us who ditched the 9-5 to pursue our passions, it can be somewhat difficult to explain to your skeptical family and friends just what exactly you do all day long, and that no, we aren't "lazy" or "stuck up", but rather opportunists.

And that yes, what you do does count as a job (even if you just roll out of bed and work all day at your kitchen table in your PJs)!

For me, I'd usually start off by saying I did graphic and web design for clients (that was the easy part), but then would get into some weird and poorly constructed story of how my business also consists of blogging and online marketing and I'd usually leave the other person confused.

Then one day, I realized that the reason certain people weren't really taking my dreams seriously was because I wasn't able to put them into words and explain them. A 30-second elevator pitch describing my work wasn't going to be helpful to someone who has no idea why a blog is so important or why I decided to branch off into podcasting, or why having a carefully curated Instagram is so important for your business and your brand (and not just something you do for fun).

So let's take a look at some of the ways you can explain your non-traditional job.

 

Ask Questions

When someone asks what you do, take time to understand what they already know about your job and unearth things they don't understand. For me, I almost always need to ask if the other person is familiar with blogging and how beneficial it is for growing an email list, boosting your site's SEO and maintaining brand identity.

While a lot of my business is client-based (which can be easily explained) a lot of it is also my blog. Generally, the average person who doesn't blog isn't going to understand why I'd invest so much of my time crafting up freebies and blog posts, so being able to explain this to them in non-technical terms helps them understand bits and pieces of my business.

Relate Your Job to Their Job

Take aspects of their day-to-day work and compare it to what you do in an average day to point out the similarities. This can be especially helpful for those who look down upon you for not having an office job.

Keep in mind that some people have worked the same job their entire lives, and have a difficult time relating to your day. Being able to compare what you do with something they are familiar with helps them realize that what you are doing is actually work too.

Share Your Story

Stories are a lot easier to digest and are easier for people to stay engaged with. Use examples of past work or share a recent success in story form to help explain what it is that you do.

Sharing your story about your work will allow your audience to visualize what it is you do all day. If they are just following you on social media, chances are they only see the "fun" aspect of your job and may think the only thing you do all day is take photos of your latte.

 

Keep the Conversation Positive

While your friend or family member's comment on your choice may sound harsh to you ("I couldn't imagine just sitting home all day like that" or "aren't you worried you won't be able to pay your bills") try not to get defensive.

These comments can often come out of love, jealousy, or even a lack of understanding (although that can be hard for the person on the receiving end to understand).

Rather than respond defensively, put a positive spin on your response. Talk about your plan with your business and how prepared you to deal with any tough times that may arise.

Keep Your Head Up

Eventually, you are going to come across someone who is just too stubborn to understand your line of work. Often it can be out of jealousy or just being closed-minded. 

Don't let these people get you down. Remind yourself that your background and your journey is unique, and you are here because you are brilliant! And nobody can ever take that away from you.

 

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Dana Nicole is a freelance designer with Dana Nicole Designs, where she helps clients brand their business, and provides online marketing solutions for small businesses and bloggers.

When she is not working, she can be found drinking some of her favourite tea, snuggling with her dog, or cheering her hockey-playing husband on at his games.

New September Designs and Freebies

Oh hi! I'm back with more calendars and freebies! 

First, let me remind you of an exciting change that's taken place here at THE LIFE IN BETWEEN:

TLIBInsider Design Subscriptions!

Monthly freebies are still available to newsletter subscribers (click here to access your freebies, or click here to subscribe to the newsletter), but I have now combined the former freebie page with the former digital shop to offer you one source for all printable and digital hand-lettered pieces, art designs, printable design paper, calendars, notebooks, greeting cards, journaling templates, and more!
 

If you're not already subscribed to one of the two design subscriptions,
CLICK HERE to learn more!

Hand-lettered and Hand-painted September Calendars! More designs available through design subscriptions: THE LIFE IN BETWEN
 

Here's a look at the new designs subscribers are getting in September (in addition to all past designs!):

Hand-lettered September Calendar – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

I also have a Redbubble shop which features some of my designs on product like totes, pouches, clocks, notebooks, phone cases, and more. I have been very pleased with the quality of Redbubble's products, and it is so much fun to see my designs on their stuff! 

Click here to shop!

There are new designs as seen here, but there are selections from my Black & White and Hello Spring collections, too.

Take It Easy – Blue Clock
 

Thank you all – again – for being such a supportive bunch! I am so thankful that God has put me on this creative path!

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Easy Steps to Self-Pampered Bliss // A Guest Post

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With the dog days of summer winding down, the luxury of laziness will soon be slipping from us as well. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean we must abandon all TLC efforts for ourselves. After all, we’re mothers, fathers, caregivers of all kind, and ADULTS. It’s no joke that #adultingishard. Before the sun sets on this season, clear an evening for yourself and follow along with these simple DIYs to bring yourself to pampered bliss. Give these a try separately or follow along in order for an at-home spa experience. 

Easy Steps to Self-Pampered Bliss – Guest Post by Erica McCready on THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

DIY Candle 

Easy DIY Candle – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Not only are candles the perfect gift, they’re also inexpensive and easy to make!

What You'll Need: 
Fragrance or Essential Oils
Canning Jar
Soy Wax
Candle Wick
Sauce Pan
Measuring Cup

Directions:
Place one pound of soy wax into a measuring cup and place the cup in a sauce pan with roughly 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and allow wax to melt completely. While the wax is melting, place the wick in your container and wrap the end around a pencil, allowing it to rest on the edges. With the wax on the stove top, pour 1 oz of fragrance or 30-60 drops of essential oil into wax. Remove from heat and pour into container. Let set for approximately 24 hours before cutting the wick. Light and enjoy! 

 

Buy Yourself Flowers 

Pamper Yourself – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

This step is not a necessity, however, I highly recommend heading to the grocery store (you’re probably getting wine anyway) and picking up some inexpensive blooms. Nothing brightens a room like a fresh bouquet so, treat yourself!

 

DIY Rose Milk Bath 

DIY Rose Milk Bath – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Soaking in a nice, warm bath is the height of relaxation in my book. I’m so happy with a traditional bubble bath but every once in a while, you should really #treatyoself and try a new type of bubble bath. Enter the rose milk bath!

What You'll Need:
1½ cups of Powdered Milk
½ cup Epsom Salt
Dried Rose Petals
Rose Essential Oil 

 

DIY Detox Water

DIY Detox Water – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Nothing says trip-to-the-spa like delicious detox water! There are so many delicious options, all with their own health benefits. My favorite is an old classic for me: lemon and strawberries. It tastes like strawberry lemonade without the added sugar.

What You'll Need:
1 quart of Water
1 Sliced Lemon
½ cup Sliced Strawberries
Optional: 5-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for Added Benefits

 

DIY Milk and Honey Mask 

DIY Milk & Honey Mask – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

While soaking in the tub, give your face the TLC it deserves. This DIY mask is incredibly easy and most people already have these items in their kitchen.

What You'll Need:
1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
2 tbs Oatmeal
1 tbs Organic Honey
¼ Banana, Mashed 

Directions:
Wash your face with your regular wash and remove all make up. Apply mask and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. I follow up my weekly face masks with a night cream but that step is completely optional. 

 

At-Home Manicure

Pamper Yourself with an At-Home Manicure – Erica McCready Guest Post on TLIB

Skip the wait and price of a manicure at a salon and grab your favorite polish at home.

Pro Tip: Use coconut oil on your cuticles before trimming! It’ll soften your cuticles and hands and make for an even more beautiful manicure.

 

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Erica is a New York transplant living in North Carolina. She loves to create and learn how to make new DIY projects, crafts, and all things relating to style. She is the mother of two rambunctious pups and to one human on the way. 

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Three Books // Read, Reading, To Read – Vol. 3

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
— Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Since my previous Three Books post, I have finished: 

The Post Office Girl (didn't like it)
Of Mice and Men (my Old Faithful)
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (absolutely loved it)
Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver (I definitely recommend this book if you use Young Living oils)
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (learned a lot and highly recommend)
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (it was adorable and hilarious and you should read it)

and my most recently read book is...

Three Books – Read, Reading, To Read – Vol 3 – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

Recently Read: Rivers of London
(Ben Aaronovitch)

I gave Rivers of London a solid "eh." I was not impressed. The story started off well enough, but I didn't connect with any of the characters on an emotional level, so it was hard to really… care. It was a super quick and easy read, so it wasn't a major waste of my time I guess, but in the end it was just a'ight. It did not leave me wanting more, so I will not be reading any of the other books in the Peter Grant series.

I have the UK version; apparently the book is called Midnight Riot in the States. Anyway, in case you're interested, here's how Amazon describes it:

"Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic."

Again, "eh."

 

Currently Reading: It Can't Happen Here
(Sinclair Lewis)

Okay. Without getting too political, I'll just say that It Can't Happen Here is relevant in a really frightening way. It is, of course, well-written, and I'm connecting with and generally relating to the main character, so far. It's sort of like reading a not-quite-accurate record of the past and a possible-and-scary version of the future at the same time. I think I've mentioned before that I'm actually quite terrible at book reviews, so I'll just share what Amazon says about It Can't Happen Here:

"A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. 

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. 

Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news."

Eek.

Three Books – Read, Reading, To Read – Vol. 3 – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

Up Next: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
(Jonas Jonasson)

I recently read Jonas Jonasson's The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and thought it was just the cutest thing, so decided I'd better try another one of ol' JJ's books. His writing style is… I don't know… I told you I was bad at this "book review" thing. I really enjoyed Jonasson's writing style. (Insert shrugging girl emoji here.) Here's what Amazon says about The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden:

"In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Poor and orphaned, she quickly learns that the world expects her to die young. But Nombeko has grander plans. Little does this cunning and fearless girl know that soon she will steal a fortune in diamonds, outwit a mad scientist kidnapper, travel across the world, fall in with a pair of diabolical assassins, and ultimately save a king--and possibly the world. 

Jonas Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power in a charming and hilarious story. In the inimitable voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, he gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can ripple out into the world."

Yay, I love it already!

Three Books – Read, Reading, To Read – Vol 3 – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN
 

What's on your To Read list? Give me a recommendation or two in the comments! ⤵︎

xotawni
 
 

Bullet Journaling Inspiration Vol 2 // Basic Planning System

When you work at home, summer can actually be a really hard time. The sun's out and all you want to do is have a picnic in the park all day every day. Motivation is hard to come by. It's especially tough when you've got kids and a teacher-husband who are home for the summer months too, providing plenty of distraction. There's no routine, no schedule, no real timetable, and yet the tasks, assignments, and general "work" continues. 

Bullet journaling helps keep me somewhat focused though, even in the craziest (and laziest) of times. And contrary to popular belief, bullet journaling does not need to be complicated.

Bullet Journaling Inspiration – BASIC Planning – Future Log, Monthly Log, and Weekly Log – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

While my summertime may be otherwise occupied by park-hopping, city strolls, hours upon hours of viewing (with enthusiasm!) Lego displays and Minecraft worlds, playing superheroes and MarioKart, reading books, and other summertime non-activities, I've tried to maintain somewhat of a schedule for myself to help keep on top of this blog, my design shop, and my Young Living business. 

I've had some success staying on task this summer – at least the most important things are getting checked off, anyway – so I'm going to share with you my very basic planning system in hopes that you'll maybe feel a little less overwhelmed by the thought of bullet journaling!

 

The Future Log

The Future Log is an at-a-glance view of events and dates you've got coming up over the next few months. I created this one in July, and after checking my Google Cal, my kids' and husband's schedules, and my iPhone cal, was able to put this 6-month log together within about 15-20 minutes

The sloppy banner header is not a requirement. (Just in case your panties were getting in a bundle over that detail.) Also, no, I didn't use a ruler to measure space or anything – I just eyeballed it all. If you don't have time to be precise or perfect, then don't be! 

Bullet Journaling Inspiration – BASIC Planning – Future Log – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

I like to leave room for adding events, and if there's something in particular that isn't set in stone, I use pencil so it can be easily removed from my log. I do not use the Future Log to keep track of tasks; I use the Monthly and Weekly Logs to track tasks, and the Future Log's purpose (for me) is solely to record events and dates that I need to remember.

 

The Monthly Log

The Monthly Log is a more detailed at-a-glance view of your current month's events and tasks. I usually put mine together a few days before the start of each month, and it usually takes me about 15-30 minutes, depending on how fancy I want to get.

Left: Calendar Page
Referring to my Future Log and my Google Cal, I list events and dates on the Calendar Page. Simple.

Right: Task Page
On the Task Page I list tasks that should be completed at some point during the month. I first refer to each upcoming event on the Calendar Page. If there are tasks related to an event, such as packing for a trip, getting a birthday gift, preparing designs for a client, hiring a sitter, etc., I add those to my task list. Then I refer to the previous month's task list. Anything that wasn't completed last month, or any tasks that need to repeat monthly, I will then record in the new task list for the current month. Done.

Bullet Journaling Inspiration – BASIC Planning – Monthly Log – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Again, any event on the Calendar Page that isn't a "for sure" is written in pencil. Of course you can just strike through cancelled events, too. 

As for tracking tasks on my Task Page, I use the bullet system as described here under "Tasks".

 

The Weekly Log

The Weekly Log is a detailed at-a-glance view of each week. Over the summer I mostly refer to the Monthly Log, but when I know there are deadlines coming up, I'll whip up a Weekly Log to help keep me on task. I typically put a Weekly Log together on Sunday or Monday of each week, and it only takes about 10 minutes.

It's especially nice to have a pre-made weekly template like this one from Grace and Salt ink (as seen below). I also have printable weekly templates available to All-Access Design Subscribers.

Left: Calendar Page
Referring to my Monthly Log and my Google Cal, I list events and dates on the Calendar Page. It doesn't get much easier than that!

Right: Task Page
On the Task Page I list things that I need to get done within that week. I first refer to each upcoming event on the Calendar Page. If there are tasks related to an event, I add those to my task list. Then I refer to the previous week's task list if there is one. Anything that wasn't completed last week, or any tasks that need to repeat weekly, I will then record in the new task list for the current week. Finally, I'll take a look at the current month's task list and will pull tasks from there that should or could be completed within the week. This might sound complicated, but once you get started it's really the simplest thing, because everything is already written down. You're just compiling.

Bullet Journaling Inspiration – BASIC Planning – Weekly Log – THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Once again, events on the Calendar Page that aren't confirmed are written in pencil, and I just strike through cancelled events. 

As for tracking tasks on my Task Page, I use the same bullet system as described here under "Tasks".

 

You guys, that's it! I told you it was basic. (And not in Urban Dictionary terms.) Bullet journaling is the only planning system that I've stuck with for this long (I've been bullet journaling for 16 months!). It works – bullet journaling is the most flexible and forgiving planning system out there

There are other really exciting and fun things you can do with a bullet journal too, and I intend to get into that again when I gain back some sort of routine. I'll be here to share when I can!

"Keep cool, my babies."
(10 points if you can tell me who said it. Without Google.)

xotawni
 

I  use Grace and Salt ink's inkDori notebooks with Moleskine Cahier Journals and Soft Cover Notebooks for all of my bullet journaling needs.
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Reader Feature // New August Designs

Hey there!

I'm so excited to be back sharing some new designs for you this month! 

In case you missed it, I'd like to introduce you to an exciting change that's taken place here at THE LIFE IN BETWEEN: TLIBInsider Design Subscriptions!

Of course I'm still offering monthly freebies to newsletter subscribers (click here to access your freebies, or click here to subscribe to the newsletter), but I have now combined the former freebie page with the former digital shop to offer you one source for all printable and digital hand-lettered pieces, art designs, printable design paper, calendars, notebooks, greeting cards, journaling templates, and more! If you're not already subscribed to one of the two subscriptions offered, click here to learn more!

TLIBInsider Design Subscriptions – August 2017

Here's a peek at the new designs subscribers are getting for August (in addition to all past designs!):

I also have a Redbubble shop which features some of my designs on product like totes, pouches, clocks, notebooks, phone cases, and more. I have been very pleased with the quality of Redbubble's products, and it is so much fun to see my designs on their stuff! 

Click here to shop! There are new designs as seen here, but there are selections from my Black & White and Hello Spring collections, too.

Take It Easy – Blue Clock

Now. Moving on. Since so many of you have been using and styling my designs in such fun ways, I am dedicating a blog post to your creativity today! I'm doing this for three reasons: 

  1. To thank you for enjoying and sharing my work.
  2. Your creativity will inspire others!
  3. I love community, and this is a fun way to encourage and feature the growing community of TLIB Insiders!
Reader Feature and New August Designs – TLIB

Here's how the Reader Feature works:

When you share a picture of any TLIB creation (freebiessubscriber items, or product) and tag me, @thelifeinbetweenon Instagram or notify me of your share on another social platform, you'll be eligible to be featured in the next Reader Feature post.

Here are my favorite shares from July!

 

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Thank you all – again – for being such a supportive bunch! I am so thankful that God has put me on this creative path!

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Why You Should Start Following Your Purpose In Life Today // Guest Post

For some reason, many of us grow up having this notion that we are supposed to go to school, go to college, get a good job and work until retirement. This idea has been wired into our brains that this is how we’re supposed live our lives to be happy.

And then we wonder why so many of us are actually unhappy in our daily life.

I personally believe this is because too many people don’t follow their true purpose in life. And this could be because their true purpose may not follow how most people conventionally live their lives or how they are expected to live their lives. It could take a path that defers from the conventional route of going to school and then getting a job until retirement.

And most of the time, that path is neither clear cut or easy.

Follow Your Purpose In Life! Guest post on THE LIFE IN BETWEEN, written by Samantha Kaplan.

But that shouldn’t stop you or be the reason that you don’t follow your true calling in life, no matter how unconventional it may be. On Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness, one of his guests says that there is a reason that the mid-life crisis exists. And it actually is a miracle that it does. So many people will do what is expected of them by either getting a corporate or a well-paying job right after they graduate and then realize that they spent half of their lives doing work they don’t even like or enjoy. And then they realize that they never followed their true calling in life.

As an artist, I realized early on, after graduating from college, that I was not following my purpose when I immediately got a job working for a paint night company. It surely helped me start paying my bills, which is definitely a necessary responsibility, but I recognized early on that I wasn’t serving the people that I wanted to serve; and I wasn’t doing the meaningful work that I always wanted to do in my life. I immediately started to resent the work I was doing and I quickly lost interest in showing up and putting my heart and soul into this job. It soon became very clear that this was not what I was supposed to be doing with my life, even if it was temporary.

But How Do I Figure Out My Purpose in Life?

When I first started to realize that I wasn’t on the right path, I started to take time to journal on a daily basis. I would write out what my dream day would look like – where I would be living, who I would be with, and how I would feel. And then I would write out everything that I wanted to accomplish in my life. I wrote how I wanted to give back to the world and everything that would make my life and the world a better place.

From StockSnap.io – Follow Your Purpose In Life, a guest post by Samantha Kaplan

It is so important to have a vision of what you want for your life. Where do you want to be in one year? In 3 years? In 5 years? Although it may seem overwhelming and scary because you wonder how you’re going to get there, it is the first step to realizing that you need to make a change and there is a destination that you want to reach along your journey.

This vision will probably change as your grow and evolve but you always need to start somewhere. Once you have a destination in mind, it makes it much easier to start working backwards and take small steps to getting there.

Another great question you can ask yourself is why you were born? Why do you think you were brought into this Earth? What work were you supposed to accomplish while you were living? How are you supposed to give back or contribute to the world during your lifetime? How do you want to be of service to people? These are big questions but if you take the time to think clearly and journal your answers, you may be surprised in what you discover about yourself. You may realize that you are exactly on the right path to following your purpose or maybe you have to start making a few changes in your life that will allow you to start accomplishing those life goals that align with your purpose.

How Do I Start Following My Purpose in Life?

After you create your vision, think about the first small step, or the smallest action that you can take to start accomplishing your goals and make a change in your life.  Chris Winfield, a well-known entrepreneur and success coach, says that as humans, our brains tend to bulk together all the tasks that we need to do in order to reach our goal. And then that idea becomes so overwhelming and seemingly impossible that we often decide to just continue following our same old daily habits, which prevents us from taking the steps to transform our lives. But if we decide to simplify everything, and think of the first smallest action we can take to achieve our goals, and then take that first step, then we will start creating change in our lives.

From StockSnap.io – Follow Your Purpose In Life, a guest post by Samantha Kaplan

I also believe it is so important to have a place that you can easily travel to when you need to think clearly.  I discuss this in my free 9 Step Guide to Living a Happier, More Fulfilling Life. When I was miserable in my first job, I would often travel to the local beach nearby whenever it was a nice day, and I would just sit in my car, look out at the ocean, and everything in my life started to make sense. It became so clear to me that I needed to get out of my current situation and make a change in my life because I wasn’t living the fulfilling or meaningful life that I wanted and needed to be living.

While I was staring at the beautiful Long Island sound, I started to create a list of all the job opportunities that I could apply for or reach out to. At that time, I had no idea how I was going to make a living as a full-time artist so I was looking for work that would lead me closer to doing the meaningful work that I craved. Once I had that clarity, I returned home, and I started to make those phone calls and immediately set up those job interviews, which led me closer to being in line with my purpose and my life goals.

Once you start taking those first small steps to making a change in your life, start planning out what you want your life to look like in the next 90 days. What do you do want to accomplish in the next 3 months? Where do you realistically want to be in 3 months? Todd Hermann, a high performance coach, says that as humans, our brains can’t process planning further than 90 days in advance. So although it is so important to have a vision of what you want your life to look like in the future, it is essential that you take the time to plan for your next 3 months so you can break it down and plan what you would like to accomplish in the next month, in the next 2 weeks, and in the next week so you can turn your dream (or desired outcome) into an actionable plan.

I am not telling you to quit your day job or to take a leap of faith without having a realistic plan in mind. I still believe it is important to be responsible and make sure that you can pay your bills until you know that your new job, business or role that you created for yourself can take over those expenses. But it is important that you start taking steps today that will bring you closer to living the life that you were meant to live. I believe all of us have so much potential to do amazing things in our lives and even have the ability to change the world for the better. But you first need to start by looking within, discovering who you are, what you care about, and what you want to accomplish in your life. And then start taking action toward those steps that will lead you in the right direction.

And whenever you start to face resistance, whether it is with yourself, or with others who just don’t understand what you’re trying to do, start hanging out with like-minded people. They say that you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with. And I am personally starting to realize this more everyday. Start listening to podcasts, reading articles and books, watching videos, and traveling to places that will continue to inspire you.

From StockSnap.io – Follow Your Purpose In Life, a guest post by Samantha Kaplan

This path will not always be easy but the result can lead to something amazing. They say that the people who succeed are the ones who don’t quit. So I challenge you to start taking steps that are going to lead you to accomplishing your dreams and creating the impact in this world that you always dreamed of.

And if you would like to learn more about how you can create an amazing life for yourself, please download my free 9 Step Guide to Living a Happier, More Fulfilling Life. I cannot wait to hear about the amazing things that you accomplish in your life.

And if this post inspired you, please come say 'hi' on Instagram and Facebook. I cannot wait to hear from you!


Samantha Kaplan is a New York based abstract landscape painter who creates paintings and drawings that celebrate the life and forces that exist on this planet. Her collectors have said that her work has added a sense of serenity to their living space and have taken their minds to a fantasy place that they only thought existed in their dreams.

Samantha loves to inspire people to follow their purpose in life so they can make a positive difference in this world. She is an environmental supporter, a wellness advocate, and a lover of dark chocolate. You can view and purchase Samantha's art at www.samanthakaplanart.com and download her free 9 Step Guide to Living a Happier, More Fulfilling Life.

Reader Feature // New July Designs

It's been awhile!

I haven't posted anything on my blog since the beginning of May, and am still wary of Instagram. I will be back in "the game" soon, but the fact that I called it a game is one of the reasons it's been so good for my heart to pull back for awhile. I definitely miss the community and creative outlet blogging and Instagram provide though, so I expect to be back soon. 

During my break from blogging and Instagram, I've continued to be blown away by your support and your response to the designs I've been offering over the past several months. It makes me so happy to see you enjoying the things I've created for you!

TLIBInsider Design Subscriptions – July 2017

In case you missed it, I'd like to introduce you to an exciting change that's taken place here at THE LIFE IN BETWEEN:

TLIBInsider Design Subscriptions

I'm still offering monthly freebies to newsletter subscribers (click here to access your freebies, or click here to subscribe to the newsletter), but have now combined the former freebie page with the former digital shop to offer you one source for all printable and digital hand-lettered pieces, art designs, calendars, notebooks, greeting cards, journaling templates, and more! If you're not already subscribed to one of the two subscriptions offered, click here to learn more!

Here's a peek at the new designs subscribers are getting this month:

Since so many of you have been using and styling my designs in such fun ways, I am dedicating a blog post to your creativity today! I'm doing this for three reasons: 

  1. To thank you for enjoying and sharing my work.
  2. Your creativity will inspire others!
  3. I love community, and this is a fun way to encourage and feature the growing community of TLIB Insiders!

Here's how the Reader Feature works:

When you share a picture of any TLIB creation (freebiessubscriber items, or product) and tag me, @thelifeinbetweenon Instagram or notify me of your share on another social platform, you'll be eligible to be featured in the next Reader Feature post.

Here are my favorite shares from the past several weeks!

Reader Feature and New July Designs – TLIB

Thank you all so much for being such a supportive bunch! I am so thankful that God has put me on this creative path!

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TO BE FEATURED

Share a picture of any TLIB creation (freebiessubscriber items, or product) and tag me, @thelifeinbetweenon Instagram OR notify me of your share on another social platform to be eligible to be featured in the next Reader Feature post!

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Minimalist Mama

Can you believe Mother's Day is right around the corner… again!? It seems like 2017 is just flying right on by! 

To help a sister out (or a brother – I know you're reading this, guys!), I've put together a quick, simple list of gift ideas that will honor your mother this season. Keep it simple and from the heart and you can't go wrong!

Mother's Day Gift Guide for the Minimalist Mama by THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

inkDori by Grace and Salt ink

Everyone knows by now how much I love my own inkDori collection from Grace and Salt ink. I use all three of my inkDoris regularly – for planning, bullet journaling, brain dumping, lettering, etc. To help keep your mama organized and feeling like she's "got her ish together," take your pick of pretty much any inkDori from the bunch (and throw in a couple of hand-lettered journals!) and she'll be well pleased.

 

Blanket by Fernweh Home

What minimalst mama doesn't like to cozy up in the evening with a blanket and a cup of coffee or tea? One of these gorgeous, custom made Falsa Blankets from Fernweh Home would make a perfect (and beautiful!) gift for Mom this Mother's Day!

 

Ceramic Vase by Quiet Lines Design

I can't get over Quiet Lines Design's ceramic vases. She designs each vase by hand and they are all so beautiful and unique. A handcrafted vase would make such a perfect gift for Mother's Day – just don't forget to stick a flower or two in!

 

House Shoes by Birdies Slippers

If Mama's not going to pamper herself, you need to bring the pampering to her! Encourage Mom to live in luxury – whether it's doing housework, working from the home office, or chasing toddlers, it can still be done in style! Put your mom in some beautiful Birdies Slippers for Mother's Day and make her feel as chic and sophisticated as she is. (Or just snatch some of these babies up for yourself, little lady. You know you want to!)

 

Handcrafted Pendant by Dear Mushka

I've featured this shop before, and I think you'll understand why it's making an appearance in another gift guide! Dear Mushka's jewelry is beautifully handcrafted with so much heart, and it's hard not to get lost in the story behind each piece. Another thing that makes these beautiful necklaces perfect for gifting is that they already come packaged in a gift box, and that just makes life easier for you, so, #winning. 

 

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Handmade Tea Towel by Inspired Knits

Everything Annetta makes is like pure gold, and these hand-knit tea towels are no exception! Encourage your mama to experience tea-time in style with these beautiful pieces from Inspired Knits.

 
 

Premium Starter Kit from Young Living Essential Oils

Give Ma the gift of health! Enroll your mother as a member with Young Living – it's the gift that keeps on giving! The Premium Starter Kit comes with 11 bottles of pure essential oil (that's almost 1000 drops!), your choice of diffuser, samples, educational material, and a supportive community of like-minded men and women who are on their own journey to wellness. Once you've got Mom enrolled and set up with her kit, she is now a member and can take 24% off the rest of her orders, forever! No, she doesn't have to order anything else, but that 24% is hers to take! My Enroller Number is 11204646, and I will personally support her every step of the way! Click here to enroll. If you enroll by Wednesday, May 3rd, I'll give you $20 back via PayPal too as a thank you! (Use your mom's name and shipping address but your own payment info. If she wants to make further purchases, we can update her payment information at any time!)

Design Subscription from THE LIFE IN BETWEEN

Hey, another gift that keeps on giving! I've got two design subscriptions available – the All-Access Design Subscription and the Calendar Design Subscription. It's super simple: subscribe, print out a pretty design or two, frame the print(s), and bam! Home decor for Mom and for yourself! New designs keep coming too, so you can change out your decor with the seasons! Click here to learn more about the subscription options.

 

Well my friends, I hope you'll take one or two of these gift ideas and run with them! They'd all make perfect Mother's Day gifts of course, but hey, they'd all be just as wonderful on any other special day (know anyone with a birthday coming up?). Also, you should know that I'm a huge supporter of self-love, so if Mother's Day's not your bag and there aren't any other special days penciled in on your calendar, then you'd better just TREAT YO'SELF!

xotawni