Another month gone means another month of favourites! I find these quite difficult to do because I don’t really buy new things often, and I rarely come across something that I love enough to share with you, but I’ve managed to think of some things that have brought me joy, ease and smiles throughout the month of March so I hope that you enjoy!
One of the rare purchases that I made this month was two ‘hustle’ stickers from the Seanwes store! I’ve recently hopped on the laptop sticker train, even though I’m probably way too late to the party, and I’m loving it! I just want to find more and more cool stickers to add to my collection, and while I have seen a lot around, I’m quite fussy about which ones make it onto my most prized possession. I don’t want to put stickers on my laptop that I don’t actually care about, or that aren’t ‘cool’, so the process it going quite slowly, but it’s getting there! My Seanwes ‘hustle’ sticker arrived just last week and has made it onto the laptop case of fame, along with a Designlife.fm one, a ‘homesick’ sticker that my partner, Sam, made, and one from Burger Liquor here in Wellington, because who doesn’t love burgers?! I’m looking to expand my collection to eventually cover the whole laptop case, so if you know of any cool ones that you think I might like, point me in the right direction! I also want to get some of my own made so watch this space! Maybe next month I’ll have a new favourite sticker!
Next on the list is actually kind of a list in itself! If you didn’t know, I’m currently in the middle of the research & development phase for my major project at university. This has meant lots of research, design thinking, and processing concepts, as well as a lot of muddled up thoughts and ideas in my head. The best thing that I have found for me to clarify all of this stuff in my brain is to write it all down and get it out on paper, and I’ve recently discovered a more fun way to do it! I’ve always been a to-do-list, word list and brainstorm person, but now I’m going bigger, and I’m going vertical. I’ve moved from a small piece of paper on the desk, to several huge pieces of paper stuck on the wall! This might seem like a super weird thing to be excited about, and especially to be one of my favourite things all month, but I’m sticking by it! I’ve had so much fun standing at the wall, dancing along to music and throwing ideas up on a big piece of paper. It has really helped me to get it all out of my head and start to visualise it. I am a creative and visual person after all, so seeing it all in front of me is so great and it’s so much easier to start making connections and pulling out interesting thoughts than it is when it’s all inside my brain. I dare you to give it a go and see what happens! It might feel weird at first, especially if you’re like me and you freak out that the permanent marker is going to go through the paper onto the wall, but it gets easier, especially if you bring post-it notes into the mix too!
As you have probably gathered from the above excitement, I’m a bit of a nerd and I try to be really organised and on top of things as much as possible. Because of this, I’m always looking for more tools to help me stay ahead and keep things on track, and I’ve recently discovered a new one, Buffer! It’s actually not that new, I’m clearly just late to the party again, but I don’t care because it’s just so helpful! Buffer is another social media scheduling tool that helps you organise when your posts go out to your followers. It has a super handy tool that analyses the best times for you to tweet depending on how many times you want to a day, and also allows you to schedule things at your own chosen times. This has allowed me to schedule tweets about my blog posts, videos and other content when I’ve got a spare minute, and then I don’t have to worry about it later! It also provides analytics about each tweet so that I can see what’s working and what’s not. I’m currently just using it for my Twitter, but you can connect so many more accounts and manage those too! Give it a go and see what you think! Are you using it already and have some tips for me? Let me know!
Last but most definitely not least, my favourite thing of this month has to be you! I’ve been writing this blog for three whole months now, that’s a quarter of the year, and I still can’t believe that you’re reading this. I started doing this because I care about the success of other creatives, especially creative students, so I wanted to share all the things that I’ve learnt and that help me, so that you can succeed in your creative endeavours and do what you love to do! If you’re reading this and anything that I’ve written has helped you in any way, even if it’s just to let you know that you’re not the only one thinking a certain thing, or even if I’ve just entertained you in some way, I am beyond happy! I’ve had great conversations, made new friends, and learnt a whole lot about myself already during these three months, all thanks to you! I can’t wait for more and more months, chats, laughs and friends to come!
I hope that these March favourites were interesting and helpful for you! Let me know if you try any of them out yourself or what your favourite things have been lately, I’d love to hear them! And hit me up in the comments below, through email or through any of my social media pages if you have any questions or just want to chat! I’m always here!
Much Love, Hollie! :D x