Morning Routine, Mantras + Life With Creative Babes


Happy post Memorial Weekend!

If you've been following along you know this month is all about The Morning Routine and other life advice. We got the opportunity to talk with the amazing gals of Creative Babes on their daily mantra, fitting it all in and more. Enjoy the interview below:)The Beauty Boost:The key is to not prioritize what's on your schedule but to schedule your priorities. Q1: What does your morning routine look like?Oh man, it looks different everyday. Some days I snooze one too many times and am in a rush (this is more often than I'd like to admit), other days I spend my mornings over coffee meeting with people about collaboration and passion projects. Sometimes I wake up early and exercise (definitely wish I did this more). One thing's for sure, there's always coffee involved. Even if i'm taking a break from caffeine and it's decaf - it's fuel in my tank.Q2:  What do you do on daily/weekly/monthly basis to make you a better you? Yes, I love this question! So one thing I love to do is "no social media before noon." I find that when I do this, I don't spend nearly as much time checking it sporadically throughout the day. Spending time with my dog and boyfriend (really spending time with them and not thinking about other things) makes me a better me. Doing chores makes me a better me - a messy house usually leads to an irritated version of myself. I love yoga, massage, meditation. I love connecting with people one-on-one. Those things are crucial in helping me find perspective and making me a better me.Q3: How do you fit in everything you need to get done with work, social life & just basic life essentials? This makes me smile a little bit, because I don't know how I fit it all in - and I don't know that I always do it super well. Anybody who knows me knows that I tend to overbook myself. But when I'm not busy, I'm always finding ways to fill my time. Then when I'm busy again, I have to really seek balance. But I guess when I really think about this questiont, I find a lot of these things overlap in my life. I love my day job - it's a total blast and my co-workers are some of my best friends. We play games, share meals. It satisfies a lot of needs. I think finding places where these things bleed into each other can be helpful and fulfilling.Q4: What is your profession? What are your daily duties and responsibilities. Paint the picture for a day in your life.I'm an art director at a motion graphics studio called Pixel Park. We're a small but mighty studio so I wear tons of different hats. I write copy, concept creative projects, design graphics for animations, help direct the overall pieces we create. It's so much fun and everyday and every project looks completely different. I'm also the co-creator of Creative Babes. This "job" looks pretty different. I still do a lot of designing, but we throw creative events to bring women together in a casual, collaborative environment. I wear even more hats with Creative Babes! So many hats. I love it. I tend to get bored easily, but these things have been keeping me on my toes for a while now!Q5: What would you do if you had more time?This totally makes me laugh. Oh man, honestly. I'd probably start something new. Like a travel blog. I love, love, love to travel. I daydream about it. Actually, you know what. The other day I decided that if I had more time I'd spend some of it with someone from another culture. I think it would be so fun to do a little bit of teaching English on the side. I taught English in Thailand for a year, and I love culture. Any culture. It would fulfill a need that I'm not quite meeting right now.Q6: Where do you find your inspiration and how do you stay motivated?I find inspiration in conversation. Deep, vulnerable, good conversation. In thinking. Critical thinking. In travel, in discomfort. Definitely in discomfort. In the people I love. In risk-taking. In poetry. I find inspiration all over the place. I'm grateful for that.Q7: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone attempting to pursue their dream?So, this is on my mind because my mom shared it with me very recently. Kurt Vonnegut said, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." My advice would be to stay true to you, to your gut, to your dream. When you start pursuing something you're incredibly stoked about, and would maybe do anything for, it can be easy to get caught up in ideas and decisions that maybe don't fit us quite right. I think a dream can get muddy or less dreamy if we start to sacrifice who we really are. Does that make sense? Basically, listen to advice and hear people out, but follow your instincts. It's YOUR dream, YOUR vision.Q8: What's a quote, mantra or saying you live by?"Pobody's Nerfect." My elementary school teacher Mrs.Wallace would use this a lot. It made a huge impression. I love it. I could work it into almost every conversation. And I do.Q9: What's your biggest tip for staying organized?A few resources I love: Wunderlist is my new favorite app! My go-to for to-do lists. Google Drive is great for sharing and compiling documents with collaborators. And I guess just overall, starting organized is way better than trying to back-track. The more folders, the more dated documents, etc. the better!Be sure to follow them at AND!XO Rachel-The Beauty BoostPS: Got post Memorial Day blues? Keep the fun going with us this coming weekend on our Spring Retreat at the Lakehouse<3