flourish linkup

I Will Flourish...In Relationships With Others

The Flourish Linkup with The KardiaI honestly can not believe it is March already. February was so short! But I guess it did have only 28 days. Because of that, it's now the first friday in March, which means...it's time for the second Flourish linkup! :)

10 Things I Am Grateful For:

  1. My parents and sister
  2. A home to go home to
  3. Food
  4. Small gestures of kindness
  5. Comfy shoes
  6. Spring!
  7. Great customer service
  8. Music
  9. A new day
  10. Blueberry muffins :)

I will flourish in relationships with others this year by

Freeing myself of bad influences. There have been times in my life when I forgive a person over and over and yet they continue to be mean and hurt me. I did that for 11 years once. I kept on forgiving until one day, we just simply stopped talking to each other. And that was it. No closure, nothing. It took me 11 years to realize I had a toxic friendship. I don't want that to happen again, so I'm much more careful when choosing who I trust. And if I sense the friendship is one sided, it's probably not a healthy one.

Showing appreciation and love through small gestures of kindness. Over the last few weeks I've noticed many random acts of kindness being performed, and it warms my heart :) I want to show how much I care for my friends and family in simple ways, such as getting them something they need when they're stressed or baking a cake for an accomplishment.

Spending more time with friends and family. This is most likely the number one thing that will positively impact my relationships with others. The more time we spend together, the more intimate the relationship. While we are all very busy, making the time to talk and enjoy each other's company will bring us closer together. So make time for your friends and share in their joy, comfort them when they need comfort, laugh and tell stories to each other, and build a solid friendship.

Keeping jealousy at bay. Going to a relatively small school means that you know almost everyone on campus. One of the downsides is that you also know a lot of what happens in their lives. To stop the spread of unnecessary gossip, I want to focus on being happy for others when success or celebrations come their way instead of being jealous. Honestly, this will take some effort on my part because I find myself wishing I had what others have a lot. By containing jealousy, I'll have a more positive mindset when it comes to my relationships with my peers.

Reflection:

Last month we wrote on how we planned to flourish creatively in our lives. One of my goals was to discover my "style". Over the last month I've done a lot of thinking about what I want my style to be.

Creatively, I've discovered that my style is simple, clean, and elegant. I like smooth lines and whitespace. You could call it a minimalistic style if you wished, but I like to think that my style has some flair to it! ;)

Fashion wise, my style is pretty much the same: simple, clean, and elegant, but I emphasize comfort and practicality! I wore a dress and heels for 8 hours yesterday for the inauguration of my college's new president and I just about died from the pain. I just don't understand how some girls wear heels and carry a tote bag to school! Where do you put your books and papers??

Anyways, over the last month I've also spent more time sketching and observing. I've found that taking the time to sit and not worry about all the tasks I need to complete allows me to free up some creative space in my busy brain. I'll continue to flourish creatively, everyday, because it allows me to be me :)


Next month's prompt is how you will flourish emotionally. Examples would include: making things right with people, not holding any grudges, spending more time doing the things you love, etc. If you're new to the linkup, you can find all of the details right here! I hope you join us sometime, because I'd love to read what you have to say!


The linkup will go live the first Friday of every month at 6 am CST. You’ll be able to submit your take on the week’s prompt, as well as discover how other’s are planning to Flourish in the different aspects of their lives! My hope is that this linkup will encourage you to take steps, however big or small, towards becoming the best version of yourself. Don’t aim for perfection, but refine what works for you. Here’s to Flourishing in 2015! [inlinkz_linkup id=503444 mode=1]

I Will Flourish...Creatively

The Flourish Linkup with The Kardia Blog I've been looking forward to this day for over a month now! :) I am beyond excited to welcome you all to the very first Flourish linkup. My hope is that this linkup will help you discover how to be successful, prosper, and thrive – in your own way. This month's prompt is Creatively, and I can't wait to read how all of you plan to flourish in this area of your life.

10 Things I Am Grateful For:

  1. Fresh, fluffy snow
  2. Loyal, trustworthy friends
  3. Laughter
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Warm socks
  6. The way the sun shines through the window
  7. Ice scrapers
  8. Heart to heart conversations
  9. Opportunities to be a leader
  10. Candles

I will flourish creatively this year by

Filling up a sketchbook with notes and drawings, without looking for perfection. Let's make a mess. Rarely are creative minds organized at first (if ever!). Ideas come at the most random times and if you take too much time to think, the great idea will be gone before you know it.

Observing the world and the people in it. One of my very good friends, Gina, inspired me to start going places with just a sketchbook/notebook in hand. In any creative field, the goal is to send a message or solve a problem. It's easier to communicate that message when you know who your audience is. Observing allows you to learn how people interact with one another, which is a good thing to understand!

Discovering my own style. Did you know that there are two types of creativity? Primary creatives bring an idea to life from nothing. They can turn a blank whiteboard into a masterpiece. Primary creatives have the ability and desire to make something that doesn't exist yet.

On the other hand, secondary creatives take an existing raw idea and add their own twist to it to make it even better than before. For them, starting with a blank whiteboard makes them feel ill-equipped. They are just as creative as primary creatives, but they start with an existing idea and spin off of it.

I believe that Pinterest has caused a dramatic increase in the amount of secondary creativity in the world today. We go to Pinterest for "inspiration" and "ideas", but when we create, how much of it is actually our own idea and not from something else? My goal this year is to develop my own style and create original pieces of work. I'm not saying I won't look for inspiration on Pinterest (because I absolutely LOVE Pinterest!), but I am going to make an effort to make a mark on the world by being unique.

Learning anything and everything. 

There's no better way to foster creativity than by learning something new. Take that watercoloring class, go on that trip abroad, make a new recipe, teach yourself calligraphy - the possibilities are endless! Trying new things opens up your eyes to things you didn't know before. I plan on cooking something new at least twice a month, going somewhere new at least once a month, applying what I learn in school in my own life every day, and teaching myself a new skill once a month. Learning is fun! You don't just learn in school anymore, in fact, I believe real learning comes from doing things hands-on.

What the word "Flourish" means to me:

To me, "Flourish" means that I become the best person I can be. It means soaking up knowledge and wisdom and then applying it in my own life. It means growing, in all areas of life. That's why I created this linkup; so that others would have a common place to share their dreams and be encouraged to achieve them!

So are you with me? Go Flourish! :)


Next month's prompt is how you will flourish in your relationships with others. If you're new to the linkup, you can find all of the details right here! I hope you join us sometime, because I'd love to read what you have to say!


The linkup will go live the first Friday of every month at 12 am EST. You’ll be able to submit your take on the week’s prompt, as well as discover how other’s are planning to Flourish in the different aspects of their lives! My hope is that this linkup will encourage you to take steps, however big or small, towards becoming the best version of yourself. Don’t aim for perfection, but refine what works for you. Here’s to Flourishing in 2015! [inlinkz_linkup id=493663 mode=1]