September Mood: Creativity = Freedom

Hello my friends! It has been a shamefully long time since my last post, but I am back with some lovely images which I hope will garner me some forgiveness.

Life, while exciting and full of opportunities to grow and learn, is a doozy. I have been engaged in quite a few projects that I can not wait to share here! In the meantime, I’ll be back to my regular schedule of writing about how I take care of myself as a creator, what creating means to me, and how to stay well as you find inspiration in the world around you.

Today’s mood is inspired by the freeing nature of creation. In stretching our minds, bodies, and egos we are able (if we’re lucky) to extricate ourselves from the monotony of daily life – yes – BUT we also learn how to free ourselves from that which would keep us afraid. I was terrified of beginning my novel, this blog, my videos, and other endeavors. Yet, after taking those first tentative steps, I found that nothing bad came out of the trying. I didn’t die. No one who matters laughed at me, and I lost far less sleep than I thought I would. Creativity is the way our souls expand. It’s how we arrive at a higher understanding of what really matters: the exchange of goodness. I don’t think you have to be particularly good at one thing to deem yourself a creative spirit; you just have to try.

So, in honor of the freedom which accompanies creativity I have made a photo series of some pieces of art that have me excited for the coming season. As the weather cools and we begin to turn inward this is a wonderful time to look beyond our limitations. Enjoy!

 

passaxpassa: Then You Lost Me, 2013 source: Njideka Akunyili
Njideka Akunyili Crosby

 

Anya Ziourova

 

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autumn, candle, and fall image
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Iris van Herpen
Rodarte SS18

Serenity Illustration Series on Behance #dandelionillustration #womanillustration #vectorillustration #elegantillustration #minimalist #poc #blackwoman
Adrianne Walujo
heatherhills-3
A Clothes Horse

 

Illustration by Miranda Sofroniou
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For more inspiration please follow me on Pinterest at pinterest.com/lakasemarie/

 

Eyes On The Horizon

Spring is traditionally seen as a time of thawing, when the things we’ve buried in the snows of winter are released in the renewed warmth of the sun. Our bones creak out as we shake off the cobwebs of hibernation. We move easier, dream larger, and strive to complete the tasks that appeared insurmountable in the short daylight of the colder months. It is the dawn of our time.

I started this space one year ago, with a post about what self-care means to me, because there was a beating in my heart that I couldn’t ignore. It was the pull to create. The desire to make a space that felt good, and useful, and safe for anyone who stumbled upon it. So, I started doing the only thing that made sense – I wrote. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

And Then I Lived has pushed me to meet new people, discover new ways to take care of myself, and create the world I want to occupy. It has only been one year, but in that time I’ve thawed out a piece of myself that had been in hibernation for long enough. My space has a humble following, but if you are part of it in any way I want to thank you for coming along on this journey. I hope you’ll stick around for what comes next!

Today, in honor of Spring, I want to share some beautiful images which capture the essence of freedom I feel in the sunlight and when I’m writing. These monthly mood boards have been excellent tools for directing my goals and intentions. Organizing my thoughts has always been a struggle, but through this exercise I’m able to hone in on what I want to convey for the month. As I go forward with my space, I want this month to be focused on brightness, self-discovery, and fearlessness in any endeavor. I hope you find some inspiration among the images.

Onward, ho!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jonathan lipkin captures the ocean's fleeting nature in composite photo series

Sleep inside my Soul ღk

 

 

 

 

 

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What does Spring mean to you?

December Moodboard

I think I say this every time, but today I mean it: December is the best month. Sure, it’s cold and seasonal depression often hits me and others quite hard, but there’s an air of magic that accompanies the wintering of the landscape. People seem kinder, almost like they want to emulate the nature of the season. Plus, there are so many holidays in the month of December that it feels like every day is a party.

When I was younger, Christmas time meant presents, cookies and no school. Now, I can’t help but think of love, peace, and family – things that (should) unite us all. Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, or happily enjoying days off from school and work, I hope you feel a little warmth this Decbember season.

Today, I wanted to share images that capture what December does to my spirit. Despite the cold wind and barren landscape I feel hopeful that the rest will lead to a brighter Spring, within and without. Enjoy!

Delicate rounded ice crystals sprinkled over long-needle pine replicates the magical sparkle and ethereal beauty that follows an early-winter storm.
Via Frontgate
lovely christmas hair adornment
Via Bethphotos.com

elegant holiday cocktails

Phoebe Wahl
http://allofme–loves–allofyou.tumblr.com/post/154890879719
Pull-Through crown braid💙✨ Only a couple of days until christmas!🎅� Eeek, where did the time go!?
Aurora Braids

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Gal Meets Glam Red Penfield Jacket Winter Outfit
Gal Meets Glam
Annya Marttinen
Leysa Hair and Makeup
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -C.S. Lewis
Buzzfeed
Book your flights—these seven vacation destinations are best explored in winter.
https://www.mydomaine.com/winter-vacation-ideas?utm_campaign=article-share&utm_source=social-pinterest-button&utm_medium=earned-social
Finding inspiration from the Alps, Switzerland. Love the serene whites and cozy lantern.
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With the shorter days and colder temperatures, winter can really be a bummer. We've pulled together the 20 habits that make you miserable every winter, and what you can do to beat the winter blues. | Health.com
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November Mood Board

This is the best month. Why? Because it’s my birthday month! Yes, I said month, because I am a burgeoning narcissist with delusions of grandeur. Gone are the days of my feigned humility! Long shall I reign.

bitch slap GIF

In all seriousness, I’m working on exercising thankfulness for my life. I’ll be turning 32 this year, so instead of curling up and looking for ways to put myself down for getting older, I want to show a whole lot of gratitude for the time I’ve been given to do the things that I love! I think a healthy dose of pride is what we all need these days. Besides, if we don’t celebrate ourselves – as imperfect as we are – who else will?

This November mood board is all about yours truly! Things that I love, images that inspire me, or pictures that just make me feel happy. It’s a celebration of life, beauty, adventure, and womanhood. I hope you’ll indulge my self-centered attitude and I really hope you enjoy my round-up. Happy November!

http://incineration.tumblr.com/post/29312122979/nala-a-noblewoman-on-the-run
https://www.brainpickings.org/2011/11/01/art-of-the-hobbit/

                  

http://gyclli.tumblr.com/post/155178945082/vintage-tea-glass-holder-by-daria-kalugina-food

              

Via Faerie Magazine                                                        
http://afrosandathames.tumblr.com/post/157407694688/aesthetic-of-the-black-witch-snow-moon-magick/amp
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewheatfield                                                                          

         

(both images via Lily Blue Couture)

http://skcgsra.tumblr.com/post/147962872491/birth-months-novembers-child
http://dynastylnoire.tumblr.com/post/159975852955/blackgrlsaremagic-pauleoue
http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-outfits-clothes.html
http://s-u-w-i.tumblr.com/post/124354507024/faramir-and-%C3%A9owyn-because-i-like-these-two-very/amp
“I’ve Been Thinking” print by Andrea Pippins
http://lecoil.com/post/84454336221/ive-been-thinking-print-by-andrea-pippins
on a hike
http://celiamarquis.tumblr.com/post/166253578545/on-a-hike
Saturday morning | larissa_jenkins
http://andantegrazioso.tumblr.com/post/163134917084/saturday-morning-larissajenkins
https://www.liciaflorio.com/products/good-genes-pink-glitter
https://shopmille.com/blogs/journal/wildflowers

   

My Delicious October Mood Board

Pumpkin pies. Ghost stories. Golden leaves. HOCUS POCUS!!!

halloween dancing GIF

October is absolutely my favorite month (followed closely by December), so today is a day of skeletal, pumpkin-spiced celebration! When I was a child, my little bro and I would go wild with the scary films and candy. We had The Nightmare Before Christmas playing on a loop while we carved pumpkins to decorate the house, hoping to scare the life out of a neighbor. Then, of course, there were the costumes, all made by my Mom – mermaids, witches, werewolves, princesses, and one year I went as a pair of conjoined chickens. Obviously, I was a strange kid.

The themes of Fall – the spookiness, the dying off of all the green, and other aspects – never frightened me. On the contrary, I found the possibilities of magic and wonder more exciting than anything my regular-degular life had to offer in Kansas. To me, a roaming vampire would infuse a little adrenaline into my town. I’ll always love October for those reasons, and I hope that never changes.

My mood board in honor of the coolest month is below. Enjoy!

          

   

          

                               

         

               

 

Let’s get spoooooooky 🙂