About Donnica Smalls

http://www.donnicakelsey.com

Resident Palmetto Peach expert on glitter, baking and why football is the 5th season. Pragmatic dreamer. "I might bend a little bit, but I don't fold."

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7 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity

7 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comTruth: Sometimes Ace and I will text each other something on the lines of:

Can I post tomorrow? I’m just not feeling it.

Creativity isn’t reserved for artists. Creative thinking skills and coming up with original ideas are useful in a wide variety of fields. So we’ve all had those moments when we’re just uninspired and unable to create or produce anything.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

 

A constant push for creativity can leave you burnt out and unhappy. For me, this blog is my creative outlet. I don’t really have that many opportunities to showcase my creativity at my 9 to 5. However, sometimes the blog can feel more like work than my actual job when I’m experiencing a creative block or I feel like I’m forcing myself to be creative. So today I’m sharing seven ways to recharge your creativity.

7 Ways to Recharge Your Creativity

      1. Move your body!

        For most creative pursuits,with the exception of performing arts, you pretty much have to  remain stationary as you work on your project and many jobs require that sit at your desk all day. Give yourself a reason to stretch out your muscles and move. Expending energy can jump start your body and brain. 

      2. Try a new creative outlet or hobby. 

        If you’re a writer – you cannot write all the time. Hello, burnout. Find something else you love to do and you’ll end up valuing the time you spend on your art even more. Check out Ace’s post on hobbies.  Look into taking a class to further your skills or to learn something new entirely – this could be your new source of inspiration.

      3. Break your routine. 

        Do some of your work outdoors on a coffee shop patio, or take your laptop to a new part of the office. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to give yourself the opportunity to refocus or to be inspired again.

      4. Don’t let a deadline limit your creativity.

        Trust me. I understand deadlines. My job consists of nothing but timelines and immovable deadlines. However, sometimes we can let our time limit pressure us into just creating a product without allocating time for thinking and brainstorming. Quick results may impress, but I’d bet innovation would be considered even more impressive.

        “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

      5. Find a buddy.

        Another great way to recharge your creativity is get a new perspective. Seek out a coworker or friend to run your idea by. However, don’t limit the people you speak with to only those who are artistic or creative by nature. Sometimes it’s the people who think the most unlike you, that will spark your creativity.

      6. Revisit past ideas.

        Circle back on things you’ve created in the past to help spark new ideas.Y’all should know by now that I’m a list girl and I keep a notebook and pen with me at all times. For example, when I’m looking for inspiration for new blog posts, I flip through my notebook for ideas. If you’re not a notebook and pen kind of person – start a running list on your phone and jot down your observations.

      7. Get some zzzzs. 

        Sleep. Well that sounds reasonable right? Check out the research. A 2009 study from the University of California – San Diego found that participants who spent more time in REM sleep performed better on tests that demanded creative problem-solving. A 2012 study from Georgetown University, suggests that taking a power nap can boost your creativity. In my research, I also found a number of articles that outlined how dreaming and daydreaming enhances creativity.

So peeps, I hope these tips are helpful and I’ll leave you with a quote:

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

How do you recharge your creativity? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

PurpleTrail Planners: Planner First Impression Video

Hey Planner peeps! In my planner/organization inspo post, I mentioned attempting to find planner peace with a new planner: PurpleTrail Planners. I’m on my second week of using the planner and I’m liking it so far. If you would like an overview of the planner check out the video below. I’ve pulled together a first impressions video to give you some more information on the planner and a flip through of my custom planner.

PurpleTrail Planners: First Impression

 

PurpleTrail Planners: Planner First Impression Video - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatlMore about PurpleTrail Planners

Choose from more than 200 professionally designed covers with artwork in a variety of styles and colors. Additionally, each planner can be customized with your name, organization, project or anything else. Included is your choice of a 12- or 18-month weekly planner; a 3- or 6-month daily planner; a 24-month monthly planner or a wedding planner. You can find more information over on their website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for planners in the comments below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Fall Mood Board – Creative Inspiration

Who remembers Ace’s awesome meditation mood board?  Well she inspired me to create my own fall mood board.

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my fall mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Fall Mood Board

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This fall I’m embracing my minimalism journey by focusing on simplicity. I hope my fall mood board inspires me to see the beauty in simple things. Additionally, I want to simplify my writing process. I think sometimes I try really hard to write blog posts on what I think will garner the most views. In reality, my most popular posts are the ones where I just wrote what I was feeling. Finally, my goal is to really enjoy the changing season and changes in life as well.

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Am I “Basic” Because I Love Fall?

Am I "Basic" Because I Love Fall? - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comLast weekend, as I was standing in line for beer at Music Midtown a girl tapped me on the shoulder to ask if she could take a picture with me. She and her friends made a scavenger hunt to play during the festival. Obviously, the item on her list was magical black girl, right? Check! Alas, she just needed a picture with someone wearing a flower crown. Almost immediately, two of my guy friends began to make a joke that a “basic” girl must have been on her list. I went to high school with these two  jerks Prince Charmings, so they are allowed to tease me. In their minds my flower crown made me summer “basic”. Then came the pumpkin spice latte reference. Cue eye rolls.

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Let’s talk about calling girls basic on the basis of their seasonal favorites.  First, let’s start with the basics (ha, see what I did there?) and see how the people of the interwebs are defining the term.

“Basic” Definitions

  • Those whose wardrobes include leggings and boots complemented by a Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in hand.
  • “Basic” is a term to describe someone, usually a female, who is without any defining characteristics of her own, usually because she follows the crowd.
  • Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
  • Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level.
  • The disease that makes people ratchet AF. This includes symptoms such as an unusually strong affection to pumpkin spice (specifically Starbucks), a longing to wear Uggs and/or LuLu Leggings, and continuously saying “I literally can’t even.”

Things that apparently make me basic

  • Seasonal candles are my jam: To be clear, I’m a scented candle addict all year-long!  However, there’s just something about being curled up in one million cozy blankets with Hocus Pocus playing and my sweater weather candle sending sweet fall scents around my apartment. Also, I should mention that I quite enjoy watching fall candle hauls on YouTube.  Sorry, I’m not sorry about wanting my place to smell like a home. If loving a well-scented home is basic, count me in.
  • Fall wardrobe: Reality check: boots, leggings and scarves have always been staples of chilly days, just like you would expect folks to wear shorts, swimsuits and sundresses in the summer. So how does wearing these items make me basic? Are you mad that I’m hella comfortable in my chunky sweater and boots? Does my flannel offend you? I’m looking and feeling good so again bring on the basicness. P.S. I will also likely Instagram my new boots I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as I’m standing on top of fallen leaves.
  • Pumpkin Love: I think PSLs are delicious, whether I’m brewing them at home or grabbing one from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. Would you still call me basic if I ordered a salted caramel latte? Cool, because I drink those too. While I’ve got a thing for pumpkin spice, I need to be absolutely clear on one thing: I’ll take a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. Are Patti LaBelle’s Pies going to be a thing again this year?
  • Fall traditions: Crunching leaves, roasting s’mores, browsing through pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins are definitely fall traditions, but that doesn’t mean they are “basic.” Carving pumpkins with friends during college are some of my favorite memories. It’s just a fun (and messy) activity.  Research (i.e. in my mind) shows that stepping on a crunchy leaf releases endorphins.

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For The Love of Fall

I know most of the time, we call someone “basic” as a joke. However, in reality basic is just another term used by society to judge women and their lifestyle choices. If homegirl (of any race) wants to sip on her PSL and take a stroll through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch – why are we making fun of her for living in the moment and finding beauty in fall? How is it really affecting your life?  While you’re making fun of her or me, we’ll be busy making memories.

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Are you a lover of fall like I am? Have you been called basic? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’ve been in sort of a planning rut lately. As you may know I have an Erin Condren vertical planner that I use for everyday life. I also have a Day Designer that I use for blog planning. Lately, I haven’t been using my Erin Condren for anything other than the monthly spread. I track my steps sporadically, along with big events in the weekly section. However, I haven’t used it fully since the month of July. That’s right no Washi tapes and no elaborate layouts.

Most of the time I just stick to creating to-do lists in this cute little “list makers gonna list” notebook that I found at Home Goods. As much as I love Erin Condren, I feel like I’ve lost my planner peace. In an effort to get out of my rut I went in search of organization inspo and put together a list of five planner gurus, whose feeds will make you planner nerd out.

I thought some some of my favorite planner gurus might spark my creativity and they certainly did! The organization inspo also made me realize that my search for planner peace may only come after I say goodbye to my beloved EC.

I am working with a company, PurpleTrail Planners, that is giving me an opportunity to review their line of planners. Wish me luck on finding planner peace! But don’t worry I’ll be back soon with some new stickers and fun things for all my fellow planner nerds.

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

@theplannersociety

Christy Tomlinson offers a unique monthly planner subscription kit filled with gorgeous items. Her feed is filled with seasonal weekly planner spreads and the fun stationery your heart could ever desire. I won a gorgeous Day Designer from her that I’m going to start working on designing my own custom inserts for.

@paperandglam

Here's the full week! 📒💕 #paperandglam #seasonalglam #glamseptember #theglamplanner #erincondrenlifeplanner

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I’ve mentioned Lisamarie Landreth in my posts before because I love all things paper and glam . She has the most awesome seasonal living tips, her book club has the best suggestions for fantastic reads, and her shop has the best stickers and a very cool Glam planner she designed herself. #Goals

@thedailywriting

This isn’t a guru, but this account shares journal writing inspiration. The pictures are mainly from bullet journals, but holly cow is this feed amazing!

@theresetgirl

If you’ve ever watched a planner video on YouTube, I would bet that one of Cori Spieker’s videos popped up in the related video section. Her planner decoration is so artfully done. Cori also has a fantastic shop that I have to stay out of.

@thehoneybshop


Etsy owner Shannon Leigh’s feed features amazing spreads mad out of her own fantastic stickers and other shops she loves. Her shop is amazing and her customer service is top notch. Also, I’m so jealous of her lettering!!

 

Help a planner girl out! Which planner brands and layouts do you swear by? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Music Midtown 2016 – Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist

Music Midtown 2016 - The Palmetto Peaches' Playlists - palmsinatl.comWow, we haven’t had a Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist in a while. The last was in May, to be exact. One of the reasons I love living in Atlanta is all of the opportunities to see amazing musical performances. Just about every major tour stops through the city and we have some great smaller venues for artists as well. Although, I opted out of Beyonce this year so I could save a few coins. I did spring for Music Midtown tickets. I’m so excited for Music Midtown 2016, happening this weekend. Check out my recap from last year’s festival. I’m most excited to see The Killers, James Bay, Kesha, Corrine Bailey Rae, Alabama Shakes, and DNCE. However, I just love live music in general and am ready for the experience.

If you’re not making the trip to Atlanta for this years’ festival (or if music festivals aren’t your thing), I’ve pulled together a playlist of some of my favorite songs from some of the artists of Music Midtown 2016.  Hopefully,  you discover someone new or just an awesome playlist to jam out to.

Feel free to take a full look at the full lineup and send me any suggestions for artists to check out or songs to add my Music Midtown 2016 playlist!

Music Midtown 2016 Playlist

  • The Killers –  All These Things I’ve Done; Where the White Boys Dance; Somebody Told Me; Mr. Brightside
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens; Stressed Out;  Ride
  • Beck – Loser; Morning
  • Deadmau5 – Terrors in My Head; Some Chords
  • The Lumineers – Ophelia; Stubborn Love; Ho Hey
  • G-Eazy – Me, Myself & I; Tumblr Girls; Of All Things
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color; Hold On; Don’t Wanna Fight; Future People; Boys & Girls
  • Collegrove – Bounce; Bentley Truck
  • Band of Horses – The Funeral; No One’s Gonna Love You
  • James Bay – Let It Go; Hold Back the River; Need The Sun To Break; Craving; Stealing Cars
  • Ke$ha – True Colors; Die Young; Tik Tok; Blah Blah Blah; Your Love Is My Drug
  • Big Boi – Be Still; Shine Blockas; Kryptonite
  • Chvruches -The Mother We Share; Leave a Trace; Bury It
  • Leon Bridges – Better Man; Brown Skin Girl; Coming Home
  • City and Colour – Lover Come Back; Wasted Love
  • DNCE- Cake by The Ocean; Toothbrush; Pay My Rent
  • Raury – Neveralone; Trap Tears
  • Daya  – Sit Still, Look Pretty; Hide Away; Legendary; Don’t Let Me Down
  • St Lucia – Dancing On Glass
  • Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk; Love Like That
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac; Is This Love; Put Your Records On; Like a Star; Till It Happens To You;  Enchantment; Trouble Sleeping

My plan is to put the phone down and enjoy the music, but I’ll likely add a few clips to our Instagram story. So make sure you’re following us!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches