Quick Post: To Decorate or Not To Decorate?

I decided early on this year that I wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas. My boyfriend and I will both be traveling in separate places, and I won’t be home until mid-January, which I’d say it pushing it for taking down the majority of Christmas decorations. Needless to say, who wants to come home after traveling for almost a month to a chore like putting away the holiday season, literally? Not only is putting it away not near as much fun as putting it up, but it usually takes up a weekend to do it right. I decided instead, probably back in September, that I would take the energy I would normally put into taking out all the decorations and putting everything up, into making handmade gifts and working on unfinished Christmas crafts that I can enjoy next year. I also decided if it I skip it this year, maybe somehow that will make it even better next year.

I additionally vowed I didn’t want to buy lots of new Christmas decorations, since I wouldn’t get to enjoy them for another year– but that’s working out less than perfectly. Some things are just so perfect for your Christmas decor that you can’t pass them up. But more on that another time.

However, as I lack to make progress on the medical problems I took time off from school to fix (here I am 8 months later, having made little progress), and with some even worsening for the time being, I’m drawn more and more to the idea of decorating. Somehow decorating for Christmas makes the house feel even more warm, inviting, and just overall full. It’s as if the house is overflowing with cute things and sparkle, way more than what is normally acceptable. Somehow I’m not in the mood for the delayed gratification that might come from skipping the decorations this year.

In the end, I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist decorating. It will be only my second time decorating this house, and I know I still have lots of kinks to figure out. Maybe the extra effort is worth it in the end just to satisfy myself, even if there won’t be a family gathering or a party for everyone to see it.

What’s your take? Do you decorate for Christmas even if you’ll be gone? Is it worth the effort? I’d love to hear what you think!

Look forward to tomorrow’s post about more ways to organize your fabric and some other organization tips!

Until next time,
|The Creative Physician|

Quick Post: Fall Festival Fashion Trends

Happy Tuesday~! I woke up today thinking it was Wednesday, but luckily I gained that day of the week back. While I was at Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, I was on the lookout for hot fall-transition trends! … Continue reading

Quick Post: Basecamp – The Project Management Tool You Need

Hey there! Happy Thursday!

I wanted to introduce you to an incredible product, which functions both as an app for your smartphone or tablet, as well as a desktop website– Basecamp. Basecamp is meant for companies, but can easily be used to organize your own personal projects. There is a 60 day free trial, which for me will at least be long enough to get me through my 31 Day Craft Challenge and beyond. The paid subscription is pretty pricey at $20 a month minimum, but a 60 day trial is pretty substantial. Basecamp allows you to create projects, and then add a variety of things under each project including to-do lists, files and documents, and discussions. You can set do dates, and assign items to certain individuals.

Basecamp Project 1

Obviously if you’re using it by yourself, the most important features are the to-do lists and documents. One of my favorite features is the fact that each project can have multiple to-do lists, allowing you to subdivide your project into small manageable tasks. If you are a regular collaborator, you can invite others to work on the project with you. You can even assign to-do items to individuals working on the project. It seems like this would be a great way to stay organized for a group school project as well!

One of my favorite features is the progress page. It’s visually appealing and encouraging, making me feel like I’ve accomplished a lot just by adding things to Basecamp.

Basecamp Progress Page

You can also view completed to-do items, though in general they are hidden once you check the box.

Basecamp Completed To-Do

Needless to say, I love to micromanage, and this is a perfect way to micromanage both at home and on the go.

Get ready for my DIY post tomorrow about how to redo your cat’s scratching post and also make it a little less unattractive. If you don’t have or like cats, I apologize in advance.

Until next time,

|The Creative Physician|

Quick Post: 31 Day Craft Challenge for October

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m participating in a 31 Day Craft Challenge for this month! 

Check out the Facebook group to see some other crafters’ goals for the month. If you’d like to participate, hurry and join because the month is already tick tick tickin’ away!

Here are some of the goals I set for myself:

Goals for October Craft Challenge

» Create Safari scrapbook
» Edit and post vacation photos from last 4 years (so behind)
» Edit and deliver Walter and Joanne’s newborn photos! ~ DONE!
» Organize beads and jewelry making supplies ~ DONE!
» Organize craft room ~ Getting close!
» Make Christmas jewelry ~ DONE!
» Finish posting all new jewelry items on Etsy ~ Almost there!
» Take picture of real-life banner to use as Etsy banner
» Make 5 more necklace display stands ~ Started but not finished yet!
» Finish clock remodel/update
» Start blogging!~ DONE!

I’ve been lucky enough to already complete two of my goals (Start blogging! and Organize beads and jewelry making supplies). I’m making headway on organizing my fabric today and I’m sure there will be a post about it in the future! I started making some Christmas jewelry as well so maybe you guys will get a sneak preview of that soon before it goes live on my Etsy shop!

Beading Rainbow

Stay tuned for my post about creating your very own inspiration wire, coming tomorrow at 9 AM!

|The Creative Physician|

Introducing… Well, Me


I’m happy to finally be able to say, I did it! I took that first step, and published a blog.  Since the beginning of college, I’ve had people telling me I should start a blog, but until now I didn’t feel like the time was right.  I kept feeling like I didn’t have enough content, or that there are already so many blogs out there.  But I decided to take the leap anyway, and here I am!

My name is Sarah Young.  I’ve done arts and crafts (literally) for as long as I can remember.  My mom put in my in art camp around age 6, and I continued to draw and paint through high school.  Beginning in junior high, I added website design and using the Adobe suite to my repertoire.  By high school, I became interested in photography and began working in a portrait studio at the young age of 16, despite the fact that normally you had to be 18 to photograph clients.  Ultimately I decided I wanted to go into fashion– and what better place than Parsons.  I had my hopes high, and was lucky enough to be accepted.

While I thought Parsons, and fashion, were my dream, I soon realized that maybe my junior high Project Runway fantasy wasn’t going to become a realty.  I found myself desperate for intellectual stimulation.  Despite staying up all night working on a project for school, I would then find myself reading books and trying to cram knowledge into my exhausted brain.  Ultimately, it wasn’t fulfilling.  I decided that perhaps arts and crafts were better left as a hobby, rather than a career.

I ended up transferring to the University of Texas.  When I graduated from high school (a year early, at the age of 17), I never thought I would end up going to the statey-ist of state schools in the state.  Somehow I ended up there, and was surprised at how much I loved it, despite my reservations.  I not only reconnected with my now boyfriend of five years, but I found my path to what I hope will be a lifelong career: medicine.

After four years of undergrad and the grueling process of applying to medical school, I had arrived.  I had gotten into my dream school, Baylor College of Medicine.  I loved and hated every minute of the first six months, but unfortunately my health deteriorated with the stresses of school.  The medical problems I had ignored and put off finally caught up with me, and I was forced to take a year off.

And that’s where I am today, taking time off from medical school in order to get well.  In the mean time, I’m enjoying re-kindling my creative side and exploring what things might have been like if I had stuck it out at Parsons.  Not to mention finally getting around to those things I’ve been putting off, like starting a blog.

But now onto things this blog is actually about, rather than me.  This is the schedule I plan to stick to for now.  When I return to school it may change, but hopefully only for the better!

Schedule:

Monday {Literature & Pop Culture — Reviews of books, movies, TV shows, music, and other pop culture}

Wednesday {Organization & Inspiration — Somedays this might be a DIY organization project, other days it might just be about an inspirational quote.  Other days it might be a DIY organization project that is also inspirational!}

Friday {Crafts & DIY — These will be my pride-and-joy tutorials on a variety of crafts and DIY projects for the home.}

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with all of you!

Sincerely,

The Creative Physician

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