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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 4M ago

It’s a new year and honestly, it feels like a semi-new me too. After a difficult 2018, I am so ready to conquer new things and focus on creating my dream life. With the enthusiasm of a child in a candy shop, let’s talk about our 2019 Goals!

For the first time ever, I am finally ready to take the advice of countless high achievers out there and really limit my focus and goals in 2019. They say if you choose only one or two things to focus on (instead of 10 or 20 like my usual new years goals and resolutions haha) that you are far more likely to achieve measurable progress in those one or two goals. And because I’m ready for a life change, I’m listening to the professionals this year and really limiting my focus for the year. Watch my goals video to hear more or check out my lifestyle YouTube channel here.

2019 Goals- Getting Out of Debt and Simplifying My Life! - YouTube

If you’re more into words than watching videos, here’s the nitty gritty of my 2019 goals. There are only 2 of them!

My 2019 Goals1. Simplify My Life2. Be Responsible With Money

Obviously there are lots of steps I can take within each of those goals to achieve them, but for the sake of being narrow in my focus, these are the 2 main areas I’m going to try and make progress on in 2019. What do these goals look like when broken down?

Well, being responsible with money means getting out of debt, spending less money, and saving more money. So I’m going to be doing some fun challenges this year to help me with those goals. I’m super excited about it and have already shared some videos about this goal on my channel. Make sure you’re subscribed over there to see my monthly savings and no spend challenges, my monthly budgets, and end-of-month progress check-ins!

The goal of simplifying my life is hilariously enough, a more complicated goal with more steps. It looks like healing for me, and making healing a priority by going to counseling (trying new forms of counseling because I am super interested in healing old neural pathways that were created in times of trauma and continue to cause anxiety in my present day life which is absent of trauma.) It looks like minimizing my anxiety by creating routines and habits that make me feel good mentally, physically, and emotionally. I’m not adding pressure to myself to go to yoga everyday or meditate daily, or anything like that. That would be a separate goal. But keeping the goal of simplifying my life in my focus all the time means I will more than likely choose these things that help me to feel at peace and content more regularly, without making them the goal. (They are simply a vehicle to help get me to the real goal- being content.) Of course, simplifying my life also means decluttering my environment too, and I’m excited to share that journey on my YouTube channel throughout the year. Simplifying my life can be broken down into a lot of different actions I can take, but for now, I’m trying to keep the perspective zoomed out and not worry about the little things and little goals within the larger one, and instead just be driven by the large goal.

I would love to hear what your 2019 goals are, especially if we have any in common. Let me know what they are in the comments below.

Until next time, xo, Laura

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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 7M ago

The last couple of years I have gotten more into minimalism and ethical living in different parts of my life. It has been a way for me to simplify some things, spend less money, do more good in the world, and be more intentional with my actions and my purchases. One major category this has impacted is my wardrobe. After doing a year long capsule wardrobe in 2017, then taking a break from it for most of 2018, I’m finally ready to try a season capsule instead of a year long one!

So today I’m sharing my 2018 fall capsule wardrobe with you! YAY! Cue all the confetti because fall is the best and the clothes are super cute. The best part? My entire fall capsule wardrobe costed less than $40, using a lot of things already in my closet and making a few smart second-hand choices to fill in the gaps of what I was missing.

If you want to see and hear more about that, make sure to watch the video down below where I share my fall second-hand clothing haul for my fall and winter capsule. Now, let’s get to the good stuff- the cute outfits in my closets for the season.

My 2018 Fall Capsule Wardrobe
My $50 Fall Capsule Wardrobe 2018 - YouTube

Here’s a look at the quick video I made sharing my capsule wardrobe for this fall. Below I’m sharing photos and outfit details!

Outfit 1

Details: Leggings are from Aerie last Christmas, Boots were $8 second-hand from a couple years ago, Sweater was $13 second-hand. This new-to-me sweater is one of my favorite purchases this season!


















 Outfit 2

Details: Top was $4 thrifted this season, Jeans are Levis that have been in my wardrobe for a couple years, and the boots were $8 second-hand a couple years ago.











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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 7M ago

Oh my gosh. Today I have a treat for you! I made a gorgeous Halloween tag mail for one of my penpals and I’m sharing all the details and inspiration photos.

Halloween is usually not very exciting for me. As an adult who doesn’t drink or go to parties or have kids or watch scary movies, this holiday usually just means spending ton of money on candy for the trick-or-treaters and not doing much of anything else. The last couple of years, it started to feel like I was missing out on the celebration and fun. So this year, I was determined to change that! One of the many ways I am changing it this year is by creating really pretty and fun Halloween paper crafting projects because you know I like to make.

Here’s a look at a Halloween tag mail flip that I recently sent to my penpal and fellow Wild Hare Kits design team member, Tazhiana! There’s a video flip through and tons of photos for your Pinterest and inspriation!

Halloween Themed Outgoing Tag Mail
Halloween Outgoing Tag Mail Flip Through - YouTube

Watch this video flip through to see and hear all the gorgeous details and bits that I included in this outgoing Halloween themed mail!

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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 11M ago

The start of July means we are officially in the second half of the year. That means it's the perfect time for a mid-year goal evaluation to see where I am on my 2018 goals. Mid-year goal evaluations are super important. They allow you to celebrate the successes you've had, assess any factors that have kept you from making progress on any goals, and to debate if all your goals are still aligned with your vision for the year or if you would be better served by changing or letting go of some of them.

I've been thinking a lot about my 2018 goals a lot lately as I no longer feel attached to some of them and my priorities have shifted a little.  If you haven't seen my original 2018 goals post, you can check it out here- 2018 goals blog post. I thought it would be super interesting to share my mid-year goal evaluation with you so you can see how I evaluate my goals and you can do the process for yourself! So I left my usual hangout (my house,) and headed to a new environment (an awesome coffee shop I had never been to.) so I could focus 100% on the goals I had written down in my notebook; without the comfortable complacency that happens in my regular environment.

Mid-Year Goal Evaluation - 2018 GoalsBusiness/Blog Goals

1. Blog at least twice a week. Post a YouTube video at least twice a week. Consistent daily sharing on Instagram.
     Evaluation- I was slaying these goals at the beginning of the year. Then a few things happened, which made me reevaluate how helpful these goals really are to my end-game. Few people visit my blog anymore. Perhaps I need to blog/promote in a different way so I'm actually reaching people and inspiring them to live their best, most creative lives like I want to. End result- consistency is important, but I don't need to post that often. And I need to reevaluate how I'm blogging and using social media if no one is visiting my blog.

2. Keep my blogging and YouTube videos focused on creativity and/or self-love and things involving them in my life.
     Evaluation- I'm going to blog and do videos on what I want to. It's silly to place parameters on myself when I'm more than a niche. Especially when most of the things I want to post about are already in that niche.

3. Show up to online space and share what I post on my blog and YouTube. This means Instagram stories, facebook scrapbooking groups, studio calico forum, etc.
     Evaluation- This is still important and I've been doing it. Yay!

4. Finish creating the Body Love Art Journal Class and find beta testers for it. Release and launch the Body Love Art Journal Class.
     Evaluation- YES! I did this one! Woohoo!

5. Finally, for the love of God, start sending a consistent newsletter. Even if it's just sharing what I'm posting on my blog.
     Evaluation- I did this and noticed little engagement, so I stopped. I need to find a way to add even more value to my newsletter so my subscribers eagerly await and then open each email. I want the babes on my email list to feel like they are part of an awesome community with exclusive privileges, extra content, and awesome freebies!

6. Outline and start creating my premium self-love course.
     Evaluation- I need to focus on making my already existent classes more successful before jumping into the next one. This is no longer a 2018 goal.

Personal Goals

1. Continue pursuing minimalism and paying off debt which I did pretty good at in 2017. 
     Evaluation- this goal is still important and I'm still working on it.

2. Start a local art meet up that serves the refugee community. 
     Evaluation- Unfortunately this goal wasn't coming to fruition despite my efforts. Some organizations wouldn't host an art meetup that didn't teach "life skills" like sewing or cooking. Others needed me to do it within a specific time frame, which would have required me skipping some of my college classes or work, or they wouldn't allow creative freedom. (ie. I would have to dedicate each session to a particular thing like painting or sewing; people couldn't be self guided to do art journaling or scrapbooking as they please.) So finally, after much friction, I let this goal go. Instead, I donated all my extra art supplies (that I was going to use to supply the meetup) to the local Levine Children's Hospital and they were elated to receive the supplies for kids and teens to get crafty! This made my heart very happy and I'm going to look into volunteering for their arts section!

3. Really appreciate being a pet mama and be present with them.
     Evaluation- This goal was all about enjoying my time left with Oreo and making sure the dogs weren't totally ignored since my cat required most of my time, attention, patience, and love. Tragically, Oreo died a month ago. I exceeded in this goal with Oreo since he got sick, and now that he's gone I can focus on the pups without needing it to be an intention so I'm letting this goal go as it's simply habit now.

4. Spend more time with God. Devotionals, bible journaling, and studies and faith based books.
     Evaluation- I've made good progress with this goal so far and plan to continue doing so!

5. Be a light in this world. Encourage others with positivity.
     Evaluation- Still important to me, still trying to do my best at it.

There's my evaluation of my 2018 goals! I changed some, accomplished some, and am letting some go. All to better serve my bigger picture life goals. I hope this evaluation was helpful for you to see!

If you decide to reevaluate your goals, I highly suggest leaving your usual environment as I did. It really helps you to not be complacent and to instead be present and focused on really evaluating if a goal is serving you, if you're making progress on it, and how you want to move forward! Hope all of you babes are going into the second half of 2018 feeling inspired and ready for some magic to happen. I'm thinking of you!

xoxo,
Laura

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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 1y ago

Hey gorgeous peeps. It's been a crazy last month around here. If you read this post, you know life has been hectic lately. Well it didn't slow down the way I had hoped because I had finals for school, I graduated with my bachelors degree, and then I had to say goodbye to my sick kitty which was heartbreaking. So it's my first time posting in a month, but I've got some pretty crafting projects to share with you today! Earlier this year I was a guest designer on the Kelly Purkey design team. I was so excited to work with Kelly's kits and make some gorgeousness with them! Here is what I made the month I was on her design team!

Handmade Stamped Card using Kelly Purkey Kits 9x12 Project Life Page using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

I filmed a process video so you can see how this project life page came together. I've been loving sharing my creative process with you guys on YouTube this year! Make sure you're following me there.

Kelly Purkey Process Video 9x12 Project Life Layout February 2018 - YouTube
Traveler's Notebook Spread using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

This traveler's notebook spread turned out so gorgeous. I'm loving the color theme I stuck with using these kits. I was obsessed with the black, white, and pink with pops of green. This spread also has a process video too because I love you guys like that!

Kelly Purkey Traveler's Notebook Process Video Laura Rahel, Kitten Traveler's Notebook using the You - YouTube

I hope you've enjoyed this peak at my month guest creating for the Kelly Purkey design team. Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 1y ago

My 2018 One Little Word is Visionary. This year I really want to step into my role as a visionary to help improve the lives of women with the knowledge I have to offer. My first part of doing that was launching The Body Love Art Journal class this year to help women make peace with their bodies and get creative. To track that and other goals centered around my One Little Word this year, I decided to make a bullet journal! 

This bullet journal is where I keep track of all my monthly goals centered around my OLW and my progress on them at the end of each month. You can see a process video for how I put together the start of this bullet journal on my YouTube channel here

2018 One Little Word Bullet Journal

Intro to my One Little Word Bullet Journal- I used a cute notebook (similar here) and got to work personalizing it. If you watch my YouTube process video, you'll see how I get creative and draw lots of flowers and floral patterns to create some of the gorgeous layouts in this new bullet journal. I started off this bullet journal with an entry on my 2018 One Little Word. I included the definition of my OLW, what it means to me, and how I want to live through it this year. Then I listed out my annual goals and created a cute vision board for my OLW and for my year.

If you want tips on how to create a gorgeous vision board for your goals and year, check out my post on it here. If you like this One Little Word Bullet Journal, please leave a comment down below! I would love to hear what you think of it and hear about your 2018 OLW or how you are tacking your goals this year! Until next time, happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

PS. Here's the process video for this bullet journal!

2018 Bullet Journal Set Up, Annual Goals Tracker and One Little Word, Bujo with me - YouTube
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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 1y ago

Going to Harry Potter World last year was one of the highlights of my life. Seriously. It's right up there with my baby sisters being born, the day I adopted my dog, and the day I launched my Hello, Gorgeous class. It was absolutely incredible. It was so inspiring and gorgeous and amazing, I can't put into words how much I loved it. So I'll let these pictures of my Harry Potter World mini album, scrapbooking the day, do the talking. I'm sure you'll be able to see all my positive vibes, memories, and gratitude shine through the pages I made. Here it is! 

Harry Potter World Mini Album 6x8 Scrapbook
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Laura Rahel by Laura Rahel Crosby - 1y ago

Hey there, I'm sharing another batch of scrapbook layouts I made for the 100 day project last year. You can learn more about the project and see all the other things I've made for it so far by checking out the previous posts on my blog or YouTube channel about it. Today I'm sharing layouts/days 31-40 of the 100 Days of Scrapbooking I did last year!

Watch the YouTube video- Days 31-40, 100 Days of Scrapbooking

I adore so many of these layouts and I'm so glad to finally have completed some awesome scrapbooks! Doing this project last year helped me learn and grow so much in my creative life and I look forward to doing it again this year. I just shared my intro video to the 2018 100 Days Project and what I'll be doing for it on my YouTube channel yesterday. Check it out here.

And if you want to get started scrapbooking but you don't know where to start or it all seems overwhelming, check out my class Minimalist Scrapbooking to learn how to make gorgeous, easy pages! Happy crafting!

Minimalist Scrapbooking Class

xoxo, Laura

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