Switching up the routine: 5 Life Streamlining Apps

When i’m in a rut both creatively and productively I like to change things up, like a lot of people. One of the ways I do that is by revisiting my daily routine and the tools I use and figure out how to shake it up. These are some of the apps I use daily to make life a little easier. Let me know your must-haves– i’d love to hear!

Sunrise Calendar

I’ve been using Sunrise for about a year now on my phone and it’s fantastic. Really beautifully designed app for Google Calendar. It also allows you to sync with Facebook to show events you have on there, along with connecting to various other accounts as well so everything is in one place. I’m personally really bad at remembering to reply to anything in Facebook so this has really helped!

Simple Banking

Simple is another beautifully designed app, this one is an online bank. I dig that it gives you the option to have mobile notifications as soon as you buy something. I was previously using a website to manage my finances, but I was looking for something more user-friendly that was also on my iphone. Simple solves that problem, automatically putting purchases in categories so you can easily manage your budget. Also, their white debit card is a total conversation starter!

Mailbox

I switched from using the Gmail app on my phone to Mailbox. The coolest part of this app aside from the swipe gestures, is the ability to ‘boomerang’ emails of your choosing back to you at a later date. This has really changed my workflow. I find that when I can snooze emails I don’t want at the moment it’s not ‘putting it off’ like you would think– Instead I can focus on clearing out my inbox without getting overloaded.

Flux

I just started using Flux a couple weeks ago and my eyes are very thankful! It adjusts your screen depending on the time of the day– the colors are displayed warmer after the sun goes down to match indoor lighting. As someone who spends most of their weekday in front of screens I can already notice a difference.

Clipmenu

Clipmenu is a clipboard manager (just for the Mac OS, but there are similar apps out there) that allows you to access your clipboard history by a keyboard shortcut. It’s awesome that you can also save snippets of things you find yourself copying & pasting a ton.

Walking around the city & film woes


It had been awhile since i’ve used film, so I brought one of my toy cameras along to a sunny day in the city. What I didn’t know, was that I would have a really hard time getting the film developed. All of the local drugstores removed their machines and some provided a service to send it out for developing, for a lot of $$ and a week turnaround! After finding out that a Costco nearby still had a machine, the lovely boyfriend did me a solid and dropped the film off. It was a great price, BUT I can’t go back there because we don’t have a Costco membership and we got away with it this one time. I know film has been dying out, but I feel like a fool for not realizing it was this bad & that one hour photo processing is no more! Very sad.

Anyway, I really love the vibrant colors produced by the film I used. Although some good shots came out blurry i’m happy with the results. Next time i’ll slow down more :) Here’s this past Saturday on film:

  
Drove to Queens to check out a bud’s new apartment then took the train into Manhattan.

  
Stopped by the Etsy x Dossier pop up shop / a pretty park

  
Brian took us out of the way to look at a beautifully designed menu, it was worth it / did a lot of shopping (more like looking!)

  
Succulents galore.

  

  
Little Italy festival around where we got falafel.

All taken with a Diana Mini & 35mm Lomography film (that I got on clearance whoop whoop!)

P.S– If anyone happens to know of a photo lab in the Long Island area that still develops 35mm film, send them my way.

Get Real: Roller Derby Makes the Tough Things Easier

One of my favorite things about roller derby aside from the fact that it’s totally, 100% DIY, is that it pushes me in other areas of my life. You get used to putting yourself in uncomfortable situations in every game, every scrimmage, even practices.

You’re up jamming against the best player on the team. You’re the only blocker on the track & you have to trust yourself. You’re being coached by one of your heroes. You can’t back out, your team needs you. You quickly learn that giving up is not an option.

Every skater is radically different–that one thing that comes easy to you might make another person want to go hide in the bathroom. You can’t hide; because your team is there to push you along. You overcome being uncomfortable. I’ve learned that even if you think you’re standing up for yourself in life, you could be even more. You learn that you’re stronger than you think.

Because derby poses many challenges each and every time you go out there on the track, it has taught me that tough things in life aren’t as daunting as they may seem. There’s been many times where my mind has played tricks on me saying things like ‘This isn’t my best skill, gosh, how will I get through this drill’ ‘I’m too tired, I don’t want to do this anymore‘ More times than I can count it ended up being not nearly as bad as I thought. Also, everyone has times when they’re thinking ‘I’m not feeling practice today, maybe i’ll stay home.’ Every time that has happened to me, I’ve ended up being incredibly thankful that I did go. You have a bad practice? you get over it. You get over things quickly in derby because it’s so fast moving. You don’t have time or energy to dwell on things or hold grudges. In roller derby you have to suck it up, kick ass, and move on. ♥

Do you have a hobby that pushes you more than others? What keeps you strong?


‘Get Real’ is a monthly-ish series on Completely Unfinished featuring honest ‘real talk’ & more personal posts.

Resisting.

Artwork I purchased on a thrifting adventure, frame and all. It has pretty much become my favorite piece of art in the house. Looked it up and found it was made by Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. I’ve never heard of the place, and the boyfriend is really into theater, so now I want to go and check out what sounds like a great unique time.

I love having this hanging up as a constant reminder of my values. It’s good to check up on yourself and make sure you’re doing what’s right for you & to be always changing and growing, like the flowers. Be extraordinary in your actions & resist what you don’t believe in.

A more lengthy post soon– took an impromptu blogging break for the summer!

Screenprinting in Brooklyn

[excuse the clutter of my laundry]

This past Saturday I drove to Brooklyn for a t-shirt screenprinting workshop I signed myself up for. Back in high school I did a lot of stenciling on t-shirts, and when I was in college I started getting into screenprinting after majoring in graphic design & was getting better at designing. I asked my dad to help me make some wooden frames, bought some emulsion, ink, etc and would develop screens in my dorm room and shared bathroom. I was hooked! I made some t-shirts for myself and printed a couple designs on shirts and bags for my Etsy shop at the time. (When I mean a couple, I mean literally a few– I was doing this very small scale!) I eventually even printed t-shirts for an on campus club I was a part of.

Since college, I haven’t done too much screenprinting and I’ve been itching to get back into it. I thought about how I could be taking more advantage of my surroundings since moving closer to the city–I did some research and found a couple screenprinting studios right in Brooklyn.

Here’s the process of my design — initial sketch, finished digital version on transparency film, and pushing ink through the screen.

When I got there the folks at Gowanus print lab had our screens developed so we could just go ahead and print print print! I wish I could have taken more photos when I was there but my hands were busy handling the ink and squeegee!

I was able to print on 5 shirts, a tote bag, and some poster paper. Also, i’m super glad I picked the silver ink. I learned a lot and loved being able to print in a professional place instead of the hard way I was doing it before.

I can’t wait to go back and do some more printing. When I do make more, this is likely to be the first screenprinted design in the shop. I’ve been planning on putting shirts & bags in there sometime soon and this was just the kick in the ass I needed :)