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How I finally became a person who meditates (most days)

It’s no great secret that meditation makes everything better. In fact, when I first read Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It, this passage pretty much convinced me it was the key to everything in my life becoming better: Neuroscientists have discovered [...]

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Let's call it good enough

My freshman year in college, I got in the habit of interviewing people who were doing the kinds of things I wanted to be doing. I was curious to know what their life was like on a daily basis. I asked for any advice they could offer me, as I was just starting out.So, I [...]

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Progress Report: 30 Days In

June 1st, I announced to my friends on Facebook that my new business was open for business. A year or so in the making—Map Your Progress has evolved very organically, as it wasn’t something I’d foreseen—or rather, knew that I was going to create.What is Map Your Progress, anyway? I’m still trying to figure out [...]

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How I paid off more than $26,000 in debt by coloring this in

I take great joy in telling people that I paid off my credit cards. All 5 of ‘em. In half the time I thought I would. It feels really, really good after dragging around that debt for most of my adult life. And to be extra honest—it’s also quite fun to share how I did [...]

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The right pens for the right look

Getting the look you want is more than just the pen color you choose; it’s also the pen itself and the appearance of the color on your print or canvas. Mainly, I’m talking opacity and how obvious the brushstrokes are. But also, how rich the colors appear. Some of us love the bold colors, while [...]

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The number of colors you want to map

While lots of folks may be happy with 12 colors, there are those of us that would just rather have like 150. Or 352. That's why I recommend a few different brands that offer a variety of color ranges. If you have a local art store, it's a great place to go and check colors [...]

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Choosing colors for a specific purpose

Some mappers will choose colors because they hold special meaning or they’re trying to match their map to their decor, etc. There’s no wrong way to do this. If you are excited about the idea of matching colors, go for it. If you don’t care and just want to color without thinking of these things, [...]

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Coloring on canvas vs. print

Creative Progress Maps come on either museum-quality print or satin-finish canvas. So when it comes to coloring, your options are two very different materials. Ink from the same pen will not look the same on print as it does on canvas. Generally speaking, it looks darker on the print. You can see in the photo above that [...]

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Using colored pencils, crayons, paint, and the like.

Coloring is what makes Creative Progress Maps both a tool and art of your own creation. So, it's natural to have questions and preferences about what to use. I provide my own coloring recommendations based on my own experience and tastes, but freely admit that there are lots more possibilities. I think that's a good thing.I [...]

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How I'm learning to become an adult and create more healthy habits

So I've been working on becoming an adult. More specifically, a good parent to myself. I'm going to be 35 in a month. Cheers. It seems pretty adult to have healthy habits. So that became a goal for me. I wanted to create some new healthier habits to help me stay grounded on a daily basis. [...]

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