Free Printable: Motivational Quote Photos

I made motivational quote photos for everyone! These are perfect for a clothesline photo frame. They’re square in their dimensions, so they can easily be uploaded to Insta, as well! (Tag your photo with #AMaureenStudios. I’d love to see you spreading the positive vibes!)

To download:

Click on the photo.
In the bottom, right corner of the screen there should be an option to open in full size.
Click that. A new tab should open.
Right click the image and then hit ‘save image as…’ 

To re-size and print:

Determine how big you want your squares to print. I chose to go with 3 inches x 3 inches. I was using 8.5 in x 11 in cardstock.
Open Microsoft Publisher or Word. I used Publisher.
Make a table and then size it so that it can fit the photos. I was able to fit 2 photos x 3 photos in landscape, putting my total size at 6 inches x 9 inches. I wanted to have a white border around them when I cut them out so I made my table dimensions 6.5 inches (height) x 9.5 inches (width).

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Insert a picture placeholder into the center of each table cell. You can format the size of the picture placeholder. I made mine 3 inches x 3 inches since that’s the size I wanted them to print at.

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Click the icon in the picture placeholder and add your downloaded image.
Print.

Having trouble? Feel free to ask for help in the comments!

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Tutorial: How to Make a Clothesline Photo Frame

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Supplies

  • Frame
  • Twine or string
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen
  • Clips or small clothespins
  • Photos

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Steps

  1. Measure the dimensions on the back of your frame. 12584047_10153831395571718_1790222266_n
  2. Determine how long your twine will need to be (give yourself an extra two inches for gluing!) and how many lines you want to have running across the frame. Make sure you leave enough room for your photos to hang between each line. Mark the frame and cut the twine.
  3. Hot glue the twine to the frame. I found that if I did one end of the twine, let it dry, and then the other end, I was able to get a more taut line. Keep in mind that however loose or taut you make your lines, the pictures will add weight and pull them down further. 12626013_10153831395611718_1563829661_n
  4. Hang the frame or position it where you’d like it to go.12583893_10153831479211718_767552218_n
  5. Clip your photos in and voila! How easy was that?!12647902_10153831472556718_145517153_n

Notes

Frame: I happened to already have a large frame that had no glass or backing. I got it from a friend when she broke the glass and was going to toss it. It’s been laying around for a year and a half and needed a home. If you don’t already have a frame, you could improvise. Go buy a frame from Walmart. Easy but has the potential to be costly. Get some wood or moulding from Home Depot or Lowe’s. I’m pretty sure you can have it cut to the length of your choosing fo’ free. Paint it with chalk paint (or a paint of your choice.) Glue it together. Presto, $3 frame and you could probably make it pretty large. Try a small desk version by buying a standing frame from Dollar Tree and using miniature photos. Maybe tiny letters that spell something out. Let me know what you come up with!

Clips: I’m currently too poor to go buy those really cute miniature clothesline hangers or any clips for that matter. I took paper clips, bent them, and hot glued them to the backs of my pictures.12647998_10153831395616718_764089672_n

Photos: You can get photos printed from Walmart for pretty cheap but, again, I don’t have any expendable money right now. I took card stock that I already had and printed my images on that at home. I like the matte finish so this worked out well for me. I used images from my free motivational quote printable post and photos from Instagram. Check out how I sized and printed them here.12647724_10153831523896718_369240356_n.jpg

How did yours turn out? Did you make any alterations? Let us know in the comments!

10 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated Every Day

Get excited first thing in the morning.

Get excited about your day

 

It takes hours for some of us to really wake up (especially us night owls) so find something that will get you pumped up and ready to be productive. For me, it’s taking a shower and listening to whatever my current favorite playlist is. For others, it may be coffee, exercise, playing with the dog, cleaning a small space, responding to comments on your blog… the possibilities are endless. Experiment and see what works for you.

Get dressed.

Getting dressed

This is vital! Even if you aren’t going anywhere and no one will see you. Take a shower, do your hair  and makeup, put on some clothing that makes you feel confident, and get to work! Bonus points if you put on shoes. I honestly don’t know why this works but without fail, I always feel ready to tackle anything when I get dressed. Even more extra credit (for you extroverts out there) if you actually get out and go run an errand or see a friend to get your day started.

Make the bed. Do the dishes.

Make the bed

I know, I keep telling you guys to do chores but I swear it’s for your own good! Even when your house is a mess, having a freshly made bed and a clean, empty sink make everything feel like it’s in order. At least enough that you can get through the day without pulling your own hair out. A clean(ish) space is a productive space.

Create a work space that you enjoy.

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Speaking of productive spaces, make your work space enjoyable and inviting. Michael and I currently use the extra bedroom in our house as an office. I set my desk up so that it’s somewhere I want to be. I put pictures on the walls around me, a small motivational framed quote on my desk, a vintage lamp, and usually a candle. I have my schedule hung up on the wall behind my desk for easy viewing. I make sure to clear my desk off every evening so that I don’t start my day with a mess. Before I sit down to start working, I usually make myself a cup of tea or coffee in an attractive mug and get myself a small snack. All of my craft supplies and school necessities are close by and I have enough space to work. This is just how my space is currently though. I had 5 roommates at my last house so my bedroom was where I did most of my work and my bed was my ‘desk.’ You’re a creative human, use those skills to make your space work for you. I would love to see pictures of your current or past work spaces! Share a photo in the comments.

Surround yourself with positive, reinforcing visuals.

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This is a big one. Especially as creatives, we love visuals. Motivational photos, dream boards, pictures of your goal, a chart of your progress — whatever works for you. Fun fact: I have spent entirely too long in undergrad. I have gone to four colleges and took a long time to get serious about school and a career. Okay, so it’s not such a fun fact. It actually kind of blows. It did, anyway. While I was attending my second community college, I started to get motivated about applying to Radford. I didn’t have the best grades and it was going to be a while before I could even apply, let alone get accepted… but I was determined. I bought a picture frame (Dollar Tree, ftw!) and put it on my desk. I looked at it every time I wanted to skip an assignment or drop out of a class.

Bonus: Check out my tutorial for how to make a clothesline photo frame. Use it to hang pictures of your goals, as well as motivational quotes.
Post your weekly schedule somewhere that you’ll see it.

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I’m really bad with time. Like, really bad. I’m always 10 minutes late and if I didn’t treat my planner like a bible, I’d never get my assignments in on time. I made a document in Microsoft Word with my class and work schedule, color coded by day and I put the times that I need to leave for each activity along with the times they start. This ensures I know how much time I have before I have to leave and saves me the hassle of trying to figure it out. I also like that this enforces my routine on a very basic level. Seeing my regular weekly schedule on a daily basis gives me a visual for planning. It’s hard to forget what I need to do for tomorrow when tomorrows activities are listed on my wall. Bonus points: make it visually appealing! The best way to incorporate the mundane is to make it pretty.

Utilize lists.
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LISTS ARE LIFE. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Even if you are the most organized person in the world, lists will make your life easier. Going to the grocery store? Make a list. Homework? Make a list. Chores? Make a list. Packing? List. Comparing things? List. Starting your day? List. Living? MAKE. A. LIST. Okay, so maybe you don’t need a list for breathing but you do for everything else. Benefits of lists: 1) Forget about forgetting things, it’s all written down. 2) Makes prioritizing a breeze. 3) Crossing things of a list is entirely more satisfying than it should be. Setting tasks/goals and then completing them is a great self-esteem boost. We love those. 4) Organizing your ideas will make your life easier. 5) Lists are so versatile. You can make lists for big goals, small goals, daily tasks, things to remember, ideas or directions you need to communicate — you can make a list for pretty much everything in your life. Not that you should, but you could. 6) Lists don’t have to be bullet points on a piece of paper. One semester, I made a grid on an empty wall in my bedroom with notecards, outlining each week of the semester on one axis and the day of the week on the other. Then I used post-it notes to put up when each of my assignments was due. I took each one down after I completed that particular assignment. Lists come in all shapes and forms. Be creative.

Take short breaks.

Take a break

It’s easy to become frustrated and overwhelmed while your working, especially in a creative field. If you try to power through those feelings, you often end up intensifying them. You can’t think clearly when you’re brain feels like it’s short-circuiting. Set a timer and take 5-10 minutes to do something unrelated. Do not go watch tv, get on Facebook, or lay in your bed festering in your frustration. Take that time to teach your dog a new trick. Go for a walk around the block. Make a snack. Pick your outfit for tomorrow. Do some light cleaning. Read. Do yoga. Call your mom. Be productive or don’t, just make sure you’re doing something unrelated and not likely to further your frustrations. This is good practice even when you aren’t overwhelmed. Sometimes the best ideas come from unlikely places. Plus, sitting down all day, every day is bad for you — at least that’s what the old people keep telling me.

Connect with people who have the same goals.
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We have all heard someone complain about the fitness culture on social media. Every one is *so* sick of seeing progress pictures and health food and gym selfies. Here’s the thing though, people who do that stuff are more likely to stick with their goal and succeed. Having a support group is motivation in itself. Documenting your journey and sharing it with others makes us feel good. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If it keeps you going and it doesn’t hurt anyone, do it.

Give advice. Seek advice.

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Help others with similar goals by giving them advice. Tell them about your experiences, successes, failures, and insights. The reason for this is twofold. First, you get to help someone else. Congratulations, you’re a decent human being. Second, you will realize how far you’ve come in your journey. It may feel like you’re stagnant but you’re not! You’re making progress. You’re closer to your goal than you were before! With that being said, don’t forget to seek advice. Often. There is always more to learn and ways to get better. You never know what kind of secrets to success other people have until you ask.

How do you stay motivated? Let us know in the comments!

Bonus: Free printable motivational quote photos!

How to Be Successful, No Matter What Your Goal

I have always had two mottos in life.

It’s easier to beg forgiveness than to seek permission. 

I didn’t know this was an actual proverb until I was well out of high school but as a child, I always went with the idea that if you didn’t ask, you couldn’t be told no. As you can probably already tell, I was a bit of a troublemaker. My days of shenanigans are over but this still holds true for me. Sometimes, you have to just do something and deal with the consequences later. Obviously, I’m not advising you to do anything illegal (although, hey, you do you, man.) but this is going to be important later. When something is important enough to you, you have to stop worrying about what might happen or who might not like it and do the damn thing anyway. 

If you want something badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

This could not be truer. It is the advice that I give everyone who ever wants to give up. I firmly believe that if you really want it, you will find a way to get it; and if you don’t find a way or if you give up, then you didn’t want it as much as you thought you did. It is often said that the journey is more important than the destination. That is a load of crap. (Okay, not complete crap but follow me here.) Do not become defeated when your journey is not the same as someone else’s. Far too often, people focus entirely on their journey and lose sight of their goal. If you’re not getting to your goal the way that you want, then change your path. There is always more than one solution, you just have to be willing to find them AND utilize them. If you make excuses about why they can’t work or why you can’t try it or that you can only get to your goal this specific way, then you don’t really want your goal. …And that’s okay. It’s better to let go of the things that aren’t as important to you so that you can really work for the things that are.


Now that I’ve given you the mantras, let’s talk about practicing ‘successful habits.’

  • First things first, the three P’s. Positive attitude, problem solving, and persistence.

Positive Attitude: So you’ve decided your goal is worth it and now it your in it for the long haul. Awesome! You’re going to fail. Wait! Don’t go! Just hear me out. You’re doing something new, how could possibly do it perfectly the first time through? The odds of that are slim but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You will fail, repeatedly, and you will feel like you just can’t even anymore. When that happens, look back to the final goal to remind yourself why you’re doing this. Now, put your positive attitude pants on because that will make this next part a lot less painful, enjoyable even.

Side note: Your current goal may be something that you’ve previously succeeded at, but that doesn’t mean that it will be exactly the same this time. Everything changes with time, even the path to your goals. You may have different obstacles, abilities, resources, etc. Don’t get flustered or discouraged if the path to this goal isn’t the same as it was last time! 
Double side note: Not so great at forcing a positive attitude? Neither was my fiancé until I found this TED Talk.
Check it out for some tips: Your body language shapes who you are.

Problem Solving: We’re going to use our creative thinking skills to build on our failure(s). It’s time to start coming up with solutions and alternative routes. First, determine what’s gone wrong so far. What is the obstacle? Second, do some research on your goal and on the ways to get there. (Hint: Look for loopholes or off-the-beaten-path solutions.) Researching doesn’t necessarily mean googling your goal, although that’s a good, broad place to start. From that broad information, try to find narrow, focused pages about your goal so that you can really understand the ins and outs. Try talking to other people (in person, on reddit, chat forums, blogs, etc.) who have either reached your goal, made greater strides in progress than you thus far, or are the kinds of people who make goals happen (ie. college admissions counselors, human resources at the kind of company you want to work for, whoever has experience working with goal.) Third, after you have gathered what you deem to be sufficient information, start putting your brain to work! This is a puzzle and you have to figure out how to get from where you are to your goal, using this information. Take notes, draw mind maps, brainstorm ideas with the people around you, research more, write up a plan, and alter it as needed.

Persistence: Everything you just read? KEEP DOING IT. Every time you run in to an obstacle or feel defeated, start again from the beginning. DO NOT STOP. You really, really want this, remember?? There is no reason why you can’t make it happen! You are strong, smart, and determined. You totally got this.

  • Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Fake it ’til you make it.

Alright, so maybe you’re not looking for a promotion but this still applies! Typically when people make serious goals like the ones we have, half the battle is believing in yourself. If you don’t believe you belong or that you’re capable, why on earth would anyone else?! Just like the TED Talk discusses, your actions can change your behavior. Start forcing daily habit changes in order to fit into the culture of your goal. Want to work in a high-powered corporate office? Dress like it. Want to be a teacher? Dress like it. Want to be a clown? DRESS LIKE IT. Seriously, it sounds so silly but the way you dress partially determines how you feel. (Think about when you’re going out for the night. Would you feel as gorgeous/handsome and totally pumped for the night if you went out in pjs? I think not.) Dressing for your goal (or just generally trying to fit the culture of your goal) is a lot harder than it sounds. Most people feel so out of place at first. It seems as if everyone knows you’ve only worn a suit twice before and they’re all staring. It’s all in your head. Own it. Fake it ’til you make it. If you project an image, that is what people will see. They will begin to treat you as if you actually fit that image, which, in turn, makes you feel as if you do. You just have to force it at first. I promise, it will be worth it.

  • The 15-minute rule.

My mom taught me this when I was a kid because I hated chores. Like, kicking, screaming, full-on sobbing, hated chores. (Seriously, I was a nuisance of a child. That woman is a saint.) The rule goes like this: You know you have things to do but OH. MY. GOD. it is just so daunting and you don’t want to do it. It’s going to take you hours, days, YEARS. Okay, probably not but damn, it sure does feel that way when I have to do the dishes. Forget completing the task, because we know that is not going to happen. Let’s just chip away at it. Go start whatever it is you should be doing. Once you’ve gotten started, feel free to look up at the clock as often as you want but DO NOT SET A TIMER. If, after 15 minutes, you are just soooo over it. Stop and do another 15 minutes the next day. Here’s the great part though, most tasks aren’t as awful as they seem, it’s just getting started that sucks. I’d say at least 70% of the time, I end up either working way longer than 15 minutes or entirely completing the task. Try it out and let me know in the comments how it works for you!

  • Lists are life.

This one is beyond easy but even easier to skip completely. Lots of people say to get a notebook and use it religiously but you do you. Most of the time, I make my lists on scrap/computer/loose leaf paper. It’s hella easy to keep with you when it’s only one piece of paper and you can toss it when you’re done. I make lists for everything. Mostly because I have ADHD and cannot remember anything. It’s also a fantastic feeling to cross something off a list and actually visualize how productive you’ve been. Easy peasy self-esteem boost. *high five*

  • Use a planner and/or calendar.

I know, I know. Everyone is so tired of planners. Why should I do more work, just to get my work done? THAT’S WHAT YOU THINK. 1) Using a planner means that I don’t have to keep my life/schedule/routine/assignments/etc. stored in my head, which is great because that is entirely too overwhelming. 2) If you use a phone/computer calendar, you can access it anywhere. You can even print it out if you want a physical copy. Personally, I do better with a physical planner. I think it’s the designer in me. I like to make it look pretty and carry it everywhere so that I actually want to use it. Keep in mind, everyone plans differently. For the longest time, I couldn’t use pen in my planner because if I didn’t do whatever it was or the date was moved, it gave me anxiety. Who knows why. That was years ago. I’ve since created systems for myself, most of which are still evolving. Grab a cheap planner and start experimenting. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in a post all about my planner habits and details. I could seriously talk about it for way too long and I wouldn’t mind showing off my daily design skills.

Can you think of any great success habits that I’ve left out? Let me know in the comments!