a little extra grace // merry vibes only download

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — below freezing temperatures, the stress of finding the perfect gifts, and coordinating correctly with family members to ensure that quality time is shared with all. Oof. The holiday season can notoriously be stressful, but the holidays can feel magical, too. Strangers are more likely to offer a cheery ‘ happy holidays,’ pay it forward in the Starbucks line, or give back via their choice charity. Through all the stress, even the self-imposed, you can make the simple choice to focus on the good and spread merriment.

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Spreading kindness in the season of giving is key no matter how big or small. Here are a few ideas for ways you can create a bit of magic and share your merry vibes:

  • Make sure to tell the people you care about just how much. Not with a pricey gift, but maybe with an extra big hug or a surprise FaceTime call.
  • Give a thoughtful gift. Take extra care and add some glitter when wrapping.
  • Offer a warm smile to every stranger you pass. I’ve heard smiles are contagious.
  • Instead of splurging on gifts or decorations, set a little a side for a charity dear to your heart.
  • Be present when you are spending time with your loved ones.

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The new year will be here in the blink of an eye, so why not end this year focusing on the good instead of the stress. For a daily reminder, I’ve made December’s download for your desktop and your iPhone. No matter where you look I hope you’ll be reminded to spread merry vibes only this holiday.

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a little extra grace // say yes

No, I’m not asking you to marry me or choose an overpriced white dress. I’m demanding you to start seizing your big, scary, life altering dreams.

Our minds can often trick us into saying, “No, there’s no way I could do that,” or “No, I’m not good enough.” After shaming myself into a string of negative thoughts and questions, I often arrive at two questions: “What if I never think I’m good enough to do this?” and “Why not me?” There even comes a time when the “inspirational” words “you are enough” are just not, for lack of a better word, enough. To me, the words feel like a nice pat on the head; they help me remember how precious my life is but never ignite a fire within me bold enough to do something unexpectedly amazing. I continuously hold myself back out of fear, when I should be dismissing thoughts of my insufficiency. To a large extent, saying yes to our dreams can mean saying no to our own doubts and the doubts of others.

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It’s popular to be your most authentic self but, many of us, including myself, worry too much what others may think about who we are or what our dreams involve. We are torn between the pressure of being authentic, people-pleasing, and being happy while we’re at it. But your dream project, is just that, *yours*. While it’s helpful to gain feedback from others, their doubts certainly shouldn’t kill your dream. Respectively, you have to utilize their feedback constructively without letting it encourage your own negative thoughts. Plus, I need to point out, “saying no” to unnecessary responsibilities brought on by others, or yourself, can allow you more time to say yes to your own ambitions.

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Saying yes more often during these internal battles gives ourselves permission to shine our brightest. You need the courage you are only able to build within yourself to make something happen. Learn how to quiet your inner dialogue long enough to see where these dreams could take you. Encourage yourself to take the risks and say yes.

Remind yourself daily by downloading this wallpaper!

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a little extra grace // tonight’s forecast

October’s download captures my mood exactly. There will be wine tonight.

Maybe I’m in the mood for a glass of red because I recently purchased my first sofa and it’s taking all my willpower not to cuddle up with a blanket and a good movie. Or maybe it’s the milder temperatures I’ve been enjoying in Austin over the past few days. Deep down I know that I just need to slow down and not think for a few hours (editor’s note: yes, please).

jojotastic - a little extra grace - tonights forecast1jpgThe glorification of being busy never stops. I’m guilty of constantly feeling like there is something I need to be doing, whether it’s working on a project with a near deadline, catching up with friends, or cleaning the apartment for my own sanity. We often fill our calendars with more responsibilities only to feel exhausted. Why? We would all be more content if we choose to say, “no” more often to the items on the calendar that drained our joy, and instead choose to use our time doing the things fill us with joy.

When you choose to use your energy for the things that matter, you are taking control over where you go and what you do. Only you will feel the sense of peace that comes when being mindful of your time and energy.

I’d like to prompt you to schedule a block of time for yourself to rest and enjoy yourself in whichever way you see fit. You may soak in a long bath, take yourself for a quiet coffee date to journal (my personal favorite), enjoy a glass of wine with your favorite tv show, or invite someone you care about over to share a bottle of wine. No iPhones, no instagramming, just you and some peaceful thoughts.

To remind you to take these few seconds to slow down and enjoy yourself with a glass (or two.. no one is keeping count) of wine, I’ve made you this new wallpaper!

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a little extra grace // possibilities

September brings two words to mind, “hello, fall.” The leaves and temperatures begin to drop, which brings layering skills back into action. There are fresh starts, from ‘back to school’ specials to fall fashion trends. A new season brings new possibilities.
I appreciate the change of seasons best with a mug of coffee, my journal, and time to think. I prompt myself to work through the tough questions: “Am I happy with what I’m doing?” or “What should I be working on?” Often, I’m quick to feel disheartened by my honest answers, but dwelling on personal philosophy doesn’t have to leave one uninspired. Let your answers guide you to the next chapter of life.

a little extra grace // your power

Being an individual is a gift we are given the moment we are born. As a child, we have no choice but to be ourselves because that is all that is expected of us. Yet, somehow as we begin to socialize with others, the pressures of being (insert-positive-adjective-here) enough start to skew who we already are. We start comparing at an early age. I’m starting to wonder, at what age do we outgrow these pressures, or learn to ignore them, and be content with ourselves?

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For twenty-somethings, the pressure can build from anywhere. What is your GPA? Have you looked into grad school? What’s your starting salary? Who are you dating? Are you getting engaged? When’s the wedding date? How much money do you have saved? How many followers do you have? On the outside, does it look like you’re successful and responsible, but at the same time fun and carefree? Instead of asking how this life looks on the outside, focus on how it feels on the inside. No matter the answer to these questions, feeling at peace with yourself should always be what you strive for.

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it,” said Salvador Dali.

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Quieting my inner perfectionist will always be a struggle, but I am confident I have the power to be true to myself and live with my best intentions, without comparison. Knowing, or not knowing, the answers right now is okay, because I’ve learned to replace the questions with my own standards. When I have the power to fully be myself, I know this is when I am the most content.

“No one is you and that is your power.”

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To give you the extra power to be yourself, I’ve made this message into August’s download.

DESKTOP // IPHONE

Instructions to download:

  • Click this link.
  • Save the image.
  • Find the image in your photo library.
  • Set it to be your desktop image.

This download was made with Higgins Eternal black ink and a 2 round paint brush.
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hotography by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace for Jojotastic.

Please note: these designs are for personal use only and not for any commercial purposes. All copyright of these images is retained by Colore’ Lincoln.

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a little extra grace // take the risk

Most of us spend our days in front of a screen, or at least indoors. But now, summertime is here, the sun is shining, and it is time to get outside and enjoy yourself. Let these warm days inspire you to feel like a kid again… maybe even give yourself a challenge.

a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregraceFor the past few years, every summer, I’ve been envious of bike-riders. One day when I was five my best friend decided to take her training wheels off and I thought I could do it, too. But while she effortlessly rolled down the pavement, I crashed over and over. I was devastated about not being able to ride my bike, so I quit. Now, at age 23, I’m ready to re-learn how to ride a bike and go for a ride with a friend, but every time I think of riding again, this tiny fear of crashing stops me. This year I’ve decided to take the risk and just go for it. I’m excited to try a new activity that could get me away from the computer more often.

a little extra grace // take the risk www.jojotastic.com artwork by @coloregraceHere are a few other ideas:

  • Dive into the pool.
  • Take surf lessons.
  • Learn how to climb (See Joanna for tips!)
  • Pack a few things and the tent and go camping.
  • Run until your legs feel like jelly.
  • Gather your friends for a picnic in the park featuring a new recipe you learn.
  • Plan a road trip to someplace new.
  • Craft a new cocktail to enjoy for the summer.

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The list could go on, but make sure whatever you do have fun. Remember, you can’t look ridiculous if you’re having fun. To inspire you to ‘take a risk’ this summer I’ve made these two desktop wallpapers!

NAVY // MINT

Instructions to download:

  • Click the link.
  • Save the image.
  • Find the image in your photo library.
  • Set it to be your desktop image.

This download was made with Higgins Eternal black ink and a 2 round paint brush.
P
hotography by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace.

Please note: these designs are for personal use only and not for any commercial purposes. All copyright of these images is retained by Colore’ Lincoln.

p.s. more a little extra grace downloads!