3 Best Books on Hand Lettering and Calligraphy for Beginners

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Hand lettering and calligraphy offer a lot of benefits for those who practice them. Apart from being relaxing, there is a meditative element to the process that helps in developing mindfulness. Not to mention the practical uses and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful on your own. So if you are interested to take up creative lettering as a hobby or would like to learn more about it, here are some of the best books on the topic that will inspire you to give it a try.

1. Calligraphy for Kids by Eleanor Winters
This book is not just great for kids but also for adult beginners who prefer simple, step-by-step, and easy-to-follow instructions. It comes with worksheets including tips on which tools to buy to get started.

2. Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, and Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn
Creative Lettering and Beyond provides information, guides, and tips on hand lettering and typography. It comes with simple and detailed instructions and guides as well as exercises that will help you learn the art of creating hand-lettered works.

3. The Joy of Lettering: A creative exploration of contemporary hand lettering, typography & illustrated typeface by Gabri Joy Kirkendall and Jaclyn Escalera
The Joy of Lettering is an engaging book that shares insights into the evolution of writing. With over 50 tips and ideas to explore, this book takes you to a simple and fun exploration into the world of hand-lettering and typography.

Traveling with Less

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travelLugging around an extra baggage that you will end up hardly ever using can make traveling stressful. Bringing as little as possible can be a challenge, especially when you are traveling for several days. But giving it a try can be a learning experience — and maybe even a life-changing one. And here are just some of the reasons why:

It makes traveling more convenient. If you have traveled with nothing but a carry-on luggage, you would know how more convenient it can be. You can practically cut back the time you have to spend at the airport that is usually spent waiting to check-in your luggage or claim it from the baggage carousel. And best of all, you can enjoy the comfort of not having to haul a heavy luggage around making getting around your destination much easier.

It frees you from potential extra travel costs. You can avoid paying extra baggage fees when you stick to packing the essentials and maybe a few other must-haves. Traveling with less baggage likewise eliminates the need to pay for porter fees in your destinations. It also gives you the option to skip pricey cabs in favor of airport buses or trains.

It reduces travel-related stress. You do not have to worry about lost baggage if you have less or nothing to lose in the first place. Traveling with one carry-on luggage allows you to breeze through airport search points and security control measures. You can also leave spend your time exploring your destinations without worrying about losing valuables left in cumbersome bags in your hotel room.

So if you are thinking of giving traveling with less a try, here are some handy tips to keep in mind the next time you start packing.

Make a list and keep it short. Take a minimalist approach when making a list of things you need to bring. Focus on the must have items instead of the things you think you “might” need. You might be surprised as to how many items you can leave behind if you only keep the most important things on your must-bring list.

Plan your wardrobe ahead. Spending a reasonable amount of time on research makes for better travel experiences. Check the week-long weather forecast so you can have an idea of what suitable clothing to wear instead of bringing stuff you will not need on your trip. Dress up in layers so you do not have to pack a lot of clothes. Wear your light or thick jacket while traveling so it does not have to take up space in your bag. Opt for lightweight, comfortable, and quick-dry clothing.

How to Grab Life by the Horns: Taking on a No-Excuse Approach to Living

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Do you feel like you are not living your life to the fullest? Have you ever experienced putting off doing important things for fear of failing? Self-doubt, excuses, and the need to please others can stop you from finding happiness and fulfillment. If you want to succeed at anything, it is time to stop the excuses and start taking charge of your life. It may not be easy, but finding a way through or around obstacles is one of the most empowering experiences you can have. Here are some of the many ways to start grabbing life by the horns and live it the way you want.

Develop habits and routines that make you grow. Making positive behaviors automatic makes it easier for you to make the most of your days. Develop routines that support your goals and cultivate the self-discipline that will help you stick to them. If you have a habit of procrastinating, create a schedule that makes you prioritize the most important things. Stick to the schedule until you form the habit of working on high priority tasks first every day.

Treasure your time and spend it wisely. Your time and energy are valuable. Make sure that you do not squander them. Prioritize the most important things and do them first either in the morning or during your most productive hours. In whatever you do, make sure that you save your precious resources for things that matter most to you.

Be decisive without being overly impulsive. The more strongly you feel that you need to take immediate action, the more you should resist and think about the consequences first. Learn to differentiate decisiveness from impulsiveness. Make sure that you considered the possible outcomes before you do something that you may regret later.

Be flexible but always have a plan. You need to have a plan every single day. Create a list of what would make a good day great and set yourself up to doing them. You can put exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep, relaxing, and getting mundane as well as the more complex things done on your list. Feeling good every day regardless of how busy things may get is always a great plan.

Focus on the most important things. Focus on doing one thing at a time instead of applying yourself to everything at once. This helps ensure that you give enough of your attention and abilities to deliver your best at any endeavor before you move on to the next.