February Roundup: Celebrating Creative Community

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Image by Karissa Nickish
A new tradition starting here on Habit & Heart is a monthly roundup of inspiring reads, interesting articles, and overall creative content. For the month of February, we are focused around community. Each of these messages showcases the need for an encouraging community surrounding us to build up and challenge us each day.

01 | To Read (Digital): "The Real Reasons we Compare on Social Media" via Darling Magazine

An Interview with University of Missouri Professor (Miz represent!) Dr. Jennifer Lewallen speaks volumes to a popular problem in this day and age - comparison. She emphasizes why we compare both in real life and online, and more importantly, how certain social comparison can actually benefit us.

Image by Karissa Nickish
02 | To Read (Print): Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this book over my winter break this past year, and boy did it refresh my creative soul. And, because Liz (that's what I call her to make her sound like a friend) says it best:

"A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself."

Right on, Liz, right on. 

03 | To Watch: CreativeLive: 30 Days of Genius

If you are wanting to be inspired everyday for an entire month, here you go! Created by Chase Jarvis, 30 Days of Genius is composed of 30 interviews with various creatives from all walks of life and styles of work. Once subscribed (you can HERE - it's free!), these videos will drop into your email everyday ready for you to watch.

Image by Karissa Nickish
04 | To Listen To: "Community Not Competition" with Nate Snell via Sounds Good Podcast

Brandon Harvey does a fantastic job at interviewing interesting, inspiring people each week over on his podcast, Sounds Good. This interview with Nate Snell, owner of Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon, highlights the beauty and success of working and uniting together rather than keeping gain to oneself.

05 | To Follow (Instagram): @britandco

Brit + Co is self-described as "a media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit." AKA, hello, that is us! Based in San Francisco, this team of creatives will encourage you through their meaningful yet aesthetic images & captions to value the community around you. Brit + Co truly embodies this truth: that, if used well, even social media can be a platform to gain inspiration, support, and learn from one another.

What content are you consuming this month that you are loving?


  1. Darling is the best.


  2. I love this new series!! You are one of my fav creatives :)


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