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  • Beating the Burnout!

    Hey there mer-makers, Lauren here! I BURNED OUT! (so I burned it all down..not literally, but ya girl came close) I joke, but I really did come close to burning all the way out, so that made me FEEL like I wanted to burn everything down. The highs and lows of being a small business owner (or side hustle queen/king) can feel overwhelming sometimes, and our mutual friend burnout is great at making us have all the "feels". Burnout robs us of our joy. Makes us asks what the heck this is all for, question our gifts, shrug off our talent, belittle our accomplishments....and ultimately make us feel like we're failing. Burnout can get the best of us, and it got me good. Nothing about my love of art, the Ocean, conservation, my studio, or teaching has changed even one little bit. I knew when taking a break from Mermaid Trash, that it was only to refill my cup so that I could come back even better than before! One of the things I had time to do during my break, was think about how to come back from my break. lol. It may sound counterproductive, however, it's one of the best solutions I came up with for dealing with the dreaded burnout. I figured out a few more things too and I wanted to share them all with you in a new blog post! I got lots of plans, and part of that is sharing the journey and insight I gain on the Mermaid Trash blog. So let's get to it! What is Burnout? Sometimes the reality of our life or situation doesn't always align with what we want or have to get done, am I right? When things don't align, it can be stressful, and when that goes on for long enough burnout is bound to occur. Any stress for a prolonged period of time is going to leave you feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. This leads to being less productive and over time you're likely to continue pushing off tasks/work even more. There could be any number of reasons why what you need to get done is not aligning with the reality of your life and what you're actually getting done. And let's face it, that sucks! How to identify burnout? In my experience, most people are generally creatures of habit, so identifying your patterns and issues that lead to stress and burnout is key. Once you can spot early predictors and signs of burnout, you can take action! Below are some of the common reasons I've experienced that usually divert me from carefully planned creative time or work. It's often these life events, or large workloads that prevent me from getting things done in the way or time I want to, and is repeatedly the beginning of a "pile up" workload that leads to burnout. Holidays Family Life/Emergency Vacation Health Large Work Load Financial Issues Lack of Motivation-Depression-Anxiety Whether it's workload or life, the stress from having to juggle too many things is what often leads to burnout. It's not always a choice of ours what we are plated with on the daily. Or even the curve balls that life likes to throw at us. However, when it comes to our productivity, it's often the first thing that takes a hit. Signs of burnout include feeling tired, distracted, and irritable. Achy bodies, headaches, and changes in appetite can occur as well. Stress builds and can lead to the opposite of what you want, by pushing off work even further. Beating the burnout All things in balance! I find that the "sweet spot" for protecting myself against burnout lies between when my workload and capacity (as a human, wife, mother, liver of life etc.) are in balance. When workload and capacity are in balance it is possible to get meaningful work done, find time for personal and professional growth, rest and recovery. Here's some things to look at: Planning & Scheduling your work. This is usually the first one to get away from me. I can't tell you how much money I've spent on planners, and stickers for planning in those planners. I'll say it one more time...planner. Sometimes I can plan all I want, and all it takes is one day of not accomplishing my set goal, or my kid getting a cold to throw me right off track. And that often makes me feel anxious and depressed. Planning is good and you should absolutely be doing it, but I've also learned not to beat myself up when things don't go my way. Pick a day each week when you can sit down with your planner and re-evaluate to keep yourself on track and keep work from piling up. Boundaries and saying no. As a small business owner who worked out of my house for a long time, I often found myself checking emails at 12am, working on my website till all hours of the night, and generally just burning the candle at both ends. This led to a burnout for me in my 2nd year of business and I needed to step back and set some boundaries for myself before moving forward. I had to learn how to delegate my workload and just say no when things were too much. Letting go of perfectionism. Sometimes producing a perfect piece of work (in my eyes) is not required. Sometimes, good enough is all that is needed. If you're having problems with burnout, try to focus on each of the above actions. Proactive effort to reduce workload is the most effective way in my opinion to remove stressors and it's impact on burning out. We all sometimes feel like we can't stop. We check emails while in line for coffee and type up social media posts while reaching for our car keys. Though it can seem essential to always be pushing ahead, it is vital to take breaks. Use spare time to read a book, listen to music, talk to a friend, or disconnect completely. Taking time for yourself is critical to your wellbeing and preventing burnout.

  • News Report: UN seeks to protect world's Oceans

    Protect our oceans: Urgent UN treaty makes fifth attempt to safeguard the high seas On Monday, the UN began the latest set of talks to protect the world’s oceans from exploitation in New York. This once in a lifetime opportunity to safeguard our waters’ biodiversity has now been through 10 years of negotiations. But, if signed, 30 per cent of the world’s oceans would become conservation areas before the end of the decade. Mermaid Trash supports a variety of Ocean conservation organizations, and every sale from this site benefits the cleaning of our Oceans and coastlines. Why is the UN oceans treaty important? The high seas make up around two thirds of the world’s oceans. They are beyond the jurisdiction of any country meaning everyone has the right to fish, pass through in ships, do research there or even carry out deep sea mining. The new treaty would, in the words of the UN, “address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas of the ocean which are beyond the limits of States' maritime zones.” This is the fifth - and hopefully final - set of negotiations to draft the first ever treaty on the ocean’s biological diversity. Original Content by: By Rosie Frost for• Updated: 20/08/2022 - 07:01

  • Seashell Coaster Tutorial

    Love collecting shells? Here's a great project using the new Mermaid Trash 32oz epoxy resin kit, to turn those moments on the beach into forever keepsakes 🥰 Check out the video below with step by step instructions and list of materials. For this project you'll need: Mermaid Trash epoxy resin 32 ounce kit. MT resin kits are for US customers only. BUT, if you want a little slice of Florida for your own mermaking creations, for a limited time only on the MT site, I have both Florida sand and seashells ready to ship anywhere in the world This 6 cavity mold. It's pretty inexpensive and is the perfect size for coasters Epoxy resin pigment in the color of your choice. I used Mermaid Trash pigment drops in turquoise because it's a nice light color you are able to see the shells through. If you use mica, it will be less visible. A selection of seashells and I also added these abalone chips: Some well dried beach sand. Cork bottom: Optional: Mermaid Trash foam or lace white pigment paste and silicone masking fluid: Instructions: Start by mixing up some epoxy resin. I did about 5 ounces. Then slowly add in the beach sand until it becomes a thick grainy mixture. Sand often darkens when you add it to resin. To keep my sand nice any light I add a small amount of foam or lace white to brighten it back up. Pour into your prepared mold and allow bubbles to rise. Torch or use alcohol (Mermaid Trash cell activator is the best!) Add in your seashells and allow the resin to reach about half cure, or enough so that the sand and shells don't rise up when you do the next step. Mix up some more resin and add in your pigment. Just a little at a time until you reach the desired color. Remember that you want to be able to see through to the color of the seashells below. Too much color and you'll cover them up. Pour this mixture over your sand and shells. Allow to cure completely before moving on. Demold coasters and lightly sand the top and sides. Tape off or use masking silicone on the bottom of the coaster to prevent drips Mix up one last batch of resin and apply a thick top coat to each coaster, pouring from the center and allowing the resin to spill over the edges. Once cured remove the tape or silicone and finish with a cork bottom! Enjoy the short video below and when shopping the Mermaid Trash website use code: savethesea for 10% off your entire purchase.

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  • About Us | Mermaid Trash

    Mermaid Trash Mission My name is Lauren MacLeod and I was born and raised in Broward county, FL. I've spent my whole life on the beach, and have a profound love of the sea. In living so close to the beach, I've come to witness first hand the changes caused by pollution and my goal is to transition the way society handles waste in the Ocean, as well as promote Ocean conservation around the world! Here at Mermaid Trash, I create unique Ocean inspired resin art and jewelry from recycled plastics collected on cleanups as well as reclaimed wood and other items. It is my hope to change the way people think about plastic pollution by using the proceeds to fund more initiatives and Ocean cleanups. Every purchase from Mermaid Trash is a way to give back to the Ocean we all love so much, and that does so much for us. Mermaid Trash also promotes the education of art and environmentalism within the local community and on social media. We only have this one planet to live on, so preserving its beauty and function for the next generations is the ultimate goal. Monthly Donations Mermaid Trash donates every month! I now donate monthly to 3 Ocean conservation groups and support various initiatives throughout the year like, Strawless Summer, loggerhead turtle watch, and many more! ​ Every month, proceeds from Mermaid Trash go 4Ocean , Florida Springs Council , and the Ocean conservancy organization . Healthy oceans are critical for life on this planet. They provide the food we eat, the oxygen we breathe and their continued health depends on us. We only have this one planet, and I want to help change the way we view and handle Ocean waste by giving it value and contributing to the worldwide removal of trash from our seas and coastlines. Im committed to making a change, and hope you will join me on this journey! Join our mailing list Never miss an update Subscribe Now TODAY Help fund our next beach cleanup CONTRIBUTE MORE Contact Me! Send Thanks! Message sent.

  • Contact | Mermaid Trash

    CONTACT US Mermaid Trash is Located in Boca Raton, FL- owned and operated by artist Lauren MacLeod. Send Success! Message received.

  • Social | Mermaid Trash

    CONTACT US ​ 9717 W. Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 ​ VISIT US On social media! IG- FB- TELL US Success! Message received. Send Latest resin art on IG!

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