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How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

This article will teach you how to create your own Halloween costume with an easy step-by-step guide. The nice thing about it is — you can do it even under the wire. I know you’ll enjoy the story used as a backdrop too. It’s a personal account of a Halloween tale culled from my own life — the night when I dragged down time to the last minute prior to pulling up a Halloween costume.

Here we go…

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It’s just around the corner. The time when this global community will engage in Halloween festivities.

Usually, decorations containing gory images and costumes designed to scare are the norm, but sometimes oddball costumes can also grab the limelight. Like what happened many years ago when I had to come up with a costume at the eleventh hour. Due to the strain caused by rushing, I couldn’t decide what to do. So after stressing over the problem for a while, I gave up. Ok I admit it. In that particular year, I procrastinated until the last minute to whip up a costume. Yep, I got lazy so I ended up stressed. (I promised myself,  I’ll never do this again).

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You’re nodding.

You are nodding. It means you can relate to what I’m narrating. Moreover, in case you’re like most people who are working all the time, balancing a career with family related responsibilities like attending to children’s needs, maintaining a house, running a side business, and a personal life, (whew! I’m breathing heavily after writing that line) then, you’re in luck. I got you covered.

I hate attending Halloween parties without a costume.

I always hated attending Halloween parties without wearing a costume. So at the last minute, while wallowing in mea culpa, I turned to the Internet for a brief respite. You might think I’m weird, but this style works for me all the time. Surfing the Net relaxes me.

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It was 6pm, I was bewildered, and had no idea what costume to wear.

After about 15 minutes surfing, I stumbled upon a site that pointed to something that was super hot during the time.  A story about the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl”. In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow. When I looked at Depp’s picture, I had what you call a light bulb moment. At that instant, I made up my mind to attend the party as Johnny Depp.

A Johnny Depp mask saved my Halloween.

A pirate costume would have  done the trick, but I didn’t have time to purchase or make one, so I did the best alternative. I printed out Depp’s headshot that I got online onto a cover stock, stepped into a sexy shirt and tight fitting jeans (like he does when not attending a formal event), and added a pasteboard sign that flashed a catchy line: “I’m not wearing my Captain Jack Sparrow costume tonight.” Voila! I had a costume.

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The dirty work needed to create a mask that will save your Halloween night.

I assure you, you can do this. Let’s roll up our sleeves and don our creative hats. Let’s say, you want to be Leonardo DiCaprio in the party. All you need to do is find a suitable photo of him, print the right size that fits the width of your head, print onto ultra thin cardboard, cut out eye holes, and attach with a rubber band or elastic string; whatever is easy to locate. Find appropriate clothing for Leonardo. I suggest you get a jacket and wear it with white jeans or chinos. Or you slip in the trousers, pair it with a double-breasted navy blazer; the unlined type, and you’re ready to rock with the Gatsby look. Don’t forget — it’s detrimental to your costume’s success — act like The Great Gatsby.

So my Johnny Depp costume was my savior.

I was surprised when my costume became a huge hit. Many of the people who were partying with me couldn’t wait to pose for pictures with Johnny… sorryme. Believe it or not, the mask I created in a big hurry looked convincingly real.

I was ecstatic the whole night.

It became the most memorable Halloween for me. I was astonished by the attention and compliments I got because of my costume. It became extremely fun with the secret thought that my costume was basically thrown together just on the way out of my box.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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