I think spring makes all of us have a new take on life. The winter comes to an end and our interest in life outside of our thick coats and bowls of soup begin to take sprout. We start to get outside, stretch our mental legs and begin to pick up new hobbies. One of mine, is finding new books to help stretch my view of the world. This month features a list of books that are helping me do just that! What are you reading this spring to help you grow?Continue Reading
Thursday Thoughts about Creativity and Inspiration
After returning home from the gym, I found out our wifi wasn’t working (which is a pretty common occurrence). I had some work to do for a client and was hoping to find some much needed inspiration for it by scouring the internet for ideas. Not having internet definitely threw a wrench in my finely tuned plan. Sure I could go to a coffee shop or the library, but I think best at home…preferably in shea butter socks and a candle near by.
Taking a shower followed by sulking and snacking for about 30 minutes I decided that no internet might be just what I need-A break, time to think, to ACTUALLY create and write without being distracted by an anthropologie sale or a show on Netflix. It’s true a lot of blogging is the research. Its finding good sales, getting the perfect instagram shot, and promoting your blog but its also about creating good content and sharing ideas I am really excited about.
While the internet is a great tool, sometimes it can really curb our ability to be authentic. We can get so caught up in comparison and perfection that we forget ourselves. Too much internet can stifle creativity either by discouraging me because everyone else has already done something or by flooding my brain with so many ideas that I never move forward. By stepping away from what everyone else is doing and really focusing on what I want my life to be and what deserves my attention helps recenter my mind.
It’s so important that we develop our own sense of style, likes and dislikes, and passions because thats what makes us unique and our uniqueness is what we have to offer the world.
How I’m getting the creative juices flowing this year without the internet:
- Cooking: One of my favorite things to do is cook. Not just following a recipe or throwing something into the crockpot, but actually learning why things taste good together and how to properly cook things is so much fun! Cooking is a great way to exercise your mind and getting comfortable in the kitchen can make life so much more extraordinary. Also, it makes great date night.
- Hiking: Getting outside can help clear and recharge your mind. I love to get outside and connecting with nature really helps me get inspired.
- Flipping through old photos: Sounds strange, I know, but connecting with your past can really help inspire your future. I love to go through old photos because it helps me remember who I’ve been and how I’ve changed over the years.
- Connecting with friends: Catching up with old friends or the same people you talk to all the time is a great way to get inspired. Focusing less on yourself and engaging with the people you love is the best way to get inspired. Shut the computer, turn off the phone and spend time with the people you love.