Finding inspiration in everyday life

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It’s no myth that creativity needs feeding and for me nothing feeds it as effortlessly as travel. Immersed in new sights, sounds and smells it’s no wonder why so many artists and writers  are constantly on the move.  Unfortunately jetting off to some far off magical land whenever I hit a creative rut just isn’t an option and so, over the past few years, I’ve been discovering the best ways for me to find inspiration in every day life.

Doodle Give me a pen and paper and without doubt I’ll be doodling away within seconds and when I’m in a creative rut this is exactly what I do. Doodling might seem pointless to some but I find it a great way of absent-mindedly breaking down those creative barriers in my mind to reveal those half formed ideas lurking out the back and bring them to life.

Nature As simple and as cliché as it sounds sometimes I just need to get lost in nature for half an hour to reset my mind and get those creative juices flowing. It’s like Einstein said, “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything”, and who am I to argue with Einstein?

Online With 571 new websites created every minute the internet is an almost bottomless source of information and inspiration. From motivational speeches to singing goats, there’s not much you can’t find online these days.  PintrestISSUU and TED Talks are a few of my go to favourites for when I’m in need of a creative boost.

Slow down The world is moving at a whirlwind pace. We wolf down our breakfast, rush to catch the bus and power through the days to-do list, all in the name of productivity.  Unfortunately through my constant haste I find that I shut myself off from so many potential sources of inspiration. Through simply slowing down and observing the world around you you may find that you stumble upon inspiration in the smallest of details.

Trust your instincts I’ve wasted far too much time overthinking and scrapping ideas before I’ve even given them a chance. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut comparing your initial ideas with someone else’s finished work. It may have taken me many years but I’ve finally come to agree with Rita Mae Brown on this one “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts”.

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