Trying to find inspiration when you just aren’t feeling it is seriously frustrating. It literally feels like you are in a HUGE rut. There is no point continuing to do the exact same thing if that’s the case though. You need to shake things up a bit, and get your creative juices flowing abundantly again.
Get Out Of The Boxes
One thing that I’ve found that inhibits creativity more than anything else is when you put yourself in a box. Even if you’ve always done something in a particular way doesn’t mean that you can’t change it up. This is true even if you think this method is working for you. You can always return to your original idea at another time.
Change is necessary in life, and you will definitely learn something new by taking a different route. Comfort zones are for cozying up to a good movie, not necessarily for expansion. When you need inspiration, you are also seeking expansion. It is extremely helpful discovering new things about yourself and what your heart desires in life when you step outside of the box. Don’t let others put you in boxes either. Be free and discover the newness in life!
Whether you work in a studio, an office setting, or at home, take time to get outside in nature as much as possible. Taking these photos outside brought so many new ideas to mind. Usually I prefer to take my journal with me over my tripod. It was still so refreshing to be in the grass and admiring the flowers. The sun recharges you and warms your soul. Changing your work setting completely can also help immensely!
Indulge In The Arts
I can’t hardly believe the day is finally here! Tonight my hubby and I are attending the ballet. Tickets for this performance was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law this past holiday. Nothing inspires me more than going to a dance performance.
I love dressing up for the occasion, reading the art bulletin, and watching incredible artists share their gifts and talents that they have worked so hard to cultivate. This obviously inspires me as a dancer, but this inspiration also seeps into my writing, photography, and other creative work. I also love going to the museum, listening to a live jazz band, and taking part in the music festival season.
Journal, Dabble & Create Something
I used to seek inspiration at the mall, or at least I thought I was being inspired there. That was obviously before I began my minimalist lifestyle journey. Even as someone who enjoys designing a few clothing pieces and upcycling items on occasion, my true inspiration comes from sources unrelated.
Writing down any ideas that come to me during the day, or as part of my morning journaling ritual really helps to spark fresh thoughts. It can be abstract visions, a note of something to research, or even words that provoke a feeling that I want to create with my work. If nothing interesting comes to mind, I can at least do a bit of venting with my writing which clears my mental space.
Yesterday I took out the bead supplies that I’ve kept and designed two necklaces. Crafting and even drawing is so much fun even if it is not a normal hobby for you. Your inner child will delight in it, plus even random acts of creativity will inspire other areas of creativity.
(Thrifted Calypso sand linen tee, Thrifted JBrand ivory skinny jeans, Thrifted Freebird brown boots, Thrifted gifted brown leather tooled messenger bag & turquoise/silver bracelet… all from my S/S 2016 capsule wardrobe)
Not being inspired can feel grey, yet there are many ways to move around this.
What do you do to boost your inspiration and creativity?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)