Morning Pages #01: How I find inspiration as a creative

A couple of years ago I had a slight nervous breakdown, wondering why I struggled with certain subjects at school – particularly ones like maths or maths related. Most of my friends were pretty good at it and needless to say I felt like I was stupid at times because I could never grasp it, no matter how hard I studied, it would just not stick.

After a while I found the answer to the dilemma, and it was relatively simple. I was just more creative than logical ( which explained A LOT ! ) So, rather than killing myself trying to think in a way that I wasn’t wired to think, I channeled a lot of my energy into the arts, and immersed myself in books, art, plays etc…

I channeled a lot of my energy into the arts

 

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This led to me doing Fine Art at school as well as the creation of my very first blog ( which you can look at here – if you feel like having a laugh! ) Amid all of this I did feel burnt out when it came to ideas for new content for both art and my blog and looked to lots of sources  to jumpstart my creativity.

I did feel burnt out when it came to ideas.

So, I thought I’d share it with all of you , and maybe it might of use to some of you in some aspect of your life.

Yes, a lot of “inspiration” does come from Pinterest/Tumblr/ Instagram/blogs etc…   but I’ve found that some of my best ideas don’t come from the internet – which, in all honesty, has been so refreshing because so much of my life revolves around the internet and social media. So this is a list of non-internet sources of inspiration.

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Recently, I’ve taken up the task of writing in a journal. Now, if you’re someone who doesn’t usually get a lot of time for leisure / down time , than maybe try this a few days a week if you can’t manage everyday.  I’ve found it so helpful in allowing my mind to breathe a bit, as I try to de-clutter it. Alongside this, as I write – regardless of what it is, I’ve found that I come up with a lot of ideas because I’m allowing my mind to take a breather. It also helps me feel a lot calmer and puts  my day into perspective, which is really handy if you’re someone that tends to over -think like I do. It’s also amazing to see how much your life has changed when you eventually read them back.

I’m allowing my mind to take a breather.

Another great non-internet related way to find inspiration is to go on walks. To walk around little neighbourhoods/ parks/ quiet streets ( the safe ones of course) allows your imagination to wander. It could be people who you see walking by, or textures from cobbled streets or brick walls, or even a little café/coffee shop you stumble upon -no matter where you walk you are bound to find great ideas or even just the urge to create making its way into your mind.

 

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One of the best ways to trigger ideas/ creativity is to talk to people. Be it friends, family or a stranger – the more you talk to other people and listen to their opinions on topics/ issues the more open-minded you become, which ultimately expands the limits to your imagination. Now I know you can talk to people through social media, but I just think that there is such a genuine connection when speaking to someone face to face, which is priceless. There have been so many times that mid conversation I come up with an idea for a blog post; or once I’m done talking to certain people I’m always left inspired and feel the urge to create something.

…such a genuine connection when speaking to someone face to face

My last tip on sparking creativity* is to surround yourself with any form of art – theatre productions, art galleries, exhibitions,photography, or good books/poetry. Stories told by other people/ or experiences that are told without speech has always been of interest to me, I like to explore different form of expression because it helps me to cultivate my own voice. The works that I have found myself enjoying/liking have helped me figure out what type of creative I am and what kind of works I want to provide myself. I think that if you ever get the chance to go and see an exhibition or production take it – because it’s not just  the works but also the atmosphere that can spark something within you!

it’s not just  the works but also the atmosphere

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So there you finally have it, a little bit of  Monday inspo to kickstart the week! If any of you have any other ways that you seek inspiration / or share the same as I do, please let me know I’d love to hear about it!

[ Ps: Morning Pages is a series I’m starting which is quite literally going to be “morning pages” ( props for creativity ! ) but, essentially it’s  just gonna consist of chatty little ( or not so little! )posts about life/ inspiration/ creativity. So I hope you like it, let me know your thoughts if it’s something that interests you even the slightest bit ]

 

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