What Inspires You?

Currently, I’m en route home from London, feeling utterly inspired. And truth be told, I was feeling it before leaving. There was something different in the city air. Maybe it was the heat and the blooming trees. Maybe it was finally feeling a settling with my book tour, a “that was beautiful!” kind of settling.

I do believe what inspires us, like truly, inspires us, keeps us going. It makes hard days and hard weeks bearable. No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, hopefully today is a good day to share what’s inspiring us lately.

Here’s my list:

+Making art for the kids for their various end of year projects

+Picking up the camera again in between.

+ Spending a day with them out and about in the heat

+ The sights and scents of London– it was stunning!

+ A morning on a rooftop with a friend.

+ People watching while riding the bus and the tube in London

+ Conversations with Woman Of Color readers

+ And for sure that one vintage dress in my closet that begs to be worn now that it’s warm.

I’d love to read about what’s on yours?

6 thoughts on “What Inspires You?

  • Reply Grace May 28, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I have been feeling the exact same way for months now! Nothing could get me out of my funk. Usually I’ll catch up with friends, go see an art show, schedule a shoot, etc. But nothing worked.

    Last week I found my inspiration…or maybe I should say “spark” instead? I put in my two weeks notice at my job without lining anything up. I had kind of been planning to do so for a while, though after I found a new gig. But one day at work I just felt so dead inside I knew I had to do quit.

    The past 7 days have been the HAPPIEST I have been in years. I feel like I have so many opportunities. Yeah, I am incredibly stressed about money, but my possibilities are endless right now but I feel so alive it’s worth it. (Though yes, I am aware I’m in a unique situation and not everyone can just up and quit their gigs. I count myself lucky to have saved enough money to give myself a cushion to do this. Plus no house, kids, married partner allow me to be risker.)

    Seems like I just needed to create a challenge to get my inspiration back. Work wasn’t allowing me to grow or pursue creative avenues I cherish–like art and writing–and now, I can make that happen.

    I wonder if you’re the same way? Maybe you need a new challenge to get you inspired? Writing a book must have been a massive, busying endeavor. Are you a busy bee? Someone who thrives with tasks and projects?
    (I sure don’t know you irl so ignore me if that’s super off base haha)

  • Reply latonya May 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Hi Grace!

    I am so happy for you! It feels like such a scary place to be (even with your nets) but it is freeing. And I always believe you have to MAKE ROOM for what you want and need, and sometimes we can not. And yes, it is such a privilege to be able to make that room, I agree.

    I AM 100% a busy bee. The book and book tour has been so wild but also so good for me. Currently looking at some other projects, but even getting my hands busy again with a camera and more stuff on here was really great for me and my mind. It is kind of how I thrive.

    At the same time, it’s not just being busy i think, it’s beinf creative and having room to be? You know.

    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing

  • Reply Crystal Granderson Reid May 28, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Overcast Mondays, summer nights at dusk, brisk Saturday afternoons in the fall, French-inspired cafes, old bookshops, white wood, brass candle holders, cast iron pots, cherry blossom branches and my girls-all of my girls.

    • Reply latonya May 30, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Ahh, this list sounds truly amazing. Thank you!

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