Can we do something different today? I skipped Friday’s inspiration, but we still have Monday’s collection. Lately, I’ve been talking to a few of my girlfriends about how I need to stay inspired. And when I am not doing this creatively, it is easy for me to find an unknown puddle of sadness. If it continues, that inner-deep sadness sort of sits, and I’m left grasping at straws. When I was working on the book (and any larger creative project, really) the thing that sort of kept my steam going was creating mood boards for each project. It stimiluates me. It transports me.
Here’s a Monday mood board if you need a bit of inspiration to kick off the week!
There are no rules to this. They are just pictures that have spoken to me. They’re kind of like my saved folder on instgaram, before that existed. So lets go back to the root–they’re almost like magazine clippings in your bedroom wall. While we’re at it, we should get that going too.
What do you do to stay inspired?
(photo sources from top down: FENTY, Laca USA, unknown, unknown, Elénore , Rupi Kaur, Shan Wallace, Mengly, unknown Negative Underwear )
Pretty much the same. A lot of the research I do and the work I develop begins from a creative process like this. I mostly find myself digging through folk lore, found photographs and the archive but I’m also often finding inspiration in other spaces. Thank you for sharing this.
I love this, Ashley. Thank you for sharing,
I completely understand what you are saying. I operate in a similar way. My inspiration is based on activities, going for an early run, dip in the pool before starting son’s school lunch. Letting son drive me to school while I enjoy a good cup of joe and take in being the passenger experience. I like my inspirations to be simple activities, ie: afternoon rainstorms, before dinner glass of wine, dog cuddles in the grass, putting on an outdoor air-dried pair of jeans, clean tee and flip flops…nerdy but works for me.
Hi Monica, I love all of these that you listed! I actually don’t think they’re nerdy. They sound grounded. Which is so beautiful. I’m similar where I often take long walks, sit in the park, love washing things by hand and hanging them up-the repetation and sort of labor and way it inspires you. Thank you for sharing. Also, suddently, not scared about having an older child who will one-day drive!
ooo i love rupi. i make sure to prioritize time outside. pink has also been inspiring me lately- i inherited some hand me down pastel pink/purple tees and even though it’s not a color i would have bought i love them, they remind me of dusky summer evenings (so few left). other than nature – reflecting, making lists: https://tps-steph.blogspot.com/search/label/lists, books, and surprisingly enough my crazy messy room – moved in august but with so many trips i haven’t had time to decorate or work on projects, but i’ll get to them, maybe as a serial procrastinator i think i’ve always worked best in chaos
Thank you for sharing. Yes, the last of the summer evenings here int he city were so breathtaking. Thank you!!