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Where do you get your inspiration?

July 19, 2012

Hello, dear readers! I hope that your week is going well. I’ve found it a bit difficult to find motivation this week so I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about inspiration. Where do you find your inspiration? Since the only way to to get guaranteed results in anything is doing nothing, we probably all could do with a bit of inspiration now and then to actually get up and get things done. So without further ado, I’m going to share where I get some of my inspiration and hope you will do the same in comments.

Books
Unsurprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration from books I read. Whether it’s Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, or Neil Gaiman’s Instructions (preferably the Charles Vess Illustrated version), I find lots of inspiration and motivation through reading. Reading often motivates me to write, which also helps then inspire more research and discovery. Although, sometimes reading just inspires curling up for a nap, too, which I think is perfectly fine (especially on a lazy afternoon).

Beautiful Portals Tumblr
Without a doubt, one of my favorite places to go for beautiful images and scenes to inspire my creativity. With images like the one below, how could I not feel a sense of calm and desire to go create beautiful things?
photo of Petersen Wyoming reclaimed timber home foyer

Blog Posts
I don’t care what anyone says about blogs being passe or unimportant, I love blogs and get lots of inspiration from various posts about work stuff, designs, and projects. Lifehacker inspires me to be more efficient and learn new skills. Craft Blog inspires me to do creative projects and taught me about pie-in-a-jar which is truly one of the brilliant inventions of this age. More library blogs inspire me than I can possible mention here, along with the brilliant blog posts of my friends. And some blog posts make me angry, which then inspires action.

Walks and Yoga
I am a fan of walks and yoga because both can be done with minimal equipment, make me feel good, and aren’t competitive. I quite like those properties of walking and yoga. I also find them to be forms of moving meditation which is good for people like me who find it hard to sit still for long periods of time, but still crave clarity and need to get away from a computer screen sometimes.

So where do you get your inspiration from, dear readers? Do you find the need to recharge to find inspiration or does your daily living give you enough inspiration that you are filled to the brim?

I’ll be back soon with more thoughts on libraries, archives, technology, and connections. Until then, read, pause, and enjoy the summer. Allons-y!

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