I’m asked ALL THE TIME where I get my inspiration from. It’s probably a very gracious way of people asking what’s happening in my head and is everything okay! It might bubble up because I’m so curious about everyone else’s creative process (tell me yours in the comments below!).
Honestly, this blog should probably have been titled, “What Kills Your Inspiration?” Because that comes first and is at the root of all of this.
- People who are not kind
- Manuals (*There is a caveat)
- Rules (See manuals. Shocker)
* Manuals (I like to make them, but hate to read them. Following them? Impossible! Except the ones I write!) Have you seen my FREE guide on Becoming An Event Planner? In it, I talk about how to brand yourself, which has a lot to do with inspiration!
- Beautiful magazines and glossy paper
- The smiles of my children
- Books (all of them)
- Finding things I thought were lost
- Hiking in the morning
- More coffee (No, I am not over-caffeinated as I write this! Or buzzed! Speaking of which…)
- Vodka. That very much inspires me, as do most cocktails
- Ethnic markets for out of the ordinary foods
- Lack of constraints
I Do What Works For Me! You Should Do What Works For You!
Know those “lack of constraints” mentioned above? With each passing year as an entrepreneur, I’ve moved away from trying to conform to business rules about “what works,” what “should” work, and what everyone says works. Because most of the time it doesn’t and it’s very expensive to execute. That’s why I do what works for ME! I work only with clients that I enjoy. I work on projects that bring me fulfillment. I eat what I love (last night that consisted of not one, but TWO donuts with frosting and sprinkles! oops!) You should do the same! If you’re not passionate about a project or a client, pass on them and seek out the things that excite you!
It’s Okay To Go Rogue!
There are too many normal people out there. So, you, my darlings, now that you’re a part of my inner world of mischief and innovation should embrace the freedom to be as crazy and unique as you choose to be! Take it from yours truly, that’s where you’ll find your inspiration!
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