One of my favorite passions is to create! I wanted to start this new blog to share my creations but also to inspire and motivate others in their ventures to create. We all have ideas whether we acknowledge them or not. When we entertain our ideas fully, a product has the potential to be born. By doing blogs on creativity, I want to show you that your ideas are worth your time and energy. Notice I didn’t say worth other people’s time. One of the important lessons in displaying your creativity is that it must be for you first. The time you create must mean something to you. Others will not always look on with astonishment or understand what was processed when you developed your creation. I’ve been there before. It takes your focus off doing what you love to do. To look for that as your reward would be setting yourself up for disappointment. Creative people are gifted to work varied ways to bring into existence something that originated as a thought. I say enjoy that to the fullest, and those who appreciate art will follow.
To begin to create you need a few things going for you. In my experience, it starts with an idea. Then I am inspired to move on that idea after brainstorming many ways it can work or seeing how it connects to other things that I am doing. Once I am inspired, motivation takes over and I move to create. Sometimes my creations are not always connected to other projects that I’m involved in, but they are therapeutic in helping to clear my mind and put me in a creative mood. Many of my ideas are also born from my mind being open to possibility. Two examples of products I was inspired and motivated to do was writing my first book, Lemonade and building a city as a learning project while homeschooling our kids. Allow me to share how inspiration and motivation can work for you.
How does inspiration happen?
I can give you an example of how inspiration happens by presenting an illustration of an act we do every day without effort. Inspiration is like the act of breathing. When your intrapulmonary pressure is low it triggers air to move into your lungs. That is how inspiration works with breathing. It works similar in the same way when we need to be inspired to be creative. When I find myself at a low on feeling inspired, I seek out ways to make it happen. As a writer, I don’t always feel like writing all the time. As a nurse, I don’t always feel like looking up health information. We all feel stuck sometime in the things that we do. It doesn’t mean that you don’t like it anymore or that it’s not the thing to do anymore.
It just means that you need to Be Inspired!
I can name three things that inspire me when I feel stuck. Meditation is usually my first option. I use meditation to clear my mind of things that are meaningless, things that don’t build me or make me feel confident. This is important for me because sometimes I find I pick up useless things during a day that crowd my mind, offering nothing to help me move forward. Meditating allows me to focus on things that are useful to my growth and creativity. Observing nature is another way I get inspired. I like outdoors, so it’s not a far stretch to feel inspired. I use all my senses to gather as much beauty as I can to inspire myself. I remember times when I would go to beach to sit and listen to the waves being pushed back and forth into the shore. The last way I will mention is researching or looking at other artists. There is something encouraging about seeing how others worked through the same struggles you are currently struggling with. To see their finished products, you can be inspired that yours too will be finished and admired.
Once you are full of inspiration you must do something with it. That’s where motivation comes in. Being motivated urges you to move. There needs to be an outlet for the inspired energy. The times when I’m motivated I can get a lot done. I write, I create, and I outline steps to future ideas. Let me take you back to the same example I used for understanding inspiration. Inspiration is breathing in. Motivation is breathing out. All that you took in can now come out in a way that puts your ideas a step further. This paints a clear picture of how inspiration and motivation work together. Unlike breathing, that happens without our thought. We must be intentional with being inspired and motivated. We are not all inspired and motivated by the same things, so you must find what does it for you.
I hope you were encouraged to create those wonderful ideas you have. My hope is to give you more than that. If you can remember to feed yourself inspiration and motivation intentionally, you are well on your way to being the person you want to be. Please subscribe to taunyasbnb.com to see more blogs on Taunya’s Creations and other areas I write about. Until the next time, BE CREATIVE!