When you spend a lot of time creating and a lot of time on the internet, it's exhausting to stay inspired. Everything you can scroll past on Instagram is inspiring. But while continuously scrolling through images may fill an aesthetic void, it doesn't leave you with motivation to create something yourself. Most times, it leaves you feeling drained and in a mindset of comparing yourself and your work to others. Screw dat.
I made a lot of changes to my lifestyle over this past month that have helped me stay inspired. Not just creatively inspired but inspired to be living the life I do and inspired to make this life even better. The kind of inspired that motivates.
1) Create a Morning Routine that Works for You
I used to wake up at 8am--sounds early right? The only problem was I would scroll through social media for at least an hour before I actually started my day. I wasn't optimizing on my productivity level. For this and other reasons, I knew my lifestyle
had to change--specifically my morning routine.
My new morning routine is I wake up at 8am and actually get out of bed. The first thing I do upon waking up is drink a full glass of water. I then light incense, turn up music, and practice yoga for the next half hour. Finally, I shower and eat breakfast. By roughly 9:30 I have started my work. I do not use my phone for the first two hours of waking up. This allows me to focus in the morning. Focus on my accomplishments and failures of the prior day and focus on my goals of this new day. It has really allowed me to objectively see what has and hasn't been working for my business.
This routine may not work forever and it may not work for everyone. But it works for me in this time. I encourage you to form a morning routine for yourself. The start of the day has an impact on how the rest of the day will unfold.
2) Listen to Motivating Podcasts
What I miss about the college environment is the dialogue. And what I don't get a lot in the creative field in Cleveland is the dialogue of creatives who I can learn from. The creative industry is hard to succeed in (at first) because there is no right formula for success. From these podcasts, I've learned how other creatives have gotten their start and what worked for them. Aka what can work for me.
I would really recommend the Mouthwash podcast and Laptop Lifestyle with Alexis Teichmiller.
3) Get in Tuned with Yourself
This sounds all hippy-dippy but this is important. We, as human beings, are constantly changing. From every interaction we have to every piece of media we consume, we change ever so slightly. Think about this with me: Your'e walking in the morning to get coffee and while walking past someone, they stop and compliment your outfit. Just like that your mindset for the day has changed. You smile and see the world a little bit brighter. You just changed ever so slightly. It's important to stay in tuned with yourself and to check in with how you and your priorities have changed over time.
I have gotten to know myself this month by making a vision board. A vision board is a collage of inspiring cut-outs from magazines. From my vision board, I found a color palette I am subconsciously very much into (hella yellows). I also found I am very inspired by floral textures and lots of contrast. It's weird how stuff like this really makes you see who you are.
Lately, when I really connect with a quote, I write it down and start looking at them often to keep myself on track. These quotes especially:
--Everything fell into place when we decided our lives were to be lived. Life serves the risk-taker. -Evasion
--You're never going to "feel like it" -Natalie Allen
These are all my tips for now!