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Inspiring the Creative Mind

Updated on October 1, 2014

What Inspires Us?

Staying aware of what's around me at all times comes naturally to me. It enriches my life and is a great way to find inspiration for my own creative work. To help others consider how they might spark their own creativity, here are a few of the things I have "found" that have provided me with creative inspiration. Not all are visual, as you will see, but they have all touched me in some way and become a part of my "tool box".

As you read this, consider where you might find your inspiration.

Nature: My Biggest Inspiration


Nature - This is definitely number one for me.

Nature is, for me, one of the greatest sources of joy and inspiration. I find that being out in the woods, walking on the beach or looking at a flower is calming, nurturing, sometimes surprising and ever-fascinating. There are seemingly endless things to see, smell, hear and touch and it's all constantly changing.

Here are some of the inspiring places in nature that I truly adore.

Some Writings That Have Helped Me to be my Creative Self

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace

I met the author of this book about 15 years ago when he made a presentation at a higher education conference I attended. He inspired me then and his writings inspire me now. This is a fabulous book about creativity and the importance of allowing it to blossom. Gordon was an artist and worked for Hallmark. He created a position for himself and called it the Creative Paradox. His goal was to inspire others to be who they truly are and not hold back on their gift of creativity.

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

I refer to this book often. It reminds me that being highly sensitive (aware, intuitive, creative) is unique and valued and not something to try and hide.


Other People's Stories

Getting a glimpse into someone else's life can open your eyes and heart to consider that there are many more ways to view and experience the world around you than you may have thought.

Contemporary Artists

Here are two contemporary artists whose work I very much enjoy and appreciate. They are both phenomenal! See for yourself.

Other People's Stories

Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart
Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart

This journal, written by a little girl in the early 1900's in a very unique style, chronicles the magical and rich relationship Opal Whitley had with the natural world while living in Oregon. Charming, quirky and inspiring. Her view of the trees, flowers and animals around her is very personal and almost poetic.


Cookbooks - Food as Art!

You may think it odd that I am including cookbooks, but it's another wonderful sensory experience of life and if you pay attention, in the moment, to what you are eating, smelling, even seeing in your food, it can be very inspirational.

Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance
Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance

What an interesting new way to think of food: the importance of aroma! I love looking through this book and imagining all the wonderful things I will make by adding essential oils. A new perspective on cooking and eating!


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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I'm inspired by the awesome potential that exists in each of us.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      Great article about inspiration, you've just given me some!!!...:)rwjr

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Nature inspires me the most.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      cute baby! wat inspires me is getting and spreading awareness to people about travelling the philippines :)

      i just started squidoo yesterday and im here to get word out for the up and coming website, - u can check out my lens for more info ;) thanks in advance and hope to see you there. ;)

      we also feature tips and personal, firsthand information on travelling and how best to get around and what to do in the Philippines!! hope to see you there!! mabuhay! :)

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      AnneVis 10 years ago

      Lovely lens!