4 Quick and easy ways to feel inspired that doesn't take much time or planning

I have time but.... no motivation to create!


oh man, Been there done that! I could go on about how many times I have been there.

The dirty little secret is this: It's crazy simple: the more you do the work (aka create something) the more inspiration follows. 

Sound too good to be true right? Let me give you this example, and it's true with any art forms, fine arts, music, acting, writing, you name it.

I was recently at a girls weekend at Pine Lake, one of the prettiest lakes in Iowa, imagine, I had the whole weekend to my self to work on painting, and creating whatever my little heart wanted. So I planned on what I wanted to do, packed the backend of my flex with art supplies, and off I went for the weekend for some much needed "me" time. It was amazing! I thought for sure I would get into a slump and not want to create much by the end of the weekend, that never happened! I was filled with more and more ideas, until, I got carried away. I came home with even more inspiration than I did before I left.


I think it's because I showed up to do the work, and once you are in your zone your artist child is like, hey remember this, yeah that sounds like a lot of fun, it's just paper try it and see what comes of it. When you are creating you are really telling your artist's that you are ready to listen to it, and do the actual work or creating. It's really that simple.

However, if you are new to this do the work complex, or principle, here are some great ways to help you feel inspired.

a fun kid activity I love doing!
1. List your favorite things to do as a child, (from Ages 8-12) is my sweet spot. Was it being outside and exploring? listening to music and dancing? For me, it was being outside in nature and taking in the beauty. Guess what I do every day? I walk on a trail with my dog to just be in nature, it truly inspires me! I also had fond memories of coloring, water coloring, and making patterns with my crayons.

Now do one or two of those things on your list. It might be just too doodle for 30 min. it's worth it.

2. Do something with your hands that doesn't take creative brain power, like baking bread, or a making a pie, or for me, it's in the kitchen, I just made a pumpkin pie for my family, it was worth the time I put in for my family and for my artist's brainchild. Other ideas would be to work out in your garden, work on your bike, Do something with your hands, like knitting. Although you will never find me knitting. (hand-eye coordination, with sitting for a period of time is not my idea of fun.) I remember last year in December I made chocolate peanut butter cups for the first time, I felt so empowered after making them I had to create something. Sing it with me, gotta be starting something, gotta be starting something.... Sol!

What do you love to create with you hands that isn't "art"

3. Visual boards are so underestimated, it sounds as cheesy and it is, but starting a visual board of things that interest you is one of my all-time favorite ways to be inspired, I often start a visual board when I am working on a specific subject, like flowers, or trees, or seasons, or colors, the idea behind this is it's a great way to see what inspires you, collect magazines, cut out pictures that you want up on a board, my cabinets in my art room/studio is always plastered with at least one visual board. My visual board is magazine pictures taped onto a white piece of butcher paper. within an hour I have a vision board that helps me see what I want to paint or create. It's usually not other people's work of art. They are things/nouns that I can see that makes me happy. Follow me on Pinterest

Last but not least, my favorite help tool for finding inspiration is this:

4. Write it out, talk it out and clean it out! When I am at a creative halt, I dig my heels in and say I am going to create even if nothing comes of it.... not always a great idea. I truly feel that my creativity and my soul is linked. If something is not well with my soul, whatever I make is futile. What I need to do then is to literally call on my bff, or write it out, I am sometimes surprised what had been bugging me just by writing it out, and letting the issue air out a bit, so to speak. If you are not in the creative mood just write it out or talk it out. My favorite is to talk to a friend while cleaning. Then I feel energized to finish the painting I have been neglecting, or starting a project that has been on my mind.

Doing small creative things to help you feel inspired and ready to start a project is always worth the extra time!

What about you, what is your go too for feeling more creative?

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