I ended my last blog post saying how I feel as though I’ve got my inspiration back! so I wanted to write a little bit more about where I gather my inspiration from. Sometimes I will sit down at my laptop and try so hard to search desperately for something to give me a little bit of inspiration to get me going again. But it’s the times where I try to find it that I never do! I gather inspiration when I least expect it. Don’t we all?!
Sometimes I will be walking back from work and a song will come on through my headphones and my brain will suddenly burst with inspiration. I think about all the things I want to write about. Or I think about all the places I want to go, things I want to do with my life. There is nothing like a good song to brighten up a dull day and when I’m happy that’s where my inspiration gathers. My current (and usual) favourites are Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard, Bon Iver and George Ezra. As you can tell it’s the pop folk kind of music that clicks in me most! But I also can’t help a little fast pace summery music too!
I love photography – as you probably already know. The internet is full of beautiful photos and I only need to load up instagram and a couple of clicks later and the photos just keep rolling in! My favourites are Nirrimi from the road is home and Katie from Mummy daddy & me. – Both of whom take amazing photos of their beautiful girls. It inspires me to use my camera more (if that’s possible) and be more adventurous with the photos I take of Daisy. Sometimes I feel like they are all a little bit same-ish so when I get inspiration from these girls I feel like I want to mix things up a little! Old photos too – I look at old photos of being on holiday in Florida and it motivates me and inspires me to save better so that I can afford to go as soon as possible. It reminds me how much I love traveling and how I need to give in to this over run feeling of wanderlust and jet off places as much as we possibly can!
People inspire me. I could be walking around a miserable gloomy old town, where people seem to walk with their heads down and all it takes is a simple smile or ‘hello’ from a polite stranger and the moment seems to turn around completely. I feel less angry with how grumpy people seem and more enlightened to be happy and smile at strangers. I hope that I can brighten someone else’s day in the same way that little ol’ stranger brightened mine!
This one probably kind of speaks for itself. What better way to get inspiration by simply looking at your family. Thinking of past memories, thinking of future memories and just enjoying living in the present with them too. Daisy inspires me every day to be better. She inspires me to work hard so that I can give her everything she needs in life. Andrew inspires me to work hard at what I love. He always believes in me and it’s having someone I love believing in me that inspires me to put my all into everything I love.
Moments can be inspiring too. It may sound silly but sitting on the sofa after putting Daisy to bed, with a cup of tea, watching hollyoaks and waiting for Andrew to get back from work can sometimes inspire me. Because I can finally sit down and have a little ‘me’ time. I can take my mind off everything going on around me and focus on nothing but rubbish tv and a perfectly made tea. It then kind of inspires me to get off my ass and get working on Oh Lilla magazine. Haha!
I would love to know what inspires you?