Despite our best intentions, inspired projects often get pushed to the back burner, especially when we’re busy with other commitments. It’s not easy to stick to a creative practice, and it definitely takes a huge amount of commitment and discipline to stay on track.
I’ve been blogging and writing creatively on and off for about four years now. I say “on and off” because it really has been a touch and go process, and I haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked.
There are a ton of reasons why your own creative projects might be falling by the wayside, but I think we can all agree that life tends to get in the way. Sometimes the monotony of the daily grind just isn’t all that inspiring, and we have no desire to create because we’ve been cut off from the wellspring of inspiration.
Don’t give up on that book, painting or photography essay just yet, though! Your creative projects are so worth the extra effort. I believe every creation is inherently worthwhile and valuable, no matter how imperfect it may be. We came here to create things and manifest a life full of passion, magic and wonderful art to inspire others, so don’t ever believe that little voice inside that says you’re not a real writer, actor or whatever other artistic pursuits you engage in.
Sometimes, all we need is a little kick in the butt to get started. We don’t live in vacuums after all, and we’re all here to inspire and motivate one another to create magic and enjoy the process. Here are my favourite ways to get inspired to set the creative process in motion:
1. Read an inspiring book. Books never fail to snap me out of normal reality and into another world completely. Whether fiction or non-fiction, reading is my absolute favourite way to unwind, decompress and get inspired to create something new. Right now, I’m loving the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. It’s about faeries and romance and all things wonderful, and the series has me so inspired to write my next novel. There’s truly no better feeling than reading something that resonates with you, so don’t feel like you have to finish a boring book if it doesn’t do anything for you!
2. Move. Yoga, Pilates, dance and running are my favourite ways to get my endorphins revving and the creative juices flowing. I always feel so much more positive and inspired after a session, and exercise gives me that empowered feeling I need to create things without worrying about what others think. If you’re ever feeling stuck in a low-vibe, uninspired mood, run fast or go to a fun movement class to revamp your mind and gain a fresh perspective.
3. Relax and use your imagination. I find I’m always pinched off from awesome ideas when I’m stuck worrying, doubting or debating something. If you really want to bring in new, fresh ideas for your projects, the best thing to do is relax and get into the receptive mode. Watch a movie, hang out with friends, or go for a walk in nature, but whatever you do, don’t stress! Let your mind wander to magical and creative places and see where it takes you.
4. Stalk inspiring people. Well, don’t stalk them, but read about their backgrounds, follow them on social media, and check out their work. When you’re impressed by the path of someone else, it means that you possess the exact same qualities they do, and you’re really just inspired by your own talent. I’m inspired by so many amazing people every day on social media, in books and all around me IRL, and they’re the real reasons I keep going with my creative projects. How would you even know you wanted to be a blogger, filmmaker, or chef without the likes of Steven Spielberg or Nigella Lawson inspiring you? Use the lives of successful people to motivate you to keep going and achieve more every day.
How do you get inspired to work on your creative projects? Let me know in the comments below!
For more ideas on how to get inspired, check out this post on how to get out of a creative rut.