Inspiration comes from many different places and is different for everyone. Some people make get inspired by TV shows, Instagram, celebrities, their family and friends, music. Inspiration is all around us, you just have to open your eyes and see it. But how do you take your inspiration and use it? Personally, I express my ideas and interests mostly through my Instagram page and because of this I have been able to be a part of a magical and incredibly supportive community.
Where exactly do I get inspiration? Well there’s quite a few answers to that question, so we’ll start with everyday life. It may be hard for you to look around at the people that you see everyday at home, or at work, and ask yourself if any of them inspire you but once you do find those people, they’ll be your friends or partner for life. My main source of inspo even on the cloudiest days is my wife. She works incredibly hard at everything she does and puts so much passion into her writing and our relationship, and for that I admire her. Find yourself a person that puts your doubts about your dreams to rest and you’ll never have to go to the store at 2am alone for a pint of pity ice cream. My other great source is right there at home too and believe it or not, it’s my doggos.
I know what you’re thinking… but stop right there. Whether or not you’re a dog person, you have to admit they’re pretty good at this life thing. Dogs are so determined guys. Sometimes my dog wants something so bad that rolled under the couch and she’ll put her mind straight to getting it for the next 2 hours, whether or not that means she has to eat half of the couch. We haven’t even mentioned yet how supportive they are, move out of the way boyfriends/girlfriends cause my dog is up for anything. If I wanna chill in bed until noon, dog’s up for it. I wanna go for a 5 mile hike through the woods just to see one little waterfall, heck yeah your dog will do that. You want yellow curtains but everyone thinks they’re hideous. Your dog doesn’t care because most of their world is black and white anyways. So if you’re not so much a relationship type, get yourself to the shelter and snag a lifetimes worth of drooly mouths and snuggles.
I get a good chunk of inspiration from social media too. I use both Instagram and Pinterest pretty often when I’m planning a flatlay or disneybound and even for some basic B Disneyland pictures. Pinterest is pretty much my online mood board, which saves me paper and time when I’m looking for ideas. You can find pretty much anything on Pinterest, which can sometimes get scary so don’t go digging too deep for those ideas.
We’re probably all familiar with the negatives and positives of Instagram, but I’m here to tell you that you’re not going to get very far on your inspirational journey by comparing yourself to those you’re also inspired by. Most Instagrammers out there don’t want you bringing yourself down because of their perfectly color coordinated flatlay, they want you to enjoy their content. It took me a long time to be able to take a picture and think it was good enough for my feed. My problem was mostly because I was taking others ideas and trying to copy them rather than taking them and creating my own project with that original picture just sitting in the back of my brain for inspiration. You can only try your hardest and if you fail, try again. Practice makes perfect right?