Those who know me at all know that I’m a total sucker for sketchbooks and notebooks. I absolutely love them. My mom has put a ban on new notebooks because I’ve got stacks of them. But it’s not that I’m just crazy obsessed with them (well, I kinda am but we don’t need to have an intervention mid-blog so I’m going to leave that for another time). I just love filling them. I have so many notebooks that are filled with dialogue prompts, story ideas, drawings, etc.
When I get a sketchbook, there will always be at least one page in the book that is a new design with the words “Stay Inspired”. Why?
Well, let’s talk about it.
It’s super easy to get inspired. I’ve said this sooo many times. You can walk out on your front porch or open up your laptop (I know y’all wake up and check Instagram so don’t lie) and get inspired to write, draw, sing, etc.
How many people get in their car and just start humming the song that’s stuck in your head? (I CAN’T be the only person that does this.)
Guys, it’s so easy to get inspired. But to stay inspired is a little more complicated. What about the bad days? The difficult days at work? The day after a bad fight with someone? The days where it rains?
Guys, please don’t turn into your grandmother and start gushing “Oooh let’s everybody look for the rainbow!” because, come ON people! Let’s face the facts. There are some rainy days that are full-on depressing and just plain SUCK. And on those days, it’s really hard to be inspired.
Here in Newport, Tennessee, it has rained for months. Occasionally we get a day or two (a couple days if you’re lucky) of sun, but then it’s back to rain. It’s been so hard to get inspired, much less stay that way. So what do we do?
Surround yourself with creativity and inspiration. It doesn’t matter what it is, or where it is. It can be song quote on your mirror, or Bible verses on your fridge, or a note from a friend in your dashboard. Heck, it can be a Taco Bell burrito in your mouth! It really doesn’t matter.
Just surround yourself with the good things.
Oh gosh… I sound like a motivational speaker that says “Look at the glass half full!”
Trust me, I know it’s not always that easy. I’ve been kinda MIA on here lately because I have just had no motivation or inspiration to write and blog. There are some days I don’t want to even get out of bed. I just want to be lazy and chill in my pjs.
You want to know what I do then?
Get up, eat something (sometimes), brush my teeth, and go back to my bed.
Not to sleep, but to get creative.
I know that sitting on your bed is probably a weird way to motivate yourself to get up, but it really works. I surround myself with my sketchbooks, pencils, guitar, and my Bible. That is all the inspiration I need to get me going. I write, I draw as I write, I write chord progressions and even songs (which will NEVER be released), and I pick a certain verse and study up and spend time talking to God. I have never NOT found a verse or prayed a prayer that didn’t change how I go about my day.
Guys, sometimes inspiration starts with the simple things. And to stay inspired, you have to discipline yourself to keep going with it.
So let me challenge you. If you spend 5-10 minutes a day disciplining yourself, immersing yourself in creative energy and inspiration, then that discipline turns into a devotion, and that devotion turns into a desire. You won’t want to go a day without doing (or surrounding yourself with) something creative.
It will change the way you look at things. I promise you, you will see the change in less than 7 days. If you don’t, you can quit, you can can yell at me and blow up my email and never read another one of my blogs again.
But I’m betting you don’t have to.
Trust me, it works.
Stay inspired, fellow creatives.