Inspiration is closer than you think

They say you can grab inspiration from anywhere, and bam that might be your next million dollar idea. I think as creatives, we have so many blocks: writer’s block, design block, typical art blocks? Outside of the normal inspiration-inducing tips you can probably find online:

  • Keep a notebook by your side
  • Reading
  • Hit the gym

It’s still a struggle to stay inspired everyday.

Megan Correnti owns a little boutique on Etsy and shared that she isn’t concerned about ‘staying creative’ necessarily, it’s more of keeping up with her ideas, because like any of us, she has a lot. Some things she does to help productivity is having a notebook around. It’s easily accessible to write down ideas and notes that she might have spontaneously. However, you craft it how you want it to work best for you. Writing things down has been proven to help you remember better, though! Correnti is also a big pop culture junkie so reading, audio books, or Netflix will always be in the background.

Additionally, she goes to the zoo! She expressed that being at the zoo helps her not have to deal with people and orders, just animals and their purity. I’d have to agree on this as business owners who constantly deal with clients and prospects, sometimes you get tired of human contact and need a break.

Closer than you think

No one ever thinks that the inspiration could be right in your current space, home, office, room, etc. One of Correnti’s coolest creations (to us) is her prints of her black cat Fester! She found inspiration through her cats especially her black cat because of his shenanigans around the house which she has made into prints that really hit off well in the digital space.

Photo by Megan Correnti

She found a black cat audience which skyrocketed her Fester card series and her newest additions for Easter Set are actually a continuation of her Valentine’s Day and Christmas edition. She shared that this success has made her want to invest into Fester (the cat character) to become the next TokiDokiwe see that happening, you go girl!

Thus, take a second and break off from your workspace and take in your current space. How can you tie what’s going on inside this space into your work as a creative? Write all the ideas down, even if they seem dumb. Revisit later, you might find your next ‘million dollar idea’!

On that note, Correnti is determined to get her other cat on it’s way to fame too. So don’t worry little one! He’s just a bit more special-patterned and requires more attention to detail *winks*

 

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19 Replies to “Inspiration is closer than you think”

  1. I really enjoyed this post and I love your writing style. I don’t go anywhere without a notebook because as you say, inspiration can strike anywhere. You’ve really made me think about my current environment in a different way. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. The Creative Folks says: Reply

      For sure! We think a notebook is always an essential anyways because we have a thousand ideas all at once!

  2. Great post! I don’t know why but most of my inspiration comes to me in bath or shower! 😀

    1. The Creative Folks says: Reply

      Some of mine come from the shower too haha, something about the water!
      -Tammy

  3. For me inspiration always come when I’m relaxed and just don’t think to much about it. I find that every time i am relaxed and I don’t worry about the project, great things come out. I really enjoyed reading your article.

  4. Oh the notebook!! I have about three that I drag around with me all the time! And when I just don’t have a moment to write things down (for some reason my colleagues seem to be against me doing that in the middle of a meeting), I keep running the idea over and over in my head in a desperate attempt to remember it until I can write it down! I’m never really looking for inspiration, it just seems to our out of me – my biggest issue is focusing on one thing until it’s fully developed! Oh and energy, I just never have enough energy! Thanks for the great read 🙂

    1. The Creative Folks says: Reply

      Totes feel this! We have a ton of ideas, the notebook has always been our best friend!

  5. I keep a notebook or extra scrap paper on my desk to jot down ideas I have. If I am out of the house and doing errands, I like to use Evernote on my phone to take down notes.

  6. Thanks so much for reminding me to write my ideas down in a notebook!! I make little lists on small pieces of paper and then loose them all the time!! keep meaning to get a notebook that will fit in my purse. I sometimes just feel overwhelmed by all the ideas. What to do next? ❤️

  7. Yes I agree that you have to bring always a notebook for ideas because in just a snap it may lose in your memory. Like me, my ideas came in most unexpected place and scenarios.

  8. I always have a notebook by my side just in case I have inspiration!!

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