Feeding your Inspiration

Inspiration hits at weird times.

It’s one of those things that shows up when you don’t really expect or want it to. Inspiration shows up in the middle of a run and you don’t have your sketchbook or at 7pm when you’ve just started cooking dinner. Sometimes inspiration comes knocking at the end of midterms week when you’re slammed with work and your personal life is a mess and you don’t think you have the time to act on your ideas.

It’s been exactly two months since I last published a post on this blog, which has been eating at me every day. Though I don’t post with the frequency of a real blogger, this space is where I go to get out some of the ideas that swim around my head all day. Unfortunately, I got back from my trip to Europe and quickly turned around to start my senior year of college, make two more trips out of state and celebrate my 21st birthday. Oh, while working two jobs and trying to finish my senior capstone. And I’m somehow supposed to fill out grad school applications?! I’m tired just thinking about it.

I’m not alone in this whirlwind of busyness. It is so common for us to get so wrapped up in the day-to-day operations of existing and focusing on work/school related priorities that hobbies are the very first thing to fall to the wayside. It is so easy to feel undeserving of taking time yourself when there is a million people out in the world who are counting on you.

When you step back and think about, this is probably the fastest way to kill productivity and happiness! Sitting down for 30 minutes to an hour in order to do something that makes you happy is the number one way to hit the reset button on your attitude. Stress and anxiety can be a half a step away from creativity if you just slightly shift your focus.

I wrote this post today in 20 minutes with no attempt to edit because I knew the only things that would get rid of my anxious energy were:

  1. A run
  2. Listening to Act 1 of Hamilton (ideally while running)
  3. Making a long list of things I am dying to create or accomplish that I actually don’t have time for (hello, 57 item long book list)
  4. A frantically written and published blog post to remind myself how happy writing makes me 

Who said your self-care or hobby has to absorb your entire day? Who said the work or art you produce always has to be profound? Hell, who said you have to be good at your favorite hobby?

I dare you to wrap up your busy week by doing a little thing that makes you happy. Let me know what you did or made in the comments. I’d love any self-care tips you have, fun books suggestions, or project ideas!

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1 Comment

  • Reply kfleppek November 4, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Love your writing. Thanks for reminding me to take time for things that make me happy.

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