Being inspired

What inspires you? And (this may be a contentious point) do you think we put way too much value on inspiration?

I love that feeling of being inspired, motivated, driven, empowered, creative…call it what you like, for me it often boils down to one and the same thing. I don't feel it as often as I'd like to, but does that really matter? I'm really talking about professional and career inspiration here – I don't really focus on it or think about it too much when it comes to things like food, and fashion, or home decor, etc.

I mean, I do of course. It's called Pinterest. Image: Design Indulgences

I mean, I do of course. It's called Pinterest. Image: Design Indulgences

I do a whole lot of things to spark that inspiration – read blogs, go to meetups and conferences, hash things out with people who inspire me (I'm looking at you, H1!), do something different in my day, write lists (ah lists. Fantastic.) And sometimes I just force myself to get on with it anyway.

I feel like if I sit back and wait for the inspiration to strike, I'll be sitting a really long time – and even if I go searching for inspiration, I could still not be doing what I need to be doing. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, even when the muse isn't singing (see: right now, for example). This may just be me, though! I like being busy and I like creating and I want everything, now now now (I know how Veruca Salt that sounds, and trust me, I try to tamp it down as much as I can).

The upside is that generally, I do get quite a bit done – and the busier I am, the more I get done, and the better that work tends to be…more inspired, you could even say. I don't think it's so much that I'm inspiring myself. More the 'do something new' I mentioned above, and not letting myself live in my own head too much. That's when the neurons fire in that awesome connecting way.

Anyway. I'm not sure why I'm thinking about this now. It may be because I just spent a week with the most inspirational and busiest person I know (I'm looking at you, H1!) But I am really curious, so do tell me what inspires you, and how important you think this actually is!