Inspiration collected over June, July, August 2017

Inspiration collected over June, July, August 2017

Incorporating sources of inspiration into daily routines. Making a conscious effort to seek out and invite inspiration into your life.

Incorporating sources of inspiration into daily routines. Making a conscious effort to seek out and invite inspiration into your life.

Social media is, for the most part, a guaranteed part of our daily routine, and therefore a perfect opportunity to inject our days with inspiration. These four Great British Bake Off contestants have beautiful Instagram accounts. Scrolling past their pictures is inspiring. 


This show is just a charming and hilarious as it is ridiculous, and the soundtrack is endlessly enjoyable.    Favorite Tracks: Face Your Fears, I'm in a Sexy French Depression, Cold Showers, Heavy Boobs

This show is just a charming and hilarious as it is ridiculous, and the soundtrack is endlessly enjoyable. 

Favorite Tracks: Face Your Fears, I'm in a Sexy French Depression, Cold Showers, Heavy Boobs

Don't forget that inspiration is allowed to be funny. Joy, laughter, and wit belong here too.    Favorite Tracks: The Math of Love Triangles, It Was a Shit Show, Remember that We Suffered, We'll Never Have Problems Again. 

Don't forget that inspiration is allowed to be funny. Joy, laughter, and wit belong here too. 

Favorite Tracks: The Math of Love Triangles, It Was a Shit Show, Remember that We Suffered, We'll Never Have Problems Again. 


Emma Portner / @emmaportner

Dancer and Choreographer

I have been a massive fan of Emma's for over a year. Her style is fluid, and mesmerizing and free. It is easy to get lost in her Instagram. But her recent collaboration with Ellen Page is intoxicating. I love the way this piece, though expressive and emotional, is not overtly narrative or expository. It simply feels like art. 

Intellectually and emotionally dwelling with inspiration. Sources of inspiration that ask you to spend time absorbing, appreciating, and understanding them.

Intellectually and emotionally dwelling with inspiration. Sources of inspiration that ask you to spend time absorbing, appreciating, and understanding them.

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I take solace in pencil shavings on my desk--evidence of the cyclical life of a pencil. Dulled by pressure and sharpened to a perfect point by blade, ready to again do precise work.These shavings are no longer part of the pencil, they are of the past and no longer needed, but that makes them no less beautiful. There is also beauty in parts of us that must be sharpened away for us to move forward, on to our next sentence, or page, or word. Do not fear the dulling or the sharpening and do not forget to photograph our shavings, they are beautiful.

I take solace in pencil shavings on my desk--evidence of the cyclical life of a pencil. Dulled by pressure and sharpened to a perfect point by blade, ready to again do precise work.These shavings are no longer part of the pencil, they are of the past and no longer needed, but that makes them no less beautiful. There is also beauty in parts of us that must be sharpened away for us to move forward, on to our next sentence, or page, or word. Do not fear the dulling or the sharpening and do not forget to photograph our shavings, they are beautiful.


I have been creeping through this book for the the better part of 2017. An enthusiastic connoisseur of all things personality and psychology I loved the intricate unpacking of the nine Enneagram personality types that this book offers. I initially read it to simply learn more about the typology and determine my number; however, this book quickly became a source of static inspiration. The introduction of the nine types read like choreography to me. I could see these idea in motion and the descriptions were clear movements. Since I don’t have a fleet of talented dancers at my disposal I am working on find other mediums through which to sort and process the inspiration this book bestowed on me.

I have been creeping through this book for the the better part of 2017. An enthusiastic connoisseur of all things personality and psychology I loved the intricate unpacking of the nine Enneagram personality types that this book offers. I initially read it to simply learn more about the typology and determine my number; however, this book quickly became a source of static inspiration. The introduction of the nine types read like choreography to me. I could see these idea in motion and the descriptions were clear movements. Since I don’t have a fleet of talented dancers at my disposal I am working on find other mediums through which to sort and process the inspiration this book bestowed on me.

I resisted reading this for months. Let's be honest, I hate follow GDM on Instagram. I rolled my eyes at her pep, positive, and friendship with Oprah. But, turns out Oprah is no fool. My library app was constantly putting Love Warrior in my “recommended for you” section and eventually (thankfully) I caved. The audiobook was a perfect companion to laundry and dishes and I found myself completely relating to the author. Her level of honesty and vulnerability is impossible to resist, even for the most cynical heart. If you find yourself alone but in need of a hug read this story.

I resisted reading this for months. Let's be honest, I hate follow GDM on Instagram. I rolled my eyes at her pep, positive, and friendship with Oprah. But, turns out Oprah is no fool. My library app was constantly putting Love Warrior in my “recommended for you” section and eventually (thankfully) I caved. The audiobook was a perfect companion to laundry and dishes and I found myself completely relating to the author. Her level of honesty and vulnerability is impossible to resist, even for the most cynical heart. If you find yourself alone but in need of a hug read this story.


Dodie, is a british musician with her roots in youtube covers and relatable quirk. Her music has been my summer soundtrack. Each EP has played for hours in my apartment-it is the perfect background music to reading and writing. Dodie is open and honest about her struggles with mental illness through both her music and social media. I am excited for her memoir-style book which comes out this fall.

Creativity is not always the product of inspiration, but can also be the genesis of our inspiration. Cultivating creativity and uncovering inspiration are a linked process that is made simpler when we give ourselves tools and opportunities to create in inviting ways.

Creativity is not always the product of inspiration, but can also be the genesis of our inspiration. Cultivating creativity and uncovering inspiration are a linked process that is made simpler when we give ourselves tools and opportunities to create in inviting ways.

Part abstract-wild-coloring-book part, matras for the heart, soul, mind, and body. Jenny Lawson is a gem, and this book has been a wonderful place to spend time. It is something I often turn too when I need a place for my tired mind to briefly land before getting back to work. This type of unstructured-structure is ideal for moments when creativity and inspiration feel inaccessible.

Part abstract-wild-coloring-book part, matras for the heart, soul, mind, and body. Jenny Lawson is a gem, and this book has been a wonderful place to spend time. It is something I often turn too when I need a place for my tired mind to briefly land before getting back to work. This type of unstructured-structure is ideal for moments when creativity and inspiration feel inaccessible.

Text: One of the most important human needs is to be seen, acknowledged, and remembered. I see you. I see you and you are beautiful. (left) Sometimes we say the things we mean. Sometimes we mean the things we say. And on rare occasions, we do both. (right)

Text: One of the most important human needs is to be seen, acknowledged, and remembered. I see you. I see you and you are beautiful. (left) Sometimes we say the things we mean. Sometimes we mean the things we say. And on rare occasions, we do both. (right)

Text: Get fucking inspired. (left)

Text: Get fucking inspired. (left)

Water Color Brush Pens   Fill these pens with water and use to paint with watercolors. The ease and mess avoidance that these brushes offer has given me another medium through which to "doodle". 

Water Color Brush Pens

Fill these pens with water and use to paint with watercolors. The ease and mess avoidance that these brushes offer has given me another medium through which to "doodle". 

Brainstorming 

Brainstorming 

Yeah, I'm sick of losing soulmates, won't be alone again    I can finally see, you're as fucked up as me    So how do we win?    Lyrics: Sick Of Losing Soulmates, Dodie.    Tombow Dual Brush Pens   These are the pens that have been the Instagram craze for the last year or two as "lettering" has become increasingly popular. But, combined with the above watercolor brush pens, they contain many stylistic possibilities. 

Yeah, I'm sick of losing soulmates, won't be alone again

I can finally see, you're as fucked up as me

So how do we win?

Lyrics: Sick Of Losing Soulmates, Dodie.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

These are the pens that have been the Instagram craze for the last year or two as "lettering" has become increasingly popular. But, combined with the above watercolor brush pens, they contain many stylistic possibilities.