inspiration: hide & seek / part 2


let's get right to it - daily life can feel like it's burying you and the last thing you want to do is hike up that mental mountain to your creative place. 

you've had a long day, and the monotony of everyday dulls the colors around you. 

i've been here - many times. 

so how do you stay inspired when it feels like the paint on your paintbrush has dried up?

think of it like this - you've been running around all day and haven't thought about eating until you walk into a café and all of a sudden you're starving. the smells surround you and you find yourself breathing in deeply and you know what you want; what you need. 

when you're feeling uninspired, one of the best things you can do is dive into any art that is available to you. thankfully, if you have an internet connection, art is always available to you. and if you don't, well, looking up at the sky is even better. 


maybe that sounds too simple. 

because sometimes creating something is like an amputation and it isn't that easy. 

but i can tell you that with practice, it gets easier. 

when you step out of your comfort zone, you're building your creative muscle and with time, it hurts less and less. 

one thing that has worked wonders for me was setting specific goals. i had been writing maybe one poem a week, whenever i felt like it, which was a great start. then i told myself that i want to write one poem every day. for a year. 

i was very strict about this for months. even if it was a haiku or just a few lines, it was meaningful.

as i started working this new muscle it hurt. but i stretched and i didn't give up and now i can look at a blank page and words just come out. 

i take an emotion into my hands like a ball of clay and my warm hands mold it into something useful or maybe even beautiful. 


it's not overnight, but it will happen. 

practice your passions. 

follow and work with people that drive you. 

immerse yourself in a world that welcomes you, people and places that make you feel alive. 

be weird. be you. your purpose is waiting for you. 


xo,
Ashley 



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9 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! I needed that. I've been feeling that way with drawing for a while.

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  2. I tried writing something every day, it was hard and I guess I wasn't ready, I think I'll give it a try again.

    btw you look so pretty on those photos.

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  3. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Your words give me hope. You make me think that maybe I didn't ruin my life when I decided to become a writer. :)

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  4. I've been thinking about writing for a while now. I never have before & I wouldn't consider myself to be a good writer or creative person by any means but seeing this was the final push. Tomorrow I'm going to bust out a notebook and a pen and see what happens. Thank you for this Ashley 💛 sending you lots of love and happy vibes

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  5. you know I can totally relate to this story. for a very long time I thought my creativity had completely dried up, died out. but then I started doing daily sketches for a month, and after that month I just continued, and today I've been doing my 157th sketch. and at first nothing creative happened. it was really more like punching invincible walls with bare hands, it hurt and it was useless. but after a while I realized my creativity muscle had grown back. even though I had completely lost faith in myself. and it feels so good to create stuff again, to be happy with what I create again. and I'll just continue doing this. I don't even care any more if I'm bad or not, I just want to create, to create is to breath <3. I hope you never give up, and I wish to you that you always have something that inspires you and gives strength to your creative muscle. your writing really is a blessing, and I am so thankful for reading your blog every week.

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  6. When I'm lying in my bed, I stare at my piano which is a mere few feet away and all I feel is this mental block, which is so intense that there might as well be a brick wall in front of me. And on the rare occasion that I am able to drag myself over that wall, I become so frustrated at the fact that I can't bring what's in my head to life on the piano so I just shut down and give up. It's this viscous cycle of being afraid to really try, for fear of failure, and then realizing that by not trying at all, I really am failing. How do I get over that wall once and for all? How do you stay motivated and inspired to keep working at it when all you want to do is sleep? Creating is the only thing that brings me joy but I'm so tired

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  7. this is so relatable, thank you for writing what i need to hear in a way that i can take your words and put them into action. you are very talented in putting your feelings into words. thank you.

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  8. I related to this a lot. I often feel the strong urge to write but I can't seem to find any inspiration and just stare at my notebook from across the room. It is not until I actually get up, open up to a page and just start writing random words (about songs, whats happening outside, the colors of the walls around me) that I am able to find inspiration for a poem. And once that inspiration comes it doesn't stop and I end up writing five poems in a sitting. However the writers block comes back eventually and it is a never ending battle that I believe every creative person goes through.

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  9. I was reading poems the other day and found one that made me think of you. Here is the line I think you'll like:

    "You are damaged and broken and unhinged. But so are shooting stars and comets." -Nikita Gill

    I hope you're doing well.

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