Last week, I shared some of my thoughts on faith and inspiration – you can view this post right here. This week, at the encouragement of my friend Lauren (who you will read about below) – I have interviewed a talented bunch of creatives whom I met through Instagram on matters of fear and inspiration. This post will be a two part series – I do hope their varied talents, knowledge and honesty inspires you just as much as they have me. I do love that inspiration can be a form of motivation and that goodness – that stuff is always catching! Would you too agree?
Speaking of shared goodness – pictured here in my office is an artwork created especially for this post by Lauren from Seeinteriors. It’s such a cute reminder… and it will also be available here in this post as free printable :-). There is also another cheekier version which will be available in next week’s post. Thank you sweet lady! Ok, enough chit chat from me – it’s over to the ladies now. Each were asked a few simple questions and here are their lovely answers.
noticing the little things… You can follow Leah on Instagram here
little squares of a coffee coloured life/ light and shadow chaser / married mother of three. You can follow Deb here
Artmaker / Stylist. Lover of interiors, Food, DIY, Fashion & Nature. You can follow Lauren on Instagram here
I especially find creatives such as Jai Vasicek (@jaivasicek) so motivating as his talent and art has evolved from his upbringing and life experiences. Jai’s pieces are respected and admired for the beautiful objects that they are and not because of the certified studies he has or has not achieved nor the awards or exhibitions he has or hasn’t accomplished. It is what it is !
I love that the Instagram community share inspiring quotes about the process of creativity and also how and where they have learnt skills on how to evolve. On Instagram Karina (@karina_jean_sharpe) some time earlier this year shared that she had read a book by Todd Henry that had influenced her work and gave her a new direction; how generous and thoughtful of her to give that information for others to improve rather than keep it to herself ! I am now subscribed to Todd’s weekly email named the Accidental Creative where he shares a tonne of information on how to stay motivated and progress with what you are doing. I highly recommend subscribing as well. www.ToddHenry.com
How do you deal with fear and how do you not let it affect your work/consume your creativity… I fight with fear all of the time & this fear often leads to frustration and then disappointment and again frustration and then a glimmer of hope. I am so lucky to have a supportive life Partner who I can discuss my creative ups and downs with and how it is effecting me emotionally. My Partner is very encouraging and always reminds me to just keep continuing doing what I am doing as I can only learn and improve from my mistakes and my achievements. It is easier to give up then to push on-wards and upwards so take the option that requires your strength rather than your weaknesses.
At other times I can simply voice my frustration on Instagram knowing that I am surrounded by such kind, generous and understanding creatives who will pick me up and nudge me toward another brighter day. Likewise it is refreshing to read that fellow “IGers” such as Leah (@sangthebird), Ellie (@petalplum) and Anna (@iamannathomas) are honest with sharing their creative slumps or simply life’s downs. In-turn I can sympathise with them but also know that we are all human beings experiencing negative emotions at times that we would rather not have to.
Lauren has kindly donated this artwork as a FREE PRINTABLE for us to print or share. The only clause is that it cannot be used for commercial use or gain. * Please also credit her as the original artist. Thankyou x
I am really looking forward to sharing part two of this post with you next week with another gorgeous tribe of creatives to inspire you.