Finding Your INspiration Space

A beautiful split level home office, with a large picture window overlooking a magnificent view.

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When we talk about an inspiration space, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Is it a Pinterest-worthy office, or a lush forest hike? Glorious food in a luxurious restaurant with friends?

All these and more can be considered inspiration spaces depending on the individual, but what we’re exploring this week is creating inspiration from within - an INspiration Space. The reality for most is that physical spaces such as we see on the internet – we all know the ones that make us green with envy – are sometimes difficult to create in the day-to-day grind.

Since inspiration is such an essential part of being a creative being, when we can’t find it in our surroundings, we need to be able to go to a space within us that sparks excitement and joie de vivre. The question is, how? We spoke to our team to figure it out!

Why do we lose inspiration?

Nicolette – Usually because I’m working too hard; not taking time to recharge. Or I’ve let my space get cluttered and disorganized. Or, and this is the worst, my perfectionism has kicked in and everything feels wrong.

Sasta – I lose inspiration if the art I'm working on has lost its focus, or there are too many avenues derailing it from its initial purpose. Inspiration is more of a whim than something I go out looking for.

On the other hand, I lose the inspiration to write when I'm happy. Fortunately, I drive that higher energy into other things like living in that happiness and building in the real world.

Sumarie – I lose inspiration due to high stress levels. I can't think of a single idea when I stress. Like a blank page!

Is inspiration only related to creative activities like writing or art?

Nicolette – Not at all. There’s a certain level of inspiration required for all tasks, even the mundane admin of daily life. It's where you choose to make it.

Sasta –  Inspiration can be found in the every-day and the routine, in the magic and the mayhem. Inspiration is a one-size-fits-all spark plug for life.

Sumarie – No, I don't think so. It's just more exciting when you're doing something creative. You need inspiration in everything you do, or else I think you just do whatever because you have to. You can't see the beauty in life if you're not the least bit inspired.

Given that inspiration can be found everywhere, how do you create a mental space that recharges inspiration when your physical space stifles it?

Nicolette – Inspiration isn’t a random spark that strikes when the weather is right – at least, not for me. I tend to liken it to a puppy that needs training to come when called. When I'm demotivated, I turn inwards to find the little things that inspire me; memories of achievements and successes, or the goals I'm working towards. I remind myself that things don't need to be perfect, they just need to be good enough to get me closer to the dream.

A woman meditates on a wooden dock beside a lake at sunset.

Image by Shahariar Lenin from Pixabay 

Sasta – Meditation helps me break away and recalibrate. Surfing my emotions. Allowing the lulls to have their space and respecting their place in my journey. Decluttering my environment and my mind. Changing the scenery.

Sumarie – For me it's music. It's like medicine for my mental state, as well as for my soul. If it has to be physical, I find yoga to be very relaxing, and it also makes me feel good.

At the end of the day, inspirational spaces are as individual as every creative out there - so where does your INspiration take you?

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