A little note on Inspiration
Inspiration is a funny thing. It often hits us when we least expect it, and when we try to go searching for it we frequently seem to come up dry.
Taking some time to reflect on all the people who have inspired us through our lifetime can be a pretty incredible experience. Not only are we reminded of just how many people surrounded us and guided us in all the different choices we've made, we also start to see a little clearer picture of just how different our life might have been without them.
"If it's the culmination of our choices that brought us to where we are today, then it is the people who influenced and shaped those choices that we have to thank for becoming who we are now."
Today's post is dedicated to all those who have inspired me, but especially those who have pushed me to pursue my creative passions.
I think we're in a really unique position to have so much inspiration at our fingertips. Whether we're just generally browsing the web, or searching specific hashtags, there is beautiful content to inspire almost every niche and interest - seemingly to no end.
One of my main personal struggles with inspiration is attaining a balance between allowing inspiration to give rise to motivation to create or do something great and getting sucked into a riptide where it feels like everyone's creative work is so much better than mine. I think it's easy to scroll through a feed of beautiful photos and amazing content and instead of feeling deeply motivated to add to the stream, feeling immensely disappointed because you believe your addition wouldn't be good enough.
For some it might be a makeup tutorial or a fitness video that they let shoot them down like this, thinking they can never be enough. For me, it's creating content as an influencer.
What I've learned, is that for inspiration to be truly effective, you have to have a 'why.' Your why is your reason for doing what you're doing in the first place. If it's fitness, it might be that you want to work out to be stronger, healthier, and happier. If it's fashion, your 'why' in rebuilding your wardrobe maybe that you want to learn to love your body for the way it is, and dressing it more strategically will help you see yourself in a better light.
Whatever your 'why,' you have a clear direction for the goals you're creating because you have a guiding purpose. Inspiration then works in tandem with your why, motivating you and encouraging you in what you're doing as well as giving you ideas about how to be better in setting and reaching your goals.
When you stay true to your 'why,' you will be more resilient when it comes to the comparison game. It won't be as easy for you to get down on yourself when you look at what everyone else is doing, because you have a clear vision and reason for doing exactly what you're doing.
(P.S. if you're a blogger, I wrote a whole post for Style Collective all about finding your why and sticking to it, you can give it a read HERE)
One of the people who has inspired me most in my creative work has been my cousin, Megan Mueller. She's a incredible photographer for bloggers & entrepreneurs based in Dallas and I'm constantly drawing inspiration from her shoots to influence my work and make it better.
I think it's a really special thing when you can be inspired by family. You will likely never meet your favorite celebrity or the stranger from that #outfitinspo post on instagram, but when you have the opportunity to draw inspiration from family members, especially ones you have grown up around, its a pretty amazing thing.
Megan is 4 years older than me, so I've been looking up to her my whole life. From modeling my Barbie dreamhouse goals after her set-up to dreaming of finally getting a speaking part in a play like she had, there's always been something about her creative ambitions that I admired and wanted to emulate.
It wouldn't be right if I didn't give her a little shout out for inspiring me to get to where I am today. If you want to catch some of the inspo, go pop by her IG here @meganmweaver
A little about the look
You might have noticed that my tee matches the topic of this post perfectly, and here's why: It's from Lucy's Inspired, which is a jewelry brand inspired by things like vintage chandeliers, architectural salvage, and found keys. Part of Lucy's line includes her Inspire to Give collection, which are pieces that come in twos.n One is to keep and one to give away - maybe it's to someone who has inspired you or maybe its for someone you'd like to inspire.
For this look, I'm wearing both the inspire to give bracelets and a lariat from the Clara Collection. I dressed up this tee with some serious pops of color. These bright yellow pants are from Old Navy and they're the perfect casual compliment to a comfy tee. I snagged this neck scarf from Target because I couldn't avoid the bright pink and purple. I finished off the look with some pink crisscross slides which add another pop of color.
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