What To Do When Inspiration is Elusive

The quest to find inspiration can feel like we are grasping at snowflakes in July!

The ideas that inspire us melt away, before we even have a chance to realize they are there. 

I don't know about you, but that melting lack of inspiration just makes me feel all: 

"GRRRRRRRRR!"

But we have work to do. 

Life to live.

Joy to bring to the world.

So we can't just wait for inspiration to take it's good old time to bless us. We have to find it and use it to fire our creativity.

The scariest thing in life can be a black canvas, slightly reproachful at your lack of creativity and inspiration. Let's  find inspiration together and slay that hauntingly blank canvas! ;) To see related posts in the Finding Inspiration series click here. Canvas Awaiting Inspiration © Kristen Girard 

The scariest thing in life can be a black canvas, slightly reproachful at your lack of creativity and inspiration. Let's  find inspiration together and slay that hauntingly blank canvas! ;) To see related posts in the Finding Inspiration series click hereCanvas Awaiting Inspiration © Kristen Girard 

But, how? 

The key to finding inspiration is often to draw it out from what you most love, most enjoy, feel most passionate about.

Sometimes you can look into your life and memories to find a never ending well of inspiration in your love for your family. Inspiration may be found in good natured jokes and laughter with your friends. Perhaps the path to inspiration is found in the satisfaction of reading an excellent book. Maybe inspiration is found in the twinkle of Christmas lights and the crunch of wrapping paper as the cat dives after a figment of his imagination. Maybe your inspiration is found in the sound of parade drums and fireworks in July.

Often those little moments can lead to a creative idea about how to approach a project in a fresh way. 

Many times when we are experiencing a lack of inspiration, it is because we are tired, hungry, or just need to move around, and get the blood flowing. When experiencing a lack of creative ideas the first place we should look is in how we are taking care of ourselves. Our brains need sleep to be refreshed and ready for new thoughts. Our brains and bodies need good quality food for fuel. Our bodies need to move to feel good. These little things - lack of sleep, quick vending machine snacks, sitting still for hours - all add up.

Running on fumes is much harder on our ability to be creative and productive than you would think. 

But what if you are well rested, you just exercised, you are not hungry, and nothing is standing out in your mind as being particularly inspiring? 

What then?

Where is the wellspring of inspiration? 

Stay tuned as we explore inspiration and how you can use it to build a creative life full of love and light.

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