5 Things I'm Lovin'

5 Small Things That are Inspiring Me Today As a small business owner one of the most important parts of my job is keeping myself inspired. Inspirational input means creative output. It also gives me a way to see things differently so when it's time to create new things (like outfits!) I have lots of ideas versus getting creative block and panicking.

Sometimes inspiration comes after seeing an amazing art exhibit or going to a concert. But, when life gets quite busy (as it often does for all of us) smaller things feed my inner creativity. Here are 5 things that are inspiring me today:


Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug 

Why it is inspiring me now:

It may sound bizarre to be inspired by a thermos, but this is no ordinary thermos. The design is amazingly smart, and it does its job better than any other thermos I've ever encountered. Example - I filled it with coffee the other day and 6 hours later (!) it was still piping hot. It makes me ponder how I can take something seemingly ordinary and turn it into an extraordinary product.


OPI Nail Polish in Bubble Bath

Why it is inspiring me now:

This color is soft and beautiful and it makes me happy every time I look down at my hands. It's important for me to keep small pleasures in mind for myself and for my clients. Life moves so fast that people forget to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to pleasure for pleasure's sake. Many times happiness can be found in the details of life.


Raw Art Journaling by Quinn McDonald

Why it is inspiring me now:

One of my goals this year is to write and create in my journal more often. There was a period of my life where I wrote every day and it really fed my interior life. I want to get back to that space, and this book is serving as one of my creative tools.


WTF with Marc Maron 

Why it is inspiring me now:

Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian who produces an amazingly popular podcast called WTF. (You can find it for free on itunes or his website.) Maron interviews other comedians about their lives and careers. He is an unlikely interviewer - he's a bit of a curmudgeon, but there is also an earnestness and kindness to him that is very appealing. The typical celebrity interview format is so routine and insincere that his show stands out as something real and refreshing. It also helps to hear how other people made their creative dreams a reality. It usually involves a ton of hard work, drive, and a bit of luck. These interviews inspire me to keep pushing toward my own goals.


Short Story Club

Why it is inspiring me:

I belong to a group that gets together once a quarter to read short stories. (Because we are huge nerds.) It's kind of like a book club, but we read stories aloud based on a theme. On the night of our meetings we have a meal together and then take turns reading our stories to the group. It makes me feel connected to an older tradition - an evening of entertainment that is simple but so full of joy. The theme for our next meeting is love. I will be reading, "The End of the Affair," by David Sedaris.

What about you? What is inspiring you lately?