9 Useful And Inspiring Websites For Creative People

9 Useful And Inspiring Websites For Creative People

Sites to generate ideas and fuel your creativity.
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1. 99u

According to their website, “99U is Behance's effort to provide this 'missing curriculum' for making ideas happen. Through our Webby Award-winning website, popular events, and bestselling books, we share pragmatic, action-oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives." 99u is a great place to go to make your ideas happen. They provide many resources for creative people to get their ideas up and running.

2. The Poetry Foundation

Whether you're a writer or not, The Poetry foundation is a great resource for inspiration and creativity. Edgar Allen Poe once said poetry was, "the rhythmical creation of beauty." That sounds like a great piece of inspiration to me. Even if you've never read poetry before or were forced to in high school, give it a try. You never know what art it could inspire."The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."

3. Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon "is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas." He is the New York Times best-selling author of the books "Steal like an Artist," "Show Your Work," and "Newspaper Blackout." On his personal blog he writes about creativity, art, and sometimes his personal life.

4. Lynda

"Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals." Lynda is a great site to learn knew skills and software. While Lynda does have a subscription cost they do have a free 10 day trial for you to figure out if it's the right site for you. Many colleges and other organizations also have group memberships you can join so it's worth checking out.

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is, "the visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas." While some people use Pinterest to “pin" their dream life, it's an awesome tool to save, curate, and share your work. I use Pinterest when I'm working on a play for research, to find new writing ideas, and yes I do pin the occasional (dozen) crafts I may never make.

6. Stumble Upon

While StumbleUpon is similar to Pinterest, it's actually a great place to find different creative content and inspiration. You can set your favorite categories and stumble through pages that may interest you. If you get any sort of artist's' block a few minutes on StumbleUpon may get your thoughts moving again.

7. Ted Talks

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)." Ted Talks are often a great source of inspiration and education. One of my all time favorites is a talk by Liz Gilbert called Your Elusive Creative Genius.

8. Search Creative Commons

This is a great place to, "find content you can share, use and remix." This search tool lets you find creative commons media to use in your own work. Of course, you should always be sure to check the copyright on any material you use, but it's a great tool to find CC content.

9. CreativeLive

CreativeLive does just what it says: provides creative content live. "CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world's greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training." The best part of CreativeLive? There is free content daily!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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