5 Unusual Ways To Find Inspiration
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5 Unusual Ways To Find Inspiration

One thing I've learned when it comes to chasing after inspiration is that it takes more than just yourself to figure out what direction you're going in.

5 Unusual Ways To Find Inspiration
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In hopes to keep an optimistic vibes through my weekly articles, I tend to come across my biggest demon every single time: writer's block. Being an English major, it is not only one of the most frustrating things in the world, but writing with a creative flow is what I thrive on. Even finding an appropriate yet intriguing headline can be the start to a downhill spiral of discouragement.

So for those who know what it feels like to be stuck or at a mental block, my sympathy goes to you -- I painfully know how it feels. If I'm lucky enough, I can count on the little bits of inspiration I come across every day. Then there are other days where I'm not so lucky and the inspiration just passes by and my mind won't allow me to get back in that flow. So to anyone and everyone who doesn't know where to look for inspiration, start small and then go big. Analyze other people's passions to find that same spark within you. Whether it be through pain, happiness, anger, fear or desire. You have it in you to create something wonderful and be someone who is inspirational. Don't limit yourself and open up to new things and places to find your flow -- even if they're not where you expect them to be.

1. Listen to Adele's music.

Yes, you read right. The answers lie within listening to Adele pour her heart out into every song she writes. When she conveys her pain and experiences into a song, it's an immediate hit. Even the simple words from her song, "Someone Like You" can trigger an overpowering flood of emotions -- and the song doesn't even have to resonate with you. The power of her artistry is without a doubt, impressive and inspirational.

Message to take away: She found her voice, and you can definitely find yours.

2. Look at clothing patterns.

OK yes, this one does sound a (lot) little weird but if you really think about it, it makes sense. When you go shopping for clothes and find a shirt or a pair of leggings with a nice pattern on it, fixate on the pattern. Think about how much work it can take for a clothing designer to come up with a design while also making sure it looks aesthetically pleasing enough for people to want to buy and wear it. It's that person's livelihood, their dream, their passion, and they get to live it out. When hard work is displayed in plain sight, their passion shows.

Message to take: Observe and brainstorm. Not everything happens over night.

3. Watch a stand-up comedian.

I commend comedians for their bravery, wittiness and boldness. They have one hell of a job. Not only does their material have to be creative, original, and spot on, it has to be perceived well enough to continue out their dreams. Now, a lot of the time, these people have gone through some tough times and had no other choice than to use comedy as a coping mechanism. And there are other times where making people smile and laugh is solely a true passion of theirs. Recognizing their talent and hard work can go a long way with finding your own.

Message to take away: Create multiple drafts, not all first drafts are perfect.

4. Watch a talent show.

If you're looking to resonate with someone before you venture off on your creative journey, watching a variety of talent shows can be one of the best resources. TV shows such as "America's Got Talent," "The Voice" and "So You Think You Can Dance" are all great shows to watch given the diversity of contestants on each one. Each person has a different talent, style, voice, attitude, and goal. But just like you, they all have one thing in common: wanting to turn their dream into a reality.

Message to take away: Don't give up and don't limit your thoughts or dreams to "practicality."

5. Interview a relative about their life experiences.

A lot of the time, reflecting on your own experiences can help with finding inspiration. It's also good to have another perspective other than your own as well. If you really want to think outside of the box to find that last moment of profoundness, take the time to talk to a family member about their life, values and beliefs. Put yourself in their shoes, draw inspiration from others rather than yourself, and get lost in the gift of story telling.

Message to take away: Lean on each other for guidance. Not one person can find a spark on their own.

One thing I've learned when it comes to chasing after inspiration is that it takes more than just yourself to figure out what direction you're going in. We all collectively help each other without even knowing it. It's a great privilege to be a part of a community with so much talent with so much to offer. Chase after the impossible, stay humble and work with integrity. Not only will you find inspiration, inspiration will find you.

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