Combating A Creative Block: 9 Ways To Stay Motivated And Inspired

Combating A Creative Block: 9 Ways To Stay Motivated And Inspired

Here lies my arsenal of tips and techniques to combat the enemy.

One of the most frustrating things in the world for a creative mind is a creative block. Creative blocks are the enemy and when I encounter one, two, or ten it is not a good day…let me tell you.

I would say I am an expert at eliminating creative blocks, and over time I have built an entire arsenal of tips and techniques to combat the enemy and get back into the beautiful flow of creativity and inspiration.

So here are 9 ways I have discovered help me to break down those frustrating walls of staring at a blank screen for god knows how long:

1. Make a to-do list

When you are in a creative block, you do not have any clue where to start. Here is my first and simplest tip to kick-start your journey to the highly sought after creative flow.

Snag a piece of paper and go to town. Write down any and everything you need to get done, even the littlest things that do not seem very important— write them down! Sometimes I write things I have already completed just so I can have things to cross off.

Sounds silly, but try it and let me know how satisfying it actually feels to have SOME things done. It will motivate you to keep going and cross off even more. Challenge yourself!

2. Clean your room! Do some laundry!

Having a clean space and finally getting around to that mountain of laundry feels great believe it or not.

Yes, the thought of doing a ton of laundry does not sound like the world’s most exciting task, but to have clean clothes and clean sheets feels especially rewarding.

Cleaning, in general, helps me de-clutter my life, therefore leaving more room for creative thoughts to flow in.

3. Journal — write it down

Even if you are not a huge writer, I highly suggest writing down any and everything that comes to mind.

Think of it as a way to wash all the thoughts stuck inside your head out and start over with a blank slate. I like to write exactly how I am feeling, and what I am worried or stressed about at the moment.

After de-cluttering your room, physically de-clutter your mind with pen and paper.

4. Shop till you drop

Retail therapy is a thing. To be honest, shopping for clothes often times stresses me out, but my guilty pleasure is Whole Foods.

I am notorious for taking a nice trip to Whole Foods by myself on a Monday afternoon if I am feeling stressed and anxious about school or life.

Walking down the isles and seeing all the fun beauty and body products as well as the beautifully packaged snacks and strange drinks really gets my creative juices flowing. I could not tell you why Whole Foods gets my mind running creatively, but it does.

So, find your Whole Foods! Find your favorite place to shop that makes you feel happy and inspired.

5. Eat healthy, treat your body right

Going along with the Whole Foods theme, treat yourself to a healthy dinner or some healthy snacks.

Even replacing one bad meal with a healthy one will make you feel good about yourself because consciously you know you made a slight change to better yourself.

Working out is another fantastic way to destress and get motivated. Getting to the gym can be a problem, but the feeling after you finish a workout is like no other, and you will feel ready to take on any and everything life throws your way!

6. Hit YouTube and watch your favorite content creator

This tip may not be helpful to everyone, but I love YouTube more than anything. I am a huge believer in following other creative minds and getting inspiration from what they do and what brings them happiness.

Even if you do not have the same passion as a particular content creator, simply witnessing them doing what they love can serve as a huge push to motivate you to find and do what you love as well! If you have a favorite YouTuber and find happiness in watching their videos, dedicate a little bit of time each week to enjoy what they have to offer!

Some of my favorites include Roman Atwood (vlog), Shane Dawson (comedy), Jenna and Julien (podcast), Prince Ea (poetry), and Sarah’s Day (fitness).

7. Read some books

I enjoy a nice inspirational book every once in a while. Reading about other people’s success stories, spirituality and self-growth really inspires me to work on myself and do anything in my power to become my greatest version.

Sometimes going to Barnes and Noble and picking up books that look interesting and reading the synopsis on the back activates my creative mind.

My current favorite is “Things Are What You Make Of Them Life Advice For Creatives” by Adam J. Kurtz. This book, in particular, inspired me to write this article.

It is a fantastic read for creative minds and I guarantee it will motivate you to get up and get things done. I bought mine at Urban Outfitters and highly suggest reading it because it is short and sweet, and it is incredibly helpful.

8. Spend time in nature

I am by no means an outdoorsy person, but I can appreciate nature and the beauty it has to offer. Spending time outside, even if it is my walk to class, immediately puts me in a great clear head space.

Take some time to step back and appreciate your surroundings. The University of Kentucky is an incredible school with so many breathtaking views and I definitely take this for granted sometimes.

Get outside and try your best to slow down your thoughts and breathe in some fresh air. Fresh air will do you right, I promise.

Doing homework and studying outside is a great idea and putting yourself in the fresh air will result in a clearer mind.

9. Go for a drive

Driving on a sunny day is a fantastic way to boost your mood quickly. I like to play really upbeat, positive, lighthearted music and roll my windows down.

This combo is so simple yet so effective! Try your best to forget about your worries and stresses and enjoy the moment.

Enjoying the moment during a stressful time can be difficult, but doing so is a great way to get in a positive mindset and stay motivated and inspired.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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