When I was working full time, it seemed I was always bubbling with ideas. Rising at six and running out the door with wet hair and Orla’s fat little hand in tow, I’d sit in my daily commute traffic dictating blog posts to my audio-notes, listing the photographs I’d create when I only had the time.
Reality was different. Somehow, without the constraints of time-pressure and the wash of real-life-experience, my inspiration stalled. I’d open up my macbook, bring up a fresh blog post, and stare quietly at the blank white square. My messy updos continued to disappoint in similar ways. Nothing was how I’d imagined it. It was, in fact, a total flounder of imagination. For the first time I had to really think about my inspirations – where I found them, how I could access more. With the luxury of time and flexibility in my mornings now, I introduced a new start to my morning, to wake up that secretive part of my brain that thinks in pictures and nicely balanced sentences.
Step 1: Consume what you want to create.
Step 2: Dress the part.
Step 3: A moment of calm.
My absolute favourite part of my morning routine is when Orla is eating breakfast, and all is quiet. I tend to leave her happy at the kitchen table and sneak off with my small glass of Tropicana Orange juice to perch on the window seat and look out at our beautiful, ever-changing view. There’s just something about taking a moment to soak in all that nature and goodness before diving back into this techno-world that clears my head & reminds me why I started doing all this to begin with! Then Orla will inevitably spill her breakfast or shout for more toast, and the morning chaos resumes.
What do you do to get inspired for the day ahead? I’d love to hear any tips?
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