Whether or not you're a designer, I think we're all looking for inspiration in our businesses and lives. Here are a few of the places I find myself going for inspiration when I'm feeling a bit blah.
This one comes with a big fat "duh!" It's everyone's go-to for inspiration, but with good reason. The important thing for inspiration on Pinterest for me is to make sure I follow folks from all different sorts of walks in life. I don't want too much graphic design, but to be inspired by all sorts of visual things.
A few of the follows that I constantly find myself repinning are Maddy, CraftCourse, and Chelsea.
The Great Discontent
Not all inspiration is visual. There is something about reading about someone else's journey that can inspire me to no end. The stories that Ryan + Tina share always give me the kick in the pants I need to keep pursuing whatever I'm stuck on in that moment.
All their interviews are great, but my favorites include Jedidiah, Stefan, and Ruthie.
Instagram is my quick fix for inspiration. If I'm looking for a quick five-minute swift kick in the pants of inspiration, I'll grab my phone, open the app, and head to the explore page.
I'm guilty of following and unfollowing quickly, allowing what's inspiring me at the time to be what fills the feed. However, Emma and Becky have been there for a long time and I don't see them leaving anytime soon.
Again, a hugely inspiring thing for me is hearing others stories. It helps me realize how unique everyone's journey is and that I don't have to follow any one path to succeed.
Two of the listens I love most are with two of the woman in the creative field that I look up to most: Jen Gotch and Tina Roth Eisenberg.
Get the hell offline
There is so much inspiration online that it can sometimes turn overwhelming, leading to confusion and comparison. The exact opposite of what I'm going for! When that's the case, I know it's time to close the laptop and get out of the office. I'll head to the art museum — which was great when I lived in St. Louis because it's FREE. Or I'll go to the coffee shop in Nashville that has no computer plugs so I'm forced to work with my hands. And when all else fails, a spontaneous road trip will always inspire me.
Now, I want to know where you find inspiration! We're always looking for new outlets and love a good recommendation.
PS! We're putting the finishing touches on our next Inbox Workshop (which is going out THIS Thursday 👏🎉☕️🙌). This month we're teaching Design 101 for non-designers. We want to help small business owners feel confident using their brand assets (logo, colors, type, etc.) to their best potential. Sign up for the free workshop below.