How to Inspire Yourself

Posted in self help by Steph Auteri on March 25, 2008

inspiration wall.

I’ve been wanting to share this blog with you — Inspiration Boards — for quite some time now. The Blog Master — Lori Pickert — periodically showcases the inspiration boards of others…visual mindmaps that allow us to see these artists’ muses all laid out, often in collage form.

It made me wish for my own inspiration board, and wonder what I would place on it.

Final determination:

  • quotes from my favorite writers, as their words inspire me most of all. Highly featured names would be Lorrie Moore and Barbara Kingsolver, and I would, of course, include a poem memorized since childhood: “A word is dead / when it is said / some say. / I say it just / begins to live / that day.” — Emily Dickinson
  • a photo of my grandmother, along with one of me and an abusive ex. My grandmother died believing that I was going to remain with this man permanently. When I think of both her and him, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come, and of how proud she would be of me.

grandma and me.

  • photos of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, whose gothic architecture inspires my design sensibilities, especially when it comes to my most recent design obsessions.
  • photos of works from my favorite designers. Especially Tord Boontje.

fairy tale.primavera tiles
other side vases.

Your turn!


3 Responses to 'How to Inspire Yourself'

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting about this blog! It’s a perfect fit for a creative program I’ve just started. Watch my space for more info if you’re curious.

  2. Lori said,

    lol – The Blog Master?! – i love it – thanks so much for the link love and the cool new title – i would put it on my business cards if i had any! :^)

  3. stephanerd said,

    Lori: I believe we all deserve such lofty titles. And no prob — I love the blog!

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