A Search for Inspiration

Sunday, 15, June, 2014 6 , , , Permalink 0

This week I’ve been feeling a little stuck creatively. A combination of writer’s block, a super hectic work schedule and some negative self-talk quickly led to this feeling of frustrated panic.

Creativity needs room to breathe and I think I was suffocating it – instead of respecting its natural rhythm, I was trying to force it into my already jam-packed schedule and factor it into my ever-growing “to do” list. The inner control freak in me was in minor meltdown. How (and where!) did I lose that creative drive that I had the week before?

So, I did what anyone looking for answers would do – I turned to google. And I found the inspiration I needed in this article  – The Most Innovative People Under 40.

While I sipped my chai tea, I read about the inventors of cronuts and Instagram, the founders of “community marketplaces” like Air BNB and the CEOs of companies like Yahoo, Uber and H&M. All young, driven and seemingly ordinary people that managed to do extraordinary and innovative things through an unwavering resolve to make it work.

You would think that all these stories of high achieving innovators would be overwhelming and send me further down the spiral of I’m-not-good-enough-why-bother. And you’re not exactly wrong. I often need to remind myself that “comparison is the thief of joy“. But I actually found solace in the “endings” of these stories of once hopeful and ambitious twenty-somethings. I imagined them all having pushed through some sort of barrier (whether it was creative, emotional, physical, educational) to make it this far and was reminded of one of my favourite quotes:

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

Suddenly, I felt the weight shift and I became unstuck again – in a good way, the best way. It could have been the chai tea but the frustrated panic soon subsided to calm optimism – I had rediscovered that pocket of motivation and inspiration that I needed. The scariness was a good thing and a reminder that I’m on the right path – my own path, with all its unique bumps and curves ahead. Thanks Google!


With Love


Picture from Walking Through Wonderland – another inspiring blog!
  • Phoebe
    June 15, 2014

    Great article Emma! I have had a similar week – sometimes things just feel “too hard”. I love your idea of googling inspiration and will definitely check out those articles! Most of all, I love how you were able to gain positive influence from those who inspire you… keep chasing your dreams!

  • Anne Rushton
    June 15, 2014

    Great article. CReativity does need time to breathe, you need to be in the zone.

  • Monica Wheatley
    June 15, 2014

    Dear Emma,

    I read that and was promptly reminded why we were friends back in…primary school?! Loved your style…both then & now. I believe the Emma I used to enjoy spending time with, still exists, just with many more stories which have shaped you into the beautiful & intelligent woman you are now.

    Bless ya. Hope you’re increasingly inspired in cafes with tea and time to yourself. x

    Love Mon

  • Emma Rushton
    June 16, 2014

    Thanks for the lovely comment Mon! Primary school feels like a long time ago but some things never change. Hope you’re well x

  • Emma Rushton
    June 16, 2014

    I’m happy to take pointers from you on how to keep the creativity flowing! I’m sure the process for getting ink and paint on the canvas is pretty similar.

  • Emma Rushton
    June 16, 2014

    Thanks Phoebe! I think once you acknowledge that some weeks you’ll be super inspired and others you’ll fall flat, it makes it easier to ride the roller-coaster.

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