Being Inspired

Living a creative life is sometimes kind of stressful.
Wait, isn't being creative supposed to relieve stress? Yes, and it does, just let me explain.
I mean, how do you stay inspired all the time, and especially when the other, higher prioritized parts of your life get in the way, how do you remember those far off glimmers of golden ideas?

I was watching a Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love. She described the way creative genius comes to her as this separate entity, singing a song of brilliant ideas, floating around. Once you hear the song, you may never hear it again, so you best start working with it as soon as you possibly can.

I don't know about you, but I feel that way sometimes. Sometimes, my inspiration buddy floats around silently and bored. Just waiting me to start pulling out my hair and thrashing my limbs and screaming "PLEASE, JUST GIVE ME SOMETHING". But she doesn't. Other times, usually when I have 2 papers due and 3 midterms all in the next week, she won't shut up. "Here, Becky, a great blog post idea. Woah, this is a great idea for your next knitting project. Here, have some courage too, just to get the ball rolling." Alright, girl. Hold your horses. Can you just come back in December and let me study for now? "Now or never!", she cackles.
She can be a bit of a jerk.

In effort to remember her brilliance and keep my grades up, I keep a little journal with me. One with graph paper (I got 4 little ones from Tiny Feast in Winnipeg, adorable store!), so if I need to quickly doodle a little knitting chart, I don't need to worry about my lack of drawing skills being the death of that glimmering hope.

Do you ever feel the similar? How do you keep hold of your inspiration?

Happy October!

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