Recently, I’ve talked quite a bit about connecting to our creative selves. (Yes, everyone is creative!)
One way to access our creativity, I believe, is through inspiration from other amazing minds.
In honor of that, I wanted to share 10 blogs that help me get creative (this is by no means an exhaustive list), find tons of right answers and most importantly, get super-excited about the world and all there is to see.
In no particular order, they are:
1. Scoutie Girl.
This blog features interesting independent craft and design work. As their about page states, “Simply put, Scoutie Girl is the blog with a penchant for the passionately handmade.” The posts are always a lovely surprise. Topics include creative living and mindful spending.
Susannah is a writer and photographer who writes about everything from healing from grief to creativity to unraveling the layers of ourselves. Her photographs capture the beauty in the bits and pieces of everyday life. She also teaches an online course called Unravelling, which I’m currently taking (love it!).
On her about page, Susannah writes: “The healing path is one that never ends and it’s my hope that by sharing what I’ve learned I can help others reconnect to their own true selves, using photography as the key to unlock the door.”
Maya Stein is a poet and writer. I first discovered her poetry in Patti Digh’s book Creative Is A Verb. And instantly fell in love. Here’s just the first stanza from her poem “Don’t Forget to Write.” (Her poems “To See This Clearly” and “Reluctant Poet” are must-reads, too!)
“While you are piecing together the map of your life,
stepping as nimbly as you can out of the mulch
of your thoughts, the busy traffic of your heart
while you attempt grace and magic and the blessing of
your soft surrendered kiss, while you are fathoming the stretch
you will need for the wide and rocky jungle of your own happiness,
while you are hunkering down to a piece of the dark break
and the odd, welcome relief of hunger,
don’t forget to write.”
Stephanie and MAV, friends who live 3191 miles apart, post anything and everything on simple living and things that inspire them — and continue to inspire me.
They see their blog as more of an online magazine. You’ll find “pieces on food and drink, our homes and everyday lives, our neighborhoods and our travels.”
Douglas Eby writes about the psychology of creativity and creative expression here at Psych Central. Specifically, the blog explores the psychology behind “…how well or how freely people are able to express themselves creatively – both professional artists and anyone who wants to develop and express their creative abilities.”
You’ll find topics such as personal growth, depression, perfectionism and thinking. Plus, there are many interesting interviews.
Full-time artist Marisa created Creative Thursday because of her love of all things creative. While working at a 9 to 5 job, she felt out of touch with her creativity. So she designated one day out of the week — Thursdays — for “fun and creativity!” The blog is now in its fifth year, and continues to be a great inspiration.
A stylist, photographer and author, Pia, at her blog (house), shares recipes from her “kitchen,” books from her “library,” music from her “sound studio,” and the incredible beauty of places like Sydney, Amsterdam and Paris. Her photographs are breathtaking.
As blogger Ez writes on her about page, “This blog is all about celebrating the tiny details that make life so amazing and looking to find beauty in the unexpected.” Creature Comforts is exactly that, and a stunning, soothing and inspiring space.
This beautiful and fun blog provides a slew of sweet inspiration with photographs of delicious-looking and unique desserts.
Even if you don’t have any interest in baking, you’ll no doubt be wowed by Bakerella’s photos and inspired by the colors and shapes of her artful treats.
Mary is a talented photographer and writer. Her blog posts are short but include elegant, colorful and gorgeous photos along with a few thoughts on her images, some of which, I think, read like little poems.
What blogs or websites spark your creativity? What else helps you connect to your creativity?