My Living Room: Growing up, I always felt the need to have a ‘sacred space’. It felt necessary to have a space that was purely my own, with color schemes, decorations, and things that speak to me. Since moving into my current apartment, I’ve put a lot of work into my living room, and filling it full of colors, and decor that truly inspire me, and easily put me into a relaxed, creative headspace.
Seeing/watching emotional reactions in people: I get the most intense inspiration, not only for songwriting, but for life in general, from people-watching. Specifically, watching the human emotional response to certain things. It’s very intriguing to me, to see how people react in different situations, on a day to day basis. Whether it’s laughter, crying, yelling, physical movements, I find it captivating to see just how different everyone is. Not only that, but I also learn from it.
Driving (alone): Often, I find myself driving in silence. Oddly enough, it’s the easiest, and most beneficial place, for me, to meditate. With the hum of the road, and keeping my mind busy, on the physical action of driving, it allows my mind to focus, and not wander around thoughts that I’m usually fixed on.
Coffee: Sipping piping hot coffee is a morning ritual for me. I drink it with intention of grounding myself, and before connecting with anyone else’s energy, to align my own. Almost like an hourglass, It allows me just enough time, to wake up slowly, and set my intentions for the day. Often, I find some of my best ideas come from the silence.
The people closest to me: I’m a bit of an introvert at heart, so I keep my circle very small. I’m also very empathic, so, I have a hard time being around large groups of people. I like to be around people who inspire me, and I think I’ve built my circle very well. They show me unconditional love, support, and all of them are highly talented and creative. Without even trying, they constantly push me to reach new heights, and always strive for more.
Imagination: Even the word itself is inspiring to me. Looking at the world, now, and in history, every creation, every invention, all started from a single idea, sparked by someone’s imagination. Not only does it put me into a creative, inspired headspace, it also gives me a sense of confidence, that all idea’s have significance, no matter how unimportant we think they may be.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon: This book is genius. Like many other artists, I’ve had times where I felt I wasn’t being ‘original’ or the ideas weren’t ‘mine’. Steal Like An Artist really shows you that you are allowed, and encouraged to embrace influence, and you’re allowed to put your ‘own spin’ on things. It teaches you that all forms of art are ideally a ‘remix’ of something that has already been done. I embrace that now, and instead of letting those thoughts hinder me, I use them as a creative push.
Traveling: I was very blessed as a child, to grow up with parents, who were full believers in experience and memories, over toys and gifts. Most Christmas’s, their gift to me, was a vacation to new territories, with new experiences, and amazing memories. I’ll cherish that, not only for the obvious, but also for the massive culturing I received, and the lessons I’ve learned.
DIY: I’m a firm believer in trying something yourself, before hiring or asking someone to do it for you. If you don’t land the jump, then at least you learned something during the fall. I’ve learned most of my skills from simply researching how to do them. I’ve learned how to play different instruments, graphic design, meditate, and so much more, from simply doing enough research, and putting the information into action. It’s always given me a solid confidence boost, when I’ve taught myself something. If there was ever a time where I felt like I just couldn’t teach myself, then I was still happy that I attempted to in the first place. It’s also saved me a ton of money.