There were so many times I wanted to sit myself down and write this post, but I have had so much buzzing in my head lately, I didn’t know how to lock down a single idea to talk about, but 18 days is far too long to have been off the blogging radar, and so here I am. I am also at a hotel sin motor vehicle and prematurely boasted to Clint about how much writing and blogging I could get caught up on, and I’ll be damned if he comes back from working all day and all I have to show for is a rerun of a Tom Hanks movie and a change of yoga pants. And I only said a change of yoga pants to act like I’m civilized. We all know I’m in the same yoga pants.
So, I have been jotting down ideas of what to write about, and I found that everything kind of horseshoes back to what has been inspiring me. So instead of spilling on about my recent life, I’m going to tell you a little about what has been keeping me up at night. And hopefully something will inspire you too.
1. INSTA CREATIVES.
Okay. I will shamelessly admit that I am borderline obsessed with the instagrams of a few very creative individuals… that I have never even met. Yes. It’s really weird, but I seek them out. I try to find these artsy little fireballs out in the virtual world and find great inspiration from their lifestyle and art that they share in little 3″x3″ squares. I find this form of virtual community, if utilized correctly, an instant library of ideas and advice. And unlike Pinterest’s unrealistic push for perfection, these ladies and gentlemen on Instagram are just posting about their day to day adventures from a camera phone, helping me understand that no one’s life is truly that much more fabulous than anyone else’s. It’s just actively finding beauty where you are. And no matter what your life looks like- there is inspiration all around you.
Here are the 10 most recent that I have been following:
@jennyhighsmith //graphic design and fashion
@taylorflower //rustic and simple, aspiring wedding designer
@chelseapetaja //paper goods and traveling
@bleubird //vintage inspiration and creative mother
@dalepartridge //CEO of Sevenly (next on my list of inspirations) and beautiful typography
@haleykjar //simple, authentic living and creative mommy
@stephsterjovski //beautiful prints and fashion inspiration
@thedoorsofnewyork //beautifully crafted entrances across NYC
@meaganhilde //gorgeous photos of simple life and traveling
@lucyspartalis //wedding photographer
I stumbled upon Sevenly.org while in my recent search or some well designed typography tees. Not only did this website fit the bill, the website’s cause was so inspiring to me. I often brainstorm about how my creative skills could best.. in short… change the world. Because, while that might be a bold claim, I truly want to embrace this life and make as many huge changes as I can. Not just observe it passing me by. And sometimes I wonder how that’s possible as an artist. Sevenly showed me how something as simple as good design can make a huge impact in the lives of others all over the world. This website adopts a different cause every week, and the Sevenly team of artists create T-shirts, posters, and jewelry that represent the need. This merchandise raises money for the cause while also producing walking billboards for change. This idea has exploded, helping raise almost all the needed funds every single week. And you get a T-shirt that you actually feel really cool wearing. Witnessing someone use their talents to make a difference in the world is something worth living for. And I hope I can find a way to use mine.
3. A SOUL COMING TO LIFE.
This is a phrase that my dear friend, Bri, wrote me in a letter from Switzerland lately. (You can find her lovely blog here.) She said, “Oh Kendall, my soul has come alive!” as she described her travels across Europe this summer, helping with Young Life. Her letter and picture of where she was staying meant so much to me that I hung it up by my desk to remember to pray for her journey as well as remind myself that the whole world is out there to conquer. She recently returned from her trip and called me today. We spent over an hour on the phone as I begged her to tell me everything. She was simply gushing over her experiences abroad. She spoke of the freedom she felt and the way she not only experienced a different culture, but got to meet a different part of her own self. I could almost touch her excitement over the phone. And it reminded me of how I felt with my trip to the Philippines and how aware and alive I felt. Bri went on to tell me what I believe to be true: You must do the things that make you feel alive. That these things usually come with huge risk and sacrifice, but they are available to everyone. It may not be traveling out of the country. It is attempting to conquer the thing that you believe to be impossible. And whether you succeed or fail isn’t what matters. It is that you are fighting death and fear and… sometimes even worse… mediocrity.
In other news, I am starting a new blog segment called “Women Crush Wednesday” that highlights different women of different walks of life that inspire me. My first interview will be posted this.. you guessed it.. Wednesday. Stay tuned.