Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Onward, Ho!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

For my 600th blog post (whoa.) I would like to share with you an excerpt from a text that has hit close to home with me, as I continuously struggle with the questions of:

  • What the hell am I doing with my life?
  • Where am I going to live next year?
  • Why do I bother trying to be a writer/creator/sock creature maker/lino-printer etc when I am clearly lacking any real skill/talent/ability etc?

I found this excerpt in an article by Oliver Burkeman on the School of Life website and it just makes me feel so much better about EVERYTHING. I suspect it will ring true for a few other people as well.

The bookshelves heave with advice on how to feel confident in social settings, or motivated to take exercise, how to get inspired for creative projects, etcetera. But what if you just accepted that you felt afraid, or unmotivated, or uninspired, and went fearfully, unmotivatedly, uninspiredly onward?

‘Give up on yourself,’ wrote the late Japanese psychologist Shoma Morita, whose deadpan approach provides a refreshing respite from the legions of grinning positive thinkers. ‘Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be, and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.’

Sounds like a good plan to me.

Need Some Inspiration?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I watched this today while eating cheese and baguettes and suddenly felt a lot better about doing what I am trying to do. Cheers, Neil.

“Good Things Come Out of Incomprehension”

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Today I discovered Maira Kalman, an illustrator and author who has a carefree and positive aspect on life, work and happiness. I watched her give a TED talk and felt particularly inspired by her easy and simple way of working. Her comment, “Good things come out of incomprehension” stuck with me as I often feel myself feeling particularly stupid and lacking knowledge when really it isn’t necessarily my fault that I don’t know the political history of a certain country or the entire work collection of an 18th century author. Her illustrations are funny yet reflective of the real world. You should check her out.

Paper Cutting

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I have recently discovered an artist called Béatrice Coron, a French woman who lives in New York and who is a paper cutter. She creates wonderfully detailed stories by cutting images into paper. You should check out her work. Some of my favourite pieces are clothes that she has made out of paper. They are so delicate yet well structured. Plus the other cool thing is that she only started working as an artist when she turned 40. It’s never too late to change.