January 18, 2014

It's Not Where You Take Things From, It's Where You Take Them To

One of my favorite comments recently came from Megan at Grad School Needs Hobby. She referenced the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, and gave the quick synopsis about how "he discards the idea of true originality and has a lot of quotes about how people steal pieces of inspiration from a number of others to make their own creations."

Honestly? I couldn't agree more, and I was truly delighted to see what others had to say about all of this.

While I have never personally read the book, I have seen numerous quotes from it, one of my favorites being:

When you stop and think about it - are our thoughts even our own, or are they a giant culmination of films and books and conversations that we've seen and read and had?

I have a few friends taking over the rest of today's blog post sharing what has been inspiring them lately. Their answers further prove that we gather inspiration from anywhere, anything, and anyone, and I think that is beautiful. 

Meet Erika from All Things E

I'm a 24-year-old living, loving and learning in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2014, I'm striving to live more simply, intentionally and beautifully (while staying as childish at heart as possible!). I like to think of myself as a rational minimalist, a dreamer, a tweeter and a reader. On my blog, I share stories about friendship, family and life as a single 20-something in a newish-to-me city while sprinkling in yummy recipes, apartment decor & DIY projects, heartfelt book reviews and the occasional travel re-cap. 

What has been inspiring you lately? AH so many things. A few sites that I am really loving right now are Hello, Month, The Unlost, and Alexandra Franzen (she'll probably always be one of my favorite reads). Beyond that, I'm a sucker for collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest, so I look at this board often. On Instagram, I love following one of my favorite authors, Austin Kleon - he shares a newspaper blackout poem everyday and something about the dedication behind that really inspires me (his book, Steal Like An Artist, is also one of my favorites). Speaking of books, I just finished How to Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy and am currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Both of them have really inspired me! :) 

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Meet Christina from Route Bliss

I'm Christina of Route Bliss. While I've been blogging for over a decade now, Route Bliss itself has only been around since the Summer of 2013. RB (as I've dubbed it) is where I share my love of travel and photography as well as what I'm learning on my journey to healthier living (adapted recipes as well as running and fitness tips and grumblings!). 

What has been inspiring you lately? Beginning this month I'm participating in the One Little Word project as well as sharing inspiring thoughts I come across each week on my Instagram account -- search for the hashtag #52inspiringthoughtsin2014. Right now the quote, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." by Ralph Waldo Emerson is becoming my daily reminder to look for the good in each day when I have no control over everything around me! (see this sketch by Holly McCaig - http://instagram.com/p/ipWRxdlWNn/

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Meet Stephanie from Insert Classy Here

My name is Steph and I blog at Insert Classy Here. I ramble on about our new life on the East Coast, my dogs and whatever random things are on my mind. I try to be funny, wish I traveled a little more and have the best partner in crime/husband.

What has been inspiring you lately? My inspiration comes from the little things each day that bring happiness to me and people around me. One of my favorite quotes is: "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." - Charles Kingsley

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Meet Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl

My name is Kate and I am a British expat who still hasn't decided what country I want to live in, so, I just hop around and like to write about my experiences. Although I write a lot about my travels, I would consider my blog to be about travel & lifestyle because currently I am trying to plan a wedding in 3 months, make the transition to self employment and am a twenty-something finding her way in life.

What has been inspiring you lately? My inspirations lately have come from digital illustrators. I'm really into work by Gemma Corroll and her work is really encouraging me as a web designer to work on my illustrating skills so I can expand my services. Plus, who doesn't love a little doodle?! I find it so calming to sit and draw on paper or the computer, I've found it really helps to center me and help me re-focus after a stressful day.

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Meet Katherine from The Duchess of Blumewood

I’m a 20 something southern lady in my last year of law school. I’m tall and still wear heels, I like snail mail and history. I enjoy everything English, Henry VIII related, and Harry Potterish. My blog chronicles my life and how I try to make the world a little brighter, happier, and interesting… all with a dash of sarcasm. I started blogging as a way to keep my family updated on my life and now I use it as a creative outlet! Law is a very linear and rational discipline and I need a way to let my right-brain self free!

What has been inspiring you lately? The following quote from Abe Lincoln:"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or recjoice because thorn bushes have roses."

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Happy Saturday!


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