Lately I’ve been thinking that it might be beneficial to have a resource to go to for quick inspiration. Some place to keep everything that inspires me to move forward with my goals, and keep me on the right track. Everyone struggles with staying on top of things, but I don’t think we give enough credit to inspiration. We tend to only focus on goals and tasks, but we wouldn’t have those things if we first didn’t have passions or interests.
The first thing that came to mind when I created this list was my life verse: 2 Corinthians 5:13. Although I don’t necessarily love the idea of only having one life verse, this is something that I find suits my approach to life very well because it’s focusing less of what others think, and using your differences in order to glorify God.
I’ll continue to keep adding quotes as time goes on, but I don’t want to add anything that doesn’t truly stick to my mind. This verse has definitely left a mark in my life.
Anything that I’ve thought about the past, present, or future that has given me hope will be added to this list. It can be any funny thoughts I’ve had that will take my mind off of something stressful, or just anything that comes to mind.
I’m not particularly a fan of “role models”, but there’s definitely people that I look up to that I’d love to mimic in specific ways. Some of these people I may know personally, others I may only know because of their music, writings, or what have you. Currently, I have Korey Cooper, Daron Malakian, and Peter Hook in this list because they’re some of my biggest musical inspirations. I also intend to put in some entrepreneurs, thinkers, and anyone else that comes to mind.
Even though I love music, this is actually going to be the most difficult list for me to fill. Since I’ve made it my rule to only put things that “stick”, I want to be careful not to overdo it with the music category. I’m putting a lot of care into this board, so any music that I put in this list has to be really worth it.
Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog post, I fix writer’s block by looking at some beautiful art. Whether it’s photography, paintings, or just nature. I love to be inspired by visuals, so anything that I come across that catches my attention will go here. Plus, as an artist, looking at other great pieces of art is always helpful in helping me grow. I always study art when I look at it, not just feel it. It gets my mind going.
Those things that I hope will happen someday in the future. Near or far, I have lots of dreams that I want to make a reality someday - it’s a big part about who I am. Again, like with music, I’ll have to be very specific and intentional with the dreams I choose to write about.
Any memory that immediately puts a smile on my face will go here. Right now, I have a picture of my first gig, and a picture of my graduation. Both of these moments were important memories to me, very special, and were more than I imagined. While I think lingering on the past can sometimes bring issues with the present, I think it’s important to remind yourself of those times you did succeed, and how good it made you feel.
Videos can be a great way to relax, but you can also gain much from watching ones that are impactful and lead to action. First knowing my weaknesses, I can find videos that will inspire me enough to pull me through those tough moments. Currently, I have a Praxis Daily video about goal-setting, because sometimes I can find myself lacking in that department.
The idea behind this is very similar to my vision board, except that this one consists of memories of the past, music, and videos that I wouldn’t be able to put on a vision board. I’ll be adding to it most likely every day, but I’m testing this out to see how it may help as time goes by. Sometimes ideas lead to things you don’t expect, but I have a good feeling about this.