Thursday, January 5, 2017

(My) Book Of Inspiration

Today I wanted to talk to you about my Book of Inspiration. When you have it by your side there is no such thing as lack of it! A Book of Inspiration is a book where I write all the posts that I’ve read on the internet and that I found interesting, as well as quotes that I loved. It helps me come up with ideas about things to write. It's so handy.  When I want to write something I always go through it and it’s a really long list, just like the book itself. When I read through it I always get inspired. But if you are a tidy perfectionist, prepare for a mess.
Besides posts I loved, I also write about my ideas and I make plans for future posts.  Not always, though. 

 I don’t always have an exact plan for writing posts, but my Book of Inspiration keeps me on track, so I can kind of have a plan about what I want to write. From fashion, blogging to personal development. I just loove it! I'm not really a morning person (prepare for Monday blues posts) so I get all the glitz and excitement when I work at night. This is some kind of a relaxing ritual for me. I make coffee, turn on some music and start exploring. After that, a wave of inspiration comes towards me and it lasts for few days. That's the time when I start writing my future posts. Of course, this is not always the case. 

Sometimes, I don't do it and I just go with the flow. The thing is I don't want to write just so I can publish a post, I want to add value to everything, I want to offer you something worthy, always. I feel pretty bad when I just publish an outfit post for example and just write about what I wore, without some tips or tricks. That's something that has to do with my personality. I always want to do something more, to offer more. Not to be the girl who just shows what she was wearing. I get bored when I do that. But, hey, sometimes the exact thing happens. That's the time when I start questioning myself and afterwards I start producing more and more. I guess these are all just the phases of my creative process. 

I read a book called 'Steal like an artist' from Austion Kleon ( here it is in PDF ).  It's really helpful. It's everything you already know, but it's different when you hear it from someone else. It comes with cool drawings and schemes. I love the part when he said that an artist is a collector and we collect ideas. So all we need is to find a favorite artist and study all of their work and after that draw inspiration from his or her favorites. On and on. And one of the most important ones is "Don't wait until you find out who you are to make things". Through the whole process we are learning who we are and what we love. So, I’m not trying to review the book, I just wanted to say you should find one blogger or creator whom you love and start reading all about their work, about the work of other people they admire and respect. That's how you get to know something about the topic you want to write about and in this way you will produce it in your own way and style. At the end we are all stealing from someone and by that I don’t mean  copying, I just mean it in terms of inspiration and exploring. We saw it somewhere and we subconsciously got a hold of it. So start exploring, through internet, books, magazines, potential inspiration is everywhere!

So all you need is:
- Some fancy book, preferably a big one!
- You need time for it. Make a ritual out of it, like me and don't rush you should enjoy it!
- Write down everything you loved! Not just the titles, but everything you found interesting and helpful. I tend to write three or four pages. I really enjoy reading it. I lift myself up and fill myself with inspiration and desire to write!
- Enjoy the waves of inspiration and start writing posts!


What's your story? Where do you find inspiration?

Necklace & rings - PD Paola; Planner - byallthings; Iphone case - Ideal of Sweden;

26 comments

  1. This was so inspiring! I'm trying to improve my content as well. This is a great idea and I think I'm going to get a book and start writing things down and posting pictures of things that inspire me. Thanks for the inspo!

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  2. I love your ideas on collection inspiration! Keeping a journal or a book is such a great idea. At the moment, I use Pinterest, but there is something about using a tangible medium that helps with keeping the creative cogs turning in my head. Love your posts, babe!

    xo, Jo
    www.cutandchic.com

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  3. Love the idea book! It's great to look into sometimes, if you don't have any inspiration anymore at some point. I'm using Pinterest too, just as Jo says. It's really easy to get inspired, when looking at all those pretty pictures. XO Charissa - www.ladygoldapple.com

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  4. What a great habit to have. I think it's a such a cool way to stay on track & organized. Love it, thanks for sharing now I just need to give it a try !
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

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  5. Hello dear!!
    Nice post, great work and motivation. I have too a notebook when I write the theme fro my next post. I?m inspiring a lot on the fashion editor pages.
    sending love from Italy xx
    Eva
    www.themermaidfashion.com

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  6. having a book with inspirational words sound so helpful! I also don't like to plan posts because I also want to deliver something beneficial or useful to someone. enjoyed your post very much!
    www.samanthamariko.com

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  7. I always have crazy ideas at night, but always so lazy to get up and write down. Your book looks amazing

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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  8. You know what ? I actually bought myself a fancy book and I wasn't sure what to use it for but now I know ! I will have my own Book of Inspiration! Thank you so much! I'm so glad I discovered your beautiful blog!

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  9. Now I wanna buy myself a book to keep everything. I love the idea of writing it down rather than typing it on my phone. It's still different. I feel like it has more emotion and connection. super love this one

    x
    thenewgirl

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  10. That sounds like a perfect idea doll - I actually always find posts that I find useful but always forget to write it down and end up losing it later on! You've just added this to my resolutions for the year! <3

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/shadesofyou

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  11. This book is a great idea! I do not love when I haven't thought of a lot of context for a post. It's just not all that interesting to write "here is what I wore..." Also great blogs to read in your list.
    Xx Jenelle
    Www.inspiringwit.com

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  12. I love this idea! There is just something about writing things down that I still enjoy versus typing it on the computer or on my phone. I love that ok can always refer to it and it can inspire just about anything in your life. I think I will adopt this practice this year! Thanks for the great idea. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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  13. I like to jot things down as I get inspired - I used to keep a journal but I kept loosing them and starting new ones LOL. Now I keep a bulletin board above my desk where I post my inspiration - that way all my scraps of paper are in one place.
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

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  14. Hey Love, Amazing Idea:) I love to write things down, for me this helps a lot:)
    Wish you Happy 2017 and Success Love Happiness for you:) Keep
    Doing your Amazing Work;) Love to Read your Posts:) Love Hugs Karina

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  15. Wow wouldn't it be bulky to carry a Book of Inspiration with you all the time? I always rely on my iPhone's Note functions to jot down to-do stuff but yup as time goes by, I got lazy and soon abolished that *LOL

    I'm finding inspiration now in your blog cuz I have many EMPTY notebooks. Guess it's time I utilise them and not try to 'squeeze' inspiration out when I need it. Thanks for being so inspiring Ana xx

    xx Aldora
    http://www.AldoraMuses.com | http://BeautyBedazzled.blogspot.com

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  16. I think its a great idea that you're writing down inspiration and ideas for yourself! I have found a ton of fun inspirational books that you write in that I want to purchase. Preferably one that I can write in daily about different things. Urban Outfitters for example have them. I think its a great idea to not only get away from computers and mobile phones but to also regenerate, think and evaluate things so that we can grow.

    http://aloveaffairblog.com

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  17. Wow this looks so incredible good babe! This book is a great idea. I love the idea of writing it down because I love writting is one of my hobbies! thank you so much for sharing!!! kisses

    www.vanedresscode.com

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  18. Such a great post! I totally agree with writing things down vs. typing on your phone. I started doing it and it worked better for me. xx

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  19. Thanks for sharing your book of inspirations. I'm definitely trying to read more for this year. One the books i'a currently reading is 'the one thing' by Gary Keller. Highly recommended;)

    Xx, Jessie

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  20. Inspiration is the best when found in random places, which often happens to me! I love all of your details here babe :)

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  21. I love the idea of having a book like that as right now all my ideas are in my head somewhere and sometimes it's hard to pick them out from there when they're needed, haha. :) I really am not a morning person either and am the most creative ever in the nights, but I'm slowly trying to change that pattern. :)
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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  22. I'm adding the book you suggest to what I call 'my everything book.' It's essentially the same thing you are talking about here. I used to have different journals for different things and I noticed I never kept up with them because I was trying to keep everything too organized as a more creative person, giving myself boundaries like that never works out! My book now is messy and probably crazy to the average person taking a glance at it but it's so wonderful for the creative process! I even stick magazine clippings or other random things that inspire me in it! Love that others have a similar book they do this with! Great post!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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  23. Wow I love this idea. Not sure why I didn't think of that before. But I have all of these journals and then never have one collective one. Thanks for the inspiration

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  24. I need a book of inspiration too! Usually I'll just jot things down in the notes section of my iPhone but I see how writing things down by hand is much more effective and inspiring!

    http://stylesprinter.com

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  25. Having a book of Inspiration is such an interesting concept. I feel like since the internet has been an information dump, we scroll through so much material, ideas, and information that we don't spend enough time filtering out what inspires us. This is a great idea. :)

    www.atsunamatsui.com

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  26. Wow!! I have never heard of someone using a journal like that. You seem so incredibly organized. I have a book like that but it's not for blog posts. Mostly just poetry and getting my thoughts out on a page. <3
    xx Belle

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