Where do I get my inspiration? It can be challenging at times to fuel the creative fire when dealing with the pressure of day-in-day out production of content.
One of my all time inspirations is nature. Nature is my happy place, the setting I find ideas and possibilities rush to my mind. I also find inspiration through people, social media, books, music, podcasts, videos and photos. I will share some of my current favorites with you below. Let me know some of yours in the comments section!
Chelsea Yamase (aka @chelseakauai on Instagram) inspires me on a daily basis with her positivity, passion for life, realness and talent. Her photography and captions on Instagram are forever pushing me to get outside and explore, plus her ‘Stories’ are super cute and funny. She also has a blog, The Adventures Collective.
Front yard blessings on the last evening of our retreat. We danced around in the rain, hands clasped on hot mugs of tea over 3am conversations. So much vulnerability, joy, and honesty spilled on pages and from lips this week. This is a season of learning for me – about being unapologetically myself, living with intention and expressing myself truthfully. Grateful to have co-created with some wonderful women this week. #Iceland #luminous #whp🌈
I watch a lot of YouTube but there is just something about the the Bucket List Family that is so heartwarming and inspiring. If you haven’t already heard of them, they are a family of 4 (soon to be 5!) who are exploring the world one country at a time. They have the most amazing positive attitudes to giving back to others and inspiring people to follow their passions. You simply cannot watch one of their videos without smiling! Check out their awesome YouTube channel here.
Photo curtesy of The Bucket List Family
Gloria Atanmo from The Blog Abroad is a burst of light. Her writing is witty, informative and enjoyable to read. I love watching her world-wide adventures through her blog, Instagram and Facebook page. Glo isn’t your average “solo female blogger” so be sure to follow along if you want a breath of fresh air!
It finally happened! After frolicking my black @$% through one too many rice fields, I fell in one and muddied up my white dress! So many times us bloggers gloss over all the work, precision, and effort that goes into capturing a perfect, candidly-staged shot 🙃 Though I was able to snap this shot from my mounted tripod and remote (hidden behind me in my left hand), just a few moments later, @mylifesatravelmovie captured some priceless moments of me twirling my way into the Land of Nope as I trip over my ego and my dress makes a hard stumble into my poop-stained future. Catch my InstaStories for the sequence of the behind-the-scenes of this glorious moment and stay tuned as we take our #BaliBlogSquad to the Gili Islands! Also! Keep DM'ing me your email addresses if you'd like to be on the waitlist for the next #BaliBloggerBootcamp! Can hardly wrap my head around the incredible souls and memories from this week ❤
Max Muench is an incredibly talented photographer who I found through Instagram. He recently published this image of an eagle hunter in Mongolia. I think the image exudes rawness and tells an amazing story. I also love the fact that Max captured the image via phone (can you believe it?!), reminding us all that you don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on gear in order to capture a moment. Check out his Instragram here.
I usually don’t post portraits here but it was always my dream to visit an eagle hunter in Mongolia, so here you go 🇲🇳 I would love to introduce you to Bazarbai, young Kazakh eagle hunter living in the west of Mongolia. We found him making hay close to the family’s autumn camp before he invited us to visit his summer camp close to the Chinese border, about 6 hours off-road away. There he lives with his wife and 2 years old son, keeps his animals together and trains eagles to hunt foxes and wolves in the steppes and mountains. – Later this month I’ll share a video @alinakondrat and I shot about him, for now you can still see this and more impressions from Mongolia at the #frameTV Art Digital exhibition at Stilwerk Berlin. – Shot on #galaxyS8plus, sponsored by @samsungmobile_de #DoWhatYouCant.
I recently watched Chris Burkard’s feature film Under an Arctic Sky. It’s an extremely well-done documentary about chasing big surf and the northern lights in rugged Iceland. Video is definitely a creative avenue I am trying to improve on and I found endless inspiration in this piece – check it out!
Photo curtesy of Chris Burkard Photography
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is an absolute must read for anyone wanting to break the barriers of fear and live their most amplified and fulfilled life. I love how she talks about getting over your fear of the unknown and being courageous enough to “bring forth the treasures that are hidden within”. Elizabeth writes in such a down-to-earth manner that is super relatable and at times quite humorous. I dare you to read it!
I have recently been listening to the Munching with Moguls podcast series. The awesome Alexa Jorgenson interviews badass female entrepreneurs about all things business, creativity and intentional living. I love the vulnerability shown by these successful women, who discuss the lows and the highlights of how they have built a prosperous business. Munching with Moguls is a definite must-listen if you want to get your #GIRLBOSS on!
Photo curtesy of Munchin with Moguls
Recently I have really been enjoying a range of folk, indie and chill music as I feel those tunes keep me grounded and fuel my creativity. You can check out my iTunes and Spotify playlists for more details. A song very close to my heart right now is “Ruby” by the very talented Ira Wolf. The folky tune was actually written about our GoWesty Camper, Ruby. Ira toured the country in Ruby before we acquired her and naturally fell in love with her quirkiness and charm. The song pretty much sums up my own feelings about our National Parks road trip and living in Ruby. Check it out here!
Needs? I guess that is what bothers so many folks. They keep expanding their needs until they are dependent on too many things and too many other people… I wonder how many things in the average American home could be eliminated if the question were asked, “Must I really have this?” I guess most of the extras are chalked up to comfort or saving time.
Funny thing about comfort – one man’s comfort is another man’s misery. Most people don’t work hard enough physically anymore, and comfort is not easy to find. It is surprising how comfortable a hard bunk can be after you come down off a mountain.
I absolutely love this quote by the wilderness warrior Richard Proenneke. Living out of a suitcase and a van these past 14 months has taught me that I only need a small amount of possessions. Obviously it is nice to have some extra “comfort” items, but when it comes down to it we really only need a small backpack of possessions to survive and be happy. I have found that having less stuff has helped me feel less suffocated and allowed me to grow creatively.
You probably know my answer already… Lake Clark National Park! Yep, I keep rambling on about this beautiful slice of wilderness (you can check out my recent blog post on the park here). I felt so at peace and inspired by the landscapes of Lake Clark, especially the Upper Twin Lake area. I was constantly journaling and writing down creative ideas during our 3 nights spent in an off-the-grid lakeside cabin. Another place we visited recently was Redwood National & State Parks, and boy was I blown-away. This was my second visit but I swear each time it just gets more and more beautiful. I felt awe-struck walking amongst the massive Redwoods – wise trees that have seen much more than my existence.