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Want to become inspired? Leave home. When we take a step outside of our doors, with our eyes and hearts open, we experience this world in a whole new way. Throughout history people have traveled; some were able to travel only as far as a neighboring city or village, and some across the seas. But what we have to our advantage is the ease of being able to visit new places. Airports, bus routes, and our own vehicles give us the means to go. We need only to take that first step out of our comfort zone.

lessons in inspiration / travel ( quote about leaving home for inspiration )

Your assignment: travel. 

rolling in inspiration

Have you guys had a chance to grab the GEOBALL template yet? It’s free in the CLC resource shop!

Last year I approached Ashley with the idea to create a “live version” of her Lessons in Inspiration column. I know most creatives get stuck sometimes – I do, for sure – so we wanted to create something that would keep you “rolling in inspiration“! It’s covered in quick and easy activities for you to do when your inspiration tank is feeling a little low.

Here’s a little demonstration of how to put it together. Grab the printable here!

Side note: This was my first go at creating a video in Photoshop so please forgive any quirks. Be expecting many, many more!

lessons in inspiration / 12

It could be the teacher in me but I really love to read. Just like movies and music, books have the ability to transport me into a different time, show me a different perspective, encourage me, and inspire me.

My bookshelf is crammed full of various literary treasures. Required readings, finance books, childhood series, and every book written by Francine Rivers can all be found in my humble bookshelf.
Here are a few of my recommended books [most of which I'm currently coveting]
lessons in inspiration / reading recommendations

1. Kinfolk | visually inspiring and full of carefully curated words which rouse my heart every single time.
2. A Year of Mornings | I just wish I had thought of this one first.
3. Love Does | this one makes me want to get up and go DO something. so encouraging & challenging.
4. Elements of Style Illustrated | an illustrated grammar book. can’t get much better.
5. My Ideal Bookshelf | a bibliophilic feast for the eye, mind, heart and soul.
6. New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada | a traveler’s must-have.

Your homework: read [or browse] through some literature. Make sure you let yourself become immersed in the reading; this is where the inspiration magic happens. 

What are your most inspiring literary finds? Are you into the classics? Biographies? Cookbooks?


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lessons in inspiration / 11

December is a busy month. Even though some things in my life are winding down, many are picking up at rapid rates. My to-do list is filled with great things, my calendar is full of places to be and people to see, and my list of goals for the coming year is building every day. Though I spend more time away from my computer during the holidays, I don’t automatically spend more time resting.

Your assignment is very simple, but completely necessary: be still.  
Take time to be. Be yourself. Be quiet. Be retrospective. Be aware. Listen to the stillness. Allow yourself to enjoy whatever season of life you’re in right now.

When I’m being still I like to knit. I’m not the greatest knitter ( hey, I’ve actually never finished anything ). But I love sitting on my couch and knitting for hours, unaware of the time, simply engaging in a task carried out completely by my own two hands.

lessons in inspiration: be still

I guarantee that putting away your computer, cell phone, to-do list, calendar, blogroll, turning off the TV and even getting away by yourself will do you more good than you might expect. So pick up a pair of knitting needles, grab your notebook to write down your thoughts/observations/goals, or go into a room by yourself and just be. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself!

Until next year, class is dismissed!

- Ashley


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lessons in inspiration / 10

As we enter into the colder months of the year, I find myself starting to watch more and more movies. It could be because my to-do list is shrinking, or it could be because there’s just something about grabbing a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and putting on a favorite movie that can warm my soul.

Movies are powerful. They make me want to learn to cook like Julie & Julia, visit New York in the fall (thanks to When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail), and sing like Maria in The Sound of Music. Movies inspire me to think beyond my own life, my own situations, and my own world. And that’s completely worth the 2.5 hours.

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s beyond the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. – Stanley Kubrick

A film is a petrified fountain of thought. – Jean Cocteau

I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that’s different than you imagine it. – Alex Winter

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight tour emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul.  - Ingrid Bergman

Your assignment: Watch a movie. Or two. Or ten.
Watch your favorite movies. Watch movies you’ve never seen before. Go to the theater to watch a movie. Watch them with a friend, a loved one, or by yourself. Immerse yourself in a different world, challenge your own thinking and think critically about the movie.

Here are a few of my all-time favorite movies:

lessons in inspiration / watch a movie
And some I’m itching to watch:
lessons in inspiration / watch a movie
What are your favorite movies?
Until next time! Class is dismissed.
- Ashley


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lessons in inspiration / 09

Oh dear friends, it’s time we let our guards down and get back to the basics.

It is too easy for us as adults to get caught up in the constraints of social norms, expectations, deadlines, and competitions. When we let these big kid burdens take over, we start to lose sight of WHY we do what we do.

So what better to do than channel our inner child?

Growing up, I built forts daily in the summers, creating my own world under layers of pillows and blankets, imagining life unrestrained. That fort was mine. I designed it. I created it. I guarded it. I shared it on occasion. But most of all, my imagination allowed me to live fully inspired, not worried about what adults thought of me, how I was going to market myself, or where my income would come from. The simplicity and blessing of just being myself was more than enough.

lessons in inspiration: channel your inner child. blanket fort

Your assignment: channel your inner child. 

Remind yourself why you do what you do. Our adult selves could take a big lesson from our younger selves so take the time to figure out what inspired you as a child and run with it!

Class is dismissed. If you need me, I’ll be gathering blankets, chairs, pillows and flashlights.

- ashley


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