I have a really simple piece of advice for you today in regards to gathering inspiration and ideas:
It’s natural if you are used to working to deadlines to place this task into a similar sphere – but it’s meant to be the opposite. Gathering ideas and inspiration doesn’t have a deadline and really, it’s never-ending. It’s part of the journey and it’s part of you. So take the pressure off and enjoy the gathering process.
When we were little, we used to visit my grandparents in my mother’s home town of Glen Innes and one of the activities we used to go out and do is pan for sapphires in the creek. (I’m so grateful to have grown up before technology was so overpowering in today’s households and it was easier to get out and do random things like this)! It’s safe to say I never found any sapphires, but along the way I found beautiful pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and other curious oddities unearthed from the creek bed that were more whimsical treasures to a little girl than silly old sapphires.
And isn’t it the same with gathering ideas and inspiration – when you immerse yourself in the process and enjoy yourself, it’s the things you find along the way that end up being greater treasures than what you set out to find in the first place!
And I swear, it’s a total coincidence that the watercolour post graphic I painted this afternoon hints of a sapphire blue hue! Curiouser and curiouser ..