November 20, 2015

100 Things That Fuel My Creativity

This has been a weird week. I’ve got a serious case of back-from-vacation blues and a minor case of food poisoning. There was a major windstorm with a power outage. A sick baby. A sensitive kid. And a few other things that shouldn’t have bothered me but really got under my skin. So when it came time to sit down and write my weekly post I had nothing. Zero. Nothing was inspiring me to put my fingers on the keys and the words on the screen. So I decided to make a list of things that fuel my creativity as a way of snapping out of my funk and reminding myself of things I can do, experience, or remember that get my imagination fired up. Results below.

My Creativity Triggers (in no particular order, not comprehensive)

  1. Reading things that smart people wrote
  2. Project Runway
  3. InStyle magazine
  4. The music of Glass Animals
  5. The music of Sia
  6. The music of Lo Fang
  7. The music of Rupa and the April Fishes
  8. The music of Lana del Rey
  9. Beyoncé’s Haunted music video
  10. Dia de los Muertos
  11. Traveling
  12. My daughter’s classroom
  13. My Twitter feed
  14. My multi-talented friends
  15. Exercise
  16. Running
  17. Singing
  18. Goth culture
  19. My box of colored pencils
  20. Symbolist art
  21. The Frye art museum
  22. People watching
  23. New York City
  24. Paris
  25. The Scottish Highlands
  26. Dancing
  27. A clean house
  28. A quiet house
  29. Third Place Books
  30. A long bath
  31. Woody Allen movies
  32. Danny Boyle movies
  33. Halloween
  34. Disneyland
  35. Pixar movies
  36. The Solstice Parade
  37. Neil Gaiman everything
  38. Amanda Palmer Facebook posts
  39. Thick forests
  40. The open road
  41. Grains of sand
  42. The stars
  43. The night
  44. Rain
  45. Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking
  46. Brené Brown books
  47. Sharpened pencils
  48. My favorite pens
  49. Farmers markets
  50. Grimm
  51. Boden catalogs
  52. Sacré Couer
  53. Pinterest
  54. Taking pictures
  55. French
  56. Spanish
  57. University campuses
  58. Art studios
  59. Office supplies
  60. Weddings
  61. Lakes
  62. Rugged coastline
  63. Sunsets
  64. Tigers in the wild
  65. Galloping horses
  66. Craft shows
  67. Land of Nod
  68. Libraries
  69. Coffee
  70. Coffee shops
  71. Candy stores
  72. Big ideas
  73. Rodin Museum
  74. Maryhill Museum
  75. Entrepreneurs
  76. Color
  77. The Devil Wears Prada
  78. Musicals
  79. Smash
  80. The song Broadway Here I Come
  81. So You Think You Can Dance
  82. Books about writing
  83. Niche online literary magazines
  84. Alexander McQueen
  85. The Met Ball
  86. The Met
  87. MoMA
  88. Journals
  90. The music of Fall Out Boy
  91. The music of Panic! At the Disco
  92. Harry Potter
  93. Beautifully illustrated children’s books
  94. Melancholy
  95. Nostalgia
  96. The old seminary at St. Edwards
  97. Lincoln Park
  98. Autumn
  99. Fairy tales
  100. Cabaret
  101. Austin Kleon
  102. Coloring

Okay, that’s actually 102 things, but who cares? I feel better! The rusty cogs of my imagination are starting to turn again.

What makes you feel creative? I’d love to know.


Image credit: mckinney75402 via CC

2 Responses

    1. Garen Glazier says:

      Love you!

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