I feel really lucky to be surrounded daily by creative, inspirational women. I have no shortage of friends creating beautiful things. Everyone expresses their creativity differently and in different mediums, and that’s what makes this community so much fun. So I asked four women who inspire me when they feel most creative, and I can’t wait to share more about them with our audience.
“I feel the most creative when I’m in nature. Aside from working with flowers, which are in nature, I pull my inspiration from the fluid movements of the coast, the hanging greenery in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the way color stories are in wildflower fields…these are all inspirations to my installations, inspirations to how organic I want my floral designs to feel, and ultimately, nothing is more creative than nature itself to me.”
In order of importance: Mother, Partner, Part-Owner at an independent hardware store, Artist
“In that quiet twilight moment before falling asleep. Basically the only time of day my attention is undivided.”
Pretty much all of them, as any small biz owner could claim. But to clump in up in one package…Owner
“Over the years, I have come to realize that there is one definite constant in which I create my best work and feel most comfortable expressing my creative ideas and that is always when I am under pressure. That pressure can be any number of things from time constraints, limitations due to material behavior or even my own personal doubts. Ultimately, I have found that I really need to feel some sense of urgency in order to get out of my own way, not second-guess myself and just allow my instincts to take over.”
Founder + Designer Rachael Harrah and Mother of Two
“Stream of consciousness journaling has been an incredibly powerful tool for channeling my creativity. I love Julia Cameron’s technique from The Artist’s Way, called Morning Pages. The process is simple—you write three pages of handwritten, unedited thoughts on paper each and every morning. With consistent stream of consciousness journaling, I have channeled new ideas, clarified old ones and broken through blocks to find the clarity and confidence I needed to pursue them. Of course, this doesn’t happen in isolation though. I’m really at my best and most creative when I prioritize taking care of myself. For me, that means three non-negotiable things every day: sleep, meditation and movement. Without these, I can easily feel overwhelmed and stressed. I lose sight of what really matters—and this is a total creativity killer! Laying the self-care groundwork gives me the silence, space and high vibe mindset I need to tune in, be inspired—and create.”
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