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november writing challenge | day 19 | inspiration


“What inspires you?”

People who dare to be different, rather than taking the obvious route!  ‘Tis truly inspirational (for me) to see how people have used, sought and declined different opportunities to find themselves in a happy position.  The unbeaten track, if you will: the track that might carry more risk.  I admire those who, straight after school, diligently work their way through university to reach a prestigious, famous or respected position, but I’m really ‘inspired’ by those who took a less conventional route – maybe didn’t go to university straight away, didn’t have a plan from day 1, but have achieved something extraordinary anyway.  Guess I’m just drawn to the more rebellious ones!  People who haven’t let age, or gender, or circumstance dictate their interests really inspire me.  Break all the stereotypes. 😀

Even if a person’s taste is the polar opposite to mine, or they do things I wouldn’t dream of doing, I admire the attitude that makes them that way.  Being ballsy is inspirational, to put it bluntly.  I aspire to be the kind of person who genuinely doesn’t care what others think of them.  There’s a fine line between this attitude and being offensive, but as long as you’re mindful I think it’s possible to tow that line!

It’s actually quite difficult to say what inspires my actions, when I don’t have a particular goal in mind.  I like to think that I’m not aiming for anything, just forwards in some direction!   I go through bouts of feeling really motivated/inspired, then other times just kinda drifting but carrying on with everything just ’cause it’s habit.  Inspiration and motivation go hand in hand I reckon, and both gather and lose momentum.  There are definitely weeks where I’m all go go go, here there and everywhere, getting all sorts done.  There are also weeks where time seems to pass without anything really happening; ‘drifting’ is the best word I can actually think of!  Not doing very well at articulating my thoughts atm am I…

With creative things, looking at others’ work is the most obvious (cliche?) form of inspiration, but it definitely works for me!  Like in textiles for example, I love having a browse through previous students’ work and admiring haha.  It’s not that I want to steal their ideas or that I’ll even go on to do something remotely similar myself, it’s more the looking at others’ creative processes and thoughts that I find inspiring.  Feeding my brain with creative stuff gets inspiration flowing, even if it’s just a browse of Pinterest or a flick through a journal.  Seeing someone else’s creations makes me want to get creative too.

Tell me where you find your inspiration!

Oh and on a completely random note, attempt number 3 at poking my eyes out (aka contact lens appointment) went well yesterday!  Third time lucky right?  Finally I’ll have some days off glasses. 🙂

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    21st November 2014 at 9:13 am

    Great post, I completely agree with what you’ve written about people taking unconventional routes to success and not caring what other people think, it’s very refreshing!
    Hannah x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      21st November 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Refreshing is the best description I think! The fear of being ordinary really is inspiring.

  • Reply
    21st November 2014 at 11:21 am

    Hi Lily! Glad your contact appointment went well 🙂 I’ve been wearing contact myself for one round yera now and it entirely changed my life! No more blurred glasses when entering somewhere on cold winter days, no more fingerprints to wipe out, and the fun part is, you can actually use coloured contact lenses for a party which is so fun to do! Of course at first you might struggle a lot with putting and/or removing it, but after a few weeks you’ll be able to do it in no time!
    About inspiration, I don’t have “someone” who inspires me, so I would say that my greatest inspiration is Internet–perhaps Ravelry especially! I also have those folders on my laptop filled with inspiring pictures, like dram haircuts, spectacular outfits, scrumptious-looking recipes, places I want to visit eventually… I like to be inspired by everything I see, and I sometimes wish a day would last 48 hours and I had 4 more arms! 🙂
    Have a nice day!

    • Reply
      lily kate
      21st November 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you! I’m just getting used to them but it’s great not being stuck with glasses. Smudges on the lenses, steaming up with hot drinks, glasses can be such a pain! It took me a while to get used to inserting the lenses but I can do it pretty easily now.
      The internet is my biggest inspiration too! My Pinterest board is the best collation of this. If only a day would last that long!

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    Emma 5foot10
    21st November 2014 at 11:36 am

    Keep going with the contact lenses. It takes a while but then once you get the hang of it, you’ll be sorted for life. I know some people who can take them out without using a mirror. 🙂 I am enjoying reading these posts, and am inspired to blog more often 🙂 x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      21st November 2014 at 8:27 pm

      I intend to! My Dad puts his in and out without a mirror, which seems impossible to me.
      Glad you like these posts! I haven’t many days left of this writing challenge, it’ll feel strange to go back to regular posts!

  • Reply
    21st November 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I am very thankful I do not need glasses or contacts, contacts really freak me out. If I do ever need help with my vision I am totally just going to wear glasses… sticking something in my eye just doesn’t sound appealing to me lol! I find inspiration in a lot of things… my video games (the stories and characters) definitely inspire me… video games are the main reason why I started blogging and graphic/web designing so many years ago when i was just 11! Everyday little moments in my life also inspire me 🙂


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      lily kate
      21st November 2014 at 8:30 pm

      They are a strange concept I suppose! I’m fine with sticking lenses in my eye, but totally freak out about needles and injections. I can’t even watch them on TV.
      Your ideas are so inspiring! Everyday moments are the best aren’t they. 😀

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