The life of a creative is an insane roller coaster.

One day you’re in the mindset of “I can do this! I am killing this creative thing! My mind is overflowing with ideas!”

And then the next day (or even 15 minutes later) you’ve done a 180 and find yourself in the mindset of “Hmmm, what blog post should I write today? Does anyone besides my mom even care? Am I just wasting my time?

The struggle is real.

And a lot of times, that struggle is really hard to push past. Like harder than getting out of bed early on Monday morning.

Sometimes I stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours.

Waiting for inspiration, waiting for that cartoon light bulb to pop up above my head. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

And if it doesn’t, you need to have a plan B. And for me, that plan B is looking to others.

Accept that sometimes you need to go outside yourself to find creativity.

When you are struggling to find inspiration within, it’s totally okay to look outside to find that spark that gets you going.

Know that everyone struggles with being creative at times.

You are not alone in your creative block!

No creative is ever 100% on top of their game.

That’s a major part of who creatives are — they are following the ebbs and flows of creativity.

So, when I’m feeling BLAH and 0% creative, these are my go-tos.


#1. Daily Stoic Instagram

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There is no shame in finding inspiration in inspirational quotes. Where do you think they got their name from?

Inspirational quotes have gotten a bad rep, but if they work for you, GREAT.

Some work for me, and some I just roll my eyes over.

However, these inspirational quotes are all about stoic philosophy which traces all the way back to the 3rd century B.C.! You can read more about Stoicism here.


#2. theeverygirl.com

Sometimes just reading about other #girlbosses helps me find motivation.

And theeverygirl.com is a great place to do that.

With tips on everything from career, to health and beauty, to fashion and everything else a girl needs, this website is sure to get your noggin going.


#3. Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher

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This girl has the creative and business stuff down to a T.

Her attitude about business and life is just absolutely fabulous and the advice she offers is just incredible.

I love listening to these podcasts while I’m getting ready in the morning to really get a great start to my day. I begin work feeling ready to kick a** at being a creative.

But I also reach for the Goal Digger Podcast when I’m at the gym or when I’m feeling I need a little pick-me-up.

Trust me, you will not regret listening to this!


#4. The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast

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Lauryn, the girl behind The Skinny Confidential blog is just AMAZING.

She is real, raw, and says it like it is. Never apologizes for who she is and has great advice on everything from beauty to business. We could all learn a little something from her.

This podcast she does with her entrepreneur husband offers some great tips and insight into the world of running your own business, with some TMI stories and fun guests thrown into the mix.

If you’re looking for a laugh and some tips to apply to your life, give this podcast a listen.


#5. Gary Vee Instagram

If you’re in need of some butt kicking, head on over to Gary Vee’s Instagram.

Brutally honest and fearless of profanities, Gary Vee is sometimes just what you need to get things in gear.

I like to head to his page when I start to doubt what I’m doing.

Gary gives a quick shot of “stop doing sh** you hate” and I’m back on the creative wagon again.

Sometimes that’s all it takes!


I hope you guys will find some of these helpful and inspirational. Don’t forget — we all get lost sometimes, so don’t overthink it!


Author: lesliekhughes@gmail.com

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