I don’t know about you, but when things get busy for me in life, I tend to fall into a bit of a rut. After a stressful day at work, I often come home and go into auto pilot. I make dinner, chat with my husband and de-stress with the animals, which is all great, but I am definitely in wind down mode as I get ready to eventually go to sleep. I hunker down and focus on my cozy little insular bubble called home. When I am like this for long periods of time, I end up feeling kind of blah because I’m not doing one of my favorite things…exploring. As I have gotten older, I find that I need to go out and explore/discover new things every day in order to feed my soul. Now, this can take the form of going to a museum to see a new exhibit, reading a book or discovering a new blog or pod cast. Whatever the medium, for me this kind of discovery is about soaking up other people’s words, ideas and images to open up my mind to new things.
So, one of my resolutions for 2017 is to not let myself go into auto pilot and to make a point to explore/discover every single day. Here are a few of my favorite go-tos that never cease to inspire me.
Image Source and Credit: Design*Sponge
If you haven’t discovered Design*Sponge please, do yourself a favor and go check it out. This awesome blog is the brain child of Grace Bonney and presents design in a really unique and refreshing way. In their own words,
Design*Sponge focuses on the creative community, with the goal of making the art and design world personal. We don’t only cover beautiful homes, objects and trends, but rather the people behind them and their struggles and real life concerns. We believe the idea of “home” is one that stretches beyond the furniture inside it, so we will, from time to time, have discussions about larger cultural issues that affect our community. Our site is inclusive and intersectional and welcomes open discussion across all of our channels. All opinions and thoughts are welcome here, so long as they are constructive and treat all parties involved with respect.
The thing that I love most about Design*Sponge is that once you start reading it, you can get lost in it. What I mean by that is that I will read a post and it will have a link to a cool store or blog so I will click on that and start reading and before you know it, I will find myself free-falling down a rabbit hole completely immersed in all sorts of creative goodness.
Image Source and Credit: The Moth
I love listening to podcasts and I don’t do it nearly enough. That is something that I need to change in 2017! One of my all time favorite podcast is The Moth which is basically a live story slam. Each show starts out with a theme, but then the participants tell their individual stories, live, without notes and the outcome is different every time. I have laughed, cried, cringed…you name it, when listening to this show. The Moth’s mission is to
…promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience
Not only do I find inspiration when I listen to these podcasts, but I am also so impressed by the courage shown by those who choose to get up and share their personal stories. I think that it takes a lot of guts and I’m not sure if I could do it, so I really applaud each and every one of them.
Image Source and Credit: Vegan Good Life
Last March I did a post about Vegan Good Life on Fashionvictimless right after I had received Issue #3 and I was blown away. Since that time they have shipped Issue #4, which I of course got, and it is just as good if not better. Filled with all sorts of vegan fashion, travel, lifestyle, art & design and best of all, no advertising! Yep, that’s right, this magazine is filled with content and only content. I love it.
Image Source and Credit: Design*Sponge
One day last year when I was doing my daily visit to Design*Sponge, I saw that Grace Bonney now had a book titled In the Company of Women. This book is amazeballs, plan and simple. It features inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists and entrepreneurs. When I finally got my copy of my book, I would sit down every Sunday, early in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee while my husband was still asleep and slowly read a few pages of this magical book at a time. I took it slow because not only did I want to savor it, but each person that I read about inspired me so much that I would end up putting down the book and picking up my journal so I could jot down new ideas. I was a bit sad when I finally came to the last page, but this is the kind of book that you can pick up again and again and always find new inspiration. I think that Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers said it best,
I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.
In the spirit of exploration and to continue to fulfill my 2014 resolution #4, I need some fresh, new creative avenues. My old standbys are great, but I am looking for some suggestions of other magazines/books/websites/podcasts, you name it, to devour. So, Fashionvictimeless readers, whatcha got for me?