Inspired to find Inspiration

Finding Yourself

I got a new computer. So..even though I’m clicking a lot of pictures; I have to install the camera processing etc on the computer..and. I haven’t got around to doing it yet. Still, I feel compelled to write, just write.

I went out for a day trip, and it was a nice, peaceful trip to a farm which had shades of everlasting green and pops of colours- yellows, lavenders, pinks and purples and sunny oranges. Love it. The worst part? I forgot to pack my notebook that I carry around with me practically everywhere…and I didn’t think of carrying my little art sketchbook at all. I was just so bummed…here in this beautiful place with the breeze, the fresh smell of grass, cats and florals..and I didn’t have any of my ‘tools’.

Due to a lack of planning? Maybe, yeah. And some of that blissful ignorance. The trip was planned pretty fast, and I just found out we were going to a ‘farm’ somewhere far, far away. How was I to know it wasn’t a dingy, brown red terrain with squelching mud and rows of crops? It was green and clean and flowery and modern. Yup, it was a modern farm, which specialised in seed production and natural products. No nasty chemicals and fertilizers lying everywhere. It was more like a green resort- and back to the point- I love, love sitting down in nature and writing down ideas and plans and just notes about anything that’s on my mind.

Yet here I was, without a pen, book or anything to note down my thoughts. I suppose I could have asked a farmer (or the interns roaming around-yes, modern farms have interns too) but then I thought-

Leave it.

Sometimes things happen for a reason. I’ve been working pretty hard the past few weeks, with my pen and paper at hand pretty much all the time. Maybe this had happened so that I could just..relax and get inspired. By not thinking about any work related thing. At all.

And I didn’t think about anything. I didn’t even take the sneaky way out by writing notes on my phone. So over that. I just walked around the different plants that were growing, snapped pictures of flowers and trees looming high up in the air, picked cherries and played with the friendly cats and dogs in the farm, fed rabbits, watched ducks waddling, cows ploughing the golden brown fields, drank lemonade and picked and avoided ants getting in my food.

It was good, to say the least. And sometimes, really not thinking about something is the best way to get inspiration for it. I’ve been Β spending so much time on my phone and computer lately and today, I practically forgot about them. (Except, of course, I’m typing this up now on the computer. But I’m not just surfing.) And it was great to not think, just feel that inspiration is there.

And that’s kind of inspiring.

 

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Why I blog

Why I blog: For the love of Blogging via Opinion9.comThis post is the first post from a series called ‘Essays’. Plenty of firsts this week; stay tuned.

WHY I BLOG. It’s hard to say why I blog. And terribly easy at the same time. Let’s start with some reasons that are at the top of my mind right now:

1// I blog because I love writing.

2// I blog because I love seeing my work published anywhere and everywhere.

3// I blog because it gives me an opportunity to write. And write.

4// I feel a sense of accomplishment when I blog.

5// I blog to practice and sharpen my photography skills (over at Surely Simple)

6// Other bloggers who have been perfecting their art for years now inspire and motivate me to blog.

7// I blog because it’s just the most wonderful feeling. Even now as I’m writing this, the music’s playing, and the tapping of my fingers on the keyboard adds to it; just the best time.

8// I blog because it gives me direction. I love creativity and expressing my self anyway I want to; whether it be in words, illustration or photography is amazing. Really it is.

9// I blog because I’m the boss of my own life. Or aiming to be anyway. This little blog in the vast land of the internet is my space to say whatever I want. And I love that.

10// I blog because I interact with so many people. Indirectly or directly. Like you, for instance. Thank you for reading this.

Well, here are some reasons why I blog. I’d write a longer post (which is what this ‘Essay’ series is all about, but now I’ve got a little creative project to dream up for Surely Simple. Blogging is hard work, you know! Especially right at the beginning. I know. Because I’m standing right there.)

I’d love to know why you like to blog. Or would like to start to blog. Or just read blogs. Anything related to blogs, really. Tell me in the comments below!

-Aaria

 

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