Thursday, October 29, 2015

join me on a journey to LIVE INSPIRED

A few months ago, I was lettering in a blank book, just doodling as I often do and I wrote the word "inspired." Then I started thinking about inspiration and how much I need it to build a creative business. I said a bunch of words out loud that were followed by "inspired" and then it finally hit me, the word I was looking for was "live." I realized that in order for me to have a successful creative business, I had to find a way to live inspired.

I started writing down the names of people who inspire me and as I wrote them, I thought about how they probably inspire each other too. Life is a big cycle of inspiration, especially in our creative community. We all inspire each other; everything we see makes an impression on our creativity. The question do we channel that inspiration? I wanted to figure that out so I sat and thought deeply about it for a while.

I realized that what I was picturing in my mind was a movement of inspiration. A fountain of creativity flowing down from a thousand sources, channeled in a way that would help me to help you to live inspired. I decided that first and foremost, I had to find out from all the people who inspire me how they live inspired. Then I felt a burgeoning excitement to share that knowledge with others, like myself, who work in the creative industry but I also wanted to inspire everyday real-life scrapbookers.

After much more doodling, a whole lot of brainstorming while chewing on pencils and after a few deep discussions with creative friends, my vision has finally become a reality.

I am so excited about this project and I hope you will catch my vision. The inspiration starts each Thursday with my new podcast called Live Inspired (what else?!). This week, I'm interviewing the most inspiring person I know...Shanna Noel, founder of Illustrated Faith! We discuss how she grew her business from the ground up and what keeps her motivated. (If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe in iTunes!)

Each Friday, I will post a video sharing my guest's work and a layout inspired by them. Then I'll challenge you to make a project inspired by the video and you can inspire others by sharing it using the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge on your social media. You can also post your project in the Facebook community I host, on a Live Inspired thread I start each week.

If you're not into the creative business side of things, you can just watch the video or read the blog post with the challenge. I do think the show will be very inspiring to anyone creative because a) the people I'm interviewing are all inspiring and b) we'll be talking about their creative process and inspiration in general.

Are you feeling inspired yet? I hope so! This has been a long time in the making and I just cannot tell you how happy I am that I can finally tell you about it.

Check back tomorrow for a link to this week's video and challenge, inspired by Shanna's awesome scrapbooking and art! Have a great Thursday!


Savannah said...

Sounds great! I can't wait :)

Amy Pitts said...

Oh this sounds so exciting!!! Looking forward to checking it out.

Emily Adams said...

Tracy I'm so excited to see what you do with this!! It's going to be amazing! xoxo

Ingunn said...

This is such a great idea! Subscribed!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome! xx