WEAVING INSPIRATION INTO YOUR LIFE
Alex Wolf, 19 April 2013 (16:18)
I love being inspired, the feeling when an idea breathes life into you. Your curiosity falls in love and fuels your passion, which reconnects you with what brings you joy. I am in the creative field so I spend most of my time getting inspired, but breathing that inspiration back into my life - my family, friends, and community can be challenging!
The engaged exhale of inspiration is where I find many women have trouble. We have so many different roles to play, ais we are often the central conductor of our relationships, families, households and often offices. Making time for what turns me on has to fight with other things I must do today, mundane things. Imagine if I had more time to follow these inspirations, I think to myself! That would be a beautiful life, no? Having more time for women is like pornography - a beautiful fantasy where we imagine everything we desire minus all the things which bore us.
Don't get me wrong, I love my work, but I want to do so many things to feed my inner engine, so I can maintain the cycle of inspiration running always. Passions, when followed, lighten or displace the banality of many necessary mechanics of existence. Passions keep your center strong when you're not being yourself, feeling low or lost. It's like an armor against the negative. When I thought of this, I felt I must find a way to better weave my inspiration thoroughly into my daily life.
A premise of WW has been to help women better weave their passion into their day to day life, eventually tipping the balance from what I have to do to what I love to do. As we know, keeping a house running smoothly, keeping work on track, and enjoying our friends and family is enough work for a day, and often that leaves little time. Clearly, to live well, we must follow our passions to live meaningfully, and ideally spring out of bed in the morning fueled with desire and energy.
The inspiration for this post came from seeing Nick Cave's Heard at Grand Central Station Easter weekend (http://creativetime.org/projects/heard-ny/). The horse costumes were elegant and charming, and the performance was magical. It inspired me to make a series of headpieces in the materials Cave uses, materials I adore - raffia, pompoms, mirror, crochet and so on, which fill boxes at my studio. When will I have time for this? I don't know, and so this became my challenge, to make this series to have a conversation with these materials and this artist, and conversation with the women of WW about inspiration.
I will make a limited edition and send the artist the first one. I will offer the pieces here on WW for swaps. I have a heavy load of work releasing a new product of my own for another company I run, but my goal is to have a group of pieces before the summer, and then you can see where my inspiration took me, and hopefully breathing this inspiration back into my community will inspire you.
Live passionately. Share joy.
How will you weave your inspiration into your life today?