It’s funny what we’ll do to find inspiration. When it comes to the creative process, it seems like all of us will do what we can to find that “a-ha!” moment. Maybe it’s exercising, or visiting your favorite place. Maybe it’s praying, or chanting, or turning to a higher power for help. We focus so much on finding that one thing that will help us write that story, or paint that picture, or sing that song that we’ve been dying to get out. As artists (and really also, as humans), that’s what we live for.
There, on that final sleep-deprived Sunday afternoon of the Festival, did I finally have a pivotal realization: inspiration comes from the support of those around you. This realization came further into play when our Marketing Director, Taylor, asked if anyone wanted to contribute to our blog, read by thousands of writers, attendees, and panelists alike. I hesitated to throw my name into the hat because I wasn’t sure what an Office Manager could say that would be of use to people. Once again, I used the fall back of “not writing is easier”. But it wasn’t until she said that it didn’t matter what my title was or what I do at the office every day, but that my voice is just as important as everyone else’s – that I have thoughts and ideas that should be shared. I knew that that was exactly what I needed to hear, if even for this small project, to get my creative juices flowing again. And thus, I landed myself a spot on this lovely little blog!