Stacy Julian rocks. Whether I watch one of her videos, read a book or article she wrote, check out her blog, or have a conversation with her, she makes me think! And that’s a good thing. She’s taught me so much, from how to make homemade peanut butter cups, to how to live life with more zest.
A few days ago, I was treated to an hour on the phone with her, talking about INSPIRATION. The entire interview will be part of the Layout a Day (LOAD) 211 challenge coming in February. But I was so in awe of her that I had to share a bit of what we talked about.
Specifically, I wanted to share some ideas on how to train ourselves to be more curious about our lives. Sure, this works for scrapbooking… but it as we discussed, scrapbooking for us isn’t just when we sit down at the craft table. Instead, we’re both constantly mining our lives for scrapbook-worthy material.
So if you’re looking for inspiration in your life and your scrapbooking, try asking yourself the following questions:
*What do I believe to be true about this situation?
*What if those assumptions weren’t true?
*How else can I accomplish ______?
*How would ______ (a person you admire, your four-year-old, Einstein, Andy Warhol, etc.) approach this?
Just training yourself to ask these questions will open your eyes to new opportunities and ideas. By asking questions, you invite ideas to come. Honor them by listening with an open mind — you don’t have to use every idea that comes, but don’t reject them out-of-hand. Pay attention — that’s what a lot of creativity and inspiration is all about!
P.S. Open registration for Layout a Day (LOAD) 211 starts 1/1/11. Sign up for my mailing list so you can be sure to receive first notice — spaces fill fast!