In his book, Untilted: Thoughts on the Creative Process, Blaine Hogan writes about the importance of scratching when you don’t itch. This is the process of creating space for inspiration when you don’t “need” something. In those moments, you create space for inspiration and creativity to flow without the pressure of “needing” to produce something. He has shared many sources of inspiration on his blog.
Like many of you, I pull inspiration from a lot of sources. Here are a few sources I have been moved by lately:
-Pete Wilson’s sermon series Reckless Ones. Great messages from Pete and the Cross Point teaching team around the theme of choosing to make a difference vs. choosing to make a point. Pete’s church’s mantra, “Everybody is welcome…because nobody is perfect…but anything is Possible”
-Jeff Goins book Wrecked. I was strongly impacted by Jeff’s e-book, You Are a Writer. His book Wrecked is a great read about how our life experiences often disturbs and shakes us in ways that alter the trajectory of our future. I will be blogging about the book later this fall.
-10,000 Reasons. This song from Matt Redman has the vibe of a hymn with a great deal more punch. We sung this song regularly this summer in our gatherings on Sunday nights at North Phoenix. Great tune. It stirs me during corporate worship.
-Monna Payne’s blog series. My friend Monna is hosting an incredible series on her blog this month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She’s bringing in some great voices to share – I’m proud of her for tackling this difficult issue. You can follow the series here.
-Starbucks Iced Coffee with Pumpkin Spice. I’ve always been a fan of iced coffee but this is the first year I’ve tried mixing Starbucks Pumpkin Spice sauce in my favorite drink. It’s heavenly and I do great work with this liquid dancing on my taste buds.
-Sketchnotes from Story 2012. I’ve been intrigued by sketch notes for the last several years. Even experimenting with taking some myself. I love how social media and the blogosphere helps me engage the content of conferences I cannot afford the time or money required to attend. These are incredible!
How about you? Share below what has inspired you lately!