Getting inspired is an important aspect for anyone. All of us have certain goals that we look to accomplish, but it’s easy to stray away or lose ideas. So today I want to talk to y’all about how I stay inspired. I go through slumps where it’s like no matter how hard I try, there just isn’t much to keep me going. Lately, this slump has subsided, and I plan on keeping it that way. So here’s my course of action to stay on top of my game, all day. And I want to share it with you. I hope it helps. You deserve it.
- Look for role models
One of my favorite ways of remembering why I work so hard on things I love to do is relating to people who do exactly that. I go on Youtube all the time and find certain Youtubers who talk about the things that interest me. It’s a good way to get new ideas, learn new things, and support someone else instead of constantly thinking about my own success. Here’s a list of Youtubers I love.
Isn’t she beautiful??? She is my most favorite inspiration right now. She does videos that relate to fashion, beauty, and her overall life. Her videos are very personal; she has a lot of “sit-down” style videos. Right now she is in the middle of participating in Youtober, which means she is uploading a new video every day this month. It’s quite honestly the best time of year. She has a video about getting inspired as well, which I’ll link here, so you can see her ideas. They may resonate significantly with you.
Kallie Kaiser is an amazing fashion inspiration. She is extremely adventurous with her style. Kallie always says in her hauls that she usually goes for clothing that is unique and crazy. She has shoes with patches, jeans with a star seam on the butt, and many things I don’t always find cute, but definitely admire her out-going opinion. I did a post on her before saying she was a major style icon of mine, and that obviously remains true. Watching her put together pieces I wouldn’t normally consider makes me branch out and try something insane. She is like the definition of inspiration. Her haul videos are my absolute favorite. Here’s her most recent.
Kathleen Lights is the perfect example of a Girl Boss. She has done so many collaborations; she’s a major influence in the beauty world. KL even has her own nail polish line, which is totally cruelty free. I love how her personality shines through in her videos. She even has adorable catch phrases that her fans repeat. She is an inspiration to me because she talks about her rise to success sometimes, saying how it took her awhile to get where she is. This kind of gives an insight that overnight success really doesn’t happen all the time even though it seems like it every now and again. She is a really sweet woman, and watching her grow educates me a lot. I admire her work, and how she is capable of learning from her mistakes. Click on her photo to watch a recent video of hers.
I’ve been following Luanna’s blog since I was a freshman in high school. She was there to motivate me all through my 90’s grunge page, and no matter how much I grow up, I always find myself going back to her website. Recently, I discovered she has a Youtube channel which is awesome. I get to see inside the life of an idol of mine. She is like Kallie in the sense that they are completely different from anyone else. Luanna is the type of person to wear platform shoes with a sundress. She really inspired my imagination during high school. Now that I’ve grown up, I can really explore the creativity she played a part in providing in me. She made an amazing video on Back to School outfits. Click on the photo to redirect you!
2. Rearrange your life
People often don’t take into account the effect your environment has on your own confidence. When your room isn’t exactly how you like it, or it gets extremely cluttered, getting overwhelmed is almost guaranteed. I have a HUGE problem with collecting things and not being able to let things go. I basically dug my own hole. I was annoyed being in my room. It became a place I just slept instead of a place to create. However, when my aunt generously gave me furniture she no longer wanted, I was given the opportunity to reorganize my stuff and throw away even more things. This made me slow down to realize what I actually use, and get rid of the things I could give away or sell. I switched around how I had everything set up. Now I know where everything is. It’s a great way to find the supplies that give me inspiration.
3. Talking to friends and family about goals
I am lucky enough to have a very loving support system. My family always loves hearing about my plans for my future and what I’m up to. Vocalizing my goals helps me hold myself accountable to what I want to accomplish. Having people rooting for me makes me work even harder.
Dakota is a huge reason why I keep going. He always loves taking pictures with me. I talk to him all the time about my blog and he just listens and gives me his opinion. I trust his opinions because he honestly knows me so well. It’s gotten to the point where I will work on this blog and he’ll play his video games, just enjoying each other’s presence. We go on adventures all the time, which I love sharing with all of you. Without him, I would’ve gotten so discouraged and frustrated. He really has helped me get over my own insecurities.
I also have my loving family to talk to. I love discussing my hopes and dreams with my family. My cousin is another role model of mine. She’s independent, strong, and totally accomplishing her goals! I’m so proud of my cousin Megan, and knowing there’s someone I can catch up with all the time is reassuring in itself. I love you Meg!!!!!
My mom, dad, and brother also have my back at all times. They know what I’m capable of even more than I do. They know that I can do anything and everything I talk about doing. When I start getting overwhelmed about all my creative interests, my mom is always there to talk me out of stressing out over time management. She’s like a universal 8-ball. She knows the proper answer to everything. My dad is my own personal motivational speaker. If there’s anybody I need to get me back into my kick-ass mood, it’s him. And my brother is kind of like a built in best friend/ therapist. Any worries at all, one talk to him is my go-to cure. Once you have yourself a support system, honestly anything is possible. I also have coworkers (Lametria and LaSandra, I’m talking about you) and friends (Hailey you deserve a standing ovation), that constantly give me speeches and talks. I’d be no where without your guidance and enthusiasm.
4. Motivating yourself
I can hear your thoughts. You’re thinking “okay Emma, easier said than done”. I don’t disagree with you. Earlier in this post I mentioned how I get discouraged. This happens everyday. It may not seem like it, but I do put an insane amount of pressure on myself. In the morning, I wake up and say “I’m gonna get through the day!” I walk to my car after class and think “Alrighty, what to accomplish next?” I’m pretty much constantly talking to myself at every single time of the day, even though that may seem kind of weird. But honestly, if I don’t, I get really down on myself.
Pushing yourself through your failures is a part of life. This is something I’m trying to learn. Every time I mess up, I just start beating myself up. This is toxic. Would I be friends with someone that said, “Of course you failed”, or “if you can’t do something as simple as that, how will you be able to accomplish what matters”? No, I would never be friends with someone who put me down so bad. So why am I not my own best friend? That’s something I’m working on, and I feel like everyone should.
5. Don’t forget to pray
Some of you may not be religious people, which to each their own. However, I know that everything I’m being blessed with lately is completely given to me by God’s grace. When I start ignoring His voice, I find myself faltering. It’s when I completely trust Him with all situations, everything turns out just fine. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll be stressing about something so much and then all the sudden I just think to myself “Okay God, I’m tired of worrying about this. Take it. I don’t want it anymore.” If I catch my thoughts dwelling on the subject, I’ll shake the thought away to remind myself God is handling it. That’s basically all I can do at this point. Whenever I try taking over, I always fall flat. But when He has my trust, things turn out fantastic.
I really hope everyone finds something they can use in this post. I know videos and posts like these help get me through tough situations all the time. These tips are things I’ve been doing in my daily life to try to propel me forward. It’s unclear if the feeling is universal, but it would appear being in your early 20’s, (I’ll be 20 in February), is such a pressuring time. It’s like we all need to figure out here and now who we are. Seeing all these overnight successes can be daunting. But don’t worry. Everyone has their own unique path. We just have to walk it.
I hope I got you inspired. I love y’all.
Until next time,