Hi, friends! I’m back with the next installment of my Staying Creative series. I’m excited to introduce you all to Lisa — an inspiring friend of mine who shares my love for words. Her inspirations definitely speak to my word-loving heart, and I hope you’re as inspired by her interview as I was.
First of all, big thanks to Katie for letting me contribute to this series and inviting me to appear on her beautiful and inspiring blog!
So, what’s inspiring me right now? Well, that’s a good question.
#1 – BEING A FREELANCE WRITER
This one is kind of obvious, right? Who doesn’t love working for themselves? Who wouldn’t be inspired by a new adventure every day? Well, it took me a long time to get here.
It’s kind of weird to think of myself as an “artist.” Up until a few months ago, I probably would have thought of myself as a regular old cubicle dweller. Certainly not as someone anyone else would look to for inspiration. I was working as an editor for a major company in Cleveland, and while my work was creative, that creativity was squeezed in between endless meetings, deadlines, and paperwork. I badly needed some inspiration in my life.
The thing I missed most while doing my job was actually writing. Since I was mostly reworking other people’s stuff, I didn’t have as much opportunity to come up with things on my own. Yes, editing is creative, but I had an itch and I needed to scratch it.
So, I decided to make a change.
I quit the regular job and started doing freelance writing. Though quitting a full-time job in a bad economy seems insane, so far it’s worked out pretty well (thanks to the support of my awesome husband). So, why is writing and working on my own terms so inspirational?
- I get to write. Every day. Yay!
- I set my own schedule every week. That means lots of working in my P.J.’s.
- Every week is something new and different. New assignments, new projects, new ideas and inspiration.
- I’m my own boss. ‘Nuff said.
But the #1 one reason freelance writing is so awesome and inspirational…
#2 – MY DAUGHTERS
Being at home more has given me a chance to spend more time with my family, which includes my two lovely daughters – Elizabeth and Gwendolyn.
My girls inspire my work in so many ways. Sometimes its obvious, like when I’m working on writing geared towards kids. Sometimes, they’re just laughing at my corny jokes (kids love fart jokes, which makes me feel better when I throw one in somewhere). But, most of the time they’re just hanging around, being their adorable selves, and lighting up my life.
Of course, there are always those times where I have to throw on the TV so I can proofread something (“Hold on, girls, Mommy is looking up the correct spelling of the word “latte”). So, I’m grateful when they don’t freak out over my work and home worlds colliding.
#3 – BOOKS
Last, but definitely not least. Books always inspire me. Any time I have questions, worries, concerns, or just down time, I turn to books. (Sure, I also turn to people too, but until I can resurrect Jane Austen and make her my best friend, I’m still gonna need to keep my copy of Pride and Prejudice handy).
Pretty much the only downside to being a freelance writer and mom is that these other awesome things take away from the precious time I could be spending with books. Sure, family and writing come first, but books are my first love.
Before I could write, before my daughters were even though of, there were books. And I was a reader. So, anytime I get a chance to snuggle up with one of my favorites or a new favorite-in-the-making, I take it.
Here’s a little tribute to my all-time good reads:
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Bible by God (and various other folks)
So, that’s what’s inspiring me right now. How about you?
Thanks for sharing your inspirations and creative journey with us, Lisa!
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How are you staying creative these days? I’d love to hear about your current inspirations. (You can use this hashtag to share them on Twitter: #BeInspiredStayCreative.)