A Discovery Quote That Made me Think

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By Katie Corbett

As usual these days, I looked to my creativity app for inspiration. This quote popped up, and I found it thought-provoking:

“Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

(Marcel Proust)

I found this quote so captivating, because over the past year, I  have been trying to find new places to go, things to try, people to be friend, in order to make my life more interesting. I took a job that required me to travel two hours one-way at least once a week. I made a lot of new friends, but haven’t had the time or energy to maintain those relationships along with my current friendships. I’ve tried various new hobbies, but have put them aside in favor of other pursuits.

In the end, I opted to dial back my lifestyle to more of what it had been the previous year with a slower pace, and a remote job. Instead of trying to look for the new and different elsewhere, I am now looking for the new and different in my every day life. Seeing every day as a new challenge and a new adventure has helped me remain interested in continuing to do what I have been doing.

Have you ever thought you needed a change of pace, and then realized all you needed was a fresh perspective? I’d love to hear all about it, so feel free to leave me a note in the comments.

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Who is Your Favorite Artist?

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By Katie Corbett

My favorite artist is singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne. I love and appreciate her work for many reasons.

I can relate to a lot of her lyrics. Especially when I was in high school, her music gave me solice during a lonely, confusing time.

She’s clearly doing what she loves. Anyone who has been in the music business for 20 years, as Avril has, is working from a place of passion.

I also think it’s cool that she dabbles in a variety of projects, from acting to fashion to film-making. She’s a woman of many talents.

Who is your favorite artist? Why are you a fan? Let me know in the comments.

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The Three People who Light up my Life

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By Katie Corbett

 

I wasn’t sure what to write about this week, so I used an app that I turn to when I need inspiration. The prompt that came up asked who are the three people who light up my life. That seemed like an interesting topic, so I figured I would go with it.

 

The first person I will mention is my best friend. We talk almost every day, and I can always rely on her to be there for me. One of my favorite things about her is that she always knows what question to ask to get me out of my emotions and into a more rational frame of mind.

 

The next person I thought of was my husband. I enjoy spending time with him, and he is always up for a road trip or adventure. We have been together for more than 6 1/2 years, and while every day hasn’t always been easy, I appreciate him for being such a great partner to me.

 

The final person who came to mind was a friend I made earlier this year. She lives in New Zealand. We have been having fun writing a story together, and I always appreciate her perspective on things. It is fun to be friends with someone who is so different from me.

Who are the three people who come to mind who light up your life? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Where I Find Inspiration

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By Katie Corbett

These days, finding inspiration, particularly for my blog, has been a bit challenging. I normally write about career books, and this trend is not going away, but these days I needed to find another way to update my blog in a more stress-free manner. This caused me to look for inspiration in other places.

 

One place is through my experiences. There have been some weeks that I have used my experiences in order to generate ideas for blog posts. It has been particularly interesting to reflect on my experiences and think about how they shape my writing, my life, and my overall attitude toward things.

 

Another place I look for inspiration is through other people. I have reflected on the relationships in my life, and even used snippets of dialogue I have heard to get inspired. It has been really cool to think about how the people in my life impact me, and how I affect them.

A third place I go for inspiration is apps and prompts. I have an app on my phone called Brainsparker that generates a prompt or idea at scheduled times each day. I also like to look at books, inspirational quotes, and song lyrics to find inspiration for my writing.

 

What inspires you? Where do you go for inspiration when you feel like the well is running dry? I would love to know. Feel free to leave me a comment.

 

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The Role of Music

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By Katie Corbett

Music has always played an important role in my life. I remember beginning piano lessons when I was eight years old and guitar lessons when I was 14. Not only has playing music been a source of solace for me, but it has also inspired my art and other creative activities.

 

 

I am currently writing an urban fantasy novel. I use music to help me get into the mood when I am writing, or even when I am just brainstorming about the activities of my characters.

My characters also reference music a lot throughout the book. They have their favorite artists, their favorite songs, and the music that puts them in a good mood. They also use music to communicate with each other. One of my characters creates a playlist to connect with her love interest. Naturally, I created that playlist myself because I wanted to listen to the music that they would be listening to and have all the feels.

 

 

What role does music play in your life? How does it help you create, explore, and give back to the world? I would love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment!

 

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Remember to Tell Your Founder Story

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By Katie Corbett

 

Founder stories are almost always inspiring. This month, I’m going to blog about the lessons I’ve learned through fiction. Here’s a founder story of sorts that inspires me.

 

I first read “The Hobbit,” by J. R. R. Tolkien when I was in elementary school. My mom loved the book and talked it up, and even read me the first chapter.

 

I eventually checked it out from the library and finished it myself. I enjoyed it so much, I read it to my younger brother.

 

In later years, I ended up stumbling across the story of how Tolkien came up with the concept. He was grading certificates, as professors do, when he came across a blank page in the stack. Suddenly inspired, he wrote, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” To this day, that is the first line of the book. From that serendipitous story, I learned:

 

  • It’s OK to start without knowing where you’re going. Tolkien didn’t have a clue what a hobbit was when he wrote those lines.
  • Take opportunities that come your way. He could have thrown the paper aside and kept working, but he seized the moment and wrote the first line of a book that would become more popular than ever.
  • Write things down. If the idea had been ruminating in his head, the book might not have gotten written.
  • Share your story. I bet that was a fun story to tell.
  • Let your projects carry themselves. Tolkien built a beautiful world and inspired so many by letting things be what they would be and following his creativity.

 

If you have a favorite book, movie, song, or product, I encourage you to learn about how it all started. You never know what lessons you can take away from the story or how it will impact your future.

 

Which founder story inspires you? What can you do to learn more about the people who inspire you? What is your founder story? How could you share it with the world? Leave me a comment; I’d love to know.

 

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