Some people may consider this a horrible trait of mine, but in this season where I am not married and have no children, I often stay up ‘til the wee smas of the morning after a long day in my home office and read. If I log off a couple hours earlier than usual, then I’ll head downstairs for some grub and, yes, a little movie/TV R&R—and then I head back upstairs to read. It’s my little escape that keeps my mind off my company, blogs, columns, and social media outlets. It’s these escapes that provide me with a bit of inspiration for the next day or for a new idea. How do you get inspired?
DA Weddings Inspiration
On Monday I made a run to my local county library and left with 7 DVDs and 3 books. Needless to say, my R&R will be particularly exciting over the next span of weeks and months! But this time it wasn’t the Lady of Avalon from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon series, Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien, or The King’s Speech that inspired me, but Barbara Streisand in Hello Dolly!, that fabulous period musical directed by the late, great Gene Kelly.
I have ALWAYS been in love with (Barbara and) the golden gilded gown she dons for her appearance at the HarmoniaGardens in turn-of-the-century New York City. It was this gown that inspired today’s wedding blog post. My inspiration comes from ALL OVER so I just try to keep my eyes open and record my thoughts before I forget them. You too can do this.
DA Luxury Inspiration
I may not indulge in too many little luxuries or spending sprees these days, but one of the luxuries I’ve maintained since my college years was my magazine subscriptions: usually Harper’s Bazaar, but also currently Marie Claire (my first subscription to them), Marie Claire @Work (if you ladies haven’t checked this new publication out, you should!), TOWN & COUNTRY, Elle Decor (Elle soon to come as well), and Latina that somehow wound up in my mailbox, but pleases me just the same.
Note: I RARELY purchase magazines off the rack unless it’s the occasional Martha Stewart Weddings or BRIDE’S Magazine from the airport convenience store. With the great single and dual magazine subscription deals which are only a tiny fraction of the cost of actually purchasing the subscription off the rack as well as the plethora of magazine apps, there’s no need to pay full price unless you just feel like wasting money. But back to the topic at hand….
Flipping through the magazines gives me the inspiration I need for things like my new blog DA Luxury or for products I would personally like to produce in the future. Whether it’s a new jeweler like Efva Attling from Stockholm, Sweden (Harper’s Bazaar, September 2012), Aerin Lauder’s new venture (TOWN & COUNTRY September 2012), or new home and office décor from Restoration Hardware’s Big Style, Small Spaces. Many of these individuals/products/pieces will be featured in my blog or added to my personal or corporate vision board for the future.
God Idea Inspiration
Sometimes reading or hearing about what someone else has done is very encouraging and a source of motivation for you. If Kim Kardashian can make it with nothing but a pretty face and a hustle, can’t I who actually has talent? If a college [drop-out] can create Microsoft or Facebook, can’t I create something equally or more useful and desirable? What is awesome and sucks about all those particular products out there; can’t I take the best and worst of both worlds and create something much better? The list goes on. You never know what you see, hear, or do that may lead you to you next “God idea.”
Maybe you’re like RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice and know that you don’t want your new cocktail to be “diety” like Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl cocktail supposedly is. (Think this to yourself—do not trash talk your competition out loud, and certainly not on a national/international level!) Maybe you want to combine the Martha Stewart of Generation Y. Maybe you’re a man who wants to break the “gay male event planner” stereotype. Do it! If it is truly your passion and you have God’s seal of approval—regardless of what anyone says or thinks—you will succeed in His perfect timing.
Keep your eyes open to unlikely inspiration. It doesn’t have to be deep, hidden, or mystical. It can be as plain as watching your favourite commercial on TV or walking your dog in the park. Whatever it is, pray that God would bring you God ideas—and that you actually see them. If you are sincere in your petition, God will answer you! Take heart: the worse the economy, the more God will want to bless His children financially!
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Desiree M. Mondesir is the CEO and Founder of Desired Assistance or “DA” virtual writing and editing company which also encompasses DA Inspires, DA Weddings, DA Luxury and her self-titled authoress blog. As a dedicated writer and entrepreneur, Desiree seeks to inspire the imagination, educate her readers, and challenge the toxic mindsets of individuals all over the world. Sign up for a FREE subscription at www.dainspires.wordpress.com!