16 February 2016

JUMPING IN #3 | INSPIRATIONAL RESOURCES

Until I began my adventure into actually starting a creative business, I had no idea how many free, and totally amazing, resources were out there for people in my position. I had always known you could find articles and some fairly standard (if somewhat uninspiring and boring) bits and pieces on the internet, but I had never found anything mildly aimed at the creative market. But, let me tell you, as soon as I found one thing, the floodgates opened and, suddenly, I was overwhelmed with information, advice and motivation! 

Whilst finding these places that harbor little golden nuggets of joy was a really positive thing, I also think you can look at too much information and become confused and feel like you should always do more. I have learnt that balance is a good thing. These days I have regular places I search out information and I tend to just drop into other places as and when I have the time. 

Today I thought I would list out some things I have found particularly helpful; some are specific to my business and some are not, but I hope you find this list useful in some way!

:: Instagram & Pinterest
This is probably obvious, but I follow other creatives on these platforms for general inspiration, but also for ideas on styling and layout's for the future. I am a very visual person, so anything where images are the dominant force allows me to quickly decipher what I really like and what I really don't like which, ultimately, will translate into my brand.

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^^Top left: Ella Masters / Top right: Shannon Kirsten / Bottom left: Fly Over Design Co / Bottom right: Emily Quinton^^

My current favourite Instagrammer's are:
:: Shannon Kirsten - I adore Shannon's style and her Instagram feed is heaven on a stick to me. She often posts her stationary or works in progress and it is always so bright and full of life! Checkout her website too if you like her stuff.
:: Ella Masters - I mentioned Ella in a previous post as I admire how prolific she is. She looks art in the face and just makes it! She is not afraid to experiment and her style is very specific to her. I have a piece of her work in my office at home and it makes me smile whenever I look at it. Her blog is lovely too. She shares creative posts as well as very personal ones, but they are always sincere and written from the heart.
:: Fly Over Design - These ladies are a relatively new discovery to me but their style is so up my street. They have also put some pretty digital downloads on their blog recently for Valentines Day <3
:: Emily Quinton - If there is a person on this planet that knows how to take amazing photographs of flowers it is this lady! Even if flowers are not 'your thing' you will be able to draw layout inspiration from her beautiful images. I have serious Instagram envy!
(Find me on Instagram - I will also be launching my business Instagram soon...it is live already though if you fancy playing detective!)

A few of my favourite Pinner's:
:: For lifestyle inspiration
I adore Rosie's pins (from the blog Cider with Rosie). Her style aligns with my own (albeit my dream style, but it counts!). I also love Country Homes & Interiors, Lobster & Swan and The Simple Things (to be honest, there are so many I like that I could go on and on... Pinterest is my jam!).
:: For business branding and styling inspiration
I have mentioned on my blog before that I bought a book called 'How to Style Your Brand' by Fiona Humberstone and raved about how great it is. Well, her Pinterest account is just as fabulous. Check it out if you are looking for branding tips or just general creative inspiration! Another creative entrepreneur, whose blog/website 'Her Lovely Heart' I visit regularly, is another useful account for business, blogging and creative tips and advice.
:: For creative lustings
 Oh No Rachio is an account by a lovely illustrator and blogger and I always enjoy mooching through her latest pins. Another creative account I follow is The Peppermint Pencil, I particularly love her boards titled 'Print' and 'Words'. I mentioned her in my Instagram favourites, but felt the need to throw her Pinterest account in here too because, well, I love her work - Shannon Kirsten is simply fab!
(Find my blog Pinterest here and my business one here)

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^^ Top left: Gemma Sands 'Free to Flourish Radio' / Top right: 'Being Boss' / Bottom left: 'Make it Happen' by Jen carrington / Bottom right: 'Blogtacular' with Kat Molesworth^^

:: Podcasts
I did a short post on my Facebook Page about my favourite podcasts, but I will also list them here so you can jump on over! Podcasts are my best discovery of 2015. Don't worry, I knew they existed, but I had never used them as a resource before. I play the ones I have saved on my journey to and from work and find they really help boost my general mood for the day as well as help me get my mind focused on my goals and keep me on form to achieve them.

Although I subscribe (via iTunes) to a fair amount, my favourites are:
:: Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson - this one I would recommend for any blogger or creative entrepreneur out there. These ladies are amazingly experienced and have really great guests on too. I cannot big them up enough.
:: Free to Flourish Radio by Gemma Sands - as you know by now, Gemma was my business coach for a while (and will be again one day!). What I love about Gemma's podcast is that they are short enough to fit in during a tea-break but full of useful information and guidance. Her subject matter is always honest and sometimes even vulnerable and I really admire and respect that.
:: Make it Happen by Jen Carrington - Jen recently had a bit of a break from her first season of podcasts but is back with season two and I am loving it so far. Her usual podcast is an interview with a blogger or business owner but recently she has added in some shorter 'minisode's' into the mix, which are super helpful and easy to fit into your day if you don't have too much time.
:: Blogtacular, with Kat Molesworth, is all about blogging (obviously!) and if you haven't heard of it, Blogtacular is an annual blogger's event full of workshops, talks and inspiration for all kinds of bloggers everywhere. I haven't been to it yet but will certainly jump on board that event one day!

I hope you have found this post useful - sorry it was so long but I wanted to get stuck into some of the things I have found inspiring and useful recently with the hope that it may help some of you too. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments, I'd love to know!
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  1. I love this post, I’m in the creative field too and work from home so it’s nice to hear your thoughts on online creative resources. I found this post a great resource, I’m always looking for new people to follow on Instragram etc. I like Instagram and Pinterest too. I would really recommend Polyvore if you are into fashion (or art!) to make design boards, it’s a great way to let those creative juices flow! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Hi Helen, thank you so much for taking the time to read the post! Thank you for the recommendation also! I will check it out when I get back from Cornwall - we have super slow internet right now and it is taking ages to do anything (but I wanted to answer you though!). What is it you do in the creative field - is it your blog or something else too?xx

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