inspiration

/in-spuhrey-shuhn/

noun

the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Inspiration is when you feel a deep-rooted excitement and are compeled to do something.

 

HOW TO FIND

INSPIRATION

 

Everyone is inspired in their own way. For some it takes stillness, for others it takes stimulating activity. For everyone it just takes recognizing the signs. For Ms. Loxley, it was a fun-filled day at a car show listening to friends tell stories and thinking about what she loved doing the most. That fate-filled day is what inspired her to create Athena Racing. You never know when inspiration will strike, so be prepared!

Take a Walk

A Stanford study shows that walking boosted creative inspiration. With just five minutes of exposure to nature you improve your self-esteem and your mood. The exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) are just an added benefit. 

Turn Off Your Electronics

Your eyes do need a break! Take some time to make tea, light a scented candle, take a power nap, meditate. Those things that seem as though they are not productive, really are. A 15-minute break will do wonders for giving your brain a boost!

Carry an Idea Notebook

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a great idea, dozed back off to sleep, forgotten the idea and wished you had a journal nearby for writing down ideas?!? Have your idea notebook with you. All the greats keep one nearby!

Have a Conversation

The simple act of chatting can get the creativity flowing. Not small talk, but digging in and really talking. Sometimes you just need someone to bounce ideas off of or to talk outloud (at which point you usually talk your way through your problem). 

Are you still looking for inspiration and need ideas?

 

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

– Steve Jobs

dig deeper

DISCUSSION

 

This is one of the most-watched TED talks for a reason! Over 54 MILLION views!!!  Simon Sinek helps you get to your why. Without your why, you’ll drift about aimlessly.

Think over these discussion questions and how you would answer them in a group discussion:

  1. Why were the Wright Brothers able to figure out powered man flight?
  2. What did Simon discover that changed his view?
  3. The leaders he researched think, act and do the same way. How did Simon codify it?
  4. What is your purpose, cause or belief?
  5. What does Simon mean by from the inside out?
  6. People don’t buy _____ you do, they buy ______ you do it.
  7. Which part of your brain controls decision making?
  8. What motivated Samuel Pierpoint Langley? What motivated the Wright Brothers?
  9. What is the Law of Diffusion of Innovation?
  10. Where is the tipping point?
  11. Who was the famous failure?
  12. Who was the famous success?
  13. What are the two types of leaders?

 

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

GET INSPIRED with

QUOTE ART

 

Find your favorite quote and place it somewhere that you will see it every day. Your computer, your mirror, make a graphic you can print and hang on your wall, be creative and turn it into a piece of art!

 

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Eleanor Rossevelt

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle

“What’s meant to be will always find a way.”

Trisha Yearwood

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald

HAVE FUN WHEN YOU 

CREATE

 

Doodling is one of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing so that you open up to inspiration and creativity. 

It doesn’t have to be perfect.

It doesn’t have to be pretty.

Relax, and have fun.

The more you doodle the more your designs will grow. You’ll start to combine a variety of symbols. The next thing you know, you will create something beautiful and pretty. 

Just get started (and turn off your brain while you doodle!)

WHEN LIFE MEETS

INSPIRATION

 

We are all about “watching TV” when it means you are learning! Here are our top picks for the month of great TED talks that focus on our subject of STEM + INSPIRATION. Watch these and tell us what you think about them at our next member meeting (the first Saturday of each month). 

ways to earn

 

points!

 

For members who are working hard to earn points, there are multiple ways you can earn points this month!

 

1

Write a blog article about how STEM inspires you and/or activities you do for inspiration. Include at least 3 to 5 pictures that help to tell your story. Schedule your topic and deadline with Ms. Loxley. Points possbile = 1 to 15.

2

Create a quote graphic that we can use on our social media. It needs to fit our branding – take a look at our Instagram channel, use logo 1 –  logo 2logo 3, and follow the colors and fonts in our style guide. Possible points = 1 to 2.

3

Create a 30 to 60-second video talking about inspiring STEM works throughout history or now in present time. Points possible = 1 to 5.