There are a lot of things that inspire me to create. This week’s Find 5 are all related to inspiration which leads to creation.
- One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE places to get crafty is on Pinterest. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. Just last week I was thinking about what I can make for my nieces and nephew for Easter. I think I found my new creation below!
2. As a classroom teacher, this year I am very inspired to create in my STEM class. My hands-on class teaches us Science concepts, while exposing us to Design Challenges. Last week, I learned about pressure as I built bottle rockets with Alka Seltzer tablets. The website below is a community built site to share collected curriculum resources. I am inspired by my professor to let my own students in class create more this year. I also get very inspired when I talk to my colleagues. As we collaborate with one another, I constantly feel new ideas coming to my mind. http://stem.wesfryer.com/
3. I find such inspiration in nature. Whether going for trail runs, or hiking the Wissahickon trails with my dog, I constantly get inspired when I’m outside. When I’m outside, I have a desire to create ease. I practice mindfulness, as I soak in all the sounds of nature. There is a lot to be said about the creation that stems from the most simplistic things. Similar to nature, reading inspires me to create. Currently I am reading a book called, “Daring Greatly,” which is about vulnerability. The pathways that are opening for me are inspiring me to create a better sense of self.
4. My best friend recently told me a story about motherhood. Sue is 42 years old. She decided, at 38, that she wanted to have a baby. Sue never thought she wanted kids. One day she met up with a friend at the park so that they could chat while the kids played. Watching kids play, KIDS PLAY, gave her such inspiration that she instantly knew she wanted to create a family of her own. Sue never before saw herself as a mom until that sunny summer afternoon, watching kids laugh and hearing the chatter amongst one another in the sand box. The website below includes a list of 50 ways to find Inspiration. http://tinybuddha.com/blog/50-ways-to-find-inspiration-create-explore-expand/
5. When I was in fifth grade my elementary teacher, Mrs. Gaul, set us up with Pen-pals from Skokie, Illinois. Heather and I wrote letters back and forth all year long, even outside of school. As we entered middle school, we kept writing. We wrote through High School and also through College. Still, we write hand written letters back and forth. Heather and I have been writing for 20 years. I find a lot of inspiration in writing and from connecting with people. Through this inspiration comes creation. Heather and I have become extremely close. We created a friendship from nothing but words on paper. Each year I introduce my fourth graders to Pen-Pals. Sometimes they enjoy it, and other times they don’t. I’m not sure any of my kids will have the same result as I did, but I sure do hope so! At age 25, I finally met Heather at her wedding. It was the first time we ever talked in person, or ever heard one another’s voice. Last August, Heather flew to Philadelphia for my wedding. Below is a photo of my reaction (true reaction) when I realized that standing in front of me on my wedding day was my PEN PAL! I never would have imagined writing could have brought me this connected to someone, but also never did I imagine that writing could be so inspiring to me!