8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

There's a constant push-pull dynamic when it comes to creativity, isn't there? There are times when we're bursting at the seams to get to our work, to try something new, to spend as long as it takes to experiment and dig deep. And then there are times (oh those horrible times) when our creative flow has run completely, incredibly dry. Like the ebb and flow of an ocean, that push-pull relationship comes with the territory of being a creative. It's inevitable. It's part of the job. It's to be expected. But man, does it drive us mad. 

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

In times of creative ruts, it can be hard to pull ourselves out pity parties. Or, if you're anything like me, it can be extremely difficult to grapple with feeling guilty after spending hours watching television and scrolling Instagram and Facebook. It felt like the hours I was spending skimming through unfamiliar Pinterest feeds, out of the ordinary lifestyle bloggers and YouTubers pages were wasting my "creative time."

But there's one revelation I came to while dealing with one of these creative dry spells that has stuck with me... part of being creative is being a consumer. Meaning, part of the creative process is to stop producing inspiration, and instead, taking a turn consuming inspiration. When these words hit me, it was like a lightbulb exploded above my head. The guilt melted away. Yes, in times of creative ruts... it's actually more meaningful to lose yourself in work that isn't your own.

In the depths of my rut, I found so many outside creative interests I wasn't tapping into. I discovered that I really loved lifestyle-travel YouTubers and vloggers, I'm drawn to deep shades of blue and dreamy blushes, and dang it.... I love watching an empowered female artist do her thang. Here are just ten of my go-to websites, Instagrams and blogs when I need a creative boost. Enjoy!

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

Darling Magazine

You already know we love Darling around here at Roam + Golightly. Make sure to listen to our interview with Darling's own Ziza Bauer on the podcast if you haven't listened already! With a mission to encourage and inspire "the art of being a woman" what isn't there to love? Even if you aren't subscribed to their issues, Darling has an excellent blog dedicated to creating meaningful content around varying personas they focus on. I love digging through their "Dreamer," "Explorer" and "Intellectual" tabs for posts relating to the arts, responsible tourism, resources for creativity, travel and wanderlust inspiration and more. 

DESIGNLOVEFEST

Admittedly, I've been following Bri Larson's work for longer than I can remember (in fact, I'm fairly sure she was the first person I ever followed on Instagram)! Bri's blog DESIGNLOVEFEST is my go-to place when I just want a dose of dreamy. With posts ranging from color, texture and pattern based obsessions to recipes to home design and weekend inspiration lists... DESIGNLOVEFEST sort of does it all. With a bold outlook on design and type, as well as a serious love for travel, Bri's blog is a favorite for sure. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites as well too! 

Heather Day

I'm kind of hesitant to share this wonderful artist with you all because I feel like Heather's work is my best kept secret (even though she has hundreds of thousands of followers). I have a serious art-girl-crush, if that's even a thing, on Heather Day. Based in California, her abstract work is incredible. Heather is also a traveler, so seeing her create and gather inspiration while on the road is fueling for any creative adventurer. 

Trouvé Magazine

If you've subscribed to our podcast, you know that we're in love with Amanda Marko and Trouvé. If you haven't been following along, just know that this publishing collective is dedicated to celebrating the creative lifestyle and finding those who live it. Dreamy right? This printed magazine is the perfect coffee table book. And even though this magazine is my ultimate source for a burst of creativity... truth be told, it's almost TOO beautiful to dog-ear and mark up. If you can't get your hands on a physical copy there's good news, Trouvé's website focuses on the stories, makers, studio spaces and tidbits on the creative process. These stories capture the soul of the magazine wholeheartedly and are the perfect outlet for anyone needing a little inspo pick-me-up.

Ann Street Studio

Jamie Beck might be one of the most effortlessly beautiful creatures on our planet, I'm convinced. Ann Street Studio began as a blog obsession of mine way, way early in the days of the blog revolution. I found myself diving deep into their content regularly and often. Whether it was for ideas for photography, personal style recommendations or pieces written about anything and everything... I was thoroughly indulged with each post. And here's the best part, since then... nothing has changed. Jamie and her partner Kevin share content centered around fashion, travel, truth and beauty through photographs, videos, and their own creative app, Cinemagraphs. It's a dreamy escape into their world together, and it's one of my bonafide favorites.

Dame Traveler

Something about Nastasia's women's travel community is downright inspirational, wanderlusty, and thrill inducing. It's the perfect blend of pretty and curiosity peaking. Each post she shares on Instagram is a dreamy moment captured in time from women around world. Whether it's a backpacker in Paraguay or a local in Finland, Dame Traveler shares their stories with a healthy dose of meaningful written passages and poems. I love it in a huge way. And speaking honestly, getting to know Nastasia's story behind the brand on our podcast makes it all the more inspirational!

GirlBoss

Listen up, ladies. Sophia Amoruso's book (and podcast, and movement) has a home online... and it's hella empowering. GirlBoss's online space is stocked with inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs, creators and more, so if you're needing an extra jolt of motivation or struggling to kick your project into high-gear, this is the place for you. As a website devoted to empowering women in business and in life, Sophia's website showcases everything from #girlbossmoment stories shared from everyday girls around the world, to information about her foundation and scholarships, pieces about wellness and work-life balance, and so, so much more. It's basically a one-stop shop for any bosses out there... female or not. 

PRVNCL Magazine

Need some aesthetic inspiration in its most intentional form? Pick up a copy of PRVNCL Magazine, or puruse their Journal component of their gorgeous website. Centered around the idea of inspiring balance between work and rest and a creatively simplified lifestyle, each post includes invaluable insight on living a provincial life. I don't know about you, but I too often find myself swept up in the "hussle" of living creatively. The desire to push our creativity to the max at all hours of the day is one I know many feel as well... and that's why PRVNCL means so much to me. It's almost like a distilled moment of zen encapsulated in magazine (and online!) form. What's not to love about that?

If you want some more inspo, listen to our chat with PRVNCL's creator Grace Taylor. We chat about all things minimal and French! Can you tell we only interview those we consider incredibly inspiring? Ha! 


What are your favorite inspiring online resources you turn to when needing a little jolt in your creativity? 

Comment below... I'd love to know! 

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

Spring. Glorious, blooming spring. 

I am beside myself with gratitude for this season. The warmth, the return of the flowering greenery, dappled sunlight and evening walks... what isn't there to be thankful for? I'll give it to spring, coming right after the inevitable, albeit sometimes crippling winter hibernation/ cabin fever gives this season a huge perk when it comes to timing. Nevertheless, I love it.

If you've been following along with our podcast (or my excitable, car-side Instagram stories), you probably have heard that this winter I went through one of the biggest creative ruts I've had to face in the past few years. The frustration was real. THANK GOD some listener/reader insight changed my tune. But man, part of me wanted to blame the cold, bitter, dreary winter season. The truth is, creativity ebbs and flows. It can't always be planned or scheduled. And the same goes for creative struggles. No season brings it on more than the other. I'm not here to bash winter! Trust me. But lately I've been thinking a lot about the glorious spring and what exactly it is about this season that always seems to bring out the best of myself and the other creatives around me.

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

LIGHT & COLOR

The the promise of longer days, more light and the inevitable blooming of flowers... c'mon! Spring is an obvious winner here. Daylight savings time springs us toward those long, golden hour evenings and the warmth of dappled light dancing on our faces.  And it's all romantic, isn't it? Spring is certainly easy on the eyes.

Most creatives are incredibly influenced by their surroundings. Having a window to look through, a room filled with natural light and a blank canvas to be inspired by is what most makers, thinkers, and creative adventurers hunger for. It's no wonder that spring's smattering of pink, green, white and yellow hues is a refreshing aesthetic (especially after a few dreary months) and sure to inspire anyone, creative or not!

FRESH AIR

One thing I love about living in Lancaster is seeing the return of our community during the warmer months. It's like all the cabin fever has finally worn off and everyone is splitting at the seams to just get outside! Suddenly all of the cafes are filled with friends meeting for brunch, the sidewalks are lined with pedestrians and bikes and the markets are stocked with customers again. After many months spent hibernating indoors, why wouldn't people be beyond excited to get outside again? Who doesn't love the first comfortable walk to the coffee shop with just a tee shirt and jeans? Personally I leap for joy when I can finally retire my winter coat and L.L. Bean Boots in favorite of a leather jacket and flats! 

The return of warmer days allows us to finally get the fresh air we've been lacking. An increase of Vitamin C does the body good, and our mental state as well. After all, there are only so many days of the year we can relish the beautiful weather like this! A healthier dose of outdoor action connects us with nature, one of the biggest influences on creatives. 

A RENEWED CYCLE

For any readers who don't encounter the highs and lows of living in a climatic environment, I both pity and envy you! I mean, 75 degree weather 365 days of the year sounds like a dream! But I know at the end of the day... I'll always be a girl who loves living (and celebrating) the seasons.

Personally, I feel like the ending of a season is like placing a bookmark in time. I can think back to the summer and relish the beach vacations, or recall the autumn evenings kicking up the fallen orange leaves. Does anyone else feel this way?

The glory of living with seasons is the excitement of a new chapter... a renewed cycle of life. Because the fleeting concept of time is hard to grasp, but savoring the little perks that come with the changing weather is one that keeps it all in perspective. 

Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?
Why Is It That Spring Always Reignites Our Creativity?

I'm thrilled that it's spring time. And I'm even more excited to see what comes during this new season. I guess I should also mention that my spring is also my birthday season... and who doesn't get a little giddy about our special day and a new, invitation into a new "year"? It's a refreshing couple of months, and I'm undeniably chomping at the bit to have some warm days, sitting on the porch with a notebook in hand (and maybe a cocktail too). 

Do you feel the same way about springtime? Or do you find yourself most inspired to create during a particular time of the year?


Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors

Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors

Inspiration is a tricky thing. As artists, we're plagued by its vague and flirty relationship with our work. At times it feels like it's here to stay, a mighty and wonderful comrade we can lean our head on when in strife, and at other times we're up late at night begging for it to stop by again.

With evidence now showing that travel is a better mood booster than shopping or exercise, I found myself curious to find if adventure had a part in increasing creative inspiration for artists lives.

In every interview of our podcast's episodes, we set out to pick the brains of the adventurous, creative and bold souls we were inspired by. We learned so much about where these artists and explorers find their creative bliss, but also how seeing more of the world and seeking new experiences in their own neck of the woods brought out inspiration in their work. Knowing that these influencers and path makers in all sorts of creative fields were hungry for adventure solidified our belief in travel's power as a inspirational tool.

Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors
Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors
Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors

We choose to travel for new, invigorating experiences. The ones that will keep us up at night in a fit of nostalgia. We seek adventure for the excitement of a new discovery. One that will be kept in our back pocket for a rainy day or a fresh change of pace. This desire to see more of the world and experience it opens our minds to just how big and grande this planet is, how we are just one tiny cell on a petri dish. And these realizations in combination with newfound beauty can be awe-inspiring. The colors of Morocco, the flavors of a Japanese market, the lights of Rome in the evening, the setting sun on the mountains in the town next door. When we open our everyday lens in which we see the world, we are able to welcome in the inspiration that is abound.

Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors
Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors
Embracing The Place: How A Change Of Location Can Open Creativity's Doors

Whatever your art is, whether music, oil painting, knitting or cooking... put your inspiration it on it's feet. Take it elsewhere with you. Whether that's downtown to a new foreign restaurant, to the city an hour away, a festival you've been meaning to soak in or a big holiday abroad, the size of the adventure cannot tame your wild and calling creativity.