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Happy Monday everyone (and Labor Day to my U.S. friends)! Thank you all for such a great response to the first Monday Maker Motivator last week! My goal with this series is to inspire makers of all sorts to feel confident and eager to grow in their work. Here’s what’s inspiring me this week.

If you don’t know already, I’m a huge podcast fan. I listen to them while I’m cleaning the house, working on my latest craft project, or taking photos in my home studio. One of my top favorites is the Being Boss Podcast, a podcast all about being the boss of your creative business. This week I loved Episode 31 | How to Make the Daily Grind Dreamy, in which co-hosts Kathleen and Emily talk about all the ways they get themselves in the right mindset to be productive and happy in their work. Working from home, it’s certainly a challenge for me to get down and focused when there are so many things calling for my attention!

One of the resources mentioned in the podcast above is the Headspace Meditation App. The benefits of meditation have long been touted–reduced stress and anxiety, increased focus and creativity to name a few. I’m a big yoga and early morning quiet time person, but I’ve never consistently practiced meditation. I’ve begun using the Headspace Meditation App and I’m a believer. I feel refreshed and ready to conquer the world when I’ve made a commitment to mindfulness. 

Another resource I’m loving this week is 16 Personalities, which is a free online version of the Myers Briggs Test. Or in their words: Take our Personality Test and get a ‘freakishly accurate’ description of who you are and why you do things the way you do. I took a written version of the test over a decade ago but wasn’t very aware of it’s helpfulness. This time around it got me to a T–I’m a total ENFP

Wondering where the inspiration is in knowing your personality? Well for me, it’s understanding, claiming and celebrating who I am. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others (especially as creatives), and feel that we should be something we’re not. But that’s no way to thrive in your work. And that’s a mission of mine this year–to celebrate and just be me–and knowing how I can grow and thrive in doing that. 

And if you’re looking for a good book this week, check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s favorite books on creative inspiration. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön (affiliate link). Any book recommendations you’d like to share?

Another thing motivating me this week? Bike rides! Where are you finding inspiration in your creative work this week?

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