5 Inspirational Web Sources

Thankfully, the inspiration does not always have to come from within. There are so many touching stories in the world and the internet is a great channel to communicate these messages. I wanted to share, because sometimes you have read stuff by other people in order to make your own story complete. At least I do. Not all posts at all sources are worth watching or reading, but most of them are. I don’t like people to impose stuff on other people. We are all free and so, if you don’t think these sources are truly inspirational, no worries! In fact, I am very curious what would inspire you!

1. F**k It!

I have to start with the people behind the F**k It books and retreats, the lovely Gaia and John. I am more like John, the thinker. I am drawn towards Gaia, with her inner strength and intuïtion. Man, I can still learn from her: to be able to trust in the earth to carry you. To rest on the energy that is inside and around you. What I love about F**k It, is that they are open, non-judgemental. You can believe whatever you believe and you can join them or not, either way is fine. And I love their humor. Especially John is what we call in the Netherlands a ‘dry’ Englishman. I love it. You can find them on Facebook and at their own website of course.

Fuck It(You know what the funny thing is? I started going through their images on Facebook and I couldn’t choose. A lot of it still makes a lot of sense (even though some stuff is really clear and obvious), I have to reread that book again!)

2. Justine Musk

I have probably mentioned her before. The pieces she writes, man, that is some powerful sh*t! These are long pieces and it started coming back to me this week that taking time for these articles actually inspire me to be more me and to believe that the choices I make and the steps I am taking are good. I read this piece and today I have told a friend of mine, I was worried about her. Perhaps it’s not exactly what the articles encourages, but I wanted to hear her truth. And by asking her, I was telling my truth: I wanted to connect with her again.

3. The Elephant

For this website you need a subscription. Or, when you are good with reading just 15 articles weekly, you can sign up for the free newsletter. The latter I did, because, well, money is an issue. Anyhow, I love the articles coming into my mailbox. Even the pictures are just inspiring. It’s on mindfulness and how you can live a more conscious life. Worth checking out.

Quote Elephant4. Upworthy/ Button Poetry

Yes, it is getting less and less special, we haven’t heard of these and into the yes, we know. Okay. But I have seen some pretty amazing stuff on there. Mainly videos by Button Poetry on the most courageous topics. Like for example on rape. Or this video on how women grow in, instead of out.

5. Aww Club

Sometimes you just need a friendly smile, a hug and a picture of cute animals.

Happy Dog

 

Doing What You Love

Today, the graphic designer Saul Bass would have been 93. But I guess you already knew that if you used Google today, and chances are you have. If you had time you would have checked out the awesome Google Doodle they made in honor of him. If you didn’t, there is always the video:

I wanted to share with you, because this same Saul Bass is quoted in the book ‘The Designer Says’ (source: Brain Pickings). His motto is so simple, but I guess the simplest motto’s are.

Saul Bass

It is something to think about, because we often let us lead by our limitations and fear. We don’t let our dreams and longings make decisions for us. People who do are reckless and naive… or are they?

Last summer I visited the F**k It retreat in Italy. These wonderful people, led by John and Gaia, helped me get closer to my true self, be a free(er) person and love me for who I am. Among other things they help people with the question: ‘What do I feel like doing?’ John (the man of the hour) wrote in his latest book that if he got chocolate for every time someone told him ‘but I can’t make a living out of that?!’ he’d be a happy (but fat) man. But really, can’t we make a living out what we want to do best?

Saul Bass had the F**k It mentality mastered. Even if nobody cared, he would have still wanted to make beautiful things. He did just that and became well known for it. So well known, for that matter, that he is now a Google Doodle.

The Weird, The Free and The Dancing Queens

Party ZwolleYesterday we celebrated our freedom and boy, what a good piece of freedom did I have (see the picture above, where I (left) am doing a friendly dance off with a random girl). You know what the best part is? On festivals like yesterday you meet all these weird, good looking people that do their own thing, and sing and dance like there is no tomorrow. That is what freedom is about, doing what you love and not being judged for it.

Alright, haters will hate, somebody will always have an opinion about you, but if you stay in touch with yourself and let the true you, the freak, out, you come into a truth that is so liberating, it doesn’t matter what other people say.

This is the best exercise to not limit or censor yourself and to fully benefit of the creativity inside you: close your eyes. Listen to the music, noise, silence outside of you. Listen to the music, noise, silence inside of you. Feel what your body is telling you to do. Does it say you should jump? Jump. Does it say you have to cry a bit? Cry! Do you want to slap your thighs? Slap your thighs (which is excellent for stimulating your touch points and balancing your emotions).

Your body will tell you exactly when you are ready to create. And when you are ready to write, paint, dance. If it’s not now, it’s not now. And that’s fine too. Lean on the universe, listen to yourself and trust that it will come to you, when you are ready.