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How to Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead. I've been fortunate to have some measure of success in my life, primarily through this very blog over the last eight years, and in creating Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange over the last four years. With the birth of our twin girls, I've had a few months to pause and reflect on those experiences. What did I do right? What did I do wrong? How would I do things differently next time? What advice should I give other people based on my own life experiences? The short answer is that I wouldn't. There are too many paths forward in life; I barely feel qualified to make decisions about what to do in my own life, much less recommend strategies for others in theirs. That's also never stopped anyone else from handing out terrible life advice hand over fist before. Under pressure to make some sense of what I've been doing with my life for the last eight years, I put together a small presentation which I delivered yesterday at this year's Atlassian summit.

Here's what I've seen work: 1. No One Needs Permission to Be Awesome. Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don't want to die to get there.And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.And that is as it should be. Because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new.[…]Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. None of us should ever have to face death to accept the inflexible and, too-often, novel sense of scarcity that it introduces. In fact, it'd be great if we could each skip needing outside permission to be awesome by not waiting until the universe starts tapping its watch. A simple start would involve each of us learning to care just a little more about a handful of things that simply aren't allowed to leave with us--whether today, tomorrow, or whenever. 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing. How to find inspiration By Leo Babauta You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another.

In fact, I would argue that inspiration is not just a desirable thing, it’s an integral part of the writing process. Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. Blogs. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh If you liked this article, please share it by clicking on the share bar below. Photo courtesy of Seedling-Chaos The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing Fill out the form below and get your copy immediately! .Get Inspired! Magazine: Graphic Design, Illustration Art, Coolsites, Motion, GFX, Photography inspiration. 11 Ways to Get Inspired - See What Best Designers Do. Inspiration is the fuel for our designer's minds and bodies - although some would say it actually is coffee :) If our inspiration stream dries out, things are slowing down, we don't know how to start, how to continue and how to finish the tasks we are working on.

Our mind gets distracted very fast and we just can not focus on what is needed. Or we are just trying to put the colors, shapes and letters to the right place and just feel that it doesn't feel the right way. So what can we do? We always have two choices - to give up, or not to give up and get inspired. Video Watch some inspirational movies, trailers, short videos. Books Read at least one of many great design/development books. Blogs Get inspired by reading some great design related blogs. Twitter Twitter can be a great source of inspiration with thousands of links tweeted every hour. Nature Nature is amazingly beautiful. Art Gallery CSS Galleries CSS showcase galleries are always a great source of inspiration. Sleep/Rest Music God. Inspirationfeed - be inspired! The Get Inspired! Project. 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind.

“Stuff No One Told Me” fun illustrations. There are several things in life that you already know and have learned but you seem to forget it because no one tells and reminds you of them. Illustrator Alex from Barcelona has introduced these type of statements by making cute and funny illustrations. You will probably agree with a lot of them. Speaking of illustrations, another artist has used them to try to express how “the perfect world” could be. An illustration is a displayed visualization form presented as a drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that is created to elucidate or dictate sensual information (such as a story, poem or newspaper article) by providing a visual representation graphically.

8 Methods to Find Inspiration. Tim @ Mini Life Hacks suggested I write a following up article from my guest post about 8 Steps to Inspire Others . Thanks for that suggestion Tim, I’ll first cover the methods to find inspiration in this article and my next one will cover how to take action on that inspiration. Please consider sharing this article if you enjoy it and feel free to sign up for my RSS feed here. Search Out New Experiences Inspiration comes about because of change or seeing the possibility of change. If you always do the same things, this will be either minimal or non-existent.

You must search out and have new experiences in order to find inspiration. Nature and God’s creations Creative art and writing Stylish music and sound Innovation and brain science Life impact stories ( Arswino always has great examples of that at his blog ) Underdog stories. These are just a few and everyone will have their own personal favorites that interest and inspire them. Keep An Open Mind Watch Your Emotions Share the Experience. Thoughts On Life : Inspirational Words : Motivation Quotes. 50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand. “If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.”

~Daisaku Ikeda I have always loved that scene in American Beauty when Ricky Fitts shows his video of a plastic bag blowing in the wind. He’s the complete opposite of his neighbor Lester Burnham, who seems to have decided long ago to live life in a comatose state of submission, completely disconnected from authentic joy. Ricky seems inspired by everything that most people simply overlook. He explains of his bag video: “It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. “And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. We all want to feel moved, and then to use that to create love, joy, passion, and purpose. If you’ve been feeling stuck or uninspired, these ideas may help you find inspiration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. How to create an inspiration board | Analogue Chic.

The terms “mood board” and “inspiration board”– along with “vision board”, “story board”, and “boring board”– are being tossed around these days like petticoats in a costume drama (OK, I made up ‘boring board’). While they are similar, in terms of being a tool used by creative people as a reference for their work, there are some distinctions that I think are ignored when people use the terms interchangeably. (Caveat: I am a big word nerd, and abuse of vocabulary causes me to twitch and foam at the mouth. Perhaps I was an elocution coach, or a Catholic school teacher in a past life… Forgive me.) I’m going to try to outline a basic definition of what an inspiration board is (and therefore, what those other boards are not), and give you some concrete ideas for making them. What is an inspiration board? It can be in the form of a paper poster, a bulletin board, a digital graphic, or a video.

It’s a way to organize your references and research to create a framework for your design. gardening music. Attract Wealth with an Inspiration Board | Mango Blog. How To Create A Mood/Inspiration Board I: The SuperEASY Way. So… you want to make a mood/inspiration board, eh? Well, hopefully I can help you out with that task with some guided instructions on how to piece together your masterpiece in either Photoshop (or GimpShop — the free graphics editor) or using some quick online tools. I’m not sure if my instructions will be the best ones out there… but according to google searches by tireless bee’s, they might be the only ones around the web. The superEasy Way If you’d like to make a simple mosaic of your inspiration images, then you can use MosaicMaker. You have the option of using the URL of your image from another source (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) or you can create a free membership on their site and then upload them for the mosaic.

Once you’ve picked out your photos you can easily transform your photos into the following formats: a) Square tiles Any combination of tiles that you can think of (2×2, 3×4, 5×4, etc) with a maximum of 36 squares. b) 4×4 with large center Mrs. Location: Los Angeles/Monterey. 14 Tips on How to Make a Great Collage. Edit Article Paper collageFabric collageSand collageNature collageElectronic collageDisplaying collages Edited by Nicole Willson, Kyle G., Jack Herrick, Waited and 109 others A collage is a work of art composed of numerous materials, such as paper, newsprint, photographs, ribbons or other objects attached to background support, such as plain paper.

A collage can even be made with physical materials or electronic images, attaching them to a digital background. Ad Steps 1Choose a style of collage. Method 1 of 6: Paper collage 1Collect the materials needed for making a paper collage. 8Let the collage dry. Method 2 of 6: Fabric collage 1Collect the pieces of fabric you're going to use for making the collage. 6Allow to dry. Method 3 of 6: Sand collage Sand makes for an excellent collage material and is a good collage choice for young children. 1Assemble the materials needed. 5When done, tip the excess sand off.

Method 4 of 6: Nature collage 1Find suitable items out in nature. 6Allow to dry. Tips.