Creative Inspiration: Just Be.

creative inspiration in morning walks

I took the leap to become my own boss in my graphic design business 16 years ago, yet it was only in the past year that I became even more daring, listened to my heart, and moved out of the office space I rented and into the coziness of my own home workspace.

With this came a lot of change: I no longer had the parameters of “going to the office” to set my pace in the morning. I no longer had the presence of other building tenants keeping me alert throughout the day. I no longer had the routine I had followed for those 15 years.

Like with any great change though, I knew this was an opportunity to grow. To appreciate my commute from upstairs to down. And to bask in the bliss that is being an entrepreneur who lives in an absolutely spectacular place.

Bloomfield bliss

I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – a small town called Bloomfield in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. It’s the perfect place to draw inspiration for both graphic design and painting, where beauty is always in abundance throughout the four distinct, changing seasons.

So naturally, it didn’t take long before I found my absolute favorite routine to get my day going: a morning walk most often accompanied by my officemate and mascot, Banks. Together, we take in the fresh air — some days in shorts and sandals; others in ear muffs and boots. (Okay, that’s just me. He usually goes out in the same way each day.)

On these 2.5 mile jaunts around the wooded “block” that surrounds my home (which is pleasantly located on a secluded dirt road), we are blessed to see, smell, feel, and enjoy so much. It’s during these walks that I have the freedom to just be. To enter the perfect state of flow. To set my intentions for the day and focus on being present.

To say my morning walks inspire me would be an understatement. They do so much more: they take me to a quiet place of presence where I am able to observe. I see details, colors, and textures that would sadly be easy to overlook otherwise. More than once, a great idea or creative design solution will present itself to me as I allow myself to be in this state.

Meanwhile, Banks takes pleasure in his own way, stopping to smell at any given point. In fact, his stops are what often allow me to notice the bittersweet changing of the leaves, an interesting bird, or an intriguing texture in a tree.

Magical. It’s the perfect word to describe seeing the Earth change: the streams full in the spring; iced in the winter; dry in the fall.

Allow yourself to be.

Most of my working life, I didn’t allow myself this time to just be; to walk and really absorb the amazing beauty I’ve always been surrounded by. I rushed off to work. I was “busy.” I was always doing. Now, I can honestly say I’m being.

Taking in our surroundings and appreciating the small things is truly a gift. My creative work is better for it; I am better for it.

What do you work into your routine to allow yourself to just be? Let’s inspire each other in the comments below!

PS – It just wouldn’t be fair to keep these moments of pure nature and inspiration to myself. That’s why I started Instagramming them to share the beauty that surrounds me with friends and followers near and far.

Banks        winter berries in Bloomfield        leaves in the Finger Lakes