Pretty much everyone should read this. Kleon, an artist and writer, was asked to compose a commencement speech for a community college in upstate New York (♥) and came up with this list: 10 things nobody told you about being creative. His advice is wise, funny, well designed, and totally inspiring. If you’re thinking that this isn’t for you because you’re not an artist or creative, stop it right now! Almost all of his ideas can be applied to anything in life, which I love. I also believe everyone is creative. Being creative isn’t strictly defined as being good with a brush or camera. It’s about thinking outside the box in whatever you’re doing. It is the perfect gift for new grads or anyone looking to bring inspiration to the everyday.
This book brings me to an article I read this week via The Everygirl, “4 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves.” The #1 question is how much of your day do you spend consuming what other people have created? How often do you create? I loved the line, “Everything around us everywhere, the buildings we work in, the cars we drive, the apps on our phones, the furniture around us, the food we eat, the movies we watch, the advertisements we see, the clothes we wear, all of these things are the products of people’s dreams.” (Ha–here I am again, consuming this article instead of writing my own!) This year I want to be a creator. Happy Wednesday, friends.