Creative Inspiration From 2016 That Makes Me Better

Every year it seems to impossible to think that another year has gone by, but sure enough here we are, thus prompting some moments of reflection. No doubt, 2016 for me was the year I discovered podcasts. While my creative inspiration still came from people I follow on Twitter or books I've read, podcasts opened up a whole new world of learning, and for that I'm very grateful.

Below you'll find a list of my favorite podcasts, as well as some incredible people to follow, independent projects that I wish there were more of, and a long list of quotes that I need to read more than I do. If you're on this list, thank you for shaping my creativity in 2016. For I know that my creativity is simply an outpouring of my daily life, so to all the amazing people surrounding me each day, I thank you, too.

Enjoy and cheers to a new year!

Inspirational People:

Ben Sasso
Ben is a well-known wedding photographer that travels the world, and is crazy talented. If that weren't enough, he's also very involved with sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone in his endless blogs, classes, and workshops. His passion for education and giving back is honorable.

Simon Sinek
I had Simon on my list last year, but the more I dive into his talks and content, the more I get out of it. Lately, I've been listening to his endless talks on Youtube, this one being my favorite. His honest, real description of the millennial generation might be the best one yet. 

Brene Brown
Brene's TedTalk on the power of vulnerability has the most views of them all, and since then I’ve watched and listened to anything of hers I can get my hands on. Her website is full of great resources including one of my favorites in which she talks about how vulnerability and creativity are cohesive. She’s a worldwide inspiration, and as a creative herself, one to keep an eye on.

Brianna Wiest
Brianna is a writer of many marvelous articles you'll find below, and also the founder of Soul Anatomy: Dissecting what it means to be human. I enjoy her pieces especially for their challenging, honest examples of real life issues, yet she presents practical solutions.

Elizabeth Gilbert
Liz is the writer behind Eat Pray Love, but more recently for her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, which is how I discovered her. Her explanation of how ideas might have a life of their own and simple pass from person to person until someone uses the idea, is fascinating. She also has a podcast listed below that I've really enjoyed as people call in, and get help for their specific creative challenge.


Inspiring Projects:

Gather Table Co

The Purpose Hotel


Top Podcasts:

Freakonomics Radio


More Perfect

Design Matters

Magic Lessons

Being Boss Club


Magazines + Books:

Great Discontent

99u Book Series

Big Magic by Liz Gilbert

40 Days of Dating: An Experiment

In Progress by Jessica Hische

Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman

Rising Strong and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm


Great Articles:

Taking Action by James Clear

How To Make A Living Doing What You Love by Brianna Wiest

You're Not Meant To Do What You Love, You're Meant To Do What You're Good At by Brianna Wiest

How To Design Happiness by Mark Wilson

Unpacking Impact: Reflecting As We Make by MIT Media Lab

The First Thing I Ever Designed by Elana Schlenker

Doing What You Love Is Going To Be F***ing Hard by Jon Westenberg

How To Live Like A Creative by Format


Top Quotes:

Above Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic