Inspiration to me is an artistic

Inspiration is a calling from the natural world to
produce something within you. Inspiration can be fueled by negative and
positive emotions. It’s a will to act, to create, and to communicate a space or an idea
into the world.

And I draw inspiration everywhere. I intend to live a
fulfilled, meaning life and I believe I can do that if I’m continuously

It’s a magical
moment to be inspired. Being inspired feels like an incredible view that takes
your breath away. Being inspired feels like an awakening – I feel like my eyes open to a new perspective. To me, inspiration also feels like there are butterflies in my stomach that
are ready to lift me off the world. When I feel inspired, I feel free.

Whether I’m thinking about fashion, human connections, or a
career, I do my best to find inspiration in every facet of my life.


Here are 10 places and things I turn
to for inspiration.

TED I turn to TED when I want to learn
about new ideas or learn a new perspective in the world. I love how I can learn
about the environment, then spoken word poetry, then our public school system.
I also love how there are 5 min talks to 25 min talks.

– I read every Humans of New York Facebook post. I also listen to
the Modern Love Podcast. Whether I’m reading it or listening to it, I try to
find spaces to hear about people’s stories. I love hearing about people’s
experiences in love, failures, accomplishments, and adversity. I love hearing
people overcome their struggles and the wisdom they can share with the world.

walking or hiking
– I work a lot of things out in my head when I’m exercising.
I seem to draw my best ideas when I’m in motion.

– I literally look up quotes on happiness, love, and fashion to get
inspiration. Thank you Pinterest!

– I suppose it’s a bit ironic to find inspiration with second hand
clothes and house hold items. I love picking up thrifted things to reuse and
repurpose them into my wardrobe or home.  

6. Flowers – I love getting flowers and seeing flowers. My heart
literally experiences joy when I see a bouquet of flowers. I love wandering
around plant nurseries or Pike Place Market to see the flowers.

7. The
Photographers I collaborate with
I’m always inspired by the photographers I work with on my blog. Each
photographer brings a unique perspective in my life. Whether its aesthetics or
different ways to frame a shot, I find that I’m always energized and inspired
after working with my photographers.

8.  The Bloggers I Follow – I absolutely love all of the
different bloggers I follow both in the Northwest and the rest of the world. I
love seeing the travels they embark on and how they style today’s trends. I
love seeing people’s creative expressions!

9. Career
Discussions with
 Friends –I’m always inspired when my
friends and I talk about our career next steps in dreams. I’m inspired by my
friends’ dreams. Some of my friends aspire to be lawyers while others dream of
starting their own media companies. I feel lucky to be surrounded such
motivated and successful friends!

10.   Music – I’m usually listening to music when I
begin to write a new piece. Music helps me bring my head into focus. It can
help me realign my emotions, especially if the song singing how I feel.

Where do you go to find inspiration
in your life?



This post is in collaboration for American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2017
#WeAllCan Campaign.

Photos: Holly Phan