Inspiration & mindset

Where I find inspiration

Long before Pinterest was a thing, I was gathering pictures from magazines, putting them together to create a mood or a vision board. I would gather quotes, images I found inspiring, or goals I wanted to achieve in my life, and I would glue those pictures on the cover of my school agenda. It was the one thing I have always loved and never stopped doing. 

Today, I don't cut magazines anymore, but I stay inspired by the beautiful variety of pictures the internet has to offer, and I create boards. 

I can almost find anything I am looking for. 

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When I come to Pinterest, I need to find something. I have a craving to look at beautiful pictures and see something that will spark my curiosity and deep emotions. From there, I am off to hours of discoveries.

For example, when I started to research for book two of the Under the soul series, I began to feel drawn to volcanos and lava stones. I had just been talking about going on a trip to Hawaï, and something about it was calling me. So, I searched the web for pictures of volcanos and stones. From there, a whole scene came to me. I then found out about the power of lava rocks and used it to craft the story even further. 

I do this process with almost everything. From one picture to the other, I assemble the elements until I have enough visual cues to sustain the writing of the first draft. 

Once this process is triggered, I will have insights one after the other; in the car, in the shower, or when relaxing in my bed on a Sunday morning. It's as if the doors to creativity are wide open. I can hear characters speak to one another, I can feel their emotions and see what they want to tell me, and they won't stop until I have put the pen down on paper and write their story. 

When I don't hear or feel any inspiration, I let it rest for a while. Usually, after a few days or weeks, or even months, the inspiration comes back with another parcel of their world. 

Sometimes it takes a stormy night to appreciate your life

February 9, 2018  A huge snowstorm. Two hours to get home from work, driving 5 miles per hour. That's enough for me to go insane! I don't like to get stuck, and I don't like it when there is too many people around me. I had to act fast. So, I plugged my iPhone and listened to one of my favourite podcast: The School of Greatness.

It made me recall a dream I had to meet and be friends with people I admired. Yup Oprah and Richard Branson amongst others were on that list!

One day, I get this feeling to contact Lewis. He lives in California and since I am going there for a solo road trip, I thought why not try to meet him. He responds! Yay! A few email exchange later, I find myself driving in Los Angeles traffic to be on time for this one chance I have of sneaking a 10 minute conversation with a real dreamer. I had never been this excited in my life. I new deep down I would get there on time, which I did. I ended up spending I think it was at least 30 minutes with Mr. Howes himself. After that, I became addicted to his podcast. 

Fast-forward a few years, and I am here stuck in traffic again (thank God there is no snowstorms in L.A.!!), aiming at my phone for relief, which I got. 

The episode that played was #596 with Dr. Tererai Trent, Oprah's favourite guest and outstanding dreamer. If you haven't heard her story, please do check it out because it is beyond inspirational. At 18 years old, pregnant with her fifth child, Tererai buried a paper in the earth where she had written her dreams. Almost 20 years later, all of them came to pass. 

During her interview, she talked about sensuality being the catalyst for change. She shared the importance, as women, to own our sexuality and cultivate our inner strength. Only by doing this, that women all over the world will be able to grow and evolve. I listened carefully because this resonated so much with the message I am inspired to share through the stories in my books. 

When the interview came to a close, I felt my sense of purpose expand to a place it had never been before. I felt elevated in my desires and fully supported in my mission. Supported by her and those who had come before me.

On this stormy night, I looked at my life and felt an immense sense of gratitude for where I was and where I was going. I may not be where I want to be yet, but I am on my way, and that alone feels great. 

What are you grateful for in your life right now? Do you have a mission? A big dream? Wouldn't now be a great time to make a few steps in its direction