Designers: Pay the bills but don’t forget to feed your soul

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Finding inspiration

True inspiration though comes from deeper places, which tend to not be from work. These speak to the core parts of yourself that don’t tend to pay bills but feed your soul. I’m talking about the things you want to do but don’t necessarily have scheduled into your life.

Passion projects, volunteering, life drawing classes, the book you wanted to read, the book you wanted to write, the graphic novel you wanted to draw, all the mad and fantastic places in London that you still have to visit… Not all these things may be creative in their nature, but the dividends of paying attention to them result in better and happier work.

Squeezing in the time for illustration. Created for the incredible stories of Pierre Saliba.

Nurturing the person you want to be

When you become too one-track minded, all the parts of the person you want to be are screaming for attention. Denying them means denying you being what you believe is your true and authentic self and this is going to really impact on your mood and how you feel about yourself.

Whereas on the other hand, taking initiative over your passion and actively incorporating it into your life means you are nurturing all areas of who you are, of what’s important to you and what makes you happy. Then it’s a ripple effect from there because being happier makes you work better.

Nurturing your passions

I have a lot to learn from my partner about nurturing passion. He is, by day, an incredibly skilled consultant; by night, he is feeding his soul by carving out time for his passion, which is music. Whether he’s songwriting, composing or just rehearsing, he daily addresses his creative needs and I admire his dedication to them so much.

The stance of a man who has let his weeds get the better of him. Created for Pierre Saliba and Ars Ludendi.

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