Erin Dorney

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What inspires you?

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Stuck in a rut? With crappy things being reported in the news and the end of the semester drawing near, it’s easy for the daily grind to take its toll. Technology can definitely help you get your inspiration back. You can use an app to receive daily poems on your phone, subscribe to the RSS feed of an insightful blogger, use Twitter to build supportive networks of colleagues and friends, follow Tumblrs featuring beautiful spaces or cats. These are all useful methods for getting back on track when it feels like every square inch of passion and motivation have been sapped from your body.

In addition to all of these channels, I find it extremely important to have non-digital inspiration around me. Which is why today I have decided to give you a mini-photo-tour of the things I draw strength from:

agate stonejonha smithcardscloset shelfpostcard & poemtony & kitten

Clockwise from top left: 1) Small, smooth egg-sized agate stone (gift from a colleague) for stressful times at work. 2) Amazing new artwork from my friend Jonha Smith. 3) Various items on a shelf in my closet, including a Christmas tree ornament from my mom, a thrifted framed print of a baby bird, two owls from a church rummage sale, a vintage Wilbur Buds tin & a salt shaker filled with blue sea glass from the shores of Lake Ontario. 4) Image of Tony & a kitten every time I unlock my phone throughout the day (okay, this one might not officially count as non-digital, but I had to include it). 5) Gandhi postcard (from my dad) and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem Ebb (typeset and hand-printed by yours truly) on the wall in my closet. 6) Rotating correspondence from friends and family around the country (holder via MoMA Store).

What gives you inspiration? Feel free to share in the comments. And have an amazing Thanksgiving – Among other things, I am thankful for all of my readers (that’s you!).

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November 23, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Inspiration Pad Giveaway Winner!

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Thanks to all of the 18 people who left comments on my last post for a giveaway drawing of an Inspiration Pad!

And the winner is….

The very first commenter, Rachel!

Blast, I really wanted the kitten. I’d say that the thing that inspires me most is music. There are billions of songs and you can always find something to suit your mood. Because of my music background, I’m more likely to notice unique chord changes or quirky melody ideas. So, yeah, that’s my inspiration.

I totally agree, and music is always an inspiration to me. So, Rachel needs to email me because she didn’t leave an email address and then I can mail your package to you next week 🙂

But oh, what is this?! ANOTHER BONUS GIVEAWAY YOU SAY?!! I was so pleased with all of your inspirational comments that I decided to give another inspiration pad away (you lucky bastards!). The winner of this one is….

The eleventh commenter, rachemus! Hmm… its very freaky that the random number generator chose two people with Rachel names… weird!

I’m inspired by vintage typesets, clean design, smart and funny writing, and vegan cookbooks.

Yes! Again, I agree. I just took a class in the spring where I got to set type and it was so much fun. Very relaxing. Rachemus should email me with her contact info so I can pass this little item along. Thanks again to everyone who commented! If I don’t hear from either of the winners by Wednesday (August 11th) we’ll redo the random number generator and find new winners.

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August 7, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Inspiration Pad Giveaway!

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inspiration pad
Inspiration seems to hit me at the most random times, including in the shower, when I’m driving long distances, and in the middle of the night. Lately, a lot of it has been coming from the Internet as well. As I see other creative endeavors I am inspired to reconnect with passions and projects that have been pushed to the wayside for various reasons. For example, just today I was introduced to 750 Words by my friend
Leigh Anne. I plan to join and do one of their challenges this fall. Some of my other favorite sites for this kind of inspiration are:

And of course, all of my friends who have websites/blogs/tumblr accounts etc. to keep me on my toes.

To thank you all for the constant flow of of awesomeness, I am doing a giveaway! A few weeks ago I came across the Inspiration Pad. This thing is seriously the bee’s knees. While any item with the word “pad” reminds me of sanitary napkins (sorry, I had to go there, it’s true!), I obviously had to purchase a couple. One for me and one is for a lucky blog commenter! That’s right, all you have to do is leave a comment below regarding something that inspires you and a winner will be chosen at random on Saturday morning (using the true random number service). Then I’ll mail the lucky winner their new notepad and you can inspire the people sitting next to you in your boring committee meeting. Kitten not included.


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August 3, 2010 at 10:40 PM