Inspiration in Ordinary Things: Logging Off the Internet

Some days, my screen time is EMBARRASSING.

And over the past year, that number has only grown. I average 3-4 hours (on my phone) and that’s not even including the hours I spend working on my laptop. You add it all up, and that equals a lot of headaches from staring at a screen, an overwhelming amount of content being created and consumed, and hidden somewhere in the midst of it all — INSPIRATION (at least, that’s the idea.)

The internet is full of so many great things — empowerment, connection, community — but that can be hard to find. And when you’re feeling burnt out and looking for a new spark, the search may leave you feeling more drained than inspired. 

I’ve found that when I need to recharge, sometimes it is best to take off the blue light glasses and walk away from the screen. Sometimes, the best place to find inspiration is OFF the internet. Maybe this is a new idea for you. As a Pinterest girl, trust me, I understand. It’s easy to get caught in the loop of scrolling and telling yourself you’re looking for inspiration for your next creative project. Then before you know it, you’ve spent all your time “researching” instead of creating. Couldn’t be me… 

Before any of us fall into that trap again, here are my favorite places to find inspiration offline, and hopefully, they can inspire YOU, too! 

Go for a walk

I’m a sucker for a good sunset (I mean, who isn’t, right?) Somehow, nature always makes me feel calm and inspired. Even if you live in a busy city like NYC, take the time to appreciate where you live — the buildings, the architecture, the trees and scenery, the art, and even the people. Sometimes the people I pass on the street are my BIGGEST inspiration, so don’t forget to open your eyes to the world around you. 

Read books and magazines

If you’re having a hard time closing Pinterest, consider flipping through a book or magazine. I have a basket of magazines in my room just for that purpose, and they never fail to inspire me — the fashion, photography, writing, design, and much, much more. If you want to take it a step further, you can even create a mood board out of your favorite magazine clippings and quotes to help inspire you daily. 

Physically create something

This is my favorite way to find inspiration offline. I am a HUGE craft-lover and starting a new project always gives me a creative rush. Actually making something with your own two hands is a fun, tangible way to reset and get creative. And don’t worry if you’re not good at it — that’s not the point! The point is to find inspiration in the act of creation. I like to paint (even if I don’t have a plan for how it will turn out), crochet, and make jewelry. Yes, my room is filled with craft supplies, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

This is what I do to find inspiration off the internet because, let’s be honest, we all need a break sometimes. But when you’re ready to dive back into the world of social media, make sure to follow us on Instagram @ditchtheclique and @rachelkgrim for daily inspiration and empowerment. 

who is the author, April?

April Hooper is a public relations student at Messiah University, minoring in marketing and gender studies. She always has a coffee in hand and is rocking a thrifted outfit with handmade accessories. When she graduates, she dreams of living abroad, owning as many cats as possible, and writing for a living. 

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