Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guest Post + GIVEAWAY: "Butterflies Fly Around Me" - On Inspiration, by Samantha Faye Rogers

Many of you will already know Faye from her fantastic blog, A Daydreamer's Thoughts. But Faye's not here today to promote her blog, she's here because she has a very special, once in a lifetime opportunity: the chance to win earn a paid job blogging. If you'd like to help Faye, it's simple: At the end of this post is a link to a YouTube video.  All you need to do is watch the the video and 'Like' it, Comment on its YouTube page, and if you're feeling so inclined, share! And there's something in it for you, too! Comment or share the video, and you automatically go into the draw to win a fabulous bookish prize!

I want to start this post by thanking Sarah for being kind enough to host me on the blog today. It’s quite nice here, I’ve always wanted to be here and it feels good to finally be here. But um... moving on! So, I am here today to talk to you all about inspiration. With her lovely, and amazing, meme Blogspiration, I find myself often inspired by Sarah and so it felt fitting to write a guest post on inspiration.

The most ironic part of this post is that as I went to start writing it, I found myself lacking inspiration. Ideas for the post have been going around in my head for days but as soon as I found the time to sit down and actually start writing, it was as though every idea simply flew out of my brain. Fortunately, I then walked away and when I came back, the things I wanted to write about all came back to me.

And that is the very essence of inspiration, it comes and goes like the traffic on the motorway. Sometimes it will be flowing nicely, traffic speeding through as it should, and then the next minute there will be a road block, everything coming to a complete and utter standstill. A phantom bout of traffic that is indescribably annoying, and yet, starts to move again without any rhyme nor reason. For reasons unknown to man, inspiration has a way of dropping in on of us
one moment, and then flying away the next.

But inspiration is everything, and it is everywhere. Everyone has the ability to be inspired, and what we get inspired by changes from person to person. Personally, I get inspired by words, nature, and often some really random things as well, but an artist may get inspired by an odd ink stain or the way the sun looks on a chair in the garden. Inspiration comes in many forms, for many different things but it would be incredibly difficult to create anything without it. And that is why the things we create and make with our own inspiration can often inspire someone else, because the simple act of creation is, in itself, inspiring.

For a good example of this, I find Sarah to be inspiring. All of her posts on this blog are absolutely amazing and, while filling me with a small sense of self-doubt, they also inspire me to do better, to work harder and to lace my words with more of me. But she is also an incredibly supportive person and that support is inspiring as well. She has so much energy and love to share around and it really brings out the best in everyone around her – including me! When I got inspired for my blog INK post, I also wasn’t sure it was any good, and it was Sarah I went to first to get a reaction because I knew that if it wasn’t quite right, she would be honest enough to tell me. Well, her reaction inspired me enough to enter – and how glad am I now that I did!

That inspiration she gave me has continued throughout the competition and now with all of this campaigning that I am doing, I’ve been inspired once more. I have a goal, a journey to be met and so ideas keep forcing themselves into my brain – often when I’m too busy to really think about them too – and this inspiration would be non-existent if it hadn’t been for Sarah (and that is another reason that this post is all about inspiration!). This campaign has made me realise that putting myself out there, using social media to broadcast myself, and to really market myself is something that I have been enjoying, something that has me inspired, and that is truly great. It means that I know that even if I don’t get this job, I will sign up to do more marketing help in the future – such as street teams for books!

But finally I feel it necessary to mention how blogging is a way of channelling our inspiration. I, for one, certainly blog when I am inspired as it helps to get the words onto the document easier, but I have also found that having a blog creates inspiration within me. When I least expect it, ideas for posts, memes, or features come crashing into me and I get excited, wanting to share these thoughts with my followers. These ideas would have never hit me before because I would
never have had a blog in which to channel that inspiration. In a way, inspiration and blogging go hand in hand and around in a circle all at the same time.

Do you agree? What has inspired you lately?

G I V E A W A Y and Helping Faye Win!

Did you like this blog post? Would you like to see more posts like it? If the answer to that question is yes, then I need your help!

If you have just one minute to spare, I would love it if you could watch this video. If I get the most-watches, I may win my chance to blog for Mira INK, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

If you like the video and wish to comment, like or share it, I would be truly appreciative!

At the end of the competition on Dec 11th, I will be choosing one lucky commenter or sharer and they will win themselves a Christmas Surprise! So what are you waiting for?

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All interactions are truly appreciated and I want to thank you all now for the wonderful support!


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  1. Such a brilliant post! I get inspiration from all around me too, even from other bloggers so it's nice to have that for other people too.

  2. Love this! Go Team Faye!

    For a good example of this, I find Sarah to be inspiring. Yes! This! Aha! I couldn't agree with Faye more. Sarah your amazing and inspiring and with Unravelling on the brain, Sarah Gonder, I fucking love you. She has so much energy and love to share around and it really brings out the best in everyone around her – including me! Ding, ding, ding! YES. Seriously, I'm sure you could even turn the Grinch into a lover of Christmas just by spreading your energy and love and spirit and being YOU. ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. Awwww, I love this post. I totally agree. I too find Sarah inspirational. When I need inspiration, I like to go in my backyward and listen to the wind through the trees or I go for a drive. Sometimes I even take a shower because for some odd reason I think of all my good ideas there.

    I really hope you get the job, Faye. You deserve it.

  4. Thank you Erin! And I'm glad to see that you get inspiration from other bloggers as well!
    I think it's just another thing that makes blogging so perfect :)

  5. Thank you Rebecca!
    And I am glad you agree about Sarah!

    *waves sneaky Team Sarah flag*

  6. Thank you so much Jennifer! Your places of inspiration are so nice to read about.
    And I get inspiration in the shower too! What is that about? Haha. <3

  7. Ha, your not the only one, I get inspiration in the shower too! How do you think Author Appreciation August came together? ... ;D

  8. I adore this post! I completely agree - blogging (and sometimes reading, too!) goes hand in hand with inspiration. Oh and yes, Sarah is very inspiring, both as a blogger and a person.

    Good luck with this Faye! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

  9. WHAT A COINCIDENCE. I AM TOO! *cackles*

    I'm far more #TeamFaye, though. Seriously ♥

  10. I think other bloggers are some of the most inspiring people I've met, Erin! YES!
    It's lovely being around other like-minded people who inspire you, and make you want to better and be involved and create and ♥

  11. Thank you Sam! Glad you enjoyed! And yes, reading can be totally inspirational too! Good point!

    Thank you so much :D

  12. Beautiful! I love the traffic metaphor and how much you appreciate Sarah! Amazing post Faye! Like you, I gain inspiration from people. I also gain it from songs and books too.

  13. EEEEEEEEEEEE! FAYE! Your post is absolutely beautiful. I agree with everything you say! Sarah is such an inspiring, lovely, AMAZING blogger. Her blog is just perfect ♥♥♥

    All the best for you, Faye and good luck! TEAM FAYE ;)

  14. Thank you Racehl, glad you liked the post!

    And yes music and books are amazing for inspiration too! :D

  15. Thank you so much for your kind words Celine! I am so glad that you liked it!

    And yes, all of that about Sarah is true! *waves Team Sarah flag*

    Thank you Celine! :)

  16. I'm always inspired by those people who go about doing selfless deeds, not expecting anything back.

  17. Awesome post! I loved how you described inspiration to traffic on a motorway, I think that's definitely a very fitting description. Inspiration can be quite a frustrating thing, dropping in on us when it feels like it. And yes, bloggers are inspiration to me as well; they're always driving me to do more and do better, and that includes Sarah with her amazing blog. Thanks for sharing, Faye! :)

  18. Indeed, they are so amazing <3

  19. Thank you Aa'Ishah! What kind words :-)
    Yay for bloggers driving you to do more and to do better. It's so amazing when we get inspired in ways like that :D
    No worries :D

  20. OMG FAYE. YES. TO EVERYTHING. THIS POST. I LOVE IT. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. SARAH IS BEAUTIFUL. You have all the talent in you to go far in anything you put your mind to, but sometimes we really do need that someone in our lives to helps encourage us, validate or even just gives a good kick up the ass (I've experienced some much-needed ones this year!).

    It makes me so beyond happy that Sarah gave you that final push to submit your entry, because look where you are now <3 She is honestly one of the most supportive, HAPPY, brightest sparks of joy in this world. Can we chop her up in half and each keep a piece?

    I love what you write about inspiration, especially relating it to traffic. I also find inspiration in nature; I find it so CALMING and calm is when my best ideas come to me. This usually leads to brainwaves in the shower or when I'm trying to sleep :)


  21. Celiiiiine! Oh, you are a SWEETHEART ♥
    I'm SO excited for Faye and this opportunity is SO AMAZING FOR HER ♥♥♥

  22. There is SO much to reply to in this comment I don't even know where to BEGIN! lol.

    Thank you so much for your kind words! And the same goes to you! YOU ARE INSPIRATIONAL AND AMAZING TOO. Don't forget, I wouldn't even HAVE A Daydreamer's Thoughts if it wasn't for YOU! <3

    Can I have the top half? *winks*

    Thanks! And yees! I agree! I keep a notepad by my bed to jot down any random ideas I have while I drift off/am asleep! Haha. And my miraINK blog post idea was made in the shower :P




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