Navigating Inspiration

Sometimes I feel so anxious because I have a million things swirling through my head. It’s a constant whirl wind of thoughts and ideas, sometimes inspiration can be overwhelming and I feel that when it’s time to step up to the plate… I just don’t have the strength. I’ve been trying to figure out how to manage better, and be able to have ample time and energy to put into creative projects.

Dancing with chaos is part of the process. The vibrant world of thoughts, ideas and feelings, never die down… unless we spend the time to drown it out and why would anyone want to do that. I am working to be receptive to these ideas and trying to find the pulse, the thread that pulls them all together so I can link into it and dance.

Everything must come at you for a reason; there are no coincidence and accidents in the Universe. We live in an intricately connected web; a beautiful tapestry and we must learn to see our part in that. We must gather all the things that make us unique and utilize them… just allowing them to be what they are.

I remember talking to my professor in the Fall and telling her that I felt at least 70% of a project is the act of thinking about it… the other 30 % is doing it. But I get stuck at the thinking stage, so maybe I need to get out of my head. I need to get my feet of the ground and get moving.

Overanalyzing ideas can be a real killer, but it’s hard not to because you want to have some sense of direction. At what point is an idea solid enough that you just run with it? What I said in a previous post holds weight here… we shouldn’t be so focused on the end. That’s what I must remind myself of. The project, the art, the beautify will unfold… as long as I keep pulling that silver thread.

With all of the potential that this summer holds, I must bring some organization to these thoughts and ideas. Since I work well with writing, I will begin by writing out my goals. Sometimes it’s good to jot things down, just to acknowledge their existence. Then I need to get into the habit of setting dates, though I feel very limited by them at times, it will really help. From this I think I can begin to give shape and form to my inspiration.

Do you have any methods for helping you stay focused and grounded in your projects and ideas? What do you like to do, to kick of a new project?

Much love,



© Shaheen Miro



  1. woley on June 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My feeling is that creative people do have trouble staying grounded, it’s both a positive and a negative. I generally start with colour for projects because if I plan too much I lose the impetus and probably never get the thing done. If I start something, I can always pick it up, even years later and finish it. I too get stuck at the thinking stage but at least by starting an idea, it comes into being enough that I can complete it.

    Sometimes completing artwork years later is a good thing because you change or get new ideas or simply have more skill than you did when you started.

    • Shaheen Miro on June 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      It’s very true. We vibrate at different rates, I think its because we are simultaneously working with the right and left brain. Sometimes I feel as if I am burning the candle at both ends… but I couldn’t have it any other way. I was talking with another design friend about it, and we were sharing how we both feel a little guilty when we aren’t being creative. On one hand you feel you need to rest and on the other you just want to go, go, go!

      I like that you begin with a broad, yet important detail. That’s wonderful advice. I’ve been doing something similar with my collection I’m beginning to work on. I am starting with fabric and seeing where that leads me. But my fear still creeps up that I am being to loose with my ideas. It’s all about trust I guess… the same as any intuitive art.

      It’s very inspiring that you aren’t afraid to go back to projects even years later. I guess I have a fear that the idea will pass me by or the inspiration will fizzle out. But sometimes I think it makes sense because the idea can mature. And you can mature.

      Great insight 🙂


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