What Inspires You? Written by Christine Garvin  Sometimes, betnovate it feels like life fails to inspire. Betnovate That’s when it’s time to go digging into your past. How exactly do you define inspiration? It’s easy enough to fall into the push and pull of everyday life, betnovate just trying to get through the day and hoping for the best. Or, betnovate on another level – which I’m sure many of you can relate to – larger dreams keep you on course, betnovate slogging through hours on a computer at work, betnovate then maybe back at home on your blog, betnovate followed by being “social” via media just to stay in the race. Inspiration sometimes (often?) gets lost along the way. Betnovate Thing is, betnovate we all need that spark, betnovate at different times, betnovate at different levels. Betnovate Sure, betnovate there is always a minimum fire burning somewhere inside, betnovate otherwise you wouldn’t get out of bed. Betnovate Still, betnovate the larger, betnovate smack-you-directly-in-the-face-with-its-awesomeness needs to present itself and be accounted for to ease us out of those slumps. Is that why so many of us travel? Does inspiration mostly come from getting outside of our little worlds, betnovate connecting with people of other cultures (even if it’s that culture just south of yours), betnovate throwing ourselves into new territories that beg our synapses to fire just a bit faster? Ah, betnovate the rush…it makes the drudgery of everyday life a bit more worthwhile. What matters is that inspiration can come in the smallest forms, betnovate in the most obvious of places. Maybe, betnovate sometimes, betnovate it’s worth taking a look back. Betnovate I was amused by a piece on Boing Boing about a computer scientist who credits My Little Pony with leading her into the field of science. Betnovate Although I’ve personally never made a connection between dolls and math, betnovate Sherry Turkle apparently spent hours as a child braiding the horse’s pink mane, betnovate dividing and subdividing the hair in order to create new styles (or, betnovate outcomes). Was her life’s calling showing itself through playing with the doll, betnovate or was playing with the doll developing her skills? The answer doesn’t really matter; what matters is that inspiration can come in the smallest forms, betnovate in the most obvious of places. The recesses of our brains holds that first inspiration, betnovate even when we feel we are lacking. Searching For My Own Inspiration My inspiration – scary, betnovate but true I had to dig around a bit in trying to recall my initial inspiration for writing, betnovate which ebbs and flows depending on what is happening in my life, betnovate what stories I’ve read (or not read), betnovate where my energy falls on a particular day. Travel memories certainly stimulate my mind – I can easily go back to moments in Africa, betnovate where the Earth seemed to expand out in front of me like the never-ending drive through the dusty bush, betnovate or walking for hours around London, betnovate enjoying my anonymity as I took in the history my home country will never possess and eavesdropped on the accent that I covet....  More of the article can be found at: