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As a child, I was always inspired to be creative because I felt supported by the people around me. My teachers, parents, and friends often responded positively to the things I made, and that in turn helped me feel excited to create again. Beyond support, the other thing that helped me build creative confidence was plenty of free time. Beyond school, my schedule was wide open to do as I pleased, and many times that time was spent making things.

Similarly, the moments when I feel most inspired are the moments when I have time that is dedicated to nothing but the task at hand. Over the years I’ve found that my best ideas and moments of truest inspiration never happen when I feel bogged down or distracted. Distractions can come from my long to do list, my work or school schedule, my chatty roommates, my messy room, and the list goes on. The reason I think uninterrupted time is what inspired me most is because that gives me the opportunity to remedy my current situation (like clean my workspace) or the time to pursue something that will provide inspiration (such as a walk around my neighborhood or a new book store). Free time helps my busy thoughts get quiet and allows inspiration to shine though. Moving forward as an artist and as a human in general, I know that in order to connect with my truest feelings and best inspiration I need to make time for free time.