One of my favorite bloggers and marketing gurus, Melanie Biehle, seems to be doing big things on a daily basis. From helping companies develop marketing plans, to formulating e-books and online workshops, to freelance writing and photography, she never seems to stop, and I for one am intrigued by this boundless inspiration.
I'd like to get in on some of that energy myself, so we chatted a bit about how she remains inspired and motivated every day.
"One thing I've always wanted is a huge inspiration
board right over my desk. I finally got around to putting it together
and began adding some of the things that inspire me." Melanie, aka Inward Facing Girl, told me. "Right now there's a
painting by and photo of my almost-three-year-old son, a magazine shot
of Sofia Coppola (queen of creativity + cool), and some of the collaged
pieces from the last vision board I made, before my son was born. My inspiration board is part stuff I'm going to
do, part stuff I have done, and part stuff I'm discovering. Referring to
it throughout the day reminds me to be grateful for the opportunities
I've had and to keep pushing forward for what's to come."
I often struggle with working from home as well, what with the difficulties of staying away from the refrigerator and television — Bravo, you get me every time! I admire Melanie's resolve in finding a quiet space for herself:
"My husband and I both work from home. At first we both used our living
room/dining room as our office space, but our working styles were too
different to remain in the same room. I need silence and he likes to
work while listening to music. I decided to take over a small corner of
our bedroom and claim it as my 'office,' so I moved my design, branding,
art, and writing books into my corner, along with some of the magazines
that I regularly consult for graphic design ideas or blog layout
inspiration for me and my clients."
View more from Melanie's blog at Inward Facing Girl, or grab a copy of her e-book, Blog With Purpose. Thanks for inviting us into your space, Melanie!
Resources of note:
• Andy Warhol's Soup Can DIY Pencil Holders tutorial from Young House Love.
• I Love You, Blogs and Coffee print: by Jen Ramos of MADE BY GIRL
• Ready for Adventure Stamp by Ann-Marie Loves Paper
• Action Bunny With Shiny Gold Pants by Jen Ray
• Blue Rolleiflex Print by Tae Won Yu
• Pantone notebook: Assemble
• Magazines - Kinfolk, UPPERCASE, Anthology Magazine, Cereal Magazine, Computer Arts Collection, Aesthetica Magazine, Wayfare Magazine & Flow Magazine.
(Images: Melanie Biehle).