Enliven's Inspiration Edit
by SARAH MATHEWS
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I'll be honest with you. Lately, I’ve felt a bit like an uninspired mess... that's why I've been a bit quiet on here. I'm actually really excited about all the new demands on me that have been stealing me away but they've also required me to make big decisions to ensure that they can flourish. Like the fact that I'm in the middle of moving homes (bye bye suburbia, see ya traffic!), and I’ve been working with a brand that I absolutely love, with old colleagues and clients, new friends and school friends... talk about lucky! The thing is, when you're pouring all your energy into your external environment, your internal environment ends up getting the leftover scraps and if you're not careful, no matter how much you try to convince yourself it will get better, you can end up feeling really crap.
in a recent article I wrote about how our brain fires differently when we're inspired (on a neurological, psychological and physiological level), I suddenly became aware of how i was feeling NOW knowing I'd been making absolutely no time for myself. writing this piece not only helped me share what inspires us, it helped me plug into THE THINGS THAT LEAVE ME FEELING re-energised AND EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING I'M CURRENTLY WORKING ON, RATHER THAN OVERWHELMED. I hope you enjoy exploring these platforms as much as I did revisiting them AND be sure to click on the images to link to a handful of more inspirational reads.
Cereal is a biannual, travel & style magazine that was once described as 'literary/visual crack to lovers of good taste and enviable lifestyle'. It broke the publishing mould, favouring a limited palette, spare design and uninked white spaces at a time when advertising capitalized upon every millimetre. Perhaps in part, an approach that was born out of co-founder and creative director, Richard Stapleton's, fascination with design and a mechanical engineering background. Together with his partner, Rosa Park, they started Cereal on the floor of their apartment and turned it into a collectable staple for those looking for travel, art, design and style stories that deviate from the mainstream.
This isn't the first time I've spoken about Porter on here. It's been instrumental in bringing me to my own attention and continues to inspire a lot of the work we do here at Enliven. You can tell just by reading this quote from the latest Fall issue, that it was something Janie and I very easily connected on and it is unique in that consistently, it doesn't seem to date. I can still go back to the very first issue and it speaks to desires in a way that triggers you into action. Side note, Mr Porter's online journal is just as good ...
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER
While you can access most of CN Traveller's articles online there's something about the production value of the printed version that does the exquisite photography and writing justice. Even if you never plan on travelling to a destination, it somehow manages to transport you there in a way where you're indulged, even humoured, by someone else's experience on a very sensory level. You just have to read Jeff Goldblum's interview or link to to the feature on Lake Como (pictured above) to see that it's so much more than just a destination. In a world which has us frantically on the go, travelling has a way of putting things into perspective and the writing in this magazine seems to make just as much of an impression on me in the same way a stamp would in a passport. It appeals to the daydreamer in me, I can't get enough of it.
JACEY DUPRIE, DAMSEL IN DIOR
For daily style, decor, travel inspo Jacey Dupree's aesthetic is right up there with the likes of Cereal magazine. We love how she's constantly reinventing her content and yet, she remains consistent and true to her brand ... From her LA home renovations to cool video content covering NY and Paris fashion week; beautifully documented travel and great tips for health, beauty and personal style. Expect light inspiration on the go, quirky Insta-stories and access to cool Spotify playlists.