What is “Everyday Inspirers”?
Let’s meet Marielle…
I found Marielle through Pinterest…
She had created gorgeous little love notes…
and when I popped over to her blog, it was as if I had stumbled into a magical daydream…
I went down a rabbit warren of creativity… from her kindness kits, to her 1000 paper cranes project… I was so inspired by how she allowed herself to creatively play… that it sparked me to be more playful!
Not only has Marielle been an everyday inspirer to me… but also somewhat of a creative muse… and I’m super thankful to have her share a little bit more of herself here with you today!
Q. How are you serving the world?
A. I try to use my creativity and playfulness to bring a happy spark into everyday life.
I like making pretty things that unite people and that inspire them to live life to the full and dream without limitations.
Sometimes I go on what I like to call ‘magical missions’. They are acts of kindness or happy projects that aim to make people smile.
By inspiring people to live more creatively, playfully and passionately I want to bring a sense of hope.
Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling
A. After living in India for half a year, I started studying Industrial Design in The Netherlands.
Imagine the contrast between going from helping in slums and orphanages to designing high quality, interactive, technical products.
The things I was doing felt empty.
However, just because I wasn’t surrounded with poverty didn’t mean there was nothing I had to give. I wanted to contribute in a positive way but didn’t know how to.
Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?
A. During my study, I felt uninspired and stressed a lot of the time.
I was doing a project about inviting playful behavior in the public space. During that project I became fascinated by finding ways to encourage and invite people to play, smile and enjoy the small everyday moments.
So far my design vision had mainly manifested itself in my designs, not in my personal everyday life.
I knew that if I wanted to be authentic and true to myself I had to fully embrace my vision: more walking instead of talking.
This was the moment I started a blog and became reconnected with my creative identity.
I started prioritizing play and creativity in my life again.
Q. What did that moment [or moments] feel like?
A. It felt like I was taking back something I had lost a long time ago. I felt more in control of my overall life and happiness.
I realized that creating things is the air I breathe, and that I had been suffocating by suppressing this essential part of who I am.
I also started feeling a sense of contribution: it was exciting to know that I was making a difference with my kindness projects, even if the impact was small.
Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?
A. Get enough sleep.
Allow myself play time (in which I don’t need to accomplish anything, I can do whatever I feel like as long as I’m having fun).
Expose myself to new artists, designers and creators.
Do new things.
Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?
A. Katie Sokoler is an inspiration to me. Stargirl as well, even though she is a fictional character, she will always have my heart.
What they have in common is a selfless giving of themselves.
They make the world bright when it seems gloomy.
Their actions gives hope and inspires you to be a better person.
Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?
A. Take one step at a time.
When the task at hand seems daunting: just take one tiny step you can manage today.
When you’re not feeling it, when you are stressed, when you don’t see where everything is going: just take one step.
Only after you’ve taken that step you may start worrying about the next step.
In the short term it feels like you’re stuck and you don’t know what you’re doing. On the long term it will make you accomplish extraordinary things.
Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?
A. First I allow my feelings as they are. I cry. I share my fears and insecurities with people I love.
Often only after doing those things, I experience enough space to focus on the positive.
For example, a few days ago I was feeling unmotivated and somewhat depressed about if I will ever be able make a living doing the things I am passionate about. After sulking for a while (“I didn’t accomplish anything in the last 2 years and my life is going nowhere”), I realized I was acting short sighted.
I wrote down a list of the small successes I made happen in the last few days. That instantly shifted my mood. Suddenly things weren’t so bad after all.
I was starting to feel more in control again, and my feeling of hopelessness faded.
Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?
A. I will be still doing pretty much the same hopefully.
Only I will have gained more experience, confidence and personal growth to do them in a more relaxed and successful way.
Q. The quote I live by:
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Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?
For me… I have again been reminded to make play a priority! Actually, I’m going to go and do just that…
What stood out for you?