Monday, May 9, 2011

Motivation Monday- Motivation vs Inspiration

 Happy Monday! How was your weekend?  Mine was filled with lots of painting.. traveling.. and all sorts of adventures.  I will share more details this week. :)  I still can't believe I am half way across the world painting and living.  My little home in Oregon feels so far away and little.

What's funny about Motivation Monday is that it started out me wanting to kick off the week with my best foot forward and of course be motivated! It's gradually grown into something different.. thoughts about motivation and trying something new each week or maybe something to keep in mind for the week.
Does motivation equal inspiration or is it the other way around?  I have often thought that if one had the motivation or drive that inspiration would sort of automatically happen but don't you need that initial inspiration for the drive to happen? It's almost which came first the chicken or the egg. What do you think?
 Here are some of my photos I have been snapping around Hong Kong.

13 comments:

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

What a thought provoking post :)

I can't quite decide which comes first...motivation or inspiration. I guess it depends on the person but for me personally, I was motivated years ago to find my path and discover what I was meant to do...which led me to spend years searching for inspiration everywhere until I was slowly led to start my own company.

But I also am inspired constantly by things I read and see, which motivates me to keep coming pursuing my company and dreaming up new ideas.

Wow...that's a lot of thinking right before bedtime :)

Have another fabulous day halfway around the world! And keep sharing those pictures...they are gorgeous :)

Jenn

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

I think that inspiration comes first and then you're motivated to do whatever it is that you're inspired by. Of course, the search for inspiration isn't always easy.

I'm glad to hear that you're having a blast! I can't wait for your travel tales (especially your verdict on the bugs) and paintings!

jen said...

i LOVE the pics. it is always interesting to get a peek at other cultures/cities/WORLDS.
as for which came first...i think it depends on the type of person you are. i feel like i need inspiration to spark some motivation, but perhaps someone else may feel the opposite. right now, i'd settle for either one!!
so glad HK is treating you well. can't wait to see some paint!

Cat said...

What an interesting concept!

For me, personally, inspiration drives motivation...once I get a concept in my head, I can't wait to get it out at the next oppourtunity! However, before I can have either, I need to have a little thing called passion... :)

xx Cat brideblu

Mandy Crandell said...

Inspiration ---> Motivation. I literally can't stop when I'm inspired. And I love the photos!

Gillian said...

Did you see check out the Fire Boat in Hong Kong?

http://gillian-chu.blogspot.com/2011/04/fire-fighters-on-board-fireboat.html

bobbi said...

is it always so foggy?
Sometimes Inspiration gives me motivation, other times it's motivation to make something no matter the lack of inspiration that eventually leads me to have a new idea.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Fantastic photos and interesting to hear the "whys" behind motivation monday, and how they've evolved.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great post and lovely photos. For me its all about passion, inspiration and motivation! Wish you a fantastic, day
Kisses

Ps: I’m hosting a beautiful dress GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for summer!

Cindy said...

i think they're completely different, but when you have them both at the same time it's heaven. love your pics of hong kong and looking forward to seeing what you've been motivated & inspired to create there.

Janice La Verne said...

Hi Erika,
for me it's just SHOW UP AND WORK. if i do that then the inspiration comes. if i just mess around i usually find an idea...
i LOVE seeing photos of where you are and what you are doing.
Now THAT is inspiring.
Janice

melina bee said...

not sure if this really answers the question or not, but I believe it was Peter O Toole who, when asked about his talent, said that it was his discipline, not talent, that got him to where he was and that talent w/o discipline isn't that great

Tracey said...

Lovely photos ... you are both an inspiration and a motivation to me. xx