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What Lights Us Up Inside • by Mindy Tsonas

Mindy TsonasHello. It’s such a wonderful treat to be a guest curator once again here at I often find myself stopping by, just like you, in search of a little something to fill my creative well. Wandering through the online universe is something I love to do especially when I have extra time to lose myself in all the delicious images, resources, and words. Opening door after door, clicking link after link, I always stumble upon inspiration around the most unexpected corners.

That’s the thing about inspiration ... it most often takes me by surprise and sweeps me off my feet! It’s emotional, visceral, and romantic. It’s intoxicating, compelling, and passionate. It fills me up and propels me forward in ways that nothing else really can.

Sometimes I’m inspired by colors or textures jumping off a page. Other times it’s the spark of an idea or a sudden burst of emotion I want to share with another. Often it’s a desire to capture a simple poignant moment by wrapping it in words, fabric, or paint as a way to try to make it permanent and hold on to it forever. Always, I’m inspired by the things that make me feel the most connected to living, the things that bring me real joy and ultimately mirror the truth of who I am. When I listen to what inspires me most I can hear my soul gently whispering, and I know then that I’m attuned to my real life-force. In connecting with this core energy it always compels me to want to share and connect with others as well.

Inspiration is always resonant in this way. It wants to be expressed and shared and to persist. It makes a beautiful endless circle of giving and gathering. I love this quality and have found great fulfillment in inspiring others along my own path. There is something really special about connecting with like-minded souls who understand this unending search for what lights us up inside and that allows us to shine our brightest on the world.

This is what truly inspires me and how I know it’s what I’m meant to do; to keep sharing this virtuous circle of creating and inspiring ... it’s how ART SAVES my creative soul every single day.

Mindy Tsonas is the Creative Director of the Wishstudio (, where creativity, community and self discovery connect. She also blogs at Under A Pink Sky (, where she shares her own creative journey and everyday life.

Mindy Tsonas


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