Inspiration. Did you know that it also means "to draw air into the lungs"? That was interesting to me, and fitting. I think you could compare the feeling of being "inspired" to that feeling you get when you take a deep breath..full, clear, relaxed.
Days like these I am SO glad to have all my magazines. I love having them stacked neatly like this (a built-in shelf in the office/garage was another huge selling point for this house) and refer to them often. My favorites are my Communication Arts Magazines...they are full of work by the most creative people in the world and every time I read one I feel really energized to create and really untalented at the same time. But they push me, and I love their color predictions and "Annuals" where they publish the winners of their design, photography, illustration & interactive contests.
Inspiration is one of my favorite words these days. I am constantly inspired, and looking for inspiration. Today I'm looking for something that sparks ideas for a few design projects I'm working on. I don't often do paid "design work", but I have a hard time saying no to it because it's so fun and a nice break from photography.