Creative High-Fives: Open Handed Inspiration

Written by Rachel Ma

Stress, burnout, Mercury Retrograde—call it what you want, but I’m sure you’ve experienced something in life that makes you feel off. Sometimes, those moments can be quick and forgettable; clock in early for a good night’s sleep and you’re back in action.

My worries start when weeks go by and the good nights of sleep don’t add up to anything. It's my personal nightmare: When I’m feeling off, it means my creativity is also off. I can’t think of anything worse for someone in a creative field than to feel unmotivated, uninspired and unmoved.

 The tweet that started it all.  Source:

The tweet that started it all.



This is when I call for a creative high-five, something that will give me a little boost of creativity. It's that gentle nudge in the rib that wakes you from the drowsy state of creative sluggishness. It can be something to read, something to watch and of course, something random from the internet. This blog is dedicated to all the things that have personally helped me turn those off moments back on.

Each post will discuss how something related back to my own design practice and personal growth as a designer. Even if you’re not a designer or in a creative field, I hope you find these posts fun and interesting, and maybe helpful in getting past your own off moments.