Those of us who strive to put out great content know that there is one thing that is important above all else for success: our level of inspiration. We all find it from different places. Favorite authors, artists, and producers, an amazing movie or TV show, stories of struggle and perseverance – all of us have been pushed forward in our endeavors by those things that motivate us.
I am lucky enough to be constantly surrounded by inspiration. I need only to wake up and look out my window to find something awe-inspiring. Living in Bozeman, Montana, I am graced with surroundings of natural beauty that people write poems about after visiting. Artists and writers move from all over the country to be a part of something spectacular.
Montana goes beyond simply providing a great view. Thunderstorms that shake the rafters make me feel small in a wonderfully cozy way. Riding my horse through a mountain valley at dusk gives a sense of belonging so intense it can only come from a biological response brought forth by nature. The quiet after a snowstorm in the deep night blankets you in a sense of aloneness that prompts the sort of creative drive that can’t happen while surrounded by others.
It really doesn’t matter what your imagination is best at bringing forth. Montana provides a backdrop that seems put there especially for the inspiration of our species. Sitting on my back porch writing, I need only to glance up to get a view of Gallatin Valley stretching out before me, the Beartooth Mountain Range a jagged blue line in the distance.
Driving three hours to my Grandmother’s house feels like an epic adventure in which I see the snowy mountains to the west and the beginnings of The Great Plains to the east. It strikes a spark that ignites whatever thought has been simmering inside of you, just waiting for the moment when it would be allowed to make itself known.
Whether you are a gardener, engineer, mathematician, painter, or just a geeky girl with a blog, Montana scenery provides the sort of surroundings that pull the creativity from you. It’s worth the lack of public transportation, IMAX theaters, and Broadway. We don’t lack culture here…we create it!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that being a Montana Geeky Girl sort of rocks! Where do you find your inspiration?