Inspiration, for me, often comes from the stories of others.
I love learning from those that are living a creative life, pushing their limits, pursuing goals, and exploring the possibilities of new endeavors and including others in the process. (It’s one reason I’m involved here on Scoutie Girl!) It inspires me to move forward in my own creative ideas.
I’d like to introduce you to one such person who inspires me: Sarah Richardson. She is a 30-year-career professional violist and teacher. Not only is Sarah a wonderful and dedicated musician, but she has taught demonstrations and classes locally and at national conventions, as well as pursued her interests in creative visual arts by creating sample work for craft companies and contributing to craft magazines.
I met Sarah by helping her with graphic design for her new endeavor: Outlet Zine. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and her vision for Outlet Zine. I just love the idea of exploring who we are and our outlets that help us get to bigger, better, more satisfying places! Sarah plans to publish quarterly, and each issue features subscriber collaboration, group discussion, and articles from people who are exploring their physical, spiritual, or creative outlets to live more fulfilling lives.
I’m including a short interview with Sarah below. I hope her ideas, aspirations, and work excite and encourage you as much as they have me, and that you take the opportunity to check out Outlet Zine!
Megan: Sarah, this is quite a unique and inspirational endeavor. Tell us the story of what made you want to start Outlet Zine?
Sarah: I had been writing my creativity blog, Beyond Do Re Mi for a few years. I wanted to do more writing and actually began 2012 with a goal to write a book. I changed my mind when I realized that the “zine” format could be a constantly updated project that could involve and reach more people.
Megan:What have been the ups and downs of starting something new?
Sarah: It is empowering to realize what we can accomplish if we stick to a plan and handle one thing at a time. Since I started from scratch with desktop publishing and building an e-commerce website, it’s been a steep learning curve.
Megan: Have you had an experience in starting this that others can learn from?
Sarah: There’s a saying in Suzuki teacher training: “You can eat a bicycle if the pieces are small enough.”
Don’t limit your dreams because you think they’re too big. Break them in small pieces and make them come true—one at a time.
Megan: What is your greatest hope for Outlet Zine?
Sarah: My dream is that Outlet will grow to be a thriving community of mentors and students living healthy, satisfying, and empowered lives.
Megan: How can others get involved in Outlet Zine?
Sarah: I would relish some lively discussion! Read the first issue and come talk about it on Facebook. I want to know what you think, what works for you, and share our dreams so we can all grow together. To get the quarterly zine, Scoutie Girl readers can subscribe here. I’d also love submissions (photos, art, journal pages, etc) for upcoming issues!
So, share your dreams!