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Tania is currently the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker and an Associate Editor at Womanista. With past writing credits as a freelance writer and journalist with Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), and NBC News' Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the US that promotes and represents journalists. As a writer by vocation and entrepreneur by nature, Tania is a life long learner who enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley, and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and road-tripping across the great United States. She is currently attending Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and studying journalism. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

Top 5 for 5: Tania Reveals Her Favorite Quotes to Ignite Your Creativity and Passion

As Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Hudsucker, Tania Hussain has written about and done so much for the site over 5 years. Though she is a jack-of-all-trades writer, it’s no surprise that she would share quotes that inspire her for her Top 5 for 5. 

Creativity seems like one of those unattainable attributes like an Ivy League education or everything-Beyoncé. But the reality is creativity actually isn’t something people are born with — it’s a skill that can be learned and constantly piqued through passion.

In these five years of writing at The Hudsucker with this amazing, passionate team of writers and bright like minds, it’s been observed that creativity is an ideal driven by our natural born curiosities. In honor of leading a team who loves to write and our emergent desires to feel further inspired by our creativity, it’s essential to explore how to ignite your creative mind and help your passions soar into a reality.

“Be brave. Without bravery, you will never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, your life will remain small — far smaller than you probably wanted your life to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

As one of our primary human emotions, fear causes us to be afraid in changing our life course and moving on. It has rein over our decisions and often becomes a shield that keeps us safe from danger. But what if fear is just another outlook on the life we could have? What if it’s more about perception over reality? When we push ourselves to be brave, we get to see life from another perspective. Moreover, we discover second chances hiding behind our fears and this makes all the difference when it comes to sparking your motivations.

“The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown, which is the very essence of life.” – Deepak Chopra

Because creativity stems from passion and imagination, when our fickle ego suffers a letdown, often times our creativity and passion does too. Taking us on a downward spiral of low self-esteem, ego tends to overpower our thinking, robbing us of our real abilities. However, we are more than just an ego. We are made of a steady soul with bright passions, but our soul is where our pure-self resides and where our desires see the bigger picture in life. Though failure has a way of teaching us what we need to know about ourselves, appreciate that ego is just too caught up in itself and it’s never personal.

“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal is the commitment to excellence that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

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There are so many who stroll passively through life, intrigued by a plethora of possibilities stemming from a dream, but just can’t find themselves committing. Whether it’s a paid job or an unpaid one, how committed are you to a goal and passion? Commitment not only works when time permits, but it focuses on what’s important for a satisfying life. Because of its concise focus, commitment constantly hones its skills and abilities to help you achieve excellence. But it should be known that commitment is not about idolizing perfection — it’s about invigorating passion. When you commit yourself to something, you gain a greater perspective of your life and self. It’s one of the most essential ways to finding success and achieving the broadest of goals.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

It’s important to always do what you love and love what you do. It might sound like an old saying and one you hear constantly, but the engine of life depends on how you see things, how you love things, and how you can move forward with those things that feel close to you. We all have passions, but the key is to find the one thing that sings to your soul, the melody that only you can hear and feel it in the rhythm of your heartbeat. Venturing into the unknown is scary, but if you rely on your love, your passion and your gut, those three are helpful as the driving force to a very creative mind and a fulfilling life.

“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.” – Agatha Christie

Trust is the cornerstone of every aspect in our life. From love and career, to relationships and sociability, it is imperative that no matter what you go through in life, you trust your instincts. As the guiding principles of who you are at the core, they are not only indicators of your character, but they help you understand the world around you a lot better.  Intuition is seen as a quiet, spiritual phenomenon that nudges you in the right direction. While it can be scary, it is known to be a deep knowledge of patterns stemming from stored experiences. Tomorrow is daunting for some, but the more you push past anxiety, the further you sharpen intuition. It’s okay to be afraid when a goal looks big — own that fright. But acknowledge that opening up your vulnerabilities help strengthen intuition and rid negativity when you disentangle from worry and reframe the situation.

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What are some of your favorite quotes when it comes to treading a creative path of passion? Share with us in the comments below.

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