Inspirational Finds that Writer and Creative Consultant Swears By

Natasha Nyanin is the epitome of a modern creator: she connects all realms of art in her busy life and freelance work, being an authority in style, arts, culture and combining writing with art directing and consulting. With her work ranging from owning a literary lifestyle blog, The Ecstatic Flash, to writing children's books to working on the television project, Natasha has her special secrets to staying calm and spiritual. Her creative passions run through everything she does, and she is constantly on a search for beauty, no matter whether she is having a drink at the nearest coffee shop or travelling around the globe to completely change the landscape. Natasha encourages everyone, and especially creatives, to never stop inquiring and looking at the world through the eyes of a child, even if you're long past that age. She loves a good, powerful read, classical music, cooking and a hot cup of aromatic tea. Poetry has also helped her find her life's mantra in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke: "This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively, by constantly greater beings." Through these Swears, Natasha not only found inspiration, but also learnt crucial lessons that helped her endlessly on her multifaceted education and career path.

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

I read a lot of her books and I have to admit, her writing really helped me get through some tough times in my life. She teaches the reader the importance of asking questions instead of striving to have all the answers and this became a crucial lesson for me that guides me throughout my life. I think it’s a book that ay creative person should read. The author also mentions how difficult it is to convey something to your parents, when you are a creative person, that you shouldn’t try to explain everything –  there will always be something they won’t understand. But they still love you. This thought resonated with me a lot as I sometimes forget that.

Cire Trudon Solis Rex Candle

This candle is everything – it’s spicy, strong, with oriental, unapologetic notes; it reminds me of incense and the sacred places of worship. It’s an unmistakable scent – it’s classic, yet invigorating, and I love the package too, very classically beautiful and very French!

The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton

This book is about approaching art thoughtfully and deriving more from travelling, rather than just looking at things on the surface, mindless level. For someone who writes about travel, this became life-changing.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

One of my favorite books of all time. The author writes a lot on the topic of “the search for beauty” and it resonated with me a lot. I think, it is more of a mini philosophical essay, rather than a novel, and when I read it, I felt like finally someone saw the world through my eyes and understood me. The book also embraces the complexity of life; I like that a lot. It holds such a strong place in my life that I even have quotes written out in my journal and on little pieces of paper that I keep in my wallet.

Mariage Freres Tea Paris-Ginza

I love tea and this one especially puts me in a very inspired mood – it’s black tea and it smells and tastes like caramel – amazing! I have a strong affinity for Japan and Paris and I was immediately attracted to this tea before I even got to try it, just based on it’s name and appearance.

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