A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Emily Nguyen | Baker

I am inspired by all the unique flavors in different cultures. I consider my cupcakes to be a fusion of various cultures such as Indian sweets, Filipino sweets, and more. For example, I have used these unique flavors to integrate them into my baking such as ras malai cupcakes, ube leche flan cupcakes, and even tres leches cupcakes! I love being able to use desserts other people have grown up within their culture and put them into a cupcake! Read more>>

Chelsea Rogers | Photographer

I’m endlessly fascinated and inspired by the calm, moody peace you get on a cloudy, rainy day and the emotions that accompany it. The slight melancholy and calm coupled with absolute peace has always interested me. I find this feeling hits me the hardest when I am in nature on a cloudy, rainy, chilled day. Or when I look at a photo of a couple in love with harsh shadows, movement in someone’s hair or clothing and earthy tones. This calm feeling is what I try to emulate and capture in my work. Read more>>

Kimberly Hardouin | Lifetime Photographer & Middle School Teacher

I am inspired by the beauty I see in the world around me. In my work, I try to use my artistic eye to not only see its beauty, but to use my camera as a way to show the rest of the world the beauty God has created for us, all around us, every day. As someone who has been through a lot of personal trauma, I am constantly inspired by the way that we are given beautiful moments that are designed to be remembered, even in the midst of personal challenges. Sometimes trauma can cause our brains to not see it, or to not remember it, and that’s why photography is so important. Read more>>

Thomas Keller | Musician & Adventurer

So many different things can inspire me as an individual. So many different life experiences; good ones, bad ones. So many different thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Life is constantly inspiring me in one way or another. Personally, nature is one of my absolute favorite inspirations though. To sit, stand, walk, and just exist in the middle of this glorious creation is one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever experienced. This past month my family and I have been exploring more and more of the great outdoors. Read more>>