• Özlem Özkan


There is nothing to write.

I am not inspired.

I am not creative today.

I don’t know what to write.

I need art to get inspired.

I need to travel.

I need to relax first.

The pandemic needs to end, then I will be inspired.

All these feelings are allowed, yet we can decide what we do with them.

Ask yourself for a moment are these reasons to not write or to not do any creative work?

If we are inspired by something outside of ourselves, it is still something that is also coming from us.

We are inspired because something triggers our inspiration inside of us.

It’s all in us, in our backpack, in our mind, in our heart, or whatever you want to call it.

We can find inspiration in our childhood, that broken relationship, or the experience we had with friends. Inspiration might be in the old lady we met on the street. In the tea, we drank during our boat commute on the Bosphorus going from Europe to Asia. In the sky we watched when flying from the Pacific back to Europe. In the hostel, we couldn’t sleep because of the party crew or our childhood memory of being very happy when having an open buffet breakfast in a luxury beach hotel. How about the nature we connected to when we walked in the forest or the nights we stayed awake and the moments we danced the night away?

How about our first kiss? Our first heartbreak? The colleagues that we first didn’t like but turned into best friends and we laughed with? In the airport where we felt lonely, while the whole world thought we were the coolest kids? In the trees, we gazed at, when we didn’t know what to do? In the stranger that held our hands when we cried?

Your turn.

Ps: If you still can’t find any inspiration, watch an infant for a few minutes..

- ÖÖ

  • Özlem Özkan


Reading about Transformation and Growth is different from doing it.

Doing it involves putting yourself out there.

Because we need you.

You are showing up on behalf of yourself and those who need you to lead.

You are showing up making a difference.

You may have read several books about Transformation and Growth.

Maybe you read my book ‘The Student’, a book about my self-awareness and transformation journey.

Yet again, reading about Transformation and Growth is different from doing it.

We need you.

You can choose to show up on June 7.


  • Özlem Özkan


The birds,

The trees,

The flowers,

The sky,

Remind us time and time again

That we are part of nature

- ÖÖ