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Acadiana Lifestyle

Apps for Creative Inspiration

01/21/2014 10:15AM ● By Aimee Cormier

By Gail Suberbielle

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This beautiful app called Bloom* is one of our favorites to start the New Year in a motivational, inspirational way. Users can select from existing “Blooms” or create their own, simply by completing the statement “Inspire me to …” and choosing a “life area,” such as relationships, career or spirituality. Tell someone he or she is important to your life, remind yourself to do sit-ups or pushups or motivate yourself for that crucial sales meeting. For example, write, “Inspire me to call Mom,” then select “relationships” as the life area. Add an image or images from your camera/camera roll or existing stock pictures, add a favorite song, then send yourself a reminder. The result is like a mini-movie or slideshow that isn’t just an ordinary calendar reminder to call your mother; instead, it contains images of her and her favorite song. Users can share these inspirational “Blooms” via email, Facebook or Twitter or send them to other users of the app. Cost: Free

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Day One®

Many people find that writing a daily journal is a great way to keep track of movies, trips, goals, their baby’s first year, depression, anxiety or life perspective. With Day One, users can enhance daily journal entries with photographs, locations, music and even the day’s weather report, creating not just a written log, but an interactive story. Inspirational messages are available to help get the creative juices flowing, and a passcode keeps your innermost thoughts private. We like that Day One easily syncs to Dropbox and iCloud, creating a backup so that users won’t lose their life stories, and entries can be shared via e-mail, messages and some social networks. Your journal also can be exported or printed as a .pdf if you’d like to share it with others, and Day One will even capture your steps for you if you want to keep track of your motion activity. This app is a bit more expensive than those we typically preview, but well worth it. Cost: $4.99