Thinking About Inspiration

Isn’t half the battle in life getting inspired to do something? I’d say it’s about 90% of the battle in my case. Inspiration is intoxicating, too. In the internet age, we spend so much time browsing: looking at Pinterest, Polyvore, Facebook, looking for things that will move us. Entertain us, too but, above all, add meaning to our lives.

Every day we should strive to do this: to invoke our inner creativity, our voice, and our passions. How do I break out of a funk and what really helps to bring back my inspiration? Here are a few things that work for me and might work for you

1. Invest in a really nice, visually pleasing planner. You can find these in bookstore, stationery stores, office supply stores or my personal favorite, Amazon. Get one that is colorful and has detailed time slots to include all the small tasks you need/want to get done throughout the week. Buy a nice pen to go with it.

This is the planner I use.

2. Try to work and live in a place with TONS of light. Stay away from courtyard-facing apartments or rooms with dark paint. Open the window once in a while and let the air circulate.

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3. Keep color around you. Make decorating your space a priority and choose decorations painted in a color that is motivating. For me it’s blue, pink or green. This could be a plant, a picture frame, a flower-pot that doubles as a pencil/pen holder, a vase, a lamp, a throw pillow, you get the idea.

Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

4. Schedule in a five-minute meditative walk in the morning or afternoon. Imagine that those five minutes don’t exist in time and that there are no other tradeoffs for that time. All you can do is just walk for those five minutes, and be present. Use the Breathe app’s guided meditation for walking, if you’re having trouble keeping your mind focused on being present.

Breathe App

5. Keep your body feeling well, hydrated and energized by drinking an herbal tea that you love. At the moment I’m really enjoying Chamomile Citrus by Mighty Leaf, but I also love their African Nectar and any tea with citrus flavors.

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6. Remove clutter. It is distracting and anxiety-producing. Streamline your work space.

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7. Visualize your future. Close your eyes and imagine who you want to be in 5 years. Where are you? What do you look like? How do you feel? Look at pictures of people who are doing what you aspire to. Then write down one thing you can do every day to reach that goal. Put it in your shiny new planner.

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The path forward

What inspires you? Comment below, I’d love to know.

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