Quick Tips to Ignite Inspiration
You ever have those days when you don’t feel like doing anything.
It’s not that you don’t want to but because you are uninspired. You feel blah and need something more to get you excited.
It those days when you can get yourself motivated, but you don’t know how to get started.
As much as I like to-do list and planning, some days I need something different.
These moments creep up on me when deciding what to write about. Or if I am looking for something different, that’s outside of my usual routine. The good thing is inspiration can come from anywhere, and many are free ways to get inspired.
Here is a list of simple things that help inspire me when I feel stuck and can’t get into my creative zone.
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1. Make Nature your Friend.
A quick walk in the park can spark your creative juices. But you will need to get into nature and be present. Pay attention to detail that you usually miss such as focusing on bugs crawling on the ground, leaves blowing in the wind, sounds of birds chirping, and the weather on your skin.
2. Jam to some music
Listen to music that you may not normally listen to and see if it inspires you. Or make a playlist of your favorite songs from each year. Go back 15 years and pick your hero song. For example, mines would include Alicia Keys – No one, Beyoncé who runs the world, Rihanna Work, and Katy Perry, just to name a few suggestions.
3. Closeout the World and Meditate
Take a moment to sit silently, breathe, and be still. Meditation is a great way to connect with yourself and shut out the noise in your life. For tips on how to get started read How to Meditate.
4. Learn Something New
Challenging your brain is a great way to spark creativity. So learn a new language, make a dish you never made, paint a picture, or have the kids teach you how to play a video game. I am still trying to figure out MindCraft!
5. Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a powerful way to envision your life and focus on things you want in life. It’s the simple process of collecting images and words that reflect your inner thoughts and desires. For more read The Reason the Vision Boards Works & How to Make One.
6. Grab a Good Book
One thing I love to do is read. Whether fiction or non-fiction its a great way to escape into someone else story. It’s a way to be inspired and to develop personal growth. Check out your local library or for audiobooks checkout Amazon Audio.
7. Research what Others are Doing
Merely asking a question on Facebook and you will be surprised at the number of responses you will receive.
I recently read a post with a mom asking how do find your purpose in life especially while raising a family. It was a good thread with many suggestions on what others are passionate about doing and how they find the time.
Also Linked in is a website that allows you to connect with others in your field or a career field you wish to explore. It’s as simple as requesting someone as a friend and DM’ing them a question about their position. And I know from experience that people respond!
8. Find Blogs to Inspire You
I have several blogs that I follow for inspiration. And really it depends on what kind of inspiration you are looking for.
I love justagirlandherblog.com (organization), byregina.com (blogging), apinchofyum.com (recipes), and michaelhyatt.com (personal development). Find blogs that speak to you and subscribe to their newsletter so you can get updates and tips.
Or start your own blog!
9. Listen to Podcast
Podcasts are great because you can listen to them on your commute to work, when you get ready for work or cleaning the house. We know sometimes you do have time to sit and read a quiet book but listening to inspiration podcasts can be just as relaxing.
10. Go to Pinterest
Pinterest is a search engine that allows you to look up pretty much anything you can think of. It was the first place I went when I planned my wedding, my daughter princess Halloween party, my son backyard circus party, and holiday meals.
My board is below so follow me and check out some mom inspiration, advice, and organization systems.
11. Start a Journal
Documenting your days in a journal is a great way to spark creative inspiration. Also it a way to look back, see how far you came, and the things you accomplished. Every year I start a new book, so I can look back and read some of my goals, thoughts, and struggles.
True story… I have found my childhood book in grade school. I had poems, my beef with my current best friend, and what I want in a husband. Really! I was thinking about a husband in grade school. It was inspiring to see the qualities that I listed are in my husband. <3
12. Brain Dump Method
The Brain Dump Method allows you to get all your thoughts and task out your head and onto paper. This will free out space for your creative mind.
Imagine your brain free of all the clothes that need to be washed, dishes in the sink, doctor appointments that are approaching, and work from in the office that needs to be complete. It’s out your head, so you have the free space to image and think of passions you want to pursue.
Turn up some music and dance yourself free. My kids love to dance. We love the game Just Dance and Zumba because they help you get in shape, allows you to connect with the family, and free your mind. It’s available on any game system, but we have an Xbox One.
14. Visit Places in Your Local Area
This is something my family has been taking advantage of because when you live in the area, you never act like a tourist. But for a weekend it will be fun to be a tourist.
We are in Maryland, and Washington DC is a great place to visit the free museum and historical landmarks. Or you can hit up a local paint gallery, go to an estate sale, a flea market or wine tasting events.
Search tripadvisior.com for ideas in your area.
15 Listen to TED talk
If you have not heard about TED talk, then you have been under a rock. It’s a phenomenal site that encompasses a guest speaker who addresses various topics. You can easily find a topic geared to your interest and feel inspired.
Because my primary focus is to help moms find inspiration and motivation for things outside of the family, I want you to check out TED talks—How to know your purpose in 5 mins.
After watching do you still have questions or feel stuck? Shoot me an email [[email protected]] I would love to help!
Which tips do you have to get inspired?