Inspiration is a huge, broad term, but to me it’s also extremely important to think about regularly. It’s a good way to measure how you feel about something. You don’t necessarily have to consider yourself the “creative” type to want to be more inspired in your daily life, but simply being inspired has been known to help people get out of ruts. With any project I take on or in any aspect of my life, it’s always possible to feel like things have lost their luster. Luckily, it usually just means I need a change of perspective or even a break from the norm. Other times, it helps me realize I should make a change.
Tips for a More Inspired Life
A Fresh Look
When something feels mundane, try to see this moment in a new light. Sometimes it seems impossible to look at it in any other way than you have been for months or years, but it IS possible and often necessary. Ask yourself what the bigger picture is, and conversely, investigate the details. Take a job you feel uninspired by and think of the aspects that excite you. You might end up ready and willing to take charge of your life and go in a new direction. But other times, you may find that you simply need to take time off to be able to come back and approach the same problem or task with renewed vigor.
People in the arts know that it never works to simply wait for inspiration to strike. But this absolutely applies to other aspects of life too – whether you want to strengthen a relationship with someone close to you or learn something new, you must take steps in a new direction, even if it seems unknown at first. That said…
The Source of Inspiration
I find sources of inspiration all over the place, but it wasn’t until I started looking out for it that I noticed that’s what it was. Be conscious of your surroundings and how they affect you. Magazines inspire me to experiment with fashion; Pinterest inspires me to learn new recipes; Moving to a new home inspired me to take on the daunting but exciting task of decorating it myself. My talk show inspires me to speak my mind but also listen to others and hear their stories. Inspiration rarely walks up and knocks on your door (though that can be amazing!), I must be open to the idea.
Now I want to know… What’s inspiring you today?!