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How To Invite Inspiration In.

Do you know what inspires you? Or how to be ready when it shows up in your life? Click through for 7 ways to invite inspiration in.

 

I was lying in bed talking to a friend after a long day of deadlines, appointments + meetings.  I got a little giddy as I said goodbye to her, knowing it was bed time.  I loooooove sleeping– and girlfriend, I was ready to hunker down.

But as I was just about to fall asleep, I had a new idea pop up for one of my art pieces–I think it was a result of seeing something on Instagram earlier (I love that community).  The idea was a new style I wanted to play around with, so I jolted back to being fully awake + thinking about how I can incorporate this into my work.

I was kind of annoyed to get this inspiration so late at night–I was tired and not in the mood to be inspired!  But it got me thinking about how inspiration flows in my life.  

I realized this good-idea-before-sleep scenario is pretty common for me; the shower is another hot spot for budding break-throughs.   It’s when I’m completely relaxed that these new ideas come floating up effortlessly, simply because I’m letting them.  Can you relate?

And inspiration usually comes when I least expect it; I’m chilling out, enjoying the moment and letting my mind wander, then….wham!  The new idea/thought/feeling becomes crystal clear.  For me, it’s just about being open + allowing the energy to flow through.

Inspiration can come in many forms–it can be a new recipe, a different color for a painting, a great piece of furniture for the bedroom, a course that expands my world view, a specific taste that satisfies a deep craving or a song that calms me down.

Inspiration is our subconscious affirming to us what our soul is yearning for. It’s our way of attracting what truly nourishes us.

The word “inspiration” literally means,”in” + spirare “to breathe”.  When we are inspired, we are taking in our unique breath of life--whatever that breath or stimulus may be.

So how do you invite inspiration in? 

  • Be open to it.  Inspiration is a personal thing–what inspires you may not inspire someone else, so do not be judgey about what shows up for you.  Being open to it is the most important part of it–actually recognizing it showing up.
  • Be prepared.  Keep a notepad by your bed or use the recording option on your phone when you have a great idea; some people (aka: me) even try to make an mnemonic device so that they remember the thought later.
  • Get clear about your joy.  When you know what makes you happy, you will feel more motivated to act on the inspiration you get from it.
  • Strike while the iron is hot.  Inspiration is the gateway to action.  When you are looking to be inspired, surround yourself with the thoughts, people + things that get your heart pumping.  When your muse shows up, grab a chair and listen intently (even when you’re about to fall asleep).
  • Keep expanding. Being inspired comes in many forms so keep your eyes open for opportunities to grow + learn + try new things.  An open heart will help you expand in many directions along the way.
  • Welcome the act of being inspired, no matter what you’re doing.  Inspiration is part of your natural state, but sometimes it can feel a little inconvenient because it shows up at random times.  So when you are relaxed and feeling joyful, most likely you will receive some messages from your higher calling.  Know that the more inspired you are, the more inspired you will become, so just go with it!
  • Trust.  This is a biggie–trust that feeling inspired is divine intervention showing up in your life.  In some way, you called it forth and it is being answered. Hooray!

Inspiration is a personal preference–what gets me excited may do nothing for you; the important part is to figure out what makes your heart soar, and keep pursuing THAT.  If you surround yourself with what usually gives you butterflies, it will just be a matter of time + space before you’re feeling your next jolt of excitement.

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How To Invite Inspiration In.2018-03-29T20:23:14-04:00

Testing Your Limits, Getting Clear, Handling Change + The Holidays: The November Wrap-Up

Testing Your Limits vs. Honoring Them. {What Bootcamp Taught Me.}

Last week I was coerced by the manager of my gym to try a new group workout; it was a bootcamp of sorts but with less people and it was run by a personal trainer.  My workout routine is pretty predictable, so trying this class was a wild departure for me.

Just to set the record straight–I love a good workout.  I love to sweat out the day’s stress and feel that physical tiredness.  So, even though I wanted to be excited for my adventurous workout choice, my internal dialogue sounded like this: “This is a bad idea, I don’t do well in these classes!  I’ll feel so uncoordinated and awkward, I’m probably going to hurt myself”….

Getting Clear On the WHY of Your Work Will Lead You To The WHAT.

The wrap up

A few short years ago, I was the Dean of Students at a small, women’s liberal arts college.  At 32 years old, this would be considered a major score, yes?  The only problem was, I liked the idea of my position more than the actual work.

Sure, it was rewarding to be a part of an administration that wanted to implement change + growth in their students and it was impressive to my friends and family, but I just wasn’t loving it like I knew I should.  I had worked so hard for years towards that role but something just fell flat when I finally arrived.  It made me feel so confused –I was supposed to love that job, but…I didn’t…

Change Is Inevitable. {How You Deal With It Is Optional.}

I can remember my first day of kindergarten quite vividly–I wore a navy jumper and was rockin’ a Dorothy Hamill bowl cut.  I had been working myself into a tizzy for months; that summer I got up everyday and practiced packing my bag for school.  (Yes, I actually did this.)  I am the third of four kids, so I’m not sure who was more excited–me or my parents, but their calm and encouraging attitude fueled my glee…

5 Ways I Handle The Holidays Like A Boss. {And You Can Too.}

It’s that time of year when emotions are high and patience runs very low.  Gifts to buy!  Food to cook!  Pounds to avoid!  Relatives to manage!  How do you survive the pressure of it all?  Here are 5 tips on how I get through the holidays without an emotional or physical hangover.

1) Put the fork down. Whenever I think of the holidays, all I think about is the food.  Am I the only one that thinks this way?  I have so many memories of sitting around the table enjoying a feast, but these marathon family sessions lead to eating with total abandon.  At every meal.  I literally have to remind myself that I’ll most likely eat another meal in the next 3-4 hours, so I shouldn’t eat like it’s my last one.  Eating recklessly only makes me regret it the next day so I try to put the fork down sooner and chug water whenever I can…

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Testing Your Limits, Getting Clear, Handling Change + The Holidays: The November Wrap-Up2018-03-29T20:23:20-04:00

Getting Clear On the WHY of Your Work Will Lead You To The WHAT.

When I was 32, I was the Dean of Students at a small, women’s liberal arts college.  At that age, this would be considered a major score, yes?  The only problem was, I liked the idea of my position more than the actual work.

Sure, it was rewarding to be a part of an administration that wanted to implement change + growth in their students and it was impressive to my friends and family, but I just wasn’t loving it like I knew I should.  I had worked so hard for years towards that role but something just fell flat when I finally arrived.  It made me feel so confused –I was supposed to love that job, but…I didn’t.

Finding the right workI wondered: how did I get so far down the rabbit hole before I took a moment to figure out if it’s really where I wanted to go?

So, I started examining why I got in that line of work to begin with rather than always looking at how.  I have a flexible mind set, good organizational skills, I am trustworthy and reliable;  I knew I would be good at that job, but my underlying motivation was: I wanted to help people become better versions of themselves.  

From that realization, I saw that I could work a lot of different jobs and still help people become better versions of themselves–there were many ways to pay the bills.  When I saw that I was using my skills, but not involving my heart in my work, I knew I needed to tread a different path in order to feel full-filled.

Instead of trudging through years of uncertainty and ignoring the signs of restlessness, I did what any normal, responsible person would do: I quit my stable position without another job to go to. (Ok that wasn’t very responsible, but it felt right at the time.)  I went back to school, I started temping at a low-stress office job and I explored hobbies I had ignored for years (oh hello, paintbrush).  It was an amazing transformative period;  both a professional and personal metamorphosis.

What had never occurred to me before, but what I know know is:  you can be in the ideal work scenario and still feel unsettled, confused or dissatisfied.  Figuring out the why of your work will catapult you to a different level of happiness and fulfillment.  Focusing on the why you do what you do will motivate you to finding the perfect what for you.  When you are doing work aligned more with your heart, life is a lot easier and a heck of a lot more fun.

So how do you figure it out?

  • Start looking at what you do in your spare time.  Can it be a part of a new career direction?
  • Reminisce about what you used to dream of being when you ‘grew up’.  There’s a lot of wisdom in childhood fantasies.
  • Think about what people consistently point out to you, that you’re good at.  Chances are, it may be a hint to a great new path you could explore.

Give yourself the opportunity to explore.  Dig around and see what comes up–have an open mind because it may not always make sense at first.  Does it inspire you?  Do you feel excited about it?  Are you motivated to get moving everyday?  These are the questions you want to answer “yes!” to.  Trust your gut and have fun in the process.

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Getting Clear On the WHY of Your Work Will Lead You To The WHAT.2018-03-29T20:23:21-04:00
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