I am so in love with my rose petal covered keyboard. Like completely in love. I honestly think it part of the reason I’ve had a burst of inspiration lately. I am choosing to get off my bum and actually get things done.
This time of year, it can be difficult to keep up your mojo and remain inspired. I am in a very creative and demanding field, so inspiration. Mid-November in the US,we typically want to hibernate. It gets cold outside. It’s super dark at like 5PM. You’re so focused on the holidays and how to make it wonderful for others. I’ve decided this year, I am going to take a different approach and look for inspiration in places in which I wouldn’t have. I have to remind myself that, I have decided to live an inspired life. I must not forget to find the inspiration in everything I love. No matter how small.
Living an inspired life of course goes beyond rose covered decals but, we must remember to turn the focus back on oneself. I am opting to impress myself. I want to always out do my best efforts. I want to make sure I am setting up my life so when look back at it when I am 148 I can be proud.
Refreshing your workspace and changing your mindset can work wonders!Sometimes it takes something small to push you to your happy place. I opted to put some pep in my laptop’s step up with decals. Where are you going to find your cold weather inspiration?
In this modern day in age, I constantly hear people say “I would love to do __________ but I have to have a real job?” I am not sure how a ‘real job’ took on the meaning of leaving out your passions, hopes and your dreams. The truth of the matter is your ‘real job’ is fulfilling your purpose and what makes you happy.
The concept of doing something you love while getting paid to do it takes time and work. Many people stick with lukewarm jobs in which they aren’t happy with, or even full on hate for months, even years without taking action. That action to follow your purpose comes with a massive amount of work that is well worth it in the end. It is possible to find a job that pays you a decent amount but is it really fulfilling your purpose? Do you feel like you’ve followed that dream you’ve always been longing? If you’ve answered yes, then awesome! If you’ve said no, then get to work on your REAL job.
Do you see where I am going within this crazy blogger rant? We all know that anything you truly want takes some sort of work. We need to stop downplaying our dreams and put the real work into what we want. Yes, sometimes we have to work another job to fund and launch what you wish to be doing. This takes a lot of energy and you should be pooped, but just think about how much more fulfilled you are.
I am still in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship and take on side projects that come to me from blogging and I love every moment of it. There are so many wonderful people out there that work a full-time gig and pursue their personal passion driven work at the same time. We need to consider this work our ‘real job’. It is completely doable and realistic. What is keeping you from being one of those wonderful people?
So many people psych themselves out due to the concept of needing a ‘real job’. It’s never an easy balance of paying gig vs. a life of passion. It can definitely drive you nuts but what is life if it’s not full of nuts? Once you get your brain right, the concept can become quite simple, I didn’t say EASY but simple. With the proper system in place, you could be captain of the Starship Enterprise. That’s right, you can be Captain Kirk!
It’s time to bring on the discipline. To make your dream job your real job, it comes with a carefully carved out schedule. Get used to making a very clear daily to-do list. It’s a simple switch of making your ‘side/dream business’ your primary business. We need to keep in our minds that this is the most important ‘job’, no matter how tired, how annoyed, or how frustrating it can be. We will rest when we are retired, and that time isn’t now. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t feel slightly overwhelmed or scared but the only way out is through, darlings. Most if not all successful and fulfilled people have done this before me and will continue to do so.
Once you get your priorities together, put a ring on it! Well, I mean, sort of? It’s time to commit! Committing to anything takes a shit ton of planning and patience. The faster your dream becomes a reality, the more it is going to need your attention. You begin to tighten up your focus a bit more which leads to more work but don’t worry, it is definitely all doable and manageable. If we let the amount of work get to us, it will never get done. You need to commit to the work and know that it is truly what you want to be doing. But a ring on your passion, till death do you part.
If you’re sitting there reading this and agreeing with everything and feel totally motivate, AWESOME! But let’s be real, it’s pretty hard to be a self motivator most of the time, especially when you know it’s going to require tons and tons of work. Share your goals with supportive people and get yourself an accountability homie. This accountability homie will step in during those times where you can’t quiet your inner demons of self-induced struggles. These struggles prevent you from getting any work done and they happen to the best of us. We are used to being told what to do and when to do it. It starts in grade school and continues into adulthood but we need to flip the switch and see that we are the authority over our destiny. It’s hard work learning to take yourself seriously and that’s okay. Your accountability homie will step in to help you get over yourself. Not sure whom you want your homie to be? Find someone that is doing something similar to you and become each other’s homies. Your partnership will be number one in the hood and you will see amazing results within your workload.
When are we going to stop shitting on our dreams? If you have a passion and want to make it your life, there is nothing more inspirational and wonderful. It’s possible to be a dreamer and a worker. There will be a moment when you’re asking yourself why are you working yourself silly and have self doubt.These thoughts are normal and part of your incredible journey. Know why you’re putting the work in and that it is carrying you through the finish line of your truth. Your real job is bringing light and love to the universe through the passion in which you have for life. We must never forget this and as always…
So I must confess, I have been feeling off as of lately. Maybe it’s just a small bump in the road or maybe we can blame Mercury being in retrograde but something has been in the air.
Tonight is the night. It is the night when I am hitting refresh on my life and moving forward towards awesome-hood. The past couple of weeks have been a complete whirlwind and I feel like i’ve lost some control of what I find to be important. It’s time to get organized and stay productive. I want to get my meals, fitness and health back on track. I want have more playdates with friends and stick to strict office hours. I want to catch up on the books i’ve been reading and completely unplug at least one day a week to recharge.
Life is too short to not work hard and play harder. It’s time to be inspired and share inspiration. Are you guys ready?
Photo by Femke
Being that I am a creative person and have worked in many creative fields, I have always found inspiration to be a moody beast. A lot of people seem to believe it always shows up when you don’t need it but, when you do need a few kisses from the inspiration fairy, she runs away screaming.
Over the years, I made it a personal goal to always have little inspiration nuggets throughout my daily life. Every now and again, I have giant bursts of inspirational days and sometimes even weeks. This past weekend is my most recent example.
Friday started a little rough honestly but ended with some great conversations with the lovely Femke. Femke and I met last month but our friendship blossomed rapidly. We began speaking via the interwebs before going to the Blogcademy . From what I recall, our first conversation was basically “Hey! I am excited! Are you excited?” followed up by “I’m nervous!” to “OMG! I’m excited.” . We had the pre-awesome workshop jitters that’s for sure.
When Femke and I started speaking, I had a bunch of blog ideas and a lot of hope in my heart. She was a little more proactive than I was and had a blog up and running. And a brilliant one at that! This girl can make magic with a camera and I instantly was bitch slapped by the inspiration fairy. Since we began speaking, we have been bouncing ideas back and forth off of one another, to the point where I am rather sure I either need to move to Europe or she needs to get her bum to the U.S. of A.
Friday, we decided that we want to help keep each other on track with our personal goals, while collaborating with one another since we work so smashingly together. I’ve been overwhelmed with ideas since this conversation and keep coming across more radiant and vibrant inspirational events. From conversations to empowering events, this weekend can definitely go in my personal record books.
Photo by Femke
From time to time, I am asked what keeps me so inspired. Last night before I went to bed, I really thought about this. It was hard for me to break away from thinking about zombies since I had just watched The Walking Dead. But once I got brains off the brain, I made a list of things I do to keep myself inspired.
Here are a few things that might help you get punched in the face by the inspiration fairy:
♥ Pinterest! I personally feel that Pinterest came about for this reason. To inspire. I could easily spend hours on this site, but cut it down drastically. I try to go on when I am looking for extra inspiration, ideas, or have some down time. There are tons of great tidbits of inspiring DIY projects, photos, and quotes. Get your pin on!
♥ Read about something you typically would never want to. Yeah, I know that sounds strange but honestly, I find inspiration in the most random topics. The other day I was reading about soccer in the UK. Typically, I wouldn’t give a damn about any sport to be honest but reading the article triggered about 3 ideas I want to use for future projects. Also, gave me a chance to look at some hot photos of soccer players. It was a win/win.
♥Always do something out of your norm. One day while driving to work, take a different route. Just make sure to leave early enough in case you get lost. Which brings on another great tip…
♥ Get lost! Spend time getting lost and going on adventures. Most of my favorite places are ones I have discovered while walking about. When I want to escape or get inspired, I go to these places. They are like my little secret hideaways.
♥ Take photos. Most people have a phone with a built in camera. Take photos of things (daily if you can) that tickle your fancy. Something you want to remember and hold on to. Something you can look at and get inspired from. I am getting back into the habit of carrying around my actual camera with me. I would definitely encourage that you do the same, but can understand how it can be a pain. If this is something that you realize does work to help you get inspired, I would recommend getting a small pocket point and shoot camera.
♥ Take a cheap mini holiday. Go somewhere, even if it’s just for the weekend. With great sites like Groupon and Living Social, you can be on the look out for any good deals that come up. It’s a great way to recharge and get inspired.
♥ Call up a friend! Call up that friend you know would always tell you that you have something in your teeth. You know that friend. Everyone has one. It’s one of the greatest ways to get motivated and move forward with your own personal goals. We are here to love and help one another.
♥ Get dolled up for no reason. Well, there is a reason to get inspired. I always feel MOST inspired when I know I look my best. Go get your nails done, your beard trimmed, or your face dolled up. If you look your best, you tend to feel your best. This is a sure way to get the inspirational juices flowing.
I could literally go on for days about my tricks for inspiration. I hope this short list was a bit helpful for when your inspiration fairy is PMSing.
How do you handle your inspiration blocks? What’s your inspiration fairy’s name? Mine is Musie.
Musie and I are going for a walk,