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Finding Inspiration {Fresh New Year}

We all have a lot of things we want to do in our lives.  But there’s a lot going on and life is hard, and it can be easy to lose focus.  But you’ve got to keep yourself moving if you want to do all those things you’ve dreamed about doing.    

There are a few different kinds of inspiration, and depending on what you need, you can find it in a bunch of different places.  I get ideas reading magazines, blogs, scrolling through Instagram, and by reading books or watching shows {like Chef’s Table on Netflix} where other people are inspired.  I often scroll through Pinterest or Etsy, go to my favorite Instagram accounts, or listen to podcasts.  I love the IG of Elise Joy’s Get To Work Book {@gettoworkbook}- it has such great snippets of how people get organized and get their work done…and who doesn’t love awesome planner shots!!  My other go-tos are Rachel Hollis {@msrachelhollis}, Jenna Kutcher – these lovely ladies both have a huge social network {podcasts – Dias and The Goal Digger Podcast, respectively, an awesome IG, interactive FB pages, etc.} that’s super supportive to women who are trying to achieve great things while also being true to themselves.  Podcasts are a great way to get some focus and inspiration on the go – I listen to them in the car and while I’m cooking dinner and cleaning my house {much better than mindless radio or TV!}.   My favorites are SuperSoul Conversations {Oprah can do no wrong}, Cherry Bombe {women + food…even if you’re not in the food industry, so much of this hits home}, Awesome with Alison {a more energetic and positive person does not exist on this planet}, Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love Podcast {she’s just good for the soul}, and How I Built This by NPR {find out about people behind brands like Spanx and Kate Spade and realize that there truly are no limits on what you can do with your life if you figure out a way to make things work and do.not.give.up}.  

But I’ve found that the best way to get some quality, authentic ideas over and over again – that come from what I’m truly all about – is to do have a regular, old fashioned pen and paper brainstorm.  The real gems pop into my head most often and most clearly when when I tune out all the external noise, relax and let my mind wander a bit, and dig deep within myself.  When I’m not getting ideas based on something someone else did or said, but from my own thoughts, feelings, and dreams.  If I really need to figure something out, or figure out what to do or where to go next, I tap into this.  Sometimes I reflect on questions, and sometimes ideas just come – they bubble up almost automatically.  This is usually the clearest indication of where I should be going and what I should be doing with my time, effort, and ideas.  

I also get equally as many when I’m walking or driving or daydreaming – lying on the beach, watching the sunset.  Any time when there’s some open space and I’m not necessary watching or listening to or reading something else.  It’s almost like the thoughts  and ideas sense the space and they just bubble up.  We are always rushing around, listening to music, podcasts, or Instagram stories every living breathing second, and I think it’s   

I actually get some of my best ideas and my most focused work done on a plane.  I never buy the wifi or watch the in-flight movies, and I use the time to read, craft ideas, and work on my editorial calendar.  Probably 75% of what this blog is, and what it’s going to be, is based off ideas I got when I was on a plane.  I don’t bring out my laptop, I listen to some music that I already know all the words to (like, anything Adele), and I settle in with my paper and pen or pencil (depending on what I’m working on).  I’ve filled many and many a notebook this way!  Bloggers and small business owners sometimes go away to a hotel somewhere to get work done or plan a big project, but I think I’d just need a plane ride to-and-from somewhere to get the work done {and – with a little vaca added in between, I just might have to do this sometime soon!}.

So tell me, where and how do you get your inspiration?

Images:  Krista Brackin Photography

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