I am a big believer in pursuing things that light us up. Living a life that is passionate, generous, creative & kind is one of my wildest interests. It has become an intentional endeavour to infuse as much inspiration as I possibly can into each day to feel more on track, in sync & wholeheartedly connected.
For some of us 'following our bliss' or exploring our passions can be a scary thing, especially if we haven't yet connected all of the dots to what that exactly is. I have found that by bringing inspiration into my world & surrounding myself with things that evoke a sense of joy, happiness is a more constant companion.
So where do we find the inspiration? How do we bring more of into our worlds? The answer is so surprisingly simple that it is often overlooked...simply do more of what you love to do & the rest will follow! What you love to do is a sacred clue & key to your own unique happiness. Take one step towards this & the next steps will reveal themselves one by one.
The following ideas work as a beautiful platform to usher in more inspiration & joy. I have also included a little pictorial sequence below to share how this looks in my own everyday life in the hope it might spark your own inspirational journey.
*Bask in the beauty of mother nature. Go outside & really look around. Watch the waves as they roll onto the shore, notice the trees as they change with each season, take photo's of the moody clouds or flowers that make your heart feel happy. Become an 'avid noticer' of the small gifts in nature that are always on offer. When was the last time you watched the sun rise or set? That in itself is pure magic & something I plan to do much more of.
*Become a gatherer of inspirational quotes & stories that uplift your spirit. Pinterest is an incredible place for this, as is Instagram, especially if you are a visual person. I have also created a quotes section here on my website on the Kindness Corner page to inspire & uplift us all.
*Go to the bookstore & let yourself be led to the section that appeals to you the most.Take note of this as it can often be a clue to what your Soul wants you to be doing. As soon as I step foot in my favourite local bookstore I gravitate to the art & new age/spiritual section. It is in complete alignment with the art & words I love to create.
*Go on an intuitive wander, a spontaneous adventure where nothing is planned. See where life takes you. I recently did this & found myself exploring the botanic gardens in Sydney & the art gallery of nsw- it was such an incredible day that has inspired a whole new way of thinking in my approach to art.
*Listen to some of the greats on youtube such as Dr. Brene Brown, Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins, Lisa Nichols & Oprah Winfrey...these people are gifted speakers that can reach down into your being & ignite such positive change & a deeper understanding of the human condition. (I have added links to my favourite talks by them at the end of this blog for your listening pleasure :)
*Watch a tv series that makes you laugh & see life in a happier way. For me this has been the Netflix series 'Grace & Frankie.' I have been in absolute stitches as they navigate life in their 70's as newly single women going on hilarious adventures together.
*Get a stack of magazines you can cut images & words out of that spark an emotion within you. Arrange them on cardboard or in a journal as visual reminders of what you might like to achieve, where you might like to go or the type of relationship you would bring forth.
*Create a sacred space in your home that is just for you where you can journal, read, drink tea & dream. Decorate it in a way that makes it feel special to you.
From here the possibilities are truly endless.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says;
"We must participate relentlessly in the manifestation of our own blessings."
In other words we do have the power to design lives that we love. By surrounding ourselves with inspiration it cannot help but permeate into our hearts & lead us to that sweet spot in life where it all just makes perfect sense.
The following pictures chronicle a few such happy moments from my world over the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them. Lets make a pact together to do more of what personally lights us up so that collectively we can shine a light so bright that it reaches the moon & back!
Yours in inspiration & light,
Click these links to be taken to some truly inspiring talks!
Dr. Brene Brown TED talk on Vulnerability & Connection.
Oprah Winfrey on Life.
Marie Forleo & Tony Robbins on Success.
Lisa Nichols on Abundant Living.
“A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day…”
“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time…”
For some time now I have wanted to create a little corner in my online world dedicated wholly to acts of kindness, uplifting ideas, soulful stories & creative prompts- all to invoke a more inspired way of living.
I believe that kindness resides in the collective heart of us all. I also believe that the human spirit has a deep desire to connect, share & help others along the way. Quite simply put, we rise by lifting others. It enriches our experience & makes life more meaningful when we are positively impacting the lives of those around us. The more we can be of service to others, the more our life expands in the most beautiful of ways.
Kindness doesn’t need to be complex or expensive. A few gentle words of encouragement, a listening ear or a smile can change the life of another- I know this because I am blessed to have been a part of such beauty.
The Dali Lama once said, “There is no such thing as a stranger, only a friend I have not yet met.” Yes to this! Even our adversaries have a story behind their actions. This is not to say that we must be friends with every person on the planet, but rather to hold a space of compassion in our hearts for all beings & to travel though life with kindness as our guiding light. It will not lead us astray.
Each week, here in this space, I will be sharing beautiful quotes, imagery & stories that will touch your heart & encourage your own unique way of sharing your kind spirit. I will also have creative prompts to partake in & ponder with an Instagram tag of #thekindnesscorner so we can find each other & connect.
My intention for “The Kindness Corner” is to scatter sunshine & kindness around like confetti. This is a place to bring a smile to your face & lighten your days. I envisage a supportive community dedicated to nourishing each other in the most creative & kind ways.
The exciting news related to this new space is that once a month I will also be giving away an original artwork to someone who is in need of more kindness in his or her life. It could be someone you know who is struggling or perhaps YOU if you are in need of some extra special care. It could be a new mother navigating the tricky waters of raising a little one or a friend feeling out of sorts on her journey. Please remember that this could be you, or a friend. Kindness is not complete if it does not include ourselves!
Simply write a comment below & at the end of the month I will choose one lucky recipient & post the painting to them free of charge- my gift from me, to you.
I am wishing you a very warm welcome & heartfelt thanks for being here. Clearly we have been drawn together as we share similar ideals of a kinder & more compassionate world.
Much love to you,
P.s Don’t forget to leave a comment below for your opportunity to win this months original artwork entitled “Butterfly Kisses” (worth $195) This is open to people worldwide.
Feel free to also drop by my Instagram page for daily inspo or Facebook for weekly art related news. Lets connect & change this world together, one act of kindness at a time!