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.