I’ve been having trouble with a lack of inspiration and ideas. I’ve been silently complaining to myself that I’m not traveling (or in Hawaii) any longer. How am I supposed to be inspired? It’s so easy to feel uninspired working a 9-5 job that you hate (I’ve been there). It’s so easy to feel uninspired seeing “everyone else” doing those things you want to do (I’ve been there too).
I realized, though, the other night while chopping garlic for dinner (that’s when some of my best thoughts come), that I had a great idea for a post. For me, it’s not always where I am that can inspire me, but those quiet moments alone where I’ve allowed my mind to wander and haven’t insisted on the constant ingestion of information or photos. Some of my best ideas have come when I’m not scrolling through Instagram; when I’m not searching Pinterest; when I’m not online at all. My best ideas come when I’m making dinner or longboarding outside or reading a book or talking with a friend.
Sure, I’m inspired by travel bloggers (this means they’re doing their job!), I was inspired when I spent fifteen days in Hawaii, but I’m also inspired by day-to-day life, too. Although I’m definitely guilty of this, we can’t let where we are, the situation we are in, or the lack of funds to not allow us to feel inspired.
Today I thought I’d share 5 things that help me get over my lack of inspiration:
1. Have a cup of tea and read a book. As a child, I was a bookworm. When I went to public school, we had half an hour every day to read – man, did I take full advantage of that time! I read so many books from then on. However, when I went to college, I didn’t have the time because I had my head in books for school about compensation, management, and entrepreneurship. Although I love those topics, it wasn’t always fun to read them, particularly because I was tested on them. Now that I’m not in college any longer, I’ve made it my priority to read every day. When I’m feeling an uninspired rut coming along, I really like to just grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and sit down and enjoy reading for fun. You never know what great ideas could come from a book!
2. Get outside. Growing up in Florida meant all-year-round playing outside for me. I thrived on sunny days and being outside and nothing has changed. Being outside frees my mind and brings such joy to my life. Whether it’s riding a bike, taking a walk, or rollerblading, getting outside will help clear your mind and can inspire even the most uninspired person.
3. Cook. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been cutting up garlic (we love garlic in our home) for dinner and have had a good idea or a thought. Focusing on something so simple as putting together a meal can do wonders for your mind!
4. Write a list of what you love. When we’re feeling uninspired, I think one of the biggest ways to combat it is to find what you love and what does inspire you. Set aside a time to be alone and write a list of everything you love and everything that inspires you. A few things that inspire me are: sitting on the beach staring at the waves crashing on the shore, packing my suitcase for a weekend adventure, riding my longboard, and writing. After your list is done, go out and do one thing that you love or feel inspired by. Inspiration will come.
5. Meet up with a friend or go on a date with your significant other. I can’t tell you how many times Gary and I have been sitting around deep in conversation when ideas have just come to me. If I propose an idea to him, Gary can always bring in other ideas or suggestions. If you meet up with a friend, just enjoy your conversation. People can be inspiring too!
“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” – Grace Coddington
How do you deal with a lack of inspiration?