Switching gears and starting a new blog post topic relating to creativity. These are my current thoughts and whether you disagree or not, i’d love to hear your thoughts as well.
One thing that recently dawned on me is that I tend to have ideas and tend to do things when I’m inspired. It hits me in the middle of the night or sometimes during the day. Some of my best decisions or work come from being inspired by an idea, something or someone (And I make the time to put it into action.) Sometimes its from new music that I’ve recently heard or by something that visually pops up on my social media feed. But if its not readily available, it needs to be sought out. So that’s where I found myself recently. I needed to seek out inspiration.
Whats interesting is that inspiration doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Nor do you have to go far to find it. It might just be about doing something different. Something that might be against your “norm”.
So I’ve come up with a list of things I plan to do, to help me find inspiration and for self growth.
Read A Book
When was the last time you read a good book? I use to read so much just for fun as a child. My son won’t stop making me read at bed time. It fuels his imagination for the day so much that he’ll want to involve me in his fantasy world. My excuse is, I don’t have time to read. But honestly, it doesn’t take that much time. So please, send me your book recommendations! Or listen to your local NPR radio, they often interview the authors of some book that is making the best seller list.
Take A Class
It could be a class to enrich what you’re already doing, or something completely new. Whenever I’ve taken a class, I always walk out feeling inspired having learned something new or getting a new perspective. I’m currently on the look out for some photography classes to help me pick up some new skills whether technically or artistically.
Visit A Museum Or Art Gallery
I’m lucky I live close to San Francisco where there is a number of great museums and art galleries open to the public. I’ve recently started going to museums because, hello, fine examples of human creativity. I really wish I could go more often! Some examples: SFMoMA, DeYoung Museum, Minnesota Street Project, The Contemporary Jewish Museum to name a few.
Take a Walk In A New Neighborhood
If I had time, this is something I really wish I could do more of. I meet some of my clients or new friends in their neighborhoods, and I’m always glad and appreciative when they introduce me to their fave places or hidden gems.
Shut Off Social Media
This is a hard one for me, because I rely on social media to build my networks or gain inspiration. But sometimes, there really isn’t anything on there that inspires you. So I stop looking and start paying attention to other things. A break is usually really good because it frees up time for you to do other things! Lol.
Halt On Spending
Spending is one of the ways we feel inspired. But its a frame of mind. And it can get dangerous. Sometimes there’s nothing worthwhile spending on that won’t get abandoned for the newest thing anyway. Declutter your mind, and you’ll realize you don’t need what ever it is that you’ve been wanting. This comes and goes for me.
Meet Up With People With Shared Interests Or Different interests.
I love getting coffee with someone who shares a similar interest or a different interest. Your world just expands from making connection and sharing ourselves. Hopefully its mutually beneficial, know your boundaries as well!
So thats my short and brief list on things to do to open up your mind and world. Your world isn’t just whatever you’re in now, its more than that. Take a moment to look up and take a step out of it. You never know what you’ll find. By the way, I’m an introvert, so most of these things you can do on your own, but there’s no reason you can’t do this with others!
Please help me by sharing more ways to get inspired! What do you like to do?