I didn't know how to find creative inspiration everyday.
Until recently, I didn’t actively seek out creative inspiration. In fact, I thought of it as an illusive, child-like superpower that I no longer possessed.
I used to try to capture my inspirational moments and hold on to them, much like I’d chase fireflies in the summer as a child. I carried a little notebook everywhere I went. I used post-its in the bathroom. I’d scribble on a napkins. I’d use anything I could get my hands on to capture those fleeting moments.
Now, I’m more intentional. I look for inspiration throughout my day and I find it in the little things.
Now, I make time for creative inspiration.
At my coach’s urging, I started setting aside 5-15 minutes a day to daydream about the person I want to become and the business I desire to create.
This practice has been life changing.
A Glimpse at My Daily Practice
I sit down (either in quiet or with calming music playing in the background) and I begin by thanking God for everything. I start small and thank Him that I am alive.
I find it helpful to begin with gratitude because this step helps me raise my vibration and it puts me in a better mood.
Then, I literally fantasize about the kind of mother I want to be, the types of clients I want to work with and how I want to feel in my relationship. (my roles as a mother and wife are intertwined with the business I am creating.)
I conclude this experience by asking God to open my eyes that I may see myself and my business as he sees them.
And, in doing so, my negative thoughts are typically transformed.
Instead of thinking, “I can’t write,” or “No one wants to read my blog posts.” I believe, “I can do anything,” or “My posts transform lives.” Can you see the difference?
When I flip my mental script like this it’s easier for me to sit down and share my thoughts. It’s also easier for me to want to show up in my business and in life when operating at a higher vibration (when I’m joyful and optimistic).
My Top 3 Sources of Inspiration
I’ve found that music heals most ailments and is the single best way for me to raise my vibration and get into a better mood.
You can find my listening to some type of music throughout my day. Whether I’m listening to Brain.fm to improve my focus or jamming to my favorite mix. I created this playlist on Spotify to help me stay inspired. It’s filled with get your blood flowing uptempo tracks that are perfect for dance breaks and quieter inspirational tracks that help me become more grateful and joyful for all blessings in my life.
Sometimes the best inspiration is the absence of activity for me. I get so much energy from those moments when I’m not dwelling on how busy I am or when I’ll sign my next client.
Truth moment: I used to fall asleep every time I tried to meditate and I thought that something was wrong with me. If you can relate or you’re having trouble meditating, check out these resources.
Now that I’ve created an almost daily meditation practice, I’m able to quiet my mind just enough to receive divine inspiration. I typically rotate between walking meditation, guided meditation and good ol’ fashion stillness.
Books on business or personal development
When I’m not watching #TGIT, you can find me listening to or reading books. Right now, I’m making my way through Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic. This book gives oodles of inspiration on every page. I just started and I can’t recommend it enough. (I even included a few quotes in this post). Click on the image below to grab your copy.
Plus, Two Unlikely Sources
Truth moment: I’ve all but given up on social media. I know it’s super important to have an online presence but I’m not crazy about it.
In fact, I routinely go on Facebook detoxes because sometimes my newsfeed looks more like an ongoing promo for glamorous vacations and/or paid ads and less like real people, leading real lives.
But, every once in awhile, I’ll see a quote that knocks my socks off or I’ll see one of my friends killing it in her biz and celebrating her first $5K month.
In these real moments, I find inspiration. In these moments, I’m reminded of my uniqueness, my worth and my ongoing thirst for growth.
In these moments, I’m reminded that behind our Facebook facaude or pretty IG photos, we’re all human. And, when I think of my friends success as an extension of my own, I experience joy and I realize that I am/we are not alone.
I know this is a weird one. I talk to business owners all the time and while many of them come to me to discuss email marketing services for their business, we often touch on their own disdain for email marketing and their dreaded inbox.
I get it.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when your inbox is full and you have more messages than hours in the day.
But, I don’t see my inbox that way. I see my inbox as a constant source of inspiration. I often read other’s posts and think, ‘that was brilliant how can I flip it around and share it with my audience from the marketing angle’ or ‘she got it all wrong. People need to know the truth.’
In addition to gaining inspiration from the works of others, I also get inspired by testimonials from my past clients. I have a ‘smile’ folder in my inbox and anytime I need some quick inspiration, I look at the kind and grateful words of past clients.
Creative Inspiration Fuels My Brand
When I’m inspired or curious, I’m more productive.
When I’m inspired, I cultivate & exude joy and a willingness to serve others.
When I’m inspired, I am confident and make bold moves. (I show up.)
When I’m inspired, I believe I can do anything and everybody wins. (Bye bye mommy guilt. Hello -work/life balance.)
When I am inspired, I surrender my desire to control the how’s and get super comfortable with the unknown. And, I believe that everything I am and everything I do has a bigger purpose.
When I surrender...that’s when the magic happens.
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