Often times I think of inspiration as only being important in terms of paid work or art. But the reality is that I need to get inspired (sometimes) to connect, play with my kids, nurture my relationships, get homeschool prep done, figure out schedules, budget, make that phone call, self-care, sit down, get up…you get it, getting inspired into action isn’t only a work or artist related endeavor. Inspiration is important in all arenas and finding a way to feel creative even in working through some less celebrated moments is incredibly important and self-nurturing for me.
Inspiration can run dry. Anything can soak it up. A rough day with kiddos, a fight with my husband, a tough body(self image) day, a bummer email or an unexpected bill that comes through. Getting inspired can feel impossible, far away, and like an exhausting feat to even begin down the road to. Finding the forward momentum to get tasks finished, and finished in a way that leaves me filled up, hard work.
For example, on an inspired feeling day I wrote a list of blog posts that were HOT on my heart. I was getting inspired to write and felt that bug itching right out my fingers. I didn’t have the time right then, so I scribbled out my list and now? On day two of having a gross summer flu, with a SUPER messy house, and a blazing headache… I have the time. But the inspiration ran dry.
So, how to I get inspired when I feel a little emptied? These are my go-to tactics, and usually at least one of them REALLY works each time. I work my way through the list, working through the shortest option to the longest, often times the first or second idea works to get my rolling.
- Dance it out. Turn on something ridiculous (my current dance jam is Makeba by Jain SO good) and really shake it. Bonus points for a crop top. I promise it helps you get inspired.
- Put your phone down and write a pen and paper list of what’s coming. It’s totally cool if this list is; play legos, make a snack, take a deep breath. THAT IS OFTEN HARD TO FRICKEN DO.
- Talk to yourself. Record it, or don’t. But whatever you need to get working on, or doing, TALK it out. I’m a verbal processor and this is the number one quickest way for me to work out my fears/thoughts/lack of inspiration and really get inspired to get going. It’s also often VERY telling and helps you get a little further into why you aren’t doing whatever you need to be.
- Take a cold shower. Chill yourself out. Bring your wild down. And get inspired. This helps me get out of weird mental loops, and focus.
What are your go-to inspiration starters? I’m always looking to grow my tool box when the desire to lay and scroll-scroll-scroll feels immense!