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Here’s what our community members do to stay inspired!

  • I post a picture of what I’m working for (you can find a picture of nearly anything on the internet) and a month-by-month chart of what I need to do to reach that goal, on my fridge and on the wall above my computer. Every month I write in where I’m at and adjust the rest of the numbers accordingly.
  • Every six months, I “gently urge” 6 to 8 of my friends to take a weekend retreat with me. I rent a cottage on an island off the coast of Maine and we spend three glorious days relaxing, renewing and rejuvenating!
  • I pray. When struggling with anger, frustration, uncertainty, etc., “giving it to God” gets me through those feelings and inspires me to know that He is there with me and will guide and get me through.
  • Watching “The Pursuit of Happyness”. This movie reminded me of the determination factor in the pursuit of a goal or dream. You have to keep working toward that goal, even when it’s difficult.
  • My inspiration? Exercise music from www.sportsmusic.com. It has such an infectious beat, and it’s available at various speeds depending upon your present fitness level. I use it daily for walking, but it’s available for quite a number of sports including Tai Chi, jogging, etc.
  • Walks by the river, bird watching, spending time playing with small children.
  • Chatting with people who are disabled and differently-abled, homeless people, older people, and youth!
  • Gardening in our local community garden with members of the community.
  • Learning from brief encounters with clerks, people who work at the bakery, coffee shops, gas-biofuel station, nursing assistants, childcare workers.
  • Listening to New Dimensions Radio or viewing PBS Documentaries
  • I love to read books that keep me in the mind set of doing my best to be a better person.
  • I am a writer. Reading inspires me to keep writing.
  • For inspiration I have a patron saint, St. Rita — Saint of the Impossible that I pray to each morning and ask for help in whatever I want. Believe it or not her life story makes my life seem so charmed.
  • Go hiking in the forest. In the winter I go for the tranquility, to think, to pray to reflect on my life and the past year. In the spring I go to let my spirit soar as I savor the beauty of the spring ephemerals emerging. In the summer I go see the trees in full leaf, to watch the shadows they create, to feel a little reprieve from the heat and humidity in the deep shade and to view the summer blooms. In the fall I go to see the glorious colors or the leaves, to say goodbye to the fading flowers.
  • Visit gardens both public and my friends.
  • I keep motivated by placing special page reminders with artwork quarterly (at least!) in my planner pages…
  • I would like to share that I find inspiration regularly by watching and listening to those I admire. I look for opportunities to be with and/or listen to my favorite people. I also like to keep pictures of those I admire on a bulletin board with other inspirational pictures, ideas, and quotes.
  • Watching a sunset.
  • Visiting my brand new niece.
  • Dancing.
  • Nature’s geometry always inspires me. I design lighting fixtures.
  • What inspires me – photography – losing myself in a world that only I can see through my camera. Generally I take photos of children, I wait for that moment of sheer joy, of wonderment or true connection, and I take the shot. When the outside world gets too much for me, I pick up my camera, and I relive the wonder of creation, and I try through my photography to recapture it, or to capture a memory forever for all to see and enjoy.
  • I love to read autobiographies of inspiring people who have overcome a lot.
  • I love to read inspiring quotes.
  • When I need inspiration to write or just to silence the critics that keep telling me, “What makes you think that you have anything to say that people want to hear?” I go to my local library or big bookstore and I walk around looking at the books and then I’ll sit down in the section(s) where my book could go and I mentally rearrange the books on the shelf so that mine will fit in there somewhere.
  • I find inspiration in gratitude. Every day I find at least 5 new things to be grateful for. Things as simple as running water, the cement on my garage floor, the paint on the walls of my house, the way light shines on a tree, today the frost on a picnic table like a million sparkling diamonds. When you think of how little others have in the world, we live in paradise. It energizes me to a happiness that gives me the power to do more, give more happiness, and make a difference in this world.
  • Going to poetry readings (even bad ones).
  • Being with and talking to people who share my interests/passions.
  • Experiencing as well as experimenting with food–exotic/new to me.
  • Movies that involve people who triumphed over great obstacles.
  • Learning to do new things–a new dance, a new language, a new recipe, a new skill.
  • An uncluttered environment
  • I get lots of inspiration from traveling. Being away from home gives me the distance that allows me to see my life with a new perspective, kind of seeing the bigger picture, as well as a feeling that everything is possible.
  • Listening to Hay House Radio. Hay House always refuels my spirit. I listen for information, greater perspective and support.
  • Morning poetry reading, ideally out of doors combines the beauty of the spoken word and the majesty of nature … a wonderful melange of visual and interior beauty.
  • My daughters and grandson inspire me, I listen to them tell me of their dreams and I can’t help but feel motivated to live my own.
  • Catching people doing the right things. We can always find people doing things that may not be the best thing at the time. So I made a game that everyday I would catch people doing right things and this is so inspiring.
  • I read my spiritual books for an hour every day to keep me inspired.
  • Here’s one of the ways that I find inspiration — lifting someone else’s spirits by giving them a simple and sincere compliment and/or by reminding them of how wonderful they are. This works with men, women and children of all ages. Watching their eyes light up fills me with inspiration, joy and love.
  • I find inspiration when I walk along the ocean beach where I grew up. It’s a long drive from where I currently live, but a few times a year, when my batteries are drained to their very lowest levels, I drive there, walk along the deserted beach, and re-charge my inspiration batteries!
  • Music inspires me, especially music from the 50’s and early 60’s. My favourite dance is the ‘jive’ and when I play songs such as ‘Beyond the Sea’ by Bobby Darrin or ‘Volare’ by Bobby Rydell I grab a towel in the kitchen, put it around the handle of the stove/oven and jive to the music. If a ‘slow’ song inspires me, I’ll grab a broom and dance around the kitchen and diningroom/livingroom. Sometimes my husband will ‘cut in’ and take over from the broom. It is so invigorating and I feel so good!
  • I put on my ‘Take That’ DVD and sing and dance along to it. They are all so energetic that I feel inspired to do anything.
  • I belong to a Mastermind team and we have a weekly teleconference call where we encourage and challenge each other to actions that will help us create what we’re looking for in our lives.
  • I am a professional artist, struggling to keep my art alive while I also work with my husband on our sheep farm, and spend 24-30 hours a week at a spirit-killing day job to help keep the bills paid. I find that I get regular doses of inspiration from art magazines, especially the wonderful “Southwest Art.” Also I have started an online group for artists, and we all share our work, our questions, and our ideas to inspire ourselves and each other. Finally, I carry a small digital camera with me as often as possible, taking snapshots of potential subjects and interesting colors/textures/scenes. Every little bit helps!
  • To keep myself inspired I have a “theme song.” This is a song that really revs me up. I play it in the morning on my way to work and it instantly lifts me up. The song can change but it has to be something that really gets me going.
  • To stay inspired I keep a file online called “My Dreams”. In it I continually build a picture of my life based on categories: Health, Family, Career, Growth, Finance, etc… I visit this file at least once a week!
  • I work as a textile designer. I feel inspired by visiting exhibitions and by being around positive people and by traveling.
  • I am an engineer for an automotive OEM in metro Detroit. Fortunately, the people I work with, my boss included, are amazing and they make work fun. However, there are still times that I feel like I can’t get anything done because so much of what I do is dependent on other people’s work. When I feel hampered or frustrated, there is nothing like SEEING the end product – for me this means visiting a plant and walking the assembly line. I realize that my dance with paperwork and long nights in front of the computer are transformed into one of the most complicated assemblies: the combustion engine. When you know what it takes to put one together well, you realize the amount of synchronicity that needs to occur to make it happen and I play a small part of that process! It is like watching a beautiful dance; thrilling and inspiring me to go the extra mile.
  • The one thing that keeps me going is yoga. I love the way a good yoga session can make me feel like me head is screwed on straight and that I can do absolutely anything.
  • Looking at photos of my ancestors.
  • Staring at and listening to a crackling fire.
  • A live classical concert .
  • Visiting historical homes and gardens.
  • Art or photography exhibition.
  • Finding a new pub and going for a ‘solo’ lunch.
  • Reading ‘Wild Mind’ and doing the writing exercises (by Natalie Goldberg).
  • Watching experts at gymnastics or ice-skating.
  • An afternoon at the spa.
  • Buying a bunch of fresh flowers.

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