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Some of the ways I find inspiration

Some of the ways I find inspiration

This week I was going to write a post all about the Groeneweide hiking trail that I did a while back but instead I really felt like writing a piece on some of my thoughts. Not to fret, the guide will come at a later stage. P.S it is a spectacular trail with an abundance of Knysna green Louries, Tarzan trees and the most picturesque stream when basked in early morning rays. 

In light of world photographers day which was yesterday, I thought I'd write about the power of inspiration. A feeling I try to surround myself with and create as often as possible. 

I find an infinite amount of things inspire me and the list seems to endlessly grow. I get inspired seeing other people's determination to reach their dreams, reading a beautiful book, by the sound of the ocean, when I’m immersed in nature, when I’ve achieved something I was afraid to do, at the possibility of growth and knowledge. I’m inspired by time spent in the mountains, the warmth of a crackling fire, or by the pure simplicity of being with family. The anticipation of adventure, a sunrise or a sunset. So many things.

You may be thinking ok so why would she need to go out looking for inspiration when pretty much every corner of the world inspires her? Well I'm also a human who has a lot of other emotions vying for the spotlight and sometimes they tend to get the better of me. I feel anxious, grumpy, moody, irritable, deflated and it's in those times I need ways of reminding myself what it feels to be inspired. I’m a big believer that if you're inspired, you can do anything. It’s such a consuming and mighty feeling.

Today was a great example of being uninspired, a day I woke up wanting to get practical tasks done, feeling completely uninspired to create art of any kind, to write words that speak volumes or edit a video that tells a story. BUT some days, even when the inspiration levels are at 0, I find I still have deadlines. I still have photos that need to be edited for clients, stories to be written, creative pitches to be sent. So I need to get myself inspired!

This being said, I wanted to share some of the personal things I do to try inspire my creativity,  a positive mood, a determined attitude or to spark that excitement that's always in me and sometimes just a little sleepy or off, in need of a good nudge.

Some of the exercises I love to do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis include:

 

  • Journaling: I try my best to sit and journal every single morning while drinking my cup of coffee. Before I let the outside influence of other people's emotions, social media and my self criticism, get in the way of what I really think and feel. Then when i’m stuck in a bad place all I do is look at what I wrote and it brings me back. Perspective is so so easy to lose among all the outside influences that bombard us daily. I’ve gotten pretty good and although I’m still not hitting my goal of journaling daily, I definitely get in at least 3 days a week, which is a start. Being alone with my thoughts definitely inspires me.

  • Goal setting and creating intentions: This is an exercise I started last month after feeling like I needed a bit more direction. I am a big list person and I find that if I have a list to turn to when I’m in doubt of the direction i’m headed, it just helps me to regroup. My goals and intentions remind me of the big picture which gets me super exited and immediately inspires me to get cracking.

  • Dream Journaling: A technique I learnt from a mindset coach I was lucky to have met in Bali. When I was in Bali I was probably the most confused about life that I'd ever been. I was at an intersection drowning in lights and sounds, not knowing where I should go next. So with this exercise, basically what you do is close your eyes and picture yourself waking up on a day 5 years from now. Then you imagine in infinite detail what that day would look like. Not just an overview but for example “I get out of bed, walk to the kitchen and switch on the coffee machine. I head over to the sliding door and open it up so I can smell the sea breeze and listen to the crash of the waves”. You get the picture. What this helps to do is distinguish where your priority’s are. When I did mine I was actually really shocked by the outcome. The answers of what direction I should go next were all so clearly there. Now whenever I have a big wobble and need to remember why I’m on this path and get my inspiration levels up to keep at it, I do this exercise. It’s also really fun to compare them every time.

  • I read books! By the dozen. I'm not a big TV Person, don't get me wrong, I love a good series, but books win any day. I so often find inspiration in the written word. Someones thoughts materialised into words. It's magical.

  • I watch videos, read articles and look at photos that I've saved, that all inspire the heck out of me. People inspire me a lot. Seeing other people being courageous, facing their fears, pushing their capabilities, jumping full in to try achieve their dreams, is my most inspiring! So when I need a boost I just watch some of my favourites from people like Chris Burkhard, Sorelle Amore and Chelsea Kauai.

  • The last one that never fails me, is to take a break from my laptop and I get outside and active. When I'm frustrated, in a bad space, uninspired, the outdoors never fails to pick my spirits right back up and knock some fresh inspiration into me.

 

I would love to know if any of you have any additional exercises you do to get the inspiration and creativity flowing? I find it so interesting how we all have little nuances and how so often what inspires me, inspires you.

This week i’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone and going horse riding for the second time. I loved it last time even though I was a nervous wreck but I am SO excited. I find that trying all these new outdoor adventures and pushing my boundaries inspires me like nothing else. Already inspired to create a video around it and a blog feature and I haven’t even been yet!

I want to leave you with a poem that I often reference for inspiration and draw a lot of perspective from. It’s actually a poem that Chelsea Kauai has shared many times and I simply love it.

 

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon...
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation

A little Italian town called Tivoli

A little Italian town called Tivoli

The jungle that is the Groeneweide hiking trail, South Africa

The jungle that is the Groeneweide hiking trail, South Africa