136. Bring Inspo Into Your Life
I was dead set on not recording for summer. I had even emailed my assistant and said, “Hey, we’re not going to do the podcast for summer. We’ll take summer off.” I emailed her today, “Changed my mind!” I was just out of the flow of receiving inspiration! Then, I read a book and I started doing things to bring back that inspiration. Here we are, with our summer episodes. Summer is a busy time, so we are only doing the podcast every other week. People aren’t able to stay caught up on the episodes most the time, you’re trying to do all the things, family, fun, vacations, holidays, etc. You’re doing all these things as your keeping your business going! I get it – I know! I wanted to keep the inspiration coming for those who are working and do want that boost!
Today, I want to talk about bringing that inspiration into your daily life. I read a book last month for book club called The Creative Act. Honestly, I can’t tell you a lot about the book. If I’m being REAL honest, I read it on Audible this time and it was hard. The reader was very monotone, and it was very slow. My advice, if you’re going to read it, read it. Don’t listen to it.
One part of the book that really stood out to me was, “Preparing for Creativity”. The author talks a lot about how you have to really be aware of things to be creative. It’s like a muscle that you have to strengthen. You’re not going to be naturally creative or aware of creative thoughts. This is such a cool thought.
“We need to evolve the way we see the world. Awareness needs constant refreshing until one day you’re living in a state of constant receiving.” That might feel kind of jargon-y or over your head a little bit, because of how it’s out of context, but I loved it. For me, hearing the birds chip, going for a walk, hearing the crunching sounds… going back to that awareness and limiting distractions helps me be present. A lot of the time, we are distracted by everything going on around us that we forget to be in a state of awareness. It’s a powerful place to be. You’re present and connected – you’re able to hear those promptings and feel those nudges.
Since I’ve read this book, I’ve tried to be even more aware of my surroundings and be present.
As your “Preparing for Creativity”, the author talked about creating better habits. That’s getting out in the sunlight before you turn on your screen, meditating, showering in cold water, driving in your car silently, etc. These different things – different habits – spark inspiration. I realized that I get a lot of inspiration on long walks and drives. I love to road trip, and many of my best ideas come after or during a road trip. I decided to continue the podcast in summer while driving in my car.
The week after I read this book, I had Sarah Grace Allred speak in my Alumni Mastermind group. She talked about burn out! Every day, in her work day, she spends a certain amount of minutes immersed. For her, that means immersed in a book, podcast, education, etc. She immerses in things that help you get those gold nuggets to learn and grow. This helps her be more creative. She also spends time being completely still. It’s similar to The Miracle Morning where they have stillness every morning.
I love all of this because I feel like I’ve kind of been in a funk with my business. “What do I launch, do I do certain types of coaching, do I focus just on photography again, do I focus more on the Bear Lake place… what should I do?” I realized that I wasn’t doing anything to bring those creative juices into my life. All those little things triggered that. The book, Sarah Grace Allred… it’s all been so eye opening. I realized I needed more of that to match the amount of creativity I wanted to put out there. I do a little bit of these things, but not enough. I’ve gone on long walks, I’ve taken ranger rides, I’ve been reading, I’ve been taking long baths or showers, I’ve done a ton of silence. After I’m aware for that short time, I come back and I’m so connected to myself. I’ve done journaling, worked in my garden, gone on short road trips, etc. We constantly need to remind ourselves to do the things that bring those creative juices into our lives. I was not doing these things.
I want you to make a list of the things that bring the most creative juices into your life. What makes you have ideas and creativity? It’s going to be different for each person. Decide what 1 of those things you can bring into your life every single day. If you’re just spinning on that hamster wheel of life, you need to bring more creativity into your life.
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My Alumni Mastermind is a group of people who have been coached by me. They want to continue to feel inspiration and accountability in their lives. It is normal to feel stuck after you complete coaching, a course, or a program – my Alumni Mastermind helps break this pattern! We put that support system in place for you. We constantly need inspiration, pep talks, support, and accountability. We have 2 monthly coaching calls, guest speakers, accountability groups, and an ongoing chat with questions, inspiration, and inspirational thoughts. Our Alumni Mastermind is subscription based, so you get a backlog of EVERYTHING we’ve done before. So, you’re not only getting 2 new calls a month, you’re getting access to everything that has already been shared. I’m going to leave the link below – please join us! This is going to be the only place you’re going to find it! I’d love to grow this group, exclusively! Click HERE to join!***
136. Bring Inspo Into Your Life