If I’m being honest, these last few weeks have been trying. I’ve come face to face with challenges I’ve not yet experienced in my 28 years of living. Learning that marriage is a complete, utter balance. During those first couple of months, I caught myself saying ‘This first year of marriage is supposed to feel easy and all fun’. While I’m no expert, I will say I am highly mistaken. Here we are, four months in, and have to work at it every single day. Aside from our two separate lives joining as one, we’re experiencing new careers, work from home environments and beginning the long, treacherous journey of house hunting. Why wouldn’t we decide to do it all at once? I am learning that we don’t always choose why and when life decides to throw what it does at us. I’m convinced we are faced with challenges as a test. Each day my strength, patience and growth is tested. Sometimes I lose it and am absolutely horrible at ‘keeping it all together’. We’re all human right?
Something I’ve struggled to see through all these challenges as of late is creativity. For me, inspiration intersects with gratitude. When I am thankful, I am inspired. Through what feels like a shitty situation, it is important to keep perspective. I’ve thought a lot about what inspires me every day, helping me to keep perspective on all things that are beautiful and good.
(1) Being outside. Stepping away from all screens and immersing myself in nature. My mood and energy level is transformed after breathing in fresh air.
(2) Reading a new book. I’ve read a lot of self help books, but a shift back to fiction is just what I needed to spark my imagination. I just started A Man Called Ove and already find it the most charming read.
(3) Home Design. I am particularly inspired by color, patterns, textiles, shapes. My new job at Domino steers my attention in all sorts of directions, constantly opening my eyes to new innovations.
(4) Photography. I love seeing others interpretation of beauty. It’s pretty incredible that the meaning I seek in a particular image is completely different from others around me.
(5) Risk Taking. This is actually quite funny since I’ve always ‘stayed within the lines’ and played it safe throughout my life thus far. There’s no time like the present. I think once we allow and open ourselves up to new things and experiences, a new hobby/passion/skill may suddenly be discovered.
(6)Little kids. My nephew Jack is one of my biggest teachers. When I spend time with him, I am reminded that curiosity is how we learn.
(7) Off-line conversations. I strongly feel technology is hindering our ability to genuinely interact and converse with others. Nothing inspires me more than sitting down with a friend and just talking. A close friend recently told me she feels inspired after our weekly coffee catch ups. If there is one thing I strive to provide for those close to me, it is definitely to inspire, to encourage, to energize.
(8) Yoga. As of late, I seek out yoga when I need it. I love how my body feels challenged and soothed at the same time. Both my mind and soul find inspiration in moments of quiet and calm.
(9) Relationships. I love witnessing interactions of people – whether it be husband and wife, two girlfriends, a brother and sister, or even two complete strangers. Displays of raw emotion is a powerful thing.
(10) Myself. While it is incredibly difficult at times, I aim for astonishment everyday. We all should.
I once read that we cannot inspire others if we are not inspired ourselves.
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