A very important question came to me as I contemplated writing a new blog post…
What inspires you to do better, to be better, to feel amazing?
My family and my friends certainly inspire me, and I love feeling inspired, don’t you? I realised as I started my degree and began learning more about nutrition that feeling inspired woke me up and made me feel more alive, and just happier and content. But, there are also times when we don’t feel this way of course. And so what do you do when you lose inspiration? I have come across people, who haven’t even had the feeling of being inspired yet, they are still struggling with past stories and beliefs thrust upon them since birth. What if you could shake it all off, and find your own ways to feel inspired?
As this is pouring out onto the page, I am asking myself these questions because not only do I want to feel inspired but I also want to be inspiring, it is one of my life goals.
Here are my tips for feeling inspired…
- Inspiration comes and goes, and when I feel uninspired, a little bit lost and stuck, I know I need to change something.
This could be buying or loaning a recommended book from an inspiring author, meeting a friend for a good old chat and laugh, changing your job! Or even just going to sleep because you are tired.
Last week I was feeling bit overworked and uninspired, and I knew I just needed a bit of a change and some fun! Firstly, I decided to take the weekend off from writing courses, and I arranged to meet two gorgeous friends, and I arranged a family get together for my daughters birthdays. Then, as I had put it out there that I wanted a fun adventure, an opportunity to go to Ireland to see the ‘Happy Pear’ and Rich Roll and his lovely wife Julie came along, and within the same day I woke up and said “let me have an inspired adventure” I was booked with another of my gorgeous inspiring friends to go to Dublin next weekend! There was my trusted friend inspiration back again.
2. Read or listen
You may feel you are not inspired by those around you and that is not so unusual, there are ways to surround your self with inspiration. After all, they say you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. I honestly feel my growth and success, has been impacted in a huge way by my listening and reading materials, I would not have had the quick school promotion, completed my registered nutrition portfolio, written by book, nor have launched my consultancy or be completing my PhD, had I not been inspired by all of the books and the stories. I listen as I do household chores, or driving or walking or running and read each night as part of my sleep routine and whenever I get the opportunity. Here, I will share some of my most inspiring reads and listens (in no particular order, just as they flowed onto the page):
Some of my most inspiring books so far:
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
- Mans search for meaning, Victor Frankle
- Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
- Total Recall, by Arnold Schwarzenegger
- David and Goliath, and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
- The Secret and The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- The Longevity diet by Dr. Valter Longo
- To kill a Mockingbird, by Haper Lee
Some of my most favourite and most inspiring audible books so far:
- Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Art of Possibilities by Rosemund and Ben Zander
- Excuses be gone by Wayne Dyer
- Obstacles are the way, by Ryan Holliday
- Why we love dogs, eat pigs and were cows by Melanie Joy
- Awaken the giant by Anthony Robbins
- How to stay motivated by Zig Ziglar
- A return to love by Marianne Williamson
- Zero Limits by Joe Vitale
- Get off your but by Sean Stephenson
- The power of intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor
- Salt, sugar, fat by Michael Moss
- The examined life by Stephen Grosz
Click on the audible link on my site and you get your first audio book free, you can then cancel and receive no more or you can choose to pay £7.99 and choose a new book each month! This is a bargain as all of the books I buy are generally worth more than £15 or £20, you can then listen as many times as you want and stop your subscription at any time.
My favourite recipe books
I have many but these are my favourites and the ones that inspire me most:
- Plant powered way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
- Happy Pear – both recipe books
My favourite podcasts
- The Rich Roll Podcast
- The Tim Ferris Show
- Food Heals
- Finding Mastery
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- The ultimate health podcast
- Ted talks
- Hay House podcast
My favourite inspiring You tube watches:
When I am busy cooking or ironing I enjoy inspiring ted talks or listening to the following amazing and inspiring people, all of these are free to find and watch on you tube:
- Marianne Williamson
- Marisa Peer
- Wayne Dyer
3. A way to keep inspired and one of the secrets to long lived health people around the globe is to keep a sense of purpose and to keep learning. If you are feeling uninspired join a new class, this could be yoga, which will not only get your brain working in different ways, but it will also contribute to your long term health, fitness and immunity. Maybe begin to learn a new language or a musical instrument, join a choir. These are all ways to improve your wellbeing and keep you feeling inspired.
I hope that these tips help you in finding your inspiration and to keep you feeling inspired. There is so much for you, just remember to trust all is well, and to take action. I love to write and this is a something that inspired me too, and so find out what you love to do.
Let me know what gets you inspired, and if you have any book recommendations for a book obsessed lady, let me know. My new read is by Jerry Weintraub, and so looking forward to being inspired even more!
Much love and light,
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