If you ever speak to someone who is genuinely happy, chances are they are in that boat because they are spending most of their time, doing what they love. But it all starts somewhere, and if you check out my Inspirationalists, you can see that most of the time, it’s by trying something new.
I am not the first person to preach the power of getting out of one’s comfort zone, but I do find that for most people, they are not quite sure of what that means, or where to start. Most of the people I talk to about this immediately think about how unfeasible it is for them to travel the world. Life happens, and for those with kids, puppies, demanding job, no job, whatever – it can seem to be a daunting task.
But it is much more attainable than one may think! I am a believer in the big difference, small things make. Below are some easy, (and cheap!) ways to be inspired to try something new. You may want to get your feet wet, or explore what your hidden passion is- these ideas will help get you started.
With so many causes, and social media reminding us every 5 minutes the horrible things that are happening in the world, volunteering is not only a great way to contribute and support important causes, but it will also give you a new perspective on your own life. I always love to chat to other volunteers to understand what motivated them to get involved. Your mind will open up to an unfamiliar world, while you meet new people and support a worthy cause. I promise you will look at things differently, and that goes a long way!
Take Action: Check out Volunteer Spot to see what is needed in your local area and get involved!
Need to find a storage solution to all those messy cables? Not sure what to do with all those corks you have collected? DIY projects are a great way to challenge and reward yourself. There is nothing better than solving a solution in a creative way, looking at it and saying “I did that!” When you challenge yourself to something new and succeed, it gives you the confidence and motivation to keep exploring. Start small (tip: toilet paper rolls make great cable organisers!) My current project is converting a large dog crate, into a decorative table. Wish me luck!
Take Action: For some DIY inspiration, check out Brit+Co
Join a friend
You know when your buddy can’t make the Orange is the New Black Sunday afternoon marathon (sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s) because she has some pottery making class, or something. Instead of brushing her off, and eating on her behalf, join her! Those around you can be easy influencers and a great support for you to try something new. The best part? Most of the time, whatever they are doing offer a referral or “bring a friend” promotion. So next time your friend bails, or you are having a chat about weekend plans at the water cooler- invite yourself! You will both be glad you came!
Take Action: Are your friends lazy and useless? Try Meet Up to check out what locals are up to
Read a memoir
You don’t have to be an introvert to find inspiration from the comfort of your own home. If you want to spice things up in your life, but aren’t sure where to start- getting insight from others is usually the best way. Memoirs are a great way to be inspired while understanding what life has been like through the eyes of someone completely different from you. Again, perspective is a powerful thing so pick up a memoir of someone who lived in a different time, lives in a different country, or had struggles you can’t relate to. You will be enlightened and motivated at the end which will help inspire change.
Take Action: Check out a list of popular, inspiring memoirs on Goodreads
Did you look back at the younger years and think,”Why didn’t I continue boxing?” or “My bedazzled jean jackets really were the best fashion statement!” When we are young, we are free to explore and have fun with what we loved to do. Lucky for us who were born in a time when internet usage was limited to 30 mins a day in the household, we were out and about doing. So if you resent your mother for pulling you out of those dance classes, or wish you still had your easy bake oven, sign up for a weekend hip hop class or try out a new baking recipe. Your inner child is screaming for it!
Take Action: Chat with your family, and old friends to take a trip down memory lane. If you can, hop in your car and drive around your home town to visit all the places that have meaning to you. Surely, something will spark.
So if you are itching to spice things up in your life and you like the idea of getting out of your comfort zone, just know you don’t need a 3 month retreat in Tibet, to give you that push and new found perspective.
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