Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fountain of Inspiration

What inspires you?



Make things happen. Frame your goals. Use a pretty typeface to type up your dreams and goals, and put them in an inexpensive picture frame. Place it where you'll see it all the time: on your coffee table, nightstand or computer desk. You might have the best plans, goals and strategies in town, but if you don't see and review them on a daily basis, you'll lose track of them. 



Write down your thoughts. By putting your thoughts on paper you can express emotions, organize thoughts and make dreams more concrete. You don’t have to use perfect grammar or fancy words. Write a letter to your mother or your unborn child. Tell your senator what you think. Keep a journal. Write a letter to your husband when you’re angry with him, then tear it up. Words are freedom. Words are power.


YouTube Videos?


"Allow yourself to grow by exposing your vulnerability and insecurity.  Don't live strictly inside your comfort zone - don't always play it safe."

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 
- Steve Jobs

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
-Henry David Thoreau


  • It is hard to be honest with yourself about what your dreams really are. It takes a lot of self-reflection.
2)  Think Simple Now
  • "Vividly picture the day of your funeral. What do you want your eulogy to consist of? What would your lifetime achievements be? What would matter the most at the end of your life? Is it what you are doing right NOW?"
3)  Dumb Little Man
  • Try exercise
    Often getting ourselves active can be a great way to get us doing things in other parts of our lives. It makes us feel good, alive, active, productive. It releases stress and gives us time to think. We start to become more fit and confident and happier. To start exercise, again, start small. Try to do a little every day, even if it's just for 10 minutes. If you can do it every day, you will have a habit, and it will lead to better and greater things.
4)  Zen Habits

  • Be open at all times – the best inspiration finds you.

  • Inner film. I close my eyes and start a movie projector in my head, and wait for the projected film to start. It always works. 

  • Large doses of silence.  “I quiet my mind and The Universe usually starts to show me exactly what I need to see throughout the day.”

  • I look within. 

  • The ocean. 

  • Nature. 

  • The present. Enjoying the now. 

  • Steve Jobs’ Stanford speech

  • I run, alone. 

  • I find people who do things that seem impossible and try to figure out how they did them. Their quotes are backed by their story.

  • Final Thought: 
    Whatever you do to get inspired, do it now! Start changing your life today, even if it's just something small. If you don't start now, you'll keep putting it off.

    BE INSPIRED!!! XOXO, Panda


    1. Absolutely fun post today. Thanks for sharing the so many things we can be inspired from--and sometimes not even realize that's what's happening. This blog post inspires me today. Thank you for that.

    2. Thanks for the comments :)
      I Googled "need inspiration" and found all of this and more! I edited it down to this post, but there are so many great resources at our fingertips if we just seek them out!
      Happy to share the inspiration! :D

    3. Love this post and am inspired by it! I love the Thoreau quote, we should all live our dreams. Thanks for sharing.

    4. Thank you Tia! Thoreau and I became pretty close in college and his words here are nothing short of perfect for my interpretation of inspiration, too. I should embroider them on a "thoreau" rug ;)

    5. This is great! Love the Steve Jobs quote...words to live by for sure!