Inspiration is that state of mind where you feel highly stimulated to do something. Your senses are heightened, you feel invincible, full of energy and enthusiasm and you are completely dedicated to what you are doing. Making time for yourself allows you to focus your attention on who you are, what you love and what inspires you. So I’m challenging you to find (or make) time for yourself even if it’s 15 minutes before or after work and allow yourself to discover what inspires you.

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Below a list of sources of inspiration


  Brainstorm. Write down all your thoughts about the issue at hand. Getting past self-censorship can reveal new ideas.


 Go for a walk in nature.  Practice mindfulness, and lose track of time for a while.


 Meditate or practice yoga in a nearby park.


 Watch children playing at the park then make a point to carry their spirit with you throughout the day.


 Meditate in solitude.


 Watch your cat or dog in nature and try to emulate your pet’s mindfulness and playfulness.


Break your routine. Do something unexpected.


 Take a camera outside and photograph everything that looks beautiful to you.


 Visit a place you’ve never visited.


 Practice deep breathing while listening to nature sounds.


 Draw or paint a scene outside your window.


 Go to the museum and contemplate art.


 Get up early.


 Quit something you’ve always been trying to quit.


 Watch the sunrise and sunset.


 Attend a play at the theatre.


 Watch a film.


 Play with your pet.


 Take part in a marathon.


 Watch a TED talk.


 Spend time with someone who brings out your best self.




 Take a risk – leave your comfort zone.




 Volunteer for a noble cause.


 Try New recipes & Taste food you’ve never tried. 


 Talk to a child. Children are wise with their innocence, purity and unlimited hope and faith. They believe that everything is possible because they can only see the beauty of thins at that early age.


 Try New Things. Try many things and find what fits you and from there on you venture. Always seek higher mountains for a brand new perspective of the world at large.


 Pay Attention to What You Don’t Like.

The negative can inspire you as much as the positive. What disgusts you? What makes you angry? What do you find, ugly, annoying, or amoral? Write these things down. Ask yourself why you feel this way about these things.  Sometimes the answer can be expressed in a work of art.


 Bring a Notebook or a Sketchpad.

Bring a small notebook or a sketchpad to jot down your thoughts wherever you are.


This list has just some ideas. I invite you to share in the comments on my website and tell what inspires you to create, and how you become and remain inspired.


What about you? What things help you find some inspiration?


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Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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