Hey Inspiring Souls!
I am so happy to have another installment of the Inspired Living Series. I am happy to introduce you to Becky McCleery, a lovely Soul I “met” online recently. She has some beautiful thoughts and ideas for us, so read on and be inspired!
In this busy, frenzied, on demand world we live in, how does one even begin to lead an inspired life? What does it mean to live inspired?
To me, an inspired life is a conscious choice. It is a choice to step out of the chaos and reconnect with the heart of who you are. It is the decision to listen to and trust in your inner wisdom, follow the longings of your soul, and share your unique magnificence in everything you do. Living an inspired life means waking up each day and making the choice to be fully alive.
An inspired life is a choice and a journey. If you are feeling somewhat stuck or simply uninspired, here are a few ideas to help you begin reconnecting with your inner brilliance (what lights you up and makes you sparkle and shine as only you can):
•What energizes you? Follow that energy and nourish your spirit. How can you make more time for this in your life?
•Shake up your routine. Try playing with possibilities. Sometimes our daily lives begin to feel monotonous and it is all too easy to live on autopilot. In order to wake up, sometimes we need to break out of the ordinary. Try listening to yourself. What do you need right now? What are you longing to do? Allow yourself to honor and follow whatever answers come to you.
•Go outside and connect with nature. Take a walk, go for a bike ride, or have a picnic and make this intentional. Notice the beauty all around you. What amazes you? What do you love? Make time to slow down and enjoy where you are now.
•What did you love as a child? Take some time and think back to what you adored as a kid. What could you do for hours that made time fly by? Is this still a part of your life? If so, how? If not, could you reintroduce it to your life? What might that look like? Don’t worry about how good you are at this activity, simply allow yourself to relax, play, and have fun.
•What are you curious about? What would you like to learn about? Where can you begin? Sometimes inspiration pushes us to stretch and grow. Stop making excuses or holding yourself back, and give yourself the gift of time to explore and discover. Enjoy the journey without putting pressure on yourself to achieve a certain outcome. Open up to possibilities to shine and thrive.
•What are you grateful for? Make a commitment to choose gratitude and notice the beauty and blessings in your life. Take photos of what you are thankful for, keep a gratitude journal, or make a habit of saying “thank you.” Wonder is all around us, but we are often too busy to notice. This seemingly simple change can open up abundant possibilities before you.
•What do you care about? What issues or causes move you? How can you make a difference? Getting outside of ourselves and focusing on helping others is a powerful way of connecting with inspiration. Seek ways to spread kindness and be love in action, then notice how this impacts your feelings and your life.
Inspiration is all around us, we simply need to make the choice to slow down and live with intention. Here is your challenge for today: Nourish your spirit. Did something from this list light you up? Do it. Is there something you’ve been longing to do? Begin today.
The world needs more people who are fully alive. The world needs you, your gifts, and your love. Let’s join together to wake up, share our unique brilliance, and light up the world with loveliness!
Becky Lyter McCleery is an inspired mama, writer, and teacher. She is the founder of Raising Loveliness, a gathering place for moms to come together to “bring out the best in ourselves, our children, and one another.” She invites you to join her in her mission to cultivate a more compassionate world.