Shower of Inspiration

Where to search for inspiration? Where do good ideas come from?

My best place for inspiration is in the shower! I have solitude there. The outside world is blocked; the phone doesn’t ring, the radio isn’t blasting, and I can barely hear the kids trying to kill each other!

The caressing drops of water gently massage knots out of my shoulders and ideas out of my head! The scorching heat (I do like it hot!) relaxes my spirit and my mind can just glide along with my thoughts.

I’ve always loved long, hot showers for this reason. It drove my dad (and siblings!) nuts and it drives my husband crazy too! But, it’s where I do my best thinking, so I will continue to do it. Sorry water meter!

I used to sing in the shower a lot too when I was a kid. Not so much anymore, but I do notice that many times, I can hear my daughter belting it out in there and it always makes me smile πŸ™‚ – she is so like me!

Where else do I get inspiration? There are a “shower” of places:

  1. listening to music – says the girl who constantly puts music videos into her posts! πŸ˜‰
  2. going for walks, especially in the quiet country side – don’t do that often enough anymore
  3. listening to my children laugh down the hall from my bedroom door
  4. my husband! especially long talks while we’re driving
  5. reading great writing and aspiring to be just as great
  6. my best friend – she inspires me to be who she thinks I am πŸ˜‰ when I really just want to be more like her
  7. creating and sewing with beautiful fabric – especially if it’s for someone I care about
  8. sipping an ice cold beer on a hot night sitting around the campfire looking up at the stars
  9. helping people solve problems – I love it and it inspires me to do more
  10. Christmas – because it brings out the best in people when it’s not about the gifts
  11. My parents – how I try to be what they know I can be
  12. Riding my bike – all I can hear is the wind in my ears and the miles (and worries) just disappear and I am free
  13. Writing my blog, when even just one person reads it and I can help them, even just make them think, that’s truly cool!
  14. A hot cup of coffee with a friend, laughing until our guts hurt!
  15. Late night talks with my oldest, who will still give me a hug and call me when he needs me (and doesn’t care if his friends think it isn’t cool!)
  16. Curled up under a blanket with my nose in a book while the snow falls outside and the house is quiet because everyone is doing the same thing
  17. So many more, but I won’t bore you!

What inspires you? How do you keep those ideas and great thoughts coming to you?

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5 thoughts on “Shower of Inspiration

  1. Not boring at all! We all need to be more inspired, every day!

    I’ll share a few too…

    1. My daughter… she reminds me of the person I might have become had I not allowed my fears and insecurities to stop me.

    2. My clients. They give me a ‘shot in the arm’ (or a boot up the ass!) whenever I need it most – often without asking for it!

    3. Art Shows. I went to the Wellspring Fall Show a couple weeks ago… Man! Blew me away!

    4. Hanging out at the camper… alone. Just me and the sound of the breeze rustling the trees… it’s as if Heaven is whispering in my ear. I do my best work there.

    5. Great books… business, spiritual, art, novels, just getting lost in well-written words.

    6. Networking. I love chatting with new people because I always glean some little nugget of knowledge from our conversations.

    7. Music. So many lyrics strike me as “my song”. :o)

    8. Scrapbooking! I never thought I would get into it, but it’s fun just to go play with a new project and it often spurs design ideas back at the office.

    9. Successful people who have never forgotten where they came from – they remain real and grateful and humble and don’t let the Hollywood Hoo-Hah get to them.

    10. Travel magazines. I dream of traveling and sunning myself on white beaches, touring the world’s best galleries and photographing spectacular scenery.

    Hey.. this is your post, not mine! Enough already! But thanks for the inspiration! ;o)

  2. Ohhhh, I could relate to so many of those! You wrote about each of them beautifully; I could almost feel being in those same moments! Very nice. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs. πŸ˜‰

    BTW you inspire me to be a better person. Thanks for being you!

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