Balanced Challenge: Inspiration and Relaxation

One of the things that struck me the most about today’s chapter of Balanced, was being open to change. Quite simply, I do not like change. Not. One. Bit. That’s why I loved this quote from Tricia:

“Is change happening in your life right now? Yup, that’s to be expected. Are you eager yet scared, hopeful yet anxious? That’s understandable. Just remember that even though you’d rather everything stayed the same, God is waiting for you – often just beyond your comfort zone. He’s there with open arms, prepared to walk with you every step of the ever-changing way.”

As much as I abhor change, it does usually bring with it inspiration. And inspiration is what today’s challenge is all about! I’ve written down a list of things I can do for inspiration. Here’s what I came up with:

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In case you can’t quite make out my handwriting, I’ll type the list out here too.

  • Put your playlist on shuffle.

    I can’t tell you how many ideas for my writing have come from a song. Sometimes it’s instrumental music, and sometime it’s the lyrics of a song that spark something.

  • Make time for tea.

    I don’t mean just brewing a big mug of tea. I mean sitting down with a teapot and teacup for a proper cup of tea!

  • Start a pinterest board of inspiring quotes.
  • Write with a fountain pen.

    I’m rather partial to my fountain pens, and there’s just something about sitting down and writing with one that makes me smile.

  • Try a writing prompt.
  • Take a walk.
  • Take a drive.
  • Read something fanciful.

    I’ve started reading the Tom Corbett: Space Cadet series to my kids. It’s complete fluff and there isn’t much real science in this science fiction. Still, it’s a fun adventure that I thoroughly enjoy. Fanciful reading never fails to capture my imagination!

  • Read something deep.

    I really enjoy reading a book that makes me think. I want to write things that make people think. Reading books like this remind me of why I want to write and encourage me to keep at it.

So now I’m curious. What do you do when you need a good dose of inspiration?

This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!

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