Have you ever woke up in the morning with this insanely great idea to do something amazing and then slowly let it disappear as you let the day to day requirements creep in? Creativity is often lost in the day to day autopilot programming that we live in. We get up in the morning with the intent to do everything that we did the day before and most often we spend the day thinking about what we’re doing tomorrow or the next day. Training your brain to be present and stay there is the most valuable practice anyone can do.
There have been so many times I have driven myself long distances only to realize I couldn’t remember how I had got there. Living autopilot isn’t the life I want to remember telling my great grandchildren about. Every morning brings new possibilities. Opportunity is always surrounding us, we just have to be awake enough to see them and take hold of them. I’m a huge fan of new ideas and creating new habits so with that in mind, I have decided to challenge myself and you of course. Follow along with me in practicing these simple (seriously simple) techniques to awaken your creativity. Daily practice is essential so if you plan to see any kind of results, don’t plan on being a slacker.
Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you already do. You can use this time to lie in bed and think about all the things you want to achieve. Focus on the things that are most important to you. I find creativity speaks loudest in those early morning hours of the morning.
Practice positive self talk. I have to admit this might be the toughest one. If anyone is the meanest to “me”, it is myself. I am guilty of consistently telling myself I can’t do it, what if they don’t like me, I’m not good enough. There is no need for all this pressure. Be kind to yourself.
Stop worrying about how you are going to do it. Make a plan, decide it’s what you want, and go for it. Details will fall into place. If you’re passionate about something then fight hard to make it happen. Too often I stop myself from achieving my own goals. Only I can change my circumstances.
~Always remember that you have a quality in you that no one else has. You can do all things through faith and persistence.~
Looking for ideas to add to your bucket list? There are a number of things to see while you are alive and well.
Many people make bucket list as a reminder of things they want to do before they die and yet most never succeed at fulfilling any of those things. It’s thought of as something to do towards the end of life but why should it be? Stop dreaming about things as if hopefully they will happen later in life. Make a list every week or every month of things you want to try or accomplish. It could be as simple as exercising or drinking more water whichever it is you are acknowledging what you want and bringing it to the forefront of your thoughts. A good question to ask yourself is “how will you fill your bucket?” We want to fill our lives with meaningful purposeful things that make a difference. I think we all know that time slips through our fingers faster than we can grasp it. It is important to make the most out of every day even if it by taking the smallest of steps.
Here is my February list of things I want to do at this point in my life. I may never do everyone but I am sure if given the opportunity I will do most.
Take a Gondola through Venise Italy
Visit a castle
Sleep on the beach
Ride horses along the coast
Fly in a hot air balloon
Take a cruise
Do volunteer work
How do you fill your bucket? Please comment below!
Most people need the inspiration to plan a trip and there are some who don’t want to plan because it sounds like too much work. Whichever it is don’t get stuck in this common funk. Traveling opens your mind to a world of cultures. If we didn’t travel we wouldn’t have much to talk about besides the normal day to day things like working, paying the bills, and raising our children. I like to think of traveling as a new way to experience the world. Memories are something that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives. My husband and I took a trip to Maui, Hawaii a few years ago and the experience was a dream vacation. I couldn’t possibly explain to you the amount of pure satisfaction that filled every vessel in my body. If I could give any advice ever it would be to “Take the trip.”
STOP BEING A COLLECTOR
People are collectors. We like to collect things, we like to collect pictures, we like to collect clothes, the list goes on for an eternity. There are numerous things the average person collects over their lifetime. I was cleaning out my garage yesterday after a horrific washing machine break and was disgusted by the amounts of junk I had sitting out there. My garage was covered in gallons of water and I had no choice but to throw away much of what was not in plastic tubs. You don’t seem to care about something as much when it is drenched in dirty water. The key to a happy life is not in the things that you own but in the memories that you collect. There are so many trips you can take for little or no cost. If you stop collecting things you will have money to collect the memories.
PRIORITIZE YOUR SPENDING
Stop spending all of your earnings on the next best thing. Love what you already have. Keep what you use daily and get rid of what you haven’t used in the last year. There is no reason to keep clutter around. Its uninspiring and a demotivator. Visit your local events and restaurants. I would rather enjoy a nice lunch outside with a friend than buy another purse or pair of shoes. Take a lunch and sit at the park if you want to really save. You will find that if you stop spending money on things to impress people you will have much more in your savings to take the trip.
RESEARCH FOR YOUR BUDGET
Many trips are relatively cheap and last minute deals are a great way to save on a trip. Even if it’s just a weekend trip it will be worth your while. We once took an overnight trip to Santa Cruz for our anniversary and it is still one of my greater trip memories. We walked along the beach boardwalk, ate fried twinkies, and enjoyed the ocean breeze. Out of everything we did in that short 24 hrs, the indoor miniature golf in Neptunes Kingdom was something I will never forget. We had some drinks, ate a fabulous dinner at Stagnaro Bros. and spent the rest of the evening in Neptunes Kindom playing golf. We ended the night with a walk on the beach. I think our total cost was less than $300.00 which isn’t bad for an Anniversary date.
Taking a trip doesn’t have to kill your budget or send your stress nerves haywire. The more you adventure out the easier it is to get in the car and go. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my time experiencing life and not watching others live theirs on the television.
Taking a trip to the big city? You won’t find a shortage of things to explore in San Francisco. We try to make a trip at least once a year and we are still amazed by the new experiences we find each time we go. If you are not careful you can waste a whole day trying to figure out one activity. It is good to go with a plan. You should know where you are going and how you are going to get there. We once booked a room in the business district and spent most of our time walking to find anything. I don’t recommend this unless you like sore feet and an exhausted body. Most of your time here will be spent walking so it is best to save your energy for the memorable parts of the city.
NEED SOME INSPIRATION ON WHERE TO START IN THE CITY? CHECK OUT MY FOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO EXPERIENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the center icon of the bay area in San Francisco. People from all over the world come to see it and admire its presence. There are various tours that offer trips to the Golden Gate Bridge. We took Marina Blvd all the way down to Mason Street and parked in the Hamilton Street Parking which was free. From there we walked through hills and trails to get unforgettable views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. At the top of the hill, you will come up to The Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center where you will see Roadhouse Cafe. It’s a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some refreshments. Don’t forget your camera the views are a memorable experience! If there is one thing you will do in this great city, it will be to take pictures. Every corner offers a photographic moment.
California Academy Of Sciences
If your looking for a fun family experience for the kids San Francisco provides an array of activities for the children. We took a day trip with our kids to Golden Gate Park. California Academy Of Sciences was our first stop and it was worth it. The kids were excited to explore the aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum. The Osher Rainforest Exhibit was something to remember with birds flying over your head and butterflies of all kinds. You could easily spend half the day in here experiencing everything that is offered. Once you have seen all there is to see in the California Academy Of Sciences step outside and follow the crowds. Just across the way, you will find the Tea Garden, Botanical Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers. This whole area is an explorers dream.
Fishermans Warf offers more food, shops, and attractions that one would need in a lifetime. The sites, the smells, and the sounds are something that will never leave you. From entertaining street performers to the historical sounds of the trolly bells every corner offers a delightful experience to remember. Teaming with history Fishermans Warf offers plenty of vintage hands-on attractions including a vintage arcade and old ships with interesting backgrounds. Check out the SS Jeremiah O’Brien and the USS Pampanito both on Pier 45. Kids love exploring these ships and learning about all of the histories that they provide. We once spent a whole day exploring ships and dining at all of the seafood restaurants.
If you have spent most of your time walking around this magnificent city you will find joy in knowing about Mile-long Baker Beach. It offers a relaxing day in the sun for friends and family. Located at the base of the serpentine cliffs. I have easily spend a whole day here. Parking is free and the walk to the shore isn’t too far. The beach can get crowded on warm days so be prepared for the crowds. We like to go early to get settled in and the view of the bridge is spectacular. On the east side of the parking area, you can find restrooms and benches. If you are having a BBQ there are grills provided. Kids can play in the sand and run off all of that energy.
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