Take Some Time To Yourself
With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are going to be spending a lot of time with our friends and family—which is all well and good, but sometimes it can leave us feeling a bit drained. It’s important to learn to spend time alone and keep yourself inspired. Go to a restaurant alone or take some time to read a book; discover a new Netflix favorite—anything to get some you time, and recharge so you can be ready to give your refreshed energy over the holiday season.
Spend Some Time in Nature
If you’re in a place with true fall weather (or even if you’re in beautiful California), take a hike! Travel somewhere to see the rapid changing of reds, and oranges, and yellows. Go alone or bring a friend—it’s relaxing, centering, and you can appreciate the beauty of one season ending while another fast approaches.
Keep Your Expectations High
Have you ever had someone tell you to lower your expectations? Well, that is certainly dreaming, and inspiration killing. Hope feeds our drives and our ambitions. We should try and expect the best out of our surroundings, and the people in our lives. I stole this idea from the manager of the Chicago Cubs (fingers crossed for a trip to the World Series!) Joe Maddon, who said, amidst all the pressure of the Cubs possibly making a return trip to the World Series for the first time in 108 years, that high expectations were a good thing. It meant that the Cubs were doing something noteworthy. I think this is a great approach to take daily. With high expectation can come some real appreciation of the great things happening around us!
Take some time to Consider the Relationships in Your Life
I don’t mean this in an evaluative sense, but I would say it’s good to think about all the reasons you love and value the people who are closest to you. Don’t take them for granted, and let them inspire you with their ways of approaching the world. And remember that no matter how long, or how well you know someone—there is always more to discover!
Learn Something Simple
I find that I really appreciate when I can tackle a skill that you can learn in an afternoon. For example, one afternoon I taught myself how to poach an egg—which isn’t all that complicated, but there is a bit of a trick to it. It’s a great way to boost your mood, and keep the creative juices flowing. It also helps you appreciate the skills of people who do these tiny things for you!