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Inspire Yourself this February

Ways to look for inspiration in your daily life

February 2012

It is hard to feel inspired in February. The holidays are over, there is a lack of vitamin D from the sun shining and my car seems to be a slushy pit all the time.

I decided this February, not to wait until spring to feel inspired, but to be an active participant in looking for inspiration. The first thing I decided was to turn the channel on my TV. I have to admit I have gotten in a habit of tuning into reality TV late at night to zone out and relax before going to bed. The problem is, reality TV is rarely relaxing. Instead, getting sucked into a stranger's drama was leaving me feeling...well, uninspired. I decided in order to feel inspired I had to surround myself with inspiration. So with that, after I put my kiddos to bed, I decided to turn my trusted TV off at night. It didn't take me long to find a new routine, in fact, it only took one night for me to fall in love with the peace and quiet in my house. I started to read more, talk to my husband more (really talk, you know. The kind when you actually have eye contact). To be honest, I started to think more, pray more and have a feeling of overall gratitude. Turns out, checking out every night in front of the TV made me kind of uninteresting and definitely uninspired.

So if you are looking for easy and fun ways to get inspired and beat the winter blues here are a few tips:

Find an inspirational daily tear off calendar. One friend introduced me to a great calendar that I put in my bathroom. Every morning when I am getting dressed I read it. It takes two minutes and it is a great way to start the day on a positive note.

Sign up for a daily email from your favorite author or speaker. Many leaders, motivational speakers and authors today have e-blasts that they send out on a daily basis. It is a wonderful way to stay in a positive frame of mind during a busy day.

Try something new. Next time you drop your kiddos off at school or Mom's Day Out, try something out of your routine. Plan on going to a museum and checking out an exhibit, a restaurant you never have been to before or trying a class that interests you.

Surround yourself with inspiring people. Typically inspiring people are positive thinkers in nature. Start taking note of who you know that lifts you up and makes you feel inspired vs. people who tend to be negative and make you feel guilty. Be deliberate with who you spend your time with this year.

Remember the Calgon commercial growing up where the mom in it says, "Calgon, take me away?" As moms, sometimes we a need a break from reality. Having a break recharges our battery and only makes us better moms in the long run. Next tine you need a break, consider reading a book or magazine that will inspire you, teach you something new or make you laugh. If you are in the mood to watch a movie, select a film that might motivate or inspire you. Some movies that are listed as inspiring films are:

• Field of Dreams

• The Blind Side

• Pursuit Of Happiness

• Rudy

• The Rookie

• It's A Wonderful Life

• Hoosiers

• The Mighty Ducks

• Rocky

They all leave you cheering and feeling, you guessed it, INSPIRED!

So this year, don't let the winter blues get you in a rut. Take an active role in seeking out inspiring opportunities, people, and an overall attitude!

Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of "Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity." Visit her Web site at www.Mommy-Magic.com.

Tags: In This Issue, Parenting

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