Tips to Get Inspiration Back in Your Life

Swimming in the Sky, June 2010

Skydiving, June 2010.

Your life is unique, your life is yours. You might often find yourself tangled in what seems to be the routine of your everyday life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some life-expanding tips I’ve put together in hopes of lighting a spark in all who read these words from my mind-spill.

Create a bucket list

This will give you something to look forward to; this will pave the path to mingling with goals. Want to jump from a plane? Travel across the world? Learn a new language? Write a story? Run a mile? You have a life and you have a mind, so use them, love them! Life has so many gifts for you — you have to unwrap them. Once created, it’s good to keep your bucket list in a place where you will see it. Showing it off to others can help you get moving on it too, since then they can either join you on some epic quests or support your life-loving ideas.

Get physical

Being uninspired can often leave you feeling stagnant. Know that being physically strong and flexible also makes you mentally strong and flexible, cooking up the recipe for an open mind. A good way to guide yourself to a better mental state is to get your body involved in some good fun. Hiking, rock climbing, biking, dancing, kick-boxing, yoga. An open mind and a strong body go a long way, and these experiences make for good stories to inspire others. Read More

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Top tech-oriented commencement speeches

Words to live by from some of the top tech executives

It’s easy to forget that the names behind big tech companies are actual people, and that at one point in their lives they were students who shared similar experiences as most of us did. Each year our future leaders walk down the aisles in cap and gown with everyone else, leaving behind the days of endless studying, crazy partying, and staying up way too late.

As the school year comes to a close, some of the world’s greatest geeks will be giving their own advice to the class of 2014. Below are the quotes from some of the best commencement speeches ever delivered by technology executives that are probably a good idea to keep in mind.

Mark Zuckerberg– Facebook co-founder (2011)

Zuckerberg

“You should follow your dreams. You should pursue your goals. You should give life to your ideas, wherever they lead. As trite as it sounds, I want you to truly believe that you can be anything you want to be and do anything — absolutely anything — you want to do. Unless, that is, it competes with me. Then you will fail. Maybe that sounded awkward. Read More

Ways to Express Yourself

Keep a journal. It’s a great way to let your emotions flow, whether you write about your day, jot down some poetry, or  just doodle in it. It’s a place you’re sure to stay true to yourself, as well as a place where you can see how you’ve grown.

Be yourself. Trying to express yourself doesn’t mean acting like a different person. Find something that is you, whether it’s gardening, drawing, or cooking and go deep within it.

Find a place that inspires you. Maybe you like a calm, peaceful place outside where you feel free to let go of the day and think. Maybe you have a colorful room that gets your creativity flowing. Or maybe you like sitting on a bench watching the happenings of a busy place. Wherever it is, lose yourself in it.

Decorate. Having your own room is the perfect place to really make it yours. Bright colors, neutral colors, posters or paintings on the walls. An open room or a room with shelves cluttered with knick-knacks. It’s even better if you have your own house or apartment to really get expressive. Go crazy. It’s yours.

Dress. Your appearance itself can have a lot to do with self expression. Be comfortable in the way you do your hair and wear your clothes. This is you.

Music. You can play it, sing it, or listen to it. There’s nothing like a good song to let out how you’re feeling. There are songs for any kind of emotion.

Art. Draw, paint, sew, mess around with clay. Create something from your mind. There’s nothing else like it.

Things to Never Forget

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I cut this out of a local paper a few months ago and kept it on my desk so that I’d be reminded of the important things. This is something worth reading.

1. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.

2. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely.

3. Don’t judge people by their relatives.

4. Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

5. Remember the three Rs:

Respect for self,
Respect for others,
Responsibility for your actions.

6. Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for big ones.

7. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

8. Be the first to fight for a just cause.

9. Remember that no time is wasted that makes two or more people better friends.

10. Never say anything uncomplimentary about another person’s dog.

11. Don’t think expensive equipment will make up for lack of talent or practice.

12. Memorize your favorite love poem.

13. Do the right thing, regardless of what others think.

14. Judge people from where they stand, not from where you stand.

15. Life will sometimes give you a magical moment. Savor it.

16. Don’t confuse comfort with happiness or wealth with success.

17. Be the first to forgive.

18. Spend some time alone.

19. Be an original. If that means being a little eccentric, so be it.

20. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

21. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

22. When you say “I Love You”, mean it.

23. Watch your attitude. It’s the first thing people notice about you.

24. Remember that the more you know, the less you fear.

25. Be humble & polite, but don’t let people push you around.

26. Don’t let weeds grow around your dreams.

27. Remember that how you say something is just as important as what you say.

28. Read between the lines.

29. Don’t think you can fill an emptiness in your heart with money.

30. Remember that the shortest way to travel anywhere is to have good company with you.

31. Take criticism and praise with equal grace.

32. Remember that what’s right isn’t always popular & what’s popular isn’t always right.

33. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

34. Never risk what you can’t afford to lose.

35. Remember that ignorance is expensive.

36. Learn the rules, then break some.

37. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

38. Don’t confuse foolishness with bravery and kindness with weakness.

39. Life is too short. Eat more pancakes than ricecakes.

40. Follow your own star.

41. Remember the ones you love.

42. Follow your dreams.