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What is Inspiration?

In preparation for the first USTREAM show on Dec 28, I looked up the definition of Inspiration.

-A sudden intuition as part of solving a problem (or building a dream)
-Arousing the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
-The act of inhaling, as in breathing
-Divine Guidance. A special influence of divinity on the minds of human beings.
-A product of creative thinking and work
-Arousing to a particular emotion or action.

I believe that inspiration is a part of who we are. It is a “skill” or a sense that we have that can be strengthened and increased. An inspiration feels like a thought, a desire or a longing. It is something that encourages us, arouses us to try something new or to take something we are already doing to the next level.

Inspiration comes in all sizes. It can be something little like an inspired thought to change the shampoo you are using or the type of milk you are buying. It can be an inspired idea or desire to take a new class at the community college that leads you to a new hobby or job.

The inspirations are stepping stones to be and experience ourselves as something greater than we could have imagined. An inspiration may seem like it comes from your head, but in truth, it comes from your heart.

Inspiration leads us to make changes, to dream bigger dreams, and to support us in learning and growing. Amazing, wonderful things can happen when we listen to our hearts and follow an inspiration.

Sometimes when we ignore an inspiration, we can become resentful, jealous, unhappy or even physically sick. The bigger picture of inspiration is our soul, an inner part of us, that is calling us to experience life. It is as simple as that. We are here to experience life, each other and ourselves.

My goal with the USTREAM show and blogs and Youtube videos is to support you in following the inspirations and to encourage you to dream new and bigger dreams for yourself.

An inspirationsl countdown is here:

-2 days until we leave for Nick Jonas concerts in NYC and Philadelphia.
-4 days until the next USTREAM show: Open to Inspiration
-6 days until we drive West.

I will share the journey of where we are inspired to go as we move from Maryland to California. An inspiration that came to a year ago!


USTREAM Show called Open to Inspiration

Last night, I created my first USTREAM show. It is an idea that has been bubbling inside of me since August. I watched Jordin Sparks, the Jonas Brothers, Honor Society, Jason Mraz and Ashton Kutcher’s Football Fantasy on USTREAM over the last few months. The shows were broadcast in living rooms, kitchens, hotel rooms and basements. I was intrigued by the ability to present an idea and interact with people all over the world through Twitter.

I began to feel a “nudge” to have a USTREAM show, but what and why? Other things were happening in my life. The last two months of finishing the sale of my house, my daughter Mary’s wedding in NYC, looking for a home for my cats, moving into my friend Kate’s house for the holidays and preparing for moving out to California.

Over the holidays, Kate, Molly (her daughter), Hannah and I have been creating vision/dream journals. Looking through magazines and daydreaming about the next steps in our lives.

A clear idea came to me this week. Create a USTREAM show called Open to Inspiration and share the 8-step process that came to me during the summer of 2008 while I traveled and blogged.

Let me back up a minute in case you are new to this blog. In the last two years, I have traveled to 70 Jonas Brothers concerts with my teenage daughter, Hannah. It was something we started doing together, two years after her father died. During the summer of 2008, we drove to 15 concerts and had our first summer of blogging. (2009 was 45 concerts)

Last spring, I turned my blogs into a book roughdraft. As I wrote and reflected on that summer, I saw that there was a natural process that emerged. A process I call Open to Inspiration.

Several times a month, I am going to share one of the steps with some tools and ideas of how to practice that step. I have one show posted. The technology and sound will improve as I go along. Here is the link:

Within a few days of each show, I will post a blog with the ideas listed and links. Eight months. Eight steps.

Step 1: Listen to your heart