What inspires YOU?

Do you get that buzz when you’ve had an awesome day? Like when you’ve totally smashed the day, got lots done and feel really inspired? I have those days every now and then. I wake up the next day hoping to repeat the day before, but it doesn’t always happen! Staying inspired and motivated keeps things ticking along nicely and makes the days ahead so much better.

Sometimes though it’s really hard be on top of things…. Life just gets in the way! But you can pull yourself out of that. You can get back on top of things. You might just need a little shove in the right direction.

I asked some of my favourite online friends below how THEY stay inspired. But first what do YOU do when you feel your motivation is lacking? What about when you look around at other people and wonder how they get things done and always seem on top of their daily tasks? How come they seem to be doing so well at things??

Here are some of my tips:

► A quick trip away

A change of scenery makes you think clearer. Take a day trip, a drive, a walk… If you can sneak in an overnight trip somewhere then that’s even better. Sometimes a new place, new views and new memories can invigorate your mojo.

► Having things to do daily keeps you motivated

If the days are always the same it becomes monotonous and very boring. Find tasks to complete. Write a list, tick them off. Join a Facebook group or a blog challenge. Next month I am joining a Happy, Healthy Home 30 day challenge. I just wanted to be a part of something and have something to look forward to each day 🙂

► Don’t make your job a chore

Love what you do! It’s the old favourite saying though isn’t it? Easier said than done because our jobs pay our bills. But learning to like it each day (or striving towards a promotion, or a change) will keep you inspired and more focused on bigger and better things.

► Eat the frog first

Simply put, you want to do the things you need to do but don’t want to do first. This way you’ve done the ‘worst’ thing already and are happier to do the other tasks by comparison. I try to do this most days. It helps me quickly move on with the day and sets the tone on how I will finish up.

► Freshen up your space often

Every time you clean your home you are removing negative energy. Cleaning your home or workspace will make it lighter and more positive. This is a result of organising, ridding yourself of things you no longer need and removing toxic items from your environment.

► Take a walk

Open your eyes and breathe it in. I am a shocker on this one. Sometimes you can find me out and about early in the morning for 3 weeks in a row and then nothing for 3 months. I am up and down and hot and cold. Sometimes I am motivated to get out when the sun is coming up, other times I’m happy to sit on my computer. BUT on the days I do get outside and move I feel much better for it.

► Deadlines

Most people actually work better when under pressure. I am lazy if I don’t have to be pushed to the limit. I like being under the pump because I always get a lot more done. If it’s school holidays and I really don’t have to be anywhere then I don’t do much! So I am always unmotivated and uninspired. Give me a deadline and I’m all over it. You can also make deadlines for yourself. Stick it on the fridge and tell yourself a certain thing has to be done by that time. I do it with the folding of the washing. I might want to watch a tv show but I’ll say “I have to fold all of this and put it away in 20 minutes before I sit down.”

► Care less about the outcome

Caring too much about what others think robs us of our creative sense. It forces us to second-guess ourselves and prevents us from actually making our own choices for fear that the outcome won’t meet a ‘made-up’ standard set by someone else. Care less about what other people think and care less about the outcome. Just do it!

Here are some of the things which inspire people I admire…

Maxabella-Loves-header-darling-and-darlingBron from Maxabella Loves

Harmony inspires me. I look for it in nature, in people, in music, in my daily life. My eye seeks it out when I enter a room and my heart buzzes when I feel it happening between people. I am particularly taken when harmony exists even though the elements first seem to clash. Wild patterns that just go together or a conversation that crackles with objections.


fatmumslimChantelle from Fat Mum Slim

I think the easier question is what DOESN’T inspire me. I love life. I get so inspired by simple things, taking my camera or phone out and seeing the world through photography. I am inspired by my girls, and the way they get excited about seeing things for the first time. I get inspired by living in beautiful Australia, with it’s stunning coastlines. Travel inspires me, seeing the world and how different and similar it can be to my own home. As far as business and blogging goes, I’m inspired by my peers, by people doing really exciting and different things, and making a difference in the world.


OUBheader250415Fleur from Our Urban Box

Inspiration can be found everywhere when you allow yourself to be open to see it. I love to be inspired by other women who have had a dream and worked hard to make it come true. I get inspiration daily from my Instagram feed and all the beautiful home décor photos that are shared. And I love to fall down the rabbit hole of reading other blogs and finding inspiration along the way.


a-m-banner1A-M from The House That A-M Built

What inspires me? People who are big thinkers, with the confidence to live their own truth and not follow the crowd. People who feed their soul through truly caring for others, doing great work and loving what they do whilst doing it! People who really get that life is short and you only get one shot at it.


elementsKristie from Elements @ Home

I am inspired by people and interior magazines. I love seeing peoples homes and their style in magazines…..real paper with front and back cover’s (not online). I love the whole emotion that comes with buying or getting a mag in the mail that I cant wait to sit down with and pour over the pages and see the people that have put looks together and the homes that are featured. Then I love to read the stories and how they live and how they interact with their space.
This gives me My 2nd inspiration, people. It comes from hearing their “real” stories. We all have one………either of adversity or overcoming hardship or just a “story” that is no one else’s. It intrigues me how each of us handle our stories, either very much the same or in a way I would never have imagined.


DaniStevens_Logo_Black-copy_Size_test-e1438906877101Dani from Dani Stevens

People that take charge, make no excuses and have the energy to create a life they love and share it with everyone around them. I love being connected to people like that. I believe my own intrinsic motivation plays a huge role when it comes to being and feeling inspired by others. Most importantly I am a role model to our 4 beautiful children and to me, they are my biggest inspiration of all.

What inspires you? What keeps you motivated?


  • Dani Stevens

    Thank you beautiful Katrina for sharing. Love your work which totally inspires me XxDani

  • Maxabella

    Such a lovely post and so wonderful to be a small part of it. I totally love your final point: to care less about the outcome changes everything. I’m going to work on that one!! x

  • Maxabella Loves

    A post that’s like a breathe of fresh air. So lovely to be part of it, Kat. Thanks for having me. x

  • A-M

    Can I also add, ‘what they all said’?! What an inspiring post. Thanks for including me pet. A-M xx

  • Fleur Horsley

    Oh wow! I’m in good company! Great to be part of it x x

  • JF Gibson

    Things like this inspire me! Hearing what inspires others and the everyday joys that light up people’s faces. I think inspiration is infectious and makes you feel better about everything. Good books, beautiful writing, music, the language of dance and theatre, the imagination of children, the buzz of writing words – so much inspires me. x

  • Jennie Meiklejohn

    What a fabulous post for a Monday morning Katrina – and particularly a school holidays Monday morning!! I’m motivated by my many “to-do” lists – they keep me honest. But I’m inspired by all the wonderful creative people that I surround myself with at River & Wren. They inspire me to work hard to keep the market at its very best so that our community can also be inspired by the wonderful creativity that we’re fortunate to find locally.

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