I’ve been on a personal quest for the past two years to find inspiration and spark my creative juices so I can live a happier life. I spent a large portion of my life living up to the standards of others, trying to fit into the cracks that I felt needed filling. I wasn’t aware of my own self worth and the plethora of gifts I had to offer. I hide my own light away, afraid to be the quirky, unique person I really wanted to love but couldn’t. I wanted to understand why I couldn’t embrace the quirks and unique qualities that made me “different” so I could celebrate them.
Here are a few tips on finding your own inner sparkle and why they need to be celebrated, not stifled.
5 Ways of Finding Your Own Inner Sparkle
Ask Yourself “What do You Love?”
It’s a relatively simple question, but it’s something we don’t think about as much as we should. If you were anything like me, you didn’t believe you were worthy of love. Maybe you harbor guilt for something you’ve done, maybe you have regrets. When you come to terms with who you are, you can learn to appreciate and love yourself. Find out more about yourself and learn about the things that make you happy.
For me it was rediscovering my love of music, socializing with people who made me happy and appreciated my unique sense of humor, and learning new skills. It started there and blossomed into a journey to my own soul. So far, it’s been a great trip!
Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks
Within reason, folks. But lose the inhibitions, be a free spirit, and follow your heart. You know when things feel right and wrong. Listen to those voices inside your head. Your intuition can lead you down the most wonderful paths. I remember I went through a phase where nothing felt normal, everything was turned upside down.
In that chaos I started to understand who I was which made my next step a little more clear. Now I look forward to taking risks because I know that it can take me on an interesting journey. You learn to plan for the unexpected!
Laughter really is the best medicine. When’s the last time you had a full on belly laugh? Those laughs that make you cry. Those laughs that make you feel more human than you’ve ever felt. We get addicted to a certain kind of sadness that keeps us from seeing the world in all that it is. It might not be perfect, but in its imperfect nature there is a certain perfection.
Laugh at your mistakes, laugh at your rewards, laugh at yourself, and don’t be afraid to take yourself less seriously. Learn to let go of the past and fly!
Look for Magic
It’s out there. I’m not talking about magicians and potions, I’m talking about the everyday magic that surrounds us. I started noticing coincidences, funny stories that people tell and connect me to them. Movies that reminded me of people from my past, books that prepared me for people I’d meet months down the road. It’s what you make it and you can find beauty in the abnormal. Don’t let anyone dull the sparkle because it’s these quirks that make you the person you are. Follow the patterns, learn about the symbols, and see where they take you!
Take Time for Yourself
In a world where everyone’s trying to make you go faster, be quicker, and conform-conform-conform, you need to appreciate the person you are. You need to love yourself, enjoy the time you spend with you, and learn to be the kind of person you’d like to meet.
You’ll be surprised at the people who will come into your life, attracted to the best version of you that you can be. Like attracts like. Get to know yourself and love all the dark spaces, the rays of light, and everything in between. Your love for yourself will come off as the confident spark needed to attract the kinds of people you need in your life.
How do you find happiness and inner peace – feel free to share your thought in the comments below.
Author Emily MacLeod is the works at PureMobile.ca, a leader in cell phone and gadget accessories. You can follow them on Twitter @PureMobile
Photo: lauren rushing