30 Days In The Life Of A Shy Entrepreneur – Day 16

It was our last day at the farm today.  After breakfast we packed up and headed off on one last excursion before starting the journey home.

Paco having one last look around.

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We visited Kendall which is a beautiful town on the edge of the Lake District.  It was packed full of my favourite kinds of quirky gift shops and tea rooms.  We chose one of them and sat down to the most amazing scones with clotted cream.

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On the way back to the car we admired the beautiful buildings, impressive window displays and there was a second hand book shop that really caught my eye.  It was unfortunately closed, but I spotted at least half a dozen books that I would have been interested in if it had been open.  I have always loved book shops but there is something even more special somehow about second hand ones.  The books are on sale for only a couple of pounds and could potentially open up a whole new world.

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I came away from this weekend trip feeling really inspired.  I think being inspired is so important.  It is a great feeling, it makes us want to attempt things, achieve things and provides us with motivation.

I started to think about things that really inspire me and then I realised that I am looking at or doing something that inspires me almost daily, if not everyday.  I wanted to share my list of where I receive my inspiration from, not that you will be inspired by the same things, that won’t be the case as everyone is different, but it might give you some ideas of where you could look to receive inspiration for yourself.

So here it is, my top 10 list of where to look for inspiration;

Magazines – whatever you are interested in or passionate about, there is likely a publication on the subject.

Property programmes – I love to watch Location, Location, Location, Grand Designs or Escape to the Country as it helps me to visualise my dream home and I am genuinely interested in different types of property.  If there aren’t any current episodes running you can usually find them on YouTube.

Property websites – websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location are excellent for browsing through last thing at night and as well as inspiring me they help me to wind down and relax.

Business programmesDragons Den (I have just watched tonight’s episode), The Apprentice and similar are excellent for inspiration in the business area.

Bookshops/Second hand bookshops/Libraries – as I have already mentioned book shops are an excellent source of inspiration.  Just take some time to browse the shelves and see what you are naturally drawn to.

Shops and new places – I always get inspired when I visit new places and find quirky new shops to mooch around.

Pinterest – this is a fantastic search engine for anything and everything.  It is slightly addictive, ok very addictive so beware, it can steal your time, however I love it all the same.  Again its a good one for last thing at night.

Musicals/theatre – I absolutely love attending the theatre.  I always come out feeling uplifted and inspired.

People watching – this is one of my favourite pastimes, especially in big cities where I can observe the different fashions.

Blogs – there are blogs on all different subjects which can be really inspirational.  One of my favourites is www.purposefairy.com  which contains articles about lots of different subjects.  Just follow blogs that appeal to you.

I am going to leave you with a couple of quotes that I came across today, quotes are also a fantastic source of inspiration and a single quote can even be life-changing.

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I hope you enjoyed this post.

See you tomorrow!

Adele x

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