Ok, this is really really super simple. Hardly a tip at all. But I find that one good way to keep myself inspired, enlightened, grounded, and sane, is to be sentimental! I keep things around the house, in my view, that have meaning to me. I've done a major de-clutter job around the house (which I am still in the process of doing and would like to write about in a later blog.) and I make it a priority to keep certain items available that are not only useful, but have a kind of nostalgic value as well. Here's an example: I drink coffee. (I love coffee. And if you have kids you should drink coffee too, and lots of it.) A simple way that I like to enjoy my coffee time and make myself feel a little pampered, is to use special mugs. I have tons of mugs (and also tea cups). I have sophisticated and very modern one, silly ones, seasonal ones, tea cups from antique stores that I found intriguing, mugs from special vacations, picture mugs, etc., etc. So while drinking coffee is routine to me, the drinking device isn't. I like choosing a mug that fits the way that I feel, or the way that I want to feel. I started doing this after watching one of my favorite movies, Breakfast at Tiffany's. I loved that Holly Golightly drank milk from a wine glass, it's like a form of expression. Taking something as simple and common as drinking milk, and making it a personal expression of where your at in life. Or where you want to be.
It's not a magical thing, but I find that when you set aside a moment in your brain to purposely be sentimental, it can really improve your mood and make you feel empowered as well. You don't have to do it with mugs of course, it can be anything at all. Pick an item, think about what time of your life you were in when you acquired item, who were you with, how did you feel, how have you grown since then? What have you learned? Was there some special memory attached to it, does it inspire you to recreate that time or to do something better? It doesn't have to be a useful item either. Decorate your house in a meaningful way, dress yourself in a meaningful way, cook in a meaningful way, make sexy-time in a meaningful way--you can do it with anything.
Don't be too sentimental though and end up being a pack rat. Throw your junk away! If you break it, chuck it. If you are making a mess with your clutter, pack it up and store it away for awhile. You live on and will acquire new experiences and new items to be sentimental about!