By Tom Reilly, Owner, Renovations

As we close out one year and usher in a new one, we take a moment to reflect on the past and consider how we’ll renew ourselves as we set goals for the future. We first take stock of ourselves. Every inspirational discussion, from “Tiny Buddha” to a myriad of inspirational quotes, points to change happening from within. No matter what our spirituality or level of mindfulness, the years have taught all of us the truth in that.

Our environment profoundly affects our outlook at any given moment. A trail walk, shopping, enjoying a meal at a restaurant or at home, you choose, the physical surroundings in each case can add to or take away from our experience. That effect can inspire each of us.

Our creativity is inspired. Be it a floral arrangement, or a meal, the human capacity to create from what is around us to what can be around us is the positive affirmation of change.

As design-and-build remodelers, our everyday lives involve changing the physical environment. As with all change, the process can be positive or negative, but the results can inspire tremendous transformation in other areas, too.

So how do you become inspired?

I don’t think there is a magic pill that instigates inspiration. It takes work. It takes contemplation which is not without effort.

Start by surrounding yourself with people and/or things that make you feel at ease. Consider yourself, however you recognize that inner space to be. Be cognizant of the thoughts that drip into your mind and sort through the ones that tweak your interest.

That is where inspiration begins for me. I am sure your journey will be unique to you. Whatever causes you to be inspired can also motivate you to the next stage, being creative, and propelling forward.

What does inspire you?

I would delight in knowing and even sharing thoughts (not names), in a future article, hopefully sparking inspiration for another individual. Drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you:

Seek to be inspired.

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