Enjoy an Inspiration Flow Day

March 10, 2019
Inspiration Flow Day

It’s #MakingMarchMeaningful on the blog, but as I sat down to write a post my mind would not co-operate. I tried several times, with several ideas but each time I sat at the computer the words just would not flow.

My mind would not settle, mainly because we are in the midst of finally selling my MIL’s home and with Open for Inspection days, I’m busy making sure the house is presentable and then hoping that someone wants to buy it.

We need to sell her home to fund her aged care costs but also after living here for 11 years looking after his parents, my husband and I want to get on with our own lives, in our own home.

It is a stressful time.

At first, I thought about just skipping a post – I mean

Would the world end? No!,

Would my reader’s notice? Maybe but they would understand.

So I let go of the idea of writing and walked away.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I wanted to share my experience with you and what I learned.

My learning was that sometimes by letting go, walking away and doing something else we can find clarity, rather than doggedly trying to make something happen when it clearly isn’t the right time.

As I gave up on the idea of writing, I pulled out some books I hadn’t read for some time. One was ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women’ by Kristine Carlson and the other was my ‘Pause Journal’ by Kikki K. The journal was a gift from my daughter and I had not revisited it for some months.

Both of these books gave me an ‘ah ha’ moment and the idea for this post.

The page I opened in my Pause Journal had this quote from Eckhart Tolle

In today’s rush we all think too much, see too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.

I randomly opened ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ and the chapter was ‘Plan an Inspiration Flow day’.

What is an Inspiration Flow Day?

Kristine suggests that as planners we can over-plan our life. I know I’m guilty of that. I have my lists, my diary, my blogging schedule, my bucket lists, my travel plans. Too much you say? Yes, I agree.

An Inspiration Flow Day is when we give up any notion of planning for one day. We don’t pre-plan any activities but rather let the day unfold and do what just comes to mind in that moment.

For someone like me who is a planner, this could be challenging but as I read more I knew an Inspiration Flow Day was exactly what I needed.

How to enjoy an Inspiration Flow Day

  • Take your time when you first wake – don’t rush, Stretch and enjoy the moment and not having to do anything but just be present.
  • If your mind is busy as soon as you wake, take a few deep breaths and focus on the breathing to clear your mind
  • Today is about living by Inspiration not Plans
  • Ask yourself ‘How do I feel like spending my time today?’ Today is all about going with what you feel not what you have planned.
  • If you feel like going for a walk, do it now when you feel it and not ‘plan to do it later’. Whatever you feel like doing – do it in that moment.
  • Allow yourself one day of indulgence – this is your day to do with as you wish.
  • Put aside the telephone
  • Put aside your obligations for one day
  • Just go with the flow and your feelings – appreciate each moment with no pressure of needing to be doing something or being somewhere.

The Benefits of having Inspiration Flow Days?

  • Freedom – you experience total freedom from responsibilities and self-imposed pressure for one day.
  • You are master of your own destiny for this one day.
  • You will gain perspective and learn more about yourself.
  • Your body, mind and soul will enjoy the break and will be renewed and refreshed.
  • You will feel inspired and motivated because you have stepped away from the world for a time.
  • Being spontaneous can be fun and helps us to think creatively

I’m not sure how successful my Inspiration Flow Day will be but I’m definitely going to mark a day in my calendar for regular Inspiration Flow Days.

Would you like to include regular Inspiration Flow Days into your life?

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  • Reply Donna March 11, 2019 at 02:17

    HI, Sue – I didn’t know what they were called, but I greatly believe in “Inspirational Flow Days.” I practice them quite regularly in my retirement. Yesterday, I woke up with my long list of things that I wanted to do, opened a new book first thing in the morning….and quickly abandoned my list and stuck with the book. If I can’t ever do that in retirement, why am I retired?

    I also do this more and more with my blogging, instead of sweating over a weekly post, I let my posts come to me. I realize that this would not work for everyone or every blog, but it has been incredibly freeing for me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:01

      Hi Donna, I really admire your ability to get the balance right in our retirement. I do find that Sundays I usually relax and read or spend time with Mike. I also think that I admire your ability to not worry about the blog. I’m trying but I feel a responsibility when I do the monthly themes. I do enjoy blogging so it is a matter of working out the right balance. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins March 11, 2019 at 02:51

    Hi Sue,
    I agree with Donna and empathize with you! I have a tendency to over schedule myself and take on too much. But, like Donna, I have also been able to set aside some things at times and just let the day happen at our whim.
    If we can’t do this, “why are we retired?”
    It’s important, I think, just to wake up some mornings with nothing pressing on the agenda and let the day unfold as it will.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:04

      I am still coming to terms with retirement, Nancy. I am improving and there are days where I indulge my passion for reading. At the moment with the house etc our life is on hold and blogging brings me sanity. Once we have sorted the house and my MIL’s finances we can then start living our lives. xx

  • Reply Debbie March 11, 2019 at 08:49

    I agree with everything you say here Sue! You are right ion the money in having Inspiration flow days. I love being spontaneous and letting things happen – it’s so good for us at times. I’m glad you listened to yourself and got this great post as a result. Thanks for the inspiration. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:07

      I love your spontaneity Deb and wish I was more that way. At the moment though life is pretty structured but hopefully after the house is sold we can start living our own lives. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 11, 2019 at 09:56

    I wrote a post using that Toll quote as the title. He nails it, I think. Good post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:07

      He has some great quotes, Lydia and this one certainly resonated with me. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Natalie March 11, 2019 at 10:22

    Hi Sue – Thank you for sharing this even when it’s a stressful time for you. I agree with your points. Sundays are my usual ‘Inspirational Flow Days”. I wake up whenever I wake up and just go with the flow all day. Best of luck with the sale of your MIL’s house. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:09

      Hi Natalie fingers crossed the house will sell quickly as we are impatient to restart our own lives which have been on hold for about 11years. I do love Sundays and have been avoiding social media etc and just trying to relax with a good book. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 11, 2019 at 13:17

    I think I’m going to make my next long haul flight day an ‘Inspiration Flow Day’, Sue. Will be interesting to have this perspective on what is time I usually spend without a plan.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:09

      Yes that is a perfect opportunity for an Inspiration Flow Day – think of the movies you can watch! LOL:)

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 11, 2019 at 15:21

    I liked the idea of Inspiration Flow days Sue – in fact I think March might be my Inspirational Flow MONTH – just doing what I feel like doing without a huge agenda hanging over my head. Time to breathe and time to go with the flow – sounds perfect. I pinned your quote x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 11, 2019 at 17:12

      Now that sounds exactly what you need BBB!

  • Reply Tom at Sightings March 11, 2019 at 23:53

    What a great idea. And, for me, today is a perfect time to take an Inspiration Flow Day. So I’m going to stretch, then breathe, then go for a nice long walk since we finally have a sunny day . . .

  • Reply Ellen March 12, 2019 at 16:51

    I call them duvet days.. yesterday driven by the husband out until evening I just did what I felt. Except I did beat to the tune of our pup Lilly’s bladder and messages to and fro my daughter … but ones in training and the other one day late to deliver het first baby; understandable distractions. A long long shower followed an indulgently satisfying breakfast. My breakfast is usually Not eaten in the moment as I juggle homemade granola with dishes, news listening on the DAB radio and getting ready.the poop bags llead and treats. For the most part I indulged my own whims and refused to feel guilty. The house did not get condemned because the vaccum was left alone. The dog surrvived my daughter is still waiting and the husband said jolly good it was about time. Now feeling refreshed I go about a full day of catch up. Yesterday was my flow day.?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 12, 2019 at 17:11

      Hi Ellen sounds like a lovely day. It is difficult waiting for the birth of a grandchild. You want to be there for your daughter and a first baby is always exciting but with a little fear as well. My daughter now has two gorgeous sons Ethan, nearly 5 and Elliot 9 months. Best wishes for a safe arrival of your grandchild – such a beautiful time for everyone. You probably needed the rest because I’m sure your daughter will need you when the baby arrives. 🙂 Lovely to meet you and I will pop over to check out your blog. xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid March 13, 2019 at 03:55

    I love the idea of an Inspiration Flow Day although most days I seem to fly by the seat of my pants. I don’t have a planner but I do have a list although I often completely disregard it! As for Tolle, he knows what’s what!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2019 at 11:57

      Hi Sammie, you sound like you could do with an Inspiration Flow Day! 🙂 Don’t over do it! xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan March 13, 2019 at 19:48

    Oh selling a house in a market that has slowed is frustrating. I know the feeling of “when this, then that…and more”.

    I so hope things do pick up and you get the sale price needed. There is a big stress in all of this and I can see why you would be wanting it over.

    I recently told myself that I have to “stop waiting” for this to happen or that to occur and live my life with what I have now. It has been a challenge but I know I am better for it emotionally.

    Next week’s optional prompt for #lifethisweek is 11/51 It’s MY Favourite. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2019 at 08:52

      I know Denyse so fingers crossed we can get it sold for a reasonable price and then move on. xx

  • Reply pat March 14, 2019 at 06:46

    Sue, visiting from MLSTL (of course) and a very interesting concept. I do have days when there is nothing planned ….in fact I try to do that now at least once a week to help the balance of being and doing. I don’t really think about the “what am I inspired to do this moment” though. I will try and add that – thanks for the idea. My “down days” have tended to end up “do-nothing but read” days as opposed to do something that is inspirational and flowing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2019 at 08:48

      Hi Pat like you my ‘down days’ are reading days and I love getting lost in a good book. I also love to go for a run and then a shower then reading – perfect! xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb March 18, 2019 at 00:06

    From my experience – selling a house can be a full-time job. Be gentle with yourself! Love “inspiration flow days”!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2019 at 08:24

      Hi Janet, yes it is more stressful because we are selling on behalf of my MIL rather than for ourselves. We need to make sure we do the right thing by her and get the best offer that we can. I had an Inspiration Flow Day yesterday and felt wonderful when I awoke this morning ready to take on the week. x

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble March 31, 2019 at 22:07

    For me, since I am no longer working due to health issues, I have been taking quite a bit of these days but now realize that I need to better manage my time…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 1, 2019 at 16:40

      Hi Debbie, we all need these days but you are right we need to get the balance of activity and flow days right. It is difficult for you at the moment because of your health issues.Hopefully they will be sorted soon. Enjoy your week. xx

  • Reply Janet April 23, 2019 at 10:34

    I love “Inspiration Flow” days and try to have one every weekend if at all possible … not always sadly … because I am finding they are essential for my mental health and wellbeing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 24, 2019 at 06:59

      Hi Janet, yes they are essential to our health and wellbeing. I used to think I had to be on the go 24/7 but now I realise my body, mind and spirit need rest and recovery. Hope life treating you well. x

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