6 Unexpected Places to Find Inspiration

 

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Inspiration is everywhere. It’s in nature, at the grocery store, on social media and in other overlooked places. Whether you’re brainstorming ideas for your business or simply need a spark for your creative outlet, you can often find inspiration in some unsung locales just by letting yourself — and your mind — wander. En Vogue, the inimitable '90s female group said it best: "Free your mind and the rest will follow." Below are some familiar, yet unexpected, spaces the Red Sky crew has experienced a light-bulb moment or two.

The Airport

With security lines, boarding groups and layovers, air travel typically gives you plenty of downtime for thinking things through (not to mention, airports are one of the best places for people-watching).

The Bar

The TV show Cheers was really onto something with their theme song.

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name...

While many see bars as a forum for socializing, they also offer a refuge for introspection. Simply sitting with a notebook and your favorite libation can often lead to some solid conceptualization. Or if you're looking to bounce an idea off of someone, try striking up a conversation with the bartender or another patron. Sometimes the unbiased honesty of a stranger can be incredibly helpful.

A Concert

Seeing a live show and surrounding yourself with excited fans belting out the lyrics to their favorite songs can provide an uplifting feeling or even a burst of inspiration leading to new ideas — or new developments on existing ones.

The Zoo

Lions, tigers and bears — oh, my! There's something nostalgic about walking through the various exhibits that takes you back to your childhood — a simpler time when your imagination ran faster than a cheetah. Rediscover that wild inspiration at the zoo.

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Pressed for time or low on funds? Here are two convenient spots to let your mind wander, uninhibited and free of charge.

The Bed

Finding inspiration in your bed gives a whole new meaning to “where the magic happens.” Some of the best ideas can come while enjoying a slow start to your day or just a lazy day, period.

The Shower

Who says the shower is just for singing!? A shower offers a safe space with minimal distractions to let your mind wander while you let the water — and new ideas — flow.

So, Now What?

Now that you have some new places to ponder, grab your notebook and go get some inspiration! Everybody is different; so try out a couple different spots and see which work for you. Have a favorite unconventional place where you do your best thinking? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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About Emily Bishop

Emily comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Grand Valley State University. Her love for creativity has led her to specializing in content creation, web design, and social media; and her love for the outdoors is what led Emily to Boise. Emily gained most of her digital marketing experience from her previous internship at Porteen Gear- a Grand Rapids company that makes leather camera bags and accessories. At Porteen Gear, Emily was responsible for planning and executing social media and regularly updating the website. It was because of this internship, Emily gained a passion for digital marketing.

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