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13 Unexpected Places To Find Inspiration

You already lead an inspired life. Why not see where further inspiration may take you?

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1. Swap houses with someone.

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It's never been easier to temporarily rent out your home and rent someone else's home. Whether it's a different state or a different country, living somewhere new can inspire a whole new take on the world.

3. Get out of your comfort zone and do some volunteer work.

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Taking time to help others gives you inspiration in two ways: 1. It takes you out of your own patterns, which can lead to fresh ideas, and 2. It puts you in contact with other interesting people who can give you a different perspective on life.

5. Do a headstand in public.

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Sounds scary, right? All the more reason to try it! You'll feel a little strange, a little exhilarated, a little... inspired? And you'll see things from a whole new angle!

(Do not attempt.)

6. Try writing or drawing with your non-dominant hand.


If you're right-handed, try drawing left-handed, or vice versa. It sounds crazy, but there's some evidence that using your opposite hand activates unused parts of your brain and may lead to increased creativity and new ideas.

11. Spend a day exploring someplace new in your hometown.

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Whether you live in a big city or a small town, you probably end up on the same well-worn path from home, to work, to friends and family. Make a goal to venture out into all of the unknown corners of the place you live and experience your home in a new way.

12. Read old diary entries at an open mic.

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Reliving your youth through angst-ridden pages may cause you to wince, or it could be a way to connect with others, discover new things about yourself, and — let's face it — it's sure to be funny!

13. Visit a museum and try to see as much art as you can as fast as possible.

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Most people go to museums to savor the quality; try going for quantity! You'll be surprised how many new and unexpected thoughts will appear in your head after catching glimpses of hundreds of pieces of art.

Let your inspiration take you somewhere bold. Because Camry knows that one bold choice leads to another.

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