Inspiration

Coat: Zara (similar here and here); Sweater: Aritzia (similar here and here); Jeans: One Teaspoon (similar here and here); Shoes: Pairs in Paris; Watch: Cluse

As much as I love the holidays, we all know that the winter months are not the most inspiring time of the year. The fairy lights and sales may be pretty, but as soon as the gloom and cold set in, it starts to get miserable. As tempting as it may be, no one can put their lives on hold and watch Netflix until the snow starts to thaw, so I thought I’d share with you my tips on how to feel inspired in the winter. First of all, I want to start by saying that feeling lethargic and uninspired is totally normal. I’ve spoken to so many of my friends and other content creators, and we’re all in the same boat, so don’t feel discouraged! This is what I like to do to lift my spirits:

1. Get out of the house
If you’re a freelancer, it’s tempting to work from home and never get out of your PJs. While this may be great on occasion, I highly advise against it. It’s so easy to fall into the sweatpants rut, so even on days where I’m feeling particularly lazy, I like to work out of a cafe. And for those of you who have full-time jobs, use the weekends to go cafes, restaurants, etc. People watching always raises my spirits!

2. Browse through Pinterest, Instagram, or your favourite website
As a visual person, I love going through accounts and websites that I love when I’m feeling uninspired. Sometimes, looking at my friends’ content has given me the surge of motivation that I need to plan really great content. Expose yourself to things that bring you joy and you will automatically feel inspired.

3. Light a candle and read
We live in an age of technology and are so exposed to it that our senses are constantly overstimulated. A few weeks back, I wasn’t being able to sleep properly, so after feeling like a zombie for about a week, I decided to change up my pre-bedtime routine. Instead of catching up on emails and Instagram, I decided to light a candle and read Bloom. There’s something about reading a great, positive book that put me in such a great mood that I slept like a baby and woke up feeling fresh and bursting with ideas.

4. Redecorate
During the winter months, we naturally tend to spend a lot of time indoors. If you take the time to organize your home and add cozy touches, it makes it a pleasant space to hang out in. I find that when my apartment is a mess, my mind is scattered. I recently took the time to clean it and begin redecorating, and it made the world of difference.

5. Get creative in the kitchen
Since it’s so cold out, I’m finding myself spending an increasing amount of time in the kitchen. It’s a different way for me to release creative energy which I love. There’s also something very rewarding about making a great meal for yourself.

Photography by Erin Leydon

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  1. December 14, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    These are all such great ways to get inspired! I love cozying up with a book and a candle! It’s such a great way to relieve stress! And can we talk about how gorgeous you look?! LOVE that lip color!

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

  2. December 14, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Love this coat babe! You have an amazing style!
    And thank you so much for the tips i love them.
    I wish you an amzing week.
    http://www.ericavoyage.com

  3. December 14, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Love the length of your coat! Would wear it all day long. And as for inspiration, Pinterest doesn’t really work for me, hehe. Have a lovely week! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  4. December 14, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous look! Love the berry of your lips, too!

    moorizZLA xx

  5. December 14, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    These are all great ideas! You look lovely! 🙂 xx

  6. December 14, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    These are excellent tips – I have such a hard time in the winter not getting down and just being lazy and grumpy <3 Getting creative in the kitchen certainly helps #Pinteresforthewin

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  7. December 15, 2016 / 1:47 am

    These are all great tips to get out of the gloomy funk that hits so many people during this time of year. I think one of the most important ones to do is get out of the house. Fresh air is always good for the soul. Love your coat in your photos! xo

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  8. December 15, 2016 / 3:12 am

    I definitely agree that getting out of the house is a great way to spark inspiration. I always go for a walk when I’m feeling uninspired.

    Perfect chic, casual outfit

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  9. December 15, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    awesome look! so classy!

  10. December 15, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Sweetie, you’re totally right.
    Winter is not my favorite time of the year at all, because as you said it is cold outside and is so tempting to just stay at home! I feel that particularly on weekends (when i shoot). A part of me just want to go home and watch tv all day.
    Anyway all your tips are great. I truly believe that going into a cafe for work on the blog, or just go shopping in street stores are an excuse for one to leave home.
    Talking about the outfit i love how cozy it looks.
    Kisses.
    lefashionaire.com

  11. December 15, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    These are great tips. Getting out of the house is a big one for me. I can get stuck at home and it isn’t always the best! Thanks for sharing and I love your look. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

  12. December 15, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Nice cosy outfit! You are right, getting out of the house is a major must because you never know who or what you will run into and to what it can lead next.

    ANOUK

  13. December 15, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Totally agree with these tips, especially the first one! Staying at home for too long can make me feel sluggish – working outside or just taking a quick makes a big difference. This outfit is so chic! 🙂

    Catherine
    http://www.thestylesynapse.com/

  14. December 15, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I love your outfit so much. You look great. I definitely love baking in the winter so that’s one of the things that make me happy throughout winter (because I actually hate winter). Great post.

    Leja

  15. December 15, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Sif!!! my favvvv winter looks!!! Cant go wrong with a long coat and sneakers my babe!!! xxx Ash http://www.missgunner.com

  16. December 16, 2016 / 12:12 am

    I think Pinterest is always an inspiring platform for me probably more than Instagram lately. Love these photos and your tips. <3 /Madison

  17. Kelsey&Kenecha
    December 16, 2016 / 1:34 am

    Beautiful look doll!

    Florals&Smiles

  18. Amy Ann Arnold
    December 16, 2016 / 1:42 am

    Great ways to stay inspired. Winter can be tough. Love that classic sweater.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. December 16, 2016 / 2:37 am

    After the holidays, I definitely feel uninspired. These tips are helpful. It actually motivates me to get back to reading!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  20. December 16, 2016 / 9:22 am

    These are great ideas! I love to re-decorate my house and add different colours and textures to make it seasonal, but now it’s festive, all ready for xmas! I guess I will have to think how I am going to decorate it next, when Christmas is over 🙂

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  21. December 16, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Great tips! My favorite is to get out of the house and take the fresh and having a coffee! This coat is perfect on you!

    http://violettedaily.com

  22. December 16, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    This is such a great post! I definitely think it is so important to try finding inspiration from new places when the winter gloom sets in… I love what you said about finding inspiration from just lighting up a candle and reading 🙂 Have a great day hun!

    XO Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/the-best-gifts-under-50-and-100/

  23. December 17, 2016 / 4:50 am

    Wow amazing look! So glamorous even in casual look! Your lip color is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  24. December 19, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    I’m so down with these tips, especially the ones about redecorating and reading. I bought some new bedding and flat stuff to rejig my flat and I’m hoping the lil’ revamp will lift my spirits. ( :

  25. December 19, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Great tips! I often get out the house even when i’m reading a book I need to review. I will often go to the cafe near by or just check out a new location. I’ve been doing the redecorating thing in my house lately lol I guess i’m not alone.
    http://www.comfycozyup.com

  26. December 20, 2016 / 2:43 am

    I like to light a candle and read! That’s the quickest way to get inspired and relaxed! I love the brand name of the jeans you are wearing! It’s called One Teaspoon?! So cute ahha

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

  27. January 6, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Nice coat and very inspiring article. New fan here