Finding Personal Inspiration in Seasonal Change

Autumn is (almost) upon us, and the cooler weather and warmer colours often produces change in mood and outlook. For many, it’s a positive change: September is correlated with crisp mornings, back-to-school excitement, and some much-needed coziness.

But for equally as many, fall may feel a little depressing. The sunlight is a little scarcer, days get shorter, and not to quote Game of Thrones on purpose, but winter is coming.

For those of us who need to actively look for personal inspiration during these autumn months, here are some ideas that may help:

Change Within Ourselves is Reflected Within the Seasons

As seasonal changes occur, so do changes within ourselves. It’s interesting, because each season can be perceived as representing what we experience within the seasons of our lives. The late and great American writer Henry David Thoreau described it best:

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth…things do not change; we change.” –On Walden Pond

This knowledge provides us with an excellent excuse to look within ourselves and find what emotions may be present. If seasonal changes are something that we perceive as stressful, then perhaps they represent stresses that were already present and bubbling to the forefront.

Instead of hunkering down or running, take this as an opportunity to face these stresses and try to minimize them.

The End is Also the Beginning

However we choose to look at the end of the year, it’s helpful to perceive it as a beginning, not actually an end—as an opportunity for change, because the world around us is also in flux.

Why not join in a conscious way that’s healthy and purposeful?

It’s the end of summer warmth, but the beginning of autumn’s fresh, crispness! Challenge yourself to find the good in the new season, and to recognize what this season represents for various animal and plant species.

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” –Samuel Butler

The Growing Darkness is Necessary for Reflection

It is a fact that without the dark, we cannot appreciate the light. When autumn brings shorter days and more darkness, take advantage of it! Interesting and unexpected things happen in the dark—there’s more time for planning, strategizing, and project completion.

Use the shorter days to your advantage!

By the same token, you can choose to mindfully slow down, hibernate a bit, and recharge. If your days are traditionally crazy and full of stress, then allow yourself to take a step back and enjoy the early shadows that autumn affords us.

If you think you’ll still have trouble with the seasonal changes that fall brings, visit our website to drum up some inspiration. Winspiration Day 2018 is on May 7th—sign up for our newsletter for more information.



The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

Winspiration, is, of course, a play on the word inspiration. Inspiration is something that is difficult to cultivate yourself, though, which is why it’s so important to find a local community of like-minded people (your tribe) who can help you to recognize inspiration when it makes an appearance.

Inspiration is also closely tied to motivation. Often, the words ‘inspire’ and ‘motivate’ are exchanged closely, and although they are similar in terms of positive action, they are also intrinsically different.


Well, one would have a challenging time inspiring his or herself, but can be self-motivated. But here’s the thing: motivation comes from within and builds with action. In other words, action comes first, and then passion follows.

Cultivating Motivation

“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” –Michael Schumacher

For example, picture yourself cleaning your home or car or office. You start the process out of necessity, but you keep it up and gain momentum—motivation—by experiencing the positive results of your work.

If you can’t relate to this scenario, then how about the example of writing an essay or completing a work project.

We may be excited to begin, but our motivation for finishing comes from within: we begin working and are encouraged by our progress and/or we see the light at the end of the tunnel and become motivated to finish so we can be done with the work.

How It’s Connected

This year’s Winspiration Day was full of positive thoughts, ideas, and personal stories communicated to us by our speakers and hosts. Although we felt motivated at the end of the day, only a percentage of us started something because of that feeling of motivation. When that happened, the feeling gave way to actual motivation, which helped us complete the tasks we set out to do.

The people who felt motivated but did not act upon this feeling never got started. In not acting, those of us who left that day feeling high on life and inspiration did not get to experience the actual motivation that was experienced by those who put feelings into action and received the subsequent reward(s).

Bottom Line

Our advice is this: just start. Just do. Just go and go and soon you’ll want to go farther and faster and you’ll become stronger and happier. If you never start, you can’t finish. If you never begin, you’ll never experience actual motivation.

You make a choice, and then that choice leads to motivation through action.


27 Ways to Find Inspiration This Summer

Winspiration Day 2017 might be over, but that doesn’t mean the inspiration needs to cease! How are we applying all of those incredible ideas and theories and inspiring stories we heard on May 7th to our everyday lives? How can we live with practical purpose for the next season of life?

For those of us who might need another little push before the summer formally commences, here are 27 ways to find inspiration throughout the summer:

Find Inspiration Once a Day:

  • Incorporate a 5-minute meditation into your day
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Ask yourself what you’re grateful for
  • Remind yourself you are a being of love
  • Spend time in silence
  • Dance to music for 5 minutes

Find Inspiration Once a Week:

  • Watch a TED Talk
  • Search up inspirational quotes
  • Go for a hike by yourself
  • Walk alone
  • Complete a 30-minute guided meditation
  • Attend a yoga class
  • Talk to a homeless person

Find Inspiration Once a Month:

  • Don’t talk for an entire day
  • Fast on water and herbal tea
  • Complete one home improvement project (big or small)
  • Read a book from beginning to end
  • Have a completely screen-free day
  • Treat yourself to something indulgent

Find Inspiration Once this Summer:

  • Identify what is holding you back from living your dreams, and then take steps to let that go
  • Travel by yourself
  • Write a bucket list
  • Create a vision board
  • Create a bullet journal
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Create a photo book using images you’ve taken yourself on posted on your Instagram page
  • Apply for your dream job

We hope these ideas help you find inspiration throughout your summer; please feel free to leave a comment about your experiences below! Check out our website for new tidbits of information about Winspiration Day Vancouver 2018, and remember to stay social with us throughout the summer on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy summer, Vancouver!


Winspiration Day Vancouver Speaker Abel Koka

It’s less than 4 weeks until Winspiration Day, and we’re so excited for this year’s line-up of speakers! One such speaker is Abel Koka, who’s inspiring story takes him from his hometown of Tanzania to graduate school at Vancouver’s very own University of British Columbia (UBC).

Abel Koka Vancouver

Here is Abel’s story:

Abel Koka’s education journey has not been an easy one. Coming from a poor family on a wildly different continent than this one, Abel has had to overcome many hurdles to chase and realize his educational dreams—yet he’s doing just that.

Abel is passionate about community development, and has volunteered for Restless Development, READ International, and Hopeful Futures Foundation. After completing his Master’s degree here in Canada, Abel is looking forward to combining his legal training and forest management knowledge to help impoverished communities in Tanzania.

We’re so pumped to chat with Abel and hear what inspires him. This year’s message is Be Inspired! Be Inspiring! We feel like that’s exactly what Abel is doing, so he’s the perfect feature for this week’s blog on inspiration, how to become inspired, and how to pass that feeling along to others.

Here are some important details about this year’s Winspiration Day Vancouver event:

  • Where: The Westside Grand
  • When: May 7th from 2-5pm
  • What: 3 hours of inspirational talk, music, and food
  • Why: Because inspiration is everywhere; you just have to learn how to find it and hold on tight

Tickets for Winspiration Day Vancouver are available on Eventbrite HERE. They’re $25, and include food and drink from local community sponsors, such as Commodity Juicery. There will be door prizes, incredible music, and amazing people who are there to help YOU find your best self through inspiration.

We’re so blessed to live in a community that radiates love and light. See you May 7th! Be prepared for awesomeness…

Community, Courage and Kindness: Winspiration Day Vancouver

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but education and the need for love, acceptance, and guidance doesn’t stop at age 18. The most successful businesses are those built on community involvement and collaboration.

You see, no one goes through life by themselves.

We’re a social species who yearn for togetherness. In fact, we need that togetherness to achieve our very best selves, and to utilize our unique talents and abilities to their furthest extent—and that’s what Winspiration Day is all about.

Winspiration Day 2017 is less than two months away, and we couldn’t be more excited! This annual, global event is a way to meet with like-minded community members and be inspired through stories, experiences, and encouragement.

Community Speakers

Here’s who’s speaking at Winspiration Day Vancouver, held this year at the Westside Grand:

Aside from these local and inspiring speakers, the event will include live streaming from Winspiration Day headquarters in Los Angeles, and local collaborative food samples from such wellness warriors as Commodity Juicery.

If you’re someone who could benefit from a fresh burst of inspiration and motivation from your own community, then you need to be at this event! Whether you’re looking for ideas concerning family, career, or finance, Winspiration Day is the day to receive intentional and mindful gifts of love, creativity, and light from others who have walked your path and have something positive to share about it.


Tickets are only $25, and are available on Eventbrite now. Seating is limited to 150, so hurry to secure your tickets soon. $25 may be all it takes to reinvent your current situation…

See you on May 7th!




Be Inspired! Be Inspiring!

This is the slogan for this year’s Winspiration Day Vancouver. What does this mean to you?

It’s our belief that inspiration breeds more inspiration. This is why you so often feel creatively encouraged and stimulated after spending time with someone who is excited by their newest project or has made an impressive or inspirited change in his or her life.

So imagine how powerful it would be to gather a huge group of creatively energized people together in one room for one event that could change lives and redirect or re-energize our dreams?!

This is Winspiration Day.

On May 7th each year since 2003, people from all over the globe have gathered to celebrate a day filled with intent and purpose. We can attempt to fill ourselves with inspiration and motivation every day, but to absorb others’ creative energy while simultaneously giving yours, too?

This is special. This is Winspiration.

This year will be the second year that Vancouver is actively taking part in Winspiration Day, and we’re planning on making it count. More information on presenters, venue, tickets, and anything else you may need is coming soon.

We’re currently in the midst of securing speakers that will motivate, amaze, inspire, rouse, and influence our attendees to be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be. To follow their hearts and know, deep down, and with all their being, that change is possible and dreams are achievable.

And this is easier than it sounds! There are so many people out there who have found a way to live the life they’ve always wanted. You know what? It’s YOUR turn!

Visit our website to view updates and teasers about this year’s event, and checkout snippets of last year’s Winspiration Day event on YouTube.

Find us on Facebook at facebook/winspirationdayvancouver and on Twitter @WinspirationVan.

See you on May 7th, 2017!