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What to do when you’re feeling uninspired…

London Party Bus with GratitudeAs I mentioned in the 8 aspects of the feminine, one of these core traits is inspiration.

Inspiration is a key aspect of femininity…both receiving it and providing it. So what happens if you’re not feeling particularly inspired?

There’s a well known quote about encouragement that comes to mind…Student says “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Master says, “Encourage others”….and I think it works with inspiration too.

If you’re not feeling very inspired yourself, the quickest route back to feeling it is to inspire someone else.

There are so many ways that you can inspire people…some big, some small…but it doesn’t matter how large your gesture is…only that you light the spark of inspiration in another person.

Last weekend, a group of friends and I took to the streets of London to do just that…to inspire some happiness in the people we met.

The day began on a bus we had hired with a playlist of the most amazing ‘dance-inducing’ songs and a group of people whose enthusiasm for connecting with other people was only outshone by their smiles.

The bus began driving around the streets of London, and as we went we danced, we sang, we high fived total strangers…it was fantastic.

We made a stop at Big Ben just before midday and danced up the embankment, arms linked, singing Auld Lang Syne (or rather singing about the fact that we didn’t know the words) as the clock struck 12.

The faces of the people who saw us were a mixture of bemusement, curiosity and hilarity.

…our attempts to inspire others were working… 🙂

After a brief stop we jumped back on the bus and headed over to Buckingham Palace. When we got off the bus we created an impromptu dance party on Buckingham Palace Road before heading round to the front of one of the most famous buildings in the UK.

Not content with just dancing and singing here, we decided to do an unplanned flashmob. One of our party began by singing the beginning of the White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’…quickly joined by the rest of us and the next thing we know we had a huge group of people all jumping, clapping and singing along with us!

Scroll down to the end of this email to see a video of our Buckingham Palace flashmob!

Another quick dance party back on the bus and we were on our way again.

Next stop, Hyde Park for a group salsa lesson….

…an hour later and our whole party (most of whom had never danced a step of salsa in their lives…and some of whom were adamant that they were ‘unteachable’) had got our little routine down….and once again we had drawn a crowd. People wanted to know if we would be there teaching salsa on a regular basis and could they join in – brilliant!

After the delivery of a few hearty ‘free hugs’ and a little more dancing we were back on the bus and off to Leicester Square for another flashmob…the Seven Nation Army was in full force again!

People were dancing and singing…more importantly, they were smiling! As we drove around London, smiling, boogying and waving people couldn’t resist breaking into a smile themselves.

At one point when passing a group of teenagers, one of them stuck their fingers up at me…most likely because it was the ‘cool’ thing to do…but when I blew him a kiss back, he didn’t quite know what to make of it and before he knew it a smile had crept across his face too!

Our day ended with putting together a collection of bags each containing 2 pairs of socks, a blanket, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a sandwich, water, baby wipes, some fruit and a little sweet treat. We then went out in small groups on a very dark and rainy night and gave these bags to the homeless on the streets of London.

The response was truly heartwarming, such genuine and heartfelt gratitude that strangers would take time out of their evening to give a few small gifts to people who need them.

Seeing how the experience touched the members of our group, adults and children alike, and inspired them to do even more in the future was beautiful.

The great news is that you don’t need a large collection of people or to do anything big to inspire others…there are thousands of different ways to do it. You are only limited by the extent of your imagination!

The simplest, and easiest way?

Simply smile at someone and inspire them to smile too.

When you become the inspiration for someone else…no matter how big or small the gesture…it’s amazing how inspired you end up feeling.

So if you’re feeling uninspired…be the inspiration for others…and see how inspired you end up feeling.

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

My First Pay It Forward Experiment…

If you saw the previous post about “Can YOU make a difference” you’ll know that last Wednesday was the global Pay It Forward Flashmob…and what an experience it was!

There were over 70 locations around the world involved, including London, Koh Samui, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Chicago, LA, Belfast, Copenhagen, Brisbane and Auckland.

The idea was that you take a book that had inspired or moved you in some way, and “Pay it Forward” to a total stranger, giving with it a leaflet explaining about how Pay it Forward works and asking them to continue the ripple.

It was a fantastic day. The sun was shining we had around 150-200 people taking part and we were passing on random acts of kindness…what more could a girl want on a Wednesday afternoon?

Well…I decided as part of the day that I would do a little experiment.

Claire Brummell Paying Forward The Feminine EvolutionYou see, as well as Paying Forward a book that had inspired me, I also paid forward one of my “The Feminine Evolution” CD Audio programs.

But this wasn’t just any ordinary Pay it Forward…oh no.

I wanted to see if I could encourage the recipient to pay the CD forward…and also to get the next recipient to let me know who they are and more importantly where they are in the world, so that I can track the journey my little CD takes as it bounces around the world inspiring women as it goes.

So I’ve written a message in the CD case that reads something like this:

Dear Friend,

You have received this CD from someone who wishes to share a little inspiration with you.

This is part of an experiment to see how far and wide this little CD can travel!

So when you receive it, I ask you kindly to please do 3 things:

  1. Listen to the CD and Enjoy it! 🙂
  2. Take a picture of yourself with the CD and send it with an email telling me who you are, where in the world you are, when you received it and when you passed it on: claire@feminine1st.com.
  3. Pass it on to someone else and ask them to follow these three steps too!

Thank you for being a part of this little CD’s journey to inspire people around the world!

   

…and I’ve set up a page here on the Feminine 1st site to track it’s progress…so watch this space to see where the CD pops up next: http://feminine1st.com/cdtravels/

Here is the lovely lady I paid it forward to, hopefully this is the beginning of an interesting journey for the Feminine Evolution…! 🙂

…and if you don’t want to wait for the CD to find it’s way to you on it’s travels then you can pick up your own copy here: http://feminine1st.com/store/

Come back tomorrow to hear about my SECOND pay it forward experiment…which is even MORE exciting! 🙂

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

Can YOU Make a difference?

Feminine women are all about nurturing, collaborating and contributing.

It’s in our DNA.

It’s who we are.

So, by doing what comes naturally, what if you could start a ripple which would touch £4.7million people’s lives in just two weeks?

What if this ripple could be started with just 3 simple random acts of kindness?

3 thoughts.

3 simple actions.

That’s it.

I wanted to share this with you today, because as women we tend to feel like we’re constantly doing everything for everyone else…but we don’t necessarily realise the impact that we have on other people’s lives.

We may not always get a thank you.

We may not feel that our efforts are acknowledged.

We may think from time to time ‘why do I bother?’

This is why.

We make a difference to other people’s lives.

…and together we can make an even bigger difference.

You see, I’ve spoken a lot lately about collaboration with regards to how it can help us in business…but collaboration and community is they key to enhancing almost anything we do.

That’s what Pay it Forward is about.

It is about people all over the world coming together to spread the exponential growth of kindness.

If one person does a random act of kindness for 3 people and each of those commit to pay it forward to 3 more people and each of those pay it forward to 3 more people, after 2 weeks, over 4.7 million people will have been impacted by those initial acts of kindness.

In 2006, Charley Johnson created the PIF bracelet as a physical reminder to do good, but also as a baton to pass to others when you do a random act of kindness for them. There are now over a million bracelets in 115 countries. Without it ever having been advertised.

Next week, on  March 28th at 4pm (local time) there is a globally-coordinated flashmob event which I am taking part in.

Currently the flashmob will be taking place in around 70 locations worldwide, including London, Koh Samui, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Chicago, LA, Belfast, Copenhagen, Brisbane and Auckland)

Check out this video which tells you all about it:

So get involved.

Take Action.

Do something today.

Find your local flashmob to join.

Or just make the decision to start paying it forward.

This is a ripple of kindness that will be felt around the world…do you want to be a part of it?

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x