One of the things I'm training myself in is the capacity to spot what would make for an interesting picture. If you take time to look around, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of things that just beg to be shot - with the barest minimum of art direction.
I found this little girl at a local Watson's, holding a balloon, asked her mother for permission to take a shot and captured the expression I wanted.
At a hardware store, the rows and rows of tools and supplies are perfect for playing around with foreground/background composition.
At the wet market, the eyes of dead fish made for a compelling image, on ice.
If only the costs involved for taking photography seriously were not so prohibitive...