I woke up yesterday morning to a very unexpected surprise! Huge thanks to Lisa Thomson of Lisa Thomson Live for nominating my blog to receive the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! I am continually inspired by others along this path of spiritual and creative growth, and feel so honored that someone else has found a bit of that inspirational something on this blog! So now I’m spreading the love. Here are the top blogs that inspire me! I’m nominating them each for: The Very Inspirational Blogger Award. See the bottom of the post for guidelines for acceptance of the award.
1.) First up is Lisa @ Blazing Light of Glory . Lisa is a compassionate soul who shares her inspirational life journey as she studies and applies principles taught in A Course in Miracles. I also follow her on Facebook, and always smile when her quote pictures pop up in my feed. The words always seem to resound, and the photography (courtesy of her husband) is always beautiful. Thanks Lisa for being such a bright space on the blogosphere!
2.) Brad @ Writing to Freedom . I’ve been following Brad since the first week I became a blogger. Brad is on a personal journey towards embracing a compassionate view of life. My favorite feature of his, Awesome Stories, is a collection of uplifting, positive stories he collects throughout the week. Such a refreshing change from bad news media! I know he doesn’t like these awards (which he receives a lot of), but I couldn’t not mention him!
3.) Kimberly Harding @ Soul Healing Art. To say that Kimberly Harding is connected to her creative flow would be an understatement. I am continually astounded by the seemingly never-ending outpouring of beauty through her art and prose. She not only creates beautiful images, but she also shares the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings for her work. The combined effect of deep prose and vivid art is so powerful! Sooo inspiring!
4.) Amy Jo Sprague @ Difficult Degrees I am so inspired by Amy’s writing style. Her ability to weave emotion and bring to life very complex relational dynamics, while appearing to not even be trying to accomplish this, is nothing short of brilliant. Her posts are deep and harrowing, yet refined and elegant. I’m in awe of Amy’s courage to expose the subtle nuances of mental illness, revealing a perspective of humanity that is so vulnerable, I have no choice but to be moved to greater compassion.
5.) Niki Bayard @ Destination Unknown Niki’s blog heralds all the way from the UK, a beautiful collection humor, poetry, and musings on every day life. I am inspired by the versatility Niki exhibits and particularly enjoy her poetry. Her words always seem to mirror revelations or insights I’m learning at the same time. So amazing how we can connect with like-minded souls across oceans and miles in a way that once was never possible. Thanks for your positive, upbeat message, Niki! Keep shining!
6.) Mark @ Endless Light and Love. Mark’s blog is no stranger to awards for a reason. His prose draws upon Eastern philosophy for inspiration. Mark’s desire to spread peace, compassion, and unity across the blogosphere is felt every time I read one of his posts. So here’s another award for you, Mark! I know you will accept this in the spirit granted.
7.) Taunya Richards @ Walking with Shiloh Taunya inspires me with her courage to speak out (despite negative feedback might I add) about her experiences growing up in a Pentecostal cult and the repeated abuse her family has experienced. She writes with such honesty and candor. It’s true that exposing the way women are oppressed in distant cultures and lands is gaining momentum (something I’m passionate about), but I love the way Taunya exposes the corrupt desire for control through religion right here in our own backyard. She is currently working on her Memoir and I can’t wait for it to see the light!
8.) Rachel @ Rachel in the OC. There are so many things that inspire me about Rachel, mostly her desire to turn her personal pain and struggles into advocacy. Rachel shares openly about abuse, but takes it one step further through the creation of support groups with the intention to educate and heal others who have been through similar experiences. She has recently released her newest nonfiction title, Broken Places, where she courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing. Thanks for your courage, Rachel!
9.) Victoria @ The Pixie Pilot.Victoria is a personal friend of mine who just so happens to be pretty amazing! We became friends over four years ago and she continually inspires me with her perseverance and industry! Despite major setbacks, including a rare eye condition as well as economical obstacles, Victoria realized her dream of becoming a female pilot! Equally inspiring is the way she and our mutual friend, Kelly, successfully utilized Kickstarter to fund their very own children’s book series, Turbo the Flying Dog. I just think it’s amazing how she and Kelly are using this joint endeavor to educate children about aviation, while increasing awareness about the need for change in such a male dominated profession.
10.) Lidy @ I Heart All Stories. Lidy is a mom, wife, and currently is in the process of writing two novels, a chapbook, and oh yeah already has published a book of poetry. She’s pretty impressive if you ask me.
11.) Michele @ The Practice of Creativity I love Michele’s practical advice and inspiration to keep connected to our source of creativity! Thanks Michele!
12.) Debi @ Swallow My Sunshine Debi has found a voice through her testament to the power of maternal instincts as she navigates her daughter’s rare medical condition. I know she will inspire many mothers to heed intuition when parenting children with complex needs!
What’s inspiring me this week:
The biggest source of inspiration in my life right now are my friends. I am so blessed to have an absolutely amazing group of women. As Andi said last night, “We go deep.” We have a vast range of skills, dreams, and future aspirations, but we all share a code of authenticity and a humble desire to grow and learn from each other. Our group stays strong and healthy because each of us embraces an unspoken pact to honor one another with our words at all times. We’re here to support one another, to lift one another up, and to spur one another on towards living from the level of our soul purpose. I couldn’t be more grateful for the daily inspiration and support these women bring into my life (picture taken New Year’s Eve)!
Among my friends is my dear husband, Brian. He has been an amazing catalyst for change in my life –and I mean this is the most loving way possible! Through our relationship of almost 9 years, I have grown tremendously in my ability to demonstrate selfless love to another human being. Through our marriage I have transcended many, many, many false beliefs and ideals about love. Through him I learn all that I am capable of giving, and because of him I want to learn how to love even more deeply. I’m so thankful for his encouragement, support, and the way his quick wit never ceases to leave me in stitches!
In addition to my friends, I find so much inspiration through my interactions with the disabled children I work with as a Speech/Language Pathologist. I wish I could post some pictures on here of the cuties that fill my days, but instead I’ll just say that through them I have learned so much about process. My karmic imprint has been a tendency towards impatience, over-analyzing, and perfectionism, but because of these children that society marginalizes, I have been blessed to partake in a journey that is teaching me the value of process in all things. I am inspired to learn the value in small steps towards progress, and have discovered there is great significance in possessing the ability to connect with others on the level of the heart.
I couldn’t end this blog post without mentioning my friend, Zenab. She just gave birth two days ago to her third son! While it may not seem like a unique accomplishment, for her (and those who know her) it’s nothing short of an amazing and inspiring feat. Bearing children is just another way that she is re-writing the script of her life, and reclaiming what was once taken from her. She continues to overcome obstacles and limitations–even after escape from her family’s oppressive, abusive, male-dominated tribe in Africa. You can learn more about the upcoming release of her true story here: Hausa Blues
So what about you? Who and what inspires you?
Note: If you were nominated for this award and you choose to accept, simply follow these guidelines: 1) Mention in your blog post who nominated you, 2) Pass on the love to a suggested 15 blogs (more or less) that have inspired you 3) Share the influences in life that inspire you!