Tag Archives: inspire

A Song in Your Sails

24 Aug

Seattle Lake Union Song

Here’s to starting the week with something beautiful.

Here’s to being inspired and having the guts to do the inspiring.

Here’s to being our best selves—flawed, ever-evolving, and committed to following the path that’s calling, even if it’s not the easy one.

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Inspiring Minds: Johnny Cash

6 Jun

JohnnyCashStampIn honor of yesterday’s release of the Johnny Cash forever stamp, here are 10 reasons why he deserves it. Prepare to be awed and inspired.

1. He worked his way up from cotton fields at age 5 to a Grammy (his first of many) at age 35.

2. He was a devoted artist, writing 1000+ songs, 60 of which were penned in the last four months of his life.

3. He recognized hardships in others, often playing free shows in jails and wearing his signature black on their behalf.

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Return on Investment

18 Apr

1982CalculatorWhy is it so hard to invest in ourselves?

Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? The preservation instinct of the self employed?

Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable?

For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied over whether or not to go. I even reached out to my writers’ circle on Facebook, seeking an impartial thumbs up or down. Their reply:

I bet you’d get a lot out of that … What is your hesitation?

What was my hesitation? The answer came down to three things.

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Wear a Story

23 Jan
Skirt: Spain trip with Sue. Earrings: Visit to a Balinese silversmith's home. Shirt: Minneapolis 3-Day 2011.

Skirt: Spain trip with Sue. Earrings: Visit to a Balinese silversmith’s home. Shirt: Minneapolis 3-Day 2011.

What are you wearing?

That’s kind of an intimate question isn’t it? But clothing is rather intimate. It comforts. It covers. It projects.

It can spark conversations and memories, too.

So look again: What are you wearing?

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New Old Ideas

1 Feb

This is a very special Wednesday for me. Why? Because the incredible songwriter Leonard Cohen just released his new Old Ideas album! At age 77, Leonard is just as dapper, talented, and insightful as ever.

Take a moment. This man’s words are sure to feed your soul.

Before we get to the new stuff, here’s my all-time favorite:

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Love. Love. Love.

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New Year Quotes

30 Dec

“Another fresh new year is here … another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear. To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me, to live each day with zest. To daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!”—William Arthur Ward

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.”—Ellen Goodman

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