What's Inspiring Me Lately #4

Do you ever end up bookmarking links, making notes of things to read, storing up shows to watch on TV, and compiling a podcast list it’ll take you weeks to get through? Yeah, me too.

So I’ve decided to start sharing the things I find here - the people that are inspiring me, articles, audios or videos giving me things to think about, or stuff that I just plain love and think you will too.

In no particular order…

  • This blog post from Christianne Squires is brilliant. If you’ve been struggling with Facebook (as I have) and wondering whether it’s worth staying there - or any other social media platform for that matter - then go and read this. Christianne talks through the whole wonderfully considered but heart-led process she went through before finally reaching her decision to stay or leave.

  • I’ve followed Jenny Pace online for a few years, and was lucky enough to attend her Creative Business Day Retreat recently, so I basically love anything she talks about - but this blog post detailing how she’s managing a ‘soft launch’ to her maternity leave has some great advice for any times when you might have less time or energy available to work on the day-to-day of your business, whether it’s because of family commitments, or launching a big new project.

  • I love a good inspirational quote - I’ve even started keeping a notebook full of them - so this post from Kate at Simple & Season has some interesting thoughts on why they might not be working anymore.

  • Sarah Coey creates some of my favourite art, and I love seeing her rainbow paintings on my Instagram feed every day. She recently celebrated a year of working full time as an artist - but following many years of it being a side hustle alongside other jobs. She’s shared some of the lessons she’s learned along the way, and advice for anyone hoping to be an overnight success (clue: very unlikely to happen!) on this blog post.

  • I’ve been wanting to get into a deeper writing habit recently, and have joined The Daily Prompt from Karin at Spirit of Story - it’s a year-long email series where you receive a different prompt to inspire creativity and self-exploration on the page. There is a cost for this one, but I think it’s very reasonable considering you’re going to get 365 emails!

  • I love everything Meghan Genge creates, and I’m so excited to join her latest offering - Seven Stories - which begins on 21st June (2019 - sorry if you’re reading this later). You’ll have to go and check out the link to read more about what Meghan envisages for this journey, but one thing’s for sure, it’s bound to be utterly magical!

  • Food, meal planning, and trying new recipes is something I can struggle with, and we have some intense ‘debates’ in my house when each of us wants to eat something different, so this blog post from Vicky at The Flourishing Pantry was great to read and has given me some things to think about when it comes to acknowledging and accepting differing tastes.

  • Jemma at Unconditionally Nourished has a lovely round-up of some of the apps she uses to supercharge her wellbeing - it might seem counter-intuitive to spend more of your self-care time on your phone, but there are a couple here that I’m interested in giving a try (and I already use one every day!)

  • It’s never nice to hear about someone’s work being stolen and used without their permission, but this article from Kerstin Martin has some great thoughts on plagiarism of web content, tips for protecting yourself and what to do if it does happen to you or your website.

  • I fell down a bit of a YouTube rabbit hole recently and ended up watching this interview with Tom Hiddleston which turned out to be really interesting, and I especially resonated with his thoughts on acting as “being truthful in imaginary circumstances” (in the first 15 minutes of the video). Also - guilty pleasure - I could listen to Tom Hiddleston’s voice all day long!

  • As someone who has a tendency to try to cram in as much as I can to get stuff done, and then ends up exhausted, this blog piece from Sarah at Novel & Kind - about what running taught her about creativity - has a great piece of advice and a helpful reminder that we don’t need to go flat out all the time.

  • Gabrielle Treanor’s Live Your Best Life blog series always introduces me to interesting people living lives they love in ways that work for them, and the most recent features Atia Azmi, who I also follow on Instagram and love her colour feed featuring her handmade creative projects.

Hopefully somewhere in that little lot there’s something you find interesting and inspiring - and if you come across anything you think I’d like to read/listen to/watch then please send it my way, either in a comment below or by dropping me an email. I share lots more inspirations on Instagram and in my monthly newsletter.

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