What's Inspiring Me Lately #5

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…

  • The Anti-Hustle Project blog is a great place to find some brilliant guest posts, and this recent one from Gina at Limit Breaker is a great reminder that you can listen to all the advice from other people you like, but sometimes acting on it isn’t the best thing for you or your business.

  • If you want to feel the almost total insignificance of the human race within the epic scope of the universe - but in the most wonderful way - then watch Professor Brian Cox’s recent series The Planets. It’s available on the BBC iPlayer in the UK at the moment, but if you’re elsewhere I thoroughly recommend trying to find it if you can.

  • As occasionally happens, I’ve been having a recent blip with Instagram and feeling decidedly uninspired. This post from Helen at Not About the Kids has helped remind me how important - and how much I actually love! - engaging with my community there can be.

  • The gorgeous Clare at Hello Hooray has been a long-time supporter of mine from Instagram, and of course I’ve been supporting her right back. Her latest blog post tells (some of) the story of the last year or so for her and her family, and all I can do is bow down in admiration at all she’s been through, yet still manages to come out the other side with humour and grace, and her always colourful creativity.

  • Another social media focused post, this time from Jen at Rock Rose Digital, and a reminder about the importance of staying human online.

  • This post from Betsy Benn made me smile - as a fellow lover of All. The. Things, her experience of a colour lovers’ masterclass with Sophie Robinson Interiors gives a great reflection on how tough it can sometimes be to make design decisions.

  • I want to thank Kayte from Simple & Season for publishing this blog post about how she got out of a financial hole recently, including sharing her actual numbers (a brave move, but one that I applaud), because it’s been a nudge for me to really get serious about the money side of my own business.

  • I mentioned the This Conscious Life podcast in a previous post, but their website has now also had a makeover with a host of new features and articles. This one about defining conscious living is a great place to start.

  • I was recommended this article by Candice Brathwaite via another newsletter I read regularly, and I’m pleased to be able to forward the recommendation to you. From Benefits to Booked and Busy is a really down-to-earth tale of manifesting the life you desire, complete with solid advice, a bit of woo, actual numbers, humour and honesty, and I really appreciated that mix. It’s a subject that’s close to my hear at the moment.

  • “Fallow time is necessary to grow everything” says Bonnie Tsui in this opinion piece for The New York Times online, and I couldn’t agree more.

  • Although ostensibly about musicianship and finding your place in an ensemble or orchestra (something I can relate to as a lapsed and somewhat rusty (me, not the instrument) flautist!), I think this post titled Everyone’s better than me from Rachel Shirley at Sheffield Flute is absolutely relevant in all sorts of situations - perhaps especially in the area of online/solo entrepreneurship where there can be so many comparison triggers to navigate.

  • I absolutely love Eleanor Snare’s Friday Missives. Her weekly newsletters are always thoughtfully crafted and thought-provoking, and she generally muses on different aspects of a theme for a few weeks at a time. These are long reads, with a little bit of swearing, but also entertaining and full of wisdom I think you’ll love soaking up if you’re a creative business person with even the slightest interest in furthering your self- and professional development. You can sign up to receive the letters here.

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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