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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I’ve been noticing lately that inspiration is very easy to find and I seem to be increasingly influenced by new and various “inspirations” almost daily. This is a very blanket statement that I will try to describe in some recent life experiences.

Inspiring Moment No.1
The NCAA tournament this year inspired me to get serious about being a Baylor fan again. In my college years, I was one of the most die-hard Baylor athletics supporters on campus. This partly stemmed from the fact that I HAD to be at events because I was usually working them, but mostly stemmed from a genuine passion for my school and a desire to see my classmates succeed on the field (or court/track/etc.) Some of that passion has waned over the past few years but our trip to the sweet sixteen, being surrounded by a relatively full house of fans wearing mainly green and gold and watching a team who undoubtedly left everything they had on the court re-inspired my love of good ‘ole BU.

William and I at the Sweet 16 in Houston

Inspiring Moment No. 2
I got an email from Real Simple magazine that directed me their website where I inevitably ended up browsing through all their “quick tips” and “solutions” slideshows. This picture inspired me to get serious about organizing my closet.

Inspiring Moment No. 3

Several months ago, I came across a link to an acquaintance of mine from Baylor’s blog. I clicked on it (because I often have slow days at work and these things help get me through) and was immediately inspired for all sorts of reasons. First of all, I want my blog to be as exciting as hers (it never will be. I’m just not that kind of person). Second, she has amazing photos of homes and spaces that inspire me to try new things with our décor and take on some new projects. She also posts delicious recipes that make me want to cook, great fashion spreads that not only inspire me to go shopping, but to take things I own and try them in a new way, and sometimes just fun blurbs that inspire me to laugh. At the risk of this person finding out I’m online blog stalker, I’m posting the link to her site here because it’s just that good and inspiration is meant to be shared.

Inspiring Moment No. 4
I can’t get through an entire blog without mentioning my new business venture in AdvoCare. Today, I listened in on a conference call where they announced outstanding performances by other distributors and the successes that people have found in their AdvoCare business. The top earning distributor in the last pay period (2.5 weeks) brought home a check for over $97,000. This is overwhelmingly inspirational to know this person was once just like me and has worked their way up to making almost 6 figures not annually, but every 2 weeks. Incredible. Really. (**legal disclosure- results are not typical**) I don’t think my goal is to make 100 grand per pay period, but if they can do that, surely I can make a few thousand a month , right??

Inspiring Moment No. 5

At the risk of sounding cliché, I am constantly inspired by our amazing God. Sometimes in the beauty of nature, sometimes in the love or acts of service from my husband and friends, and sometimes in the recount of stories I’ve heard countless times. Easter always moves me, but this year, I was especially touched trying to reflect on what Jesus really did for us on the cross. I tried to put myself in His shoes as he watched his friends betray Him, as He prayed and pleaded with God for another way to absolve the sins of the world, as He was berated, beaten and abused and ultimately nailed to a wooden cross to hang there until He died. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around it but even greater was the moment that He rose out of death’s sleep and walked out of the tomb as our risen Savior. It inspires me to live every day in light of the cross. To bring glory and honor to God in everything that I do, and to live to serve the Lord above everything else.

Here’s our “church family” Easter picture from last Sunday. All these people (plus many not pictured here) are also one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life, constantly pushing me to draw nearer to Christ.

Praise God for every inspiration, the insignificant and great that surrounds all our lives. Maybe someone will find something I’ve written in this blog a little bit inspiring. I hope so.

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