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17 Things that Have Inspired Me (So Far) this Year

During List-cember—a series of list based posts I do in December—last year, I posted this blog that listed 25 things that inspired me in 2017. After writing that list, I made a mental note to be even more vigilant of saving and sharing inspiring things I find, both because I got a positive response from others appreciating that list, and because I personally love both making and reading those kinds of lists.

So, in the spirit of keeping those lists alive, and since we’re a little over halfway through this year, I thought I’d share some of the things that have inspired me thus far. Because there’s never a wrong time to share something that ignited a spark in you, right? (Cliché but still very true note: If I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.)

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1) This:

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2) This encouragement to push through the awkwardness:Screen Shot 2018-07-22 at 6.49.47 PM

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3) This post, which reminded me that engagement photos (and love in general) can be anything you want them to be. 

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4) The Breakup Song by Francesca Battistelli

I know who I am
I know I’m strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here

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5) Queer Eye

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Every episode of both seasons made me cry happy tears. It is honestly one of the best shows out there right now.

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6) The statement attached to this picture, which as someone who normally hates getting their picture taken, reminded me that there’s more to a picture than looking good, sometimes it’s just about capturing and appreciating the feeling of good.

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7) Lauren Graham’s Book, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It.

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The whole damn thing.

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8) This quote used to commemorate Opening Day, which I took as a reminder that “high quality” and “wealthy” are words that you can define for yourself. Also, I just plain agree with Humphrey on this.

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9) This video

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10) This tough truth

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11) Kristin Johns

She is probably the most genuine person on YouTube. She is consistently positive but not to the point where it’s dishonest, and she never fails to make me smile.

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12) You’re Not that Great (But Neither is Everyone Else) by Elan Gale

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A few of my favorite lines include:

  • “‘Everything happening for a reason’ is about how the world affects you. ‘What can I learn from this?’ is about how you affect you.”
  • “Try to remember feelings are not facts.”
  • “Never forget: you’re probably going to fail anyway, so you might as well go for gold.”

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13) This tweet series by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Which he just recently announced is being turned into a book!!

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Must. Have.

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14) This post by Allison A.

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15) Which inspired me to write my own (which you can read here)

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16) “You Say” by Lauren Daigle

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours

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17) “The whole mad swirl of everything that was to come began then.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Here’s to another six months of inspiration! I’ve come to find it’s always out there 🙂

November/December 2016 Favorites (List-cember #10)

So yes, technically December is over, which suggests that List-Cember should follow suit. But, alas, I bring you another list.

How could I not though? This one is a tradition! Plus, this will put List-Cember at an even 10 posts, which is incredibly satisfying.

Let’s begin.

 

Elevate

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My cousins can vouch for me on this one, this app is AWESOME. It’s a brain training app made up of a bunch of little mini games that test your grammar, math, and writing. Or, you know, the catchier version of that: your reading, writing and arithmetic. Each game gives you a score and then shows you where you rank among the other users, and the hope is, after some practice, you can…elevate your mind…get it? Long story short, it’s essentially the love child of Candy Crush and School House Rock and you should download it immediately. (Find it here)


 

Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate

If you’re a winter wimp like I am, once the temperature drops below 55 degrees it’s officially freezing. And while jackets and blankets can help, there’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of hot chocolate. It doesn’t only warm your hands when you hold it, it also warms your bones as you drink it! This brand has been my favorite over the last two months, the Dark Chocolate holding the biggest piece of my heart, though it also comes in Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, and Caramel Cream, which are also delicious. (Find it here)


 

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

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Sticking with the theme of staying warm and satisfying your taste buds, this mug cake is THE BUSINESS. There’s no other way to say it. Well, I mean, besides THE BOMB DOT COM, or the GMCOAT (greatest mug cake of all time), but I digress. You can find the recipe here.


 

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

If by chance you’ve seen a girl driving up and down the California highways constantly putting her pinky ring up to the mooooon, it was probably me listening to Bruno Mars’ newest album, 24k Magic. There have been times when I’ve actively had to tell myself to stop listening to it. Not because I didn’t want to hear it, but because I don’t ever want to get sick of it. Thankfully, that seems highly unlikely, if not almost completely impossible at this point. (Find it here)


 

All things Lauren Graham


It’s kind of impossible not to love Lauren Graham, and this year was resounding proof of that. With the return of Gilmore Girls making me feel all the feels I’ve missed feeling, and the release of her book Talking As Fast As I Can making me smile all the smiles I can’t help but smiling, I’ve gotten a healthy dose of LG and I ain’t complainin’ about it. (Find it here)


 

List-cember

Sorry, not sorry on this one. I just had so much fun writing these and I’m genuinely sad they’re over. Good news is, I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of List-cember. Consider this the preview at the end of the credits that kind of hints at something, but for the most part keeps the sequel pretty vague, leaving you with a kind of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ expression as you leave the theater. So um, you’re welcome.

This year’s List-cember featured:

  1. My Top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples
  2. Top 10 Christmas Seasonal ProductsTop 10 Christmas Seasonal Products
  3. 2016 Ornament Superlatives
  4. Cool Things My Friends Did This Year
  5. 10 Great Things That Happened While I Wrote This Blog Post
  6. 10 Christmas Gifts I Loved/Hated (As Told by Old Photos)
  7. Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips
  8. 5 Steps to Setting Goals for the New Year
  9. 17 Goals for 2017

 

2017

In case you missed my last post, I’m extremely excited about 2017, for a variety of different reasons, and November and December have acted as somewhat of a curtain slowly opening to its premiere. Here’s hoping it’s the best year yet!


 

Have anything you’ve been loving over these last couple months? Let me know! My Amazon cart is always open…

See the previous favorites post here.