tuesdays with morrie book

17 (More) Things that Inspired Me This Year (List-cember #2)

About halfway through the year I posted this blog that listed a bunch of things that had inspired me so far in 2018. I felt bad holding them hostage until December when they might be just the burst of inspiration someone was looking for in July.

Now, as we’re (already!!) making our way through December, I’m hoping this list will give you all warm fuzzies and encouragement you need to close out this year and welcome the New Year.

2019 is going to full of good things, y’all. I promise.

.

1) Girl, Wash Your Face

91ReiTnLpL

  • “Comparison is the death of joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday.”
  • “The only thing worse than giving up is wishing that you hadn’t.”
  • “There are hundreds of ways to lose yourself, but the easiest of them all is refusing to acknowledge who you truly are in the first place.”

.

2) This little act of kindness

Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 8.16.31 PM

.

3) The Monday Club

This is a newsletter I subscribed to about halfway through this year. It comes every Monday with inspiring words that aim to get your week off to a good start. This is a snippet from one of my favorite ones:

“When your dreams go unfulfilled because you didn’t start the work, the world won’t even know how to be heartbroken by the loss of things that would have made them better people. That’s the thing about the things you don’t do: you carry the loss.”

(find it here)

.

4) The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

51fRrYZt84L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

  • Be brave. Be amazing. Be worthy. And every single time you get the chance? Stand up in front of people. Let them see you. Speak. Be heard.
  • Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.

.

5) This documentary

114a1849dd9bdd54aa244214f401e70b439a516f

.

6) The School of Greatness Podcast

Lewis-Howes-School-of-Greatness-Podcast

My favorite line (from Episode 721):

“Fear can be:  Fear Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise”

.

7) Teen Vogue’s “Compliment Battles”

It’s just such a wholesome segment. We should all compliment each other more.

.

8) My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

513HElMVa3L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

I highly recommend this book, especially the audiobook. Each chapter starts with Sara Bareilles (BEAUTIFULLY) singing a portion of one of her songs and then she talks about how that song applies to a specific part of her life.

.

9) #Last90DaysChallenge

I talked a little about this challenge in the most recent edition of My Google Search History. The challenge was started by Rachel Hollis (see inspiring thing #1) and it essentially dares you to be as aggressively passionate and optimistic about the last 90 days of the year as you normally would about the first 30 days of a new year. I love the concept and it has help me scare off that “I’ll start that next year” mindset that always tends to sneak in during this time of year.

(find it here)

.

10) This milkshake from the Ventura County Fair that showed me no culinary dream is too small

IMG_4999

.

11) Tuesdays with Morrie

download

Read. This. Book. It will make you smile, it will make you cry, it will make you think.

I could have highlighted, underlined and dog-eared the entire thing.

.

12) “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head or heart unless they’re a good tenant.” – Anna Faris Unqualified

.

13) Francesca Battistelli’s album Own It

I love the ENTIRE thing.

.

14) This:

Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 8.18.05 PM

.

15) The White Helmets

06f6bf5b5bd5aa3a187fcee1aca0faf1

.

16) Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, who inspired me to write this blog post.

.

17) And finally, this:

IMG_4601

.

Inspiration is all around us, all the time. Sometimes it gets hidden by frustration and discouragement, but if we look closely, there’s always something there to make us smile, or laugh, or cry (in a good way) or just feel.

Keep your eyes open for all the magic around you and I promise I’ll do the same. heavy-black-heart_2764

 


 

Find more List-cember posts here