Weekly Inspiration Roundup, Vol. 17

It’s Friday and you know what that means here: It’s time for the weekly roundup of inspirational blog posts! I delight in finding a range of posts from all of you to include in this weekly feature. Thank you as always for your high-quality writing and for putting yourself out there with your creativity, knowledge, opinions, and memories. I value you all!

Fall is Fabulous

I’ll be honest. Fall’s beauty has usually been lost on me. I’m a total summer lover! This year, though, I’ve enjoyed watching the leaves turn and begun to see why some many of you enjoy the autumn season. When I read Why I Love Fall by Amy Caudill, I learned a bit more about the treasures of this particular time of year. In such uncertain times as those that our world faces right now, let’s enjoy the beauty of nature.

If You Could Write a Letter…

If you could tell your younger self anything – impart some wisdom – what would you say? In Letter to my Younger Self, Becca at That Curly Girl blog writes a letter to herself at a younger age to try to explain what is to come and the wisdom to grasp from it. This is Becca’s way of looking back and also offering wise words for readers, including “You will get good people, bad and the ugly ones. Know who to choose.”

On Managing Diabetes

At Aiming Flamingo, I learned this week that when you do your workouts is just as important as the type of exercise you do when it comes to controlling Type 2 Diabetes. Yes, exercise timing matters. Find out when it’s most recommended that you exercise. While you’re over at the blog, take a look around at other health-related posts to see what else might be of interest to you in achieving better mental and physical health.

Embracing motivational writing

Cheers to your inspiring blog posts! Image via Pixabay (CC0).

Invisible Illness Issue

“You don’t look sick” is something you may have heard at some point in time if you have a mental health condition. Depression and anxiety are two kinds of invisible illnesses in which you can look amazing but feel like you’re on death’s door. Mackenzie does an amazing job in her inspiring blog post at Life with an Illness of explaining this disparity to loved ones and caregivers of those who have invisible illnesses.

Necessities when Feeding Baby

Ah, parenting. There ought to be a manual! If such a book did exist, this Baby Food Favorites blog post at Chasing Jameson would surely be in it. This blogger kindly shares everything she relies on to feed baby Jameson throughout the week, from which storage containers are best to recommendations for highchairs and bibs. Judging from the many comments left by readers, this blog post has tips that many parents are looking for. So, I want to share it to a wider audience by including it in the weekly roundup.

All About Head Injuries

If you regularly read Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s ADD and So Much MORE blog (I do!), then you know she writes posts that are well-researched and insightful. This one on head injuries explains the alarming effects of hits to the brain, particularly on attention and focus. While the types of injuries can vary, the consistent point here is that it is a big issue. Brain damage from head injuries can lead to attention struggles, for example, and Madelyn highlights common symptoms and manifestations of this in her post.

Halloween, Now and Then

Of course, earlier this week was Halloween, so I have to include a blog post on it! Over at His Perfect Timing, you can read about the history of this special day in October, as well as reading this blogger’s words about her own Halloween experiences then and now. She describes her fall tradition of spending time with those she cares about at home and church on Halloween and includes some fun videos in honor of the spooky day.

Divorce Support Party

Author and blogger D.G. Kaye put together a fascinating interview this week at D.G. Kaye Writer. She interviews Lisa Thomson, who you may know from the blog titled The Great Escape Divorce Support at Lisa Thomson Live. Lisa writes primarily about relationship issues, such as divorce, with a focus on helping women. The questions that D.G. asks her lead to some great discoveries, including what inspired her to write her books and more about navigating a healthy divorce. I love supporting intelligent women who help others so this is a must-share inspirational blog post.


The Best Parts Of Family Life

There’s nothing better than family, whether they’re blood relatives or those close to you who have become so close you call them family. They’re there for you more than anyone else, and when no one else will. Value them, even through those horrible teenage years where you’d swear you hated them. Deep down your love is so strong that it creates an unbreakable bond. As you get older and create a family of your own, you’ll treasure family time more than ever. Whether that be with your partner and children, or with your brothers, sisters, mom or dad. You’ll love to hate them at times, but having your own little brood will change your life forever. When it comes to quality family time, read on to find out how you can make it the best it can be.

Treasure family time at home and abroad

Having your own little brood will change your life forever. Pixabay photo, CC0 Creative Commons.

Home Life

Many of you know a little too well that home life can be a little stressful, right from the minute you walk through the door on the first day of bringing your child home, through to the minute they leave the nest. But this is what makes it all so special. The highs and lows you go through are normal, as are the memories you’ll one day look back on and laugh about. Let’s take a walk through how family life goes through the years. In the first year, you’ll have so much joy that you could burst, and at the same time will be so tired you could cry. You’ll hit major developmental milestones such as smiling, laughing, crawling, and walking. All of which are some of the most special times as a mother. You’ll have to endure the terrible two’s, where the tantrums will be in full swing. Some days you’ll feel as though you’re doing something wrong as a mother. But you’ll come to learn children just don’t like being told no. This one never seems to disappear. Then you’ll head into the years of sending them off to kindergarten; this is going to be one of the most emotional times for you. But it’s also the time where you can have a little breather, and learn how much you’ve missed a bit of peace and quiet.

Then you’ll have the high school years. You’ll be plunged back into the tantrum and stubborn years. Sometimes hormones are all too hard to deal with, and they turn into angry, mom-hating people. But, don’t worry, this stage doesn’t last for long either. Just help them through it as any mother would. Use it as a time to get closer to them, rather than let them push you away. Take them out shopping or for lunch, and try and be a part of their world as much as they will let you. You’ll most likely have to witness their first heartbreak as well, which is always painful for the both of you. When this time comes, get chocolate, ice cream, sweets, sad films, and cry it out with them. Netflix and junk food will become their best friend for a while. There’s nothing like a good cry to get it out their system, so See the best sad movies on Netflix: https://netflixupdate.com/sad-movies-on-netflix/ to put a good film on.

Then will come the saddest time of all. You’ll have so much family time to look back on, and so many amazing memories to cherish, but soon enough you’ll find them flying the nest. This is when junk food and Netflix might become your best friend too. You’ll have spent most the years dreaming of the day they would move out, yet when it comes to it you’ll become a blubbering mess and wish they’d stay. But when this time comes, you know you’ve completed your job as a mother. They’re independent enough and have the right life skills to survive on their own. Before you know it, you’ll be at the stage in your life where they’re looking after you. Whether they’re moving to college, or moving into their own apartment, you’ll still always be their mother, and you’ll most likely still be the one they ask to do their laundry every week because some things will just never change.


In the midst of all the craziness of family life, you’ll have some amazing holidays thrown in that are among the most exciting times ever. Often, you’ll be even more excited than your kids. The chance to get away with the people you love the most is something you look forward to all year round. Whether it be a summer holiday or a winter escape, your children will be just as excited as you, no matter what age they are. We all know how stressful a holiday with younger children can be. It can sometimes be a little more time consuming than home life, especially if when at home they’d be at daycare for part of it. But you need to be able to put a positive spin on every aspect of a holiday. You’re making memories that none of you will ever forget. Looking back on your own childhood, you’ll likely remember how fun family holidays were and how much you treasure them.

Make as many memories as you can while they’re still young. As they move through into teenage years, holidays change for everyone involved. They can get involved in things such as going on the same rides as you at theme parks and water parks. They’ll also be a little more capable of looking after themselves, leaving you with more time to relax. But these are also some of the best times as well. The memories you can create where everyone is involved doing something that makes them happy on vacation is magical. Mix up the types of holidays you do too. Try city escapes as well as some summer sun. Learning at the same time as your children is such a good way to bond and help their minds grow.