We are officially in December, people! Can you believe how fast 2017 has flown by? I, for one, am in amazement still that soon we will be writing 2018 everywhere. I hope this new month brings you much happiness. May you be inspired – and inspire others! Here are the latest blog posts I’ve come across that offer inspiration. ♥
The Power of the Smile
A smile can change the world, explains my friend at My Expression of Thoughts Blog. Smiling shows love and kindness. It has many benefits, as you’ll find out when you read the post, including boosting happiness and altering perceptions. I hope you all continue to smile :)
The Stigma on Antidepressants
I had to read this one slowly as I take an antidepressant and not everyone understands it. While there are holistic approaches – I use those too – the medication really is a good pairing with it for me. There is a stigma though surrounding taking antidepressants; it is called “pill shaming.” Find out why blogger seaofwordsx writes, it’s okay to take antidepressants or other meds for your mental illness.
Seaangel4444 (Cher) offers beautiful photography on her blog The Chicago Files. In a recent post, she took a moment away from the camera lens to remind us that kindness does matter, and it is an inspirational write that I wanted to share here. Read the post in full to get the story and may your soul warm as mine did. Cher calls it a “kindness connection.”
Stress Relief at the Holidays
Good timing for this blog post, Lisa! I’ve been following Lisa Orchard’s blog for years now and enjoy the inspirational posts (hint, hint – you ought to click the follow button too!). She offers some stress relief tips for the holidays in a new posting, and I think it will be helpful for anyone who wants suggestions for how to unwind during this busy season, including bubble baths and going for hikes.
With Adversity Comes Strength
Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a Psychology teacher, and she recently shared a bit about her first lesson for students returning to the classroom after a strike. She discusses the stress of starting over and how difficult times can give way to strength. This inspirational blog post can apply to anyone facing adversity in their lives.
Thankful for Our Bodies
I know many women who express dislike for parts of their bodies. I have moments of doing the same. This made me welcome Tashnee V. Mavee’s post about giving gratitude to your body. She writes about resisting the urge to compare our bodies to others and urges us to stop complaining to the mirror. Hear, hear!
Coaching or Therapy?
Coaching is distinct from therapy – they are not one and the same. When Madelyn Griffith-Haynie recently suggested this post from her archives as a related read to a more recent write, I had to check it out. Her blog called ADD… And So Much More! is among my must-follows. I always learn something from it! In this read, I learned that while coaching and therapy have many similarities, there are vast differences, including the role of the client or patient.
Art for Those with Disabilities
I’m an art lover! But what about a person with disabilities – Can art be made more accessible to people with disabilities? Yes, as per Damyanti Biswas’ #WATWB post. She highlights accessibility initiatives that enable people with various disabilities, from visual to mobility, to enjoy art and culture. Wonderful.
Women in Greek Mythology
Pandora, Helen of Troy, and the way Greek myths highlighted women (for better or worse) are all covered in the latest blog at La Audacia de Aquiles. It is an insightful text from Aquileana, with a wonderful story included by author Carolee Croft. I recommend the collaborative post as a way to find out more about how women were viewed by ancient writers and within Ancient Greek society.
Live for Yourself First
I would call this inspirational blog post at Vessels of Vision an open letter to women. Titled “To Every Woman,” it encourages women to be confident and independent, valuing their self-worth without making it conditional on what a man thinks or does. Let’s keep our identity strong, regardless of whether we are in a relationship or not.