Blog Roundup Time! Weekly Inspiration (Vol. 23)

Welcome to the Friday inspirational roundup! While I occasionally publish it on Saturdays, I much prefer it going live on Friday as it’s the end of many peoples’ work weeks and always nice to get a bit of inspiration as we head into the weekend. That being said, do you have a preference for when it publishes?

Here are the latest inspiration blog posts from… you!

Inspiration in the blogging community

Let’s continue to inspire one another! Pexels photo (CC0).

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Weekly Inspiration Roundup, Vol. 20

Your blogs inspire me

Celebration time! 20 Posts about Inspirational Blogs – wow! Let’s keep doing this.

We’re at the big 2-0 baby! Let’s serve up some appetizers – scallops! – and get this show on the road! It’s the weekend, and there’s some P!nk playing in the background as we toastto a series that brings inspiration your way.

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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.

Weekly Inspiration Roundup (Vol. 5)

How is it already the fifth installment of this series? Time flies, right?! Here are some great blog posts I’ve read this week and wanted to share with you all. Wishing you a marvelous weekend ahead 🙂

Lisa Orchard Blogs about Forest Bathing

Have you ever heard of forest bathing? I hadn’t until I read Lisa Orchard’s post about it. If you’re a nature lover or think you might want to be, check out this post to learn all kinds of benefits you can reap from spending quality time outdoors. After we take time Continue reading

Weekly Inspiration Roundup, Volume 1

Happy Friday, all! I am rolling out a new feature, which is an inspiration roundup. I plan to publish a selection of posts once a week that I’ve read on other blogs that I find particularly meaningful. The WordPress community is publishing pretty amazing things and I would love to share some of it with all of you, in addition to sharing many of the posts on Twitter and Google+. I hope you find this weekly feature to be useful. It’ll publish on Fridays. I can always tweak it along the way 😉 Without further ado…

Olga Reviews Teagan Geneviene’s Three Things Serial Story

Author and translator Olga Núñez Miret reviews the book Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story by Teagan Geneviene on her blog. As per Olga,

Many of the readers of [Teagan’s] blog had asked her to publish the serials in book format and finally, she obliged.

Anybody reading the description of this volume will get a sense of how it came into being. The story has a wonderful sense of time (the jazzy 1920s, brilliant, young, full of flappers, parties, movies, and excitement) and it is told in the first person by Pip, a young woman transplanted from the South to the big city, with a huge imagination and an endless curiosity that gets her involved in all kinds of adventures, including but not limited to: kidnappings, rides in fire trucks, romances, secret coded messages, international intrigues, hidden treasures… Pip also has a wonderful turn of phrase (she never swears, at least not as we understand it, and there is no bad language in the book, although she uses her own expressions that colour her language and readers will come to love) and believes she is a very modern woman, although she is less savvy and cool than she would like to believe.

The Three Things Serial is on my tablet, and I also follow Teagan’s Books blog, which is known for its fun tales. I hope you’ll join her at the blog too.

Perennial Women Discussion with D.G. Kaye

And here’s another blog post to check out. It’s by D.G. Kaye, and it’s a keeper! The post, titled Aging and Wisdom – The New Perennial Age of Women, discusses the aging process and how women in their 40’s and 50’s are sometimes called “perennials.” I hadn’t heard that term before for females! As per D.G. (Debby),

I can identify with this wonderful choice of word, perennial, representing a time period of continuation of our evolving. We are still evolving and learning and doing. Every year we bloom with more knowledge from our experiences and eventually, the new bloom leads to desires of the ‘me time’. A time for us to focus on the things we enjoy whether it be travel, new hobbies, furthering our education, or even writing books.

Aha, a new age for women and I’m about to enter it in, oh, just over a year. I’m excited for the next phase of my life, which I think is why D.G. Kaye’s post really appealed to me. Plus, it’s nice to think of female aging like the lovely blooming of a flower rather than focusing on the wrinkles, etc. We’re more than our outer appearances, so much more!

Inspiring reads from bloggers

Reads that inspire, from around the blogging community. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Tools Inspire, with June Sturgeon

Then there’s Jane Sturgeon with a creative write about tools in a beloved shed. What, you say, tools? Think metaphorically, and you’ll get the most beautiful read. Here are a few lines from Jane to demonstrate:

Laughter is a tool in a beloved shed.

I am blessed to work from home and to look out onto a peaceful view of water and nature. Everyday connections are made with folk who are struggling and wrestling with themselves and situations in life. Different insights and perspectives flow in and love wraps all in comfort and peace. The moment acceptance is found a door opens.

Acceptance is a tool in a beloved shed.

My loving man suggested we take ballroom dancing lessons together this Autumn and I beamed at him as he said this. It sparked a long forgotten hope and in that second the dust was blown off, old disappointments lifted and a dream stood in all her sparkling glory. ‘Oh, yes please, I would love to do that with you.’

Hope is a tool in a beloved shed.

OK, now you see what I mean. I’ve read the post twice, and it is my favorite so far from Jane Sturgeon.

Carol on Marriage Changes

This next post is one I admire for its honesty of a tough subject. It’s hard to admit our faults, and when our relationships with our partners aren’t going smoothly, it’s easy to mask it with a happy face while things are falling apart behind closed doors. Carol of Mum Life opens the door to the topic of how marriages can change after having a child. As per Carol,

Last week, my mother in law said the more kids you have the more you fight. Which makes me a little irritated because that’s a huge generalisation. Considering she only had 2, I’m not quite sure where this assumption came from. Maybe from the lack of time spent with each other? But doesn’t absence make the heart grow fonder? From my experience so far, we definitely have less time for ourselves, but we make the most of any time we have together and appreciate it so much more.

Our text messages are to the point. No time to beat around the bush. It’s always “Can you buy milk” not the usual “hey baby, how’s your day going? I am thinking of you”. Haha this is funny because it felt like a life time ago we ever texted like this!

Carol touches on a few of the ways her marriage has changed and it’s likely that many moms reading her blog will relate. Check out Carol’s other posts too as they’re all so heartfelt. I’m relatively new to her blog but immediately enjoyed her writing style.

‘D’ Writes about Black Girl Magic

This write from “D” of the cocobymonthlypress blog is beautiful on many levels. From a poem to a prose style of writing, the post is about being a black girl who refuses to be defined or put into a box. It is about magic, lifestyle, and embracing who you are, no matter your race, gender, sexuality, or any other attribute. In Quirky or Cosmic: An Ode to Soft, Magic, Nerdy, Alternative Black Girls, D says,

I’ll put color in my hair, I’ll read my comics, dress up as She-Hulk, write my stories, read about technology, date a white, date an asian boy, date whomever I please, and all the while I’m still black.

All the while I and all the other black girls who embrace themselves and their loves are still cosmic.

The world is all the better for these kinds of blog posts. Plus, we all know I love poetry, so this one was a hit from the start. Poetry + female empowerment = this post is on my list as a keeper. Head over to D’s blog to read the post in full.

Jenn on Tattoos and Being a Mom: They Don’t Have to be Mutually Exclusive

The title alone of Jenn’s post at the Life of a stay at home mom blog is reason enough to include it here (of course the post content is great too). The title? I’m a tattooed mom… DON’T like it? I DON’T care…lol 

I know, right?! Blogger Jenn talks about her experiences getting tattoos and how getting inked helped her feel more comfortable with her body. She also talks about the expectations on moms, including how some people don’t think tattoos are appropriate for them. She writes,

We all have a story that should not be judged visually. And by the way….we will be kickass grandmas someday!!!

Reading the post in full is recommended because there are sweet stories included about Jenn and her kids, including her views on if they come to her saying they want tattoos of their own one day. Again, this is a new blog for me that I want to share with you all.

OK, that’s the scoop this week. Thanks for taking time here and for checking out some of these blogs that offer inspirational reads. Enjoy your weekend!

♥ Christy