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!
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 (pen name TrouvailleByCarol),
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!