What Inspires You?


Way back in February, I had battened down my hatches and I was in a full on reading binge. I was so not into this little site that I didn’t even have a window for it opened on my browser. I would go days without even turning my computer on. And that’s when Lisa Thomson of Lisa Thomson Live shared her Very Inspirational Bloggers award with me. And then it slipped my mind under the glut of novel-reading that was happening in my life at the time.

So here we are, three months later, and it’s time to do what I should have done then and acknowledge her thoughtfulness. Thank you Lisa for giving me another opportunity to count my blessings and focus on all the good things in my life.

inspiring-blogger-award-twoThe Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
  2. Display the award logo.
  3. Nominate 15 other bloggers (more or less, or four) and provide a link where they may be found.
  4. Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

Bloggers Who Inspire Me:

  • When it comes to inspiring, Dyanne of Backsies Is What There Is Not, will always be number one on my list. The woman had a going away party for her boobs and if that isn’t inspiring I don’t know what is. Dyanne, I may not always comment on your posts – but I’m pretty sure I’ve read almost every one of them. I love your bubbly happy approach to life.
  • Jan Wilberg of Red’s Wrap inspires me often. She gives me insight into how life is for my father who is slowly losing his hearing. She organizes drives for feminine hygiene products for women in need. And Jan gives us a snapshot of just how hard life was for women, and why we need to keep fighting to hang onto our rights. Can you imagine going back to the days when unmarried women had no access to The Pill? It’s a slippery slope ladies, and I don’t want to slide down that mountain. Jan, I don’t always comment but I read almost every word you write – thank you and keep on doing what you do. Women of today need to be reminded what it is we are fighting to hold onto.
  • Edwina of Edwina’s Episodes and her strong voice that always has a crisp British accent in my mind. It’s been a pleasure to watch her unfold her blog from the newly foaled stage to a polished space that will have you thinking she’s been at this gig for a lot longer than she has. Keep writing Edwina and I’ll keep reading.
  • Last but never least, the Yeah Write team. From my earliest blogging day, Yeah Write has been the space where I learned that every post should have a “So What?” I may not always get it right even now, but when I look back at where I was three (four?) years ago to where I am now, it’s Yeah Write that got me here.

What Inspires Me:

Spring is such an inspiration. First because I have not been able to watch it happen with the full attention that spring deserves in two years. Having the time to watch spring take over my corner of Ontario is such a gift. I love going to all the different garden centers I call customers and seeing their beautiful hanging baskets and planters and the pride they take in these businesses they work so hard at. I love watching bare branches develop a haze of green and seeing it become new leaves in the delicate green of spring. Spring is that time of year when anything seems possible.

Little things are inspiring because if you are watching for them they happen every day. Big things like promotions and babies and new marriages and jobs are thrilling, but few and far between. Little moments where all is right, like going to the grocery store in your favorite high-heeled sandals that haven’t left your closet in two very long years with your feet freshly pedicured happen as often as you make them happen. Moments like buying batteries for your dogs collar and finding out you can now buy 4 for what you used to pay for two.

2015-05-09 17.41.06Sitting on the patio and watching Orioles at the feeder.

Oriole at the FeederOr a snapshot of a moment when you see your ex with the person who shares his life now and you can see that all is well and good and wonderful, and all you feel is happiness that this person you no longer love but have a history and children with is happy. Moments, not events are what inspire me.

Evenings with girlfriends, good friends who remind you that you are not alone. Company for an evening with no obligation, reservations or judgement. Fellow women who have been there, done that and survived to do it for another day. Women who accept you just as you are, the ones you can share things with that you wouldn’t tell another soul, not even your mother, hey inspire me.

So what inspires you?

Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

8 thoughts on “What Inspires You?”

  1. Thank you. Many times over. Because you write, you know what it’s like to send something out into the cosmos and wonder it will land anywhere, hit anything, make sense to anyone. You tell me that I make sense and I need that. It keeps me going in this writing thing.

    1. Jan – your writing always moves me or makes me think. Keep doing what you do because your words and the thoughts they convey are powerful. Your life experience is so very relevant, please keep on sharing it.

    1. I am the one who is grateful you’ve managed to keep up with me!

    1. It’s always a pleasure to read your words, and I’ve enjoyed your blog a lot.

  2. Those are all wonderful things. I agree. Dyanne is so inspiring. Love the moments she shares from her Preschool world. Every child in her class is blessed to have her. Did you see those little chia growing hair people??? Too stinking cute.

    I too love to watch my feeder. Does that mean we are firmly in trenched in middle-age? Maybe something about living a while makes your appreciate the simple, delicate beauty of birds. Do you have problems with squirrels up there? UGH. It’s not so bad in winter when they are sleeping most of the time, but now when the weather gets warm, they can go through a feeder full of seeds in one day. When I don’t fill it up — for those maddening squirrels — a cardinal comes and sits close to my window and chirps. Like where the heck is the food, lady?

    And share the titles of some of your favorite books, please.

    1. With nobody else in the neighborhood feeding, I don’t have a regular feeder out. I’m still working on routines and organization and until I’m sure I’ll keep up with a feeder it doesn’t seem right to have birds counting on me. The oriole feeder is easy to keep up with, and needed for such a short period of time.

      Squirrels drive me batty – especially when they dig up my zucchini seeds and plant maple keys in place of them.

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