I’ve been converted from magazine flipper to blog devotee.
Why the switch? I love the interaction and exchange of ideas that comes with blogs. And, I enjoy getting to know the author behind the words on the screen.
The sharing of ideas through blogs, links, and tweets is more than words. It’s a network of connections made and inspiration shared.
While the web can distract and derail us, we can find inspiration in other’s stories and words. Have you ever read anything in a blog that inspired you to try something new?
When I started blogging in the fall of 2010, I didn’t expect to meet people from all over the world. I was merely hoping to turn my newsletter writing into an opportunity to interact with my readers.
Starting a blog wasn’t supposed to be a life-affirming and changing activity. And, I certainly didn’t expect to be inspired by sharing my ideas and stories.
12 Gifts of Words & Wisdom:
As my curiosity peaked about how other bloggers work, create, and live, I started receiving unexpected gifts of words and wisdom from the blogs I read.
I’ve enjoyed reading and collecting articles throughout the year that inspire me in life and work. And, now I’d like to share these gifts of words with you.
Here are my favorite blog posts written by bloggers in 2011:
- Being Human by Belind Munoz (The Halfway Point)
- I Feel Beautiful by Tess Marshall (The Bold Life)
- Stepping Into The Darkness by Raam Dev
- Why You’re Only 1/4 of A Writer And How to Make You Whole Again by Ollin Morales (Courage 2 Create)
- I Am… by Frank Jennings (A Spark Starts)
- Burnout is Beautiful by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Peace and Projects)
- Live Life Even If It Scares You by Katie Tallo (Momentum Gathering)
- Heroic Heart of the Entrepreneur by Kayrn Greenstreet (Self-Employed Success)
- When Real Life Gets in the Way of Your Dreams by Barrie Davenport (Live Bold and Bloom)
- Bucket List Got You Down? Try a Thimble List by Jennifer Louden
- Enjoy by Courtney Carver (Be More With Less)
- Dear Face Book – You’re Dumped by Linda Hewett (Positive Spin)
Your stories inspire me. Some of you have brought tears to my eyes. And, most of you have reassured me that we are all human, on a journey, where we fall and strive to get back up.
From Inspiration Received to Growth Sprouted:
For me, it’s not enough to read something inspiring. I have to do something with it. I may let it percolate or get stored in my brain for future use. Or, I may begin to change something about how I move through my day and my life.
What have you changed after reading something that inspires you? Here are a few ways that my thinking or actions have changed after receiving these gifts of inspiration:
- Dreams come true in spite of your fears
- Don’t wait for contentment to find you, enjoy the moment
- Savor life through your senses and experiences
- Surf the web with balance and purpose
- Nurture and romance your creative side
- Live life first, write second
- Less can be more fulfilling than having more
- Giving isn’t only for holidays
Each gift of wisdom I receive is like a seed. I can plant the seedling or throw it out. I can cultivate the gifts and till the soil, until they sprout their own growth in me. I hope you enjoy my gift exchange, and find some seeds worth planting in your own soil!
Gift Exchange: Please share one of your favorite blog posts/articles of 2011.
Photo Credit: “Gifts” by Kasia
A Special Thank You To My Readers: Your interest and engagement with my blog is much appreciated. I wish you a blessed holiday season!