Friday, December 12, 2014

The Gift of Inspiration

I still can't believe it's December already!  I have my countdown to Christmas posted on a framed chalkboard in our kitchen.  I say it's for Charlotte, but it's for me too because I am so excited for Christmas.  Over Thanksgiving, I was writing down the things for which I am most grateful.  Actually, most of the items were not things - they were people and experiences.  One of the experiences I love is to be inspired!  That's why I tell my husband I have so many magazine subscriptions and books :)  

Here are five key categories of things I love -  the fifth category below includes a blog I absolutely love that I hope you check out too:  1) A beautiful journal (or two!) to write down special moments during my days with Charlotte and Ben.   2) A fresh blank planner to record my goals and plans to make them happen.   3) Books that inspire me.  I know many people now read books on an iPad or a Kindle but I guess I'm old fashioned; I like to turn the pages in my books and keep beautiful books on my coffee tables.  I'm constantly reading books on everything from time management, parenting, style, and entertaining!      4) Magazines that are artfully and beautifully created.  Once I'm done with them, I pin the clippings I love on an inspiration board for even more inspiration.

The Gift of Inspiration

5)  Fabulous Style Blogs.  I absolutely love to follow gorgeous style blogs for inspiration on everything from fashion, home decorating and beauty.  A blog I discovered recently has quickly become my favorite!  This is a screenshot of Womanista's website and I think you can already tell why I love it so much and can't wait to read the new posts.

The Womanista inspires me, and I'm certain all of her readers, with her stunning entertainment and decor ideas, chic style, and great beauty advice.  I know several of you adore Lady Antebellum's music like I do, so you may already know that the Womanista, Cassie Kelley, is married to Charles Kelley.  (Which brings up another key category of inspiration:  great music!)  When I contacted the Womanista recently, Cassie got back to me immediately.  She is not only talented but she is truly first class - and that is incredibly inspiring too!   

Cheers!  xo Mary

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