Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday Inspirations

Isn't it great to be able to say that you were inspired? 

Yesterday morning, I woke up a little earlier than I would have liked. Still tired and sleepy, yet wide awake, I grabbed my iPhone and checked the Instagram feed before actually getting up to tackle the day.  

My blog, social media, and our small business take up a lot of my time. But through it all, I have the opportunity to [virtually] meet some truly amazing people.



Here are four people that inspired me on Sunday (listed clockwise), via Instagram - and their IG handles:

1. @lanasartstudio
2. @fearless_dining
3. @thetreehearts
4. @annzuccardy



1. A wonderful artist & blogger, creating beautiful pieces inspired by her travels and passions in life. I'm also proud to say that I own this print of hers!

2. An amazing food blogger sharing gluten-free recipes, gluten-free restaurant and item product reviews, and interviews with Bay Area eateries. The image that inspired me was a gluten-free coconut, oat & chocolate chip cookie (doesn't that sound delish?). But after scrolling through all of her amazing posts, I found the kumquat madeleines, and I couldn't help but share them in my image.

3. A talented bentwood ring-maker, who continues to amaze me with her beautiful ring designs (but my all-time favorite is still the wood burned heart ring that I shared here).

4. A new-to-me IGer that I found just yesterday. Here is where I'll tell you a quick story...



I love ocean photography (especially from California). I had seen one of Ann's beach posts and liked it earlier. When I got up on Sunday morning, she was in my activity feed. She had visited my IG and liked a couple of my posts in return (I always love that form of "thank you," because it's really social networking at its best.) Anyway, I returned to her page and read her bio. [Side note: Many of my blogger friends call this the "profile," but I've been schooled by my daughter that "No, it's a bio." And it's as simple as that, everyone. You will never see me refer to it as a profile in IG.]

After reading her bio, there was something there that caught my attention. Aside from the fact that the link she left is to a video, I was also intrigued by the words "creative communicator." Creative Communicator. How awesome is that? That's what made me click her link. 

The link goes to a youtube video for one of her speaking gigs. I watched the entire thing. Didn't even push pause. In that video, she shares her story. It's the perfect introduction piece. It's a story that's inspiring and admirable. Her words are important and motivational. After watching, I had to let her know! I left her a comment. And now, we're following each other on Instagram. And I'm wondering what types of events Ann speaks for, because I can think of at least one audience that might be interested in having her speak, sharing her personal story.


Lastly, I participated in a live twitter party as part of Dove's #SpeakBeautiful campaign. The only twitter parties I've really done before were early Saturday morning Sharefest chats for fun with The SITS Girls. But it had been a really long time! So I joined the SITStahs on Saturday as a practice run, to get re-acquainted with the fast pace of a live twitter event. 

And then I joined Dove for #SpeakBeautiful at Red Carpet time for the Oscars. Not because I was compensated (I wasn't, although there were some lucky winners during the first hour, but none of them was me), but because I strongly believe in this campaign and the message it has to share with the world. 

As someone who definitely struggles with self-confidence at times, I love the message that this campaign is sending for social change and social good. And it's all through social media - twitter.
And so - those were my Sunday Inspirations!

The bottom line is, social networking is a great way to find inspiration. Inspiration can be found anywhere, really, but social media is something pretty unique. I used to be against it. I thought it was a privacy invader. I used to frown upon it as an unnecessary productivity killer. 

But now...Now, I wouldn't dream of being without it. Not only is it pretty fun, it can be useful as well (as long as you set limits!). It's yet another way to network and connect with people. Because - we've all heard the saying, right? Sometimes it's not what you know, it's who you know.

Did you have any weekend inspirations? 
Share them with me in a comment! I'd love to read about what's been inspiring YOU lately.





Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I'm just sharing some personal inspirations with you and have not been compensated in any way at all.




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34 comments :

Kallie @ But First, Coffee said...

LOVED this, what a sweet post. I love interacting on social media because there are so many inspiring people out there!

Camila Rojas said...

How cool I used to have a Post called Sunday Inspiration back when I was starting. These are great inspiration!!!
XOXO

LanasArtStudio said...

Kim, so sweet of you to mention me here and also on IG! I'm so happy that you love my work and caring enough to sharing! Thank you so much my friend!

Jamie Tomkins said...

I love finding things on other people's pages and helping to spread the word of other great people. The Dove campaign is awesome and thanks for the Instagram links - going to check them out now! :)

Katie Crafts said...

So I Love love love the idea of this post, and including a few IG posts/accounts that inspired you. I may hijack your idea in the future! I just followed all four of those accounts and look forward to more!

Rebecca Brosemer said...

What a fun idea! I am always inspired by the other bloggers out there. Especially ones that have a full-time "real" job and a successful blog!

Patricia said...

The only person inspiring me lately is my friend Marla's son Gunner who is a little fighter. He is fighting Leukemia and seeing his struggles breaks my heart. I pray for that little boy every single day and I shed a tear for Marla. Because I know if it were my son my heart would be breaking.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing your inspirations in detail. Too often we (okay, I) seem to flip through and collect all these images and inspirations without slowing down to take a minute with the people behind them. I've been inspired lately by a whole slew of new people that I'm meeting through quilting blogs.

Integrated Learning Strategies said...

How cool! Those are some great weekend inspirations and some great people who have inspired you as well. After going to the blogger conference this weekend, there were definitely inspirations on how to changes things and make them better. I'm really looking forward to it!

Kpierce said...

I do that same routine each morning, lay in bed and check social media while I'm waking up. Other bloggers are great inspiration - and beach photography is the best :)

Toni-Lynn said...

I love this. My boys always inspire me.

Hena Tayeb said...

love the feeling of inspiration... it's revitalizing.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great shout out to your IG friends! I'm intrigued by those gluten free cookies since I only bake gluten free these days. I have not tried coconut yet.

I love Dove's campaigns! It is so true about the negative people online speaking about themselves. I think of them as cyber bullies. Positivity is contagious so lets keep spreading it!

Jennifer said...

Love this post! I am constantly inspired by others I see on social media. It's such a nice round up to see some of them all together :)

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad said...

You gave me some great ideas for people to follow. And like everyone else, I always love Dove's promotions.

Emily Drew said...

This is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

Emily Glover said...

I need some inspiration! This weekend we worked on our shower and I need some inspiration since it's time to pick out the tile now.

Natalia Khon said...

Awesome inspirations! Love Lana's art too!

Kristin Aquariann said...

Sweet inspirations! I just added Dove to my Cool Companies list on twitter, what a great campaign idea.

Kim Seghers said...

It seems like you had a wonderful Sunday. I love social media because it connects us to so many wonderful inspirational people.Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you connected with some amazing people!!

Stephen + Natalie said...

Thanks for sharing!

Britney Mills said...

Those seashell cookies look so good! What a fun idea for Sunday!

Stephanie Pass said...

This is so sweet! Love it!

Debra Hawkins said...

I love finding new people! They sound amazing!

La Vie En May said...

I love the weekend inspirations especially the Dove tweet!

Miranda Couse said...

Social media is an awesome way to find inspiration! I love this post.

Savory Experiments said...

That is so seeet! I'm heading over to instagram for some inspiration of my own!

Rebecca Hubbell said...

I love posts like this, it's always great to see what inspires others.

Heather Sander said...

What a sweet post! Thanks for sharing and inspiring others!

Heavenly Savings said...

Those are some really neat inspirations.

Andi said...

Fun post, I highlight other bloggers, but have never done IGers - like it!

Karissa Ancell said...

I love finding new bloggers and info. Thanks for posting.

Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] said...

This is so great, I was actually inspired by a sweet friend - reminded me to think of others more often before myself!

Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] said...

This is so great, I was actually inspired by a sweet friend - reminded me to think of others more often before myself!