It's Monday. Mondays always feel like they move in slow-motion as I try to snap out of the weekend mindset and get motivated to actually accomplish something productive with my week. Usually I just need a little inspiration to jump-start my day and help me focus on the week ahead of me. So I decided to start using Mondays as my "Inspiration Day" - a day to gather some ideas and thoughts that will help give me the little kick in the booty to get motivated each week.
So my plan is to use this little space here every Monday to share some of the things that are inspiring me (I've been so sporadic with my blog posts....we'll see how well I can keep this going every week ;) ...but I'll try!)
So here it goes! My first Inspiration Monday:
This Book. The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith.
I just finished reading it this weekend, but I will definitely be reading back through it again this week! So much inspiration in these pages for creating an imperfectly beautiful home. I could write a whole post just on this book...it is just so full of beautiful words, practical ideas, and page after page of inspiration. Reading it made me so excited to really get creative in my home and try some things that I was waiting for because of limitations I thought I had within our small walls. I seriously cannot recommend this book enough...if you're looking for a little inspiration for your home, read this book!!
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book: "You don't have to get perfect to have a pretty house. Most of us simply need to learn to see the beauty in the imperfect. Because life is gloriously messy. We can find rest in our less than perfect circumstances when we figure out that no amount of striving can create the perfect life we think we are looking for."
This post by Ruth Simons. I only recently discovered this lady's beautiful blog and quickly fell in love with her art and her way with words. And this post?...so much truth. "No one's life is truly easy. No one's. ...We simply can't know another's pain or another's struggles by simply looking at how easy her life appears." Comparison is a dangerous game to play...we honestly do not know the depth of anyone's struggles. Instead of passing judgment or making comparisons, perhaps we should reach out a hand...bear one another's burdens, knowing that no one is exempt from pain and struggles in this fallen and broken world. You don't know what struggles are lying beneath the surface of that person you think has it all together...we all need grace and love and extra compassion.
My girls are going to Children's Camp with our church this week, so I plan on keeping myself busy around the house and maybe even try a Pinterest project or two. Here are a couple that look fun to try:
This cool light fixture thingy made from a wheel and mason jars looks so fun! I'm thinking of something similar for our back porch...not sure where to find a wheel like that, but this photo inspires me.
This Paper Feather Wreath. Love this. I'm on a bit of a feather kick lately...I don't know why. But I think I need to try making this wreath.
And these beautiful Watercolor Flowers from lovegrowswild.com would look perfect in a little vase on a bookshelf or beside my bed!
(Image and Recipe from altonbrown.com)
My sister, Joy, made this last weekend when we went to her house to visit. I fell in love. I told her I want her to make it for me for my birthday. It is SOOOO good!!! But I can't wait until December for a slice of this yumminess, so I will have to try to make it myself. I'm going to give it a shot this week and see if I can make it even halfway as good as she does. :)
I spent a good bit of the weekend pulling out the calendar and planning out some fun for the summer. We finally filled in our Summer Bucket List and I filled up our calendar for the next two months with lots of "stay-cation" family fun. This Saturday we're planning on going to a park and having a picnic. The girls wanted to "fly a kite" this summer, so I'm thinking we'll try our hand at making our own kites to take with us to the park. I've found a few ideas on Pinterest, so I'm thinking that when they get back from camp later this week we'll have a family night full of kite-making fun!
And look at this really cool Tetrahedral Kite:
I'm printing out this verse to inspire me this week to slow down and wait quietly before God.
Well, that's it for today's "Inspiration Monday"! I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful, inspired, grace-filled week!!!