Weekly Inspiration

August 29, 2014

There's quite a lot that has been inspiring these last few weeks, most notably the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I'll admit at first I didn't get it - I didn't understand how they were making money off of it if everyone was dumping ice on their heads instead of donating. But then, I started seeing the good, the fun, the giving, the paying-it-forward message in these ice bucket videos. It became a phenomenon, picking up speed with each new challenge. Sure, a lot of people lambasted the challenge as self-serving, sheep-herding at its best, while others complained and bemoaned about having their Facebook feed cluttered with their friends and family videos. (Hmmm, what would they rather see? People ranting about politics, cat videos and open letters to whomever is pissing you off this week?) But what I love about it all - and what turned me around on the challenge's value - is that it shows how social media can be used for good. It inspires me. It gives me a sense of community in this vast and sometimes shut-off world we live in. We get to see our family and friend be silly and creative, thoughtful and generous - and all for a worthwhile cause. How can you not find inspiration in that?!

And what has been even more inspiring for me this week is a video created by an L.A.-based duo Dave and Devine. Dave Yaden is an amazing piano player - a friend of my sisters who I've had the pleasure to met and get to know as an amazing man, husband and father. And the other half of the group, Candace Devine, is equally talented with a voice that is magnanimous and powerful. But beyond their talents, their music speaks of love, of individuality, of creativity, and of peace. And the follow video shows just that. It is a message that is loud and clear and should be heard by everyone. In a time where division and differences seem to pervade our hearts, our minds and our politics, Dave and Devine's words remind us they can try but they'll never take our love away...

Yes, love - LOVE IS the answer. Let love guide you. Let love encourage you. Let love inspire you. Go out and love. Give it. Receive it. Be it.

Mid-Week Sales Crush

August 27, 2014

It's Wednesday and I've got a case of the middle-of-the-week ho hums. So, what better way to perk up my mid-week lull than to check out what's new on the sales front. It gives me a chance to window browse without leaving my office and putting on pants. And, it gives me some ideas on what kind of you-work-hard-for-the-money gift I can buy with my upcoming paycheck.

Without further ado, here are just a few mints I found while browsing my fav online stores. Oh, and with fall right around the corner, these items would totally work as transitional pieces - just throw on a jacket or cardi and you're all set for autumn's cooler temps (and I can't wait for those!). 

P.S. A lot of online stores (and brick and mortar ones too) are having some excellent sales right now - ya know, in preparation for all their fall stuff. 



 Clockwise: Cross Over Strappy Top, Zara, $19.99 (regularly $69.90); Siargao Tank, Anthropologie, $69.95 (no longer available...darn! But still cute.); Great Wavelengths Dress, ModCloth, $54.99; Sun Isle Dress, Madewell, $69.99 

Strum a Little Tune, Spread a Little Joy

August 26, 2014

My new Kala KA-S ukulele
So, yeah. I realize it has been over four months since my last post, and, well, the truth of it is that I've been preoccupied with other things. Poetry, travel, work, and daydreaming - lots and lot of daydreaming. My calendar has been pretty full, no?

Okay, enough excuses. It's time for me to get back in the saddle, get back on the wagon (um, wait, that's the wrong euphemism), get back on track (much better) and reinvigorate this old/new blog with some fresh and fun material.

And what isn't more fun than a ukulele?...

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Words to Inspire

"One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar." ~Helen Keller