Inspiration is like airplane oxygen masks: You can’t help others until you’ve helped yourself.
I try to write blog posts that encourage and inspire mompreneurs in their journeys as women, moms and business owners.
Lately, though, it’s been a struggle, and I’ve realized why my inspiration well has run dry: I haven’t been filling it.
For the past month or so, I have been in To-Do Mode. My life has just been a series of check lists. Camping check list, anniversary check list, school supply check list, garage sale check list, things-I-want-to-do-with-the-kids-before-summer-ends check list, back-to-school check list …
It’s been never-ending. Today’s check list already is 22 items long.
In many ways, it’s been a great month. I camped with my family, vacationed with my husband, made special memories with my kids and got them started on a new school year.
But all that “doing” also has left me drained. Not of energy (when was the last time I had energy?!?!?).
Drained of inspiration.
To-Do Mode has left no time for reflection.
So, this week, I decided to do what you do when your well runs dry: Dig.
I asked friends on Facebook for ideas about who or what is inspiring them, and then I sought out inspiration for myself.
For myself, I found this line from “The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family” — “The problem is that we compare the worst of what we know about ourselves with the best of what we have heard from other parents.”
I also found this phrase in Philippians: “Live as citizens of heaven.” I’m not sure yet what to do with it. But for now, it just brings me joy. Imagine what that life would be like.
I’ve listed my friends’ inspirations below. I can’t personally endorse these because many are new to me as well. But I’m passing them along to you as a resource guide, for those days when your inspiration well has run dry, too.
A MIGHTY GIRL: “The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”
BITCH MEDIA: “Bitch Media’s Mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to media and popular culture.”
THE MARY SUE: “The Mary Sue is the premier destination for entertainment geeks, female or otherwise. Coverage includes movies, comics, TV/movie fandom, and other cool stuff.”
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.”
SARAH’S SCRIBBLES: Comical takes on life and stuff. (See picture at left.)
PIGTAIL PALS & BALLPARK BUDDIES: “Our community aims to shift the way people think about childhood. We want kids to have the space to be kids! We create meaningful change by fighting gender stereotypes, practicing media literacy, and educating people how childhood is impacted by marketing, sexualization, negative body image, and strict gender roles.”
WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY: “A parenting resource for children’s books, easy indoor kids’ activities, play and learning ideas.”
RED TABLE TALK: “Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne – three generations of women open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends.”
THE B TEAM: “Our mission is to deliver a Plan B that puts people and planet alongside profit.”
LAYLAFSAAD (ON INSTAGRAM): “Perhaps you need this reminder too today: It’s okay to do what you need to do to take care of your mental health and well-being.”
SHAUN KING (ON FACEBOOK): “Leaders like Shaun King help us see how racism is not dead and forgotten, but merely a mutating virus, and one that manifests in different forms in every age.”
INSTANT LOSS: “Conveniently cook your way to weight loss and better health using family tested and approved recipes.”
100 DAYS OF REAL FOOD: “We invite you to read along and hopefully join in as our family seeks out the real food in a processed food world.”
THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE: “Author David Bach gives you a totally realistic system, based on timeless principles, with everything you need to know, including phone numbers, websites and apps, so you can put the secret to becoming an Automatic Millionaire in place from the comfort of your own home.”
PRINCIPLES: LIFE AND WORK: “(Author) Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
THE BANGOR MAINE POLICE DEPARTMENT (SIMPLY BECAUSE IT’S FUN): Too hard to explain. Just see for yourself. 🙂