April 12, 2012

What Inspires You?


What inspires you?

Dreams? Creativity? I want to know!

I am so excited to start a new feature on Farmers Wifey....

I'd love you to share what inspires you? I have a few ideas of my own but today I'm so happy to welcome Trudie.  I"ve only recently discovered Trudie and she is so passionate and creative, I just adore her!

I'm so thrilled to be popping in here to Michelle's blogging adobe to talk about what inspires me. For those of you who don't know me I'm Trudie and I blog over at Journey To Bliss and My Vintage Vow.

Sheer madness some may say that I have two blogs that I try to keep updated each week, but I like to write, I like to share and I'm inspired and driven so much in my life.

In fact pinpointing just one thing to say that inspires me is a difficult task. I'm a visual person, but aside from that I take inspiration in life and all it's experiences, it's highs, lows, and everything else in between. Since starting my journey to become a mum and now that I am a mum, I feel I am living a more inspired life than ever before.

As a parent, a mother and a women I have been inspired by so many other mums through my motherhood journey so far. One of the single most inspiring stories that has impacted my life was when I learnt of a women through an online friend, that had lactated to feed her adopted baby daughter. So when I was faced with my son trying to latch onto my breast after 3 months on a bottle and the day after I returned home from hospital (after my second miscarriage), I made the decision to try and relactate, bouyed in the knowledge that anything was possible.

That decision resulted in a relationship which overall saw my son breastfed for a total of just over two half years, as well as feed through his sisters pregnancy and tandem feed with her until recently. If it wasn't for others stories and lots of support I wouldn't of had, nor been inspired in this unbelievable second chance, and for that I am eternally grateful.

As a parent I I'm further inspired by other women and families who have come through significant obstacles, struggles and losses as we have as a couple, to carve a fulfilled and contented life despite some of the most horrific tragedies in their journeys to parenthood and throughout. I'm inspired to live beyond the tough times and live big, because of others stories.

Finally though when it comes to fulfilling the creative urges in my mind and soul, well nothing is safe, I am inspired by so much. From the simple to the extravagant, from real to make believe. Colour, patterns, shadows, words, sound bites, textiles, clothing especially vintage and retro designs, colours and patterns. All of these and more send my mind when I am in quiet times into a slide show of vision and inspiration boards that live in my head, flicking by at great speed but leaving me with impact, drive and ideas for projects.

I really don't know how else to describe all my inspirations in life, other than to say I just sit back and let life and all that I come by and experience have its affect on me organically, I don't search out things, I just let them come to me.

Many thanks to the lovely Lisa from Life As We Know It for the What Inspires You? button xo


Farmers Wifey said...

Trudie, thank you so much for your wonderful post..I loved reading about What Inspires You? xo

Norlin said...

Great thing you've started here Michelle. I look forward to the many inspirational stories here from different bloggers. Thanks Trudie for sharing what inspires you. And wow, well done for sticking through it and trying to relactate. I never knew you could do that! :)

Farmers Wifey said...

Thanks Norlin, isn't Trudie amazing!

I'm also looking forward to see what people come up with..and of course Norlin, you are welcome to contribute xo

Mrs BC said...

Trudy what a lovely (& inspiring post)! I had no idea about your breastfeeding journey, well done you for achieving such a difficult thing.
This is a great guest post series Michelle!

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

Thanks Trudie for sharing what inspires you .
What a great story about relactation. I had one twin who only started breast feeding at 5 months after just having a EBM in a bottle before that. Thankfully his twin kept up supply for both of them.
I can't imagine relactiation from scratch.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for having me Michelle, and especially being your first.

Such lovely and supportive comments from everyone, I'm very humbled...thank you.

Farmers Wifey said...

Mrs BC and Trish, thank you for your kind words...I'm so glad Trudie shared her story xoxo

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Trudie, Thank you, I so appreciate your guest post. xo

Haddock said...

sometimes a certain idea hits you and then you feel like writing and writing about it.

Lou Lou said...

Thanks for sharing your story, what an amazing breastfeeding experience you have had, boobs of power!

Desire Empire said...

I am constantly inspired by the sea. The treasures that she throws up are endless

Desire Empire said...

PS Following on the way out.

Sew, cook, laugh & live said...

Fantastic post Trudie!

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Haddock, very very true words xo

@ Lou Lou, I love that..boobs of power!!! Awesome!

@ Carolyn, the sea is very mysterious to me..how amazing to walk along and find the most beautiful sea shell..my girls love that!

@ Sew, thank you for your kind words xo

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Very inspiring stuff Trudie.
Thanks for what looks like it will be a great series of inspiring stuff Michelle.
I find people's real life stories, like Trudie's, inspire me the most, they motivate me to keep pushing harder when things get tough.

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Nat, thank you so much, I'm excited to see what bloggers come up with..of course you are welcome to guest post here xo

Redcliffe Style said...

Thanks trudie, that was a lovely post. Rachel x