I'm so happy to share another instalment in my series What Inspires You?
Today I'd love you to meet Lisa. I just adored this post, she is an amazing writer! Enjoy!
Hello! I am Mrs BC and I blog over at Mrs BC's House of Chaos.
Many thanks to Michelle for hosting this series on Inspiration; I am delighted to take part!
I am inspired by all sorts of things, for all different reasons, at all different times. What is inspiration,anyway? Is it a lightning bolt from fate, a glimpse at the green grass of possibility, or just a little tickle of your creativity muscle? For me it is all of these things.
Although the written word has a special appeal, I am, like most people, a visual person. This means that generally I like to see something so I can understand and appreciate it. Looking at images of things – interior design, a home decor idea, furniture up-cycles, gardens, fashion, are some of my favourite things to look at. They spark my creativity into light bulb moments of things I can do, or at least plan to do.
My favourite places to see these images are the blogosphere, Pinterest, and magazines. I get hassled all the time over my magazine addiction/collection; if I had to print out all of the blogs and Pinterest images I peruse I think this might give people other things to harass me about. I’m thankful there are online scrapbooks so that I don’t have to kill a forest, and so I can keep this other addiction relatively hidden. Anyway, I’ve run out of storage. (I saw some great storage solutions at the Organised Housewife the other day...)
The thing that really inspires me to be my best self is stories of other women, women who successfully juggle a family, a business, some outstanding feat of humanity. These women sometimes blog, sometimes they are stories in the media, sometimes they are public figures; everyday women who just roll their sleeves up and get on with the business of living. I am inspired by their organisation skills, their juggling prowess, and their achievements. Sure they have obstacles, and not everything goes to plan, but they pick themselves up and keep going. Not glossing over the pain of it but still making it look easy. The Pioneer Woman comes to mind, as does Oprah, Dr Fiona Wood, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Just Google inspirational women, there are hundreds that you might relate to. Woman everywhere, that changed their (and maybe THE) world by the sheer power of their will. These women don’t just have the vision; they have the fortitude to make it happen. They are a tough act to follow, but they are incredibly inspiring.