Inspired,  unexpected blessings

What Inspires Me? (February Edition)

I started my blog in 2013 with a photo challenge! That sure was both inspiring and difficult at times, but I am glad I did it! Here are a few more inspiring things for me this month!

Chuck Pagano’s Story – I didn’t even know this guy very well when he became the coach of my favorite sports team. I have learned more about who this man is and what he is about because he experienced a difficult chapter in his life, right in the middle of football season.

This is something I would love to do, and while I may not read them all, I am going to shoot for 1 or 2. Because, I know I always feel more well-rounded after reading a great book! Read the Classics in 2013!

A friend of mine showed me her planner and it was from this website. What an inspirational and motivational way to stay organized!

Best Valentine’s Day Project:
Update: Apparently this project was discontinued. I am unsure of why, but as I searched for Day 2, all the web links no longer worked.  What a unique and simple way to honor the memories of the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook. Deeper Story focuses on the love that was part of each of these lives, not the horror that ended them. The 26Valentines Project

What to Expect When You’re Promoting One of my goals for 2013, which I will share in an upcoming post, is to more seriously pursue the publication of a book I have already written. This article is especially helpful for me as I

Another one of my goals for this year is to learn more about blogging, gaining readers and blogging friends and participating in more writing/blogging opportunities. This was a helpful article as well! 8 Things Every Blogging Writer Should Know

Really, the title was enough for me to post the link: 6 Reasons Being a Pirate is like Being a Writer. Nothing else needs to be said.

For future consideration: 
What I Want You to Know: Foster Parenting is Hard  I’ve known kids who have grown up in foster homes and known couples who have been foster parent. I’ve only seen the struggle and joys on the surface level, but this is definitely something I want to learn more about and possibly consider in the future.

From HopefulLeigh (the person who started the link up, which I love), I am a little jealous I didn’t try this when I was a teenager and read everything I could get my hands on. I really want to go back to being that person and just read!

Things that make me go “Hmm…”:
Rachel Held Evans bring together a compilation of pieces on the topic: Do Christians Idolize Virginity? It’s definitely something we should talk about.

Chick-Fil-A and an Unexpected Friendship It’s in this quote that I was impacted and drawn to pause and think more deeply about controversial and everyday topics, which have taken place and how they have been dealt with publicly and in my own mind:

“It is not often that people with deeply held and completely opposing viewpoints actually risk sitting down and listening to one another. We see this failure to listen and learn in our government, in our communities and in our own families.”

What I’m Watching:
Netflix is my friend these days and it’s so awesome to watch shows again or shows you didn’t have to time to watch in the past, or show where you only watched a few seasons for this reason or that. Right now, we are in season 3 of West Wing. I watched through season 4 the first time around and my husband has only seen seasons 5-7, so it’s been good to watch together.

When Parks and Recreation first came on, I wanted to watch it, but never had the time. We started it and it’s hilarious! I love it too, because I am from IN and occasionally they make a reference that is totally true. I hear in the current season some cameos are made by my favorite sports team…can’t wait to catch up!

What I’m Reading:
Oh, how I wish I could be a more dedicated reader. There is so much to read and so many distractions. Here is a list of books that I have started and want to finish:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – I was so excited even before this came out and I’ve read the first few chapters and find it pretty good. I need to keep going because I know there is more good info for me to learn, but for some reason, I can’t get on board.

The Land Between:Finding God in Difficult Transitions by Jeff Manion – I started reading this book almost a year ago when I was coming up on some very big transitions in my life. But life became overwhelming with the change and I put the book back down. Now, I am finally starting to process the transition, and I know it will be beneficial to finish this read. It’s got a great message using the story of Moses.

Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn – It’s an oldie but a goodie. I started it well over a year ago, then read it with a group, then left that group and just need to finish it. Every chapter is a delight and gives new perspective on rest on the Sabbath.

What I'm Into at HopefulLeigh

In the future, I plan to have a few more, just for me, light and fun type books. I really want to read a few classics that I just never was assigned in high school English class, so we will see if I can get motivated and finally join the library in my new town.

I am linking up for the 3rd month in a row to HopefulLeigh. Check out What inspired me this month and what her and others are interested in!

 Please share in the comments what has caught your eye this month!


  • HopefulLeigh

    Since you're interested in reading the classics, you should sign up for Quirky Bookworm's Classics Catch-Up Challenge. Prizes are involved.

    Thanks for linking to my post! It's never too late to start tracking the books you read, no matter how many you end up reading each year. I'm being sent a copy of Quiet for review purposes and I'm excited to finally read it! I'm sure I'll be underlining lots and taking good notes. Thanks for linking up with What I'm Into!

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