Every time I hear the word "inspiration" I think of the Chicago song "You're the Inspiration" which is both a cool and sad take on the word. As I've gotten older, inspiration has become synonymous in my world with a precursor to greatness.

  • Inspiration for innovation
  • Inspiration for writing / singing / creating
  • Inspiration to be a better person / parent / lover / friend
  • Inspiration of others
The last probably being the greatest gift we as people can give - sharing our story, letting people know they aren't alone, reminding them they can accomplish greatness. 

I found inspiration for peace, trust, and faith reading The Alchemist. I read it while unemployed and in the serious throes of a discouraging job search. It inspired (and reminded) me to listen to my gut, trust in God's plan (or the universe if you're so inclined), and my "plan" doesn't matter - the right thing will come along when it's supposed to (in my case 3 weeks before my unemployment ran out, but I digress). 

What does inspiration mean to you?


"Worrying is the new candy"

Day 3 and although I'm a little late to the posting party - it still counts :)

Today's prompt is:

"Choose your favorite blog and put the 4th and 14th words in the following phrase: ______ is the new ______"

Are you freaking kidding me? Do you know how many 4th and 14th words in paragraphs before I got to  something that made sense (because "know is the new ear" makes absolutely no sense - even in Oz!)?

Anyway, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to give commentary on why or how I feel about this phrase, but I'll give it a shot.

Worrying is bad.
Candy is bad.
Worrying makes you anxious.
Candy makes you anxious (and hyper).
Worrying is not yummy.
Candy is SO yummy.
Worrying < Candy
So worrying can't be the new candy.

I worry this candy may haunt my dreams later. Mmmmmmmmmm CANDY!


Simply the Best

It's my second day in a row to post! Not a record, but YAY I'm back for another day (don't worry I'll only celebrate for a few more days).

Today's prompt courtesy of www.dailypost.wordpress.com is:
NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?
I prefer to answer this in list format (because I love lists!) and in no particular order:
Paderno World Cuisine Rouet Spiral Slicer

  • cheese
  • spiral veggie cutter (because seriously, who doesn't love noodle veggies?)
  • microwave (hopefully, whoever finds it will have electricity)
  • refrigerator
  • air conditioner / heater
  • indoor plumbing & shower
  • music player (be it a cd or mp3 player)
  • crop irrigation system
  • sewing machine
  • industrial manufacturing machines
  • dry erase markers
  • velcro
  • sleep machine
  • books
Okay, WiFi is pretty important too!
Ok - I don't want to make an exhaustive list because I don't know how big this spacecraft is. I love technology, but I don't think that it's necessarily the "best" of modern human culture. While it makes information more accessible and daily life easier - I feel lucky for some of the "given" things we take for granted (indoor plumbing, temperature regulators, mass manufacturing technology). While I could (and did) go without a phone / smartphone in my pocket, I don't think I would last too long in a world where I had to go outside and dig a hole to relieve myself. Plus technology fails - books are forever :)

What would you add or remove? 


It's been awhile

Wait... I think I have a post with this title already.  Oh well, I'm not feeling too original today. Ha!

I've decided that I need to write more and you 4 subscriber people get to benefit (or be tortured) by this decision. Thanks to my Writetastic Pinterest board I have no shortage for ideas (fair warning) so buckle up and ride along with me. I'd love to hear your super extra positive feedback :)

Today's prompt:
You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is and what happens to you while you're there.
This one is a tough one - I have so many favorite movies. I guess I'd have to go with the one I use most often Back to the Future.

I'd love nothing more than to go back to November 5, 1955. My dad was 6 weeks old - nowhere near Hill Valley, California (I totally could've made it onto an Air Force Base in Panama, right?!). It would be awesome to see my grandmother again - especially as a young new mom - and meet my grandfather. Then I'd like to hurry up to Louisiana and to see my other grandparents. Although my mom wouldn't be born for 2 more years, getting to meet my grandfather (sadly, I never met either of my bio grandfathers - but I had a super awesome bonus grandfather) would also be pretty neat. Of course, I'd have to borrow the DeLorean but I could totally be low key in that, right?

After meeting up with my grandparents, I'd probably just hang with Marty. (Michael J Fox was indeed foxy in1985). Of course, I'd have to go back as the age I'm at now because 6-year-old me (circa July 1985) wouldn't be near as much fun as 36-year-old me (Shit! I'm feeling old!!).  I could help him defeat Biff and quite possibly even help him get his parents together sooner. Although my name IS Jennifer, I wouldn't want to play her part in the movie - she misses all of the action!

Ok - I'm seriously rusty! I clearly missed the point of the prompt, but I don't feel like telling a story today so you get what you get. At least I'm writing something.

Until tomorrow, friends!