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10 Instagram Feeds that Inspire Me

I have tried to simplify my life and be intentional about my health both mental and physical.  Physically I have replaced soda for water and carbs for lean protein and veggies.  Mentally, I have replaced Facebook for Instagram.  Facebook has a way of drawing me in to people’s lives in a way that I am not super comfortable with.  It is often too personal and it often leaves me feeling either envious or pity for people and situations that I really do not know enough about or the integrity by which it is shared.  I have also found that it gives me a false sense of intimacy and friendship with people I don’t often engage when I see them on the street.  I would like to say that I have deleted my Facebook account completely, but I am not that self-actualized.  I just try to seriously monitor the time I spend trolling and take everything with a grain of salt.

Instagram on the other hand has become a great source of inspiration for me.  I am not sure what the difference is, but my guess is 1.  The focus is on the pictures.  2.  I am very selective of who I follow.  3.  I follow people based on our common interests rather than a potential relationship or just trying to keep up.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite IG feeds right now.

Humans of New York

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Myriad Gardens 

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Cakies Blog

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Picking Wild Mountain Berries

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Weaving Hand

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Design Crush

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Oh Minna

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Bandit Wilson

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My Dear, Emotional Lady

“My dear emotional lady, why should I?” Prince John from Robin Hood

photo7 school days in. People dying too soon.  Children missing their dad. Friends’ kids off to college. Sometimes you just have to stay up a little late in a school night to see the end if the movie!


Spring Break “The Amazing Race”

People have children for a lot of different reasons.  I jest that I had mine for travel companions.  I learned early on, after years of taking youth groups on trips, that the one thing better than seeing or doing something for the first time is being with someone when they see or do something for the first time.  I will never forget taking high school kids to see the mountains for the first time, having a snowball fight at Rocky Mountain National Park on the 4th of July, or spending the whole day with no agenda but to swim in the ocean.  One very memorable trip was to Washington D.C.  I met several of the kids, for the first time, at the airport.  I had only been at the church for three days and I had not planned the trip or even been to D.C. since I was in Junior High.  So, instead of panicking, I made a game of getting around.  I told the kids that part of our experience was learning to navigate a big city.  By the end of the week we had all mastered the city bus system, the subway and transferring flights.  It was perfect and I was able to focus on getting to know the kids rather than serve as travel guide.

Lucye’s 1st Birthday Party

There is not much more precious than a one year old and their first taste of cake!!!  So, I won’t even try…just check out some of the pictures.

For the love of a Book!

I love this Library Dining Room… needs a little modern touch…but the idea seems perfect.

I have always loved a good book, but when I had the two babies….reading became an unattainable luxury that I thought I might not ever get to experience again.  I know there are a lot of moms who read for them selves all of the time, but I suffered from a major case of Reading Narcolepsy.  However, now that the boys are four and five, reading has come back into my life and I love it.

I consider myself fairly old school when it comes to a good book.  I have said time and time again that I want to hold it in my hands….flip though it….stack them up….write in them….and keep them forever.  That was until I had an iPad…..I love to read on that thing.  I have always been a slow reader, but I swear I can read faster when I look at the digital words.  The lighting is always good and I can make the print as large as I need to when I get sleepy.  I have read several books on it…my favorite as of yet is the Millennium Trilogy.  It has become the guilty pleasure that I read at the gym on the cardio machines…..another benefit….the iPad is so easy to read when you are on a machine.

Now, here lies the dilemma.  I have fond memories of going through my parents vast number of books that had been read and saved over their years and I loved to see what they found interesting.  As I got older, I would even laugh to myself when I found a book that seemed a little out of what I would expect they would read and save and I would assume that it must have been a gift that was inadvertently kept.  Let me tell you, when I get a book I would not want to define me thirty years from now, I generously give it away…I do not want to cause my children the confusion my parents caused me.  :)  Back to the real dilemma.  How am I going to have books that define me if they are all in digital format.

Solution:  (well, the best one I have found thus far)  I buy the digital book and if I love it, I buy the hardback….I have even gone back and noted some of my thoughts in one after I had completed its digital counterpart.

What do you do regarding books for posterity?

I have always dreamed of what I like to call an “ugly library”.  A library full of books that me and my family have read, loved, taken notes in, left coffee rings on, etc….  Probably a weird dream, but I have held it since I was a kid.  Today I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Inspired Room, and they talk about a making a multipurpose room that would be a library + dining…..I could combine two of my passions….food and books.  I am going to have to look into this in my next house…..somehow I need a way to keep the dust from the books off the yummy food.

Until then, I will put a few book reviews on here….. a little less of the who, what, when, where, why… can get that on Amazon.  Here, it will be more of my oh so interesting take and thoughts on the book.  Enjoy….and by the way, I usually read non-fiction.  As my oldest says, “I like things that really happened.”  🙂

Happy Friday!