These are a few things that have inspired me this week, and I hope that will inspire you:
- This post from Roots of She. I’ve been noticing more and more lately the antagonistic relationship that many women seem to have with each other, and it bothers me. It bothers me when I engage in it myself. I want to do and be better…and I think in my post for Blogtoberfest, I’m going to take on the questions that are asked in the post.
- This post from Jill Salahub at A Thousand Shades of Gray. Perhaps it is because I’m missing my husband, essentially getting to see him something like 60 hours or so a week, but my marriage matters to me. I waited a really long time to be married, making sure it was the right person. I hope that we make our way to 20 years and that all of the bumps in the road (that mainly boil down to separation…we very rarely argue or disagree about things. I do not take that for granted) are distant memories. I do not want to take him for granted, and I hope that he knows how much he means to me.
- Permission from Kat McNally. I didn’t particularly need permission when I read the post the first time, but as this week has moved on and as I’ve gotten more and more tired, worn down from the week and the travel and the getting up earlier than I’m used to, I feel like I could use some permission. To not work on the things that I should be working on. To sleep in Saturday morning while Sweet Husband gets up, takes care of the puppies, and goes to work. To enjoy fresh seafood along the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans with him, enjoying a cold beverage and not worrying about what else I should be doing or who else we could be spending time with. This weekend, I need permission, and I’m going to take it starting at 2:45 tomorrow afternoon. Possibly tonight when I might or might not write in my writer’s notebook.
- This post from Meg Keene at A Practical Wedding, which I keep reading long after planning my wedding because of posts just like this one. While we are not yet pregnant and don’t know when or if we ever will be, this post reminds me that we have a really disordered narrative not only about motherhood but about womanhood in this country. The more we talk about what it really is and what it really isn’t for each one of us, the closer we get to knowing how to go about supporting each other and living our lives in ways that are in harmony with each other.
What’s been inspiring you this week? What has you thinking and wondering and wanting to make some changes or take some action?