Everyday Inspirations

 
 
{angie}
Sometimes I get so caught up getting stuff done on the weekend, I forget I need to relax--and by sometimes, I mean usually. That means Monday is usually a bit groggy. But this weekend was different. Nothing incredible occurred, but it was all those little everyday things that made my weekend extraordinary. 
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It all began with homemade banana pancakes with the hubby--all things simply delicious. Of course I had to sing Jack Johnson, but the best part was I didn't even have to pretend it was the weekend. 

This banana pancakes recipe is my favorite for Sunday mornings, 1) because holy crap they are incredible and 2) because on any given weekend I generally have all the ingredients, including the brown bananas that didn't quite get eaten in time. 

Jordan River
Not complaining about the view.
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And then there was sunshine. Granted it was still f@&$ing freezing, but it was so nice to be out. Daisy is still learning how to jog (as opposed to walking or sprinting waaaay faster than I can dream of going) but she did great. Just being out in the beautiful weather, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, and basking in sunshine reminded me how excited I am for spring. 

Oh, and one small addition--I became the mayor of this gorgeous park. One small victory spreading my Foursquare empire. Lame that I'm excited about this? I know, but as I said, it's the small things this weekend that made it rock.

Then I got to practice with my skating team and start our new program to music from Burlesque. Watch out Christina and Cher, this program is going to be sassy. We have taken a few weeks off practice so it was so refreshing to be out skating with all my girls again. 

What would this weekend be without the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? As always, I enjoyed the analyzing the fashion and listening to speeches (and sometimes muting because they're too long, I'll be honest). I definitely approved of the winners of Best Actress and Best Actor. I loved Natalie Portman with her heartfelt speech and her cute baby bump. She has evolved so much from the movies I grew up watching her in like "Anywhere But Here." I also can't help but swoon a bit for Colin Firth. He's such an incredible actor, so classy, and always humble.   

Anyway, it's weekends like this one that makes Monday morning feel so acceptable and refreshing. Plenty of sleep, exercise, good food and most importantly, relaxation. 
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{ash}

After a snowy Saturday, today's sun-kissed beauty was a wonderful sight. I met my friend Emily for coffee earlier this afternoon at a small cafe in Salt Lake called Red Moose, where I had an amazing new drink: the Azteca Moose. It was a Mexican-hot-chocolate-meets-espresso treat--and it was brilliant. Not too sweet, a bit spicy, a hint of cinnamon. I love quiet Sunday afternoons enjoying great conversation with a friend and appreciating the beauty outside the windows. I can just feel spring just around the corner.

Now I have to go curl up on the couch and watch the Oscars. I hope everyone's predictions that Collin Firth is a shoe-in come true because, holy cow, was The King's Speech incredible. Also, in case you're wondering, if I could pick any Oscar dress for my closet, it would be Scarlett Johanssen's. I don't care what you say, Kelly and Giuliana, it's gorgeous--especially from the back.

I think I would totally rock the red carpet, if only someone would invite me to the show...
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{angie}
One of the most bittersweet things--when you have too many awesome people in your life and you're asked to hang with several of them in one day at times that overlap. One of the sweetest things---when you make it work.
 

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Lemon tree, Mexico. Image captured by Ash in May 2009.
 

~ food ~


spinach and cheese stuffed chicken
{angie}
Packed with flavor, this chicken not only pleases your palate, but is also quite healthy. To save even more calories, replace the ricotta with low-fat cottage cheese. Even better, it looks impressive but is incredibly easy to whip up for guests or for the family.

{Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken}

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 handful fresh spinach
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Directions
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Heat olive oil in a saute pan at medium heat. Add garlic and spinach and saute quickly, until slightly wilted. Scoop into a bowl and set aside leaving oil in pan. Mix the ricotta cheese with the spinach. Salt and pepper the chicken as desired. Scoop 1/4 of the the spinach and cheese mixture into the center of the chicken breast and roll up, securing with a toothpick. Lightly brown the chicken in the saute pan for about 3 minutes on each side. Then transfer to an oven-safe dish and cook Cook about 10 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.

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Now let's not forget the winners of our anniversary week contest.

The winner of the handmade earrings is...
Jennifer B.

The winner of the custom handmade apron is...
Teri [a foodie stays fit]

Congratulations ladies! We will be contacting you shortly for your winning information.

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Winners were chosen using random.org. All comments, tweets, and new followers were eligible. People with more than one entry were counted multiple times.
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{angie}
Here at Everyday Inspirations, we truly have had a wonderful anniversary week sharing our own inspirations with you. Now, we hope you will keep sharing with us! We are inspired by reading blogs, meeting others and hearing your stories and opinions. Share your comments of what inspires you and please post a link to your blog so we can continue to share the love. Every comment will be an entry to win this gorgeous pair of earrings handmade by Ashley or a custom apron made by yours truly. Thank you all for participating! It's been a wonderful, inspiring week! 
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1. Tell us what inspires you in the comments section of ANY post, starting today through Wednesday, February 23. 
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~ one year of inspiration ~


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Haley (far right) with Angie and mutual skating friend, Amy.
Our next guest blogger is my ever-so-talented friend, Haley Smith. She writes two fabulous blogs, Adventures of Adulthood and My Life as a USOC Intern. We grew up ice skating together from the time she moved to Utah when she was 14. As we get older our mutual love good wine, bedazzling with rhinestones, intellectual conversation and figure skating continues to bring us closer together.

A little about her: Former USOC Intern; Current US Speedskating Intern; Utah Athletics Compliance GA; law student; figure skater; coach. She is one busy girl and definitely an inspiration to me!{angie}

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Ten things that inspire me:



My early morning commute to school.  Even though getting my day started at 5:30am has its draw backs {wanting a nap around 11am} it has a couple of advantages, there is less traffic, and the best is the sunrise over the Wasatch mountains.  The sky is a beautiful array of colors and you can’t help but smile.

My job(s).  I have 3, but I love each one and wouldn’t change anything!
Baking. When I feel overwhelmed or have a bad day the first thing I want to do is make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Baking helps me relieve stress and I love bringing treats to my friends!
Synchronized figure skating. I’ll admit I actually never wanted to start synchronized skating.  When my family moved back to Utah my mom encouraged me to try it and at every practice I wanted to quit.  However, Synchronized skating has brought so much to my life, fantastic friends, an unforgettable college experience, and continuing fun as I skate with my old team mates on our “adult” team.  I now can’t imagine my life without this amazing sport that so many have never heard of!
The Future.  As a 3rd year law student there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what is going to happen in 83 days when I graduate.  I choose to think about the awesome things that could happen instead of worrying about the unknowns.
Traveling. I love seeing the world and experiencing new cultures.  My favorite trip to date was spending 3 weeks in Beijing, China learning about the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
The Olympic Movement. It is easy for people to say that they love the Olympic Games every 4 years.  It’s not the specific competitions during Games time that inspires me, the thing that drives me everyday is the opportunity to help people achieve something that they have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed their entire lives to accomplish.  It is really hard to explain but not only does it inspire me to work within the Olympic movement it drives me everyday to do the best I can do for the athletes.
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Friendships that last a lifetime.  My most dear friends have inspired and pushed me throughout my life and I will be forever grateful to them for making me the person I am today.
Reading.  I don’t get to read for pleasure as much as I would like to {law school gets in the way} but I love getting into a good book.  The places that your imagination can take you in a book are innumerable and rather cost effective
My students.  One of those jobs I mentioned in #2 is teaching skating and my students could not be cuter.  Their love for skating and thirst to learn more is inspiring.
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~ one year of inspiration ~


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Last year I was on Facebook looking through a friend's engagement photos and all I could think was, "Who shot these? They're amazing!" Us Utahns see a lot of engagement photos, and it becomes quite easy to pick out unique images out of a sea of "been done" poses.

I ended up sending the photographer, Morgan Trinker, an email gushing about her photos. I figured if it were me, I'd want to know someone loved my work. Morgan and I struck up a friendship and even had a lovely lunch at Salt Lake's Tin Angel Cafe early in the summer. I was bummed when she moved away from Utah, but I understood her need to live close to her family. Now we keep in touch online. She is out-of-this-world adorable, insanely talented, and totally inspirational. {ash}

{Morgan's Bio}
Morgan is a wedding photographer who lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband Jamie and hound dog Gretchen. She's gets her red hair from a bottle but insists she should've been born with it, and she watches way too many reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends while she works during the day. She also loves making new friends, so don't ever hesitate to send her an email and say hello!
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1. My leopard-print flats. I know that since I'm only 5 feet tall (even!), I should probably make more of an effort to gain an extra inch or two by wearing heels. But as gorgeous as I think they are, and as much as I hope to have a closet full of Kate Spades in my next life, I just can't bring myself to withstand the pain. What can I say? I'm a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of girl. However, I don't think that style has to be sacrificed for comfort, which is why I am in love with my leopard-print ballet flats. I'm discovering that leopard goes with pretty much everything and is just one of those timeless prints, and these look cute whether I pair them with a fun dress or just my plain ole jeans.
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2. Vivien Maier. As a photographer myself, I'm ashamed to say I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to the history of photography, having never been formally taught the art. But when, not long ago, my cousin sent me a link to a story about this woman, Vivian, whose enormous body of work is just now being discovered and archived, I was absolutely intrigued. She is now being hailed as one of the greatest street photographers of our time, but she just died in 2009 in relative anonymity. It wasn't until 26-year-old John Maloof purchased a tub of her negatives at an auction and began scanning them that her genius was uncovered. Looking through her photographs, I am overcome with emotion. To me, Vivian was a true artist, a master of capturing the most wonderful, intimate, interesting, heartbreaking moments on film, and I have to wonder if I too would be content to never to show my work to anyone and to photograph people just for the sheer joy of it if I had a TENTH of the talent she did. Her story has inspired me to really think about why I do what I do. If you want to learn more, you can check out this news feature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWEDOnBfDUI, or follow John Maloof's blog here: http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/
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3. The color aqua. It has always been my favorite color. To me, it just represents pure happiness. Seafoam, turquoise, teal... I love all the variations. It's a nod to mid-century design and fashion, a reminder of that famous Tiffany box and the ever-perfect Audrey Hepburn, and an invitation to swimming pools and oceans in the summertime. Also, much like my leopard-print shoes, I find that it goes with just about everything.
4. The Civil Wars. Have you listened to them yet? If not, please do so at your earliest convenience. John Paul and Joy make one dynamic duo, and their soulful Americana sound and gorgeous harmonies make me wish I had a front porch just so I could sit on it with a glass of sweet tea on a summer night and play this record. The fact that they went from relative obscurity to debuting at #1 on iTunes is a testament to their talent, but I also appreciate that they have handled their overnight fame with humility, grace, and the utmost in Southern style.
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5. Grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. Okay. I admit it. I have a serious problem, and its primary ingredients are carbs, carbs, and more carbs. I have recently rediscovered my love for this perfect food pairing, and boy oh boy, when a love like this is rekindled, any hope of moderation is thrown to the wind. I think one weekend, when it was particularly cold and dreary out, I ate grilled cheese and tomato soup for at least four different meals. I have a sneaky suspicion this will be one of those things that I'll wake up one day and never be able to eat again because I've overdone it, but oh well. You can never have too much of a good thing... right?... Right?
6. My dad. My dad has always been one of my biggest heros, which probably has something to do with the fact that we share the exact same genetic makeup. We're both opinionated, a little stubborn, and prone to idealism and daydreaming, which means that we understand how each other's brain works and know how to push each other's buttons. :) When my dad had a sudden stroke last summer at the age of 48, my world was shaken in a way I have never experienced. But he has faced his recovery process head on, and though there have been many times when it would have been easier to just throw in the towel and succumb to self-pity and bitterness, he has done just the opposite. One of my favorite parts of our visits to my parents' house is waking up to the sounds of him reading aloud from the Bible downstairs in the kitchen as a part of his speech therapy. His bravery and refusal to be defeated by this is so, so inspiring to me.
7. Portlandia. This is a show that just recently debuted on IFC, and the whole premise is basically poking fun at the curious habits of people who live in Portland, OR. The shows are comprised of various skits done by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and they are absolutely hysterical, mainly because they are true not only of Portlanders, but of a much broader spectrum of young, hip white people across the country. [see also: the book Stuff White People Like by Christian Landers.] I'm a big believer in being able to laugh at yourself now and then, and this show runs rampant with self-deprecating humor. A must-see for anyone who has ever found themselves inquiring at a restaurant about the exact farm their chicken came from or making an impulse purchase of something just because it has a cute bird on it. Check out more here: http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/
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8. Novels with young heroines. I majored in English in college and have always been a book lover, but there are certain novels that really speak directly to my heart. In particular, I have a fondness for novels with young girls as the heroines. My two favorites? To Kill a Mockingbird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Both tales of idealist, free-spirited, big-hearted girls who, with the frankness that it seems only a child could possess, speak the truth about the injustices of the worlds they live in. So if ever name my daughter Scout or Frances... you'll know why. :)
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9. Mad Men. I know, I know. Who doesn't love Don and Peggy and Joan? But the attention this show has received, by audiences and critics alike, is every bit deserved. To say I'm a wee bit obsessed with the mid-century aesthetic is an understatement, so I find the spot-on styling and art direction to be jaw-droppingly gorgeous. But when you throw in incredible storytelling and pitch perfect acting? Well, that just makes for a force to be reckoned with. Here's to many more seasons of one of the, if not THE, most brilliant show on television. (Side note: the book in the photo, "Mad Men: An Illustrated World," is written and illustrated by Dyna Moe. It's delightfully cheeky and the perfect gift for any Mad Men lover in your life.)
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10. The feeling I get when I've just finished a shoot. It's the best high ever.

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~ one year of inspiration ~


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Doing my part to bring back old school fashion.
{ash}

While writing this post, I quickly discovered that I'm currently inspired by lovely people, awesome memories... and clothes. I don't know. I guess that's where my mind is now. There, and on a beach chair in the Caribbean.

I want to thank you all for being amazing, dedicated readers. Every so often we get a note from one of you that is so kind, it touches our hearts and reminds us why we have chosen to write every day. Inspiration is such a quiet, personal thing. We feel so lucky you've chosen this blog to be a part of the beauty you seek in your lives.
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Family. I am beyond grateful for my family and love that we are so close. Each member inspires and teaches me more than I could adequately express. My beautiful, amazing mother is so brave and kind and giving. She is my friend, my confidant. My dad is the kindest, most honest, most dedicated man I know. There has never been any doubt in my mind that he has my back and wants the best for us all. My rock star brother has always known who he is not and isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes. He never acts without integrity and is my hero in so many ways.

And to the puppies, of course, who remind us all what pure love is.
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My sweetie. Oh, my Daniel, you are such a good, good man. I've never before known anyone so completely kind, honest, and friendly. You inspire me to improve myself each day--to be more patient, more calm. I think a sign of a great relationship (and not just a romantic one) is that the people in it challenge one another to grow and improve and learn. I have that with you. You make me want to be a better person. You make me want to make the world more beautiful. I'm still blown away that you love me back and am so excited about all the adventures and memories we'll share.
The written word. I talk a lot about how much I have always loved to read and write, but it's only just recently that I've become rather awe-struck by what a blessing these two skills are. I am grateful I live in a country where knowledge is so accessible, where we have the Internet, libraries, freedom of expression; a place where I can easily find others who share my passion and push me to take my writing to new places and to seek out information. I know this right to expression can often be abused and is not always pretty, but I wouldn't want it any other way. Isn't it wonderful?
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My girls. The years between, oh, ages 18 and 23, changed me more than I could have ever imagined. Learning to become a real adult (you know, with a career and rent and bills and no curfew) was more painful and more rewarding that anyone could have described. Each day I am inspired by the women who were there through it all, both when I cried and when I laughed. My memory is full of beautiful moments--warm summer nights with my Sarah on the porch of our first apartment, girls' nights out with my college buddies, long walks and talk of dreams. I'm so glad that these friendships tied us together and that we still keep in touch, still celebrate one another's big steps and successes, despite our crazy lives. I know we'll keep adding more memories, right up to the day we are wrinkly and old and sittin' on the porch. With a bottle of wine, of course.
Spring colors. I am out of my mind in love with pastels and light, airy fabrics right now. They just,... how do I explain? Lift my heart? This spring I've decided to retire black (as much as possible--I own a lot of black) and celebrate the changing season with color.
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Utah. I know a lot of Salt Lake kids, including me, who were living for the day when we could break out of this state. Then one day we woke up and realize we are actually in love this place. Like, over-the-top, pull-on-my-heartstrings in love. The mountains up north. The red rock down south. The lakes. The snow. The activity. The people. I'm continuously blown away by the number of outsiders who say they also fell in love with Utah after a visit (my boyfriend being one of them--glad he felt that way!). Utah is incredibly beautiful and amazingly inspirational. I've been lucky to explore much of it and am glad I didn't leave before I realized what a unique, charming place it is (despite some of the things it's associated with--no, I don't know any polygamists). While I'm sure there will be a time we leave for a bit, I am proud to call this place my home.
Old school fashion. I am such a sucker for historical movies and TV shows. After overdosing on Mad Men (it's so beautiful!) and taking a trip to see The King's Speech (wonderful!), I have found myself crazy inspired by fashion from the 1930s through the 1960s. I yearn for lace gloves and hats and beautiful, classic necklines. My eye is out for these styles (in pastels, of course!).

Unfortunately I can't photograph these women myself, so photo credits go here, here, and here.
Belts. Yeah, this is my third fashion-related inspiration in this post. I can't help it. It's on my mind lately. I'm so ready to retire the tights and sweaters.

I'm not a "fashionista" in any way. I enjoy clothes and love dressing up, but I'm still learning a lot of tricks. Lately, my very, very favorite one is wrapping a belt around my (natural) waist. Swoon! (Thank you, real fashionistas, for bringing this tip into our lives.) I instantly I feel more feminine and love that a belt makes outfits a lot more interesting. Bonus: feeling beautiful from the moment I set foot outside my door always makes for a great day.
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Physical activity. I love that both Teri and Angie are inspired by activity and that all three of our posts talk about getting active. It's not a coincidence. Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health and overall outlook on life. Three years ago, I started training for my first half marathon, after 23 years of swearing that I would never be a runner. I wasn't prepared for how spiritual that experience was for me, how it gave me an appreciation for my body and my abilities that I never knew I actually could have. That run changed me.
A big, beautiful world. We are so lucky. Our world and the people living on it were made to be admired. Doesn't it blow your mind that there are unlimited things to see and learn and discover? That we know so very much and yet we know nothing at all? I am giddy with the fact that our world is so limitless. I only wish we had more time to explore this gorgeous planet and get to know more of the amazing people on it.
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~ one year of inspiration ~


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{angie}
When Ash and I started this blog, we wanted our categories to really captured what inspires us everyday. We came up with the categories you see repeated week to week: how to, fashion, home, a better you, food, our world and small inspiration. I feel strongly that if we can be truly inspired by aspects of our daily lives, we can all be happier, more positive people, better friends and better mates. So as I thought of my ten things that inspire me, I will share them through these categories of everyday living.

1. {how toLearning new things. The world around me is my continuing education. I love learning and embrace the chance to try new things and push my limits. 

2. {fashionEffortless glamor. Sure, I love getting dolled up as much as anyone (perhaps more), but to me I love the look of casual, effortless, glamorous fashion. Simple and yet stunning. 
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Effortless glamor at the pool with miss Ash.
3. {homeWindows. My mood is greatly affected by my surroundings, so one of the areas of interior design I love the most? Big, light transfusing windows. Few things make a room look better than warm sunlight spilling through windows.  

4. {a better youFigure skating. The biggest contributor to my overall health has always been figure skating. I started skating when I was six and the sport has not only provided me with a solid foundation for athleticism and a desire to stay fit, but I have learned artistry through physical expression, a sense of confidence, and how to use my mental awareness to achieve goals. Plus, the best life lesson--when you fall, get back up and try again.
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5. {foodExperimenting with food. Maybe you were taught you're not supposed to play with your food, but my dad always told me I should. My dad taught me how to cook and since he's a chemist, there was a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. I love playing with different flavors and being creative with ingredients.
6. {our worldTraveling...anywhere. From a young age I learned to love traveling. I love experiencing new cultures, trying new foods and seeing a world that is so different from my everyday. 
7. {small inspirationChange. Many people fear change, but I think it's change that keeps life interesting. For instance I love autumn, but an eternal autumn would be boring. It's these transitions that continually keep me excited and in anticipation of what the future bears. Change will always be inevitable so if you embrace it, you are opening yourself to more love more areas of your life.
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Since I have three more, I'm making up the categories.

8. {smiles} The pup. My little Daisy makes me smile everyday. My husband teases me that I have 8 billion photos on my phone (which is ridiculous, it's much closer to 5 million) but it's just because she brings so much joy into my life. She is the sweetest, snuggliest, most playful little pup ever. And I wish she could play with Maizey.  
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9. {art} Pastels. This last year I rekindled my love for drawing with pastels. Everything in my life is so structured and organized but when I am creating artwork I go to a meditative state where I stop thinking and just exist. 
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10. {my inspiration} My mom. We have always been close, but the older I get, the more I realize what an true inspiration she is to me. A strong woman, she has always striven to be the best for herself so that she could be the best role model for me. Even into my mid-twenties, I don't think she has missed a single performance, continues to mentor me, and is always there to listen when I need someone to talk to. 
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Psst... don't forget we're giving away a pair of handmade earrings and a handmade apron to our readers (one prize per reader, two prizes total). There are three ways to enter:
1. Tell us what inspires you in the comments section of ANY post, starting today through Wednesday, February 23. 
AND
2. Become our fan on Facebook and write about something that inspires you on our wall.
OR
3. Follow us on Twitter and tweet something that inspires you (make sure to include @365inspirations so we see it!).

We'll be collecting names all week for both prizes, so the more times you comment on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter, the more chances you'll have to win! Bonus--we'll be writing a special tribute post to our readers and your comment may just appear on it (we really want to make you a big deal... because you are).

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