Everyone could use a little inspiration on Mondays.
Which is why, from now on, I’ll be rounding up some inspiring internet magic every other Monday — mostly to ease the pressure of needing to do things worth writing about, now that I’m not on the road constantly, but also because there are just so many stories out there worth sharing. Now, these won’t be necessarily related to travel. This week, none of them are. But they will all be about “intentional living“, following your dreams, shooting for the stars, and all of the other cutesy cliches I occasionally overuse in an attempt to brand this blog with motivating content to live the life you dreamed of as a kid.
So here ya go, kids at heart… the first edition of Linkable Inspiration to bolster your motivation on the most daunting day of the week. (If you actually have one of those weekday jobs, that is. If you don’t, I think you’ll still enjoy these…)
Wanna know a little secret about me? I have crippling stage fright. My voice shakes, I sweat, I stammer, and I do everything in my power to avoid these ugly situations. If I had to stand in front of a room full of people as big as the one this girl faces — and sing?? I’d probably throw up all over Simon. This girl shares that fear of mine, only she manages to overcome it by wowing the judges on Britain’s Got talent, and man does she have talent. It made me think, for at least a few minutes, that if she can do this, I could probably talk in front of a room full of people without wanting to die someday. Maybe.
If you don’t know The Everywhereist just yet, let me introduce you to one of my favorite travel bloggers who regularly reaffirms my belief that if you bake it, you’re allowed to eat however many batches you want. Geraldine’s writing style is witty and addictive, and the adventures she documents with her husband are just downright adorable. Last year, she shared a really scary time in her life and told her readers that she would be undergoing brain surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumor. Of course, she did so with enough of her signature charm to make me laugh, even though I was horrified by what she was facing. Now, one year later, she takes some time to update her readers on life, post-brain surgery (it was benign, thank goodness!) and asserts the slightly heartbreaking but inspiring realization that maybe her life will never be the same as it was before her surgery — but that’s OK.
I’m not sure if it’s the long hair that he brushes back from his face whenever he hits a particularly funny line, or quotes like this one…
“Opinions differ from assholes, in that yours should be constantly examined.”
…but whatever it is, I love this guy. His graduation speech is hilarious and packed with brutally honest but heartfelt nuggets of wisdom, intended for those about to experience the “real world” for the first time, but equally poignant for those of us who have been trying to navigate it for however long. I particularly like his encouragement to be “micro-ambitious” and to show passion and focus for the task at hand, no matter how small.
Have you found something inspiring online lately that you’d like to share? Please do!
And here’s an oldie but a goodie… I literally cry like a baby every time I watch this video. (Yes, I’ve watched it MANY times, as I occasionally switch back and worth between this one and Kerri Strugg’s ’96 Olympic vault.) There’s just something about touching sports moments set to sappy ballads that reduce me to sniffling tears.
Also, if you don’t watch this video to the very end and/or remain dry eyed… we are no longer friends.