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Monday Menagerie #23

 in·spi·ra·tion (noun)
  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative:
  2. the drawing in of breath; inhalation.

This is my “Inspired By” issue. What inspires me may not inspire you but maybe this issue will make you think about what actually lights you up, makes you feel something and/or makes you go out and DO something (especially something creative). This issue was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic and her podcast Magic Lessons (which Tara posted about in MM #21). I have been listening all week and I am lit up like a christmas tree by it. We all need inspiration and I will go as far as to say we need it DAILY. Find it. Share it. Live it. and feel gratitude for it.


 

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Via littleearthings.com

Inspired by these kids and this photographer

PHOTO SERIES HELPS KIDS WITH DISABILITIES SEE THEIR INNER SUPERHERO

The Superhero Project, is a photography series portraying children with special needs as superheroes.  Renee Bergeron meets with children with special needs and their parents and creates beautiful photographs that reveal each child’s inner-superhero — free of charge.


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler speak onstage during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Award at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

(Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Inspired by these female friendships

10 GAL PALS THAT MADE THIS WORLD A MORE AWESOME PLACE TOGETHER


 

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photo via Little Tree Kid Co

Inspired by these friends who have started their own companies

LITTLE TREE KID CO. was started by the incredible Amanda Putman Zehavi.  She is a fantastic human and one of my favorite people ever. Below is a direct quote from her equally incredible husband (I just couldn’t say it any better). Visit her ETSY shop

she noticed there were no non-toxic crayons on the market, and instead of complaining or ignoring the issue, she decides to not only CREATE them but also start a business selling them so other parents and kids can reap the benefits – all while full-time mommying a baby and a toddler! Pretty bad ass if you ask me. 🙂

photo by Tara Tona

photo by Tara Tona

BEKO BABY is a children’s shoe brand brought to the US by my partner in all things goodness, Tara Tona, and her awesome Husband Nasko.  I am totally inspired and impressed by these two.  They raise their family, start a business, work tirelessly to grow that business and have time to maintain and develop and run other businesses (i.e Project:Women).  Check out their site and if you have a toddler, these are the “it” shoes to have!

via sisucreative.com

via sisucreative.com

SISU CREATIVE . I recently connected with Cora Hirashiki, one of the founders of this amazing company, and am already inspired by her and their mission.

As a socially-conscious creative development agency and production company, it is our goal to help you find your authentic voice and tell your story in a way that resonates with audiences, connects them to your vision, and empowers them to act.


 

via KevinRedmayne Twitter

via KevinRedmayne Twitter

Inspired by this girl

THIS AFGAN TEEN ESCAPED FORCED MARRIAGE BY MAKING A RAP VIDEO

Alaina Latona shared this with me and it really does show the kind of power art and today’s technology have to bring about change and bring down social injustices. It’s not happening as frequently as it should but it’s happening. This video can be a bit tough to watch but it’s important and this girl is truly beyond inspiring.

Eighteen-year-old Sonita Alizadeh’s mom first started talking about selling her to a man when she was ten years old. At the time, Sonita and her family lived in Afghanistan, where forced marriage is still common. Sonita found a way to escape, though — through rap. After posting a video to YouTube, she was awarded a full scholarship to a music school in the U.S.

Shared by Alaina Latona


Inspired by this Kickstarter campaign and film

BE NATURAL

Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché.
A documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished.

Directed by Pamela Green, and co-directed by Jarik van Sluijs.

Shared by Lauren Selman


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via pinterest

Inspired by these women, who I am lucky enough to know personally, because they are creating their OWN path, taking risks, fulfilling their dreams no matter what, staying true to themselves and making the world a bit better for the rest of us (including me!). Love you, ladies!

ALICYN PACKARD

JULIE ELIZABETH DAY

BRITTANY WILKERSON

LAUREN SELMAN

TRACY CATE

MICHAELA WATKINS


 

Actress Sandra Bullock Pointing Her Fingers

Inspired by Sandra

SANDRA BULLOCK TOOK A ROLE MEANT FOR GEORGE CLOONEY

I love everything about her.

It’s great that Bullock is using her celebrity clout to challenge the industry’s preconceived notions about what a female protagonist on screen can or should look like.


via cstv.collegesports.com

via cstv.collegesports.com

Inspired by these heroes

WOMEN IN SPORTS WHO BROKE THE RULES (AND CAME OUT ON TOP)


Inspired by the world-famous staircase in Rio de Janeiro, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps boast a colorful mosaic that will enliven the area for San Francisco residents and visitors alike. via Pinterest

Inspired by the world-famous staircase in Rio de Janeiro, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps boast a colorful mosaic that will enliven the area for San Francisco residents and visitors alike. via Pinterest

Inspired by these companies

UBER IS CHANGING LIFE FOR WOMEN IN SAUDI ARABIA

HOW JETBLUE IS HELPING THE UNITED NATIONS OF BREAD GET OFF THE GROUND


via safalniveshak.com

via safalniveshak.com

Inspired by failure

BRENE BROWN WANTS YOU TO WALLOW IN YOUR FAILURE

Good leaders can become revolutionary ones when they take charge of their own narratives. “The moment we deny a difficult experience, it owns us,” Brown says. “If we are brave enough, often enough, we’re going to fall.

Shared by Brittany Wilkerson


Inspired by this story

WHAT A PRO-CHOICE WOMAN REALLY LOOKS LIKE

A pro-choice woman is forgiving, realizing that scrutinizing the past cannot, and will not, change it. She is understanding while others refuse to be, empathetic toward people and the situations they sometimes find themselves in. She doesn’t judge, she simply supports.


via blackhealthzone.com

via blackhealthzone.com

Inspired by THIS

IN PRAISE OF ALL THE WOMEN WHO GIVE ALL THE F**KS


via popsugar.com

via popsugar.com

ELIZABETH GILBERT: FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD – THE CURIOSITY DRIVEN LIFE


 

Featured image (at top) by: Found on www.mrpilgrim.co.uk

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.

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I strive to use my gifts and talents in service to the world through my work with Project:Women, Mobile Baykeeper and EcoSet Consulting. My goals are to inspire, empower and unite people to see their true potential, create content that inspires as well as entertains and I would like to leave the planet a bit cleaner than I found it.

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