Hey, week 2 of my Inspired Saturday series (if you didn’t see week 1, check it out here).
I am not someone who waits to be inspired by a special event – I look for inspiration in my everyday life. I don’t know if my life is exceptionally rich or it’s just because my eyes are open and I am looking, but I find gold just about everywhere I look! So, every Saturday, I share with you the things that have inspired me through the week – an inspiration challenge if you will 🙂
Best Words and Art:
Normally I wouldn’t combine these two in the same category, but they come from the same place: one of my favourite bloggers, Nicole Cody from Cauldrons and Cupcakes.
First, the art:
And then, these words:
“If a solution fails to appear … and yet we feel success is just around the corner, try resting for a while. … Like the early morning frost, this intellectual refreshment withers the parasitic and nasty vegetation that smothers the good seed. Bursting forth at last is the flower of truth.”
― Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator
It is the middle of a unusually cold, dry winter here, with gale force winds stopping only to allow frost after frost to crisp our paddocks, sweeten our citrus and chill our bones. This little bit of prose reminded me that all seasons are necessary, without and within.
Best Article: The Elephant Journal’s If We Are Friends, This is All I Care About.
Now, last week, choosing an article was difficult. This week? Easy. And not because everything else I came across was crap. No way. It was because this article gave me that hair-standing-straight-up- now-you’re-talking the-truth feeling I love. The writer captures the spirit of unconditional friendship, that mainstay of women everywhere. This article begins:
I don’t care if your house is a mess.
I will move the laundry off the couch, sit down and help you fold it while we laugh about how much we hate putting the clean clothes away. I don’t care about your big, slobbering, rambunctious dog. I will accept his kisses and toss his tennis ball. It’s also fine that you don’t have any food in your fridge since I ate before I came anyway. I like your cheap coffee and your microwave popcorn too…
Best Cooking Experience: Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Passionfruit Icing
Okay, okay I know that last week was cake too – but what can I say? Some weeks just call for cake 🙂 Actually, my favourite thing about this particular cake, apart from being delicious, is that my 10 year old son cooked it by himself, from scratch 🙂
125g butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbl lemon zest
310g SR Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180 C. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well, Mix through sour cream, lemon juice, zest, flour and baking powder. Spoon into a greased or lined cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. When cool, ice:
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
The pulp of 2-3 passionfruit
Mix both ingredients together and spread over top and sides of the cake. Enjoy!
I dropped my iPod touch on a concrete path and smashed it. That is not the awesome part. Of all my possessions, I think my iPod is my favourite. It carries my entire music collection in its little brain, I read blogs, articles and social media on it, chat to loved ones, check my emails without having to start up my computer…and more! So yes, I was devastated, even though a part of me was saying WTF? It’s just a thing. Anyway, I wrote a post on Facebook about it. The next morning, two things:
- My aunt rang up and said that her next door neighbour replaces iPod screens, and sent me his contact details. Sorted 🙂
- Later, I check my emails and come across this one: Hey Sara, I saw your post yesterday about smashing the screen on your iPod Touch. I wish I could buy you a new one…here’s what I can do though. Offer you a contribution towards a new one. A small thank you for all the amazing editing work you’ve done for me. KL xx
Wow. The perfect amount to cover a new screen, postage and a proper cover so that it never happens again. I can’t tell you the depth of gratitude and amazement I feel about this.
Album of the Week: Yoga Revolution
I actually came across this album on Spotify. This is one of the best yoga compilations I’ve come across – a blend of traditional and modern – just like me :). Krishna Das, Snatum Kaur, Sarah McLachlan, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, Michael Franti, Sheryl Crow, Anjelique Kidjo, Seal & Guru Singh, Donna De Lory, Anoushka Shankar & Sting all feature on this must listen to album.
Best kid’s app: White Tiles 4
Fair enough – I didn’t think this would be a category either. Still, this (free) app tickled my fancy as well as that of my children and their friends, and that in my mind is a crowd pleaser folks – a very rare commodity 🙂 It’s a music app where children tap boxes on the screen to play beautiful piano pieces – it’s challenging, with different formats and levels and it sounds good. Yep. Check it out.
So that’s it – my week of inspiration! Remember to look around you this week, really pay attention to all the beauty and wonder that is out there and remember this:
Evil is boring. Cynicism is pointless. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Hopelessness is self-indulgent. On the other hand: Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright.