Monday, January 16, 2012

Meditative Monday–Some Blogs That Inspire


Monday. First day of a new week. If I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or hurried, or upset, my whole week will be thrown off. I need Monday mornings to be a time of calm. I need to start the week with a list of goals and be excited about the prospects of getting it all done. The less stress the better. Monday, is my day of planning for the school week ahead. It is our day of errands, swim lessons, and horseback riding. It is the perfect day for me to reflect and take deep calming breaths.

This Monday, I wanted to bring you some of my favorite blogs that I love to start the day with. These blogs inspire, motivate, and start my Monday’s off on the right track.

I’ve been following Wendy’s blog for awhile. She is an amazing writer, but more then that she is an amazing person. Her thoughts so often fall right into step with my own. She lifts me up with her words when I’ve needed it the most and she gets me to thinking. This Monday is a word tribute to being Free, right in time for MLK day celebration.

When I need a little pick-me-up on the writing front I head over to author Jody’s blog. She inspires me that it is possible to homeschool your children and write. Not just write, but be a published author with two books out and more on the way. I remember when her first book came out, it made me realize with hard work anything is possible. She also shares wonderful tips and advice on the whole publishing industry.

I recently took a class offered by Kristen Lamb, that has exposed to so many wonderful writers. I’m still getting to know and explore all their blogs, but I’d like to mention two today.

I took to Myndi’s blog right away. She has humor, but she can be serious. She is a writer, yet she homeschools. Another one of those that makes me realize, it is possible.

And August’s blog is full of inspirational posts. Her writing is beautiful and she inspires you to make the most out of your life.

I need lots of inspiration for my writing, but I need it for my homeschooling as well. Lacy, inspires me to get creative and do all sorts of fun things with my preschooler and her big sisters too. She has given me fun and educational ways to incorporate our faith into our homeschool days.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed with my family of 5 and think I just can’t do all that is on my plate I head over to Connie’s blog, my former neighbor and friend. She never ceases to amaze me as she raises her beautiful family, which includes 8 children, a great hubby,  and a growing cast of animals.

And last, but certainly not least my hubby’s photography blog. He is an amazing photographer. This is one of the things he does for fun, but he does it so well. Many of my posts are inspired by one of his pictures. When I have writer’s block I find myself scanning through his photographs and an idea always comes to me as to what I can write about. Best part is, I get to use his pictures for free. Fringe benefits, love them.

Okay, I have many more. But I don’t want to overload you. I’ll save them for another Monday. I hope you enjoy checking out these new blogs and Happy  Monday!


Louise Behiel said...

Kara, you have included some very motivational blogs in your mash up. I look forward to visiting them in the future. Well done.

Wendy Paine Miller said...


Okay, you got to me! Thanks for this. We've had a rough past few days and this was such a cool encouragement! I appreciate the shout out and even more the words you wrote about me! I'm honored to be listed with such cool people.

~ Wendy

myndishafer said...

What a great list of bloggers, Kara - so flattered that you'd include me!! It's so good to know there are other homeschooling mommas in the writing trenches with me! *big hugs* Myn

augustmclaughlin said...

You've filled my Monday morning with happy warmth, Kara! The lovely shout out means a lot coming you.

Off to check out your hubby's photographs... What a talented pair! *air hugs* ;)

Nancy said...

Thanks for the new blogs. Hope you get a lot done today. The horseback riding sounds like so much fun.

Kara said...

Thanks Louise, I hope you enjoy them.
Nancy, I'm doing well so far:) My two oldest ride and I love to just sit at the stables and be with the horses. They give me such a peaceful feeling.
Wendy, Myndi, and August I'm glad I helped make your Monday since you always help make mine!

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Thanks for this lovely post, Kara. I enjoyed the links, and your husband is, indeed, a talented photographer.

Emma Burcart said...

Sounds like a good list. Some blogs I read regularly and some I'll have to check out.

Coleen Patrick said...

This is a great list--I do the same thing when I feel blah!!
And your husband photos are great!