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Month: November 2010

Who Do You Want to Inspire in 2011?

Who Do You Want to Inspire in 2011?

Tweet {photo credit} Time is going fast! It’s already December, which means just a month left to finish up your goals for 2010. Have you accomplished them? Did you even write them? Set Goals for 2011 One of the things I try to stress in […]

This One’s for You!

This One’s for You!

Tweet For someone who is fanatic about inspiration and all things inspiring, the holidays are for you. There’s no other time of year when hope seems possible and miracles feel like they might be right around the corner. And magic. And inspiration. Maybe there’s no […]

4 Features of Inspirational Writing in the Eyes of Two Young House Lovers

4 Features of Inspirational Writing in the Eyes of Two Young House Lovers

People are often turned off by “inspirational writing.” They take one look at writing on inspiring others and make the assumption that it’s all about religion.

But, it’s not.

As my elementary school teacher taught us, “To assume, makes an ass out of you and me.”

Inspiring writing can be religion oriented, but it doesn’t have to be.

What it is today is writing that can inspire action or positive change. It can also be about spirituality, anything from the new-age standpoint or simply writing that’s impassioned by your dreams and goals.

How many blogs/articles have you read that talked about something that inspired you, but had nothing to do with religion?

I’m a big fan of home decor blogs and Young House Love is one of my favorites. They never talk about religion or spirituality, but they are inspirational (as their thousands of commenters attest to every day).

1. Living the Dream. They are inspiring because they are living the dream that most of us wouldn’t dare to-doing something they love and making money for it. They work as full-time bloggers writing blogs on designing up their own home as well as others DIY themselves and for affordable prices.

2. Being down to earth. This may not be a mandatory feature of inspiring others. But being relatable definitely helps. People want to read what you write and imagine themselves in your shoes. And when they do, they feel inspired to do amazing things. In general, it’s their humility and humble nature that makes us think that anyone can do what they’re doing (even non-DIYers) and inspires them to be just as great. That to me, is inspiring!

3. Taking big risks. I’m always impressed by how far these two young house lovers go. They never rest too long in their laurels. Although they were successful with their first house, they didn’t just stop there. They sold it and got a new one. This may not sound risky to you. But imagine if your home was your biggest investment-both in time and money and was THE primary source of your income. Would you risk selling it? Would you risk not to?

4. Positivity is catchy. No matter what goes on in their life, John and Sherry are positive peeps and positive posters. This means failed DIY projects, a missed opportunity on The Oprah Show and a cease and desist letter didn’t get them down. And there were no negative angry posts either. People who are positive may not inspire great outbursts and picketing peeps. Then again it might. Their huge fan base were upset enough to back up their favorite DIY duo. If it is anything, inspirational writing is positive. Providing a good example for your readers is what may inspire them to become more positive in their own life.

These are just four ways you can inspire others. By being positive in the words you use, how you approach challenges in your life, taking big risks that others want to aspire to, living the life of your dreams and being humble are some ways you can inspire others with your words. Are there others?

Have you read anything lately that really inspired you? I really want to know. Please share them below.

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Friday Inspirations

Friday Inspirations

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What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?

What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?

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Trying to Inspire Others? Look Within

Trying to Inspire Others? Look Within

I’ve always been obsessed with inspiring people. Hence, this blog and the ones before it. It’s why I seek out inspirational people for interviews, why I can’t stop reading inspiring books and the reason for my Twitter name @2inspired and Facebook page. You can say it’s my passion. I live to be inspired by others.

But in my quest to be inspired, I’d never expect to be an inspiration to others.

Well, sure I want to inspire others to change. But like this famous couple said, they live an “inspired life” versus an “inspiring one.”

It’s a subtle, but meaningful difference. It’s not just about being humble and sincere. But the belief that we’re just ordinary people, with extraordinary lives or something along those lines.

I feel the same exact way. There’s nothing really inspiring about me. Or is there?

It’s a question I’ve been contemplating lately after I got an email from someone who wanted to interview me. After passing it off as spam (because why would anyone want to talk with me about being inspiring?) a second email finally hit me. It’s real!

It reminded me of a friend who once told me I didn’t realize how inspiring I was and that there were people who wished they had my life. It got me thinking:

HOW MANY OF YOU ARE OUT THERE DOING THE SAME THING?

You’re afraid of taking a leap and falling heart first into your dreams. And what’s keeping you from doing so is that you don’t truly believe you have anything unique to offer the world. So you give your business half-ass attention instead of a kick-ass one.

Symptom:

You get stuck on a certain project your working on. You can’t finish your about us page or you give up on applying for a job you really really want. You have a business, but you can’t seem to inspire others to take the steps toward a call to action.

Solution:

Imagine you are the person who inspires you most. If you’re a writer, write a bio for your client (yourself). If you’re an artist, create something hero worthy. As a teenager when test anxiety hit, I’d pretend I was someone really smart and confident and then I’d ace the test. See yourself the way you see the people you admire most and you may discover your own inspiration within yourself.

For me to do the interview (which I am doing and will give you the details soon!), I needed to step outside my own situation and remember who I was and where I came from. When we get too caught up in where we have yet to travel, instead of where we have already been, we lose sight of the valuable lessons along the way.

I’m constantly surprised when the writer’s group that I started generously commends me for the writing that I have had published. I could easily and have pushed those compliments aside. After all, I have so much more I need to do and am far from my writing goals. But then I remember how far I have come in a year and in my lifetime and then I can embrace where I have been and have compassion for all those who are attempting to travel on that same road.

Like you. Are you there too?  Look within for the answers.

Hi there! Glad you stopped by!

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