Bloggers who inspire me

Seeing as I so enjoy the relational side of blogging, I thought it would be fitting to kick off my official first post back with a nod to the bloggers that inspire me. This handful of amazing women have continually had a positive effect on me, and it's extremely rare that I don't immediately click on their posts when I see they have a new one. Check them out, I think you'll see what I mean.

Ashley from Our Little Apartment: Ashley's blog tagline is "Less stuff, more life" and that's a great descriptor. Ashley constantly challenges me (and all of her other readers too of course) to simplify life, stop focusing so much on "stuff" and enjoy experiences. I've followed her blog since before she was pregnant with son Gabe, and continue to glean knowledge and ideas from her on a regular basis. Her desire to simplify has led her to experimenting with Project 333 (only wearing 33 wardrobe items for 33 days), going on shopping fasts and reducing their families waste. Through all of this however, she always shares her experiences with honesty, openness and without being preachy. The only thing I can find to say bad about Ashley is that she simply lives too far away, and that's just unacceptable!

Amy from Coffee & Sunshine: Amy is a teacher by day, but a writer most impressive beyond the classroom. Her posts are always grammatically perfect and tend to include a few vocab words I'd not yet known, (and of course look up afterward!) so I'd like to think Amy is making me smarter. Beyond impeccable writing however, she has the acute ability to get down to the heart of things. One of my favorite things that she does on her blog is her series entitled "Things That Changed Her Life". This series of posts is just darn right awesome. Some have brought back my sense of faith in humanity. Amy is also a great inspiration when it comes to taking charge of ones' health and committing to a healthy lifestyle beyond the flash-in-the-pan diet. She began her journey to take back her health just over two years ago, and her journey has continually motivated me to make changes in my own habits.

Andrea from Shabby Kitteh: Andrea is someone I know both "in real life" and from the blogosphere. In fact, it's blogging that's reunited us really. We went to junior high and high school together, and somehow over the last ten years, we've both managed to create entire families of our own. (Funny how much can happen in ten years, right?) Andrea, as it turns out, is one of the most creative people I've ever known. Her blog posts range from fantastically coordinated and accessorized outfits she's created using key pieces found on thrifting adventures, to make-up tutorials and reviews, to fun stories of her family. Her DIY projects are also a win, so be sure you check those out if you need some budget-friendly new ideas.
Kerri from YourWishcake: If you were to open the dictionary and look up the word 'genuine', I'm pretty sure Kerri's picture is there. If it isn't, it should be. I've read Kerri's blog for a number of years now, both before her induction into the ranks of motherhood and after, and one thing that is always consistent is Kerri's honesty. Sometimes, life is sunshine and rainbows and steaming cups of coffee, and others it's homesickness, sleepless nights and eating boxes of mac n' cheese in solitude. But no matter what, Kerri always approaches her writing with heart, openness and a kind of vulnerability that is completely refreshing amongst a sea of "everything is perfect always" mommy-bloggers. Also, she and I have very similar taste and it's entirely her fault that I always hunt for lotus bowls and things that are mustard yellow.

Morgan from Mrs Priss: In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess, Morgan is one of my closest friends -- however, we became friends through blogging! So, her blog is totally fair game to list here I'd say. Initially, it was Morgan's "Look for Less" posts that sucked me in. Her ability to find affordable fashion to mimic pricey celebrity outfits was pretty uncanny. Then, I started to realize beyond possibly being the only person I've ever met as girly as I tend to be -- though I'd now include Andrea in that list... prim and proper, sweet Morgan is also incredibly funny. We share a same second language (sarcasm) that we learned from our husbands. Also, her humble and self-deprecating brand of humor elicits full on out loud laughing for me quite often.

2 comments:

  1. You're the best, friend. Thank you so much for the sweet words! And I'm so glad my hideous Target shirt made you laugh... I completely forgot about that post! baha, the horror!

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  2. So glad your back! I read Morgan and Andreas blog also I hope to run into all of you one day. I wish I was disciplined enough to write my own stories. your all great!

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