inspirationmonday

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

Today, I woke up very sleepy. It’s a rainy day here in Raleigh, and I had a hard time getting my head in gear for work. I have a million emails to write, images to edit, a photo shoot this evening. I need to work out, to meet some friends for lunch, to clean the studio, to take Winston out. The list could go on and on!

On Mondays, I usually don’t give non-work-related emails the time of day, but 2 emails in particular caught my attention: Jess sent me a preview to her new album, and Artifact Uprising (a company I adore) introduced me to This Wild Idea in their newsletter.

I usually don’t give many things on Instagram the time of day, but 2 images caught my attention: The new Naptime Diaries Shop was launched, and my friend Caroline has posted all kinds of adorable outfits that made me obsessed with her new blog “un-fancy.”

I also usually don’t break my blogging schedule. But you know what? IT’S OKAY! Actually, it’s really good for Type A people like me to just break the rules every now and then.

Sometimes, it’s really good to just stop and allow yourself to be inspired. To listen and watch artists doing their thing. Because here’s the thing: when we work in our strengths, when we do work that sets our hearts on fire, we inspire others to step into their callings. To do the thing that God made you to do!

I feel so strongly that these four artists I’ve listed above are doing just that. They are working in their strengths, from a place of passion, and they are blessing so many around them because of it. I encourage you to follow them, to watch their work, and to allow it to inspire the deepest parts of you to do that which God has called you to do!

1. Jess Ray : her album “Free Forever For Everyone” is released for free on April 19. I’ve been listening to it in my studio all day long. It’s the heart of such beautiful worship.

2. This Wild Idea : “You gotta point your camera at what you love, something that stirs you up, even when you don’t have an audience and no one is lookin…that’s how you grow as an image maker” – Theron. A quote I’m committing to live by.

3. Un-Fancy : My dear friend Caroline Joy just introduced her brilliant blog “Un-Fancy” – a beautiful and inspiring place that teaches others how to create a capsule wardrobe and live from a place of intention in regards to what you wear and what you own. I feel so strongly this goes hand in hand with the Contentment Challenge. Love my friend and I love her heart. Also, I want to kidnap her so she can just come work her magic on my wardrobe, because let’s face it: she’s amazing.

4. Naptime Diaries Shop : My friend Jessi is so inspiring. Her shop will get you so excited to decorate your home with scripture. Not only do I love her work, but I love her heart. We are both married to men in ministry (they are planting a church in Charleston!), but she never uses it as an excuse to keep her gifts quiet. She uses her ministry platform as a REASON to share her gifts! I relate so much to her passion and calling. And guess what? Use SPRING14 in checkout and receive 25% off all canvas orders today!

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