Every Thursday Karen of KissinBlueKaren hosts Beyond the Books, at which time participants are given a topic and asked to write about it on their own blogs. They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
1. My daughter inspires me to be a better person--a better woman really, to live in the moment, enjoy the small details, to take time out to play, and appreciate what we have. It comes in the form of her smile and laughter, even her tears. She forgives so quickly and accepts me for who I am--loves me for who I am. It comes out in her words and her actions. There are days I wish I was more like her. Days in which she reminds me of what is most important.
Mouse Riding Her New Bicycle
2. My husband's ability to make me laugh as well as be honest with myself, how supportive he is and the time he takes to listen to me (even when it's to rehash a book I have just read to get my thoughts about it out of my head), the notes he writes on my sandwich bags that I find when I sit down at work to eat lunch, the way he makes me feel beautiful even when I'm feeling at my worst, and how good he is with our daughter are just a few ways in which my husband inspires me. My husband is also my best friend.
My husband and I at Disneyland in October 2015
3. My mom is an amazing woman--so generous and industrious. She is extremely active, volunteers to tutor, substitutes as a teacher and acts as an aide for a special education class at the school she used to teach at full-time, she travels and seems to live a full life. I can only hope to be like her when I am her age--and wish I had even half her energy and enthusiasm for life in the present day.
My mom reading to Mouse - December 2015
4. Books. For those of us who are readers, this one is rather self-explanatory, I imagine. Books have opened so many doors for me, challenged me, gave me pause for thought, helped me cope during the darkest of my days, cheered me up, made me sad, given me release and hope, and helped me see what was, what is, and what could be. Books have inspired me in a myriad of ways. Books are so much more than just words on a page.
Float at the Rose Parade 2016
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