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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


For me, inspiration comes from 101 different places.... a kind gesture, a meaningful connection with someone I admire, respect or never even met in real life, those that give of themselves and expect nothing in return, an exploration involving a passport, being within the comfort of my home, an epiphany that leads me down a road of self to discovery, a starry sky, a roaring ocean or a vast dissolute desert.

Inspiration also comes from:

My parents because their relationship complimented one another so seamlessly and it's one that I would like to emulate, they exposed me to the whole world, they instilled in me a strong work ethic and a respect and empathy for all. My son because his light, curiosity and wonder amaze me daily. He makes me want to be a better person.My husband because he puts up with me and all my neurosis and supports me as a navigate through a very wide range of moods and emotions. My friends because no matter where our lives may take us or how busy we get, I know without a doubt we will always be there for each other. We share our successes and failures equally.But, it's reading books, blogs, magazines, quotes and lyrics that inspire me the most. Just knowing that others have experienced what I have and learning their coping mechanisms or marveling at their own unique lives is a wonderful gift and makes me feel truly alive and incredibly hopeful in myself and the human race.

This post was written for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop, Prompt 5) I'm inspired by... (A photo journal entry)

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Anonymous Jessica said...

My favorite picture is Lucas on the beach. What a great shot. You are right that inspiration can come from many different places but it is the people closest to us that are true inspirations. Reading is a wonderful gift.

March 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Morgan B. said...

I love seeing this part of you. :)

March 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Hello! I'm Kate. said...

I love all these. And I'm completely on board with all of them too!

It must be a Todd thing that helps them navigate we women...that was one of the things that attracted me to my Todd, he was amazing at just staying calm when I was wasn't!

March 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

Beautiful post, Tonya.
And you inspire everyone who meets you.

March 16, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I couldn't agree more with all those things! So sweet and perfect. : )

March 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Sarah (Catching the Magic) said...

Such a lovely post with a gorgeous family. So much love. I like the photo of the reading chair too - would like to while away an hour or two in it! :)

March 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I loved learning more about you and meeting your family and friends in this post!!

March 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your list is very inspirational! I agree about books, blogs and magazines. I love to read!!

March 17, 2011 at 2:31 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Great post and I have every one of those inspirations as well. Since I'm newer here this is the first picture I have seen of your parents. Beautiful people, Tonya, just as you are.

March 17, 2011 at 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Dominique @Dominique's Desk said...

It's so cool that you have so many different sources of inspiration in your daily life. Love that shot of Lucas.

March 17, 2011 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Ilana @ mommyshorts said...

I can;t say anything without saying "Your husband is HOT!" first. Now that that's over with, this was a lovely post.

March 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I love that your parents are such an inspiration.

March 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Mama Insomnia said...

Such a great post. Great pictures and words. And I totally agree with're husband is very good looking!!
Visiting from Mama Kat's

March 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger HonestConvoGal said...

You inspire me! Lovely post, my new Tqitter friend. I'm visiting from Mama Kat's but I probably would have read it peeking in on you anyway.

Amy a/k/a HonestConvoGal

March 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Carri said...

What a great post. I love the picture of Lucas on the beach!

March 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger BalancingMama (Julie) said...

Perfect inspirations - I totally agree! I find it hard to socialize or meet new people in real life, but blogging helps me let my guard down. Probably because I see so many mamas a lot like me.

March 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

I am so jealous of your built in book cases...I want those!

Beautiful post!

March 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

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