I think I’m the exception to the rule, but, in general, I wake up in a pretty good mood on Monday mornings. It’s the start of a new week, and being a schedule-geek, I am practically giddy in anticipation of creating my schedule for the next seven days.
I have a weekday morning routine that I love—and that works for me. This routine developed from plenty of trial and error. As important as I think routines are, that’s not what this post is about. It’s about inspiration. Part of my routine every morning is to find things online that inspire me.
We’re so lucky to have a wealth of information, videos, music, photos, art, you name it, all at our fingertips. I want to share some of the things I find that inspire me. And hopefully, something may just inspire you . . . and make Monday mornings a little bit better.
I recently started a writing class. I am always nervous to share my writing in class. I read someone else’s piece or hear that person’s story read aloud, and the cha-cha in my head starts: Damn, that was good, I don’t write like that, maybe I got the assignment wrong, her story was awesome, his story was clever, mine sounds nothing like theirs, mine’s no good, no way am I sharing mine, clearly I don’t know what I’m doing.
After my first class, I walked away thinking, what was I thinking? I can’t write. I should just give up. The next day my Pilates instructor asked me about my class. I told her I was thinking about quitting. When I told her why (see above cha-cha), she told me about this great Martha Graham quote on expression.
This quote was the perfect quote at the perfect time for me. Now, I read it any time my self-doubt creeps in about writing. And then I think: Isn’t it cool that we all have different ways of expressing our stories? Kind of makes the world more interesting, don’t you think?