Be Your Own Inspiration

A few weeks ago, I got my new bedroom furniture and bedding and I’ve been looking on Pinterest for just the right DIY project.  I had a huge empty space on the wall that desperately needed some artwork.

I found a lot of quotes that I could really relate to on Pinterest and I also had a journal-full of quotes from books I’ve read in the past year.  I just couldn’t settle on one.

And then one night this week at dinner, Ian gave me my inspiration.

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Who would have thought after all the pins I’ve made on Pinterest, the quote would be this simple? I’m so glad I made this choice. I wasn’t sure at first, because it wasn’t “real.”  What was I thinking? This is as real as it gets.

I don’t remember exactly how this came up, but he was trying to cheer up MJ, who was mad about something, and it made me smile.  In fact, I still smile every time I think about it. Now I can look at it every night before bed and every morning when I wake.

I love this for the obvious reasons. It will always be a special piece of artwork, one I won’t ever discard. I also love it because of a conversation Ian and I had earlier in the week.

He was doing homework and glanced out in to the foyer when he read the line on a Christmas decoration I have had for years: “Home is Where the Heart Is.”

“Geez…that’s creative.  Home is where the heart is. Everyone says that,”  he muttered as he rolled his eyes.

It led to a conversations about clichés and made me think about the other cliché artwork hanging in my house.  Overused lines about family and love and working hard.  Concepts that I love and philosophies I believe in. But not very original.

This time of year is so full of clichés and so full of sentiment.  This is also a season when so many people struggle to get in the holiday spirit.  There are so many reasons people can’t find joy due to illness, debt, loneliness, stress, loss, or grief.

I feel for those people. I really do. I have my moments during the holidays when I feel sad and lonely.

My family lives all over the east coast and people are missing from my life who I always thought would be here.

After a full day of shopping yesterday, I felt a temporary moment of panic as I added up the receipts.

And it goes without saying that I know what it’s like to deal with an illness.

I’ve been wondering how I might get through the next two weeks. And now I know.

When I’m feeling sad or stressed, I’m going to tell myself to JOY UP.  That should make me smile.

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