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.


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.