Inspiration, Musings

5 Things Inspiring Me Today

I don’t quite know how to describe it, but lately I’ve been feeling inspired.

Maybe it’s the fact that I have more time to myself, or that now that Jason has a job I’m spending more hours feeling thankful and fewer hours feeling worried. Regardless of the reason, I’ve been led outside my daily routines – inspired to go outside, read books, get to the gym, call old friends, schedule travel adventures, etc. etc.

Below are a few things that are inspiring me lately:

1. Good Music
I turned off my TV (and it’s Glee night!) and sat down at my computer tonight to spend some time with my iTunes library. I am currently obsessing over the Black Keys new album Brothers, Kate Nash’s “My Best Friend is You” … and the “In the Heights” Soundtrack.

And the fact that I got my ACL Fest tickets today… that’s a whole rush of excitement over the music/friends/culture/love fest coming in October.

2. Good Books
Currently reading a few books on my “meaning to read list” – “The Year of Living Biblically” by AJ Jacobs and “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.

I am especially loving The Year of Living Biblically – as someone who spent much of my life putting a lot of emphasis on religious ceremony, and have recently moved away from that… it’s fascinating. The biggest lesson so far is that actions do seem to effect internal feelings. In the book, wearing white makes him feel lighter, saying thanks makes him feel more thankful, etc. etc. It’s fascinating and I love it. (More on AJ Jacobs in his interview for the Happiness Project)

3. Family
I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about my heritage, and how that makes me who I am. I am fervently proud to be Czech, proud of my dad for changing his world in one generation (more on that in a future blog post), and thankful for all the hard work of my family to raise and nurture me into the person I am.

Watching the musical In the Heights got me thinking about this even further, and I’ve become somewhat obsessed. I am planning a trip to the Czech Center Museum in Houston (they even have a blog), and hope to sit down with my Dad soon to get as much information as I can out of him.

4. Wine
In the last week I have had both my favorite boxed wine – Target cubes – and tried a new recommended riesling from a fancy wine shop (called Kung Fu Girl – yes I bought it for the label). Great conversation happens with friends over glasses of wine, and I love the sipping.

5. Other people
I am insanely fortunate to get to spend time with people who are intelligent and witty, fearless, empowered, giving, passionate, just to name a FEW.

I am also inspired by bloggers and Twitter-ers. My new favorite is a blog called “Marc and Angel Hack Life” – blog posts include Productivity Advice in 5 Words or Less and 40 Modern Nonfiction Books Everyone Should Read. I highly recommend both posts.

So… What’s inspiring you today?

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