Little Bits of Inspiration #11 & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #12

I have completely dropped the ball on my monthly series where I highlight 5 blog posts or articles that have inspired me. I was trying to publish them on the first Saturday of every month, but it just has not been happening. I have no excuses…except for…well, life. And everything it keeps throwing at me. And sometimes just plain old unadulterated laziness gets in my way, too. Anyway, I figured it’s my blog and I don’t have to stick to some strict self-imposed schedule if I don’t want to…so now is as a good time as any to bring my Little Bits of Inspiration back to life and share with you all 5 posts that have inspired me recently. And what better way to #SpreadTheKindness anyway since today is Tuesday and it is my self-proclaimed #SpreadTheKindness Link Up Day.

1. Diane of Fashion on the 4th Floor teamed up with Sherry of Petite Over 40 in a blogger collaboration that shows us that we all struggle with body image issues especially in our 40’s but if we push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, fabulous things can happen! Both of these amazing ladies wrote thought-provoking and very inspiring posts that are must-reads for any woman in her 40’s and beyond!

In Diane’s post, Are We Oscar Worthy?, she discusses being open to self-improvement and pushing through your own self-imposed boundaries. I was seriously moved and motivated by this post.

And in Sherry’s post, The Dress that Made Me Feel Like a Star, she shares her inspirational weight loss journey and the emotional story of how she has come to terms with her new body and settled a “dispute” with an old dress. Another thought-provoking, inspiring, and motivating message.

2. Brooke and Erica of Pumps and Pushups shared these tips back in January for how to Reward Yourself With Love. They provided some budget- and health-friendly ways to give yourself that needed on pat on the back while staying on track with your 2017 goals. I think the end of February is a great time to re-read their message and reward yourself!

3. Katy of The Queen of Kings inspired me with a post back in January called You Can’t Win Them All… where she talked about the heartbreak we feel as we watch our children experience disappointments. But she also discussed the importance in allowing our children to feel disappointment so we can better shape them into hard-working, compassionate, deserving, and grateful adults. Watching our children grow up is so, so hard and this post is so worth reading.

But when I hopped over to Katy’s blog to grab the link to that post, her most recent post, Watch Me, Momma…, also grabbed my attention. It is another heartfelt perspective on watching our children grow. And it was a perspective that I really needed right now. So, thank you for that, Katy.

4. Donna of yadadarcyyada: Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure is such a poignant and thought-provoking writer. She is always on point with a hot topic issue, always provides you with a good hearty laugh, and always, always stimulates you into thinking abut some important stuff…and even sometimes viewing it all from a different perspective. Her post Compassion Never Goes Out of Style is an old one (from 2015), but it is a great one. And I often go back to read it just as a reminder. It’s worth it. So you should probably go read it, too.

5. Liz of Lizzie in Lace wrote a post recently called The Comparison Trap. Liz emphasizes the importance of being comfortable and confident in yourself and refraining from comparing yourself to others…to the way they look, how much success they have, what the wear, etc. This is such an important message for all of us…bloggers or not. Comparing ourselves to others only makes us come up short in our own minds. Knowing that you are enough really is enough.

I hope you all enjoy these little bits of inspiration!

Thanks to everyone who joins my #SpreadTheKindness movement every week. I really appreciate your continued support! And your favorites from last week…

Susan of Over 50 Under 20 shared some amazing Shopping Tips inspired by another fabulous blogger who has previously been featured in my link ups…Julia of When the Girls Rule. These are some really helpful tips especially the last one…

“SIXTH, and most important, when you’re in the dressing room and you try on something that doesn’t work, repeat to yourself, ‘It’s not me. It’s the clothes.’”

Linda of A Labour of Life shows in her very own adorable way that you can wear whatever the heck you want at any age in her post Fashion Over 50 with Pom Poms and Fur.

Now onto the link up! Start spreading some kindness!

Keeping it on the edge,


Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.


I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

46 Responses

  1. Shelbee, thanks for sharing these great, inspirational blog posts. It is refreshing to see what other people are doing and to receive back a little encouragement. Thanks for hosting the link up. – Amy

    • Thank you for reading them, Amy! I really want to be more consistent with sharing posts that inspire me. I have a list that is two pages long…so it is right at my fingertips when I want to write the posts. 2017 goal: I need to be better with my Little Bits of Inspiration posts!


  2. It’s so nice to read the posts that really made a difference to you, Shelbee!!

  3. Thank you for sharing Diane’s and my posts this week, Shelbee! I sincerely appreciate it. Plus, your connection to my post makes me want to get out here and do more and that means so much!

    – Sherry

  4. Aren t collaboration s with other bloggers the best!😉😉😉😉

  5. Love all the ladies you featured today. I see I have some reading to do today. I had a ‘spread some kindness’ campaign on Instagram with southern blonde chic. It just didn’t take off. Spreading kindness wherever you go is a wonderful thing.

    • How did I miss your kindness campaign, Kim?! Link up some of your Instagram posts on my link up! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you find some inspiration here.


  6. Fabulous roundup of posts…I’ll be checking them all out!

  7. This is such a nice and inspiring post! We’re so honored you chose to include our post 🙂

    pumps and push-ups

  8. Love all these posts! I really loved Liz’s comparison blog. We all do that and I’m always trying to stay on my own path while supporting our wonderful blogger community. Will definitely try to check some of the others out. Thanks for the link up!

  9. Love the round up of posts! 🙂

  10. I am just dying over the fur coat and pom pom necklace! Love!!


    • I assume you are referring to Linda’s amazing look, Carrie! Doesn’t she look so fabulous?! I just love her. I hope to meet Linda in real life one day! She actually doesn’t live too far from me, so it is possible! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are having an amazing week.


  11. So many great features. All these ladies look great. =)

    Happy Hump Day Shelbee!

  12. thanks for sharing all these fantastic posts! I’m off to read!

  13. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Shelbee and wow, I’m in awesome company!
    I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much, family medical issues, but I’m trying to play catch-up. Very kind of you to pass along the kindness and help us spread the kindness too. Thank you again. Hope this week is treating you all well. 🙂 Big hugs xo

    • It was my pleasure, Donna! I love to spread the word about fabulous bloggers out there and their amazing and inspiring posts and stories. I am sending you lots of healing and healthy vibes!


  14. Great link up and post, thanks for sharing!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  15. Great round up of posts! We’re experiencing some pretty rubbish weather here in the UK so I’ll stay tucked up in the warm with a coffee reading these posts 🙂

    Emma xxx

  16. We do need kindness. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.

  17. Thanks for sharing these posts!

  18. Katy King

    What a sweet surprise today! Thanks so much for sharing the love – always humbling to know my words have meaning for others! This was a great roundup!

  19. Love this. Being kind is a must!

    • Thank you so much, Barrie! Kindness is so necessary. It is what I live by! Thank you for doing your part in #SpreadingTheKindness. Have a wonderful weekend.


  20. So many good reminders from all the ladies you featured in this post. It proves that fashion blogging isn’t really just about clothes…it’s about so much more. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    • Thanks so much for this lovely comment, Kristin! There are so many wonderful, beautiful, smart, kind people out there writing blogs…The clothes are just the icing on the cake!


  21. Don’t worry, it happens to us all! Glad to see you back on it. Would love if you can link up to

  22. Great idea – only just stumbled upon you – will try to remember to link up next week too…

    • Thanks so much, Lydia! I am glad you did stumble upon me. Welcome! I host links ups every Tuesday and Thursday… they remain open for a week! I hope to see you back.


  23. Love your featured posts. I have to go check them out. Donna always brings me a smile with her posts and I love Linda’s sense of adventurous style.

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Audrey, thank you so much! I have more of Donna’s post on my list to feature on future posts, too! I am so glad you will be checking them out!