Little Bits of Inspiration #6

I haven’t published a Little Bits of Inspiration post since November mostly because I was over ambitious and trying to compose this post weekly. When I couldn’t keep up with it, I got overwhelmed and gave up on it. But after a nice long blogging break which included a lot of thinking and planning, I decided I really like writing this post but maybe I should aim for a monthly instead of weekly publication. So here it is again…the 6th installment of little bits of inspiration that I have found on the internet.

But first, I want to share what happened back in November when I was trying to draft my next post and probably part of why I temporarily abandoned this concept. I went online searching for an image about being nice. Much to my chagrin, when I entered a Google search for “being nice memes”, I was bombarded with pages upon pages of negativity and sarcasm. Images with sayings like, “Please stop being nice to me so I can get back to hating you” and “Welcome to the world where being nice never gets you anywhere.” And these, “I tried being nice…didn’t like it” and “Being nice to people is just like smoking. It’s best if you never start it.” I found myself getting so aggravated and even angry, but then I had to check myself because that is not what I am about.

Before I started blogging, I followed blogs. I was so inspired by the way all of these female bloggers praise, uplift, and empower one another. I found this online community that didn’t reek of negativity, but rather sustained itself on only the positive. What has our world come to if we search for “nice” (literally) on the internet and find only “not nice”? I don’t like it. So I am going to do my little part and continue praising and recognizing the people who inspire and uplift me. The nice people. And to hell with all of you negative nay-sayers. I’m just going to ignore you.

And here are the nice people who have inspired me this month.

1. KaSonndra Leigh of Live Well Be Fabulous is a fashion and lifestyle blogger from North Carolina. I only recently discovered her fabulous blog and I was moved by her post A Fashion Story African Safari where she not only showcases an amazing pair of pants from a brand that she enthusiastically supports due to its support of a great cause, but she also eloquently identifies the audience that she wishes to inspire…”I write for the single mom who loves fashion, life, and her kids but who also thinks she can’t afford the magazine stuff. I’m here to tell you that you most certainly can look good and feel great at the same time. I write for the wife whose kids may or may not be at home and she’s looking for a way to affordably revamp her image and to create a purposeful life. I write for the college student who wants to look good but needs to know what’s comfy along with affordable as she takes on discovering her place in the world each day. And finally, I write for the working woman who embraces the spirit of individuality and brings that unique sense of personality to her lifestyle.” If you are looking for fantastic fashion advice as well as wonderful inspiration, definitely stop by and visit KaSonndra. You won’t regret it!

LiWBF

2. Rania of The Wardrobe Stylist is a fitness, beauty, home décor, and DIY blogger based out of Ottawa, Canada. She is also a designer of menswear and accessories. She is another blogger whom I only recently discovered and I was so inspired by her post Losing Baby Weight 4 Pregnancies & 3 Kids Later where she documents her weight loss journey and shares the method that worked for her. If you are struggling with post-baby weight issues or just body image, this post is definitely worth reading!

3. Ashley of Sed Bona is a Chicago-based blogger who writes about her passions: photography, fashion, and food. If you struggle with confidence in styling yourself or have yet to figure out what your style is, Ashley’s 5 Ways to Gain Style Confidence are excellent tips for helping you identify your own personal sense of fashion. Ashley is another blogger I very recently discovered but I am already a loyal reader!

4. I have been a faithful follower of Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for about a year now. She is a fashion blogger from South West England who challenges the notion of age appropriate dressing and has started the #iwillwearwhatilike movement in attempt to get all women to dress how they like regardless of what society and media attempt to dictate. I am always inspired by Catherine’s posts and her sense of fashion generally leaves me swooning! Her post 9 Fashion Bloggers With a Really Unique Sense of Style highlights nine other fabulous bloggers who will help boost your own confidence for dressing outside of your comfort zone and challenging the concept of “appropriateness”. Not only is this post inspiring, it’s just fun! And it’s Catherine’s unknowing contribution to my movement of “propagating the positive”!

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5. Finally, The Fashion Folks is a fun and inspirational place where they view fashion as art and explore all the layers that fashion encompasses from the viewpoint of history and culture as well as societal development. This site is super fun and interesting for any fashion lover. I found their post highlighting 5 Fashion Movies really entertaining round up of some of the best movies where fashion is front and center. If you are a fashionista looking for inspiration or information about fashion, you definitely want to check out this blog!

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That rounds out this month’s 5 little bits of inspiration! Stay tuned for the next installment coming in July!

Propagating the positive from the edge,

Shelbee

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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.

24 Responses

  1. I am sorry to hear that all that came up was not nice things…that seems awful, what should we type to get nice, mean?? Very odd…I am glad you have found your inspiration again and I am happy to have been able to help you find some inspiration with my post. It makes me feel so good that I was able to help a fellow blogger. I have read Sed bona’s blog as well and really enjoy it. I’ll have to check out the rest as they sound very interesting. Thank you for featuring me and for this amazing post. I will be sure to let you know when the second episode comes out 🙂 …or feel free to subscribe to my newsletter to get it first 🙂

    • Rania, isn’t awful how the internet can be bombarded with such meanness? So I’m just doing part to spread some positive vibes out there! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! I look forward to the second episode!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  2. Shelbee, you’ve made my day!

    Thank you so so much for the kind and generous words of The Fashion Folks. I am so happy that you love the site and you enjoyed the post! It’s easy to forget that the work you put behind something actually can have a lovely and lasting impact on people. It’s quite one sided on the internet sometimes unfortuanetly!

    And the best way to meet negativity is definitely to spread positive vibes (which you definitely did in this post!). Meet the hate with love, even though it can feel hopeless sometimes. But you certainly reminded me of spreading more positive vibes! Xx

    /Mia
    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Thanks so much, Mia! It was my pleasure! It is just my little contribution to try to keep the negativity out! Sometimes it’s hard to keep my positivity ship afloat in a sea of negativity, but gosh darn it, I sure am going to give it my best shot!!!! I think it happens so often thought where you inspire someone and you never even know it, but it is important to let them know sometimes. So that’s what I am doing. Thanks for stopping by!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  3. I think this is such a great idea! I think we all need to empower others instead of knocking people down. I’ll have to check these out!

    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

  4. Aww how horrible that you didn’t get the nice results you were looking for! 🙁 I agree it’s hard to find positivity on the internet sometimes! That’s why I try keep my blog a happy positive place, even if I was having a bad day when I wore something I’ll try look for the silver lining!

    I know some of these blogs but it’s always nice to read a little more about them 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • That’s why I blog, too, Mica! To at least attempt to interject some positivity into the world that can sometimes be so hateful and cruel! I’m glad you feel the same way about your blog! #propagatethepositive!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  5. Not only do I love finding new bloggers but I totally agree when it comes to negativity. I want my blog to be a nice and happy place. We have too much negativity out there anyway. If I’m being positive and spread it, it makes me happy. Love, Kirsten xx

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

    • Thank you, Kirsten, for propagating the positive! Moods and attitudes are definitely contagious. And if we keep it positive, eventually we will be able to snuff out the negativity, right?! Thanks for visiting!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. I love that you compiled this list! It is so great to find more positive women to follow because you are right, there is way too much negativity out there in the world.

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  7. Shelbee thank you so much for including my Unique Style Bloggers post in your round up! These round ups are always so popular, I’m so glad you enjoyed it :))

    Catherine x

  8. Ankita Bardhan

    I am so sorry to learn that, internet sometimes comes up with so much awfulness. But I am glad you found your inspiration once again. More power to you!

    Come visit us soon
    xx
    Makeup, Style and Sugar
    http://makeupstyleandsugar.blogspot.in/

  9. That is actually one of my favourite things about blogging, the uplifting manner in which we support each other.
    Thanks for sharing these, I’d wish I’d seen the Fashion Folks blog earlier as just this weekend I went to a party where I personified Audrey Hepburn, it would have been of great help 🙂

    • Thanks so much for reading, Lorena! The blogger community really is a fabulous place! I am so glad I decided to join in the blogging fun! I only recently discovered The Fashion Folks and I am really love their site. It’s so much fun! Did you post pictures of your personified version of Audrey Hepburn?!!! Sounds like fun!

      xoxo
      Shelbee
      http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  10. those are some great inspirations! great post!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

  11. Hi Shelbee… Thank you soooo very much for including me in your roundup of inspiring folks for the month. I am honored to be on this list and wanted you to know that enthusiasm such as yours is exactly the thing that keeps me going. I’m glad we stumbled onto each other’s blogs and cannot wait to get to know you better.

    Create an awesome day!
    KaSonndra

    • KaSonndra, it was my pleasure! I need to give big, loud, giant cheers to all the fabulous ladies I find out there! I have been so inspired by how much positive energy can be found if you look in the right places! And I am meeting so many wonderful women through this blogging experience…and you another gorgeous lady whom I am glad to have found!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  12. Thank you so very much for featuring my post in this awesome round up of such inspiring pieces! I am humbled and so honored to be included! Thank you for making my weekend!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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