Little Bits of Inspiration #7

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Want to know who has inspired me this past month? Read on…

1. Kate Hudson on Parenting…read her essay Sometimes I Feel Like a Bad Mom in the May Issue of InStyle Magazine. There is a link for the digital version of the full essay at the bottom of the article.

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Seriously, all moms should read this. It will make you feel normal. It will make you feel sane. It will make you feel adequate. Despite its title, it will make you feel very much NOT like a bad mom! This really struck me and made me laugh and made me feel like I am not failing at this mom gig, like I am surviving the best I can just like everyone else…

“some days I find myself doing strange things that don’t have any real purpose, in faraway corners in my house, and I realize I am literally and deliberately hiding from children.”

I can’t even tell you how many times I have literally and deliberately hidden from my children! Can I get an Amen here?!

2. Carly of Lipgloss and Crayons.

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Her post back in May Positive Body Image: 10 Things I Did to Stop Hating My Body struck a major cord with me. Like most women, Carly is gorgeous inside and out but still struggles with her own body image. Here she lists 10 steps she took to proactively stop bashing her own body. We are our own worst critics, but it’s time to put a stop to it and start loving ourselves the way we love others! Here’s one of Carly’s suggestions…

“Complimenting Other Women: Positivity breeds positivity. I found that the more I complimented other women in my life, the more complimentary I was to myself.”

For more ideas, read her full post here.

3. Celia of Resilientista is a self-care expert with so many great ideas for living a full life of self love.

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After fully recovering from a brain injury in 2006, Celia makes an effort to share what she has learned during this major life transition. She is so empowering and exudes positivity in all things she does. She also has self-help guides and a daily lifestyle planner to help motivate and empower you to reach your life goals. She is also the author of the fashion and lifestyle blog High Heeled Life. For inspiration on style or methods of relaxing and enjoying life to the fullest, you definitely need to check out Celia’s blog.

Side note: I had planned on featuring Celia in this post for the past month, but very recently she hosted a giveaway which I was so very fortunate to win. I just received my box of goodies yesterday which included The Resilientista Planner, A High Heeled Life Journal, a set of A High Heeled Life note cards, a copy of Adventures in Manifesting Soulful Relationships (featuring Celia M.), an adorable High Heeled Life coffee mug, and 3 boxes of gorgeously packaged tea! Stay tuned for a detailed post from me about this wonderful gift!

4. Sheela of Sheela Writes.

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Sheela always, without fail, writes posts that are so thought-provoking and inspiring and sometimes even unsettling, but in a way that keeps you on your toes and makes you think. She also has fabulous style! One of my favorite posts Rise Unafraid pushes readers to figure out what motivates them, what gets them going in the morning. Sheela is brutally and beautifully honest and this post may move you to tears. (This may or may not be one of my favorite Sheela posts because she mentions little ole me, but I can’t even express the gratitude and honor I felt after reading this post.)

In this post, Sheela tells us…

“That’s what puts the lilt in my step. Pushes me to rise up every single day, like the sun. Like waves crashing to the shore.”

To find what that is, go here. If you want honesty and beauty and edginess and real life, you absolutely need to read what Sheela writes!

5. Saumya of Myriad Musings.

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Looking for tips and ideas how to get out of a fashion funk? Need new ideas to inspire your wardrobe and style? Saumya’s post Monday Mood-Fashion Rut and 5 Ways to Get Out of It gives easy ways to amp up your wardrobe and your outfits if you are feeling a little boring lately! Go check out her tips!

That rounds out the 5 little bits of inspiration I have found on the internet this past month! I hope you all find something here that moves you, strikes you, relates to you, empowers you, or inspires you! Come back next month for 5 more bits of inspiring stuff! Have a fabulous weekend.

Inspired on the edge,


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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.

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16 Responses

  1. Really nice post! I agree with what you wrote about Sheela! The other lady s I did not know so its always nice to meet some new women! Thank you!

  2. love the inspo!

  3. I love how you are highlighting positive items! We definitely need that more (that’s why I find it depressing to watch the news anymore—it’s always stories about the bad things happening)!
    Happy 4th!

    • Jodie, I actually stay away from the news to the point that I am oblivious to what is going on in the world! Probably not the best thing, but I prefer to see the world through rose colored sunglasses! I plan on keeping this Inspiration series going on the first Saturday of every month! Thanks for reading.


  4. your posts are inspiration for me. full of knowledge.

  5. Great roundup of inspirations Shelbee! I love all of these ladies that you’ve highlighted. Hope to see you at my Wednesday Inspirations Linkup.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  6. Shelbee … I’m humbled to see I’m included in this group of wonderful inspiring women – Thank you for the mention and can’t wait to see how you personalize your Resilientista planner and use the other items to inspire and motivate you in self care and creating your own High Heeled Life. You are a true example of a Resilientista – and women empowering women. Wishing you a wonderful week … Hugs, Celia

    • Celia, thank you so very much for this exceptionally kind and empowering comment! I definitely teared up a bit reading it. And I, too, am humbled to be a member of such a wonderful community of women who blog and encourage and empower one another. It is definitely right where I belong!


  7. As a mom of two son ages 20 and 24, I miss being a mom of little ones and sometimes wish we could go back in time.


    • Yes, Antoinette, they do grow fast. I keep thinking one day when my son asks me to pick him up, it is going to be the last day he ever asks me that. That makes me so very sad! But they grow into wonderful, loving, caring adults of whom we can be so proud! Thanks for reading.


  8. love it. thanks for sharing what inspires you on my Fine-Whatever link up.