Monday Inspiration and Encouragement (Volume Thirteen)

October 9, 2017

Several months ago I shared that for a while I had a dream of sharing some Monday inspiration and encouragement on the blog. Life is hard and I know full well that in the difficult times it can be hard to find inspiration, so several months ago I shared my first post (which you can find HERE) and have loved sharing periodically on Mondays ( you can find all of the Monday inspiration posts HERE) different things that I have found to be really inspiring and encouraging from all different genres and hope that it will encourage and inspire you for your week! 

It is hard to believe that it has been a couple of weeks since my last Monday Inspiration and Encouragement post. If you follow along on my Instagram feed then you know that last week was spent on an amazing work/writing trip through the North Eastern US, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. I can't wait to start sharing about the trip TOMORROW on the blog! In the meantime, here are just a few things that have encouraged and inspired me the last several weeks and I hope that they inspire you and make you smile!
{first} It seemed particularly fitting this year that when the calendar month changed to October we were heading to Prince Edward Island. I love October and I hope that your month has started off lovely. 
{second} This past week, while we were on the trip, I showed my friend Ali one of my favorite movies, The Color of Rain (you can find it on Amazon HERE). The Color of Rain (which is also a book- you can find on Amazon HERE) tells the story of Michael and Gina Spehn who both endured the terrible tragedy of loosing their first spouses. Here is a description of the book from the back:

"Matt Kell is a young husband and father in the late stages of terminal cancer. His former classmate Cathy Spehn has recently moved to his hometown with her husband and three children. Four weeks after Matt dies on Christmas Day, Cathy develops a bad headache. She dies seventeen days later of inoperable brain cancer. On her last day of life, she tells her husband, Michael: “Call Gina Kell.”
The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that led to a new life for Michael, Gina, and their five children. This remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story explores the differences between despair and grief, denial and joy, bitterness and redemption."
The reason that this sweet movie and story has been one of my favorites is that I truly believe that it emulates the beauty of finding beauty after sorrow and finding hope when things look like when we feel we should despair. If you are needing a pick me up - take the time to watch the movie or read the book. You definitely will be encouraged. 
{three} So I was in need of amazing music for all of the driving I was going to be doing for the trip last week. I received a ton of amazing suggestions from J, which to almost all of them I fell in love with, but one that was absolutely perfect for when I wanted music without lyrics was the introduction to rodrigo y gabriela. Have y'all heard of them? They are a Mexican classical guitar duo and are amazing. You can listen to one of their videos HERE and find their tour schedule HERE

I hope that you are inspired and encouraged by these three things on this Monday! What about you? What is inspiring you recently?

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