Monday Inspiration and Encouragement (Volume Seventeen)

June 11, 2018

In February of 2017 I shared that 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 I excitedly 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. Last time I shared 10 inspiring books to read that I had read so far this year and today I am sharing a mixture of lots of different things and hope that it will encourage and inspire you for your week! 
{first} There are certain stories that just tug at you- and there is something about the winning of the triple crown that just makes me shake my head and smile. Congratulations to Justify and to his jockey Mike Smith! If you missed it you can watch the race above. 
This brief but powerful interview with Mike Smith really encouraged me. I love hearing at 52 how he is the oldest jockey to win the triple crown and yet he seems to be so incredibly humble. Absolutely awesome! What a beautiful reminder that our life and our dreams are not bound by age. Age is simply a number.

Like many others, this story has reminded me of Secretariat and the movie that came out a few years ago about the story (You can find it on Amazon HERE). One of my favorite quotes from the movie is: "This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you running at it! You never know where is will take you!" and... 

"He laughs at fear... afraid of nothing"
{second} I thought I was familiar with every single Elisabeth Elliot quote that existed but I had never heard this one before a couple of months ago. It has really struck me in deep and profound ways and as I shared with my Instagram community a few months back it has been something I have been thinking over a lot. I hope it inspires you this morning as it has me.

{third} Have y'all read about 3 parent babies? I was just told about this the other day (you can read more HERE). I am not sure it necessarily fits here in this post but I keep thinking about it so I thought I would include it. What are your thoughts about this? 

{fourth} So I definitely mentioned this last fall but it is worth noting again. Last fall I was in need of amazing music for all of the driving I was going to be doing for the trip that Ali and I took throughout Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. 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. Recently, as I have been studying for my upcoming test, I have been listening to them a TON. If you haven't checked them out do so now! 

{fifth} Have Courage and Be Kind. This saying has been resonating with me this past week. I hope it inspires you as it has me. 

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

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