Inspiration 148: Your Secret is Safe with Me

 Vintage handbags and clutches…how cool are these? Think of the stories these heirloom items could tell, if only accessories could talk!  But as women, aren’t we glad they don’t? Our secrets, our items, our wallets, and our non-descript bottom of the bag miscellansous “stuff” is all safe in the silence of our purse. 
I joke with my husband that his wallet is like a man-filing cabinet. Receipts from the late 1980s, some coupon for a store we never go to anymore, and miscellansous used gift cards go there to die! I usually carry an over the shoulder, small bag that barely holds a lip gloss, some money and a debit card. I like to travel light. 

What do you think is important enough to carry around with you every day? What do the insides of your wallet or purse say about you? Is it time to clean it out? Probably. Are you going to do it today, probably not…but at least I made you think about it.

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Inspiration 147: For Someone Who Matters

 I love how old and worn these mailboxes are – all lined up waiting for important items for each family to explore. We call it snail mail, and yet for a large portion of the world that is still the only way they communicate.  
When is the last time you actually sent someone a piece of mail? A note, a letter, a card, or something to make their trip to the mailbox worth it. Most days we get lots of junk mail – credit card solicitations, local business flyers, political stuff, and the neverending barrage of catalogs. Bills come in cellophane windowed envelopes, and occasionally we get the magazine we ordered. Mostly it’s junk. We don’t even open it. 

My charge to you today is to send something to someone via snail mail – anything! Let them know they matter enough for you to write it out, put it in an envelope, affix a stamp…and send it out into the great matrix called the postal  system. If they are like me, their whole world will light up when they see something in their mailbox. For me it kinda validates my existence in the world and that someone else thinks I matter. Make sure someone special to you knows they matter. 

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Inspiration 146: Partnership

 We were given a 100 year old barn, and three of my nephews came to help us take it down. Here they work with my husband to get down one of the exterior walls.  It was a very warm day. The air was muggy and the bugs thought we were dinner, but they worked hard and in one day we retrieved all the wood our workshop could store. It meant hauling it, taking out all the nails, then setting it up in the workshop storage area. 
What I like about this shot is that it reminds me what can be accomplished when everyone works together towards a common goal. We needed the strength of youth for this project, and they needed the wisdom of my husband and father to engineer the take down. Together they did it. Men being men, working outdoors and tearing things apart. The night before everyone talked about how we were going to do it. Ideas were thrown out, negated, debated, and by morning there was still no clear plan. Trial and error was our comrad in arms that day, with a dash patience and a strong dose of cooperation on top. In the end, we were successful. 

Where can you leverage youth in partnership with maturity to accomplish your goal? You might need new ideas to liven things up, with a pinch of experience to know how to get it done. It can be a very powerful combination, so try it today. 

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