All of us need a little inspiration from time to time—or maybe most of the time. Everything I write is inspired by something: books, conversations, experiences, articles, Facebook posts, emails, etc. We wouldn’t get far without inspiration.
So today, feeling extra thankful due to the season, I’m going to list some of the people/books/documentaries that influenced (inspired) me to start blog, write my book, and generally have shaped many of my beliefs about how I want to live in this world.
Use Money Wisely
I will start with Jesus of Nazareth and my pappa. They both had the same idea about money. Ideas such as “You cannot serve two masters—God and Money” and use money wisely. My dad wore the same pants in the 90s as he wore in the 70s. They weren’t worn out yet and still fit, so why buy new ones? JC and my dad both also emphasized giving back (10 percent) even when there wasn’t much money to spare. Our resources are really just on loan to us to use for good—and a big bank account won’t do us much good when we die.
Thanks for the inspiration to view money as something to be used sparingly for selfish purposes and generously for the common good!
Simplifying Is Sexy
When I worked in Corporate America, I spent significant time learning time management strategies. It was the only way to survive! I got really into “Getting Things Done” (or GTD) by David Allen and simplified my inbox and workflow. GTD led me to Leo Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits. This blog opened a whole new world to me. A world where simplifying was sexy—where having less and doing less was actually desirable. It changed my life and inspired me to create this blog.
Thanks for the inspiration to simplify everything from my inbox to my possessions.
Tread Lightly On the Planet
I read several books leading up to the creation of Simply Enough, which helped me understand just how much our actions impact the planet. It also helped me realize how much we as westerners consume compared to the rest of the world. Some of the books that stand out are Simple Prosperity, Radical Simplicity, Ready, Set, Green, and Hot, Flat, and Crowded. I started bringing cloth bags to the grocery store, buying groceries in bulk, biking to work (more), and thinking twice before buying something out of “want” vs. “need.”
Thanks for the inspiration to reduce waste and stop buying things I don’t need.
Wanting to Change the World
A few years ago, our family experienced the negative side-effects of a mental health system driven by profits at all costs. (You can read more about it here.) This caused me to start researching psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry, and how society contributes to kids’ mental distress, especially in the U.S. The book that started it all was Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker, which possibly saved our daughter’s life. However, I was also inspired by Get Up, Stand Up by Bruce E. Levine and a number of documentaries, including Inequality for All and A Place at the Table. (And many, many more.)
Thanks for the inspiration to stand up for children’s mental health and happiness.
P.S. My Kickstarter project is still going strong. It’s not too late to join the fun! You can get an early release ebook of “Her Lost Year” for only $10. I send regular updates to backers about the progress of the book project. I hope you’ll join us!