Bloganuary #6 Who inspires me?

“Inspiration is a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, which gives you new and creative ideas.”

I have been lucky to have been inspired by many people over the years. 
Some are my favourite authors whilst others are artists or photographers. Some of these influencers have enthused me into trying out my own creative ideas.

Steven Covey and his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” had an influence on my thinking about leadership in education. One year, I wrote 365 daily reflections based on the 7 habits.  This led me onto the path of self reflection and writing. His 2014 sequel, “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness” included the 8th habit which essentially urges: “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs”.

I have a close friend I met through my early childhood education career.  She is passionate, empathic, courageous and has the strength to reinvent herself whilst enthusing and valuing others.

 Whether it is walking the  El Camino, volunteering in Peru, getting spiritual in Machu  Pichu; or pursuing her professional goals. She started another chapter in her life by creating a consultancy business so she can upskill and train others. Always energetic, fun-loving and generous, she is an inspiration to me and to everyone she communicates with. If only I had half her eloquence and inner strength. She has inspired me to maintain my habit of lifelong learning, especially in my leadership role. 

She essentially ‘found her own voice and inspired others to find theirs’.  I took that inspiration and still do even into this life of retirement.

365 days has been an important theme which has inspired me in other spheres throughout the years too. Several years ago I joined the 365 project online and met such an inspiring community there. 365ers are  a positive and talented, creative community of photographers- their daily photos inspire me to try new camera techniques and challenges. That is a fun and challenging way to keep my brain active too.

And now I have this blog community to inspire me with challenges to follow my creative aspirations. Thank you for the inspiration.

Bloganuary Day 1: What advice would you give your teenage self?

I’m taking the leap – and attempting this Bloganuary challenge!  Hmmm… I will see where this takes me. Already 3 days behind though!

I thought back to those dim and distant years. Hindsight is such an interesting position from which to share advice. And to be fair, it was a VERY long  time ago.

I was such a ‘good’ teenager….. by that I mean I was way too compliant and indecisive and confused and shy  and…..boring!

But…. knowing what I know now, I would advise that conflicted teenage self to:

  • Find and follow your passions. Who knows where they may lead you. Your passions may change as you navigate your teen years  -and that is ok.
  • Remember to be true to yourself. Self belief is so important. Find your truth and trust yourself.
  • Choose your friends wisely and nurture those friendships. 
  • Make your own decisions rather than follow the crowd.
  • Remember – You are striving for independence. That is your teenage task. Make it worthwhile. 

Life is for living –  Every. Single. Day.