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January 15, 2015

My friend Kelly is one of those people who is always finding ways to incorporate her friends into her life, and as a quick peruse of her Instagram feed proves, she has a lot of them. So I was totally honored to get the below e-mail from her in advance of her upcoming birthday (shortened here for blog post sake):

“I want 2015 to trump 2014 (which was already a pretty spectacular year!) and I feel like the best way for me to do that is to ask the people who inspire me and who I respect and admire most, to share something with me that inspires/motivates/moves them. This can truly be anything.  Your favorite book, movie, musician, album, song, or piece of art.  A favorite restaurant, museum, place to find quiet, city to visit, or place to dance into the wee hours of the night.  A hobby or skill or favorite class. A quote, a cocktail, a recipe, a theater production. Truly–absolutely anything at all.

My goal will be to fit that something into my year in some way.  Whether I read or watch it.  Visit it.  Try it out myself.  I’d like to expand my experiences and I trust that you all will lead me to some pretty incredible things or places or meals or moments.  And hell, if you’re up for joining me for that cocktail, class or museum–bonus points to you!” 
I’m posting that and my response with her permission, of course. 
It took me awhile to figure out how to respond. My first instinct was to say, “anything Nora Ephron has ever written.” I read something from her collection The Most of Nora Ephron when I’m down, when I’m confused, when I have writer’s block or when I’m feeling like I can’t remember the kind of woman I’m trying to become. I just love the way she lived her life, and I always try to incorporate her world view into my own. But that didn’t feel quite right.

My second instinct: Sister Act II: Back in the Habit, OF COURSE. If you’ve seen Sister Act II: Back in the Habit then you completely understand and agree with that statement, and we can end this paragraph here. But for those of you deprived of the genius of the sequel to Sister Mary Clarence’s time hiding away in a convent I give you not one but two critical scenes:

If you still don’t understand then there’s no helping you. Also, I’m crying. 
And yet that felt cheap, too. I can’t just re-purpose someone’s genius film, or in the case of Nora, genius writing. 
So I decided on something strange, but true. When I’m really trying to jump start my motivation I look at old pictures of myself, flip through old diaries entries and even read old blog posts. Yes, it feels a little vain, but it really does remind me that I’ve always been an eccentric girl who loves to dress up, dream insane ideas and write them down. Inspiration doesn’t have to be something I go get somewhere else. More often than not it’s something that I allow to bubble up, with the right outfit on!
truly, truly, truly outrageous

So Happy Birthday Kelly! Hope the year ahead includes a Nora Ephron book or five, plenty of viewings of SAII, and some amazing #TBT’s. And thank YOU for the inspiration. 

7 comments

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  2. My friend gave me ‘The most of Nora Ephron’, she is a great woman to look to.
    So too is is Sister Act 2.
    You are right, its great to get the motivation from some good ol fashioned photo flipping!!
    xx

  3. Looking at old pictures always inspires me too! Especially if I am sitting here like “I never do anything” then I just open up this years folder of photos and I get reminded and inspired to go out and do some more!

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    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Natasha Johnson,i live in Florida,USA,and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn’t love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Brave for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {bravespellcaster@gmail.com }, Thanks..

  6. How to Get your lover back after a Divorce or Breakup without any delay..

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Natasha Johnson,i live in Florida,USA,and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn’t love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Brave for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {bravespellcaster@gmail.com }, Thanks..

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