Inspire Me Monday – Week 28

Inspire Me Monday

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday
A place to share your creative inspirations
Sharpen your creative vision and
Showcase your creative talents!

I invite you to inspire others and
Nurture your creative spirit by
Joining our Creative Blog Hop!

To participate, simply join my creative community and
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me…

Beautiful Creative Spaces
Where Bloggers Create – 2012

Ink Storage & Altered Art

Are you inspired by other creative women?
Do you love to peek into the spaces
Where crafty women create?

I invite you to
Tour the Paper Palace
And visit the spaces where other bloggers createI
In the fabulous Where Bloggers Create 2012 tour!

 Julia Bluhm
 A Teen Who Made A Difference

Jessica Bluhm, Center

This week, 14-year old Julia Bluhm made national headlines
For successfully launching a national campaign to aimed to
Stop teenage magazines from altering the images of their models
Which studies show lead to eating disorders and low self-esteem
In children, teens and women of all ages!

As a result of her efforts,
Seventeen Magazine has vowed to
“Celebrate every kind of beauty” and
Feature photographs of
Real girls and healthy models in their magazine!

Congratulations, Julia, for making a diference!

Jessica - Found The Marbles

For another blogger’s perspective on this issue,
Visit Jessica at Found The Marbles and read
Promoting A Positive Body Image Among Teenage Girls!
 Book Of The Week
My Big Bottom Blessing by Teasi Cannon

My Big Bottom Blessing by Teasi Cannon

Teasi Cannon has written a fabulous book that
Addresses, from a personal perspective, just
How damaging a distorted body image can be –
And provides tools for healing!

Pinterest Board Of The Week
Healthy Recipes Pinterest Board

Healthy Recipes Pinterest Board at CreateWithJoy1

Highlights From Week 27

Erin – Salmon At Seven
How To Make Fast Quinoa And Cheese

Quinoa Mac & Cheese - Salmon at Seven

This week, I’d like to introduce you to
One of my favorite bloggers –
Erin, an Alaskan Food Blogger
Who gained renown at her first blog,
Ekat’s Kitchen,
For fabulous recipes like this
Fast Quinoa and Cheese!

Erin just lanched a new blog,
Salmon At Seven,
Where she plans on
Serving up more than just supper!

Please extend a warm welcome to Erin!

Diane – Treasuring Grace
Making Whole: Art Therapy Process: Mandalas

Treasuring Grace - Mandalas

Another blogger I had the pleasure of meeting online this week
Was Art Therapist Diane Steinbach from Treasuring Grace!

Diane will be writing a bi-monthly column
That focuses on techniques for using Art Therapy
To heal inner trauma,
To help you relax and work through stress,
And to promote healing & personal growth!

Her first column focuses on the use of Mandalas as a healing tool!
I look forward to reading the rest of Diane’s series!

Wendy – Encourage One Another
The Problem With Being A People Pleaser

Encourage One Another

Have you ever fallen into the trap of
Trying to be a people pleaser –
In relationships, in blogging, in life?

If so, I highly recommend that you check out
Wendy’s fabulous article,
The Problem With Being A People Pleaser!
I’m sure you’ll gain much encouragement from it!

Jessica Sporn And To The Moon Designs
Who Are You Not To Be Fabulous?

Jessica Sporn - Journal Art

How have the words of others influenced your life?

In this post, Jessica shares how this powerful quote
From author Marianne Williamson gave her permission
To fully release her gifts and talents –
And to stop trying to be “small” so that people would like her!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…

Visit Jessica to read the entire quote and to see more of her art!

Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 27!

Inspire Me Monday #28 – Week Of July 16, 2012

Inspire Me Monday

I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday in the following ways:

1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will inspire us too!

2) Share your creative projects with us! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing, Music & Photography – you get the idea!

3) Visit the participants – share some comment love – let them know what’s inspired you!

When you link up, be sure to include the Inspire Me Monday button and a link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! The blog code is on the side bar if you need it!

Be sure to link directly to your Inspire Me Monday Posts and Creations using the permalink to the individual posts – not your blog’s home page URL – so that participants can easily find and comment on your creations!

The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!

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52 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 28”

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  1. Beautiful featured posts! Thanks for hosting the linkup, and God bless!

  2. Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters
    Twitter: RaisingSkaters

    Great inspirations! I especially loved seeing the difference Julia Bluhm made … awesome! 🙂 Deb @

  3. Connie says:

    Joinin’ up with ya, sugar. I don’t know if I’ve been inspired but I’ll give it a try!

  4. Miz Helen says:

    I am sharing my Roasted Asparagus Delight today. Hope you have a fabulous week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  5. Denise says:

    A nice set of inspiring posts here. I especially like the art therapy mandalas. I did mandalas this week as well.
    Enjoy your week!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So cool that we are all on the same page with the art therapy mandalas – your post rocked! Glad to see that you are back – hope you have a fabulous week!

  6. Sorry I missed last week. I hope your doing great! I linked up the post about my mom. I hope everyone takes the time to read it. =)


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome Mary – I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you had a good week! Thanks for sharing your post – it’s #40 for the comment readers! 🙂

  7. I’ve always loved that mailbox you created for the first WOYWW anniversary. And I’m thrilled to read about Julia Bluhm’s successful campaign. That makes me smile. I remember back when I weighed 95 lbs (I’m only 4’11”). I thought I looked perfect, but many of my friends thought I was anorexic. Far from it, since I love to eat. I just never gained weight until I moved to Wichita and started my final grad school and stopped walking 5 miles a day in my job. hats off to Julia.

  8. Winnie says:

    Thanks for another party
    Great features!

  9. I’m sharing my Salmon Salad Spread (great for sandwiches!) and my latest vegetable ferment – Savoy Cabbage, Carrot and Ginger. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Wendy @ E1A says:

    Thank you so much for featuring the post “The problem with people pleasing”… much appreciated and a lovely surprise this morning!

  11. Liz says:

    Things sure are hopping here. Thanks for inviting us all over and taking the time to host the party. I appreciate it!

  12. diane says:

    Enjoy the weekly challenge to inspire

  13. Teresa from NanaHood
    Twitter: thenanahood

    Hi there, I gave you a big shout out today on NanaHood! Hop over to check it out! Blessings to you from Teresa at

    • Teresa from NanaHood
      Twitter: thenanahood

      Not sure why my comment says it is awaiting moderation, but thanks for letting me link up and best wishes to you!

      • Create With Joy
        Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

        Thanks Teresa – e-mailed you re: moderation but in case anyone else is wondering – I moderate ALL of my comments due to the number of comments I receive (I don’t want to miss a single one) and due to the amount of spam I get (I don’t want to let a single one through!)

        If you’re ever concerned that something did not go through, just drop me a line – every now and then something DOES get lost in space or end up in my spam box – but often, it just has not been processed!

        I do not always process things in order (for instance, I often hold things that require a response or personal attention) – and when comments come in fast – sometimes newer comments get processed before older ones just because they are now on top.

        Anyway, I LOVE comments and I savor each and every one! Sometimes, I will leave extra special comments sitting in my comment queue just so I can read them (since they are easiest for me to find there) – but, eventually, everything gets processed! 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Awesome post – thanks so much for inspiring us with those three “F”s! 🙂

  14. Donna Heber says:

    I’m happy to be joining this week with a mini book I created. I hope it will inspire others to find their creativity. Thank you for hosting our party and for the wonderful features you share with us.

  15. Chaya says:

    I love the posts you featured. Each one has such value. Thanks.

  16. Meryl says:

    Super post! We need all types of heroes and role models…Actually that’s what I blog about too. I hope you visit. In the meantime, this is a great hop and truly INSPIRING! Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

  17. Jill says:

    Just linked up! Thanks for being such an encouragement to other bloggers! Have a great week!

  18. Sheryl says:

    The article on Julia Bluhm was inspiring. My daughter is just a little younger than her. Wow!

  19. Thanks so much for including me in your post! I truly appreciate it.

  20. Hi!
    Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of delicious, healthy mayo!
    Here’s the link:

  21. What Joy Is Mine says:

    Wonderful featured posts! I didn’t know which one I wanted to visit first. Thank you for the link up as well. Have a sweet week.

  22. Theresa says:

    Great Links! I totally missed that creative spaces tour – dratZ!

  23. anita says:

    I loved the story about Julia Bluhm when I heard it! Go girls!!

  24. Andy says:

    Dear friend,
    I enjoy your post and pictures, but the picture with the chair had me laughing. All I can say is…a woman must welcome her curves (smile). Thanks for sharing.

  25. Sarah says:

    I love this inspiration and would love it if you’d link up with my Monday Mantras Inspirational Linkup next Monday 🙂

    Visiting via the Aloha Friday Hop


  26. What a fabulous inspirational link!

    You had me at the gorgeous mailbox!

    Thanks for all the inspiration!



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