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…
Thought For The Day
Walk where your heart leads you,
There are no restrictions and no burdens.
2000 Nobel Prize For Literature Recipient
Art by Gao Xingian
This week, I have been thinking about
The glorious freedoms
We often take for granted in our daily lives.
The freedom to think…
The freedom to express ourselves…
The freedom to create…
I am thankful for these freedoms
And reminded that not everyone enjoy these freedoms.
I was recently moved by the
Poignant story and heartfelt performance of
Nigerian native Nelson Emokpae –
Better known as Nelson’s Echo – on The Voice.
Nelson fled to America with his mother and his brothers as a teenager
Because their lives were in danger.
They had to leave his father, who was
Wrongfully imprisoned in a country filled with political unrest, behind.
Nelson says that the moment he came to America,
“As we walked into the land of America,
I had this distant voice of
Land of opportunity and dreams.”
The name Nelson’s Echo is based on the premise that
Music is a two-way street and the audience is the echo.
I hope you enjoy the Nelson Echo’s blind audition of
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone as much as I did!
The Berlin Wall – In Los Angeles
The Fine Art And Ramblings Of Lisa Isabella Russo
Did you know that you can see sections of the
Actual Berlin Wall in Los Angeles?
I didn’t until Lisa Isabella Russo shared these
Fabulous photos and the story with us!
The Wall Along Wilshire features ten sections
Of the original Berlin Wall.
Measuring nearly forty feet wide,
It is the world’s longest stretch
Of the Wall outside of Germany!
The Wall Along Wilshire was assembled in 2009
As a component of The Wall Project…
And is part of the Wende Museum’s permanent collection!
For more facts and photos, be sure to visit Lisa’s blog!
Book Of The Week
Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic
When was the last time you woke up and
Thanked God that you were able to get out of bed,
Stand on your own two feet and
Wrap your arms around someone you love?
If you’re like most people,
You probably take these gifts for granted.
It’s hard to fathom living in a world without limbs.
It’s harder still to imagine thriving in the world without them.
And yet, that is what Nick Vujicic does.
Nick was born without arms and legs and yet,
He has found a way to inspire people all over the world
With his message of passion, encouragement and faith.
To learn why Nick is Unstoppable,
Check out my book preview and video!
Banned Books Week – 30th Anniversary
September 30 – October 6, 2012
Banned Books Week is an annual event that
Celebrates the freedom to read.
Create With Joy supports an individual’s freedom to
Seek and express ideas,
Even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular!
How many banned books have you read?
Highlights From Week 38
Honey And Chocolate Cake
Something Sweet – Winnie’s Blog
Beloved Baker Winnie says that
This scrumptious cake is perfect for
The High Holidays or year round!
What do you reflect on as you create?
Patsy from Heartworks reflects on God’s Word!
This week her creations are inspired by Luke 8:15:
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
They are the ones who,
When they heard the Word,
Embrace it with a generous and good heart,
And bear fruit through perseverance.
What Does It Mean To Be Holy?
Chronicles Of Grace – Kelli Woodford
While Patsy reflected on God’s Seed, the Word,
Kelli wondered what it means to be holy.
Her conclusions may surprise you.
I encourage you to read her thought-provoking essay…
And to join her in her ongoing journey of thankfulness!
September Sketchbook Challenge – Patterns
The Storybeader’s Journal
I know that we are saying goodbye September,
But challenges are timeless, and the
Storybeader’s artwork was too beautiful not too share!
Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 38!
Inspire Me Monday #39 – Week Of October 1, 2012
I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
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!