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My Greatest Inspiration

Inspiration is all around us. Like Mitch Joel writes, “you are being inspired all the time.” The trick is to catch the moment and not be afraid to express yourself, no matter how small or silly an idea might seem. As I move from my PR agency work to something more independent, I find myself surrounded by inspiration like never before. It is as though this new journey is helping me see life in a new way. Sure, there are times when I hesitate, doubt or dismiss an idea, but when that happens, I hear a familiar voice inside my head that reminds me there is nothing to fear. I’m pretty sure that voice belongs to my Mom, telling me, as she has ever since I very little, that we’re on this earth to follow our dreams. Don’t waste the opportunity.

When inspiration struck my Mom a few years ago (right around the same time the cancer did), she didn’t waste a moment to take a leap of faith and learn something completely new. For her, this was learning how to paint.

Fast forward a couple of years and my amazing Mom is now painting like a pro with a collection of works that never fail to lift me up with their brightness and beauty. On every painted canvas I see a new side, or a new shade, of the woman who raised me. I like to steal them and hang them all over my house.  It is the greatest gift.

My mom once told me that I inspire her. I hope she knows how much she will always inspire me. Here’s to my funny, fun-loving, cancer-surviving, artist Mom. Happy Mothers Day!

By Cindy Howard, Power Woman.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

    May 15, 2012
  2. Becca #

    Thank you so much for this piece of writing. I’m applying to jobs right now, one of them in the my beloved cookbook side of publishing, after doing freelance proofreading and copyediting for over ten years. “We’re on this earth to follow our dreams. Don’t waste the opportunity” and “there is nothing to fear” are words that I truly needed to hear. These will be oft-repeated phrases of courage in my head.

    July 9, 2013
    • Wow, I am so touched! Thank you for your comment, and best of luck with your job search! I know you will find the job of your dreams!

      XO,
      Valerie

      July 10, 2013

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