Friday, November 6, 2009

The Inspiration Continues

Yes, I am in one of those moods. If you can read between the lines over the last few weeks or so you may catch that I'm up against a bit of a challenging point in life. Nobody is sick, in trouble, or lost; I'm just taking on some new things and encountering a few speed bumps along the way.

When faced with adversity I look for sources of inspiration. No matter how many challenges I may be facing, there is definitely someone that has overcome more difficult circumstances. In addition, I believe that nearly everyone you meet is a source of inspiration in one way or another. You can take a page out of someone's book any time.

I've got a very busy day and rest of the year coming up so I am finding inspiration to succeed everywhere. I need to. Yes, I am in on how corny I am. Deal with it. I like to focus on being positive.

Here are a few other people that I can be inspired by on any given day:

Sofia Mulanovich: Check out the video and watch her surf. Enough said.

Lindsay Stordahl: Dedicated runner, outdoor enthusiast, animal advocate, and all-around cool chick. Lindsay's focus and dedication is something I enjoy following on her blog That Mutt.

Mike Southern: Golf instructor extraordinaire Mike is such a thorough and thoughtful writer. He's even taken on a lefty golfer and is writing an entire series about the golf swing that describes the lefty perspective. Check him out on his Ruthless Golf page.

I also have quite a few friends and colleagues that inspire me in little ways all the time and they just don't realize it!

Who inspires you? Where do you look to for inspiration?


Becky Leetch said...

I can't believe that you left Bethany Hamilton off your list. Having your arm bitten off while surfing (all the way up to the shoulder) but then still returning to the water to surf again.

Apryl DeLancey said...

I should have mentioned that this was not an inclusive list, you're right!

I was actually thinking about making a regular feature out of this so she would have definitely been featured!

She is extremely inspirational for sure!

Mike said...

Thanks for the "golf instructor extraordinaire" comment, although I generally just feel ordinaire. (Yes, I'm saying that's a word.) We all hit speed bumps, don't we? So here's a couple of sayings that inspire me.

1) Some of us learn from other people's mistakes; the rest of us get to be the other people.

2) Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.

Rough translation: Everybody screws up sometimes, so don't beat yourself up over it. After all, we tend to learn more from mistakes than from successes. (Guess that means I'm going to be even wiser than King Solomon!)

Hang in there, girl!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Great stuff, Mike! Thanks!

Lindsay said...

Wow! Thanks for mentioning me!!

I find you to be very inspiring because no matter how stressful and busy life gets, you are always (or appear to be) on top of things. I admire how dedicated you are to your friends, your family, your career, your blog, sports and just being positive in general. You always put me in a better mood!

My boyfriend Josh is also inspiring to me because he is way more optimistic than I am when it comes to life!