Where Do You Find Inspiration? A FTF Blog Event, 8/17/2011

Each month I look forward to the FTFCommunity blog event because it always makes me think and get creative!  We had a lot of freedom with the August’s theme because our host, Kristy Eléna (of  Full Time Fabulous), selected “inspiration” as the focus.  What inspires us?

I had this idea in my head that I was going to do a variety of collages, as usual, focusing on different things that inspire me.  Things like the beauty all around us.  Editorials.  Bloggers I admire.  The textures and colors that are found in nature.  My photography.  Tom Ford.  Traveling.  New experiences.  The things that you can see in the collage above.

Then I thought I would focus on my heritage.  My family.  My friends.  The people I love and admire and that inspire me every day.

But when it comes right down to it, my biggest source of inspiration is this:

This photo of my brother and I was taken sometime in the late 1970s/early 1980s.   Many, many things have changed since then, but one thing that hasn’t is our relationship.   I often wonder if we would be as close as we are today if it wasn’t for his autism. I like to think yes we would be… because he is my hero.

He is my strength.

He is my inspiration.

What inspires you?


Thank you to Kristy Eléna and Sunglass Hut for hosting this FTF Blog Event!  If you would like to read Kristy’s own response and check out the other entries, please click here.

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  • kristy August 23, 2011, 2:11 AM

    such a great post darling! that collage you made is outstanding and thank you so much for including me in it. =) the photo of you and your brother is beyond adorable though. it’s really cool you have such a close relationship with him and that he is a source of inspiration to you. this has been one of my favorite themes, i love reading about everyone’s different sources of inspiration. =)
    thanks for participating in the event darling and i apologize for the belated comment. it’s been a busy few days since i returned from mexico. will be seeing you soon though! yay!

  • Arash Mazinani August 20, 2011, 12:30 PM

    I love the collage, I think most of my inspiration just comes from things around me I usually find inspiration in the most random of things.

  • Astin @ The New Look August 19, 2011, 7:46 AM

    What a wonderful thing to be inspired by, thank you for sharing!

  • Sanja August 19, 2011, 2:44 AM

    Ths is such a beautiful inspiration…

  • vanessa August 18, 2011, 8:56 PM

    That is very inspiring, and no piece of clothing can top that kind of inspiration.

  • Jamillah August 18, 2011, 11:40 AM

    I am tearing. I want to hug this post and you. A very dear friend has a young son who was diagnosed with Autism and she often says he’s her hero too. Love you B, thank you for sharing an inspiration that is so personal.

  • Tanvi August 17, 2011, 8:37 PM

    Love your collage! I think it summarizes everything so well.

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

  • Rocquelle August 17, 2011, 5:29 PM

    I love your source of inspiration!! I have a brother too, but we are nowhere near being very close. The picture of you and your brother is so cute, and your collage is stunning!

    I am inspired by my mom; she is EVERYTHING!

  • Jenmarie August 17, 2011, 5:14 PM

    This post almost made me cry! As much as I love the beautiful collage you made I love the photo of you and your brother even more. It’s more than sweet, if there’s such a thing, and I’m sure if he read your blog he would feel truly honored and loved.

  • Casee Marie August 17, 2011, 3:12 PM

    Nothing else describes this post besides “Beautiful”, because it is – and it’s you. Firstly, you know I’m honored to be included in your collage along with so many of my own inspirations (not to mention you, lovely you, who happen to be one of my greatest!). Secondly, your biggest inspiration, that little picture with so much big, big heart, is adorable. It reminds me of my sister and I, there’s one picture of us as kids that we both cite as our favorite. She has a copy of it framed, and I of course have it on my computer. I think it works to remind us both of our relationship and the special closeness that only siblings can understand. We don’t get to see each other or even talk as much as we want to, but we’ll always be close in that way and it’s amazing what a strength that is to remember every day!

  • Heidi August 17, 2011, 1:23 PM

    That picture of you and your brother is adorable!

  • GRIT & GLAMOUR August 17, 2011, 12:30 PM

    Beautiful collage, beautiful words. You might be “invisible” here, but your message and passion certainly are not.

    I am very honored to be a part of your collage, B!

  • Any Second Now August 17, 2011, 12:09 PM

    Awww, B! Ours are similar in that I was thinking of how Depeche Mode inspires me as far as when I need a title for a post or an idea, but my husband and son are my true inspiration for everything I do.

    That picture of you and your brother is simply adorable. It makes me think about my relationship with my sister.


  • Kimberlee August 17, 2011, 12:03 PM

    Aw that’s such a cute photo! Love your collage, you featured some great bloggers! I wanted to list them but there were so many and I’d feel bad if I left anyone out 🙂