I was making chicken noodle soup for the very first time-- I am not a novice when it comes to making soup. I can make some pretty amazing minestrone and tortilla soup and a mouth-watering bowl of roasted acorn squash deliciousness but chicken noodle? Never made it. Tonight I had some chicken breasts that needed to be cooked and, well, I went for it.
And I burned the butter.
But, I journeyed on with the making of the soup. And, according to my children (whose opinions matter very much to me) it was the best soup they've ever tasted. And I didn't even use a recipe. I just kind of guessed, because chicken noodle soup? I've been eating it for as long as I can remember and so I just figured it out.
A couple weeks ago I saw a thing going around on Twitter to say what inspires you in three words. And goodness, if I couldn't come up with three words.
I. don't. know.?
I'm supposed to write something about inspiration for my Hallmark post this month, I think.
What inspires me? So many things that my mind drew a blank.
I guess I find myself most "inspire-able" by the weather, or rather the change in weather. The moment when I am listening to music and I am moved to turn the volume up a few more notches. When I let it take me away.
I am inspired by the under dog. By the overcoming, and the overcome'd. By the unexpected because I am not easily surprised. By thoughtfulness with no intentions. By random artistic messes. By those who have mercy, and those that desire it.
By things that are nothing but at the same time everything. By what doesn't make sense. By beautiful differences, and imperfections.
What inspires me draws me to thankfulness.
I know what I am not inspired by. Conflict, disapproval, jealousy, pretentiousness, clutter (the kind that's not pretty). I don't think I've ever really thought to get with the program and apply these things to my life already like for real this time.
Because how I choose to surround myself, the soil I plant my soul in, matters.
You know, every time I step foot in the kitchen there's a chance I'm going to burn the butter. I'll set another place at the table; make it part of my special occasion.
It adds fibers to my rope, with my words I write myself a way
What inspires you?
Hallmark is compensating me for participating in the Life Is A Special Occasion campaign, but encouraged me to write about anything I wanted in the theme of inspiration. It would be awesome if you'd sign up for their promotional emails (you might even see me in there!) by following this link. I am partnering with Hallmark to spotlight Life Is A Special Occasion for the rest of this year. As always, all content and opinions expressed are my own.