Oh Hey, December! (Some Inspiration)


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Can you believe it’s December, already? Me neither! Seriously, this year has flown. It only feels like yesterday that I was in my PJ’s, standing on arm of the couch to put the star on top of the Christmas tree. But that was a whole year ago. And yet, over the weekend that Christmas tree was resurrected again and the decorations shine and glisten as they get caught by the sunlight.

I’d love to say that I’ll be celebrating this new month and season with a mug of hot cocoa, biscuits and the warmth of a heater, but I live in Australia. So, it’s smoothies and fruit and sunshine for me! In fact, today it’s supposed to get to 37 degrees (100 fahrenheit).

In the spirit of this new month and beautiful season, Summer, here’s a collection of some inspiration hits for the month. Enjoy it! Whatever the weather or season you find yourself in, I hope you truly live, seize the opportunities, celebrate your loved ones, extend a hand of kindness, and savour it’s beauty x

// Blogs:

- Here’s some online spaces that constantly inspire…

BlogCastFM : Writers, journalists, bloggers.. this interview with Sarah Wilson is a beauty. So much gold in there it’s ridiculous. Listen to it here.

Kinfolk Magazine Venture Magazine | Thoughts By Natalie | Wolftree | Stephen Brewster

// Instagram accounts:

I’m a big fan of stunning Instagram images, but it’s the images paired with a story that captivate my heart. These accounts are brilliant, in the image and the caption.

Coleen York : @coleenyork

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 11.56.45 AM[source] caption: “The artistry of our Creator astounds me. And at the end of a long day that’s what it all comes down to. He is God. He paints in the sand and sculpts my life out of clay. And holy wow, can He paint.

Branden Harvey : @brandenharvey

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 11.18.07 AM[source] caption: “On average, each of us will get the the opportunity to walk this earth for 25567 days. You and I have all been around for a few thousand of these days already. Within those days, we often get stuck in seasons of waiting. We get preoccupied thinking that life will start when things get better. We tell ourselves: Everything will be better when I get married. I can pursue my dream when I graduate from college. Life will start when I land that opportunity. I’ll be able to feel better once I’m recognized for what I’ve done. I can get to work once I know what my purpose is. I’ve been there. I’ve struggled with all those things. // But here’s the truth: The big things of life— the new job, falling in love, graduating, finding that meaning— they’re few and far between. Those aren’t the things that define our lives. We’re living life right now and we’re only promised today. If we wait for life to happen, we’ll miss out on actually living those 25567 days. Let’s be people that step into our days with purpose, boldly using the opportunities we’ve been given to impact the lives of those around us.

chaseblood : chaseblood

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 11.45.51 AM[source] caption: “it’s like we’re floating on the surface of an ocean that we’re made to dive into. let’s go deep together, being nothing but ourselves, and see how amazing it is.

Humans of New York : @humansofny

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[source] caption: “Normally I have to approach people for quotes. But this kid walked right up to me, held his certificate in the air, and screamed: “I played at Carnegie Hall!”

// Music:

Johnnyswim: Don’t Let It Get You Down

.. studio version / acoustic version / embedded below is the live version

Cody Simpson: La Da Dee

Norah Jones ft. Andre 3000: Take Off Your Cool

Dan Kroll: From Nowhere

[note for email subscribers: realised video links don't embed into the email. If you want to watch, read the post via the website. Will try fix it asap..]


PS: have some favourite inspiration links for the season? Feel free to share it in the comments below x

Edition 33: Inspiration Plus

:: a little bit of this + that to kick start your weekend inspiration :: 

: image :


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tunes :

Goodbye by Paul McDonald + Nikki Reed

PS: grab the EP as a free download off Noisetrade

Tree to Grow by The Lone Bellow

: blog posts + articles :

25 Best Blog Practises That Will Rock Your Blog by Mary DeMuth

Become a Highly Paid Writer: Avoid These 7 Habits on Write To Done

Finding the Zone + Punching Fear in the Face by Donald Miller

Inviting Mentors Into Our Lives on Darling Magazine

: motion :

Blaine Hogan’s Q&A with author, Shauna Niequist on her new book ‘Bread&Wine’

: quotes :

Authenticity matters as much online as it does offline. Be real. Be you.” – Tim Schraeder

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

No man was ever wise by chance.” – Seneca

: fun fact :

go to Google Maps + search the following: 44 14’39.77″N 7°46’10.71″E. start zooming in + you will be amazed :)

// happy Friday + enjoy your weekend, bethany x

Edition 32: Inspiration Plus

:: a little bit of this + that to kick start your weekend inspiration :: 

images :

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[image via @cubbygraham on Instagram - he's the guy in the video near the end of this post!]


[image: by Sean Wes - incredible hand lettering artist. follow him on Instagram @seanwes]

: posts/articles :

Elora Nicole‘s honest + interesting series on publishing : intro / industry / beta readers / discipline / agents / you aren’t crazy

You Are Here: Changing the World Around Us‘ on DarlingMagazine.org

Thoughts on Depression + Suicide: Sometimes You Just Want to Go Home‘ on StorylineBlog.com

The Courage to Collaborate‘ by Blaine Hogan

 ‘8 Killer Online Marketing Campaigns‘ on Inc.com

: motion :

Dove Beauty Campaign

What It’s Like To Be A National Geographic Photographer

An Instagram Generation

charity: water Save it or Shave it Campaign Grand Finale (on Cubby Graham)

: words :

tweet of the week // “Every “overnight success” I’ve ever met had a thousand nights of hustle & hard work no one else saw.” – @JonAcuff

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent van Gogh

Be braveNo one remembers a coward.” – Christopher M. Hurley

: and just ‘cos it’s cute :


[a baby gorilla getting a check-up at Melbourne Zoo (originally tweeted, image via Pinterest)]
// happy, happy weekend! x

Edition 31: Inspiration Plus

 ::  a little bit of this + that to kick start your weekend inspiration ::

:: images:: 

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:: words :: 

Everyone has a talent. what is rare is the courage to nurture it.” – Erica Jong

Most of the things I was afraid of didn’t happen; most of the things I hoped for did. Hope works better.” – Bob Goff

Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― C.S. Lewis

:: motion :: 

Amazing aerial shots of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hillsong Church’s Good Friday + Easter Sunday Presentations // amazing creativity!

:: articles :: 

Thoughts On The Unfollow Generation, by Donald Miller on StorylineBlog.com

7 Skills To Develop In Your Twenties, on RelevantMagazine.com

10 Lies We Believe About Interacting with the Opposite Sex, on GoodWomenProject.com

Shut Up + Write The Book (5 Things That Have Helped Me Lately), by Austin Kleon

Do You Want to be a Full-Time Writer? on ProdigalMagazine.com

:: tunes ::

Where Are You Going Now? by The Lazy Calm

Cold Feet by Lost Lander

:: blogs :: 

Thoughts By Natalie, by Natalie Borton

The Glitter Guide

Tim Schraeder

Kristie Was Here

// happy, happy Friday + have a glorious weekend xx

Edition 30: Inspiration Plus

 ::  a little bit of this + that to kick start your weekend inspiration // PS: it’s new + improved!! ::

:: images ::





:: writing ::

Writing Naked, by Billy Coffey // a must-read for any writer

“Don’t simply tell me that faith saves you, tell me how it almost failed you, too. Don’t tell me about love, speak of your passion. Don’t tell me you’re hurt, let me see your heart breaking. I don’t want to see your talent on the page, I want to see your blood. Dare to be naked before your readers. Because that is writing, and everything else is worthless crap.” – advice from Coffey’s teacher

Sarah Ayoub, journalist with a novel in the works, has been posting her progress on her blog. Very interesting + practical. Read Part One here.

14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott‘ on The Happiness Project

:: travel ::

My Travel Wish List‘ on The New York Times



Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, Japanjapan


:: life + inspiration ::

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You // this has gone viral + been everywhere this week. simply INCREDIBLE!! and this kid is ad-to-the-orable <3 “not cool Robert Frost!”

Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Time‘ on The Storyline Blog

Forgive to Life: New research shows forgiveness is good for the heart‘ on Good

Nike Women – ‘Make Yourself



Paperman – Full Short Animated Film by Disney

:: social justice ::

END IT Movement: Shine a light on slavery

Once I Was Here: Toronto Journalist, Photographers Hold Benefit For Syrian Refugees on the Canadian Huffington Post

Documentaries That Make A Difference, Darling Magazine

Is Justice Just A Fad?” by Ken Wystma on Huffington Post, Religion Section

:: tunes ::

Flightless Bird, American Mouth‘ by Iron + Wine

Sheep‘, by Jason Perry Stevens

It’s Time‘ by Imagine Dragons

happy weekend! xx