Friday, 18 June 2010

Friday Buoy: Inspiration Round-Up


Hold your breath, because this week's round-up is incredibly buoyant! First, thanks to Jenny for introducing me to the SoCal based photographer Christian Cruz – I've sparkled his pictures throughout because they're just so gorgeous. I love red balloons and this photo processing (anybody know what it's called?) & I hope you enjoy too.


Something else I want to show off is my husband's first music video! That's right, as an extra he played a builder in New Zealand's unofficial World Cup video. If you know him, see if you can spot him. Quite the debut.

Speaking of World Cup fever, anybody with me? Dan's caught it so bad he woke up at 4.30am for the NZ v Slovakia game. I have to admit that though soccer/ football is fun to watch, my favorite thing about the World Cup is not waking up before dawn, but the official song, Wavin' Flag by K'Naan. I saw K'Naan for the first time at a festival in England and was in tears within minutes – I have a soft spot for Somalian child soldiers turned socially-conscious musicians and K'Naan ticks all my boxes. Check out his World Cup remix to lift your spirits.


This picture...these curtains...so wonderful!

On a different note, I was thrilled to receive the debut book of Rachel Held Evans, Evolving in Monkey Town, in the mail this week and am loving it so far! Rachel was my first “blog friend” and I'm delighted to hold her book in my hands. Honestly, if I'm this excited I can only imagine how excited she must be! I plan to review it within the next week-ish so watch this space. Now, of course the content is really interesting to me (a spiritual memoir about faith evolving from fundamentalism to something less tight-fisted), but what also inspires me is that she did it. She's 28 & she published a memoir. I'm sure there were times she couldn't see the end and almost gave up, but she got there. This  tangible evidence of hours of invisible work (albeit her work) spurs me with mine.


And a few blog shout-outs for the road...

  • Shopping's My Cardio is Portland-based Becki's retail therapy blog. Becki quit her job as an attorney to follow her passion, and this wonderful site is the result.


Anyway, that's all from me. Hard to believe I've been back in the States for 2 weeks. For some reason I was expecting it to be a difficult transition, but to be honest, being back home is like riding a bike.

I'm at my friend Joey's house this morning (our husbands are watching the US v Slovenia game) and I need to go and give her daughter Avonlea a cuddle.

Hope you have a good weekend. I'd love to hear any links, songs, blogs, books or quotes that are getting you through Friday...

8 comments:

shoppingsmycardio said...

aww, thanks for the shoutout! as always, it's a gorgeous post.

La Dolce Vita said...

Here in Italy is totally World Cup mania!! Personally I only watch matches with Italy playing but in general I like following also resumes of all the other matches.

Next to come for Italy is the game vs. New Zealand on Sunday...be careful, all whites! Italy is a tough team to beat...hehehe ;)

Go Italy! Gooooooooo! ;p

alisha said...

Uh oh...Mario, I'm afraid I'm going to be supporting NZ on Sunday! :) I'm sure Italy will but up a fight though...

alisha said...

Oops, I meant PUT up a fight!

Melissa-Jade Gregan, said...

Ooohhh...i love these photos! What a genius. And thanks for the list of blogs to check out. I think I have to extend my time in london so i can go to every place mentioned by Found, now home. mmmm fun. Hope you are going well!!

Jenny said...

i got through my friday by spending it at a lake house...the sun peaked out for a bit which was much needed...oh yeah, and then i got to see you and Dan, eat some chocolate, and then eat some Paseo's- yep, i'd say it was a good day!

Nadine said...

How fun to see Dan in the video!

Can't believe you've already been back for two weeks! Glad the transition has gone well!

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Yay! Thanks for the shout-out sweetie :) And a long overdue welcome home!! xo

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