Inspire

September is like New Years day isn’t it? Full of goals and hope and fresh starts. I’m feeling energized with all the possibilities right now. Not because August is over, but because August has happened.

A month where I found myself continually inspired and rejuvenated, I now look to bring that energy into the new beginnings of fall. Looking back, to carry forward.

Inspiration is being in the middle of a lake, rhythmically paddling a SUP, while saxophone notes cascade like a wave, rolling softly until all at once crashing into an epic finale.

My mom on her first paddle

My mom on her first paddle

Inspiration is realizing we can do hard things and we will feel amazing when we do them.

These girls, 4 and 6, hiked 6km and biked another 2km on this day. They are amazing!

These girls, 4 and 6, hiked 6km and biked another 2km on this day. They are amazing!

Inspiration is Nature (A Higher Power/God/Fairies/The Universe) rewarding us for our hard work.IMG_8347 IMG_8348

Inspiration is a night with old girlfriends, all of us doing very different things, and feeling fully the respect, love and pride for each others lives.

Brunch with girlfriends after a night of catching up and wine. Brilliant.

Brunch oceanside after a night of catching up and wine. Brilliant.

Inspiration is taking the plunge.IMG_7780

Even in a glacier-fed lake. (Especially in a glacier-fed lake?)IMG_8327

Inspiration is seeing my daughter take the helm in our family adventures. Though I wavered in our plans to jump puddles upon realizing the extent of the onslaught, Kaya insists we will have fun. She is right.IMG_8096

Even so far as ditching boots and jackets to dance in the rain. Oh yes we did.

Even so far as ditching boots and jackets to dance in the rain. Oh yes we did.

Inspiration is getting inspired, as above, then allowing that feeling to open up the world to the small and mighty inspirations all around.IMG_8102IMG_8103

Inspiration is contagious you see.

So that today, the first day of September, as I watch my brother and 100 of his fellow crazies runners complete a 50 mile (80 km) ultra marathon, inspiration ripples and flows beyond the act of running, but into the realms of progressing each of our dreams.IMG_8427Though this summer of momentous achievements is ending, we carry the spark ignited within into this season of new beginnings.IMG_8395

Inspirational.
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