Tag Archives: Inspiration

Roadtrip Nation Season 9

The trailer for Season 9 of Roadtrip Nation looks great.



The Blog You Could Be Missing: Nerd Fitness

Remember last week when I asked the question “What could Present You do today that Christmastime You would be grateful for”? Hold on to that thought.

I wanted to talk here also about some blogs you might be missing out on. I’m a big fan of looking for inspiration in unlikely places. Steve Kamb is the rebel leader at NerdFitness.com. No, no, it’s not what you’re thinking. It has nothing to do with overthrowing governments or institutions. It has everything to do, though, with overthrowing held beliefs and norms about Fitness, Health and Nutrition. It’s a fitness blog that is educational, inspirational and yes, entertaining. Steve filters everything through a nerd lens that is always fun to read, especially if you self-identify as a nerd, a gamer, a couch potato or a cubicle dweller.

The great thing about NerdFitness, other than the highly detailed and informative posts (so much free content!), is the community that is built around it and the success stories of people who never thought they could do an overhaul of their health situation without going on “The Biggest Loser”. This is one of the first posts I read on the blog.

I’ve been following the blog for about 6 months now and it has greatly impacted the way I view food and fitness. I won’t go into too much details about it here. Instead, I’ll just let you discover it for yourself.

As I was thinking about the question for myself, my mind was brought back to NerdFitness time and time again. I’ve had several health situations through which my body was begging me for more attention. So, for my project, I’m choosing to focus on my health. I want Christmastime Me to be stronger, specifically, to be able to do 100 push ups in a row. I know that may not seem like a lot, but I’m going from ground zero (pun intended) here. This blog won’t turn into a diet and fitness blog, don’t worry. But, as we’re talking about going from stories read to stories lived, this seems like a great way to start.

You are welcome to ask me from time to time how things are going. I could use the accountability. Also, if you have decided to tackle any project as an answer to this question and would like some accountability, leave your name (or nickname) below, with what you plan on doing and some way to reach you (email, twitter handle, etc) and I will check in with you from time to time to see how things are going.



Photo from: nerdfitness.com

Can Writing Change the World?

Oh, what’s that? You said you needed some inspiration for this week? To the TED!

Hannah Brencher. Founder of the More Love Letters movement where people write love letters to strangers, for encouragement or just to brighten up their day. She wrote a post for Good Women Project that every young person in a cubicle searching for a dream is bound to find encouraging. The takeaway from it is encapsulated in the quote “Your dream job does not exist; you must create it”.

Hannah is a researcher  and the director of the National Poetry Campaign for She’s the first, founder and head honcho of moreloveletters.com as well as a copywriter and creative consultant. She was also chosen as a finalist for the TED2013 Global Talent Search. She  blogs at hannahkaty.com.

To learn more about how to get involved in the More Love Letters movement, check it out here.

image from  goodwomenproject

We love it: TED

TED is awesome. Technology.Entertainment. Design…but so much more. There are so many TED talks online that it would take months to just go through it all. There are a few that relate to books and reading and creativity that we’d like to highlight here.

1. Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story. This is a personal favorite. It helped me to see world events in a much different ways. There IS a danger to telling or hearing a single story…over and over again.

2. I never knew what went to designing a book cover. Very insightful…and very  funny.

3. “Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.”

Love this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.