I love a gorgeous color, design, photograph, musical riff, sunset or even a fabulous stiletto, but I am most inspired by the incredible women in my life. There is something about a meeting of the minds, sharing a stream of ideas, that ‘I get it’ or a ‘tell me more’ lightbulb moment. Wisdom is shared, support is given, perspectives are broadened, and in that, I find tremendous inspiration. I am excited to announce that I am planning a regular series to share the wisdom of these inspiring women. My first, and most inspiring woman is Jeri, my mom. She hit a really, really big birthday recently but you’d never know it. She is beautiful, smart, stylish, energetic, with a great sense of humor. What truly inspires me the most is her wisdom, courage and her faith.
(I took this shot on a recent trip to the Napa Valley. We were at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville~very French. Oui oui, wear the beret!)
Jeri's thoughts on what inspires~
*What inspires you? All things beautiful!!! It’s up to me to find beauty in all things. To get there "I" try to be Inquisitive, Intuitive, Imaginative, Introspective, Inventive, Interpretive; then Intermingle and Interweave it all. I add a goodly amount of humor and I have found what inspires.
*When did you get your BIG idea? When I realized I could take any idea(design, travel, garden, story etc.), take off with it and make it my own.
*How did it feel to take the plunge? Great! When you liberate yourself from what is the norm or what is expected your creative power is released.*How do you keep your inspiration going? By being grateful. Being open to the potential of the moment; be observant.
*Favorite tips (style or otherwise) Keep it simple. Focus, determine priorities, busy girl, and go for it! (see why I love her?)
I googled my mom recently (looking for her zip code), and to my surprise I found her on you tube discussing her recent mission trip to Zambia! She traveled with my nephew, Jordan, to build schools and churches.
Jeri is philanthropic, service-minded and recently bought a pair of Manolo Blahniks just it to mix up.
She is most definitely a renaissance woman.
Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom, Mom!
For what happens next in my mom's life: