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Wolf & Word Notebook #14

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For day 9 of reverb13 we were asked: Who inspired you in 2013? And why?

I thought the Notebook would be a great place to share my answer to this prompt.


One of the standouts in this year of ‘Upworthy’ posts and links with titles like ‘This is the most inspiring video you will watch in your entire life’ would have to be Mr Dave Grohl talking about using your voice.

Yep it’s a long one. But worth watching. I’m adding a re-watch to my list of things to do just for me before the year’s out.



Closer to home I am inspired by my family and friends. I am lucky enough to have some amazing people in my life.

My beautiful partner/husband/best friend/soulmate Joe who gives me the gift of love, every day, the best source of inspiration there is.

My children who show me different ways of looking at the world and make me want to be a better human being.

My Mum who just graduated with a diploma, her first foray into tertiary education, who shows me to keep going after what you want.

My Dad who tells me I’m doing a good job with my kids (and having no idea what it means to me to have someone say that, when I struggle with feeling like I am ‘less than’ because I do not work outside the home.) He gives me the gift of support.

My siblings, all beautiful big-hearted people, whose successes inspire me to reach higher also, and whose struggles I wish I could fix but cannot. All six of them (and the families they have created) inspire me in myriad ways daily in ways they probably don’t realise, and I am grateful for them all.

I am inspired by the amazing and exciting things my friends have been up to over the course of the year. I hope that I can catch up with some of my faraway friends next year.

And where the offline and the online world cross-over I am inspired by the people who I have connected with through writing and blogging. Our wonderful reverb hostess Kat, for example, inspires me with her openness and her generosity and absolute loveliness and she inspires me to cultivate these qualities in myself.

And finally, I am inspired by you! Yes you. Just the idea that someone is reading what I am writing lights me up and  inspires me to keep going. For every comment, retweet, Facebook like, instagram ❤︎ and page view – Thank YOU.



I’m joining in with a bunch of bright and beautiful people for Reverb13, a reflective writing challenge hosted by the amazing and talented Kat McNally.

Click through to check it out.

Also linking up with Grace for FYBF, a great friendly place to share your fave post of the week.

Who inspired you in 2013?

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  1. Sounds like you have a very loving family there which is a true blessing. Thanks for the morning inspiration too!

  2. Thanks for the Dave Grohl link, I hopefully will get/make time to watch it, i’ve bookmarked your page. My family inspire me too, I am very lucky to have them. The friends we make through this blogging malarkey are a great drive and incentive to keep going 😉

  3. Oh, Alana! That’s just gorgeous! I’ll get back to that David Grohl post when I have a bit more time. He truly sounds inspiring.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones! x

  4. This is a fantastic post; it reminds me that I need to take stock of all that I am grateful for.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Blessings to you for the festive season and it is lovely to see you have so much to be thankful for….awesome. xxxx N

  6. What a great post. I have subscribed to Upworthy this year too and have loved their posts. I am inspired by my family and friends also.

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you’re such a honey!
    And I count Wolf & Word among my top inspirations. xx

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