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Inspiration for the Day

Happiness is. . . having the Courage to grab your Dream

By 03/22/2010January 26th, 201728 Comments

I love Madonna’s music because her lyrics are so positive and powerful. And since Kelly Green is one of my favourite colours these days I fell in love with this image of her (below).

‘There’s only so much you can learn in one place
The more that I wait, the more time that I waste
I haven’t got much time to waste
It’s time to make my way
I’m not afraid of what I’ll face
But I’m afraid to stay
I’m going down my road and I can make it alone
I’ll work and I’ll fight till I find a place of my own’


I’ve got this song (Jump) in my ipod shuffle, what inspires you to keep running?

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  • Avatar [email protected] View On Design says:

    I often write down my goals, short and long term. They change all the time, but I find more motivated to get things done if it's in writing!! (bit boring aren't I!)

  • Avatar The Zhush says:

    Like you, I find music incredibly inspiring. Love Madonna too. These days I also can not get enough of Empire State, Alicia Keyes with or without JayZ…both versions keep me going!

  • Avatar Debra Phillips says:

    passions. identifying your passions and running with it. you cannot go wrong

  • Avatar Ideezine says:


    Knowing myself well enough to outlast anything and anyone. Push through, be patient, see my goals. More of a ask, believe, receive mentality and disregard nay sayers!


  • Avatar DesignTies says:

    You know… I do far too much coasting, waiting for things to happen to or for me. I've been making some changes though that I hope will direct and motivate me toward success. But I could definitely use a little Madonna!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  • Avatar Dayka (Life +Style) says:

    believing that there is something better, and why not me??? music is a great motivator. 🙂

  • Avatar Greet says:

    Music is so important in life! Some songs will keep you going on!

  • Avatar Roxy Te Owens says:

    Oh I adore this post! I love Kelly green too (the hub would not let me use it in our bathroom- you have to pick your battles!) and I love love love the lyrics of that song. Thanks for the monday morning inspiration! 🙂

  • Avatar Heather at Satisfying Spaces says:

    That song as well as "Give it to me" by Madonna inspire me big time. There really is so much opportunity out there for all of us. We just have to have the guts to go out there and take the risks.

  • Avatar Vitania says:

    Whenever I am feeling like I need a little pick me up, I listen to Seal 2 – songs like Newborn Friend, Bring it on, and I'm Alive energize me..

    Like Annie, I also like to write my goals down – and I carry them with me everywhere. The more I see them, the more I focus on them..:-)

    Jump is a great song…

  • Avatar Naomi says:

    LIKE that shade of green! so fresh and spring-like. It amazing how long Madonna has managed to stay relevant.

  • Avatar Space by Eliana Tomas says:

    Madonna is indeed an inspiration for every women in the world. For me she is, indeed.
    She's intelligent, creative, hard working is on top of her "today's list" for sure and a very smart business woman.
    Maria, this post is such a nice start of the week as a reminder "don't give up and spread your wings as much as you can, because you'll get there".

  • Avatar Kelly, Arte Styling says:

    It's great to find words of inspiration from people you admire. Madonna's certainly paved her own way!!! I'm always on the lookout for good quotes. One of my favorites is from Eleanor Roosevelt:
    "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face…do the thing you think you cannot do."

    I printed this quote in hot pink and posted it above my desk. (It's also on my website.) Whenever I read it I get a dose of courage. She was one strong lady, so I'm happy to take her words of wisdom.

  • Avatar Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Maria, I had not idea that song was so good. I don't really listen to lyrics. You wouldn't believe some of the interpretations I come up with when I'm singing along.

    Inspiring words. I just read the following in an e-mail this morning and then I read your post. Do you think the world is trying to tell me something? No more hiding out!

    Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
    Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
    Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
    Perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
    But any action is better than no action at all.

    Norman Vincent Peale

  • Avatar Elara says:

    I love her songs too. This is one of the ones that I used to listen to all the time. And I just love your blog. It is just amazing in every way!

  • Avatar Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    So true. It's so easy to be complacent but if we want something, we have to go for it. I'm going to make some calls now!

  • Avatar camdesign says:

    Love Madonna… strong lady!
    My fav is Human Nature…

  • Avatar Brenda says:

    UGGGHH! Madonna. Sorry… fell out of love with her years ago.
    I will say I honestly love this photo of her though.
    I live with Chronic Illness' and can no longer work; Severe Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & Osteoarthritis.
    SO, any day I can get-up without too much pain; I get my Dogs across to the green-space for a run.I rescued a neglected Golden Retriever about 4 years ago and he has been a saving grace for me. Lots of affection and the need to go for a walk. I need him to stick around and be healthy a long time. Since I'm not much of a "Material Girl" :}, and am more of a home body, this works for me.

    Cheers, Brenda
    ps…Love your blog!
    Took me a bit to catch up on the past years writings…but I am on board now. Wonderful.

  • Avatar Susan says:

    Great post Maria,

    I'm always looking for inspiration, whether it be a great blogpost (yours) an upbeat catchy song, a pretty view, a beautiful room, a tactile fabric, quotes that have meaning or even seeing a smile on a strangers face as you walk past them just because you smiled at them first.

    Learning new things and feeling blessed for what I have is what keeps me running… and large doses of caffiene always help too.

  • Avatar Lisa says:

    Whenever I need a pick-me-up I always visit you!
    xo Lisa

  • Avatar Patty says:

    I love the coloring in that picture!

  • Avatar Lyn says:

    Hi Maria, a little off topic, but I subscribed to your newsletter and am really enjoying them. Is it possible to download archived newsletters in full or just the first page?? BTW love 'Madge'!!
    xx Lyn (LINI)

  • Avatar Twenty Two Flamboyant Street says:

    Maria, thanks to you I'm starting to sit up and notice Kelly Green. I can see why you love it.

  • Avatar AB HOME Interiors says:

    Love that photo! Kelly green is hot right now. I have it all over my studio.

  • Avatar Lucy says:

    Oh, that green is lush! I can smell the moss on the moors! I love your posts Maria – a combination of colour and life insights, that is my king of blog!

  • Avatar Rachel says:

    love the inspiration-thanks!
    (thanks for your comments on my blog lately.i've been in pregnany fog and have been remiss about responding- so sorry!)

  • Avatar Smriti says:

    I recently found your blog and love all the posts i've read so far! They are so informative and wonderfully illustrated with great photographs and i'm learning so much!! Thankyou Maria!

  • Avatar Farha Syed says:

    Very inspiring post Maria – I love your posts always.

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