It’s Friday!!!

And normally at this blog Friday means it’s time to talk about FOOD. But I feel like doing something a little different today. And since it’s my blog and I make the rules, that’s whats going to happen.

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Rather than my usual Foodstuff Friday post I’ve decided to do an inspirational blog round up instead. Now, for the record, I could LITERALLY include just about all of the blogs that I read.


(Because I only read awesome blogs.)

But I’m only highlighting three today. These three have recently featured posts that have just really stuck with me over the course of this week:


(Technically there are 2 posts):

Sara’s Post: On Failure

Natalie’s Post: From 13.1 to 26.2

If you’re looking for some inspiration or some renewed motivation for your workouts (or just in life in general) read these posts. Sara and Natalie talk about how running is not all PR’s and runner’s highs. You can train and train and still get a face full of disappointment on race day. Or you can do a run that you’ve done hundreds of times but suddenly be unable to finish without walking. But rather than letting the “I suck” voice get too loud, quiet it with a: “Well, I may not have achieved ___, but I did achieve ___, and I’m going to do better next time.” In other words, forgive your awesome self and move on to the next challenge even hungrier than you were before.

Work In Sweats Mama:

Nicole’s post: Help End Child Hunger

Ending child hunger sounds like a tall order, but Nicole has a way of rallying you so that you seriously feel like it’s possible. That’s some really good rallying!! I love this post because it not only brings awareness to the cause, but she includes ways you can actually help. And she’s not talking about child hunger in third world countries, she’s talking about the 1 in 3 kids in these United States who aren’t getting proper nutrition. Millions of kids who depend on school lunches during the year go without meals during the summer.  Go read, you’ll want to help.

Seize The Latte:

Lillian recently posted about some pretty traumatic news. But that’s not the inspirational post I’m referring to, although it deserves to be here too.  However, I’m referring to the post she wrote a few days after receiving this terrible news.

Lillian’s post: The Health Benefits of Gratitude

It is SO easy to curl up into a ball, curse the world and completely lose your faith sometimes. But rather than taking that route, Lillian decided to strengthen her faith and be thankful for everything that she does have. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further my friend.


Alright, that is it for me.  Today it’s about giving the aforementioned blogs the spotlight and credit they deserve for being great.


Have a spectacular weekend!! And happy Father’s Day to all the dads!!

What are you doing this weekend?

Anyone currently lacking motivation? What do you do when that happens?

What’s your favorite thing to read for a little inspiration?



22 Thoughts on “Inspiration Station!

  1. Thanks for the shout out, my friend! I follow Lillian & F.F.F. and you’re right. Their posts this week are da bomb diggity when it comes to inspiration! Have a great weekend!
    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama recently posted…Three Cheers for the DaddiosMy Profile

  2. I love when people link to other blog posts they liked so I can find more to follow :)
    pickyrunner recently posted…Splurge CentralMy Profile

  3. Loved Sara’s post on failure! I Have a great weekend girl!
    Erin @ Sugar Magnolia recently posted…Five Things Friday: Or Eleven…My Profile

  4. Yay, I’m going to go check out those posts right now! I can always use a little more inspiration in my life :)
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because recently posted…Tacky Q&A!My Profile

  5. Blogs are a great place to find inspiration, and I’ll definitely be checking out those links. As for the weekend, I plan on spending some time with my dad, but I’m not exactly sure what we’ll be doing yet. Hoping I can pull something out of my hat to make it look like I planned an awesome Father’s Day with him 😆

    Happy Friday, girlie!
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. countdown to the weekend – foodie style .My Profile

  6. Thanks for the great reading/inspiration recommendations! If you’re recommending these blogs I know they are worth the visit! So many children in the US fall through the cracks during the summer, thrilled Nicole is shinning a light on the subject!
    carlotta recently posted…True BelieverMy Profile

  7. I love this! Things have been so crazy and out of whack door me this week, blog wise, that I WA afraid I’d missed something. Now I know I got to the the best pieces out there 😉 hey! Thanks for being amazing, girl, and have a great weekend (and happy fathers day to your pops!) :)
    Chelsea recently posted…Its Water Park Day!!!My Profile

  8. I’ll definitely have to check out those links!

    I’m going home for a bachelorette party this weekend, which means that I will be in town for Father’s Day. That timing worked out nicely!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Five Things Friday 06/14/13.My Profile

  9. Great Friday post! I read Sara’s and Natalie’s posts and they are really inspiring. I’ll have to check out the others as well. I’ll be working most of the weekend after working all week so I’m not too excited for it but my wallet will thank me later. Have a great weekend girl!
    makingthymeforhealth recently posted…What Does Organic Really Mean?My Profile

  10. I absolutely LOVED these! Thanks for sharing!! :-) Kudos to you for giving credit to the often unsung heroes. I know for a fact that it would’ve been soo much tougher for me to continue running, if it weren’t for quite a few inspirational blogs that I read, when going through challenging times.
    Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives recently posted…Running Survey Completion and Family Fun!My Profile

  11. Thanks for the inspiration! I am going to definitely check out those blogs :)

    When I need a little inspiration, I don’t really have to read much. I just watch the speech from Rocky’s last movie, “Life and all sunshine and rainbows…”

    It gets me pumped everytime! Enjoy the weekend :)
    Lawrence recently posted…Running does the Bodybuilder goodMy Profile

  12. Holy awesome surprise this morning, Batman — thanks for the blog love! :) I can’t wait to read the other posts; I loooooooved Nicole’s piece on child hunger, and it’s awesome that she’s getting the word out about this issue.

    Happy Friday, and have an awesome weekend!
    Lillian @ Seize the Latte recently posted…Here Comes the SunMy Profile

  13. Thanks for the blog love, lover! I follow Nicole, and am now following Lillian…I love finding new awesome blogs!

    Weekend plans…graduate from Yoga Teacher Training, husband turns 30, hopefully putting an offer in on a house. This weekend is INSANE in the best way possible.

    Happy weekend!
    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme recently posted…Healthy Lunch Recipe: Raw Veggie Nori RollsMy Profile

  14. Nice of you to share some blogs, I regularly read Seize the Latte (love the name) but will have to check out the other 2! :) Have a great weekend!
    Ari @ The Pace of it All recently posted…Five on Friday: randomness, plus Spirit of the Marathon 2 review!My Profile

  15. Thanks for the shout-out!!! So great to read these other blogs too! Weekend plans…well, I got engaged last night, so celebrating? Happy Friday! recently posted…Healthy Lunch Recipe: Raw Veggie Nori RollsMy Profile

  16. Thanks for putting this post together! It was great to read this inspiring posts! I really loved Sara’s post on failure. It was a great reminder to me to not be so hard on myself all the time.
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted…Power Foods FridayMy Profile

  17. Loved this. Thank you for some great reads! Feeling extra motivated today, and thankful. I love how self-less you are, Charlotte. So good to see among the blogosphere :) This weekend I’m planning a date with the back of my eye-lids. Some R&R is much needed! And when I need extra motivation, I like to call my mom :) She always knows what to say to kick me in the butt. Moms are great. I guess this weekend I’ll be calling my dad though! Have a good weekend!
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…today’s the day!!!My Profile

  18. I definitely can find a lot of inspiration in blog posts.
    And I’m going to have to check out those links!
    I have plans with my step-dad and Dad so that should be fun.
    Lisa recently posted…Five FactsMy Profile

  19. I loved all those posts, especially the fit fun femme posts because I felt so similarly in one of my races and I am always so hard on myself with failures. Thank you for touching on these, I love the blogging community! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted…Working WoesMy Profile

  20. The blogs I read definitely inspire me to get out there and run and workout! I always can turn to my latest RW issue or Shape & Self magazines. Love reading about the transformations people make. Have you watched Extreme Makeover with Chris & Heidi Powell? Love them. That is an inspirational show too!
    Britt @ BrittsRunningStyle recently posted…Mid-Week RecapMy Profile

  21. Thanks for the great links!
    Last night I watched a bunch of inspirational Ironman videos. I cried watching them!
    Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
    Change of Pace recently posted…Catch upMy Profile

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