A Droplet of Inspiration

by Holly on July 15, 2010

in inspiration droplets

Tonight, I had completely noble intentions of writing a post updating you on my life. I mean, not like you care, but I’ve admittedly been M.I.A. (not to be confused with the rapper) lately, and things are poppin’ in Everythingtarianville. But because I am a pansy and have a hard time saying no to things, I took on an extra work project to be completed tonight. Therefore, I leave you with some inspiration from my homegirl Maya Angelou, with a bit of commentary from yours truly thrown in for good measure…

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow (otherwise, I will voluntarily have myself committed).

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights (don’t forget having surgery in Thailand – trust me, it’s a character builder).

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life (Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian 4 Life).

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance (and sometimes people deserve second chances).

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back (like perhaps, a baseball?).

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one (no comment).

I’ve learned that everyday you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back (or a free can of Diet Coke or bag of Peanut M&Ms).

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~ Maya Angelou ~

And as if those eloquent words weren’t enough inspiration, PLEASE check out the Eat Art Exhibit at the Interact Center in Minneapolis if you can! My aunt works at Interact, which is a center for visual and performing arts featuring artists with disabilities. My cousin has Down Syndrome and has been performing in shows here for years. It is truly an amazing place. Anyways, in partnership with The Wedge Co-op, their newest exhibit features art made from FOOD!

It runs until September 15th and is FREE!

Please support.

Hugs and love,



Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Love Maya Angelou.
I’d like to share that drink with you. Or…better yet, I want my own.

Jenna July 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

What a great post holly!!

claire July 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Wonderful words of wisdom miss holly! Now I want some fajitas too…

Run Sarah July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Love that quote! Great words to live by.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

So much love! Want to meet somewhere and drink beers and Diet Cokes?

Erica July 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Oh man…I’ve been totally run over as well. I need a break stat. I had Mexican tonight too. It was fabulous. Tell me you eat those carrots whole- thats totally how I eat them. <3 ya doll (and of course we care about your life!)

Angharad July 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I love what interact do! I still can’t believe you’re aunt works there. I need to visit this exhibit. And your ear.

2. Maya Angelou!! (I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, anyone? ahh!)
3. GUAC.
4. Love.

Megan July 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

where o where can i dine on vegetarian fajitas outside in Madison??….spill!

Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I’m the same way with accepting writing projects. I always accept a million assignments and end up writing them all in one day and almost dying from stress. gah.

Love this post, btw. The parents quote made my eyes tear, because I’m a dork, and I don’t want to think about my parents ever being gone from my life.

On a completely different note, those fajitas look delicious!

Hang in there, lady! I’ll keep reading regardless!

Lauren July 16, 2010 at 5:59 am

Beautiful! I love Maya Angelou and I love this particular poem of hers!

Even though things may be crazy busy right now, hope you are enjoying every second!

Love ya girl!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 16, 2010 at 6:06 am

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

Umm…I totally need to remember this one. ;)

You are so full of inspiration and words of wisdom. I love this post.

Leianna July 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

I’m coming home in August so I will definitely hit up that exhibit, sounds awesome! Your words and blog are always inspiring!

mammaeverythingtarian July 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

thats what i’m talkin about….love it. say speaking of interact Tom thinks Mike B should be a guest writer on your blog also. To all Holly’s readers please do check out INTERACT in Mpls it is truly amazing!!!!!

Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

Amen lady, amen!

Sami July 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

Yummers. Those grilled veggies have got me drooling. You my dear, have inserted alotta wisdom into this post. My fave is the one about being a pain. I need to write that on my forehead or something. Oh, and can you please elaborate what’s the black bean lookin’ mixture between the bread slices? looks delish. Thanks! :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

Oh, Maya, you get me every time. Is it bad that I just realized that I react horribly to both lost luggage and tangled Christmas lights? I need to get some meditation, methinks. :)

Kaleigh July 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

I’ve been lurking on your blog for a while and it seems you’ve been pretty down/stressed/overwhelmed/confused for a while. I just wanted to say that I do care that you’ve been MIA, (but in a non-pressure, get your butt back on here, now! sort of way), but in a worried/concerned sort of way. I just want to say that even though we’ve never met, I really like reading your blog. You are hilarious and always make me giggle, I am a nutritionist and I always find myself looking to your blog for food inspiration for my clients but also myself. I wish you were my friend :). My best advice (not that you asked for it) but, keep listening to what you need, don’t deny yourself of it and keep enjoying every little thing that makes your heart smile. I’m keepin you in my prayers. Thanks for all the work you do!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) July 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

Great words of wisdom!

But do YOU know why the caged bird sings?! :P

Couldn’t resist…

Michal July 16, 2010 at 11:37 am

What a beautiful post holly :)

Kelsey (Nourishing Noshes) July 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Holly- first off, you’re awesome. second, such an inspiring post. third, I’m craving me some mexican food now.

Adam July 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

“Making a living is not the same as making a life.” You do not know how much this made me think! I love the fact that you are so aware of your own qualities and flaws which just make you Holly. Even more, i love how okay you are with how life comes and goes each and every day. I need to work on this and you have inspired daily!

Karen July 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

AMEN to what Kelsey said ;)
Holly, no matter how pants you’re feeling, know that you rock the socks off pretty much everyone who reads your blog. Big love from across the pond!

Maura July 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Well Miss Holly,

Since you have left us with some very inspiring words, I’m going to counter & send some your way. This quote that’s listed on my blog is by Ornette Coleman. (Now, I wasn’t exactly sure who this person was but I wiki’ed this and apparently he is an American musician who won some Pulitzer prize for some album…in other words, he’s LEGIT, so roll with me here)….

“It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to someting.” Solid, huh?

Anyway, those words definitely have helped me through some tough times so I hope they help you! Have a beautiful weekend :)

Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I love Maya Angelou. Her words are always so powerful!

Great post!

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover July 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

What´s in that sandwich, anyway?!
Looked delicious :)

Leanne July 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I just found your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your post.

Kailey (SnackFace) July 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

I just searched for a scrap of paper and wrote down this poem. Am I weird like that? I have to write it to actually feel it more, to ingrain it in me…I know you know what I mean.

And then I immediately went to ted.com to watch/listen to our woman.

I MISS YOU and love you dearly! xoxoxo

Andrea@WellnessNotes July 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

I LOVE this post, Holly!

Hope you are enjoying the weekend by now… :)

Susan July 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same as making a “life.”

I LOVE this. I am remembering this forever and ever. It is so true, and something too many people take for granted. So many people make choices so they can just “live” and they forget about creating a “life.”

Also, I had no idea you have a cousin with down syndrome!! My uncle (mother’s brother) has down syndrome as well. He’s had a pretty big impact on my life, and I know people like him need all the support they can get!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

I totally thought about checking out that EAT art gallery – you gave me the nudge I needed to look into it again! PS. Shout out to your Baked chips. Love em!

Kacy July 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Love that! Maya is one wise woman. I hope things are well with you Holly!

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