photovent 2010, day 7: inspire (day 2 of the book launch giveaway!)

"Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

~  Mary Anne Radmacher

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I first heard the quote above during one of Brené's talks, and it really stuck with me.  I love the concept that courage isn't necessarily a showy, loud thing, and that often it's quiet courage that is the most powerful.

I think the same is true for inspiration.

I mentioned some time ago that I've chosen the word "inspire" for the coming year, particularly because I was looking for inspiration for a possible second book.  I love that the quote above reminds me not to look for inspiration in necessarily showy, loud ways, but in quiet ways as well.

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Thanks so much for your comments yesterday, everyone (and might I say, you are one great-meal-shared-with-close-friends-and-family-celebrating bunch)!  According to, the winner of the signed copy of my book is Jen M., who said "A nice dinner out with a few friends. Good food, good friends and good times:)."  Congratulations, Jen!  I'll contact you via email to get your mailing address, and get it sent to you as soon as possible.

But we're not done yet, people.  Today, I'm giving away another signed copy of the book (and every day for the rest of the week!).  To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment telling me what inspires you.  It could be anything from Gandhi to your kids to summer on the coast -- whatever.  As yesterday,  I'll pick one commenter at random to win the second signed copy of the book.  And as I mentioned yesterday, a few blogging friends will also be offering books as giveaways -- like lovely Ellie for example!  After you leave your comment below, head over there for another chance to win a signed copy!   And if any new bloggers post giveaways today, I'll update this post with their links, so keep checking back.

Thanks again guys -- and good luck!

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The image at the top of this post is the 7th image of Photovent 2010You can download the pdf for it here.  And click here to learn how to use it to assemble a beautifully different photo garland.


Song: Use me by Bill Withers.  Have recently fallen in love with Bill Withers all over again.