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Life lately has been challenging in many ways and I’m sure I’m not the only one going through this. This month’s theme could not have come at a better time, friends. I realized that so much of what happens on a daily basis is controllable with one simple trick: start focusing on beauty. Find the small things that bring you happiness and honor that. Lean into it, if you will. Today’s contributor is an absolute inspiration when it comes to appreciating beauty and really living the best life you can.

Jenn Romero of Unurth started her business with one question: “What if our lives were filled with beautiful objects that reminded us of our favorite moments in nature and with each other?” This, friends, this is the crux of it. To surround yourself with beauty because our environment matters. My own personal environment could really benefit from the Spirit Cup; that much I know. Romero’s ability to find her inspiration around her and then create artwork to put out in the world to share with others is a gift. One that we are passing on to you. Unurth will bring more beauty to your life, undoubtedly.

Unurth is giving away one Mini Barnacle Planter in Mint to one lucky winner. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 9th. *This giveaway open to residents of North America only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Unurth and tell us: Where do you, dear readers, find beauty and inspiration when you need it most?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 14th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    In the woods. Specifically the boulder strewn woods and mountain stream for Vermont. 

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    heather f says:

    When I’m stressed I like to sit and watch the birds that come to the feeder on my deck. Always an amazing variety and they often do funny things. The hummingbirds are my favorites. I’m always inspired by the Creator’s handiwork!

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    lauren says:

    when i need inspiration the most, i turn to the sea. the sounds, the smells, the beauty that can be seen all around. if a trip to the ocean is not possible at that moment, photographs from my favorite times there will do. 🙂 *

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i find beauty and inspiration in my two cats, who are feline purfection! 

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    Jen says:

    look people in the eyes and you will really be able to see beauty. we all are so busy in our everydays that we never stop and really see the person right in front of us. 

    there are too many amazing things/people in this world to not take each one in for just a second. 

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    Heidi says:

    I go outside and watch the clouds when I need some inspiration.

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    Sarah says:

    I find Beauty every day in the Wonder in my childrens eyes. Their innocent curiosity in everything. Their inability to be quiet when you need it is even beautiful.  They grow so fast, a fleeting moment, one you may never have again. When I need to “check out”  I try to head for Morro Bay, Big Sur or Lake Tahoe.  I find it in the snow, the animals, the big trees, the big rocks, the clear water and the silence.  The kind where all you hear is the nature and your own soul.

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    Beth C says:

    It depends… Sometimes it’s out my window at the clouds, sunshine, the city before me… Sometimes it’s in my little patio garden… Sometimes it’s from people watching at a park or coffee shop… Sometimes it’s music.  She’s elusive… Sometimes you need to go to multiple places, sometimes she throws it at you right away.

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    rachel says:

    Definitely in nature and God’s creation. 

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    ren says:

    lately, it’s been in the work of the artists that have come before. i recently found myself completely smitten and inspired by the art of henri de toulouse-lautrec while visiting the norton simon museum. 

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    Lindsay Kronmiller says:

    I’m always amazed and inspired by the unique sunrise and sunset of each day. I’ve always wanted that “job”—to paint the sky.

    I’m also always inspired by my daughters pure wonder at the world. Hearing her laugh and seeing things through her eyes.

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    Elizabeth Langston says:

    I find beauty and inspiration in the sounds of nature.  I enjoy hiking or exploring places somewhat removed other humans, even a city park can offer little hideaways where the sounds of nature take center stage.

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    Melinda KE says:

    Lately, I find beauty and inspiration on the internet.  I know that I am surrounded by beauty and inspiration in nature and in my environment, but I find it so inspiring to see how other people see the world…through a photograph, an object they make with their own hands, how they decorate their home, or the deep thoughts that a person shares. I get new ideas turning in my head, a fresh perspective, and I feel the urge to try something new or do something a little differently in my life!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Pinterest. Lol. But really, I live in Alaska which is (in my opinion) the most beautiful state in the US. No trouble finding beauty here!

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    Pinterest or if looking for something more natural the Greenbelts near home.

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    Kate B says:

    If I’m having a tough day, I like to cook and let my mind wander. Something about working through a recipe that’s familiar so I can ponder the events of the day or work through my latest design challenge is so theraputic for me. As I chop an onion, I might be cracking the code on an approach to take with a client (while simultaneously FURIOUSLY wiping my eyes, onions make me cry like crazy). Stirring sauce on the stove is practically a zen experience for me. At the end of my introspection, I have something delicious and nourishing to share with my husband, which is an added bonus!

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    cindy says:

    I find beauty and inspiration in people. Sometimes just through people watching and sometimes through interaction. Somehow knowing that we are all in this together makes it all better!

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    Molly says:

    I try to remind myself keep my eyes open to all the beauty around me. I work an odd schedule where I’m usually driving to work just as the sun is rising, and usually I find beauty in those sunrises. They give me hope that the day will be bright and beautiful.

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    Maureen Howard says:

    My inspiration is found in the beauty of all things. I try to look and see joy in the everyday, mundane things the people miss.   I admire the shape of the trees on the side of the road, the patch of flowers growng in a ditch, and the shapes of clouds as the float overhead.  Too many never see the beauty in all things, from the simple flame of a candle, to my dogs waggng tail….it is all beautiful and very inspirational. 

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    Kristen says:

    Today, I find beauty and inspiration in the daisies that I bought at the market before coming home. On any other day, I find inspiration and beauty in the faces of my students when they are working over something complicated in their minds and when they write down their ideas, and even more inspiration when they feel brave and share their ideas verbally when they aren’t sure. 

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    SARAH (BERDENE) SCOTT says:

    I have traveled quite a bit and have found beauty in every state and country I’ve been in from California to the Outer Banks of North Carolina…from Minnesota and Calgary, Canada to Florida and Texas and Paris, France and England. I love the beauty in the architecture of different parts of the world, the topography, nature and the people.The most peaceful place for me is sitting on the beach watching the waves and surf.

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    Erika W. says:

    I find beauty and inspiration in magazines.

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    Lauren P says:

    One day my husband said to me, “You love words.” He’s not wrong. I find beauty and inspiration in the carefully crafted words of others. They can be haunting, peaceful, illuminating, and help me feel connected to the world. I’ll leave you with the concluding lines from one of my favorite poems (Postcard 1 by Miklos Radnoti):
    Somewhere deep in my mind you shine forever, without / moving, silent, like the angel awed by death, / or like the insect burying itself / in the rotted heart of a tree.

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    Rebekah says:

    why, nature…but of course. and, it’s all around us…thus, beauty is all around us!

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    Jasanna says:

    I find it in my lovely walks in the glorious woods!

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    Elizabeth says:

    The truth is, I think it’s about the looking more than the object.  I’ve found support and inspiration and beauty in the strangest things – objects in my refrigerator or books on my bookshelf.  The WHOLE world, I am convinced in full of beauty, strength, and inspiration if I’m ready for it.  

    Personally, I find it in my bicycle.  My child.  The plant outside my front door that’s been flowering for 4 months!  Whenever I’m ready, it’s there for me.

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    Emma L says:

    I look inward, close my eyes and revisit all those moments of laughter and magic and beauty and happiness that have lined my life with their brilliance and made me who I am. Every time it amazes me how dim the memories of sadness and grief and pain and loss and trauma are in comparison: a real testament to power of the human soul in recognizing beauty rather than ugliness, gain rather than loss, the climb up rather than the fall down.

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    Nikki says:

    When I get the “mean reds” I go wander the little shops and look at all the beautiful things that people have to sell.  I love to smell the soaps and lotions and run my hands over the textures of the fabrics and the smooth lines of the vases and glassware.  The serene air of the shops and how everything is in perfect order, arranged in such lovely fashion,  calms me and makes me happy to be in such beautiful surroundings.  I usually try to buy one little thing, like a pretty box of matches or a notecard, maybe something from the sale table, but the best thing is that I leave feeling rich with inspiration even if I can’t buy it all.  I am inspired to not be lazy and make face masks in my kitchen when I see the ones for sale, and to make jewelry that expresses my personality–and to actually wear it. It helps me think of colors and textures together  in the clothes I wear and in my home as I furnish it from the thrift store, garage sales, Ross, or TJ Maxx.  

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    Courtney J says:

    Since I cannot always physically travel somewhere to see beauty, I enjoy viewing websites and blogs that feature colorful crafts, interior design ideas, beautiful scenery that I want to recreate in paint. Pinterest is a GREAT site to find images like that, and they often lead me to fantastic blogs.

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    ian barrow says:

    I sit tired frustrated, emotionally drained on the rocks of the Californian beaches. In front of me are porous rocks upon which the waves have pounded for eons.  It calms me.  So many huge forces are at play.  The ocean, beautiful, alien, gargatuan.  It stretches to the end of the horizon far beyond site and comprehension.  I know its more powerful than anything man could ever achieve and yet its merely water.  That dichotomy is some how placating.  The rocks upon which i sit are the extrusion of the earth itself.  Solid and never ending.  Yet the sand surrounding me shows that even the very earths nature changes.  Two of the most powerful elements in our world, dwarfing us yet drawing a picture of pure aesthetic beauty.  It is these large ideas, powerlessness and beauty and wonder and strength all meeting together that fills me with awe and calm.
    Lastly as my mind calms from whatever dark place im in, drawn out by the serene site in front of me, i begin to realize i am surrounded by life.  Crabs, fish, anemones, various shell fish, birds, plants.  An entire ecosystem living in these rocks.  All dependent on the tides.  Here where there is so much natural power laying resting in the ocean an entire biome.  Life endures everywhere.

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    I love all of Jenn’s beautiful ceramics and artwork so much! I try to always find beauty in the simple things around me: My husband’s smile, my dog’s tail wagging, the grasses in our yard, the huge green grasshopper with pink wings, my own creativity, beautiful creations on the web, thoughtful gifts I have received….the list goes on and on. 🙂 I’d be thrilled to add Jenn’s barnacle planter to my collection of beautiful things in my home!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I find beauty and inspiration from the moon. It changes everyday. It reminds me that life is ever changing. I gives us natural moonlight at night. It is beautiful to look at in a clear night. Breathtaking and peaceful!

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    Carolyn says:

    Trees. They remind me of my grandfather. And they are so strong, beautiful and quiet. I love small trees whose life is just beginning, and the majesty of enormous ones, who almost defy the conventions of physics to reach so high into the sky. They are miracles, and without them we would not be alive.

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    Lisa says:

    I turn to sleep, my children, and the forest. My dreams inspire me and remind me what is important. My children are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and they inspire me to be a better person every day. The forest is so refreshing and it reminds me what it really means to breath deeply and live in the moment.

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    megan says:

    I love the ocean, mountains, and vineyards. I’ve yet to visit the perfect combination of the three of these inspiring landscapes but I know where I’d love to go to find them: Chile.  

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    Emily B says:

    I turn to music, literature, poetry and art. I love your idea that practicing art is really a way of training the self to see, truly see. I feel like when I’m low and in particular need of inspiration, it’s sometimes an issue of having skewed vision, of not seeing myself and others around me clearly. To reopen my mind and see again, I immerse myself in the practicing of seeing again through the vision and experience of others. Lovely work!

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    Noma says:

    Having an interest in medicine, I have always been inspired by the human body. This semester in school I am taking a Histology course (the study of microscopic structures). Where as I’ve always thought gross anatomy to be beautiful, I have found each level of magnification to reveal greater magnitudes of beauty. Google search ‘histology’ , click images, and take a look. There is a breathtakingly magnificent microscopic world occurring concurrently to our own. When I feel overwhelmed by what is happening in my macroscopic life, I focus on something microscopic and find rest there.

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely from quiet. i live and work in NYC and am completely at peace when i’m at my parents house in the country in total silence.

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    Tiffany says:

    To free my mind of the usual “to do” lists, stresses and worries I do one of two things; I run, or I putter around the house. When I run I can’t really focus on anything else other than my breathing and the scenery around me. When I putter I’m allowing myself to poke around the house, open books I haven’t picked up in ages, admire trinkets I pass often but don’t smile at nearly enough, I play with my miniature lion Simba, I make a snack, I’ll craft something… The key to puttering is not to pick up anything with a screen. The moment I pick up a screen I am out of the zone and once again “connected” to all of that chatter in my head.

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    Vanessa says:

    Wine and a bath makes me the most inspired. Maybe because it is at the end of the day and I am left alone, safe within a warm pool of bubbles. I can sink into my heart and be still. I love nature but sometimes her beauty makes me anxious like a puppy. I find myself wanting to get into everything.

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    Shannon says:

    Blessed to be a mama to three beautiful reminders of Life.

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    I find beauty in my children.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I find beauty and inspiration in nature. There is such beauty and simplicity.

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    Aleta says:

    I love to browse design and art blogs online. I also love reading and letting my imagination explore new stories through literature!

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    Jenni says:

    My memories. I work as a creative in the marketing department of a firm. Often when I get stuck I don’t have the luxury of looking through online portfolios or stepping outside to enjoy the beauty of nature and feel the breeze. I instead have to focus on the things I have seen in my life that have stuck with me. Maybe its a texture from a bench at the park, a billboard I saw last week or even the grain pattern on my nightstand. I think visually while sitting at my desk and try to pull myself into my memories and immerse in them.

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    Susan F says:

    I take a drive over the canyon to Zuma Beach – ahhhhhh the smell of the ocean air and hearing the waves crashing makes everything right

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    Madeline says:

    My favorite thing is to look up. I love to see what picture the sky brings.

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    Susie H. says:

    I find beauty and inspiration during my outdoor runs. Time slows down and my senses wake up: I hear my breath and layers of sounds in the trees and the wind, I see shapes and colors that I’d have otherwise looked right past, and my mind wanders and seems to open. I always seem to feel more filled with gratitude and inspiration after a few short miles!

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    Stephanie says:

    I find beauty and inspiration in my husband. He always inspires me to do my very best.