Feel-Good Friday Inspiration | 13 Picks That Will Make You Either Think Or Smile (or both)

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I'm officially kicking off the first Feel-Good Friday post on The StyleShaker. So, freaking, excited...

Why Feel-Good Friday? Because, as an entrepreneur, and human being, I've realized the importance of having an 'ace up my sleeve' when it comes to those days that leave me feeling drained or asking, "um, what am I doing?" Whether your ditching your previous life to go full-force towards your dreams or just gathering the strength to put your left foot in front of your right for the day, it never hurts to have a little help.

I've compiled a list of everything that made me smile and resonated with my inner ten-year old this week. Some weeks they'll be fashion-heavy (it is a personal style & shopping site after all), while other weeks they'll be peppered with insane photography and life-changing posts. The only thing you can expect is to will walk away and head into your weekend feeling inspired.

Without further adieu...

(p to the s: none of these selections are sponsored; this is all me and what I love enough to share with you)


Fifty, count 'em, fifty. Not just another list. This one is worth checking out, oh, and don't forget to read Meg's story. Also incredibly inspiring:

50 Ways to be Awesome from Meg Rulli of LandingStanding.com


Here's one of the submissions of the 2011 National Geographic Contest edited down by The Atlantic (source: www.theatlantic.com)

Caption: "My son, Jack, dune jumping. (© Betina La Plante)"

1 jump for jou


Yup, here's another one from the 2011 National Geographic Contest from The Atlantic (source: www.theatlantic.com)

Caption: 'Temple of Transition' during the Burning Man



And now you are beginning to see a pattern. I love a good list. Here's something that made me think, courtesy of one of my favorite blogs out there, MarcandAngel.com. In the fashion industry it's always refreshing to go below surface level. Some are surprising, some are just solid reminders, #7 is my jam.

15 Ways to be Irresistibly Attractive

source: www.marcandangel.com


I always have music playing in the office. Always. Music therapy courtesy of Damien Rice- Coconut Skins:

Not sure what to do tonight?
Cook this...(click to check it out)
source: www.gimmesomeoven.com
...while drinking this:
source: www.delucasmarket.com
It's really not about you, and that's a GOOD thing:
How to Note Be Offended from The Unbounded Spirit
source: theunboundedspirit.com
“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things."― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Photo by sullivan™, via Flickr
Jon Bischke's talking to himself again. Well, his 21 year-old self. This one's for all the entrepreneurs out there. 

The 5 Things I’d Tell My 21 Year Old Entrepreneurial Self

source: www.jonbischke.com


For when you feel like giving up...again, for my fellow entrepreneurs, and again, from Bischke. He's JUST THAT GOOD.

source: www.jonbischke.com


say cheese.

source: www.etoday.ru




I mean, it's just one gorgeous image after another from Sonja Heintschel & the Novartis "Reflections" Campaign.

source: www.behance.net

The only thing left to do, since you've read this, is:
Go nap with your cat, play catch with your dog, kiss someone you love, walk outside and let the sun hit your face, try a new route, make a cup of tea, make two cups of tea, one for you and one for your best friend, order the carafe instead of just the glass, the conversation can handle it...You get the point.
Feel that? That's you feeling good.
Take it and go head into your weekend. It's always good to share.

At The StyleShaker we believe 'when you FEEL good, you LOOK good.' We flipped the well-known saying on it's head for a reason. How do you capture that serotonin-filled feel-good moment everyone's always chasing? You create it. But you don't have to do it alone. The StyleShaker is here to get you inspired, excited, and in the end, help you take your personal style to levels you never thought possible. Aim higher, think bigger, walk into every day feeling confident and always, ALWAYS ask for help (a sign of strength, not weakness; took me awhile to figure that out) or know it's here if you need it.

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Or, just keep check out more inspiration that will have you redefining what's possible when it comes to your personal style here.