What Inspires You?

By: Shannon Shull

What inspires you? Outside of the love you have for your children, your partner and family. Really think about it…what, in your personal life, really taps into your inner being and brings you great joy?

Well, for me personally…when I listen to the soulful singing of Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Tory Amos or Adele, they inspire me to want to strengthen my own voice and share it thru song. No cheese here, music literally fills me up, it lights up my soul.

Nancy Wilson

When I watch Gene Kelly, Gregory Hines or Mikhail Baryshnikov dance – they inspire me to such a degree that it literally makes my muscles twitch. To watch Baryshnikov dance is to watch a super-human…the man is a dance god in my eyes. His talent takes my breath away.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

When I read the works of Rebecca Wells, Steven Press field, Veronica Franco, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Guadalupe de Saver, Shakespeare – it is an indescribable escape.


When I see a Gustav Klimt painting it takes me away, releases my imagination.  He paints with passion.  The bold, richness of the colors he uses catches my attention and activates my mind.

Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

And when I see actors like Jimmy Stewart, Gary Oldman, Leo DeCaprio, Hugh Jackman or an actress like Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Winslet, and my all time favorites, the comedienne geniuses Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, I am truly astounded by their talent and inspired to tap into my own. They’re ability to transform themselves rocks my world.

Gary Oldman

Lucille Ball

I’m a creative, artistic person so this passionate kind of talk comes easily for me. But whether the passion comes easily for me or not, I know it’s good to recognize the things in my life that inspire me.  So I’d like to challenge you to really think about the things in your life that truly inspire YOU.  Think about your favorites, think about the things that make your heart smile…think about the things you know you should spend more time doing or admiring.

Ready…set…GO allow your true self to be inspired!

And please share what inspires you with us here on EveryWomanBlog.com!

Here are examples of some of my inspirations –

Enjoy one of my singer idols, the incredible Nancy Wilson…

One of my absolute favorite dance pieces by the dance gods Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov…

See my ultimate dance crush, super human Baryshnikov, in one of his most brilliant works of art…

2 thoughts on “What Inspires You?

  1. Thank you for sharing your passion with all of us who follow your blog..and the world..Baryshnikov is a dance god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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