Friday, April 11

INSPIRE | Ideas Become Things

A week or so ago I received a knock on the door about 7 o'clock in the evening as I was in the kitchen doing the wretched dinner dishes. The day had been somewhat of struggle that day and I certainly wasn't expecting a visitor so I begrudgingly prepared myself for a visit from the neighborhood social committee. However, when I flipped the front porch light on to see who it was…no one was there.

Instead, I heard the roar of the UPS engine start up which caused me to instinctively look on the ground for a package. And there it was. A simple brown cardboard box stickered with the familiar bright orange "Live Inspired" insignia. Instantly it became a good day. I opened the package to find this…

A beautiful new book from Compendium, my favorite Inspirational Gift Company.  The book entitled "What Do You Do With An Idea?" by Kobi Yamada is a story about what happens to an idea when it's nurtured and given love and attention.

"This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started."  Powerful words, right?

Not only is the story beautiful, the illustrations took my breath away. I've been fixated on watercolor lately so these gorgeous illustrations by Mae Besom really had me lost in the pages of the book. I LOVE how the book starts off mainly black and white and shifts into full blown color. I also love how the "idea" is represented by the image of an "egg". It plays on the whole "hatch an idea" mindset.

The book is truly empowering. It's simple enough for Ella to enjoy and understand and yet it contains a powerful message Clara and Ema (and myself) can appreciate and be moved by.

And I was really moved by this book. To make things even more special…this was inscribed on the inside of my book: Jessica & Ella - Remember, ideas become things. - Kobi Yamada

"Ideas become things." - I love that Kobi Yamada. Perfect.

However…the inspiration really began with the notecard that came with the book.
The words punched me right in the gut because they were just what I needed to hear on that otherwise deflated day:

although it's technically a children's title, I think it takes time to learn to believe in your dreams. Your blog and all that you've accomplished are a true testament to the magical things that happen when you let your ideas grow."  Angeline, thank you so much for your simple note that came at just the right time and was just what I needed to hear.

Would you like to win a copy of this gorgeous book?
I've got 3 up for grabs - thanks to the generous folks at Compendium.
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I think sometimes my problem is that I have SO MANY ideas I don't know how to tame, nurture, love, care for all of them at the same time. Maybe there could be a follow up book entitled: "Guide to Parenting Your Ideas: What To Do With All of Those Children Ideas Screaming for your Attention and Love" - Ha! 


sydney85 April 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM  

I would give this to my daughter for all her hard work earning her Phd for Psychology.

Theresa Edwards-Capen,  April 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM  

What an amazing book!!! I would love to win it!!! Love the company as well! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Dina Pancoast,  April 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM  

I love this!! I would use it at work at! I can think of a billion ways to use this is session with clients!

Suzie April 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM  

My daughter who has amazing ideas everyday

Suzie April 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM  

My daughters so they continue to be inspired by their ideas.

kansasgirl1 April 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM  

I think I am the one who needs this. It's been a long time since I let an idea run and grow. I've felt stifled for a long time. I'm ready to break open again!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM  

Dominique said: I would love this for myself.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM  

What a great reminder! Thanks for posting it.

lineman April 13, 2014 at 1:29 AM  

Looks like a beautiful book. Would love to share it with my students

vicki April 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM  

I absolutely love this book! I need 12 books for my dozen grand babies! Since that's not possible I would love to have the book for ME so I can read it to and with them. They are just starting out in life and it's a perfect "Idea" to teach them! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!
Vicki Cooley

vicki April 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM  

I absolutely love this book! I need 12 books for my dozen grand babies! Since that's not possible I would love to have the book for ME so I can read it to and with them. They are just starting out in life and it's a perfect "Idea" to teach them! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!
Vicki Cooley

Anonymous,  April 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM  

I would keep this for myself.

Bonnie April 14, 2014 at 7:05 PM  

If I were to win this book I think I might give it to a young woman I know who is expecting her first baby, a little girl.

Unknown April 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM  

Love this. I would give as a gift to my son who is turning 2.

Unknown April 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM  

I would give it to my son who is turning 2. I want to instill creativity and confidence in him at a young age.

Anna April 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM  

This is lovely! I know just who I'd give it to...after I read it through myself a time or three :D

Andrea April 17, 2014 at 5:04 AM  

Love books like this and would probably keep this one for myself as I usually buy books like these as gifts for others. :)

vickisc April 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM  

I would love this book because I have lots, 12 to be exact, grand babies that I would read this too! I think my adult girls would love to read it too! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway. Fingers crossed...

Kelly April 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM  

This is just the book I need. I have so many ideas floating around in my head I cant keep them straight. Being an event managememt student I know this book will come in handy all of the time. I know I would enjoy this book. Even if I dont win I will more than likely purchase it lol

And I must say, what a lovely idea for a book.

Kelly Brown

Jessica Kirkland April 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM  

Hello friends!! Thank you so much for playing along! The winners have officially been selected via Rafflecopter and are now posted on the widget. Congrats to those who will be receiving this beautiful book!! And I sincerely appreciate the feedback, comments and participation by each and every one of you!!

dawn@joyfulscribblings May 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM  

It was so nice to meet you at SNAP. I bought this book for my friend Cathy who was at SNAP with me for her birthday. She has an idea that she's been thinking about for a long time. The artwork is beautiful and it's such a lovely book. Thanks so much for sharing it!

P and J and J May 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM  

Two of my favorite people just wrote about this:

Love your site! Completely inspired! :)

Jessica Kirkland May 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM  

It was equally nice to meet you too Joyful Scribbings!! You are just too much fun!! And you totally made my day with your super sweet words at our introduction!! I'm so happy to hear you got this book for Cathy!! Yay!! Looking forward to seeing what she does with her idea!! Hugs!!

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