Category: Find Inspiration

Find Inspiration: Andrea Bocelli, Ellie Goulding – Return to Love

I came across this video for Return to Love by Andrea Bocelli and Elli Goulding this week and was moved in a way that seemed particular to this moment in time. In the video, they explain that they asked 100 people to sit down and listen to this song. They filmed their reactions.

No doubt if I had watched this last year, I would still be moved but during this time of COVID-19, this opportunity to look deep into the eyes of people as they respond to the music feels intimate in a way that is much needed soul-nourishment. I hope you find it so as well.

Day 40: Live Lounge Allstars Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge)

Oh, what a way to wrap up this series! I must have listened to this Live Lounge Allstars version of Times Like These a hundred times since I first heard it. I knew it was the perfect send off to 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness and Love. I hope that you’ve enjoyed every day and that it’s helped you navigate the journey so far. We’re not through to the other side but we’re finding our way. Thank you for journeying with me!

Here are the details about the song in case you want to contribute to the cause and/or follow some of the voices you fall in love with!

The BBC has released Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge) as a single, with UK proceeds to be combined with any funds raised by The Big Night In.  International proceeds will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.

The artists taking part are (in alphabetical order):

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • AJ Tracey
  • Anne-Marie
  • Bastille
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Celeste
  • Chris Martin of Coldplay
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Foo Fighters
  • Grace Carter
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Jess Glynne
  • Mabel
  • Paloma Faith
  • Rag’n’Bone Man
  • Rita Ora
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Fender
  • Sean Paul
  • Sigrid
  • YUNGBLUD
  • Zara Larsson

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.

Day 39: Duolingo

I love languages! Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to my mom, aunt and grandma speaking Latvian. I never understood a word but I loved the sound of them talking in their mother tongue. It always made me feel safe and at home.

Over the past while, I’ve been working on learning both French and Spanish using the free app Duolingo. Right now I have had my longest streak every – over 50 days! It only takes a bit of time but I love feeling like I could at least say, “Hello, how are you?” when connecting with another person.

These days, when so many of us have an abundance of time at home, it feels good to focus on something that is simple,  meaningful and in the service of connection.

You can find Duolingo wherever you normally get apps. What language do you want to learn?

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.

Day 38: How to sing Rossini with Mark Elder (The Royal Opera)

What a gift it is when great artists invite us into the process, showing us what it means to learn, to work, to grow, to practice their particular art. I am spellbound by moments like this masterclass with Mark Elder working with and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly on how to sing Rossini using The Barber of Seville. There is so much here about rhythm, language and how artists work towards performance.

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 37: Make a Quirky Bird with Willowing

I love the theme behind Willowing’s Quirky Bird: accepting ourselves quirks and all.  As most of us are spending quite a lot of time with ourselves, this seems like the perfect time to create a little mascot who reminds us of the beauty of who we are. Follow along with the demonstration or find your own way to create (and be) a quirky bird!

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 36: Daschund Puppies

We’ve already enjoyed kittens! It’s only fair that we spend some time with puppies too! (Plus, if you explore LouLou’s channel you’ll see ducks, chickens, bunnies, sugar gliders and more!)

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.