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Tonight's What Inspire You Wednesday post comes from my friend, Mary! Mary is one of the coolest, strongest gals I know and is a fellow North Iowa Blogger.

Here's Mary:

When Jen asked me to write about what inspires me, my first and immediate thoughts went straight to the people in my life. I am fortunate to have many people in my life who I look up to, admire, and are constant inspirations to me. But when I sit back and spend time really reflecting on WHAT inspires, not necessarily WHO, the answer is obvious.

Nature. And more specifically the spring season.

I have always felt more grounded, connected and myself when I’m outside. As a child, I played outside with the neighbor kids, tearing around on our bikes playing cops and robbers, digging and mixing in the wet dirt making mud pies, and staying out long after the sun went down in the summer playing tag and night games. Being outside was fun for me growing up.

Now as an adult, I am still drawn to nature. I have chosen a lifestyle and a job that allows me to work outside among green plants and trees. I am a vegetable gardener, spending hours alone in my garden pulling weeds, and tending to the plants I sowed in the springtime.

Being in nature relaxes me, refreshes me, and inspires me.

When we go on vacation, we choose places we can hike, bike, explore and be outside. When I’m sitting by the ocean and watching the waves come in, I feel a calm I find nowhere else. I am inspired by flowing rivers that are in constant motion, ever changing and bodies of water that are homes to many creatures and also provide food to wildlife. Being in nature reminds me I am part of something much, much bigger than myself. I am inspired by the complexity, yet simplicity of nature.

We have so much to learn from observing plants and their way of life is an inspiration. They are resilient and strong. Trees hold their own in wind and storms. Flowers bloom, year after year.  They are themselves in all their glory and imperfections.

The spring season always inspires me. Each year after winter snows and frigid temps, spring comes again. It is consistent. Everything is waking up again. Winter was a chance to relax, restore, rest, and as spring arrives, temperatures become warmer, colorful birds start showing up in your yard, and the sleeping, dormant plants and trees start to show signs of new life, budding at the ends of their branches and peaking green signs of hope through the once frozen and cold brown earth. The plants emerge showing signs of new life, a new fresh outlook, a chance to shine bright again. The days are getting longer, more time to be outside, enjoying the now warming temps. More motivation to dig, plant and sow the Earth.

Spring inspires me to continue to live the life I want to live: to garden, to plant food to feed my family. Spring is an awakening, a refresh, a chance for new life and new ideas. Spring is here and it inspires me.

Be sure to check out Natural Plus Nursery out during their Spring Open House (May 3-11th) and follow Natural Plus Nursery on Facebook and Instagram.

A big thank you to Mary for sharing her thoughts on What Inspires her.

If you would like to do a guest post about what inspires you, email Jen at

Meet Sara Broers. Sara is the CEO of Travel With Sara, Co-Owner of The Midwest Travel Network, CEO of Social Connections, LLC and the Co-Owner of Home Grown Social Media. She enjoys helping others make valuable connections, to help them grow their businesses. She started the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club in June of 2013 and it is still going strong. A fun fact: Sara is also an auctioneer, as a recent November 2018 graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering.

I’m inspired by all of the people that make up our Midwest Travel Network. The people that make up our network are working to help grow destinations, all across the Midwest. It’s extremely inspiring when I see a community come back to life, after it has seen some very dark days. Often times these positive changes have come about because a blogger from our network took the time to explore and showcase their destination online.

I’m also inspired when I see a fellow blogger reach out to another blogger during a time of need. We are all a community, in more ways than one. When we help each other, we all grow. I truly believe that when people of all ages are placed together, magical things happen. I see this over and over when people in our Midwest Travel Network partner up on projects.

Life is too short to wait for things to happen. If you want to be the change, make it happen! Reach out to that one person that inspires you and motivates you to be better at what you do. Thank you to all of you that make up our Midwest Travel Network. Together, we help grow the economic tax base of communities, one community at a time.

You can follow Sara at Travel With Sara on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

You can follow Sara at Social Connections, LLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you so much, Sara, for sharing what inspires you! Sara is an amazing leader and I love to follow her adventures online.

What inspires you? If you would like to do a guest post about what inspires you, I would love to feature you on Tails From The Gravel Road! Email me at

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