inspiration soup

inspiration soup :: march 24, 2017

by eringoodman on March 24, 2017

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Morning Beauty

My family and I recently moved this vase, which reads: “There is beauty all around when there is love at home,” and many other household items from my Nana’s kitchen to my new kitchen. It’s been almost a year since my Nana passed, and although we all miss her dearly and still have hard, sad days of grief, it feels so good to have so much of her essence and many of her handmade and special treasured items in our home. The rocks that surround the vase were placed there by my Mama, as part of a Lenten practice she participates in every year through her church. The words written on the stones are: Peace, Purity, Goodness, Trust and Love.

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I have shared “inspiration soup” posts off and on in different forms over the years, most recently being in my monthly-ish newsletter and throughout the week on my Facebook page.

And although I haven’t really shared this with you, I’ve often spent a lot of time (far too much time) worrying about annoying people by being repetitive on the different “channels” through which I share updates and inspiration.

That is, until recently when I finally came to the conclusion that all of us who are alive and active in this digital age need to learn how to manage news, social media, email, text updates etc. in a way that works for each of us.

So instead of spending my energy trying to guess how people want to follow along with me and my ministry, I’m going to just share online in a way that works for me and my family, and trust that you all will take good care of yourselves in how you choose to receive (or not receive) what I share. And that you will give me constructive feedback if there is something I can do that would be more helpful / manageable for you.

Sound good?

Alrighty then, let’s get on with it . . .

Here are some links to articles and other resources that I find inspiring, thought-provoking, and I believe are worthy of your (and my) precious time. I hope you enjoy and are enriched by them!.



:: Video Inspiration ::


How to Fight Better: Kitchen-Sinking – a video by Ester Perel

Click the video below (or right HERE) to watch.

And while you are at it, if you have not watched Ester Perel’s amazing Ted Talk, The Secret to Desire in Long Term Relationships,  based on her incredible book “Mating in Captivity” do yourself a favor and watch that video this weekend too.


:: Written Inspiration ::


Honest Wedding Vows for Real Marriages by Pastor John Pavlovitz

(Quick, thought-provoking read. Great conversation starter for singles, engaged and married couples alike.)

My Prayer for all Couples: 5 ways to be a Conscious Partner by Jennifer Byrd Rubacky 

(As I noted when I shared this on my FB page, some of these mindfulness practices may feel a little hokey and awkward if they are new to you, but I really believe if you keep an open mind and give them a try, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.)

This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the #1 Secret to Living a Fulfilling Life by Melanie Curtin

(Spoiler alert: “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.”)

Please read this before posting another RIP on social media by Taya Dunn Johnson

(Johnson says: “While I can in no way speak for the entire planet, I certainly feel qualified to propose some suggestions — or, dare I say, rules — for social media grieving.”)



Wishing you a wonderful weekend, friends. Please feel free to share your thoughts and responses to these links in the comments . . . and / or tell us what is inspiring you this week.


Rev. Erin



{ inspiration soup } 10.26.12

by eringoodman on October 26, 2012

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I love all the creative Guest Books the couples I work with come up with. This is from a beautiful (Beatles-themed) farm wedding last month.

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Behind the Blog Episode Eleven | with Eileen Straiton

Eileen Straiton of Little Acorn Learning has been part of my online world for many years. Her work inspires me as a mother, a nature lover, a heart-centered business owner and a creative spirit.

In this episode, Eileen and I talk about the ever elusive work-family balance, mindfully navigating public schools, discovering Waldorf education — and grieving the loss of it for our own children — plus much, much more!

Giveaway Update | Stop the Frenzy by Susan Sachs Lipman

Congratulations to Gretchen P. who said:

“I would love to win this giveaway! This book sounds wonderful. With three kids (highschooler, 7th grader, and 3rd grader) I am constantly trying to slow down. It is hard! Can’t wait to read this book and be reminded to reconnect!”

(Reading the comments on this post makes my heart smile.)

It’s Not What You First Think | Bethany Stewart of BLOOM

I don’t know about you, but I occasionally come across some little nugget of wisdom in a blog or on Facebook (usually in a blog on Facebook) and I think, “Ooh, that’s a gem.”  If the spirit moves me I pass it along to others.  I may set the intention of remembering that thought or idea, weaving it into my daily life…and then “my daily life” happens and the intention slips away, usually without the awareness that anything was lost.

Essay from the bathroom | Hannah Marcotti

Connection to home is my form of balance. When I’m off scrubbing the bathroom it will slowly rock me back into rhythm. My friend calls doing such things ‘making home.’ Gorgeous, yes?


Wishing you a beautiful Friday.


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{ inspiration soup } 9.7.12

by eringoodman on September 7, 2012

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A little of this. A little of that.

Last Friday’s Blue Moon rising.

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Rhythm of the Home | Interview with Erin Barrette Goodman

The beautiful new Rhythm of the Home website launched this week and I am honored to be featured in their Autumn Issue. I will be honest and say that this interview pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. (I’m usually the one *asking* the questions!) But it was such a wonderful exercise to really stop and reflect on each question and to answer fully and honestly from my heart.

Elizabeth Sniegocki | Thoughts on Birth

“My girls are delighted and excited by birth. A few years back, on a kindergarten field trip to a local dairy farm, Selby and I witnessed the birth of a baby cow! It was so amazing we happened to be at the farm at just the right time. They allowed the school kids to gather a ways back and quietly watch. I was surprised that some parent chaperones were uncomfortable, pulling their kids out of sight of the birth . . .”

Emily Walker | Confessions of an Imperfect Girl

“I stopped blogging for a long time, and even before I stopped, I went from frequent blogging to sporadic to not at all. A big reason for this was that I began to feel like blogging had turned into some adult version of show-n-tell. Suddenly, I didn’t need to flip through magazines filled with pages of beautiful people in beautiful homes living beautiful “perfect” lives to feel inadequate – all I had to do was read blogs . . .”

Chris Brogan | Every Time I talk about Depression – Being Brave

“Bravery is a muscle, like love. You have to exercise it constantly or it will turn flabby. When I am depressed, it’s very easy to fall away from bravery. But because I’m working harder and harder to stop avoiding things, when I tell you about my depression, it’s because I have something to tell myself, and I just want you to hear so you can think about your own personal bravery . . .”

I left a comment on Chris’ very honest and very brave post about his depression.

It was my first brave step in beginning to talk publicly about my own depression.

Sharing part of what I wrote on Chris’ blog with all of you is my second brave step.

“I live with depression (and anxiety and ADD). It’s part of my genetic make-up, it’s interwoven into my personality and it’s a big part of what makes me so damn good at what I do . . .”

This is really scary stuff for me to talk about publicly.

(Like crazy-hands-shaking-holy-shit-scary.)

But I’m ready to start talking about it — slowly, in baby steps — with much gratitude for beautiful, brave souls like Chris Brogan leading the way.

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Happy weekend, friends. Thanks for sharing the journey.


Registration for the October Pay-What-You-Can 10-Day Family Recharge opens NEXT Friday (9/14) and all the exciting details will be posted on my Recharge Page that day! You can also subscribe to my e-mail list to be the first to know when registration opens.



{ inspiration soup } september

by eringoodman on October 4, 2011

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I haven’t been online much in recent weeks while I’ve been helping the kids get settled into school and me to get settled into my new work rhythm (working during the day instead of into the wee hours of the night — what a concept!) but here’s a peek at some of the good stuff that floated across my path in September.

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Jamie Martin | Portrait of a Steady Mom’s Bad Day

I love Jamie. I love her blog. I love her book. I love interviewing her. Reading this post made me love (and respect) her even  more. She is the real deal.


Sparrow Magazine | A daily meditation practice: What has worked for me and why it is hard

Everything about this article made me smile and nod my head.


Eat Happy. | You ate your lunch

Very excited that Kim is blogging again. And grateful that her first post back after her summer break was just what I needed to read.


Two Chicks and a Hen | Houseplant Sampler

Simple. Thoughtful. Beautiful. (And free.)


Just for fun…

Fog and Smog | Whole Foods Parking Lot

You probably saw this over the summer but I was offline so I missed it until recently. Too funny.




{ inspiration soup } july

by eringoodman on July 30, 2011

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Joining Nicola and Hillary, whose link posts always send me off adventuring to such thought-provoking and inspiring places, with a peek at some of the good stuff that has crossed my path in the past few weeks.


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The New Arrivals

Welcoming the “meat birds” to their farm, Amanda talks about following their hearts to feed their family.

July Farm Tour

Can I be inspired by my own blog post? Yes I can. And yes I am. I love being part of this farm and working with such amazing people. And oh do I love taking photographs of all the beautiful farm-y goodness.

Slow Gardening

A review copy of this book, written by Felder Rushing, came to me by way of Chelsea Green Publishing. I tucked it into my bag a couple of weeks ago when I was farm-sitting and spent a hot afternoon camped out in the shade reading it cover to cover. A spin-off of the Slow Food Movement, I loved the overall philosophy of the book, which is filled with beautiful photographs, practical tips and plenty of chuckles. (And I am now obsessed with creating a bottle tree.)

Finding Time

Chris Brogan’s thoughts on how we use each day’s 24 hours and finding our “time sinks” really struck a chord with me.

Mermaid Island

Yet another post from Cindy that makes me want to pack up and move to her marina. Always love reading about and peeking into the beautiful days Cindy shares with her dockside tribe.

Three Ways to Share the Psychic Burden

I really enjoyed this post from Rachael on sharing the psychic burden of running a household and was inspired to leave a (rather lengthy) comment about the ways John and I are working together to keep things (mostly) running smoothly on the home front.

Phones Please.

LOVE Tara Thayer’s approach to helping her teens manage their cell phones. And I think I need a phone basket. (For me.)

Love what you love

This one from Rachel really got me. Beautiful photos and words.

Why not you?

Amanda’s blog is new to me but quickly becoming a frequent, happy landing place on the web. This post in particular really spoke to me.

The Joy Up

Are you ready for more JOY in your life? Hannah’s Joy UP starts Monday and I am thrilled to be contributing. It’s pay-what-you-can starting at ONE dollar. Jump on in! (Sorry wonderful menfolk. This one’s just for the ladies.)


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I’ll be back here tomorrow for sunday still life. And then I’ll be offline for a few weeks as I embark on another digital sabbatical. (More about that on Monday.)

Oh and I announced the winner of this week’s giveaway in Tuesday’s post.