As we’ve discussed, Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration for all kinds of projects. This week, the Mom to Mom Bloggers will all be challenging themselves to complete something they pinned on Pinterest. Check in all week to read what inspired them and how they did completing their challenge.
The idea of a Pinterest challenge was really and truly challenging for me. I have pinned lots of yummy looking recipes lately, and in the part of my brain that controls fantasy, I will make at least one of them some day. There are tons of cute little crafts that never even make it to my pin boards. I know enough not to dream that big. And, in my house, DIY projects are the exclusive territory of my husband. I had true Pinterest paralysis. And then I came across a pin (thanks to Progressive Mom, who was the original pinner) that enabled me to embrace this challenge. Teach.com issued an “epic flowchart” that should enable anyone to choose one of 101 books to read this summer instead of 50 Shades of Grey. This touched me. First, I am proud to say, not as a prude, but as someone who values good quality literature, I have not and have no intention of ever reading 50 Shades. Second, I really need to catch up on some good reading. Third, I enjoyed just going through the chart and counting up how many of the books I had already read (31!) and which one I would take on for this challenge.
I decided, in the spirit of the challenge, to go with a book that hadn’t shown up on my radar until I saw the list on Pinterest. I chose Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit. It’s the true story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini who becomes a WWII POW. He is singled out for extreme abuse by his captors, and yet survives and is still alive today. It was the perfect choice for me. I love non-fiction, great writing, WWII history, and with the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, it seemed especially fitting. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve started reading it on my Kindle (and my phone, and my iPad, depending on what I have around at the time), and it’s not only great literature, it’s also great history, a great reminder to me to read more, and a nod to the fact that Pinterest is what you make of it.
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