Interview: Samm from the Inspiration Tree

I think that the world needs more hopeful messages. We hear so much about negativity, but when you read something that lifts you up, it makes a difference in your day and even life. That’s one reason I look for positive bloggers. Enjoy this interview with Samm from The Inspiration Tree.

I really adore your blog. How did you decide to start it?

Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t ever remember sitting down and making the decision to start The Inspiration Tree, it kind of just became. I was going through sort of a personal revelation at the time and started writing down ideas that I found inspiring on a personal blog. I was changing my life and habits step-by-step and as I came across a new concept or a helpful tip that I found relevant I posted it on my blog. Gradually people started visiting and leaving their own thoughts so I made the decision to make The Inspiration Tree a place for learning and sharing. I asked people to send me their bits of optimism and it was amazing the things that people started to send in. Every time I would check my email I would leave the computer with a smile and often times, a deep feeling of gratitude. With everyone participating in The Inspiration Tree, to me my blog become a sort of mini optimism movement and to be a part of something so positive has been such a great experience.

What are some of the blog posts that have been most inspiring to you?

Wow, this question is extremely difficult to answer because everything that has been posted on my blog has been posted there because of the sole fact that it inspired me in some way. One of the posts that sticks out the most though is “I Believe”. A lovely girl named Kelsey submitted a list to me which is from a poem called “I’ve Learned” by an unknown author. (I’ve also heard, since posting it, that is is displayed on a sign throughout a certain restaurant in the United States.)

What was really inspiring about this particular post though was larger than the poem itself. Once the post was online, I started to receive comments, emails, tweets, private messages, etc. with people telling me what THEY believed. It was amazing. Day after day I was reading hundreds of peoples personal beliefs and each and every one was beautiful. Due to the response, I started the What Do you Believe Project where I asked people to continue sharing their beliefs with me, and to this day I am still receiving responses. I often scroll through both these blog posts and the response emails to read over the wonderful things people have sent me and I’m moved everytime.

Tell me about the design of your blog. Did you do it yourself or hire someone?

The design of my blog is quite basic. I drew the background (the silly, curly tree) on photoshop one day while playing around. I then uploaded it to a simple template and edited some of the formatting and voila, there was my design!

What are some of your blogging goals?

This question is actually very pertinent to my current situation, haha. Unfortunately, my dedication to my blog has been less than satisfactory in the last 6 months due to working full time and finishing up my psychology degree and to be honest, I really missed blogging.

However, now that I’m finished up at University (YAY!!!) I have made The Inspiration Tree one of my main priorities again… so back to posting it is ๐Ÿ™‚

My current goals are pretty simple- to get caught up with the back log of submissions and posts that are sitting around waiting to be shared. After that I hope to expand on what The Inspiration Tree is right now and continue to reach out to the larger blogging community… how I plan to do these things must remain a secret for now though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay tuned!

Let’s switch gears to books. Do you enjoy reading? Whatโ€™s the most interesting book youโ€™ve ever read?

I love love love reading. One of my favorite past times since kindergarten! The most interesting book I’ve ever read was The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I was in junior high when I read it and although the major theme is concerning racism specifically I believe that it can lend itself to any form of discrimination. Overall, the theme/message within the story helped me make sense of the world around me at the time and I’ve forever remembered this book fondly.

To quote Morrison…

“We were so beautiful when we stood astride her ugliness. Her simplicity decorated us, her guilt sanctified us, her pain made us glow with health, her awkwardness made us think we had a sense of humor. Her inarticulateness made us believe we were eloquent. Her poverty kept us generous. Even her waking dreams we used–to silence our own nightmares. And she let us, and thereby deserved our contempt. We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in the fantasy of our strength.”

“… And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life”

Favorite authors?

So many! Some all time favorites are Janet Fitch (author of White Oleander) and J.D Salinger (Catcher in the Rye). Something about the way they both write always gets to me.

Where can we learn more about you?

The Inspiration Tree is my little corner on the internet so that’s probably your best shot. I also love random emails so feel free to fire away ๐Ÿ™‚

Anything else you’d like to add?

I think that I’ve covered most of it. Much gratitude to Cherie for being interested in my blog enough to email me with an interview, I’m truly honored!
โ˜ฎ & โค,

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