“Everybody has a story. Everything we do helps develop our story. But finding the right inspiration can help make it better.”

I’m Claresa Smith–a wife, stay-at-home mom, and northern transplant who is now happy to call the Carolinas home. Writing is how I process life. Organizing is how I like to decompress when life gets stressful.  And keeping my faith in God is how I keep my sanity.

For nearly a decade, I made a career out of writing and producing news for radio, television, and online media. As you would imagine, many days were spent covering tragedies, but there were also a lot of great stories about overcoming adversity, and neighbors helping neighbors. I loved the positive stories, but I learned from them all. And each story made me see why I needed to make the most of my life by living intentionally, and finding some beauty in our broken world.

In the midst of all that learning, I started a blog to document my journey and some of the stories that inspired me to live intentionally. I called it Finding Inspiration. That’s because I see the good, and the thinking that often propels it, as inspiration to help us become first-rate versions of ourselves–living with greater faith, loving with more intensity, and looking for more ways to be productive and creative.

To get a better idea of my story and my heart, here are some of my favorite posts:

Blessed By Tragedy
Life is Serious. Keep it Simple.
It’s Okay To Standout
Do You Dance?
Back To My Roots
Delight In The Little Things
Learning From The Lord of the Rings
On Gapped Teeth, Lupita Nyong’o, And The Journey To Self-Acceptance
What a Baby Taught Me About Life in 2013
On Trying To Be Productive

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