In this series of posts, we are asking Lakelanders to share what is inspiring them in the world of art and media. We hope sharing these recommendations will help you find your next great read or the perfect flick to add a little something extra to your week.

This week we are featuring Mary Galletta. Mary was born and raised in Atlanta. In 2007, she moved to Lakeland with her husband, Josh (“Bump”). Mary and Bump have two kids named Emmersyn and Fynn whom Mary homeschools while also working for Step By Stage Interiors as a home stager. 

Prior to her current role, Mary was a freelance hair and makeup artist for sixteen years. Mary enjoys spending her time drawing out the great potential she sees in either people or spaces. She enjoys pulling a room together with a clean and approachable aesthetic, and also loves a good road-side or thrift store find! 

Beyond home staging, Mary serves in our community alongside her husband and looks forward to connecting with fellow Lakelanders along the way.

This book has encouraged me to carve time out of my day to read out loud with my children. 
When my kids were little we would read every night, but as they have gotten older, we have let that fall by the wayside.
Reading aloud with them brings us together with intention; it calms our spirits, broadens our vocabulary, inspires compassion, and takes us on magical adventures.
Along with her book, Rachel Hollis’ podcast has plenty of gumption. Her message to break the cycle of a negative inner dialogue in order to create the life you want is very strong.
I am inspired by road trips with great music or podcast coming through the speakers. They spark wonderful conversations, and keep my hubby and I dreaming and scheming.
Being outdoors is my happy place. I love the salty breeze of the beach in the summer, and the crisp mountain air in the fall.  I also love tromping around in the city and finding new places to explore.  
In addition, I am inspired by the kindness and generosity of people around me. It inspires me to give of my time, talents, and resources for the common good.