Inspire Me

Hi, friends,

It’s Tuesday and I am still motivated to do these posts, so that means time for an Inspire Me post! This is actually fun to think about throughout the week and my browser is full of bookmarks of inspiration that I am going to dump here. Thanks for those who shared quotes, videos, photos and other things that inspire you and let’s keep it up for this week.

OK, let’s get inspired.

Be Kind

photo 1 The other day at the store I had planned to go to the self-checkout but, when I saw the cashier open, I decided to go to that line. The woman greeted me and then I her, asking her how her day was, and she said, “Great, everyone is talking today.” She proceeded to tell me how brighter her day can be when customers are even a bit friendly and the reverse when people take out their problems on her. It reminded me that we have the power to make someone’s day just a bit brighter if we give them a bit of attention and a smile. I usually try to be nice to cashiers, waiters, ect., but we all can be better to each other.

Earlier that day, my mom and I were browsing the yogurts and she was flipping through her coupons. She had one for those yogurt tubes, or whatever they are, and I asked her if she was actually going to eat them, knowing she doesn’t like the available flavors, and she said no. Yet, she didn’t want to waste the coupons and suggested we just lay them near the product. I’ve always wanted to do the pay-it-forward thing – buying the coffee of the person behind you or paying for the next car’s drive thru – but just haven’t. This small act was a great inspiration to do more for strangers.

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A lesson for new people, and old ones

I clicked on this link because of the new person in my life, but there are messages for us all. “Some days gross things happen. Some days awesome things happen. Some days you get ice cream. Some days you don’t.” “You’re awake. You’re awesome. Live like it.” This kid should be president.

Today is the day

Kathy shared this page with me and this picture popped up. Now, each morning I think about the gift I have in the day and try to make it count.

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Brave story telling

184950_625108396766_988048_nMy courageous, beautiful, inspiring friend Janice wrote this incredible post this week. She didn’t need to share her story, but she did because she wanted to help others. That’s the ultimate inspiration. (P.S. This is Janice at a Niger fashion show. She’s fabulous.)

Oh, and I also read this story this week. It’s incredibly sad, but the fight she put up to find answers encourages me to keep fighting for things that are important. Also, it is beautiful writing.

Blog encouragement

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I love, love blogs and I’ve read A Cup Of Jo for a few years. Joanne has such pretty style, but I especially loved this post on encouragement. (Photo from here)

Jamworthy song

I am sure that I’ve heard this song before but I learned more about Bastille on Infinite Shuffle. I am so in love with this song – those African-like choirs! – and I just want to dance when I hear it, which is about 10 times a day.

Be Powerful

Madeline, president of Friends of Lesotho, sent me this amazing quote:

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Nelson Mandela

Growing Up

Because it’s good to remember how limitless our dreams were  

Beauty in the awful

Journaling

Writing lights me up more than anything else and I always carry a journal with me. In Africa, I filled up nine journals, plus two from Niger. Nothing is more inspiring than writing your own story.

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