Inspire Your Week: Life Giving

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Have you ever felt a time when you life was so FULL? You felt joy, love, peace. Have you ever considered that sometimes we rob ourselves of feeling that? Sometimes we allow schedules, to-do lists, the over-abundance of birthday parties and gatherings get the best of us and drain our life of the things that are truly life -giving. The hard part  is the recognization that  the "robber" is ourselves- because no one experiences our lives for us. You are the expert at knowing what activities bring you joy and life and the one who can choose to do them. It's true responsibilities exist and we can't forget about some of those. But maybe the time you decide to sit outside and read a book you've been meaning to get to, or work out really hard, or go meet a friend can fuel you in the times you are needed elsewhere. 

Another thought- Choose to believe and label the things that create your day are fun. They are opportunities, even the mundane. 

And, if this is hard for you... You are not alone. I am there with you, thinking about this in my own life. 

-Sara Smith, Founder and Director

Inspire Your Week: Finding Strength in Needing Help

This week's inspiration post is in dedication to #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek.  While it can be hard to admit to needing help, it is a sign of STRENGTH.  And, guess what?  Everyone needs help sometimes.  Seek someone out, build a group of friends that you can trust, and when other help is needed, review your resources.

Share with us your stories of strength, #InspireYourWeek

Share with us your stories of strength, #InspireYourWeek

Inspire Your Week: Opportunities

I am a dreamer.  I love to think of all things possible in a given moment or in my life.  Some may say I think a little too much about possibilities.  They are probably right at times {because it can also lead to worry}.  But, I believe it also helps me think about all the hope-filled avenues I can take in life.  Though I do not always have perfect vision in my outlook, my dreaming mind also helps me see the gift of opportunity. 

Opportunity is defined as a "time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something (Source)."  

Opportunities are times you can make possible things a reality.

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According to this week's inspiration, life is full of these moments.  But we have to learn to view our circumstances, tasks, daily life this way.  Notice I said learn.  It is not easy to get head out of the clouds or out of the to-do list and see that special moments are constantly happening to us.  As an achiever and one who values efficiency, it is very easy for me look at chores, homework, exercise, and even people as an obligation or something I "have" to do.  So, what would happen if these "haves" turned into "gets?"  

I get to do chores. = I get to see a smile on the face of someone I live with.  I get the opportunity to make someone feel good. 

I get to do homework {I know, I know.  Sounds crazy.} = I get the opportunity to learn something new. And students, know I also have homework as a graduate student, so I feel the pain just as much. 

I get to exercise. = I get to have a healthy body that will take me through years to come.  If your exercise includes going outside, you get to have a break from the four walls of your house or school, you get the opportunity to see beautiful things and interesting people. 

I get time with people. = I get the opportunity to laugh, find out something new about someone, and even talk about my thoughts and feelings, or something I like {this is friendship!}. 

Opportunities are the moments that help us navigate what we believe to be possible for our lives and learn further who we are and what we are born to do. 

In changing the way we see even the small things in life we can start to understand that life is full of times or situations {OPPORTUNITIES} to do something unique, fun, new, positive.  Something that possibly brings a meaningful experience into our lives.  What we view as meaningful will depend on our personal beliefs, gifts, interests, and desires; yet each of us have the chance to experience something each day.  If meaningful experiences exist all around us, even in the things we "have" to do, why not take the opportunity to feel positive about the things we are doing?  Bring in the joy and hope of opportunity rather than the stress and dread of obligation. #InspireYourWeek