Category Archives: Inspiration

W8- Inspiration {Affirmations}

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How many of you are familiar with affirmations?  If you aren’t, look at the base word “affirm” and then think of a statement that affirms who you are…They are also statements that affirm who you want to be or how you want to be if you aren’t exactly feeling it at the moment…

Some examples:

I AM smart

I AM beautiful

I AM kind

I AM Worthy

I AM Special

These are simple statements meant to be said repeatedly to yourself, to help motivate, inspire, encourage, and push you to believe in the awesome person you are.  Often times we get caught up in negative thinking and can become our own worst enemy.  Affirmations can encourage you to keep going when things get difficult. 

Affirmations can be anything you want them to be.  One day you may be repeat the affirmation,”I Am Healthy” and the next day you may be saying, “I Am Happy.” Personally, I struggle with feeling good enough…so even if I don’t exactly feel super good at my job, I might tell myself, “I am smart, I am meant to be a teacher, I am going to get through to them…” I can do this, I can do this…”

Affirmations are yours and yours alone.  They can literally change your life and lead you down a positive and creative pathway.  Writing them out activates the creative being in you and you become a little more reflective and a little more purpose driven.   

How can you use affirmations? You can put them on post-it notes and place them in places that are applicable to the message.  Or just write them on a piece of paper or in a journal. Maybe you have a white board at home that you write notes on, a pad of paper on the fridge…

 Bathroom mirro-“I AM Beautiful just the way I am” or “I am in control of my feelings”

The kitchen pantry -“I AM healthy.” 

In the car- “I AM Mindful of my surroundings”

At work, “I AM cooperative and helpful”

On your computer as a screen saver- “I AM Worthy”

An affirmation jar where you drop in affirmations

Remember if you think something over and over and over, before long it will become a reality…

Give some of these ideas a try and let me know how it goes!  The beauty of affirmations are they are completely individualized, you think of what you need to hear most and then you work on believing it!!!  My favorite one comes from one of my favorite books. In the book you are supposed to say it at the beginning and then again at the end…it’s a little affirmation chant and I encourage you to chant it each day to yourself!

I AM LOVEABLE
I AM LOVEABLE
I AM LOVEABLE

W6- Inspiration

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“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

~Orison Swett Marden~

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

~Theodore Roosevelt~

Today’s quotes are meant for me…I needed a little encouragement and a reminder that overcoming obstacles isn’t always going to be easy, that life will often be a struggle, that what you are working towards may be difficult…but to remember to fight on and believe in yourself…

Peace and Kindness…to each other and ourself!

W5- Inspiration

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“What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind”.  ~Cleveland Amory

I believe that kindness is so important today, and it is something that I stress to my students and my little guy regularly.  Being kind to someone is easy to do, the opportunities are endless, and it makes such a big difference someone’s day…there is no good reason not to be kind to others.  Here are a few kindness ideas that you can do or suggest to those in your life to add a little extra sunshine into this world!

*Offer a couple hours of free babysitting to parents

*Donate used books to a library

*Give carepacks to the homeless (can be as simple as a toothbrush/toothpaste, protein bar, bottle of water…something you can have in your car at the ready)

*Help someone with yard work

*Help an elderly person with their groceries

*Hold the door open for the people behind you

*Let someone go in line in front of you

*If someone needs to get into your lane, patiently allow them to go in front of you

*Mentor an at-risk child or teen

*Volunteer (soup kitchen, animal shelter, convalescent home)

*Read to the elderly or to a child

*Return a shopping cart

*Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life

*If you received excellent service, find out the person’s name and make it a point to tell the manager about his/her awesome customer service

*Pick up trash

*Say good morning

*Send flowers

*collect canned food for a food bank

*cook a meal for someone

*donate blood

*Genuinely ask someone how they are and look them in the eye when they respond, show you care

*introduce yourself to a new co-worker/classmate

*Bring your co-workers/neighbors a special treat…just because

*Be a friend who listens or be a shoulder to cry on

*Give someone one a hug

*Smile

There are so many ways to spread kindness and these are just a few…Think about all the small ways you can make huge impacts.  Being kind is it’s own reward, but humble yourself to know that there will be a time when you could use some extra kindness in your life.  I believe you get out of life what you put into it…and by being kind to others you in turn will reap the benefits of another person’s kindness as well!

W4- Inspiration

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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy

I truly believe that reading to children has a profound effect on their education and their outlook on life in general.  By reading to them early on, you can set the tone for appreciating books, and inspiring them to find interest in written word.  I remember when Charles was just a baby, I would read to him out of my college textbooks. I needed to read, and he benefitted from hearing my voice and listening to new words…He didn’t realize it when he was little, but by reading aloud to him, we were helping him build his vocabulary, as well as instilling in him a love of reading.

Here is a short list of some of my all time favorite childrens books:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis

Oh The Places You’ll go by Dr. Seuss

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Walter the Farting Dog series

The Loveables in the Kingdom of Self Esteem

Ok…the list is going to get very long if I keep going…maybe I will add to it when I do a “pretty things” list…because books are so very pretty! What can I say, I love books…especially children’s picture books.  One of my favorite places to go is the public library!  There are so many beautiful books calling for me to come and read them. I can check out dozens if my heart so desires and it’s free!!! One of my favorite aspects of teaching first grade last year was all the read alouds.  With my sixth graders, I don’t really read picture books, maybe I should incorporate it though once in awhile. I know they love listening to stories and looking at the pretty illustrations. Time is just always ticking away so quickly…but that’s a topic for another blog. So read to your little ones or your grandkiddos…they will love it and so will you!!!

Happy Reading!!!

W3-Inspiration

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in·spi·ra·tion

noun

1.an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot write poetry without inspiration.

2.something inspired, as an idea.

3.a result of inspired activity.

4.a thing or person that inspires.
 
5.Theology .
     a.a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
     b.the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
 
I am inspired by so many different things, two things that I look to for inspiration are Bible verses and quotes. Below are one of each, read them and please share something that inspired you today…or this week…or whenever for that matter!  
 
I am not great at memorizing things, especially Bible verses.  Yet this one I can always recall (ok, not verbatim but a lot of it…) I remember when I was younger someone shared with me that when you read this verse, you should try to replace the word “Love” with “I.”  It would be something that you strived for, to be more loving, to be everything that love is…try it…

 

1 Corinthians 13

 

 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b]but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 

 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

Quotes- I am always inspired by a good quote, and use them regularly in my classroom.  This one is one of my favorites.

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will  our world know the blessings of peace.  ~William Ewart Gladstone

 

 
 
 

Week 2- Inspiration

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Click To Give

Inspiration can be found everywhere but sometimes it helps knowing where to look.  Below is a website that my sister Amber shared with me many years ago.  I was so inpired by what the GreaterGood Network was doing that I signed up to receive daily emails, encouraging me to “click to give” to eight different charity groups on a regular basis.  I do this each and everyday, sometimes I will click multiple times.  It only takes a minute or two and it feels so good knowing that my daily clicks are somehow impacting the world in a better way.  The charities are listed below, and the benefit of your daily click is listed next to it.  Please save this web address to your favorites bar and click regularly. Simply go to each tab on the website and click the big box “Click Here to Give-It’s Free.” They also have a store where you can purchase really cool and meaningful things, and the proceeds benefit the cause as well, shopping that counts!   

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive

The Breast Cancer Site: Funding Mammograms for Women in Need

The Animal Rescue Site: Funding Food and Care for Rescued Animals

The Veterans Site: Funds Meals for Homeless and Hungry Veterans

The Autism Site: Funds Therapy to help Children with Autism

The Child Health Site: Funds Healthcare for Children in Need

The Literacy Site: Funding for Free Books for Children in Need

The Rainforest Site: Funding Protects Wildlife Habitats

The Hunger Site: Funding helps Fight Famine in the Horn of Africa and Combats Hunger in the U.S.

inspiration through heART

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Hello Friend!

Last week, I was surfing the web and looking for new ideas, DIY craft projects, something I could do to spark my creative interests!  I always find inspiration from other people and their creations and  came across a blog that had lots of DIY projects.  One in particular, showed all the simple ways one could make hanging garlands (not the Christmas kind but the everyday decorative kind). 

This is how my creative process unfolded and my final product. Be inspired by the art work you are surrounded by and see what you can create on your own!

Supplies:

hemp cording and scrap fabric (any fabric and any kind of cording, yarn, rope, ect…could work)

Cut fabric into even sized strips and the cord to the length you want your garland to be

Tie the strips onto the cord leaving the same distance between each tie

All done, now where to place the garland???

My hubby found this awesome framed poem at a thrift store awhile back, it’s a very sweet poem and the garland shaped around it like a heart adds a lovely touch!

Scrap fabric can go a long way…so I made another garland…this one I hung around our mirror that hangs in the hallway…