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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…

Monday Motivation 8.3.15

Big life goals can be overwhelming. There is no question about it. But rather than trying to tackle everything in one day, avoid getting discouraged by breaking your goals into manageable tasks. Some days may be more productive than others, but if you do something,big or small, for yourself, then the day is a success.


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…wait-until-youre-ready-hugh-laurie-quotes-sayings-picturesIf you’re feeling 99.9% about a decision, don’t let that .1% hold you back. Don’t waste time with the woulda, coulda, shouldas and just go for it! When you look back chances are you will regret the things you didn’t do.


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…

change

Change is hard. And change can be scary. But change is also necessary. Change can be good. Change can be exciting. So rather than fight it, try to accept the ever changing adventure ahead of you.


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…

Monday Motivation 6.1.15

I’ve got something a little different for you this week. I recently came across this website, which is chuck full of quotes. I found myself writing a bunch down and rather than just choosing one to share, I decided to share the whole site with you. The content is updated regularly and there is a wide variety of topics. Some are motivational, some are funny, and some just make you think. Share your favorite in the comments below!


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…

Adventure

I heard this quote a few weeks ago while I was on a bus to Boston. The documentary 180˚ South was playing and I was quickly enthralled in the story. A lot of things resonated when I heard this quote.  All too often when something goes wrong we see it as an annoying setback instead of a chance to grow and explore. So next time you find yourself adrift think of it as an exciting chance to discover something new about yourself and/or the world.

(180˚ South is available on Netflix if you are interested in watching it. I definitely recommend it.)


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Friday Finds

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 5.8.15

1. An inspiring read about finding your inner light. Really makes you think about what’s important in life.

2. The difference a sandwich can make. 

3. A moving story about rescuing dogs in Houston and how you can help homeless dogs. 


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Inspiring Individuals: Malala Yousafzai

This month’s Inspirational Individual is Malala Yousafzia. If you haven’t heard yet, last week ten people were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2012 attack on Malala. And in other news, by some crazy coincidence, last week I also finished reading Malala’s book, “I Am Malala”. Honestly, it took me a while to get through this book. Not because I didn’t like it, but more because I dedicated most of my time this winter to watching Netflix instead of reading and being a real person. Over time I picked away at the book and learned something new each time I picked it up.

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For those of you unfamiliar with Malala’s story, get your head out from under that rock. No, just kidding. I’ll give you a little background. Malala is from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, which she describes as a “land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children”. But Malala’s father was different than most and raised her just like he raised his son. He strongly encouraged his daughter to go to school, study hard, and plan for the future.

As you can imagine, many girls in Swat weren’t given the same opportunities as Malala. Many dropped out of school because they couldn’t afford it, their parents’ beliefs, or they were forced to get married. Things became worse for the girls in Swat when Talibanization spread through the valley and girls were told they should be forbidden at schools. The Taliban began bombing schools, killing teachers, and threatening students.

Although many girls became afraid to go to school, Malala never let fear get in the way of her education. She continued to go to a secret school with her books hidden under her shawl. She began giving speeches, radio interviews, and writing a blog for BBC about her experiences in Pakistan and the importance of accessible education for everyone. The Taliban later targeted and shot her for speaking out against them.

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Her book gives you a firsthand experience of how war and radicalized religion can sweep through and destroy a region. Malala also gives you a look at the culture of Pakistan. She has great pride in her country and openly shows you the good, bad, and everything in between. One thing that really struck me was how ‘normal’ she seemed. She reads “Twilight”, likes to sleep late, has fights with her younger brother, and gets stressed over exams. She also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, but besides that, fairly normal.

There are also times throughout the book when it’s hard to believe she is just a teenager. Her book is so clearly articulated and promotes profound wisdom.  It is hard to believe she is only 16 when she drops incredible knowledge such as: “I’ve always been a daydreamer, and sometimes in lessons my mind would drift and I’d imagine that on the way home a terrorist might jump out and shoot me on those steps. I wondered what I would do. Maybe I’d take off my shoes and hit him, but then I’d think if I did that there would be no difference between me and a terrorist. It would be better to plead, ‘OK, shoot me, but first listen to me. What you are doing is wrong. I’m not against you personally, I just want every girl to go to school.’“. Her book is filled with inspiring tidbits like this.

There are so many lessons embedded in this book. Malala’s exuberantly positive outlook on life and sincere mission to promote accessible education are incredibly inspiring. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this incredible young woman.

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