April showers bring May flowers…. And so I hope to shower you with feelings of joy and happiness. While I mostly write about life with fibromyalgia, I often say “I have fibromyalgia, it doesn’t have me.” I want to showcase the fact that my condition doesn’t define me. Life is multi-dimensional. And so with that, here is the April 2018 edition of…
10 Things to Inspire You
I read this article in my alma mater (San Jose State University) newsletter, about a social experiment conducted in New York’s Union Square. Who knew Post-it notes could be so powerful and therapeutic? “Social practice at its essence is collaborative, community-driven art.”
Read/watch this story about a teenager who has been saving money for college by working as a waitress. Her unselfish act was rewarded with a scholarship. There truly is hope! #lovewhatyoudo
Life After 100
Watch this video of how to feel beautiful at 100, and this one about some record breaking centenarians at the USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Championship. That ought to inspire you to get off the couch and at least put on some lipstick. 😉
7 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself
I have written about a few of these in the past, but sometimes we all need a little reminder. Read Www.thirteenthoughts.com/ways-to-be-kinder-to-yourself and remember, sometimes Done is better than perfect! Give yourself some ❤ !
The Best Version of Yourself
We should all strive to be our best selves, rather than trying to imitate someone else. Read www.careergirldaily.com/become-best-version for some great tips. I especially like #4 since I try to learn something new everyday!
Social Media Accounts to Inspire
Love Inspirational quotes like me? Check out Good Housekeeping’s Pinterest board called “Inspirational Quotes”
Dream of getting away? Follow this Instagram InspirationalSights for beautiful pictures of exotic and far away places. I really want to go to flamingo beach in Aruba someday. #bucketlist
On the Road: Sportsmanship
Here’s an inspiring basketball story from CBS News and On the Road with Steve Hartman, about a scholarship awarded for a turnover.
Inspiring America: Bonded by Baseball
And because basketball isn’t the only sport with inspiring stories, watch this story of how a tragic accident can inspire others to be better, one baseball at a time.
Using Humor to Survive and Overcome
You probably heard about the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Read about his secret to surviving 50 years longer than expected. “Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has maintaining a sense of humor,” Hawking said in a 2013 documentary. “I am probably better known for my appearances on ‘The Simpsons’ and on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ than I am for my scientific discoveries.”
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Stephen Hawking
Life Lesson’s from a Father
Finally, read Hilary Rushford’s account of life lessons from her father. So many of them resonate with me. And as the youngest of three, and only daughter, I can relate to the special father-daughter bond she shares. My dad and I have taken father-daughter trips together, which are some of my best memories.
Happy Easter! Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope you enjoyed these stories of joy, hope, and inspiration. Which was your favorite inspiration? Let me know what inspires you!