“Hello March, Please be awesome.”
Well folks, January and February have come and gone and it’s not uncommon for some of that energy, focus on renewal and self-reflection from the new year to taper off as the year goes on. Whether you made personal resolutions or not, it’s hard to deny the beauty, power and possibilities that January brings. The turning of a new page, the shedding of the past, the opportunities to come always make me feel a bit giddy. I can’t help being inspired by the possibilities of a new year and what it could mean for me, my family and my friends. Even though New Year’s is in the rear view mirror, spring is almost upon us and can be just as inspiring for new beginnings. I hope you are still revisiting your list of goals, fresh starts, resolutions, re-dos and cleansing from time to time.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, some motivation to make a change or just something to make you smile, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of web links that have really made an impression on me and that motivate me to keep going on goals or projects big and small. You may have seen some of them before, but I hope you find them equally as captivating and relevant as I do.
I Dream of Pretty Things
If you’ve been following my blog, you have probably noticed that I am obsessed with Etsy. It’s hard for me to imagine anything more amazing than this on-line marketplace designed to bring handmade goods from artists and creators from all over the world. I’m always on the hunt for special and meaningful gifts and everything I’ve purchased on Etsy is just that special. In addition to their fabulous marketplace, the staff at Etsy run a really great blog that constantly inspires and delights.
Their 2014 Inspirational Quotes post is perfection. I loved each unique piece, but more importantly, I loved the motivational sentiments and messages. It’s safe to say one (or some) of these posts may be making their way to my house soon. They are the perfect reminders to keep a positive outlook on days that just seem to not go my way.
One of my recurring resolutions has been to make consistent efforts to keep up with friends near and far. Undoubtedly, we all feel short on time and over-committed, but keeping up with friends has the power to transform your day, your outlook and your overall sense of well-being. Whether it’s a call, card, text, or invitation to brunch, I try and make friends a central part of my life. We all have those special people that no matter the distance or the time between contact, it seems like no time has passed when you finally reconnect. This is probably why Jenny and Shirley’s homecoming really moves me to tears. Of course, I don’t plan on being separated from my nearest and dearest for twenty years, but I think this video encourages us all to count our blessings and to not take our friends for granted.
This video really spoke to me because happiness is something that we all strive for, measure and compare with others, and wish for on a daily basis. It’s easy to slip into that place of “needs to, should do, could have done” when analyzing the many reasons why you aren’t as happy as you think you should be. Too often, we forget to focus on the blessings we already have and share our gratitude with others. Soul Pancake’s video shows how our moods and outlooks can change for the better instantly by making the choice to think about what and who we are grateful for in our lives and not on the negative. Turns out, the benefits go up exponentially when you actually share your gratitude with the people who mean the most in our lives. The potential ripple effect to improve your own happiness and that of someone you love is truly the best gift.
There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding the connection between social media and technology and feeling lonely. On it’s head, this doesn’t really seem to make sense. Ostensibly, we use technology to connect, engage and socialize with our peers and to learn and discover things. Technology allows us to connect with friends and family all around the world, and in some cases, at the same. So why is it that more and more people feel a little lonelier at the end of the day? Shimi Cohen’s video offers an explanation of how today’s social media has affected the way humans socialize and goes as far to say that loneliness is the most common ailment of the modern world. Shimi asserts that we are sacrificing conversation for mere connection and that we are carefully editing our personal “profile” to only reveal what we want people to see in an ongoing game of personal promotion and fear of vulnerability.
You may agree or disagree with Shimi’s message to a point, but what I’m taking from this is that there really is more room for personal connection and being 100% present in face to face conversations and meetings in all our lives. We have all been guilty of not focusing on the people who are in front of us because of the people we are reading about while scrolling through our phones at one time or another. I try and make personal strides to respect the people I’m with, have those real conversations, and revel in their company. This video inspires me to do better and concentrate on real friendships.
More often than not, we all find ourselves criticizing our physical appearance. Maybe it’s the 5-10 extra pounds that weren’t there before, the newly discovered gray hair or smile lines. We’ve made our resolutions to eat healthier, get exercise, drink 8 cups of water a day, and despite our success, we’re still so hard on ourselves. Turns out, what we see in the mirror is not necessarily what others see at all! This video features demonstrates that notion in a very powerful way and should give you pause the next time you have a negative thought brewing or a criticism on the tip of your tongue. I first saw this video in January and come back to it every now and then as a reminder to stop being so hard on myself.
“You got air coming through your nose, your heart beats, that means it’s time to do something.” –Kid President
It’s pretty simple. Kid President wants you to create something that will make the world awesome. And he’s going to give you a pep talk so you can go out and do something (and not be boring). Is it that simple? Yes, sometimes it is. It’s an unalienable truth that kids often give the best advice. So who better to give us a pep talk when we’re feeling low and need to keep on going? Meet the kid behind the wisdom, Kid President AKA Robby Novak. Robby, age 11, has great ideas and a love for inspiring others. This TED speaker and YouTube star also has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition. Robby has had over 70 breaks in his childhood but it doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest.
I listen to Kid President’s Pep Talk every few months when I am digging deep for that last bit of energy or push to reach my goal. With over 31 million views, it looks like I’m not the only one going back for repeats. Sit back, relax, and let Kid President motivate you to create something awesome. Need more giggles? Click here for a Kid President laugh fest. It’s sure to turn your day around, and remember, laughter is contagious!