Quote to Keep on Keeping on

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative.”

Woody Allen

Quote for the New Year

“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

-Howard Thurman


The ‘Thank You’ Project

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The optimist in us would like to find something positive in every day.  But as we all know, some days our inner optimist is quite challenged with this task. We’re busy!  We’re working hard!  And sometimes we simply forget to be grateful for the opportunities that create this stress and the goodness that eventually follows.

Meet Julia.  Julia is a passionate, grateful woman on a mission!  A mission to prove to the world that through positive thinking we can achieve whatever our heart desires and needs.  When Julia was faced with several difficult situations and the onset of depression, she did not turn to therapists or pills.  She looked inward and relied on the power of positivity to pull her out.  That’s proof enough for me, but other people were harder to persuade.

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In an attempt to practice what she preached and connect with other people, Julia began The ‘Thank You’ Project.  Each day Julia takes a moment to document and share what she is thankful for through her blog.

I asked Julia what inspired her to get this blog started and she had the following to say:  “There are a lot of negative and pessimistic people out there and somehow I seem to come into contact with a lot of them and haven’t always been successful in making them believe that my theory works… And what better way to show and explain something than by your own example? A blog makes it easy for both me and readers – I write, I practice what I preach, and people decide if it’s possible. I belive if I can do it, than everyone can.”

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Today I am thankful that Julia commented on an Innovate post and led me to discover her wonderfully positive project!  Though I think contributing to one blog is enough to keep me busy for now, I am inspired to start a daily journal of things I am thankful for.  What a wonderful reference and reminder of how lucky we are, especially on the days that simple fact is so easy to forget!

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(Each of the images are from an entry of Julia’s that included a photo, click on the images to read why she was thankful for that topic)

Quote for the Day

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
– Lady Bird Johnson

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Sister Corita’s Rules

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I just stumbled upon the fabulous Sister Corita’s art department rules.  For me, this one print sums up her inspiring life and determination to thrive daily.  Great ‘rules’ for every designer.

The Kindness Center

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”   -Mark Twain

Michael J. Chase has made it his mission to teach and spread kindness.  His vision of creating a more peaceful and kind-hearted world manifested itself in his Kindness Center, located in the beautiful state of Maine. Through his inspirational speaking, workshops and events he has influenced the lives of many, including helping the kids at Biddeford Middle School win the title of Kindest School in Maine in 2008.

“The mission of The Kindness Center is to give you the awareness that your own happiness is actually the key to creating a more peaceful and kindhearted world.  Built on the philosophy that ‘World Peace begins with inner peace’ our programs reveal how to achieve life-long happiness…”

"My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness" -Dalai Lama

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness" -Dalai Lama

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless"  -Mother Teresa

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless" -Mother Teresa

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"  -Gandhi

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" -Gandhi

Quote for a writer

“Be yourself.  Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”

-John Jakes