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Inspiration for Parents & Educators

How Happy Are You Now?

Recent research suggests it’s not a fancy lifestyle or money that makes you happy, but rather any effortless pleasure that strengthens your relationships or gives you a positive sense of control. Many things that can make you happy are inexpensive and well within your reach. There are some easy and powerful ways to bring more joy to your life: five minutes of down time in the middle of the day, a longer but more scenic ride home, a picnic lunch, saying thank you for even the smallest things, and really meaning it, saying NO to one more thing on your to-do list, dancing to your favorite music. You get the picture?

Just do it…something….carve out some time from your busy schedule, and create some peace and relaxation for yourself…and don’t feel guilty. You need it…you deserve it!

Make a list of things that bring you joy. Do you even allow yourself to enjoy the small pleasures of life? Give it some time; soon your thoughts will flow and you’ll wonder, from where did all these amazing ideas come? The answer is quite simple-from your spirit, your real self. It is the wiser you….speaking softly. Be open to the possibilities. Only you can make you happy!


Photo by Lance Neilson, cropped, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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Single Parents – You Inspire Me!

HydrangeasSingle parents, you inspire me! You amaze me! You have the toughest job in the world. I believe you don’t ever get the credit you deserve for single parenting . While I believe, also, that you are not looking for any accolades, high fives, or pats on the back either, but I think it would be so nice for someone to notice and acknowledge your journey and you doing it all alone.

Raising children is a lot of work. Many times it is thankless. What is it that gives you the strength to continue, and push on when you are tired and burned out? I’m sure above all LOVE motivates you, and that comes from deep within yourself. But, what motivates you externally? Sometimes an inspirational idea can help you renew yourselves, and hopefully then you will be filled with the needed strength to fulfill your life’s purpose as a parent – to raise you kids with love, care, ethics, balance, and resiliency – a tall order to be sure! And you do it, every day, 100x a day, and ask nothing in return but to be loved and respected by your kids.

TulipsInspiration comes in many forms. However, the root of all inspiration is the idea that your life is meaningful. Inspiration is knowing that what you do matters deeply to your children, and the universe. When you have that feeling that your actions are meaningful, you will become filled with the strength and vigor to fulfill your life’s purpose whether you realize it now or not.

My wish is that my blog posts, help to inspire you. I hope my “words of wisdom”, tips, techniques, and proven strategies will guide you, and will be useful tools in working with your precious little ones to achieve better results and more positive relationships at home and school.

Yes, I hope to inspire you! But, please, don’t ever forget that YOU inspire ME to keep doing what I’m doing – continually reaching out  to you busy, overworked moms and dads, hoping that in some small way I can lessen your worry, anxiety, and fear as you raise you children to be the best that they can be on a daily basis.

Please comment and let me know what has helped you on your journey. Inspire Me!

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