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post #1 of 14 Old 10-20-2008, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Your source of inspiration

What/who guides and helps you stay focused on your goals and dreams? what helps you keep your chin up in time of trial?

I myself am very religious. With what I do I could not bare to imagine not have God as part of who I am. Havindgsaid that, my mom is HUGE part of who I am and the way I handle trials. I find a lot of inspiration thru music as well and by that I don't mean gospel music(tho some of it is good) but I mean music in general is one of the number 1 ways I decompress (hence the david archuleta I find is an excellent example). I find the trials of others gives me strength and knownledge. I find I can push thru a lot of things.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 07:36 AM
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Myself.

The short story is that up until the age of sixteen I was badly bullied, for being clever and a bit odd. I was shy, introverted, had incredibly low self esteem and the only thing keeping me going was the support of my parents. I went to a different school for sixth form and those two years changed my life. I became confident, outgoing, proud of who I was and happy. I achieved many things that I am really, really proud of and could never have done before. One of those achievements is being the first non-Parliamentarian to ever formally debate in Parliament.

It was a difficult journey and over a year into uni I'm still working on it. But if I can do what I've already done, I can do anything, and I can be bloody happy while I'm doing it too.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 09:26 AM
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I saw this thread last night, I wanted to reply after I had thought about it a bit.

When I had Seth, I got very sick I had a small chance of actually pulling threw, but I did. Thinking back, I fought so hard to stay here for my baby boy, I knew it wasn't my time just yet, and I really needed to fight to prove that. Thinking about that time inspires me to fight for what I want and fight for what I need.

My son, Seth. He's crazy and wild, and 'spirited', but I love him with all my heart and I am flattered that he chose me to be his mom. Seth inspires me to be light hearted and joyous, he inspires me to look at things inquisitively and at a fresh perspective.

In 2006 I had a horrible car accident. I rolled the truck I was in 5 times, I was not wearing a seatbelt, and was trapped in the truck for 30 mins before help arrived. I was just thinking about that day, yesterday as a matter of fact; and you know what? I cried, I always cry when I think about that accident. I pull so much inspiration from that accident, inspiration to put my full trust in our lord, to slow down and live my life; to wear my seatbelt.

And lastly... To keep me on track of my dreams of living 'comfortably', my husband has an inept way of keeping me focused. Even though he doesn't often see when I am burning out, he is always there for me... always
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 02:05 PM
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An inept way of keeping you focused? He's not very good at it? Aww, at least he tries ;)

I wonder - and be honest, people - does anyone think it selfish when one's major inspiration is oneself? I didn't do what I did alone but it did require a lot of work and courage from me, and previous achievements inspire me for future ones.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 02:25 PM
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My husband supports my ideas/ goals and keeps me focused.
My animals inspire me to be better, to do better, to give just a little more. They teach me to try to be less selfish.
And faith keeps me steady.

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 03:27 PM
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This may sound odd but my husband is not my inspiration. He is my rock, my friend, my companion, my love but I take my inspiration from the earth.
Maybe I was a druid in a former life but I go outside when I need shored up. Its where I find God.


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post #7 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 04:01 PM
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My parents inspire me a lot. My dad is incredibly quiet but SO helpful and just wonderful. He is always proud of me and makes me feel good about myself. Always complimenting my achievements and telling me how proud of me he is. He always makes me feel good. My mom is very community oriented. She does a lot for other people. Always helping others and such. She was my Girl Scout leader for almost all of the years I was in it and helped always in 4-H and always pushed me to be better. She too always tells me how proud she is of me and doesn't make me feel bad for not doing well in something. She encourages me to learn from it and try again.
Another HUGE source of inspiration for me is my nephew. He was born 2 1/2 months premature but he never gives up. He is such a fighter. I love that little boy!! He is a big inspiration for me to one day be a doctor. We have a lot in common so maybe that's why I bond so well with him, I don't know. He went through more surgeries than I could ever count in the first few years of his life. He spent the first 6 months of his life in the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis and went back every 2 weeks or so after that for a few years. He's 10 now and finally getting some of his appointments switched to closer to home. He is incredibly brave and that just amazes me :)
My animals..yep, they remind me of what i want to be. Like that one quote "I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am" I'd replace dog with animals probably but they show me that it is possible to be all loving, kind and forgiving. What I'd like to be..
And finally God. I believe in god that helps me to try to be a better person. I know I am not always but having God reminds me that I need to try to be.

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Wonderful stories and some gorgeous photos

Great replies, please keep them going
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 10:24 PM
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Wow! That is inspirational!

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