Month: August 2016

Summer Inspiration

Summer Inspiration

If you could name one quick image that reminds you of summer, what would it be? I’m sure that swimming pools, beaches, fruity drinks, barbecues, and suntan lotion would hit the list. However, one of the images that I see in my mind, are sunflowers!

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The tall majestic sunflowers (in so many pictures on social media and newspapers this year), truly represent summer to me. They remind me of growing up on the farm, working in the garden, and just being around nature’s beauty in vivid color. When thinking about this subject, I quickly “googled” the flower to learn more about what actually attracts me (like the bees that surround them so often). I learned that the sunflower is actually a native North American plant. It was “born” in North American, and then taken overseas for cultivating and development. Eventually it was brought back as the plant you see today.

The massive size of sunflowers is mind-boggling for me. Some of the sunflowers (mainly in crops) have the gigantic heads for seed harvesting. The dark brown centers are “crammed” with the thousands of seeds. The bright yellow petals that line the perimeter of the seed center are designed to attract the bees for pollination.

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The seeds of the sunflower are chalked full of nutrients. Sunflower seeds contain 76% of the recommended daily requirements for vitamin E. And you know how I am about my vitamins!

Did you know that sunflowers move all day long? They tilt their head to follow the sun. Isn’t that an interesting concept? If I spent this summer tilting my head toward the “Son” (Jesus), how would my summer turn out? Would I be stretched out of my comfort zone toward the sky? Would I become bright and beautiful to attract others (for Him)? Would I just become a picture of a great summer?

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Walt Whitman wrote “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.“ Please take a moment to lean toward the sunshine (and Son) and have a beautiful summer (or what’s left of it)!

Daily Vitamin C: Become majestic!

Wise Beyond Her Years

Wise Beyond Her Years

I’ve always heard that with age comes wisdom. I received the blessing to interview a beautiful lady, “way wise” beyond her years. She is one of the most insightful people that I have interviewed, and she is only eighteen. She is and always will be my niece, Grace.IMG_4575

What does happiness mean? According to Grace it means being with friends (a typical teenager answer), but also being content with life. She made the comment that I had not heard before, but it is oh so true – Laughter holds together humanity in the purist form. It is how we connect. It is how we are happy.

IMG_4573What makes Grace happy, the world wants to know? She enjoys a good book (especially if you can find a good historical fiction one). She loves hanging with her friends. But here is where here wisdom starts to shine – she loves building relationships, for she believes that we will eventually have to depend on each other. She loves experiencing whatever comes along, no matter if she has to get out of her comfort zone for it. (One example she quickly gave me, was that one day she suddenly decided she wanted to learn to skateboard, while driving around with some friends. She went, got one, and started practicing and learning immediately).

Create an adventure every day. Discover, try, learn, do.

What makes Grace unique? Just sitting there and asking her this question, I was anticipating the answer and could already name a hundred things (based just on how she answered the other questions), but this is how Grace answered…..

IMG_4576She is unique because of her beliefs. It’s so important to stick up for your own beliefs, no matter whether people agree with you or not. Beliefs make you who you are.

Grace has a passion for empowering women and women’s education. She is passionate about using the legal world for social justice and making each one of us stronger and just better. Grace has a very bright future ahead of her, and personally, I cannot wait to see how her strength, insight, and determination empower others.

What one lesson would Grace teach her old aunt, or the world?  Her “old soul” answered this one.

Try to figure out what you believe and stick to it. You and your friends may disagree (or “agree to disagree”), but that is healthy. And learn to love yourself. Don’t worry about what people think. Learn to love you.

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Well Grace, you are certainly a beautiful wise soul that is truly loved by many, and will be loved by many more. You will inspire, because you are truly already an inspiration!

 

 

Daily Vitamin C: Discover you and love what you find.