She Finds Inspiration All Around Her

With the world at her fingertips online, it is often challenging to have the discipline to shut off any screen and open a book.  She finds inspiration, though, hidden in the words of the books that sit anxiously awaiting a reader.

Here are a few inspiring books:

One Thousand Gifts: a dare to live fully right now by Ann Voskamp

The Defining Decade: Why your Twenties matter – and how to make the most of them by Meg Jay

On Love By Alain de Botton

And a list of books to read in this New Year.

Happy reading!

She Celebrates Her Own Strength


After struggling with my first heart break, I told my mom in a teary phone call that I felt weak.  I felt like this boy’s disapproval robbed me of the strength I knew I had. She reminded me of three important things to regain the knowledge of my own inner strength, without a boy.

  1. Work on physical strength. The power of a Warrior II yoga pose, or lifting weights reminded me of the strength I had within myself already, even when I felt weak because of a heart ache. So go to the gym, go for a run, or hop on your yoga mat to remind yourself of your body’s strength.
  2. Allow someone to remind you of your strength. I let my mom remind me of all the ways I had already proven my strength like moving away for college, and meeting new friends. She reminded me of the things I might have forgotten that already made me strong.
  3. Make a list for yourself. In a page of my journal, I have written down all of the risky things I have done that showed my own strength. They were as little as talking to a stranger, or moving 1500 miles away from anyone I had known.  I look at that page to remind myself of the strength I have.

Don’t forget how strong you are.