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    Last week my daughter came home with a framed "wordle" that her student teacher, Mrs. Tabeling, had given her. This wonderful human being had taken time out of her day to create one for each of the 22 students in her 2nd grade class. If you aren't familiar with a "wordle" (I know I wasn't), it's basically a collection of words. In this case, adjectives describing each child's positive attributes. The teacher described my little Mali perfectly. I couldn't help but to be a little jealous of Mali's wordle. I thought about what my own wordle would look like. Geez. In my mind, my own would contain words like "stubborn" and "discombobulated." "Impatient" would be another good one. It's not that I don't see myself in my daughter's wordle, but for the most part, I feel too messy to be "endearing," too busy to be "friendly." Mali is such a kind soul. She's the girl who saves bugs and worries about the temperature of her pet hermit crabs' tank. She inspires me. She's way sweeter than I was when I was 8. I wouldn't have described myself as "agreeable" then, and still wouldn't today. HA! We are a lot alike, but for her positive attributes that are all her own, I am quite grateful. I'm sure I don't see myself as others do necessarily, none of us ever do, but I am going to try to be more "calm" and less "OCD." Regardless. I like these "wordle" things. Wordle, wordle.


    I've decided to start this blog series for a couple of reasons. 1) People really hate on Monday; and 2) We could all use some inspiration.

    As my 8 year old friends and I used to say back in the day, "it's a free country." Life is what you make it. The Man may do many things you don't agree with, but no one but you can make the decision to stick with something you hate for the rest of your life. We have options. We make choices and our choices become our lives. At the ripe age of 18,  we are given the freedom to compose our own lives. We blaze our own trails and build our own futures. If you hate Monday, or any day of the week for that matter, your hatred stems from a negative association. Monday is your punching bag. It's psychological. If you dread what lies before you, set a plan into action and CHOOSE to CHANGE IT. Don't let excuses rule your life. Stay positive, be patient, keep your goals on the front burner, and you will see your dreams into fruition... I promise. Now quit your whinin and get to steppin.

    That being said, my point isn't really to try and change your view of Monday. That's a come to jesus moment that you have to have with yourself. I'm simply doing this in the hopes that I may create a momentary diversion from  the stress that Monday brings. There are so many influential people around us creating and doing. Whether it be a person, a place, an object, or something as abstract as a idea, I'm seeking out all things beautifying in the hopes that I, along with you, will remember that inspiration is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see it.

    For more daily stimulation, please visit my dear friend Rea Frey's amazing blog: The Balanced Life. Rea is an extremely motivating writer and lives the life she advises. She is one of the most inspiring people I know and I'm incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

    WHAT INSPIRES YOU? If you have something important to say and would like to be featured on "Inspire Me Mondays", please contact me at I would LOVE to hear from you and so would everyone else!