Friday, August 6, 2010

What's Your Sign?

First of all, I am deeply, deeply touched by everyone's comments on the post about my uncle. I want to leave a comment for each and every one of you who cared so kindly to do that. But my internet has been down and I have raced over to the library just to write this.

(PS, someone is looking out for me, I have a huge deadline on Wednesday so the lack of the internet may be a good thing as I am easily distracted like a hamster!)

But I didn't want to wait until this internet situation rights itself to thank all of you. So, I'm doing it, here, now with the promise to follow up on your blogs once I have this immeasurably challenging deadline behind me.

But I also wanted to write a small post. I was thinking about how inspired I am by Jamie from "Inspired Mess" who did the art work in the post below (it's from her journal - incredible!) and "Freestyle Sarah" who loved some of the encouraging signs I've post here and on Facebook. So she made one for herself. Seeing it, I was bowled over. One, because something I had written had resonated with her. And two, because UNLIKE me, who just finds these signs and banners on the internet... she made her own.

She made it! Like Jamie made hers. And she hung it where she could see it every day.


Yes! Yes! Yes! She is and Jamie is and I am and you are.

So because I have to get back to work, I leave you with this: What's your sign? What words of encouragement do you need?

Leave it in the comments section. You can leave it anonymously. I will put them all in a hat and pick one. Whomever I pick, I will make the banner for you and send it to you. If anyone is feeling super creative, I challenge you to make the banner or sign of your encouraging words to yourself and photograph it and send it in.

When Sarah did her's it was a lightening rod of change for her. With permission, I will link her post about it here.

Another thing you could do... this would blow my mind: Offer your services to make a banner for one of the readers here. I'll pick that out of a hat too. I like the idea that someone could make an impact on a stranger just by donating their time and creativity. Sometimes, we are so busy, bogged down, we don't make the time for ourselves. By someone else making this banner they are, in Sarah's words, showing you:


Even though this is a short post, I'm really excited by it.

Do you know a friend that needs some words of encouragement, a "rah-rah, you can do it" in their life, maybe someone who needs to remember how strong they are? Post this on your Facebook or Twitter and let's include other people in this powerful and EMPOWERING experiment.

Love you guys. xoxoxoxo



Tiffany said...

Love this!
I think mine would be, "Keep Going! You are doing the best you can"! :)

SB said...

Mine would be: "You can do anything you imagine."

Lynda with a Y said...

Be Strong
Be Healthy
Be Active

Anonymous said...

Oh, man, I have to think about mine but I love this!


Michelle/MouseDemon said...

I have a few, but the one that pops up on my phone when I turn it on is,

It's one of my faves at the mo.

Jaime said...

There are several I could choose from, but I think the most relevant for me right now would be "you have a story to tell." It covers a lot of areas. :)

This is a great idea. I will definitely link this post around!

Sydney said...

you can do anything you want to - don't hold back! OOOps, that was supposed to be in CAPS, LOL. But I'm also trying "not to be perfect." Love this, love your blog so so much!

Jamie said...

Love it!!!! I'd love to make one for somebody!!!! :)

Seletha said...

"You are beautiful no matter what you weigh" I lost about 65 lbs when I moved to college and even though I KNOW I'm not fat... I still have trouble seeing my progress in the mirror- I've always had horrible self esteem and a lot of times I don't feel 65 lbs lighter. It's something I tell myself EVERYDAY and it's true for everyone :]

alea said...

Mine is- "I am enough. I have enough."

Chrissy said...

Mine would be... "It's okay to love"

Rhea said...

Mine is " Time to smile." . Everytime I look at the banner I smile and life gets a lil bit easier for me.

Kim Gagnon said...

Love this... LOVE THIS!!!!! I have to think about what mine would be!

Quinn said...

Lately ...mine would have to be "You ARE Supermom!"

MyNameIs... said...

Love this... love it so much.

Chrissy said...

only one sign?! I want more than one! So I guess my 2nd sign would be... "your heart's not's just splitting open to make more room for love"

adventure grrl said...

Hi beautiful readers. We are going to postpose this challenge until after August 20th so I can take some time to grieve with my family.

But I would love if you would like to Twitter it or Facebook it so we can all be inspired by what other people's signs would say!

Amanda said...

I have one on the door leading out of my apartment that says: "No Excuses C25K" because I've decided to get through this round of chemo by signing myself up to run a 10K before I had even started towards running 5. It's turned into the best part of my life right now - I love running so much. I've got a broken rib and no energy and I still enjoy being out there. I'll likely be walking at least part of that 10K, but I haven't once yet let myself make up excuses not to go out and train for it, no matter how sick I may feel.

misssarahlou said...

Love it! 'You are strong and beautiful!'

Freestyle Mom said...

I am slowly catching up on reading posts from my favorite blogs so my apologies for getting to this sort of late, and also my apologies about your uncle. Of course you can put up a link to my blog!

I ended up throwing away the sign because my walls are plaster and it wouldn't stay hung and my dogs attacked it. But I'm STILL worth it!!! ;)