Encouraging Others

Encouragement.

For some reason in our society we have gotten away from encouraging others.  We judge others and sometimes are harsh to them without even realizing it.

I was listening to a podcast yesterday where she was talking about how people in your life should challenge you on decisions and try to make sure you are making the best decisions possible.  While I do believe you need people in your life to tell it like it is sometimes, I do believe we need encouragement more.

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It took awhile for me to pursue my dreams and leave my steady career that I had grown accustomed to.  I had people in my life supporting me and telling me to chase those dreams, and it still took me awhile to start on that journey.  I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t have anyone in my life who encouraged me to be the person I dreamed of being.  Instead it could have been easier for them to tell me that I wouldn’t make it, and I needed to stay with a steady job that I knew was the safe option.

It was definitely the option that was guaranteed to work since I was already in that position and creating a good life from that job.  Most people would have been happy in the career path that I went into, but there was something missing in it for me.  I just kept feeling like there was something else out there for me.

If I wouldn’t have had my support group in place when I got started on my journey of being an entrepreneur, I probably wouldn’t be in the place I am today.  I definitely did not pick the easy choice, but I picked the choice that makes me feel like I am doing what I was designed to do.  I still feel frustrated, beaten down, and even like I am failing sometimes.  The difference now is that I keep doing it because I love doing what I do.  The positives outweigh the negatives, and I love being able to create the life I have always wanted.

For you it might be something different that you need encouragement on, but every one of us needs it in some way!  Do you remember the last time you encouraged someone?  Do you remember the last time someone encouraged you?  If you don’t have anyone in your life that you feel encourages you to be the person you want to be then find some people that do!  Join communities of people that will be that support system for you.  Your local church, meetup.com, and joining a local gym could all provide opportunities to meet these people.  There are probably some great people who you work with that would be great friends if you just opened yourself up!

People want to be around people that inspire them and believe in them!  We need to start being positive towards those people in our lives that mean the most to us.  If you can’t remember the last time you encouraged a friend or family member, I challenge you to pick up the phone and either call or text some sort of encouragement to someone who you know needs it.

The other day I had a friend who felt bad about her success so far in life and was trying to justify why they were building a home with so much space.  I looked at her and said, “You have worked hard to get where you are in life today.  You don’t have to justify it to me!”

She had other family members around her that weren’t as happy for her and were jealous.  Instead of encouraging her and genuinely being happy for her, they were criticizing her need for space in the home, and making rude comments under their breath.  This is no way to treat people, and it has got to stop!

I am not perfect in encouraging others, but I am trying everyday to be better.

God has given us all a purpose and a plan in our life.  Everyone’s life looks different, but who are we to judge what someone else’s life should look like?  I don’t think if we see someone we love go down a bad path that we shouldn’t speak up and say something, but if we do and the behavior still does not change, then all we can do at that point is pray and encourage them.  People will respond better to love than someone trying to change them.

We are going to start a FREE private encouragement group on Facebook if you truly need some encouragement, but don’t get it from others in your life.  We all need it so we want to be able to provide that for you:)  Email us at livebreatheinspire@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook page to sign up!

Life is hard, but together we can do more:)

Rini~

Taking Care of You

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On an airplane before you even leave the tarmac, you are reminded of a very important concept. In case of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop, and you are instructed to put yours on first, before helping others. This is because if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you possibly take care of anyone else? Hello! This is your friendly stewardess reminding you to take care of yourself before you take care of anyone else.
This may seem incredibly selfish and against your instincts as a mother, friend, or human, but I assure you, it’s necessary. If you’re already taking care of número uno first and foremost, that is great! Maybe you will enjoy some of these ideas.
Like any good intervention, the first step is realization and acceptance. Are things that are less important coming before your health and wellness? Do you consistently put tasks for others before tasks for yourself? If you’re unsure, ask a spouse, parent, or friend. They generally will tell you like it is.
The first step to breaking the cycle is to start doing something for yourself. For me it was taking time for myself everyday and not feeling guilty about it. Ok, so maybe I took the time first and had to work on the whole guilty thing, but now I am so thankful I did. For you it may be starting to put your health before your kids wants. Or possibly taking fifteen minutes at the end of the day for a bubble bath. Whatever it is, make sure you remain consistent.
What can you do for yourself today that will make you a healthier, more well rounded individual?

How are you doing? #changelivestoday challenge!

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Hi!

I wanted to check in to see how we were doing with the summer challenge!  I know it has made a difference my life greatly!  To see the impact it is creating is a wonderful feeling!

For those of you who are new to this summer challenge here is a recap:

It is so easy to stay in our bubble and not worry about other people’s situations, and it is sometimes easy to look down on them. I think we need to change our perspective a little bit by encouraging one another. What better day to start this challenge than on a Monday!

The challenge is every Monday to encourage someone who you think needs it. It can be a co-worker, friend, family member, kid, or even a stranger you meet in the street. Our world is hurting, and we need to take the time to make it a better place.

It will also help us to look outside of ourselves and focus on other peoples’ needs. I love the idea of “Monday Motivation” which is what inspired me to start this challenge. The encouragement could be a note, thoughtful words, a present, a listening ear, or even just a hug. If you become in tune with people, then you will start to think of ways that could brighten their day. If for some reason you cannot think of any way to encourage them on your own, then there is a world wide web that has ideas on almost everything!

We want you to share YOUR stories!  What has been happening in your life?

If you are new to this, then what are you planning to do for people the rest of the summer?  What a great way to #giveback!

~Rini and Jess

 

Ways to Stay Inspired!

Nothing is more exciting than starting a new adventure!  The thrill of something new is always so much fun, but then after a while, things start to fade.  This is why so many people fail at succeeding in the things in life that they really want.  One of my tricks to help me stay on track is staying inspired!

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There are so many ways to keep you inspired, but you have to actively be seeking it.  I not only surround myself with an inspiring area, but I also surround myself with inspirational people.  I will give you a few suggestions, but there is no limit to the amount of things we can do to stay inspired on a daily basis.

Stay Inspired By:

1.  Setting up a beautiful work area.  Whether you work at home or in an office, make sure that you create a space that inspires you.  You are likely to not only accomplish more but be more creative in an amazing space.  Make sure you keep things organized as well.  Check out Jess’s workspace, and my own!

2.  Keep inspirational quotes and bible verses around you.  These will help you stay on track, and remind you to seek God’s will first.  This can look different depending on how much space you have.  You can either get picture quotes/bible verses to put on your wall, graphic design quotes that you keep on your computer, or frame some quotes in picture frames to put around you.  I love having mine on my desktop, and I refer to them often!

3.  Keep the right company.  This might seem obvious, but you have to make sure you hang out around people that inspire you and lift you up.  You will not only be more productive and creative, but you will have more confidence with people supporting you and trying to help you.  Anything in life is possible!  Pick friends that will lift you up and challenge you to be a better person.  When you surround yourself with people who are inspiring they can raise you up to their level!

I hope these will not only help keep you inspired, but also help you achieve your dreams in life.  If anyone ever tells you that you cannot do something, know that they are completely wrong!  You can do whatever you set your mind to.  It might not work on the first try, and you have to work hard at it.  It will come though if you continue pursuing it and learning from your mistakes.

Please take at least one thing from this post and incorporate it into your life.  If you are doing all these things, but are still struggling with your creativity, then try changing your scenery.  Go for a beautiful walk/hike or plan a trip to the beach.  Getting outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, and changing scenery will help keep your creativity juices flowing!

What other things inspire you?

Rini~

 

10 Great Inexpensive Date Ideas:)

live breathe inspire If you are like us, we love to go on dates with our husbands.  One of the dilemmas we run into a lot is the money spent on these dates.  Like most couples our budgets are tight, and in order to keep them from getting off track, we need to make sure our wallets are in check when planning for fun nights out!  It doesn’t sound romantic, but for those of us who like to go out, it is better than sitting at home watching tv… (although there is nothing wrong with those chill kind of nights sometimes!).

This is the reason behind this blog post!  We want to create a fun/inexpensive way to enjoy each other on those precious occasions you can find to leave your cares behind and have a great time!

10 Great Inexpensive Date Ideas:

1. Picnic in the park!

This sounds so obvious, but I don’t think this is the first thing that crosses peoples’ minds when thinking of a fun/free activity.  If you decide to do this, make sure you go before dark as most parks close at dusk or dark:)  So pack up a couple of easy food items into a basket and a couple of those fake electronic candles and go to a park nearest you!  When thinking about food, make sure you pick items that will not only travel well but also won’t be too messy!

2.  A Walk/Hike- One of my personal favorites!

This is one of my personal favorites for my husband and I to do together!  You can pick anywhere you want to go to get this walk in.  We have a couple of pretty lakes around our house that we like to walk around.  We also have gone to some nice neighborhoods to look at all the pretty houses as we walk (kind of like great scenery).  Another option would be going to a park with some hiking trails.  This would be great scenery as well and you could see the beautiful nature all around!

3.  Dollar Movie Theater

We have one next to us that has significantly cheaper ticket prices than the normal movie theaters.  They are movies that are already out on DVD, but it is nice to sit in a theater sometimes.  I love it because you get the “movie theater” feel without paying as much!

4.  Ice Cream/Walking around Town

This is one of my favorites!  Grab your favorite ice cream treat and walk it off around town.  You can eat and have some real conversation to go with it.  There is nothing better than unwinding from a busy day with great ice cream and your man/women beside you!

5.  Game Night

This is an easy/cheap idea, but so much fun!  You can play board games or play some games you might not have played since you were a child.  My husband loves playing corn hole (a game he has been playing since he was young).

6.  Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt’s can be around the city, town, or even just around your neighborhood.  You can take turns creating these for each other, and on two separate date nights implement them.  Try creating them around personal items/experiences that you two have had before.  It will make it more meaningful.  When my husband and I were dating, this is what he used to ask me to be his girlfriend:) It was inexpensive, and so thoughtful!

7.  Put Putt

I think this pretty much explains itself!

8.  Minor League Sporting Event

Do you or your significant other like sports?  This is a great alternative than paying lots of money going to a major league game.  Not only that, but look for a night where they are doing something unique and fun!  Our local minor league game has a “pet night” that lots of people like going too since we all love our pets!

9.  Be Creative/In The Moment

Make sure to keep an eye out for those special times that can easily be turned into a “date night.”  Sitting on the porch, eating dinner together in the candlelight, turning on a slow song and starting to dance, or just creating a game while in Target getting groceries!

10.  Check Out Local Events

There are so many fun things to do in different areas.  For example, in my area we have something called “First Fridays.”  This is where stores and galleries open up, and people walk around downtown Canton looking at all the art work and eating some good food.  I am sure there are a lot more fun/cheap events in your area.  You just have to keep an eye out.

In our lives, we need to make sure to take the time to go on date nights with our significant other.  Something doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun!  There are so many ways to create amazing date nights and beautiful memories!  Remember these when you are needing some alone time:)

What other things do you do with your significant other?

Rini~

10 Reasons to Move Everyday!

Happy Monday!:)

The past week I have been reflecting on how important it is to move our bodies every day.  I don’t necessarily mean with intense exercises but just moving our bodies in one way, shape, or form.  Our bodies were made to be in motion, and with the type of lifestyle we tend to lead, we can forget this important fact.  Instead of sitting on the couch or at your desk all day, try getting up and moving at different points in the day.

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To help us understand how important it is, I wanted to list 10 reasons why we should move everyday.

1. It gives us more energy throughout the day.

2. It helps maintain and/or lose weight.

3. It helps us feel better about ourselves.

4. It puts us in a better mood.

5. It helps us get more done since we have more energy.

6. It helps burn more calories throughout the day.

7. It helps curb our appetite.

8. It improves our flexibility and joints.

9. It helps fight off diseases.

10. It helps blood to flow to our brain which helps us to focus.

These are all great reasons why we should be moving everyday, and now I want to discuss some ways in which we can make this happen!

live breathe inspire We can take the stairs instead of an elevator, park away from the stores when we shop to get in some more walking, actually go for walks, walk or run while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, and get up every 45 minutes from our desk and get in some physical activity.  It might be a walk, some jumping jacks, planks, or high knees.

We just need to make sure we are moving everyday.  Our bodies were designed for movement.  We look and feel better when we are moving, so why wouldn’t we try moving more each day?

What are some ways you make sure to move everyday?

~Rini

#ChangeLivesToday Summer Challenge!

Welcome to another week:) Monday’s can be very difficult for some people. It is not only the start to a work week but also an end to relaxation time for many. It takes some time to get back into the swing of things after having the weekend off. That is why I wanted to try something that will hopefully change people’s lives!

Jess and I created Live Breathe Inspire to be a blog that helps people live better lives. Part of living a better life, in my opinion, is helping and encouraging others. Life can be very lonely and mundane if we are just focused on ourselves. It also causes a lot of us to become depressed looking at our situations sometimes. We think we have it bad when we are focused only in our “world.” That is why I thought this Monday challenge could start helping us to think outside of our lives, and into other people’s lives.

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It is so easy to stay in our bubble and not worry about other people’s situations, and it is sometimes easy to look down on them. I think we need to change our perspective a little bit by encouraging one another. What better day to start this challenge than on a Monday!

The challenge is every Monday to encourage someone who you think needs it. It can be a co-worker, friend, family member, kid, or even a stranger you meet in the street. Our world is hurting, and we need to take the time to make it a better place.

It will also help us to look outside of ourselves and focus on other peoples’ needs. I love the idea of “Monday Motivation” which is what inspired me to start this challenge. The encouragement could be a note, thoughtful words, a present, a listening ear, or even just a hug. If you become in tune with people, then you will start to think of ways that could brighten their day. If for some reason you cannot think of any way to encourage them on your own, then there is a world wide web that has ideas on almost everything!

Jess and I will be doing this challenge along with you for the rest of the summer. Hopefully by the time fall starts we will have encouraged a lot of people, changed some people’s lives, and changed our perspectives as well. The challenge name will be #ChangeLivesToday! Everytime you do an act that helps someone out use #changelivestoday to let us know about it!

How will you inspire or change someone’s life today?

Rini~