Inspire Me Monday–What Inspires YOU?

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What inspires me this week? Family caregivers and their millions of selfless acts of kindness towards wives, husbands, children, parents and sometimes even acquaintances when a sick person has no family nearby.

Family caregivers don’t receive a salary or use a time card to keep track of the time spent and the services they render for loved ones who have fallen ill. And sometimes, the ones they care for may feel resentful towards them.

It’s a lonely calling, whether a caregiver steps in for a parent who can no longer make wise decisions or whether the caregiver holds down the fort during a catastrophic illness.

It’s likely that you or someone you know cares for or has taken care of a family member—in myriad ways such as preparing special diets, being the legal guardian of a parent, making decisions about assisted living and nursing homes, changing diapers, or performing routine medical care that nurses usually perform.

Take a look around you, and identify a caregiver or two. Take time this month to let them know their acts of love and kindness don’t go unnoticed. Reach out and let a caregiver know that YOU care for them. (tweet this)

  • Send a card,
  • Give a gift card,
  • Come by and just sit with them and listen to them
  • Just do something, anything, really, so that they know they are not alone in their caregiving journey.

What inspires YOU?

Join us at Inspire Me Monday—where we strive to build a community by sharing your links on social media and leaving comments on every one’s blog.

Here are the lovely co-hostesses of Inspire Me Monday: Angie Ryg, Cindy Krall, and Denise J. Hughes.  Drop by and say hello and see what their blogs are all about.

What’s your inspirational story? Link up below, and don’t forget the 1-2-3s of building community:

1. Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week (just ONE, please).

2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.

3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer–just do it!

Please link back to this week’s post or add the button to your post so that we can spread the inspirational cheer :).

I found inspiration for my Monday at #inspirememonday. Join us! (tweet this)

So, go ahead! Take the plunge and share your most inspiring post with us!

 

Angie Ryg

 

Inspire Me Monday(s)

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Angie Ryg

 

Sometimes, an oversight can lead to a serendipitous moment. For example, I started a link up for the inspirational participants of the #write31day challenge the first Monday of October. Throughout the month I met a lot of great bloggers through the link ups, but I discovered that reading and pinning and tweeting about each post in the link up caused a big strain on my Mondays (which already have enough going on between teaching full time, extra duty and doing evening reading club for my students who’ve fallen behind on their reading goals).

And then I discovered that an online blogger acquaintance already HAD a link up on Mondays for inspirational bloggers…and the names only had one letter difference. Thus the serendipity. Her link up was on hiatus while she was out of the country. She graciously pointed out that our link ups had similar names and purposes and suggested that maybe we could join forces. Brilliant idea! I’ll join her link up as one of four hostesses and then everyone wins. Four hostesses who will advertise and promote the link up. Four hostesses who will visit all of the links and do our best to get the word out about the inspiration ya’ll bring to the table each week.

So, I hope you continue to link up, build community and find Inspiration for your Monday! I’ll be retiring the “Inspire Me Mondays” graphic–so make sure you use the new one!

Here are the lovely co-hostesses of Inspire Me Monday: Angie Ryg, Cindy Krall, and Denise J. Hughes
What’s your inspirational story? Link up below, and don’t forget the 1-2-3s of building community:

1. Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week (just ONE, please).

2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.

3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer–just do it!

Please link back to this week’s post or add the button to your post so that we can spread the inspirational cheer :).

I found inspiration for my Monday at #inspirememonday. Join us! (tweet this)

So, go ahead! Take the plunge and share your most inspiring post with us!


First (and the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up)

#inspirememondaysAbout a year after Pedro returned from the hospital and his successful stem cell transplant, I woke up one morning and decided I’d had enough. Enough moping around the house whining about my weight. Pedro had regained his pre-cancer weight—but I hadn’t lost mine.

I’d walked 10,000 steps a day for a year, and although I felt healthier, I still hadn’t lost a magical ten pounds. I’d lost a measly one pound. I keep of my school picture from that year somewhere (I hide it from myself and only come across it occasionally) because it’s a reminder of who I had become—an unhappy, overweight, grumpy woman who had received so many blessings that she had no reason to look like she’d been sucking on lemons. (more…)

Quick (and the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up)

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Welcome to Inspire Me Mondays!

Here’s my contribution–I’m on Day 13 of the #write31days challenge issued by The Nester.

“But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27 NIV)

Tubes sprouted from Pedro like a crazy hamster maze. A team of nurses moved quietly around the room, taking vitals and preparing him for the doctor’s visit.

Pedro had ended up in ICU the day before I’d returned to San Francisco. He had been responding to the chemo, but the doctors decided he would need radiation as well. Before they could complete the process, Pedro lost his ability to swallow.

The doctors worried that he would aspirate or get pneumonia and so they intubated him and whisked him off to ICU where they induced a coma-like state. Once a day they would bring him out of the coma to check his ability to swallow.

“How long will he be in ICU?” I asked the attending physician on Pedro’s second day in ICU

“A week, maybe two.” he answered. “You have children, don’t you?”

“Yes. Why?”

“You might want to have them come down for a visit,” the doctor looked at Pedro’s chart and avoided eye contact. (more…)

Inspire Me Monday

#inspirememondays

Welcome to #inspirememonday! Who doesn’t need a Monday morning pick-me-up? At Inspire Me Monday, we hope to build a community where both bloggers and readers can come for a little inspiration to start the work week.

As with all link ups, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines to help build the community.  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1.  Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week (just ONE, please).

2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.

3.  Get the word out THREE ways!  Tweet about the link up, tweet about a post that touched you, share on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer–just do it!

I found inspiration for my Monday at #inspirememondays.  Join us! (tweet this)

So, go ahead!  Take the plunge and share your most inspiring post with us!

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