Happy 2017!

This morning I awake alive with vision hope, faith and monster goals and dreams because I enter another year with the ability to live my purpose everyday because of you and the amazing people we call family, the Inspire Family!

Your faith in Cathie and I means the world to me personally and I know her feelings are equally strong.  I need you to understand especially on this first morning of this new year of the unlimited possibilities that YOU have provided us.  Yes, it is your special gift that brings incredible value to all the family members of Inspire and fuels this brand on our movement and mission to change the health and true joy way to many people’s face today.

Every movement must start with one vision and that was the vision given to me as I sat daily on my huge commercial lawn mowers.  I shared my vision with Cathie and on March 11, 2011 the Inspire movement started.

Now we enter 2017 with endless life changing stories, friendships, dreams, achievements and the list continues to grow daily within the tiny walls at 155 Woodport Road in an amazing community called Sparta.

Why does something like this happen?  In my eyes it is simple!  It’s you and like-minded people coming together on a common ground willing to smile, encourage, motivate, share, laugh, cry, overcome, see the possible and simply enjoy time with their childhood heart and soul.

Your gift of life has created way more than even my crazy mind saw when I told Cathie my vision for the first time.  This is why I awake this morning with this rage of fire burning deep in my soul as we enter 2017.

Time, we believe it’s endless when we put it in a yearly context.  But today I would like you to reflect on your life as you celebrate the great things that you have achieved with the understanding of time in the equation.

Your achievements and the way you live your life should be applauded but do you have more?  It is the way you use your time that creates that small gap from your present awesome life to your ultimate wants, desires and dreams.

Time used well is what separates the impossible from the possible!

Every January 1st I take time to read and reflect on some words and phrases that I have carved out from a poem about the amount of minutes we all are rewarded with each year. It’s called “525,600 Minutes.”It stems from Gail Lynne Goodwin, from Inspire Me Today.
 
This New Year gives us the gift of more than 525,600 minutes. Many of us say we “don’t have enough time”, but for this next year, as with all other ones, we all get the same amount of time- about 525,600 minutes. What we do with the gift of these minutes determines the quality of our life, the level of our happiness, the value of the memories we create and the difference we can make in the world.
 
Our lives are determined by how we choose to live our 525,600 minutes each year. Minutes spent stressed or worrying are wasted. Fear not only kills our dreams, it also diminishes our minutes without providing productive results. None of our unused minutes can be saved as “rollover” minutes for the next year. None can be given to others and unused ones will be lost forever. When we look at our minutes from this perspective, it helps us realize the gift we’ve been given.
 
Therefore, here are some words to remember as you enter into the New Year and start spending your 525,600 minutes.”
 
Spend time with people you love. Cherish family and friends. When we look back at a year, the things that usually stand out are times spent with loved ones, and the moments of connection with one another.
If you’re not having fun, go do something that IS fun!!! Spend your time doing what you love and what brings joy into your life.
 
Let go of the past. Don’t waste a good minute worrying about a bad one. Know that everything is perfect exactly as it is. Trust that there is a reason, even when you can’t see it.
 
Be positive. Realize you do have a choice, and choose to be positive in your thoughts and your actions.
 
Take baby steps and don’t give up! Keep moving in the right direction. Trust yourself and your abilities. Just because something didn’t yet work out as planned, doesn’t mean it won’t work out. There is always a way and you can’t lose unless you give up.
 
Embrace change. Resisting change is like trying to swim upstream. Instead, embrace it and go with the flow.
 
Connect with Nature. Watch sunsets. Talk to a tree. Listen to the wind. Taste the sweetness of a fresh apple. Study a leaf. Play with a dog. In all things, find your connection to something bigger than you.
 
Love life! Do what you love and love what you do. Happiness comes from spending minutes doing things that bring you joy.
 
Laugh! Relax, be playful and remember, life is meant to be fun!
 
Expand your world. Learn about other cultures, celebrate our differences and find common ground.
 
Create a vision. Write down 100 things you want to accomplish this year and share it with someone you love. Create a vision board to keep your dream alive!
 
Dream BIG! Dream big dreams and trust that you’re on the right path to make them happen. You deserve the very best in life- claim it!
 
Listen to your inner voice. Many times, wisdom comes to us in silence.
 
Spread kindness. Connect with one another. Share a smile. Perform random acts of kindness. Choose love. Be love. In all things, love now.
 
Exercise your mind and your body. We only grow old when we’re stagnant. Move and grow.
 
Pause. Breathe. Take time for yourself. Know that you matter and remember, you must first fill your own cup before you can give to others.
 
Pass it on. Give. Share. Give away things you don’t need. Share love and resources with others, remembering that blessing flows more easily through a stream without a dam.
 
Pay attention to serendipity. Live connected to something greater than yourself. Open unto and into the possibility of life. Live with faith and hope as a part of your life instead of apart from them.
 
Be grateful. No matter where you are, express gratitude, knowing that what you focus on grows. If you’re going to create more of something, let it be gratitude.
 
Be conscious of your thoughts. Know that your thoughts hold the power to create tomorrow’s reality. So think good thoughts. Dream big dreams. Celebrate the moments of your life.
 
Be YOU! You are so very beautiful; so let your light shine. You are an unlimited being with infinite potential. You have no limitations except those that you place on yourself.
 
Today, in this very moment, you have the chance to start anew. Embrace the moment, be grateful for the opportunities and truly celebrate the moments of your life. A new year filled with more than 525,000 minutes is waiting for you. Invest them well. Make each one of them count, and have a blessed and very Happy New Year!”

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