Teresa

Thankful Thursday – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

My hair has been driving me absolutely nuts. It’s completely out of control and I still have about a week until I can remedy it. The woman who does my hair has been out for a minor medical procedure and when I booked the appointment it didn’t seem like that big of a deal to…

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Thankful Thursday

When I tell people that my house is fully consumed with plants, there’s no way they can grasp the extent. I know I don’t have Seymour, but I do have my own version of Little Shop of Horrors. My house, my garage, and my front porch are completely overflowing with plants. Last week when I…

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Motivational Monday – Vision Boards

vision board (noun) a collage of pictures, text, and other items that represent and affirm one’s dreams and ambitions, created to help visualize and focus on one or more specific aspirations: Everything on her vision board points to a career in pediatric medicine. One of my girlfriends had made a post on Facebook years ago…

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Regrets – Don’t Let Them Sabotage You

I read Trevor Noah’s book “Born a Crime’ months ago and it only made me love him more. I already knew that he was an extremely talented comic, but I didn’t know how much he loves and respects his mom. Even feared her at times, because she was a tough lady and held him to…

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Rosie Lives On in All of Us

Years ago my family got to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Disney resort on Oahu. It was every bit as magical as expected, but likely my favorite souvenir was a re-usable bag my mom had found for me at the Pearl Harbor souvenir store.  It was Rosie the Riveter with the We Can Do It at…

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Book Suggestion: Reading Behind Bars

I feel like it was another life ago that I ran in the Oregon State Penitentiary. A life before COVID, a life before breast cancer, but the years don’t take away the fond memories I have of my time behind the walls in Salem, Oregon. I was blogging with Run Oregon and one of the…

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Little Things Make an Impact

Having three boys, I make a lot of trips to Costco. On my latest trip I was picking up stuff for my son before he heads back to school. Those noodles in a cup were on his list.  I intended to get the noodles. After all, he is a college student and ramen is pretty…

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The Benefits of Volunteering

It’s a given that volunteering makes a difference in the lives of others, but we don’t always consider the benefits of volunteering. It has been shown to lower stress, help keep us physically and mentally active and possibly lower our mortality rate. The health benefits of volunteering regardless of the type of volunteer job are…

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Human Rights Are Not Special Rights

June is Pride Month, where the LGBTQ community celebrates each other and the diversity of their community. It is “Pride Month” because it is a time where people should celebrate their uniqueness rather than feel shame for what some elements of society believe is immoral. It is a time to stand together. It is a…

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10 Ways to Help Our Veterans

Military veterans sacrifice a lot to serve our country. They not only fulfill combat roles, defending our country, but they play roles in disaster relief and humanitarian aid. They are away from their families, often in less than ideal conditions, not to mention the dangers that their service may expose them to. Our military personnel…

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Teen Returns Lost Memories

Shane Jones is a sixteen-year-old Sophomore in Rhode Island. Like many other teens, Shane’s hobby is collecting things. He likes to collect coins, bottles, and small metal trinkets. Shane frequented garage and yard sales, looking for small antiques to add to his collection. For him, it was a treasure hunt. When the pandemic struck, yard…

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Let’s Not Forget

I hear people say Happy Memorial Day here in the US, and I kind of get why. For many, Memorial Day is a day off work to hang out with friends, maybe have a barbeque (hopefully with vaccines, masks and social distancing), and that in itself is important. For many, it is the unofficial kick-off…

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Vindon Vineyard- Something Special

So in Episode 30, Amy shared with us about Vindon Vineyard in Newberg, Oregon, and its new President Tiquette Bramlett, the first Black woman to be president of a winery in a major US wine region. Set up on a hillside right in the middle of Oregon Wine Country, this boutique winery and tasting room…

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10-Year-Old Chess Master Learned to Play While Homeless

I am not a chess player. In fact, I find chess pretty boring. My sons have all played chess, but never on a competitive level. I know it is a very intellectual game and requires a tremendous amount of strategy. Me, I’d rather play a party game like Telestrations or Codenames, where without fail, everyone…

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How to Give a Compliment

Ok, the focus of this podcast is about inspiring people. It’s about finding that something that makes you want to do your part in making the world a better place. However, one of the points that we try to make, time and time again, is that it doesn’t always have to be some grand plan…

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Pain: A different view.

My husband’s favorite author is Jim Butcher. He is an urban fantasy writer, so not my thing at all. Butcher has a couple of series and my husband has read them all, several times. He even got my oldest to read both series. His favorite series by Jim Butcher is called the Dresden Files. From…

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Be Kind 21 Follow Up

As I have talked about on the podcast and in another post, I am trying to do my Be Kind 21 list in April. I was inspired by Lady Gaga’s (Episode 16) Be Kind campaign, as just little ways that you can make the world better. Lady Gaga’s official 21-day campaign is in September each…

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What Does “Inspire” Mean?

Our podcast throws around the word “inspire” and “inspiration” a lot. Like really a whole lot. All the time. What does it really mean? If you look at the dictionary definitions you will get something like this: To spur on or exert influence. His passion for reading made me pick up a book and read…

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What is “Plogging”?

So you may have heard Amy and I talking about “plogging”. We talked a bit more about this in Episode 18, but we have mentioned it enough in April that I thought I would define it a bit more and share some pictures. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up garbage. The word…

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Teresa’s Be Kind 21 List

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s Be Kind 21 campaign, I was impatient and decided to get a jump start on this in April, rather than wait until September. In all honesty, I will probably do it in September with Lady Gaga, too. Here is my list for this month. I have done a few of these…

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Follow Up- Dolly Parton’s Ice Cream

In Episode 10, I talked about the spitfire of kindness that is Dolly Parton. In Episode 15, I followed up with a story about how Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was making a Dolly Parton created flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, to help support Dolly’s book charity Imagination Library. Imagination Library mails out books each month for…

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A little word of inspiration. . .

“You cannot save people, you can just love them.”  — Anaïs Nin

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See our Featured Book section.

We are happy to announce we have launched a Feature Book section on our website. During our inspirational searches, we read a lot. . . A LOT. . . of books. Often we talk about these books during the podcast. Our Featured Book section makes it easy to find these books. You can even preview…

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Episode 17 & 18 Are Posted

Episode 17: Gretta Thunberg and Episode 18: The Kindness Diaries have been posted and we are very excited about them. Its April and we are celebrating Earth Month, so some of our stories of inspiration have an environmental theme. We love nature and believe that it is absolutely vital that we act now to help…

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