Do You, Can You, Will You, Have a Sense of Freedom About You?

By Shannon Boatwright


“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcase of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”

  • Shannon L. Alder

As we journey into a new year, I want us to start with as much confidence, hope and positivity that we can grasp hold of. Ironically, as I write this blog entry, I’m quite honestly not feeling very confident and actually have a hint of depression with a side of insecurity. I’m aware of my worth, my skills, my talents & most importantly, my blessings. At my core, I know I’ve got this. Yet, in this moment, I’m hesitant and leery of starting a new year, one that will bring an incredibly busy rest of the school year (one in which just the thought tends to overwhelm me.) This past year there were people I’d hoped to reconnect with, things I would’ve liked to accomplish personally and adventures I wanted to experience with my kids. I have a birthday coming soon and I’m not doing so well with this whole getting older thing. Any woman reading this entry I’m sure will feel me on the issue of dealing with getting older. Though I love the getting wiser part, the physical aging part of the equation certainly has its moments.

That being said, I decided to share the quote above because, well, I think it’s fabulous. I’m a fan of actress and rocker, Juliette Lewis and she recently posted this quote on her Instagram. She’s a firecracker of positivity and I think she rocks. So, in my moment of feeling a bit down, this quote was what I needed.


Have you ever noticed that in your moments of strength and positivity – you know, those times when your confidence is actually at a healthy level – that you indeed have a sense of freedom about you? Yea, those moments are lovely. It’s in those moments that we’re willing to reach for our own positive change, better directions and ultimately create the change that makes a better YOU. And those moments are moments I think we should experience more of!

In light of a crazy past year, let’s look forward in this beautiful future we have the privilege of living, and live it with an air of total confidence, recognizing our worth, taking pride in our many talents, ready at every moment to celebrate our freedom to accept that the fact is, we totally rock.

The sooner we can see that, recognize that and accept that, the sooner we can create it. No matter what your age, range, size or level in life, take pride in your skills & your goddess beauty, inside and out. Freedom awaits. 🙂


How Do You Stay Inspired?

By: Shannon Boatwright

Stay Inspired

“Stay Inspired

It takes work to stay inspired in life. Negative people, experiences, and circumstances can easily get us off course, disconnected and off center. There is, however, always a path back to the positive, back to being inspired. Always have something to read that inspires you with you at all times, talk to those who love you to get you back on track, and the magical cure is to work hard in your own life and on yourself until you feel better. Negative times in life pass through. They come and they go. If they stay for too long, then there is something missing on your end. Focus forward, focus inward, set new goals, let go of the past and focus on what you can do today to make your life better. There is always something you can do to make your life better. The greatest attribute to apply to your off balance days is patience and faith. It will all pass, and things will be renewed again. Once you can accept where you are and you stop fighting it, the solutions you have been looking for will appear. As long as you are over focused on the negative and only thinking about how bad things are, the more you push your solutions away. Do all you can to stay inspired. Whatever works for you: church, exercise, writing, spending time with others, prayer, movie days, reading. Do it all and your luck will change.”

– Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The above was shared by a Facebook friend. It has become my new mantra. I don’t personally know this beautiful lady, Dr. Campbell, but I’d like to. I can, without hesitation, say that I am very thankful to have come across this post. Like every human being, I go through ups and downs. Some days I am strong and full of faith and positivity. And other days, I struggle something fierce to keep my head above the heart-wrenching, suffocating waters of life. This short message from Sherrie truly embodies the ultimate survival guide, as far as I’m concerned. She manages to brilliantly say what I know in my heart, but all too often have a hard time accomplishing. Simply put, staying inspired can keep you on the positive and successful track of life. When I really think about it, I see how I do this already, without really knowing it. I will get overwhelmed with the stresses and negative forces in my life and there will be something that will inspire me, fill me up and help to rebuild my spirit, putting me back in a positive state of being. Whether it’s music, exercise, special moments with my angel babies, quality time with my true love, prayer, praise or affirmation of some sort from my students, co-workers, family, a quote, or lovely share like this one from Dr. Sherrie Campbell, that inspires me and fills my empty, aching spaces, reminding me of all the good there is to live for… whew… where would we be without these fulfilling moments?

Dr. Campbell is so incredibly right! We must stay inspired. Our inner wellbeing relies on it!
I love that she states to “focus forward, focus inward…let go of the past and focus on what you can do today to make your life better.” I read and reread her words above, and I believe it is now part of my anthem for a better life. Patience and faith are key. So as you grasp hold of that faith that you know is within you, as you’re having to reach through pain and/or grief, and you pull patience from your toes that you never knew you were capable of, remember to allow yourself to be inspired. Seek out those things in your life that provide priceless inspiration that begin to fill your heart and soul from the inside out and renew your inner workings that keep you full of the beautiful spirit of life and love. Stay inspired!

How do you keep a positive flow running through your life? What inspires you to open yourself to love, faith and success? Please share. We need all the inspiration we can get! 😉

Your Calling Doesn’t Have to be Grand (WHEW!)

By: Mary Pat Baldauf

higher purpose

If I’ve heard it once since recovering from my brain aneurysm, I’ve heard it 100 times and 100 different ways: “God isn’t done with you yet.” No one meant any harm, but it really put the pressure on me.

During rehab, someone innocently said, “You need to find out what God’s purpose is for you and work on fulfilling it.”


My reply? “Yep, you’re right. But right now I’m focusing on leaning how to walk again.”

As I continue to ponder my purpose, I was touched by Dr. Lissa Rankin‘s article recently featured by Positively Positive, which asserts the following:

  1. Every revolutionary act of love, even the smallest, most private action, raises the vibration of the planet and changes the world.
  2. Every time you let love lead, you are smack dab in the center of your purpose. It can be that simple.
  3. Sometimes one hug is all it takes to make a real difference.
  4. Anyone can find and fulfill his or her calling simply by doing whatever it is that you do with great love, from the heart, infused with meaning and kindness.
  5. It’s okay to let go of the “not enough” thoughts or the pressure to be grand.

I love that Rankin ended the article by encouraging us to use the Prayer of St Francis as we seek to be vessels of love in our own unique ways. I have since printed it out and used it as a morning prayer.