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“I love motherhood. I have had the great privilege of being mom to three boys and a little girl, and I would say this: mothering has been the biggest challenge of my life. I have learned more about myself. I have grown more as an individual through my mothering. But I’d also say it’s been the greatest blessing of my life. I love being a mom. I’m also very fortunate to be the vice president of global ministries for MOPS International, which is a mothering organization. And I believe that mothering is the great equalizer, that no matter what language you speak, no matter what your heart language is, mothering is a language that we all speak if we’re called mom. And I can also tell you that a two-year-old temper tantrum looks the same no matter what language you speak. And so it’s been my great privilege to travel the globe and to inspire moms to be the best moms that they can be. We have a saying here at MOPS that better moms make a better world, and we really believe that because we are raising the next generation. So, I love motherhood and the moms that I’ve been able to meet around the world.”
“I love being a foster parent, and I love foster care and adoption in general. About five years ago, my best friend and I decided to move in together and welcome into our home a sibling group of five brothers and sisters from the foster care system. It has been a crazy adventure as you can imagine. It has been really wonderful though to be able to help them heal and process from the trauma that they’ve been through and to be a part of this big modern family that we feel we’ve been called to love. Parenting kids from hard places is a totally different way of parenting. There’s different strategies, different ways to love on them, and I’ve become really passionate about it and I really love it. About a year ago, I made a decision to quit my job as the director of a child therapy program and now I’m staying home full time creating an online community for foster and adoptive families, where parents can come together and get some support, encouragement, strategies, and ideas. I absolutely love my time that I now get to spend loving on these other parents and helping them to rest and not quit and stay in the game and keep loving on these kids. The world’s not going to change by us just yelling our opinions at each other. It’s really going to change when we take the time to actually engage in small acts of kindness and love. Bob Goff says that people do not grow where they are planted; they grow where they are loved. And so today, I hope you will engage in some type of love for somebody else. That you will find somebody that’s crossing your path that you’ll be able to do a random act of kindness for. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about foster care and adoption and maybe you can love on a child that’s coming from a place of abuse or neglect.”
“I love sharing my story and my passion with others. For so long, I have been letting fear dictate who I am meant to be. I have let fear talk me out of things. Fear has stopped me from doing something that I love. And comparison is built into that fear. I hid behind that for so long. And honestly, after having my son, a lightbulb went off. Here I am supposed to show this kid the world and be all you can be, but I’m not living those values. And that’s what I love. Call me weird, call me crazy. That’s ok, because I’m finally embracing my weirdness and letting it shine. You either like me or you don’t. And speaking of sharing my passions, that comes with realness. I’m a mom in real life. So I just want to let you all in on the fact that I’ve got a nice top going on here, but I’m wearing some Fruit Loops boxers. So I’m totally winning at mom life over here.”
“I love love, specifically the love for my children. Of course I love my husband and my family and friends, but the love for my children is magical. I did not come by parenthood easily. My husband and I went through several rounds of fertility and then we were fortunate enough to have a private adoption with our daughter. Then we had a couple failed adoptions. And our most recent journey was with foster care and we just adopted our son from that last week. It has been an emotional roller coaster, but one that I would not change. I love looking back at how our story has unfolded. I love being able to just sit in this moment and relish all of our blessings. And I also look forward to where love is going to take us next. You know, there are some days where it does not matter how much persistence or grit or faith or stubbornness you have, if you don’t have love, it would not have gotten us through a lot of the rough days to build our family. So, I hope my children always know how loved they are and I hope they lead their lives with love. At the end of the day all you need is love. Love is all you need.”
“I love helping and teaching others. I love to see people succeed and grow in whatever they want to do. So if I can help them in any way to reach their goals, I’m going to do it. And they know that they can count on me to be there for them. It brings me so much joy and gives me a sense of gratification to be a part of someone’s life in that way. Most recently, I am helping people with their health, wellness, and fitness, and when I see people reaching their goals and working so hard toward those goals, it brings me so much excitement and joy. And if I can just cheer them on along the way, it helps them out so much and gives them the motivation and encouragement they need to reach those goals. I love to be a help to anybody that I can. We are all in this world together and we are all striving to do our best. If we can just link arms and help each other grow then there’s no room for competition or envy or anything ugly like that. Everyone was meant for a purpose and everyone has different talents to bring to the table. It’s so important to help people find those talents and bring it out of them and help them see the fullest potential that they can become.”
“I love how we are all so uniquely created. I think it’s beautiful to look around the world and see how people are so different. It’s fascinating for me to learn about different personalities, how we communicate differently, how we’re motivated by different things, and how we have different love languages. It’s also a great reminder to me as a mom and as a business owner that there’s no one perfect way to do this and be successful. We so often compare ourselves with others and that just steals our joy. Instead of comparing, we should be celebrating our differences. And you should live the life that you were created to live and be the best version of yourself that you can be. We were all purposefully and wonderfully created with unique gifts and special talents, and I want to challenge you to reflect on those gifts that have been given to you and decide one way that you can share those gifts with the world.”
“My passion is to inspire people to use the power of positive thinking to create the life that they want - to create your own reality just by focusing on the things that you’re grateful for. I think in today’s world people focus too much on the negative things that they don’t like or want, and if they only knew that they could manifest their desires and their wishes just by focusing on the positives in their life. We have so much to be grateful for. I’m so grateful to be a mom. I’m so grateful for my opportunity to work for Young Living and to spread about wellness and health and how to help people get toxins out of their home. So, I think about these things and I focus and visualize all the things that I want to happen for me and all the positive aspects that we have in life, like our families and the fact that we have running water and a house with a roof over our head, which is something that so many people don’t have. There are so many little things that we take for granted. So I’m passionate about inspiring other people to focus on what makes them happy and the things they have to be grateful for and to hold them close to their heart. Focus on those things, let them fill you up, and push that gratitude and that positive energy out into the world so that we can continue spreading the light to everyone.”
“I love helping other people gain confidence in themselves and push past fear. I love breaking through those barriers of what feels like fear in my life and fear of going after exactly what I feel passionate about and called to do. What I hate is that I know fear is a liar. It can steal your joy and happiness and really break you down as a person. And so what I love is being able to break through that fear no matter what it takes. We often wake up with fear. We go to bed with fear. So it’s all about how we choose to live our every day lives and really live out our passion to move past that fear. And although we may have that fear, we need to just keep moving until we have reached our goals. Those goals are what keeps me going, and although there may be fear there, I’m going to make sure I push through it. I love helping entrepreneurs see that and push past that fear, whether it be about someone who cares too much about what others think or someone who fears failing. Whatever their fear is I try to help them gain the confidence in themselves that they’ve always needed, or maybe they’ve always had, but they just had fear overtake their body. I like to help them push through whatever they may be going through and to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I like to help them really live out their passion no matter what fear might be in their way.”
“I love creativity. As a kid I grew up in an artsy environment. My Grandmother was an artist, my dad was a brilliant mechanic, and I had so many people around that inspired me to create something from nothing. Creativity to me is so much more than art or making something. It’s life’s force. The root word of creativity actually means to grow. Growing from life obstacles, problem solving in situations that seem detrimental to become a better you is creating. Art taught me to look at a canvas from the now to create a brighter future and enable that future with the life choices I choose to make today. I will always be a creator because creators change the world.”
“I love quiet mornings with my kids. We wake up in the morning, I get a hot, fresh cup of coffee, and I savor those first few sips while snuggling my babies. They are both so quiet and chill and relaxed and the birds are chirping and the sun is streaming in. It is my absolute favorite time of the morning. Hot, fresh coffee and my babies.”
“I love seeing everyone around me conquering their mountains! Being someone who had to continuously give Jesus her burdens, I know first-hand that it’s not easy. Conquering mountains means more than just victory over a certain obstacle in your life. It means having taken on all the fears, trip-ups, and land mines that your own journey has brought you through, that you have so much grace and understanding for the person next to you that is holding on for dear life in a wind storm up their own mountain. It allows you to have faith in the so called 'helpless' because you were once the helpless case. It gives you the deserved respect for a stranger knowing that anyone that you see at the top of the mountain didn’t get their without a great cost. There are a lot of things that people call me - a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a friend, a worship leader, a wedding coordinator, but I think amongst all of those I want to be labeled as someone who inspires by example as she aspires to fall in line of the example of Jesus. It’s because of the grace and love that conquers all and allows us the room to grow that I have the humble privilege to be in the place I am today. And this is just the beginning.”
"I love writing poetry. Writing poetry is one of the best ways to express feelings and to connect with others' souls. For me, it’s like the calm after the storm. Whenever I’m facing bad weather, I can put words together to express how I feel. Writing is a way of releasing your emotions where you cannot anywhere else. It allows me to connect with myself and give joy. Poetry is the song of the heart. Poetry happens. You can’t try to write poetry. And that’s why I love it."
"I love baking bread. My superpower is finding the best way to do things, so efficiency stokes my fire. That said, if I solely live an efficient life, my soul pays the price. That's why I love baking bread. It's slow, methodical, completely void of technology, and a practice rooted in generations of humanity. I love how connected it makes me feel, even when I'm alone. And then I get actual bread! It's a spiritual practice and a vehicle for butter. That's about as win-win as it gets."
"I love the work that I’m doing. On the day-to-day I get to do layout work and drawing with my oldest, Jake. It’s one of my favorite parts about the design process. I also get to meet people from around the world when they visit the shop. Getting to meet all these folks has been great. It chokes out regional boundaries and stereotypes and I feel like there are way more good folks in the world than there are bad and in this day and age I think that’s important to hold on to. When I’m not at the shop working, I’m probably spending time with my beautiful wife, Lori, and our kids. If I’m alone you can find me clearing brush in my air conditioned skid steer or shooting classic firearms. I'm just me, and being me (far from perfect) is what I do...working hard and being nice to folks the way we were all raised to. It's all we know. Not anything special. It's just the way we do things."
"I love connecting with people. I've been through quite a few highs and lows the past few years, and I've been able to go to deeper levels with people than ever before, all because of a spinal cord injury. I've also loved finding purpose within my suffering!”
"I love spending time creating beautiful things. I can easily get lost in the pleasure of the creative process. Finding joy in my work was a hard-won battle for me. I spent years dealing with fear and perfectionism, so the ability to create unencumbered feels like a true gift. I am also passionate about seeing other creatives become free to shine in their chosen mediums as well - and I enjoy listening to them, supporting them as they gain momentum and freedom. One of the ways that I have seen creative folks gain freedom is to try another medium with no expectations for a finished product. I love seeing the spark when they remember how to let loose and play a little - and then to see how that spark can work its way into their daily creative practice is so exciting."
"I love passion and I love seeing people living according to their purpose. As a child, I saw a lot of older people, adults, living according to what they could produce versus what they were built and created to do. And I think now with the information age that we're in and with information being so accessible, people tend to go after things that they can produce and things that can produce them money. But I find that when a person lives according to their purpose and their passion and God is behind them, there is nothing that can hold them back."
"I love the adventure and struggle (well, maybe I don’t always LOVE that part, but I’m learning it’s just as much a part of the process) that comes with raising children and cultivating a family-team lifestyle. To fight for ‘togetherness’ takes sacrifice, humility, and a lot of discipline... all of which I feel like I wrestle with each new day as a mom of five little girls. I love that God gave us family to sharpen, strengthen, and humble us in ways nothing else could. I love seeing my own strengths and weaknesses play out in the little people that surround me each day as I watch/help them navigate the difficulties and joys that come from learning how to ‘work together as a team’. It is not lost on me that God distinctly chooses to call us SONS and DAUGHTERS and then gives us an opportunity to play out that parent-child relationship within our own lifetime. It’s a beautiful mess and I’m learning to love the good, bad, and ugly of it because it all works together when we surrender it to Him."
"I love my family and my job. That’s it and it's so simple. You don't have to do more, or be more, or have it all together to live a happy life. I cultivate simple things. I enjoy my journey."
"The thing I love in life is creativity. The ability to express myself or my ideas in my work is something that not only drives me but legitimately makes my heart happy. When I walk away from a project that I’ve been able to pour my creativity into, there is a next level sense of pride."
"Something I love in life? I really LOVE life! Observing and being present each day makes me love my surroundings. Whether that is people, nature... etc. I’ve learned gratitude can make me love life to the fullest. But, if I had to pick a person I loved it would for sure be my husband! He’s one of the most supportive, service-oriented, loving people I know. If I were to choose something in nature I love, it’d be flowers. They have my heart. I think they had an instrumental part in making me a painter. Something that makes me come alive? COLOR. I’m an artist and so grateful for eyesight and the ability to see colors. The cool thing is, there’s color EVERYWHERE. Again, being present helps me take in unexpected colors I may otherwise have passed by."
“I love finding the flow in my work and my life. It’s not easy to get there but when I do I feel happiness, love, and balance. When I am in the flow of painting, I can hear the brush on the paper and feel the texture of the paint. Time slips away and I intuitively know what colors to use, how to lay out the page, and what marks to make. I also feel very happy that my colorful, happy work inspires others to pick up a paintbrush and find their creativity. The inspiration goes both ways. It encourages me to keep making more paintings to share with the world.”
"The things I love are many: my playful and shockingly intelligent cat; writing about how people became who they are; using all the colors in a painting; being alone; every variety of flower; wine, specifically French but I don’t turn any down; bodies of water and mountains; yoga; grocery shopping; decorating; reading. What makes me feel alive? Interesting question. This will probably sound more serious than I intend. For me, I require reminders that I am alive and inhabiting a body. Otherwise I’m on a hamster wheel or in some kind of energetic spacesuit, living inside my head. It’s easy to leave aliveness. The things I love don’t bring me there unless I meet them halfway because aliveness isn’t related to what or who I love. As if I’m in some fairy tale and perhaps I am, I leave breadcrumbs for myself to reach the doorway of aliveness, better known as presence. I’m barred from noticing the pinks and greens on the petal of a sunflower if I’m not present. I keep certain books that tell certain stories and those are breadcrumbs. I have Pinterest boards (secret ones) with quotes or images that resonate on some sacred frequency. These are my portals to awareness if I need to remember my way back. Nature is a portal. Laughter is a portal. Gratitude is a portal. Songs are portals, but other times they sound like noise and that’s when I just need to breathe. I’ll get on my yoga mat or nowhere in particular, maybe my car, and breathe or hold my breath until my body forces me to sync with a natural rhythm. Maybe this is the quandary of a hypersensitive being, the need to brush away all those layers of stuff, like I’m Pig-Pen from Charlie Brown. The real kicker is that when I am inhabiting that alive space, I realize that it was always there waiting for me to notice it, never far from reach."
“I love being a child. Not literally 'a child' with a young age - but, instead, having and maintaining a 'child-like' perspective of the world we live in. To be curious of every little aspect of the environment around us; the petals of a flower or the stars of the galaxy. We all have it, this curiosity to learn and to discover - but overtime we can lose it. It can fade ever so slightly, and then we’re lost into 'adult life.' But it isn’t hard to get back - and once you have it again, that’s when life seems so much brighter. I love being a child.”
"I love adventure. Nothing crazy like running with the bulls or hitchhiking across the U.S., but just doing something hard that others don’t normally do. I remember getting the idea for my first business and thinking, 'If I don’t do this, someone else will do it later, and then I’ll say, hey I thought of that.’ So, five years ago we launched our first business, and now my wife and I own three small businesses and we recently wrote a children’s book. Those “ideas” seemed big and scary at first, but each adventure we have taken gets a little less scary and a lot more exciting. I think it’s really good for me to be put in a situation where I don’t know the outcome and I have to depend on my faith. Ultimately, all this adventure is done for my family, to give my wife and I flexibility to spend more time with our kids, to educate them through hands on business experience, and to create a culture of doing big things."
"As the creator of Functional Life Coaching, my greatest love is helping others break free of what is holding them back from finding their life’s unique Purpose. Success, love, abundance, health and well-being, and vibrant energy are all by-products of leading a Purpose-filled life and what brings me joy every day. I love getting to the root of what is holding my clients back from this, so that they can clear old patterns that no longer serve them and start living from a place of power and purpose."
"There are so many things to enjoy about your life, even though at times you might not seem them. Despite the most obvious things, I tend to enjoy the little things in life, and it's often the little things that bring the most joy. I enjoy the warm days, where you can walk and notice the beautiful things that surround you every day. I also enjoy the sound of a video game startup, and the joy of playing a video game. I enjoy seeing and talking to my girlfriend and family every day, for they bring me the greatest happiness I could ever want. Most of all, I enjoy talking and meeting new people. You sometimes run into people who inspire you and say things that can change your life. I honestly believe if all of us took a minute of our lives to be nice and to show compassion toward others, we could change the world."
“The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve realized that I love being pushed outside of my daily circle. New people, new ways of thinking, new insights, new perspectives. I love expanding my heart + brain to have more compassion and understanding for others and what makes their world go ‘round. It’s so wildly interesting and satisfying to just learn more about other humans and their past/present self. In a world full of hate, it’s refreshing to know that I’ve stumbled across so many people full of love, and have been fortunate enough to keep a lot of them close.”
"When I think about what I love, the first thing that comes to mind is igniting passion and purpose in the heart of others! Coming alongside, pouring into others, helping them walk in their gifting gives so much life to my heart! Growing up, my parents always taught me that one of the most important things you can do is invest in and build relationships. I think in a world that is so saturated with digital communication and social media, there's much joy to be found in REALationships - and I love to steward those by serving and empowering others!"
"I love people, and more specifically, asking them interesting questions for a deeper connection. True, purposeful connection lights my soul and refuels my creativity. Connection allows me to create, perform, and share my brilliance, and the brilliance of those around me."
“I love color! Just looking at colors can change my mood. Creating with color through paint or fabric brings me incredible joy. Wandering through an antiques shop seeing color in chippy paint, vintage labels, or pieced together in an old quilt is complete relaxation to me. Filling my garden with flowers of every color is one of the best parts of summer. Composing photos with pops of color is a daily source of happiness. I’m so grateful that God created so many colors and a million ways for us to enjoy them!”
“My number one love is social community. There’s just something about bringing people together in a space where they can learn, create, ask questions, and get to know their fellow tribe members in the online space. It literally fills my heart! My absolute mission during all four years I’ve been a blogger has been to create a space where people could come together and feel like they’re surrounded by a loving community. It drives me every single day.”
"This is going to sound cliché, but I love nothing more than helping people LOVE their homes. Since my day job is interior design, this is probably a pretty obvious answer, but it took me so long to arrive here. I spent a lot of my life feeling like I didn't have any special talents. Other people had gifts that were so apparent. I was never athletic, a bit dorky, and grew up on a farm. I always had a sense that God had something for ME, but WHAT??? Oh, how I wished for a talent that could bless others. One day my sweet hubby encouraged me to quit my day job in preschool education and pursue my passion for interior design, helping people create warm, welcoming spaces. WHAT??? I could do THAT??? It had always been a hobby, but I felt so inadequate! The biggest lesson came when I realized if I could do it all myself, there would be no reason to share my reliance on the Lord. How HE is the source. How HE is my everything. So yeah, in a very unexpected way, I hope to share my love for Jesus by helping others in a very sacred place...their homes."
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Hemingway. “I love writing and telling stories. It's not only healing for me, but also for others who sometimes relate, enjoy, or connect to what I've put out there to say. When you write, sorrow dissipates, and courage is reborn. With a story, you can share your love for people and life. You can share heartbreak. You can share something comical. The list goes on. Everyone has their own story, and stories within their story. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
"I love the word GRIT because it represents so much more than a word. GRIT is that somethin' somethin' that keeps you going when life is tough. It's an attitude that says, 'I don't care what you throw my way, I'll still be standing in the end.' GRIT kept me going through breast cancer when I wanted to hide in my bedroom and never come out and GRIT got me through 35 days on Survivor when I was on an island with nothing but myself and my faith to cling too. I am a tough cookie. I can handle a lot and I have, but when it comes down to it, my GRIT comes from my faith in Jesus because He's the best example of GRIT I've ever known."
"I want to explain why I'm Charlie "Rocket." I chose a rocket because a rocket is super symbolic for me. Most people think a rocket is fast, but for me, a rocket starts off slow. It starts off slow and takes a lot of force. At the beginning it doesn't feel like you're going anywhere. But the thing with rockets is that all we have to do is focus on "62," because that's how many miles it is to outer space. When I started running, that first run was the most difficult thing. I was pushing against all this force and there was all this gravity and I didn't feel like I was going anywhere. Some of us might think that we're never going to make it. But if you think about it in terms of how rockets work, rockets go through the same thing. They start off really slow, but when we see a rocket we know it's going to get to outer space. And eventually, it's going to be easier and faster with no effort. That's why I chose a rocket, and I call it the "law of 62." I even broke it down scientifically with my artists that I managed. I wanted to see how many songs we had to release before we got our first big hit. And it was always about 62 songs. Again, at the beginning it doesn't feel like we're going anywhere. But then, with consistent force, it gets easier and easier. So when we're in mile two or three and it's slow and hard, all we have to focus on is getting to 62. 62 runs. 62 bike rides. 62 pieces of content if you're an entrepreneur. It all gets easier. I love outer space. Who doesn't want to go to the moon? And me doing all this is what will get me to what I enjoy. And who doesn't want to do something awesome? I'm tired today, but after staring at the fireplace for three hours, I was like, man, just go. And when I do this IronMan coming up soon, I'll be in outer space. That's what's fun. I love doing amazing things...like going to the moon. We can go to the moon because we can see it and it's possible. Why not go? I love the end goal."
"I love being a mom. But even more than that...I love the freedom I have to be a stay-at-home mom! I am so fortunate to have a job where I can stay with them daily. It’s all the little things we do together that brightens my day. Baking, going on walks, gardening, crafts, singing, dancing, and making music. My son is three, and my daughter is one, so they are learning so much and exploring everything. I never want to miss any of those moments. I love making memories with them!"
“I think life is the best gift we can ever receive. When I go to sleep at night I think, Will I still be alive in the morning? Anything can happen. God can take our life in the blink of an eye. Life is precious. Soak it all up. Every second of it. Smile even when life gets hard. Don't hold grudges against anyone. And always try your best no matter what the outcome is. What matters is that you tried. And last but not least stay humble and kind. For God made you out of dust and you shall return to dust. Never take any moment for granted. You never know what will happen tomorrow."
"I know it sounds weird, but when I think of what I love or what makes me come most alive I first think of books. Books have transformed my life in more ways than I can count. And the way I like to think about books is I'm essentially having hours of solo conversation with this person, and in some regard getting their "best" stuff they've learned in their life. That's why I love words and books so much."
"I️ may not always look or feel my best, but I️ LOVE my body and what it can DO. I love when I️ take it in the sun to feel the love of the universe’s energy on my skin. I️ love when I️ take it surfing and I️ push it to charge bigger waves and make bolder moves - challenging me as a waterman(woman), and it brings me peace to be one with my favorite place on earth - the ocean. I love when I️ take it to my yoga mat and all of my aches are soothed and my breath is calmed. I️ love when I️ take it on a long run, or lift heavy in the gym - pumping endorphins and fresh air in - and sweating all the toxins out. I love when I get to take it on a hike through one of nature's masterpieces, and the thrill of reaching the destination and appreciating the earth this body comes from. I️ love when I️ practice balance in every way I️ can with this body. I️ challenge it, feed it, and treat it right - as everyone should with theirs. We only have one of these bad boys, so do all of the things that you LOVE with it - and love it in return."
"Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work." - C.S. Lewis. "My first few weeks as a new mother were overwhelming to say the least. My days were filled up to the brim somehow but at the end of each day, I couldn’t have told you what they were actually filled with. I felt like I was doing so much nothing and so much everything all at once; it was such a weird feeling! A year later and my thoughts still shift sometimes toward doing something “more important” than sitting on the floor playing blocks with Lucy, reading to her or letting her run around outside while I make sure she doesn’t eat any rocks. It sounds so ridiculous to say out loud, but I think so many parents feel this same way at times. My brain knows how deeply important it is that I spend quality time with my daughter, but culture always seems to whisper “Be more, do more”. We live in such a fast-paced society, especially here in California, that we tend to forget about the things that are truly important. So, every time I find these lies sneaking into my thoughts, the lie is cut off by this brilliant quote from C.S. Lewis, and I’m so thankful for it. World change starts with me first, and then my household, and THEN permeates the culture. There is no more important work than the work we do in our homes."
"I love that every day has the potential to be the most amazing day of our entire lives. I love that if we are present, we constantly have this opportunity at our fingertips, hundreds of times each day — through suffering or victory — every single moment an opportunity to love, learn, grow, connect, and start fresh.”
"Last year I spent a rainy cold afternoon in a coffee shop in Brussels, Belgium surrounded by strangers, trying to write a vision statement for my life. I didn’t know where to begin so I started by listing the things I love. I love coffee, rock climbing, traveling, community meals, and the moment when a stranger becomes a friend. The list went on. Hours of writing all boiled down to this…as much as I love the things and experiences that make me come alive, I live for the moments when I have the opportunity to witness someone else coming alive. Especially if I have had the privilege of helping someone get there. My hearts deepest desire is to honestly, unapologetically, and truly live my life, as well as to inspire and empower others to do the same."
"I love giving back to others. I have had a very good life, and the least I can do is help other people. The feeling you get inside when you help another human being is one that can’t be duplicated by money."
"I love just about everything that puts a smile on my face. It’s important to appreciate the simple things in life. I love to breathe. I love to do yoga. I love to surf and connect with Mother Nature. I love to play, write, and listen to music. I love to eat. I love everything that makes me feel so grateful in this life and I love living!!! I want to be a positive influence in this world and the best way for me to do that is to teach people to love life and love to do what they do in this life."
"I love discovering something old or unexpected that has been buried or hidden somewhere. Whether it’s uncovering an old brick chimney behind a wall while renovating a house, or an old stained glass window hiding behind a piece of plywood, there’s nothing quite like feeling like you have 'saved' something old and lovely that has been overlooked for many years. The same is true when I’m digging through items at a thrift store or consignment shop. I love the rush of discovering some diamond in the rough in an old piece of furniture or a brass vase or a cool light fixture that can be rewired. The thrill of the hunt is real."
"I love knowing that my family feels safe with each other. I married my high school sweetheart 20 years ago and we have three beautiful teenagers. Our home has always been a safe space where no one is ever mocked or made fun of or made to feel insignificant. When my family is together we all feel loved, and important to each other, and safe, and special. There are difficult times in everyone’s lives when they just need to be wrapped in love and feel like everything is going to be ok. Sometimes life is not easy. Sometimes it’s really hard, or really sad, or really frustrating. Sometimes we mess up. But home together is where we will always find a soft cushion to land, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, or loving arms to wrap us in comfort. I love knowing that together, the five of us will always feel safe, and special, and important, and loved."
"I love feeding people. I’m not a fussy chef or a fine dining expert, but I do really believe in the restorative power of cheese and bread and wine, or soup or curry—something warm on a cold night, a place to be safe and nourished. I love creating space for people to tell the truth about their lives, to ask for help, to hear words of love and value. It fills me with a great sense of meaning and joy when the people I love choose to be in our home, to be cared for and fed around our table. The practice of hospitality is so deeply healing for everyone involved. In a deeply fractured and isolated culture, I believe with all my heart in the transformative power of what can happen when we gather together to feed each other and be fed."
"I love believing in people. I also love taking the time to tell them. Sometimes just the simple phrase, "you can do this, I believe in you," makes all the difference in the world. We are all on our own unique journey in this life and it is so very easy to feel uncertain and discouraged during certain seasons. A sense of community is vital to an abundant life and I've made it my own personal goal to provide that to those who need it most. Love is all we have, all we've ever had. If anyone reading this needs a little extra encouragement or just somebody to listen… I'm here. Shoot me a message."
"I love learning and constantly evolving. For failing. For making mistakes. That's where I find growth and inspiration. Life is an amazing journey and I want to learn for as long as I live and never be satisfied. I know success is always on the other side of failure. That is where the growth takes place. The fire within me fuels when I am able to inspire others with my stories and help others along the way. The truth is, we are capable of anything. It all starts in our mind! Trust the process and never give up. I love all that I've experienced in the past that has led me to where I am today. Looking back on the good and the not so good moments in life, it's clear to see that all the dots always connect and I'm always given the grace I need for every season in life. I am reminded that although we cannot control everything, we are always in control of how we react to each situation. I love how mysterious life is how you can look back and see how everything has worked for your own good. Always trust that things will work out. Let go & let life!"
"There’s something about the wild places of this earth that draws me with a magnetic pull. I really can’t help but answer this call. Its a part of who I am and built into my very being. The reason I spend so much time in the beautiful wild places of this world is for perspective. I am constantly humbled and reminded how small and insignificant I am in the midst of such grandeur and beauty. I count myself lucky to have the physical ability to be able to venture into these hard to reach places and experience raw untouched beauty first hand. For at the end of the day my accomplishments mean nothing and pale in comparison to the place in eternity that a mountain, ocean, or river claims. So perhaps that's why I escape into the woods or high in the mountains, so that I might be able to be a part of something bigger than myself, to feel important in the face of something grand and taste just a portion of that eternity. I love being a climbing instructor and a wilderness therapy guide. To see the same look of wonder and accomplishment on my clients' faces that I once had brings me insurmountable joy. The great outdoors are contagious spreading hope and humility like wildfire. Because in the face of such perfection like a crystal clear alpine lake or the towering walls of Yosemite one can’t help but be hopeful that this same beauty lies within each of us."
“I’m so full of love for so many things! I love being creative and being around creative people and art. I love animals and the eternal love they show you especially when they are your pet. I love children and their playful imaginations. I love being positive/optimistic because I always love to see the best in everything! I love seeing the world and learning more about other cultures! I love love!!”
"I love collecting old books. I love going to used book stores. I love coffee. I love experimenting with every kind of brewing method you can imagine, from traditional to pour over to aeropress. I kind of compare coffee to beer. You can have a certain type of coffee and pair it with a food and it enhances both the coffee and the food. And then you can try a different coffee that makes the food taste horrible. And the same goes for beer. For coffee, the way it's brewed is going to make it taste different. Take cold brew. It tastes different than regular iced coffee. So it's this non-stop experimental journey that's constantly evolving. Five years ago you would have never heard of cold brew. Just iced coffee. But now cold brew's everywhere. I also love guitar. I've been playing for seventeen years. I taught myself. My dad bought me a cheap guitar for Christmas and on the back it had this chord chart, so I studied those. This was before YouTube, so I'd go online and find these fan-made sites of songs I liked and they'd post the tabs on there. I also love records. I've been collecting them forever. I love helping people. I feel like people today are so negative about everything. If you could just talk to someone and get to know them, it's amazing what you can learn about them. I may just be a barista, but I've had people tell me so many personal things. The first time they come in for coffee they're usually in a rush, but then they come back just to talk to you. I love how communication can build a friendship."
"I love teaching people about health and guiding them to a healthier lifestyle. I love investing into people and doing research for them about what their body needs and then encouraging them to implement it. Being healthy isn't always easy but it's definitely worth it, and seeing people truly happy and healthy makes me come alive. People are my passion and health is my objective. Ultimately, we choose to feel good or to live life with symptoms that are slowing us down. The power is in our hands and I love helping people realize that."
"I love the fire within me that I’ve come to know as passion. Passion for what I do by trade - I'm a chiropractor, so natural, God-given wellness is huge for me. Passion for my family - I have three precious little ones and a husband that have my whole heart. And passion for LIFE and the One who gave it to us. This life is such a gift. God gives us this one life here on the earth and I’m sure as heck going to make sure I live mine with passion. I encourage you to do the same."
“We love family time and exploring the outdoors together, especially as a couple. After being married for almost 17 years and having two teenagers with busy schedules, it is very important to continue taking our little family adventures and creating lasting memories. We also love meeting new people out on the trails and listening to their stories of resiliency. The feeling of being out in nature and being challenged by some of these enormous mountains is so satisfying. We would absolutely love for you to join us on this wonderful adventure called LIFE!”
"When I first married the tall one almost 12 years ago we thought we would get pregnant fast as rabbits and daydreamed about a honeymoon baby. Instead month after month the pregnancy tests were negative and four positives left my body too soon taking a part of my heart with them. I started looking at ways to make two more then 1 +1 and discovered that hundreds of thousands of children in foster care lay tossed adrift in the sea of life without a anchor called home. When going through training to become licensed foster parents I visited a hospital for drug exposed infants and cried salty tears as I watched tiny suffering lights flicker in pain so alone in cribs too large for the impossibility of their tiny bodies. And I left that hospital knowing that I wanted to make sure that those babes knew someone had loved them; if even for a day they were loved. Our home has been makeshift housing for over 34 children now for various amounts of time with an open door policy which often welcomes familiar faces back again and again. My arm is littered with tattoos of their names in feathers forever falling down to my palm to fly free yet never quite leave me. When they must fly free they go out into the world with a part of my shattered heart with them. And I hope they know someone loves them in the world. Because I love them in this world. I love them."
"I love freedom and love. I know that sounds so hippie, but really, having freedom and love makes me feel complete. My husband and I have worked hard to be able to be self employed and travel where our hearts desire. I have love. Love from my husband and love from my little girl. Freedom and love have completely changed my view on what I feel life is about. Living a mundane life that will never please me is not the way I want to share my life with my kid some day. Loving others and accepting their differences has shown me how good it feels to be kind and understanding. I hope through my example I can show others to live fearlessly and full of love!"
"It's been such a joy to create a career for myself where I have the opportunity to spend my days with my son while simultaneously connecting with other mothers around the world. Through sharing my challenges and growth as a mother I have formed a community of accepting parents who have the ability to lift each other up and help one another feel less alone. Nothing warms my heart quite like it. Social media can be a negative place for many, but I feel so fortunate to have cultivated a space where I can share my heart and others feel comfortable enough to do the same."
"I'm a writer. I just graduated college last year with a playwriting degree. I'm a theater person; an artist. Playwriting is something I love. It's a way for me to express my inner self. It helps me figure out who I am. It's an outlet for me to discover my inner chaos and figure things out. It allows me to not only express myself through characters and scenarios, but it's kind of a commentary on the life that I live and the things that I find interesting in life. I also love performing and acting. Being an actor you get to be someone else for a second and explore what it's like being in someone else's shoes. Being able to perform with a group in a theater is almost a religious experience in a way. You get to share this moment together as a group, away from the chaos of life. I think art is one of the most magical things we have in our society. I don't think people value it as much as they should."
"I love making other people smile, whether it's with my videos, my content, or when I give someone a gift, or even a hug or a smile. I feel like we can never have too many smiles in this world, and some people forget about that."
"We love experiences. Our life turned around this past August when we sold just about everything and moved into our tiny home on wheels. We LOVE watching our kids explore the great outdoors. We love trying new things and seeing new places. One of the greatest rewards in our life is helping others chase their passions and start living their dream life now!"
“I love embracing womanhood. Finding empowerment within myself, helping other women find their power and purpose, and being the best mom possible to a daughter who watches my every move. Every one of these things is what makes me feel complete, full of passion and love.”
"I love God because he gives me love, hope, and strength. He gives me everything I want and have. I would not be where I am now without God."
"I love making people laugh...and then cry...and then laugh and cry. I love seeing people come alive and their hearts open up through humor, and then become vulnerable and pliable through music and the written word. Vulnerability and transparency is a beautiful thing. We all have a story to tell and God has given us each a voice to tell our own. Somebody needs to hear what you have to say. May we never be afraid to share the journey."
"As a writer, I love people's stories. Just like any story we may read or watch, our real life stories have a beginning, middle, and end. I love that in life and in writing, you have the opportunity to change your story. You have the ability to restart, change direction, and find renewal. Of course it's not easy, but it's worth it. There's no better feeling than looking back when you finish a chapter. Remembering the past makes me come alive. It allows me to see the changes I've made and realize every trial and success I've been through has gotten me to where I am now."
"I love helping a fellow mom realize her motherhood doesn’t have to be this stressful, draining, mess of overwhelm she’s been made to believe it is. I love helping other mamas get uncluttered, let go of the excess in their homes and their lives, and step into abundant motherhood. It’s my passion! It’s what I was made to do."
"I love old things. I love classic, I love timeless. There is something so beautiful about vintage, time worn, well loved. Things that have history usually have a story to tell, and I love that. I find old things are made better, more detailed, handcrafted, and usually made with love. I love old architecture, antique furniture, and music from eras past. I think I would definitely be a time traveler if it was at all possible...but only if I could bring my family because of all the loves I have, I love them the most."
"What makes me come alive is giving things away. As an artist, I have found that it is far too easy to feel like I don’t have a lot to give or that what I have to give is not as good as was what someone else has to give. But when I give away a painting I painted, an album I’ve recorded, or a poem that I wrote, I am reminded that giving isn’t so much about what I have to give, but it’s about why I’m giving: to make connections with others and hopefully inspire at least one person to keep going, and to keep telling their story. Giving things away wakes me up from the seemingly indefinite slumber of self doubt, and it humbly reminds me again and again, this is a reason to be alive: to give, to serve, and to love others. And even on the days I don’t feel like I have much to give, the reason why I do it is more than enough reason to come alive."
"At the end of the day, the thing that makes me most come alive is my family. Sure, I love to create, love to eat really good food, love adventures, but I don't think I would enjoy any of it if I had to go at it alone. I am married to my best friend and living this life is so good because he's in it. He cheers me on, challenges me, and just gets me. It's such a gift to have someone to share my joys, hurts, dreams, failures, passions, and mundane with. Together we have three kids that we just adore. I'm sure every parent thinks their kids are the funniest, cutest, wittiest, most entertaining, but I'll argue that mine really are. Their laughter and love for each other lights up my life and as a stay-at-home mom (that just started homeschooling this year) I still pinch myself that I get a front row seat to watching them learn and grow and become these fascinating little people. They truly are amazing and I thank God every day for the gift that He's given me with my family."
"One of the things that I love the most in life is that we are each in control of our own story. Every second of every day is a new challenge to be the best version of me and continue learning how to control my thoughts and energy to serve the good of all people. When we serve others, we open ourselves up to being served. When we are grateful, we are given more to be grateful for. When our energetic frequency vibrates high enough because of our positive thoughts and beliefs, we are opening our lives to goodness that will replicate more positive energy. Nothing is out of our reach. How freaking cool is that to really understand and believe?!"
"Music makes me come alive. It’s more than just a pleasant surprise of my favorite song being played on the radio. It’s a spiritual experience, a way to connect with others. If I can’t express it to you in words, I can say it through a song. Some of our best family moments have to be the times we’ve sat by the piano and “composed” duets. So many hilarious moments and sharp notes. It’s pretty great."
"I love seeing others SHINE! I love the look someone has when they accomplish something they never thought possible. It is so beautiful to see someone finally believe in themselves. We have all faced so many ups and downs in life that often times we think we could never do what our hearts desire. The truth is we can do ANYTHING! Empowering women is my passion. I love taking friends out to coffee and helping them to DREAM big. I love my late night phone calls! I feel so empowered that I could change someone’s life in one night with just a few words. I want everyone to feel loved, encouraged, and worthy! I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be touched by so many amazing women who have helped to shape my life. I look forward to the many people that God brings in my life so that I can be that encouragement for them. The world has so many people to touch. Let’s not waste any time."
"I love personal development. That sounds weird. That sounds like I sit and read self-help books or talk to people who have degrees in digging into brains all day, but that's not what I mean. I love that we are able to make a choice to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and do something with that. I look at who I was just three years ago. A spark of who I am today was inside of me. At the time, I listened to others far too much and let them dictate what my story was. Then, for no other reason than just being sick of where I was, I started to walk my own path. That spark ignited into the flame that started the process of me growing into the person I was meant to be all along. I love the continual exploration and uncovering of who I am meant to be in this world. Even more, I love seeing others do the same."
"I love finding the gold in people - family, friends, strangers. Seeing their faces light up when you call out the greatness you see in them is the most magical feeling. It sparks a flame inside of them to believe in themselves that spreads like wildfire. It’s so easy to see the mess in someone's life but when you dig through it for the real treasure, something so special happens inside of them AND you."
"Over the past few years, I have fallen in love with the daily practice of walking my kids to school in our low-income neighborhood. Our route is short, but there's something about retracing the same steps each day that has begun to feel like prayer, or liturgy. As I pay attention to my corner of the world, I love it more. And the more I grow to love it, the more I belong to it for the long haul. My neighborhood is teaching me to believe in redemption, work toward healing, and cling to hope."
"I love the feeling of capturing a photograph nobody else has. It's surreal. It keeps me up at night with excitement. I'd compare it to the worst drug imaginable, but in a positive way. Unfortunately the high only lasts a couple days though and you want it again."
"Yo amo a mi mama porque es el ser que me dio la vida a mi papa por ser un apoyo a lo largo d mi Carrera. Amo viajar conocer nuevas cultures. Amo mi trabajo la cocteleria porque Le ha encontrado sentido a mis Dias en este trabajo." (Translation) "I love my mom because she is the being that gave me life, and my dad for being a support throughout my career. I love to travel to learn new cultures. I love my work at the cocktail bar because it has given meaning to my days in this work."
"I love to serve people. Since I was little, I've was always focused on helping others. If I'm able to, I always love to help. And you only live once, so you should live every day as if it's your last. And do everything you like. Don't regret anything, because every experience gives you life."
“One of the many things I love in life, and it might sound crazy, is exercise! Exercising honestly makes me a genuinely happier, more loving, and better person in ALL areas of my life. There is something so empowering about pushing yourself past your physical limit and that confidence transfers into every area of your life. I love that intentional physical activity balances the mind, body, and spirit. Focusing on your body movements and shutting out the world helps you tune in to inspiration and increase self-awareness. Exercising is about so much more than looking good. You shouldn’t do it just for weight loss or as a punishment for how bad you ate. It’s about self-respect and aligning your mind, body, and spirit. These are reasons why I love helping others find wellness through fitness, holistic alternatives, and nutrition. It can help improve every aspect of your life, which makes YOU a happier person!”
"Love is mentioned 551 times in the NIV. It is easy to love the people that love you back but it is sacrificial love that I believe God is talking about. How many times do we ask someone how they are but don’t really care what the response is? When I am reaching out to someone, just to make their day lighter or brighter, I try to make them laugh or listen to what their day is all about. If they are frustrated or sad. More often than not, God steps in, two souls connect, and I walk away from that person knowing that the conversation had nothing to do with me and had everything to do with God. At that point, my soul sings."
"What makes me come alive is being playful and silly. There's so much darkness in the world today, which makes it more important that we all create moments of lightness in our days. I love to watch children and animals and the sense of whimsical wonder with which they approach every experience. It's a mix of purity and innocence with not taking oneself too seriously: attributes we serious grown-ups could all benefit from exploring a little more!"
"It took me a long time to get to the point in life where I even wanted to be alive, to truly live my life in happiness and fulfillment. I've struggled with depression and self love, but found that living my best life is by serving others. It's what grows my passion for life, and love for myself. I was a social worker in child protection for 18 years. My passion has always been to help others who are less fortunate, both people and animals. Because even when my life seemed impossible to take, I could be given a daily dose of perspective and be reminded how lucky I truly am. To see myself and my life through the lens of others was eye opening. My passion to give back has led me in many directions in my life, but one thing I always remember is to spread hope and kindness, to be inclusive, to show compassion and empathy, and to always walk away with my head held high, even when it might be hard. We never know what someone might be going through, and showing kindness through our actions and words might be all someone needs. I believe in giving back to a world who needs it. When I take time for others, my soul is filled with joy."
"My intention bracelet says FREE! The place where I operate from is passion. I love to empower others to be free. Free in spirit. At peace with ones self. Self love, care, and acceptance is so important. I strive to help people see in themselves that they are ok. They are powerful. They are enough. I am the oldest of six and am a natural caretaker. This is a difficult defining characteristic when you don’t have the means at your disposal to care for those you love. I went through 20+ years of an emotionally and sometimes physically abusive relationship. I was not free to be me. Coming out of that and immediately experiencing a relative taking advantage of my children, was probably the darkest time of my life. I made a choice! A choice to not be defined by my circumstances. A choice to be me. A choice to love and empower others. Where you are is not who you are. I thought all the love I had to offer had been spent but I now know that I have so much more in me. I want to spread that to anyone and everyone that will allow me."
"I love to inspire and empower better lives. It wasn’t easy to get to this point because I first had to inspire and empower myself. When I was a teenager and college student, I abused myself so badly, I don’t know how I survived. Wracked with guilt, anger, and self-doubt, I battled with bulimia, many drugs, and surrounded myself with objects I didn’t need. There was nothing that could get rid of the emptiness I felt inside. Oddly, even in my depths, people told me that I inspired them. People elected me leader of the pack. People cried in my arms telling me that I had changed their life for the better. There came a point when it became too painful to deny the disconnect of my own self hatred and the love others felt for me, and a new journey emerged. I practiced meditation, got acupuncture, read empowering books, listened to inspiring speakers, and traveled to healers all over the world. Slowly, I began to unwind my fear from the most authentic version of myself, and the world became a bit brighter. All we can do is pursue our highest and greatest self with discipline each day. I am blessed to know that when I work to become a better and better version of myself, I have the innate ability to bring others with me. So does everyone else. It is my life’s path to stay dedicated to that journey, and I invite you to join me. The answer to ultimate health, wealth, abundance, clarity, and love is already inside of you. Love yourself, and the rest will follow."
"I taught university for seven years and loved it but the constant sitting in front of a screen to grade and prepare my lessons was crushing my spirit and breaking my body. I realized how much I missed working with my hands. I bought myself some watercolor paints and started to create. I discovered brushlettering - a form of handlettering that I do with watercolor brushes and paints. Brushlettering unlocked a part of me that had grown dormant. My husband tells me I have an actual smile on my face when I am painting. It's such a joyful, meditative practice for me. Now I teach it in my Brushlettering for Kids workshops. What a gift to combine my love of teaching with my love of handlettering. I'm so grateful to now live at this intersection of education and working with my hands to create something beautiful."
"The loves of my life come in two forms: my sweet little family (Mr. Handsome & Little R) and all my succulent plant babies. I love being a wife and mother but Mama needs her me time too. I escape outside to tend to my garden and I love centering myself during this quiet time. This year I came alive through a project I started (#100daysindebeesgarden). When I first started I thought few would be interested in tips on caring for succulents that I've picked up along my six year plant journey. Sharing the love that I put into my little corner of the world with people all over the world really inspired me to grow creatively and push myself outside my comfort zone. Well, it blew my mind! The response was amazing! Nothing makes me feel better than helping others and seeing joy growing a garden of their own. Happy plants and people are my favorite."
"One thing I really love, even though it makes me uncomfortable to get out of my hermit home zone, is travel. I love meeting new people, expanding my very small world view, and coming home with the best souvenir: understanding, tolerance, and gratitude. Everyone is trying really hard to do the next best thing. People want to help, usually. No one actually cares that much about what you look like – they do care about how you treat them. Kind of takes the pressure off me having it all together. The smallest bit of gratitude for the door opened, the kind service, the sweet word, the directions to the best place to eat. Somehow, I regain my belief in humanity again as I travel."
"Each day I have about 70 students revolve in and out of my middle school Language Arts classroom; students with varied home lives, reading and writing abilities, and life experiences. I love teaching students that their individual voice is important, and through storytelling, we can learn more about not just ourselves, but connect with others in ways we never had considered before. Storytelling evokes a sense of community, friendship, sympathy, and empathy. I love holding book club groups and allowing students to ask questions, teaching them the importance of citing evidence to support claims and opinions, to share findings and play with language. Being a part of their learning is and always will be a humbling experience. Teaching is all about the learning process."
"Aside from flying a kite on a breezy day, and designing wonky type to set over photos, I love sitting around a bonfire with friends. There's something really tender about sitting around a fire on a summer or fall evening and listening to the heart of the people you're with. I think the dimly lit setting gives people an opportunity to put their masks aside and to truly and authentically bare their souls. Around a bonfire, you can experience the full range of emotion - laughing, crying, celebration, hurt, joy, pain, and triumph - and that is my absolute favorite."
"I love the power of music. I love that a song can alter my physical state by giving me goosebumps, bringing me to tears, or giving me a wild burst of energy, making me feel invincible. I love that when I meet someone for the first time and it seems like we have nothing in common, we can end up bonding over our mutual obsession of Justin Timberlake. I love how my playlist can go from country to rap to EDM to pop all the way to Motown, and each song will take me to a new place, with a new message, each as powerful as the last. I love that every time I listen to 'Wake Me Up' by Avicii, I am somehow transported to my freshmen year dorm, sitting there on the edge of my bed, singing at the top of my lungs, 'wake me up when it’s all over, when I’m wiser and I’m older.' See, I needed that lyric that day because I had just broken up with my first girlfriend and learned my football career was over in the same day. That song began the healing process for me. I love how I can listen to any song by Jon Bellion and immediately be transported to my kitchen back home in Colorado with my little sister. We’re laughing and I smell fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I feel safe and warm and like everything is going to be alright. Music is one of the few things in our lives that is constant. We can turn on a song and feel something, every time, almost as if it was our first time experiencing it. I thank God every day for the ability to make music as a career. I am constantly reminded of how powerful lyrics, melody, and storytelling really are. I love the power of music."
"What do I love? Kindness. To me, nothing gives me inner peace, joy, and comfort more than when I see others being kind humans to one another. It is a characteristic of myself that I inherited from my mother, a person who you’ll never see have an enemy. Her heart has an immense amount of room in it to care for all things. Growing up, I felt so sensitive to things I couldn’t understand because I was simply too young. It was always rainbows and butterflies in my tiny bubble and the real world was too harsh for my heart that only wanted to experience “kind”- giving it, seeing it, receiving it. Now that I’m able to make sense of the complexities of the world, I’ve embraced this soft heart of mine for what it is, knowing now that it simply means I care... a whole lot. We live in a world where it is commonplace to pick each other apart. I’ll never succumb to that. We all need to feel supported, even from strangers, and kindness costs nothing. It truly is the one thing that we are all capable of contributing and I made my mind up a long time ago that I always will. Could you imagine what would happen if every person on this planet did a kind, random deed today for someone else? Not to mention the way it makes you feel in return? That kind of impact instead of the debilitating contagion of bullying, name-calling, insulting, and degradation would change the world."
“I love mornings. I love the feeling of starting over. I love waking up, even on the hardest, most tired mornings, knowing whatever mistakes I made yesterday can be forgotten and forgiven. I am not obligated to be who I was yesterday. None of us are. I’ve always been so delighted by this prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start. There’s a bit of magic in every morning. But you have to prepare for it. The stresses and bad habits of each day blend if we don’t make it routine to forgive ourselves and forgive others each night. Finish every day and be done with it. It’s also okay to admit that sometimes – maybe every morning – this takes courage. We as human beings have this amazing capacity to be reborn at breakfast each day and say, ‘this is a new day, who will I be?’ I love that. Today, we can be better. To each other. To ourselves. More compassionate, proactive, and kind. Isn’t that wonderful?”
"'Your life will be prosperous if you pursue your creativity.' This quote that I stumbled across in a fortune cookie defines my life. Creating makes me feel most alive, because it is when I feel that I am honoring my truest self. In the past I sometimes felt that creating art was selfish; that I should be doing something more selfless. But that changed when I realized that my art could spread love, joy, positivity, and creativity. It really is an honor and a gift to be able to create art that makes others feel happy."
"I love to laugh! I love to help others laugh! If my gift is simply to suspend reality for others for a few moments in order to make life more enjoyable, more palatable, and more doable... then I'm all in! I cannot think of any better way to spend my days and ultimately my life. Laughter is the best medicine. Being a cliche doesn't make it any less true!"
"I am a firm believer that we are put on this earth with a purpose and we are meant to live our lives with intent. I was surrounded by love and creativity whilst growing up and I dreamed of being a writer or an artist, of having a voice. Years later I am living my most creative life - not my richest, not my shiniest, not even my easiest by any means, but my most CREATIVE. I am settled into my place in the world and it feels like this is exactly where I need to be right now. I feel joy at being able to paint every day and I feel an intense gratitude for everything that I have. Being creative has helped me become more reflective, more mindful."
"I love redemption! I love finding the redemption story even in the most complicated of stories. I love the gift of restoration, second chances, forgiveness, fresh starts, and silver lining. I love community and how we’re all somehow connected to one another and the comfort that lies within that. I love marriage and motherhood and all of the grace that covers me where I fail in these areas. I love spending my days at home, educating our daughters, snuggling with our babies, listening to records, having dance parties, baking with one another, and just trying to take in every one of these moments that are passing much too quickly. I love Autumn, rainstorms, grey days, soft neutral colors, fluffy blankets, and the smell of bergamot. Oh, and I love a delicious honey latte, even more so when my husband makes them for me!"
"I love Brazilian dancing! The music is so infectious and uplifting, which is ironic because a lot of samba songs are actually about very sad subjects – leaving home, losing love, being lonely. And yet, you can dance to them! I think that's such a great little lesson for how to do life: find the fun and flow wherever you are. I love how, when I'm dancing, the whole day slips away. Samba is really tough and you're definitely going to fall so you HAVE to develop a sense of humor. It's a very playful dance and reminds me of different animals – flamingos, kittens, monkeys. It's about having a great time and celebrating whatever place you find yourself, whether it's with friends at the beach or alone in the dance club. I try to infuse this joy and playfulness in my art – even the sad, vulnerable subjects. I think we could all afford to let loose a little."
"I love making a difference in the lives of every child that I meet. From teaching to coaching soccer, nothing makes me come alive more than helping a child be successful and teaching them how to make a difference in this world. My passion is fueled by relentless dedication to changing the world, one young scholar at a time. I show every child that crosses my path what true, unconditional love is. My goal is to leave them better than I found them. Love, passion, and dedication always wins."
"Ever since I was a little girl I have loved photography. I remember growing up and sitting around looking through old photo albums and hearing stories about loved ones. There's something about photographs that can make a person smile from the inside. It can take you back to a moment in time or make you feel things you haven't felt in a long time. Now that I'm a mom I love capturing moments of my own family. My home is filled with these moments and we often spend time reminiscing about when the photo was taken and what was happening at the very moment. I love capturing all the firsts, too. The first step, the first time they rode a bike, first day of school, and so many more to come that I can't wait to capture. You'll often find me scrolling through my phone at night once the kids are in bed and smiling. It's these little moments that one day I hope they smile at, too. Every photograph has a story to tell and I feel so blessed that I get to share them."
"What really makes me come alive is finding new ways of doing things and helping others to do the same. There is nothing more rewarding than reminding ourselves of just how innovative we can be. There are no rules, only obstacles. Find a friend, test a theory, and watch to see what can happen next. In fact, I would love to hear what some of your obstacles are and try to see if we can help solve them. Email me - firstname.lastname@example.org."
"I love sharing my heart and connecting with others in their pain. Empathy is one of the most bone-chillingly beautiful things in life. When I'm empathic I feel like I'm doing what I was born to do."
"I love love love cheering for mothers. It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I fully realized the power of someone simply saying, 'I see you. You're doing a great job!' I have such a soft spot in my heart for new moms—for those women in the thick of it, sleep-deprived, anxious, and utterly overwhelmed by the new love taking over their life. I want to grab every single one of them by the shoulders and whisper: 'This is holy work. And you can do it.' It is my favorite thing in the world to remind mothers they are not alone. We are truly better together. As my friend Anna Jordan says, 'One of the greatest joys of motherhood is the other mothers.'"
“I love being a mother. There's nothing really like it. To hear my children bust a giant belly laugh. To see their creativity in hoarding tiny Legos or constructing Band-Aid art. To feel their warm hugs as they dog-pile me first thing every morning. To watch them light up with fascination as I explain highly complex subjects like traffic lights. To dry their sweet, innocent tears. To hear them say, "Mommy!" an adorable one million times a day. Would I enjoy an audience-less trip to the bathroom or a shower longer than four minutes every once in a manic Monday? You bet. But nothing really compares to the pure joy that is wrangling the tiny fruits of my loins and exploring the world with their beautiful souls. To experience a love so vast, so deep, and so much a part of who I am. Motherhood is more frustration, more mandatory ice cream runs, more worry and doubt, and more Googling than I could have ever anticipated. But there is more hope, more tickle sessions and dance parties, more overwhelming love, and more absolute certainty that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be than I could have ever dared to imagine.”
“When I was in my early 20s I was living a life many would consider a page from a "dream come true" chapter of a fairytale. One day I stood next to my future and felt my wings tightly bound to my back. The rope was strong. I had to be stronger. I walked away. No plan. Anything but this. Time stretched my vision, tested my trust, opened my heart. Twists in the plot, were knots to loosen up. It took all I had to give me all up. The rope was loose now. I let it fall. MY WINGS ARE FREE. I am free to fly. We all have wings. We all deserve to feel the wind in our hair, quickening of our breath, quiver of our heart. FREE YOUR WINGS my dear, you deserve to fly. My mission is to show you where your wings are. You decide where to fly to and why. I LOVE when people are fully, unapologetically, in the moment, EXPRESSED.”
“I love organization! There is something insanely gratifying about taking information or a space that is mixed up and out of order and putting the puzzle pieces back together to make it look beautiful. My mind thinks in order, constantly arranging and rearranging things until it fits just right! For me it's a relaxing activity and one I enjoy very much!”
"I love being a working mom. I love seeing my daughter’s beaming face and little arms reaching up for me when I go into her room to take her out of her crib every morning. I love our time together while we eat breakfast and I get ready for work. I love going to my studio every day to pursue my passion and I love coming home to my daughter. It makes me feel like I have the best of both worlds!"
"I feel the most alive when I empower a small business owner to take a risk, pursue what they love, and find a way to create a career around their passion. To help them build a business and life they love is an honor."
"'I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.' This quote from Elsie De Wolfe essentially describes my life. From decorating my home or someone else’s to working in my garden, there is nothing that makes me happier than being able to unleash my creative outlet. Being creative and expressing it through what I love is nothing that I went to school for but it has become a passion, a lifestyle, and a business. It’s never too late to follow your dreams."
"I love making art. It feels like a direct path to connect to my best self. I love sitting down every morning to paint, having no idea what I’m going to create and walking away with a piece of art (sometimes very bad but still a part of the process). I love the feeling I get when I want to paint, when I’m excited to paint like nothing else in the world matters because this thing needs to be expressed. It’s like a lightning bolt of creativity. I could live off that feeling. I’ve learned that a good way for me to tap into that feeling is to go on a long walk and I usually come back ready to create."
“I feel blessed to do what I love and love what I do! As an interior designer, mother, and friend, I understand the importance of finding joy in the journey. With the mindset ‘Thoughtful designs for everyday living’ at the heart of all things decor, I believe that every home should be beautifully lived in and that every space should serve a purpose. I am constantly assessing my day reminding myself to ‘do your very best,’ challenging myself to do better in everything I work on or complete.”
"One of the things that fuels me most is connecting with people. I love knowing a person's story, heart, and what makes them tick. There is no better feeling than to ask someone how they really are in a moment of joy or sadness and watch them open up and talk about things they didn't even know were on their heart. It's worth all levels of uncomfortableness to share a moment of love with someone and to feel known in the process."
"I love to understand. It seems my most reflexive way of being—a perpetual orientation to nearly everything I encounter. I love to be wrong, and my comfort with the prospect of my own wrongness can be alarming. To be fair, I truly love to be right. But my entire life, I’ve not yet stopped discovering that I was, previously, mistaken. Often significantly so! I’ve therefore concluded that being wrong is an unavoidable interim state that may as well be embraced. I love listening to voices that are different than my own. It’s part of a multipoint strategy I’ve deployed to remain a tolerable human for the next 15-20 years. I love great art. If you have something important to say, I will listen to you however you feel compelled to say it. My eyes and ears and heart are open. If you make art for the purpose of pleasuring yourself, you’re dead to me. I hate to read. I love to write."
“I love being a mom because I never thought I’d love being a mom. Does that make sense? It’s crazy how this tiny person has the ability to shatter the previous notion of yourself and create a brand new identity in a single instant. There is a loss in motherhood. Loss of your old self. Suddenly you become a new person, responsible for a life, another heart running around outside of your body. That can be hard and quite a shift but I love who I’ve become in the process. Babies are basically love in its purest form because they haven’t learned anything different. My daughter has forever changed me and teaches me daily what love looks like. She reminds me to slow down and look for love in every situation.”
“Something that I really love that bring me to life is the ability to travel and see the many amazing places on this planet. I know it sounds really cliché because traveling these days is so much easier compared to ten years ago but your perspective will be forever changed once you leave your bubble and travel to other places outside of your comfort zone. Being an aerial photographer, my heart is always racing whenever I am in a door-less helicopter or flying my drone high above the sky in a new location. We are used to seeing things at ground level so whenever I am capturing something from the sky, it is always a new perspective to discover and be amazed. You really don't know how the image will turn out until afterward or what might go wrong during the process. The light might change, my drone might crash or flyaway. Worse, even bird strike! My heart always beats faster and I live for that moment. It is my natural high and I love every minute of it.”
"I love seeing my two sons care for one another and become best friends. I love date nights with my husband. I love being part of a community of people who encourage one another and build each other up. I love watching others go outside of their comfort zones to chase their dreams. I love making that leap myself, even when it's terrifying. I love witnessing the good in people. I love random acts of kindness. I love being able to rest in the fact that God is in control and I am not, no matter what."
"Oh, I love so many things but I’m going to pick just one, and it’s a biggie. I love LOVE. In all its forms. I love connection between people; and the way that we feel secure, at peace, joyful, and confident when we know that we are loved. I love seeing couples who have been married for just a day or for several decades, and the beautiful intertwining of hearts that have lasted the test of time and continued to choose each other. I love seeing the restoration of little hearts while children in foster care come into our home and we all get to learn together what love looks like for a season; or the beauty of committing to love forever through adoption. I love leading a team of incredible entrepreneurs and seeing how much positive impact someone can have on the world when they realize that love is FOR them. And I love the fun factor of doing what you love! I love how perfect love casts out all fear. I love knowing where love comes from. I believe that God is Love, and I sure love Him. I also love sunshine, puns, and dance parties. The end."
“I love the gift we’ve been given of 'story.' Specifically, I love ‘the heroes journey.' I love the way we all connect to it and place ourselves right in the very shoes of the hero. There is something about it that seems to be deeply wired in us that draws us to it like a moth to a flame. I love the call to adventure from the monotony of everyday life - the threshold of pain the hero goes through and how they feel all is lost. I love that this is when 'the guide' shows up - and they help our hero come to the revelation of their ability to become more than what they currently are. I love when they defeat the villain and the transformation that takes place - it’s the moment when all their training and all their pain proves its purpose. I love the atonement - all of their past mistakes and all the injustice is made right again - and how the journey often brings our hero right back to where they started but with a whole new perspective. I love that the hero can then become a guide to someone else who is in their own heroic journey - it’s like iron sharpening iron. I love that the story works in cycles and seasons much like our lives - the hero becomes the guide - the guide helps the hero and so on it goes. I love it because we can all relate to a part of the heroes journey at some point in our life. I love that the hero exercises their greatest power - the power of choice. The hero must always choose to be the hero - to answer the call and live for something more - something greater than themselves. We too must always choose. Will we be the victim? Will we be the villain? Will we be the hero? Will we become the guide for someone else?”
"You can't experience love until you love yourself first. This has taken me some time to learn, and now there are so many things in this life that I love and appreciate. I love the outdoors and being a part of nature. Feeling the sun beat down on my skin. The wind in my face. I love coffee, every...single...morning. Being a neonatal nurse, making people smile, calling everyone by their first name when I say hello, being a volunteer crisis counselor, and helping those less fortunate than me. I love that I have the power to change my mind, my body, my spirit. Solitude and silence. Most of all, I love my children and the love and happiness they have given me."
“I have a true love and passion for teaching and helping children. As an elementary school teacher, I ride the emotional rollercoaster of everyday school life with my students. We go through the trials and tribulations of failure as well as the triumphs of success. We reach goals together, we ask questions together, we discover and learn new things together, and we work together as a family and team. I love the unconditional love and spirit my students have to give their engagement and motivation to learn and do their best. I love to teach them as much as they love to teach me.”
"I love my wife. It's not always fun, and it's not always easy, but man, I love her. I love being a dad. I'm far from perfect at it, in fact I can talk a whole lot about what not to do, but becoming a father made my relationship with the Lord much more real. To think that my Heavenly Father loves me as unconditionally as I love my children is mind blowing. I love living life surrounded by relationships. I love that my job enables me to love on and impact thousands of children and families each year through the game of soccer. I love driving around in my Jeep with the doors off, top down, and music blaring. I love the beach. I love doing anything with my family. I love our back porch. There's a lot to love, but most of all I love that Jesus loves me."
"I love that my path is about spreading the message of gratitude + building community. This is me. Yes. I make cookies for a living but even then we say - we are a gratitude company that makes a cookie, not a cookie company that talks about gratitude. We can do things differently. We can empower each other. We can feed each other. We can help each other. What really makes me come alive? When women have the chance to see all that is possible, to feel empowered, and to create the change we want to see in the world. I love all beings, but man, I tell you women are some of the most magical powerful beings. They do stuff. They dig deep. They birth babies. They create jobs. They learn to love themselves. One of my spiritual teachers always said, 'If women heal, the whole world heals.' I believe that. I see it every day with the women I work with and pray with. It is so much more."
"New things are great, but I love the beauty of old things being made new. Taking something with diminished value or compromised integrity and restoring it to it's original value is amazing. It takes vision and commitment on the part of the restorer to see beauty in something that's lost its luster. The real beauty is that the object retains its age but now has a redemption story. Simplistically we see this in the restoration of cars, houses, and old furniture, but this is also true of people. God is the ultimate restorer. He's taken me, an orphan who never knew his father, whose mother was murdered when he was seven, and made me a son of the most high King, coheirs with Christ. It wasn't free - it took vision, commitment, and sacrifice, but it's something we all can have. LOVE IT."
"I love the climb that accompanies the underdog. I love being underestimated. Being doubted makes me come alive. I love the art of expressing vulnerability and it's inadvertent tendency to give others permission to be flawed, imperfect, lesson-learning humans. I love authenticity and respect bravery. I love my career as a physical therapist, my goals as an entrepreneur, my inherited familial grit, my experiences as a three-time college graduate, my wisdom as a 32 year old two-time divorcée, and the open heart that accompanies the discovery of honest, unapologetic love and acceptance in my heart of all hearts, Chris. I love opportunity and I especially appreciate those who capitalize on it."
"I love to tell people about what it's like being a Pakistani American. There are just so many different negative assumptions that people make just because they don't understand or they just don't want to ask. Please ask. I grew up letting myself be tormented by those assumptions. It was challenging balancing Pakistani culture with an American lifestyle because I desperately just wanted to please both societies. It took a long time for me to even realize that I was making myself unhappy for no reason. There's always going to be expectations from all sides. Just because you can't meet them doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. I took to writing when I was thirteen, finding an outlet to get my frustration out. At sixteen I discovered poetry and I dove all the way in. This summer I published a book called 'Finding Home,' a collection of poetry about breaking traditional barriers, coming to terms with living between two different worlds, and the importance of loving yourself before you love others. I just want to help other kids and tell them that they aren't alone. Just because people around you might not understand doesn't mean that there's nobody that does. And while I'm at it, trying to get rid of some of those negative assumptions. Be proud of who you are and where you're from. It's supposed to be the best thing about you. I love the quote, 'if you can't respect existence, expect resistance,' because everyone is different in their own way for whatever reason. We need to embrace that, not bash them for it."
"One of the most beautiful things to me is when the first tear falls as a person begins to cry. We resist it with all our strength but still the emotions are welling up, and then... that first drop surpasses it's bounds. And in that moment, with audacity, it exposes the break that's happened inside. Confession of breakability connects us. Whether chosen or reluctant. A big round tear is a thick reminder that you're dealing with a human heart across from you. I think there's something divine about a person no longer being able to hide what they're feeling. THAT they're feeling. I love that first massive tear drop. There's a heartbreakingly haunting beauty to the sparkle in their eye in that **split second** moment. I reason with myself that it's so lovely because it holds all of the unspoken ache and longing a heart has carried and then announces that ache for someone else to hear. Maybe it mirrors what I value in people. I love when a person admits their need and their tenderness. When being human isn't under forced constraint of numbing agents. Like image or pride or fear. I love when a person dares to not be afraid of the outcome of their vulnerable honesty. I love what can happen when we are willing to be the vulnerable one before someone else's eyes. The oceanic waves it ripples to their hearts as they're washed down with permission to know they're "not the only one" like that. I love that we're not okay. That none of us are. Have you ever noticed how hard we fight off that first tear and almost resent our eyes for betraying us in a clutch moment when we just wanted to seem strong... but then once that first one falls, the rest flow freely and it almost feels like exhaling? What a picture of how the first leg of any uncomfortable and vulnerable journey is usually the hardest part. The allowing of a process. Perhaps that's why I love the sight of that first tear. Because to me it holds all this intricate unspoken beauty."
"I believe that each and every one of us is made of pure love and pure light; and with that, I love humans. Souls experiencing life on earth. I love the raw authentic version of people. The connection that transpires with deep, meaningful conversations. I love supporting people who acknowledge the intuitive hits they can’t explain, yet relentlessly proceed along their journey in discovering their most authentic self by returning to love – mind, body, and soul."
"I love the color grey, good ranch dressing, and the smell of Pine Sol. I love under-cooked chocolate chip cookies, the West Wing, the sound of walking on gravel. I love people's mannerisms. It's what I remember most about my kids. I love change, brainstorming meetings, and sunroofs. I love simple jewelry, overly-salty French fries, and bright pink sunsets. I love my hilarious and kind family and I love my wise and quirky husband. I love watching God write stories of redemption, and He does it often. I love making new memories and the idea of traditions. I love God's church."
"I love that we all have the ability and capacity to constructively impact the world around us. We have endless opportunities to influence the lives of people around us for good by simple genuine interactions. Making eye contact and smiling to a stranger passing by...tithing your resources to help those in need...holding the door for someone...raising a family with humility and grace. Simple acts of kindness have a ripple effect that compound over and over until you realize you are changing the world and reciprocating that change in your own heart simultaneously. It's awesome to think of how that kind of impact can change the trajectory in your life and so many others. I love that."
"What do I love? Easy. I love Jesus. I love my wife. I love my two daughters. I love music and tattoos. I love learning. I don't love being wrong but I kind of love how it transforms me (after the sting is gone, that is). I love that Jesus put on flesh and bone and did this human thing like us...without screwing up. That still blows my mind because If I'm honest, I'm such a mess. I love forgiveness. I'm not that great at it but I am getting better. I love that he called prostitutes and tax collectors his friends. I love my job. I'm a teacher and I tell kids about good news everyday. I love the poor. I love honesty and truthfulness. It's my experience that tells me there are very few things that are better than a clean conscious."
"I love stories. I was born Amish. Today I'm a world traveler with over 22 moves between my birthplace in upstate New York and Tokyo, Japan. I currently live in Denver, Colorado. My unusual life experiences are probably what make me love stories so much. I guess you could call me 'story nerd.' Everyone has a story. What I specifically love about stories is the hope and purpose that can be found in them. Hope brings me to life. I know what hopelessness feels like. I've lived through more than one hopeless story — an abusive childhood, losing 4 babies during pregnancy, going through divorce, and most recently the sudden death of my closest friend, my brother. Each challenge in my life story has opened my eyes to the fleeting beauty of the world around me, making heaven feel that much closer. Pain has carved me out with the ability to be more compassionate, allowing me to get closer to the heart of God. I have learned that God is big enough to handle all my anger and all my questions and all my hurt. He is turning my ashes into a beautiful purpose, full of hope. My story isn't over."
"For my life, each day is different. Some days I'm wearing my director's hat and leading crews on commercials/music videos, some days I've got my beat up Hattie B's contractor hat working on my house (hardwood floors, concrete, workshop, etc.), some are meeting with friends/clients, and some days I wear NO hats – just rest & let the spinning wheels take a break. The past year or two has driven into that freelance life battle: enjoying the downtime instead of freaking out and taking a bunch of jobs I'll regret later. It's allowing my marriage, friendships, and work to hit a whole new level of thriving instead of surviving. Yes, I'll fight for the thought that just cooking dinner with your wife and watching Game of Thrones might actually be better for your brain and career longevity than always having to 'improve' – and it's easy to really love that."
"I love my wife and kids the most, of course. One of the main ways I express that love is by giving my time to them. But this is my passion for others as well, that I would give them that most precious gift, time. In giving our time, we are giving ourselves. We make ourselves available to meet the needs of the other and not dictate the way in which we will serve. It is always my hope that my family will see their value in this. I would love for everyone to feel that they have value from God, that's been proven through the time Jesus gave us on earth."
"I've always loved helping others. That's what led me to become a Registered Nurse. While it can be extremely stressful, having the privilege to take care of someone during the worst moments of their life is one of the many rewarding things about my profession. I'm also thankful for and love my wife, family, and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I'm the furthest thing from perfect but their love is what keeps me going."
"I love fishing. It brings my attention to the moment like nothing else. It always reminds me how easy peace is to come by. Even days on which I go fishing and don't catch anything, I am totally entranced by nature. Fishing is simultaneously thrilling, meditative, and stress-relieving. I go at least once a week, because it's as important to me as seeing a counselor."
"I love being a dad. I love my family. And, I love creating memories. It's what drives me to build the foundations for new memories from that which has been forgotten at @OhioValleyReclaimed. I also love hard work. My Papa and Dad taught me the value of hard work and I hope building a business is a way to pass that along to my kids and grandkids one day. The work of my hands is most certainly the work of my heart."
"I love kids! Spending time around them makes me incredibly happy. Kids are the most honest and sincere people I've ever met. My corporate job doesn't involve being around children whatsoever. So I try to engage myself in volunteering, helping small children in need as much as I can. Their authenticity in every situation inspires me to be open. Kids are the same in private as they are in public. They don't sugarcoat, don't envy, don't pretend. They are loving and always encourage each other. They remind me that we, just like them, are okay to be ourselves instead of trying to imitate somebody else. Today, in a world that wants you to be so many different things, try to be a kid again, just for a moment. I love being a 29 year old kid!"
"I come alive when connecting with people. It fills my soul to talk to somebody and really connect; to hear where they're at in their day, in their life. I love depth. I love realness. I love vulnerability. I love getting to the heart of it. Oh, and I love Jesus."
"I love supporting people in discovering their full potential - their greatness. It's the best feeling to see someone succeed because they decided to believe in themselves and put in the work."
"I'm a Christian, I'm an Oregonian, I'm a videographer, I'm an outdoorsman, I'm a Nashvillian. I love and accept everyone no matter what. That's how I live my life. No one is too lowly, no one is too ugly, no one is too dumb, no one is too poor. Everyone deserve a chance at life. So that's what's important to me. Not success, not money, not things, but people. Love is important to me because I have made a lot of mistakes, but what got me through was people who loved me. My family never gave up on me and neither did God. He walked right beside me the whole way and brought me in from the storm. And I also love black coffee, kombucha, winter, Fight Club, and Brad Pitt."
"I love perspective; that moment you see the same problem/place/person from a different angle–and it all makes sense. The moment you feel you understand something fully, I urge you to shift your perspective (before it does it for you). Perspective doesn’t always yield clarity, or peace… but it will always provide humility and curiosity; that’s what I love most. I will chase new angles of looking at things; my family, my future, my faith – for the rest of my life."
"I love my children. Almost three years ago, we found out that our oldest daughter, Emma, was still born. In that one instance our entire world came crashing down, but through the sadness, our love for her prevailed. It created a fire in us that helped us create Forever My Baby You'll Be in honor of all babies and infants that die too soon. Our love for Emma is what carried us through other scary pregnancies and is the basis for how we love her sisters. Her life, though far too short, redefined how we love each other and our kids – selflessly, with infinite hope, and no matter what happens."
"We all need each other, which is why I love connection. I love connecting people to others, their purpose, and making personal connections. I love the way a person's eyes light up when they know they have found another who speaks their language; who feels their purpose; who can relate to their struggles. I feel so blessed to have a job with @humanityandhope that allows me to use my openness to stretch my arms wide and connect people from all over the world -- people who are vulnerable, passionate, and want to make the world a better place. People who long for a deeper purpose and to be part of something bigger than themselves. We all have been blessed with gifts and talents not for ourselves, but for God to use to bring hope to others. I've been able to witness stories of how strength, generosity, and obedience have made a lasting impact on others. When we share ourselves with one another, the world is a better place. Connection is such a powerful force because it reminds us that we are never alone. We are all broken and He uses all of our brokenness to shine light into each other's lives."
"The culture of today tries to tell us that all is hopeless, all is meaningless, all is ugly. What I love is seeing people realize that the culture is lying. Hope is real, purpose is real, beauty is real. I see the world most clearly when I travel to communities and cultures that aren’t my own. Even in the poorest of communities, there is a powerful sense of hope that is undeniably real. I love teaching people that they, even with all their downfalls, all their deficiencies, all their doubts, can make a difference in this world. I love when I get the slightest glimpse of what heaven will be like through sitting and having a conversation with someone who is nothing like me."
“I love the word charity. To some, it’s become tainted, but I’ve been on a ten-year mission to restore people’s faith in it. At the core of everything we do with charity: water - underneath our vision of bringing clean and safe drinking water to everyone in the world - is a vision to reinvent charity. The word actually means love. It’s caritas in the latin, and it means to serve your neighbor in need without getting anything in return. To give, to share unlimited kindness. I think the world can use more of that. So in everything we do at the org, we’re always trying to promote greater compassion, empathy, generosity, and love. I believe the more you give, the more you give.”
"I love that we have the ability to change. We have the ability to change our lives or someone else's. We can stop living a life that hurts us or someone else, we can stop making the same mistakes, and making the same bad choices. We can turn away from our past and our past mistakes and move forward. When we need help changing, we have God. We may not always have other people but we will always have him and his grace. I feel like the first step to changing is having a relationship with him because 'I can do all things through him who gives me strength.' (Philippians 4:13). Make your change today, and start living a life that gives glory to God."
"I love laughing. As a kid, laughing hysterically was a daily thing. Hourly, even. We could be pissed and angry one second. Then, for seemingly no apparent reason, you could laugh until you cry, can't breath, fart, pee your pants or, on a good day, all of the above. As we get older, though, we sometimes laugh less. We rarely find ourselves beaming red in the face and rolling on the ground, breathlessly laughing, gasping for air. It sucks. Because nothing feels better than laughing so hard it hurts. That's why I try so hard to bring humor into my work. I don't just like to give people fitness info and wish them luck. I want them to feel good. Be happy. Smile. Laugh. I want them to walk away smiling so hard their cheeks hurt. There's enough anger in the world. More than enough bad and sad and scary and whatnot. Laughter is something that never gets old and you'll never get tired of. Laughing isn't for Whites or Blacks or Asians or Indians. It's not for men or women or gays or straights or transgenders. It's not for Christians or Muslims or Jews or Atheists. It's not for the rich or poor or CEO's or doormen. Laughing is for everyone. You and me and those we love and those we don't. It's pretty incredible when you think about it."
"I love mission trips! Being able to not only experience diverse cultures, but love people in a way that reaches past language and religion makes my heart incredibly happy. Experiencing life outside my own landscape shapes me into a more mindful and loving woman. With every trip, God breathes such purpose into my life and I am able to look toward my future with great hope and excitement."
"I obviously love Jesus, my amazing wife, and my two kiddos. That’s a given, so instead of talking about that I will talk about something else that I really love. I love ENTHUSIASM. I love when people are so excited and pumped up about something that they want you to join in. The second I take a bite of something delicious at a restaurant I want my wife to try it because it’s so good and I want her to experience the same thing I do. It’s why I invite people to chase their dreams, take risks, and go after it. It’s why I love being a dad because all kids are enthusiastic about everything and I love that. Too often in life we allow our enthusiasm to fade and everything dulls. We don’t wake up with excitement in our eyes and fire in our bellies. I never want that to be me, which is why I try to love enthusiasm in others so it encourages it in me. Be enthusiastic today and I am guessing it will be a good day."
"I could come up with many things that I love. But if I had to narrow it down, foster care would take the cake. But it isn't 'fostering' that gets me. It's getting to love on the broken. Not just the children that enter my home, but their parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, case workers, & judges that we are able to meet, all because we said one faith filled 'yes' to a kiddo in need. I love getting to hear their story & gain a new perspective. To learn from them, grow from them, simply listen to them. Not to correct, not to slam them with my judgements or with my Jesus. I love fostering because it gives us a front row seat of a world that desperately needs Him. It's a constant reminder that getting too comfortable in my church clothes & letting others do the work is just not an option!"
"I was born with a rare, progressive disease that only 66 people in the world have. It's called LCAT Deficiency. There is no cure. I struggled with finding reasons to make a beautiful life both for myself and my family, sometimes wondering, "what's the point?" Then, I struggled with PPD after my children were born. I LOVE my babies but motherhood didn't come naturally to me, and I felt out of place because of it. Once I opened up about chronic illness, ppd, and my limitations, I discovered I wasn't alone. Seven years later, I've grown an organization of women empowering women, raising babies and businesses. We are content with where we are, while pushing each other beyond our limits. Knowing what I went through affords me the opportunity to spot it in someone else and then helping them is fuel to my engine. I have chronic illness. It doesn't have me."
"I love being the daughter of the Most High King. I love my sweet family who love, care for, and support me in the best of ways. I love being an educator to the children of Oklahoma. What a blessing it is to be able to see the joy in a child's eyes the moment he/she learns something new! My goal as a teacher is to not only help them gain new knowledge, wisdom, and insight, but to love them in way that they might know Christ through me!"
"For me there are so many things I love. I absolutely love life, my family, people, sunshine, music, and Jesus. Above all I love serving others. I feel as humans it is our purpose and we are called to serve our Lord and serve others. I believe there is beauty in all of us, and we have all been given gifts from God. To serve others we must use the passions in our hearts, and let all that we do be done in love. A passion in my heart and gift from God is music and singing. I think music has so much power and connects us all. Singing since I was a little girl is something I absolutely love to do. It allows me to use my gift to serve others, inspire others, and glorify God. I love people, and my favorite thing is smiling at strangers and spreading kindness and hope to all. For we do not know the battles that others are fighting around us, so I believe in lifting others up and spreading love and kindness. My heart overflows with joy through helping others and being kind. I'm thankful for God, and the beautiful path he has laid before me that allows me to be a woman in ministry and lead worship through my church. I think we are all just walking each other home on this journey called life, and our purpose is to serve and to most of all love. If there are passions on your heart, or you feel called to do something , then chase after it. God doesn't place things on our hearts for no reason, friends. The reason you have these gifts is because you can use them to make a difference. "Let your light so shine" - Matthew 5:16."
"I love stories. I love to watch as an individual's face lights up or tears stream down their face recalling an event that helped define the person they are. Stories give you a glimpse into a moment in someone's life that only they can describe. A moment that defined them, grew them, changed them, and allowed God to show them the depth of His majesty. As an educator, I challenge my teachers to share their story of how their work has impacted the life of a child. Your stories and words have the power to ignite a passion in others and carry out the Kingdom work God has for you. Share your stories. If you don't, who will?"
"I love being a dad. I enjoy the special one-on-one moments with each of my kids, whether it's showing my son how to keep his feet square while swinging a bat or explaining to my daughter why she shouldn't run in her princess heels. Growing up, my dad went out of his way to make each of us each feel special in our own way, and being an identical twin, it was even more important to have that individual time. I'm trying to do the same with mine. There's something about making my kids belly laugh that brings me so much joy. I want to cherish every little moment with them and come up with a drug to stunt their growth.”
"First and foremost, I love Jesus. He gave me my love of showing people how to step out of the boxes they are stuck in, crush those boxes, and walk into the life they were created to live. I totally get being stuck because I was stuck for most of my life. It is what drives me to encourage others to live an abundant life, full of freedom. I love that we are all created to do something very specific and when someone realizes that, there is a spark that generates new energy in their life. It’s amazing when we have that new energy, we want to connect with each other in real and raw ways. And, it snowballs from there. It builds community, grows us closer in our faith, closer to each other, and closer to the world. And maybe I’m a bit of a dreamer but I love the idea that when we connect with other people we find out we have more in common than not. It makes the world a little smaller. Boxes keep us stuck, they keep us isolated. Connection grows us closer."
"I love to cook and share my love of cooking and recipes with my online community. Creating the food brings me life, from the initial concept, to the recipe testing, to the finished product. I love every second of it. But what I love even more is seeing the impact my work has on those who use it. The majority of my community have autoimmune diseases or ailments that require dietary changes. So creating the recipes gives me life, but the food itself is actually saving their lives and mine."
"I love kids. I love the way they look at the world with wonder and amazement. I love they way they accept and love each other, and don’t see the same differences and divisions that adults do. I love the way kids think anything is possible, believe in the unbelievable, and have endless energy. Most importantly, I love how kids symbolize hope for a better future—the better we love them now, the better the future will be for all of us."
"What do I love in life…what makes me come alive?! Well, simply, it would be God and my amazing family whom I love so dearly and would be a lost soul in life without. I love spending time with family and friends. So much that me, my mom, and two younger sisters have started a DIY workshop business together. Some people think it’s crazy that we went into business together, and while yes, at times it can be challenging, it is also very rewarding. I love to teach! Our workshop lets me share my creativeness and enthusiasm for DIY projects. It really isn’t about the project or what we are making that day though. It really is about the experience that we provide and that we gain from our guests. When we (workshop warriors) take a guest through all steps, raw materials, to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, the end result, a beaming smile of accomplishment, is what makes my heart smile. We encourage and empower our guests in a welcoming and safe environment - you can do it and we will show you how! A child’s face, when their project is complete, is simply, priceless! We help restore or build confidence and our job is not done unless every. single. guest. leaves with a smile. We design, you create, and fun begins! Our workshop is Wine Paper Scissors, and for the tikes, we offer Juice Paper Scissors."
"I love laughter. Laughter is such a pure form of expressing joy. I love how contagious laughter can be and how laughter can quickly turn a bad day into a good day. I love that it comes in all different sounds and cadences and I love how no two laughs are the same. Laughter has the ability to mend wounds, heal hearts, and form lasting bonds with those laughing with us. I met my wife on The Bachelor where we traveled the globe and went on fancy dates full of roses and champagne, but I fell in love with her in large part because of the countless laughs we shared together. I believe God created everything including laughter, and I think it brings him joy to see his children delighting in his wonderful creation."
“As a writer, I love words. I love them for their power to take the nebulous and unformed things inside us and make them solid and real. We all have thoughts and feelings that seem so strange or overwhelming that no one else could possibly understand them. Sometimes, we ourselves can’t even understand them. But words give them form—words can build an avatar to embody our emotions, so they can stand beside us, introduce themselves, explain. And when their explanations are too difficult to understand, the words can reform and turn our darkest insides into metaphors for things with which we feel more comfortable. Words can turn freedom into butterflies, depression into black clouds. Words can turn the flutter in our chests into love. The more we learn to use our words to explain ourselves to others, the more we will see that words are the strings that tie us all together.”
"I love the moment when I feel my son with autism take a deep breath and begin to calm after a meltdown. So much of life is struggle, but learning to have the courage to take a deep breath and let go is how to hold on to joy."
"I love my family. I love my son. He means everything to me and makes me a better human being. I love my best friend. I love smiling to strangers because I believe smiling makes someone else's day. I love art. It defines the creativity in me. I love walking. I love my country. Freedom of expression is real here. I love my job. It allows me to make someone else's life better. Most importantly, I love the Lord for He has heard my prayers and supplications."
"As a busy wife and mom of three I have a lot in life that keeps me going. Things that I am appreciative of that make me feel alive, and some things that make me question my sanity. As a mom who has had a breakdown, I used to feel embarrassed and guilty. As I grow I realize how much came from that moment of darkness. So for me my darkest times are the times I love the most because without them I would not be the amazing mother I am. I would not be able to serve and help others as I do now. I would not be able to be still and take time when it is important. So for anyone who has had or is going through a struggle or has hit rock bottom, one day this will help you live as it does for me."
"I love stories. A good story expresses the rawness to both the highs and lows of life. The beauty of a story both good, bad, sad, or joyful is that we all have them, and when we hear someone else's story it helps us all feel a little closer, a little more vulnerable, a little less alone, and a lot more understood. One time not that long ago God spoke to me and told me to live life like it could be written about in the Bible and as a result I am just trying my best to follow that wisdom."
"The things I love and appreciate most about life are the ones that have depth and wisdom. My relationship with my family is much more than blood. Our life experiences together as a family connect us on a much deeper level. I also love that life has blessed me with people who are filled with wisdom. My friends, colleagues, and even many strangers who I have met during my travels have shared a piece of their life with me. Their shared life experiences have shed some light in many gray and dark moments of my life. Learning and creativity fuel my soul. The continuing experience of acquiring new hobbies and/or knowledge creates depth in me. Deep conversations make me happy. The process of exchanging ideas and beliefs always brings me to another level of curiosity and reflection. I come alive when I can be my most genuine self and when I am surrounded with individuals who are authentic and transparent."
"I absolutely LOVE to create. Create art, create laughter, create fun meals... I truly come alive when I'm in the kitchen inspired by a single ingredient and suddenly the challenge of curating a meal with what I already have in my pantry or fridge becomes all consuming! When I'm creating sayings or pieces for my company LoweCo., the flow of ideas and witty messaging churns and lights a fire in my heart. When I'm with my son and husband and all three of us can't help but be silly and create a memorable moment together, one full of laughter and love. I'm inspired in everyday moments, and I am the most present when I'm creating."
"I used to hide significant parts of myself—for some reason believing it was easier to live under the radar—working and dreaming and struggling in the shadows. But that's not me. I don't think that shadowed place is for anyone. I come alive when I stand in the light. When I'm unfiltered and unapologetically sincere. When I freely admit I'm sad when I'm sad or manically excited when the visions come. When I don't hide my weirdness or quirks. When I fall to my knees next to my husband and hold my children as the day ends because I know that our home is our refuge, our place to remember who we are, our place to be held as we come alive."
"I love making art and experiences that help others feel known. As a songwriter, I have a unique opportunity to give voice to shared emotions. As a designer, I like creating environments that welcome and inspire. As a vocal coach I strive to help others find their voice. As a friend and conversationalist, I can lead people to deeper places by simply being vulnerable. When others do this for me, I come alive. So doing this for others brings me joy. Creativity + connectivity = my favorite."
"I love my kids. They changed my life. When I became a dad, I was at the height of my cynical outlook on the world and had lost my ability to wonder. But before my cynicism robbed my kids of the wonder that is all around them, my kids reawakened wonder in my life and reminded me why I do magic. They crushed my cynicism and taught me how to love again."
"I love technology. At its best, it's where creativity meets innate human needs: for connection, self-expression, and opportunity. I don't have a utopian attitude towards technology. But the distance between potential and reality is what makes covering technology fascinating. My other love is storytelling: making tech and business fun and relevant to a general audience is a challenge that I relish. That's what led me to media as a career. As long as I can continue doing the above, I'll be pretty happy."
"The joy that I get from being able to express myself every day through acting, is something that I have never felt in my fourteen years on this earth. I love music, the Packers (which I get from my dad), getting to be able to buy shoes at sneakercon and being able to spend time at Coachella with some of my favorite people at only fourteen. Being in a household where working hard and never working a mediocre job has shaped me to pursue big goals and reach for success. This is why as a young kid, I have learned that I can truly do anything."
"I love to explore - cities, wilderness, food, problems, and solutions. The dive into the unknown is something I’m constantly drawn to. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. Discovery is the the reward at the end of the journey, but like a great novel, when one mystery resolves, the next mystery begins. It’s that never ending cycle of exploration and discovery that keeps you turning the page. It’s what drives the world forward and what brings meaning to my life. But ask me again next year and we’ll see if i’ve discovered a different answer."
"I love helping people. I love seeing their reaction. When someone comes into the store and seems a bit lost, I like leading them in the right direction. That brings me happiness. I love being able to do that through work and music. I play the piano. I play often at retirement homes. The people are so full of life when you let them show you, even the people you wouldn't expect. So full of life."
"I love freedom. So many of the little things I love in my life and about my life are tied to freedom. I became an entrepreneur to earn the freedom to say yes to anything I wanted to or felt called to do. Sometimes that’s the freedom to not wear pants during the work day (sorrynotsorry), sometimes it’s the freedom to jump on a plane with my family for an adventure, and sometimes it’s the freedom to influence others in a way that helps make their lives better. I love the feeling of personal, financial, creative, spiritual, and emotional freedom. My mother passed at the age of 53 from a heart attack we didn’t see coming and if that is to be my fate, I want my 3 girls to know I lived a life where I was free to say yes to everything that came my way if it was right for us. They’d know my life was full and intentional. Freedom opens doors. I am blessed to live in a country where I have the opportunity to grind out my own freedom. I am not leaving one minute of my life on the table. The only way that kind of work is worth it is if I earn more yes on payday. I’m so grateful God instilled that desire in me."
"I love adventure. Adventure is the door to some of my other loves: learning and doing hard things. I'm not just talking about epic wild radventures (which I am always up for) - I'm talking about the lifelong adventures of being a father, a husband, and a follower of Jesus. I love that adventure can transform you. You choose to be experiencing something that's making you different by submitting to the unknown, and believing you can make it through."
“I come alive when I’m building. It can be designing pixels on a screen, coding in an editor, picking out legos from a bin, or building relationships with inspiring people. The best part about building is that nothing is ever the same. The process is different every time, and the end result is always a mystery. You can design or develop a thousand mobile apps, but the journey is always different. You can meet a world of people, but each relationship is unique and special. For some, the unpredictable nature of building is terrifying. But for me, I thrive on this. It’s the part of the day I look forward to the most.”
“Of course I love my family and they make me come to life, but lately, I’ve really been minimizing my work load and getting back to a lot of personal fine art work. I started out my journey as a creative in high school and college as a painter. That’s all I wanted to do was to make art and that’s still who I am today is that kid just wanting to create. I’m excited about this new season of doing just that…focusing on the simple things.”
"I love movies and cinematography. Movies, no matter the genre, are an art form through and through and will proceed to always be a "hobby" of mine. For me, film/movies serve as more than just a temporary escape from day-to-day life. It's a way of perceiving art, language, culture, humor, emotion, pain, love, etc. from a point of view that is not solely your own. Make no mistake, though the medium is film, it does not always have to serve as the definition of entertainment. Film is deliberate and powerful and has the ability to guide a viewer down certain paths and through narrow quarries that they might have not explored themselves had the medium not have been described as "entertainment." It is a way of reaching out to the viewer through mirroring, mimicking, and recording human interaction in a way that we can relate to. This is why horror movies scare us. This is why romance movies break our hearts. This is why comedies make us laugh. Viewers will always step away from a film having felt something, positive or negative. Everyone remembers a specific line from a specific movie that they saw at a specific time in their lives that has left an impression whether it made them laugh out loud or cry. In my opinion, film is one of the best universal art forms, if not the best, and will always remain as a first love of mine."
“There are many types of love in this life: a love for family, love for community, love for your brothers, love for a spouse…and a love for your daughter. God blessed me with the latter on February 10, 2017. My daughter, Ophelia, brings me a joy and a love that I never knew existed. I only pray that I am as good of a father and daddy, and am able to be a shining example of unfailing love that she deserves for the rest of her life."
"Aside from Jesus, my wife, great coffee, and the Pacific Ocean, I love getting to help people process. Sometimes it's easy to get stuck in our own heads. For me, there's something so energizing about the conversations, the questions, the brainstorming that it takes to help people have their own "ah-ha" moments."
"I love my nephews, Landon and Declan. Landon is 5 and Declan is 3 and they bring me so much joy. I love seeing them every few days. There's still a hug and a kiss every single time, when we say hello and when we say goodbye. I love seeing the world through their eyes. I love their sense of wonder. I love to hear them laugh and watch them play. I love doing my best to make Landon and Declan feel safe. I love taking them to soccer games and basketball games, but I also love simply sitting on the couch. Everything is better when I get to share it with my nephews. I wear a few hats and have a few titles in my life. My favorite is being 'Uncle Jamie' to Landon and Declan."
"I love photography! There are things in life that you feel just right. Shooting shows how you see the world around you. Everyone sees the world different. That's where the beauty of photography lies."
"One of my greatest loves is reading old books. My favorite collection of old writings can be found in the 66 books contained in what most people know of as the Bible. Written by over 40 different authors from all different walks of life, over a time period of approximately 1300 years, the overarching theme of the Bible is that God is eager to redeem a people He can call His own. I agree with U2’s Bono who said, 'That the scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers, and mercenaries used to shock me. Now it is a source of great comfort.'"
"I love basketball. Growing up watching my cousins play in high school and my uncles in recreation league, I knew that this sport ran in my blood. It was only recently that I started working towards something bigger that involved basketball and talking about the NBA every day on @thereboundfm. It has been one of the most fun experiences of my life."
"I love passion. I chase things that ignite that passion within me, and seek those out that have the same fire within them. Passion is what ultimately fuels a sense of purpose in each and every one of us. I tend to be passionate about a lot of things— books, music, politics, fashion. It comes off as quite intense, but I lean into it; why live a life with any less passion? Sounds far too boring."
"As a young entrepreneur, something you must love is the excitement of the unknown. A future with no certainty is a future with endless possibility, and the opportunity to create a reality that has never before existed. The pursuit of something new, something better, and the process to achieve it is what I love. I also love my family and friends, the people who make me better every day, dogs, and iced coffee."
"I have an addiction to creativity. Whether I'm creating a design, a music piece, or creating a successful future, I love to create. I find my muse in many things from graphic design, writing, videography, art, and several others. I believe that success is built on failures...and there is no such thing as success without impact. We can not change the world if we do not change ourselves. My favorite quote is from Einstein, who said, "If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."
"I love the little things in life, mostly because they are incredibly powerful and transformative. We tend to focus on big events and ideas. You know, the things that make the most noise or have the flashiest colors. Truth is, though, that life is made in the mundane. The hugs, the high fives, the extra large tips for our server, the smiles, the good deeds, the gifts we send just because — those are the things that truly impact people and change lives. You and I need to spend more time doing small things that have a massive impact."
"The thing that makes me come alive is when I create music. I’m cursed/plagued/blessed (however you want to see it) with endless tunes running through my head. I’m not a man of words, so I use the art of music to let my voice out - to build a world for three or four minutes for someone to escape to. We all crave that slight comfort in the day, and that's where I find mine, and I want to share that comfort with others."
"I come alive when things are beginning. When stuff is new. When there's a real feeling of wildness in the air. Infinite possibilities. Institutions make me uncomfortable. I feel like I have to lose part of myself to be a part of them. Dreams make sense to me - they are fragrant with hope. They don't listen to fear. I'm watching these beautiful girls of mine become little women and it's enough to make the bank account feel significant. I am LUCKY! I married UP. Like 10th story."
"I love the process. Getting to wake up every day and deploy my energy in pursuit of my ambition makes everything worth it. It's the journey, never the destination. I want legacy, influence, and impact. I’m ultimately patient. I figured myself out. I know what makes me happy."
"I'm not a very religious person, but I know I've met God before. There have been a handful of moments and each of them have come from immersing myself in music; closing my eyes and allowing myself to connect with something deeper. Music is the most human experience imaginable: you CANNOT separate the two. It brings people together, it provides common ground for people to understand each other. Some of my most meaningful connections and happiest moments have been grounded in rattling hi-hats and a booming bass. Objectively, there is no explanation to why rhythmic and patterned noise should affect us the way it does. It's God's greatest gift to us all."
"work is love made visible" - Kahlil Gibran (from his poem "On Work"). I saw this quote on a plaque on somebody's front porch while walking my dog the other day. It gets right to the heart of what I love in life. I love hard work. Work that makes your body and soul tired at the end of the day. Analog relationships, conversation - the day to day work of love, friendship, marriage, community. My dog is much the same. I get him. He certainly gets me. A happy day is one where Sonny is physically tired from doing what he loves - going on a walk!"
"I love my wife. There are a lot of things that I enjoy, but they all ultimately come back to her. I love playing Mario Kart with her, sitting on the porch and drinking coffee with her, binge watching shows together, and continuing to grow as a person with the help from her support and love. She’s my best friend, and any of my passions are instantly enhanced by combining them with her.”
"Sometimes it's hard to separate my identity and what I'm passionate about from my role as mama in this season, but as I think through what I love, it's making people feel that they belong, being generous with whatever my hands are holding for the Kingdom, and creating comfortable (and pretty) spaces to invite people into to shower love and hospitality. I think when people feel loved and accepted, that's where abundant life starts."
"I'm not the best designer, the most patient dad, or the most thoughtful husband. I fall short every day of my full potential. But life isn't about being the very best. It's about striving, and continually fighting to become better...to pursue greatness and to never settle. I love living a life where I'm learning every day to become better than I was the day before. I love waking up every day learning and growing to become the man God is molding me into."
"I love technology. I love what it can do for you and how it can make your life easier. I love the design of it. I love how it's always innovating. I love Apple devices, hands down. I love where it started from and how it's built up to where it is now. I love Apple."
"I love nature. I love its silence and stillness. There’s something primal and deeply satisfying about spending time in the world we were built for. Every time I watch a sunset, put my feet in the water, or hike deep into a forest, I’m reminded what a gift it is to live on this beautiful planet."
"I love my family, friends, and sunny days. I love spending time with them, talking with them, and knowing that I have someone to confide in. I work as a nurse, so it's nice to have someone to hang out with that allows me to let off some steam and be myself."
"I’ve always loved helping passionate people build things, and I’m lucky enough to get to spend my summer interning at Product Hunt doing exactly that. It’s not every day where people are able to find the time, space, and resources to work on something they truly care about - can’t think of anything better than to support those who are lucky enough to do so."
"I love going to school. I'm going to be a geriatric nurse. I volunteer at a veteran's home and have a passion for the elderly. I love my current job and I love what my job will be in the future. Nursing is really amazing. I hope I succeed in it."
"I love the spaces in between. Words. Notes. Furniture. People. Thoughts. For me that's where the life is really found."
"I love my family, people, spontaneity, and capturing real love, whether it’s on film on a wedding day or writing about it in a song. Feeling the raw realness in a story and seeing it come together in a way that makes you feel it! I will never turn down a rap battle and I could spend every day at the lake."
"I love rivers. Calm. Flow. I was the English kid growing up in French schools, and I came to love language. Deeper than that, I love music. If I had months to live, I would reach for my guitar and I would sing. I would invite everyone I love to strike up the band."
"I love writing music with other people. The most beautiful memories I have in this life, so far, are of myself and a few other people in a room together, finding a head space together that feels like we’re all tapping into a common signal. It feels like casting a spell."
"Me in my natural state...looking at the phone, AirPods plugged in, connected. In the world we live in, real world interactions are even more valuable than they were back in the day, but it’s okay to admit that staring at a screen is okay. That makes me happy."
"I love Jesus, my incredible wife Kat, and being a father to Elliot and Emma. I also love authentic conversation and people being real with one another. We live in such a fake world where we all try our best to look good, act smart, post the coolest updates, etc. But nothing is more enjoyable than when the masks come off and we are just real with one another on both the good and the bad."
"I love my husband and I love the Piñas (my Twitch subscribers), and in this particular post, I’d like to appreciate the Piñas. My husband and I travel so much that we get a little homesick. This community that we've built together has shown me so much love and support that it makes those times that much easier. Every day I get the pleasure of seeing one piña lift another piña up. This community is amazing! I am so lucky to have their support because they give me the opportunity to live my dream as a YouTuber. I love you, Piñas!"
"As odd as it may sound, I love work. I write code for a living and it fulfills my love of problem solving. Every day there’s a new challenge to chip away at until there are a few clear paths forward, and then I get to pick one and build it, which is so rewarding."
"I love art and design. I design clothes on the side. I've always been an artist. I love all forms of art...cartoons, painting, theater. I love that every artist is super different. I love the expressionism. Working a full-time job is tough for me. I feel like it's too conformed and we're all doing the same thing. But I can't complain because it's helping me achieve my goals. I also love food. I used to work at a restaurant called Boca. I never got past being a host, but I loved the smells. That was the first place I ever smelled or had anything truffle. I watch those Tasty Recipes, those one minute tutorials on YouTube. I watch them in the middle of the day when I'm starving and I'm like, man, I want that. Gordon Ramsey does some too. I love hearing his passion. He's like, alright, now you want to cut it real soft, you know. I laugh at it but he's serious. It's just cool to see people so passionate about what they do."
"I love the dawn...those few, precious, still moments from before sunrise to when it first breaches the horizon and floods the darkness with light. I like the dawn because it’s a simple moment that marks everything from a new day to a new idea to a new relationship. It’s that moment of hope and freshness and optimism."
"I love my wife and my three kiddos. They are my motivation and drive. My wife inspires me and makes me a better person. And I love watching the Predators go for the cup!"
"One thing I truly love is using my skills, knowledge, and experience to help others accomplish something or overcome an obstacle they are facing. I am frequently called on to help others move, figure out a computer, phone, or electronic devices, compose a resume, create a business model, or talk through a problem they are facing and rarely back down from the challenge. No matter how complicated or slight the task, everyone needs help at times and there is nothing more rewarding than stepping back and seeing someone successful and happy, knowing I provided them support on their journey."
"I love my family. I am daily touched by the sweet, undeserving words whispered by my daughter and my son's sensitive hearts. I love watching them discover who they are. I love laughing with my husband of thirteen years. I love food, especially sandwiches. I love our amazing community...they are friends that are family! I love sand volleyball, Tommy Boy, and iced tea. I find one on one conversations life-giving and love that my job allows me so many of those! I love being blown away by Scripture day after day and how perfectly loved we are by our Heavenly Father!"
"I love making things happen: turning dirt into dollars, turning ideas to products and watching (making) them grow. Seeing something I’ve worked hard on come to life is the ultimate reward. That can be anywhere from the office to the golf course. Hard work pays off, not just with the palpable result, but with the feeling that accompanies it."
“I love to create. Being a musician, photographer, filmmaker, and tech entrepreneur, everything I do revolves around creating. I love that you can come up with something out of nothing and it can touch a heart and even change someone's story. Whether a song, story, or a new tech idea, it is one of the greatest joys of my life to create and encourage others to do the same thing.”
"I love making progress in general. The idea of being better and doing better is inspiring. In terms of making progress it's all about being hungry to learn, not accepting no for an answer, and dreaming."
"I love when it clicks. When my passion resonates so deeply in someone's heart that it awakens their soul. I see it in their eyes. A fearless demeanor overtakes them filled with confidence and charisma. No longer do they settle with excuses and ideas but rather they desire action and execution. Having an impact on someone's life to that magnitude is by far the greatest satisfying pleasure I've ever had the privilege of feeling."
"Picking one thing is tough, but at my core, I love solving creative problems through photography, video, and design. The nitty gritty of it, sitting down to a Rubix cube and not leaving the desk still it's solved. Using light, color, shapes, and composition to tell a story or sell a product/idea is my drug. I want to use those skills to travel the world and help people and brands tell their stories in the most efficient ways possible."
"I love to find a little bit of fun in every situation. This concept of always finding fun helps you enjoy life so much more. It transforms a normal day into the best day ever, which can turn into the best month ever, year ever, and so on. It isn't always easy but it is always fun."
"I love watching NBA basketball. I'm a Cavs fan. I love the excitement of the NBA and how fast-paced the game is. I just think it's exciting to watch. I started paying attention to it in high school. One time my friend and I bet two dollars on a game. It happened to be the first game I ever watched. It was the Heat verse the Spurs...back when LeBron played for the Heat. I'm a huge LeBron and Cavs fan. I won that two dollars."
"Oh man, what I love in life is actually a really hard question for me lately. I've been having an existential crisis for the last couple years. Traveling and music are really the only things I love in life. I'm getting pretty nihilist about shit. Like what's the point of anything? We live, we die, and then that's it. It sucks because a lot of travelers are a little more happy-go-lucky than I am. I'm literally just sick of everything in this world. If I could go live in the mountains that would probably make me happy, but even then, I don't even know. I've tried so many things in life to make me happy and it just doesn't work out. I was a lot happier and more optimistic when I first started traveling, and now I've been traveling for about four years and the reality of the world came crashing down on me pretty hard. It's made me wonder what's happened to this world and why I want to live here. But I'm too much of a coward to kill myself and I'm too curious about what's next. What keeps me going is that maybe all of this will change. And my favorite place in this country is Mendecino, California. It's this little village on the coast. It's the one place that's untouched by a lot of shit in this country. Everyone there is pretty chill and they enjoy buskers. I actually make good money there and people actually appreciate me playing. Those are the things that keep me going in life."
"I love live music. Music elicits nostalgia and has the power to evoke an emotion unlike other forms of art. There’s something magical about the feeling that’s created when experiencing music with friends or a crowd of people, absorbed in its sound."
"I love my girlfriend. She's awesome. It's going to sound weird, but she doesn't look like everyone else. You know how people have clones and how people tend to look like the people they're trying to be like? She's just not one of those people. She's always been her own person. She lights up a room better than I can. She's pretty cool. She keeps me on my toes. People say that if I wear the pants, then she wears the belt. We'll have been together for two years this November. I do plan on marrying her. Some of my relationships in the past have been, you know, like a week, two weeks, a month. But with her, it's not fading. If I don't talk to her for like an hour, I'm like, I wonder what she's doing. It's young love, but I feel like I'm going to feel like that forever. Or at least I hope so."
"People are the most important thing in life. I love being in the moment and really appreciating the way different personalities are. We are all a little weird or quirky and that's what makes life interesting. I want to be who I am because it is unique and valuable. I want others to realize their high worth, not compare themselves to others; but be free to do what you do with what you've been given. Love God, love others."
"I love looking for opportunities to be creative in work and play...with other people, my kids, and my family. With my kids, I try to trick them into doing chores by making it more fun. I often make achievement badges or turn picking up toys into a game. I also love stories and being part of a big story. I love sharing and listening to stories. I love experimenting with different ways to tell a story, whether through an app, a storybook, or a short video. I love thinking about the big picture." - @pdraber (Cincinnati, OH)
"I love to laugh. I love to smile. I love that my family and faith have enabled me to fully appreciate and enjoy each of these to the fullest. I have found some of the greatest laughter traveling and exploring different cultures. I've found this happiness comes in all forms and can be expressed through food, faith, friendship, futbol, and fellowship." - @wesleycate (Nashville, TN)
"I love teaching yoga. I love helping people discover the benefits of slowing down and tuning into the present, to feel grounded, connected, peaceful. I love seeing the way this develops into a more calm, grateful approach, first on the yoga mat, and ultimately in our relationships and communities and nature. Getting on the mat for even a short practice can change your whole day, and powerfully affect how you interact with others. It becomes this beautiful ripple effect of kindness moving out in the world."
"I love starting my day with God. Getting into the Bible and having the Holy Spirit reveal some incredible insight I’ve never seen before. I love throwing on a pair of raw, selvedge denim that I’ve been aging for months. They form to your body and show the wear signs of your unique life. I love going to work at the church I helped start a decade ago, working with a team that I love, and seeing how God is going to transform people’s lives through our efforts. I love coming home to a wife I’m insanely privileged to call “my better half,” and three amazing kids who I can’t believe are already as old as they are. And then I love hanging out with a couple close guys at night, drinking incredible scotch and talking about golf, the game we all love so much. God has given us good gifts, and we are invited to worship Him in all of it. That’s what I love to do."
"I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, carnitas burritos, Uncle Scrooge, The Goonies (and most anything 80's), sunlight, board games, Americanos, ice cream with a ridiculous amount of chocolate chunks and peanut butter cups, and being with friends that make me laugh until I cry (which doesn't take long)."
"I love My Heavenly Father who loves me in spite of myself- and my family who does the same. I love the twilight hour in the summer when we are all outside and happy and content just being us. The moments my breath is taken away by how much I love my people. I love friends that are like family. And I love runs or hikes when worship music is blasting in my headphones - when I can step away from it all and feel God's presence so beautifully in His creation."
"I love movies. I'm a film critic. I've been writing for City Beat for seventeen years. I also write for Dayton City Paper, do reviews on FOX19, and I've started a non-profit where I get to go into schools and bring film and critical thinking to kids as young as middle school all the way up through high school. I've been going to movies since I was little but never imagined I'd be doing this for a living. There's a lot of random stuff that happened along the way that got me to where I am now. I love it and I'm going to do it till I keel over. Blue Velvet is my favorite movie. David Lynch, 1986. I've seen it over thirty times on the big screen. I still have tickets from when I saw it back in '86. I also have a ticket from last year when it played at Film Farm in New York for its thirtieth anniversary. I got to take my seventeen year old daughter with me, so she was the same age I was when I first saw it back in '86."
"I love getting to do what I'm passionate about, which is ballet. I've been doing it for sixteen years now. It's a full-time job. I'm there Monday through Friday, nine to six, and then I'm here at Starbucks when I'm not there. So it's a long day. I feel very lucky that I get to do ballet as my job." - @kristin_247 (Cincinnati, OH)
"I love the small moments that you can have with people. Here at Panera, I helped this woman on crutches just by opening a door for her, and I could tell that it made a difference to her. And for me it only took about three seconds to do something that maybe could have impacted her life. So it's about making the most out of the small moments that you have in life. I love expressing kindness to all people. A smile goes a long way. So many times we get wrapped up in our lives that we forget to smile. And if you pass a random person just give them a smile, because it does make a difference. You can be light in this world with a simple smile."
"I love my family (begins to cry). I actually always tell my daughter, Poppy, that mommy cries a lot when she's really really happy. I just love everything about my family. I feel so content when I'm with them. There's nowhere else I'd rather be and nothing else I'd rather be doing than being with Poppy and Brodie. Brodie and I love putting Poppy to bed. We'll take her upstairs together and read books together, and then when she's ready to go to bed and the lights go out, one of us gets to rock her, which is such a special time. So many nights when I'm rocking her, I just think about how much the Lord must love me because I literally feel like there's nothing else that I could ever love more in the whole world...just looking at her and singing to her and loving her and holding her. I just consistently think about how much the Lord just wants to be with me and spend time with me and love me and sing over me. I feel like that's a pretty beautiful picture that I have when I'm with her and when I'm not thinking about anything else other than how much I love her."
"I love the way my kids respond to their mother. I love that my seventeen year old stepson, Adam, is a man. Like a true man. He's humble. He obeys God. He thinks about his decisions. He wants to know what something would mean today and what it would mean five years from now. He has a plan. He's willing to put himself second. And he treats his girlfriend well. I love how our eleven year old son, Nate, has been working to control his emotions. I can physically see him trying to do that. I love that about him. I love Joe's personality. He is uniquely himself. He doesn't try to be like Adam or Nate. He's just himself. He's confident to do that. I love that my wife always sees the good in people. It inspires me to do the same. I love the way that God's economy is woven throughout our daily dynamic...the fact that God just shows up when we're making decisions or talking to our kids. I love how scripture and our community speak to us and give us the ability to teach that truth to our kids and how it gives us wisdom that we wouldn't have had otherwise."
"I love my family, my job, and my friends. I just enjoy life, because life is only once. It doesn't matter how hard my day is, I have to enjoy it. If people make you mad, you have to let it go. You never know if you're going to wake up tomorrow. You need to be happy with the members of your family. You never know if this is the last kiss, the last hug, the last 'I love you.' You never know. I'm from Mexico. My daughter was born here. Too many things happen at her school that make me afraid and I don't always feel comfortable with her there. My daughter was bullied for three years. She just confessed to me eight months ago that she was considering suicide. I knew about the bullying, but never knew that she wanted to take her life. It's really hard sometimes. She's doing much better now. A couple years ago she got to take her first trip to Mexico to meet my mom for the first time. She's become a lot stronger. People would call her fat and ugly and Mexican and mean things like that. I think she wanted to hear from people other than her mom and dad that she's beautiful."
"I love sleeping. That's all I want to do (laughs). I'm tired. I work two jobs. I work at Fifth Third Bank and here at Kroger. When I leave here tonight I have to go to Fifth Third. I'm so dang tired. I've got three kids. Two little ones and a grown one. The older one, she's out of the house with a husband and kids. My son tells me he appreciates me working so hard. I grew up with two parents and my kids only have me. My son lives with his dad but we don't stay together. So I'm getting some help during the week when he's with his dad. Then he comes home on the weekends. I love my kids so much, but sometimes I wish they'd just hurry up and grow up, you know, but then when they do grow up it's like, aw, I wish they were little again. I like getting them things, and they like when I take them to amusement parks, but when I get there I don't want to have fun. I just want to sit down (laughs). Oh, and I love watching The Golden Girls."
"I love waking up early in the morning and hearing birds chirping and children laughing. I'm a simple man. I just keep it real. I've abused life in my early years with drugs and alcohol. But you better know that I give it back every day. I don't like friction. I like people to be real. I don't like liars. There's no reason to put on a front. I like being able to give back kindness. I've grown a lot and have learned how to not be too proud to do it. I'm really enjoying being the age I am and feeling as young as I do and being able to enjoy life with open eyes."
"I love my family. I've got a lot of brothers and I love helping them out. They're all younger than me. I like taking care of them. I'm the oldest of five."
"I really love helping my clients to seek justice. Many times I represent people who are fighting larger companies or powers that are much greater than themselves and I really love helping to give them a voice that they might not ordinarily have. I think our legal system is certainly among the best in the world but in order to achieve justice I think people need, in many cases, someone to help them, and that's where I fit in as a lawyer. I love the whole process of helping the "little" guy fight the powers to achieve justice in what can oftentimes be a complex legal system. Another thing that I certainly love, without question, is watching my children and grandchildren grow and prosper in their lives. We've just had a new grandchild added to our family and we grow more in love with them every time we see them."
"I love doing anything creative. When I am, I'm totally in my element. I'm just happy. I'm fortunate enough to have a job where I can be an artist. But then outside of work, I can do all different kinds of things. I'm so happy in the creative process, just getting my hands or my mind on something. If I'm doing graphic design, sewing, illustrating, sculpting, making glass, cooking, or just daydreaming about a new project, I'm in my happy place. I'm fortunate because I get to do it a lot. I have the time to do it, but I also get to do it in my career. And as my husband says, there's no off switch. I am always thinking this way. It's just how I am. I'm wired this way. And it makes me very very happy."
"I love work. Ancestrial-wise, I come from a very prominent German family, and Germans just enjoy work in general. But for me there's more of a theological value to it where I really feel like we're designed to work. It's hard but it's also rewarding. I love the idea that we get to provide for our family and build the Kingdom while still here on earth, and ideally bless others through it. It's a lot of hardship and it's difficult, but we get to bless our families and bless others, and build into something that hopefully lasts longer than us."
"I love music, motorcycles, and basketball. I love the way music makes me feel. It's my soothing go-to that really changes my day. It's like my good cup of coffee or drug of choice. If I'm in a bad mood, I'll get in the car and crank the music up. I'm a blues junky. I saw Stevie Ray do his very first tour in a little tiny bar. He carried his own stuff in. I'm divorced, and my daughter once said, you know, mom doesn't really appreciate the fact that you took her to see Stevie Ray in a little bar and you got to meet him and talk to him. I said, your mom's probably seen Stevie Ray six or seven times because whenever he came around we'd go to his show. I said, she doesn't appreciate that stuff. It's probably one of the reasons we're not together anymore. I love basketball too. I used to coach high school ball. My son's getting ready to play for UC Clermont. I live vicariously through him. I got to see the NBA when it was here in Cincinnati. I got to see Oscar Robertson and Lew Alcindor and the Lakers and Celtics when they'd come to town. I was in high school when the team left."
"I love music. I'm a singer/songwriter. I play a lot of music. I love harmonies. My dad was a gospel singer growing up so I was immediately tossed into the world of harmonies and vocals. When I was an adolescent I traveled around with my dad singing in different gospel quartets. We always had a bus in our yard. I was always inspired to be a singer. When I hit my early teens I started playing in bands and singing and playing guitar. I got interested in writing music. I recently went through a battle with cancer, and am still recovering from that. The whole time my inspiration to get out of the hospital was to sing and perform again. It was throat cancer so they ended up cutting a lot of my throat out. It was pretty intense. I had all the radiation that you're legally allowed to have. It was five days a week for seven weeks. I was told I'd probably lose my voice and wouldn't be able to sing again. It was a threat to ending my career and to being able to play guitar because they had to cut through all the major muscles. So there was a chance of me not being able to move my arm up past my shoulder. I still have trouble with it. It's something I deal with every day. I used to be so inspired by the amount of people that would approach me before I'd go on stage and perform and would tell me that they'd heard about my story. They'd tell me that their families were praying for me at their grandma's church or their church. A lot of inspirational faith-based stuff. And then I'd have to go on stage and try to sing stuff like Journey and Zeppelin with a big knot in my throat after having someone come up and totally humble me and drop me to my knees. My doctor considers me a miracle."
"I love Scouting because of the father/son time that you get. Plus, it gets you in the outdoors with hiking or camping or some other activity you may not have thought of. This last weekend I went camping with the Cub Scouts, which is younger kids. I took my three youngest kids and we played capture the flag, went on a hike, and played something called GaGa ball, which is a Lithuanian activity. The kids loved it, and I came back really sore and tired, but I had a blast. I have five kids, three boys and two girls. My oldest is twenty one and he's an Eagle Scout. Some of my favorite memories are doing stuff with him. One time we went on a high adventure excursion for a week. We went white water rafting, white water canoeing, and rock climbing. Doing all that stuff, one day at a time, was great and helped me connect with my son and everyone else we were with."
"I love video games. Well, games in general. I love everything about games...how they help people with their memory and motor skills. I go to school for game design. I used to do IT work for some colleges. I'd pretty much sit there and play video games all day. I also play Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. A lot of adults lose their creativity and imagination when they grow up, so these games help me with that. People get dull and when I ask them if they'd ever want to try these games with me, they're like, no I'm not creative enough and can't imagine stuff like that. I tell them, yes you can, just tap into your inner child."
"I love my kids and my dogs. I love the people my kids are growing up to be. They're 20, 18, and 16. They make me really proud. They are very courageous. They're all pretty shy kids and they've really put themselves out there to try new experiences and make themselves uncomfortable, and I think that takes a lot of courage."
"I love helping people and making a difference in their lives. I'm in school to be a physical therapy assistant. I like being able to help people get back to their regular lives. I like making people smile. I like to sing. I've been singing for pretty much my whole life. I don't do it professionally but a lot of people ask if I do, so I guess that means I'm not too bad. I sing at work all the time. You'll probably hear me at some point."
"I once read that the meaning of life is understanding. And I've found that I love reaching understanding about anything. It's a really magical moment. I do it by following my curiosity. I believe curiosity is a sacred thing. And I love studying dreams. I love the personal imagery, how they're all based on memory, and the reflective quality they offer. It's a language that only you can understand."
"I love being a father to girls. They're a true blessing to a single dad. Nothing has rounded me out more as a man than being a provider and a sole parent to twenty and twenty-four year old daughters. The lessons I've learned...you just don't read it in a book. I also have a business that I started six or seven years ago. That's awesome too. But that literally wears me down and makes me more cynical. I really have to work at staying up. But my true source of inspiration is being a single dad to daughters. They've taught me to learn to listen and pay attention. Not to the words, but between the words. I'll share a story with you, and I'm not going to give you all the details because you'll probably be able to figure it out. There was one night where my youngest daughter, she was in eighth grade, and it was a school night, and around 8:30 she walked into the living room and said, dad, I've gotta go to Target. So I asked why. She said, I forgot that tomorrow is picture day and I need another blouse. So we hopped in the car and headed to Target. When we got there she told me to go look at stuff and just meet her at the cashier. And yeah, there was a blouse, but she also had something else underneath it. And that was mind blowing. So that Christmas, I gave her her own Target gift card. And that is the kind of thing that is a blessing to me as a father. It's never what you think it is. As you get older and more confident in life you think you've seen it all. And that was very humbling. I've been influenced by what I learned in that moment to not go into everything so confident about what's being said. There's always something behind it."
"I love to make pottery. It's a hobby of mine. I love working with clay and with my hands. I love being able to create and see the end product and use them in daily life. Even just seeing them sitting on a shelf is really cool."
"I love hiking. Next month I'm hoping to do a month on the Appalachian Trail by myself. I'm currently saving up for it. It's been on my mind for over a year. I need to do a lot more planning for sure. I'm pretty spontaneous. I just feel like it's the right time. I've only been camping for a day or two. In a previous job I was walking a lot, so I want to be open to this experience. I just want to make it from Georgia to Virginia. I love being in nature and being in the moment...not being occupied by other thoughts. I love making connections with people from different walks of life. I was recently let go from a job, and I want to do a career change, so in between now and doing that, I want to fit this in."
"I love nursing, taking care of people, and laughter. I love to love on people when they're afraid or when they don't have anyone else to love them...when they don't have visitors and they're scared of being in the hospital or they're facing surgery or illness. Once I worked with a patient that couldn't speak anymore because he had cancer of the larynx and they had to take out part of his esophagus and larynx. So, he had to write on a dry erase board. His cancer got really bad and his family wouldn't come to visit him. It was around Christmas time and told me, through writing, that he loved and really missed decorating for Christmas. So I went to the store and bought a bunch of Christmas decorations and decorated his room that night with a tree and lights. He said it was the best night he'd ever had. You could see the lights from the street. He was on the sixth floor of the hospital and we took pictures for him. He ended up passing away seven days later. I love that I was able to make him smile even though he knew he wasn't going to make it."
“I love being open minded. I love being in open space, in nature or just in general. It gives me a loving feeling. I love catching a sunset on a lake or going fishing, or anything wilderness related. I love mountains, trails, hiking. Those kinds of things help put everything into perspective and help remind me why I’m here or why I’m made for something. I like it because you don’t need anything else. You’re just out there experiencing the best…things that money can’t pay for. That’s where the best of the best in life is.”
“I love the feeling of standing next to something big and feeling so small. I get this feeling when I’m standing at the ocean. It puts things into perspective and reminds me that this world wasn’t made for me and that I should probably be living more for others than for myself. Any time I go to the beach, I have that one night where I just think, that ocean and that horizon are huge. It’s like, oh, you want to swim across that ocean? Go ahead and try. I can think of a hundred ways to help you and you’ll still probably need help.”
“I love challenges. If you don’t push yourself, you don’t grow. I didn’t find that out till the last couple years. I refuse to stay stagnant. And that’s probably why I love this type of contractor work. I’ve taken the real estate exam five times. The good news is I passed the national portion the last time. So now I just have to pass the state portion. But I refuse to give up. I’ve had so many opportunities to give up before and I’ve recently learned that I’ll only grow if I push myself, whether it’s in the gym, at work, or in life. I love it when people tell me I can’t do something. That just gets me fired up more than anything else. Even when I’m in here working when it’s freezing cold, my mind tells me, hell no, I’m not going to quit. It’s not the end. My little girl was in the NICU for 104 days. She was born at 25 weeks. She weighed one pound, ten ounces. She was about the size of a twenty ounce Coke bottle. The biggest thing I learned with what she went through was to not give up. You can achieve any challenge that you’re faced with. You learn to take it minute by minute, and hour by hour, and day by day, and then week by week. It’s crazy what she went through. And you can’t even tell now. She’ll be four in August. Talk about a miracle. At that point I was working about eighty hours a week at Tire Discounters. I would go in and the first thing you have to do when you enter the NICU is wash your hands. And I would go in and my hands would be totally black from work, and even after washing them, I’d be holding her and they’d still be black. But it was a constant reminder that this is what I’m doing it for. You forget about all the pain you go through at work. It doesn’t even matter at that point. It’s also really rare for a kid in the NICU to not go home on ventilation, and she didn’t go home on anything. She literally died twice. Her heart rate stopped. One of the times I was actually holding her. At that point, after sixty or seventy days in the NICU, you’re just numb to it all. You feel nothing. And the hardest part is that there was nothing I could do as a parent, other than be there.”
“I love my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. I love everything about them. They’re my little hellions. We have four kids and three grandkids. In my previous life I was a fireman. Then it was just me and my wife. If something happened, something happened. Now I try to stay healthy a bit more to see them grow up.”
“What I really love is this one spot at Withrow Nature Preserve. If you go there, on the top corner of it there’s a park bench that overlooks the Ohio River. So me and my girlfriend would sit there and drink Franzias, you know White Zinfandel, or Sutter Home, whichever we could get our hands on, and we’d sit there and sip it and watch the boats go down the river. The first time we went there I fried a whole bunch of chicken, made homemade potato salad, and put rolls in a picnic basket. We’re sitting in the grass, there are some cars parked there…we didn’t know there was anything there. There’s a church steeple or chapel and something else, and all of a sudden here comes twenty-five college girls running out of the weeds, all with yellow shirts and yellow shorts. We’re all like, where did they come from. So we get up, and once you get through the bushes we were sitting by, there’s a trail. So we just started following the breadcrumbs and next thing you know there’s a cabin or some kind of old red house that goes around in a circle. We had her little shelties with us, her little sheep dogs. So we walked all the way around, and on the corner of the trail there’s a park bench. You have to walk maybe ten feet off the trail. You’ve got to look or you won’t find it. But when you get there it opens up and there’s the Ohio River and a park bench. We swore we’d never tell anyone we did something that stupid.”
“I love my son. I love everything about him. He’s ten months old. I care about him a lot. When I get home he walks to the door and just wants to be with me. I don’t get that much time with him at home when I’m working, so I’ll FaceTime with him and talk to him. When I’m at home on my days off he’s with me the whole time. We are attached.”
“I love to travel the world because you get to see how other people live. You get to learn about what makes people tick. I’ve been really fortunate to be able to see some amazing people and things in the places I’ve been. The best experience was going to India. I went there to visit a missionary friend. We went to Varanasi, India, which is kind of the cultural center of Hinduism. We got to travel down their holy river and see the thousand year old temples and it was a peek into their way of life. That place is so different though. People ask me how it was and I can’t even describe it. You just don’t know till you’ve been there. I think the trips that have had the most impact on me were the ones where I got to build a real relationship with somebody from another culture. Those kind of friendships are the ones that make a trip go from a vacation to a real life-changing experience.”
“I love my bed because it’s so comfortable. I love my bunny and my blanky. It’s so fuzzy. I love pizza, ice cream, cookies, and donuts. I love Grammy and Gramma. And I love Wilder (brother). He’s cute.”
“I love Jesus. He’s everything that I’m passionate about. Right now I’m doing a personal study on 1 Corinthians 13 and really focusing on the verse that says, ‘love is patient.’ I’ve been studying those three words all day long. He’s so much fun to learn about. He teaches me how to love every day.”
“I love Jesus. I love how He redeemed me and set me free. I love the joy and peace I find in Him. I’ve known Jesus for almost six years. I now have purpose and freedom in life.”
“I love when people walk away from High Five Salon feeling like the best version of themselves. Feeling more clear of who they are and who they were made to be from their interactions there. And not that we’ve convinced them that that’s the case or that we’ve done anything to add to that, but just reminded them of who they are, something that was already there. We just help uncover that. When you’re sitting in front of the mirror, and you’re forced to come to terms with the person looking back at you, that can be a pretty volatile thing. There can be good we see in that person as well as bad. And what we want to do is remind that person of what that good is and how that should define their life. It’s effortless. There’s no trying here. It’s not like, man, this is going to be a hard one. I feel selfish sometimes because I’m so filled from these interactions as well. It’s so easy to find that hope in people and to speak it over them. It’s such an easy gift to give.”
“I love my family. If you’re not living for your family you’re not doing it right. If you’re not having fun at your job you’re not doing it right. I’m the one that works. They’re the one that takes care of me.”
“I love coffee. I love being able to share the stories of farmers in other countries with people here. I like to offer an agricultural product from another country to people in such a way that its story is present with them.”
“I love serving people. Being able to provide something for someone, no matter how small it is, and to give them a little bit of joy in their day really fulfills me. I love doing that in any capacity, whether it’s for customers at M5 (coffee shop) or for my wife at home. I just really dig little acts of service. A couple weeks ago we had this weird snow overnight and my wife had already gone to bed and I looked out and saw that the snow had already collected on her car windows. And I know she doesn’t always get up in time to clean them off. So I went out there after she fell asleep and cleaned her windows off. Then she woke up and drove to work the next morning and was like, you wouldn’t believe it, my windows were perfectly clean and everyone else’s were covered. And I never told her. It’s like my little secret I have. I like that I was able to do that and not tell her.”
“I love being able to pour into people and really connect with them. I think it’s an area where there’s opportunity to grow, but I love being able to disciple or lead men and rally them together with the purpose of the gospel, with the purpose of seeing God work in people’s lives and being a part of that. I think I often times struggle with being compassionate and gentle, but I often pray that God would grow my heart to love people more than I do. When you think about what we do, working 40 plus hours a week, we have families, we have commitments. Life is just busy. But when I get to the end and think, what did I live for, what was I building into or pouring into, I want to look back and see that I was investing in people’s lives. I get passionate about loving people, even though I think there’s a tremendous opportunity to grow in that. I also love to experience the Lord in the outdoors. I love to get out and go backpacking and camping and connect with brothers and have a chance to unplug and get away and be refreshed. I love being able to connect with God in that way, being outdoors and being able to worship Him through the mountains and the rivers and the oceans. So those times of refreshing that I love build back in by ways of using our efforts and energy to love people more, to build into people, and sew into people in different ways. And that relates to my wife and my four children who I love so much. I’m so blessed.”
“I love genuine, quality time with people that I love. I’m not much of a talker. I’m kind of an introvert, so when conversation can flow naturally, even when we’re just hanging out doing something silly, I think that’s really special for me. I share this with my mom. We’ve always been pretty close. I try to see her all the time, even to just walk my dog. I really love those little moments. I have my few friends that I really love and care about and it’s the best when we can just be together and not even have to do anything and it still feels like so much is happening and we’re connecting so well.”
“I love people, caring people. People are nice. People take care of each other. I love humanity in general. The good humanity. Not so much the bad humanity. When I was little, teachers would try to say I was stupid and I couldn’t relate because I had ADD. But my mom told me I don’t need to go on all the pills. She told me I just need to focus and that she knew I could do it. And I’ve ended up proving a lot since then. And I love Springtime. Springtime might be my passion actually. I feel more alive in the Springtime. I feel rejuvenated. I kind of feel like I’m in a lull during the Winter. Then the Summer comes and it’s a little too hot.”
“I love my family. I have the most fun with them. Anytime we get together it’s so fun. My brother is hilarious. You wouldn’t be able to tell because he’s so quiet. My sister is so dumb, and it’s the funniest thing ever. She does the stupidest things. Not in a dumb dumb way though. She just tries to be funny. And my dad is so caring. He’ll do anything to make you happy and do anything for you. He’ll know when I’m hungry at work. He always brings me food, even if I don’t ask him. It’s really cute. Everyone at work is always like, oh my gosh, I love your dad. He’ll bring home cooked meals in little Tupperware containers with a side of fruit. It’s always healthy and good. He always does that kind of stuff.”
“I love playing guitar. I love getting to express myself and learn songs that I like. It’s easy, fun, relaxing. I’ve been playing for about three years. I’m kind of shy, so I don’t really like playing in front of people. Hopefully I’ll get out of that. We’ll see how it goes.”
“I love coffee, tobacco, and sex. I love to hold my son and look at him and see three generations down the road. I love to plant seeds and think about what’s going to come out of the ground when I’m dead. That’s the kind of work I love to do. I love to go sit in the woods as often as I possibly can with a pen and paper and search after God’s heart while trying to understand my own. I love shabbat a lot. I love coming into rest. I like to work really hard and I like to rest really hard. So coming into places of peace and wholeness, in lieu of building and constructing and evaluating and working…I like that six on and one off where I work six days and rest really well for one day. I like coming into alignment with the way life was designed to be and working pragmatically towards good things. I love that. I love my kids and my wife a lot. I love my parents. I love sitting with my mom and with my girls. I like generations a whole bunch. I’m a huge believer in redemption because my life is pure redemption. I was so ruined as a child. I love generations because I was born into a line of darkness, where men abandoned their families and hurt children, and death was all over it. We were living in survival mode, where we were like, will we eat, will we live, is he going to kill me. I was on that path, but then when my mom married dad, and he adopted us, I went from living in a home that was dark to seeing what a man was supposed to be. He was gentle and truthful and kind and restorative. It was a gift given to me. I think it was the prayers of my mom. Now there’s a new thing and the whole story has changed, for every one of my brothers, for every one of our kids. It’s a new path. And it’s not easy, but it’s good.”
“I love at the end of every night when I snuggle with Tessa. It’s dark and quiet in her room. She’s getting ready for bed. I play with her hair. It’s a good time for me to think about our life together as a mother and a daughter and how quickly she’s already growing up. I pray for her future and speak truth over her and tell her that I love her and that I’m really glad she’s my daughter. It’s a really nice deep breath at the end of the day. I look forward to it.”
“In life, I love people. People are friends. Everybody, in my opinion, is brothers and sisters because everybody is a child of God. I love opening the communication between all people, black, white, red, brown, yellow, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, whatever. There are different trails that people take to get to self-realization or God-realization. I also love music. Sound vibration can be healing. In 1997, at the Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, we were camping in the mountains above Lake Tahoe and you could see Lake Tahoe in the distance. It was cool. Somebody gave me a side-blown bamboo flute and I started messing around with it. And two weeks later I was on the front page of a newspaper in Aspen, Colorado. I was playing in downtown Aspen and a little crowd got together and somebody asked to take a picture. And come to find out they were taking a picture for the Aspen Times. Next day somebody came running up to me, “Steve, Steve, did you see the paper?” They showed me the paper and it was a big picture of me on the front page. It was cool.”
“I love the look on my son’s face when I get home from work. He’s very animated and excited to see me, and that’s really fun. I don’t get that look from many people.”
“I love being part of something bigger than myself. Getting together with others and putting something together that more people can enjoy gives me the best feeling in the world. That is why I enjoy Disney, costumes, and the arts. Performances bring together lots of people from many different backgrounds that allow them all to share something wonderful together.”
“My one true passion growing up has been sports. I was blessed enough to sign with the University of Charleston for football. That’s what I love.”
“I love being active. Walking, hiking, weightlifting, interval training, even dancing - I love using the time to clear my head, focus, and challenge myself in new ways with the body that God gave me to care for.”
“I love bikes because I’m a cyclist. I’ve been doing that for a really long time. I’ve gotten to explore so many new areas because of my bicycle. And through that I’ve learned a lot about health, both mental and physical, and all the important aspects of physical exercise, and exploring new places, new cultures, and new ideas. I’ve grown a love for bicycles because of everything that they’ve done for me.”
“Some things that I love are Star Trek, cats, and coffee. I’ve probably learned most of my social skills from cats, which is interesting. I really love Star Trek. I talk about Star Trek all the time. I think it’s interesting and it’s flawed and it’s a great look at the human condition. And sometimes it’s just hokey and wonderful. And aliens and sci-fi are cool.”
“I love animals, especially my little dog, Finny, because of their unconditional love. They accept you exactly the way you are.”
“One of my favorite things in life is finding a good challenge. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m always so busy and have so many hobbies and never have any free time in my schedule. I just love growing as a human and getting better at whatever I can get my hands on. The goal at the end of the day is to help other people with things I’m proficient at.”
“I love the opportunity you get to prove yourself. I love the chances you have to step into bigger roles in life. I can feel that starting to energize me more and more. I think that’s kind of part of proving things to yourself. I love seeing my friends thrive. And I love seeing people that I believe in start to embrace opportunities. I think that’s a big reason why I coach basketball.”
“One thing that I particularly love is the sky. It reveals to me a lot about God and His character. He didn’t have to make it so beautiful, but He did. And it’s new every single day. It just reveals a lot about His character to me. I love it.”
“I love to see things come together. I love to see people realize what their strengths are. I love to see order come to chaos. I love to see the Kingdom advance. I think when we fall into the thing that we’re wired to do is when we come alive. It’s when we do the things that we’re meant to do. It’s a gift to see other people come into that identity and move things forward in a way that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. I just think it’s beautiful and I think it’s really inspiring to see people fall into that."