Winter is officially here! Are you ready to rock it? Try this winter challenge to make it the best winter yet!
By Aryn Henning Nichols • Originally published in the Winter 2018-2019 Inspire(d)
We get it. It’s icy out and super cold, and we’re all feeling like maybe we should just ride winter out on the couch with a constant stream of Netflix and popcorn with M&Ms.
NO! Do not give in to the doldrums! There’s fun to be had.
We’re here to propose a winter challenge. Add some things from below to your winter to-do list. (Aka your “Is This Winter Ever Going to End?!” list. Your “Bucket, It’s Cold” list. Your “Let’s Move to Arizona” list. Or whatever you want to call it.) Let’s make this your best Driftless winter yet! C’mon! It’ll be fun!
I had my camera out the other day, and Benji asked me, “What are you shooting?”
“Oh, unicorn stuff,” I replied.
It’s all unicorn stuff to me though, really.
We’ve been making Inspire(d) magazine for 10 years as of October 2017. Something about that extra digit in there blows my mind…10 years! We won’t get to add another digit for another 90 years, so let’s really relish in this moment.
…(Try not to cry, like me)……
Driving around the countryside, delivering magazines – literal stacks of positive news – to the amazing people of the Driftless Region, you get some time to think (don’t get me wrong – Benji Nichols does 97 percent of the Inspire(d) delivery, but I do a few select routes and love to ponder life, love, and, you know…the pursuit of happiness).
This summer, I thought a lot about Inspire(d), what we hope to do going forward, and what a decade of this experiment has taught us. What’s important? What is true? What do we need to do to make the world a better place?
Answers to these questions are seemingly subjective, but there are (at least) 10 things we feel stand out as indisputable truths. See below to read what they are (hint, people and community are at the root of it all)! (Just click the image for a larger view!)
Thank you so much for reading Inspire(d), my friends. Let’s keep sending those ripples of positivity out into the world, one community at a time. XOXO – Aryn
(Originally published in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) Magazine)
We here at Inspire(d) often talk about changing the world…or, more accurately, changing the community. But what about simply brightening someone’s day? That, honestly, changes the world right there. We thought we’d put together a fun list of ways to easily bring a smile to your family, friends’, neighbors’, and fellow community-members’ faces. It’s not so hard, and, happily, it makes both the giver and receiver feel all kinds of good.
“Kindness Week” is celebrated in February, but we think any time is a great time for compassion and general good-ness! So click below for more than 20 ways to brighten your days (it’s gotta rhyme, right?!). Read more about “Random Act of Kindness” .