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)
Empower the girls in your life – start with you, start at home, and start today! Here are some ideas to get you going:
• Try new stuff together
• Have adventures
• Stand up for each other
• Push each other
• Read rad books about rad women together
• Travel and encourage travel
• Run for office
• Lead by example
• Be real
• Be confident
• Be kind to all people
Me Time: Taking care of yourself makes it easier to take care of others (gasp!)
Introduction and infographic by Aryn Henning Nichols • Originally published in the Winter 2015-16 Inspire(d)
Learning how to live generously is really important work, but before you can do that, you need to be generous with yourself. It’s that whole “secure your oxygen mask before helping others,” thing, and it should be the highest priority on your list. Because you can’t do a good job helping others if you’re tired, worn-out, scattered, or cranky.
That’s right, people, you need spend some time on YOU! Lately, I’ve been repeating the mantra, “if I’m not healthy, I can’t give.” Getting yourself healthy can mean a lot of things – eating right, exercising, stretching, meditating, getting counseling – and only you can know what it’ll take. We’d like to suggest, for starters, Me Time – i.e. Downtime, solitude, play, fun, relaxation, idle moments.
“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets,” essayist Tim Kreider writes in a 2012 New York Times piece, The Busy Trap. “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration – it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”
And remember that Me Time is different for everyone – some folks might feel like an hour at the gym is an escape, while others feel it’s totally torture. Respect what your self is saying. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to meditate, get some classes on the schedule. If you need to unwind with an hour of Property Brothers every day, then make it so. Afternoon naps make you feel like the shining sun? Do it! Don’t feel guilty – know that by taking care of you, you’ll better be able to take care of others. And you will. Because that’s the kind of place in which we live.
Check out this fun infographic for Me Time ideas and tips!