Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Journey Home: Smiley Faces

Pin It I was laying in bed just now, sound asleep, when this idea somehow came to mind and woke me up! Almost like a whisper in my ear... (ok... that sounds a little creepy) but, it's true. I couldn't help but get up and put this down on paper. :)

When it comes to finding my goals, my dreams, and my plan of action, I've found that the people around me matter SO much! Obviously, no one can go the route alone. It's the relationships that we build along the way that make the journey worth it!

So, I have a fun little system that I put together that will help me visualise these specific people in my life. These are people outside my family. These are the people that are so important in the steps I take in this journey!

the color marker is my son's addition to the drawing. (love)

Here is the run down.

ADMIRE: I've picked three people (out of the million) that I totally admire. When I say admire, I mean, I look up to these gals. They have achieved amazing things, they have a talent I aspire to gain, they have knowledge that I want to know! Now, don't confuse "admire" with "covet"... I don't want to BECOME these people... I don't want to look how they look (even though... they are lovely!), I don't want to copy cat their life.. I'm happy with my unique self. I just know that they can offer me advise in specific areas and their work inspires me to keep going with my work. I picked three for the three areas of my life that I love. My family, my creativity, and helping others.

FRIEND: Along this journey, I've found that it has been SUCH a blessing to have a close friend who is in the same boat with me. Someone who wants better things in her life too. Someone who I can celebrate with when we see our goals at arm's reach. This person is a diamond in the rough, as, she has her own goals and is confident in her journey. We've become a fun little dynamic duo... and yes... we talk every single day.

INSPIRE: This is where it gets REALLY fun... why... because this is where YOU come in! The best thing I've ever done was to open up and share my ideas and stories. I'm sure there are naysayers out there and probably a few that roll their eyes, but, 90% of the time, I'm hearing kind words and stories of inspiration. There is little in this world, to me, that is more fulfilling than watching someone's face light up because something I said, inspired them. And here is the beautiful thing... just think how many people you can inspire?... the little happy faces multiply 100 times over.

So, if you are following along with me, or you are in your own journey (or maybe inspired to start your journey!?!) Make a little happy face system of your own and put it up where you can see it. Let the "Admire" people know how much you appreciate them, continue to share with the "Inspire" group... and take your friend out to lunch... :)

A perfect quote to end this post:
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." - Albert Einstein

Read more about my journey:
The Big Idea


  1. I love this!! I think that all too often people in this world are too quick to point out negativity and wrongful doings.. and we don't point out the people in our lives or the things they do that really make a difference in our lives in a positive way! We simply don't say THANK YOU enough! I love that you took the time to remind us to SMILE! :) <--that's for you!

  2. Isn't this something! I love seeing it out on paper...

    Funny how things change, when you can actually see it right in front of you!! :)

    You're something special, Leslie...continue to inspire others, as you have inspired me! <3