We All Need Help

Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. We think we can go it alone. For a while, maybe we do. But things have a way of snowballing and getting beyond our control.

Maybe it’s work or health. Maybe it’s family or life in general.

You don’t want to, but you realize you need help. You try to keep on keeping on and you

just

can’t

do it.

I know how it feels. I’ve been there too often.

Just bite the frog and do it. Ask for help. Generally, people want to help. They want to support you in what you do.

The other day, I gave a semi-tongue-in-cheek post about my 4-legged assistants. The fact is, I get a lot of help from family and friends. Especially my parents. There are a lot of things about my situation that I’m not going to get into, but because of their help, things are better than they were this time last year.

Who has been your biggest help?

Hug the Ones You Love

I have been following a story off and on throughout the day yesterday. In Oklahoma City, a six-year-old boy fell into Lake Stanley Draper. His mother jumped in and tried to save him, paramedics work on him all the way to the hospital, but he died last night.

That’s just unimaginable. I couldn’t figure out what to post for today, but there are few things more important then family and telling everyone you care about that you love them.

Hug the ones you love. We’ll be back on a regular posting schedule tomorrow.

Here’s a link to the story if you want to see it.

Inspiration Station

&copy 2014 Jen Nipps
&copy 2014 Jen Nipps

You know how it goes. You’re going along, keeping on keeping on, and you run out of steam. You feel like you’re going through the motions and not getting anywhere. You’re in a rut. Your get up & go finally got up & went.

What’s a person to do?

Get it back, of course. You have to be motivated to get work done. You have to be inspired to be motivated. Where do you get that inspiration?

The easy answer? All around you.

The hard answer? All around you.

It isn’t a cop-out. It really is both that easy and that hard. It’s easy because we don’t have to go far to find a source of inspiration. It’s hard because, since it’s always around us, we don’t always see it.

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is my youngest niece. We’ll call her Miss J. She’s 5. She’s cute (absolutely adorable, actually!), smart, busy, and curious. She asks questions about everything. (I know. All kids do, but she’s the one currently in my life doing this to me.) Sometimes, a lot of times, I will find inspiration in the questions she asks me. I will get ideas for something to knit or crochet because of something she says. I take a lot of pictures of her.

She wants to know how I feel, how my leg feels, why Gabby (my dog) is running around outside like that, where Papa (my dad) is, when Nana (my mom) is going to be home from work.

She’s worried about not being able to read “good enough” for kindergarten in August!

She is a huge source of my inspiration for pretty much anything I do.