Push to the Limits of Your Comfort Zone

What inspires you?  To be a better person?  To reach out from your comfortable bubble and help someone?  To push yourself to the limits of the person you were created to be?

I’m reading a book right now that was recommended to me by more than one person, so I was very excited to finally delve into it.  Kisses from Katie isn’t the type of title that would have grabbed my attention on the shelf, but the cover has proved me wrong!  This book has made me question many of my daily decisions and lifetime motives.  One of the things I love most is not just that Katie’s voice is so relatable and honest, but that she is LIVING it.

I can sit here at my computer and wax romantic about the joys of giving back, how good it feels to help another woman, that it’s God’s plan for us to live as a community, but what good is that if I don’t put some action behind it?  This Katie takes it to a completely different level.  It’s stirring.

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I’m a big proponent of the idea that it’s not enough to just BE grateful, but that your gratitude should carry over into your lifestyle.  It’s not enough (although it’s a start!) to look around and recognize your blessings.  I challenge you to take it a step further and ask yourself, “How can I share my blessings with another?  How can I make a difference in someone’s life?”

P.S.  If you’re moved by Katie’s story, you can follow her blog and consider donating to her charity, Amazima.

P.P.S.  You know what else inspires me?  Seeing sandals taking over the displays at Famous Footwear.

(*This post was originally featured in a modified version on Women’s Impact.)

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