This is a guest post by Abigail Harrison. Otherwise known as Astronaut Abby, Abby is a 15-year-old high school STEM student and aspiring astronaut whose ultimate goal is to be the first astronaut to Mars in 2030.
Not even 5 feet tall, she was tiny but powerful; she filled up a room. She was my second "mommie;" counselor, comforter, friend and inspiration. Dr. Anne Samaan, my best friend Laurette and her sister Jenny's mom, and my godchild Catalina's grandmother, died last week; she was 91. The world is dimmer without her sometimes colorful presence. She has influenced me since I was 6 years old, especially because she was a caregiving pioneer.
Hey everyone! It's team AARP from SXSW - Karin Miller (TN), Kim Loop, (TX), Jenn Baier, (IL) and Jim Flaherty and Jessica Prell (WI) this morning we got to go on a walk with Diana Nyad while she was at SXSW. We were so inspired!
On a recent trip to south Georgia, I got the opportunity to spend a few days at the home of an 83-year-old who embodies timeless style. While this octogenarian may not be able to wear stilettos and chooses not to don miniskirts, she is a fashionista and seemingly my style icon.
Update: Sad news! Soon after I posted this update this morning, CNN reported that Diana Nyad had to be pulled from the water due to severe jellyfish stings and a dangerous lightening storm. "With all the threats continuing, Diana decided that it was not a risk that we wanted to take," Nyad's operations chief Mark Sollinger said.
Where do you get your inspiration? What excites, enriches and engages you? I hope your response is not accumulating more wealth, larger houses, more land, stocks, bonds or pursuit of fame. What drives you to achieve your goals? Goals will or will not be achieved according to how we, as individuals, are inspired.
Have you ever watched something that reignites your creativity and maybe even inspires to dust off an old aspiration? This video, by the folks at TO-FU, does just that. It is based on a list, 29 Ways to Stay Creative, created by Paul Zii for his Life on Michigan Avenue blog. The presentation is energizing and very darn cool.
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