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15 Quotes to Motivate Your Life

Everyone loves inspirational quotes. Quotes usually come from individuals who have gone before us—older, wiser, more experienced or who have created success for themselves in life.

Motivational quotes drive us to work harder, imagine more and inspire others. While quotes might not directly stimulate our own lives, they play a significant role in encouraging a positive lifestyle. So go ahead, discover inspiration. Check out these top 15 quotes that will impact and motivate your life.

1. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle

2. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe

3. “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” —Leo Buscaglia

4. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” —Walt Disney

5. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” —Thomas A. Edison

6. “The key is to keep company with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” —Epictetus

7. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” —Stephen Hawking

8. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” —Aldous Huxley

9. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” —Thomas Jefferson

10. “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” —Og Mandino

11. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” —Norman Vincent Peale

12. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” —Albert Schweitzer

14. “The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” —Unknown

15. “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” —Woodrow Wilson

Do you have any quotes which encourage you? Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact on this world and leave it better than when we came. These 15 quotes inspire us to make a difference and truly live a positive and altruistic lifestyle.

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How to Donate Without Leaving Your House

Let’s face it, life is busy. Sometimes life gets so busy that we don’t have enough time to go out and do the things we’re interested in, like volunteering with your favorite nonprofit organization.

But fear not! You can still be involved with your dearest philanthropic cause without having to get up from the couch. Interested? Check out these easy ways to donate without having to leave your house.

Donate Online
This one is pretty basic. Almost all nonprofit organizations now have an online donation option you can utilize. Most use a platform to track and manage the donations they receive, so you can be sure that your money and information is handled safely and securely. If the organization you’re interested in doesn’t have this option on their website, try giving them a call and seeing if you can mail them a donation. No house moving required.

Start a Fundraising Page
Some nonprofits provide online fundraising for you to make a profile and invite friends and family to follow through your page. You’re able to donate online as well as include others in the process. Tell them your story about why you love the organization and how their gifts would help those in need. You can even share your profile on social media or via email. Most importantly, you get to help a great cause without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Clean House
Let’s face it, most of us have a lot of extra stuff we could probably do without. Why not clean house a bit while giving back? Go through any gently used clothing, home supplies or toys your family doesn’t need and pack them up to give to a local shelter or cause. Drop them off while on your way to work (we know, you would have to leave home a little bit) or call the organization and see if they offer pick up services.

Become an Organ Donor
Organ donations save lives, and it’s surprisingly easy to get in on the action. Check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s online organ donation page to register and become an organ donor in your state. Then next time you’re at the DMV, ask to put the registration stamp on your license. You get to help others without leaving your computer. Sounds fun, right?

Donate for the Future
Did you know you can include nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries in your will? Oh, yeah. Leaving a charitable gift for the future gives you a feeling of helping the world while letting your favorite causes feel secure for what’s to come. Talk to your loved ones about your plans for the future or chat with a lawyer about drafting a document. When your will gives back to a cause, you can impact the world even after you’re gone.

When it comes to giving back, there’s lots of ways to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Even with a busy schedule, you can make an impact on the world. So go ahead and try out an idea or two! Get involved and see the difference you can make.

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What is WRAP?

Over the summer a new group at Brain Injury Services has been helping survivors on their journey of recovery. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a highly interactive and very practical 10-week course for survivors who want to create a plan to improve personal wellness.

WRAP was developed by mental health specialist Mary Ellen Copeland who created the program after struggling with her own battle with mental health for years. The program is centered around five key concepts that – according to Copeland – are common in the life of someone who is empowered and recovering. Here are the themes:

1. Hope
2. Education
3. Personal Responsibility
4. Self-Advocacy
5. Support

Below is a short questions and answers session with Kelvin Evans. Kelvin completed the first WRAP group at Brain Injury Services and has decided to move towards becoming a WRAP instructor for future groups.

Question: How do you feel after completing the WRAP course?

Kelvin: “I feel like I have a bulletproof vest on right now. Stress comes into my life and now bounces off. Being knowledgeable about the WRAP tools has made this possible. The information I learned in this class has formed this bulletproof vest and I feel stronger.”

Question: What is the most valuable insight you learned in the WRAP group?

Kelvin: “Never give up and have hope… I’ve given up before and let myself go… I feel like I couldn’t go on. But when I reached out to Brain Injury Services, I was connected with James who was able to really support me. The tools I have now allow me to move forward and have hope for tomorrow.”

Question: What would you tell another survivor who is thinking about joining the next WRAP group?

Kelvin: “I want to get the message out there – this program works. This can change your life. It is practical for your daily activities. It’s a comfortable place where you can be open and honest. Everyone is on the same wavelength. You don’t want to miss it…”

The next WRAP group is starting Thursday, September 8th. Contact Sara Aly at saly@braininjurysvcs.org for more information.

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Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Grazie. شكرا. Спасибо. No matter how you say it, thank you is important. Giving thanks to others is an incredible way to show appreciation and promote your own positive lifestyle. When you thank others, you establish trust, build relationships and grow a grateful life.

The usual “Thank you,” is a wonderful way to show how much you appreciate others, but sometimes it can be fun to be a little more imaginative. Get some ideas by checking out these creative ways to say thank you.

Write a Thank-You Note
Writing someone a handwritten thank you note shows them a true appreciation for their actions. It takes a little extra time and a little extra effort, but it goes a long way. Next time you’re at the store, pick up a box of thank you notes to save and use throughout the coming months.

Give a Gift
Gifts don’t have to be just for special occasions, and they especially don’t have to be extravagant. Giving someone a simple gift like a chocolate bar, bouquet of flowers or a new pack of gum can make a person feel remembered and valued. Listen to what the person enjoys, and then pick it up next time you’re in the area.

Make a Care Package
For bigger thank you’s, try putting together a care package for your friends or family. Include some snacks, a couple of small items and maybe one big one. Tie it up pretty and have it delivered, or leave it somewhere they’ll find it for an encouraging surprise.

Write a Poem
You don’t have to be a writer to give poetry a go. Writing a poem for someone shows you truly appreciate the person’s actions and want to take the time to say a unique thank you they won’t forget. Write something special for them to enjoy. Plus there ain’t no time like now to rhyme!

Send a Letter
Can you remember the last time you received a personal, handwritten letter in your mailbox? With today’s technology, they’re pretty rare. Bring them back and use it to say thank you to someone you’re grateful for. They’ll appreciate the effort and more than likely save the letter longer than they would ever remember a text or email.

Serve Up Some Treats
Everybody loves food, so why not say thank you with a tasty homemade treat? Get ideas and recipes from friends, family or online and give it a go. Cookies? Yum. Brownies? Delicious. Homemade fruit pizza? Sign us up!

Pay It Forward
Finally, show your gratitude by paying it forward to other people around you. Try paying for someone’s gas at the gas station, compliment a coworker’s new haircut or volunteer at a local shelter. When you give, others give as well, and you get back in return.

Saying thank you is a valuable part of any positive lifestyle. It lifts us up and fills us and those surrounding with gratitude. Get creative with your thank-you’s and try out some of these ideas. Trust us, you won’t be sorry.

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6 Ways to Give Back During Back-to-School

It is officially August, which means two things: (1) summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner, and (2) it is officially back-to-school time. This means backpacks, pencils, binders, notebooks, the whole shabang.

Back-to-school season can be exciting, challenging and—with kids—frustrating. You can take advantage of this time to grow and live a positive lifestyle by getting involved in local schools’ philanthropy. So today we’re going to talk about six great ways to join in and give back to the community during back-to-school season.

1. Buy extra school supplies for local shelters.
While you’re out shopping for any school supplies you or your kids may need, consider splurging a bit and buying some extras to donate. Many local shelters usually have programs running during back-to-school season for families who can’t afford to buy supplies for their children. Donating to causes like this betters the community and helps out local neighbors.

2. Bring extra materials for a teacher.
In many school districts, the money provided to teachers doesn’t cover all the supplies they need for their classrooms, and teachers end up having to pay out of pocket. Try emailing your children’s teachers, or teachers close to you, and see if there are any other materials they may need. If you can, pick these up while out shopping for your own supplies. The teacher will appreciate it immensely and you’ll help a cause in need.

3. Get involved in a backpack program.
Many communities offer a backpack program, where children on free or reduced lunch sign up for bags filled with food to bring home for the weekend. Research local schools to see if any offer similar programs, then get involved by donating food, supplies or time dispensing the materials. You’re able to give back and help families who can’t afford to feed themselves.

4. Volunteer in a classroom.
Schools are always looking for helpful volunteers. Whether you have children or not, you can check with local schools to see if any volunteers are needed for current or habitual programs. Teachers and staff greatly appreciate the help, and you have fun playing with kids for a cause.

5. Help clean up the school.
During back-to-school time, many schools make efforts to clean up the school’s lawn aesthetics or buildings. Check and see if any schools in your local community need help with a clean up service, then get involved painting, gardening or picking up trash. This is a simple yet very effective way to be involved philanthropically.

6. Teach your children about philanthropy.
Lastly, if you work with or have kids, take time this back-to-school season to teach them the importance of philanthropy. Lead by example in charity work, and your children will follow the same values. You have the opportunity to instill good morals in our future generation of philanthropists.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need. You can take advantage of philanthropic opportunities and better the schools in your community. Give back during back-to-school and school will give back to you.