How Can I Make this Imperfect World a Little Better?

Today’s 44 was rough (mostly because my quads are still a little sore!!).  I used my barbell and did squats.


44 of these was a challenge!!  (and then I did even more during my workout!!)

Taylor (Lifting Revolution)  started a new challenge for February – Let’s Split Challenge.   This first week is 100 walking lunges every day!!!  My poor quads – but I know it is good for getting rid of that last bit of soreness!

And, I started a new program today!  Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.  I actually won this from GiGi (GiGi Eats Celebrities) last week and it started today!!!  I had to do the Fitness test this morning and then the first day.  I chose the Lean and Strong program and all I can say after one day is – I don’t know how strong I feel!!!  My whole body is shaking right now!!!  

The only downside to the new program is that it is almost an hour a day/6 days a week and I’m going to have to figure out how to fit in the miles that I want to log running – maybe I need to get up at 4:30 again?!

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.46.26 AMSaturday morning, Jordan and I went to the memorial service for the 22 year old brother of Jordan’s friend who died a couple weeks ago.  It was rough!!!

Several family members shared stories and words about this incredible young man and the Priest said some things that really stuck out to me and I’ve been thinking a lot about them the past couple of days.

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.49.06 AMHe reminded us that life isn’t fair.  Clearly it’s not or this young man would still be alive and his family wouldn’t be suffering!

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.52.13 AMThe priest talked about what a light this young man was and how he didn’t let life get him down.  He had a bright future and it was obvious to all who knew him.

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.53.54 AMThe thing that really stood out to me was the fact that even though life isn’t fair and we live in an imperfect world, we are capable of doing something to make the world a little better.  It is a matter of making the choice to make a difference!!

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I’m not sure how I can do this but I know it is something that I truly want to work on!!!

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Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.55.55 AMI think that the change really does come from within!  I’m hoping that even though I may never affect the entire world, I can start with myself and do what I can to try and make the world a better place!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 6.56.55 AMDo you think that one person is capable of making the world a better place?

Happy Monday!!!


72 thoughts on “How Can I Make this Imperfect World a Little Better?”

  1. I absolutely believe one person can make a difference in this world. We never know how a simple word or gesture might turn someone’s day around. That person might go on to do incredible things. It’s the ripple effect. Even the smallest stone can start a ripple that moves across a huge lake. If we show love and kindness to others each day, we make this world a better place, one ripple at a time.
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  2. I totally believe and live this. I started by treated others the way I want to be treated. Give kindness and kindness comes back. Very small, simple principles, but they make life SO much better. So very sorry again for your loss. There is nothing fair about life. A hard lesson I’m working hard to teach my kids.
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  3. I think equally important to trying to make the world a better place is to not make it a worse one! Sometimes people get so caught up in “causes” they neglect to treat those around them with kindness and compassion. It’s a struggle to focus less on the appearance and ego-boost of being thought of as “good” people and care more about genuinely making things better in small ways. I think everyday kindness goes a long way!
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  4. I’m sorry for the loss of a family friend–and so young. But right there he made a difference, didn’t he, by inspiring the priest to use those words. And now you are inspired. I absolutely think one person can make a huge difference and I think we all should look for those opportunities daily.

    Ok, if that program is tough on you, then it is tough! Funny…I am eating a bowl of Gigi’s chili recipe as we speak!
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  5. Great message and interesting timing, as I just read Sue Monk Kidd’s new book. The Invention of Wings, where one of the main characters goes through the process of wanting to make a difference, feeling like she can’t and then figuring out how to do what she can. I hadn’t thought of the book in that exact light until I read your post.
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  6. Absolutely, 100% YES! You make the world (my world) a better place with your blog. It sincerely brightens my day to read what you’re up to, how your kids are doing and your 44!!
    Today is a bittersweet day for me – it’s my mom’s birthday. She would have been 64 today and it seems impossible to me since she died at 43. As sad as it is, her light shines on! In me, in my kids and in my life everyday. Such a great perspective for something so tragic. See? You made that difference in my life today and I’m thankful for it.
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    1. Allie, I think that you made my day even better by your comment!!! I love the fact that your mom does indeed live on through you and your boys!!!
      And, thank you for the sweet words – there are times that I wonder if I need to stop blogging (not because I want to but the time thing and fact that it takes away from other stuff – so the guilt) – but then I think there is no way I can leave all of my bloggy friends – I would be sad!!
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  7. So sorry about J’s friend. So sad. I do believe that 1 person can make a HUGE difference in the world. One good person leads another person to do something and before long there is goodness in the world. It’s a waterfall affect. I just try to be the best person I can be and I try to express passion and love in everything I do. I can only hope that people around pick it up.

    Yay for Feb challenge!
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  8. I definitely think that one person can make the world a better place. Look at Nelson Mandela. But for us mere mortals I believe that one act of kindness can have impacts that we’ll never know about.
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  9. I do think so. And like the song “Man in the Mirror” (RIP, MJ!) you have to start with yourself to change the world.
    I think you spread a lot of good and cheer and support, so you’re doing your part. You’re always so warm and welcoming and real. I know that in real life, it’s probably even more so! Those lucky people who know you in the 3D.
    Also, I love Gigi and I’m so glad you won!
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  10. That is so sad – when my daughter was in jr. high, one of the girls on her softball team committed suicide – it was the saddest thing I have ever seen – these kids didn’t know what to think or do.

    Yes, one person can make a difference – and sometimes you’ll never know. When I cook for other people I always tell my husband “changing lives. . . one bowl of soup at a time!”

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  11. One person can definitely make a difference. Not every person is going to make a difference that the whole world will notice, but every person can make a difference in their own way.

    And an hour workout every day + running? My kids would never have clean clothes… or food.
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  12. Ooooh. Walking squats sound like something I need to start practicing to get my quads in shape for a downhill marathon! Think they would help strengthen my quads? Any other tips?
    Again, I am so sorry about the brother of Jordan’s friend. That is a terrible experience for anyone, let alone his friend to have to deal with at such a vulnerable age. Hugs to you all!
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    1. Amy, yes – the walking lunges and squats will definitely help strengthen your quads!!! And, then do some deadliest to keep your hamstrings equally balanced!!
      I know – and the fact that it is a boy sometimes makes me more nervous. Jordan keeps saying that his friend is completely fine but that is because he is 15 and a boy and isn’t going to show anything different around other guys.
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  13. It is weird that you wrote this today because I juts read a quote that resonated with me – not one of yours but along those lines.. if everybody said one person can’t make a difference – where would we be.. Even if you help one person smile & feel better – that is a good thing. HUGS!
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  14. I’m so sorry for the family, but I’m glad you’ve taken such a positive message from the service. I love so much of this post, but ESPECIALLY that final quote. It’s just perfect. Good luck with Michelle Bridges, it seems like a big commitment but I’ve heard good reviews.
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  15. We’re getting all this snow this afternoon. Before the storm starts though, I am treating myself to a Starbucks drink because Tate let me earn it last night with a lot of wailing lol! Cute little bugger:) Once I’m back (and have the ok from the Dr) I am so doing the exercises you post! I can’t wait:)
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  16. Great post. I think we should all strive to make the world a better place. I think sometimes people don’t even try bc they feel that if they aren’t changing the whole world it’s not worth it, but no one can change the whole world, it is all of our small changes combined that make the big difference!
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