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!!!


About Kim

I am a 43 year old wife, mom and athlete. I started running in high school and have loved it ever since. As I got older, I had to stop running every day so I added in weight training and all sorts of fun work-outs like Insanity, P90X and Turbo Fire. I'm a certified personal trainer and I love all aspects of fitness.
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72 Responses to 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 think one person can make a difference and make it better. I am like you you and just try my best to do what I can here for my friends and family and if it spreads out, then that is a totally bonus for me. So, I think that is all when can do and like I said just try our best to do so :)
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  3. Marcia says:

    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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  4. Yum Yucky says:

    Oooo-weee. I know those squats had ‘dem legs burning!
    So sorry to hear about the young man that passed away.
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  5. 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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  6. I love this post. I am so sorry that you had to go to the funeral of that young man. What are you saying here is so true. And I definitely, strongly believe that anyone can make a difference. They just have to try. If we all did a little something, imagine how big it would add up to be!-Ashley
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  7. Oh great post. I do think that one person can make a difference. It has to start somewhere.

  8. Change entirely comes from within. When we make changes to better ourselves, the whole world really does benefit because we never know what kind of impact we may have on someone. And when that change spirals from one person to the next, it’s pretty much unstoppable! Feeling pretty inspired this morning :)
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  9. Kathy says:

    I am not sure if one person can change the world but that one person can start a huge ripple effect and eventually with a little help they or we all can make a difference.
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  10. Diana says:

    Absolutely, one person can make a difference! It’s the butterfly effect! =)
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  11. misszippy1 says:

    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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  12. Coco says:

    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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  13. Allie says:

    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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    • Kim says:

      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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  14. 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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  15. Char says:

    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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  16. That looked pretty challenging. How much weight did you have on it? I’m sorry again about that young man. I do believe one person can change at least the world around them. Positive change is infectious and will spread once started.
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  17. Tamara says:

    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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  18. Amber says:

    Yes, for sure, one person can make a difference!
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  19. Biz says:

    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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  20. Dr. J says:

    There is no doubt that one person can change the world!

    For most of us, making it better one person at a time is the way to go. In every interaction we have with another that opportunity is there for all of us. (As Crabby said better than I can)!
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  21. I completely agree that one person can change the world! You are right though we have to change ourselves first! We have to be the change we want to see!!
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  22. I think individuals can become leaders that initiate change. I think it can be difficult to see the change of an individual sometimes but small steps lead to big changes.
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  23. One man did change the world, his name is Jesus. We can certainly do our part as well, it’s amazing the reach one person can have!
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  24. Dana says:

    Absolutely. It all starts with one person – one person who has a vision and a passion, and can make others see it too.
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  25. MCM Mama says:

    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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  26. Kita says:

    Love these. I think one person can make a difference but for the entire world to change it has to be more than one person and we can all do our parts to make that changee.
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  27. Amy says:

    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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    • Kim says:

      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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  28. Lindsay says:

    You are so right! Being a light in this world is the least we can do! Be loving, kind, and giving. ❤️❤️❤️
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  29. Nellie says:

    YES I definitely believe that one person can make a huge difference, look at all of our history’s heroes that changed and shaped the world. My post tomorrow relates to this as I believe in helping people and doing what I can to make this world better, because Life certainly isn’t fair, but we can do what we can with it.
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  30. 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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  31. Ooo loaded question.

    Personally, I think it takes ONE person to make the first step in making the world better- but often requires the collaboration of others to achieve success!
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  32. 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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  33. I absolutely believe that and I think that you are already doing so Kim! That is so sad about that young man. Things like this always challenge us to think deeper. I know you have to be touching people. You are inspiring to me and I consider myself physically fit. Keep sharing your story!
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  34. 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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    • Kim says:

      Heidi, I’m glad that you are going to get a little Starbuck treat!!! Poor you – those long nights can be hard but then you hold that sweetie and it’s all OK!!!
      I hope you are getting some rest during the day!!! Take care of yourself, too!
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  35. 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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