12 May, 2014 Strength: It’s In There Strength. It’s in there. Family. Friends. The pretty cool inspiration in the world around me. Coffee. These are just a few of the things that keep me going strong. How do you tap into your inner strength? Happy Monday! Like this:Like Loading... Posted by Coleen Patrick & filed under Inspiration. This post has 47 comments. 47 thoughts on “Strength: It’s In There” Catherine 12 May, 2014 at 12:01 PM Quite by accident lol. It’s in there somewhere. Thanks for an inspiring Monday! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:28 PM I know what you mean, Catherine! Some days strength seems to happen by way of magic. Reply Dianne F 12 May, 2014 at 12:03 PM Regular doses of the outdoors and quiet time (sometimes together but not always) help me tap the strength, along with a liberal dose of coffee. I always say that will is stronger than muscle, especially when it comes to activities like hiking a mountain or biking up a hill. But I guess it applies to life in general! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:29 PM Yay for hiking! It’s true about will, even if my quads are burning. Reply Phil 12 May, 2014 at 12:11 PM Coffee inspires me every day! Three or four cups to get going! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day Coleen! Phil recently posted..An ode to Mother’s Day. The Good, The Bad, and The Embarrassing. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:31 PM I used to think several cups of coffee seemed practically wild, but oh how lately I’ve started to turn wild. I’m closing in on 4 cups too! Reply Stacy S. Jensen 12 May, 2014 at 12:46 PM Mine tends to appear as needed. Reading has refreshed me lately (my to-do list has suffered, but that’s a good thing). Stacy S. Jensen recently posted..PPBF: Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:33 PM Reading helps me too. But lately I’ve been doing all my reading on one day of the week. Binge reading! Reply CJ Burright 12 May, 2014 at 1:11 PM My inner strength comes from a perfect blend of coffee, sleep, family, friends, and God…an unbeatable combo. Happy Monday! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:33 PM That does sound like a pretty perfect combo, CJ! Reply Jennette Marie Powell 12 May, 2014 at 1:56 PM Love those action photos! As for me, uh… Mountain Dew? LOL Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..Two More Stress Reduction Tips Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:34 PM Mountain Dew! Just like the MD commercials with the kids jumping off the cliff into the water. Reply August McLaughlin 12 May, 2014 at 2:31 PM Love it, Coleen! You’re so skilled at telling stories and inspiring fans with images. My radio show’s giving me strength today. I barely slept last night, but knowing I get to go into the studio and do work I love perks me up more than vats of java. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:37 PM August, your radio show sounds like so much fun! I love when creative projects give me that kind of boost too. Thanks for stopping by sweet lady! Reply Joanna 12 May, 2014 at 2:38 PM Nature, friends, sleep, staying centered and connected, coffee, nutritious food, being active. Love these photos! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:38 PM Staying centered! That’s a good one. Not always easy, but definitely worth the rewards. Thanks, Joanna! Reply Julia 12 May, 2014 at 3:26 PM Yoga. Smooching. Chocolate. Friends. And of course, inspiring blogs! Nice photos. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:40 PM Thanks, Julia! Smooching is a great one too. Reply Emily R. King 12 May, 2014 at 3:35 PM As usual, love the pictures! My spirit stays strong because of my family and my Heavenly Father. If it weren’t for them, I’d crumble to dust! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:42 PM Thanks, Emily! Your spirit always comes through strong in your blog posts. You are one tough cookie. Reply Debra Eve 12 May, 2014 at 4:22 PM Reading inspirational blog posts like this! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:43 PM Thanks, Debra! Reply Teresa Robeson 12 May, 2014 at 4:53 PM It’s quiet, alone time that does it for me. I’m an introvert. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:44 PM Me too. And I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes after a long day out, I’m dreaming of my quiet space. Reply BornBookish 12 May, 2014 at 5:03 PM I just saw that opening quote on Pinterest today and really loved it =) BornBookish recently posted..Breathtaking Book Cover: The River Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:45 PM The moment I read it, I knew it was the one for today’s post! Reply Patricia 12 May, 2014 at 5:40 PM I sigh a lot, then I sigh some more, then I tell myself that my ass will get smaller if I just get off the couch and go do whatever needs to be done. There’s my inspiration; wanting a smaller butt. And then, when the deed is done, I celebrate with ass-building alcohol. It’s a vicious cycle, but if I quit drinking the booze, I’ll have not motivation to get off my backside. No workey – no drinkey. Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt Patricia recently posted..Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Liebster Too? Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 12 May, 2014 at 9:46 PM So, what you’re saying is that a smaller butt is your dangling carrot. That image is making me laugh. Thanks for the smiles, Patricia! Reply Susanna Leonard Hill 12 May, 2014 at 7:51 PM What a lovely inspirational post, Coleen. My inner strength, such as it is :), comes from family and friends, quiet walks with my dogs, soaking up a little sunshine when I get a chance, and hanging out around horses – true balm for the soul. I used to drink coffee too… but I had to give it up because it gave me a stomachache! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 14 May, 2014 at 1:20 PM Soaking up the sunshine! Yes to that. SO happy winter is over. Reply :Donna Marie 12 May, 2014 at 9:28 PM Love this, Coleen, and Mark Twain was right I think living gratefully keeps the inner strength “tank” full most of the time, and on the days I feel like the needle’s on empty, I consciously recall the many things I’m grateful for and ALways ask God for the fuel I need for that stretch of the trip. Without His love and support and that of family and friends, I’d be destitute in every way, for sure. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 14 May, 2014 at 1:21 PM So true, Donna. Reminding myself of what I’m grateful for definitely gives me a lift. Thanks! Reply Alarna Rose Gray 13 May, 2014 at 2:22 AM If you’re talking about coffee, then give me more! Sometimes, I’m not sure how I’d go without that… Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 14 May, 2014 at 1:23 PM Me too. I’ve had to give up almost all the milks (plural because I think I’ve tried every kind!) that I used to put in it, but I’m ok as long as I can still have the coffee. Reply Ruth Schiffmann 13 May, 2014 at 12:44 PM Love the Mark Twain quote. Prayer, hope, friends, family, these things keep me strong. Thanks for another lovely post, Coleen! Ruth Schiffmann recently posted..Binge Reading Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 14 May, 2014 at 1:24 PM Hope! Yes. Sometimes it’s even a little something to look forward to that keeps me going. Reply clay 14 May, 2014 at 6:27 AM Inner strength – that is what keeps me going… it is the notion that what I have to do is very important and valuable… with only a handful of days remaining in the school year I need all the strength I can muster. I always start my day coffee and the reminder that what I am doing is making a difference for some kids, not all kids, but for those that I am making a difference for – it’s huge. Our topic this month is perseverance and we are making in roads… one student at a time, one day at a time. thanks. Always love your posts.. hoping you have a wonderful day and week to come. clay recently posted..Mother’s Day Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 14 May, 2014 at 1:27 PM I love that you have these great topics to discuss at school. I imagine these are lessons these kids will take with them and remember. Thanks, Clay. And back at ya for your own thought provoking, inspiring posts! Reply Pat O'Dea Rosen 14 May, 2014 at 4:28 PM I wish I had something wise and profound to say. Coffee gets me going, and fear of perishing before I accomplish my goals usually keeps me moving forward. A glass of wine is my end-of-day reward. Some days, looking forward to that glass of wine is the best motivation of all. Love your photos, Coleen. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 16 May, 2014 at 3:02 PM I love an end of day reward! Some days require it. Thanks, Pat! Reply Karen McFarland 14 May, 2014 at 7:21 PM Love the inspiration girl, but my spirit is weak this week! I have no strength. I have been struck by a heat here. It reached 100 today. So not strong. lol. Karen McFarland recently posted..Advice From the Ocean Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 16 May, 2014 at 3:02 PM I hope the weather is getting better, Karen! Stay cool. Reply Patricia Tilton 15 May, 2014 at 11:25 PM Really great photos. And, I love Mark Twain’s quote. My inner strength is there for me in unexpected moments. I think it’s something we are constantly nurturing within us, consciously or unconsciously. Great post to ponder. Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 16 May, 2014 at 3:05 PM I like the idea of continuous nurturing! Reminds me how important staying positive can be, it’s like a vitamin for our still growing spirits. Reply Inion N. Mathair 16 May, 2014 at 1:31 AM Love your inspiring post Coleen & how you utilize your family and the world around you as strengths to build on! Great pics sharing now! Reply Coleen Patrick Post author 16 May, 2014 at 3:06 PM Thanks ladies! Reply Name 16 May, 2014 at 3:45 PM Love that quote! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Name Email Website Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Comment Notify me of new posts by email.