Strength: It’s In There

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Inspiration | 47 comments

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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!






  1. Quite by accident lol. It’s in there somewhere. Thanks for an inspiring Monday!

    • I know what you mean, Catherine! Some days strength seems to happen by way of magic.

  2. 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!

    • Yay for hiking! It’s true about will, even if my quads are burning. :)

  3. Coffee inspires me every day! Three or four cups to get going!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day Coleen!
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    • 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!

  4. Mine tends to appear as needed. Reading has refreshed me lately (my to-do list has suffered, but that’s a good thing).
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    • Reading helps me too. But lately I’ve been doing all my reading on one day of the week. Binge reading!

  5. My inner strength comes from a perfect blend of coffee, sleep, family, friends, and God…an unbeatable combo. Happy Monday!

  6. Love those action photos! As for me, uh… Mountain Dew? LOL
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    • Mountain Dew! Just like the MD commercials with the kids jumping off the cliff into the water. :)

  7. 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. ;)

    • 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!

  8. Nature, friends, sleep, staying centered and connected, coffee, nutritious food, being active. Love these photos!

    • Staying centered! That’s a good one. Not always easy, but definitely worth the rewards. Thanks, Joanna!

  9. Yoga. Smooching. Chocolate. Friends. And of course, inspiring blogs!

    Nice photos.

  10. 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!

    • Thanks, Emily! Your spirit always comes through strong in your blog posts. You are one tough cookie. :)

  11. Reading inspirational blog posts like this! :)

  12. It’s quiet, alone time that does it for me. I’m an introvert. :)

    • Me too. And I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes after a long day out, I’m dreaming of my quiet space. :)

  13. I just saw that opening quote on Pinterest today and really loved it =)
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    • The moment I read it, I knew it was the one for today’s post! :)

  14. 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
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    • 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!

  15. 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! :)

    • Soaking up the sunshine! Yes to that. SO happy winter is over. :)

  16. 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.

    • So true, Donna. Reminding myself of what I’m grateful for definitely gives me a lift. Thanks! :)

  17. If you’re talking about coffee, then give me more! Sometimes, I’m not sure how I’d go without that…

    • 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.

  18. Love the Mark Twain quote.
    Prayer, hope, friends, family, these things keep me strong.
    Thanks for another lovely post, Coleen!
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    • Hope! Yes. Sometimes it’s even a little something to look forward to that keeps me going.

  19. 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.
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    • 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!

  20. 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.

    • I love an end of day reward! Some days require it. Thanks, Pat! :)

  21. 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. :)
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  22. 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.

    • 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. :)

  23. Love your inspiring post Coleen & how you utilize your family and the world around you as strengths to build on! Great pics sharing now! ;)

  24. Love that quote!

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