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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!




47 thoughts on “Strength: It’s In There

  1. Dianne F

    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!

  2. Phil

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

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day Coleen!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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!

  3. August McLaughlin

    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. 😉

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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!

  4. Joanna

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

  5. Emily R. King

    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!

  6. Patricia

    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

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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!

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill

    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! 🙂

  8. :Donna Marie

    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.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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.

  9. clay

    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.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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!

  10. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    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.

  11. Karen McFarland

    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. 🙂

  12. Patricia Tilton

    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.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      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. 🙂

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