Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday's Children: Inspired by Others

I can't remember who sent this too me, but if I had a guess, it would be my friend Jaime Dement. It fits her and her sense of humor. It is also one of the reasons she inspires me on a daily basis. I met Jaime on Twitter through #writemotivation and I am so glad I did. Between throwing burning dino cookies and other mayhem on twitter, she's a writer, a mom, a care-giver, works a full-time job, and writes.

Somehow she survives. It isn't easy. Some days she barely has energy to write a dozen words. But despite that, she still cheers all of us on. Giving us a kind, supportive word despite the stresses in her life. Even when she wants to give up and just curl into a ball, she's still there cheering me and others on. Even if we only write one word. You see, to her, one word is progress. It's one more word, one more step closer to the finish line. It's still forward momentum.

Does she want to quit sometimes? Yes.
Does she get buried under the stress of her life? Yes.
Does she give up? No. She, like T-Rex there with the grabber claws, is unstoppable.

This inspires me. She inspires me. And when I need a friend, she's there.

So next time you are struggling and thinking about tossing in the towel, remember, you aren't alone. There is someone out there who is struggling too. And there are people like Jaime who are there to give you hand up, a pat on the back, and a big plate ninja star dino cookies.

So, thank you, Jamie. Thank you for being the awesome person you are.

UPDATE: The dino pic is courtesy of one my other awesome friends, Abigail Kern. I had a 50/50 shot of picking the right person and totally blew it. Sorry! Abigail is also funny, awesome, and runs one of my most favoritest blogs ever.

'Till Next Time


  1. OMG I totally did not expect this. You've brought tears to my eyes. Happy tears. All I do is try to help people see the positives, which in turn helps me. It's a symbiotic relationship. I never really knew how much it influences people.

    Yes, I've wondered if people really care, if people notice, but you know, it doesn't matter in the end. It makes me feel better to help others.

    Yes, I get down myself and want to crawl in a hole and give up. But if I just can't do that. I'll claw my way out of that darkness and get back to the happy...eventually.

    It's people like you that are actually making me learn about "friendship". Friendship, I've forgotten because tangible friends have not been a part of my life for a very long time. I miss that part. And you know, you forget what it's like. I'm so grateful for the #writemotivation and all my friends I've met through it. I really do love you and everyone else who's a part of it!

    I guess, I'm just trying to say thank you and I just don't know how.

  2. Can't help but love the ninja plate of dino cookies to keep writing ;)

    Wonderful blog!

  3. *goes to Twitter, follows Lady Jai*
    Thanks Andrew. I need more strong women in my life.

  4. See??? You were able to come up with something after all. Here's a cookie. That's a great image, and my hubs sure could have used those extension thingys the day he forgot deodorant and had to wait on customers.

    1. LOL! I remember you talking about that the other day! :D Yes, they are awesome.

  5. this post is made of 100% awesome.

    1. Aww! :D Thanks. I had an awesome inspiration. :D