Inspiration for Today!


How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.

If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.

Or how about, “You’re looking so strong.”

“I can see how happy you are — you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.

Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.

Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don’t go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don’t say, “I’m not eating carbs right now.” Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.

Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.

Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you’ll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn’t absolutely in love with.

Prove to your daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture.

Teach your daughter how to cook kale.

Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.

Pass on your own mom’s recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.

Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It’s easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don’t. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.

Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.

~ Sarah Koppelkam

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Seven important reasons to help others…


Life is short – so make it count! Get inspired, go beyond your comfort zone, and give your time and energy to something larger than yourself.

The beloved writer and naturalist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote – “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Indeed, if you have ever donated your time to someone else (even in a small way), you have probably noticed that something happens when you are done helping – you feel good about yourself! Of course you do – as humans we are hardwired to help others. And when we put that feeling to work, using our hands & minds in the name of love, we awaken to the true selfless nature that belies our regular old egos.

Service is the salvation of the self. The more we give away, the more we gain in the long run. Call it karma. Call it kismet. Call it magic. But whatever you call it, don’t stop listening to that voice inside that inspires you to serve – here’s why it just might save you:

1. You might find out who you really are.

Remember this quote – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Even the smallest actions (like shopping or cleaning for someone who cannot) can lead the body, soul and mind away from isolation & towards laughter, gratitude, and prayer.

2. You might heal yourself.

We all suffer individual challenges & setbacks, but in serving others (perhaps those with greater setbacks than our own) we reconnect to the shared human experience. We realize that healing isn’t a personal gift from heaven but something that we all need and can approach with humility and love.

3. You might discover a talent.

On our own, we never know just how much we are capable of. When we let go & stop fearing embarrassment, however, it can be amazing how much easier it is to sing, paint, dance, or play with someone (maybe a lonely senior citizen) who needs a lift.

4. You might take chances.

Many philosophies and religions insist, “For those who knock, the door will always be opened.” Once you begin to serve others, you will be amazed by the kindness of people who appear to help & further your journey of self-discovery.

5. You might expand your horizons.

There are many good service programs (like the Peace Corps, and Doctors Without Borders, for example) in our country & in the world that send volunteers to faraway places to learn, grow, and serve those in need. If you’re unsure what to do after graduation or a career change, consider an immersive service experience. Even if you volunteer close to home, you’re sure to meet new people!

6. You might become part of something larger than yourself.

Serving an organization or institution is different than sending a check to charity (although sometimes that is also a great way to help!). Real hands-on service gives you an identity, a group of people where you belong and feel that you contribute! Remember what Mother Theresa said – “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

7.  You might leave your mark.

Who knows what it might be. Who knows what lives you might change. Who knows how different a person you might be. All that can be known for sure is that among all of us who seek happiness, the ones who find it will be the ones who learn to serve.

Making Change Event drops required pledge fees



Making Change Event drops required pledge fees
By Arielle Breen – Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD — Autumn weather is creeping up on Northern Michigan, & while October may seem a few calendar pages away, residents are preparing for a blood-pumping fall event.

Abby Hamilton, founder of the nonprofit Guardian Gals, said she is prepping for the Sixth Annual Making Change Event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Otsego Lake County Park, 1657 County Park Road.

Making Change is a fundraising race with a 1 mile, 5K, 10K & half marathon option.

Hamilton said this year there’s a new development about fees.

“We’re still going to do the race as it’s always been done, but the pledge is going to be waived this year,” Hamilton said.

Organizers waived pledge fees that had previously been required. In previous runs, she said, pledges were as much as $100.

She said she hopes waiving the pledge requirements will entice more residents to come & participate in the community event & didn’t want pledge prices to be a barrier. She said the Gals chose to make the prices similar to other local running events.

“I looked at the Alpenfest, I looked at all the runs in the area and I wrote down how much all the registration fees (were) for these events,” Hamilton said. “And I tried to make it industry average pricing instead of this lofty pledge that people were raising.”

Participants who register before Thursday, Oct. 8, have a $5 registration discount.

Hamilton said she plans to have race coaching for interested participants.

Proceeds from Making Change go toward funding Guardian Gals mentorship & philanthropic programs in Gaylord.

Guardian Gals started in Gaylord as a simple way to mentor & spend time with 10 local girls.

“It started out as a gathering for tea in the art gallery & then it was like ‘Can we go to the animal shelter? Can we go to the library? Let’s plant some flowers!’

“It grew completely organically from one hour tea — to now we meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday all summer,” Hamilton said.

When she started the nonprofit, the group began as a mentorship program, but then it morphed into something richer.

“I am not mentoring all these people. That’s not what’s going on anymore. Originally, it was me, but now it’s mutual empowerment,” Hamilton said.

Now, she said, the Gals go all over town. They volunteer in the community garden, celebrate outdoor activities and welcome new businesses in town.

“It’s kind of a vulnerable moment when someone’s opening a business but (we bring) a welcome wagon to introduce them to tell them Guardian Gals supports them,” Hamilton said.

Guardian Gals now is open to incoming fourth grade through high school seniors, & includes adult members. Hamilton said she also wants to help the Gals excel in life after school.

“When it comes time to get employed I hope to have connected them to a lot of really meaningful workplaces,” Hamilton said.

For more information contact Abby Hamilton at




Use of Namaste Greeting

“Namaste” is a special greeting that Guardian Gals are taught to use.
The word Namaste is said as an active greeting from one person’s heart space to the heart space of another individual’s.

“The Divine in me greets the Divine in you.”