We here at Inspire(d) often talk about changing the world…or, more accurately, changing the community. But what about simply brightening someone’s day? That, honestly, changes the world right there. We thought we’d put together a fun list of ways to easily bring a smile to your family, friends’, neighbors’, and fellow community-members’ faces. It’s not so hard, and, happily, it makes both the giver and receiver feel all kinds of good.
“Kindness Week” is celebrated in February, but we think any time is a great time for compassion and general good-ness! So click below for more than 20 ways to brighten your days (it’s gotta rhyme, right?!). Read more about “Random Act of Kindness” .
Inspire(d) 10th Anniversary Party – Oct 21, 1-4 pm
Did we mention we’re celebrating our 10th year in business? (Ha, a few times, right?) We’re pretty excited to celebrate and thank you all for helping us get here. So we’re throwing a party –a farm party! Well, actually, a benefit party for some friends of ours who are opening a really neat preschool just north of Decorah: Little Farmers.
Please come out to the Little Farmers farm to help us celebrate! 2902 US Hwy 52 (just south of Nob Hill outside of Decorah).
Enjoy music from Viroqua’s Stanton West, pumpkins and gourds, fall treats, and family fun while checking out the new school, chickens, bunnies, and more!
It’s free to attend, but we hope you’ll help us raise some funds for the non-profit preschool. But if you can’t make it to the party, don’t worry – you can still support Little Farmers through their GoFundMe page!
Like us at facebook.com/iloveinspired to stay up-to-date on all the fun things we’re adding to the party list – it’s gonna be a blast!
We’re pretty excited to have been able to make this magazine for 10 years, we we hope to keep going for decades more! We feel like there are more stories and people to write about than ever. It solidifies what we knew when we started: People are good.
Speaking of good people, we need to thank you fine folks reading these words – if it weren’t for you all – and our incredibly supportive advertisers – we couldn’t make this fine and fun publication. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Times 10… million!
In order to keep bringing Inspire(d) to the world, we’d love to know some more about you! We’re always fine-tuning our content to what our readership wants, and always helping our advertisers understand our market so they can best represent their businesses within our pages.
So: Please tell us about yourselves through our 10-Year Readership Survey here – and be entered to win some fun (but small) prizes!
I had my camera out the other day, and Benji asked me, “What are you shooting?”
“Oh, unicorn stuff,” I replied.
It’s all unicorn stuff to me though, really.
We’ve been making Inspire(d) magazine for 10 years. Something about that extra digit in there blows my mind…10 years! We won’t get to add another digit for another 90 years, so let’s really relish in this moment.
…(Try not to cry, like me)……
Driving around the countryside, delivering magazines – literal stacks of positive news – to the amazing people of the Driftless Region, you get some time to think (don’t get me wrong – Benji Nichols does 97 percent of the Inspire(d) delivery, but I do a few select routes and love to ponder life, love, and, you know…the pursuit of happiness).
This summer, I thought a lot about Inspire(d), what we hope to do going forward, and what a decade of this experiment has taught us. What’s important? What is true? What do we need to do to make the world a better place?
Answers to these questions are seemingly subjective, but there are (at least) 10 things we feel stand out as indisputable truths. See below to read what they are (hint, people and community are at the root of it all)! (Just click the image for a larger view!)
Thank you so much for reading Inspire(d), my friends. Let’s keep sending those ripples of positivity out into the world, one community at a time. XOXO – Aryn
P.S. We hope to see you at our 10 Year Anniversary Party October 21! Here are the details!