Shining the 60 Blog

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There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others.  Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

Did you know that perky people live longer?  It’s true, according to a recent article in Woman’s Day magazine.  The article states that women with an optimistic outlook were less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, and infection.  Research has linked the trait to stronger immunity and healthier cholesterol.

When you’re completely burned out, shift your thoughts from what’s wrong to what’s right.  Think about one or two things in life for which you’re grateful.  I try to think of at least one thing a day, even if it’s just that the sun is shining today.

What do you do?  When I was out of work last year, I found myself not wanting to get up in the morning, wondering what I was grateful for, and how I would get through the twelve hours ahead of me.  At the time, I felt I had no identity (no job title, no definition of who I was).  No matter how much we don’t like getting up when the alarm goes off, we need to do that and give the world the gift of us.

Every weekday morning, I receive a SHINE text, reminding me to be adventurous, normal, inspired, and yes, even perky.  My phone dings at 8:30 every day on the way to work, and I read the day’s message as I’m logging into my computer. A message from earlier this month particularly stands out:  The energy we absorb from close relationships informs who we become (no big deal), Caryn.  Today, double down on folks that lift you up.  A friend of mine receives these daily texts and believes that they are custom written just for her, just when she needs it the most.  I agree.  If you’re interested in receiving these inspirational emails, visit my link at

We are the gift the world wants and, specifically, there are people who look to us for inspiration, just as we look to others in our circle.


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