Ignite your flame!

A few weeks back I had the privilege of attending a 3 day ‘Inspire and Ignite’ conference for small business entrepreneurs, run by the wonderful and inspiring Catherine Newton.

I’m not sure exactly how many women attended, but I’d say 60+ at a guess. We were all at various stages in business – for some, they had an idea and were there to get inspired and learn what they needed to do next, some of us had recently started our own business and others had been in business awhile. This in itself created awesomeness as the connections made and learning from one another over the 3 days was truly amazing and exciting!

Inspire and Ignite was a perfect title, as that is exactly what we all came away with – inspiration to carry on our journeys and fire in our bellies for what we individually were doing was ignited or re-ignited big time! For me, the content and enthusiasm and passion by which it was delivered also affirmed and encouraged me to be motivated and energised and get my business moving forward! If I had to think of several words to describe what I came away from the weekend with, they would be,

Empowered - Free - Energised - Aligned

Wow, just reading those makes me feel like Super Amazing!!

So, I’m back in my office, feeling really enthused and creating amazing, beautiful, inspiring content for my upcoming ‘Empowerment Retreats for women in the new year – watch this space for dates and times!

All this chat about Inspiration has got me thinking about ways each of us can be inspiring to others in our day to day lives. Here’s some ideas that I came up with. You may have some awesome ones as well – please share!

Being Inspirational

  • Be passionate! Passion and excitement can be contagious – a great way to get someone inspired

  • Be encouraging and supportive. Be available when a friend wants to talk about their dreams or goals and be positive and encouraging about them.

  • Be Positive! People will not feel inspired if you are judgemental or critical. Find the silver lining and focus on what’s good in a situation.

  • Value and Care for Yourself. To be truly inspirational you need to lead by example. A great way to do this is to model good life choices, continually striving to improve and focussing on what makes you happy.

  • Be optimistic. See the great opportunities in each situation. Focus on hope and belief in every circumstance.

  • Show Courage. Stand up for what you believe is right and show that you are not afraid to take a risk.

  • Care. Listen, support and encourage – show you really care and people will feel more inspired.

  • Walk the Talk! To be inspiring isn’t really something you do, it’s what happens when you are living , communicating and behaving with passion and integrity yourself.

Inspiration can often be seen easily in young children – this story is an awesome example.

The Ice Cream Story:

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.

Jenny x

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