Five Things Friday: Get Inspired!

Written by Dianne Guerrier, 24 years old, from Orlando, FL serving on The Timberland Team at McDonough Elementary School.

Throughout my year of service, I have found that with the daily comings and goings in life, it is very easy to lose perspective.  In those moments, we can lack motivation and inspiration to keep pressing forward. Therefore, in light of this, I have put together five different areas that I’ve looked to that’s provided me with a little inspirational push to get me through my service.  In my reflections, I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter where you are; you are nowhere compared to where you can go.  So keep pressing forward!

journalingSometimes the best way to gain inspiration/motivation is in and through ourselves. Writing down your thoughts is a great way to keep track of great ideas and to look back on key moments in your life. It can also serve as a point of motivation so that you can see where you were and realize how far you’ve come.

I love quotes. I believe that a great deal of inspiration can be found through the art of words. So here are two sites that contain a plethora of famous (and not so famous) inspirational/motivational quotes.

I know that everyone isn’t a bookworm but even if you aren’t, here are a couple of good reads to find inspiration!

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
  • The Cathedral Within by Bill Shore
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Surround yourself with people who will continuously light your fire! Your inner circle can be a great source of much-needed motivation, even when you least expect it!


There are seven days in a week and “someday” isn’t one of them. Remember: Be proactive.

About CityYear NH

City Year is a nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa. For more information on how to get involved please call the City Year New Hampshire Recruitment hotline at 603-218-5101.
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