My girls have been inspired by David Levithan. His book, Every Day, finishes with the main character sticking post it notes all over another character’s bedroom. The girls have been inspired. Now their room is plastered with post-its.
They have collected lots of sayings which are inspirational to them – everything from Lilo and Stitch to song lyrics to quotes from important figures. Here’s a selection of the ones that resonate with me:
Ohana means family. Family means no-one gets left behind or forgotten.
If you’re not willing to risk it all, you don’t want it bad enough.
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios.
I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. (Thomas Edison)
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere. Albert Einstein
The girls have taken this one step further. Daughter number one is not shy about letting the world know she believes she’s awesome. She and daughter number two have applied the awesomeness concept to the post it concept. For each letter of the alphabet, they’ve found an adjective or two to go with awesome. They’ve put this above their bedroom door, so they see it every time they leave their bedroom. Pretty impressive affirmation for a pair of teenage girls. Long may it continue!
I thoroughly recommend ‘Every Day’ by the way – excellent young adult novel!