Take the Find Beauty Challenge!

We’ve heard the proverbs:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

I’ve begun to wonder. If we all know the power of positive thinking, why do we have such a hard time doing it? Why are shelves filled with books on the subject?

I don’t want to dismiss the fact some of us are depressed and in need of far more than a self-help pep talk. (Don’t you hate the “If you want to be happy, be happy” billboards? Yuck!) But, when most people want to change their attitude, I think they’re capable of it on their own. Yes, even special needs mamas in the midst of challenges some of us can’t fathom. I want to help you do that. It starts with finding beauty.


My friend Kelly says I find “beauty in the midst of the noise of life.” I’m not sure if I was born with this perspective or if I’ve acquired it, but I know this: It is a gift. And I’m not tooting my horn. I don’t mean I have a talent or a skill; I mean it’s a gift to me. Seeing beauty makes my life better.

I want you to have the gift too. Will you dare to look harder? To see what others miss? Starting Monday, I’m doing a 5-Day Find Beauty Challenge. I want YOU to join me.  Here are the details:

  • Each day I will post tips on Instagram and Facebook for finding beauty in your day. I’ll also host a live Facebook video each day that walks you through the steps: Lessen, Listen, Look, Remember. (You can always watch them later if you miss them live.)
  • Post your pictures of finding beauty with #FindBeautyChallenge on Instagram or Facebook. I am so excited to see what you find! Don’t do social media? Cool. Email me!
  • I’ve also designed a free printable to use during the challenge. This will prompt you to be intentional about the Lessen, Listen, Look, and Remember steps and, when the challenge is over, to see how the steps make a difference in your life. You can print out one for the week or one for each day; either way works! I tend to write bigger when I’m brainstorming, so I would use one for each day.

Click here to receive your free printables now. 

(One is in black and white if you want to be more economical.)

I DARE YOU to find more beauty!  I’ll see you on Monday.

New here? Glad you made it! I write about my unique joys and challenges as Mom to Henry, a smart, tender, quick­-witted, train-loving, autistic 10-­year­-old with an infectious smile. I long to encourage autism parents and empower all to see inclusivity doesn’t have to be difficult - it can be beautiful. Like what you see? Sign up here to receive news and occasional freebies just for insiders.

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