over50feeling40: #IMATTER: Perseverance, Risks, and Overcoming...Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Mar 11, 2015

#IMATTER: Perseverance, Risks, and Overcoming...Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

"I often meet people who have been misled, thinking that success depends solely upon talent or brilliance or education. Some think it is getting the breaks, pulling the right strings, having the right personality, or being in the right place at the right time. No, the thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the right direction over the long haul, following your dream, staying at the task..  Just as there is no such thing as instant failure, neither is there automatic or instant success.  But success is the direct result of a process, that is long, arduous, and often unappreciated by others.  It also includes a willingness to sacrifice. But it pays off if you stay at the task." (Living Above Mediocrity by Chuck Swindoll)

This past weekend, I met some amazing women.  Women who know the true meaning of the word...perseverance. 

Women who refused to let their circumstances or place in life hold them back.  But, broke down barriers to go forward.

Women who said, "I will not let a diagnosis stop me...I will use it to help others."

Women who believe age is just a number and they will overcome it to accomplishment big feats...even if it means having courage, working hard, and taking risks to go forward. It's not over til it's over, girls.  Making a difference requires diligence and vision to be successful...to begin a movement and fulfill a dream...

All of them have a story of overcoming the odds...all of them had a moment where they had to decide I MATTER, in order to help others and experience joy.  And, not one, is done yet!

I will bring you one story which particularly touched my heart, next week on #IMATTER day!  You will love her...and we think she is on the cusp of all of America loving her!  She dreams and perseveres and works very hard. 


What is it you want to do? Are there barriers to overcome? Please share and then go enjoy the bloggers of the Thursday Blog Hop!

Have a Thursday full of smiles!

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  1. I'd be curious to read about all of them from the brief snippets to be honest :) And yes, I've learned that perseverance is very important. Some people do seem to get eh "more lucky" or this and that, but perseverance is something that's entirely up to you.

    Thank you for hosting and have a nice day :)

    Alex - Funky Jungle

    1. Hi Alexandra, I will see if I can tell all of their stories in the future...there are some really inspiring ones! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Thank you for including me in this post, and for having the photo of my dear friend Helene Bludman and me together. We both matter and for me, well, I adore this post, Pam! And I love your movement, because all women in midlife MATTER! Thank you, well, for being YOU! xo

  3. Pam when I hear other women talk about their experiences it gives me so much strength and encouragement!! Great ladies all!
    The Arts by Karena

  4. Today we have complimentary blog topics--and you know, every human being matters, and so many ARE inspirational. ;-)

  5. I'm honored to be included with this group of impressive ladies - including you! The #IMatter series is so important, because we often feel as if we don't matter at all. You are one of my inspirations, Pam!


  6. Your posts are so inspirational and yes we all matter! Perseverance is the key in everything we do. Hugs!
    - All that's Jas

  7. It was a true pleasure to meet you last weekend, Pam. I felt like I already know you, so it was like seeing a friend instead of a first meeting.

    You did a great job as a speaker--you should do more of that!

  8. Hello beautiful! What a fun party! Thank you for hosting. Please stop by our party. We would love to share one of your amazing creations. We pin and tweet everything! Lou Lou Girl

  9. So wonderful Pam!! These ladies, including YOU are inspiring. It was so great to meet you and everyone there. Get a second sign :)))

  10. I would like to see Elisa's beautiful orange outfit.

  11. Determination and perseverance are great attributes.

  12. Patti, I can't tell you how much this post means to me today. I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of my blog, and I've been feeling a bit discouraged about where I am so far. But this put it all in perspective. I have to keep persisting, learning and moving forward. Thank you so much!

  13. Inspiring, all! Looking forward to reading that blog . .

  14. What a beautiful reminder. We do matter! Thank you.

  15. I so appreciate this inspiring post my dear! Kudos! xoxo

  16. Pam, thank you so much for continually reminding us that we matter! I needed that message today as never before because I have been seriously betrayed and am hurting deeply.

  17. Such inspiring women as are you, Pam! "I matter" is such an inspiring mantra for all of us! Thanks for hosting this link up. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  18. Great post, Pam! It was so wonderful to finally meet you in person and thank you so much for the fabulous gifts that you brought for me. I really appreciated that!

  19. I am afraid my life is pretty easy. I look at these women in admiration.

  20. I love that I know the stories of almost every woman you pictured in this post.
    And the truth is, that whether I know their stories or not, each one of them matters.
    Thanks for this.

  21. Applause, applause!! Love this Pam. So glad I bumped into you during a potty break and got to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. The photos made this post come to life. jamie

  22. After an especially-challenging work week, this post gives me so much newfound encouragement that there's always opportunities to ascend current circumstances. As always, thanks for the inspiring message and for hosting this link up! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com


Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!