The word inspire is, well…inspiring.

I’ve seen many instances where the word ‘inspire’ has been used in advertising lately, perhaps it’s due in part to being tuned in to the very word that is our company name. If I’d called myself anything else I’m certain the word would still resonate. Each time we cross paths with people, places and things we hope to be inspired. Driven to take action, to get involved and hopefully to make a positive difference from our actions. Hamilton seems to me to be an inspired city. It might be the city’s food truck revolution, the waterfalls and hiking trails or maybe the new condo towers springing up all over the lower city. It really doesn’t matter what the inspiration is, but it matters tremendously to BE inspired.

Businesses are being attracted to the city to start and eventually grow here; examples of collaboration and celebrating success are everywhere. The fact remains that healthy economic growth will drive healthy lifestyles. Need is everywhere around us, from food banks to shelters to after school care; we all have a role to play in a prosperous Hamilton. The Christmas season brings this need to the fore more than any other time of the year but I’ll submit that perhaps challenging ourselves to carry the momentum throughout the year will foster sustained improvement. Get involved in a cause, lend some time and expertise and put back into the city that gives us a source of pride. That action to me is the very definition of inspiration.

Go ahead… Be Inspired!

One little word…

Inspire. ÂYes, that is my word. ÂI want to. I want to learn from others that do. I want to be Inspire(d). ÂOne little word #olw, and it’s Inspire. ÂPretty big meaning behind this one little word.

I am taking part in Ali Edwards “Big Picture Class” One little word… because, as she puts it: A single word can be a powerful thing. I had to chose a single word (yeah, this was hard for me… ONE.SINGLE.WORD!) that sums up what I wanted for myself in 2011. ÂHeck, I have enough trouble with full run-on sentences when talking, never mind choosing ONE WORD to describe what I want in 2011!! ÂBut I did it… after choosing 2 different ones – but knowing they weren’t quite right – I went back to my original… Inspire. ÂPretty fitting I think since it’s the name of My Company – and it’s something that I hope to do more of.

I am hoping that my One Little Word will evolve into many big things… I can hardly wait!

“Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience” ~ Anna Quindlen

Amanda