Meet Athena and Penny!  They work for Goodwill Industries and certainly believe we all matter.  They have chosen to give their time to a nonprofit which gives back to the community.  In San Antonio, Goodwill assists with career training, care for veterans, and providing jobs.  What a great way to show people they matter and have value.  Penny and Athena are part of a group hosting the fashion show I am a participant in this Saturday afternoon.

Today, for I MATTER, I would like to focus on energy.  I have many people ask me why I do all of the activities I do…such as working with the GOODWILL WORK IT FASHION SHOW.  I have explained before, as I entered into midlife, I was despondent and unmotivated…beaten down.  But, as I began to care for myself again, I felt the energy and confidence to engage in life returning.
For years, I watched my mother and mother-in-law sit…sit for hours in front of television, or with books, or at a piano…sit, sit, sit.   Both, developed dementia as they entered into their eighties.  The more they sat, the more they did not seem able to get up.
I do not want to predominately sit.  I feel so much happier, and energized the more I participate in life around me.  Now, I am more than aware that freelance writing and blogging are primarily done on the derriere.  However, I make certain I have reasons to get up often. I volunteer and accept activities just to get out in the world and enjoy life around me.  I use the old trick of parking far from where I am going just to make sure I walk.
My goal to sit as little as possible means I get up…to get out…to work out.. with my trainer and go to the gym at ridiculous hours (5 A.M.) so that it is a priority in my schedule.  It means I accept television and speaking engagements.   It means that after a full workday as a teacher, I go find stories for my blog and shoot pictures.  It means I make lunch dates and coffee dates with friends…and with people to interview for stories.  It means I visit museums and exhibits and walk the malls for blog research.  It means I live.

When we carry the I MATTER sign, we must get up and get going…so life does not pass us by and so that our health does not deteriorate. 
Tell us what you are doing to be more active these days, and then enjoy these creative bloggers from Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop!  (To read all of the I Matter posts just go to my face in the sidebar!)

ITS TIME FOR THE THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP!

It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine’s Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to
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