Monday Motivation - 1/8/2017: Set The World On Fire

Today I am starting my MONDAY MOTIVATION series.  I will be writing a blog post on every Monday morning that will be more of a reflection about what is going on in my life.  It could be about my business, my health, my family or anything else that might be on my mind that I need to motivate myself - AND I hope you too!

Motivation Monday - Set the World on FIre

This week, I thought I would start with a favorite quote of mine from St. Catherine of Siena.

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."

You probably see this paraphrased in many ways all over the place.  But this is my favorite way of seeing it written.

In my family, everyone is named after everyone else. My mom and dad are prime examples of having one or both of their grandparents' names as part of theirs. My mom in her great wisdom named me Karen (a derivative of Catherine and the American version of the Italian name Caterina) because she wanted me to be my own person, not a reflection of one of my ancestors. 

When I was baptized, I was given St. Catherine of Siena (Along with St. Catherine Laboure) as my patron saint. She means a lot to my family because both sides of my family back in Italy live in cities close to Siena. I was encouraged to learn about her and read many stories about her life and how she was an example in her lifetime of what a woman could do to move people - even the Pope. My dad even got to visit Siena when he was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He got to see the Procession they have on her feast day. 

But I digress - I just love that part of it all and wanted to share!

When I look at everything that I would like to accomplish in 2018 (as well as in my life) St. Catherine's quote comes to mind.  It's not that I want to be a celebrity or very well known in any circle that I travel, but that I live my life in a way that inspires others.

I always tell the story of my Nonna telling me that when she taught me to crochet she told me that she gave me a skill (or nurtured it because I believe my gift of crochet was given to me by God but Nonna recognized it and helped it grow) but it is up to me to use it for something good. My mom always told me she meant to make items for charity (which I do) or to make items for the family as gifts or in other ways (which I also do). I was never expected to make a career out of it! (Which I did!)

In the last few months, I have been reflecting on ways that I can use my gift for good. I crochet for charity.  I teach classes to encourage crocheters to learn and build on what they know.  But I really want to inspire. I am still grappling with more was to inspire crocheters to learn more - to build their skills and to create things that only they can inspire with.

So my goals this week that this post really has me considering are:

What can I do with my crochet skills that can help inspire other crocheters whether it be brand new or those who have been crocheting for 50 year (or even more)?

What can I do in my everyday life to inspire others to light a fire of peace, love, and hope in the world?

I am not an activist in the new way many crocheters and knitters are. I want you to know that up front. I have my own values and concerns that do not align with what those marches and other protests that are out there.  So you won't see me talking about those kinds of things.  I chose to light fires in other ways. So with that in mind:

I would love to hear from you!  Tell me what inspires you to crochet and reach out and learn more about crochet and expand your skill set?  Not just from me - but anywhere!

I'll keep you posted on what I am thinking and learning about myself in this way!