Friday, January 1, 2010

Living Your Five presents... Honorary Fiver Day!

Happy New Year!

What better way to celebrate a new year and fresh start than with our favorite day here at Living Your Five:

Honorary Fiver Day!

We'll be hosting this event on the first Friday of every month. Honorary Fiver Day is your chance to become a bonafide Honorary Fiver member of the Living Your Five community.

To become an Honorary Fiver, all you have to do is share your Five in the comments on this special Honorary Fiver post. Let us know the five areas you want to make a difference in!

Once you've shared your Five on this post, you are officially an Honorary Fiver and have our permission to nab this cute logo (designed by our own fab Tera!) to place on your blog or web site. Cool, right?

What does being an Honorary Fiver mean?

Being an Honorary Fiver means you're ready to join us in our quest to change our world... one person and one Five at a time. But posting your Five in the comments area of an official Honorary Fiver Day post is just the beginning. We want you to keep us posted on how you're doing on your Five! Any time one of us posts about our progress, please chime in and share your Five news too. Tell us what great things you're up to. All Fiver progress is worth celebrating, big steps and baby steps alike!

The more action we take, the more excitement we spread, the more momentum we build... the more impact we make as a Fiver community!

And yes, we encourage you to post about your Five progress on your own blogs too if you wish. Blog your Honorary Fiver hearts out, we say! Just remember to post your progress on Living Your Five too so you can inspire the rest of our community. :-)

An important note to keep in mind...

One of the tricky things about creating your Five is distinguishing between something that's beneficial to you vs. something that's immediately beneficial to others. Even we had to stop ourselves on occasion and ask "Who is really benefitting from this?"

Your Five must be things that directly impact others in a positive way, not something that is primarily for your own personal benefit.

In addition to our Fives, Alyson, Tera, Becca and I are all actively pursuing our own kinds of personal development. That's just part of being the best we can be. But that's a personal endeavor, not a Fiver endeavor.

Here's an example of what I mean:

Things like regular meditation and spiritual development are for your own personal growth. They're lovely goals, to be sure. And they may very well improve your ability to carry out your Five. But those goals would not be part of your Five themselves because the person who benefits most is you.

Stick to things that directly and obviously impact others first and foremost, whether those others are people, animals, the Earth, or whatever you happen to care about. Don't worry... if you're like us, there will be way more than just five things in your "Impacting Others" column.

NOTE: You must post your Five here to become an Honorary Fiver, even if you've already shared it in the comments of a non-Honorary Fiver Day post. (Having all of the Fives together on these special Honorary Fiver Day posts is the only way we can keep track of our growing Honorary Fivers membership.)

And now, without further ado, I introduce... YOU!

So there you go, dear readers! If you're ready to step up to the plate--Welcome! We're thrilled to have you aboard!--now is your time to shine. Share your Five in the comments below, nab the Honorary Fiver logo for your blog or web site, and go change your world!

Are you ready to Live Your Five?


  1. Lara Chapman's FIVE

    1. Embrace gratitude

    Embracing gratitude is HARD for me! It’s so easy to get caught up in the things going wrong with our lives, but focusing on the multitude of blessings around me not only makes me happier, it also makes the world around me a much better place.

    2. Pay it forward

    Helping another person without hope of repayment or appreciation must be one of the hardest things to do; it requires thinking outside yourself, your pain, your needs. This part of my Five is all about giving with a selfless spirit and putting the needs of others before my own.

    3. Choose kindness and harmony

    In this particular season of my life, I find myself separated from my husband and it’s so easy to get settled into a spirit of defiance and ugliness. Choosing kindness and harmony allows God’s love to settle in my heart instead of the bitterness of my situation. Choosing to treat everyone I meet with kindness breeds harmony and makes an immediate impact on both my own attitude and the world around me.

    4. Put family and friends first

    I’m a teacher so a great deal of my energy and time is spent serving someone’s children, which often leaves me too tired or busy to give the same attention to my own children. When I look back at how my children have grown up watching me go out of my way for other children in our community, I can’t help but wonder if they resent the time that takes away from them. I waited many long years to be blessed with these children and I can’t forget their time with me is fleeting. The time I spend with my children will make them better adults and the world a better place. Stealing Kay’s quote from HGTV, "Change the world. Start at home."

    5. Seek out inspiring quotes and anecdotes and share them with others

    I have always been a quote fanatic, so it’s easy to add this to my Five, because I know that sharing amazing life quotes with those around me makes their daily lives a little more enjoyable and hopefully a little more manageable. Who doesn’t need that flash of hope every day?

  2. Oh no! How did I miss this??? Thanks so much for sharing your Five and why they're important to you, Lara. Here's to a stellar (and meaningful) 2010!!