Content to be a Cheerleader 3

I never really met this girl, but I saw her around all the time. Our kids sorta-kinda knew each other and although we’d smiled in passing, we never really introduced ourselves. To be honest, she intimated me. She’s gorgeous and always super put together. Heck, when she wears workout clothes, I’m pretty sure it’s because she’s actually on her way to the gym.  And her kids are super cute and sweet too. They’re the kind of kids who are actually exceptionally darling and kind at the same time.

Truth be told, I’d always thought that she must think I’m a little “less” than her. My kids aren’t always perfectly clean and dressed in cute, matching outfits. And don’t even get me started on myself. I’m not your gal for fashion advice. 

When I started NW Healthy Mama, this particular girl somehow caught word of the site and started cheerleading for me from a distance. Her comments were always so kind and encouraging. She built me up, even though she hardly knew me. There was nothing in it for her, and as she encouraged me, I started to understand her more. She’s got a lot going for her, because she pours goodness out into the world.everything

Some people seem to have it all together and they go far in life, because they are truly content to cheer for others. They smile a lot, because they aren’t too busy trying to build themselves up.

Insecurity isn’t pretty, but a women content to build others up, will light up a room. 

Cheering for others isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. When you call out the strengths you see in others, you pull out the good in them. Imagine that…we get to have the privilege of pulling out the good in others.

Most people live life with a tiny little flame inside, just waiting for someone to come along and pour some gasoline on it. They have dreams, desires and penciled out plans, but without an encouraging word, most of those amazing things never come to pass. 


96328a22056d54843458c22879ebcf74In our world, we hold our encouraging words tightly, as if we only have an allotted number of them. We see things we love, read things we love, have conversations we love and we never say anything. We forget that some people might just be barely hanging on, desperate for an encouraging word.

When we love something, we need to say something about it. Our words are powerful and we were created to speak life into each other. We should let our encouraging words fly freely!

You’ll notice on our NW Healthy Mama Facebook page, I share a lot of posts from other bloggers. You know why? Because I love them and we’re all stronger together. I am NOT in this for myself and it’s the BEST feeling in the world. When another women writes something beautiful, I often want to stand up and applaud her for writing what so many of us are feeling, so bravely. I share the heck out of good stuff, I comment and I try to build others up…because I personally know how needed encouraging words can be.

If you want to become a better Mom, start encouraging other Moms. If you want to grow your business, create a community of like-minded people and freak’n build them UP! If you want to have a better day, go make someone else’s day better.

When we become content to be a cheerleader, miracles happen. 

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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