Why We Celebrate EVERYTHING

By Hilary Bilbrey “So, you should prepare yourself. You may not make it through delivery.” My middle child turns 14 in two days. This time of year, I always come back to this moment. The moment the doctor told me that I would likely not live to see my child. Now, in retrospect, we should have gotten a second opinion, but we didn’t know that at the time. I tend to be a big emotion person. My middle school choir teacher, Mr. Oman, once told … [Read more...]

Releasing the Trap: Empowered By Family

Trapped. Just saying the word makes my skin crawl, my breath quicken and my heart pound a little louder. Inspired By Family began years ago for this very reason. It is why we still plug away at it through moves, jobs, kids and chaos. The Why of It All When our son, Breck was severely burned on April 6, 2003, his accident and recovery were out of our hands.  I could not make any of it go away. There was no easy fix. There was no reset button to … [Read more...]

The Theory of Ignorance: This white girl’s introduction to racism

By: Hilary Bilbrey Disclaimer: This is purely my own experience with and around racism…which is kind of the point. No two people have the same experiences, which is why we often misread, misinterpret and plain miss each other. I’ve been writing this in my head for years, so I hope it comes out in the way I intend…to give perspective and implore all of us to ask questions with a sincere heart and really listen to the answers…and be willing to … [Read more...]

Just Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

    The morning did not start out well...at all.  To be fair, our coffee pot broke yesterday and the new one wasn't up and running yet. We are getting ready to leave for spring break, but clearly the kids do not understand the rules that every self-respecting person from the Midwest is taught before you leave on a trip: 1. Wear your best underwear. If you get in an accident, you don't want the paramedics to see your dirty, … [Read more...]

I’m Done Being a Hypocrite

By Hilary Bilbrey I’m a hypocrite.  I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that.  Integrity is my core virtue.  I live every day working to try to get my beliefs to match my actions.  I am failing in my mission right now, and here’s why… Like many people, Robin Williams’ suicide hit me hard last week.  I believe in compassion and understanding for people with mental illnesses.  I don’t believe that having a mental illness makes you … [Read more...]

Inspired Family: The Sullivan’s Lesson in Compassion

Two years ago, when I was still doing the radio show, “What’s Your Story?” Michelle emailed me an incredible article on bullying.  The fact that I was not only seeking out guests for the show, but I also worked with teens doing life coaching and leadership training, I realized right away that Ty was someone I needed to know.  Why, you may ask?  Because through social media and blogging, Ty can pour out his whole heart and soul and make you want … [Read more...]

Inspired Family: Maria’s Quest for Family Unity

By Taylor Putz An Inspired Family can come from anywhere, consist of different races, religions and ideals.  An Inspired Family needn’t look like your own family to inspire the best in your family.  When we read Maria, and her family’s story, we were inspired by her sheer determination and dedication to making life better for her children. “Maria’s story begins in Naco, Sonora, Mexico where she currently lives, but does not consider home.  … [Read more...]

Inspired Family: The Kingstons’ Lesson in Service

Welcome to the first ever Inspired Family feature.  Our goal is to find families that we think will inspire you to continue to live with purpose and passion.  You will find a mixture of cultures, faith, belief and principles, but regardless of what you believe, or who makes up your family, we think these families will speak to you in some way. Meet the Kingston Family from Plover, Wisconsin.  The Kingstons were brought to our attention because … [Read more...]