Burning Desire

For the past couple of years I’ve had a burning desire to hit the road with my husband and travel across the country in an RV. The sunrise photos coming to me from around the country have rekindled this desire

We didn’t do anything to nurture this dream before, always telling ourselves it wasn’t time yet.

Now we’re looking into the possibilities.

There is the possibility my husband and I would love this new lifestyle. There is also a possibility we would Hate it. So we find ourselves laboring over every decision to be sure.

Our timing to decide is summer 2018. I’ve started a travel section on this site so we can share what we’re learning about RV and camping life.  There are a lot of travel bloggers, so we’ll try to learn from those that have gone before us.

We like a convenient lifestyle and enjoy being outdoors, but don’t consider ourselves outdoorsy people. In fact, I burn easily and bugs…bug me.

We went to an RV lot for the first time last week after looking at many models online. We looked at trailers, 5th wheeler’s, class c’s and class a’s. We’re almost certain we’ll go with the class a, gas, under 30 foot for our new life adventure – almost. Would love comments from anyone who has gone through this process and were happy… or not happy with their decisions.

I’ve downloaded an RVer’s Best Public Campgrounds book to begin planning a route for our first trip. If there are better resources for deciding on campgrounds that aren’t like  busy trailer parks, would love to find them. We like exploring nature, learning about the history of a place and interacting with people… but don’t need constant entertainment.

When I look at the sunrise in this photo, it looks almost as if the sun is moving forward. I think it’s a sign.

Chasing the dream,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. If you have a sunrise photo to share, just email it to contact@superpowers365.com. We’ll mention you in the photo.

 

Relax, It’s Golf

We didn’t have golfers in our home, but we had a plaque on the wall about golf.

The words on the plaque read:

GOLF

An ineffectual attempt 

To drive an uncontrollable sphere

Into an inaccessible hole

With instruments ill adapted to the  purpose.

– author unknown

That plaque may explain why I never feel relaxed when playing golf. However, I believe the ladies who shared this photo find it incredibly relaxing and fulfilling.

I also never witnessed an incredible sunrise like this one from Reno, Nevada. Thank you Ronda Henderson for sharing Anita Mackay’s photo with us with her permission.

Relaxed,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. Where in the world will we see tomorrow’s sunrise? It could be from your special view. If you have a sunrise photo you’d like to share, send it to contact@superpowers365.com. We’ll mention you and let you know when it posts.

Wake Up Sleepy Heads

This rising sun reminded me of my mother calling up the stairs to me and my brothers and sisters…”wake up sleepy heads.”

It always seemed like Friday’s were the hardest days to get out of bed. My brain was always ready for the weekend and that few extra minutes of Saturday morning sleep.

Well, wake up sleepy heads.

Let’s soar,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

Impact

Carla Avruskin was “shaken to the core after experiencing the eclipse…the color was striking and the sun seemed more mysterious as it rose the next morning.” Lucky for us she was able to capture the sunrise through her plane’s window as she was flying over Idaho.

Several people have sent me photos and tell me how they were personally impacted by the solar eclipse that happened August 21, 2017.

They are people from different parts of the country and I have been intrigued with their reaction. It was unusually cloudy and rainy where I was that day… and I was very sad I didn’t get to see the eclipse. I even bought the special glasses.

You may have experienced the impact Carla described as she was traveling for a much needed vacation. I know I have.

It’s when the bliss I feel coming home from a long trip suddenly happens when I’m going back for a visit to someplace I’ve lived before.

 

I’m not sure what Superpower to develop that would allow me to live in a place I love  while moving on to the next place I’ll love, but I’m working on it and will keep you posted.

Brace for Impact,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. Have a sunrise in your pocket you’d like to share? Send your photos to contact@superpowers.com or PM us on Facebook. We’ll mention you in the photo and let you know when it posts.

Prep For Take Off

The morning she was leaving a conference fueled with new ideas to grow her business, Jennifer Mouso caught the sunrise beyond the machinery cleaning the wing of her plane.

It reminds me that every new direction requires some prep time. Preparation is the step I most often skip over a little to quickly. Lucky for Jennifer the maintenance crew didn’t skip their prep and she found a beautiful sunrise in the distance before take off.

Let’s soar,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. Even if you don’t take a photo, stop and watch a sunrise every chance you can. Savoring one isn’t just for vacation.

Peek-a-Boo

One of my favorite games to play with a baby is peek-a-boo. The sound of a baby’s laughter at this silly game is a jolt of pure joy for me.

That’s how I felt when I received this photo from Jennifer Mouso, a jolt of pure joy… and it seems like the sun is playing peek-a-boo in this photo between the palm leaves.

Have a joyous day,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. We’d love to share your photo and story behind it. Send to contact@Superpower365.com.

 

 

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

I can almost hear him whistling the tune “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go,” when Matt Gilkeson captured this beautiful sunrise on his way to work in Alabama.

Since I don’t personally know Matt, I found myself wondering what he was doing for work in Alabama. Then I wondered what everyone who sees this does for work…and if they noticed the Sunrise on their way.

Then I wondered if others feel as happy-go-lucky as I imaged Matt felt when he took this photo. I certainly do this morning.

Whistle while you work…….,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. Would love to share the sunrise you saw this morning on your way to work. Send it to contact@Superpowers365.com or PM me on Facebook, we’ll mention you in the photo and let you know when it posts.

 

Commitment

Anything that grows in the desert deserves respect for the commitment. In this stunning sunrise in Tucson, Arizona taken by Jennifer Mouso, the rising sun and the tree standing tall actually seem committed to each other.

Finding purpose and growing into it has it’s challenges but is always worth the commitment.

Stand tall,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. Have a sunrise photo you’d like to share? Send it to contact@superpowers365.com. We’ll mention you and let you know when it posts.

Grace

It is almost like the street light in this photo is shining it’s spotlight on the graceful rise of the morning sun.

This beautiful sunrise in Lacey, Washington was generously provided by my friend Cate Berry.

Blessings,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S.  If you a Sunrise photo to share, PM us on Facebook at Superpowers365.  We’ll mention you in the photo.

Me Too

I was reluctant to participate when I saw the Facebook posts Me Too. It felt like I would be saying I’m a victim, and that’s not how I see myself.

After I read a few stories people shared about triumph, I realized it was time for me to shout from the tree tops…ME TOO!

This conversation is not about abuse or oppression. It’s about how our abilities to Rise Above them defines our lives and develops our Superpowers.

Courage to Rise Above fear

The fear that the abuse would not stop, the fear that no one would believe me, the fear that I would not be loved didn’t hold me back.

I didn’t know it at the time, but Courage was the Superpower ignited within me the day I took a stand and said no more to my childhood abuser.

Confidence to Rise Above shame

For me there was an undeniable feeling of shame that these unspeakable acts of a very sick individual even happened to me. What if it was my fault?

I had to hear it out loud, many times from someone I trusted, to finally believe that it wasn’t my fault. The Confidence I eventually found in standing up changed my life and the lives of those around me for good.

Forgiveness to Rise Above anger

Well if it wasn’t my fault, why did it happen to me? Where were my protectors? How dare they abandon me to this injustice!

Rising above this cloud requires activating many Superpowers, the first is Forgiveness.

The intentional act of Forgiveness brings a healing light into my soul.

Serenity to Rise Above despair

The Serenity Prayer has been the go-to mantra throughout my life when I feel conflicted, need direction or simply need to find peace with my own actions. Even when our actions are for good, it doesn’t always feel that way.

Serenity Prayer

“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

 Thank you to everyone who posted Me Too. Action and Faith will help us all Rise Above.

Let’s Soar,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good

P.S. I’m obsessed with sharing beautiful sunrises from around the world and want to thank everyone who has sent one. The incredible sunrise photo in this post is courtesy of Ronda Henderson.

If you have a sunrise photo in your phone begging to be shared, send it to contact@superpowers365.com or PM us on Facebook. We’ll mention you in the photo and let you know when it posts.

 

I’m with you

When I received this sunrise photo today, it took me by surprise.  I woke up thinking about how obsessed I’ve become with sunrises. My friends from all over the country are sending these beautiful, inspiring photos that remind me of the one thing we all have in common no matter where we are, what we’re doing, how our lives are going, the sun will always rise.

Today I’m going to have a blood test for a surgery scheduled next week.

The surgery is breast reconstruction. Two years ago this month (breast cancer awareness month) I found out I had breast cancer. My body rejected the expanders after the bi-lateral mastectomy two years ago.

I am just now ready to brave the reconstruction again. As surgery day get’s closer, I get a little more anxious every day.  Several times I’ve even considered cancelling everything. This morning I woke up even more anxious.

Then my friend sent me this photo. She didn’t even know about the surgery or my fears.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the message I got loud and clear is “I’m Here For You – It’s Time.”

Thank you Susan Moore for capturing this incredible sunrise. And thank you Marsha Lewis for sending it to me with Susan’s permission.

Somehow through the many years of our long distance friendship my high-school friend Marsha has instinctively known how to hold my hand when I needed it most.

Blessings,

Debbie Donaldson, Champion For Good

 

P.S. Have a sunrise to share? Send it to contacts@superpowers365.com.

 

Promise

This photo was taken by my daughter Melanie Reed on the last day of her vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina a few years ago. The promise this sunrise kept was a special moment with her son (my grandson) watching the sun rise before everyone else woke up.

What occasion will you celebrate with the sun’s promise today?

Cheers to a new day,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. Join us in sharing a sunrise from a new location every day. Send your photo and a description to contact@superpowers.com.

Peace

A feeling of peace washed over me as I gazed at this Gulf Shores, Alabama sunrise sent by my friend Brent Eskew.

It has been a while since I’ve seen him and am thrilled he is participating in sharing a daily sunrise on Superpowers365.com.

Brent served in the military for several years right out of high-school. I’m not sure I ever thanked him for his service, so I’m doing that now.

Take a moment today to thank the men and women who serve our country so that we may enjoy the Peace that comes with the freedoms they protect.

Peace be with you,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. Want to join the fun? Email a photo and description we can share to contact@superpowers365.com.

 

Possibilities ahead

My friend Kim Gudenkauf, who provided this photo from her marathon race in Rachel, NV, runs marathons around the country. Her goal is to run a marathon in every state. She has qualified and run the prestigious Boston marathon several times. In fact, she had finished the race and was on her way to the airport when she heard about the bombing that marred the event in 2013.

Kim is more committed than ever to continue her passion for running and has agreed to an interview with us before the 2018 Boston marathon.

Cheers to fresh starts,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. Follow Superpowers365.com and experience a new sunrise photo every day.

Do you have a sunrise photo in your phone begging to be shared? Just send it to us with the location of the photo at contact@superpowers365.com. We’ll mention you in the photo and let you know when it posts on the site.

Is humility your Superpower?

The sun is the face of mother nature peeking through these gorgeous fall leaves. Is she being humble about her creations?

Being humble is such an incredible Superpower.

Note to self: Never, ever mistake humility for weakness.

Humbly yours,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. I’m sharing a new sunrise every day with inspirational content.

Do you have a sunrise photo in your phone begging to be shared? Just send it to us with the location of the photo at contact@superpowers365.com. We’ll mention you in the photo and let you know when it posts on the site.

Morning salute

When Jennifer Mouso shared this sunrise photo with me, I loved it and thought it looked like the sky was saluting.

When she told me she had volunteered to teach an early morning religious education class for teenage students, I loved it even more. It seemed like the heavens were giving her a high-five for doing good.

If you get the chance, give a teacher a high-five for doing good. Especially the volunteers who give their time and love to children who will be reflecting that love back as tomorrow’s adults.

Below is the uncropped image with a family of ducks on the lake. You can follow Jennifer on Instagram @fl.azjennm.

Saluting you today!

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. Do you have a sunrise photo on your phone begging to be seen? Send it to us and we’ll share it for you. Just let us know your name and where you took it. Click here to share.

Sunrise Vero Beach, FL Morning Salute
Sunrise Vero Beach, FL photo by Jennifer Mouso

Making a difference

Check out the Somos Live! Benefit concert October 14, 2017. The sold-out concert will air on NBC, BET and other stations in support of hurricane relief efforts for the people of Puerto Rico.

When we work together, we make a difference.

Sunrise in Rincon, Puerto Rico
Sunrise Believe

Nothing in my life compares to the devastation people of Puerto Rico are experiencing in the aftermath of hurricane Maria this year.

This beautiful photograph was taken by Cipriana Williams just seven months before the hurricane destroyed the entire island. The sunrise is likely still just as glorious every day there. However, if the camera were turned in the other direction, we would see a dramatically different view.

“What happened in Texas and Florida were disasters,” said W. Craig Fugate, who was FEMA administrator under President Barack Obama. “What happened in Puerto Rico was a catastrophe.” Read more in this NY Times article.

There are many people doing incredible good to help the people of Puerto Rico. Here are just a few. Click on their names to learn more…

Believe,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

P.S. Do you have a beautiful sunrise photo you’d like to share? Do you or someone you know have a sunrise photo from Australia or Africa?

Share your photo with us and we’ll let you know when it’s published.
Follow Superpowers365.com to enjoy a new sunrise every day.

I believe in Magic

My good friend Tammy Holyfield travels the country helping professionals reach their personal and professional goals.

When I opened this beautiful photo she sent me, I was in awe and am fascinated by the magic of every sunrise.

Sunrise Carolina Beach, NC
Sunrise: I believe in Magic

The sun rises and I am very grateful for that new, fresh start opportunity every day.

The sun rising is also an event experienced by everyone on the planet, even when we aren’t paying attention. I only seem to experience the beauty of the sun rising occasionally, so I decided to change that.

I’m gathering photos of sunrises from friends around the world. If you’d like to experience this magic, follow Superpowers365.com. I’ll share a new sunrise photo every day.

My goal is 365 different sunrise photos. I’ve received enough for 25 days so far.

If you’d like to send me one, you will receive photo credit and I’ll let you know when it is published.

Click here to send me a photo you’d like to share.

Cheers to a magical day,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

Superpower Today – GRATITUDE

Gratitude is one of the most shareable Superpowers you can activate today. Here are three ways to find yours and pass it on…

1. Identify one thing you are Grateful for today.

Yes, just one will do it.

Today I’m personally grateful that I can count on the sun to rise and inspire life no  matter what is going on the world.

2. Identify one person in your life you are Grateful for today.

Yup, just one will do it today.

I am very fortunate and grateful for this wonderful person in my life who loves to make me laugh.

3. Tell the person today why you are Grateful.

Tell them. Don’t keep it to yourself.  Do they have a special talent, skill, gift that you admire or appreciate?

Since I don’t recall ever telling that special person I am so very grateful for his desire to and ability for making me laugh, today’s the day!

Imagine activating this Superpower as a habit every day.

Gratefully yours,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

Transcending Tragedy

Reading news about added security at the 46th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta being held in New Mexico this week is a reminder that we are still reeling from last Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the aftermath of any traumatic event, every person is different in their process of healing and recovery. Whether we are directly or indirectly impacted by the traumatic event, there is a healing process that is unique to every individual.

Like many of my friends, I am having a difficult time grappling with the shooting in Las Vegas that happened the evening of October 1, 2017. I know it has only been a week and it is reasonable that we are still grieving for those affected.

The actions of KINDNESS that so many are taking to improve the lives of those directly impacted is inspiring and important.

Las Vegas Victims’ Fund

As I post this article today, the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund is $10,194,656. The fund was set up on Go Fund Me by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. Sharing KINDNESS by participating in something that will benefit those directly injured by the massacre has given the 82,685 people who contributed from around the world an opportunity to take action and participate in the healing process.

The Superpower KINDNESS in action does help, but may not be enough.

Why Not Me

Yesterday I watched Eric Church’s video clip from the Grand Ole Opry. He was at the concert and described struggling with the fate that had fallen on his many fans. He celebrated at the Las Vegas concert the day before the shooting and broke down as he described the heartbreak he feels for the people, the fans he feels so close to. He explained that the way he comes to grips with anything tragic in his life is through music so he wrote the song “Why Not Me.”

The feelings of COMPASSION he expresses through his music creates a ripple effect of inspiration and healing. Today the YouTube video has 5.4M views and dozens of reposts and comments with thousands more views. Opening his heart and sharing his Superpower COMPASSION has helped millions in their own healing process.

Connection with those that have activated the Superpowers of KINDNESS and COMPASSION get us closer to healing and receiving the Superpower that lifts us beyond grief.

Memorials

There have been memorials constructed to honor those that were killed. These tender actions give a physical and creative release for those doing the construction. It also gives a location for those of us who need to take action by showing our respects and participating in PRAYER.

Here are links to articles about two in Las Vegas:

PRAYER is a healing Superpower, and is just the beginning.

GRACE is the one Superpower that transcends any tragedy and the overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief that fuels fear or inertia.

GRACE Activated

The first definition of grace on Webster.com is “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” As a Superpower, GRACE is activated through PRAYER. GRACE is also activated by connecting to others who freely share their Superpowers with others.

Sharing our own Superpowers like COMPASSION, KINDNESS and PRAYER with others is the fuel that lifts our spirits by GRACE.

Let’s Soar,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

Share a little Peace

My heart breaks a little more each day as the news continues to unfold about the horrible shooting that happened in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017.

This is my memorial to our unsuspecting brothers and sisters who lost their lives. And a prayer for the grieving families who are still picking up the pieces.

When it doesn’t feel like there is anything I can do to help, I know that Prayer is my go-to Superpower. The light I feel inside gives me a sense of peace that that begs to be shared.

Peace be with you,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

That’s My Superpower

At the end of the first episode in season eight of Hawaii Five-O, Danny (Dano) Williams told Steve McGarrett “that’s my Superpower” when they were talking about how he had been so persistent about the two of them going into a restaurant business together. I couldn’t have been happier.

Superpowers are the many gifts and talents we are born with. They are also the skills we develop through learning and experience.

I can hardly wait to release my new book later this month, Superpowers Activated – Discovering the Magic. If you’d like an email notification when it’s ready, just click here and fill out the contact form.

Danny Williams is a character played by Scott Caan and Steve McGarrett is a character played by Alex O’Loughlin in the popular remake of Hawaii Five-O. The characters have displayed many Superpowers I refer to in my book, and don’t ever leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Happily yours,

Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good

Torn Heart

There aren’t words to describe the heart breaking tragic results of a man planning and executing the deadly shooting of a group of people gathered in celebration. The deadliest mass shooting in modern US history that occurred October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 country music concert in Las Vegas will become something future generations read about in history books.

In the present though, those dealing directly with the results immediately following the shooting that killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500, need our prayers and support now and into the future.

Although I live in Las Vegas, my home is a safe distance from the mayhem and I was in bed before the shooting occurred. I was still sound asleep when my family in different time zones were hearing the news on their way to work the next morning. Since my husband and I love country music and we occasionally attend concerts, my phone was filled with calls and texts asking if we were ok.

After I reassured my out-of-town family and friends, I began checking on my local friends. Some are avid country music and concert fans so I was relieved to learn everyone I know was safe.

My heart felt like it was being torn by the end of the day. Feelings of deep sadness that this man robbed so many people of their lives, health and security were overwhelming. Feelings of intense elation when I saw the hundreds of people lined up to give blood lifted my Spirit.

The numbers of people and companies that have already stepped up in support of survivors of this deadly attack reminds me that as individuals and as an entire race, when our heart is torn, our Spirit is revealed.

Let’s Soar,
Debbie Donaldson
Champion for Good