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Welcome to Day 5 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today, we spark inspiration, meaning and joy by cultivating COMMUNITY:

We are experiencing a loneliness epidemic. That’s right, people are feeling lonelier today than ever. Good news, now that we know it, we can do something about it.

CHALLENGE: Identify your “people.” You know, the ones you feel like you can go to in an emergency, when you need a laugh… people who just get you. (If you don’t have your “people” – you’re not alone. Instead, your challenge is to identify someone you know that you wish was your person + apply the below action to them.)

INSPIRATION: Learning about the loneliness epidemic  + how to break out of it and build our own community, was fascinating and empowering. Join my conversation with Radha Agrawal, author of Belong, on Live Inspired Podcast Ep. #98 here.

ACTION: My friend, don’t assume these people know they’re “your people.” Call them and let them know. Don’t text, call. Ask your person to do the IN AWE Challenge, too. Doing this together will be a meaningful experience to build upon.

Share who your person is and how it feels to invite them to take the IN AWE Challenge with you in the comments below or on social media, tagging me + using #inawe.

My friend, today is your day!  Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary





Did you know? The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s book IN AWE. Order your copy + see all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.

22 replies on “In Awe 21-Day Challenge – Day 5”

My people was my Dad who I lost in Dec 2017. Nowadays is my friend Charlie, my former boss & friend Joop, my brother Jose, my sister Julisa and my lovely wife Laura.

My friend Desire! We have just been speaking about how, through adversity, you discover who your “tribe” really are. I am on that discovery now.

Catherine is my best friend. She did first day of the challenge with me but didn’t continue it. I invited her again and I hope she will do it. She is my soulmate and know how incredible is to do such challenges. She always support me and I do the same. Waiting her for doing next days together

My people is my sister, Jessica. She always has something nice and encouraging to say when I call her. We laugh a lot and try to come up with words of wisdom for our many challenges.

Again, fell behind here, but won’t stop. 😉 I called and spoke with my good buddy Dr. Jeff Lip. He and I have been on an incredible journey together for probably 13 or so years – the last 5 or so have been really significant for both of us. He’s the one that I want on this journey with me of the 21 Day Challenge! He’s a mentor, a brother from another mother, one that I don’t see me doing much without. He’s a winner, an encourager and a huge difference maker for so many people.

Steph L. is “my people”. She taught in a neighboring district for years. There was an opening in my district and we persuaded her to apply. She is an amazing teacher. Steph has energy, warmth, and sets high yet realistic expectations for her students. She is one of the things I miss most about my retirement. We still communicate often and get together when we can just to have some laughs. Steph makes everyone around her feel at ease. I don’t know many people that can do that well.

Day 5: Stoked beyond measure to invite more to the table. However, to invite my Soul Sister, Judy Johnson, warms my heart to tears. I cannot think of someone more deserving of living an inspired life- a life chock full of AWEsome moments and the moments in between AWESome, the suffering, she deserves the compassionate presence of wholehearted, generous tribe who will have her back & support her in every inch of her rise…. just as she has done to anyone she finds herself next to- selflessly serving, healing, nurturing. Judy & I got to share time together w/John in our School District several years ago. I’m blessed to spread light with her & set the world ablaze together in community. #inawe

My person is my friend Marc. He is the person that I look to for perspective throughout my life and he is always there to put me in my place.

My person is Nikki. She is my second oldest niece, but, we are more like sisters, and we are a lot alike. I was hesitant to ask her because I know she is a busy, single home owner, but, I did and she was excited about it. It felt good to introduce someone else to this program!

I am so blessed and lucky to have been born into an amazing family. My 5 sisters are my closest friends. I’ve invited each of them on this journey with you and shared your NextHome webinar. Thank you, John! Your story is amazing and inspiring.

This was a good activity, because it made me realized how blessed I am! It is hard for me to narrow this down, because I have different “people” in different contexts. There is my husband (of course) – we met freshman year of high school, when I was 14. He has been my best friend for most of my life. I love that my mom and brother have become friends as well as family, and that I have in-laws who are called both friends AND family now! Then there are my work friends (who “get” what we do in academia, even when others sometimes don’t) and my church friends and family. Even sitting here in my house by myself, I know there are people I can call, email, or message if I start feeling isolated. And for all of its faults, I love that Facebook lets me keep in touch with friends and family all over the world!

“My people” are my besties. I’m a single mom, my parents have passed away, so I really have little family. My daughters are amazing and they’re really the only “blood” I’ve got. But my family is who I make it. I have a friend Jessica in Seattle who was looking for something to focus on so she’s doing the In Awe Challenge too. I’m going to share this again because its helping me sit every morning after my run and take a minute to be positive as this whole thing around us unfolds.

My sister who married my brother! What! No…my brother married an amazing woman and I call her sister. She gets me! She is one I can count on for some great times, great laughs and most of all, through some of life’s struggles.
I just called her to remind her how appreciative I am for her always showing up in my life and being part of my tribe. I was excited to share this 21 day challenge with her. It felt like a gift I had for her, that sat too long under the Christmas tree waiting to be opened! Thank you John for inspiring all those who are participating in this challenge! I enjoy reading everyone’s posts!

John, this is another great and timely challenge. Just this week, I’ve started reaching out to people that I’ve known in one way or another. And while no one was prepared or had expected our current situation, one of the many blessings and lessons we can learn from it is that we need to never forget or lose the personal touch that we can share with others. Personally. I hope that once this COVID shake-up is behind us, the world of business and communication returns to a simpler, more humanistic model.

When I saw the challenge I actually forwarded it to my tribe and we have been doing this together. My sweet friends love me, encourage me, heal me, make me laugh, make me want to be better and remind me that I am never alone. I love that I can share mom things, personal things, work things, lost hopes, fears, discouragements, trials and most wonderfully…spiritual things!! They love and uplift me even when I just think of them. So blessed! Thanks John for giving me this opportunity to reflect and take the opportunity to share this with them.

I FaceTimed both Beth an Taylor today to tell them they were my people. Both were receptive to the in awe challenge and glad to hear of it in times like these. It felt good to share something positive with them. One is a school psychologist who worries about the kids who don’t live unsafe homes or won’t get a good meal while away from school. The other a blue collar worker who’s glad to work where she does and the virus doesn’t matter as much. Both are amazing humans. Thanks for this challenge.

I don’t think I have people. I hear folks talk about their tribe or their person, but I don’t have a group with which I gather regularly or someone who just gets me as I am. I’m usually OK with that. I miss friends who have moved into other stages of life, but keep up with them through FB even though we no longer move in the same circles. My husband is not very social, so we don’t have couple friends. I don’t think I feel lonely most of the time, but occasionally I wish I had more of a social life.

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