I started writing this post awhile ago just to touch on the inspiration I get from Leslie Knope. I didn’t finish writing the post because at that time things were going well and I sort-of lacked the inspiration I needed to finish it. This week life threw some rotten lemons at me that I haven’t yet figured out how to turn into lemonade but it did give me the motivation to finish this post.
For those of you don’t know, Leslie Knope is the obnoxiously driven, kind-hearted, binder-making character from the series Parks and Recreation. It is my all time favorite show and if there is anything to be taken from it besides joy and laughter, it is the lessons that Leslie teaches about achieving our goals. Cheesy sounding I know, but this really hit home for me this week.
In the show Leslie works for the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana which she thinks is the best town in the US. It isn’t.
It has a horrible past filled mistreatment of the Wamapoke Indians that settled there before the pawnee people drove them out. In present day the town is know for its obesity rates and is in constant competition with the neighboring, more superior, town Eagleton.
Many of the episodes involve her relentless struggle to improve the lives of others with constant retaliation. This always happens and she always gets right back to it no matter what the set back is.
So here are my takeaways from Leslie Knope.
- Make a Binder aka Be Organized. There is nothing like having a good planner and a project binder.
2. When in Doubt, Waffles. In other words, find that one thing that brings you joy, no matter how simple, and hold on to it.
3. Don’t let anything get in your way, even a perm.
4. Be Confident in Yourself.
5. Most Importantly, “Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.” Do everything with overwhelming optimism.
To help keep you inspired I’ve created a few freebies for you to enjoy. There’s desktop background, a iPhone background, and an image that you can print to go on your wall.