Well if you haven’t guessed by now, I just love writing about people and things that inspire me and if I come across someone or something that inspires me, I get super excited and want to share it here with you. Today I want to tell you about a site I found on Face Book called Sidewalk Chalk Project.
Sidewalk Chalk Project was started by a woman named Susan who was going through a severe depression. She lost a job that she really cared about, got divorced for the second time, and had to move back home with her Mom. She was having a really difficult time with everything so she started collecting positive quotes and sayings and taped them up on her mirror, on her wall next to the bed, and the refrigerator.
After collecting these inspiring quotes, one day she thought it would be great to go out and see these quotes somewhere in the world. She didn’t want to paint them and decided chalk would be a great idea because it would eventually wash away. Her plan originally was to go out and write these quotes on the sidewalk for the summer and do it from Memorial day, to Labor day, writing at least one positive phrase on the sidewalk somewhere.
After posting several quotes, people really started responding to them and asked Susan if she would create a page to post them on to share them with the world and little by little she gradually started feeling better and focused more on the good things in life.
In the blink of eye, 3 months had passed and something amazing happened. Susan realized she couldn’t stop. She thought once the weather got cold and snow started falling she would not be able to continue, but she has always managed to find a spot to chalk and to this day she has spread her messages of positivity on over 700 sidewalks and 500 days later, she’s still going strong. She plans on chalking as long as she can find a piece of sidewalk to chalk on.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama
I love what Susan is doing and love the fact that she turned her dark days into brighter days and although she started this process with the hopes of getting herself out of her depression, she has provided hope, encouragement, and a smile to complete strangers.
Susan is a great example of someone who was able to step outside of herself and her depression to create something beautiful that touch’s the lives of others. We all have good days and bad days and some of us go through very difficult times in our lives, but we can choose to stay in the moments of depression, hurt, or loneliness, or we can take a leap of faith and be courageous and reach out to others.
The beautiful thing about this is that if you take a chance like Susan did, you have the power to touch the lives of others in ways you might not have ever imagined. I think it would be awesome to walk down the street and see a positive quote on the sidewalk. It’s a great reminder to each of us, that no matter what we may be going through, we are never alone.
Susan’s biggest dream is to find a way to mass produce posters using the photos and sell them and donate part of the proceeds to kids with depression. She would also like to create a non-profit group that holds “Chalk for Charity” events to raise money for local groups as well and she says she plans on chalking as long as she is able to find a piece of sidewalk to chalk on.
I hope you are inspired as much as I am by this story and project. You can visit her site at
Sidewalk Chalk Project
Always Remember that you are Beautiful, Strong, Powerful, Fearless, Amazing, Divine, and most important of all YOU ARE ENOUGH! Divine Diva Donna
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