I had to go back!

                                    Macy. Senior. Riverside - Iowa 

                                    Macy. Senior. Riverside - Iowa 

The Ten Balloons really broadened my thoughts on how I live my life each day.  It made me think about how inflated and deflated certain balloons in my life are.  Reading the book just once wasn't enough, I have had to go back to chapters of the book and think about certain balloons individually to make them stronger and better in my life.  I would recommend this book to everyone because it has something everyone can relate to. 

I love the concept of the balloons!

                              Georgena. Sophomore, Longmont - Colorado

                              Georgena. Sophomore, Longmont - Colorado

I’m not normally the type to pick out a book like this at a bookstore, but this definitely changed that! Since reading, I have changed my life a lot. I have felt that I needed a plan to start living my life the way I wanted to. I have been working on making a purpose statement and goals for each balloon and I must say that it is a lot harder then I thought it would be and much more time consuming. Since finishing the book, each day I try to work on a new balloon - but some have taken 3 or 4 days to figure out. The ones that I thought would be the easiest have been the most difficult for me!

A better understanding of my life!

                  Kylie. Senior. Inverness - Florida

                  Kylie. Senior. Inverness - Florida

 Being seventeen years old, I believe I think about my future and what I want to accomplish more than my peers. Ten Balloons has helped me shaped my goals more and served as an eye opener of what I am doing with my time. While many say life is too short to live on a schedule, my mom always says life is to short to not have a schedule! I have realized now that this makes total sense, while I don't normally like admitting that to my mom, I want to make the most of my life. Basically, the Ten Balloons helped me to dream with a purpose for my life. 

Wow, was the first thought! 

                                  Sarah. Senior. Perrysburg - Ohio

                                  Sarah. Senior. Perrysburg - Ohio

Ten Balloons really inspired me and gave me insight into a different perspective of living. After reading the book I am interested in reading more books like it as I got a really positive feeling from reading it. I liked how other people's stories were included as well and the epilogue was a really powerful story and left me thinking in a different way.

 I think anyone who reads the book will gain a powerful tool to implement into their life and at the very least something to really get them thinking. My favorite quote in the book is, "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste and experience the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."

I was that girl.

                    Libbi. Junior, Litchfield - Nebraska

                    Libbi. Junior, Litchfield - Nebraska

The one with the sweetest boyfriend, amazing grades, solid job, supportive family, and athletic skills. The only thing I didn't have, was happiness. I never felt I was as good as I should be and that all the high school stuff around me was so pointless. As a high school sophomore, I was ready to graduate.

 I just felt like there wasn't a real point to any of those things anymore. None of them helped  me acquire "lifelong skills" or would be something that was worth putting all the time and effort into. I just wanted to work, graduate and go become "someone greater". Then I encountered the idea of the Ten Balloons. I started to see how balanced my life really was.

 I am learning that the more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them. One thing that I have also realized is that I have a long way to go with my mental balloon, but at least now I have a start. I still want to be more than who I am now, but I realized that I don't have to wait to graduate to do that. Nothing is impossible, if I want it bad enough, I will find a way and stop making excuses.

 I always dreamed of doing so much more with my life