After working in Emergency Communications for a time I noticed that not only could the work be negative, but so could the culture. No one calls 911 on their best day and this can affect how we handle relationships with each other and at home. I also have struggled for many years with depression and anxiety and at times it was only the encouraging word from a close friend or loved one that would help me keep moving forward. From these experiences and a sermon on the topic of encouragement, the #BeAnEncourager brand was born. It’s simple, but it’s not always easy to give an encouraging word or take those steps to show someone we support them, but it can mean the world. The phrase has also become a personal reminder that when things are tough for myself, encouraging others will encourage me. I hope you know that whatever you’re going through you are going to overcome and that you pass along the same encouragement you’ve received to others.