ALEDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Many individuals are typically impressed by songs, a podcast, or buddies. But within the city of Aledo, inspiration is discovered on the aspect of the highway.
Signs are seen all alongside the streets in Aledo, however there’s one signal that all the time stands out to residents like Noah Kieta.
“Every time we drive past, we see the sign and it always brings a smile to our face,” Kieta says.
It could also be a easy chalkboard signal, nevertheless it packs a robust every day message.
“Just little messages that don’t really cut too deep but are just enough to make you think and contemplate what we are really here for in life,” Kieta says.
Jack Jefferson, who additionally lives in Aledo, says the indicators present encouragement.
“We’ve got so much negativity in the country today that a little positivity always helps,” Jefferson says.
Each day, a brand new signal seems with a brand new handwritten message. Illustrating by chalk, one girl’s dedication to encouraging her neighbors.
“Words are powerful,” Issy Powell says. “There are too many negative things out in the world these days, and people are hungry for something that is positive and joyful.”
Powell’s residence is correct within the coronary heart of Aledo.
“Living where I live you see everybody in town driving back and forth, to and from work,” Powell describes.
Eleven years in the past, she was impressed to capitalize on her residence being middle stage on the town.
“I woke up one morning and I don’t know if it was a dream or a message from higher up, but I was told to do this every day,” Powell says.
So, each day for the final eleven years, she’s been drawing a brand new message on her chalkboards. She paperwork every signal on her Instagram page and has been lovingly nicknamed the ‘Aledo Message Board Lady’ by Aledo residents
“I love making people happy,” Powell says.
“It’s my job… It’s your job, to inspire people to feel good,” she says. “That’s our job on earth… and I am just doing what I am supposed to do.”
It is a labor of affection for Powell.
“There are days I want to quit, and then some days people will reach out and thank me with letters or notes about how that message on one day, changed their whole day,” she describes.
And these moments of gratitude, hold her motivated.
“Once I start something, I am a creature of habit and I cannot quit and I don’t want to quit… because if it benefits someone in a good way I’m not going to quit,” she says. “I am grateful to God that I am able to do things like this.”
Powell’s residence was considerably broken within the winter storms again in February. Despite dwelling out of a trailer whereas repairs are being carried out to her residence, she nonetheless creates a brand new chalkboard message to show every day.