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  • 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

    Info Self Development
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happiness is perhaps the most important thing to most people. Unfortunately, finding it is an endless pursuit that many never achieve. Almost every common avenue to happiness, including wealth, power, and fame, inevitably leads to frustration, sorrow, and unhappiness. No matter how successful you are, there are things to give up to be happy. These […]
  • The Real Meaning in Life

    Jungle of Life
    Guest Author
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Tweet Excerpted from Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor Years ago a young woman came to me for help. To maintain confidentiality, I will invent a name for her. I’ll call her Mary. This young woman in her late thirties had a history of self-mutilation and suicidal behavior. She came in for pastoral counseling, and I agreed to see her only if her psychiatrist agreed and was kept fully informed. That issue out of the way, her first appointment was made. My secretary brought me her file, including the pre-process forms I used. As I reviewed the information in the file, I was taken by the…
  • Why Extroverts Like Action and Introverts Like Calm: The Brain Chemistry Behind Introversion and Extroversion

    Brenda Knowles
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
        Ever wonder why some people require thrills and action in order to get engaged in life while others are content reading a book, listening to music or staring at artwork? What physiologically makes an introvert an introvert and an … Continue reading →
  • Three Steps for Building a New Habit

    Your Voice of Encouragement
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When you decide to make a change, you've taken an important step. Now you need to follow through on your commitment.But there’s a problem.As you begin this undertaking, you find that your old way of doing things kicks in more often than the new way. That’s because your brain is literally wired – it has physical connections – for the familiar pattern you’ve been using.It’s like putting on a pair of old, comfortable shoes. Breaking in a new pair takes time and can be somewhat painful for a while.When you want to change a habit, you have to move through this “Crunch Point” until…
  • Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year

    Shake Off the Grind
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France We all have a dream we want to fulfill. What is it for you? Is it something you have always been passionate about? Maybe there is something you want to contribute to the world […] The post Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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  • The Four Hidden Habit Skills

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    By Leo Babauta When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling. But when people learn the skill of creating new habits, they usually take the feedback of missing the habit as complete failure. A sign that they have no discipline. In actuality, it means no such thing. It just means you need to practice the skill more and make an adjustment. What people don’t realize is that creating habits is actually a skillset that can be learned and practiced and mastered. And there are four hidden habit skills…
  • The Power of Delay

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    ‘The greatest remedy for anger is delay.’ ~Thomas Paine By Leo Babauta I once had a boss who had a favorite strategy for dealing with donations-seekers, demanding colleagues, and basically anyone who wanted anything from him he was reluctant to give. Delay. For example, lots of people would come to our office seeking handouts, and he didn’t believe handouts were helpful. So he would tell me, “Just delay.” And I would have to do it for him, asking people to come back tomorrow, or try next week, and so on. While my preference was just to tell them a straightforward…
  • Overwhelmed & Rushed? Do a Stress Assess

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    By Leo Babauta If you find yourself rushing from task to task, worried that you don’t have time to do everything … If you are feeling a high amount of stress and are just overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do … You might try doing a Stress Assess. It’s something I just did for myself, because I woke up and had a million things to do, and another million things swarming around in my head. I lay there in bed for 20 minutes, just thinking of all the things I needed to do, and some problems that were stressing me out. And then I decided to make a list:…
  • Writer as Coder: The Iterative Way to Write a Book

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    By Leo Babauta The traditional way of writing a book is like the old Microsoft model of developing software: you write it in isolation for a year or two, and then put it out as a fully-formed product. The problem with that method is that it’s never been tested in the real world. You don’t know if readers (or users) will want it, you don’t know where you’ve made huge mistakes, you don’t know how it will work in the wild. That “Microsoft” model of making programs has been replaced in the last decade or so by iterative programming, where you make a…
  • Please Support the Zen Habits Book

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Leo Babauta I’m so excited: today I launch my new book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. And I need your help. The book is written (just finished on Friday!), but I need your support to get it printed. So I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, and this limited edition of the book will only be sold there. Go back it now! The campaign will last 30 days (ends Dec. 17, 2014), and I’m asking for a minimum of $44,700, to pay for printing and shipping, editing and design, fees and taxes, and a couple other things. At this level, I won’t get paid, but the book will…
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    The Happiness Project

  • 8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays. (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Back by popular demand: dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays. Holidays can be tough. Some people love them; some people dread them. I thought a lot about the holidays as I was writing Happier at Home, because the holiday season tends to be a time when we focus on home. Maybe you’re going “home” the way I go home to Kansas City for Christmas–which may be fun for you, or not. Maybe you’re deciding how to decorate your home. Maybe you’re making an effort to arrange the holidays the way you experienced them as a child–or the opposite. Maybe you’re feeling sad, or…
  • Beware of These 10 Habit Loopholes as You Head to the Thanksgiving Feast. (Gretchen Rubin)
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When I was writing Better Than Before, I loved writing every chapter, because every strategy is so interesting. But I have to admit, I particularly loved writing the chapter on the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting, because the loopholes are so ingenious and funny. One of the toughest parts of the editing process was cutting down on the number the loophole examples I list. I had hundreds. Loopholes matter, because when we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, to justify breaking a good habit. However, if we spot these  loopholes, we can perhaps reject them. Holidays are a…
  • Video: Try Pairing, One of the Easiest Ways to Strengthen Habits. (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you pre-order it.) Here, I talk about…
  • We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why. (Gretchen Rubin)
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    In my book Better Than Before, I describe the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. We all have our favorites — but I think most of us would agree that the Strategy of Treats is the most fun strategy. “Treats” may sound like a self-indulgent, frivolous strategy, but it’s not. Because forming good habits can be draining, treats can play an important role. When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which boosts our self-command—and self-command helps us maintain our healthy habits. Studies show that people who got a little treat, in…
  • “It Was Once Suggested to Me that, as an Antidote to Crying, I Put My Head in a Paper Bag.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    “It was once suggested to me that, as an antidote to crying, I put my head in a paper bag. As it happens, there is a sound physiological reason, something to do with oxygen, for doing exactly that, but the psychological effect alone is incalculable: it is difficult in the extreme to continue fancying oneself Cathy in Wuthering Heights with one’s head in a Food Fair bag.” –Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect,” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Thanksgiving 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    As we join hands in fellowshiparound this bountiful table,we give thanks for the blessings of this foodand the love of these friendsas a symbol of our gratitudefor all the manifold blessings of this life.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieIn a world where so many are hungry,may we eat this food with humble hearts;in a world where so many are lonely,May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.- AnonymousFor food that stays our hunger,For rest that brings us ease,For homes where memories linger,We give our thanks for these.- AnonymousWe receive this food in gratitude to all beingsWho have helped to…
  • Choose to be Cheerful

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,is not only a waste of energybut the worst habit you could possibly have.- Dale CarnegieStay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieThe eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy manare fixed upon the same creation;but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.- Albert PikeWe all have possibilities we don't know about.We can do things we don't even dream we can do.- Dale CarnegieAffirmation: I welcome this day with a cheerful face.Further reading: The Secret of HappinessWhat is Defeat?How to Stay…
  • Faith in a Great Future

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.- E. F. SchumacherWhat we speak becomes the house we live in.- HafizWhen you follow your bliss,doors will open for youthat wouldn't have opened for anyone else.- Joseph CampbellThere are all kinds of futures.There is a hoped-for future,there is a feared future,there is a predictable future,and there is an unimagined future.- Werner ErhardFurther reading: Power of Your ThoughtsFeel Your Connection With the Infinite - a MeditationBringing PeaceSimply Do Your BestThe Edge of All We KnowPower of Imagination  Copyright © by Jonathan…
  • Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.To see Light and Joy in everything.To spread our wings and fly boldly.To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -our symbols of renewal and rebirth.To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,our friends, our community, for the whole world.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieGratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.- Henry Van Dyke Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude...the absence of profound…
  • Appreciating Friends

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.- Ralph Waldo EmersonIt's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.- Marlene DietrichThe only way to have a friend is to be one.- Ralph Waldo Emerson A friend is someone who understands my past,believes in my future,and accepts me just the way I am.- AnonymousA true friend is the one who walks in when others walk out.- Walter WinchellIn true friendship, one can expressanything and everything without feeling ashamedor afraid of being rejected.- Aparna Chatterjee A true friend is a source of strength and…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Live life in the front row!

    Jon Vroman
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Live life in the front row!.
  • Be Grateful on Thanksgiving – and Every Day!

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday as it serves as a reminder of the importance of gratitude. Since 1621, our ancestors in the United States have been celebrating Thanksgiving. Historically, throughout Europe, festivals were held after the harvest to give thanks and celebrate together as a community. Native Americans also celebrated the harvest season. We continue the tradition today nearly 400 years later, but for most of us, when we hear the word Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey and stuffing, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, football and gatherings…
  • Every day I’m being the person my dog thinks I am.

    Paul Dunn
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Every day I’m being the person my dog thinks I am..
  • In all the world, there is only one YOU.

    Inspire Me Today
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting In all the world, there is only one YOU..
  • Making Art Out Of Life

    Anita Laughlin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Relationships have the brilliant power to inspire. To be inspired is to breathe in and out with the joyous certainty that you are loved for who you are. My favorite poet, Pablo Neruda, wrote metaphorically about the inspired individual in one section of his epic poem entitled “The Great Ocean”: The wave that you let loose, Arc of identity, exploded feather When it was unleashed, it was only foam, And without being wasted came back to be born. All of your strength returns to its beginning……. What was expelled by the action of your abundance, All that was left of its…
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    Think Simple Now

  • 5 Ways to Stop Worrying

    Guest of TSN
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I woke up excited about the day ahead. It was a year after I’d left my job and a promising new way of life was taking shape. I wrote for an hour at my big wooden desk in the morning light. With rich Castro coffee and a cat curled near my feet, I felt expansive and loved. The promise of breakfast wafted through the house as I headed for the shower. In the shower, an idea for a fun blog post series came to me, and I found myself singing an ABBA tune. But then it hit me.  This is not normal. This can’t be right. Mama mia! I’ve been happy for too long this morning. Suspicious…
  • 5 Secrets to a Happier Today

    Kayla Albert
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    “If I’m not fully happy right now in this moment, nothing will ever make me happy.” The thought struck me as I stood at the kitchen sink scrubbing the dishes. It appeared organically, but it felt like something I already knew, a conclusion I was returning to, not recognizing for the first time. One of those moments where you say, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that.” It wasn’t a moment that I should have been happy — one of those milestones in which happiness is actually a requirement, i.e. graduations, weddings, etc. It was ordinary. I was tackling a mundane task and thinking about…
  • How to Live Your Dream

    Guest of TSN
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The wind kicked up the desert sands behind me as I leaned forward, cautiously looking over the edge. The fissure had no visible bottom. On the other side, just a few feet away, the trees beckoned invitingly, promising water, promising shade. There was nothing for me to go back to; if I wanted to go forward at all, I was going to have to jump. My heart ached to advance, but my knotted stomach held me back. What if I can’t jump that far? What if I fall? What if it’s even worse over there on the other side? OK, perhaps I’m being a little dramatic; I wasn’t literally standing in a desert.
  • 6 Tips to Heal a Broken Heart

    Nadia Ballas-Ruta
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many times in life we are faced with an experience where we pour our heart and soul into a situation and/or relationship only to have our heart broken. We feel like all of our efforts were in vain, and although we gave our all, we are standing in the midst of the rubble that remains. Often what happens after such an experience is that we decide that we will never allow ourselves to get hurt like that again, and so we do the smart thing and shut down. We close off our hearts and are extremely cautious when it comes to love or any situation which requires us to open our heart and soul. We want…
  • Tell Your Story & Heal Your Past

    Guest of TSN
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I emigrated halfway across the world to escape my story. That’s how desperate I was. It was a story of loneliness, rejection and depression. I blamed my country of origin, my family and a run of bad luck. And instead of facing my story, I ran from it. But our pasts always catch up to us. And so it wasn’t long before my life in a new country with a great new job resembled much of my life before the emigration. Not on the outside, but on the inside. I had escaped my physical circumstances only to find that what I really wanted was to do was escape myself. For years I tried to ignore the…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Life Lesson: The True Seven Wonders of the World

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A group of very smart students were asked to make a list of what they considered to be the contemporary Seven Wonders of the World. After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the room. Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Stonehenge 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. China’s Great Wall Everyone was excited about the list, except…
  • The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What makes some leaders stand out from the rest? It has to do with their ability to think decisively. The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in on the alternatives, connect the dots, and look for potential in order to make informed decisions. Here are some of the things great critical thinkers make a habit of: Leading with questions. Open-ended questions, in particular, help you get to the heart of the matter. Start with Why?, How?, What?, and Where? Embracing different points of view. As a leader, you need to be able to take advantage of the diversity in your team (and board, if you…
  • Codes Of Conduct To Lead By

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you move through life, if you’re at all thoughtful, you’re constantly developing your own personal code of conduct. It’s a process that happens consciously or unconsciously. You see a cruel or destructive act and think I’d never do that. Or you hear of an act of kindness and store it away, thinking I want to be like that. And over time, these individual elements fuse together into the principles you live by. If you have found your stride in life and you consider that your code’s more or less in place, that’s great. If you’re still mastering the things you want to accomplish.
  • Let Your Leadership Speak For Itself

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you want to make a name for yourself and be recognized as a leader in your field, remember: It’s not who you know, it’s how you know yourself. Most people assume that the most efficient way to make yourself known is to meet the right people. And certainly that’s worth doing—but if you think meeting people is the only way to network, think again. The best way to make a name for yourself is to carry yourself in such a way that your name speaks for you. Let your life speak for you. Your effectiveness as a leader is tied to the image that others form about you, and your ability to…
  • Get Mad But Don’t Get Even

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s happened to most of us at some point: Someone did something that left us feeling mad, hurt, betrayed, lied to, cheated on. Maybe it was a business colleague, a competitor, a partner, or a friend or family member. Whoever it was, whatever the circumstances, it’s human nature to want to strike back. When we’re deeply hurt, it’s natural to want to get even. But it’s almost always the more prudent path to turn the other cheek. The best leaders get mad—sometimes very mad—when it’s called for, but they don’t concern themselves much with getting even. That doesn’t mean they…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • True Loyalty

    Steve Pavlina
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Do you have anyone in your life who (occasionally or frequently) loves to vent their frustrations in your direction? Are you often the provider of a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on? At times these can be valuable roles to play. I think it’s well and good to be sympathetic and understanding when you can — if you’re truly helping the other person. It’s nice to have people to turn to that can bring us back up when we feel beat up by circumstances. Being able to share our sorrows and frustrations helps us process them, learn from them, and release them. We may…
  • Simplifying, Downsizing, and Going Nomadic

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Recently I decided to undergo a major lifestyle transition. In 2015 I plan to go completely nomadic. No stable home. Very few possessions. Living and working from the road. For the past several weeks, I’ve already been taking action to prepare for this shift, but I still have a ways to go because I need to sell my house and process everything inside of it. Timing-wise I’m not sure how long it will take to actually get on the road. I’m not in a rush, but most likely I’ll list my house for sale in the Spring and hopefully sell it in the Summer. The main limiting step is…
  • Imaginary Men (New Audio Program)

    Steve Pavlina
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today I’m happy to announce the launch of a whole new audio program that I recorded with several friends. It’s called Imaginary Men, and I think you’re going to enjoy it — especially if you’re in the mood for something different. This is a very unusual and original program. I doubt you’ve heard anything like it before. We definitely broke some rules when we recorded it. The main topics are relationships, dating, and personal growth — nothing unusual about that. What’s unusual is the way in which we made the recordings — and what…
  • Ridiculously Rewarding Relationships

    Steve Pavlina
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    When you desire to attract and meet a new relationship partner, a common approach is to be more social, start connecting with new people, and try to be as likeable as possible. I think that’s a mistake. Where does this lead? You may very well find a new relationship this way, but it probably won’t be very satisfying. There’s an excellent chance you’ll end up settling for someone who’s only partially compatible with you. When people are seeking new relationships, they often modify their personalities. They amplify and show off their most socially acceptable…
  • October 2014 Updates

    Steve Pavlina
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Here are some updates regarding upcoming events and freebies that may interest you. Effortless Success Mindfest – Free The Effortless Success Mindfest runs this week. This is a free online event hosted by Learning Strategies and Jack Canfield. You can tune into it and listen right away since the Mindfest started earlier today. This Mindfest focuses on combining the Law of Attraction with down-to-earth habits and practices, so that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are aligned with the results you desire. I don’t recommend many programs about the LoA since so many of them…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Some thoughts on why “empty labor” makes us miserable

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    The Atlantic has an absolutely fascinating article that reveals how little work actually goes on at work. From the article: …the proportion of people who say they never work hard has long been far greater than those who say they always do. The articles and books about the stressed-out fraction of humanity can be counted in the thousands, but why has so little been written about this opposite extreme? And this: I talked with over 40 people who spent half of their working hours on private activities—a phenomenon I call “empty labor.” I wanted to know how they did it, and I wanted…
  • A master at work

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    This guy is a master at his job and seems very happy doing it!
  • Top 5 awesome corporate email policies

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you feel like email is stressing you out, there might be something to it. A study conducted at the University of California found that giving people uninterrupted time where they weren’t dealing with email generally made them less stressed and better able to focus: Without email, people multitasked less and had a longer task focus, as measured by a lower frequency of shifting between windows and a longer duration of time spent working in each computer window. Further, we directly measured stress using wearable heart rate monitors and found that stress, as measured by heart rate…
  • Can you nudge people towards workplace happiness?

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This article was written by Woohoo inc’s newest employee Thomas Christensen. Have you ever wondered why you have to walk all the way to the back end of the supermarket to get milk? Or why there are mountains of candy close to the checkout, where you always have to stand in line and wait? It is a carefully planned ploy to ensure you walk through the entire store to get to your everyday groceries, thus increasing your exposure to other items, which makes you more likely to buy something more than milk. Similarly, candy is placed where it is most likely that you will stand around bored for the…
  • Top 5 great quitters

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    If you gotta quit your job, why not go out in style. Here are 5 of my all-time favorite quitters: #5: With a brass band #4: With cake #3: Live on the air #2: With interpretive dance #1: With a beer in hand Steven Slater, a flight attendant, announced over the plane’s public address system that he had been abused by a passenger and that he quit his job. He then grabbed two beers and exited the plane by deploying the evacuation slide and sliding down it. (source)
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    Self Help Daily

  • When Blessings Wear Ugly Disguises - Chickens, Morning Sickness, and Labor Pains

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Chickens, Morning Sickness, and Labor Pains A grandfather was attempting to impress upon his grandchildren that things were not always as they appeared. “When I was your age,” he began, “my daddy raised a beautiful, large vegetable garden. We would sell the produce at a small roadside stand that we built ourselves. My parents always bought their chickens from Willy Scott. One day, while our family was working at the vegetable stand, Willy delivered chickens to our house in a crate and left them on our doorstep. When we returned home that evening we discovered the chickens…
  • Spread Happiness, One Person at a Time - Beautiful Quote from Dale Carnegie

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Beautiful Quote from Dale Carnegie  “You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” - Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie’s beautiful words serve as a reminder to choose our words and use our words carefully. Words are powerful, powerful things and can impact people for a lifetime. A lifetime! Just as we can lift someone else…
  • Taking Care of the Outside to Take Care of the Inside

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Taking Care of the Outside, to Take Care of the Inside Back in the 1980s, comedian Billy Crystal had a character named Fernando whose catch phrase was “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” Well, that’s not exactly true. Just ask someone with a serious illness — given the choice between rock-hard abs and not being sick, most would choose the latter. However, while looking good might not be an alternative to feeling good, it can help you feel better. Looking Good and Feeling Good Taking care of your appearance might seem superficial, but issues with appearance can deal a…
  • Getting “Couch Tots” Up Off Their Perch - Couch Tots Grow Into Couch Potatoes...

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Couch Tots Grow Into Couch Potatoes...If you’re in the vicinity of my age, then… like me… you probably marvel at the lack of outdoor activity kids get these days. Seriously, we practically LIVED outdoors when we were kids, didn’t we?!  I don’t think I could have told you ANY television shows that were on during the day… not counting Saturday morning cartoons, of course. Of course, parents have the extra hurdle of getting their kids away from, not just television, but also computers, iPads, iPhones, etc. Experts recommend that kids get no more than two…
  • Infographic: Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People - Each Point is a Self Improvement Lesson!

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Each Point is a Self Improvement Lesson!Click the infographic above to see the larger version. I think my favorite part of this “Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People” infographic is the part about learning. Anyone who knows that I also have a mental fitness blog (Out of Bounds) won’t be surprised by this.  One of my biggest platforms is this: A day spent without learning something is a day wasted!  My daughters heard these words every single day of their lives while they were growing up. Never, ever, ever become content with what you know today. I hope…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Chris Taylor’s Five Essential Books for an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My guest blogger today is Chris Taylor, who founded Actionable Books on the belief that ideas are only valuable when applied. The Actionable Book website is host to incredible resources, like 500 summaries of the world’s best business books in bite-size format and  interviews with various thought leaders and authors. Chris is passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs connect with ideas as well as their teams. Book 1: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham There’s nothing wrong with growth, but growth for growth’s sake is a broken mindset. Small Giants is fabulous reminder that you…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Writing & Creativity

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links, all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. Write faster. Write better. I’m taking a stab in the dark here, but I’m betting you have to write stuff as part of your work. Sure it might not be Serious Writing such as Writing A Book. (And believe me – I’m trying to write a book right now, and it’s ugly. You’re not missing anything.) But it’s writing, all for the sake of communicating your ideas and what…
  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been resisting out of fear of change? What could be accomplished if you stopped resisting?
  • 22 years

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s 22 years since the VP of Everything Else (and now the CEO) of Box of Crayons and I hooked up in Oxford. Hurrah! Habitation, by Margaret Atwood   Marriage is not a house or even a tent   it is before that, and colder:   the edge of the forest, the edge of the desert the unpainted stairs at the back where we squat outside, eating popcorn   the edge of the receding glacier   where painfully and with wonder at having survived even this far   we are learning to make fire   It’s been a very good 22 years learning to make fire with Marcella.
  • The two things that matter (perhaps)

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My mother-in-law would have turned 100 this week. She was just four months shy of achieving that amazing number. We had yellow roses – her favourite – at the Box of Crayons Global HQ in honour of the redoubtable Mrs B. Meantime I tried (and, honestly, failed) to imagine what it would have been like to have been born in 1914 and to have seen the changes of the last 100 years here’s a recap (too many wars!) in case you’re curious. (And then there are less bleak retrospectives, inventions and ‘scientific creativity‘.) Seeing the big picture I also listened to…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • wishes for you and me

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    our sorrow: history our today: hands to the sky, saying, Thank You our giving: full on honey, tasted our desires: eggs, butterflies, coins, strangers who remember and love us instantly The post wishes for you and me appeared first on Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life.
  • Sacred gifts. Shop here and rest easy because these goodies are truly meaningful, beautiful, useful, and not destined for yard sales and landfills.

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I never want to make (or buy) anything that’s destined for a landfill. “All soul and eco-aware as possible,” is my maker’s motto. And it’s a great gift-giving philosophy, don’t you think? Get all of your gifts here, or elsewhere, but while I’ve got your attention, puhleeze: steer clear of the sugar cookie scented body lotion and plastic wrapped plastic crap this holiday. Mother Earth thanks you. Now… Gift giving is a sacred opportunity to let someone know that you see who they are, and you’re rooting for them. So how about gifts that say…
  • If you’re around on Dec. 2nd…call us, darling. Because the power of women friends makes EVERYTHING better.

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    One thing I know is true: I’d be crazy without my girlfriends (the bad kinda crazy.) And when you have sister-friends who are high-integrity, fierce, kill-it-on-the-dance-floor, amazing business women, you can pull off A LOT. Those women for me are Marie Forleo & Kris Carr. And we’re going to throw down just for love and inspiration-sake in a free, open call on Tuesday December 2. Just for fun. Ask us anything, we promise to get carried away. The three of us were hanging out in NYC a few weeks ago. I’ll let Marie take it from here: ……. …as we walked to…
  • roses absolutely everywhere

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    When I broke out of prison I found Roses absolutely everywhere. (I did hear them singing through the bars.) They flourished from my declarations, dripped out of my mailbox, wove right into my hair absolutely everywhere. My house turned into a house-sized Rose and I slept right in the very center of it pink and gold at dawn, I ran my body over every single petal kissing my way up My mouth opened like a Rose, my breath, a Rose. my spine, shot with life, I stood right up and I walked across the street (step by step) and Roses happened absolutely everywhere absolutely everywhere absolutely…
  • My #Truthbomb DECK is ready! Sacred, gorgeous and Hello, holiday gifting!

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    The rain is falling hard in Vancouver, and that means the holiday season’s coming quick, loves! Team D and I put our hearts together to create something inspiring and luminous for you and the people you adore. Here we are!: The #TRUTHBOMB Deck Volume 1! THE #TRUTHBOMB DECK, Vol. 1 – $34 These cards are LUSCIOUS. They’re 4 x4 heavy, creamy stock, with gold foil icon embossing. There are 134 cards in each box. (Because 34 is my favourite number. Seriously.) People are using them as a daily divination deck, leaving them on entry tables for guests to pull one when they leave,…
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    Jungle of Life

  • Do You Really Need A Happiness Plan?

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Tweet Happiness is elusive to many. Some think happiness is something that just happens, while others are of the opinion that happy people must work for it. Is happiness something that can be achieved, or is it a lifestyle? Can we actually make ourselves happier? The answer is probably a bit of both. Experts in positive psychology say that while some of our happiness is predetermined by genetics, environment, and life circumstances, forty percent of our happiness is under our control. Most of the world’s truly happy people engage in a combination of activities that invite more happiness…
  • The Real Meaning in Life

    Guest Author
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Tweet Excerpted from Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor Years ago a young woman came to me for help. To maintain confidentiality, I will invent a name for her. I’ll call her Mary. This young woman in her late thirties had a history of self-mutilation and suicidal behavior. She came in for pastoral counseling, and I agreed to see her only if her psychiatrist agreed and was kept fully informed. That issue out of the way, her first appointment was made. My secretary brought me her file, including the pre-process forms I used. As I reviewed the information in the file, I was taken by the…
  • Thought For The Day

    Lance Ekum
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Tweet “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell photo by:
  • Are You A Prometheus?

    Guest Author
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Tweet Has a Prometheus ever given you fire? According to Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus created man out of clay and taught them to walk uprightly as the Gods. But at that time, the Gods considered man to be an animal; men were creatures without the gift of fire, which made their earth a cold, dark, and harsh place. In time, Prometheus learned to love mankind and wanted to help them move forward. Because of this love, Prometheus disobeyed the command of Zeus and stole fire from Mount Olympus. He then descended to earth and taught mankind how to build fires. With this gift, mankind could…
  • Nurture Your Nonconformity

    Guest Author
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Tweet Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.” — Albert Einstein For years, I have been fascinated with the relationship between creativity and nonconformity. Unfortunately, many of our institutions, whether in education, religion, or work, suppress creativity and focus on conformity and obedience to authority. This system does not empower people to achieve their creative potential because it stifles our creative gifts. The culture, including much of the education system, often refuses to recognize the creative gifts of those who march to a different beat.
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Amazing Black Friday Specials with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Santa’s Elves Can’t Wait Another Day. They’ve traveled through the night in order to share Three Magical Ways to Explore Your Spirit with Kala with these THREE Amazing BOGO Black Friday Specials! BOGO SALE NUMBER ONE: It’s time for Kala’s Yearly New Year – New You Auracle Astrological Consultations Kala only offers these consultations only once a year, at the New Year.   First she shares an overview of your Western and your Chinese Astrological information for the year, as she studied Traditional Feng Shui and Chinese astrology and finds it to be very helpful in balance…
  • Astral Traveling with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Have you ever had an out of body experience? I remember the first time I did, I was around nine years old. It was late at night and I was sleeping in my beautiful canopy bed, remember those?  My canopy bed was white and my bedspread and the canopy cover had a pattern that was covered with yellow roses. I always felt like a princess every night when I went to sleep in my canopy bed. On this particular night though, I awoke and as my eyes opened, all I could see was the yellow rose pattern on my bedspread, which appeared very close to my face. At first I thought my eyes were bleary and then I…
  • A Tale of Two Seasons for Two Reasons

    Kala Ambrose
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Oh sweet October, let me begin this tale by taking time to be grateful for all of the good that life and nature extend to us each day. This couldn’t be more apparent and evocative during this time of year, than to simply look outdoors at the symphony of colors in the trees, cascading in hues of red, orange, yellow, green and purple. Add the blue hue from the Blue Ridge Mountains and we’re surrounded by all of the chakra colors on display!  These were some of my musings as I drove across North Carolina up into the mountains gently cradling the city of Asheville. I was on my way to…
  • Winter Solstice and Astral Travel Webinar with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Kala Ambrose’s Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences provides the opportunity for private and group online course study via webinars and video downloads with Award Winning Author and Wisdom Teacher Kala Ambrose Don’t miss this opportunity to study live with Kala! Here’s the details of the December Webinar: Lesson Twelve: Winter Solstice – Transforming Space and Time – Astral Travel The Live Webinar Course with Kala is scheduled for Thursday, December 4th from 7pm – 9pm Eastern. Wrapping up this year long course of Wise Woman study with Kala, she…
  • Kala’s Adventures in Reading Seashells and Crystals

    Kala Ambrose
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Kala Ambrose  “Your Travel Guide to the Other Side” Adventures in Reading Crystals,  Gemstones and Seashells with Kala Kala and her Mom in Hawaii     Sacred Cowrie Shells, protection, prosperity and connection to the goddess.   Kala’s Altar Table in her home, filled with crystals, gemstones and seashells that she works with.   On top of the altar is a conch shell, along with a bird that symbolizes the Egyptian Ibis and two forms of eternal light, the one on the left symbolizing the eternal flame that burns within.     Do you love Crystals and Gemstones?    I…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • See Everyone As Sinless

    Walter Jacobson
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sin is an illusion. This entire world we perceive is an illusion born of our fear, our judgment, our separation from God, our separation from ourselves. Illusions are like dreams. They are not real and they have no consequences in reality. If this is the case, that this entire world is an illusion, then to see anyone as a sinner is to embrace illusions rather than reality, which is that each one of us is a loving child of God deserving of our acceptance, gratitude, respect and unconditional love, regardless of what they’ve done and how they are behaving. Embracing this philosophy is the…
  • Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It

    Walter Jacobson
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless. The post Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Perception Is A Choice. See Here Now.

    Walter Jacobson
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    We do not see the world as it is in the here and now. We see the world through the eyes of the past. We project our past judgments and biases onto the world and see it not as it is but as it was. This misperception gets in the way of healing, happiness and inner peace. The post Perception Is A Choice. See Here Now. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • You Are What You Eat. You Are How You Sleep.

    Walter Jacobson
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    What we choose to eat and the position in which we sleep can have a major impact on our physical and emotional health. The post You Are What You Eat. You Are How You Sleep. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • You’re Always Where You Put Yourself – Pay Attention To Your Choices

    Walter Jacobson
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Avoid becoming a victim of the choices you make. Choose wisely. The post You’re Always Where You Put Yourself – Pay Attention To Your Choices appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Everything Counts!

  • How a Password Can Change Your Life!

    Gary Ryan Blair
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    WHAT DO YOU SAY that we make this a message that will change your life! I hope that sounds appealing, as you’re about to learn…how you can use something as simple and mundane as your password to fast track ANY goal you desire. But first, let’s talk about your underwear. The saying goes something like this: Passwords are like underwear…you should change them often. Passwords are like underwear…you should not loan them out to strangers. Passwords are like underwear…you should make them unique and mysterious. Passwords are like underwear…you should not…
  • It’s Never Too Late

    Gary Ryan Blair
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    …to change. …to take a risk. …to tell the truth. …to get in shape. …to fall in love. …to simplify your life. …to act with integrity. …to do the right thing. …to enjoy the journey. …to expand your mind. …to dream big dreams. …to make a comeback. …to ask for forgiveness. …to live happily ever after. …to take full responsibility. …to create a breakthrough …to honor your commitments. …to break out of a comfort zone. …to expose yourself to greatness. …to commit your life to…
  • Situational Ethics

    Gary Ryan Blair
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Consistency—the absence of contradictions—has sometimes been called the hallmark of ethics. Ethics is supposed to provide us with a guide for moral living, and to do so it must be rational, and to be rational it must be free of contradictions. There is no room for “situational ethics” in business or in any area of your life for that matter. Something is either ethical or it isn’t. The situation does not matter. If a person said, “Open the window but don’t open the window,” we would be at loss as to what to do; the command is contradictory and thus…
  • Never Lose Hope…

    Gary Ryan Blair
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    WE’VE ALL HEARD the phrase “Hope is not a strategy” — and it isn’t, especially when based on illusion, delusion, fiction or false assumptions. However, hope IS a critical part of achieving a strategy when based on what is possible. When hope is based on real-world experience, knowledge and tangible and intangible data, it results in trust, WHICH IS NECESSARY to implementing any strategy. Without faith in yourself, the people, processes and technologies involved, how can we achieve anything? HOPE EMPOWERS STRATEGY Hope is an active, empowering, constructive attitude that creates…
  • The Grant Study… and what it means to you!

    Gary Ryan Blair
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Why do some folks look back on their lives and say they wouldn’t change much? Or anything at all? Is there a special formula? Some mix of love, work, habits, or attitudes that offers the best chance of a well-lived life? Researchers at Harvard have been examining this question for 72 years by following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s. Their discoveries might surprise you. Just listen to Dr. George Vaillant. Since 1967, the Harvard Medical School professor has dedicated his career to the “Grant Study.” (It was named after its patron, the department-store magnate…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • Does Your Workplace Have an Awesome Room?

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There is an Awesome Room in the offices of the Corporate Training & Economic Development department at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. It’s more of a cubicle than a room, but still. It was the first time I ever thought happy things about a cubicle. It was created as part of a renovation that took place last year. Dean Stewart, the dean of the department, wanted to get everyone involved in the process. And so the team was empowered to come up with names for some of the extra common areas and conference rooms around the office. And so Awesome Room was born. I spoke at a Business…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Childhood is Universal Edition

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    • My friend Lizzy sent me a link to 30 magical photos of children playing around the world. I love it. It reminds me that childhood — and the joy, passion, and curiosity that comes with it — is truly a universal thing. • A co-worker asked a guy to watch her plant for four days while she was out. He gave the plant what I’m sure was the time of its life. • I am an Gen Xer. I learned recently that my generation is dwarfed in size by the Boomers who came before me and the Millenials who arrived after me. I am so happy that Kevin Bacon is willing to educate the young…
  • Escape Lab is Here!

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Let me ask you a few questions… Would you like to make room for more fun, new memories, and deeper connections with the people closest to you, just by making a few simple adjustments to your everyday routine? Would it be helpful if you could develop strategies to quit the things you DON’T like doing to create more time for the things you DO? Do you have any interest in uncovering ways to slow down the speed of life in order to become more flexible, energized, and productive? Would you like to become just a little bit more brave, adventurous, and rebellious against Adultitis and…
  • Meet Blessing Curtis

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
  • I am not a natural born rule breaker

    15 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Remember senior pictures? After reading my post about princes dresses, a reader told me that her niece got some neat ones of her in her prom dress. In a lake. The settling sun glistened off the water as the skirt of her dress floated around her. The first thing I thought of was how cool that sounded. My next thought was about how I never would have had the courage to do something like that in high school. (Although once I got to college, I did go to one of Kim’s high school dances dressed as The Crow, so that’s something.) I suspect that many people would presume that the guy…
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    The BridgeMaker

  • A Simple Path – To Giving Thanks

    Alex Blackwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart The holiday season is here. Between planning a trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving and getting a head start on our Christmas shopping, Mary Beth and I were in the thick of it on Saturday. With crowded parking lots, busy stores and a big to-do list looming, we held our breaths and jumped in. Jumping together makes it worth doing because my wife and I are grateful we have one more holiday season to share together – no matter how busy it gets. Silencing the Hype This holiday…
  • Close Your Eyes and Jump

    Alex Blackwell
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. – Helen Keller How strong is your faith right now? Even without a net, do you jump? Not knowing what will happen, do you take the leap? Faith doesn’t come with an answer sheet. If it did, I think we wouldn’t try as hard. What Faith Does Faith grounds us. It keeps us focused and faith gets us ready to take one more step even when our bodies are begging us to stop. Faith is the real deal. It makes us stronger and faith can show us the light even on the darkest nights. Faith Gives Me the Reason My world would…
  • 30 Ways to Live Life without Regrets

    Alex Blackwell
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. – Jonathan Larson Caitlin, my 25-year-old daughter, is already making a difference. While her friends majored in finance, business and pre-med at the University of Kansas, Caitlin followed her heart and became a social worker. Today she works with patients in a hospital’s dialysis center. My daughter listens and provides comfort for those facing end of life. One patient, however, recently comforted Caitlin. The patient recounted the last 70 years of her life. She described being paralyzed in a car accident when she was 17 and then unexpectedly…
  • Would it Matter?

    Alex Blackwell
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson If you have ever doubted yourself or believed you aren’t enough, this is for you. If you have ever lost hope, this is for you. If you have ever thought you couldn’t last one day longer, this is for you. If you have ever prayed this prayer, this is for you. The prayer What if I didn’t wake tomorrow, would anybody miss me? What if I kept my words to myself, would anybody care? Would it matter if I wasn’t here? Sometimes the world feels so large and I feel so small.
  • How to Make Every Day Count

    Alex Blackwell
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. – Bob Moorehead tick-tock Recent losses have reminded me that life passes by quickly. Since I can’t go back and delete what I don’t like or rewind my life so I could have lived it differently, the best I can do now is to make every day count. Knowing that each moment slips quietly into the past inspires me to make the most of every second. Limiting regret and the should-haves, could-haves and would-haves gives me the courage to give the best of me every day. tick-tock Making Every Day…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • Jeff Wolf and Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    When I was first put in a position of supervising others, I received no formal training in leadership. I had excelled as a teacher, and a natural progression was to move into an administrative position. I made a lot of mistakes as I tried to discover the best ways to motivate and empower people to give their best effort.This is not unique to the field of education. Many outstanding individual performers – whether it’s in sales, engineering or accounting – are often promoted to supervisor or manager because of their technical expertise.The problem is, in far too many cases, they aren't…
  • Do You Talk Too Much about Yourself?

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I’d arrived a few minutes at the beauty salon for my hair appointment. While I was waiting for my stylist to arrive, I couldn’t help overhearing the only other stylist who was there with a client.“Sheila” was talking non-stop about a worker’s compensation situation involving her brother. He had been seriously injured on the job a year ago and had not worked since. Things were finally reaching a resolution, and Sheila was giving her client a blow-by-blow account of everything that had been taking place.Soon my stylist “Beth” arrived, and we started having our own conversation…
  • Three Steps for Building a New Habit

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When you decide to make a change, you've taken an important step. Now you need to follow through on your commitment.But there’s a problem.As you begin this undertaking, you find that your old way of doing things kicks in more often than the new way. That’s because your brain is literally wired – it has physical connections – for the familiar pattern you’ve been using.It’s like putting on a pair of old, comfortable shoes. Breaking in a new pair takes time and can be somewhat painful for a while.When you want to change a habit, you have to move through this “Crunch Point” until…
  • Support Coaching Is Essential for New Habits

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    “Mastering any kind of skill takes time, effort and patience. Along the way, there’s much you can do to help someone stay on track.” – Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D. in Support CoachingDo you know someone who’s trying to break a bad habit or form a new, positive one?Think back to when you’ve attempted to make such a change. It’s not easy.People will experience setbacks and failures as they work to adopt a new way that’s different from their familiar, comfortable pattern. Along the way, they’re likely to feel discouraged, frustrated, and disappointed with the lack of…
  • The Power of Persistence

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich can certainly be applied to the accumulation of money.But they also represent an outstanding roadmap for accomplishing any worthwhile achievements in your life.Best-selling author Bob Proctor has studied and taught Hill’s 13 success principles for 40 years. The two habits he’s developed over the years are worth adopting:1. Read a few lines from the book every day. No matter what challenge he faces in life, he’s found the solution inside the pages of this book.2. Read the chapter on PERSISTENCE every day for 30…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • Intelligent Lifeform Exposes Himself to Deadly Radiation

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Me, soaking in rays (photo Kathleen Scott)Where I live, the coolest breakfasts in town (in my opinion) are hosted by Casa Garcia's Restaurant and Cantina. Here I am on a Sunday morning after a custom-filled omelet, sitting outside on one of their benches, enjoying the warm sun.Actually, I was thinking that the solar radiation that had reached my cheeks had penetrated our planet's magnetic field and thin atmosphere. Most of the sun's deadly rays had been shielded and absorbed, and just enough made it through to give warmth to me and all the other lifeforms on the surface.The radiation…
  • Mars One - The Reality

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Recall for a moment a few of the delicious pleasures of life...Breathing in fresh airWalking among the colored leaves of autumnHaving a good time with friendsEating a burger tricked out just the way you like itAnd washing it down with a craft beerBrowsing in a gift shopVisiting one of the national parksGoing fishing with a buddyGoing on a date with your significant otherVisiting familyWatching the full moon on a clear nightFeeling the warm sun on your faceI'll stop here. You could easily add a hundred more delights to this list, things we often take for granted. These are a few of the things…
  • Stained Glass Art - I Decided to Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over 30 years ago, I...Lived near a Tidewater inlet to the Chesapeake Bay in Seaford, Virginia.Was a lieutenant colonel in the Army.Ran 50 miles a week training for the Marine Corps Marathon.Had two teenage sons.Created this unusual stained glass piece.It was the only stained glass art work I ever created. Today it's displayed in our master bathroom and looks great in the afternoon light.My ex-wife was the real stained glass artist - not me. She was very accomplished and passionate about her work until the day she concluded that our culture would never value this aspect of art enough to…
  • Obsessively Hard Work Earned Me an A in Typing

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    When I told a friend that I made an A in every course I took in high school, he asked me, "Which course did you take as a senior that turned out to be the most important to you?"Good question. I had never considered it, so I thought about the courses I took, many of which prepared me for my courses at West Point, which challenged me on another level.Finally, I said, "Typing." He laughed. But I wasn't joking.Typing was a skill course, attended almost exclusively by girls. I remember thinking (in 1962), well yeah, if you're going to be a secretary you better know how to type. I was the only…
  • Thanks to Coaching, I'm Back on Track as a Writer

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    I'm a writer. Writing gives me more satisfaction than anything I do. And there are things I care about, things I want to write about.But I'm also a small business entrepreneur, a product developer. During the past several years I've been working with my team to develop an online virtual coaching system that helps people ingrain new skills and make permanent changes in behavior. That system is called ProStar Coach. I've also been heavily involved in the marketing - trying to get the word out. It has been a very satisfying project because it has the potential to help people of all ages and…
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  • How To Delegate Purpose In Your Organization

    Tanveer Naseer
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous piece, I shared three strategies used by two distinct organizations to help promote and support a sense of community and shared ownership in their respective workplaces – a mindset and approach that’s becoming increasingly critical for leaders to foster in order to support their organization’s adaptability and long-term success.In this follow-up piece, I want to build on those three strategies by examining a process most leaders currently employ through their leadership and how we can better use this tactic to not only drive organizational success, but to…
  • How A Sense Of Community Can Help Us Achieve Greatness

    Tanveer Naseer
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed by various media outlets about my first book, “Leadership Vertigo”. What’s been interesting about this process is how in many of these conversations, there was much interest to discuss the point made in the book about the importance of leaders fostering a sense of community in their organizations.As long-time readers of my writings on leadership know, this is something that’s been an underlying theme in many of my insights into how we can be a better leader to those we serve – where we ensure…
  • The 3 Questions Leaders Must Ask And Answer

    Tanveer Naseer
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Scott Eblin.During the past six of the fourteen years I’ve been an executive coach and leadership educator, my observation is that my clients are generally more stressed each year than they were the year before. The feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed has gone up year over year. One of the ways I know this is by asking a few questions at the beginning of most of my presentations.Let’s say we have a roomful of 100 corporate executives and managers. The first question I ask is “How many of you have been promoted in the past year?” Usually around…
  • Good Ideas Make It Harder To Be A Great Leader

    Tanveer Naseer
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Princeton University Professor Derek Lidow.You would think that good ideas make it easier to be a good leader. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Good ideas are threatening to leaders. By definition, good ideas mean an improvement over the present, a better way of doing things or even better lives.That’s why people who have good ideas expect their leaders to act on them, which creates an instant test of leadership: do you care enough for those around you to do something positive with the idea? Are you able to do something with it?Good ideas of your own…
  • How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss

    Tanveer Naseer
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the things I enjoy about my work is having conversations with people about the nature of leadership, and the challenges and opportunities leaders face in this continually evolving, interconnected business environment.One of these conversations lead to a discussion about how leaders who want to push for change can deal with those above them who operate from the command-and-control style of leadership – in other words, those that subscribe to the overtly-controlling it’s my way or you’re out approach.Since that conversation, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss and…
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    Feed the Beauty

  • Wheeeee!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: aging, aging gracefully, childhood, healthy aging, Joy, Pablo Picasso, seniors, The Art of Aging Facebook
  • Start Over

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: aging, aging gracefully, baby boomer women, F. Scott Fitzgerald, healthy aging, inner beauty, senior quotes, Sophie Lumen, The Art of Aging Facebook
  • The What’s Underneath Project: Jacky O’Shaughnessy

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Thank you Jacky, for taking your clothes off with such grace and aplomb. But God bless you even more for baring your soul. I cried when she cried-little tears of empathy, big tears of relief. We’ve been caught up in the advertising industry’s messages of ageism and skinny-ism for decades…waaay too long. This video shares […]
  • Survive to Thrive

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: age quotes, aging, aging gracefully, boomers, Feed the Beauty, healthy aging, Nikki Giovanni, seniors, The Art of Aging
  • There’s a New Revolution

    14 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Originally posted on Aging Abundantly | Women Over Fifty | Empty Nesters | Caregivers | Aging Gracefully:Spring Rapture by Jo Louca I swear! Really! I’m sensing a new revolution! An underground explosion. A bubbling up of the voice of the wise woman warrior. We will not be had. We will not be put into preconceived packages, plastic ideologies,…
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • Thinking Magically™ | Magical Intentions for Dealing with the Ordinary

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. - Albert Einstein ============================================ You don’t learn to live in the world by being a magician ============================================ You learn to live in the world by being in the world. Your magic — your personal power — might sustain you. Your magic — your confidence — might bolster you. Your magic — your wizardly prowess — might guide and even protect you. But, in the end, we all need to live together. “Now wait . . .” you must be saying. “Scott,…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Who Else is Dealing With Discouragement?

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. - James M. Barrie One of my major life themes is simply this: You can be, do, and have every damn thing you want. The people I work and partner with believe this, too. They embrace it. They live it. They DO IT. And even though they work their best personal magic . . . some things and people and events don’t manifest as quickly or in just the way as imagined. Magic doesn’t always work that way. And — take this to heart — you don’t just wish for something, sit back, and wait for “it” to come to you. That…
  • Thinking Magically™ | The One Question That Will Reset Your Life

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. - Jack London =========================================== WE ALL NEED A HUMAN CTRL-ALT-DEL BUTTON =========================================== All of us get stuck. Get lost. Get mired in the day-to-day affairs of Life. We become so involved in…
  • Thinking Magically™ | How to Spot the Non-Magicians in Your Life

    2 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now — look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.” - John Steinbeck, East of Eden All too often we make excuses for the people we surround ourselves with. Doubt that? Think about your 10 closest friends. Now find the one who is the least productive, the crybaby, the finger-pointer, the drama king or queen, the one who sucks the very life out of you. Now try in vain to rationalize, apologize, and excuse…
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Art of Actively Living

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. - Steve Jobs ======================== We all come to grips with death ======================== Like everyone, I have had to deal with the death of loved ones. And interfacing with some of the hospice workers involved in those passages has been remarkable.
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    Experience Optimism

  • Giving thanks

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Every year, in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day there seems to be an outpouring of gratitude. People begin to openly express their thanks for their families and friends and their health and happiness, among other things.As an active Optimist Club member, I am also thankful for the opportunity and ability that I have been given to help others.But all of these things happen throughout the year, not only on the fourth Thursday of November. For that reason, I remind you that there is always, every day, something to be thankful for. I encourage you to share your gratitude aloud, if only to…
  • Say what?

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    You may remember the 1980's television show "Different Strokes" where young Gary Coleman popularized the skeptical rhetorical reply, "What you talkin' bout Willis?"When something sounded sketchy or hard to understand, he'd squint, puff out his lips, and tilt his head to the side as the question came forth asking for clarity to whatever situation presented itself that day.As I was scrolling through my Google alerts for Optimist Clubs today, I found myself in the same pose. What are you talking about, I asked, as I read this quote:Optimists believe that deep unbreakable faith forged into a…
  • The ROI of joining an Optimist Club

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    So often, when asked to join a membership association, people will ask, "What's in it for me?"They wonder:Will it advance my career? Will it make my workload any easier? Will it give me more time to be with my family or friends? Will it help me make more friends? Will it give me influence?Will it help me make more money? The questions continue, both verbal and nonverbal, while someone weighs the value of giving their time to a particular group as the membership recruiter struggles to point out how wonderful it is to associate with a group of like-minded individuals…
  • Project energy and enthusiasm

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    One of the biggest concerns or challenges that I hear from Optimist Club members is that they have trouble getting noticed by the news. Without going into details in this post about what would make an Optimist Club project newsworthy, I'd like to share a recent television interview scored by the Optimist Club of Lafayette, Louisiana. Its spokesperson was invited to share the details about the Optimist Club's haunted hayride during the morning show.My concern on watching this interview was that the newscaster was more enthusiastic than the spokesperson. The spokesperson got the details of the…
  • Celebrate every day

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Fireworks are always magical. They light up the sky, showering the black night with red, white, green and gold bursts of awe. It is sad that the wonder is saved for the Fourth of July, New Year's eve and other special days of the year.Fortunately, one need not wait for fireworks to celebrate their lives. Oprah Winfrey said, "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to celebrate."I find this quote so true. It's like being happy; you have to choose to be happy and then all that you see around you becomes a positive reflection of your perception.Joining an Optimist Club can…
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  • Finding your purpose in life: Simple living and discarding all the inessentials

    Gilbert Ross
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Whether you have come face to face with it already or else haven’t recognised it yet, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have a purpose in life and at some level you know it for certain. Trust me you do. I see people who are driven by that unshakeable knowledge of their path, their place in the world and their destination. They have found their purpose. Their eyes are set on that path and its not the outcome – the money, the success, the recognition or whatever it may be – that is their motivation but it’s the excitement of being on the path itself. It’s that…
  • It’s a Kind of Magic: How Kindness can Bring Back the Magic in your Life

    Gilbert Ross
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Barbara de Angelis   Imagine the great human potential as a vast library full of books about every topic and discipline. Kindness would be a whole aisle in that library with books we can pick up, read and learn a great deal from. I would name that section ‘Magic & Healing’.  We have all experienced acts of kindness throughout our lives as both receivers and givers. We also had glimpses of the magic that is created around an act of kindness…
  • The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

    Gilbert Ross
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    When I was a schoolboy I never liked Religion classes. For those of you who might find the idea of compulsory religion classes at secondary school a bit strange let me fill you in with some quick context. I was born and raised in a fervently Catholic society. Religion, Catholic religion that is, was and still is a compulsory subject even in state schools. But I attended church school so you might fathom how religious they were about giving religion lessons! I’m not being condescending don’t get me wrong. It’s just that even as a boy I already didn’t like the idea of…
  • The Problem of Individual Choice & Why We Should Care About Social Choices

    Gilbert Ross
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    In this talk, Renata Saleci makes an important point about our unhealthy obsession with making choices – or rather how we became so consumed by the idea of making rational choices for ourselves that we lost sight of social responsibility – that is making choices for the benefit of the collective present and future. For me the subject of choice is important because it is closely linked to the idea of simplifying one’s life – a key topic I am currently diving deeper in. Basically making a choice supposedly means reducing noise and uncertainty from possible future…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming

    Gilbert Ross
    16 Jan 2014 | 12:05 pm
      A Note from the Editor: This guest post by Cormac Reynolds of Astral Zen is a particularly helpful introduction for those who have never heard of the concept of Lucid Dreaming and are interested to find out some more about the topic. It is also ideal for those who have come across the subject on some occasions but were never given a good intro to it. In both cases this would be an ideal concise but power-packed kick-starter! Having said this, I would still highly recommend this article to those readers who are already fairly acquainted with the subject or who are lucid dreamers…
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    All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II

  • White Board Wisdom

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    My friend, Jeff Herring, Posted this on Facebook and I had to share it with you all! “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” ~ Robert Castor Lintner For those of you in celebrating the U.S. holiday Thanksgiving, Have a Happy Holiday! The post White Board Wisdom appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Staying Calm in the Midst of Stress and Chaos

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Knowing how to stay calm is a very important skill. Calmness leads to more gratitude. When you are at peace, the gratitude can flow. However, this skill tends to deteriorate under stressful or distracting conditions. Staying calm under extreme pressure is much more challenging than staying calm under moderate conditions. For example, hitting a golf balls with your friends is relatively easy. But add 5,000 spectators and some TV cameras and see how well you do. These are the times that try men (and women’s) souls… And these are the times that try their gratitude! Imagine being…
  • 7 Great Benefits of Being Alone

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Perhaps you find yourself spending a lot of time alone. Do you struggle with how to spend that time? Although you have plenty of things you’d like to accomplish, getting focused and staying that way seems to be a challenge when you’re alone. Are you wasting precious, solitary hours that you could be spending more productively? Believe it or not, you can actually find this time by yourself to be very helpful. While it is fun to be around a large group of friends and family members, sometimes getting away from them all can be refreshing. There are several benefits of being by yourself…
  • Stop Hurrying and Start Living

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    If you’re not getting enough things done on your to-do list, you’re not alone. It’s common to feel a little overwhelmed, rushed, and even guilty when you’re unable to get everything done each day. Staying focused and in the moment is challenging. Then the little things seem to start piling up. The dishes are dirty and the laundry needs to be done. The only obvious solution is to be even busier and to schedule every minute of the day. It’s important to remember that nothing stays finished for long. Most of us feel like everything has to be done before we give ourselves permission to…
  • The Meaning of Life

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    You can expand your gratitude by listening and watching  as this 6-year old narrates the Meaning of Life.   The post The Meaning of Life appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    “Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” - Susan Cheever Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Cher Zavala. Everyone struggles to control their own emotions from time to time. But for many recovering addicts, struggling with emotional self-control is […] The post 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France We all have a dream we want to fulfill. What is it for you? Is it something you have always been passionate about? Maybe there is something you want to contribute to the world […] The post Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale I have a confession to make. I haven’t been taking care of myself lately like I usually do. (I have been having a little too much fun basking in the glory of the […] The post 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be.” – Abraham Maslow Do you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead of you? If so you aren’t doing what you’re meant to do. Now […] The post How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 4 Key Ways to Dismantle Your Limiting Beliefs

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.” - Mignon McLaughlin So you’re not following your dreams, huh? Why not? You don’t believe your dreams are possible do you? If you really believed you could have what you wanted, you would be doing what it takes to get it, right? We all have limiting beliefs, […] The post 4 Key Ways to Dismantle Your Limiting Beliefs appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • Why It's OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving

    Shannon Hayes
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. This holiday I will join my family in giving thanks for loved ones, for the harvest, for our healthy food. But quietly, I will offer another prayer of gratitude: for my inner tyrant. The stars are still beautiful, and I am still angry. It is 1:30 in the morning. I am wide awake. I blame Bob. His blood sugar took a plunge during the night, and he had to get up to deal with it. In the drunken state caused by low blood sugar, he was about as silent and subtle as a turkey trying to run on a hardwood floor. In the final crunch of farm season leading up to the Thanksgiving…
  • Photo Essay: At a Half-Mile-Long Table, Chefs, Farmers, and Volunteers Feed a Neighborhood for Free

    Valerie Schloredt
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Photo by Andy King. Artist Seitu Jones was troubled to see people relying on convenience foods because healthy shopping choices are difficult in his St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood. Jones wanted to start a community-wide conversation about food access and food justice—and where better to talk than over a good meal? With the help of Public Arts St. Paul, funders, farmers, chefs, and 400 volunteers, Jones created a free dinner of ginger chicken, green vegetables, collard greens, beans, rice, and apple cider for 2,000 guests. Poetry and choreographed table service made the event a meal to…
  • An Alaska Native Myth Tells of a Never-Ending Blizzard—Now You Can Learn About It on Xbox

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Image by Never Alone. The Inupiaq people of Alaska have an unipqaak—a generations-old story—called Kanuk Sayuka. It tells of an unending blizzard that threatens the life of an Alaskan village. The people cannot hunt for food and face starvation. To save them, a young girl, Nuna, must overcome a series of challenges with the help of an arctic fox and forces from both the physical and spirit worlds. It’s a story about the restoration of the balance of nature. And now you can learn all about it on XBOX or PlayStation. "American Indian stories ... are nonlinear, relational, and expansive…
  • The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Saw #MockingjayPart1. Four words: IT WAS SO GOOD. Now I want to go solve all the world's problems. #MyHungerGames — Liz Mallory (@Eliz_Mallory) November 21, 2014 This week, fans of the popular Hunger Games series relaunched a campaign called “Odds in Our Favor” to draw attention to economic and social inequality. The campaign asks fans to “fill the gap” between the social commentary of The Hunger Games and the world fans inhabit by sharing their stories of economic inequality with the hashtag #MyHungerGames. The result has been an outpouring of personal…
  • 7 Ways to Get Happy—Without Costing the Planet

    Sarah van Gelder
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Photo by Moyan Brenn. We come into this world naked with nothing to count on but love. Along the way, we pick up other ideas about what’s important—status, possessions, money, a bucket list of experiences and accomplishments. But those who reflect back, as they near the end of life, often rediscover love as the source of real happiness. It is a form of happiness that endures because it starts with the fundamentals and aspirations of being human. Philosophers and religious leaders have long warned against getting distracted by petty ambitions. “It is preoccupation with possessions, more…
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  • Why Some Successful Leaders Ultimately Fail

    Guest Author
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Guest Post by Ali Jafri A lot has been written about why leaders fail. In fact, we have seen the public downfall of many leaders ranging from Donald Trump to Jim Bakker and from Richard Nixon to Jennifer Capriati in recent years. All these people were once dominating their respective industries but had to face public disgrace due to different reasons. The main problem is that most of the leaders think that they are never going to fail catastrophically. They argue that they have worked hard and deserve to be on the top forever. Unfortunately, the distance between being a beloved leader and a…
  • What Does Giving Trust Mean?

    Jon Mertz
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Trust Across America – Trust Around the World is an organization highlighting the importance and value of trusted leaders and organizations. They have launched a week long campaign – Trust Giving 2014 – to highlight perspectives on trust. Trust is critical to making any relationship or organization function in a meaningful, productive way. As a value, trust is one of those things we know it is working when we experience and believe it. As soon as something seems to break that bond, we grow skeptical quickly. Trust is given, just as trust is received. In the middle, we decide if the…
  • The Trouble with Distractions

    Heidi Oran
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    Have you spent much time alone in your life? Have you ever lived by yourself? Have you traveled without company? I grew up in a busy home with two siblings and a revolving door welcoming family and friends any time – the house was never quiet! When I moved away from my parents home at 18 the trend of chaos continued, and as I grew older I began to realize that I really preferred it this way: I despised being alone. Back in 2011 when I launched my exploration into spirituality and mindfulness, I began to understand that my disdain for solitude was revealing that something important was…
  • Be Grateful for Second Chances

    Jon Mertz
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    We can be hard on people. We give up when they screw up. We put them down when they are trying hard to rise up. We are quick to criticize small errors. We are slow to forgive. We ignore. We roll our eyes. We exclude. We are all guilty at times. When we are quick to judge, we need to take a step back and think about the second chances we were given. We need to be grateful for our second chances. If you believe you haven’t received a second chance, think again. A new job is a second (or third) chance to work in better ways and lead in a more inclusive, collaborative, empowering way. Going to…
  • Sidney Kushner: A Millennial Leader Listening for Solutions

    Molly Page
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Comedian Paula Poundstone famously observed, “Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.” It’s unclear if that was Millennial leader Sidney Kushner’s intention when he asked his young friend Andy that question. But Andy’s answer most definitely gave Sidney an idea. During his sophomore year, Sidney Kushner was volunteering at a camp for kids who have cancer. He explains, “Andy was eleven years old and meeting him changed my life in so many ways.” When Andy spoke about growing up to be a baseball player, Kushner…
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  • 10 Random acts of Neighborliness

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
      A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community is so important, especially now, surrounding all the negativity we hear about daily in the news.
  • Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may want to think about finding a new brand, pronto. Here’s why. The study shows that triclosan causes…
  • The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social selection of items for sale. You can even search items that are made in the USA by state! One of my very favorite…
  • In Celebration of World Kindness Week

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. Think about how much better the world would be if we all took just a bit more time to consider the…
  • The Key to Getting the Behavior You Want from Your Kids

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Last time I saw Dr. Deb Gilboa, we chatted for a while about teaching our kids how to pay it forward. It’s important to both of us that our kids have empathy and understand the value of helping others. One of my children is naturally empathetic, while the other… not quite so much. We talked about the lessons we want our own children to have through our teaching, and Deb described several of the ways her family practices the art of giving to others. Dr. Gilboa’s expertise goes way beyond paying it forward. She is a pediatrician who has seen thousands of children in her own practice. Her…
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  • 7 Steps To Consciously Create A Meaningful Career

    Cecilia Bratt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    The world is changing rapidly. Industries are pivoting quickly, new technologies are emerging at a high rate, and we do not necessarily stay with one employer for the full length of our career. At the same time, we have never lived in a time with so many opportunities to make an impact on the world. The key to build a career that matters is to start tapping into our potential. We may have several, different jobs over a time period. A career, however, is bigger than our current job. It is the overall idea of our contribution to the world that drives a meaningful career.  And if there is…
  • Restore Balance, Aid Healing, And Expand Your Awareness In 5 Powerful Steps

    Katherine Ingram
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Adrenal fatigue — the main symptom of which is unremitting and total exhaustion—is rampant in the U.S. and elsewhere, especially among middle-age women, which really should give us all a little pause. A recent bought with it caused me to pause, quite literally, to consider the nature of disease and our role in creating it. It’s not just a hectic life and a hectic culture that causes fatigue. The internal life is equally important: the life of the mind, the achings of the heart, and the longings of the spirit. What happens within us has just as much, if not more, impact on our wellbeing…
  • Eckhart Tolle: What Role The Ego Plays In Our Consciousness And Awakening

    FinerMinds Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    If we acknowledge that the ego is rather insane and seems to be an obvious obstacle to our growth and consciousness, then why do we have it? In this 9-minute video, Eckhart Tolle addresses this question and discusses the ego’s possible role in our awakening. Do his views and insights resonate with you? Please share your thoughts below. The post Eckhart Tolle: What Role The Ego Plays In Our Consciousness And Awakening appeared first on FinerMinds.
  • 25 Ways To Ignite Positive Energy From Those Who Hurt You In The Past

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    You try endlessly to radiate positive energy and create a small world of joy for yourself and those around you. But as much as you’re an advocate for these jovial actions, you sometimes find yourself fall back into a gloomy attitude that is caused by those who have hurt you. It destroys you to remember these times, but without addressing it, it will continue to sit in the back of your head just lurking there. You need ways to establish your happiness again, happiness that is unconditional more constantly.   1. Allow yourself to be consumed by sorrow. “We need never be ashamed of our…
  • 4 Ways To Amp Up Your Meditation Practice (Or Finally Get One Started!)

    Kerri Cummings
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you’re anything like me, you’ve read all kinds of things about meditation, been inspired by groovy photos of people blissfully meditating, and even maybe done a few yoga classes or meditation workshops. If you’re really anything like me, you’ve blissfully floated home from that workshop, extolling all the wondrous virtues of meditation to your friends and family, and vowed to yourself to start meditating regularly. And then, something happens. Something that sucks you out of your bliss and leaves you feeling like a slight failure. You know what happens, right? Yes; life happens.
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  • Very Attractive and Sensual Boudoir Portrait Photography of Attractive Models: 50 Photos

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Photography is work of art with light. Is your room feeling little dated? Have you ever thought of using photography to decorate your room? Is your answer no? Then start thinking about it. It is... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 30 Mindblowing Examples of horror tattoo designs

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Tattoos are in these days just like chinos and fluorescent. Girls and boys have a strong fascination towards tattoos these days as the trend of inking yourself is on a rise. Getting yourself... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 20 WordPress Plugins Truly Dedicated to Christmas Season

    Amit Tripathi
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jingle bell Jingle bell Jingle all the way… yes this is the mood which is everywhere. Slowly but steadily the snowflakes and Santa are taking the limelight to my online business as well. For me... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Mesmerizing Fractal Art Pictures for Art Lovers

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Fractal art is a form of art is quite different and is based on algorithms. The fractal objects are calculated and are hence presented in the form of still images or animations. They have been from... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Perfect Examples of Transportation Photography

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The most dynamic carrier chosen by the new generation is photography, lots are people attracted towards the photography due to its wide range and the incoming source. Many people’s have their... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    Very Smart Girls (tm)

  • Moody People

    Jo-Ann Downey
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    What do you do when you are with a negative person? Have you ever tried to be overly joyful to compensate for someone in a bad mood? Do you feel drained after being with a moody person? How much do you value your life’s energy? What can you learn from difficult people? It is understandable that children, young adults, or those with mood disorders can be moody. I am talking about healthy adults who choose to be negative or difficult on a regular basis. 4 Ways to Cope With Moody People Acceptance 1) Acceptance is the first step. Accept the person is being difficult and deeply acknowledge to…
  • What is Your Quicksand?

    Jo-Ann Downey
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am keenly aware that my life is too focused on my calendar. I feel as though the time I spend on my calendar and planning future activities is keeping me out of the present moment. As shared in “The New Two Do List- Part Two”, after a few weeks of consciously choosing 1-3 priority goals To Do each day, I woke up and thought, “It’s my New Two Do List.  I will pick two (2) things Two Do each day and trust that the rest would happen with grace and ease.”  When I follow this practice my daily Two Do’s are more open, trusting, and self-nurturing. It also helps me to focus on…
  • 24-Hour “I” Language Challenge

    Jo-Ann Downey
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For the next 24-hours can you communicate with others by using “I” language? For example, an alternative to “You told me you would have the building proposal to me yesterday” is “I would like an update on the building proposal” or, if appropriate, “I would like an update on the building proposal due yesterday.” Instead of “you have a strong work ethic” you could say “I appreciate your work ethic.” An alternative to “you choose the restaurant” is “I would enjoy it if you chose the restaurant.” The 24-hour challenge includes written…
  • Fashion Meets Philosophy ~ Charles James

    Jo-Ann Downey
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I had the privilege to visit the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City this month.  According to Wikipedia Charles James (1906-1978) was known as America’s First Couturier (an establishment or person involved in the clothing fashion industry who makes original garments to order for private clients). His dresses and coats are magnificent, timeless, and mesmerizing; his quotes appeared on the mirrored walls of the exhibition. Do you feel more beautiful and/or see more beauty in the presence of beauty? How are you creating, showing,…
  • Happy 5th Birthday Very Smart Girls!

    Jo-Ann Downey
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    As I enter my sixth year of writing, I am so very thankful and grateful to my readers, my process, and my learning orientation to life.   Only you can build your best life and I hope Very Smart Girls inspires you to do so! “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”   Eleanor Roosevelt In honor of five years of writing, below you will find the top 10 Very Smart Girls blogs. Enjoy! Open-Ended Questions Build Relationships Quotes about Money and Life 10 Quotes about Life…
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    The Road

  • One More

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    When my head lifted, I knew I was about to begin my last day. I didn't ask for reasons why or how it might end...I just knew, and it was hard for me to stand. I humbly thanked HIM for the time, and I rose from knees and walked away. Tears flowed as I pressed the button on the coffee pot for the last time. I got ready for work for the last time and I sent the last "I love you" text to my husband. I spoke gently to the children as we made our way toward school. I told no one, that this might very well be the last time they see me. I went about my day with an awareness I hadn't had in a while. I…
  • We Were Headed There

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Common chatter filled the family car. Hair combed, teeth brushed, our Sunday clothes rested upon our backs; we were headed there. I closed my eyes and let the warm sun kiss my face as it beamed between the pines. I prayed for the others, who were gathering in...Soon, my eyes opened again to breathe in the blessed Sunday air, and I watched the ordinary pavement pass beneath us. With only a mile separating us from there, we were in that final stretch. Anticipation made its way deep into my lungs as I envisioned that empty pew awaiting. Something up ahead moved. It was a truck speeding toward us…
  • The Sheep Will Follow

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The sun warmed my face as we drove in silence toward that little country church. I closed my eyes and listened to the quiet, as miles of pavement separated us from that rustic white steeple I was longing to see.We sat on our usual pew and before I knew it, I had the prettiest little blue-eyed baby in my lap. She captured the attention of anyone who met those blues and with a smile, could light any dark room. We sang the southern hymns and she sat in silence watching and learning, listening and growing. I could feel her tiny heart beat and I imagined how strong it would grow over the years if…
  • The Five, The Two, and The One

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Today I was given a very special gift I so desperately needed. This gift can't be found under the clasp of a change purse nor betwixt the fold of a leather wallet. A single, random act of kindness flowed like music orchestrated by The Conductor's baton. A precious little note addressed to me and my husband found at our pew, between the hymnals.After a very Spiritual morning service, I found myself in the bright of a lighted church-house as darkness swallowed everything around us. The preacher asked if anyone had Scripture on our mind, in our heart...that we felt led to share. My heart began…
  • Ten Little Knees

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I sat in the stillness of His Peace trying to block out chaos from the backseat as my husband drove my family towards our little country church. I closed my eyes and heard words lifting from my heart towards The One on High as I prayed for the flesh which covered my bones. I needed that focus, that Worship with The Lord this day. The warm sun touched my skin and my eyes remained closed, waiting to feel. Tall pines darkened my lids as we passed them by but I could still feel that sun as it peeked beyond the shadows.I remembered the week before. The church came together for VBS and by week's…
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    Thin Difference

  • Why Some Successful Leaders Ultimately Fail

    Guest Author
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Guest Post by Ali Jafri A lot has been written about why leaders fail. In fact, we have seen the public downfall of many leaders ranging from Donald Trump to Jim Bakker and from Richard Nixon to Jennifer Capriati in recent years. All these people were once dominating their respective industries but had to face public disgrace due to different reasons. The main problem is that most of the leaders think that they are never going to fail catastrophically. They argue that they have worked hard and deserve to be on the top forever. Unfortunately, the distance between being a beloved leader and a…
  • What Does Giving Trust Mean?

    Jon Mertz
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Trust Across America – Trust Around the World is an organization highlighting the importance and value of trusted leaders and organizations. They have launched a week long campaign – Trust Giving 2014 – to highlight perspectives on trust. Trust is critical to making any relationship or organization function in a meaningful, productive way. As a value, trust is one of those things we know it is working when we experience and believe it. As soon as something seems to break that bond, we grow skeptical quickly. Trust is given, just as trust is received. In the middle, we decide if the…
  • The Trouble with Distractions

    Heidi Oran
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    Have you spent much time alone in your life? Have you ever lived by yourself? Have you traveled without company? I grew up in a busy home with two siblings and a revolving door welcoming family and friends any time – the house was never quiet! When I moved away from my parents home at 18 the trend of chaos continued, and as I grew older I began to realize that I really preferred it this way: I despised being alone. Back in 2011 when I launched my exploration into spirituality and mindfulness, I began to understand that my disdain for solitude was revealing that something important was…
  • Be Grateful for Second Chances

    Jon Mertz
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    We can be hard on people. We give up when they screw up. We put them down when they are trying hard to rise up. We are quick to criticize small errors. We are slow to forgive. We ignore. We roll our eyes. We exclude. We are all guilty at times. When we are quick to judge, we need to take a step back and think about the second chances we were given. We need to be grateful for our second chances. If you believe you haven’t received a second chance, think again. A new job is a second (or third) chance to work in better ways and lead in a more inclusive, collaborative, empowering way. Going to…
  • Sidney Kushner: A Millennial Leader Listening for Solutions

    Molly Page
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Comedian Paula Poundstone famously observed, “Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.” It’s unclear if that was Millennial leader Sidney Kushner’s intention when he asked his young friend Andy that question. But Andy’s answer most definitely gave Sidney an idea. During his sophomore year, Sidney Kushner was volunteering at a camp for kids who have cancer. He explains, “Andy was eleven years old and meeting him changed my life in so many ways.” When Andy spoke about growing up to be a baseball player, Kushner…
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    Julie Gosh

  • Conversations Happen!

    julie gosh
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I was looking at a photo the other day of someone I know, and the photo was from the 1950’s….a good ole black and white.   I found myself saying, “What happened???”, because the person in that photo seems so different from the person I see today. And yes, of course there have been many years in between and aging has occurred. But it was also something different…..hard to explain.   I immediately followed up my question with an out-loud answer, “Conversations happened, that’s what.”   One of my sons was sitting at the table with me, and thus ensued a wonderful…
  • The Calm

    julie gosh
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
          “Today, I will be calmly active and actively calm.” Just say the above sentence a few times out loud, softly.   Now say it a few times silently to yourself.   Speak this from your heart, not your mind.  Just use your intention and speak it from your knowing heart.   Speak this with authority.  Speak this deeply.  Speak this with peace.   Speak each word and pause, focusing on the vibration each holds.   Each time you say it put emphasis on a different word and see how that feels.   How DOES it feel?   How do YOU feel?   In…
  • This is Your Mission…..

    julie gosh
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
        I was playing tennis the other day with one of my sons…we play a lot of tennis.  I was a four year varsity tennis player in high school, and I was pretty darn good….back in the day.   Now….a LONG time later, there is plenty to work on and some days are better than others.  Some days I feel like a superstar out there and other days nothing seems to work.   Both of my sons have been playing a little over a year, and they could say the same thing.   So the other day was one of those potentially frustrating days, the kind of day where cussing can be heard…
  • Darkest Before the Dawn

    julie gosh
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
            Are you willing to wake up?  Continue on your path of awakening?   Are you willing to see what up until now you couldn’t or didn’t want to see?   Are you willing to learn stuff that might disrupt your status quo?   Are you willing to take the red pill?   I mean, really, will you?   People think it takes courage to wake up.  And yes, I suppose it does because it means letting go of the known, letting go of what no longer serves us, and letting go of identities even.   But courage is WHO we are, not some unseen force “out…
  • Hall of Mirrors

    julie gosh
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
            So I had the coolest experience yesterday morning as I sat outside to meditate, and I know it’s to be shared for us all.   As soon as I sat down, there appeared a squirrel on the tree across from me.  He’d arrived to partake of his breakfast.  So I said to him silently, “I love you.”  And IMMEDIATELY an “I love you” shot back right into my heart.  I felt it, I knew it.   So I turned to the blue jay on the branch to my right and said, “I love you.”  The same thing…pow, right back at me!  And on and on it went.  With my dog, my cat,…
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  • 5 Steps for Gaining Unstoppable Energy

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Wishing for more energy to experience everything life has to offer has become an increasingly popular pastime. Consider those commercials for energy shot beverages, or stop to see how many quick-stop coffee shops are in your area. These businesses are making billions of dollars from people wanting that next burst of energy in order to make it through the day.Instead of reaching for an expensive beverage that only promises a few hours of vigor though, why not learn these life-changing steps for gaining an unlimited amount of energy? Not only will you find boundless energy, you will save some…
  • 8 Requirements for Reaching Personal Freedom

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    It doesn’t make sense that words such as “requirement” would come into play when talking about freedom. At the same time, no one ever promised that freedom is free.Some would say it’s impossible to reach personal freedom in this lifetime since we are always going to be locked away in bodies that eventually fail us, a mind that keeps us locked away from full awareness of the present moment, and of course the bounds of society that can feel like heavy chains at times as well.I believe that personal freedom goes much deeper than that though. I believe it’s available to us despite the…
  • Energy Healing Made Simple – Lesson Two

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Energy healing such as spiritual healing, “Laying on of hands” and Reiki is becoming more popular for those who want to gain a deeper inner connection, find a beautiful way to relieve stress and allow their natural healing system to work at its highest potential.Much of the work to begin to work with energy healing is in the preparation. In Energy Healing Made Simple – Lesson One, I pointed out the need to prepare on an inner level to be able to get started with natural healing energy. If you didn’t read that, you will want to work on that first.As you continue to work on your…
  • Are Toxic People Eroding Your Emotional Resiliency?

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    While your physical body needs to be sheltered from extreme weather in order to stay well, you also need to provide shelter for your mind and emotions. What you expose yourself to, including who you expose yourself to has everything to do with how well you are able to maintain emotional resiliency.Remember, your emotional resiliency is part of your immune system. Keeping it strong is the best prevention and cure for health issues, including mental and emotional health.With this in mind, there is no argument that cutting toxic people out of your life is a crucial step to take. It can also be…
  • Guide to Building Emotional Resiliency

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Emotional resiliency is the immune system for your mental, emotional and spiritual health.  When you eat right, exercise, and get enough rest, you help your body build resiliency against disease. Along those same lines, building emotional resiliency will help you prevent, or be better able to recover from illnesses of the mind, emotions and spirit.The same as some people are naturally physically stronger than others; some people are more emotionally resilient than others. Also, the same as you can become stronger physically by pursuing healthy practices such as exercise; you can also build…
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  • Thanksgiving Isn’t Tomorrow

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s every day. If you wake up healthy, Happy Thanksgiving. If you live in a warm, dry home, Happy Thanksgiving. If someone knows you by name and loves you, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have health insurance, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have clean water, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have access to a public library, Happy Thanksgiving. If you eat every single day, Happy Thanksgiving. If you are reading this post on a phone, computer or tablet. Happy Thanksgiving. Every day.
  • Viewing Ferguson Through a Filter

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.” – Unknown   I live in St. Louis and what you see on TV is not the whole story. What you see on TV is horrific. Fires, gunshots, and tear gas. What you don’t see on TV is all of the people (black and white) who are at work today talking and laughing and bonding over a common sadness. We aren’t fighting. We’re tired. I’m not black. I don’t have a…
  • Five Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    If you are like me, your inbox has been full of Black Friday emails for several weeks now and your friends on Facebook are starting to vocalize their opinions about Black Friday sales. It’s the most stressful time of year…but why? Shopping? Parties? Parking? I challenge you to make this holiday season different. I challenge you to slow down and find peace in the midst of the chaos. Tip One Do all of your shopping in the next three days. Yep. All of it. Kids, family, teachers, co-workers…will be done before you drink your first glass of wine on Thanksgiving. Make a complete…
  • The Problem with Us Against Them

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Nobody is perfect. Mistakes happen. We all know this to be true….for ourselves. But, our perception of others isn’t always quite so forgiving. I imagine that at least once today, you heard someone criticize someone else for messing something up, not doing their job, or being inconsiderate. I also imagine that there wasn’t one time today when you messed up, failed to do your job or were inconsiderate. Why are other people SO irresponsible? Why can’t they be more like you and make great decisions more often than not? They do. We just can’t see things from their…
  • The Key to Success: Giving it Your 80%

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Everyone knows that if you want to succeed at anything in life, you need to give it your 100%, right? Maybe not. Giving it your 100% every single time is not only difficult, it’s impossible. If you can’t be perfect, then why even try. There is another way of getting things done. Give any effort at least 80% of your max. Perfection is not reality and striving for it can lead you to not try at all. Not being able to meet a goal to 100% can prevent you from taking important steps towards your goal. Say you want to start doing P90X. You try, but you can’t get through the whole…
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  • Is winter too cold for a juice cleanse?

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Are you like me? Does the thought of going on a juice cleanse in the winter send shivers down your spine? Well, if you have ever said its too cold for a juice cleanse then this might inspire you to think differently. It definitely did me… I have been reading about two types of fat we have in our body. We have white adipose tissue (fat) and brown adipose tissue in our body. Each has its own function. White adipose tissues (known as white fat) stores energy and is the fat that clings to our internal organs. It is important because it pads out our organs but when we become overweight and…
  • Dairy and gluten free recipes

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I have been on the look out for dairy and gluten free recipes to add to my vegetable juicing. It can be hard keeping up with food plans for the week when I have to sit in the moment and decided what to cook. I was really excited about a site a friend recommended that provides weekly dairy and gluten free recipes to cook. It includes everything I will need to cook each recipe every week, including the full shopping list. I am seriously thinking about joining because as a beginner to this whole healthy living lifestyle its just too easy to go back into default mode and cook what I already know.
  • My office gym

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    I have been renting an office in Town since September. Actually it’s a desk in an office that I share. The building contains an office gym and although I haven’t ventured into it yet, its really great to know it is available. I have been inside to take some photos at least. There are the usual cardio machines you get in an office gym including an exercise bike, rower, treadmill and total body conditioner (if that’s what it is called). It has a full weights section with free weights as well as the amazing machine you can see below. There are also exercise balls available and…
  • Two more satsuma juices

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I am using up the rest of my satsumas and made two satsuma juices yesterday and today. These make great juice cleanse juices and they are tasty. A change from green juices that’s for sure, with just the right amount of sweetness thanks to the satsumas.   1. Sweet potato, broccoli and satsumas 2. Celery, satsumas, broccoli and carrots Each one also included ginger and lemon as always with my juicing. I also included cayenne pepper on top The post Two more satsuma juices appeared first on Juice Cleanse Me.
  • Carrot ginger satsuma vegetable juice

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Today’s healthy vegetable juice recipe contains only three ingredients. This is a carrot ginger satsuma vegetable juice It tastes really good, quite sweet and I enjoyed drinking this one. In case you should need the ingredients here they are Carrots Ginger Satsuma Nothing complicated about that one at all… Satsumas are great for fibre, zinc and calcium. have a great article on the health benefits of satsuma for skin and hair health Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient and this is one of the reasons I include it in every single juice I make. It has so many…
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    positively present

  • how to tackle Thanksgiving Day stressors

    positively present
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      Here in America, Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us. For those who love the turkey and mashed potatoes, the football watching and the launch of the holiday season, it can be a joyous time of year. But, unfortunately, the beloved American holiday doesn't always bring joy for everyone. For many, it means an increase in stress due to meal preparation and travel and the inevitable family get-togethers, which, let's face it, don't always go as smoothly as we'd like. As wonderful as it is to celebrate the holiday (and kick off the holiday season!), it can definitely be a…
  • positively present picks: november 21, 2014

    positively present
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      “People generally see what they look forand hear what they listen for." Harper Lee   Spark Notebook Kickstarter : I designed this for the amazing Popforms team+ I'm so excited to see the project coming together! yay! How to Get Shit Done When You're Unmotivated : really great advice here 9 Negative Thoughts That Push People Away : avoid these for sure! How to Stop Negative Thoughts : tips for getting rid of that negativity for good Love Your Face : these products look amazing (and inspiring too!) 7 Habits of Happy People : these are all such great habits to…
  • get grateful: a gratitude round-up!

    positively present
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      I try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long, but this time of year always encourages me to think more about what it means to be thankful — and to contemplate what I'm thankful for. Maybe it's because it's Thanksgiving or it's because it's the time of year that I do my annual Gratitude Photo Challenge, but for whatever reason, for me this time of year is all about being appreciative for what I have. I've been using — and reaping the benefits of — gratitude a lot in my life lately. It's been a crazy couple of months for…
  • positively present picks: november 14, 2014

    positively present
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Source   “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." Nelson Mandela   30-Day Gratitude Photo Challenge : halfway through + it's been great! Xmas Gift Ideas : Christmas Alphabet + Elf Mug on Society6 7 Step Guide to Heartbreak : an essential for navigating the pain Are You Settling in a Relationship? : three quick questions to sort it out  Free Yourself from Judgments + Drama : such wonderful inspiration 5 Life Lessons to Learn from Your Dog : 'cause dogs are brilliant! A Beautiful Mess Shop : my new favorite online shopping spot Life…
  • 6 ways to minimize moving day stress

    positively present
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
        Over the weekend I moved to a new apartment and, as anyone who has moved before knows, moving can be a stressful experience. It's very hard to stay positive and present when you're in the middle of relocating. Not only is it tough getting all of the stuff physically sorted (the packing... the address changing...), but moving can be a bit of an emotional upheaval as well. For me, it's been tough because I'm moving not as a matter of choice, but as a repercussion of ending a relationship. The relationship ended months ago, but the act of starting over in a new…
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    The Ordinary Buddha

  • Some Early Thoughts About No-Marathon 2015

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    A short while back, I decided not to do the Disney Marathon 2015. After 10 in a row, I felt a little burned out, uninspired and just wanted to do something different. I wanted to create space and let... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons from a Fallen Tree

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    At around 6am on Saturday morning, a huge tree came crashing down onto my back lawn. My back yard rests up against a Nature preserve and I suppose Mother Nature was truly intent on getting rid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What If You Really Did

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    I have noticed that great things seem to come forth when I walk my dog in the morning. Perhaps it is the fresh air, being in Nature or the energy of a canine who loves his life. I found myself asking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Doing What You Love

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Certainly phrases are way over done. Others are just annoying. Still others are unique, but no one really understand what they mean. Then are are a handful that withstand the test of time. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Said It Is Better on the Other Side

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What if it doesn’t get better on the other side? What if this is it? But the book says it gets better. That guy promised if I suffer now, it will be great then. She said to keep your eye on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Discovering Your Truth

  • Living Like a Local in Tunisi

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Tunisia is one of those places that seems too good to be true. Clear water and perfect beaches? Check. A warm, but not too humid climate to enjoy those beaches? Check. A rich and cultured history that you can experience today? Check. I could go on and on, but you get the point. For those who have not yet been lucky enough to have a dream holiday in Tunisia, there are many flights with companies such as First Choice that you can book. Here’s a glimpse at the life of a Tunisian local.See the rest of this article after the jump »
  • #TravelTuesday: The Big Move To Dubai

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    View From My Front DoorSeptember 24th marked my 2 month anniversary of moving to Dubai and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to accept a flight attendant job in Dubai and move to the other side of the world but I'm glad I took a leap of faith and went for it. The last two months have been a complete rollercoaster of emotions for me, but lets start from the beginning.On July 24th 2014 I landed in the sweltering heat of Dubai with 50kg of my belongings, exhaustion from my 20+ hours of travel time with no sleep, and a…
  • #TravelTuesday: Pura Vida Costa Rica #tripofalifetime!

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Pura Vida - Pure Life, it's what the Costa Ricans live by. Last month I was in Costa Rica leading a #tripofalifetime for a bunch of grad students from Canada in a place just outside the city of Liberia for the company S-Trip! It may sound tedious having to watch out for a bunch of drunk 17/18 year olds who just graduated but I have to say I actually really enjoyed myself despite the lack of sleep. The students ended up being some of the coolest people and for the most part they were pretty well behaved. Of course there was all the things you expect like sneaking out after hours, changing…
  • #TravelTuesday: World Pride Hangover

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    I first want to start off with apologizing for not having a post last week. I had a friend staying with me during World Pride Toronto and there was just so much going on every day that I didn't even have a chance to breathe let alone write a post. Now, where to start. World Pride Toronto 2014 has now come and gone and I can safely say I had a gigantic hangover! Not from drinking, I actually didn't drink much throughout the festivities, but from all the events and things going on. Every day there was something new to do and an adventure to be had. I'm going to lay out my main happy…
  • #TravelTuesday: World Pride Toronto

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    On Friday June 20th my current home city of Toronto welcomed the world for World Pride 2014. The opening reception for media was at the Hilton Toronto followed by the opening ceremonies at Nathan Phillips Square. It was a grand kick off with performances from Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox and country singing heartthrob Steve Grand. I was basically swooning from the moment Steve Grand took the stage until he was done. That man is a genuine sweetheart and he's a phenomenal singer to boot! He took time after his set to take photos and meet with everyone who wanted to chat after which to me…
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  • A Formula for Breakthrough – BE – DO- HAVE

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Have you ever had a friend give you a give you a very needed “kick in the pants when you really needed it, even though it might have stung… it made a BIG difference?.  My friend once  shared with me a simple course correction that I could make in my approach to life and my network marketing business that would have a significant effect on my results, and happiness. It was so impactfull that it touched me emotionally. slapped me between the ears and upside the head actually! That’s the mark of TRUTH  It lazers in on the SOUL. I remembered that this same friend had…
  • Enthusiasm Flips the Switch!

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” Do you think there’s truth to that? Look back over some of the highlights in your career, schooling, relationship, spiritual life, parenting or anything you’ve done that was  truly great, and bet you dollars to donuts that you were enthused when you accomplished it, and people could feel your enthusiasm! A leader that I once worked with, used to have a saying that always stuck in my mind: “Knowledge is Power, but Enthusiasm flips the switch”.  What comes to mind when you…
  • Get Fired Up! Stop Looking For That Superstar and BE ONE!

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Are YOU The Leader People Are Looking For? Have you considered lately how hungry people are to be uplifted, inspired, and LED? The industry is loaded with people out there looking for the “hitter”, or the “big fish” they can land in their business, that can bring over a down line, or at least a SUPERSTAR that will go to work, build their compensation plan, and sponsor a bunch of people!! Sound familiar? This is a very common desire and one that we hear every day. Fall out, or attrition, gets a little disconcerting sometimes, and every day it feels like you have to keep…
  • 5 Common Newbie Mistakes and How to Fix Them

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Common Mistakes We See Newbies Make After getting through the time of being a newbie myself way back when, I can sure remember how I felt.  Other network marketers were out there succeeding, and it seemed like I was missing the “magic dust” or something. I felt as if I was doing everything right. I decided to look back at myself, and a few new people I know, and some common blunders that can be easily corrected to move more quickly along the path to success. 1) STOP getting ready to get ready. Stop organizing your work space, making sure your scripts are ok, going to meetings…
  • Mindfulness for Pain Management, Anxiety and Depression

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
      Over the past 5 months I have been learning how to manage pain in a whole new way. It’s completely changed my life, and my outlook on health. Pharmaceuticals can only do so much. After a while pain medication can stop giving the body the originally intended benefit, and actually cause more harm than good. I found that my pain receptors were shot, and pain to me is ten times what it would be to a normal person.     My nervous system is like a circuit board that has gone haywire. Being introduced to Mindfulness as a way of pain management, along with breathing exercises…
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    Elise McDowell

  • 20 Tricks For Acing That Job Interview

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    1. What's Your Why?Why did you apply for the job anyway? Hint: Don't say because you're on your last packet of instant noodles, have $2 left in the bank & are going to start prostituting yourself to pay off your student loans. It's not amateur hour. Regardless of whether it's your dream job or not, you wouldn't apply for a job you don't actually want to do, so why are you applying for that position in that industry? What about it lures you? Where are you hoping to go? Everybody out there is driven by a 'why'. I'm building my own business. Why? Cause I want to enjoy my fucking…
  • Sunday Reads #16: Paris Letters, DIY Beauty & Indoor Gardens

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Hey, it's a beautiful day!And naturally I want to spend it cleaning, sitting on a mountain, watching sheep & painting at sunset.What about you?Were you annoyed with the How I Met Your Mother finale? Well here's an alternative.Homemade gift ideasVanilla chocolate milkshake recipe10 DIY beauty secrets from your own gardenTwo of my faaavourite prints on etsy. here and here.5 indoor garden ideasEwwwwwwwwww!Ever wanted to receive letters from Paris?Cocktail recipes resourceWhat to do when you're stressed & overwhelmedxo
  • Sunday Reads #15: DIY Pet Bed, Watercolors & Stunt Work

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    I love road trips,Especially when the highway leads you all the way back to your hometown.When I go back home it's like I can finally relax and let all the stresses of city life fall away - at least for a day or two. Because it was Mum's birthday, Scott tagged along too.. who am I kidding, he had no choice but to come. It was a perfect weekend with the family.And back to the city..25 ways to celebrate your anniversaryever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors?28 cute puppy pictureslive your calling25 ways to beat bloggers blockchia seed pudding recipedo you ever worry your partner…
  • 25 Ways To Beat Bloggers Block

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It's confession time..I have been suffering from bloggers block for the last year.It came out of nowhere, when everything was running perfectly and my little blog was gaining a lot of momentum. All of a sudden I didn't know what to write, I tried and I tried but no matter what I did I turned into a little rebellious teenager and ran away from the computer!I'd procrastinate and switch topics constantly. I believed that if I just got 'clarity' I'd be able to write again. I got tons of clarity and still convinced myself that it wasn't perfect. I went round and round in circles but I still…
  • Sunday Reads #14: Space, Anaconda & changing the world

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Wow, this weekend the weather put on it's best performance for us here in Auckland. I'm not kidding. It literally went the extra mile to give us good service - I even got to bathe my atrociously pasty white legs in the sun!Summer is coming! :DBeen a little obsessed with Space and Science this week. Trawl through the articles here.29 satellite photos from google earth.blackberry buttercake recipe.OMG Beyonce at the VMA's right?! LOVE her.What's your unspoken relationship rule?Don't hate me for liking this song. #sorrynotsorryHow to change the world and still have time for friends.18 easy ways…
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    Wishingwell Life Coaching

  • Success Quotes to Wire Your Mindset for Winning – and a Goodie!

    Jessica Sweet
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    There’s an amazing first come, first served freebie at the end of this post you won’t want to miss, so scroll down for all the info on how to get it! “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt What if you could really do whatever you’re dreaming of? You can. But sometimes you just don’t believe it. Life gets in the way and we all start to feel beaten down. The truth is though, if you can believe it, you can do it, and there’s nothing like poignant and powerful words to rewire your beliefs. So this week to inspire you to do…
  • Low Pressure, High Impact Career Help If You Don’t Know What You Want To Do Next

    Jessica Sweet
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The other day I was typing happily on my Mac while sitting in bed. What I was writing about really isn’t important. But what happened to me while I was writing is. You see, it was the end of the day, and I was relaxed and happy – in my own home. The last thing I expected was that I had something to worry about. But I did. Because out of nowhere my 17-pound cat, Lucy, jumped up to be with me. She wanted some snuggle time, I’m sure. But she landed directly on my keyboard. I panicked, thinking a 17-pound cat can’t be good for a Macbook, so instead of shooing her off like…
  • Choosing A Career in 5 Steps Even if it Feels Impossible

    Jessica Sweet
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Are you still trying to decide what you want to do when you grow up?  But you’re already grown – into your 40’s or 50’s even?  And you probably already have a career. You’ve just never decided what you actually want to do. Never mind that you’ve been doing something for all these years. When you’re thinking about it and trying to decide how to make a career transition, it might feel impossible.  How do you make a career move when you don´t know what you want to do? How do u make a #career move when u don´t know what u want to do?
  • Inspiring People Do This. What’s Preventing You?

    Jessica Sweet
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    You might have seen that I’ve been a bit fired up lately because I’ve been working on something “secret” for you.   I’m going to tell you about it today, but I also want to tell you a personal story I’ve never told publicly before.  This project has been up my sleeve for a long, long time.  You see, what I realized a while back is that while many of us dream of lives that are MORE than they are today, we struggle with getting there.  The struggle happens not because we’re unmotivated.  It doesn’t happen because we don’t want to be…
  • How to Deal with Negative People

    Jessica Sweet
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    At one point in your life or another, you have to learn how to deal with negative people.  I used to have a friend who, after a while, became consumed with negativity in her life. She always focused on what she didn’t have, what she’d lost, what other people had or the ways in which other people were planning to, or had already done something bad to her. It wasn’t as if she’d lost her mind. From the description above, it almost sounds like it though. No, she just became so consumed by negativity that she couldn’t focus on anything else. I’m sure you…
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    Intuitive Spiritual Mentor, Life & Business Coach, Indigo & Energy Healing - Online & Asheville NC

  • The Healing Power of Mirrors

    Yol Swan
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    I find mirrors magical. I’ve been fascinated with them since I was a child. I used to wonder if the image reflected was the real me or if I was a reflection on someone else’s mirror. I’ve always perceived life in terms of energy layers, so to me these possibilities aren’t as far fetched as you may think. There is…Read more
  • Are You Wearing a Cloak of Invisibility?

    Yol Swan
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Do you feel unseen and unheard as an individual or conscious entrepreneur? Oh, I’ve been there. As a kid I was supposed to follow directions, deal with my emotions on my own, and remain invisible. This created a pattern of self-perception that got reinforced and repeated growing up. Yet I couldn’t see it until I had invested many years in…Read more
  • Are You The Tortoise Or The Hare?

    Yol Swan
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Can you tell the difference between a new TV show and one from 20 or 30 years ago? I bet it’s easy, and not just because of the way people are dressed, but mainly because everything goes quicker now, from scene transitions to how actors speak. I remember being a new mom and seeing all sorts of programs for babies…Read more
  • Are You a Conscious Entrepreneur?

    Yol Swan
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    First of all, let me clarify. You don’t need to run a business to be an entrepreneur. We are all engaged in the most complex and challenging of all enterprises: our life. Since the way you do anything is the way you tend to do everything, in my experience the same rules that apply to business (especially a service oriented…Read more
  • How Do You Direct Your Creative Power?

    Yol Swan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I want to keep it short and sweet today, and leave you with food for self-reflection… Your mind is where the spark of Consciousness gets projected, so it inherently possesses infinite creative power. This powerful current of creative potential within you is filtered by your thoughts, impressions, tendencies, and unresolved emotions in the mind. If you are like most people,…Read more
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  • Gratitude unlocks fullness of life

    Tanya A. Goodman
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving to those near and far. Today and everyday, wherever we may be, may we remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and the blessings that soon will be. — Tanya A. Goodman     Image:    
  • Continue to advance: Believe, believe, believe

    Tanya A. Goodman
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Billy Mills, Lakota Indian, in 1964, came from behind and became the first (and only) American to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters race. One who continues to advance will win in the end. –Daisaku Ikeda   “The win was a surprise to everyone but Billy Mills, who for years had written ‘Gold medal, 10,000-meter run’ in his workout journal. The night before the race, he added, ‘God has given me the ability, the rest is up to me. Believe, believe, believe. “’It’s…
  • For exam takers, especially creative types — Our Lady of Good Studies – Marshall McLuhan’s favorite title of BVM

    Tanya A. Goodman
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Tanya A. Goodman:As a journalist and Catholic, I had to re-blog this post today. I might mention, I am also preparing for an exam. So, I spent a little preparation time on the Internet seeking prayers for exam takers I could add to my own. This blog post proved particularly interesting to me. It mentioned Marshall McLuhan. Anyone who has ever studied journalism knows the name Marshall McLuhan. A man of insight, he is well-known and respected in the field of media. I am taking a final exam in Financial Accounting. The course is from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, online through Coursera…
  • Honoring veterans with prayer

    Tanya A. Goodman
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
      Bless them abundantly For the hardships they faced, For the sacrifices they made For their many different contributions To America’s victories Over tyranny and oppression. We respect them, we thank them,  And we pray that you will watch over These special people  And bless them with peace and happiness. Excerpted from Joanna Fuchs “Veteran’s Day Prayer”
  • The goodness of the whole

    Tanya A. Goodman
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    How often do we let one conversation define a relationship? A paucity of words or “one word too many” can begin erosion of what has taken years to build. Words can be wounding and their absence deafening. One thing said or done may leave us off kilter, but only momentarily. We seek balance. We cannot be stuck in a moment in time. Let us go forward remembering, living and loving the goodness of the whole. – Tanya Goodman   A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them — they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole…
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    SMART Living 365

  • Grateful For The Little Things

    Kathy Gottberg
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that when you pay attention and stay grateful for the little things in your life, most things seem to go well?  As some of you know, since November 1st I’ve been participating in a gratitude challenge … Continue reading → You're reading Grateful For The Little Things an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Grateful For The Little Things appeared first on…
  • Why I’m A Grateful Quitter And Why I Wish Everyone Else Was Too

    Kathy Gottberg
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yes, I’m a quitter—smoking that is. No I won’t pretend it was ever SMART or healthy. Unfortunately back when I was a smoker we didn’t think much about it. But just like how eating too much sugar is considered bad … Continue reading → You're reading Why I’m A Grateful Quitter And Why I Wish Everyone Else Was Too an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Why I’m A Grateful…
  • Ten Reasons I’m Grateful For A Small (er) House

    Kathy Gottberg
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Internet is full of posts, articles and photos of people who are embracing a more minimal lifestyle and promoting the Small House Movement. Just Google if you’re curious. One guy has remodeled a trash dumpster and now calls that … Continue reading → You're reading Ten Reasons I’m Grateful For A Small (er) House an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Ten Reasons I’m…
  • SMART Living Features Best of Boomer Blogs

    Kathy Gottberg
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This week for the first time SMART Living 365 is hosting The Best of Boomer Blogs #379. My links have been featured on each of the blogs listed below during the last month and I’m happy (and grateful) to now share these … Continue reading → You're reading SMART Living Features Best of Boomer Blogs an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post SMART Living Features Best of Boomer…
  • 3rd Annual SMART Living Gratitude Challenge 2014…Ten Things of Thankful TToT

    Kathy Gottberg
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder I believe being grateful and thankful is a big part of a happy and SMART Life. In fact, in case … Continue reading → You're reading 3rd Annual SMART Living Gratitude Challenge 2014…Ten Things of Thankful TToT an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post 3rd…
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    Compete Every Day

  • Make It a Habit

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston It’s hard to be thankful some days. The mindset, the habit, the attitude – it is not one that just “happens.” You have to almost learn to be thankful, to make that conscious effort to take stock of what you have and truly be grateful for it.
  • Yes, I Did

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’re closing in to the last month of the year, and this time of year serves as the perfect time to reflect on the past 11 months. This year I set some lofty goals. Goals that were so lofty, I often doubted myself. I would wake up some mornings, lace up my shoes and think to myself, “why the heck did I think I could do this?” It was uncomfortable, it was painful at times, it was time consuming, but it was life changing. Every time I flipped to the next month on my calendar, I would check off a goal – whether it was a race, an event, trying a new class, increasing…
  • Compete Holiday Sale!

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Why wait for Friday & Monday to get your holiday shopping done? We’re excited to roll out our first holiday sales early – so you can spend time with friends & family Thursday and Friday! Tonight debuts our week long Thanksgiving Holiday sale. A number of CED items are marked down, and even better, every order is getting something special! One (1) shirt or tank earns you a CED sticker! Every two (2) shirts/tanks earns you five (5) free wristbands! Every $50 spent earns you a $5 gift card to use at a later date! Supplies are limited so shop quickly! Shop Compete Every Day
  • Monday Morning Motivation: 11.24.14

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
  • Doing it Right Takes Longer

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Keep your core engaged, use your hips, and squeeze your butt,” I shouted to my bootcampers as they worked on kettlebell swings. “Sqeezing your butt makes a difference. Doing it right takes longer,” one of them shouted back. And immediately I thought, “Ain’t that the truth?!” Not just in the kettlebell swing, but in every aspect of life. From fitness, to nutrition, to finances, to business-building, and beyond…. pain-staking as it may be, doing things the right way typically does take longer. In a world of instant messaging, google search results in 0.25 seconds, single cups…
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    Stacia Pierce | Life Coach 2 Women

  • Giving Thanks for My Wonderful Clients

    Stacia Pierce
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love the holiday season. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it sets time aside for reflection and gratitude. While I practice meditating and journaling with an attitude of gratefulness daily, I love that on Thanksgiving I can share with friends and family what I’m thankful for, and hear their stories of thankfulness. […]
  • 12 Ways to Give Back to Your Clients for Thanksgiving

    Stacia Pierce
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holiday shopping season is a time to make big profits, but the holidays are, of course, about much more than just turning a profit. When my family and I get together on Thanksgiving, one thing we always do is take time to share what we’re thankful for. As a business owner, I’m so grateful […]
  • How to Create a Holiday Marketing Calendar

    Stacia Pierce
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Holiday shopping is huge! November and December retail sales are forecast to be about $616 billion this year. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. Online sales will be about $105 billion. Every year, holiday shopping makes up about one fifth of annual retail sales (statistics from the National Retail Federation). That’s 20% of sales in […]
  • 11 Ways To Make Your Business Stand Out On Small Business Saturday

    Stacia Pierce
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Small Business Saturday takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year it falls on November 29th. It was begun in 2010 by American Express and has been gaining popularity and impact ever since. Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-start your holiday season. By participating, you can do more than […]
  • Your Expectation Determines Your Situation

    Stacia Pierce
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    To be successful, you must first expect a successful outcome in your endeavors. To put it simply, you get what you expect. Every day you have a choice to make – whether you will be happy or sad, smile or frown, laugh or cry, expect success or expect failure. And by choosing to expect a […]
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  • 10 Ways To Have A Healthy Holiday Season (And Still Enjoy A Cookie Or Two)

    Allison Stowell
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a season of diet challenges. We face a busier than usual schedule, holiday parties with coworkers by day, family and friends at night, and of course, the influx of seasonal foods into the supermarket that just seem to want to celebrate with you. Enjoy the best part of Thanksgiving and the holiday season without compromising your diet with these ten tips and strategies. How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays 1. Embrace the idea of better recipes Few holidays are as noted for their “don’t-mess-with-it” traditional recipes as Thanksgiving. Families look…
  • 7 Ways You Can Stay Sane This Thanksgiving

    Jonathan Alpert
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Now that November is here, we’re headed full steam ahead towards Thanksgiving. For many people, this also means the throes of family drama. By virtue of family gatherings, conflicts intensify, old wounds are opened, and tensions rise. Some people only interact with certain family members because it is forced upon them by these gatherings. As such, I see an increase in patients coming to me, nervous about these gatherings. Here’s how to keep your sanity this Thanksgiving. How To Have A Relaxed Holiday 1. Forget perfectionism. The moment you believe that you need to pull off the perfect…
  • Chase Your Passion: Do These 5 Things To Achieve Your Dreams

    Kim Weiss
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you live your life with good intentions, but often breeze through your days waiting for the next gust of wind to blow you in one direction or another towards your passion? Do you believe that the universe has a grand plan for you, but at the same time, you believe in free will? In other words, do you hedge your bets and seek to balance life—like a surfer who acknowledges the waves beneath her board but insists on standing up tall and being in control? Sometimes, this formula works better than others. The waves can be mighty and knock you off the board, while moments later, you are the…
  • 6 Ways To Live Creatively (Even If You’re Not Artistic)

    Leslie Ralph
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso Life is art, and each of us has extensive experience in this art form – it is a lifelong endeavor, after all. However, most of us would probably not consider ourselves to be artists. This is rather unfortunate. As children, many of us probably enjoyed creating art, even those of us who today apologize for not being very artistic or creative (often before we even try). Is this because all children are inherently more creative, or is it more about how a child approaches life? What is it that…
  • Chill Out This Thanksgiving: 8 Ways To Keep Holiday Stress At Bay

    Barb Schmidt
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    This time of the year, the words holiday and stress often go hand in hand. Although stress is something we may have to deal with on a daily basis, this festive season comes around only once a year. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could start feeling less stressed as these special days approach? The hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, office parties, and pre-holiday gatherings have a way of filling up our already busy schedules. We suddenly have even more we need to do—so of course we are feeling stretched to our limits! The stress we are experiencing is a normal response to…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • How to Visualize With Ease

    Richard Ingersoll
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the Law of Attraction as well as many other things, we need to visualize. But what exactly is visualization? Is it hard? Do you have to actually see what you are visualizing? If you are asking any of these questions, you are in for a surprising treat. Everyone can visualize perfectly, and you do all the time! The problem is in the misconception about the word visualization. Visualizing does not necessarily mean that you really see what you are visualizing. Visualizing is no different from daydreaming. The difference is that you are directing your visualization with intent, whereas a…
  • The Science of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
      Have you ever wondered what it was that attracted a man to a woman, or vice versa? What it is about one specific individual that seems to make them irresistible to the opposite sex? Why, when everyone else is sitting home on a Friday night, they can have three dates with plans for breakfast the next morning? There are a number of different factors to be considered, but let us first take a look at the core of the situation: the science of attraction. The central component in the selection of a mate lies in the evolutionary need to continue the species. In the wild mates that were weak…
  • Master Your Life Using the Law of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    . . Are you determined to learn how to use the Law of Attraction? Then you have finally reached the right place to start your journey to Master You Life Using the Law of Attraction … NOW … Not tomorrow, Not in 12 months’ time !! Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe post Master Your Life Using the Law of Attraction appeared first on The Law of Attraction Library.
  • Daily Positive Affirmations – A Tool for Life

    Richard Ingersoll
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    . . Perhaps you have heard of the “Law of Attraction“. This law states that you attract to yourself the things that you believe. If you use positive affirmations, good things will follow, and bad things follow negative thinking. So if you want to improve your everyday life, you will want to use daily affirmations to begin changing the “self talk” that may not have been giving such uplifting feedback. Using daily affirmations improves anyone’s mental status, regardless of circumstances. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past, today is a fresh start…
  • Law of Attraction NewsMay 6, 2007

    Richard Ingersoll
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Welcome to Law of Attraction News! I hope you will enjoy the new style for the newsletter! For a year now I’ve been publishing the Law of Attraction News Bi-Weekly and the response has been very favorable. So, I’ve decided to change the format some and go to a weekly newsletter. As always I really enjoy your feedback on the newsletter so keep it coming. Well, let’s get started with your first tip for Applying the Law of Attraction! Write down what you want. So few people create a list of what it is they want out of life, and even fewer people actually put it down on paper.
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    Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel

  • the list

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The post the list appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • rhythm

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The rhythm is hidden. Trust me. — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND NEW BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS for 2014!!! The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post rhythm appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • lights

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND NEW BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS for 2014!!! The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster SQUIRRELOSOPHY collection same squirrel, different day… […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post lights appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • hitting

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND NEW BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS for 2014!!! The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster SQUIRRELOSOPHY collection same squirrel, different day… […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post hitting appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • sitting

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! REMEMBER! All the SQUIRRELOSOPHY original art is available for purchase. If there’s a button under the image, it’s ready for you! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND NEW BOB THE […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post sitting appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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    Simply Intentional

  • You Got What You Wanted....Don't Panic

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    At the beginning of this year, I chose four affirmations I wanted to focus on and started writing them down daily to invoke the feeling of having them.  As I wrote them again today, I realized that one of them has manifested. I now have the financial means and freedom to travel to beautiful resorts six weeks out of the year.What I've discovered today is that perhaps six weeks out of the year is too much for me.  Kevin and I just returned from staying for a week at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans and this Friday, we leave again - this time to stay in Palm Desert at another very nice…
  • Have A Beautiful Weekend

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Kevin and I are back from New Orleans and our weekend will be spent doing laundry, restocking the fridge and a few other neglected chores.  On the other hand, it will be perfect to catch up on The Blacklist and How To Get Away With Murder in between running errands.  What are you up to this weekend?  Hope it's fun....and warm!  And, here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....Lose your fear; it's never too lateAre you giving your attention to empty vessels?How he decided to move to Las Vegas in 12 hoursWhy positive thinking sucksNow is the time to express…
  • Making Progress In Parenting

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I can remember my fear at being a new parent very clearly.  At the time, I was sure I was dealing with issues that no other parent had dealt with before.  Of course, I learned that wasn't true. I was also convinced that I was raising my children to be more creative, more original, more intelligent than I was and perhaps, even than their peers.  I soon found out how impossible - and exhausting - that would be.As a parent, I think THAT is our nature - to want more for our children AND to believe we can provide that space for greatness to emerge.  What became clear as I grew…
  • Have An Awesome Weekend

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    It's a busy weekend for us.  First, we're hosting Kevin's family for an early Thanksgiving dinner (plus the birthdays thrown in).  Then, we're off to New Orleans on Sunday for a few days of work and fun.  It's my first time in the French Quarter and I'm excited to take everything in.  Hope you enjoy your weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....What's your purpose today?Spiritual economics - training the mental muscle (podcast)Two rules of givingWhen peace goes away, it doesn't make a soundHow to make every day countA reason to forgive your…
  • Expectations For Prayer

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Prayer is an opportunity to make a conscious choice about how you want your life to look.  It's a chance to put your dreams out there to the Universe and let it conspire to help make it happen.So, what if you're praying for something you want badly and it just doesn't seem to show up in your life?  For me, I went through a period in time where I struggled financially and it seemed my prayers were always about money. I could see myself living a financially free life. I affirmed my prosperity and abundance daily. I gave thanks for my overflowing bank account.And yet, I still lived…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Are you a member of the new “Indian Mard (man) club”?

    Baldeep Kaur
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    He cooks like a pro. He changes baby’s diaper easily. He is sensitive. He chooses to work from home to take care of kids. He treats his wife like a queen. In the world of new improved ” Indian Mard (man) club”, there are many real heroes; real “Indian mard” who takes pride in being a […]
  • What to do when nothing feels right?

    Baldeep Kaur
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Why do you tell everyone about your problems? Be strong. Why are you so weak? Listen to my advice. Keep your problems to yourself. People make fun of you. Do you need everyone’s pity or sympathy? I don’t understand. Learn to manage your emotions. Everyone faces problems. Be strong and face it. There is no […]
  • Roles People Play

    Baldeep Kaur
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    In the journey of life, don’t expect love from me, I have nothing to give, except abuses and humiliation, I will destroy your self-esteem, I will challenge your courage, your strength, I am your nemisis. ~~~ In the journey of life, I will love you like no on else, protect your fragility and innocence, keep your roots intact, […]
  • A lost box

    Baldeep Kaur
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    A poem on losing oneself in someone else's world.
  • Take me to the stars

    Baldeep Kaur
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    I know your white light follows me everywhere, To shower courage, strength and patience. But on days when I feel tired to move on, I wonder, Why did you let me reach this dark space? I know you love me a lot, Then why did you not simply hold my hand and took me to […]
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • Slow Down Before It’s Too Late

    Bernadette Logue
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    I spent a lot of my life in “getting somewhere” mode. Focusing on what needed to be done in order to arrive at some place, space or time that would allow me to relax and be at peace, be at ease and simply then ENJOY what I’d created. Because I’m a naturally super organised “make... Read More Continue reading Slow Down Before It’s Too Late on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • My Misunderstanding About Financial Freedom – Don’t Make the Same Mistake!

    Bernadette Logue
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    For over a decade I had a successful corporate career working in all sorts of diverse businesses… big, small, private and public organisations. I made great money and did well for myself. I hoarded that money. I got assets. I got possessions. I invested. I kept earning as much as I could. Consciously, logically and practically, I was doing... Read More Continue reading My Misunderstanding About Financial Freedom – Don’t Make the Same Mistake! on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 5 Calming Steps for When Things Are Falling Apart

    Bernadette Logue
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    There are times when it feels like things are falling apart – perhaps in relation to a specific goal, in a unique situation, in one general area of your life, or perhaps like a perfect storm with things going wrong in various areas of your life at all once. This might send you into... Read More Continue reading 5 Calming Steps for When Things Are Falling Apart on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Morning Meditation for Higher Perspective, Personal Power & Inner Peace

    Bernadette Logue
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    This is a guided meditation for your morning ritual, to set you up for a day of higher perspective, personal power and inner peace. Use this meditation to DETACH from the mind noise and small details of daily life, to rise above it and find that place of clarity, intuition and peaceful bigger picture view.... Read More Continue reading Morning Meditation for Higher Perspective, Personal Power & Inner Peace on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • A Key Life Lesson to Shortcut Issues

    Bernadette Logue
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    This key life lesson is important no matter what you have going on in life, irrespective of your unique challenges, and regardless of what your specific goals and dreams are. This audio is about one thing that each of us must learn and put into practice in our lifetime – a fundamental to having... Read More Continue reading A Key Life Lesson to Shortcut Issues on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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    Beta Motivation » Everything

  • ❼ The Very Sweet Outcome of Complaining about Sweet Potatoes

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    This morning, I caught myself complaining because the Sweet Potatoes I cooked for Mr Beta Mo was enough to last only 3 days instead of 5 days. I wanted it to last 5 days because I like efficiency and cooking during the week is not efficient. Of course, I didn’t complain out loud. I’m a good person. Good people don’t complain out loud. So I did it in my mind instead. Outwardly content but inwardly complaining. This thing of complaining inside my mind is something that God has really been convicting me about recently. Actually, I blame James MacDonald. He’s the one that…

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Today, I am here to make a MASSIVE announcement. I’ve basically been waiting all year to be able to tell you this. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here My book is finally written!!! The launch date is March 23, 2015. The reason I chose this date is that it’s my brother’s birthday. I figured that if my mother can push out an entire human being on that day, then surely I can pull of launching a book on that date. The tentative title of the book is “Story, Story” The reason I titled the book that way is because, well, it’s a story. It’s not a “how…
  • ❼ 2 Free Templates for Deciding What to Do With Your Life (and Blog)

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    I’ve been using some variation of this life plan template for about 3 years and I have to say, it works. Get it here Subscribe to get this template asap Because of This Template, I’m not confused about what I want to do with my life I can make decisions with confidence and say no to things that don’t serve my bigger vision I’ve made some massive progress toward my goal to make a difference before i’m old. If any of this sounds good to you, Subscribe to get this template asap How I Use It I have it pinned to a secret board on Pinterest so I can look at it anytime…
  • ❼ 10 Things White Americans Don’t Know About Black Africans

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    This post is something that has been on my mind since September. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here In September, I attended a conference where one of the presenters said something that really stood out to me. She said, I want to make a difference and I really want to help others but Africa just feels like a black hole She is not the first white person I have heard use the phrase “black hole” in the context of making a difference in Africa. So here are 10 things I wish more Americans knew about Africa and Africans. #1. East Africa and West Africa are VERY Far Apart So when I…
  • ❼ The Innocent Trap that Catches People that Like to Help Other People

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When I go back and read certain things that I wrote on this blog two or three years ago, I find my eyes growing a little rounder and my jaw dropping a little lower. Great examples of this are: Something I wrote about money and this other thing I wrote about failure. I wonder how come I had knowledge of these things 2 years ago when I am only just now becoming completely confident in my application of the concepts they contain. I am very surprised that two years can pass between the time that I understand something and the time I begin to do the thing with peace and confidence. Why did it…
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    Explore Beyond the Usual™

  • The Universe is a Quantum Universe

    8 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I was having a conversation recently with someone about being a psychic. (I use the word intuitive as on my business cards and flyers because it is a less fraught word for many people). My... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Opening the Heart: A Personal Transformational Journey with my Book

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I know that I wrote about how the Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be project began in my “Adventures in Publishing” post some time ago (Click here to read)  but I have been reflecting... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Red Button version of The War of the H.G. Wells

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Just to bring everyone up to date. In my next book, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character—The Source, who was Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) eons ago finds herself in the world of the... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Our Dearly Departed Joan Rivers ... Can We Talk?

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    For weeks, I've been writing profiles for my forthcoming book on Eris, of famous provocateurs and connections in their natal charts with dwarf planet Eris. Naturally, Joan Rivers was among those... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Red Button Version of Mysterious Island

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    In the new book that I’m working on, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character, The Source, who was Theoclea, The Delphic Oracle in a past incarnation (eons ago!), finds herself in the strange... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
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    Making Motivation

  • Waiter for the homeless : an awesome prank by awesome people

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
        There are a still a few things in this earth that makes the world go round and this prank is one of them.  Well, it may be in the form of a prank but it warms the cockles of the heart.  Not only are the homeless being fed but they are treated with ...The post Waiter for the homeless : an awesome prank by awesome people appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • Touching Letter to Patients from a terminal ill Physician

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Imagine you receiving the below letter from your physician who is about to die,thanking you and all his other patients for  trusting him with your health and lives  over the years that he has been in the field. Image via Imgur It’s really nice to know that one can take the time to show such ...The post Touching Letter to Patients from a terminal ill Physician appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • This baby discovers he can finally do this on his own and his reaction is unforgettable

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Babies bring a fresh perspective into our jaded lives with their innocence and their ability to take pleasure in simple things.  However, what I find amazing is the way they pass it on to us – Look at this baby and the way the parents laugh at his antics.  Who would have thought that a ...The post This baby discovers he can finally do this on his own and his reaction is unforgettable appeared first on Making Motivation.
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    Pi values!

  • Lessons for a father - The Art Of Making It Work

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI was having a conversation with my Dad a few days ago. The conversation involved stories of his growing  up days in our native town. One of those stories was how his studies (which, incidentally, helped him become one of the top doctors in the country) had to revolve around all the chores that any farming family have to do on a daily basis.The story goes thus. Being the youngest of his brothers and sisters, and part of a joint family, there was a lot to do. Work started before the sun came up and ended, usually, way after the sunset. In between, there was school to…
  • Lessons for a father - This Too Shall Pass!

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrEver heard of that famous king that asked for wisdom in the form of words that always held true? The wise people of his court came up with: "This Too Shall Pass!". There are multiple variations of the story but the wisdom behind the statement still holds true.Rudyard Kipling, in his memorable "If", mentioned both Triumph and Disaster as imposters. His reference was to our successes and failures in life and how they both go hand in hand and never stay constant. The king's wisdom to accept the phrase was corroborated in this piece of fine poetry.The case of resting on our…
  • Lessons for a father - Pistachios Anybody?

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI love pistachios! We cannot finish a trip to the local wholesale store without me getting my hands on them. Looks like, luckily, we have been able to transfer the same pistachio love to our son too!While going through our last batch of the amazing nut, a thought came to my mind. The process of eating them resembled our lives so much.The box of pistachios represented, to me, opportunities that we get in our lives. To get to the fruit, we had to put in hard work. If we work hard enough, we will, once in a while, get an opportunity, in the form of nuts that are already…
  • Lessons for a father - Awesomeness As A Service

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In a world being lead by technology and information, almost everything can be grabbed from or put into the Cloud. We are not bound by geography to get to things that are important to us. We do not carry huge files, heavy machines and bulky printouts to share information. We use the Cloud to access everything from software to infrastructure as a service.All the technological innovation, and it is great where it is, still cannot provide human interaction and behavior over the Internet. We still have to talk. We have to lead. We have to love and care and respect. The tools might be easily…
  • Lessons for a father - The Ripple Effect

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrLeadership does not emanate from someone that has something that a non-leader does not. My belief is everyone has leadership in them. Whether we choose to lead or not is not dependent on not having leadership. It is based on, usually, a very conscious choice.Exuding positiveness or negativity, happiness or anger is also, usually, a deliberate affair. Saying out loud to ourselves, and following up on it, for example, that I will be happy today no matter what happens might set a day in motion that ends up being exactly that - happy.If we choose to be angry, we will,…
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    Serene Reflection

  • A Prayer To Restore Faith

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I channeled this for someone very dear to me some days back. I shared it on FB earlier and the response there prompted me to record it here for easy and frequent retrieval. For all the times I pretended to trust god, but I didn’t, For all the ways in which I kidded myself For all the ways in which I secretly tried to control Everyone and everything Never believing there was divinity at play All the reassurance that I gave myself to trust and believe While never feeling the truth of it in any way For all the events and circumstances that habituated me To feel let down To expect to be…
  • “I must be happy. All the time.” – Is That True?

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post may disturb those inclined towards compulsive positive thinking.  But it is likely to provide much needed relief to those who feel stretched and pressured by this kind of an expectation.  For myself, I have found that calling a spade a spade (and a rose a rose!) brings immense ease.  So much of our energy is spent in denial and suppression of our thoughts and feelings.  This very avoidance keeps alive and persistent that which we wish to run from.  As also the consequent self- judgment and perpetual exhaustion.  For when we cannot control what we experience, we end up feeling…
  • 9 Clearing Statements To Address The Fear Of Uncertainty

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    How much more energy would become available to you if you were to become comfortable with not knowing?   How much more ease and flow would be yours if you could navigate times of uncertainty with patience and grace? Most of us have a deep desire for control. Deliberately, or otherwise, we attempt to anticipate outcomes and take preemptive action against everything we have labeled undesirable.  There are two factors that are relevant here: The first is that our labels of right and wrong, or good and bad, come from our limited knowledge and understanding.  They are entirely based on past…
  • Poems: Bridging The Illusory Divide

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Love is unconditional. It has no beginning, nor end. It cannot be switched on or off Much as one may pretend. Relationships are a different thing There is a ‘you’, and ‘me’, and a ‘we’ there Either bridges are built together, Then sustained with attentive care, Or to neglected ruin they fall Unable to accommodate Conflicting needs and wants, Routine wear and tear To confuse the two Is to err Love is synonymous with being Flow, a background that is just there To ground it in the day to day living together One has to become present, responsive, aware, Remembering the choices,…
  • Beyond Drama

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Victim, Villain, Hero, Sage. Captivating roles that keep us engaged. What would it be like to see the long repeating patterns in our relationships in a different light? What would it be like to be free of these old, habitual stories and their consequent drama and trauma? I shared the poem below on Facebook a few days back and it struck a chord with many of the readers. Based on their response, I feel that tapping it in with EFT may be helpful, in resigning from any dramatic roles one may have auditioned or signed up for, and choosing freedom instead. We seek the exact match To the frequency…
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    Live Well - Mind Fuel Daily

  • 7 Habits of Happy People

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Our lives are a balance between many extremes, including happiness and sadness. Although we cannot always control our experiences, we can actively make ourselves open to the possibility of happiness.A good way to begin this openness is by studying the habits of those we view as “happy people” – clues that can help us discover that “happiness” is less of a random emotion and much more of a proactive, daily mindset. Have a look below…1. Happy people seek to be grateful.People who view small moments as a gift are likelier to find the happiness within those same moments. Although…
  • Gratitude and ‘First World Problems’

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    A philosophy of gratitude goes a long way in helping us feel happier and healthier in life. Yet this mindset can be more challenging than it first appears, especially if we fall into the trap of distraction created by “First World Problems.”Basically, “First World Problems” are minor inconveniences that provoke exaggerated reactions in our stressed-out society. Here are some of the more common complaints…I’ve lost the remote to the television and now have to change the television by hand.I don’t have any service on my phone for the five minutes I’m in the elevator at…
  • 10 Reasons to Always Say Thank You

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    “Thank you” – two simple words with the power to change our entire outlook on life. Here are 10 great reasons why this phrase of gratitude belongs in the forefront of our daily interactions in every season.1. Saying thank you keeps us humble:“Ingratitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility.” – Orrin Woodward2. Saying thank you makes us fully appreciate our blessings:“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey3. Saying thank you makes us feel…
  • 20 Simple Reasons to Be Thankful

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Sometimes the simple things count the most – here are 20 down-to-earth reasons to think thankfully today:Family – because without them, we wouldn’t be hereGood Friendsbecause one true companion is worth a hundred acquaintancesTeachers for giving us the chance to grow and keep growingLaughterfor balancing seriousness with sillinessRandom Kindnessfor helping strangers, and having strangers help usThe Sun and the Moonfor light in the day and the nightFall Foliagefor making autumn fun and crunchyChapstickfor always keeping our lips safe in changing seasonsSnowfor giving beauty to winter…
  • Celebrating Falling Apart

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    There are few living things as beautiful and as fragile as the rose. As it becomes undone, it becomes more beautiful – with each fallen petal symbolic of happiness and openness to life’s changing seasons.How do you consider the nature of the rose, which as Rumi says, “celebrates by falling apart”? Here are some thoughts to get started…The rose as a symbol of impermanence. Every one of us must go through changes, and the rose represents the order of our universe – that nothing stays together forever, and that everything is part of a cycle of life and death. The rose symbolizes…
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    Coffee-Stained Journal

  • Concrete Memories

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Concrete Memories | #in160charactersA string of light, reminiscent of a crack through time;stony silence, obstacle for clandestine thoughts.Nostalgia for this distant day in the future.The post Concrete Memories appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • The Laughing Heart ~ Charles Bukowski

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Laughing Heart ~ Charles Bukowskiyour life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you.~ Charles BukowskiThe post The Laughing Heart ~ Charles Bukowski…
  • Painting the path ~ the vibrant hues of autumn

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    “falling leaves hide the path so quietly”― John BaileyI remember a conversation which must have occurred pretty much a year ago. A conversation about the change of seasons, or better say the season of change. Pondering over time and the ambivalent perception of autumn a colleague of mine came up with a question that to me illustrates the abstract symbiosis between melancholy and beauty in a most remarkable way: “Isn’t it strange how trees actually fade away in the most brilliant colours while humans turn grey and pale?”There has always been a fascination with autumn…
  • Hægt, kemur ljósið (Slowly, comes the light) ~ Ólafur Arnalds

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    It has been a while since the last time a music video cast a spell on me. Within a few moments I immersed myself in a different world. Following the pace of the first piano tones my eyes seemed to tiptoe over the screen; deliberately and considerate, intending to preserve the slumbering silence. Intending not to wake someone up. Intending to dream myself…Well aware of the stunning soundscapes of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds I prepared myself for another journey, a splendid stroll of the mind. The imagery suggests the start of a tale and you only seem to wait for a narrative voice…
  • Spark of Madness

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    Spark of Madness | #in160charactersBurning ambition, daring, staring, a glow in the eyes.Dance with the flame, flaring, caring, the fire within.Praise the blaze, eventually, the ashes of life.The post Spark of Madness appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
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    Sad and Love Picture

  • Be yourself because an original s worth more than a copy

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Be yourself because an original s worth more than a copy The post Be yourself because an original s worth more than a copy appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yesterday is gone tomorrow

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Yesterday is gone tomorrow is mystery today is blessing The post Yesterday is gone tomorrow appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s simple never lie to someone

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    It’s simple never lie to someone who trust you and never trust someone who lies to you. The post It’s simple never lie to someone appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A person who loves you truly will never

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A person who loves you truly will never let you go whatever the situation is. The post A person who loves you truly will never appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why We Shout In Anger

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in The post Why We Shout In Anger appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Programming Life

  • Deciding You’re Healed

    Matt Catlett
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    There comes a point in healing and recovery when you have to make the decision that you’re healed. If you don’t, then you’re identifying with that illness – becoming an avatar for it. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about physical illness, mental illness, addiction, or grief. Those are distinctions of types of pain and [&hellip The post Deciding You’re Healed appeared first on Programming Life.
  • 6 Beautiful Prayers of Gratitude

    Matt Catlett
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    As we round the corner on Thanksgiving, I have so much to be grateful for. Indeed, all of us do – if you can read this, you’ve been blessed. With that in mind, here’s a simple collection of prayers of gratitude to use this holiday or whenever you want to express your thanks. Thank you [&hellip The post 6 Beautiful Prayers of Gratitude appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Affirmation: A Being of Light

    Matt Catlett
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    All this life and all these struggles are just the breaking crest of a single wave. You are an ocean of light with vast expanse and imponderable depth, that gives rise to the wave that reaches upward so. This affirmation is dedicated to the divine bliss of your spiritual essence. Speak it aloud or say [&hellip The post Affirmation: A Being of Light appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Life’s Little Nudges

    Matt Catlett
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Do you feel like you’re constantly dealing with irritating things? Do you feel that the people around you don’t support you? If so, it’s time for you to take a step back and get a broader view of your life. Neither of those common complaints are absolute realities. They’re just interpretations of your life and [&hellip The post Life’s Little Nudges appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Making Games

    Matt Catlett
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    There are deadly games and lovely games. The deadly games are the ones that we buy into as if all the good things in life depend on them. The lovely games are the ones we do just for the fun of playing. Any game can be deadly or lovely; it all depends on how much [&hellip The post Making Games appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • How to Practice Gratitude When You Don’t Feel Like It

    Barrie Davenport
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    I have recently been obsessed — well maybe obsessed is too strong a word — preoccupied with frustration and sadness about the physical effects of getting older. It has really hit me that this aging thing is happening. The face and body I had in my youth are gone forever, and there isn’t a… Continue Reading… The post How to Practice Gratitude When You Don’t Feel Like It appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Pre-Holiday Sale: Get 3 Books For $.99 Each

    Barrie Davenport
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Are you starting to think about holiday gifts? We’re just five weeks away from Christmas, and if you or the people on your gift list love self-improvement, this is a great week to stock up on my books. I’m running a special Pre-Holiday $.99 Sale on three of my books: Building Confidence: Get Motivated, Overcome… Continue Reading… The post Pre-Holiday Sale: Get 3 Books For $.99 Each appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 25 Things To Remember When Low Self-Esteem Kicks Your Butt

    Barrie Davenport
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    There was a time in my life when I didn’t believe in myself. Having grown up in your average dysfunctional family, I found myself in the role of peacekeeper and people pleaser from a young age. I believed if I was compliant and accommodating, I could keep everyone happy and prevent the wackadoodle behavior… Continue Reading… The post 25 Things To Remember When Low Self-Esteem Kicks Your Butt appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • How To Fix A Relationship With A “Couple Bubble”

    Barrie Davenport
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Have you ever considered going to a relationship therapist to help you and your significant other work through conflict? Frustration, fighting, and detachment are common problems in marriage or any intimate relationship, but when you learn how to create a “couple bubble,” you have a powerful platform for quickly regaining trust… Continue Reading… The post How To Fix A Relationship With A “Couple Bubble” appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 30 Signs Of Emotional Abuse In A Relationship

    Barrie Davenport
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Nothing is more damaging to your confidence and self-esteem than being in an emotionally abusive relationship. Unlike physical abuse which rears its ugly head in dramatic outbursts, emotional abuse can be more insidious and elusive. In some cases, neither the abuser nor the victim are fully aware it’s happening. The most obvious scenario for emotional… Continue Reading… The post 30 Signs Of Emotional Abuse In A Relationship appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Learning Quote

    JJ Wong
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Learning Quote Spend more time listening instead of talking. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn. Speaking is one important way everyone communicating with each other, but overusing it may lead to unexpected results. Speaking and listening should get in a balanced way, listen more to what others have to say first before jumps into a conclusion of  something, think before we speak. You’ll be better in everything, for that you’re learning in the process of listening, and speak only to what’s important and right. It’s one important lesson to learn.
  • Dan Rather Courage Quotes

    JJ Wong
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Dan Rather Courage Quotes Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. In life, there’re a lot of uncertainty and unknown, we might afraid of taking action, thinking too much on “what if… this… and… that”, “what if I fail…” and that fear stops us from moving forward. But if you do allow your fear to stopping you, you will never be able to achieve anything in life. Learn to control your emotion, build up your courage and moving forward, despite being afraid. Being afraid is a feeling, an emotion that lives inside you, think positive and…
  • Attitude Dealing with Each Situation

    JJ Wong
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Attitude Dealing with Each Situation You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Life Moving on Quotes

    JJ Wong
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Life Moving on Quotes Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • J K Rowling Life Best Quotes

    JJ Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    J K Rowling Life Best Quotes It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • Facing Life with a Smile: Learning to Allow

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Life is constantly flowing, and we are flowing together with it. If we are not holding onto something that is.We all want peace in our lives. For us to have peace, it is important to be aware of some facts of life. One of these facts is that nothing ever stays the same.I remember being in trouble with this one, because I didn't agree with the assumption that nothing ever lasts. "Real love lasts forever!" I refuted. Yes, I'm one of those people.I grew to realize that "change" does not mean "fade away." Like Einstein stated, nothing in this world ever disappears; it simply changes form.Love,…
  • The Dreaded Opinion of Others: How Not to Crumble

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Humans have a hard time defining their worth. We desperately try to search for every slightest bit of information we can see our own reflections in. The need for us to define ourselves is one of the biggest hardships we will ever have to face; an endless ride that throws us down from the highest mountain in a matter if seconds.We can be so sure of the worth of what we're doing, how we're living our lives, and then comes one little comment or criticism and we're suddenly doubting everything.There is a line between refusing to change our ways and being confident in our worth, and finding that…
  • One Zen Advice to Any Problem

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I once concluded that there's no problem in life to which "let it go" would not be a feasible solution. Some issues are harder to let go of and some are easier, but gradual acceptance is the best approach to any situation we cannot change.Basically, I would brake it down like this: Can you solve the problem by changing something in your life? If yes, go do it, and if no then let it go. There's nothing better you can do anyway, right?In my experience, most of our anxieties and worries come from issues we do not have control over. That is exactly why we stress so much over them - because they…
  • Solving Difficult Situations with the Wisdom of the World

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We might know all the wisdom in the world and still not be able to use it when a difficult situation arises. The times when we should use wisdom the most are the times when it is the most difficult to use.They say that there's no use in knowledge if one fails to apply it; that you can have all the wisdom in your head, you will still remain a fool if you cannot live by those words.I believe that to be very true. Many incredibly wise and knowledgeable people walked the grounds of the same Earth we walk on today, and through the records they left us, we have the privilege of reading what they…
  • Your True Self and How You Can Find It

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    How do I find myself? Who is my true self?These are common questions people want to know the answer to nowadays. The answer to these questions is not easy to find if not impossible. Not because they are hard questions, but because they are not very good questions.When we can't find the answer to a question, we can start suspecting that the problem is with the question itself.As humans, we have an agonizing need to know everything, to get answers to every singe question we have. We want to know all the answers so desperately, that we'd rather accept a faulty answer than no answer at all.The…
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher

  • Expectations

    Oded Ben-Ami
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    There’s a saying: “The greater the expectation, the greater the disappointment”. Most of us have expectations. We use our expectation as one of the means to guide us. That is to say, we create an invisible line connecting the action in the present moment, with the expectation for a certain outcome in the future. This line that we create is a path and a path is a direction. This way we know (or so we may think) where it is that we’re headed. But what are expectations? We can only expect something that is familiar. We can only expect something that we already know that…
  • Seeing through the illusion of Stability and Security

    Oded Ben-Ami
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A job, a house, a family, faith, a steady relationship, knowledge, a field of specialty . . .   these and many others serve as our measuring stick for what we call “security” or “stability”. Many of us regard the words “security” and “stability” in the particular context of “something that is good, beneficial, preferable, desirable and which should be sought and pursued”. This view ignores one very important thing: Reality and the Truth. The Truth is that a job, family and all the others, are temporary. We have some of them some…
  • Criticizing

    Oded Ben-Ami
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    When I criticize someone, I’m really saying: “I am better!”. I say that I am better because of a soft, practically inaudible voice inside of me that’s saying: “You’re not good enough”. Every time that I criticize someone, I reinforce that small inner voice, giving it the strength to speak again and weaken me further. This is a closed loop; a negatively-self-reinforcing cycle. It never ends . . . . . . unless I refrain from criticizing. Initially – when I wish to refrain from criticizing someone – I may still be criticizing them mentally,…
  • Our need for approval and reinforcement

    Oded Ben-Ami
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Every four years the olympics take place and usually new records are set. This could mean that athletes today are better than athletes twenty, fifty and hundred years ago. But I don’t think so. For the most part, new records lie within a narrow range over the previous records. Very early on, an aspiring athlete wishes to know the present record for their respective field. But why? Why should it even be important? Isn’t an athlete supposed to be the best that they can? An athlete is indeed suppose to be he best that they can, BUT, they don’t know what that actually is. When…
  • Empowering, Healing, Uplifting words

    Oded Ben-Ami
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This blog post is quite different. Unlike my previous posts, there is no article here; all that there is are individual words. I selected words that I felt were Empowering, Healing and Uplifting. This post is not about reading – it is about contemplating. One’s gain from this post would be through allowing each word a moment, before moving on to the next one. Each word is an entire dimension with its own existence and meaning, be it logical, emotional or spiritual. It would be nice if you could mention those words that had a special meaning to you. This can be done at the bottom,…
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    Soul Sherpa

  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 80

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    Recognise the love you’re NOT givingWe are all so busy noticing what we are not getting from others that we forget to examine what we are not giving. If you are unhappy about people not keeping in touch or calling, first ask yourself if you are keeping in touch with them. If you want them to be more involved, helpful and participative in your life, then you must be the same way with them. You can’t miss all of your friend’s birthdays and still expect them to show up for yours. Give others what you want to receive from them, be it love, praise, comfort, help or company. Create a two-way…
  • The Best Japanese Restaurant in Goa

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Goa is blessed with an enormous bounty of culinary treats. People from all over come here, fall in love with the easy breezy tropical vibe, and many decide to make this their home. Naturally then, their cuisine travels with them and plenty of people open shacks and restaurants, offering food from wherever “back home” happens to be. As a result, there’s almost no cuisine you can’t find here. As many chefs are natives of different places, the food is that much more authentic and flavorsome. Not all of it is great though.  What is extraordinary however, is the culinary lovechild of…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 79

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Initiate meaningful conversations.When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone? More often than not, people land up making conversations about mundane stuff, gossip or things they can’t even remember. So while you don’t need to make each conversation deep and insightful, you must have adequate meaningful conversations with everyone you share  a relationship with. Truly get to “know” the people you interact with .  Ask them about their lives and listen fully to what they are saying. Appreciate their sharing, ask the right questions, show genuine…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 78

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    What you eat affects your moods & happinessWe all know that eating good food promotes overall health and well-being, but do you know that what you eat also impacts how you feel?  Research proves that your food choices effect your mental health. Brain chemicals  influence the way we think, feel and behave – and they can be affected by what we've eaten. Like sweets give a spike of energy followed by a crashing low, and sugar is linked to addictive eating, and even schizophrenia. Long-term unhealthy diets can cause depression, mood swings and an array of other problems. So…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 77

    8 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Have clear intention to set a clear direction.You will not arrive where you want unless you have the intention to get there first. Sure you’ll get somewhere without an intention, but it will mostly not be where you wish to be, or in a manner that you like. You can only achieve a desired outcome by having a clear intention, so make sure you set one for everything you want in life -- happiness and fulfilment will follow.Photo: KB AnsariClick here to see more of the #100RulesOfHappiness
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    2 Illustration

  • Beautiful Drawings by Viktor Miller-Gausa

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    Viktor Miller-Gausa is a talented illustrator, designer and art director based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Related Posts:Beautiful Drawings by Pierre Yves RiveauBeautiful Drawings by Artem Rhads ChebohaDrawings by Hana JangDrawings by Laura EddyCharacter Illustrations by Ekaterina Frolova
  • Hand Folded Photography by Laura Plageman

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Laura Plageman is an artist and educator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Her images explore the relationships between the process of image making, photographic truth and distortion, and the representation of landscape. She is interested in making pictures that examine the natural world as a scene of mystery, beauty, and constant change – transformed both by human presence and by its own design. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions across the United States and internationally. She earned a BA at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and an MFA from the California…
  • Creative Paintings by Ole Fick

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Ole Fick is a talented artist and illustrator, who was born in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark in 1948. He trained as a graphic designer / artist at the Academy of Free and Commercial art. During the years designing posters, CD cover art for the Danish rock and folk scene and theater. The poster for “Festival of Fools” is released as Post Denmark stamp in 2003. In a 10 year period satirical cartoonist for the danish tabloid, Ekstra Bladet. Cartoons today satire to the magazin Svikmøllen. Has illustrated a variety of children’s and youth books. Ole Fick is for a lot of people also…
  • Amazing Watercolour Paintings by Jason Edmiston

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A commercial illustrator since 1996, Jason Edmiston has created work for advertising, editorial, packaging and book publishing clients internationally. He is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolour paper or wood panel. His style ranges from realism to exaggeration, usually emphasizing the figure, and a certain degree of humour or caricature. Jason is often asked to emulate a specific genre of illustration, such as movie posters, pulp covers or retro style advertising. His fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys often creep into his work. Related Posts:Watercolor…
  • Digital Illustrations by Nikita Veprikov

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Nikita Veprikov is a talented 25 years old illustrator and digital artist, who based in Kremenchug, Ukraine. Related Posts:Illustrations by Waldemar KazakIllustrations by Tommy ArnoldIllustrations by Archan NairCharacter Illustrations by Ilya KuvshinovDigital Illustrations by Diego L. Rodriguez
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    Positively Positive

  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You…Grateful

    Jennifer Pastiloff
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful. Two of my friends just lost their sisters two days apart, right before Thanksgiving. This little boy, Benny, the one I posted about here a few weeks ago, is legally blind, has Prader Willi Syndrome like my nephew Blaise, has had fifteen surgeries on his back, and now, just last month, had an accident that left him paralyzed. Happy Thanksgiving. Not. But the thing is, and I mean, this really is the crux of my book Beauty Hunting - we must find the good in the bad, we must find the slivers of beauty in the pain, we must find what we have to be grateful…
  • Walking Through Minefields With My Daughter

    Lockey Maisonneuve
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Love is an emotional minefield, where it is but a question of time before one is injured. - Joe Fazio My daughter is eleven. And like most eleven year old’s, she is trying to figure out how to manage social interactions, how to wear what little make up she is allowed to, and how to perfect her overhand volleyball serve. She is also curious about my childhood, she is always asking me what things were like for me when I was her age. I’m never sure if she wants to compare my elven year old self to her eleven year old self or if she just wants to know what happened to me. It was…
  • Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

    Positively Positive
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts Want to Know Yourself Better to Shape Your Habits Better? Take This Quiz. The Three Ways to Find Success Find out who you are and be that person…Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. On Belonging: Mastering The Lesson Of A Lifetime
  • 7 Simple Steps to Master the Game of Money with Tony Robbins

    Lewis Howes
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    When I started The School of Greatness podcast (not even two years ago), I decided I wanted to make it successful enough to interview three specific people someday. One of them is today’s guest, Tony Robbins. I first saw Tony when I was sixteen years old, at one of his amazing live events in St. Louis, MO. I was so impacted by his presence and power when he walked past me to begin his presentation that I thought, “Wow, I want to have a presence like that someday.” While I’m always working on taking my energy to the next level, sitting down with Tony in person to interview him on…
  • So You Say You’re Inspired. Now What? Analyze It.

    Danielle LaPorte
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Wafty. Lofty. Airy. Amorphous. INSPIRATION. A quick breath. Teary. Racing heart. Power punched! INSPIRATION. I wanna do THAT! Gotta get ME some of that! Gonna get, give, live, be MORE. You are certifiably INSPIRED. Now what? How do you turn that fire into fuel that moves you forward, deeper, higher? You analyze it. You inhale and exhale all that romance until you know exactly WHY IT TURNS YOU ON. “How come you need to know why something inspires you?” a creative partner asked me once. “Isn’t it enough to just be inspired, do you have to analyze it?” My answer: “I want to know why…
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    Get Motivated

  • 14 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
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  • Be nice to yourself

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//";... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • It's okay, my friend

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//";... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • A new start

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    It's an end of a month with a new start for a new month and it's also- if I wanted to- a new start for a new life with new promising plans and a new future vision, I just will try more and do much... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Your life still goes for the best

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The hearing aids, they help you hear better. However, you can still try harder and hear without them depending solely on your impaired yet hardworking ears.  Either options happen to someone; to... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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    Left Brain Buddha

  • 10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Mindful

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the hap-happiest season of all,” but sometimes all the marshmallow toasting and parties for hosting and excessive snow-blowing leave us … less than glowing. We officially launch the holiday season this week — Thanksgiving, Black Fri- Thursday?, gay happy meetings, and lots of good eatings. What if we made it the Most Mindful Time of the Year? We could ALL be of good cheer! Even with those crazy loved ones so near! Read on for my suggestions to make Thanksgiving mindful — I’ve got…
  • Honoring the Ambivalence of Motherhood

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness.”   Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born As a culture, we’re talking a lot more about the mixed feelings of parenthood. Jennifer Senior’s recent All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is all about the “high frequency sine curve” of parenting, as we surf through ups and downs at incredible speed. Her book was inspired by social science research…
  • Is Mindfulness a Religion?

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mindfulness is truly having its moment right now. It’s the Year of Mindful Living, the age of the Mindful Revolution. Mindfulness is branching out from clinical and therapeutic settings and entering classrooms and boardrooms, congressional offices, and military bases. Each day, scientific research confirms the physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of a mindfulness practice. The more ubiquitous mindfulness becomes, the more people begin to ask questions about it. And let me just say for the record, I think both of those are good things. I truly believe mindfulness has the power to…
  • 5 New Books to Read Now {and TWO Giveaways!}

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I have an unhealthy totally natural obsession with addiction to interest in books. My nightstand right now has no fewer than 8 books that I am in various stages of reading. My Kindle library overfloweth. If you’re like me, always looking for a good read, or perhaps looking for inspiring or thought-provoking words to gift to your friends and family for the holidays, check out these five new releases — and enter the giveaways to win a free book! What’s cooler than a free book?? (Giveaway has ended). For Parents There are two great new books out right now about mindful…
  • Make Space and Your Light Will Find Its Way

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    First Fig My candle burns at both ends;    It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—    It gives a lovely light! -Edna St. Vincent Millay We celebrate, as a culture, those who burn the candle at both ends — the devoted teacher who brings the essays home each night to grade, the young associate who works 80-hour weeks to make partner, the parents who selflessly donate their time to the PTA and little league and classroom volunteering. We brag about how busy we are. We pride ourselves on the minimal amount of sleep we require to sustain our lovely light. And…
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    The Alecia Lawrence Show |I Live To Inspire | What Is Motivation| Inspiring Words | Define Motivation

  • 7 Keys To Locking In Your New Success Habit

    Alecia Lawrence
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Its no secret that successful people tend to have the same habits. Which means you would have to adopt similar habits in order to ease your way as you continue to take action towards creating the life you desire. Yep,
  • Insider Secrets To Never Working Again

    Alecia Lawrence
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You are probably thinking the same thing I was thinking when I was first introduced to the concept of never working again. What? Is it really possible…I had visions of me on the beach in Hawaii on a permanent vacation.
  • Big Decisions And A New Direction

    Alecia Lawrence
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One of the biggest blocks between you and your dream is to have the courage to start. You may have a fear of failure or fear of the unknown or just don’t feel like you are ready to go in
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Future

    Alecia Lawrence
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As a creature of habit, one of the most difficult things for you to handle is change. You my be familiar with phrases like, ‘Why can’t things stay the same?’ or ‘I wish things could go back to the way
  • Increase You Mind Power By 5 Times

    Alecia Lawrence
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    What? How is that possible? Its actually easier than you think. When it comes to your journey to success, increasing your brain power is one way to accelerate your progress. Honestly, in addition to taking action, you can only do
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    Every Day Getting Better

  • Catching Kayla – a story worth sharing

    Ryan Wakefield
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    ESPN’s E-60 recently ran this feature on distance runner Kayla Montgomery.  Kayla, who lives with multiple sclerosis, has become an elite distance runner.  MS is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells.  Your body is literally fighting against you.  While running, Kayla loses all feeling in her legs, yet she continues on.  Fighting through, and never giving up.  Races end with Kayla’s coach catching her – it really is something that you need to see to believe. I told him that I wasn’t really guaranteed the next couple years of running…
  • Confidence

    Ryan Wakefield
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Confidence is not about talent or skills or good looks.  It’s about your beliefs about your own talent, skills and good looks.  ~ Louisa Jewell Thank you to Julie M. for today’s quote.
  • To Help Build Theirs

    Ryan Wakefield
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.
  • Ideals are like stars

    Ryan Wakefield
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man of the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
  • The Prophet – On Friendship

    Ryan Wakefield
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship. And he answered, saying: Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the ‘nay’ in your own mind, nor do you withhold the ‘aye’. And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. When…
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  • Average: Committed To Commitment

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    A chicken and a pig were walking down the road together. They passed a sign for a local diner advertising its breakfast special: “Ham and Eggs – $2.95!” The chicken said, “Hey, why don’t we open up a restaurant just like that?” The pig thinks for a moment and replies, “No way, I’d be totally […] The post Average: Committed To Commitment appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Average: You Just Have To Outlast Some Things

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In life there are going to be times when you FEEL like giving up. Those times WILL come its just that simple. Nobody goes through life problem free. Funny thing is life is always going to test your will, it’s going to challenge you in ways that you could have never imagined, it will try […] The post Average: You Just Have To Outlast Some Things appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Average: When My Time Comes

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    All of us at some point in time will leave this earth and depending on what you believe you that will be the end of it, or you will have some version of life after. I like to think that one day my God will come back and take me home with Him. I believe […] The post Average: When My Time Comes appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Average: Where are you?

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    Average! When you think of the word average, what comes to mind? Maybe a C student, maybe someone who comes off the end of he bench for his basketball team. Maybe when you think of the word average you see someone on the job coming in late all the time, a guy who stopped opening […] The post Average: Where are you? appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Help I’m Drowning: The Human Spirit

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all been there before. That place in our lives that we never want to be. Call it crisis, drama, a crossroads, call it what ever you want, but all of us eventually reach that point in life where it just gets hard and thats just the way life is. It feels like you are […] The post Help I’m Drowning: The Human Spirit appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
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    Everyday Power

  • 5 Great Apps to Save Money and Time this Holiday Season

    Everyday Power
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    5 Great Apps to Save Money and Time this Holiday Season Technology has always made life much easier for us. It helps us save on our time, effort and money. This can mainly be attributed to the popularity of smartphones … Continue reading → The post 5 Great Apps to Save Money and Time this Holiday Season appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • The Key To Happiness: Time vs. Money

    Everyday Power
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    It’s the lament voiced by many a post-grad: When did the ideal Friday night become a full Netflix queue and a bowl of popcorn shared between friends rather than hours of club hopping? But Wharton marketing professor Cassie Mogilner says … Continue reading → The post The Key To Happiness: Time vs. Money appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Ways To Stay Productive During The Holiday Season

    Everyday Power
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    As minds drift to turkey basting and pumpkin-pie making, productivity in the workforce tends to suffer. The holiday slump, beginning with Thanksgiving and making its way well into December, is typically associated with an escalating lack of motivation. It’s the … Continue reading → The post Ways To Stay Productive During The Holiday Season appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Amazon’s 10 Most Popular Personal Finance Books of All Time

    Everyday Power
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
                  Why didn’t anybody show me this list when I was in college? Better yet, when I was 15? I remember taking home economics in school and not learning a single thing about economics … Continue reading → The post Amazon’s 10 Most Popular Personal Finance Books of All Time appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 5 Qualities of Truly Confident People

    Everyday Power
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Qualities of Confident People People may believe that they are confident depending on the circumstances they are in, but confidence is not just something which comes to you in flashes. It’s ingrained in a person’s personality and it shows in … Continue reading → The post 5 Qualities of Truly Confident People appeared first on Everyday Power.
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    Get Motivated

  • Follow your Heart

    8 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
          One thing that you should all keep in your mind is that whatever you do in your life, you should do it with all your heart and not because you want to show off. We all are in that trap of Rat Race, where everyone wants to run and run and compete with others and do this and that. But the thing which a lot of people don't understand is that even if you win that race you still a Rat. So, what's the use of winning that race when in the end you are still a rat? Also, a lot of people say that when they become something in life and start earning some money, then they will follow…
  • Overcoming the Stress

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
          Stress, a word, an action or someone's life. If I ask someone to explain what stress is and tell him to describe it, he wouldn't be able to. My question to you is how can you feel/get something and keep practicing it, when you simply can't even explain it?. A lot of people maybe opposing to the above but let's take an example, If I ask you Why are you hungry? or What is hunger? then within minutes you would be able to answer me with great detail and also some of you would show me some practical demonstration for it. So let me tell you what stress really is and how you can…
  • Humanity

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
          I had came across this video and thought to share it with you guys. We should use social media to share happiness and maintain peace rather than spreading hatred in this world and towards each other. We all live in one world and what makes us Humans is humanity. Just because of some bad people doing some bad things in this world doesn't make everyone bad. Humanity is the virtue by which humans have evolved so much in this world. If we remove humanity from human beings then there will be not a single difference between humans and animals.      Share…
  • Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
          Successful people in every field are often said to be "Blessed with talent" or even just lucky. But the truth is, many worked harder than the average person could ever imagine. From Executives like Howard Schultz to the athletes like Michael Jordan, these people are known for waking up early and working towards a goal while other people are still in bed, and staying later than everyone else too. Here are some examples of the successful people who have worked hard in order to achieve their goal,      Michael Jordan, though he has got prodigious physical…
  • Rice Bucket Challenge

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
          Yes, you read it right - it is Rice Bucket challenge and not the Ice bucket challenge. A lot of people including, celebrities around the world have been donating to a good cause, for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease through the Ice Bucket Challenge. But here in India, as the country is suffering from high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, some people came up with an idea of Rice Bucket Challenge. This challenge is really simple. You don't have to fill a bucket with rice and pour it on your head; all you have to do is cook some food or buy some…
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    One Mean Dream

  • Goal Setting Success: Stack Odds in Your Favor

    Chris Rither
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Stack odds in your favor: Write multiple goals Lets face it, setting goals like new years resolutions are a great way to set us up for failure i.e. One Resolution, One Chance of Success! However if you set 10 resolutions you now have 10 chances for success. Sometimes setting goals is a numbers game, a simple game of math.  We mere mortals need constant motivation. That’s why we have supervisors, and motivational speakers. Here are 4 ways to stack odds in your favor. 1.  The great thing about writing multiple goals is we can pick and choose different ones to work towards throughout the…
  • Dreaming Big and Living Out Loud: Simple First Steps

    Jason Low
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I wonder. Am I the only one who has the fear of taking the first step? Even for little matters that wouldn’t change a thing. After taking a look at people around me, I realize I’m not the only one who has this problem. As far as I can see, the problem is clearer when we encounter crossroads where the next decision could change a major part of our lives.   The first step is the hardest Planning, anticipating and visualizing the result and consequences before making any decision is important so that we can better prepare ourselves when things make a small unexpected turn. But…
  • Problems Suck 2 – Dealing with Difficult People

    Chris Rither
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Those difficult people are driving me mad. They make me so angry. I just want to… Sound familiar? Well it should, because this probably has crossed your mind more than you’d like to admit. This by far has to be one of the most sucky problems of all. When the problem is some inanimate object, or difficult situation, then it’s usually easy to fix the inanimate object, or try to change the direction of a situation. However, when dealing with difficult people changing that person requires their willingness to change. Trying to “fix” a person is nearly impossible, and…
  • Facebook Friends… Really?

    Chris Rither
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
     Friends? In a Facebook world of easy and instant communication, we can be lead to believe we have many friends. Having friends is a good thing, but it is the epitome of naivety to believe that because we have 500 people on some social network that we have many friends or found success. If you doubt lets look at an example from children. “If we think having 500 friends on some social network makes us important, or successful, we are probably wasting our time, and have 490 too many.” Examples from children Many children believe that anyone who talks to them is instantly a friend.
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Stocks.

    Chris Rither
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    What is a stock? Stocks are a type of investment opportunity that signifies a partial ownership of a publicly traded company. Each share of stock purchased is an equal part of ownership in a company.  When a company goes from being private to public, it basically breaks the company up into millions of parts (called shares or stocks), and puts a set price on each share, say 10 dollars. The founders, board members, employees, beginning investors, underwriters etc keep a certain percentage of shares. Then a set amount, say 30%, is put out for the public to buy on the “stock market”. As soon…
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    Info Self Development

  • 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happiness is perhaps the most important thing to most people. Unfortunately, finding it is an endless pursuit that many never achieve. Almost every common avenue to happiness, including wealth, power, and fame, inevitably leads to frustration, sorrow, and unhappiness. No matter how successful you are, there are things to give up to be happy. These […]
  • How to Stop Over Thinking Everything: 10 Simple Habits

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Do you often feel that you spend a lot of time in over thinking things? Are you in a habit of over thinking before you make any decisions in life? Is over thinking becoming a major problem of your life? Are your family members suffering from lack of good things like owning a vehicle because […]
  • 5 Easy Steps to Create Abundance in Your Life

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Have you ever found yourself day dreaming about a life which is full of abundance? A life where you don’t have to worry about paying your bills, feeling lonely or having to live with regrets? If you answered “yes”, the good news it that it’s possible to create abundance, in each area of your life […]
  • How to be Happy in an Unhappy Environment?

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Our day to day lives have become so hectic that we rarely have time for happiness. Most people feel that they need to complete one goal in their life, tick it off and then move onto another. In this race to achieve various life goals, they forget to be happy and live in the moment […]
  • 3 Things Everyone Should Stop Doing to Live a Simpler Life

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    There is much to be said about living a simple life. The first of which is that in search of this simplicity, we tend to inevitably create complex situations. This pursuit then defeats the purse it was supposed to serve in the first place. Nevertheless, the good thing is that simplicity is not a myth […]
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  • White House Schedules Civil War Hero’s Posthumous Medal of Honor

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who served in the Union army during the Battle of Gettysburg, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. On July 3, 1863, despite being wounded, Lt. Cushing held his ground against the famous Pickett’s Charge. Relatives have been lobbying for Cushing to receive the medal since the 1980’s. Read the full article here: White House Schedules Civil War Hero’s Posthumous Medal of Honor | The post White House Schedules Civil War Hero’s Posthumous Medal of Honor appeared first on - Photo Gifts.
  • Military Spouses the All Too Often Unsung Hero

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day dedicated to honoring the spouses of those who are serving their country in the military. Even though there are many events and programs designed to honor military personnel, there is little dedicated to honoring the spouses who many times finds themselves going through life-changing situations. Read the full article here: Military Spouses the All Too Often Unsung Hero | Kevin O’Brien The post Military Spouses the All Too Often Unsung Hero appeared first on - Photo Gifts.
  • Nevada Teacher Killed in School Shooting Honored

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Nevada school teacher Michael Landsberry was posthumously awarded a medal for bravery by the Air Force. Landsberry tried to intercede when a seventh grader with a gun attempted to assault fellow students. The teacher was killed and two students were wounded, with the gunman ultimately killing himself. Landsberry was a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada Guard. Read the full article here: Nevada Teacher Killed in School Shooting Honored – ABC News The post Nevada Teacher Killed in School Shooting Honored appeared first on - Photo Gifts.
  • Thanksgiving Care Package Ideas for Your Service Member

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Wherever your service member is this Thanksgiving, you can be sure he or she wishes they were at home, spending time with family and friends around a table filled with delicious food. While their dream won’t come true this year, that’s no reason your loved one shouldn’t feel the warmth of the season. There are countless ways you can bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your service member. Below are just a few things you can tuck into a care package. A Warm, Personalized Blanket Whether your service member will use the blanket for warmth or just as a reminder of your love, he or she will be…
  • Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays; enjoying delicious food in the company of family and friends is great. But my personal favorite thing to do is highlight my turkey by placing it on an amazing tablescape, and I invite you to try it too. Before you fill those plates with turkey and mashed potatoes, make sure you’ve done the day of thanks justice by creating a beautiful tablescape for your guests to enjoy. The food will taste better, the conversation will flow more easily, and memories will certainly be made when Thanksgiving dinner is consumed around a superbly designed table.
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    You Can't Fake Sweat - You Can't Fake Sweat Blog

  • The Weirdest Grassroots Fitness Movement in America: The November Project

    Thad Peterson
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Not long ago, at 5:30 AM on a Wednesday morning, I had a nearly-too-odd-to-fully-explain life experience.  It was at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Massachusetts, and it involved hundreds of people in shorts and sneakers, strangers hugging one another, a baby pig, a DJ cranking dance music, and running up and down those stadium stares until my legs were quivering too much to keep going. More on the hugging strangers and the DJ and the pig in a bit, but a similar scene is actually recreated every Wednesday morning at 5:30 and 6:30 AM when hundreds upon hundreds of people gather for one of…
  • Yoga - The Only Slightly Sweaty Kind

    Candace Hammond
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Usually when you read these kinds of things they’re all, I changed my life and it’s awesome! Things have never been better! But the thing is, I’m still in that sticky in-between place. I changed my life - big time, and it’s still in flux. Some days that feels okay, others it kind of stresses me out. Actually, more than kind of, it really stresses me out. I sold my home of 17 years nine months ago. I loved that house. If I could have married this house I might have. My former husband and I built it, and I picked every tile, every light fixture, every knob. When my life fell apart, not…
  • "I hated sweat"

    Veronica Costa
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In Brazil, the weather is near perfect for outdoor activity year round. So as a youngster growing up there, I spent a lot of time on the playground. But sadly, the playground was also my nemesis. Remember that kid on the playground who was always physically capable of doing monkey bars, handstands and cart wheels? I was NOT that kid! In fact I didn’t even try. Instead, I just ran around the park playing with the other kids who were like me—the ones who didn’t do all of the cool stuff.   Don’t get me wrong, I always loved sports, but I had no balance. No ability. No mobility. I did do…
  • Being real about who I am: 5 lessons learned along the way

    Victoria Ryan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I'm a woman who has grown up in a time where society has been infatuated with how women look. A time when women obsess over how we think others think we look. I have been concerned with how I look since I was 13 years old. The past 20 years have been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows regarding how I look and how I feel. Like many women, I have to try every day to remain positive and think about all the wonderful things that make me who I am as a person. I don't have an answer to the question: "How does one not care what others think?" I still care, but I'm learning to keep it in…
  • “That was awful.” Yeah, that was awesome.

    Thad Peterson
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Let me tell me start by telling you a bit about Bill. Bill goes the same Crossfit “box” that I go to. He’s a tad taller than me—probably 6’3”, and he probably  weighs 35 pounds less than me. He’s fit. He can do the things I still can’t do—pull ups without bands, muscle ups on the rings, sets of toes-to-bars with good form.  When it comes to fitness, I aspire to be a bit more like Bill and a bit like, well, me. So a few days ago, I’m go in for 5:30 PM WOD (“workout of the day” for you normal people that don’t do Crossfit), and here’s what was written on the…
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    Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author

  • Medjugorje: Reconnecting with the Divine Feminine

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Roxana Jones shares the first stop at Medjugorje on her sacred journey to connect with the Divine Feminine in several places of power throughout Europe. The post Medjugorje: Reconnecting with the Divine Feminine appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • Stress Addiction: It’s Time to Relax

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Roxana Jones shares a little bit of her stressful past life and explains the importance of reducing stress and including relaxation techniques in your life. The post Stress Addiction: It’s Time to Relax appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • Are you Ready to find your Life Purpose?

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    An invitation to reflect and take action on the importance of living your life purpose with the help and guidance of Paulo Coelho and Oprah Winfrey. The post Are you Ready to find your Life Purpose? appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • What Type of Abundance are you Creating?

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Roxana explores a new way of interpreting abundance and explains abundance of lack as something that might be blocking the manifestation of your dreams. The post What Type of Abundance are you Creating? appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • Conquering Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    Roxana Jones writes about how she conquered depression and suicidal thoughts by finding her life purpose, understanding addiction and taking responsibility. The post Conquering Depression and Suicidal Thoughts appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
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  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 12 ways to increase your productivity

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to achieve success in our life. That’s why we are working so hard to be a part of top 1% of the population who are called success. So what is the secret of this top 1 % of the population? It’s hard work. I hope this has not shocked you. Everybody knows [...] The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 10 secrets of happy people

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice. Why some people are naturally happier than others? Whatever be the circumstances they seem to adjust well and successfully search reasons for happiness. It’s not that they don’t suffer like others or that they never get sad in life. But they still look happier than others around them. Do they know any secret? If yes, [...] The post Top 10 secrets of happy people appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Actspot's Blog

  • Let the world change you for the better

    Academy for Creative Training
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    In the euphoria of youthful adolescence we aspire to be role models to others, hope to make a difference to the world around us and expect to leave our mark on the world. Over time with the experience we gain, the maturity one attains and the realization that we have limited control over the happenings and people around us, we make a tactical retreat from our lofty ideals. Yet, off and on we still try to impose our ideas, attempt to brow beat others to our point of view and fondly hope that we are making a substantial contribution in changing the world around us. In this process we do gain…
  • I am…

    Academy for Creative Training
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    ‘The question who am I?’ is one that every individual seeks an answer to. Yet very few of us get an answer that satisfies us. However we all get tips on who we possibly can be, who we can aim to be, the individual that we aspire to be and the individuality that we allow ourselves to occasionally bloom. One thing is common to all of us; our realisation that we are not perfect. We are forever dissatisfied with who we are; we keep hoping to change into someone better but without having a clear idea of the person we want to metamorphosis into. Shockingly many a successful person, as…
  • Have a cracker of a Diwali by bursting …

    Academy for Creative Training
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Diwali without crackers is never a Diwali. Yet, the awareness of pollution, the dangers that lurk in some types of crackers, the knowledge that a lot of child labour and inhuman labour conditions are prevalent in cracker manufacturing units and the understanding that crackers can be symbolic of the festival but not the heart and soul of the festival is slowly seeping into the psyche of people. Hopefully this awareness is spreading and encouraging people to cut down on bursting crackers during the Diwali festival. Diwali is also a good time to reflect on how to burn and bury some of our…
  • No matter how you feel

    Academy for Creative Training
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    At some time or the other, especially on Monday mornings many of us are prone to feel lazy, lousy and lethargic. There are other times particularly when we have a tough task on hand or hard nut customer appointment or times when we have to convey bad news or fire people, when we are beset with the same feeling of despondency and inadequacy. Those are the times when we are challenged to bring to the fore our inner strength, push our core beliefs to the test and above all discover the leader within us. Avoiding the task is merely postponing the problem. Ignoring the challenge would be lying to…
  • Three bones that straighten your life

    Academy for Creative Training
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Physically, the human race is not blessed with a wishbone (a forked bone (the furcula) between the neck and breast of a bird. According to a popular custom, this bone from a cooked bird is broken by two people, with the holder of the longer portion being entitled to make a wish) but figuratively speaking we need to have a wishbone for more than one reason. To begin with, a fishbone would be the perfect blend between our potential and our goal realisation. Secondly, this imaginary bigger piece of the wish bone that we are all blessed with is our ability to think for ourselves, dream big and…
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    Calling Dreams

  • Here’s How Baljeet Gujral Quits His Swiss Bank Job To Pursue His Dreams

    Vishnu Verma
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
     That was an inspiring story. Last week, luckily, I  had a chance to interact with him and I’ve asked a few questions from him.Check out, how it went:About the EntrepreneurWelcome to Calling Dreams. Who are you and what do you do?My name is Baljeet Gujral and I am Founder & Director of Enfield Riders Motorcycle Tour Company.Tell us something more about your business?At Enfield Riders, we render services that help motorcycle enthusiasts, adventure holiday travelers and destination explorers to travel & explore locations via the road medium.Two years since inception, we have…
  • Introducing The Inspiring Dairies On Calling Dreams

    Vishnu Verma
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Each one of us has a dream. A dream to be something, a dream to pursue something.To me, living that dream is the most beautiful thing ever happened to anybody.There are people who hustle day and night for success, they went through hardships and they do odd jobs just to make it through.Many times, they went through the low points in their lives and there are times, when they feel like giving up where no one believes in them, no one standby with them.But they get up once again, even after failing ‘n’ number of times and somehow manage to beat the sayings of naysayers and…
  • 15 Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom from the Iconic Indians

    Vishnu Verma
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Being an Indian- I’m proud to live in such a country where I have witnessed many iconic personalities and their words of wisdom are worth following.I’ve compiled the best 15 Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom from the Iconic Indians, enjoy reading them.If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small. -Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro TechnologiesWinners don’t do different things, they do things differently. -Shiv Khera, National Best-seller of book: You Can Win.Our assets walk out of the door each evening. We have to make sure that they come back the next morning.
  • The Best Motivational Videos by Mateusz M That Will Inspire You

    Vishnu Verma
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    In life, we often get depressed, everyone has some lowest point in their lives and at that time, we often tend to quit. We try to give up on our dreams.Life is hard and our dreams aren’t going to come true just by easily giving up, we have to fight for it. You know why?Because each and every one of us deserves to be happy, each and every one of us has a right to follow our dreams.To remind you that you have greatness within you and to make you realize that you have each and every ingredient to succeed; I’ve collected the best motivational videos by Mateusz M.Mateusz M is a film…
  • Seven Things That Gary Vaynerchuk Said That Made Me To Do What I Love

    Vishnu Verma
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I’ve listened it like zillion of times that “Do what you love.” Since childhood, I’m hearing it from my parents, from teachers in my school, college and people who tend to give me advice would definitely outreach to it.I’ve read many articles (even written) on “passion”- I used to have a notebook and on behind that, it was mentioned- “Passion is the fastest way to spur your life.”But honestly, I didn’t get it. Neither from my parents nor from any other source. I knew that there exists a word “passion” and it has something…
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    Awesome AJ

  • Turn Your Failure Into Success : 11 Self-Talks Define Your Success Rate

    Awesome AJ
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Do you want to know, why you get success in some area of life and failed in others? Do you understand, what defines your success rate? If you are thinking your circumstances and people around you define your success rate, then that’s not true. Your circumstances and people have influence on your success but they are not the defining factors. Because what going inside you is more powerful than what happening outside. This post will help you understand what defines your success rate and how you can change that. If you understand this well, even you can transform your FAILURE into ABSOLUTE…
  • Your Decisions Shape Your Destiny

    Awesome AJ
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Message From The Universe For You Happiness is what you desire the most. May it be at work, in love life, in friend circle, in vacation, within mind and body, your most desired outcome is HAPPINESS. Though, happiness is available to all in abundant, yet you find difficult to experience it the most. This Universe is design in such a way that you will get what you want, but not just by wishful thinking but aligning your mind-body and soul to it. Happiness is what available all the time as a choice to you, yet wherever you are suffering means you are ignoring it. You are taking a different…
  • Stop Chasing People And Let Them Fall In Love With You

    Awesome AJ
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Message From The Universe For You So many people everyday chasing other people and not following their dreams.  Are you one of them? Some of you know what’s your dreams and desires are, but a broken relation is giving you so much pain that you have stop following your dreams. Many people have made a difficult relationship as the centre of their life. Don’t make someone else the centre of your universe but make yourself the centre. Yes, relationships are very very important in life and they have the highest priority, but they meant to give you happiness and freedom, but not pain and…
  • Greatness Doesn’t Come Without Motivation

    Awesome AJ
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Message From The Universe For You You have an invisible force that drive your mind, body and soul to your dreams. This unseen force is your motivation. No one can show you what’s the motivation in physical form, but you can see the shine in the face of person, you can see the sparkle in his smile and you can see the possibilities in his eyes. You have this motivation within you. Motivation is your powerful emotion, Motivation is your soul’s inspiration and Motivation is your constant companion for your magnificent manifestation. Without motivation there will be no outcome. Motivation…
  • Think Big, Dream Big, But Start Small

    Awesome AJ
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    MESSAGE FROM THE UNIVERSE FOR YOU Life is all about living your dreams. But, are you waiting for the perfect time to start your journey? Most of the people do the same, they keep waiting for the perfect time to start big. Always Dream Big, but that doesn’t mean you have to start big. To live your dreams, you must start working on it. Be a true dreamer and get into the game. No great achievers have ever started their journey from a big step, but all of them started with something small and on the journey they live their greatness. Don’t worry about the conditions and circumstances. Be…
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  • Strange Question by a Fourth Grader

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Today, I experienced a peculiar state of thought when a 4th grade girl asked me in an annoyed tone "Why are you smiling all the time?"I once watched a lecture on the different types of generations that are being brought up by the world with the events and circumstances we experience. If a country were to be focused on war, the younger generations grew older to become more orderly and more attentive, but be very restricted from thoughts and creativity. If another country were to focus on freedom, the younger generations learned more of themselves from free will and to express their true…
  • How to live a Happy and Peaceful Life

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    There comes a time when we stop to look at our lives, and start to wonder why our lives became so complicated.As dark as it sounds, the only things we really need to survive as humans is simply to eat, sleep, have sex and die just as animals do. But somewhere along the lines of humanity, we developed an egoic mind of wanting to stimulate itself by becoming selfish of our own desires, and have dominion over others by gaining control over sex, money, and power.Easily, a person could purchase goods whether that'd be purses, cars, coffee, if those goods will provide value to our lives; with no…
  • Are You Living Your Own Life? Or Someone Else's?

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    If I were to ask you to prove that you're living for your own life, you can simply state that you are going to perform an action within 3 seconds, and proceed to do them to prove it. But in some cases, you may not even realize that you might not be living for your own life. Here's why.An average American watches 5 hours of TV per day. Children aged 2-11 watch over 24 hours of TV per week, while adults aged 35-49 watch more than 33 hours, and keeps increasing as we get older.Statistics of YouTube shows that over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube. That's almost an hour…
  • Why Quitting Your Job Can Save Your Life

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    How many of us have sold our time and soul for the pure intent of monetary paper to survive, which cannot afford with any amount for the beautiful encapsulated moments, of the remarkable life that we are privileged to partake in? I am one of the guiltiest member there is..."He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither"-Ben FranklinI got myself into an insurance company, which at the time, I was succumbed on performing whatever it took to becoming rich, and live a luxurious lifestyle which would bring admiration to my friends and family of what a success I'd become.With my innate…
  • Discovering Happiness from Nothing

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    If you grew up in America, the media and society has done a tremendous job of convincing us that the more we have, the better it is. With a sturdy sledge hammer and a gentle smile, I'd like to break that barrier.We all know the saying "Quality over Quantity", but rarely do we take the time to consider what kind of actions we took part in, until we step outside ourselves and observe what we've produced. When we don't watch ourselves, we're on auto pilot and continuously fantasize and convince ourselves that the grass is greener on the other side.Examples.Sleeping around with hundreds of people…
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  • Hit It (My Victory Instrumental)

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
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  • “Artist Tips from the Trenches” – Shawshank Shakespeare

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    I reached out to Shawshank Shakespeare and asked if he could share more about your journey or any motivational tips on how he got to where he is. Below, is his unedited response.   Where do I begin? It honestly started with poetry and as a child I’ve always written short stories and showed a interest in creative writing and the english literature. I never really thought much about my writing I always wanted to work with electronics when I grew up, it was my pain that really caused me to write and I’ve written over 1000 verses in my life.. what you are hearing is only a…
  • Dreamer Tip – Cheating Yourself

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
  • Dreamer Tip – Using Visualization To Achieve Your Goals

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
  • “Artist Tips from the Trenches” – Merv of DGS

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    I reached out to DGS and asked if they ever had time, could they send me some tips on how they got to where they are now? Below, is Merv’s unedited response.   As for tips, I would say one thing artists often forget is that it isn’t enough just to make art anymore. It’s just as important to market, network, and do all the other necessary things to get your art out there. That being said, one man can’t do everything. You need a team of people or else it’s just too much. At first you can do all the writing, production, marketing, etc yourself while…
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  • 25 Erotic Valentines Day Ideas

    Sania Ali
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    There is great importance of Valentine’s Day in young generation especially for lovers. It is celebrated on 14th of February every year. It can be said as the day of lovers. On this day, people show the deepness of their feelings. People also express deepness of their love to their loved ones on this day. In past the day is celebrated only in USA and UK. Now Valentine’s Day is celebrated almost in all the countries of the world. Lovers all round the world buy roses for their partners. This day is also important for flowers sellers and card sellers etc. There are different ways to…
  • 20+ Supreme Inspirational Quotes

    Nadia Afandi
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    To move forward in life and to achieve our goals, inspiration plays a great role. It is the inspiration which motivates us to stick to our purpose. Sometimes we are helpless. We need some support. Sometimes we have to face the difficult time alone. No one is ready to share our burdens. Then it is the motivation which becomes our best friend. It gives us the courage. It leads us towards the correct path. It shows us the right destination. Sad moments of life are sometimes very harsh. They give us deep sorrow. But in these condition inspirational quotes help us a lot. In life we find a number…
  • 20 Winnie Pooh Quotes Of Inspiration

    Boss Shb
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Books are the best friends to child. It helps him to make personality and they have power to change, make the perspective of a child. It increase their vision and helps for mental growth of a child. This growth of mind is helpful for them to discover the world, influence behavior, influence his like and dislikes and taste. There are many work that help children in their developmental progress. The work which most influence the child’s way of thinking are “Winnie the Pooh” written by A.A.Milne. This book a helps a child to understand parent child relationship, friendship and…
  • 15 Best Free WordPress Themes

    Afzal Ali
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    As the WordPress is gaining popularity is increasing, it is attracting more and more people towards itself. And now people are trying to make their websites and blogs on WordPress. As a starter, everyone tries to search free WordPress themes for their websites and blogs. And due to WordPress, the blogging is now so much in fashion. It makes the whole website creation into a click-and-go. People now just have to buy a domain with a suitable hosting, install WordPress on it, find some free WordPress themes, put these themes on the your hosting, and select the one you like it. Now, everything is…
  • 25 Happy Birthday Quotes And Wishes

    Sania Ali
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Birthday is a great event for everyone specially for children. It is the date of birth. Birthday comes once in a year. We celebrate this event with full joy and happiness. It is a day of joy, pleasure and spreading happiness. In this occasion, all closest family members and friends are invited, gifts are presented. Children are more interested in birthday cakes. They decorate cakes with colorful candles. They feel delight when they blow out candles. A special birthday cake is offered to all guests who come to share joy. Birthday wish is a special gift. Birthday wishes are offered to increase…
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  • Facing Life with a Smile: Learning to Allow

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Life is constantly flowing, and we are flowing together with it. If we are not holding onto something that is.We all want peace in our lives. For us to have peace, it is important to be aware of some facts of life. One of these facts is that nothing ever stays the same.I remember being in trouble with this one, because I didn’t agree with the assumption that nothing ever lasts. “Real love lasts forever!” I refuted. Yes, I’m one of those people.I grew to realize that “change” does not mean “fade away.” Like Einstein stated, nothing in this world…
  • Become Wiser by Accepting that You Know Nothing

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    I said it before, and I’ll say it again: unconditionally believing our own thoughts can be harmful. Why? Because unconditionally believing our own thoughts means that we are closed-minded.I always thought of myself as an extremely open-minded person, but the truth was that since I was very confident in my own thoughts and beliefs, I didn’t really consider others’ input on certain subjects, because I believed that what I thought was right, so how could the other person possibly be right as well?No one wants to be closed-minded, and no one actually thinks they are. Everyone is…
  • Once You Got The Meaning (Quote)

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
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  • Watch Your Thoughts (Quote)

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
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  • How to Rebuild the World

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    When AD broke up with me and cheated on me I thought I would die. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t have ideas. I cut loose my friendships. The vault in my chest sealed shut.Which, of course, brings me to the earthquake of 1906. 10,000 buildings collapsed and fires started to spread all over San Francisco, killing the entire city.Amadeo Giannini walked seventeen miles from his home in San Mateo to the center of San Francisco. Everyone else was fleeing the other way, trying to outrun the fires and buildings collapsing. Why would he do that?He had to reach his business, The Bank of Italy. The…
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  • Midnight Conference

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Midnight Conference In the middle of the night… A drunken man walks on the street, staggering and singing. A police officer sees him and stops him. While searching him for his documents, the officer asks the drunken man where he is going at that hour. The drunken replies, “I am going to a conference on the harmful effects of alcohol over health and the high risk drunken people expose themselves to by becoming losers.” “Are you crazy? Who would ever hold a conference in the middle of the night?” the police officer asks. “My wife and for sure my mother in…
  • Book Tour – Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    BOOK TOUR Book R3vi3w Tours Presents Book R3vi3w Tours Presents: Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala Title: Claiming Carlos Series: Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series Author: Rachelle Ayala Genre: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary Length: 332 pages Publisher: Amiga Books (October 22, 2014)   ABOUT THE BOOK Claiming Carlos by Rackelle Ayala   Book #2 of Sanchez Sisters Series Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She’s never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family’s Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee…
  • Somewhere in time

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    WWW’s SUNDAY (The Weekly Thought) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week Somewhere in time “Somewhere in time“… is a beautiful movie I saw again today. Such a mind blower! This week I cannot even say I have a Thought to share. Rather said, this week I have a bunch of Questions to meditate on. I am wondering… did You ever go back in time? Did You ever go back in a time when nothing material would matter? Did You have that feeling that you made a leap in time and even if your human eyes couldn’t see anything, still…
  • I am Grateful to YOU!

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    WWW’s SATURDAY (Gratitude Journal) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week I am Grateful to YOU! There are moments in life when your soul almost yells, praising the One who created everything. There are moments of deep intensity, in which you feel that your heart will explode with so much happiness. Moreover, you want to share with someone this feeling. However, with whom to share it with? How will you be sure that the one you share with will understand each aspect of what you feel? I wondered about this… I wondered a lot during this…

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    WWW’s FRIDAY (Let’s Feng Shui) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week How I met Feng Shui More than twenty years ago, while all my friends were falling in love with their boyfriends or with an actor who was looking gorgeous in magazines… I also fell in love. One day I was invited to visit the home of an old lady whom I was admiring a lot. She was always so stylish and no matter of the circumstance, an adorable smile was always laying on her face. Whenever I saw her, I wondered if she discovered the secret to happiness. When I…
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  • Should E-Cigarettes Be Sold In Pharmacies?

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Fast becoming the most popular and successful way to quit smoking, electronic cigarettes are sweeping the UK as more and more smokers switch from tobacco to e-cigs in their bid to give up. Although debates about the relative benefits and risks surrounds these products, it’s widely agreed that e-cigarette users are much more likely to succeed in quitting than those who go cold turkey or use other alternatives, such as patches. So should electronic cigarettes be sold in pharmacies? Let’s take a look. Weighing Up the Evidence The past few years has seen a spike in research conducted…
  • Preparing for Winter in the Home

    Tiffany Torbert
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    When winter arrives, it is important for home owners to prepare the home. Just like any season, winter comes with its own personality and your home needs to be equipped to handle the weather changes. Sleet, snow, rain and hail are only a small example of what can happen during the winter time. As the home owner, you must take the appropriate steps to ensure that your home is winter weatherized and ready for the colder temperatures. Below are a few tips you can use to get your home ready for the upcoming winter season. Yard Clean-up The first step you can take as winter approaches is to get…
  • How to Teach Manners to a Toddler

    Tiffany Torbert
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    As an adult, you understand when to stay ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and practice good manners on a regular basis. As a parent, you want your child to be the same and learn how to be respectful. But how do you teach manners to a toddler? How can a small child learn how to be nice? It is essential that parents teach their children polite manners so the child can grow up to be a respectful and productive adult. In everyday toddler care, you can practice measures that will ensure your child is speaking and acting appropriately. Below are a few tips to help you along the way to a polite…
  • 5 Of The Most Common Winter Pests & How To Deal With Them

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    In the winter months, you will likely start to see an increase in pests around the home. As the cold weather sets in many insects, along with other pests, start to find a warm place to hide. Unfortunately they don’t care whether that place is currently occupied. Below you’ll discover the top 5 winter pests and how you can get rid of them. 1. Mice and Rats Out of all pests mice and rats are one of the most common; particularly in winter. They cause a number of problems. Not only are they unhygienic, but they can also cause a lot of damage. Wood or field mice are common in the…
  • Natural Remedies to Treat Anxiety

    Fiona Greyson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Many factors could be responsible for the anxiety which you often feel. Unfortunately, this is a condition which could affect not just your inner peace but also your health. If you want to feel good, you have to find a better way to deal with the never-ending worries about money, work, the children, friends and other things. In the moments when you feel most stressed out and you wish you could simply relax, you can try some special treatments which will certainly improve your condition. Nature can offer us a lot and there are also herbs and other things which could take care of your anxiety…
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  • Wish

    Anfal Khalid
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    O Allah! The practices of all these people are sotiresome, That even within their midst I feel so lonesome. The noise of the world urges me to run away To a quiet place where silence begins and ends each day. A place where movement will always yield to stillness, And speech is completely awed by silence. Sometimes I feel I am dying for this quietness; To live in a hut near a mountain will be pure bliss.The worries of the world burden me greatly, and from them I wish to part Then I can live in solitude while the thorns of sadness leave my heart. These birds who sit in the tree singing all day…
  • Path

    Anfal Khalid
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    “If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” -- Yogi BerraEveryone has a path to follow in life. Those who choose to set that path with a destination in mind will not stray. Those who choose to jump on the wagon with no real plan will find themselves wondering where they are and how they got there.In order to have the life you hope for, you must take the time to set goals, plan ahead, and work toward your destination.Set goals for yourself.Plan ahead.Remind yourself daily of where you want to go in life.Stay Blessed.
  • Believe

    Anfal Khalid
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    "To move ahead you need to believe in yourself... have conviction in your beliefs and the confidence to execute those beliefs." -- Adlin SinclairAs we go through life, one of our biggest challenges is to learn to believe in ourselves. We must build our confidence and trust our beliefs. In order to move ahead, we must have strong beliefs and be willing to stand by them.Take a long look at who you really are and what you believe in.Determine how to firmly stand behind those beliefs.Find ways to use those beliefs to move forward in your life. Stay Blessed.
  • Try

    Anfal Khalid
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” – UnknownMany of us hold ourselves back for a multitude of reasons. Wondering if we’ll end up with euphoria or disaster can stop us in our tracks. One should never be afraid to try! Shooting for the moon is a learning process that can always bring something good into your life.Think about something new you’d like to try.Determine what’s holding you back from achieving your dreams and passion.Allow yourself the strength to push forward.Stay Blessed. 
  • A Smile

    Anfal Khalid
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    A smile costs nothing, but gives muchIt takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.None are so rich that can get along without itAnd none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give It creates sunshine in the home,Fosters good will in business,And is the best antidote for troubleAnd yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value Unless it is given away.Some people are too busy to give you a smileGive them one of yoursFor the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badlyAs he or…
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