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  • 3 Incredibly Important Things to Keep in Mind on Your Journey to Self-Discovery

    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation
    Josh Hinds
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    When I was younger, I developed a limiting belief around money that restricted me from attaining the professional and financial success I longed for. You see, just a few short years ago I was buried in over $120,000 in debt. It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to dig myself out. I was an entrepreneur, but I wasn’t making money. Quite the opposite in fact! And, what’s worse is I was also struggling with my weight and self-image. All of these things were making it really hard to stay positive. I was always on the lookout to improve myself through self-help…
  • Create Beautiful Watercolor Images with Your Phone using Waterlogue

    Design, Love & Inspiration
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
    Just about every blog, website, or major magazine has mentioned in the past months the newest app called Waterlogue. I finally broke down and decided to try it for myself (for $2.99), it just looked too cool.  The app takes your photos and turns them into beautiful watercolor images which are customizable by you. Wondering what you can do with this app other than post to Facebook or Instagram? If the walls in your house are looking empty and you want some original artwork,  this app is your answer. Seriously. Within the app, there are many different ways to customize your photo…
  • Last-Minute Clearing ~ by Steve Beckow

    Council of Love
    Julie Simms
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    There may be some people who, as the Tsunami of Love gradually increases, are saying to themselves, well, I don’t feel loving, myself. If anything I’m having unpleasant feelings and a really rough go of it. Yes, that’s very much to be expected for some people – myself included. I know that what’s arising in […]
  • Life Is Bandwidth

    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Art by Hugh MacLeod From Hugh: There are only so many hours in the day. There’s only so much one tiny, 3-pound collection of human neurons can handle. There’s only so much outside world you can afford to cram down your pipes. So don’t overload your system. Choose carefully. It’s only after you stop trying to do everything, that you really start getting anything done. Exactly. Life balance is a really tricky concept, because everybody seems to have a different definition of what it means. I do know one thing: you might be able have anything you want, but you certainly can’t have…
  • I feel creative inspired joyful vibrant

    Sad and Love Picture
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • 10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day. Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. So what should we do if we’re facing a task we don’t want to do? Well, we can run, and find distraction. That usually works, until it causes problems. Or we can find a way to get crap done. Here’s how to get crap done. Meditate on why you need to do this. Instead of giving in…
  • On Making It Through Tough Journeys

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me about a very tough journey he and his wife are setting out upon, and asked for some words of advice or motivation though this tough time. Difficult times can be a test of our souls, and as such can be some of the most instructive times possible. It’s easy to be happy and motivated when things are going well. But what happens when they fall apart, or unexpected troubles come your way, or things go exactly as you don’t want them to? What do you do then? I’ll share some things I’ve been learning about personally, and give you a word of…
  • The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, swimming, and generally doing the craziest kinds of exercises possible. They’re all very good, but for the time that I’ve invested in them, weights are the ones that matter most.
  • What to Think About During Exercise

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why not read fun stuff on the Internet instead? Well, other than the fantastic health benefits, exercise is a wonderful time to think, to practice mindfulness, to socialize, to escape distraction. A little background about my qualifications: when I started running in 2005, I could barely run 5 minutes and was…
  • You’ll Be OK

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Leo Babauta You’re walking down the street, and you’re worried about being late for meeting someone. You’re anxious about what they might think of you. You pass some people and worry a bit about what they think of you, without realizing you’re doing it. You’re worried about some things at work, and all the things you have to do in your personal life (taxes, errands, bills). You have this feeling you should be doing more, doing something else. All the time. You worry about how you look, about how you’re perceived, about how you’ll do, about whether…
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    The Happiness Project

  • “After Playing Guitar, I’m Filled with a Sense of Contentment…After Solitaire, with Self-Loathing.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Habits interview: Ian Ayres. I’ve followed Ian Ayres’s career with interest for a long time. He’s a professor at Yale Law School, where I went, but he’s also from Kansas City and went to the same high school as I did. We Kansas Citians are always on the watch for our fellow K.C. natives. I assume it’s the same for every home town or home state: my parents can list every single famous person from Nebraska. (They both grew up in North Platte.) He’s also written several books, including Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done …
  • Lost Your Keys Again? 8 Tips for Finding Misplaced Objects. (Gretchen Rubin)
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for finding misplaced objects. Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible,” and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from making improvements in small, seemingly trivial aspects of my life. And one of those aspects? Keeping track of my stuff. Not being able to find something is a minor challenge to happiness, of course — but it’s one of those minor things that can make me crazy. Today,…
  • Secret of Adulthood: Pay Careful Attention to Anything You Try to Hide. (Gretchen Rubin)
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   As I’ve been studying habits, and how we make or break habits, I’ve been struck by the fact that we should pay special attention to any habit that we try to hide.  The desire to prevent family or co-workers from acting as witnesses—from seeing what’s on the computer screen or knowing how much time or money is spent on a habit—shows that in some way, our actions don’t reflect our values. One way to attack a hidden bad habit—secret smoking, secret shopping, secret monitoring of an ex-sweetheart on Facebook—is to force it out into…
  • “There Is a Charm, Even for Homely Things, in Perfect Maintenance.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    “There is a charm, even for homely things, in perfect maintenance.” – Louis Auchincloss, The House of Five Talents Agree, disagree? I feel this very strongly myself, and I write about it quite a lot in The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Well-made, suitable tools make work a joy; keeping things in their proper places makes a place seem more inviting; old, strong objects serving their purpose feel almost alive. When I was home in Kansas City recently, I used a particular small pan that my parents have had as long as I can remember. It made me so happy to see it! It was the…
  • Before and After: “I Needed to Establish a Small, Non-Threatening Daily Writing Habit, and I Needed Accountability.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here. This week’s story comes from Brett Cooper. I’d known some writing success: winning, for example, a 2003 screenwriting contest that awarded me $2,000, a yearlong contract with a Hollywood Literary Manager and…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Growing Up - Staying Young

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The trick is growing up without growing old.- Casey StengelToo many people grow up.That's the real trouble with the world,too many people grow up. They forget.- Walt DisneyIt takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.- e. e. cummings It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.- John WoodenYou grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself.- Ethel BarrymoreIf we don't change, we don't grow.If we don't grow, we aren't really living.- Gail SheehyDon't go through life - grow through life.- Eric ButterworthCuriosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.-…
  • Forgive Others for Your Own Sake

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.- don Miguel RuizThe key to forgiveness is to forgivefrom the heart -- not from the mind.- Sheri RosenthalForgiveness is not always easy.At times, it feels more painfulthan the wound we suffered,to forgive the one that inflicted it.And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.- Marianne WilliamsonForgiveness ... is the finishing of old businessthat allows us to experience the present,free of contamination from the past.- Joan BorysenkoPeople are often unreasonable,illogical, and self-centered;... Forgive them anyway.- Kent Keith (often…
  • Taxes

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Interdependence is and ought to beas much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.Man is a social being.- Mohandas (Mahatma) GandhiThe purpose of human life is to serve,and to show compassion and the will to help others.- Albert Schweitzer A cynic is a man who knows the price of everythingand the value of nothing.- Oscar WildeHow far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the strivingand tolerant of the weak and the strong.Because someday in life you will have been all of these.- George Washington Carver The value of a man should…
  • A Life of Abundance

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.- Dr. Wayne W. DyerNot what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.- EpicurusLife in abundance comes only through great love.- Elbert Hubbard Ask and it will be given to you;seek and you will find;knock and the door will be opened to you.- Matthew 7:7Our journey into consciousness of wealth beginswith the realization that we have already arrived!- Dr. Michael Bernard BeckwithLife is unlimited - it expands with the generosity, compassion,inventiveness, and service that you contribute.-Jonathan Lockwood…
  • Choosing Inner Peace

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    No one can find inner peace except by working,not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.- Peace PilgrimWe can never obtain peace in the outer worlduntil we make peace with ourselves.- Dalai LamaGod's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamor.- Charles Stanley The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-beingthat places harmony in one's life.- Peace PilgrimLord, make me an instrument of thy peace.- St. Francis of Assisi Choose Inner Peace.Nothing is worth losing your…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • An Extraordinary Life is Your Birthright

    Ron Schaffer
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    You were put on this earth to experience an extraordinary life: a life of joy, purpose and abundance. It is your birthright. The fact that so few do disturbs me greatly. As Henry David Thoreau so aptly said, “Most people lead lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with their music still in them.” I don’t want this to be you! Even if you do not believe this is possible for you at this moment, I don’t ever want you to stop searching for answers. Constantly ask yourself, “How can I live an extraordinary life? What do I have to understand to make this happen? How do I express…
  • Just because you can’t see a way to your goal doesn’t mean a way doesn’t exist. It just means that you can’t see it yet. Persistence will reveal it.

    Ron Schaffer
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Just because you can’t see a way to your goal doesn’t mean a way doesn’t exist. It just means that you can’t see it yet. Persistence will reveal it..
  • Tomorrow is but a reflection of today’s thoughts.

    Inspire Me Today
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Tomorrow is but a reflection of today’s thoughts..
  • Your Triumph Over Discontentment

    Guy Finley
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Discontentment is a kind of psychic echo. In fact, whatever the unhappiness may be, it is only an inner echo that is “sounding” within us. As difficult as it may be to understand this at the present time, suffering only seems real. It has no real life. How is this possible? Our inner stress, strain, and pain feel real to us, for sure; but then, so do all of the fears we feel in the middle of a nightmare. But where is the terror once we wake up? It doesn’t exist anymore because it was only real as long as we were participating in the bad dream. Try to see this important idea.
  • You Are The Journey

    Simran Singh
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    What if we have had it all wrong? What if you are not on a journey and have never been? What if there is no end destination? What if one tiny shift in perception and attitude could lead to full radiance, illumination and brilliance? Here it is… You are not on a journey… YOU ARE THE JOURNEY. Have you bought into an idea that you are here to reach something, set goals, live out an agenda and attain status? Do you create intentions and repeat affirmations? Are you running forward, trying to escape the things that are behind you, aspiring to shine forth the best self? You already do.
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Leadership: Challenges Can Help Us Learn and Grow

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    She decided to grow a flower garden, and went about it as methodically as she did most things: studying the soil, choosing and planting the seeds with care, nourishing the ground, watering and tending week after week. When her garden started to bloom, she had the beautiful flowers she’d dreamed of—but along with them were sprouting dandelions. She went to the books to study on how to get rid of them, but after trying the techniques, the dandelions were still there. She signed up for gardening courses and learned even more things to try, but the dandelions didn’t give an inch. Now she…
  • The Portrait of a Leader Must Be Painted in Genuine Strokes

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A genuine portrait is critical for your leadership brand as well as your professional success. It portrays your image as perceived by others, the impression you make on them. Your personality, style, behavior, body language, words, and attitude all contribute. In today’s world, a five-minute interaction, whether in person, through e-mail or via social media, can define a leader for years to come. It may seem superficial and therefore unimportant, but as a leader you will greatly benefit from knowing how you come across to others, because then you can make the necessary improvements. Not…
  • A Wise Leader Does Not Think So Much

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    All of us are guilty of getting caught up in too much thinking, too much analysis, too much data. By nature leaders tend to be overthinkers, and we can become victims of staying too much in our head. A wise leader brings to bear not only knowledge but wisdom, and sometimes wisdom tells us not to think too much. Thinking is good, but when does too much mind become a hurdle? When it creates “analysis paralysis.” The start to solving any problem is seeking information, but faced with an overabundance of data, background, facts, and numbers, it’s easy to freeze up under the weight of your…
  • Be Distinct: Find The Hero Within

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    A 50-year-old Navy veteran and construction worker named Wesley Autrey was at a New York subway station waiting for a train with his daughters when a nearby man collapsed and fell onto the tracks, where a train was already approaching. While others watched in horror, Autrey took action. He jumped onto the tracks and lay on top of the victim, who seemed to be having a seizure, keeping them both pressed between the tracks. Five cars passed over them before the train was able to come to a stop. Miraculously, neither was seriously injured. Autrey later told the New York Times, “I don’t feel…
  • The Resilient Leader

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    James Stockdale, best known as a 1992 independent candidate for vice president of the US, was a highly decorated veteran and former prisoner of war. In 1960 a Stanford philosophy professor, a military veteran himself, gave Stockdale a copy of Enchiridion, a manual for the combat officer written in AD 50 by the Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus, saying “I think you might find this useful.” Through the years Stockton studied Enchiridion and tried to practice the many messages about discipline, self-control, endurance and perseverance, virtue and moral character. However, Stockdale did not…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Skydiving in Las Vegas on April 14

    Steve Pavlina
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It’s time to tackle one of the items on my bucket list. Rachelle and I now have a reservation to go skydiving — first time for both of us. We opted to go with Skydive Las Vegas. We’re signed up for the 8am skydive on April 14. We jump from about 2.5 miles above the ground. I believe we freefall for about a minute, then parachute for 5-7 minutes. It looks like we’ll have a nice view of Lake Mead as we jump out of the plane. You’re welcome to join us if this sounds like something you’d like to try. If you want to jump with us, you can make a…
  • Prime Your Brain for a Permanent Performance Gain (in a Few Minutes)

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Inside your skull is a massive supercomputer. You own it free and clear. With its 100 billion neurons, and with a typical neuron linking to 1000 to 10,000 other neurons, your highly networked brain is incredibly powerful and capable. Pick up a simple object nearby like a pen or a spoon, and look at it. Turn it upside down. Spin it around. Notice that your brain is able to recognize the object no matter how you position it. You can change the lighting by putting the object in shadow. You can obscure part of it from view. You can bend or break it. And your brain still recognizes that object…
  • Disruptive Innovation

    Steve Pavlina
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    I must admit that I enjoy seeing the disruptive ripples that the Internet inflicts upon traditional business models. The old models do their best to fight to survive. For example, New Jersey recently banned Tesla from selling its cars in the state, mainly so the state’s inefficient auto dealerships won’t have to compete with Tesla’s direct sales model. New Jersey is the fifth state to ban Tesla sales so far. Two other states also severely restrict Tesla sales, and at least two more have pending legislation along these lines. Tesla stirred up a hornet’s nest of…
  • Let’s Go Skydiving!

    Steve Pavlina
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Sometimes I’m asked what drives me most, what inspires me to take action. My answer is curiosity. I’m curious about a great many things. I love to learn experientially most of all. Here’s a list of some things I’ve explored in my life thus far (in no particular order): 30 days of continuous travel 35 days of continuous travel 3 months of comedy improv lessons and two live performances 6 years of Toastmasters (dozens of speeches) competing in several speech contests traveling and speaking internationally 2 years serving as an officer of a non-profit corporation…
  • Business Is a Social Game

    Steve Pavlina
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, I’d say you should have at least 10 good friends who are already successful entrepreneurs. If that sounds like a lot to you, I’d say that something is very wrong with your mindset. Few entrepreneurs succeed in isolation. Business is a social game. I’d estimate that about half of the money I’ve made in business (and in my life overall) actually came from other businesses. The other half would be directly from consumers. That includes my computer games business. For my personal development business, a lot more of my revenue…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Send me to China :)

    Alexander Kjerulf
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    So far, I’ve spoken about happiness at work in 32 different countries but I have an ambition to add more. The top 3 countries I’d love to speak in are: China South Korea Australia. Can you help me get there? Do you have any contacts or know some companies in those countries who might benefit from some happiness? Any help would be massively appreciated :) Write a comment here or contact me!
  • Check out my article for Fast Company’s Co.Exist website

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    My article for Fast Co.Exist has just been published. In it I list the 5 major differences between Danish and US workplaces that explain why Danish workers are the happiest in the world and US workers tend to be miserable. Check it out and let me know what you think.
  • Hilarious flight attendant

    Alexander Kjerulf
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    This is hilarious and I just love to see people who have the energy to inject some fun into their work.  
  • Change

    Alexander Kjerulf
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    The keys to successful change in an organization are well known:  Involve those affected Have a clear purpose Listen to concerns So why do so few follow this?
  • New York Post

    Alexander Kjerulf
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    I was in the New York Post this week: My friend Rowan Manahan wrote to me that he liked the article but was sorely disappointed in the headline. After all, he said, NY Post is the newspaper that once ran the headline “Headless body found in topless bar” :)
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    Manage your life now

  • How to Turn Off or Disable Comments in WordPress

    Alex Chris
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is an easy way to turn off comments in WordPress posts or pages without a plugin and this is what we will explain in this WordPress tutorial. Why you may want to disable comments in WordPress posts or pages? Although comments are welcomed for a lot of reasons, sometimes you may need to turn them off to either avoid spam or to restrict users from posting comments on old posts or outdated topics. WordPress gives you a number of options to control comments and below we will see how to disable comments on new posts, how to turn off comments on old posts and how to allow comments only for a…
  • How to add Google Maps to WordPress

    Alex Chris
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Knowing how to add google maps to WordPress can be useful when you want to show your visitors where your shop or offices are physically located and provide them with directions on how to find you. This is especially true for local businesses and fortunately there is a very easy way to do that in WordPress. If you find this tutorial useful you may also want to check our wordpress tutorials for beginners and especially the one about adding YouTube videos to WordPress. How to add Google Maps in a WordPress Post Our objective with all the WordPress tutorials is to explain how you can do things in…
  • Gmail Tips

    Alex Chris
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Gmail tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of gmail client. Follow this page to receive new gmail tips that will make your life easier. Gmail is among the most popular email clients and while it is very simple to use it is also very powerful. Knowing little tips and tricks can save time and make your work more efficient. Gmail Tips Gmail Tips Gmail tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of gmail client. Follow this page to receive new gmail tips that will make your life easier. Gmail is among the most popular email clients and while it is very simple to use it is also very…
  • Youtube tricks and tips

    Alex Chris
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    YouTube tips and tricks to make better use of YouTube either for personal or business use. YouTube is by far the most popular video platform on the web and Google is trying to make it easy to use by continuously adding new features for editing, viewing or sharing YouTube videos. Many users don’t know that these features exist and either they spend more time than needed for a YouTube related task or they pay for a third party service, something that is not necessary. Our goal with the YouTube tricks and tips guide is to give you all those tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of…
  • WordPress tutorials for beginners

    Alex Chris
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Free wordpress tutorials for beginners – WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform because it is very easy to use but yet very powerful. While there are many wordpress tutorials for beginners on the web, we have created a set of tutorials that are essential for everyone starting with wordpress now. All tutorials are up-to-date with the latest WordPress versions, are in a step-by-step format and this page is updated frequently with new tutorials. WordPress tutorials for beginners How to Turn Off or Disable Comments in WordPress There is an easy way to turn off comments in…
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    Box of Crayons

  • How to Be Strategic: The Discipline of Three

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this video, I’m sharing one BIG question and one essential tool to help you get more strategic. Along the way, I’ll introduce you to the best biscuits ever, use the “straight jacket” approach to help you get the focus you need to achieve your goals and demonstrate the discipline of three. Looking for more ways to get strategic? Register for the Tools for the Time Crunched Manager webinar.  
  • BOC Receives 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Award

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We rarely toot our own horn on this blog, but today is an exception because I’m so proud that Box of Crayons was recognized by and Leadership Excellence as a Top 15 (“Leadership Partners & Providers – International”) award category for 2014. For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence has identified and recognized the Top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. “Companies that have deep leadership bench strength have significantly higher productivity per employee as well as earnings for shareholders.
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Great Work & Motivation

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week in the Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group (have you joined yet?!) I shared these great articles on how to find your great work and then how to stay motivated to see it through! Enjoy… 8 Critical Questions that Lead to Great Work Sure, they call it “finding your passion”. And I’ve never been that “hot” on the whole idea of finding your passion. There are plenty of us in this world – me included – who don’t really resonate with that as a driving force. But finding your Great Work? Sure. Here are eight strategies – a…
  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin this Provocation
  • Strategic Thinking: A Head-to-Head Book Review

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are a lot of books about strategic thinking out there, many of them not worth the effort. However, these two books are brilliant. But, they have very different viewpoints… In this video, I match up Roger Martin’s “Playing to Win” against Rita Gunther McGrath’s “The End of Competitive Advantage” and explore the interesting tension between them. If you’re looking to get more strategic about where you put your focus, consider signing up for my next Tools for the Time Crunched Manager webinar.
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    Positive Self Development

  • What is Mindfulness?

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    Visualizing mindfulness (366/194 July 12, 2012) (Photo credit: ConnectIrmeli) Have you ever eaten a chocolate bar whilst day dreaming? Afterwards you see the empty chocolate bar packet and realise that you do not remember eating it, or remember how it tasted. Have you driven a car then realised at the end of your journey that you cannot remember anything about the route? These are example of automatic thinking or behaviour. Your mind is sort of on ‘automatic pilot’, you are ‘not present’ in your own life. You often fail to notice what is happening around you or fail to take notice of…
  • Procrastination Is Good For You

    4 Aug 2012 | 4:33 am
    My stepson Benjamin loves video games. When a new hot game comes out like “Call of Duty”,  he is at the local games shop at midnight  so that he can be amongst the first in the country to purchase it on the day of its release.  Using this strategy he always pays top price for his games. I also like playing video games, but I prefer to wait until the price of the game is reduced. Benjamin’s and my decisions are based on our values. To him the priority is getting the game the minute it is released. I, on the other hand procrastinate, preferring to wait  until the price of…
  • Change Your Life Not Your Wife

    25 Jun 2012 | 8:34 am
    A few weeks ago I was watching a documentary on TV about an advertising agency going through the process of  preparing a pitch in order to secure a contract with a new major client. The men involved boasted about how hard they worked. One of the company executives was in his office at half five in the morning and did not leave until late at night. He associated his long hours with success. “One reason our competition is not as successful  as us is that they are in bed whilst we are hard at work.” One night the executives realised that one of their colleagues was missing.
  • 5 Apps to Help Your Daily Life

    17 Feb 2012 | 7:59 am
    5 Apps to Help Your Daily Life To live a balanced and happy life is attainable but comes with difficulties and takes a lot of patience and knowledge. Angry Birds may be the only app you use on a regular basis but consider downloading these apps to aid a manageable and productive life. Fitness: Keeping a healthy and active lifestyle is important not only for your body but for your mental state as well. The award winning and frequently downloaded app to get you there is Sports Tracker. Sports Tracker keeps track of your exercise, analyzes your performance and you are able to share your…
  • The Willpower Instinct

    1 Feb 2012 | 3:35 am
    If you are aware of your habits then you can easily predict what you will do in any situation.  Sometimes your habits are good, you help your neighbours out with their gaden project. Sometimes your habits are not that good: You are overweight and want to be thinner but find yourself eating doughnuts every day at your morning coffee break. We all have habits that we want to change, but often find that deep seated habits that we have had for many years are very difficult to get rid of. Somehow, we just do not have enough willpower to do it. You may think that willpower is something you are…
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • 3 Incredibly Important Things to Keep in Mind on Your Journey to Self-Discovery

    Josh Hinds
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    When I was younger, I developed a limiting belief around money that restricted me from attaining the professional and financial success I longed for. You see, just a few short years ago I was buried in over $120,000 in debt. It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to dig myself out. I was an entrepreneur, but I wasn’t making money. Quite the opposite in fact! And, what’s worse is I was also struggling with my weight and self-image. All of these things were making it really hard to stay positive. I was always on the lookout to improve myself through self-help…
  • Seven Helpful Tips for a Happier You

    Josh Hinds
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    “It is your choice to be happy. Make up your mind to enjoy this day, to have a blessed, prosperous, victorious year. You may have some setbacks and your circumstances may change, but don’t let that change your mind. Keep it set to happiness.” – Joel Osteen For many, the word happiness is downright elusive. They are finding it hard to understand and experience this seemingly simple emotion. Thus, they end up enduring the daily grind feeling weary and depressed. I’ve been one of those sad people before. It wasn’t easy but fortunately, I was able to get out of…
  • My unnecessarily long and difficult journey towards becoming an action taker

    Josh Hinds
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    “I can’t do this anymore!” The words ringed in my ear over and over again. “I’m too tired. I need to take a break. Besides, I’ve done enough already.” Rationalizations poured out of me like vomit. With every sentenced, my back dropped lower into my chair. My right hand slowly reached for the mouse. My left went for the keyboard. I typed in “youtube” and it was all over. Taking action was never my strong suit. As a kid, I made a habit out of doing everything in the last possible moment. I did my homework 30 minutes before going to school. By the time I ate, my stomach was…
  • What Sets Confident People Apart?

    Josh Hinds
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Confidence is often that one thing that determines whether you get hired for that job, seal a business deal, or get that girl. After a certain point, it doesn’t matter what skills you have or don’t have. Great things are often born out of half-baked ideas backed by the powerful belief that it will happen. Remember what J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, said: you’ll stop flying the moment you start doubting whether you can. Easier said than done, right? We’re not all born with movie-star good looks or the ability to sweet-talk our way into getting the things we want, Jordan Belfort…
  • Success Lesson: The Great Value of Failure

    Josh Hinds
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    We live in a society that keeps telling us we should be resisting anything that looks like failure. From childhood, failure is looked upon as the ultimate disaster. It has somehow grown to mean you have reached your limitation and that you have let yourself and others down. We cower in shame after those around us get wind that we have failed at something. The cold hard reality is this; failure is not the end, it is the beginning. As you stumble across the threshold of failure you discover a brand new world filled with possibilities. The price for such admittance is to fail. To fail means to…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • My first NEON #Truthbomb Exhibition Art Series! Gettin’ all gallery on you.

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    My team and I were talking about Brooklyn-based neon artist, Matt Dilling, whose philosophy on light was, well, transcendental. A minute later we were jamming about a #Truthbomb app we’re developing. And then zing-zap — the topics collided. Hey… what if … we made …. like, a neon #Truthbomb?! So we did! You can find the details on my new EXHIBITION art series here. We reached out to Matt and he gave us the magic Yes! we were hoping for. He took a tiny hand-scrawled #Truthbomb of mine et… voila! Well, not exactly “voila.” We laid it out in every…
  • AUDIO: Daily Desire Integration. A practical how-to on generating your CDFs.

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Here’s an uber practical how-to and pep talk about generating your core desired feelings. In this audio I talk about: That guilty feeling associated with pursuing your desires. (It’s the price of admission to fulfillment.) Getting off track from your practice — should you keep trying, even when you’re sad and deflated, or wait until you feel more energized? Ideas for gentle, almost-micro actions you can take to generate your most desired feeling states. The difference between “generative feelings” and “reactive feelings.” Going to the center of…
  • Your True Nature is Luminous

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Light is the most efficient force in the universe. And it’s your very core. Your true nature is luminous. Through the chaos, through the darkness, the broken heartedness, we will always circle back to light. Your true nature is luminous.  This week is the Week of Luminosity over here. I’m releasing a piece of art in a few days… all for light. What does “Your True Nature Is Luminous” make you think of? I asked, you answered. How brightly we shine when we’re in touch–acting with integrity and sharing ourselves authentically. A friend once introduced me…
  • Part 2 of Leaving the Church of Self Improvement… for the Temple of Me

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Where did I leave off from? Right here with Part 1: Leaving the Church of Self-Improvement for the Temple of Me. To read the entire feature now, click HERE to download the PDF and tap into the designed reading experience. PLEASURE RULES I was waking up. I noticed that some very public people preaching tolerance were actually profoundly intolerant. I recognized the same evangelical forcefulness in the holistic community as could be found at any Baptist rally, despite the progressive, rainbow-colored branding. My disappointment and disgust spurred me to look for authorities who were The Real…
  • New audio: An Exercise in Extreme Visualization

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Say hello to a reality with more possibility. Are your dream muscles starting to feel a bit… stiff? Are you vividly dreaming of your future, or just kinda loosely maybe day dreaming? Limber up your intentions with this extreme visualization exercise. You can do this in 5 or 10 minutes. When you imagine the wild fantasy, you can see what’s positively possible.    AUDIO shake up. New @DanielleLaPorte MP3. Visualization: Loosening your mind shackles  Tune in, loves. There’s so much more. Audios are where I can extra-transmit the love. Here’s an e-coupon for all…
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    Jungle of Life

  • When Should You Get Life Insurance?

    Guest Author
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Tweet Choosing life insurance can be a big decision — one that you definitely want to get right. But how do you know when you should get life insurance? Are you ever too young or old to get life insurance? Who does life insurance work best for? How do you find the right policy for you? These are just some of the questions people ask when they are thinking about getting life insurance. And they are all good questions to ask — which is why we have set ourselves the task of answering them. What does life insurance offer? There is not one specific type of life insurance. Each insurer and each…
  • 6 Reason Why Buying Is Better Than Renting

    Guest Author
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Tweet For some, buying a home will always be the dream. However, changing economic conditions have created a new ideal, for those who do not want to buy, or cannot afford to buy. Generation Rent, as they are sometimes known, choose renting over buying, and are especially common in large cities where house prices are high. But which option is better? Should you rent or should you buy? The answer to this will depend on your own circumstances. However, here are our top six reasons why buying is better than renting. Improving your credit Having a mortgage can help to improve your credit — as…
  • Autumn in Carthage

    Guest Author
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Tweet I am often told it’s important to be able to capture the gist of a novel in a sentence. What is it “about”? Well, in a sentence, Autumn in Carthage is “about” using the standard tropes of genre fiction to illuminate deeper issues. As a manic reader and blog-addict, I am convinced that serious literature does not spread ideas beyond a small circle of already-aware readers. Middlebrow fiction, in contrast, tends to find its way into the hands of “regular people”-precisely the ones I wish to connect with. To be specific, this book was never intended to be cotton candy. The…
  • The Essential Guide to Sightseeing in Los Angeles

    Guest Author
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Tweet The City of Angeles can be found in the state of California and is often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. This city boasts a large number of world famous attractions, while Los Angeles’ nightlife scene is also extremely vibrant. Here is a selection of attractions that should not be missed while exploring Los Angeles.   Hollywood   Hollywood is by far the most famous neighbourhood in Los Angeles and people travel there from all over the world for the chance to spot the stars. This district is easily accessible from the airport and Los Angeles flights are…
  • A Physical Therapist’s Uncommon Journey

    Guest Author
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Tweet The journey starts down a familiar path. Midwestern female attends college, and then grad school, gets license in her professional field of Physical Therapy, goes to work in a hospital, then another hospital, then another. The therapist’s feet are wet, the ropes learned and the path begins to feel stale and stagnant. The therapist desires more control of her destiny and that of her patients. She changes direction and goes into private practice, with an office, a partner, staff, and equipment. Challenge and excitement are at every turn. A career grows, her reputation builds, jobs are…
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    Abundance Highway

  • Right Brain Business Summit 2014

    Suzie Cheel
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Are You a Creative Entrepreneur?    Or Want to be?  Then You are in for a treat, if you’re  ready to build a profitable and lasting business on your terms, come join me at the free 4th annual Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit April 7th through April 18th. Grab your no-cost pass to get practical and proven business-building resources that are as playful and passionate as you are. Do you long to make a meaningful difference while making good money? Want insider secrets from highly successful 6-figure and even 7-figure creative entrepreneurs on how they’ve built their thriving…
  • ArtAbundance Training For Creatives

    Suzie Cheel
    3 Sep 2013 | 6:24 pm
     Tap Into Your Creative And Artistic self Make Magic With Marney Marney Makridakis is my coach and mentor and and my experience of her art assignments has me taking a closer look at this special training program. I have done her first sampler and on Thursday there is another sample class. In each of the classes I have attended with Marney I have come away with a new tool I can use and often get clarity on a path I might be thinking about. Yes you can create magic with Marney as well as gain new tools that empower you with you own creativity and spirituality as well as giving a potential new…
  • Morgana Rae On How Financial Alchemy Will Help You Move From Lack Into Abundance.

    Suzie Cheel
    21 Jan 2013 | 2:09 am
    Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 14 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Morgana Rae whose book Financial Alchemy: Twelve Months of Magic and Manifestation launches on Amazon on Wednesday January 23, 2013. Morgana Rae is an internationally acclaimed life coach, speaker and author of Financial Alchemy: Twelve Months of Magic and Manifestation. Widely regarded to be the world’s top Relationship with Money Coach, she has been featured on ABC-TV, PBS, NPR, FOX News Radio, United Press International and The Wall Street Journal online, and is frequently a featured expert…
  • Manifesting Abundance on a Monday

    Suzie Cheel
    26 Jun 2011 | 6:35 pm
    #MaMo: Manifesting Mondays on Twitter! I wrote about this last Monday at and thought it would be great to share here with all you wonderful manifesters of abundance. Each Monday a group of LOA (law of attraction) and Abundance coaches and enthusiasts post what they are working on manifesting for the week and then support one another in what is like a manifesting circle on twitter. You can read more about how it evolved here and join in on the Tweet chat  #MAMO I have met many like-minded friends via this twitter stream and it is a great vibe raiser to get the week off…
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Wise Woman Wisdom: Becoming an Intutive Oracle

    Kala Ambrose
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Becoming An Intuitive Oracle Temple at Delphi Consulting the Oracle was a phrase used by the ancient Greeks to speak with the High Priestesses who lived in temples. The Oracles had powers of divination and prophecy and were considered to be magical portals where one could ask a question and receive answers from guides and gods listening on the higher planes. The answers would be communicated through the Oracles and then given to querent. People from around the world traveled to speak with the Oracles and would wait for days to meet with them and ask their questions. At one point, there were…
  • How Sacred Symbols Awaken Your Aura

    Kala Ambrose
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    One day while out and about shopping, I happened across this gorgeous chest of drawers with the enchanting symbols carved into the front.  When something speaks to me like this piece did, I know it has to come with me and be part of my tribe. When you have a reaction to a piece of furniture or jewelry or art that invokes a response of this type, you are connecting with the energy resonating from the symbol. In our aura fields, we retain this information from previous lifetimes, and it is part of our hard wired conditioning that certain symbols evoke these energetic patterns within us.  For…
  • Ancient Rituals to Bring Prosperity and Protection to Your Home

    Kala Ambrose
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    There’s no place like home and in Claude Lecouteux’s book – The Tradition of Household Spirits: Ancestral Lore and Practices  we discover how ancient customs formed sacred bonds between the home and its occupants.  Professor Lecouteux explores the importance of design and placement and reveals how charms and chants can bring good fortune, protection and prosperity to the home. The questions below conclude my series of interviews with Claude Lecouteux on his books, I hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as I have. Kala: There’s an old custom of naming homes and…
  • My Life as a Mermaid

    Kala Ambrose
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Mermaid painting entitled “Metamorphosis” by artist Shelia Wolk hanging in Kala’s Office “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin My home and office are surrounded by inspirational artwork, statues, and collections that allow my mind to wander and to imagine all the magic that Nature and the Universe have in their vast warehouses of knowledge.  In order to help each person connect with their inspired creative higher self, I believe that we each have a particular Muse, who is attached to certain…
  • Fae Portal Moon Magic

    Kala Ambrose
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:21 pm
    inviting fairies into your home During the two sacred portal openings that occur each day (sunrise and sunset), there arises the heightened opportunity to connect with magical beings between the earth plane and the spiritual planes.  As advanced practitioners are aware, along with these daily portal openings, magical connections can be strengthened during particular days of the week, which have mystical properties attached to them. This energy can be further refined if it is connected to specific dates of the month according to their numerological patterns.  In addition, the seasons and…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Blog

  • Survival of the Fittest

    Walter Jacobson
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    I just nominated myself to be a speaker at the next TED Conference. The Theme is “Truth and Dare.” The application asked me to explain how my “Forgive To Win!” talk would fit into that theme. This is what I wrote:
  • Only The Mind Can Be Sick. Only The Mind Is In Need Of Healing.

    Walter Jacobson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The mind-body connection is much greater than most people appreciate. Our thoughts create our reality. Our thoughts dis-ease us. Our thoughts can heal us. Laughter isn’t the best medicine. Forgiveness, acceptance and love are.
  • Forgive Others Unconditionally and Without Exception

    Walter Jacobson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The true self-healing power of forgiveness requires that we put no conditions on our forgiveness and we make no exceptions. This means we forgive others regardless of whether or not they apologize or make amends or are nice to us. And we forgive everyone, rather than some and not others. We make no distinctions that some behaviors are unforgivable or that some people don’t deserve to be forgiven. We forgive everyone unconditionally without exception for our own peace of mind.
  • Nothing Outside Yourself Will Bring You Peace

    Walter Jacobson
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    No amount of success or material gain will heal a wounded heart or satisfy an empty soul. Discover your humanity and your spirit will soar.
  • Express Your Love To Your Loved Ones

    Walter Jacobson
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    We tend to take our loved ones for granted. We don’t treat them as well as we should. We are oftentimes angry and irritable with them. We are oftentimes selfish, rude, sarcastic and unloving. Best we stop behaving in these ways. Best we cherish them, nurture, them, support them and express our love to them in words, in deeds, in hugs.
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    Everything Counts!

  • Be Happy

    Gary Ryan Blair
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Happiness is an aphrodisiac; anyone who has experienced it will crave it again and again. Happiness is a choice; it’s an emotion that can be found in any circumstance. Happiness is a natural state; it’s best demonstrated by children. Happiness is everywhere; it presents itself in abundance throughout each day. Happiness is contagious; it’s a gift we give to ourselves and spread to others. Happiness is inside of each of us; it’s a spirit we liberate and find spiritually liberating. Those who live in, share, and spread happiness possess true wisdom. An essential part of your journey is…
  • Aggressively Enforce Your Will

    Gary Ryan Blair
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It’s actually pretty simple… You either rise to meet the mental demands and physical rigors of a challenging goal, or you succumb to them. And because victory begins in the mind, all challenges are initially won or lost between your ears. The very nature of a challenge sets an appropriate stage for practicing mental toughness, which by definition means a psychological edge that enables one to remain focused and confident during high-pressure situations to perform at one’s full potential. Mental toughness means bending the body’s software to control its hardware. It…
  • Elevation is Everything

    Gary Ryan Blair
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:20 pm
    ELEVATE is a transitive verb which means to lift up and improve morally, intellectually, physically, relationally, financially, culturally…. In the spirit of making a significant and lasting improvement in every area of your life, I offer the following game plan which you can implement with immediate effect. Ready? Let’s go! Elevate your… Conversations by discussing bigger, bolder, better ideas. Beliefs by challenging old, out-dated assumptions. Attitude by focusing on what’s right, good and virtuous. Expectations by demanding more from your self and others. Discomfort…
  • Until the End…

    Gary Ryan Blair
    30 Dec 2013 | 7:20 pm
    If your life and career plans include achieving some BIG GOALS, then you must decide that what you want is BIGGER and far more important than any fear which prevents you from achieving it. A BIG CHALLENGING GOAL is one of the few things in life which immediately engages the fight-or-flight mechanism. Fear is never a reason for quitting. It’s only an excuse for those unwilling to face their doubts, insecurities, and mental boogie man. Therefore, your first duty in rising to meet the demands of a challenging goal is to conquer fear and the mental resistance it brings along with it. Before you…
  • Boldness…be my friend

    Gary Ryan Blair
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:48 pm
    BOLDNESS AND COURAGE are the greatest resources you have in rising up to meet a challenging goal. What good is a BIG ambitious goal if it is not fueled by big, bold courageous actions? What good are intentions, dreams and resolutions if no willingness exists to stare down and overcome fear, adversity or self-doubt? The conceptual opposite of courage and boldness is cowardice and timidity. We are therefore confronted with the reality that we either habitually practice courage and boldness, or we habitually practice cowardice and timidity. Courage and boldness are remarkable traits in that they…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • Life Is Bandwidth

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Art by Hugh MacLeod From Hugh: There are only so many hours in the day. There’s only so much one tiny, 3-pound collection of human neurons can handle. There’s only so much outside world you can afford to cram down your pipes. So don’t overload your system. Choose carefully. It’s only after you stop trying to do everything, that you really start getting anything done. Exactly. Life balance is a really tricky concept, because everybody seems to have a different definition of what it means. I do know one thing: you might be able have anything you want, but you certainly can’t have…
  • Adultitis Antidote #2: Spatula City

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    About once a month, the parents would pull out a bunch of unusual kitchen utensils and pile them on the table. Things like spatulas, spaghetti forks, soup ladles, whisks, potato mashers and giant serving spoons were on display. Each child was instructed to select one item from the pile. And then they would have to eat their entire dinner using just that utensil. To make things even more interesting, the mother kept the dinner menu a secret. This is an idea that I got from an elderly couple in Virginia several years back. Their kids loved it so much, that now that they’re older, they do…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Drunken Baby Edition

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. • You guys! This video is the funniest I’ve seen in a long time. If you’ve ever thought toddlers resembled tiny drunk people — and seriously, who hasn’t? — you will love it. (via Kottke) • I am in LOVE with these itty bitty letters from the World’s Smallest Post Service. They’re made by hand with love by the amazing Lea Redmond at Leaf Cutter Designs. • As if those tiny letters weren’t cute enough, what about using them as official correspondence from the Tooth Fairy? • As Kim and I venture deeper…
  • Behind The Scenes: Studio Tour

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    When Kim was little and in Catholic school, she was one of two children who were selected to answer a question from a priest during an all-school mass. The answer would be recorded for posterity in the city newspaper. The priest asked them, “If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?” In front of hundreds of students and parents, including her own, Kim confidently declared that she would change her room around. She was quickly upstaged by the jerky classmate who wished that no one in the world would be sick anymore. Kim immediately regretted her answer. But it…
  • Dude Transforms Deck Into Pirate Ship

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    In January, I did a program for a big healthcare company and afterwards I met a guy named Randy who said he had a deck in his backyard that looked like a pirate ship. Naturally, my curiosity was stoked. Did it come with the house? Was it seaworthy? Was talking like a pirate required for entry? Happily for all of us, I was able to get the full story — plus pictures! Randy and his wife bought the house in 1999 and have been throwing summer theme parties ever since. (The first one was a Hawaiian style luau, complete with pork roasts wrapped in banana leaves, placed on really hot rocks,…
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    The BridgeMaker

  • Believing in the Goodness of Love

    Alex Blackwell
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi Death came to my part of the world this week. I live in Overland Park, Kansas where a hate crime took the lives of three people and changed my part of the world forever. My younger daughter, Emily, went to school with Reat Underwood, the young man who was killed on Palm Sunday. They sang in the school choir together, performed in this year’s musical, Guys and Dolls together, and along with the other members of the choir, dreamed of…
  • A Simple Path – To Offering Peace

    Alex Blackwell
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Teresa Business took me to San Diego recently. After a winter of avoiding the Polar Vortex by running on the treadmill, I was looking forward to the outdoor runs. San Diego’s harbor boardwalk offered the perfect opportunity for that. Wide enough to accommodate walkers, bikers, and skateboarders, the boardwalk also accommodates runners with scenic views of the marina mixed in with restaurants, shops, and parks. It ends where the USS Midway is docked. The aircraft carrier named after the decisive…
  • The Guest House

    Alex Blackwell
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. – Rumi In the poem, The Guest House, Rumi uses the metaphor of a house guest to create an image that each day we have the opportunity to welcome something new into our lives, even if it is unexpected. And just like the house guests who can cause us to feel uncomfortable with their visit, unwelcome feelings that stop by our house, our life, can be just as exasperating. We wait impatiently for these house guests to leave so we can put our house back just like it was before they arrived. However, underneath the irritation can…
  • Five Ways to Create a New Money Blueprint

    Alex Blackwell
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Money is like a sixth sense. You can’t make use of the other five without it. – Somerset Maugham For me, and perhaps for you, money can be both a source of comfort and shame. My job, and my income, is often tied to my sense of personal worth. If my job went away, my value would plummet. How you view money is a natural part of you. Just like the color of your eyes is controlled by your DNA, so is your attitude about money. From an early age, your money blueprint is developed. Usually it is your parents who create this blueprint. The Inheritance of Your Money Attitude If you see your…
  • A Simple Path – To Making Room

    Alex Blackwell
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things…we’re done here. – Ted Mosby This past Sunday offered the first real taste of spring. Sunny and 75?, I knew what the day had in store – cleaning out the garage. And I couldn’t wait. Road salt and sawdust covered the floor from a cold winter and a kitchen renovation project while cabinet doors and power tools were strategically stacked so our cars would just fit. The garage had never been such a disaster. It was time to make some room so my family could maneuver more easily from the garage and into the…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • Finding Composure Under Stress

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    It was a tremendous opportunity.I’d been invited to speak to 900 entrepreneurs at the fall conference of GKIC, a leading provider of marketing information and tools for building small businesses.I used to deliver training programs and speak on stage regularly, but that hasn’t been a primary focus for me in more than two decades.While I was excited about the chance I’d be given, I knew I needed to prepare thoroughly. I’d been a member of this organization for years and had attended many of their meetings. I understood all too well how diverse the membership was and the challenge of…
  • The Best Kind of Accountability Coach

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Several years ago we retained the services of a marketing consultant who gave us some terrific ideas for growing our business.In the process of working together, I got to know “Brian” well, both personally and professionally. On occasion, he’d confide in me about challenges he was facing with his college-age son.I remember one time in particular.Brian described how he’d responded to one of his son’s many requests. I was dumbfounded. This dad was clearly engaging in what any counselor would call “enabling” behavior – doing something for another person that he should be doing…
  • Listening with Your EYES

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:47 pm
    For more than 25 years, I've been teaching people how to become better listeners.During that entire time, I've emphasized the need to really understand what another person is trying to tell you. That involves paying attention to the words, tone of voice and body language.But I realized another way to think and talk about this process recently, when I was being interviewed by Chris Efessiou on his radio show Straight Up with Chris.Our EARS are not the only sensory organs that we need to engage to be effective listeners.If we’re going to “get” a person’s complete message, we also…
  • Sheryl Sandberg and a Pivotal Question

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    As I was reading Sheryl Sandberg’s thought-provoking book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I encountered a passage that popped out at me.As the sub-title implies, Sandberg addresses this book to women. But it’s an excellent read for men as well. She peels back the curtain on what goes on in women’s heads and in organizations to prevent women from advancing their careers and taking on more leadership positions.Sheryl Sandberg has the experience and research to back up the points she makes.She’s been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008, and before that was…
  • Keep Asking, Even When the World Says NO

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:58 am
    Imagine this.You have an idea for a book that you believe would be fantastic. You draft a proposal and send it to five publishers as a test. They all say no.You try five more. They say no, too.You’re discouraged but decide to double up and send your idea to TEN more publishers.Still no takers.That’s 20 indicators that your idea has no merit.What would you do at this point?Most people would give up. Maybe their idea wasn’t so great after all. Or it’s not worth the effort to keep trying.Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen faced far worse rejections than this when they were trying to…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • Geologic Time and Dinosaur Tracks in the Texas Hill Country

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I live only a couple miles from the Guadalupe River. Recently, with Everett Deschner as my guide, I walked along a creek that feeds this river, and he showed me dinosaur tracks imbedded in the stone creek bed.The tracks were quite visible, made by a young half-ton plant-eating dinosaur while walking through the area.Everett on right. Photo by Linnea S.Deschner is the vice president of the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country, not far from Canyon Lake. He explained that the Hill Country didn't exist at the time of the dinosaur, which was about 100 million years ago. At that time, this…
  • 5 Lessons on Compassion We Can Learn From Nurses

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This guest post comes from Sandra Mills, who writes about business and healthcare topics. Follow her on Twitter, @sandramills63.Nearly 3 million nurses in the U.S. offer care to people of all ages and in various settings, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Everyday, nurses perform acts of compassion to reduce the stress of illness and injury. Adopting just a few of their skills in the home and workplace could make a big difference in the lives of people around you.Compassionate CaringThere are two elements that make up compassionate nursing care, says Nursing Times. The first is…
  • Near-Future Science Fiction - Realistic Portrayals of Space Travel

    19 Mar 2014 | 12:27 pm
    We often hear scientists and engineers working in the space industry make grandiose statements like, “We are a race of explorers. It is our destiny to travel to the stars.” They compare the courageous achievements of astronauts to those of Christopher Columbus and Magellan. These high-sounding pronouncements strike a chord. People like to think of themselves in heroic terms.Science fiction movies encourage this romanticism—alien creatures that look only slightly different from humans and space travel that seems safe and routine—even comfortable. Informed by this imagery, the general…
  • My Strange Encounter with an Old Friend

    5 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Forty years ago I was an English professor at West Point when I learned that someone I once knew would be buried with honors in the West Point cemetery. He was the man who, 15 years before, had pinned my Eagle Scout medal on me. I remembered him as a tall, distinguished, handsome man who resembled General Robert E. Lee.This old graduate was being laid to rest, and I wanted to be there to honor him. It was a cold, rainy day. Present there was his son, who was my age - a former junior high classmate. My family had moved away, and I hadn't seen or heard anything about him in those 15 years. He…
  • Want to Be a Better Leader? A Job Aid for Managers

    2 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    From, here is "The Manager's Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders," a "cheat sheet" checklist for managers.Yes, it's a long list - 101 items. But it's practical and realistic, and it's chunked into 10 categories - a real good how-to reference for anyone who wants to succeed as a manager.Check it out...Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2014. Building Personal Strength .
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  • How Leaders Can Successfully Champion Change

    Tanveer Naseer
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to seeking insights on the best leadership practices, the natural inclination is to look towards successful organizations like Southwest Airlines and Zappos for inspiration and guidance.Not surprisingly, in most countries, one area we often disregard for leadership guidance is the political arena, as most politicians tend to represent examples of what not to do than what leaders should be doing to engage and enable those they serve.This sad reality becomes especially apparent during election campaigns, where political candidates expect voters to believe in their capability to…
  • The Delicate Art Of Persuading Your Boss

    Tanveer Naseer
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Karin Hurt.You’re got a brilliant idea to transform the business. Or maybe you’re just trying to stop the stupid train from rolling over the great work your team has done over the last year. You make your case to your boss, but she’s not convinced. What next?There’s the camp that would say back down, after all that’s why she get’s paid the “big bucks.” Be a bobble head and nod in agreement– after all, push-back could hurt your career.The kissing-up sort would take it a step further and remind the boss how brilliant she is for setting you…
  • Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

    Tanveer Naseer
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece from Thinkers50 creators Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove.Business best practice never stands still. State of the art management and leadership techniques are continually evolving. Think about it: how organizations are run in 2014 is radically different from how they were run just ten years ago. Technology has clearly paid a huge part in this, but the biggest driver of change in how organizations are run is the ceaseless quest for improvement; to manage more efficiently and effectively to better achieve business results.Improvements come from bright ideas. There…
  • The Language Of Leadership

    Tanveer Naseer
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    These days, we talk a lot about the benefits of embracing diversity in the workplace. Of how intermingling people of different cultures, beliefs and nationalities can allow us to tap into the diversity of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that go with these unique demographic elements.Of course, sometimes it can be difficult to appreciate just how these differences can help us to discover new insights, particularly if we live in a fairly homogeneous population. As such, I’d like to share the following four words from languages found in different parts of the world to not only show how…
  • Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership

    Tanveer Naseer
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    In leadership circles, we’re constantly on the lookout for sage advice on what it takes to succeed; of what skills, competencies, and/or strategies leaders should employ and exemplify to succeed in today’s challenging, ever-changing work environment.That was certainly part of the focus of a recent conversation I had with a group of colleagues where we shared what we saw as some of the critical factors necessary for leaders to succeed in today’s fast-paced, 24/7 interconnected world.Of course, in such discussions, the one question that inevitably arises is what do we see as…
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    The Curious Brain

  • selfeed

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    My eyes hurt! Real-time updates of the #selfie tag on Instagram. a big thanks to Angela Natividad ‏@luckthelady for bringing this to my attention
  • Nephologie

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Cloud experiments by Moritz Reichartz
  • Hermès x Man on the Move

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Directed by Romain Laurent from Solab
  • pointer pointer

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    The best useless website you’ll see all day! Created by studio moniker
  • Ouch

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    The work of Gem Fletcher
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    Interruption Management

  • Multi-tasking = Contant Interruption

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, years back was quoted in Time Magazine and said:      "Decades of research, not to mention common sense, indicate that the quality of one's output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks.”
  • Interrupted by Bogus News?

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Before you believe or relay to others potentially bogus information, check out the story on your
  • Making Smart Decisions

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Buy This Book and Pass It Along: As I mentioned a few weeks back, my colleague, Bob Wendover, has released a great little book on decision making called Figure it out! Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World. This quick read got me thinking about all the times I need to do a better job of considering decisions before acting on impulse. Don’t we all? On top of all the great ideas, each chapter is augmented with a four-minute “deeper dive” video which helps you flesh out the concepts. To launch  the book, Bob is offering a special package on his website. If you go…
  • Want More Privacy?

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Here are some privacy related websites:***
  • Racing the Clock No More!

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:59 am
    A reader says, “No matter how conscious I am of saving time throughout the day, I still find myself racing the clock. What, if anything, am I doing wrong?Answer: Consider the following example: any one-hour activity that you undertake in the course of the day will consume one solid year out of the next 24 years of your life. One hour is to 24 hours as one year is to 24 years. With this realization, consider the cumulative effects of reading junk mail for only 30 minutes a day, or of spending 15 minutes a day in line at the bank which could be avoided if you judiciously used mail, phone, or…
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • Thinking Magically™ | The Great Optimism Hoax

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.                                                   – Oscar Wilde The word Optimism comes from the Latin word, optimum, which means “best.” When you’re an optimist, you expect or “hope” for the best outcome in anything and everything. I certainly applaud anyone who carries a positive mental attitude. And I even cheer those who can find the good in any situation. But don’t let…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Thousands are Being Successful This Way . . . Why Aren’t You?

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.                                                 – Author Unknown From the time we were little, we had role models. They taught us to talk. Showed us how to walk. And inspired us to do more. These role models eventually changed as we grew older and we found new people to look up to as we made our way through school. Perhaps they were sports stars. Movie stars. Teachers. Parents. Even friends. Then a strange thing happened . . . We graduated to the “real” world of…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Who Else Wants Fearless Dominance?

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    He had never regarded other men as anything but puppets of a sort, created to fill up an empty world. He divided them into two classes: those he greeted because some chance had put him in contact with them, and those he did not greet. But both these categories of individuals were equally insignificant in his eyes.                                                                          – Guy de Maupassant (An Old Man) How would you like your life to be different? Imagine the next time you find yourself in a…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Now You Can Dabble and Still Be a Success

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.                                                  – Sir Stirling Moss dab·ble verb \ˈda-bəl\ : to take part in an activity in a way that is not serious Source: Merriam-Webster You work hard at what you do. You take offense if anyone suggests that you are not committed to the job or to your goal or to the task at hand. You are a go-to person and either are or want to be a leader. This requires a clear vision and a straight-ahead path. I have even extolled the…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Give Me 5 Minutes and I’ll Show You Something Wonderful

    16 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.                                                                       – Saint Augustine When is the last time you actually felt a sense of wonder? You know the feeling – it’s a complete sense of amazement that is sharpened by accompanying curiosity. It’s that consuming…
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    Experience Optimism

  • Hunt, scramble and dash

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Optimist of North Augusta, SC hosts annual Easter egg dashThis weekend, children throughout the US and Canada will be dashing, hunting and scrambling for eggs as many Optimist Clubs host one of their favorite activities: the Easter Egg Hunt.Ask any Optimist Club spokesperson and they will say it's the best 60 seconds of the year. After weeks of planning and hours of setting up, the children arrive and wipe out the colorful, candy-filled eggs in record-breaking time. Smiles are seen all around as the kiddos claim their prizes and Optimist Club members and parents look on with delight.The…
  • Optimist Club of Salem, Oregon appreciates kids every month

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    I always look forward to seeing the Youth Appreciation events at the Optimist Club of Salem, Oregon. When they come across my Facebook feed, I click and enjoy the stories about the students that they have honored during the month. You see, almost two years ago, the members decided that if they were indeed friends of youth as the Optimist International motto says, then they needed to interact more with children. That led them to reach out to the schools in search of students who deserve a little recognition. The criteria is different for every recipient, based on what the teachers would…
  • News Flash: Optimist Club meets in Marshall, MO

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012 there were 13,003 people in Marshall, Missouri. I find it heartwarming that the Marshall Democrat-News thinks that even in a town of their size, the happenings within the Optimist Club are worthy of print. And because of that, they even choose to publish the club's minutes as recorded by the club scribe.From their minutes of April 5, on that day the Optimist Club of Marshall came together with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, heard from a community group, the Fairy Prom Mothers; reported on a club program with the school district,…
  • Recognition for students or adults?

    5 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The headline said, "Big awards given, students recognized" and this was the photo that accompanied the story.I thought, oh my, those two gentlemen don't look like students. And then I read the rest of the story.It is worth certainly worth noting that Wayne Bruch, left, received the Optimist of the Year Award for 2013 and Doug Godin received the Key Man Award for 2013. The presentations were made at during the student recognition program for the Fort Morgan Middle School students. I would imagine that the audience included students, parents and educators along with Optimist Club members and…
  • Elect Linda Vaught Jackson

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Linda Vaught JacksonToday I announced to the world - the Optimist world that is - that I am running for Vice President-elect, West Region, Optimist International.It's been a long time coming. As readers of my blog know, I first joined an Optimist Club in 1987. Over the years I've been an active Optimist Club member and volunteer leader for the Illinois and Pacific Northwest Districts. In 1996, I was the secretary/treasurer of the Distinguished Illinois District and in 2010, I earned the status of Distinguished and Outstanding Governor for the Pacific Northwest District. I fully believe that…
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    All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II

  • Prank It Forward

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Be grateful for some April Fool’s pranks! How inspiring is this?!?   Be Well. Paul. The Gratitude Guru The post Prank It Forward appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Gratitude For Found Cash!

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Last night I was expressing my gratitude as I was emptying my wallet of all the receipts I had in there.  When I go shopping, I like to get the receipt handed to me. I then either slip it into my wallet, or I fold it in half (so it will fit) and save it in my wallet. Although I would like to have a ritual of clearing it out at the end of each day, that usually does not happen. As a result, I will have a week or two worth of receipts stored up in my bill fold. Ironically enough, I typically have more receipts in there than cash bills! Back to the point of this short little gratitude…
  • A Quote? Everyday?

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    (This is a previously posted post that I updated. I frequently get asked, “You send out a Gratitude Burst? Everyday? How interesting! Why?” I think it is time to outline the history of the Quote, and how it came about. I do not know the actual start date of the Quote of the Day, but something came up at work one day when a manager somewhere in the company made a decision and it was absurd; this was back in 1990, I think. I remember the project (AWS – for you former Continental Insurance people), I remember the group, and I remember the people. Anyway, the decision that was…
  • This is it!

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:24 pm
    I was searching around on the internet and stumbled upon this bumper sticker at . This is it Plain and simple. Direct and to the point. This is it. There is no tomorrow (not yet at least – but by the time tomorrow is here then, this is it). There should be no waiting for something to arrive, or start. No procrastination. Will things be better in the future? I hope so. But for right now, for this moment, this is it. A while ago an email was floating around demonstrating the need to enjoy life now, be grateful for what you have, and do…
  • Grateful For Some Motivation

    3 Jan 2014 | 9:58 am
    Here is a video that is about 6 minutes and packs a great deal of motivation in it. Don’t worry, it looks like sports and it shows a lot of sports, but if you are not a sports type person, you will get a lot out of this! I am not sure what you are looking to accomplish. This applies to everything! Sports. Business. Goals. Personal ‘limitations.’ Breaking through beliefs. Changing who you want to Be. My goal is to watch this everyday. Bookmark this and come back to it with me. Everyday. What is your favorite line/quote form the video? Leave a comment below and share it with…
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    Council of Love

  • Last-Minute Clearing ~ by Steve Beckow

    Julie Simms
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    There may be some people who, as the Tsunami of Love gradually increases, are saying to themselves, well, I don’t feel loving, myself. If anything I’m having unpleasant feelings and a really rough go of it. Yes, that’s very much to be expected for some people – myself included. I know that what’s arising in […]
  • AA Michael updates us on the effects of the Tsunami of Love individually and globally

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Mother has a plan, and it is the unfoldment of the divine plan and the restoration of love on this beautiful planet, with a domino effect throughout the galaxies. Love is the energy of the universe and it moves constantly, continually, eternally, infinitely. It moves through you, it nourishes you, but it also clears […]
  • Commander Ashira: One of our questions to you is, “Do you love and cherish us?”

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    The energy of our transmission, of our mutual transmission goes out not only to your star brothers and sisters, but to every person on the planet. It is in the very air they breathe. That is one of the reasons why this type of transmission, this type of show as you think of it, is […]
  • Explore the Universe contained within your Heart…

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:14 pm
    You have the capacity within you to discover, experience and be everything. Every particle, every cell, every subatomic particle contains all the information. The journey within is simple. It is merely to go into the void of your heart and go exploring. And yes, this is the most difficult and the most easy thing you […]
  • The Worldwide Launch of the Mother’s Tsunami of Love

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Two channelings that set the tone for the worldwide launch of the Mother’s Tsunami of Love 03-25-14 Channeling: Archangel Gabrielle Greetings, I am Gabriel, Lily of Love, Trumpet of Truth, Messenger of One. And here I am again, yes, speaking to my beloved sisters, my sisters of hope and my sisters of change, my sisters […]
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • Feeling Stuck? What are You Really Committed to?

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning?… There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?” - LeBron James The last post I wrote was about focusing on the possibilities for your life. It was about […] The post Feeling Stuck? What are You Really Committed to? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Uncover Greater Possibilities Despite Gloomy Circumstances

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. - Les Brown There are many reasons why we don’t get what we want. I’m sure you could put a long list together of all the barriers, obstacles and circumstances that are preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. […] The post How to Uncover Greater Possibilities Despite Gloomy Circumstances appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Are You Playing the Game of Life, or Sitting on the Sidelines?

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” - George Herman “Babe” Ruth What I really wanted to call this post was, “How to Live an Epic Life.” But sorry, I couldn’t resist the sports analogy. (MLB has started and March Madness is still swirling.) To me, living an epic life means doing […] The post Are You Playing the Game of Life, or Sitting on the Sidelines? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Stop Starving Your Spirit and Start Feeding Your Soul’s Hunger

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner Do you ever get that feeling that there is something more to life? It’s that feeling in your heart that you are meant to do something huge! […] The post Stop Starving Your Spirit and Start Feeding Your Soul’s Hunger appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • What to do When You Feel Like Giving it All Up

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:19 am
    “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ― Elbert Hubbard Are you in a situation you just have no idea how you’re going to get out of? Does it look like you have no chance of reaching your goal – at least within a reasonable timeframe? Has everything turned against you leaving you feeling helpless? […] The post What to do When You Feel Like Giving it All Up appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • 10 Things Creative People Know

    Peggy Taylor
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Photo by Asife/ Shutterstock. Do you consider yourself creative? If the answer is "no," you are not alone. We have been working as creativity facilitators for close to two decades, and whenever we ask people this question, shockingly few hands go up. It turns out that you don't have to be a great artist to be creative. Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen. Cooking breakfast, planting a garden, even developing a business plan are all creative acts. But here is where the arts do come in. Participating in the arts—even as amateurs—unlocks our creativity…
  • How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All

    Imara Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at Photo by Kanaka Menehune / Flickr. As the enrollment date for Obamacare came to an end this week, one overlooked fact is that the law could have a dramatic impact on the job security and earnings of the working poor. More than one out three people who’ve signed up for coverageearn below the poverty threshold qualifying them for Medicaid, with the incomes of millions more eligible for subsidies to help pay insurance premiums. Disproportionately, people of color are clustered in jobs that pay by the hour and these individuals are more…
  • Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning

    Lennon Flowers
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo by Studio One/Shutterstock. Each week, in hundreds of classrooms around the world, elementary school students sit cross-legged in a circle, surrounding a baby clad in a onesie with the word “Teacher” on the front. Over the course of a year, students learn to label the baby’s feelings and to interpret his or her actions. They learn to look beyond language to identify underlying emotions, whether joy, fear, frustration, or curiosity. In so doing, they learn to understand their own emotions and those of others. Click here to subscribe to YES! They’re in a program called Roots of…
  • Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US

    Molly Rusk
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Inspired by the annual Kenyan celebration of national independence, the Madaraka Festival comes to Seattle this June. In Kenya, Madaraka Day is a national celebration of the country's independence from the United Kingdom. Presented by One Vibe Africa, the festival in Seattle is a collaboration between artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations dedicated to empowering young people through art, education, and technology. Read more: Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Dance to Pharrell Williams—and They Are Incredible Dar…
  • 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

    Kozo Hattori
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at Greater Good Berkeley. Photo by Tom Beardshaw / Flickr. I remember being a very compassionate child. While watching "The Little House on the Prairie," I cried my eyes out when Laura couldn’t give Pa a Christmas gift. But 12 years of physical abuse and being forced to the confines of the “act-like-a-man box” wrung most of that compassion out of me by the time I reached adulthood. Although I was what therapists call “high-functioning,” my lack of compassion was like a cancer that poisoned my friendships, relationships, business affairs, and life. At…
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    Zen Inspiration

  • [Passage] “Tuesdays with Morrie” By Mitch Albom

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    “Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.  “But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is.
  • [Passage] From Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear…
  • 4 Things I Learned About Life

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    haven’t read The Alchemist.Yeah, I know. For someone who writes an article about Paulo Coelho AT LEAST I should read the book that made him a success. But the only book I read was Aleph and it was really good. After reading it, I had an image of him as a very spiritual and calm person. To learn more about Paulo Coelho, I read his authorized biography, “The Warrior’s Life,” which was written by Fernando Morais. The most interesting parts of the book were the stories of his youth, which were far from what I had imagined. They were inspiring and made me reflect upon my life. Read further…
  • [Passage] The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms…
  • [Passage] ‘The Time Keeper’ by Mitch Albom.

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    “Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” The post [Passage] ‘The Time Keeper’…
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    Thin Difference

  • Top 5 Leadership Traits from Millennials

    Jon Mertz
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    For the past several months, we have been interviewing Millennial leaders to highlight their work and gain their insights. Molly Page has told their stories well in our Millennial Momentum series, and many have good stories to tell. A great match. One that we intend to continue. As I read through each story again, key traits emerged in what makes their leadership work. Five leadership traits pop to the top. More will develop over time, so this is a snapshot. Leadership Traits from Millennials Trait 1:  Conscious Millennial leaders are conscious leaders. What this means is there is a certain…
  • A Generational Shift in Teaching Accounting and Ethics

    Jon Mertz
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks to a connection from Barbara Kimmel with Trust Across America – Trust Around the World, I had an opportunity to work with Curtis C. Verschoor, an author, researcher, speaker and more, on an article about generational changes and the impact on accounting educators. Our article was recently published in the Accounting News Network, and it is entitled:  Ethical Attitudes Differ Among Generations: Implications for Accounting Educators. In working with Curtis on this article, transparency stands out (again) as a very real (and welcomed) trait of our new social and connected world. Some…
  • How Sensible Are You in Handling Vacation Requests?

    Guest Author
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Guest Post by Bimal Parmar If you are running an authoritarian management, calling the shots from your ivory tower or impregnable cabin, you needn’t be bothered about this. But, if you’re not―then handling your employees’ holiday requests unwisely can land you in sticky situations. As turning the requests’ down can lead to employee burnout, acrimony, even jeopardize your relations with other employees; and giving in can stymie your business. While Google remains a trend-setter in offering vacations, new age ventures like Evernote, Zynga, Netflix, Full Contact are already…
  • Adaptive Millennial Leader Chelsea Krost

    Molly Page
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Chelsea Krost has packed a lot of success into the first 23 years of her life. With a personal brand already well established, she is not content to focus her attention on just one broadcast platform. She is clearly an adaptive Millennial leader. As a Millennial lifestyle expert, she published a memoir, is the host of a weekly radio show and contributes regularly on television shows including the Today Show, Bloomberg TV and Anderson Cooper. Her twitter party #millennialtalk draws more than 35 million impressions every Tuesday night. When you speak with her you get the impression she is just…
  • 25 Quotes On Leadership For Millennials To Keep In Mind

    Guest Author
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Guest Post by Alex Strike I bet, young leaders read a lot. They are hungry, they need more information to learn and follow, they search for inspiration and practical advice on leadership, they keen on everything that could develop them and make them much better than they are now. I like reading. I’ve read many books on leadership, and some of them were really worth checking. Most of them give practical advice on becoming a leader and improving your leadership skills. But are you sure you know WHO a real leader is and HOW he should look like? Advice of all writing gurus will not help…
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    Later Bloomer

  • A Late Bloomer’s Animated Musical Rocks!

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I have a confession. A few weekends ago, while running updates on the blog, I clandestinely watched an episode of the Green Lantern animated series that was mesmerizing my husband. (Yes, baby, I’m admitting it in public.) Green Lantern—Hal Jordan, Sinestro, that oath: “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight…” All I could think was, “How the heck did they tell a perfect story with beginning, middle, end, and sympathetic characters in 22 minutes?” Not to mention the eye-catching animation. I last experienced comics, before I met…
  • A Midweek Motivational: Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:20 am
    Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. ~Emily Dickinson There’s a town just south of Calgary, Canada, called High River, population 13,000. Hollywood loves High River. It became Smallville in Superman III and doubled as High River, Montana in Caitlin’s Way, a Nickelodean series. It’s currently the home of Heartland, a popular CBC offering. Except for that tenuous entertainment industry link, High River couldn’t be further from Los Angeles, my hometown—small vs. big, charming vs.
  • Three Ageless Athletes and A Confession

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I was an archaeologist, age 35, I carried a 30-lb backpack from Ireland to Wales. It contained my clothes, tent, bedroll, ground cloth, and trusty Marshalltown trowel. Was I happy to drop it when I hit camp! A few years later I took up martial arts. By age 42, I reached my best shape ever. Twelve years and 25 pounds later, I’m achy and exhausted all the time. I’m pretty much carrying that backpack’s worth of weight 24/7. I could blame my chronic pain syndrome (I detail it on my About page), but the truth is, I also eat too much. I eat like an archaeologist who…
  • A Dozen Late-Blooming Athletes To Get You Going

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With the Winter Olympics in full swing, I’ve recently been asked, “Are there any late-blooming Olympians?” In most sports, “late-blooming” means age 25. But we do have a few luminaries: At age 40, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Sweden just became oldest Winter Games Gold medal winner for biathalon. At age 60, his countryman, Oscar Swahn, brought home two 1908 Gold medals in shooting. Oscar won his last medal, a Silver, at age 72, making him the oldest medalist. At age 61, Joshua Millner of Britain also won a 1908 Gold medal for shooting. And, at age 41, Dara Torres…
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  • Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Earth Day is coming around again. Though I love the fact that there is a day each year to celebrate the planet we live on, it concerns me that there are people who only pay attention on one day each year. The truth is that every day it becomes more and more important that we start taking better care of our environment. So let’s start now and keep the momentum going. Here 10 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day, and every day, with your children: 1. The next time it pours, go out and wash your hair in the rain.  Get them in their bathing suits and head outside with the shampoo. Kids LOVE…
  • The Power of a Smile

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When I was a kid, the girls in the neighborhood would hang out in our friend’s backyard, acting out scenes from the Broadway show, Annie. To this day over 30 years later, I can still hear my friend Stacey singing the words, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” A smile is a very powerful thing. During stressful situations, smiling can actually improve our mood. Quite literally, turning that frown upside down can be enough to lighten the mood. Merely seeing a smile on someone else has the power to activate the muscles in our face that make us smile. Think about…
  • Connected in Hope: Fashion That Gives Back (Giveaway)

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When someone strikes you from the very first moment as an individual with grace, class and style, she is the type of person you want to get to know better. She is someone who draws you in. She connects with you. That is how I felt from the very first moment I heard from Ryane Murnane. Ryane is one of the founders of the Connected in Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grew out of a “deep love and respect for the people of Ethiopia and a compelling desire to give back to the beautiful land and its people.” After taking several trips to Ethiopia, she saw firsthand how women fuel…
  • Pass Along Hope

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Every 9 seconds in this country a woman is assaulted or beaten. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, more than 140 residents lost their lives to domestic violence in 2012. That is 140 too many from just one state. If we multiply that by 50 states there are 7000 lives gone too soon from domestic violence. Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering to raise awareness through a campaign called Pass Along Hope. You can help by simply tweeting a message of hope for victims and survivors of domestic violence using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. Every time the hashtag is used during the…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Green tea is one of those superfoods people have been talking about for years. The health benefits of green tea are often talked about and hard to ignore. But why is it healthy and how exactly can we benefit from drinking it? Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that protect the cells in your body from free radical damage. Need more persuading to go grab a glass? The health benefits of green tea listed here may be just what you need: - For your skin: Green tea inhibits inflammatory pathways to reduce skin inflammation. Tea extracts are even effective in treating…
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  • The Power of Empathy: What Is The Best Way To Ease Someone’s Emotional Pain?

    Skye Norris
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    In this beautifully animated short, Dr. Brené Brown (research professor and best-selling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead) reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection with someone if we are truly brave enough to get in touch with our own vulnerability. The post The Power of Empathy: What Is The Best Way To Ease Someone’s Emotional Pain? appeared first on FinerMinds.
  • Be Like Water: Positive Thinking From A Kung Fu Master

    FinerMinds Team
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Sadly, Bruce Lee left us before his genius could be entirely appreciated – both the genius of his mind and on the Silver Screen. But long before concepts like ‘Positive Thinking’ became common parlance, he had tapped into what the Masters of old have know for thousands of years. Check out this awesome video to see why. What’s your ‘How To’ for positive thinking? Leave us a comment and let us know. The post Be Like Water: Positive Thinking From A Kung Fu Master appeared first on FinerMinds.
  • Monday to Friday Happiness Checklist: Daily To-Do’s to Keep You Smiling

    Robert Mazurek
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Do you struggle to be “happy” from day-to-day? The good news is there is nothing wrong with you. Most likely you just don’t know how to be happy. But it doesn’t need to be a struggle as there are many small and easy things you can do each day to lift your mood, which can produce significant results – literally in a few days. Interested to learn what they are? Check out my favorite happiness tips and apply them to your week. 1) Monday: Overcome the Monday Blues Do you wake up every Monday morning with the same nasty feeling? Reverse this by starting your morning by visualizing the…
  • Why Businesses Should Start Feeding Their Employees Healthy Food

    FinerMinds Team
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Feeling sleepy, unfocused, or not as productive as we like to be, are all factors that can affect our performance (and pay grade) at work. According to this cool infograph from Mindflash, it turns out that what you’re eating may be playing a huge role in your level of productivity. And did you know that there are certain ingredients out there that’ll boost our productivity by 20%? Scroll down to check out the awesome finds from this study… Here’s an interesting thought. Should our offices provide us with healthy lunches? Share your ideas with us below. The post Why…
  • The Science Of Love: Why Wouldn’t You Want To Be Single?

    Skye Norris
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Did you know that over 40% of American adults are living a single life? Surprising, huh? Even more surprising was the response to the question, “If you could wake up tomorrow and be single, or in a relationship, which would you choose?”. SoulPancake continues with the fantastic new series, The Science of Love. If you loved this video, you may also want to check out our posts from SoulPancake’s, The Science of Happiness: The Next Time You’re Faced With Forgiving Someone, Consider This… Some Scientists Gathered a Group of Volunteers to Partake in An Unusual Experiment. The…
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  • The Running Shoe: Designed To Go The Distance (Infographic)

    Editorial Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    When looking for the perfect running shoe, the majority of common consumers gravitate towards the design aesthetic of the shoe, as a key-determining factor of the purchase. However, there are many more factors one should consider that not only give you the best running experience, but also protect your feet. Check out the following infographic by Peltz Shoes, which takes a look at the science behind the running shoe! Presented By visit The post The Running Shoe: Designed To Go The Distance (Infographic) appeared first on ModernLifeBlogs.
  • Devices Act as the Best Motivator to Follow Healthy Routine

    Rita Sleiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Losing weight is difficult enough, especially if you are trying to achieve a perfect shape when you are staying alone. Researches show that you can continue with a diet plan and exercises when family and friends are there to motivate you. But, you may need to travel for the sake of work and at that moment there can be no one along with you. So, when alone, will you let those extra pounds ruin your once toned body shape? Why don’t you turn to computers or smartphones for motivation during your solitude tenure to keep up your healthy habits? There are numerous fitness apps in Smartphones that…
  • Creating a Vintage-Style Wedding

    Paisley Hansen
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photo Credit: Photoflurry via Compfight cc Destination weddings have been the rage for the past ten years. The problem with destination weddings is that not everyone can afford them. Travel weddings are expensive for the couple, families and guests alike. Couples who send a gift in lieu of attending feel left out. Couples who pay for the travel can’t afford a gift. Destination weddings also take the focus off of where it should be-on the couple getting married-and put it on the trip instead. Wedding attendees show up partly for the wedding but mainly for the island location.  Instead…
  • Understanding the Benefits of Urgent Care Clinics

    Editorial Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    When children are feeling ‘under the weather,’ there is no telling how urgent the issue may be. What may seem like a slight cough or abdominal pain may actually lead to a serious medical situation that needs immediate attention. If you feel as though your child’s illness or injury simply cannot wait for an appointment with their primary pediatrician, there are two main options to choose from. You can either take your child to an urgent care facility, which has urgent care hours or rush them to the emergency room. How do you know which is best? What are the differences between an…
  • Orange Oil Products Provide Green Pest Control for Termite Infestations

    Editorial Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Once termites have established themselves in a building it can be extremely difficult to destroy the infesting colony without the assistance of professionally trained technicians. Traditional insecticide treatments have often relied on direct dusting of inorganic toxins–such as arsenic trioxide–into termite tunnels, or the use of soil-based poisons whose release into the environment can cause untold long-term damage to surrounding ecosystems. However, many progressive businesses have begun to pursue green pest control measures that are organically based and environmentally safe.
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    Soul at Work

  • The Ultimate Diet Plan

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    I didn’t realize that I was going on The Ultimate Diet Plan when I agreed to my latest adventure. I thought I’d agreed to care for a friend’s dog in Northern New Mexico for a month. Hey, this’ll be great, I thought. I can live in and check out the town I’ve been curious about for years (still hasn’t happened), and fulfill my dream of roadtripping through the southwest at the same time. What I didn’t realize is that my life was going to become very cold and supremely action-packed/turned upside down by a super clever, high energy nine month old…
  • Who have you decided to become?

    6 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make the decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully. -Tony Robbins   Do you feel the stirrings of new beginnings that ask “who have you decided to become”? There has been a recent energy shift and many of us find ourselves moving into new territory in our personal and business lives. Reflecting on the poignancy of the time, the image of a…
  • Don’t Make Resolutions, Make a Game Plan

    8 Jan 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Many people step into the new year with the best of intentions about goals they’d like to achieve, and most of them fail. While that sounds depressing, I find it encouraging to be realistic, looking at why this may happen and what can be done to shift the story to one of success. Why is it that year after year at least 77% of us who set new year’s resolutions- often to exercise, lose weight, or quit smoking or drinking- don’t meet the goal? There are a lot of theories about why new year’s resolutions don’t work. I believe it has a lot to do with the need to implement well…
  • Thrive Through Self Care

    6 Aug 2013 | 7:10 pm
    If you’re like most people in the Western hemisphere, you know you should be taking better care of yourself. It can be challenging to integrate new habits and self care rituals into your life. I know you have lots on your plate, and that just getting through the ‘To Do’ list can be enough to manage. Many of us run around sleep deprived, over-caffeinated, mentally and emotionally exhausted, and generally depleted. Our bodies, minds and spirits are crying out for loving attention.   It’s common in our fast paced society to stay busy just to keep up. Add to that our…
  • 8 Progressions to Lead You to Success

    30 Apr 2013 | 3:58 pm
    Heartsong by Tyler Kennedy Does your heart speak of dreams wishing to be fulfilled, and projects you’d like to undertake, but you can’t seem to dig in and make it happen? Life continually offers up opportunities that allow for the striving of new goals and bringing talents forth in new ways. Yet the divide between where you are and where you wish to be can seem so great. How can you best bridge it and succeed in new endeavours? You know that anything worth doing will take some time and determination, so granting yourself permission to take slow steady steps is the realistic and…
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    Color Your Life Happy » Blog

  • How Are You Spending the International Day of Happiness?

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This is one of the inspirational cards from the deck of Everyday Happinessavailable at   Celebrated throughout the world on March 20, the International Day of Happiness was created by the United Nations General Assembly on June 28 2012. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors. People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want.” We know that there is much misery in the world, but choosing happiness is still a worthy goal.
  • Success: Why Everyone is Not Happy About Yours

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:38 pm
      We all seek success, whether openly or secretly. But there is one thing most of us are not ready for when it comes. The backlash. When you finally get the job you trained for, the house you dreamed of, the relationship you attracted, you can bet that everyone will not be happy for you. Some will even hate you and speak evil of you. Others will even go so far as to praise you one week and be a willing party to your crucifixion the next. What causes this reversal? 1. You had to make choices. When you make choices, you invariably leave behind the choices not made. Mixed in among those…
  • Love Shouldn’t Hurt on Valentine’s Day or Any Other Day

    13 Feb 2014 | 9:36 pm
    For florists it’s one of the biggest money-making days along with Mother’s Day and the December holidays. For candy makers it means millions of dollars, even during a recession. For the wives and children who are victims of violence and abuse,  Valentine’s Day is just another day of fear, dread and anxiety. It was just a few days into the semester at a local community college where I was teaching a critical thinking class. I had just dismissed the class  when an attractive female student stopped by my desk before leaving the room. “I just want to let you know that…
  • It’s What You Do the Days After the National Martin Luther King Day of Service That Counts

    20 Jan 2014 | 7:26 pm
    We expect parades, concerts, TV specials and community events on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Day of Service.  If we truly want to honor King, we will show up not on just one day, but will follow his legacy of service everyday. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1986 after 32 years of campaigning at local and national levels. It later became the national Martin Luther King Day of Service when former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. It was…
  • Thanks for helping me choose my book cover

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:54 pm
      Everyone wants happiness, but most of us experience only small snatches of short-term pleasure, while longing for lasting inner joy. Drawing from findings of positive psychology and ancient truths, I packed each chapter with a unique mix of practical advice, creative activities, poetry, anecdotes and colorable cartoons. Color Your Life Happy is not a one-size-fits-all approach since each of us experiences happiness in our way. It offers hope for those who feared that they would have to go through a major life overhaul to be happy. Without requiring that we get rid of personal flaws or…
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    Design Inspiration. Free Resources & Tutorials

  • 15 Useful Video Tutorials to Learn Photoshop: Learn the Best!

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    With Photoshop adding effects to our photographs, things have never been the same. Also you can use all kinds of different features that Photoshop has to offer, to create world best effects and... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 20 Creative Examples of Vintage Typography in Logo Design

    Amit Tripathi
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Vintage means the “time of origin”; when talked in reference to wines it indicates “oldness of wines” or in general it belongs to something classic. Creativity has its own history and so does... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 35 Amazing Bio-mechanical Tattoo Designs Examples

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    Tattoo is one accessory that people have used to define themselves and to define their attitudes. Since the time tattoo was launched, there have been a lot of tattoo designs and tattoo styles. People... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 50 Eye-Catching Tilt-shift Photography: The Trick Photography

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Tilt Shift Photography is the popular form of photography that is also known as trick photography. This type of photography is best suited for travelers. This is sometimes also called as special... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 20 Best SEO WordPress Plugins to Improve Site Search

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    The SEO of the website must not be overlooked. It is one of the most important factors to be looked to fetch more traffic to a website. But if the website is created on WordPress, then there are... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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  • Mind Veil ~ A Poem

    Jo-Ann Downey
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Mind Veil by Jo-Ann Downey One minute you think you are beautiful The next minute you think you are imperfect Your mind cannot be trusted My home, my job, my time All will pass Beyond wobbly and worry There is much to offer you And you have much to offer Let’s meet there   I welcome your comments. The name you type in the comment section (for example, Jo-Ann, Jo-Ann Downey or Jo-Ann from Boston) will appear on the site. Your email address will NOT appear. If you provide a website URL (for example, your business or your blog URL), it will link to your name so others can learn more…
  • Do Yourself a Favor – Get Clear

    Jo-Ann Downey
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Have you ever met someone who says they want to manifest something in their personal or professional life, however, their words, thoughts, and/or actions are more focused on not manifesting what they say they want? Have you ever wanted to help someone but you couldn’t because you did not understand what they wanted? Are you clear? How do you know when you are clear?  Why be clear? Examples- Sally and Bonnie Sally says, “I want to learn to make a quilt, however, I have never taken sewing classes, I don’t know anyone that sews, and I have a full time job.”  Or Sally may say “I…
  • Holding for Something Versus Waiting for Something

    Jo-Ann Downey
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Have you ever felt uncomfortable or anxious while you were waiting for something to happen? Are there different ways to wait? Do you believe that waiting can be a positive experience? Relevant Definitions Waiting: to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens; to postpone or delay something or to be postponed or delayed. Holding: to keep in a specified state, relation; to point, aim, or direct. Common phrases include waiting for a bus, waiting for a phone call, holding out for the best and holding someone in your thoughts. I purposefully…
  • Quotes by Edith Wharton

    Jo-Ann Downey
    26 Dec 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Edith Wharton (1862/New York City-1937/France) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer.Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921.  According to Wikipedia, she was one of the few foreigners in France allowed to travel to the front lines during the First World War. Throughout the war she worked tirelessly in charitable efforts for refugees and, in 1916 was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in recognition of her commitment to the displaced. The scope of her relief work included setting up workrooms for…
  • 7 Ways To Open Your Heart

    Jo-Ann Downey
    24 Nov 2013 | 2:32 pm
    Have you ever met someone who you would describe as open-hearted ~ someone who walks, talks, listens, and breathes kindness and compassion?  How can you open your heart more fully?  Do you believe that your heart should be in service to your head? “The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.”  Charles H. Parkhurst (1842-1933) “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius (551-479 BC) Believe There are many ways to live more fully in your heart; however, as I was writing this blog the word “believe” came forward. According to, the definition of…
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    The Road

  • In my Palm

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    We raced to get there, and once again, we found ourselves on a different pew. Seeing new faces, hearing new voices in the crowd brought together by Revival was exciting as the piano began to play. Sweet sonnets lifted up towards Heaven as our little country church lit the darkened sky. Shadows filled the outside of the church as the full moon expanded objects from their usual shape and size. I wondered if passersby could see how His Light inside that building was doing the same thing. Hands that were usually cupped in the laps of many were uplifted this night. Bodies that were usually perched…
  • Ninety-nine and One

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I dreamt in hymns all night. Everything was a familiar song with a new taste. I took my hunger outside to wait for the sun. Instead of the porch of the old cabin, my aging stilts took me across the field. The grass at the cabin is much greener, but today, I was to travel through the treated field where the weeds once grew. Death crunched beneath my feet and I stopped to look for new life under all the hinderance, to see where the green field lies. I turned and looked around at the valley below, shadowed by the clouds for now, but I knew the sun was rising so I faced it again. Tempted to go…
  • The Others

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:40 am
    The sound of the church bells caught me by surprise. We stopped the car and rolled the windows down so the children could hear them too. It was 12 o'clock on a Thursday, and for a moment, I was reminded of my purpose. That sound isn't just bells tolling, it isn't just a church where people meet on Sunday morning. It's where two or three gather in His name, and He will be there also. It's where lives are mended, lives are changed. It's where the others are.I began praying on Saturday for our Sunday service. There are days my little family just wants to stay home, become recluse, because the…
  • To Be in The Son

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I looked out of the window and everything seemed crisp. As the car's tires rolled over wet pavement, advancing us to that little country church, I noticed the shiver of the woods around us. "The trees look cold," I said. Silence followed as everyone looked out of the windows at tall, mostly bare trees with nothing but marsh land pressing down on their roots. I knew they needed the sun and I knew The Spirit would visit soon because I could see everything. I was being prepared for something.As the first song began, one ran to the front, falling upon her knees. Many raced to follow her there and…
  • The Ones I Never Knew

    23 Feb 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I didn't have the health to attend church, and that made me feel worse than I already did. I asked The Lord to visit me in slumber since I hadn't the energy to go to His House to Worship. His touch can be just as profound behind closed lids as it can at the base of The Altar if you just ask. Dreams swept me away rather quickly that night but all I remember now is how I awoke...We were weeping, all of us. I was at church, on a pew, next to a familiar lady and her granddaughter. I watched as one of the congregation was called to the front. I assumed he was walking to the altar and I knew…
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    Thin Difference

  • Top 5 Leadership Traits from Millennials

    Jon Mertz
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    For the past several months, we have been interviewing Millennial leaders to highlight their work and gain their insights. Molly Page has told their stories well in our Millennial Momentum series, and many have good stories to tell. A great match. One that we intend to continue. As I read through each story again, key traits emerged in what makes their leadership work. Five leadership traits pop to the top. More will develop over time, so this is a snapshot. Leadership Traits from Millennials Trait 1:  Conscious Millennial leaders are conscious leaders. What this means is there is a certain…
  • A Generational Shift in Teaching Accounting and Ethics

    Jon Mertz
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Thanks to a connection from Barbara Kimmel with Trust Across America – Trust Around the World, I had an opportunity to work with Curtis C. Verschoor, an author, researcher, speaker and more, on an article about generational changes and the impact on accounting educators. Our article was recently published in the Accounting News Network, and it is entitled:  Ethical Attitudes Differ Among Generations: Implications for Accounting Educators. In working with Curtis on this article, transparency stands out (again) as a very real (and welcomed) trait of our new social and connected world. Some…
  • How Sensible Are You in Handling Vacation Requests?

    Guest Author
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Guest Post by Bimal Parmar If you are running an authoritarian management, calling the shots from your ivory tower or impregnable cabin, you needn’t be bothered about this. But, if you’re not―then handling your employees’ holiday requests unwisely can land you in sticky situations. As turning the requests’ down can lead to employee burnout, acrimony, even jeopardize your relations with other employees; and giving in can stymie your business. While Google remains a trend-setter in offering vacations, new age ventures like Evernote, Zynga, Netflix, Full Contact are already…
  • Adaptive Millennial Leader Chelsea Krost

    Molly Page
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Chelsea Krost has packed a lot of success into the first 23 years of her life. With a personal brand already well established, she is not content to focus her attention on just one broadcast platform. She is clearly an adaptive Millennial leader. As a Millennial lifestyle expert, she published a memoir, is the host of a weekly radio show and contributes regularly on television shows including the Today Show, Bloomberg TV and Anderson Cooper. Her twitter party #millennialtalk draws more than 35 million impressions every Tuesday night. When you speak with her you get the impression she is just…
  • 25 Quotes On Leadership For Millennials To Keep In Mind

    Guest Author
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Guest Post by Alex Strike I bet, young leaders read a lot. They are hungry, they need more information to learn and follow, they search for inspiration and practical advice on leadership, they keen on everything that could develop them and make them much better than they are now. I like reading. I’ve read many books on leadership, and some of them were really worth checking. Most of them give practical advice on becoming a leader and improving your leadership skills. But are you sure you know WHO a real leader is and HOW he should look like? Advice of all writing gurus will not help…
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    Julie Gosh

  • Hot Cross Buns Anyone?

    julie gosh
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
          One thing I remember about Easter growing up was my mom serving hot cross buns.  I love icing and I love bread, so the combination was an outright winner for me!   I want to share today about another combination involving a cross that’s right on our horizon this Easter week.  On April 23-24 there will be an alignment in the skies called a Cardinal Grand Cross.  It happens when four planets hold the same (or close) degree in the four cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn — each planet making a 90 degree angle from each other.   It signifies…
  • Don’t Hit the Snooze Button!

    julie gosh
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
        Is your alarm going off?   Are you getting up?   Waking up?   Spring is the perfect time for us to wake up from any slumber of cultural status quo, from any places we are hiding in complacency, and from any conformity we’ve been masquerading in.   The Sun is calling for us to wake up.  The flowers, the bees, and the colors are beckoning us to stop sharing a bed with illusions and old ways that keep us imprisoned.   This is a new day, a new time, and the earth is partnering with us to evolve, evolve, evolve.   Surrender everything you know over to…
  • Slow Your Wild Down

    julie gosh
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
        I was down in Florida last week, and as I walked out of a hole-in-the-wall hot dog place, there was this sign on the back door:   Slow Your  Wild  Down   It was a tiny place, and I’m thinking they weren’t wanting people rushing out the back door or else they might get hit by someone driving through the parking lot!   “So, people, for crying out loud, just slow your wild down.”     Now as for me, I’m a word girl, and this sign was the perfect complement to another “sign” we’d seen just a couple of hours before on a bench in a botanical…
  • You Had Me at Aloha

    julie gosh
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
        Since I am now an avid practitioner of the ancient Ho’oponopono prayer, I’ve felt led to look at some of the other Hawaiian traditions and meanings of words.   Aloha is a gorgeous word, rich and deep in meaning and intention.  It’s kind of like Namaste:  The Divine in me honors and bows to the Divine in you.   Aloha means: The Presence of Divine Breath.   Apparently for those that truly follow Hawaiian spirituality, one cannot say aloha to another if there is anything but love in their hearts.  They must cleanse themselves first and then give the greeting. …
  • The Superstars of Today

    julie gosh
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
      Today I’m just in one of those teary places….well, I guess I am always prone to tears coming on oh so quickly.  Not sad tears as much as tears from being touched by life, touched by love.  I think I get this from my mom.  :)   And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.   Tears are a gift.   Tears immediately bring me straight into the presence of emotion and straight into the Now.   I especially love the tears I am referring to in this blog….tears that come with a deep appreciation of this human experience.  Tears that connect with others, with their…
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  • Are Lingering Trust Issues Hurting Your Marriage?

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    You or your spouse cheated and you’ve decided to stay together. You might think that everything should quickly go back to normal, yet you find out that lingering trust issues are rearing their ugly head.You are hurt and your spouse is hurt. At this point, you can fight and argue about it and create more pain, or you can allow these challenges to bring you closer.If you are committed to healing your marriage, then working through the challenges as a team is going to work out to your benefit. Make no mistake; recovering from betrayal is hard. It’s worth it if you are both willing and both…
  • Top 3 Reasons People Fear Mindfulness

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    To practice mindfulness is to show up in the present moment as an observer, without judgment, to just experience and breathe. There is a long list of benefits of pursuing this activity:→ Better memory → Improved relationships → Reduced depression and stress → Many physical benefits → More…With these benefits in mind, it may seem improbable that there would be a fear to becoming more mindful. However, there are several reasons why it’s easier to make excuses such as “I’m too busy” or “It’s too hard” in order to avoid a sincere effort at living a more mindful…
  • Five Steps to Redefine Your Life

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    So, you want changes but you just don’t know where to start or what exactly those changes look like? Maybe there’s been a loss and you just aren’t sure of who you are anymore. Maybe you just feel like there has to be more to life than what you are currently living. Whatever it is, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Here are the first five most important steps to take:Five Steps to Redefine Your Life1. Start with a clean slate. Before you make any changes, consider what you need to do to face your current problems and what clutter you need to clear that is no longer…
  • The Beauty of Anger

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    Anger is one of the most misunderstood emotions of all times. We either fear it or we use it as a shield to keep us from facing what is really going on, such as feelings of self-betrayal or other deep emotional pain.Anger can be dangerous. If we allow ourselves to get drunk on it, we risk losing control and doing and saying things we later regret. Another dangerous way of dealing with anger is to stuff it down inside ourselves and refuse to address it. That can lead to all sorts of health problems including physical and mental illnesses.At the same time though, anger in and of itself is a…
  • Belief in Mental Illness?

    29 Mar 2014 | 12:09 pm
    As someone who has been diagnosed with having mental health problems, not to mention being raised by a psychiatrist, I would have to say that personal life events would preclude the notion of any sort of disbelief in mental illness on my behalf.However, I do not believe that mental illness is isolated to the mind. I am quite sure it affects every other part of the body and energetic system as well. Therefore, addressing the whole – and not just the parts – is an integral part of recovery. I believe this holds true for every type of dis-ease, including addictions.In my recovery,…
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    Self Confidence Blog & Podcast

  • 10 motivational affirmations you can use to improve your mood

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    Motivational affirmations are a great way to lift our mood when things aren’t going our way. Our mood is controlled by our internal dialogue which can be our best friend or our own worst enemy. It can limit us from doing what we want to do resulting in a lack of confidence even though we know that other people believe in our abilities. It doesn’t have to be that way because we all have complete control over the way we think and feel (whether you believe that or not!) and can regain control by using a variety of methods, one I recommend is affirmations. Negative self-talk can be a…
  • The importance of deep belly breathing breaths

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    It is really important when you use deep breathing meditation that you really use your diaphragm and take deep belly breathing breaths. Why is that important? Well breathing from your diaphragm or using your abdominal muscles will help you relax your muscles and get proper oxygen to your whole body lower your heart rate and blood pressure breathe deeper and slower, which also promotes relaxation. get proper oxygen to your whole body improve the quality of your breathing and the flow of oxygen to your body’s tissues which helps to remove stress. Deep belly breathing plays an important…
  • Affirmation: I take one step at a time towards my goal

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    Have you ever been working towards something and you want it to happen immediately… like yesterday? It can be a frustrating time and it stops you from enjoying the journey you are on if your attention is always on wanting everything to happen quickly. One affirmation I have found that really helps me in those moments is this one “I take one step at a time towards my goal” It reminds me that I can only do one thing at a time, it reminds me that I am moving towards my goal with every one thing I complete and it reminds me to be okay with where I am at the present moment. If…
  • What is associated and disassociated visualization

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Before you learn how to visualize it will help if you are familiar with the two different types of visualisation. They are called associated and disassociated visualization. You should visualise using both until you find one that you prefer or if you like using both that is okay too. Associated Visualization When you close your eyes and you are using associated visualization you are seeing everything from your own eyes. You will not see yourself but you will be looking outward onto your visual image. My life dream is to travel the world. Whenever I visualize this I see the people I am with…
  • Deep breathing meditation with affirmations

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Once you have found yourself comfortable with using deep breathing meditation and you can stand, sit or lie down to enjoy the relaxing experience of breathing deeply it is time to move on. In order to build your self-confidence you can use deep breathing to help calm you down whenever you are anxious and with regular use you will find yourself much calmer than before. Click the link if you want to read more on how to use deep breathing meditation and different deep breathing techniques Another great use to take it a step further is to include an affirmation as you breath.  You may decide to…
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    positively present

  • announcing every day matters!

    positively present
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
      I've been working on an exciting project for quite awhile now and I'm finally ready to share it with you. I'm so excited about this, as it's my first big design project and it incorporates inspiration and concepts from Positively Present. And even more exciting to me (a lover of anything organized) is the fact that this project has resulted in something that'll actually use every day—a planner!  I love planners (anything to keep my day organized!) and it's been such a dream come true to create a planner of my own (or, as it's known in the UK,…
  • positively present picks: april 11, 2014

    positively present
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Source   "The truth is humbling, terrifying, and often exhilarating. It blows the doors off the hinges and fills the world with fresh air." Augusten Burroughs   Choose to Focus on the Positive : a new addition to my shop Give Forward : help people in need pay for medical expenses Artifact Uprising : these signature prints look so nice A Celebration of the Stop Doing List : yes! stop doing what's not good!  Thinking Differently About Time : read this if you don't feel you have enough time The Years Are Short : it's not new, but it's such…
  • 6 ways to conquer a really bad day

    positively present
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    You know those days when everything seems to go wrong? When your plans fall apart, you can't find your glasses, and then the car won't start? Those kinds of day are the worst. When you're having one of those days, it's hard to imagine a time when things went right or to envision a time when things might once again go your way. And it's even harder to stay in the present because the present is where things seem to be going so terribly wrong.  Staying positive and present in the middle of a bad day is one of the hardest aspects of living a positively present…
  • positively present picks: april 4, 2014

    positively present
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      "April is a promise that May is bound to keep." Hal Borland   Positively Dreaming Interview : check out my thoughts on success Drop Cap Class : just signed up + I'm so excited to start Being Mindful of Your Stress : sometimes we don't even know it's there! Zentangle : my boyfriend's mom bought me a book + I love it Change Up Your Routines : a great life lesson from Nubby Twiglet Sweet Pastels : a perfect Pinterest board for springtime hues Chipboard Albums : this DIY looks like a great way to view photos Unhear It : got a song stuck in…
  • the 7 c's: positive benefits of keeping a journal

    positively present
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    All Images via Five Minute Journal "I'm not writing it down to remember it later. I'm writing it down to remember it now." Field Notes   When I was a kid, I used to crawl into bed each night with my journal, jotting down notes of the day's events and pondering the meaning of life (yep, I was that kinda kid!). I stopped journaling in high school when I began focusing my attention on more pressing matters (aka, boys and parties...) and then started up again in college. After college, my journaling habits fell by the wayside. Maybe it was due to all the writing…
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    Quote Vadis - Quotes, Inspiration, Wisdom

  • "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other...

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." — Carrie Fisher, an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for a film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and the non-fiction book Wishful Drinking she based it on.
  • "And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be...

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    "And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good." — John Steinbeck, an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”.
  • "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about...

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on." — Robert Frost, an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during…
  • "And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is Fate." —...

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    "And now it goes as it goes and where it ends is Fate." — Aeschylus, the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tragedy: Our knowledge of the genre begins with his work and our understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays.According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict amongst them, whereas previously characters had interacted only with the chorus.
  • "The prospect of simple solutions to complex problems is the...

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    "The prospect of simple solutions to complex problems is the basis for a big part of the self-help industry. We are willing to believe in what we want to be true, and here we are lured by advice and bulleted lists that are supposed to turn us into better, safer, more whole people. In this way the genre is related to advertising, which has for an aim to arouse feelings of imperfection and to promise satisfaction through consumption." — Stephen Briers, an on-screen expert in BBC Three's Little Angels and Teen Angels, working with Tanya Byron. In 2006, he presented the Channel 4 series, Make…
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  • The Truth Behind My Writing Inspiration and Process

    Brenda Knowles
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    A little behind the scenes tour of space2live’s purpose, process and inspiration.:) I was generously invited to be part of a blog hop by the incredibly inspiring and creatively enthusiastic Julie B. Genovese of Please check out Julie’s writing. I promise you … Continue reading →
  • How to Reconnect: Maintaining Sexual Interest, Engagement and Identity in Your Relationship

    Brenda Knowles
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Notes from the dating world: Over sushi, we talked about couples who spend the majority of their time together —working, playing, family events – and couples who do their own thing and then come together for twenty minutes to an hour at … Continue reading →
  • The Daydreamy Introvert’s Approach to Love

    Brenda Knowles
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Something new on space2live! A guest post from sensitive, sensual and expressive introvert writer, Michaela Chung of Michaela is a kindred spirit. I trust you will see yourselves in her words. I know I do. The Daydreamy Introvert’s Approach … Continue reading →
  • Coming Alive Through Reading: 3 Books That Revealed and Emboldened My Way of Being

    Brenda Knowles
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
      The following books arrived like loving elders at just the right time to teach me lessons that would change my path in significant ways. Each of them gave me a taste of who I am and who I could be. It’s … Continue reading →
  • Sensuality, Sex, Solitude and Sensitivity: An Introvert’s Recipe for Love and Pleasure

    Brenda Knowles
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    He slips his arms around my waist and nuzzles my neck from behind. The timber of his voice and  scratchiness of his unshaven face send a sensation cascading through my body. My knees go weak as I sauté at the … Continue reading →
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    The Ordinary Buddha

  • Owning a Pet

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Having not only a dog in my life but THIS dog in my life has been a tremendous blessing. Lightning the wonder dog came into our lives a decade ago, […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Toward or Away

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    There was a 16th century philosopher (whose name escapes me) who put forth the notion that all human behavior is either moving away from pain or toward pleasure. (Modern day […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meltdown to Mastery and The List

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    It started with a re-fi. It was a great idea; in fact, it still is. The problem is that the system is so broken, honest people are now treated like […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Wants to Live Forever

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Up until yesterday, I lived my life as if I would live forever. Yes, I was aware of the concept of mortality and spoke of my own at times. I […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wu Wei and a Weekend of Magic

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    I initially planned to go to a Systema seminar this past weekend. I typically enjoy them as they are fun, and you learn a little bit. Mostly they are for […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Being Me and Other Things

  • Helta Skelta

    Rujuta Xavier
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    Once upon a time there were two sisters, Helta and Skelta. They had the most active minds of any time. There wasn't a single thought, word or action that could escape the endless loop of their minds. Helta made sure nothing ever came out from the state of constant confusion and Skelta did her best to keep everything under endless misdirection. They lived in a far off end in a dark damp cave.Many brave men and women who had the misfortunes of crossing the sisters' cave had fallen under their spell and met dirty ends. In a village near by stayed an old lady, who was aware of what happened to…
  • The Great Indian Uncivilization

    Rujuta Xavier
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a school going kid I had studied about the Indus Valley Civilization, how an advanced human community formed a life worth living. Coming back to current times there is barely anything civilized left in our country. Be it pushing and pulling to get into a bus or pepper spraying in the parliament, we Indians just don't like to behave. Now I am not saying every single Indian is ill-mannered but I do say that we tend to take our conduct lightly. And we have been smart enough to weave our this lack of social grace into a system.People will not budge with a polite 'excuse me' but if you yell any…
  • My Quotes XI

    Rujuta Xavier
    29 Sep 2013 | 5:16 am
    Few more...Ideals should ideally be left in the textbook.What goes up, comes down; only if it has lost the reason to go further up.Its not about being different, its about being better.Beware the Leap of Blind Faith.Many relations turn sour not because of lack of love, but because of lack of acceptance.Laughter is also the best vaccine!
  • If You Marry...

    Rujuta Xavier
    21 Jun 2013 | 2:06 am
    Dear Girls,If you marry a rich man, be prepared to deal with commoditization.If you marry a popular man, be prepared to deal with a tall ego.If you marry a handsome man, be prepared to deal with vanity.If you marry an over-achiever, be prepared to be outsmarted.But if you marry a God fearing man, be prepared for a journey of a lifetime.
  • The Joy of Little Things

    Rujuta Xavier
    19 May 2013 | 5:00 am
    Joy can be found in the smallest of the things, likeDancing in the rain Catching up with an old friendHugging a childSinging your heart outSharing an ice cream Laughing togetherIt is in small things that happiness is found, seek no further than your heart.
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    How to Be Happy: Happiness for the Practical Mind

  • How to Be Happy Everyday: 10 Tips (#8 is golden)

    Jared Akers
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. - Helen Keller Sometimes… I just don’t want to be happy. I want to sit in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HTBH 026: Should You Marry Him or Her?

    Jared Akers
    26 Jan 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In this episode, Jared and Emily talk about the following: Should you marry him or her? Dating versus marriage behavior How the person your dating treats others Do they have jobs and friends Do they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HTBH 025: How to Determine if You’re in a Healthy Relationship

    Jared Akers
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:31 am
    Last week in episode 24, Emily and I discussed communication exercises. As part of that research, I came across a list of ways to determine if you’re in a healthy relationship. In this episode we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HTBH 024: Mindfulness, Listening, and Communication Exercises

    Jared Akers
    12 Jan 2014 | 10:52 am
    While listening to our last podcast, Emily and I realized we cut each other off… a lot. We talk over each other on occasion, especially if we’re sharing something about ourselves with others. We’re... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HTBH 023: Relationships, Setting the Rules on How You’re Treated

    Jared Akers
    29 Dec 2013 | 2:04 pm
    Whether we realize it or not, we set the rules on how others treat us. In this episode of the How To Be Happy Podcast, Emily and I talk about this theory and what this means in regards to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Elise McDowell | Badass Business Rebellion

  • My FAVE Blogger Tips, Tricks + Resources

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    It's Friday morning, I'm at work an hour and a half early and I'm writing this post on my iPhone. "Who would go to work an hour and a half early on a Friday!?" you ask. Someone who moved into her new house (with her boyfriend) without a working shower and no internet, THAT'S WHO!!ANYWAY. I think it's vitally important we talk about blogging in terms of using one to grow your business. I mean, how do you even create a blog? Seriously. If you're brand new to this industry, where do you even begin?There are some incredible articles, posts and guides out there that explain everything from…
  • I don't care what you say. When I'm done with you, you'll be a badass business rebel

    11 Mar 2014 | 2:25 am
    You know your stuff.You've been around in the 'blog world' for quite some time now.Dare I say it you're pretty much an expert - and a dinosaur.But things aren't moving, WHHHY???You love your readers. You even treat them better than you would your own child.You have killer products. Products that Tony Stark himself would get up at 4am and fly down in his Ironman suit to line up for. (Okay, maybe not 4 am..) There's just one teeny tiny monumentally important detail holding you back..You.What?YOU.Where are you? The person that fights, and cries and swears and craps, cause I know you're there and…
  • Sugar Free Experiement Week #8: Lessons & Tips

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:03 am
    It's here, the finish line, we did it! WOOHOO!!!!!!! Can't say it was easy, that first week sure did steer me the wrong way, but it's been a lot of fun and a lot of learning. So to sum up, here are some of the most important lessons and tips I've learned along the way.>> make a little recipe book of your favourite snacks & treats and make sure you have at least one of those treats in your cupboard at all times. It will save you, my god>> for the majority of the sugar free recipes there are in I Quit Sugar, you'll make less than 1/4 of them! stick to what your tastebuds love…
  • Sugar Free Experiment Week #7: Keeping it simple

    28 Feb 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I hit a conundrum earlier last week, I just didn't want to make another complicated recipe again. I'm all for trying new foods but not every single day with ingredients I've never even heard of before.Frustration was building up and the "I should just give up now, this is just too hard" thoughts were heavy on my mind. I just wanted something SIMPLE you know? SIMPLE recipes that I could easily whip up in a few minutes with ingredients that I at least sort of knew of.That's when I came across the I Quit Sugar Kids eCookBook, and for $19 I figured why not. And you know what? I've found that the…
  • How to Network with Other Bloggers

    23 Feb 2014 | 3:47 am
    Networking. Ugh, what a slimy word. Hate it. And I'm sure that's what most people think when they hear the word as well. In my acting days networking was what you had to do if you wanted to get anywhere and I always hated going to those events because it felt so superficial and nobody would really talk to you unless you were 'someone'. Booooo!These days, I've no problem networking. Not because I've gone to the dark side or anything. I just choose to look at networking in a different way. It's called making friends!Remember your kid days where you could start playing with any random kid at the…
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    Violet Alexandre

  • Mexican Crockpot Chicken (gluten free)

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Somehow I have always associated Mexican food with being unhealthy…….the truth is it doesn’t have to be. I recently created this recipe that in addition to being tasty is also healthy and gluten free. I hope you enjoy it. I know both my husband and my 14 month old son did, and they can be tough customers!!!!! Mexican Crockpot Chicken Recipe Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 16 oz. frozen tricolor peppers 12 oz. frozen sweet white corn 12 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons of sea salt 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons onion powder 1 1/2…
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf (gluten free)

    22 Feb 2014 | 10:29 am
    When I get in the kitchen to bake, I have fun. It is one of the few places that I experiment freely (music being the other). Anyhow, with this approach to my baking sometimes I hit it out of the park, so to speak, and other times I work and refine what starts out okay. This particular Friday I was inspired by a bunch of very ripe bananas sitting on my counter and my son’s appreciation for things that are soft, banana flavored, and sweet. I lucked out and this recipe was a true winner. Sooooooo yummy and yes, gluten free as usual. I hope you try this one! It’s worth it. I whipped…
  • Finding Authenticity

    11 Feb 2014 | 3:21 pm
    It’s funny how the universe has a way of giving you what you need even if you didn’t know you needed it. A few years ago, I found myself in a place I didn’t like. I realized I wasn’t living the life I wanted to live as I wasn’t being true to myself. Fortunately at the time, a friend suggested I read the Power of Now by Ekhert Tolle. I read the book slowly over a period of 6 months. It helped me slow down, get in touch with what I think of as the authentic me, and make some dramatic changes. My life began moving in a whole new direction, a direction where life was…
  • Have You Met “Supermom”?

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I’ll never forget my son lying on my chest for the first time in the hospital. It is a feeling that I cannot compare to anything in the entire world. Whether I realized it or not, from that moment on, my life no longer held the same meaning for me. Having grown up with a less than perfect childhood (yes, the better part of our population fall into this category), I realize I had developed in my mind’s eye a picture of the perfect mom. In my mind, this woman held certain characteristics, virtues and performed specific tasks on a regular basis. This mom, whom I must call…
  • Turkey Chili with a Kick (gluten free)

    3 Feb 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I recently purchased a crock pot and honestly, I can’t believe I waited this long. As a mom, this is honestly one of the best tools I have to get a healthy meal on the table almost any night of the week. In the coming months, you will see more recipes that I have developed for the crock pot. I wanted to start with one of my husband and baby’s absolute favorite, turkey chili. Having just moved to Boulder, I had a chance to make this again last night for the big game. We were definitely disappointed that the Broncos were not at their best last night, but as you’ll see from my…
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    Wishingwell Life Coaching

  • Avoiding Regret: A 4-Step Guide

    Jessica Sweet
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Regret. It’s so painful because by its very nature, its something we can’t do anything about. It’s a feeling we have about something we’ve done or failed to do in the past, and of course the past is gone and out of our control. That’s why it’s so important to try to avoid the things we think we might regret before they come back to haunt us. Several major regrets that I help people to avoid are the regret of never feeling that they’ve made a real meaningful impact in their lives or careers, and regret that they’ve never reached their maximum…
  • Career Coaching that Will Help You Be Paparazzi Famous and Dazzlingly Rich

    Jessica Sweet
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    How can career coaching make you paparazzi famous and dazzlingly rich? By allowing you to reach your full potential. It’s not an exaggeration to say that when you’re doing what you really want to be doing with your career and in your life, and you’re using your skills and talents to their fullest, you have the capacity to reach greatness. And when you’re great, you skyrocket to the top – like the rich and famous. Maybe you’ve felt really stuck at work for a long time and you’ve wondered what it is that’s going to take to finally get you pried…
  • Breaking the Rules of the Passion Based Life

    Jessica Sweet
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d say there’s been a movement lately. A movement all around how to live a passion based life. And with any rebellion, there starts to become rules about how to do it right – rules about how to rebel – which is sort of silly because isn’t the point of the rebellion to do your own thing in the first place? ANYWAY.  .  . Whether or not you know it, you’ve become aware of a few rules about the right (and wrong) way to do this passion based life thing. And doing it wrong gives you a lot of anxiety. I know that it does because I…
  • How To Change Your Life, Simply

    Jessica Sweet
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Sometimes, knowing how to change your life isn’t about getting MORE information or tools. Sometimes, it’s about applying what you already know. You might not need a new book or a fancy new gadget. You might just need to apply what you already know. So this week, I wanted to give you one of my old but good blog posts. This post from 2012  you may have missed, but  you should read it now!          ”Knowing is not enough, we must apply; Willing is not enough, we must do.”  Goethe No matter how much you know, if you don’t apply self-improvement principles…
  • Changing Careers Without Wasting Your Education & Experience

    Jessica Sweet
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Now that you’re thinking  about changing careers and doing something more meaningful with this next phase of your life, you might be worried that all of your years of education and experience are going to go to waste. Maybe one of the things that holds you back from actually making the move is the idea that after all your hard work and achievements, in order to find meaningful work you’ll have to be doing something so low-level you’ll feel you’ve gotten a huge demotion. And even though it’s exciting to think about doing something more meaningful than selling or…
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    Justin Harmon

  • 10 Most Inspiring and Empowering Videos for Your Journey

    Justin Harmon
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Who doesn’t like a good video to bring some positive inspiration into their day?Below are my top 10 most inspiring and empowering videos for transformation and growth. Let the awesomeness begin!Enjoy!1. Charlie Chaplin’s Speech from The Great Dictator. My all time favorite! 2. Steve Jobs. Need I say more? 3. Brendon Burchard. Caged, Comfortable, or Charged. Which Life is Yours? 4. Why Do We Fall5. Desire6. Fear7. Vision8. Lost But Won9. The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn’t Give Up10. Sarah Kay. If I Should Have a Daughter… There are just a few of…
  • IMPACT for Growth

    Justin Harmon
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Growth is completely unavoidable.Whether you’re searching for a way to grow as a person to better your life, trying to move forward in your business, or just living day to day not attempting to do anything, you are still growing in one way or another.Growth is everywhere, in all of us, and in everything. It’s the driving force in life.Not all of us grow at the same pace and we’re not meant to. The speed of growth depends on many things. When it comes to our inner growth, it’s based on our experiences, our actions, our beliefs, desires, etc.When it comes to making…
  • Is Information Overload Keeping you From Moving Forward on Your Journey? How I Became Unstuck and Started Making Real Progress.

    Justin Harmon
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    You know it’s a problem. You start searching for that specific answer that will help you take the next step towards your goals.You search. You read. You become inspired. Then you keep reading. Keep consuming.The next thing you know, it’s been a day, a week, a month, since you took any real action to move forward on your goals.Information Overload Is Paralyzing!If you’re not careful, you’ll end up becoming stuck in a constant stream of consuming content that will begin to make your head spin from the circles you’ve been running in.It starts out innocently enough.
  • How to Win the War for Your Freedom

    Justin Harmon
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre Everything’s internal. At least that’s what I’ve convinced myself.Your life. Your current circumstances. The situation you’re in. The people you see and the world around you.It all comes as a direct result of your inner position. The role you play within yourself has a lot to do with the reality you experience.Inner PositionsInner positions, are the mindsets or perceptions for how you view and interact with the world.Do you have a lot of negativity and pessimism for the world or do you try to…
  • Creating a Routine to Improve your Productivity, Focus, & Overall Performance on your Journey

    Justin Harmon
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A few weeks ago I came to a startling realization about how I was living my life, conducting my work, and going about my day-to-day process.I was doing what I had been doing for the previous few months, which was not very much of anything productive or meaningful, and I started to think about the direction my life was taking.I didn’t like what I saw.I had been following a routine that included doing things that led to ZERO progress on my journey towards making a difference and creating and inspiring freedom and growth in people’s lives and businesses.Experiencing a DescentHow could I…
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  • Just smile

    Tanya A. Goodman
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
      Image: Appreciate Gratitude @2thank
  • Moon stays bright … Rumi

    Tanya A. Goodman
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
  • For every storm a rainbow, an Irish prayer

    Tanya A. Goodman
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Images of shamrocks and leprechauns – practically anything green — line store shelves ready to adorn windows and doors and free surfaces of all kinds. Yes, it will soon be St. Patrick’s Day. It is a religious holiday but in the United States many mark the day with fanfare — parades, green beer, green grits (in the South) and more. Yet, these tinsel and plastic decorations, simplistic and fleeting though they may be, remind us to have hope and take time to find and enjoy a little merriment in our lives, no matter what the days may bring. An Irish prayer for you: May…
  • International Women’s Day 2014

    Tanya A. Goodman
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Equality for women is progress for all “Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Women are half of the world’s potential and every single one has the right to a life free from discrimination. I honor the strength,…
  • Commit to fabulous living

    Tanya A. Goodman
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:25 pm
    This year I commit to living a fabulous life; one filled with abundance, grace and sharing. It begins this very moment. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. It is this: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves you. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all…
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    SMART Living 365

  • Do You Like To Play The Game or Just In It For The Trophy?

    Kathy Gottberg
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The other day during my morning walk I was listening to a talk by Abraham-Hicks who is the author of The Law Of Attraction.   I find that listening to talks while walking makes the time go quickly, and if I’m … Continue reading → You're reading Do You Like To Play The Game or Just In It For The Trophy? 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 Do You Like To Play The Game or…
  • 15 Ways Simple Living Relieves Anxiety & Reduces Stress

    Kathy Gottberg
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Several months ago a neighbor in her mid-sixties lost her husband due to a heart attack. Even worse than dealing with the unexpected loss and heartbreak of losing her life partner, is her torment with stress and anxiety because of … Continue reading → You're reading 15 Ways Simple Living Relieves Anxiety & Reduces Stress 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 15 Ways Simple…
  • Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of Mormon

    Kathy Gottberg
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago Thom and I saw the hit musical play The Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.  Written by the guys who created the South Park television show, it was no surprise that the … Continue reading → You're reading Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of Mormon 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 Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of…
  • Promotion or Prevention? What’s Your Focus And Why It Matters

    Kathy Gottberg
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?  Do you hunt down risk or avoid it like the plague?  Do you prefer the excitement of adventure or the comfort of the familiar?  Until recently I was under the impression that … Continue reading → You're reading Promotion or Prevention? What’s Your Focus And Why It Matters 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 Promotion or…
  • Be-Good or Get-Better? Your Choice Says A Lot About You

    Kathy Gottberg
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    A couple of months ago I received a recommendation on Amazon that caught my eye.  The title was Succeed—How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.  Frankly, the title didn’t impress me much.  Haven’t we all read … Continue reading → You're reading Be-Good or Get-Better? Your Choice Says A Lot About You 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 Be-Good or…
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    Compete Every Day » Blog

  • One Year Later

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before 2013, 4/15 would have just been any other day. In New England, it could have meant that it was either 70F and sunny, or 32F and snowing, because everyone knows that spring in New England is fickle. Last year, 4/15 became a date that changed our world. One year later, we are forced to look back at everything that has happened over the past 365 days – from the frantic five days after to the brand new coat of paint on the iconic finish line. It hasn’t been easy. No one thought it would be. The Boston Marathon has always been an iconic race, bringing in top talent from around…
  • Competing Angry

    Jake Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    There is no way I could do justice to the work USA Today writer Tom Pelissero did with his story on NFL Draft prospect Ra’Shede Hageman. The story is here. His life story is the stuff Disney movies are made from, and will remind some of The Blind Side. Rising from being found in a crack-house at age 3 to surviving dozens of foster families, Hageman somehow held on. But anger issues threatened to derail him. Explosions at every turn. Fear. Anger. Dangerous combinations. But thanks to certain individuals who came into his life, now has a chance for something great. Start your Monday with…
  • Monday Morning Motivation: 04.14.14

    Jake Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
  • The First Step Toward Success Is…

    Jake Thompson
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Nothing cool happens when you are comfortable — Johnathan D. Haynes (@MyIgnition) April 12, 2014  It’s really that simple. Want to experience Success? Adventure? Real life? Then you must remember my friend Johnathan’s wise words. Step outside of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be a leap off the nearest cliff, but it can’t be a trip to the park. It can’t be normal. It must be new. And it sure as hell can’t feel “safe.” Uncomfortable never feels safe until you get used to being uncomfortable. Then it’s not long before something…
  • How to Be An Overnight Success

    Jake Thompson
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    “We always see the glory, but we never know the grind that got them there.” – Steven Furtick We live in a “quick fix” society that craves immediate gratification & everything on “our time.” DVRs allow us to skip commercials and watch any show at the touch of our fingers. Marketing leader Gary Vaynerchuk recently wrote how we’ve gotten to the point of being annoyed when we receive phone calls if it’s not on “our time.” That’s why text messaging is so good – you can answer when you want to. And success? We want…
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    Stacia Pierce | Life Coach 2 Women

  • 10 Ways to Bypass a Burnout While Building Your Business

    Stacia Pierce
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
      Burnout can be all too common for entrepreneurs. As a business coach, I see it happen most often with new entrepreneurs. They are trying to put it all together and make it all fit. Sometimes they are still juggling full or part-time work with entrepreneurship. They have a big vision and are excited to see it come to fruition. But although they know what they want to do, they often are lacking the how. Not knowing the “how” will put you as an entrepreneur on the fast track to getting burned out. Here are 10 tips to avoiding a... Click here to read more.The post 10 Ways to Bypass a…
  • 8 Steps to Making Daily Progress in Your Business

    Stacia Pierce
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    As a business owner, I have learned that nothing happens unless something moves. Progress is important to growing your business, and you must take daily action in order to make progress. The key is pacing yourself. Get a clear vision of where you want to go and then determine what you can do daily to get you closer to your goals. Determine each day to implement something new into your business. Do it first thing in the morning, before you get caught up in answering emails, unimportant phone calls and social media. Take new actions while you are at your... Click here to read more.The post 8…
  • The Power of Meditation in 6 Easy Steps

    Stacia Pierce
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Meditation can be a life-changing force for you. The act of solitude can solve many problems. It is a powerful tool that is often overlooked. I started practicing this daily habit in my early 20′s. I would rise early each morning and escape to my sweet spot, where I could just cleanse my mind of any negative thoughts and visualize my happy future—which I am living in now. Meditation is vital to achieving a high level of success in business. Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, used meditation to successfully guide Ford through one of the... Click here to read…
  • Seven Things You Can Do Every Day For Extreme Success

    Stacia Pierce
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Your success begins with your daily habits. If you study successful others, you’ll find that the things they do every day greatly impact the outcomes they experience. You don’t need to figure it all out for yourself. All you need to do is find the right person to follow. The fastest way to get somewhere in life is to follow the path of someone who has already been where you want to go. As I always say, successful people leave clues. Here are seven key things successful people do every day. 1. Successful people maintain an impeccable image. Why? Because... Click here to read…
  • How To Assess Your Business and Produce Better Results

    Stacia Pierce
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
        As we near the end of the first quarter of the year and  move forward into the second, this is a good time for you to give your business a checkup. Taking time to reflect on your business success enables you to not only celebrate your success, but also pinpoint problem areas and course correct so you can reach all of your goals. Assessing your business can be answered in one question….  “What have you accomplished in your business during the last 6 months?” Take out a journal and write openly and honestly about what you’ve done in... Click here to read more.The post…
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  • 4 Reasons Why You Should Stop Trying To Change People

    Carol Morgan
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    We’ve all been there. Our significant other is too shy. Or too outgoing. Or not ambitious. And your child is lazy. Or too social. Or not social enough. Or has no interest in anything that makes any sense to you. What do many people do in these situations? You guessed it – try to change them. But I’m just going to come out right now and be blunt: stop doing that. There was a time in my life where I was guilty of trying to change people, too. However, I must confess that I didn’t admit that I was trying to change them. I said I was trying to “motivate,” “inspire,” and “help”…
  • The Science of Happiness

    Sammy Nickalls
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Happiness is always within reach. However, this info graphic from our friends at Happify demonstrates that sometimes, we need to consider the science of it. Happiness may seem like just the thing that puts a smile on your face, but there’s a bit of a formula. According to Happify, happiness is a combination of your satisfaction with your life and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis – and only 10% of your happiness is determined by your circumstances! Happiness has incredible health benefits, so it’s important to keep yourself in moderately high spirits the majority of…
  • Sleeping on the Subway: The Kindness of Strangers

    Sammy Nickalls
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Imagine that you’re sitting on the subway, and the stranger next to you dozes off. His head slumps, and slowly falls onto your shoulder. What would you do? This video was made after a photo posted by Reddit user Braffination went viral. The user had noticed that a passenger had let another passenger sleep on his shoulder for over half an hour. Charidy decided to do a video of their own conducting this social experiment…and they had amazing results. This video reminds us that the time is always right to show kindness towards others, even towards complete strangers. If a stranger…
  • How to Motivate Yourself to Do Anything

    Robert D. Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    You know exactly what you need to do. You’re focused on all the positive outcomes that will result once you’ve finished that looming task. You’ve cleared your calendar so you can focus on completing this one thing. And then nothing happens. Why? Because you think you need motivation. You’re waiting on a spark, on inspiration to fly out of nothingness and smack you in the face. Well, I hate to break it to you…but if this sounds like you, you’re going to be waiting for a long time. Possibly forever. Because here’s the reality—motivation, as you know it, is a myth. Here are three…
  • 5 Steps to Break Through Self-Sabotage

    Croix Sather
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Self-sabotage and self-defeating behaviors can happen to anyone. Depending on your situation, they can lead to procrastination, indecision, anger, lack of focus, chemical dependency, self-pity, self-doubt and more. Whether you’re coping with too much pressure or too little motivation, you may need to take time to adjust your priorities and expectations. Stop demanding perfection and aim for improvement instead. What Self-Sabotage Looks Like Self-sabotage and self-defeating behavior is easy to find. These are the things that you do on a regular basis that you know are bad or…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • Applying the Law of Attraction News – February 11, 2007

    Richard Ingersoll
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    After my article about finding your passion, I heard from a subscriber about how pursuing their passion has caused them to burnout. Well, that was interesting. Can we do too much of someting we love to do? Absolutely! When our life is out of balance we cannot be in tune with the universe. So I set off to prepare an article on how to achieve balance in your life. As I was researching I came across the article that I’ve included in this issue. Click Here to Read Newsletter Republished by Blog Post Promoter
  • How Does Quantum Physics Relate to The Law of Attraction?

    Richard Ingersoll
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    . . I have noticed that more and more people are musing about the possible connection between scientific laws and the laws that seem to govern thoughts and feelings. The law of attraction, according to some of the things that I have read, may interact with the laws of quantum physics. This newer branch of physics has already upended a lot of the scientific framework from centuries past. It may also be playing a role in altering how we think about our inner desires and goals. What Is the Law of Attraction? The Law of Attraction simply states that like attracts like. This is not a reference to…
  • Taking Positive Action Sets Events in Motion

    Richard Ingersoll
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Guest Post Taking positive action sets in motion the powerful consequences of cause and effect, generating new opportunities, re-establishing connections with old friends, family members and business associates and creating pathways for financial and career advancement. Every task begins with the first step, but real-world troubles often convince people to give up on their hopes and dreams, sublimate their personal ambitions in favor of their children or get stuck in daily routines. How to Take Positive Action I have found that nothing gets accomplished unless you are willing to take the…
  • An Ancient Blueprint for your Health and Healing

    Richard Ingersoll
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    It seems that the so-called ‘New Age’ has been reverting to methods and principles of living and healing that are becoming known as ‘holistic’, which are similar to those of ancient civilisations and that are being taken more and more seriously these days. Their relevance is becoming obvious in a world where most Western countries’ medical systems are going broke and are therefore unable to look after their peoples health. It also even looks as if their role is being run down more and more, not only for economic reasons but also due to the fact that allopathic…
  • Attracting Customers

    Richard Ingersoll
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    The life of any organization is its customers. The world is filled with many products but each one is designed keeping the customer in mind. Fulfillment of the needs of the customer should be the main motive. The success of any unit is indicated by the number of customers it has and also the rise in the number of customers every year. In order to keep up the reputation of the organization it should not lose any of its existing customers and should also gain many new ones. Competitors are always there and their main job is to make you look sloppy and out of the market. If you want to make the…
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    Self Help Zen

  • Don’t Feel Fulfilled When …

    Utpal Vaishnav
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Do you feel fulfilled when you read a motivational book, read a self-help blog post or see an inspirational YouTube video? You should not! It’s easier to feel fulfilled and be satisfied to observe someone accomplishing something significant. In such situations, almost always, we portray ourselves as the person who is accomplishing. But here’s a problem: it generates what I call the false sense of accomplishment. And sadly, that false sense keeps us away from real accomplishments that we should be executing for. Here’s the real problem – Feeling fulfilled by observing someone…
  • The Four Enablers of Excellence

    Utpal Vaishnav
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:54 am
    We all want to be a successful and excellence, as it turns out, is the vehicle to achieve the success. So what it takes to achieve the success? What are the four pillars? What are the four enablers of excellence? Here they go: Essence: “I chose because that’s how I live my purpose. I’m responsible.” Ownership: “I’ll make it happen no matter what.” Gratitude: “I’m thankful for all what I’ve got. Now let me give something back without expecting anything in return.” Courage: “If I don’t try, I can’t fail. But then what’s the point? Fear? Sure I do…
  • Kill Your Over-Analytical Self

    Utpal Vaishnav
    28 Feb 2014 | 6:59 am
    This will be one of the best gifts that you’ll shower yourself with. The gift is the ability to STOP analyzing every situation that you encounter. Over-analysis is the biggest enemy of yours. Image Credit: twobee/FreeDigitalPhotos.NET Your job is to get the sh*t done, fast. Over-analysis stops you from doing that and there’s a chance that you might enter into what’s called analysis-paralysis. You can safely disregard to be a thinker, strategist, validationist or the so-called executive. Choose to be a builder, a creator, an inventor or a producer instead. It’s harder. I…
  • How to Be a Person You Want to Be?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    2 Feb 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Everyone wants to be happy but only a few are. Why? Photo Credit: Yuri Samoilov / Flickr We want to be someone who is happy, delighted and like but often, our own actions come in its way. Why is it so? Most of us are not the persons we want us to be. We often don’t feel good about that. Sometimes, we get angry with our own self because of that.  Read on for a couple of more minutes and you’ll know something that will help. Let’s get started. Pause, drink a glass of water and answer the following questions as candidly as you can: Are you the happiest person you know? Are…
  • Don’t Feel Sorry

    Utpal Vaishnav
    18 Jan 2014 | 12:55 am
    Do you feel sorry about the things? You should not. Here’s why: You feel sorry when you don’t take ownership of your act (or inaction) in the matter. When you take ownership of your presence in the matter, you just don’t feel sorry, you do something about it. Mentally weak people feel sorry about the things and expect that others should forgive them. And, you are not born to be a mentally weak being, are you? No individual is perfect in this world. We keep making mistakes every now and then. We make mistakes knowingly or unknowingly. Sometimes, we just can’t control our actions.
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    Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel

  • peak time soul baring…

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! I like attention.  When it works, it can lead to more attention.  When it doesn’t work, the only one that knows it is the one looking for the attention… because, you’re the only one paying attention to the fact that […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post peak time soul baring… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • april snow

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The post april snow appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • Modigliani Monday Bob

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Nothing much to day… just that I was feeling a bit Modigliani today… The post Modigliani Monday Bob appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • my favorite fruit

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Bananas are my favorite non-nut fruit.  This may be something that can be filed under a TMI (too much information) type situation. The post my favorite fruit appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • the bottom

    9 Apr 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 post the bottom appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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    Simply Intentional

  • Why You Must Keep Building Your Spiritual Consciousness

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."  - Confucius.  It's so true!  As I follow the path to re-evaluate what my passions are, it is giving me an opportunity to connect to what I would LOVE to do for my career.  I yearn for something that is meaningful and inspiring. So, it's been about a week since I started writing my intentions and affirmations down - four different statements that I write down six times.  Then, I release them to the Universe and go about my day. At the same time, I realize that part of the power of…
  • It's The Weekend!

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yep, that's my dog, Cody - always ready for someone to scratch his tummy.The weather in California is definitely feeling like Spring is here.  I'm excited to go wine tasting with friends on Saturday.  And Sunday will be filled with time outside hiking or biking or doing whatever calls to my heart.  I hope you have a good weekend too!  Here are some things from around the web that made me smile and and made me think...A song that is my favorite way to start the day.Looking forward to some down time with Astonish Me.And nibbling on this yummy snack.How a bout of shyness can…
  • Why You Should Treat Yourself As Someone You Love

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    "But it is not enough simply to clear the debris of the past.  We must plant what we love in the garden of our life.  As the Tao Te Ching insists, our center will heal us.  When we attend to what is loving and beautiful, we are brought forward into our most exquisite manifestation."  In the book, How, Then, Shall We Live?, Wayne Muller makes that beautiful statement. I have been staying the course in my personal development work to clear out things that I no longer absolutely love to do in order to be able to judge what I do love and spend more time doing them.  And,…
  • The #1 Way To Tap Into Infinite Potentiality

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    A lot of my focus lately has been on setting intentions and visualizing the life I want.  And, not just life in general but, specifically, the career that I desire.  Some days, though, it seems like I'm doing all the right things and nothing is showing up. This is a big part of my spiritual practice and when I don't see the evidence, I start to get discouraged. Because of this, I sat for a while and asked the Universe, "How can I see this differently?"  Then I just became open to whatever showed up next. As thoughts and feelings percolated, I noticed if any seemed fear-based…
  • A Little Wisdom And A Little Joy For Saturday

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    The weekend is here!  I'm off for my usual run and then heading to the grocery store to stock back up on whole, "clean" foods.  It's been fun to try new things but some have just been awful too (if I'm being honest).  I hope you choose happiness this weekend.  Here are a few posts that gave me a little wisdom and a little joy from around the web...Make Peace With Pop: Six Songs That Prove Pop Gets Along With EveryoneA book with a new take on the civil rights movement.Need a reason to smile?  43 of the happiest little kids in the whole wide world.Why this woman hated…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Happy Blogging anniversary to me!!

    Baldeep Kaur
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    WordPress just wished a happy anniversary to me!!   Thank you everyone for being such an awesome addition to my life. Your encouraging comments, inputs and support has made my life so much better. Thank you for taking out the time to read and share my thoughts. You all are wonderful companions!! The strange thing is […]
  • The tragedy of being different

    Baldeep Kaur
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Recently, we decided to try a gluten-free diet after hearing about its health benefits. We got to know that it is not a new fad but a very ancient way of healthy eating quite prevalent in India. We are noticing a lot of positive health benefits and have made this a part of our lives. Whenever we […]
  • Life As It Is- Finding Love- The Indian Way

    Baldeep Kaur
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:47 pm
    What is winning? Is it getting what we always desire or is it achieving what people around decide for us or is it losing out on those small battles and still coming out as a stronger person and continue living on our own terms? Each time I have been in a difficult situation, my reaction […]
  • Lets talk about our struggles- Need your help friends

    Baldeep Kaur
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:38 am
    I got an Idea! It is not original but it is pretty inspiring. I am going to add a new section to the blog called – Life as it is – a collection of your struggles and inspiring (AHA) moments. Here we will talk about our struggles and how we are dealing with it on […]
  • Being a woman

    Baldeep Kaur
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:18 pm
    In the sea of emotions, I breathe to love. Trying to hold everything together, I dream to fly. Building dreams block by block, I aspire to grow. Living your every emotion, I dream to be known. Smiling through every moment, I hope to break free. I live in your world, I am not you, I […]
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • A Shocking Response You Can Give When Someone Lashes Out at You

    Bernadette Logue
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    When you’re upset and in pain for some reason, it’s very easy for that strong emotion to come flying out your mouth as words. Those words can hurt people you care about, and whoever happens to be in the firing line is going to suffer the consequences of your inability to process your upset/pain in... Read MoreContinue reading A Shocking Response You Can Give When Someone Lashes Out at You on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 7 Essential Facts About the Internal Code that ENTIRELY Runs Your Life

    Bernadette Logue
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    You have an internal code within you, that entirely runs your life. It does so in two primary ways. It drives the way you influence your life because this code underpins all your thoughts and feelings. And those thoughts/feelings in turn a) energetically impact upon your life and what you draw to you and... Read MoreContinue reading 7 Essential Facts About the Internal Code that ENTIRELY Runs Your Life on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • When This Person Gave Up On You, It Spelled the Beginning of the End

    Bernadette Logue
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    When you feel like someone important in your life has given up on you, it can be a slippery slope into oblivion. This topic is close to my heart today, after a realisation I just had. I was at yoga recently. Front row. Not any easy place to hide from the teacher. I love to... Read MoreContinue reading When This Person Gave Up On You, It Spelled the Beginning of the End on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 3 Steps to Nail Your Confidence & Cease Second Guessing

    Bernadette Logue
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Are you experiencing moments of self-doubt, cracks in your confidence, or second guessing yourself and the direction you are taking? Lack of confidence plagues many people both in their personal lives and professional endeavours. You are not alone. In this video, discover 3 practical and simple steps to nailing your confidence and put a stop... Read MoreContinue reading 3 Steps to Nail Your Confidence & Cease Second Guessing on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • The Reason You Are Avoiding the BIG Decision

    Bernadette Logue
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    You want to do it. You need to do it. You know in your heart what you must do. But you stop yourself from making the decision. What Decision? To change careers. To go for that promotion. To leave the relationship. To start the business. To enrol for that course. To move. To travel. To... Read MoreContinue reading The Reason You Are Avoiding the BIG Decision on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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  • The best collection of Girly Tattoos

    The Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    Girly Tattoos is a collection of the best tattoos for girls for your inspiration. Nowadays tattoos are being embraced increasingly in society and they are celebrated as art. From the collection you can see there are an infinite number of ideas that girls can use and explore. Most of these tattoos are designed to be […]The post The best collection of Girly Tattoos appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Fixie Bike Pizza Cutter

    The Editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Fixie Bike Pizza Cutter is a perfect little kitchen accessory mimicking urban bicycles. The wheels of the Fixie Pizza Cutter are designed in a way that will allow you to smoothly cut through the pizza dough. The accessory comes in various vibrant colours and they are available in two detectable colour combinations. This will […]The post Fixie Bike Pizza Cutter appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Mush Lamp

    The Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mush Lamp designed by Garay Studio is a cordless lighting specimen which will make its debut at the Salone Del Mobile Milan Italy. The Mushroom inspired lampshade is made from a composite of ceramics and wood chips. The lampshade has a simple ambient lighting that is adjustable by an onboard dimmer. The cordless nature of the […]The post Mush Lamp appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Nendo’s Never Empty Coffee Mugs

    The Editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nendo’s Never Empty Coffee Mugs was introduced exclusively as a Starbucks merchandise by Japanese Studio Nendo. The idea is simply to display the coffee art patterns in the bottom side of the mugs which makes the mugs look filled up when you turn them upside down. These mugs are available in three varieties, with each […]The post Nendo’s Never Empty Coffee Mugs appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Invisible Mirrored Fence

    The Editor
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Invisible Mirrored fence designed by Alyson Shotz can be seen at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City New York.  Shaped like the standard wood picket fence , its built with mirrors which make it camouflage in it’s surroundings hence making it almost invisible. If this type of fence was used for residential properties, that would […]The post Invisible Mirrored Fence appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
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  • ❼ Define Success on Your own Terms (Take the Quiz)

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Have you ever felt like you’re wasting your life? I know I have. A few months ago, I posted a quote on Facebook that said: Define Success on Your own Terms. Build a Life that You’re Proud to Live -Ann Sweeny You guys seemed to really like that quote and it got some interesting comments. So let’s talk about it. Prefer to Read? Click Here In this post, I just want to elaborate a little bit and share 2 lessons I’ve learned in the process of attempting to actually live out this quote. (FYI: I’m not “successful” yet. I’m very much still in the…
  • ❼ 5 Things You Could Be Doing with Your iPhone (Other Than Taking Selfies)

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Not only am i going to tell you what you could be doing with your iphone (other than taking pictures of yourself), I will also show you 5 apps that will really help you out. What could be better than that? Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here All these apps are free and they are apps that I use myself. So let’s dive into it. Let’s talk about these apps baby! #1 Solve Your Problem of Not Being Able to Get Out of Bed in the Morning The app that i use is (duh) the clock app on my iPhone. I’m sharing this app with you because of the way I use it. I use this app a little…
  • ❼ My Confessions…Hear Me Out. Please

    27 Mar 2014 | 12:45 am
    This video is a big part of the reason I’ve been MIA (and I’m sorry). I really struggled with whether to share it or just keep it to myself. As you can tell, I decided to take the leap. I hope you enjoy this new video. I have a feeling that you might see a little glimpse of yourself in it. Thank you for always being so amazing. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here ps: to enjoy the best experience, you’re probably better off watching the video. No worries if you really prefer to read though – just thought i’d give you a heads up : ) In case we haven’t met,…
  • ❼ Funny Reaction When a Dream Comes True

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    This is what happened when this girl over here finally fulfilled a long-time dream of seeing the Taj Mahal. LOL. Enjoy! xo PS: I’m a little behind on the really important video I originally had planned for this week. I’m hoping to have that ready for you next week. So please stay tuned. You definitely don’t want to miss that. In the mean time, laugh along with me.
  • ❼ 5 Spectacular Photos from Traveling Alone in India

    18 Feb 2014 | 3:54 am
    Please excuse me while I toot my own horn for a bit. Here’s sneak peek of a few pictures that I took while visiting orphanages in Hyderabad and Sarampet, India. Are these photos stunning or what? Two of the beautiful children at the orphanage in Sarampet “Mama” is the only woman in this orphanage of 10 boys (Hyderabad) They loved taking pictures SO much. It made me happy to see how much joy my puny camera could bring The boys farming and play fighting (boys will be boys Lol) LOLL Couldn’t help myself This trip to India started as a dream. An attempt to think less and…
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    Coaching Positive Performance

  • 5 Steps which help you embrace change

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Change is one of the few constants in the modern workplace. If you are to be truly successful, you must be able to embrace change as, and when, it arises. To achieve more of the life you desire, you will need to grow and learn but unless you embrace change, you will struggle to do […]
  • 5 Key factors to reduce business trip stress

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Business trips used to be the preserve of the elite and the wealthy. The cost of flights and accomodation was prohibitive, meaning that only the upper echelon of business could afford to pursue business opportunities which arose outside of their geographic area. However, since the arrival of the internet, the cost of flights and accomodation […]
  • 7 Steps to relieve stress and anxiety

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Stress and anxiety are prevalent in modern life. When the pressures and demands exceed your capabilities, stress and anxiety soon raise their ugly heads. The consequences can be horrific. Your health, relationships, and career can be seriously affected by stress and anxiety. When you find yourself in this situation, it is important not to panic. […]
  • 8 Personal rights which are essential for quality of life

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    One great truth in life which I try to adhere to is that you should never have to apologise for being yourself. Each person has personal rights which allows them to live their life as they see fit. You are entitled to expect others to respect your personal rights but you must also respect the […]
  • How to improve your time management quickly

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Would you like to know how to improve your time management quickly? Don’t worry; most people are in the same boat. When trying to improve your time management, it is important to remember that there is no one size fits all solution. Each person presents their own unique challenges and if they really want to […]
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    Wish Me Love

  • Christmas All Year Long!

    wish me love
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Receiving the gifts you really want from life isn’t as hard as you may think, all you have to do is ask and be ready to receive. At the end of December I was given some advice by a spiritual healer that my energy in life is that of a Mother archetype and I am more apt to give than to receive. She suggested this was blocking my relationship space and the reason I was only attracting those who would take from me and that it is important that I begin to take some conscious steps to become more receptive. Since then I’ve been working diligently to improve my readiness to receive by…
  • Don’t Rush Ready

    wish me love
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    The realization that authenticity is far more important than appearances can transform your life.   This weekend I attended a workshop included in the I Can Do It 2014 Denver Event with Nancy Levin. There were many workshops to choose from, I’d specifically selected this workshop because of a picture Nancy posted a little while back with Debbie Ford. I could tell from the photo that there was much love in there friendship and I wanted to share some time with this woman I knew little about who had been so close to the person that I’ve come to admire so deeply. I sat in the second row…
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves When There Are No Answers

    wish me love
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    When we allow ourselves to be with what is instead of creating stories around what we don’t know we can express love with greater wisdom. In the last several weeks I have been observing the various stories that have flooded the news feeds as the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 continues to remain a mystery. Countries have united forces conducting a multinational search for the Boeing 777 that for all practical purposes vanished. Secret aircrafts are searching, specs viewed on satellite images are being investigated. A jet visible and on radar one moment gone another with no trace,…
  • Simply Smile

    wish me love
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The simple act of smiling at someone you don’t know can merge you into the flow of reciprocity. Recently I posted on one of my spiritual teachers Facebook walls after being told by another spiritual guru that it was time I figure out how to receive if I want more meaningful connections  in my life; so I posted asking for advice on how to become a more receptive individual. This wise teacher gave me a unique simple but daunting assignment. She told me to start small by smiling at strangers and if they smiled back to hold the gaze for a bit longer than I usually would even if only by a…
  • A Decade of Denial

    wish me love
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    What if you realized your resistance to some of your life experiences was costing you everything you truly wanted? Recently in therapy we opened pandora’s box, the forbidden topic, my daughter. This after my  return from Jean Haner’s Clear Heart Gathering near San Francisco where I was able to see another root of the lifetime issue I have been working on for ages, relationships, or better stated the lack thereof. No intimacy, surface interactions is all I’ve experienced for the past couple of years and before then close friendships were typically short term, only one or two at a time…
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    Making Motivation

  • 4 Things I Wish College Had Taught Most of us

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    In a simple definition, college is a place or institution where you pay to study and eventually get a diploma to increase the chances of people getting better jobs and earning more money. But the truth is, college should be more than that. It is supposed to be a place to sharpen your skills and ...The post 4 Things I Wish College Had Taught Most of us appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • 32 Stunning Photos that will let you want to visit Ireland before you die

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is a well known fact that Ireland is a beautiful place but then, same could be said about a lot of other places around the world.  What makes it distinct is, one has to visit Ireland to truly see the beauty and no matter how descriptive one is, without visuals any description is unjust.  ...The post 32 Stunning Photos that will let you want to visit Ireland before you die appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • 4 Reasons Why Fears Can Be Good For You

    8 Jan 2014 | 10:45 pm
    We are all afraid of something. Fear of heights, fear of the dark, fear of losing and the list goes on and on. But that’s all right, to fear is human. People should not think of fear only as something negative. Fear is in our lives for some good reasons and it can mold us ...The post 4 Reasons Why Fears Can Be Good For You appeared first on Making Motivation.
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  • 6 Attraction Secrets To Turn Mr. Average Into Pure Woman Candy (Part 1)

    Ashton Brainwavelove
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sorry Ladies.  I’ve broken the code of ladies first, and have started this endeavor of unraveling secrets of attracting the opposite sex with the men.  Yours is coming next.  Believe me, being a man myself, I know quite a bit about what we like, so stay tuned for an article about how to attract men like lights attract moths very very soon!   If you are a lady reading this, my advice to you would be this:  If you look through this and find yourself thinking “I wish my guy understood this”, don’t keep it to yourself!  I know sometimes men can be clueless (learned from my personal…
  • Brainwave Entrainment and Human Growth Hormone

    Ashton Brainwavelove
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    One of the more enticing benefits of listening to brainwave entrainment is its ability to stimulate the brain’s natural production of Human Growth Hormone (also known as HGH).   HGH has been found through scientific study to benefit multiple functions of the body, and has a beneficial effect on every cell.  Produced by the pituitary gland naturally during sleep, HGH is predominantly observed to have a healing effect on the entire body, to stimulate the repair and growth of tissue, bone, and muscle, and to supply essential amino acids to the cellular system.   Many studies have…
  • To Be Or Not To Be With Negative People

    Ashton Brainwavelove
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Recently I wrote an article about drama, how to end it once and for all.  There were a few important themes from that article that I feel I should further elaborate upon.  Most importantly, I feel that the pendulum was swung heavily in one direction in my words about other people and their drama, and I would like to swing it back in another direction to balance it back out. Ever since I first heard the story of the Buddha, I have been a very strong supporter of the middle way.  Even before I considered myself a “spiritual seeker”, I felt that this was a practical and important thing to…
  • Can Brainwave Entrainment Increase IQ

    Ashton Brainwavelove
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    This is one of the most commonly asked questions about brainwave entrainment, and also comes with one of the most exciting answers! Regardless of who you are, what you are trying to accomplish, or what limitations or obstacles you have to overcome in your life, increasing your raw level of intelligence and cognitive function is one thing that can really give you that necessary boost to succeed. Maybe you are trying to succeed in school, grasping a difficult subject. Perhaps you are paving your way to financial success, or perhaps you are learning to attract a perfect soul-mate into your life.
  • Can Brainwave Entrainment Be Used As A Drug?

    Ashton Brainwavelove
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    As long as brainwave entrainment has been around, even before the more popular and well-known programs were introduced into the market, there have been certain companies and brands that sell, offer, and market brainwave entrainment products that are meant to mimic or induce the effects of both pharmaceutical and recreational drugs; drugs like ayahuasca, LSD, mescalin or peyote, pot, alcohol, or even barbiturates or pharmaceutical opiates like oxycontin or lortab. I was just exchanging emails with a subscriber of my email list last week about a situation where she purchased an audio meant to…
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  • Lessons for a father - Deliberately Created Simplicity

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrSimplicity is beautiful.It is also powerful. So much so, that authors have written about it, poets have dedicated odes to it and great singers and songwriters have sung about it. And, I crave it!That desire and a recent training session on a project management methodology and a book all pointed in the same direction for me this last week. In other words, I have to train myself and those that I can influence, to think and work towards what I wish to call DCS, or, Deliberately Created Simplicity.What I propose we do is pretty straightforward in theory:Break every problem…
  • Lessons for a father - Geography And Stupidity Are Unrelated

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Image Courtesy: FlickrIt is actually very funny to be human. We fight everyday to prove, to each other, how different we are, and completely ignore how similar we really are. Let us look at the instance where we all make stupid mistakes. It doesn't matter where we are from, where we currently live and what we do for a living. We either already, or soon will, have the privilege of making mistakes.But our propensity to be stupid, sometimes, is not the only thing that makes us similar. Most of us want to improve and build upon what we already have. People who do not have anything would…
  • Lessons for a father - The Leader I Want To Be (A Prayer)

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI wanted to commemorate a huge personal milestone with something special. Writing a blog for at least a year has been on my bucket list and today marks the 1st anniversary of that effort. What I have written below summarizes the kind of leadership I want to follow. Whether it is for my son at home or my team at work, I do hope I can make a tiny, but positive, difference in their lives. Thank you for being a part of the journey till now. Normal services resume next week.He who does what ought to be done.He who kneels, but only to his One True Master.He who works with…
  • Lessons for a father - What Is Your Least Favorite Word?

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWe all know that words are supremely powerful. Whether it is a request or an order, love, hate, justice, inspiration or leadership, we all use words to describe and communicate the feeling.It should be no surprise then, that we are told time and again to choose our words well. I have also realized over the years, I am sure all of us have, that we like and dislike some words more than the others.So here is my question for you: What is your least favorite word? (Use this link to let me know!)Mine is the word almost.I do not like it because it conveys the story but in a…
  • Lessons for a father - A Supercar And Teamwork

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Image Courtesy: Top GearWhat does a super car and teamwork have in common? Maybe there is nothing on the surface, but there is a lot of commonality if we looked "under the hood".The CarThe car I in question (and oh, what a car it is!!) is the Porche 918. Consider this from the car's Wikipedia page:The Spyder is powered by a 4.6 litre V8 engine, developing 608 horsepower (453 kW), with two electric motors delivering an additional 279 horsepower (208 kW) for a combined output of 887 horsepower (661 kW). Those are some very big numbers belonging to a very good car. There are a few…
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    Neil J. Solanki

  • From Stardust We Came

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
                        From Stardust We Came From whirling fireclouds, Blazing tempests, Nuclear decimation, And Atomic glory, We came. From stars and stardust, Spinning throughout the cosmic abyss, Only inanimate, gelatinous, Scorching fragments, Too hot to form molecules. Of this, the seed of Us was wrought. Before time was time, The Universe was caged in a marble. A simple thought of existence, Denser than a million million black holes. And from this fire marble, This kernel of all creation, The Universe was born: Vast galaxies and nebulae,…
  • Dalai Lama Quotes

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies never having really lived.”   “When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot.  When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.”   “The planet does not need more…
  • The Palette and Canvas of Nature

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:20 am
    Nature, ever creating, ever painting, makes for us every day a new collage, a new masterwork.  In a single sunset over the ocean, I see inconceivable complexity of color and pattern, shape and form.  But this brilliant painting, done by Nature’s hand, is but the simple interplay of water, light, and vapor.   The clouds, canvassing the sky in opalescent blots of floating color, drift placidly across the horizon.  The waning sun effortlessly produces multitudes of colors that are nothing short of tantalizing.  Inch by inch it creeps down toward the waves, whom themselves run into the…
  • The Pallor of Things I Call Mine

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
                        The Pallor of Things I Call Mine When it did not belong to me, I thought so much it should be mine. I thought if it were so, Then I would surely be fulfilled. Toiling with purpose, Day and night, I achieved my ambition. With glee in my heart, And desire in my blood, I took possession, finally, Of that which I wanted. I held it high, like an idol, I displayed it, like a badge, I coveted it, as if it were truly Mine. Then I soon realized the aged truth: That the fuel of desire, Kindles the fire of imagination. And the object…
  • The Love of Stone and Water

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:49 am
                        The Love of Stone and Water Like a stone titan, I stood on the bank of the sea. Implacable, jagged, Angular, and massive. I was the essence of power. I was perfect monolithic strength. All that I met bowed to my will, Until I met you, Who was always there. You who was water, who was the sea, Inconceivably patient and unthreatening, Forever lapping at my body and trickling Down my edifice.   I paid no heed to you, For what, I thought, is water to a titan? Water is flexible, Water is soft, Water is simply there, Hiding its…
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    Live Well - Mind Fuel Daily

  • Yoga Origins – Yoga Vocabulary from A-Z

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Yoga is a great way to recharge and renew at the start or end of a day. For beginners, however, yoga can seem mystifying – especially when it involves Sanskrit terms and Vedic phrases. So here is a lite version of the deeply spiritual yet approachable history behind some popular yoga words and phrases.We’re breaking it down letter-by-letter to create a cheat sheet for appreciating yoga’s roots – because stronger the foundation, higher the structure.This is going to be just like a beginner yoga session – we’ll start with the fundamentals, and work our way forward. Ready? Begin.A…
  • To Feel Inspired, Simply Look At The Night Sky

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We live in an amazing universe. Our relatively small corner of space, the Milky Way galaxy, is home to somewhere between 100-400 billion stars. And each night (unless you live on a really bright city block!) this astronomical display hovers in our field of vision, providing inspiration and imaginative spark to countless poets, scientists, and spiritual seekers across the generations.From a scientific point of view, the night sky shows us that anything is possible. Stars, planets, and galaxies form from the smallest bits of dust and gas – coming together over the eons to create the dazzling…
  • 8 Benefits Of Eating More Plants

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    "Let food be thy medicine" – HippocratesWhether you’re an herbivore already, simply looking to enhance your nutritional intake, or even if you’ve always shied away from eating plants – here are eight simple reasons to consider the benefits of a “green” foods lifestyle.1. Compassion – Along with numerous nutritional factors, the principle of compassion plays a central role in many people’s decisions to go “green,” and become vegan or vegetarian.2. Consciousness – Adopting a plant-based nutritional plan means thinking about life and the environment in a positive, proactive…
  • Do What Matters. Forget the Rest.

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sometimes inspiration and a sense of urgency go hand-in-hand. Here are seven thoughts on living fully and passionately in the present moment – no matter what!Don’t worry about what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard ThurmanWhat matters to us will matter to others.Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions. – Benjamin DisraeliThe spark within brings forth our best.Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling…
  • Spring Reflections – 5 Ways Spring Clears the Mind and Refreshes the Spirit

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Spring awakens and enlivens us in a way no other season can. We remember what new life looks like, we remember what possibilities are just around the corner, and we remember that beauty comes in small packages.It’s a great time for meditation as we grow ourselves – and with spring in mind, here are five reflections on how our minds, hearts, and spirits are healed during the flowery months.New life and new beginnings are all around us. Each waking flower is a symbol for something new taking shape within us. Everything blooms in its own time. In our lives, just as in nature, patience forms…
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  • Welcoming A New Day...

    Thais Zoe
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Yesterday I was rushed by an eighty-year-old dynamo with a rolling cart. Welcome to Greece! After a day of traveling and transfers I was delighted to arrive in the northern Hellenic city of Thessaloniki. Greeted by family, lots of laughter and hours of talking in a language I only half remember… I. Am. Home. There is something about coming back to my childhood roots that brings about a calm and knowing that, recently, I have been longing for. Not the comfort that comes from where I live, favorite belongings, or even friends I love… Rather the peace and comfort that exists only in the…
  • Are life’s challenges making you Bitter or Better?

    Thais Zoe
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Are you afraid you’re going to go out of business? Are you fearful that a relationship will end or that a dream you have will die? My personal answer to all of these – at one time or another – has been: YES! But there is a way I’ve found that allows for a fresh alternative… When in doubt do nothing. Honestly, that sort of thinking goes against every instinct of my early years. There was a time that if I was ever in doubt, or afraid or scared about how I was going to survive, I needed to get into action. I needed to DO something. ANYTHING but just sit there. Yet, what I’ve learned,…
  • Do you find yourself saying “just one more...?”

    Thais Zoe
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today is four weeks into Lent. Whether you observe this tradition or not, you are likely familiar with this Catholic ritual of giving up something for six weeks as an act of alignment with your faith. Some popular examples of what people give up are; smoking, drinking alcohol, red meat, coffee, swearing, fried foods, video games, electronic devices, etc… Resolutions are not my thing, but the idea of expanding and deepening my spiritual life IS appealing. This year I heard it suggested that practicing Lent is only worthwhile if I pick something that I would really consider a sacrifice. For…
  • How To Create Your Fast Track To Lasting Change

    Thais Zoe
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I’ve recently had great success in punishing myself. Not in a shaming, destructive way. But, in the way a loving parent encourages a child by setting consequences. The reason was my seeming inability to adopt healthier choices with any consistency. Let me preface this by saying that I have no problem showing up for you or other outside commitments that I’ve made. However, when it comes to keeping my word to myself, I regularly fall short. Not following through with myself – even with seemingly simple self-care ideals — has a wearing effect on my spirit that subconsciously leaves me…
  • Simple Ways To Uncover Your Life’s Hidden Gems

    Thais Zoe
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I call the desert home. And similarly to after dinner dessert, that is sweet and satisfying, the desert I live in has many treasures. I was recently asked — compared to other places I’ve lived — what is my favorite characteristic specific to Arizona? It took a moment and then I knew without a doubt it is the unique desert sounds, specifically the birds. The occasional cawing of Hawk circling high in the sky, the clucking of the Quail as they inspect the brush for tidbits, the late night hooting of the Owl keenly on watch, and my favorite, far and away… the soul soothing cooing of the…
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    Coffee-Stained Journal

  • Wander & Travel ~ Hilaire Belloc

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Wander & Travel ~ Hilaire BellocI have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.~ Hilaire BellocThe post Wander & Travel ~ Hilaire Belloc appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • Zen & Paper – the art of writing

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch.” — Nicholas CarrI need one hand to hold a pen, the other one to touch my beard; the rest is pure writing. Pondering over a blank page where only a few lines seem to form the vague roadmap for the mind. In fact the margin is not even the limit. I project my thoughts onto walls, let my gaze go for a stroll outside the window, rotate the pen to stir some inspiration or touch the paper trying to grasp ideas alike. If writing is the celebration of thoughts, what is typing?Mind cloudsWhenever I…
  • Josh McBride ~ The Head And The Heart

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    “Not the last time we are learning / Who we are and what we would”There’s a wonderful nostalgia resonating in the lyrics of this song, vivid memories whispering a vulnerable yet powerful story of letting go. It feels a bit like reading through a long-forgotten letter that has been hidden in a drawer, a letter never sent. And the gaze gets lost in the elusive emptiness around trying to find an answer or at least a tiny bit of meaning. Josh McBride is looking back onto that winding path called past, willing to take a step forward after having turned towards the…
  • Sparkling twigs

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:23 pm
    It has been a magical escape our trip to the Scottish countryside a few weeks ago, celebrating tranquillity at Loch Voil. Our eyes were probably sparkling with the same intensity as the gleaming peaks in the distance where the sun laid its enchanting spell on the snow. One of those weekends that feels like a marvellous patchwork of moments, where time seems almost absent. Disconnected in the truest sense of the word and away from displays of any kind and size. You suddenly realize the usual velocity of your mind and how much noise life tends to make while grinding days…Fading landscapesWhen…
  • Dialogue with the sea

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Dialogue with the sea | #in160charactersThrowing chunks of words into an ocean of doubts, whispers turned into waves, questions washed ashore, some distinctive driftwood, stranded confidence.The post Dialogue with the sea appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
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    Epsilon Healing Academy

  • Practice Non-Reactive Behaviour to Eliminate Stress, Unease, Anger, and Live a Happier Life

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Reactive behaviours are often how we express our emotions when we are angry, resentful, or feel out of control in a situation.  Yelling, demanding, criticizing and blaming are all examples of reactive behaviour.  So are holding onto resentment or blame, being silent, being needy or self critical, and playing the victim. Reactive behaviour tends to be spontaneous, done without thought, or sometimes, despite our knowing better.  Have you ever had the experience of yelling at someone (perhaps one of your children) knowing it was wrong even as the words were coming out of your mouth, and still…
  • What does it take to be happy? Maybe not what you think!

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Many of us are fortunate to be surrounded by love and loving people, yet we rarely feel the abundance of love available to us.  The fears we carry prevent us from connecting authentically to those around us. Whenever we are disconnected from our inner trust and knowing we experience fear, feel alone in the world, and believe we must fight for our survival.  We really do need to recognize that we are only separated from others by the thoughts we hold, and in any moment, we have the power to change those thoughts. I have been sharing and teaching for some time the idea that money,…
  • The Simplest Way to Get What You Really Want

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:42 am
    With all challenges we may have a tendency to fight or resist. But in order to free the mind of that type of thinking, we must see the whole of every situation: why we feel the challenge, as well as the challenge itself. For example let’s say that I believe I need a relationship.  Why do I need the relationship?   Because I believe that in a relationship I would be comforted, I would not feel alone, and, perhaps, I wish to give love and hopefully receive love in return.  Thoughts associated with need immediately lock my mind in a state of lack.  They say: I am missing something.  Yet,…
  • A Little Bit of You Time

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:47 pm
    We must learn to work from the inside-out instead of outside-in. We do this by holding our reality and allowing others to hold their own reality. It’s like putting your gearstick in neutral and observing life from there. When you can do this, you’ll be amazed at how much less you react. Indeed, you’ll actually start to see the drama we or others play out as a mere illusion of distorted all-consuming thinking. The quickest way to access your inner self and stop external factors from consuming your life is to do just this — place your mind in neutral and allow others their reality. Hold…
  • Understanding the Power of Acceptance is a Vital key to Lasting Peace and Joy

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:16 am
    Acceptance is an incredibly powerful concept to implement as you move forward on the quest for sustainable peace and joy in your life.  It is also often misunderstood.  Acceptance is not the same as resignation.   It does, however, incorporate some other important concepts, such as forgiveness and love.  Acceptance means seeing what is and releasing any judgment about it.  Then, if necessary or appropriate, choosing something different. Acceptance is letting go It’s about-facing your truths without fear, openly and honestly Acceptance is being kind without always needing to be right,…
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    Sad and Love Picture

  • I feel creative inspired joyful vibrant

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • Joy

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
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  • The soul is the truth of who we are

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
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  • Your largest fear carries your greatest growth

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
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  • Count your rainbows

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
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    Programming Life

  • A Buddhist Letter of Compassion amid Tragedy

    Matt Catlett
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The following letter was written by Brother Phap Luu of Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery. It is addressed to Adam Lanza, the shooter who killed 20 children and 6 adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, not including his mother before and himself in the end. I read it yesterday on (click for [&hellip The post A Buddhist Letter of Compassion amid Tragedy appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Blurry Flowers and Corrected Vision

    Matt Catlett
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    After doing a bit of yard work, I sit outside with a cup of water and take off my glasses. The detailed canopy of the trees vanish into a dappled canvas of sunlit and shadowed verdant greenery. The paved concrete of the front porch smooths to a friendly and simple texture. The hawks that circle [&hellip The post Blurry Flowers and Corrected Vision appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Let’s Try This Again: Day 1 of the Paleo Diet

    Matt Catlett
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Yesterday was our first day on the paleo diet. We, my wife and I, are giving it a try for 30 days in the hopes of slimming down, gaining energy, and all the other things you hope for when you start a diet. If you’re looking to try something new for body health, maybe you [&hellip The post Let’s Try This Again: Day 1 of the Paleo Diet appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Heeding the Summons of Life

    Matt Catlett
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    In my last post, I described the displacement of self that happens with the ego – how you and I misunderstand ourselves when we use our natural abilities for advancement and security. We are not those little icons on the mental maps we create. Not ultimately or basically – when we lay down our urges [&hellip The post Heeding the Summons of Life appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Lay Down Your Shields – Happiness is Vulnerability

    Matt Catlett
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    In a lot of three-dimensional games, usually at the top right corner of the screen, there’s a little map to help you understand where you are in relation to your goal and to help you know where you’ve already been. Usually, those little maps have icons to indicate danger and loot. Your ego is a [&hellip The post Lay Down Your Shields – Happiness is Vulnerability appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • People Pleaser? How To Release The Need To Please

    Barrie Davenport
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    When I was a younger woman, I wanted everyone to like me. I was motivated by the positive reinforcement I received when making others happy, and I felt my worthiness was connected to pleasing. Disappointing people, making them angry, or going against what other’s deemed acceptable was deeply uncomfortable for me. So I tried hard… Continue Reading…
  • 15 Negative Thoughts Holding You Back From Health and Happiness

    Barrie Davenport
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Put a rubber band around your wrist. Throughout your day, when you notice the rubber band, stop for a moment and examine the thoughts you were just thinking. Were they positive, neutral, or negative? As you examine your thoughts, also pay attention to how you feel. Are you calm? Agitated? Anxious? Irritated? Energized? Take a… Continue Reading…
  • 20 Things Confident People Never Do

    Barrie Davenport
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Her heart was pounding. A dozen pairs of eyes were staring her way. The only thing between her and complete nakedness was a thin robe. And she was about to drop the robe, step up on a platform, and stand before all of these people without a stitch of clothing. The instructor looked at her, letting… Continue Reading…
  • How To Rekindle Your Relationship And Fall In Love Again

    Barrie Davenport
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Stop reading for a moment, and think back to the first few weeks after you met your spouse or love partner. Actually try to visualize an early date where you were cuckoo for CoCo Puffs about this amazing person. And they felt the same about you. Remember how it felt falling in love, how happily… Continue Reading…
  • Positive Habits: 5 Small Changes To Dramatically Upgrade Your Life

    Barrie Davenport
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest differences in our lives. Look back over your life and consider the little tweaks you’ve made that led you to be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled. At the time you initiated these changes, you may have felt little impact. But in retrospect you see how… Continue Reading…
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    Become Life Inspired

  • What’s Out There For You?

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    As I write this blog post, I’m riding an express bus; passing through a lot of unknown rural areas in South Korea.  I can see a lot of mountains, rivers, bridges, small cities, towers, and brightly lit-up attractions and buildings.  I wish I could spend time at these places rather than merely just passing through.  Unfortunately the world is too big, but that’s also a good thing, too.  There are lots of opportunities to get lost and explore someplace new. Even at night, the mystery of these unknown places draws me in.  The excitement of traveling somewhere new and unknown has a way…
  • Positive Lessons From Stress

    22 Mar 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I must apologize for the long time without creating any post! I’ve had a really busy couple of months with life, work, and making choices.  I didn’t think that I’d have time to keep this blog going or that I really had anything useful to say but I felt somewhat called to continue writing – with hopes that I could benefit even the smallest number of people with the perspective I’ve gained through life experience. Work has been really tough.  Sometimes I think about quitting often and just giving up.  Being in South Korea, that would mean my visa is cancelled…
  • About Fear, Stress, and Frustration

    5 Jan 2014 | 6:37 am
    First, I want to say thanks for your patience – I’ve been extremely busy with starting my new job, taking up boxing, playing music, and learning Korean.  After that being said, I want to talk about a topic that’s important to me since I’ve had a lot familiarity with it. We all would like our lives to be perfect and stress-free.  Since this isn’t possible, it seems like a sad story at first, but actually there is a lot to gain and understand by having stress in our lives.  If we didn’t have stress, then we would never develop and learn as people.  Our resistance to…
  • Perfection: The Enemy of Happiness

    29 Dec 2013 | 6:39 am
    Perfection doesn’t equal happiness.  This may seem easy to agree with at first, but when it comes to living it out, we may find it difficult to always be mindful of this fact.  When we are nervous at work before giving a presentation, we want it to be as good as possible.  When relationships fall apart, we may be left analyzing ourselves and how we could have done things differently.  Wanting to do something well is normal but we can easily fall into a trap that leads us to feel that we need to be perfect at our jobs, our relationships, or any detail in life – in order to feel…
  • What Are You Putting Into Your Mind?

    27 Dec 2013 | 7:45 am
    Everyday, we are influenced by what surrounds us.  We’re influenced by what we give our attention to: the TV we watch, the people we surround ourselves with, and the places we hang out.  It’s not only important to choose the right friends around us to help keep us in the direction but we also want to be good influences to other people.  That is why it’s important to be mindful of what kind of things you put in your mind. Check out Choosing Your Friends Wisely for related information. I used to listen to a lot of negative rap and rock music – the kind that degrades women, glorifies…
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Martin Luther King Jr Challenges Quotes

    JJ Wong
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Martin Luther King Jr Challenges Quotes The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Michael Jordan Play to Win Quotes

    JJ Wong
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Michael Jordan Play to Win Quotes I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Katinka Hesselink Dont Give Up Quotes

    JJ Wong
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Katinka Hesselink Dont Give Up Quotes Don’t give up trying to find your way. But do remember that sometimes it takes bending to avoid breaking. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Thema Davis Silent Quotes

    JJ Wong
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Thema Davis Silent Quotes When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Joel Osteen Words Quotes

    JJ Wong
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Joel Osteen Words Quotes Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • What Others Think of You Has Nothing to Do with You

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    "Other people's opinions have nothing to do with you." We might have come across this sentence, but we might not fully understand how it could be true. It is perfectly true though, and I'm going to explain to you why.When someone has a bad opinion of us, we immediately look inside our own selves in search for the cause of that negative opinion. Most of the time in life, I would advise you to look inside yourself, because that is where you'll find the answer, but there is always an exception to the rule, and others' negative opinion is one of those times when you should take a closer look at…
  • Drop Fear: Don't Be Afraid of Your Own Experience

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Thoughts distort reality. That's a fact, but it still is very hard for us to let go of them.Thoughts can feel like a security blanket without which we feel in danger, but we have to realize that they do not reflect reality if we want to live a peaceful life.When a negative thought arises in our minds, it brings with it a negative emotion if we choose to treat it as reality. We then associate with this emotion and identify with it, thus losing contact with reality and who we really are, because we are afraid of what could happen in result of this emotion - we are deathly afraid of our own…
  • Seeking Happiness: Don't Let Your Thoughts Change Who You Are

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    The way we think about ourselves influences how we act in the world. We have known this for a long time, humankind even dedicated different types of sciences to untangle the mysteries of the mind and its effects on our behaviors.When we believe that we are some kind of people, we put limitations on ourselves, we put ourselves in a box, from which we don't allow ourselves to get out of.If you believe yourself to be some kind of person, you will ultimately start behaving that way, since how else could you act, when that type of person is the only one you believe to know?I said it a lot of times…
  • Guided Meditation: Peaceful Tree Meditation - Root Chakra Opening

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:03 am
    I made this guided meditation inspired by the beautiful trees opening up to the warm sunlight of the new season.I used to do a lot of chakra opening meditations, and the root chakra meditation was one of my favorites.This guided meditation will help you relax and let go by showing you how good it feels to be still and grounded - just like a majestic tree.I made this guided meditation with all my love, just like all my guided meditations, may it bring you peace.
  • Inner Peace: How to Attain a Truly Peaceful Life

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    We all want peace in our lives. The question is, how can we attain a truly peaceful life? The answer is, like everything in life, more simple than you would think.If you want your life to be peaceful, you can make it peaceful, since peace is not dependent on the external - it is only dependent on your internal world.Making your life peaceful doesn't happen in a second though. Just like with everything else in life, you have to be persistent with it.What we have to understand during our quest for peace is that our minds were stuck in worry-mode for a long time, so it will take some time and…
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Personal Growth Advisor

  • You CAN change the world

    Oded Ben-Ami
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    It is easy and very natural to look at the immensity of the world, its vastness, the seemingly infinite number of people and then look in the mirror and feel infinitely small and practically non-existent. At the same time, there is much around us that we feel is wrong and wish we could change. These two forces create tension within us, which becomes the source of much frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, depression and other feelings, that span far beyond the very issues which created them in the first place. Many get stuck at this point, thinking: “That’s simply the way…
  • How to love your enemies and discover unconditional love for yourself

    Oded Ben-Ami
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    People who hurt others, are by necessity suffering themselves. Hurting others is in a way a form of communication for the offender based on their own painful experiences; it is a cry for help. When we regard them as victims who are suffering – rather than offenders – we can discover compassion. Also; Becoming hurt or offended is a choice that we each make, most often subconsciously. It is a grasping on to something that was never meant to be held on to. When we are hurt, we can turn the eye of our awareness from looking out towards those who hurt us, to looking inside, to observe…
  • The Abyss; visualization and meditation

    Oded Ben-Ami
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The following is a short and simple visualization/meditation hybrid. If you wish, you can record yourself reading it and then use the recording as a guide. Alternatively you can memorize it and mentally guide yourself through. The experience is very soothing, comforting and relaxing, allowing the practitioner to find relief from stress, emotional grounding, unconditional love and guidance. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. With your eyes closed, notice in front of you a dark black point. Notice how it increases in size to become a small circle, then a larger and larger circle. As you look…
  • Who are you?

    Oded Ben-Ami
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Who are you? You are not your body! You are not your arms, legs, brain, muscles, face (beautiful or otherwise) heart, kidneys, fat or skinny, healthy or sick, fully functional or disabled. You are given a body as a means of interacting with the physical world. You are aware of your body but you are not your body. Like a pilot of an airplane, or a driver of a car – you are behind the controls. You control your body which allows both input and output. Input comes from the sense organs – hearing, seeing smelling, tasting and sensing – and output comes by talking, walking,…
  • Kefir; the miracle medicine – Part 2; How to make kefir

    Oded Ben-Ami
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:32 am
    This is part 2 of a two part blogpost on Kefir. In part 1 I talked about what kefir is and what it can do for our health and wellbeing: physical, mental and emotional. To read part 1 click here. In this part 2 of this kefir blogpost I will explain how to make kefir. Kefir is very easy to make and very inexpensive, certainly compared to what it costs to buy probiotic supplements. The most important part is buying the SCOBY which is called “kefir grain”. One way would be to inquire locally through personnel at a health food store or through local health and wellness groups. This…
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    Soul Sherpa

  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 47

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Know your comfort food!Comfort food is a gift to yourself. It’s associated with good thoughts & warm feelings,  so it improves your sense of well-being & decreases loneliness. It’s the friend who never disappoints or ditches you. It’s  a “social surrogate.” So next time you need a little emotional pick-up, don’t be ashamed to crave the crispy, salty, starchy, soft, sweet or sinful…just bite in! Remember not to go overboard though. If you need comfort food all the time, then you may want to look at the deeper cause for needing so much comfort. Therapy…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 46

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    When you can’t change something, change your attitude towards it!We can’t always change the things around us. But we can change our attitude towards them. Events, people and situations may not be of our choosing, but our attitudes and how we decide to see them, is our own choice. So choose your attitude --- choose a happier life.
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 45

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    Be demonstrative!Loosen up and cuddle. Be demonstrative about your affection towards the people you are close to. Physical touch (the non sleazy type) is not only comforting, but it also creates a warm and fuzzy feeling. It creates wonderful bonds, transfers positive energy and brings people closer. It keeps them and you healthier too.  
  • How To Use Visualization

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Thoughts become things.These three simple words are the most  and effectively changing your life. But there is a method to applying this mantra, and that is through #visualization, which can become your personal genie!Visualization is a very powerful mental technique that uses your imagination to make your dreams come to life.  It has proven to work for centuries. It has been found in some form across almost all religious practices. It has been widely applied by Buddhists, Wiccans and other ancient practices. In the 19th century the concept came into the limelight thanks to the New…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 44

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Make a Bucket List!Prepare a list of 50 things you “really” want to do in this lifetime. Mark them in order of priority, expenses and fitness levels. The number of Bucket List items you can plan for each year depends entirely on the practicalities of your life and your capacity. But start by picking and planning at least one item this year. Keep a picture of it on your desktop and as a wallpaper on your phone. This constant reminder will ensure that you don't let day to day things get in the way of your dreams.  Work every single day towards it. Make it happen!  
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    Rambling Web

  • Soldiers Meeting Their Baby for the First Time

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sweet, touching video compilation….
  • Snowboarding Fail – You Can’t Do that Here

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    A few years ago I thought I’d try snowboarding. I’ve skied since I was a teenager, not particularly well, but good enough to have fun and not hurt myself. Thought snowboarding would be fun to try too, so I headed up to one of my favorite slopes and rented a board and boots.  In retrospect, lessons would have been a good idea, but since I can usually catch on to physical challenges reasonably quick (and I’m cheap), I didn’t take the lessons. At the rental shop they showed me how to buckle your feet onto the board and then how to release them.  Out at the bottom of…
  • Water Bombers in Canada Fight Wild Fire

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Impressive footage of Canadian Water Bombers fighting a fire in Canada. Second video shows, the plane reloading at a lake near a beach… Wow!
  • Colt and Dog Play Together with a Towel

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    A cute Friday video…  
  • A Good Week for Kids to Attend the Peobody Essex Museum

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Peobody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. is currently featuring three exhibits that are well suited for children.  The ‘California Design 1930-1965 Living in a Modern Way’ is good for adults and children.  It’s fun, colorful, and interesting; an entertaining history lesson on the rapid development of California based off its unique style . It is also an excellent introduction to industrial design.  The exhibit runs through July. 1964 Studebaker Avanti – Entry way of the Peobody Essex Museum ‘From Here to Ear’ or ‘FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste…
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    2 Illustration

  • Paintings by Daniel Arsham

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Daniel Arsham is a talented artist, who was born in 1980 in Cleveland Ohio, OH and currently based in New York, NY. Related Posts:Illustrations by Daniel HorowitzIllustrations by Daniel StolleDrawings by Daniel EgnéusHyper Realistic Paintings by Marc DennisPaintings by Scott Lickstein
  • Illustrations by Aaron Campbell

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Aaron Campbell is a talented digital illustrator and designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Related Posts:Paintings by Aaron BillingsIllustrations by Marija TiurinaIllustrations by Ashley MackenzieDigital Illustrations by Diego L. RodriguezIllustrations by Waldemar Kazak
  • Paintings by Meghan Howland

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Meghan Howland was born in 1985 in Massachusetts, and grew up in New Hampshire. She currently lives and works in Portland, ME. Related Posts:Hyper Realistic Paintings by Marc DennisMixed Media Paintings by Aliza RazellPaintings by Martin WittfoothPaintings by Tim GardnerPaintings by Clark Goolsby
  • Fashion Illustrations by Martine Brand

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Having attended the Institute for Fashion and Design and the Art Academy for Painting and Illustration in Amsterdam, Denhage and Antwerp, Martine Brand practices her art in an ecletic way. As an illustrator for children’s books, Martine collaborates with the editors Kluitman, Harper Collins, Casterman and Penguin Books. Martine has also developped several original projects with the dutch literary book publisher MatchBoox in close collaboration with different talents: the Dutch Children Book award winning authors Sjoerd Kuyper, Tjibbe Veldkamp and Marion van de Coolwijk, the journalist and…
  • Illustrations by Ruben Ireland

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Ruben Ireland is an illustrator of strength. There is strength in the jaw-lines of his portraits, in the graphic execution of the finished product and the colours which jump out from the work In-between the red-raw hands stroking outwards of ‘Paint or Die Trying’ and the half-man/half-ram creations of ‘Amalgamations’ sits a world of dark fairy-tales. Related Posts:Fashion Illustrations by Martine BrandBlack and White Illustrations by Amy DoverIllustrations by Heng Swee LimPaintings by Benjamin GarciaWatercolor Dior Illustrations by Mats Gustafson
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    Positively Positive

  • What Happened To Passion and Gratitude?

    Michael Woolson
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    I think that in order to live the best life possible, we must every now and again ask ourselves some tough questions in regards to how we’re approaching life and our work. In my experience these questions arise when we’re taken by emotional pain, a temporary lack of gratitude, or the inevitable dulled sense of love for one’s work that occurs after doing it for some time. Many of us experience times where we run out of ideas, come up against a seemingly impossible challenge, or we simply lose the joy for what we love to do and feel frustrated to the point where we may even fantasize…
  • Am I Really Going to Have to Ask You Again?

    Christine Carter
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    I asked my daughter to help me make dinner the other night; soon after that, I got caught on the phone. When I finally emerged from my office 40 minutes later, I found that Fiona had already prepared our whole meal—the table was set, and dinner was waiting. I was beside myself with delight. Few things are more satisfying than having someone exceed our expectations. But around the house, it seems like more often we’re annoyed or disappointed when someone fails to meet those expectations—when, once again, our spouse is late, or the kids didn’t take out the garbage, or someone failed to…
  • Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.

    Positively Positive
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. If you must say yes, say it with an open heart. If [...]
  • The Secret To Living An Authentic Life

    Lockey Maisonneuve
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    What if they leave me? They did; I survived. What if they hurt me? They did; I survived. What if I get cancer? I did, I survived. What if I fail? I did; I survived. What if they laugh at me? They have. Their opinion of me is none of my business.  Seriously, what do I have to lose? Nothing, so I’m going for it.  I’ve experienced pain and suffering on many levels. For me the key to getting past the pain was learning to trust and be vulnerable (I still have a love/hate relationship with both.) But man oh man, experiencing that was raw. That “Oh My God I can’t believe…
  • The Declaration of Deserving…Just Because You’re Here

    Danielle LaPorte
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’ve been asking around: “What do you think you’re entitled to?” “What do you know that you deserve?” Mikki Baloy Davis, a Facebook friend nailed it with this: “I’m always curious about this question…for me it brings up the distinction between “deserving” – which implies reward or merit – and “worthy” which is unconditional.” I got a witness. Holy-loaded questions will get you some passionate answers: “I’m not entitled to a damn thing. But I deserve love.” “I don’t deserve anything, everything needs to be earned.” “I’m entitled to be on the…
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  • 5 Side Effects of Growing Up In A “Perfect” Society

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Growing up in a society that places emphasis and value on being “perfect “ is hard. We are taught from a young age that perfection is rewarded with good grades, praise, a good career, etc. In my opinion, the way our education systems are set up are taking a serious toll on our emotional development and are not adequately preparing us to meet the challenges life presents us outside of the classroom.  Lets take a look at the messages the schooling systems are relaying to us through the way we are being educated: There is only one right answer Getting the answer to the question is more…
  • Spring Has Sprung! Updates from Abundant Awakening

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you all had an amazing weekend and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather! So a few really exciting things happening today: First, I am SUPER excited to announce my VERY FIRST guest post with has been posted today titled: “Why Letting Go Seems Like The Last Option Even Though It’s The Best” Follow the link to see my post Also, today marks the FIRST DAY of Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation series! (see previous post for more details). Today’s meditation is called “Finding Security”.  I highly encourage everyone to take…
  • April’s Read of the Month: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Since reading is such a centering and mind opening activity for me, I wanted to start an online book club for all you fellow bookies out there☺  This month, I thought a great book to kick everything off with is Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection.  In Brene’s book, she teaches us how to fully embrace wholehearted living and identifies the gifts of imperfection as follows: Courage – “To speak one’s mind by telling all ones heart” Compassion – “The heart of compassion is acceptance.  The better we accept ourselves and others, the more compassionate we will become”…
  • Happy Super Soul Sunday! With Oprah and Louie Schwartzberg

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Did everyone get to see this week’s Super Soul Sunday today with Louie Schwartzberg?!  If not, be sure to watch the re-run next Sunday at 10am – it was GREAT! This was the first time I have ever heard about or seen moving art like this before and must say, it is truly phenomenal!  Watching Schwartzberg’s work was an enlightening experience for me.  We have all seen flowers and noticed their beauty but Schwartzberg’s work really makes me stop, appreciate and see them from a different point of view.  Just as humans do, flowers, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and all other living…
  • Intentions vs. Goals: How They Differ and Why We Use Both Methods

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    First, I want to begin by saying happy April everyone!  Over here in NYC, the weather is sunny, beautiful and finally warming up (HOORAY! )  So, since it’s the first week of April, I was taking time to write out and visualize my goals and intentions for the month and I started to think… Out of all of the self-help books I have been reading over the past few years, whenever they used the term goal setting or intention setting, I never took the time to sit down and understand the key differences between the two.  For a while now, I have been using these terms interchangeably without…
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  • Create Beautiful Watercolor Images with Your Phone using Waterlogue

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
    Just about every blog, website, or major magazine has mentioned in the past months the newest app called Waterlogue. I finally broke down and decided to try it for myself (for $2.99), it just looked too cool.  The app takes your photos and turns them into beautiful watercolor images which are customizable by you. Wondering what you can do with this app other than post to Facebook or Instagram? If the walls in your house are looking empty and you want some original artwork,  this app is your answer. Seriously. Within the app, there are many different ways to customize your photo…
  • Finding the Best Dry Shampoo & The Ultimate Blowout Product

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Never in a million years, unless I was stranded without access to soap and water could I have imagined not going one day without washing my hair. I have always wished I was one of those people that could get away without washing their hair daily and have it still looking good, however that has never been me. One day with out washing-heck 8 hours and my hair looks like I sprayed my hair with oil..not a good look. My hair is just weird, I have a lot of it,  yet it’s fine. It gets oily quickly, yet dry as straw. Then I  came across dry shampoo. I very quickly rolled my eyes at…
  • Spring Trend-Botanical Prints

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    One trend I’m loving for Spring is bright botanical prints.  I’m seeing them everywhere kind of like when all the rage was succulents (which by the way are still going strong). Here are a few botanical prints and products that I’m loving right now.
  • 34 before 35

    10 Mar 2014 | 4:42 pm
    This past Thursday was my birthday. It was definitely low-key and that’s okay.  I have friends that are out of control when it comes to their birthday and make it the mega celebration of the year or choose to celebrate the ENTIRE month. Whatever floats your boats peeps. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good party every now and again but I guess as I continue to get older my expectations have changed. So I’m now the big 3-4… wow. I’m pretty sure I’m in denial. Time flies by so freaking fast things I think occurred last year actually took place two years…
  • A Few of My Favorite Beauty Products

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    A girl can never have enough beauty products, right? If you’re like me, you love stores like Sephora, Ulta or Boots (Boots is like the British equivalent of Sephora). Even Target over the past couple of years has really upped their beauty aisles. While I love trying new products, once I find something I love, I usually stick with it. Many of the products I fell in love with I discovered through the free samples you get when you order online at Sephora. Three of the products below were discovered this way. Here are my favorite beauty products right now: 1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow…
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