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  • Goal Setting Success: Stack Odds in Your Favor

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

    Gretchen Rubin (Gretchen Rubin)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’m a huge fan of the work of Christopher Alexander, and yesterday, for the hundredth time, I found myself urging someone to read his book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying environments. Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and elements, it focuses on “patterns,” such as the Sitting Wall, the Front Door Bench, Child Caves, the Sequence of Sitting Spaces, Sleeping to the East. I love these! I want them for my…
  • A Gradual Approach to Healthy Eating

    zen habits
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta A lot of us have tried various diets over the years, with little success. I remember trying about half a dozen different diets when I was trying to lose weight, and none of them stuck for more than a few weeks. Why is that? A few reasons: You’re trying to change a lot of things at once — from learning new recipes to strategies for social situations to what to eat when you go out to what you should do when you’re craving a snack and much more. Making that many changes at once is a sure recipe for failure. You’re making huge changes all of a sudden. If you…
  • Fear of Suffering

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Tell your heart that the fear of sufferingis worse than the suffering itself.- Paulo CoelhoThere is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.- Alfred HitchcockNothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.- Lucius Annaeus SenecaIn this world there is always dangerfor those who are afraid of it.- George Bernard ShawFurther reading: More about Fear (One key to dealing with fear is being able to distinguish between the 10% of the time when danger is imminent, and the 90% of the time when unfounded fear becomes…
  • Your Relationships, Your Legacy

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    Ken Solin
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    What matters most in life is relationships. They define the quality of your time on Earth and determine the legacy you leave behind. Reaching out to people and letting them into your heart offers you – and them – the warmth and comfort that only deeply caring friends can bestow. So why aren’t more of us able to establish these critical connections? The answer’s simple – fear. And getting past it is the first hurdle to building lasting, meaningful relationships. Facing your fear isn’t easy, but in relationship building, like bodybuilding, it’s no pain,…
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  • A Gradual Approach to Healthy Eating

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta A lot of us have tried various diets over the years, with little success. I remember trying about half a dozen different diets when I was trying to lose weight, and none of them stuck for more than a few weeks. Why is that? A few reasons: You’re trying to change a lot of things at once — from learning new recipes to strategies for social situations to what to eat when you go out to what you should do when you’re craving a snack and much more. Making that many changes at once is a sure recipe for failure. You’re making huge changes all of a sudden. If you…
  • Unconditional Acceptance of Yourself

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Leo Babauta Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly. But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally? Consider whether you do any of these (I sure do): Criticize your body. Feel like you need to improve at things. Feel guilty about things you do. Feel undisciplined, lazy, unhappy with yourself. Not feel good enough. Fear that you’re going to fail, because you’re not good enough. See yourself as not that good looking. Feel bad about messing…
  • My Typical Day: How I Get People to Think I’m Productive

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    By Leo Babauta It’s funny, because many readers seem to think I’m a super productive, ultra focused, uber disciplined guy. I’m not. I get lazy, I sneak snacks when no one is looking, I sleep in sometimes, I take naps, I binge read on the Internet when I get hooked on something, I get distracted all the time. But … I still get things done, enough that it appears that I’m productive. Today I’ll share some behind-the-scenes of my day, and show you how despite the messiness of my life, I can muddle through and still achieve things. The Mornings There are…
  • The Contentment Habit

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    By Leo Babauta I’ll admit I do it as much as anyone else: see the cool things that others are doing and wish I were doing something cool like that too. You see great travel photos on Instagram and other social media — people living amazing lives, creating cool things, going on adventures. And instantly, there’s the thought that you should be living a better life. But this is the wrong habit. It leads to a feeling that your life isn’t good enough, that you aren’t good enough. And the habit doesn’t end: if you pursue a better life, you will always feel that you…
  • The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    By Leo Babauta I have to admit, reading online has dropped my book reading in the last couple of years. It’s hard to resist the pull of clickbait titles and fascinating longform articles. But a few small habits have changed that for me, and I’m now reading books more. I’m now reading Don Quixote (such as awesome book!), and recently finished War and Peace, Madame Bovary, Musashi and The Goldfinch. I recommend all of them. Let’s take a brief look at what has helped me read more: Create reading triggers. Tie your new reading habit to different triggers throughout your…
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • The Perfect Office Design — How Does Your Office Measure Up? (Gretchen Rubin)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’m a huge fan of the work of Christopher Alexander, and yesterday, for the hundredth time, I found myself urging someone to read his book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying environments. Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and elements, it focuses on “patterns,” such as the Sitting Wall, the Front Door Bench, Child Caves, the Sequence of Sitting Spaces, Sleeping to the East. I love these! I want them for my…
  • Video: How Other People Affect Your Habits, and You Affect Their Habits (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you pre-order it.) Here, I talk about…
  • Are You Good at Making Excuses? (Gretchen Rubin)
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I was laughing as I read this piece from the satire magazine, The Onion: “Personal Trainer Impressed by Man’s Improved Excuses.” It purports to be an interview with a personal trainer who’s impressed by one of his clients — a guy who has made amazing improvements in the sophistication of the excuses he’s giving for not working out. “Acknowledging that the progress made in such a short time was remarkable…[the personal trainer said] he is very impressed by the improvement in both the strength and consistency of his client’s…
  • Which Kind of Collector Are You: Aim to Complete, or Yearn to Possess? (Gretchen Rubin)
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    “Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages. They never know when some new love will inflame them; they learn a great deal more about themselves from their possessions; and in the end they are surrounded by old friends, with long love stories…
  • Do You Ever Yield to a Temptation Out of Concern for Someone Else? (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    I love all fables, paradoxes, koans, teaching stories,  and aphorisms. That’s one reason I love to keep my Secrets of Adulthood – my own contribution. For this reason, when I was last wandering through the library, I couldn’t resist pulling out William March’s book, 99 Fables. And I was particularly struck by Fable #4, “The Persimmon Tree,” about a loophole-invoking possum. In the fable, a possum looks longingly at the delicious persimmons hanging from the fox’s tree, and thinks about how badly he wants one. “’No,’ he said. ‘The fox is my friend and…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Fear of Suffering

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Tell your heart that the fear of sufferingis worse than the suffering itself.- Paulo CoelhoThere is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.- Alfred HitchcockNothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.- Lucius Annaeus SenecaIn this world there is always dangerfor those who are afraid of it.- George Bernard ShawFurther reading: More about Fear (One key to dealing with fear is being able to distinguish between the 10% of the time when danger is imminent, and the 90% of the time when unfounded fear becomes…
  • The Pain of Envy

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Envy breeds hate.- Yiddish ProverbEnvy comes from people's ignorance of,or lack of belief in, their own gifts.- Jean VanierHatred is active, and envy passive dislike;there is but one step from envy to hate.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It is not the man who has too little,but the man who craves more, that is poor.- Lucius Annaeus SenecaYou shall not covet your neighbor’s house;you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,nor his male servant, nor his female servant,nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.- Exodus 20:17The envious person grows leanwith the fatness of…
  • Lessons from Life

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.- Helen KellerWe should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors,and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.- George WashingtonEducation is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.- B.F. SkinnerThe difference between school and life?In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.- Tom BodettEducation is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.- William Butler YeatsThe lessons of the…
  • Choosing Your Destination

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    If you don't know where you're going,any road will take you there.- Lewis Carroll(Alice in Wonderland)Follow what you are genuinely passionate aboutand let that guide you to your destination.- Diane SawyerAll you need is the plan, the road map,and the courage to press on to your destination.- Earl NightingaleA good plan is like a road map: it shows the finaldestination and usually the best way to get there.- H. Stanley JuddDestiny is not a matter of chance,It is a matter of choice.It is not something to be waited for,But rather something to be achieved.- William Jennings Bryan One's…
  • Speaking while Angry

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Speak when you are angry -- and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.- Laurence J. PeterWhen angry, count to ten before you speak.If very angry, count to one hundred.- Thomas JeffersonAn angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.- Cato Laughter drives shouting away.- Indra DeviWe cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -until we speak quietly enough so that our words canbe heard as well as our voices.- Richard M. NixonAn angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.- Publilius SyrusFurther reading: Stop Anger Before It Stops…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Your Relationships, Your Legacy

    Ken Solin
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    What matters most in life is relationships. They define the quality of your time on Earth and determine the legacy you leave behind. Reaching out to people and letting them into your heart offers you – and them – the warmth and comfort that only deeply caring friends can bestow. So why aren’t more of us able to establish these critical connections? The answer’s simple – fear. And getting past it is the first hurdle to building lasting, meaningful relationships. Facing your fear isn’t easy, but in relationship building, like bodybuilding, it’s no pain,…
  • Believe in yourself, because you’re worth believing in.

    Elayna Hasty
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Believe in yourself, because you’re worth believing in..
  • Abundance flows more freely to you when it continues to flow outward from you, as you pass it on.

    Inspire Me Today
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Abundance flows more freely to you when it continues to flow outward from you, as you pass it on..
  • How To Find Your True Purpose

    Selena Rezvani
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    Don’t play it safe. Work tirelessly to figure out your purpose and what you were meant to do on this earth. If you have to test different jobs and experiences to find what you like, by all means do it. Apathy and fear of failure are your enemy, experimentation is your friend. Finding your purpose takes courage and a willingness to stumble. You will likely open some wrong doors before you open the right door. Don’t expect the path to be linear and predictable — be okay with the journey having its ups and downs. If and when others try to talk you into taking some coveted path,…
  • Anyone can change the world with the willingness to surrender to a Higher Power, to shift their perception, to become accountable and to take a leap of faith regardless of outer conditions.

    Colette Baron-Reid
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Anyone can change the world with the willingness to surrender to a Higher Power, to shift their perception, to become accountable and to take a leap of faith regardless of outer conditions..
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    Think Simple Now

  • 4 Tips for Being Yourself

    Guest of TSN
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever fear that who you are isn’t enough — you put on a mask and become someone you’re not to avoid rejection? This has been me for most of my life. From a young age I never felt as though I was good enough. Growing up as an introvert surrounded by extroverts was what first got me questioning myself. Everyone seemed to love the opposite of what I was. I felt unloved, and I became ashamed of myself. This was the beginning of many years of self-destruction. I so desperately wanted to be accepted and loved by others. I did whatever it took to be what I thought people wanted to see.
  • Are You Afraid to Let Go of Your Struggle?

    Kayla Albert
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    My mother, a woman who is steadfastly spiritual and always looking for a way to move into greater understanding of herself and others, recently attended a meeting for our church where she serves as a prayer practitioner. Each of the participants were recounting the issues they were working through, some rooted in relationships, others in careers. When it was my mom’s turn to share, she expressed that she felt beaten down by the financial trouble that was on the horizon once again after recent layoffs left both her and my dad without jobs. One of the women turned to her and simply said,…
  • 5 Ways to Fail Successfully

    Guest of TSN
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a story about a ceramics teacher who, at the beginning of the quarter, divided his class up into two groups. The first group was told that their grade would be based solely on the quantity of their work and the second group, on quality. At the end of the quarter, contrary to what one would think, it was the first group that received the higher marks. Why? Because every day they churned out pot after pot, trying out new things and quickly learning from their mistakes. On the other hand, the second group was so hyper-focused on creating that one theoretical perfect pot —planning and…
  • 6 Tips to Be More Confident

    Nadia Ballas-Ruta
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why some people exude charisma while others just seem to be so plain? We all know people who seem to have that special something that makes them stand out. They walk into the room and you can immediately sense that they operate on a completely different level than most other people. In case you are wondering, the word charisma comes from the Greek language and it means a gift from the Gods/the Divine. Based on the definition, you might think that charisma is something that only a select few will be able to possess. However, just as the elusive concept of luck, charisma…
  • 3 Tips to Get Rid of Anxiety

    Guest of TSN
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I must have heard it delivered a thousand different ways: Honesty is the best policy. Precisely because I heard it a thousand times, I tended to associate the saying with less significance. It’s like hearing your mom tell you, “Put your coat on or you’ll catch a cold!” Yeah, yeah. Looking back, it seems I spent a lifetime wasting so much energy putting out fires because I lost sight of what was most important. Being true to myself was a concept — a nice idea for others, but not for me. I didn’t have that luxury. I had way too much on my plate. At least this is what I told…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Take Care of the Little Things And The Big Things Will Take Care Of Themselves

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    For many the idea of being a leader—of being in charge, of being the boss, of being responsible for a team or a company—seems overwhelming. And frankly, it can be. It’s a big responsibility. But to be successful, we must be able to get things done and do them well. Leadership is great when leaders are effective and productive. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “Today I am a leader.” Leadership is earned, built and cultivated in small steps, with small things done successfully every day. Emily Dickinson once said, “If you take care of the small things, the big things take…
  • Not Every Problem Needs A Solution

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The day started out like every other day. The bus driver went to the garage and started up his bus, just as he had done every day for many years. He drove his bus route, just as he did every day, with no problems or incidents. The bus started and stopped; people got on and got off. Around midday, however, something out of the ordinary happened: A huge, bulky man got on the bus. He looked to be nearly seven feet tall and was built like a wrestler, with long arms and heavy muscles. He was so massive that his very presence was frightening. This huge man glared at the driver and said simply,…
  • Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are lots of ways to lead and lots of contexts for showing leadership. Leadership is as individual as the people who practice it; it doesn’t depend on your age, sex, education, or culture. But there’s one thing that all true leaders share: The best Leaders are honest and that honesty begins with, and about, themselves. They understand who they are and who they are not. It takes an honest heart to be truthful, and it takes an open mind to be straightforward. Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth,…
  • Spend Your Time Feeding Your Soul

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A Cherokee elder was teaching his children about life. He said to them, “A terrible fight is going on inside me. “It is a fight between two wolves. One is the wolf of joy, love, hope, kindness and compassion; the other is the wolf of fear, anger, cynicism, indifference and greed. “The same fight is going on inside of you—and every other person, too.” The children thought about it for a moment and then one child asked, “Which wolf will win?” The elder replied, “Whichever one you feed.” Think about your leadership. Which wolf are you feeding? Which wolf do you need to subside?
  • The Measure Of A Leader

    30 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ask a hundred people what great leadership looks like and you will probably get a hundred different answers. But there’s only one truly important answer, and that’s the one that comes from within you. As leaders, we need to hold ourselves accountable as we do others. To accomplish that, we must assess our leadership from time to time. Think of what kind of leader you want to be and then measure yourself against these questions: Do your actions express your true character?  Do your actions express your true character?  Do you lead by your values and your beliefs?  Do you focus on what…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Heart-Centered Traveling

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    This month Rachelle and I are traveling through Europe again. We flew to Switzerland for the Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich on January 10-11, where I shared stories and lessons about discovering and following a heart-centered, growth-oriented life path. The conference was a great success, and Kai Christen has already decided to host it again in January 2016. This is the third time I’ve flown to Europe with only a one-way ticket, not knowing in advance when I’d return to the USA. Rachelle and I had no specific plans for where to go after the conference in Zurich.
  • Do a Full Day’s Work in 90 Minutes

    Steve Pavlina
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    The typical American office worker only does about 90 minutes of real work per workday. The rest of each workday is largely spent on distractions like reading the news, web surfing, socializing with coworkers, snacking, taking coffee breaks, shuffling papers around, processing irrelevant emails, needless delay tactics, playing games, and daydreaming. Moreover, American office workers are among the world’s most productive. In many other countries, even less work gets done each day. This stat hasn’t changed much in decades, despite massive investments in time management and…
  • Stimulation

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Finding the right level of stimulation for your work and relationships is one of life’s key challenges. Sometimes we procrastinate on tasks and check out from relationships because the overall stimulation level isn’t a good match for our preferences. Some situations are under-stimulating, causing us to feel bored and listless. Other situations are over-stimulating, causing us to feel stressed or anxious. In the middle is the preferred zone where we feel attentively engaged, but this zone is different for each individual. Fortunately we don’t have to accept every…
  • 130 Days Off Per Year

    Steve Pavlina
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Can you summon the self-awareness to recognize when you’re putting in 8+ hours at your desk, but you only get 1-2 hours of REAL, meaningful, focused work done? How many days do you need to have like that before accepting that it’s time for a serious reset of your motivation, drive, and focus? What’s the solution? In many cases a great solution is to take more time off. It’s often counter-intuitive, but it works. One simple reason is that when work time feels overly abundant, it’s very easy to waste it. Unproductive pseudo-work creeps into each day… until…
  • True Loyalty

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

  • Thank you Iceland

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    I’m back from Reykjavik where I did a workshop for Icelandic pharmaceutical company Medis (part of Actavis) at their 30th anniversary and 2015 kick-off meeting. Thank you to everyone at Medis for being tremendously kind and for being such generous hosts. I loved Iceland! People are kind and funny, Reykjavik is beautiful and the food there is AMAZING. I’ll be back :) This means we’ve now spoken in 34 countries. Awesome!
  • Top 5 Myths About Quitting Your Job

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    I’ve been pretty unhappy in my job for quite a while now. The workplace is fairly stressed, I feel completely unappreciated and I can’t really see the purpose of most of the work I do. I want to get out of there but whenever I discuss the idea of quitting with my friends and family, I get the same reactions: “Are you sure that’s the right thing to do? Surely your job can’t be that bad. Maybe things will get better.” My parents were worried how I would provide for my family and basically called me selfish for not just sticking with it. One friend even…
  • Happiness at work in Turkey

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    I spent three days in Istanbul this week launching our partnership with local company Power of Happiness who will be using some of our tools and concepts with clients in Turkey. First I did a workshop for a group of leaders from Borusan (a big Turkish holding company) and on Tuesday we did an open speech for invited HR managers and executives from some big Turkish and international businesses. Here I am with Tijen, Ferah and Diana – our new partners in Turkey. They are not only passionate about happiness at work, they also have enormous experience in coaching, speaking, facilitation,…
  • Happy Hour in Turkish

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    On Tuesday I signed the contract with Dögan Egmont, a Turkish publisher, to publish my first book Happy Hour is 9 to 5 in Turkish. We’re looking for an accelerated launch and hoping to get it out in late March. Thank you to everyone at Dögan Egmont and thank you to our new friends and partners at Power of Happiness in Istanbul for making this happen.
  • One of our favorite business books now has a workbook

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    One of our absolute favorite books around Woohoo HQ is David Marquet’s “Turn the Ship Around” where he shares his story of taking command of a nuclear submarine and making it a happier and more democratic workplace. He also told his story at our 2013 conference: Now David has just released a workbook to help readers put the lessons from his book into practice. I just got mine and it is excellent. If you want to make your employees happier, more engaged and more effective, get the workbook here.
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    Self Help Daily

  • Review: Happywork by Chris Reimer - A Parable about Happiness and Purpose in the Workplace

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    A Parable about Happiness and Purpose in the Workplace  Below, within my review of Happywork, you’ll find three groups of people who will want to read this book as soon as they can get their hands on it. Quite a while back, I made two specific New Year’s Resolutions: I vowed to consume my life source, chocolate, daily. I vowed to read my favorite (non-family/non-Biblical) author, Agatha Christie, daily. What do these resolutions tell you about me? Well, pretty much all you need to know. I like, very much, to set myself up for success. They also tell you another truth –…
  • Work Getting You Down? – How to Make the Most of Your Working Day

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    by Mike James Being productive at work is something we all try to do, yet it can often be our downfall as we are bombarded with a multitude of tasks we simply can’t cope with all at once. It takes some time to realise that your life has become overloaded with work and you’re starting to judge your happiness by how much you manage to get done in the workplace. This leads to work becoming more of a chore with little in the way of enjoyment until you’ve got everything done. Work is a recurring process and you’ll soon realise there’s just too much on your plate to think about anything…
  • How to Slow Down Your Life and Enjoy the Ride – Right Now - 4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The Moment

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The MomentThe following article was written by author and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame Steve Gilliland. At the end, you can read more about Mr. Gilliland – you can also find more information about the books he has authored. I have not read them yet, but look forward to doing so. They sound fantastic, and if this article is any indications, I’d say they’re “must reads.” – Joi by Steve Gilliland It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your…
  • Sometimes a Surplus of Information Creates a Deficit of Action - Don't Let Paralysis by Analysis Afflict You...

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Don't Let Paralysis by Analysis Afflict You...Humans are pretty funny when you think about it. We have more information at our fingertips than ever before, yet we often don’t seem to know what to do with it. It’s as though we’re suffering from information overload and can’t figure out how to dump it all out. If you’ve watched much golf – or any golf for that matter – no doubt you’ve seen golfers who suffer from something the great tennis player (and even better human being) Arthur Ashe referred to as “paralysis by analysis.” I…
  • One of the Most Buzz-Worthy of All Buzz Words - Making a Timely Appearance on Self Help Daily....

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Making a Timely Appearance on Self Help Daily....January is a month filled with great energy. Everyone is hopeful for the year ahead and buzzing with electricity over new resolutions and goals. Unfortunately, these resolutions very often fall by the wayside by the time Cupid shows up on the scene mid-February, half-dressed with nothing but love in mind. We have the energy, steam, and electricity for a few weeks but – after that – eh, it’s business as usual. Sometimes the reason is simple – in fact, I’d wager that most of the time the reason is simple: We’d…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Sebastian Bailey’s Five Essential Books for Achieving More by Thinking Differently

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dr. Sebastian Bailey is the co-founder of one of the most interesting training companies in the world – Mind Gym-  as well as the author of Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently. Mind Gym has helped transform the performance of 1200-plus companies and more than 1 million employees in at least 40 countries around the world. Dr. Bailey and co-founder Octavius Black have consulted with organizations such as Google, Sony, Accenture, Zurich Financial Services, J. Crew and New York Life. All that to say that Dr. Sebastian Bailey knows a thing or two about behavioural change. Here…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Changing Our World

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday! We often share resources like this… A Call to Action Here’s what Bill and Melinda Gates say at the end of their annual letter: So what will it take to make sure that the lives of the poor improve faster in the next 15 years than ever before? As we said earlier, it will take innovation in technology and in ways to deliver it to the people who need it most, which is what our foundation works on. There’s another crucial…
  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How can you simplify? What can you let go of?  
  • Remembering Brenda Zimmerman: Getting to Maybe

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of Canada’s foremost scholars and thinkers on complexity, Dr Brenda Zimmerman, died in a car crash in December. I’ve got a copy of her excellent book, Getting to Maybe, on my shelves, and her insights about the difference between Complicated and Complex have had a significant impact on how I think about change, both at a human and an organizational level. I was lucky enough to interview Brenda as part of the Great Work Podcast series, and to commemorate her life in a small way, I’m happy to share that interview again with you all again. Listen to my interview with Brenda Zimmerman.
  • Jen Louden on How to Find Daily Joy

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Jen Louden is the author of eight books, including her latest, A Year of Daily Joy. She has also been part of what I call the Brain Trust, our mastermind group, for about eight years. I’m thrilled to connect with her to talk about new beginnings and helping people discover what it is they truly want. In this interview, Jen and I discuss: The starting point for individual renewal How willful blindness can get in the way of self-fulfillment and finding joy The importance of building a “community of the adequate” The three questions that help you identify what you really want The benefits…
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • The Top 7 Benefits of Writing Down Your Goals

    Josh Hinds
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I have observed many people in my life and found that most people don’t write their goals down — and as a result accomplish very little in their life. Alternatively, I have met many people who have clearly written goals and accomplished much more than they could ever imagined they would. Millions of people are wondering what to do and what not to do. Millions live purposelessly and die purposelessly. On the other hand there are many successful people who achieve greatness — largely because they take the time to set goals. And work towards the achievement of those goals until…
  • How Technology Frames the Best Version of Yourself

    Josh Hinds
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Over the years, there’s been a lot of talk about finding your “best self.” It’s always spoken of as if the best you is out there somewhere, hiding in a different job or waiting around the corner for some life-changing experience. But if you go through life searching here and there for your best self, you’re going to be disappointed. Let me let you in on a little secret: There isn’t any best self, and it’s certainly not out there waiting for you to find it. You’re you — right now, right where you’re sitting — and you already hold the perfection you seek. There’s no…
  • 8 Nasty Motivation Killers and How to Avoid Them

    Josh Hinds
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Sometimes, success is less about what you do and more about what you don’t do. When it comes to breaking free of bad habits and motivation killers, it is often easier to begin by cutting bad habits before introducing good ones. Are you struggling to get motivated? Having trouble reaching goals or crossing items off your to-do list? Maybe you need to kick one or more of these nasty motivation road-blocks to the curb. 1. Envy Envy is a great way to halt your progress before you even have a chance to get started. With the overwhelming array of social media available to us, we’re constantly…
  • 7 Simple Ways to Stay Positive

    Josh Hinds
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    “This too shall pass.” Striving to stay positive, both in good times and bad, is a great way to improve your quality of life. All it takes is a few simple adjustments and bit of effort to become a happier person. Try following these seven methods on a daily basis: 1. Don’t Dwell on Negativity Of course, staying positive 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a bit difficult. Letting things get to you is normal, and it’s actually healthy to cry or vent frustrations once in a while. It’s when those negative moments dominate your life that your emotional balance is at risk. Take a…
  • We Need to Learn to Say No

    Josh Hinds
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m rubbish at saying no. There I was, sitting at my desk, minding my own business, when a colleague telephoned and asked me to get involved in a new project she wants to get off the ground and I found myself getting all caught up in her enthusiasm and thinking “Sure, why the heck not?” and before the call had ended, I found myself agreeing to get involved, without giving any thought whatsoever to the implications. Probably not my smartest move so far this week. The above would suggest that, in the whole scheme of things, I’ve got plenty of…
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    Inspire Minds

  • Inspiring success story of Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Ingvar Feodor Kamprad was born on 30 March 1926, in a small farm called Elmtaryd near village of Agunnaryd, in the Swedish province of Småland. Kamprad started showing interest in business even as a small boy.Hebegan to develop a business as a young boy, selling matches to neighbours from his bicycle. He found that he could buy matches in bulk very cheaply from Stockholm, sell them individually at a low price, and still make a good profit. Ingvar Kamprad began his career at the age of five. He asked his aunt when she visited the Swedish capital Stockholm if she could buy 100 boxes of matches…
  • Inspiring story of Jan Koum, a college drop out who started WhatsApp

    17 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp was born in a small village near Kiev in Ukraine. He was the only child of a housewife and a construction manager who built hospitals and schools. His house did not even have electricity.He led a life full of hardships as his family struggled hard to meet ends meet. Jan Koum was so poor as a teenager that he used to save his old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Koum’s mother brought with her a cache of pens and Soviet-issued notebooks to save money on school supplies.He used to do menial jobs like cleaning and mopping…
  • Deborah’s story: From Tsunami survivor to Cycling role model

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Deborah was just nine years old when the deadly tsunami struck the Car Nicobar air base where her father works. Her entire family was displaced due to the natural calamity and she had to spend a whole day on a tree to survive before rebuilding her life from nothing. Deborah has not only reshaped her life but also emerged as the country’s top cyclist.The girl from Car Nicobar has overcome tremendous adversities in her short life to usher India’s finest medal haul at the Junior Asian Cycling Championships with one silver and two bronze in the track races. Cycling was far from her…
  • Success story of Krishnammal Jagannathan in procuring land for landless labourers

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Krishnammal Jagannathan was born to a landless Dalit family in 1926. She was the fifth child of seven children and grew up in Ayankottai in Dindugul district in Tamil Nadu. After completing primary school in the nearby village of Pattiveeranpatti, she traveled to Madurai in the year 1936 to live in a hostel to pursue secondary education. It was there, through the hostel warden that she came across the teachings of Swami Ramalinga Vallazhar, whose appeal for simple living, high thinking, the inherent-divinity of all religions and unity of all paths, and compassion for all beings in the world…
  • Inspiring story of vegetable seller who built hospital for poor

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Subhashini Mistry lives in a village called Hanspukur just about 20 Km south of the city of Kolkata. Misfortune dogged Subhashini Mistry from the moment of her birth. She was born during the Bengal famine that drove impoverished farmers to starvation and death across the countryside. Her father, a marginal farmer who owned a tiny patch of land in Kulwa village about 30 kms south west of Kolkata, was unable to feed his 14 children. Her mother scoured the land, begging for rice from the churches, ashrams, NGOs, government offices and landlords of the area. Over the next few years, seven of the…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • Instant gratification has gotten a bad rap.

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Why would you want to delay gratification?  Within the constraints of morality and maturity, you should do whatever you need to do to feel gratified in the moment. It may be as subtle as choosing a more positive thought or reminding yourself to smile. Maybe it’s taking two minutes in your car or at your desk to do nothing but fantasize. Maybe instant gratification is fifty sit-ups for an adrenaline rush, ordering dessert first, giving an unexpected hug, signing the lease, or telling your boss to shove it. Gratification builds the momentum, motivation, and muscle for the work that will…
  • Cheap easy. Quality easy. And The Myth of Endurance.

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    What would your life be like if you only did what was easy? It’s almost unsettling to go there, isn’t it? When I use to try to answer that question for myself I’d squirm a bit. Lazy dilettante. As if. What would I do with all that extra time I’d have if I just did the easy stuff? Hmmm . . . maybe I’d have more time to enjoy what I’ve got and to get more of what I want. Maybe things would be . . . easier. Ease. The concept confounds most of us. Here’s why: Pay your dues. Put in your time. Prove yourself. Check the right box. Stay the course. Meet expectations. Soldier on.
  • Nothing changes without me (a poem for open, terrified hearts)

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    my heart is so open I can’t tell if it is a gaping wound or a portal for everything that ever was and ever will be. I’ve learned to love the beautiful terror of eternity, and scenario planning how shattered I could be if the dark things got tall and if I fell backwards in my forgetting of the Light. But you can’t fall backwards in Space, You can only only only ever unfurl. More than anything, I’ve wed the certainty that nothing changes without me – not coal becoming diamonds not fertilizing eggs or migration patterns or medicine dreams. And what I thought was a net cast…
  • Please don’t punish yourself.

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It’s hard enough to make your way in a world where you will be judged, daily. To overcome the intentional punishments inflicted by dark mongers; to find the right concoction for emotional wounds; and to rise from the simply deep heartache of not getting what you want — it’s anything but easy. It’s gruelling enough to be betrayed when you have been over-loyal; to feel like an imposter at the pretty party; to be seemingly alone in your looping fixations (you’re never alone); to feel like the star ship flew off and orphaned you in a cabbage patch of zygotes to be adopted by humans who…
  • The first ever Level TWO Desire Map workshops are happening soon! Set your goals with Soul. Vancouver, San Fran, LA, NYC + more!

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    THE DESIRE MAP WORKSHOP LEVEL 2. A course for connecting your Core Desired Feelings to your life’s intentions. Soul goals and heart-based planning. Now that The Desire Map Licensing Program is out in the world, Level 1 workshops are happening just about everywhere. Women (and a few cool dudes) from LA to Dublin to Tampa are gathering together for rituals and Core Desired Feeling aha’s. “After teaching over 45 retreats, this one was completely captivating in a way that I’ll never forget. Everything just grooved all weekend… The Desire Map process unfolded beautifully.” –…
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    Jungle of Life

  • Married to a Rock? Living with an Emotionally Detached Spouse

    Guest Author
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Tweet Is your spouse cool and distant? Not one to share his or her feelings or try to understand yours? Has he or she always been this way?  Are you struggling in the relationship, craving emotional intimacy, connection, and attachment that you can’t seem to get? You’re not alone, and the good news is that you can do something about it. Be aware there can be many reasons for this unresponsiveness that have nothing to do with you. Perhaps he sees emotional expression as a weakness and has learned to “man up” and suppress his feelings.  Or maybe she detached from her own emotions…
  • Pay it Forward is Easier Than Some Might Think

    Lance Ekum
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Tweet Paying it forward is a concept sweeping its way across the country. This involves one person doing something for the good of another. The idea behind it is that this will make others stop and think about how they can help others in the middle of their busy days. Though you might think that it takes a lot of time to help others, you can pay it forward in some smaller ways. Doing something good for another person can restore their faith in humanity and make you feel a little closer to God. Donate Your Time How much time do you have available every week? If you have even an hour free, you…
  • Five Fun Ways to Help Children Learn About Great American Heroes This Holiday Season

    Guest Author
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Tweet When it comes to thinking about American history, some of us cringe. We’re reminded of school days when we were compelled to learn about dead people we couldn’t relate to and “important” dates that were anything but that to us. Everyone, however, loves a good story, and when history is taught as a series of stories, it is as fascinating as any work of fiction you will read. For 20 years, I have researched, written songs, made albums and performed thousands of school concerts about great Americans. When heroes are presented to children as real people with the same complexities,…
  • Using Windows to Create the Ultimate Games Room

    Guest Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Tweet Some people call it a games room, others might refer to it as the “man’s den”. Whatever your preference in this regard, there are certain style rules that govern this room in the house. As you will have probably gathered through the title of our article, we’re going to focus specifically on the windows and how you can use specific treatments to enhance the effect of this “getaway room” (there’s another name for it!). Once upon a time these rooms were only decked out in curtains; which stood completely to reason as many held home cinema systems required a near-enough…
  • Habits of Successful People

    Guest Author
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Tweet Credit: Success Story
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Feb is the Perfect Time to Get Married, Start A New Business or Begin a New Project

    Kala Ambrose
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Dear Wise Ones, have you heard the phrase, timing is everything? In the wisdom teachings, there are certain cycles, which open a gateway between the spirit planes and the earth plane. These moments of enhanced energy allow us to connect with the timing of the spiritual planes and view the goddess in her form as mother nature. It’s time to learn more about how these powerful cycles can be helpful to you in the modern world. The powerful life-affirming magic of Mid-Winter is around the corner. Should you wish to change something in your life, this is a wonderful moment to set that intention…
  • Kala Ambrose’s Predictions and Trend Forecast for 2015

    Kala Ambrose
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Kala Ambrose’s Predictions and Trend Forecast for 2015 ECONOMY: I told my students back in 2000, that 2007-2014 would be some of the toughest years of their entire lives, as we were going into a dark phase and would be challenged on every level, personal and professional. We are now climbing out of this energy. 2015 won’t be a great year, but it won’t be as bad as 2014 was for most people. 2016 will be a very good year as we enter a new energy cycle. This is the Year of the Sheep in Chinese Astrology, a year to redefine who we are, and what is truly important to us. This is why…
  • Rituals to Celebrate Imbolc and the Celtic Goddess Brighid

    Kala Ambrose
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Wise Woman Wisdom: Celebrating the Festival of Brigid and Imbolc To set the framework and reference for this year long Wise Woman Wisdom Course, we begin with creating your own personal Book of Shadows. Your book is created from both mystical arts and spiritual sciences and throughout this one year course, you will receive guidance on rituals to write down in your book. Also discussed in this video are instructions on how to connect with the Goddess Brighid and Celebrate the Feast of Imbolc. In the wisdom teachings there are certain earth cycles, which open a gateway between the higher planes…
  • Save $100 on Activate Your Aura Webinar with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Kala Ambrose   Are You Ready To Activate Your Aura!     Save $100 when you register by Jan 10th! Do You Want to Know - How Energy Cords Attach in Relationships - How to See Auras and What the Colors mean - How the Aura Works during Pregnancy - How Every Breathe We Take Affects the Aura How a Depleted Aura Creates an Energy Vampire and How the Aura Connects during Sex.         Right from your home, You can Study with Kala and Learn How to See Auras in her Six Week Webinar         Save $100 when you register by Jan 10th!   REGISTER for the event, which begins on Thursday,…
  • How Sound Shifts Energy in the Aura – Kala’s Aura Tip #3

    Kala Ambrose
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    In aura video number three, Kala explains how the aura “magnetizes” and attracts and reflects energy and how psychics read your aura. She also discusses how energy cords connect in the aura, how energy moves through the aura and what makes an energy vampire.   Kala’s Quick Tip shared in this video is How Sound Shifts Energy in the Aura and How to Use Sound to Clear a Room   Watch Video #3 Here     Now I want to bring these teachings to YOU! Right from your home, You can Study with Me and Learn How to See Auras in my Six Week Webinar Each week you’ll meet with me live…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • Pay Attention. Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life

    Walter Jacobson
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Sometimes walking across the street can be hazardous to your health. If you’re not paying attention, in a split second you can become the victim of a stranger in a car who is oblivious to what is going on around him while he is behind the wheel of a killing machine. The post Pay Attention. Situational Awareness Can Save Your Life appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Do Our Thoughts Create Reality?

    Walter Jacobson
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Our thoughts do, indeed, create our reality. This is why it is critical that we be vigilant over our conscious thoughts and that we bring our unconscious thoughts to consciousness. The post Do Our Thoughts Create Reality? appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Think For Yourself. Stop Believing In Things That Aren’t True

    Walter Jacobson
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    It is not enough for us to believe what our “reliable sources” tell us. Best we check the facts for ourselves. Best we think for ourselves. Best we keep an open mind, challenge authority, and avoid spreading propaganda and lies. The post Think For Yourself. Stop Believing In Things That Aren’t True appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Keep Your Commitments.

    Walter Jacobson
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    If you said you would, then you should. In general, this will serve you well. The post Keep Your Commitments. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • How To Deal With Bad Luck and Good Luck

    Walter Jacobson
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    What we assume to be bad luck or good luck today may prove to be the opposite at some point in the future. Therefore, it is wise not to judge what has happened but simply deal with it in the best and most positive way possible. The post How To Deal With Bad Luck and Good Luck appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Everything Counts!

  • Zero Defects

    Gary Ryan Blair
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
     “Just like first impressions, you only get one chance to do things right the first time.” – Gary Ryan Blair THIS LESSON EXISTS to answer one question: Why is it important to do things right the first time? To get to the answer, I’d like to introduce you to the real secret of success: Choose Your Suffering! Everything you want in life, every goal you want to achieve, every opportunity you want to seize, all comes with a price tag. Legitimate success in any endeavor is earned the old-fashioned way…by paying upfront, in full and with your own blood, sweat and tears. To achieve…
  • Moving the Needle

    Gary Ryan Blair
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    SOMETIMES WE CAN become dulled to words like goals, objectives or priorities, and something as simple as changing the language you use can make all the difference in the world. Heck, it worked for Starbucks…and how they changed the entire language around a simple cup of coffee. Speaking of that, it makes no sense to me at all. Doesn’t grande mean large? And why would any company name their smallest drink “tall”? So sorry about that…let’s get back to the message, and how a simple change of language can unlock the key to staring the New Year fast, focused and…
  • Making the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

    Gary Ryan Blair
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    New Year’s Resolutions offer you the first and perhaps the most important opportunity for remaking yourself. As with any opportunity, you have an obligation to capitalize on it and begin the year enjoying the sweetness of success, rather than experiencing and reinforcing the bitter taste of failure and disappointment. Failure, disappointment, quitting, making excuses, and blame are unworthy of your companionship, and you should never allow yourself to be associated with such behaviors. Unfortunately that’s exactly how the majority of people will begin the New Year. The good news is that…
  • Knock Knock

    Gary Ryan Blair
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Knock, knock…Who’s there? Orange…Orange who? Orange you going to answer the door? Ugh…I know how bad that sounds, but hang in there with me for just a minute and I promise to deliver something pretty special. The knock-knock joke is perhaps the best-known format of a joke, the first one most of us have ever learned, and for the purpose of this lesson…it provides us with a brilliant example of a “call and response” exercise. Call and response is a form of interaction between speaker and listener in which all of the statements (calls) are punctuated by…
  • Sorry Santa…Here’s the The Real Story of Christmas!

    Gary Ryan Blair
    24 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    LAST NIGHT, I spent some time with my children and shared with them the real story behind Christmas. Sorry Santa…it had to be done! The kids particularly enjoyed the story and were surprised to learn that the author – Charles Dickens- is the man most responsible for the modern celebration of the season. This is one of those stories that deserves to be more widely known…so here goes. Dickens is one of the greatest writers in the English language. He published twenty novels in his lifetime. NOT ONE has ever gone out of print. Amazing! Yet in 1843, Dickens’ popularity was…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • Where’s Your Secret Hideout?

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Superman has his Fortress of Solitude. Batman has the Batcave. For my wife, it’s the bathtub. My dad’s is his workshop. Mine is my studio. Or Barnes & Noble. Yours might look like a nature preserve, a scrapbooking nook, or a fishing boat. I’m talking about secret hideouts. A secret hideout is a place you go to recharge, reflect, or just disappear for a little bit. It’s where you can refill your Kool-Aid. Wonder. Dream. Decompress. Everyone needs a secret hideout. Especially if you want to do super things. Like be a great parent, spouse, friend, or you know, change…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Turning Vegetables Into Spaceships Edition

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Kids these days are so lucky. It’s like DIY Mr. Potato Head for the 3d-printing generation. (via Colossal) • This Super Bowl trash talk interchange between Captain America and Star Lord is just too good. (Thanks, Jenna!) • Love Oliver Jeffers so much. This tutorial about how to draw a penguin deepened that love. • Have some enemies? Want to ruin their week? Ship them glitter. Finally, some posts from around here you may have missed: • The Penny Date • Escape Lab Begins
  • 7 Escape Lab Highlights…So Far

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The first Escape Lab is almost halfway done, and I am blown away by the response so far. When Kim and I brainstormed this late last year, we thought we might be on to something special, but you just never know. Well, this has exceeded all expectations! Last night we took a first step at Escape Lab LIVE, which is basically a party on Facebook in real time. Through our special members-only group, we took questions, posted some of our own, and gave out door prizes. The discussion was fast and lively, with topics ranging from figuring out our superhero names and sharing our favorite black &…
  • Facebook is the New Christmas Letter

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some people love Facebook. Others hate it. I find myself switching between those two emotions on a regular basis. I’ve read people lament that social media is not authentic, that people only post the stuff that makes them look successful and happy. Well, duh. I don’t know about you, but our household saw a sharp drop in Christmas letters received this year. I’ve come to believe it’s because Facebook has become the new Christmas letter. In Christmas letters, people share some of the life-changing low lights, but for the most part, we celebrate the accomplishments and…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Lego Wheelchair for a Tortoise Edition

    17 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    • Tortoise Fitted with LEGO Wheelchair to Help Him Move Around. So much to love about this. • This is what escaping adulthood can look like, especially if you’re just brave enough. • This made me laugh: When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong • A Simple Trick That Makes Batting Around Balloons More Fun. Brilliant, just brilliant: Click here to view the embedded video. Finally, some posts from around here you may have missed: • Thou shalt listen to critics • No.
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    The BridgeMaker

  • Waking Up to Love

    Alex Blackwell
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten. – Thomas Chandler Life has a way of lulling me to sleep sometimes. Not sleep in the literal sense, but sleep in the my mind is numb and I feel so checked-out sense. I’ve been asleep lately. In this slumber, I’ve felt disconnected, uninspired and even though alive, just motionless, like a car stuck in a deep ditch with balding tires. In this situation, gaining traction is difficult. I could point to the challenges Mary Beth and I have faced the past several months or getting a…
  • Celebrate the Beautiful You

    Alex Blackwell
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss The next time you are attending to someone’s needs, or diving headfirst into a project for work or making certain your responsibilities at home are not slipping, do something just as important as these things: Stop and celebrate you. How often do you forget, or neglect, to acknowledge the things you do or the gifts you offer? Lost in the busyness of the day is a part of you that needs some attention, too. You are worth the same amount of effort you put into everything else. You are…
  • Christmas Forgiveness and the Gift of Letting Go

    Alex Blackwell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. – Thich Nhat Han Our family’s Christmas to-do list has been put on hold. With a couple of unexpected challenges, the family’s focus has turned to how we can support each other and not on trips to the shopping mall or finishing the house decorations. This Christmas season has been a reminder that the most important gifts we can give to others, and to ourselves, are to forgive and let go. Gifts like… Forgive the mistakes you’ve made. Let go of the guilt so you don’t have to live in the past any longer.
  • 10 Beautiful Christmas Wishes

    Alex Blackwell
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. – W.T. Ellis If there was ever a good time for Christmas, it is now. Christmas reminds us that we don’t have to face life alone. There is hope found in the love that was sent to us. Now, it’s up to us to hold onto this love and share it with others over and over again – no matter what happens. Here are ten beautiful wishes that give us hope, and remind us that love is still here. Love Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans Blessed is the…
  • How Dual-Zone Temperature Controls Strengthen My Marriage

    Alex Blackwell
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen Sometimes the most ordinary things can bring the greatest clarity. I experienced a moment of clarity driving home from the Thanksgiving holiday when I realized an important contributor to the strong marriage Mary Beth and I have built is something completely ordinary – dual-zone temperature controls. The Temperature Dance My wife and I share many common interests: We love our children, enjoy the beach, savor our morning coffee and root for the Kansas City Royals. There are also…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure - Get That Righteous Feeling

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    I was once in a meeting with some colleagues when I used the word "ensure" in the context of making sure something happens. To my surprise, a woman in attendance corrected me on the spot. She said I had confused "insure" with "ensure." The Duke Ph.D. in English part of me rankled at this, and I told her that while the two verbs have similar connotations, their meanings were the opposite of what she said. But she held her ground over this interesting point of grammar. I realized she had a strong need to be right, and with an open mind said, "You may be right," and let it go. Today, 30 years…
  • The Ultimate Book on Networking: How to Be a Power Connector

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    After the third time my business partner, MeredithBell, raved about Judy Robinett’s book, How to Be a Power Connector (McGraw-Hill, 2014), I decided I should read it. Meredith is almost never wrong about these things.The book arrived the day before I left to go SCUBA diving in Bonaire with friends, so I brought it with me to read on the plane. By the time I'd returned, I'd read it cover-to-cover, very slowly, twice, meticulously underlining hundreds of need-to-remember passages.This is the most important success/professional development book I've read in decades. For me it’s a…
  • Gary Player - Hard Work Made Him a Golf Legend

    23 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I've always been a big fan of PGA golf. As a young man in the 1960s, I played 18 holes nearly every day and sometimes 36. As a high school senior, I was captain of the golf team. And I enthusiastically followed the careers of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player - all legendary champions.I recently viewed a revealing interview with Gary Player. What struck me is that the physical and mental strength that allowed him to compete with Palmer and Nicklaus and win 9 major championships in his career came from his difficult childhood. He deeply loved his mother, but she died when he was 8…
  • HRD's 'Dirty Little Secret' about Training

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I was recently interviewed by David Lee, internationally recognized expert on employee performance. The topic was my book, The Dark Secret of HRD. We talked about how and why I came to write it and how organizations can transfer what is taught in the classroom to consistent performance in the workplace. Click here to listen to the interview on David's blog.David LeeDavid Lee is the founder of HumanNature@Work. He works with leaders interested in optimizing employee performance and customer service, through his work as a facilitator, consultant, trainer, and coach. He has worked with…
  • Intelligent Lifeform Exposes Himself to Deadly Radiation

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

    Tanveer Naseer
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the things I enjoy about sharing my writings and insights on leadership is the opportunity it creates to interact with my readers – to hear their stories and what they’ve learned along the way, as well as some of the challenges they are trying to overcome.Recently, one challenge in particular caught my attention as it was brought forth by both a reader of my leadership blog and by an audience member at a talk I gave last week.  The challenge in question was what do you do if you have to lead a team in a toxic workplace setting? And how can you overcome this to effectively lead…
  • Why We Fail At Leadership

    Tanveer Naseer
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to studying leadership, the natural tendency is to focus on those leaders whose successes and achievements continue to inspire us and drive so many to emulate them in the hopes of replicating their accomplishments.Of course, as much as it’s important for us to see what we can learn from those who understand what it takes to succeed at leadership, it’s also valuable for us to examine and consider what causes others to fail in the role of leading people towards a common goal or shared purpose.To that end, I’d like to share the story of one leader whose example I…
  • Women In Leadership Is Not A Zero-Sum Game

    Tanveer Naseer
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to discussions on the state of today’s leadership, one topic that understandably comes up is the issue of women in leadership. Specifically, why there continues to be so few women holding senior-level leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.It’s an issue that’s been weighing on mind over the past few months in light of the growing number of stories of women encountering sexual harassment and outright misogynistic attitudes on university campuses, as well as in many growing, high-demand sectors like the gaming industry and software…
  • How Successful Leaders Use Culture To Influence Behaviour

    Tanveer Naseer
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by James O’Toole.Increasingly, business consultants, scholars, and executives are coming to the conclusion that culture is the prime driver of organizational performance. Despite the prevalence of that point of view, however, there’s little agreement about what culture is or what it entails.You can’t see it, touch it, or measure it, yet culture is said to explain why some companies fare better than others. The authors of the year’s three best business books on culture, one of which is a novel, explore the elusive subject from widely divergent…
  • My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2014

    Tanveer Naseer
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As I look back at the past 12 months, there’s no question that this has definitely been a milestone year for me. Not only did 2014 mark five years that I’ve been writing online for this blog, but this was also the year I finally added “author” to my list of credentials with the release of my first leadership book, “Leadership Vertigo”.A milestone that I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate here on my blog with the help of such leadership luminaries as Doug Conant, Liz Wiseman, Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, and David Burkus.Also noteworthy this year was the…
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    Simply Encouraging Blog

  • iWork

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    As I work with teams, I have a “diagnostic exercise” that tells me the need-base for which the group is collectively spending their energy.  At any given point we are spending our energy on one of three levels. The levels are basic needs (safety and physiological fulfillment), psychological needs (the need for love, belonging, prestige and accomplishment), or self-fulfillment needs (achieving our full creative expression, highest calling and complete potential). It's crucial to know that we can be fulfilling a quest for self-actualization by preparing a meal for our family,…
  • A Plan for All Time

    1 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Well, it’s 2015 and so far, so good! Here’s a three-part plan to keep the spirit of New Year’s fresh. 1. Cover whatever happened earlier each day with grace, leaving no room for regret. 2. Look towards the future with childlike faith, removing the possibility of fear.  3. Be as giving as possible in each present moment, ever growing in the capacity to love. Past, future, and present; that pretty much covers it all! I know you will be doing your best to make it great, but remember, some days are better than others, and here’s the key. If we’re working the…
  • The Gift of Love

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    She read this to me from her journal, and asked what I thought. “I see myself putting you first, and you putting me last. Then I see glimpses of you putting me first, just in your own way. But, does that count? If you put me first, but in your way, is that love? Certainly, it’s a gift, if you give anything at all, but for me, it’s only love if you put me first, in my way.”  To which I replied. “I think there is a difference between giving to give, and giving to love. Perhaps it’s because a gift primarily satisfies the giver, but only love can satisfy…
  • Fun, and More Fun!

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So, I’m talking with a career professional and business owner, and he tells me, “I have to learn some ways to have fun.” Now mind you, this is after his telling me all of the exciting new ways he was getting to express his professional passion, the creative growth of his business, and emerging team relationships where, as he said, “Peace is breaking out all over.” I said, “By the sound of it, I thought you WERE having fun!” Folks, beware of dichotomies and artificial distinctions. Fun is where we find it, and we always find what we're looking for,…
  • Dramatic!

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    I love that life is dramatic, with all of its conflict and contrast of character.  After all, we’re all actors on the stage of life. The dramatic speaks to the incredible diversity in our capacity to experience and to feel and to think and to express. Ours is not to decide whether we participate on the stage, or not, but whether we do it well, or poorly. How is the dramatic showing up in your life? Is it creative, collaborative and loving, or possibly competitive, conflicting and full of fear? While its connotations trend negative, I believe life is meant to be dramatic!
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    Interruption Management

  • Clutter Distracts

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Information is stored in spaces -- tables, shelves, desks, disks, hard drives, mobile devices, web sites, etc. and you control the spaces in your life.Clutter is distracting. If your desk is a mess right now, strewn high with piles that are growing higher, remember you're the one who controls that space, as well as your filing cabinet, your shelves, the top of your dining room table, your kitchen counter, your glove compartment, or your back seat.You are the one controlling your space, and this acknowledgment will help you to stay focused on the task at hand.
  • Tips on Working With Interruption

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    According to Technostress co-authors Larry Rosen, Ph.D and Michelle Weil, Ph.D. when working in a potentially interruption-laden environment, ask yourself three questions:1. Do I really need to know?2. Do I really want to know now?3. Do I really want the interruption that might occur once I know?
  • Pervasive Attention Deficit Disorder

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Sadly, we've reached the point where a typical person in society today has some symptoms of attention deficit disorder, culturally induced. The rising decibel level in public spaces, as documented over the last 25 years, all but confirms that we have tolerated a perpetually higher level of noise. Added to that, there is no end to the messages that bombard us each day. From billboards, to bus panels, to ads over urinals, at all times, and in all places, someone is vying for our attention.E-mail, the Internet, and mobile devices have exacerbated the problem, but even people who are not online…
  • Despite the Clutter, Concentrate

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Years ago, I attended Sam Horn's session on concentration. Still great advice to this day in the face of too many potential interruptions!* Concentration defined: voluntarily focused attention.* Discipline of ignoring irrelevant matters* Fixing ones' powers, efforts and attention* Most people work best under a deadline; when their concentration is focused.* Fatigue is a big road block to concentrationThis last note is telling!:* Society is moving towards a lower frustration tolerance with less discipline, and more need for immediate gratification. These are detriments to concentration.
  • Writer's Den Special

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    $151.60 in Author Resources for $57 $19.90 worth of Books [ ] The 60 Second Innovator -- Adams Media, 142 pages, $9.95 [ ] The 60 Second Self Starter -- Adams Media, 150 pages, $9.95 $131.70 worth of CDs and Audio Books [ ] Simplicity 12 part series -- audio on DVD, $39.95[ ] Getting Published and Selling Your Work -- 3 CD audiobook, $39.95 [ ] Get Your Book Published and Promoted -- 42 minutes, $12.95 [ ] The Art of Story Telling -- Made For Success, 32 minutes, $12.95[ ] Time Management for the Ages -- 31 minutes, $12.95[ ] Creating Brilliant Book Outline -- 53 minutes, $12.95 to…
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • Thinking Magically™ | Do You Make Good Magic? Follow These 2 Steps and You Will.

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Magic Sandra’s seen a leprechaun, Eddie touched a troll, Laurie danced with witches once, Charlie found some goblins gold. Donald heard a mermaid sing, Susy spied an elf, But all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself. – Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends If you’ve been to one of my live events or followed this blog for some time, you know that I talk and write a lot about how everyone needs to have real magic in their life. Most of us are so caught up in the daily grind of making a living, climbing the ladder of success, and surviving paycheck-to-paycheck, that we…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Where do the strong go to be weak?

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” — Louise Erdrich =========================== The…
  • Thinking Magically™ | A Birthday Present — The 5 Most Important Lessons You Could Learn in 2015

    11 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones…
  • Thinking Magically™ | How I Discovered Instant Fearlessness (and What You Can Learn From It)

    4 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. – John Lennon As we start this new year, we all automatically do two things — we…
  • Happy New Year — Here’s to a magical year ahead

    30 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
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    Experience Optimism

  • Don't leave it to chance - plan to be kind

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    There's a big movement that's been going around for several years now called pay it forward. The idea is that you pay for the person's coffee who is standing in line behind you at Starbuck's, or other places and ideas, among other different random acts of kindness.The thought is that random acts of kindness lift your spirits at the same time as it lifts the mood of the person who receives your gift. Both are definitely smile-worthy pursuits.I propose that we can do better than be spontaneous gifters of good feelings and I propose that we can do so through the planned activities in an Optimist…
  • Do the right thing. Always.

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Two weeks ago, I attended the movie "Selma."The movie depicted Martin Luther King's leadership of the civil rights movement in the United States in 1965; specifically, it detailed the events leading up to the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as black Americans made their way to Montgomery to register to vote. Beaten and tear-gassed on the first attempt, Martin Luther King knelt and prayed and then turned his followers around on the second attempt. Although they could have continued to march, he feared the violence that would ensue and determined to wait for the adjudication of a court…
  • Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet

    17 Jan 2015 | 7:05 pm
    We are couple weeks into the new year. Have you kept your resolutions?In addition to resolving to lose weight and save money, among other things, at the beginning of a  new year many also resolve to have a more positive outlook on life. That happens when you talk about good things.Instead of gossiping, talk about happiness.Instead of sickness, talk about well-being.Instead of debt, talk about wealth. Be grateful for all that you have in your life and your positive outlook will shine through. However, sometimes we need a little help to keep the positive outlook shining brightly.
  • Little Dribblers show off their basketball skills

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The Optimist Club of Brenham, Texas hosted a Fun Day on Saturday, January 10, 2015 to kick-off its Little Dribblers Basketball Program.Little Dribblers consists of Freshman, Sophomore and Junior division players ranging in ages from 6 to 12. For the Fun Day, the young athletes compete in their age division in dribbling and free throws.During the basketball season, January 12 to March 4, each team plays once per week and each player must get at least two quarters of court time at each game.That's one way that Optimist Club members bring out the best in children.Check out all of the division…
  • Optimism - it's as powerful as Vitamin C

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It's been extremely cold in the Midwest where I've been spending my time lately. Along with the cold weather are stormy skies and and an occasional sprinkling of snow. Yes, it's that time of year.It's no secret that the dark skies often cause individuals to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is recognized by the DSM IV and DSM V as a common cause of depression.Something that can help stave off those blues is a good dose of optimism. Staying positive through the grey days may take a little work and that's why recommend the camaraderie of an Optimist Club.Research indicates that…
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  • Mind Hacks Used by Top Performers to Get in the Zone

    Gilbert Ross
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    You are about to give a talk on a stage podium or address a small crowd around a table at a dinner party. You have everything setup and well planned out. You know the script on the back of your hands and you have rehearsed the lines a hundred times over. The moment is now. The curtains are drawn, announcements are made and the spotlight is on you but there’s one problem. Those neat and coherent lines in your head got suddenly tangled up. The crowd seems to shrink in a blur, your mouth is all dried up and your pulse rushes to a frenzy. As you try to clutch to a note or reference in your…
  • 10 Manifestations of an Awakening Self

    Gilbert Ross
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
      If one had to look for a common point of departure amongst many spiritual traditions, I think that it has to be the idea of the embodied spirit. In other words – the idea that we are essentially spiritual beings embodied in a magnificent bio-physical machine on a short experiential trip to the physical third dimensional world. To expand this anecdote a little bit more, I would add that our spiritual Self is also connected to a superb parallel processing computer – the brain – which helps us make sense of our surroundings in this dimension but at the same time…
  • 5 Days Left to Grab My Course at $10 Only!

    Gilbert Ross
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Hey, I am so excited about how this year started off with a bang! For me the greatest reward so far was getting to know more and more people and helping them out through my writing and my online course – The Art of Simplicity. You might have missed a previous email I sent (you are forgiven – it was close to Christmas time!). Anyway, in the email I sent you a link to get a one-time limited 80% offer on my course. That means that until 12th January you can get 12 lectures and over 2 hours of high quality content for only $10.  Here is the link again:…
  • 6 Eclectic Signs that Show we are Putting up our Middle Finger at the Institutions

    Gilbert Ross
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Over the last 50 years we have seen enormous change. From tinkering with the fabric of space in Large Hadron Colliders, to cracking the human genome, we now 3D print our doodles at home and on our way to reverse engineer the human brain and create AI machines far smarter than us. Parallel to these technological innovations is an undercurrent of global social change. Less apparent in isolation, when joining the dots together we can see patterns emerging in the big picture. It’s a definite power shift from institutionalised top-down control to a decentralised bottom-up collaboration between…
  • 7 Things You Must Know to Be a Free-Thinker

    Gilbert Ross
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    We all have a certain degree of admiration for those forward-thinkers who were ahead of their time or for those free-spirited individuals who had the courage, the will and the foresight to speak out their minds despite risking being labelled as non-conformists and cast to the outer fringes of society. Well, truth be told, that is never a real threat for free thinkers. Actually that is where they belong and makes them what they are. Free-thinkers breathe and thrive at the margins of society where structure and chaos cross at the borderline. If you want to be a free thinker, embrace chaos,…
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self

    Erin Sagen
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Video from KarmaTube In the small Canadian town of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Bruce Farrer lifts letters off a pile, pausing to examine each one with his soft, heavily lidded eyes. A high school teacher for more than 50 years, Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves in which they express their hopes and dreams, fears and experiences. He returns their letters, whether through direct mail or doorstep delivery, 20 years later. “Having this opportunity to digest is like this little gift of somebody that I have forgotten years…
  • Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?

    Jason F. McLennan
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Sunset over Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Photo by Piyavachara Nacchanandana / Shutterstock. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the future hasn’t hap­pened yet. How we will live a few decades from now is anything but clear, despite predictions from our wisest architects, planners, politicians, philosophers, futurists, and science fiction writers. Click here to subscribe to YES! For anyone committed to creating a more sustainable and just culture, here’s a sobering exercise: Try looking…
  • How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)

    YES! editors
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Chiot's Run / Flickr. It’s fairly easy to grow oyster mushrooms indoors in a bag or a 2-gallon bucket using sawdust or spent coffee grounds as the growing medium. Mushrooms appreciate the nitrogen in coffee grounds, and the coffee-making hot water treatment clears grounds of mold or microorganisms that might compete with your fungi as they get their mycelium running. Some Japanese researchers are treating cancer patients with a compound derived from mushrooms. Collect used coffee grounds from a cafe or…
  • How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density

    Jay Walljasper
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Photo by Jason Parks / Flickr. Battle lines are shaping up across American cities and suburbs today over the issue of urban density. On one side stand neighbors and developers who explain that convenient transit, walkable communities, environmental protection, and continuing economic growth depend on welcoming more people per acre to our communities. On the other side stand developers and neighbors who plead that everything we cherish about our communities is about to vanish in the wake of hulking mega-projects. Declining malls offer prime…
  • Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All

    Liz Pleasant
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Kasls, of Minnesota, simplified family life by going tiny. Photo by Nichole Freiberger. Andrew and Gabriella Morrison live in Oregon and have two teenage kids, 18-year-old Paiute and 14-year-old Terra. They made the decision to downsize their home four years ago. They now live in a 207-square-foot house with an additional 110 square feet of sleeping lofts. Although their son, Paiute, no longer lives at home, Terra lives in the tiny house full time with her parents. The Morrisons both work in straw bale construction, and run the website Tiny house living probably isn’t…
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    Zen Inspiration

  • THE 4 WIVES a Insightful story

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her The post THE 4 WIVES a Insightful story appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • Cheers to Life 14 Short Stories.

    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    These are very Interesting and touching very short stories,Full of love and real life wisdom with lot of advise.Some moved me to tears. They are The post Cheers to Life 14 Short Stories. appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • 10 things that we should be informed about in life?

    27 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    These are the 10 things I like most from a quora post written by Hemalatha Venkatraman,They hold  a lot wisdom and are really simple.Hope The post 10 things that we should be informed about in life? appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • Seth Godin : Your choice

    22 May 2014 | 7:48 am
    Habits are a choice Giving is a choice Reactions are a choice Ideas are a choice Connections are a choice Reputation is a choice The The post Seth Godin : Your choice appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time

    21 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    Kurt Vonnegut, J.K. Rowling, David Foster Wallace, Patti Smith, Anna Quindlen, Steve Jobs, and Maria Popova The post The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time appeared on Zen Inspiration.
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    Thin Difference

  • February is the Month Dreams Die

    Jon Mertz
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Before a year ends we gear up our resolutions. We dream about what “can be” or what we “should be” in the year ahead. For the 45% of us who make New Year’s resolutions, one of the healthy ones we make is to get fit. Thanks to social platforms we see this surge. The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook check-ins at health clubs surge 50% starting in December through late January. And then the February dip hits. There is a 10% drop in check-ins. Our resolution or dream of a healthier body and lifestyle fades quickly. Yes, February is the month in which dreams die. Is this…
  • 5 Tips for Building Creative Communities

    Heidi Oran
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    It’s no secret that Millennials are a creative bunch. In fact, we’ve been dubbed the most creative generation in history on more than one occasion. I see it clearly myself. Practically every Millennial I know is carving their own path. They’re making lemonade out of lemons. They’re diversifying themselves. They’re playing up their strengths and pushing through their weaknesses. All with the goal of expressing their creativity in some capacity. And I think creativity is inherent in all of us – not just Millennials – but unlike generations before us, we…
  • Sustaining the Conscious Millennial Leader Mission

    Jon Mertz
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Deloitte conducted an extensive survey of Millennials around the world. With over 7,800 Millennials from 29 different countries, the voices of being conscious leaders begin to be heard. Who is a conscious leader? From a search within the Conscious Capitalism site, conscious leaders: “…understand that their role is to serve the purpose of the organization, to support the people within the organization and to create value for the all of the organization’s stakeholders. They recognize the integral role of culture and purposefully cultivate a Conscious Culture of trust and care.” Words of…
  • 10 Things This Millennial is Learning About Leadership

    Jeremy Chandler
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are certain things in life that you can’t fully comprehend or understand until you’ve experienced it… finishing a marathon, being married, having a child (or so I’ve heard), Disney World. Leadership is also one of those things. Growing up, I was always interested in the topic of leadership. I would ask my dad questions about it when I was young. I read books about it in high school. I minored in leadership studies in college. When I started my first job, I would take notes on things I learned from the leaders I worked for. While I’m incredibly grateful for those opportunities…
  • It Takes Two to Tango: Bridging the Boomer-Millennial Gap

    Guest Author
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Guest Post by Megan Dougherty According to Forbes, approximately one in every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial by next year, and by 2025, they will represent 75% of the global workforce. There is no shortage of discussion about Gen Y quickly moving into the world of work. Even with just a cursory glance, it is so easy to find hundreds of articles explaining how to work with Millennials and what your company needs to do accommodate them and their desire to make a positive difference while bringing home the bacon. 4 Ways to Bridge the Gap and Tango While I cannot deny that the…
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    Later Bloomer

  • Edith Wharton: Downtown Abbey Dropout, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Late Bloomer

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    {Debra’s note: I’m republishing this to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of Edith’s birth.} “True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.” ~Edith Wharton I count Downton Abbey my one marital costume drama triumph. I’m not sure how I convinced my English husband to watch the first episode, but I thank Julian Fellowes’ superb writing for keeping him riveted. We had one memorable weekend of silk and corsets together. In Downton Abbey, Elizabeth McGovern plays Cora Crawley, Lady Grantham, an American heiress who saves the ancestral home…
  • Wassail! The 2015 Later Bloomer Calendar is Here

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Centuries ago, before the Internet, Black Friday, and 24-hour Walmart marathons, most people quietly spent Christmas attending church and visiting family. Even New Year’s wasn’t a major event. The big celebration burst forth twelve days after Christmas, when all those drummers and pipers, dancing ladies and leaping lords cut loose. Shakespeare wrote his comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will specifically for the occasion. Many Twelfth Night customs harken back to Saturnalia, the Roman Winter Solstice festival honoring Saturn, god of agriculture. Social norms went by the…
  • Why I Couldn’t Graduate From College Until Age 50 by Saloma Furlong

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    {I’m very pleased to welcome Saloma Miller Furlong to Later Bloomer. ~Debra} My very first class at Smith College is an astronomy course. The professor has put up an image of a child sitting on a sandy beach and this child is holding fistfuls of sand. The professor starts out by saying that there are more galaxies in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth. He goes on to say that scientists do not know whether the universe is finite or infinite. But they do know, he said, that there are an infinite number of mysteries in the universe. As I sit here, I try to absorb these…
  • The Strange Surprising Deeds of Daniel Defoe

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    On the night of November 24, the winter wind turned murderous. It toppled walls and sent the Thames raging into cellars. Within 48 hours, it mutated into the worst storm in England’s history. Coastal towns were “torn to pieces.” James Baker of Lymington heard that, in New Forest, “4000 trees were torn up by the roots.” James King of London reported that a chimney came down upon a sleeping woman, who somehow walked away. Yet in Wells, the bishop’s wife was “found smothered in bed.” By the time the storm subsided, it had killed over 8,000 people. “No pen…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Super Easy, Super Healthy Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
      As you may know if you have visited this site before, eating healthy and having healthy foods available for my family is incredibly important to me. When Della Rice approached me about their Create a Stir campaign, the first thing I asked is about the harvesting of the product itself. It turns out that their product is grown in Arkansas, that the facility is gluten-free and non-GMO, and that the product comes in BPA-free packaging. Bingo! In January 2015, Della rolled out all five of its rice varieties (Arborio, Basmati White Rice, Basmati Light Brown Rice, Jasmine White Rice,…
  • What You Need to Know about GMO’s

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Let’s say that you have been hearing a lot about GMO’s lately. You see it on social media. You hear it in conversations or on television news. You spot the little “GMO Free” labels in the supermarket. BUT,… you really aren’t sure just what that all means or why there has been such an uproar about GMO’s recently. That’s okay. Nobody’s mad at you! Let me just take a few moments to fill you in on what you may have missed so far, because this information about GMO’s really is worth your while. What are GMO’s? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. (Much easier…
  • 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Here we go again. The first snowpocalypse of the season is upon us. Tis the season for snowy days and long, cold, dark nights. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real issue for a lot of folks. Research has found that people with it have lower serotonin levels than the rest of the population. For others, it’s just a matter of not enjoying the colder weather. Have no fear. There are several ways to go about staying happy during what many people find as a depressing time of year! Here are 10 ways to beat the winter blues: Get creative. So if you are like me and want nothing more to move to…
  • Some of the Best Essential Oils for Moms

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Between work, homework, home life, meals, carpools, doctor appointments, bedtime, and so on, the life of a mother is just plain hectic. More and more, I have noticed this clear as day pattern when talking with women about the benefits of essential oils for their families. Interestingly, it is always the moms who inquire about the essential oils, for their children, their husband or their own medical needs. They want a natural alternative to promote their family’s overall wellbeing. Though what I have noticed since I began as a Young Living distributor is that these same women never inquire…
  • How to Green Your Road Trip… and Save Money too!

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past 18 months, I have made over 40 road trips from Pennsylvania to Boston. Five plus hours and 285 miles each way. That is a lot of driving, people! There is also a lot that I have learned in that time about making environmentally friendly road trips. Believe it or not, it can be done with just a little bit of forethought! Here are my tips for a green road trip, so you can make your next car trip environmentally friendly: Before the Trip: Plan your route ahead of time. The shortest route will be the most gas-saving one too. And less gas used equals less money spent on gas! Get your…
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  • 3 Steps You Could Take RIGHT NOW To Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

    Sharon Vecchiarelli
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Creating new habits is often seen as hard, depriving and limiting. This thought process can sabotage any effort in trying to make a positive change in our lives. By taking small measured steps, we can add good things to our current habits to be more supportive to our overall health. These three simple suggestions are the first steps on the path for a happier, healthier you! 1) Water Adding water throughout your day is the fastest, easiest health habit there is! Water supports heathy cells, promotes good digestion, and keeps things moving (if you know what I mean). It flushes toxins, increases…
  • Why Overcoming Self-Doubt Can Change Everything: 3 Ways To Build Self-Trust

    Alison Breen
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi  “I know what I’m supposed to do but I can’t seem to make myself do it”.  Sound familiar? So many of us struggle to do the things we know we need to do in order to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves, or to respond effectively…
  • Victim Or Volunteer: Which Role Are You Playing?

    Alexi Panos
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    As most of us have experienced, life has a way of bringing us a multitude of circumstance: some amazing, some heart-breaking and some, fairly neutral. Regardless of what circumstances may be in front of us, we ultimately have the choice with how we will approach and process them. Do we choose to play the victim? Or, do we show up, ready for action, as a volunteer? Signs that you may be playing “The Victim”:  You see every low moment of life as another personal attack, or thing you have to “get through.” Whenever something is wrong or missing from a situation it’s always…
  • What To Do When You Can’t Find The Answer

    Amyra Mah
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Most of us have experienced something happening that makes us feel stuck, as if there’s no way out. Our world seems to spiral tighter and tighter. As a result, we feel small, restricted, with limited options available – and we can’t see a way out. We feel pressured to find an answer, but we’re only able to generate ideas that are limited and weak.     Our tendency is to try to have more control, and usually we think it is to do more, within the small, tight hole we have dug ourselves into. When this happens, the best thing to do in that state is to release The Whole Thing and start…
  • 7 Powerful Tips To Transform Any Failure Into Fuel

    Alexi Panos
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    Do you know which All Star basketball player didn’t make the Varsity team his sophomore year in high school? That would be Michael Jordan. He turned that “loss” of not making the team, into his driving fuel…his spark.  He decided that this moment was going to define him, that he could either quit the game all together, or step his game up 1000% and become one of the hardest working athletes of his generation. And, now…he’s a legend on and off the court. Thomas Edison famously “failed” 10,000 times before he and his team of inventors created a light bulb… that actually…
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  • How to Impress a Woman and Remain Attractive During a Relationship

    Editorial Team
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    In plenty of movies, you see guys trying to impress their women by buying flowers, taking them in luxurious cars, spending plenty of money on dates, trying to be very “romantic”, and so on. These guys often do this with girls they hardly know. In spite of what Hollywood is trying to teach you, impressing women isn’t done by bribing the girl to like you, nor by giving her outrageous compliments. It will only make you seem totally needy and desperate. So what should you do to really impress a girl and to make her charmed by you? Strong and Confident As I began, spending money to impress a…
  • Lesser known facts about detox diets and the ways to overcome them

    Editorial Team
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    The word “Detox Diet” is finding lot of fame and recognition all over the world due to its magical properties and unbelievable results. The nutritionists and health enthusiast vouch on this amazing detoxifying diet but at the same time very few beginners know about the common side effects of this wonder diet. If you have also joined the band wagon and started looking for diet ideas to detoxify your body then you need to understand this diet as a whole and not just follow it as it is in fashion. What are detox diets? The word detox literally stands as a short form for the word…
  • Tips & Advice on Shedding Excess Pounds on the Road

    Editorial Team
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
    Ask the average person to describe the average trucker and you’ll hear things like overweight, fat, obese, dirty and unkempt. Those are terrible adjectives for professionals who are the heart of the nation’s economy.  Commerce and business is often possible because truckers and other drivers move goods from one location to another. Truckers are often the unacknowledged heroes of the roads. Unfortunately, they also tend to be overweight and obese because of the sedentary nature of their jobs.  Whatever the case, something can be done to prevent and stop that. You can actually stop…
  • Create a Secure PDF Document from Any Printable File

    Editorial Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    There is a lot of talk about security on the Internet. Though we like the fact that this medium lets us promote ourselves and our business freely, and helps us quickly share information with the world, we are also worried about keeping unwanted information from leaking out and falling into wrong hands. That is why security measures are constantly being improved on the web. One of the measures that’s been tested and proven very helpful when it comes to sending and sharing electronic business documents and confidential data is a secure PDF. Protecting PDF content is a common practice in the…
  • The Value of Safety {Infographic}

    Angie Cole
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Safety is a very important issue, no matter what business size and type. According to surveys, 4,628 workers were killed on the jobsite in 2012 – a tragedy that translates to about $170 billion OSHA fines for businesses. This new infographic by The Asbestos Institute mainly shows us the financial effects of violating OSHA policy. It also shows that falls are generally the leading cause of injury, with penalties reaching $20 million; businesses with 1-19 individuals seeing the majority of the citations; specialty trade contractors are the most penalized; and other notable statistics.
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    Color Your Life Happy » Blog

  • Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Year-Round

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
      We usually look forward to holidays as a day off from work. a chance to head for the beach, movies, or whatever we consider fun. While Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in enjoying life too, and had flaws and weaknesses his critics eagerly expose, the central theme of his life was service. To properly celebrate his life and the movement his wife, Coretta Scott King, supported, honored, and elevated behind the scenes, we will answer his call to serve, not just one day, but year-round. Boston Cares, a volunteering program in Greater Boston, got it right with their slogan for Martin Luther…
  • 7 Smart Reasons to Start Your Business Before You Quit Your Day Job

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm If you dream of starting your own business while you still have a day job you are following a popular route taken by many entrepreneurs. Starting your own business is challenging, but even more so while you are holding a full-time job. The demands on your time and energy can be tremendous as you manage multiple tasks with conflicting and competing commitments to work and family. And yet this is a smart way to start. If your company doesn’t have a restriction on business ownership in your employment agreement and your immediate family supports your business endeavor,…
  • 4 Ways to Thrive as an Adult if You Survived Your Upbringing

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Courtesy of Castillo Dominici “The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.” Anonymous We spend more time planning our dinner than we do planning our lives. That’s a fact. Many of us live as if we’re floating on a raft being tossed about by the currents of other people’s opinions and agendas. But it’s not entirely our fault. Many of us spent our childhoods being told what to do, being discouraged from expressing opinions, and even being told by the adults in our lives that our feelings and desires…
  • Surprising Benefits of Setbacks

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Imagine beams of sunshine pouring through your bedroom window awakening you. You unfold your arms into a satisfying stretch and throw back the sheets. You spring to your feet looking forward to a wonderful day. You haven’t opened your mail yet, so you don’t know that you didn’t get the job whose interview you thought you’d aced. Instead of deciding what to wear on your first day, you’re going to spend the day job hunting again. Worse of all, once again you’ve got to figure out how to stretch the few dollars left in your bank account. Every adversity, every faliure, every heartache…
  • Get Unstuck

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    ©canstockphoto,com/Palych No matter how confident or successful you may feel, things will happen in your life that weaken your self-confidence. Perhaps you just got laid off You lost sight of your goal You’re overwhelmed with choices You don’t seem to have any desirable choices left A friend or partner let you down Knowing what to do at these times can get you unstuck, back on track, and moving toward your goals again. That’s why I wrote Getting Unstuck: How to Get Your Confidence Back and Follow Your Dream Using my experience and that of others, I share what has worked for…
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  • 40 Most Popular Selfies around the Web

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    With the growing popularity of social media people are now able to express and portray themselves in a way that was just not possible in the past. With the advancement in technologies and changing... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Don’t Install Too Much WordPress Plugins: Reasons

    18 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    There is no end to the world of WordPress plugins available for you to use. A number of freebies are available for you to use and the list of these WordPress plugins keeps getting bigger with the... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 10 Mistakes that get your Google Adsense Banned

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Google Adsense is one of the largest tools to generate high revenue online by placing ads on your website. If people click on these ads, you will be given some revenue based on that click. The... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 15 Necessary WordPress Security Plugins for your Blog

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    WordPress is one of the leading platforms to create a website and people are often choosing this platform to build their blog or website. More than 50 million websites are been hosted on WordPress... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 15 Best Websites to sell your Photos

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Huge numbers of our clients have been asking us where they can offer their wearable camera pictures online to profit, so these are some of online destinations best for transforming your inventiveness... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    The Road

  • The Climb

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    I drove to church because the world was falling dark. I needed to turn away from the worldly news and be in a place where The Son has risen.  I wanted to be in a place where voices lift despite the claws of this world pulling and tugging to keep everyone down...or even worse, still. I thought of the place...I remembered the place we drove to as teens. A group of friends and I had pulled over during an adventurous jeep ride in search of a waterfall. "It's right down here somewhere," someone said and we all began to trod down the steep slope. After quite some time, we reached the bottom of…
  • One More

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

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

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

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

  • February is the Month Dreams Die

    Jon Mertz
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Before a year ends we gear up our resolutions. We dream about what “can be” or what we “should be” in the year ahead. For the 45% of us who make New Year’s resolutions, one of the healthy ones we make is to get fit. Thanks to social platforms we see this surge. The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook check-ins at health clubs surge 50% starting in December through late January. And then the February dip hits. There is a 10% drop in check-ins. Our resolution or dream of a healthier body and lifestyle fades quickly. Yes, February is the month in which dreams die. Is this…
  • 5 Tips for Building Creative Communities

    Heidi Oran
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    It’s no secret that Millennials are a creative bunch. In fact, we’ve been dubbed the most creative generation in history on more than one occasion. I see it clearly myself. Practically every Millennial I know is carving their own path. They’re making lemonade out of lemons. They’re diversifying themselves. They’re playing up their strengths and pushing through their weaknesses. All with the goal of expressing their creativity in some capacity. And I think creativity is inherent in all of us – not just Millennials – but unlike generations before us, we…
  • Sustaining the Conscious Millennial Leader Mission

    Jon Mertz
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Deloitte conducted an extensive survey of Millennials around the world. With over 7,800 Millennials from 29 different countries, the voices of being conscious leaders begin to be heard. Who is a conscious leader? From a search within the Conscious Capitalism site, conscious leaders: “…understand that their role is to serve the purpose of the organization, to support the people within the organization and to create value for the all of the organization’s stakeholders. They recognize the integral role of culture and purposefully cultivate a Conscious Culture of trust and care.” Words of…
  • 10 Things This Millennial is Learning About Leadership

    Jeremy Chandler
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are certain things in life that you can’t fully comprehend or understand until you’ve experienced it… finishing a marathon, being married, having a child (or so I’ve heard), Disney World. Leadership is also one of those things. Growing up, I was always interested in the topic of leadership. I would ask my dad questions about it when I was young. I read books about it in high school. I minored in leadership studies in college. When I started my first job, I would take notes on things I learned from the leaders I worked for. While I’m incredibly grateful for those opportunities…
  • It Takes Two to Tango: Bridging the Boomer-Millennial Gap

    Guest Author
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Guest Post by Megan Dougherty According to Forbes, approximately one in every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial by next year, and by 2025, they will represent 75% of the global workforce. There is no shortage of discussion about Gen Y quickly moving into the world of work. Even with just a cursory glance, it is so easy to find hundreds of articles explaining how to work with Millennials and what your company needs to do accommodate them and their desire to make a positive difference while bringing home the bacon. 4 Ways to Bridge the Gap and Tango While I cannot deny that the…
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    Julie Gosh

  • Have You Accepted This?

    julie gosh
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
          “When you see yourself as totally beautiful you have arrived at your destination.” Anon   Yes. Yes. Yes.     What response do you have to this?     Are you smirking?   Pshhh……ing?   Laughing?   Yesssss….ing?   Smiling?   Amen-ing?     I think I’ll just leave you with this today. Let it have its way with you.     It’s powerful, gentle, coaxing, inviting way.     Don’t settle. Don’t play it safe. Don’t resign to lesser beliefs.     You and I….we are already and…
  • What Are You Waiting For?

    julie gosh
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
          I just had the strangest experience at Office Depot.   I kept thinking, “I am either on the Candid Camera show (okay that really dates me) or I am on the Ellen show, and she’s going to pop out at any moment.”   I thought perhaps they were doing a segment on how long someone would put up with poor customer service with like uncanny things happening at the same time.   LOL!   In my 49 years, I am not sure I have ever experienced more bizarre customer service, or should I say, lack of customer service.   I was there with my 16 year old and we…
  • Be the Face of the New Human

    julie gosh
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
          “All social systems we’ve put into place are a mere sketch: ‘one plus one equals two’,that’s all we’ve learned, but one plus one hasneverequaled two — there are in fact no numbers and no letters,we’ve codified our existence to bring it down to human size, to make it comprehensible, we’ve created a scale so we can forget its unfathomable scale.” The above quote is from the movie Lucy. I just saw this film a couple of days ago, and I continue to think about it. I’ll wake in the night wondering about the possibilities, envisioning…
  • How Deep Are Your Roots?

    julie gosh
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
            “To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.” Eckhart Tolle I don’t know about you, but the idea of being deeply rooted is more appealing than being drug along on a wild river. Could be that I’m an earth sign.       Now, doing some white water rafting could be quite excellent, and yet I still prefer to “live and move and have my being” from a centered grounded state. How about you?     Let’s enter 2015…
  • 2015 Prayer

    julie gosh
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
      Happy NOW Year!   “Today I will not be tempted to wander the by roads of pain, but rather I will set my feet upon the path of joy and peace. May the Spirit of God protect my mind from any forces of fear that would divert my thinking. May I not be deceived into a false belief in the validity of guilt and attack, but rather may I be constantly uplifted to divine perceptions of innocence and love. For there shall I experience the bliss of God’s creation,now and forever. Amen.” — From A YEAR OF MIRACLES
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  • Me, Myself, and a Side of Marriage

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It’s important to acknowledge that having differing needs in regard to “me time” and “we time” is absolutely normal. There are very few marriages where both people feel the same way about this topic. This creates a delicate balancing act that the best of marriages learn to work out in a way where both partners are still able to feel fulfilled.Of  course, having personal time is something everyone needs. Whether it is time to just sit and reflect or pursue an interest or a hobby. The problem is when you think that this time is “outside your marriage” or when you start thinking…
  • Mindful Living 101

    4 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    To reconfirm my personal commitment to mindful living, I thought I would take a stroll through the World Wide Web to see what is new and shaking. As I perused through half a dozen or so web pages, it occurred to me that if you are new to this whole “Living in the Present Moment” concept, it can get confusing fast.Trying to figure out:  “What is mindfulness?”, “What is not mindfulness”, “Why is it such a big deal anyway” and “Why do I have to practice and do things just to be more mindful?” are all fair and common  questions. Let me see if I can answer them in the…
  • The Word Diet: Immediate Results for a Happier Life

    27 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    You might be damaging your brain, destroying your relationships and damaging the mental and emotional health of yourself and others just by the words you choose.MRI scans are able to track and prove how dozens of stress producing hormones and neurotransmitters respond in a way that interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impair your logic, reason, language processing and communication – Simply by being EXPOSED to a word.In fact, just the sight of negative words releases dozens of stress producing neurotransmitters and hormones. This chemical response immediately interrupts the…
  • The Gift in a Toxic Society

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    The most meaningful gift of all doesn’t come from the mall or from the internet. It’s doesn’t require a hefty budget. It comes from your heart!“The Gift in a Toxic Society” is from my friend Dr. Stephen Sroka, The Power of One Motivational speaker and I’m sharing his instructions here. Before I get to those, I also want to add, this gift can be life changing, not only for the person you are creating it for. See, while you are putting pen to paper and expressing what you want your loved one to know, you change too. Your heart opens wider; your sense of appreciation grows…
  • The Ego Project

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Here I’ve been rambling on and on for years about how you need to take care of yourself. Of course, yes, you need to do that. There is no escaping how eating right, sleeping well and exercise are crucial components to staying healthy.However, I’ve been leaving out one of the most important ingredient for obtaining the healthiest and most satisfying life of all; The Ego. Especially, I hadn’t addressed my own ego at all because I have been under the assumption that it was just fine. Boy, I was in for a pretty rude awakening.The truth of the matter is that skipping over my ego has been the…
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    positively present

  • positively present picks: january 30, 2015

    positively present
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
      "Watch out for the joy stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining,fault-finding, and a negative, judgmental attitude." Joyce Meyer   Accept What Is : how to let go of labeling "good" or "bad" The First Photos of Snowflakes : how cool are snowflakes?! In Love with Love : a Valentine's Day Pinterest board The Sketchbook Project : so cool to see others' sketchbooks! 2015 Poster Download : a great way to focus on what you want Centering Your Inner Chef : love this article on conscious cooking Today Isn't Over Yet : reading this inspired me to…
  • you are free: 4 lessons from meditating on forgiveness

    positively present
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
      A little over a week ago, I attended an all-day meditation retreat led by Tara Brach. I'd signed up it months ago and it seemed like a fun idea, a great way to really see how mindful I could be, but as the day grew near, I started to worry. Would I be able to sit still all day? Would I be able to survive without looking at my phone? Would I be able to handle my own thoughts for hours and hours at a time? Though I strive to be positive and present in my daily life, meditation is an entirely different level of presence — and one I wasn't entirely sure I was…
  • positively present picks: january 23, 2015

    positively present
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
      "You will get there when you're meant to get there, and not one moment relax, breathe, and be patient." Mandy Hale   Lettering the Days : I love this project of handlettered days! The Fearless Challenge : check out this awesome (free!) challenge How to Declutter Your Home for Good : excellent advice here 5 Reasons to Use Pinterest to Create a Vision Board Mindful Art Subscription : what a wonderful + inspiring idea! 4 Tendencies Quiz : I'm a REBEL (what are you?) Is It Good or Bad? : you have a choice about what to believe Quit Setting Goals :…
  • 24 hours without complaining : 5 lessons I learned

    positively present
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
      Last week I stumbled across this post (via SwissMiss) in which the author challenges her readers to stop complaining for just one day. I don't consider myself a huge complainer, but I know I do my fair share of whining on a daily basis so I decided to challenge myself not to complain for 24 hours. It seemed easy enough. After all, for a good chunk of that time, I'd be asleep.    It was not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. At all.    It turns out that I do a lot more complaining than I realized. It wasn't until I started really paying…
  • positively present picks: january 16, 2015

    positively present
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Source  "For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to beready to abandon our views about them." Thick Nhat Hanh   Twenty3 Etsy Shop : added some new items this week! Turn That Winter Frown Upside Down : get out of a winter funk Barkley Turned 2! : flashback to this second-a-day video from her 1st year Buy Experiences, Not Things : apparently it's the key to happiness Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask : sooo good for chapped winter lips 5 Ways to Prepare for a Better Day : tips to start off strong  Excited Rainbows : these instantly brightened my day :) 20 Tiny…
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    The Ordinary Buddha

  • Is Your Life Devoid of Fun? Time to Change that!

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Kids know how to have fun. It is natural, normal and built in, so to speak. No one ever has to teach them. They need not take a seminar or read the “How to Have Fun 101″ manual. It just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2 Great Secrets to Health, Wealth and Abundance

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    One main concept I learned early and was repeated ad infinitum is that you cannot live in 2 worlds at the same time. You cannot be on the right AND left side of the road. It is exhausting for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Steps to Have Your Most Remarkable Year Ever

    6 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Depending upon the study you read, some 80-90% of New Years Resolutions will fail. The intention to change is great. The means of going about it is not. How familiar does this sound? You want to lose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Great 2015

    24 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    2015 was the greatest year of my life so far. I intended it, and worked effectively and efficiently. As such, that which I wanted, came to fruition. The key was doing things that made me happy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • No-Marathon 2015, Part II

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I went on the W. Orange Trail today for an extended run for the first time in about 2 months. Very few moments in life are absolutely perfect. This was one of them. The weather was crisp and sunny.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Wishingwell Life Coaching

  • Get Inspired To Do Work You Love!

    Jessica Sweet
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I know that you would really like to be doing work that you love. Why wouldn’t you? The problem is, it’s hard to figure out how to get from where you are now with your work life to where you want to be. Maybe you don’t know what the end point looks like. Maybe you do, but you don’t know how to get there. Maybe you know what it looks like and how to get there, but doing all that seems impossible for some reason – maybe financial, or maybe some other reason. What ever it is, there is a gap between here and there. That’s why I want to invite you to join me for…
  • This Happens When You Start Believing In Yourself

    Jessica Sweet
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
      What do you really want? What’s holding you back? Those are two of the big questions I ask my clients. They’re not dinner party conversation. It’s not like you’d walk up to someone you’d never met and ask them this. If you did, after you got the blank stare and uncomfortable laughter, they’d walk away thinking you were strange. But when you’re working with someone in a coaching relationship, you can ask things like this. People usually can’t answer all at once. It’s a process. It takes time to figure out. But the funny thing is, in…
  • Relieve Stress By Doing Nothing

    Jessica Sweet
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Today is a big day at the Wishingwell Life Coaching Blog! Not only did it win a spot in the 100 Top Personal Development Blogs for 2015 Award (which is kinda a big deal), I’m also introducing to you today my first ever guest poster. And for me to bring her to you guys, you know she has to be good. (My standards are pretty high – did I tell you about my award?) Ok, seriously though, I want to introduce you to Lynn Louise Wonders. She is a wellness and life redesign coach for women over 40, but that doesn’t mean you guys out there can skip this one! NO, this post is for…
  • Back At Work? Here’s Hope If You’re Fed Up

    Jessica Sweet
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    You’re back at work and the last of the festivities are over. If you’re feeling a bit queasy, it’s not from too much egg nog. After all the merrymaking, coming back to work can be a bit stressful. It’s just so disappointing to realize you’re back to the same old grind. The truth is you’re fed up with it, right? But what would things look like if you felt truly passionate about your life? How would you feel if you could live that way? What if the exciting and inspiring things you hear about and feel envious of were things you were doing in your life…
  • Ever Broken A New Year’s Resolution? This Is For You.

    Jessica Sweet
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    As we roll into the New Year, what do you imagine for your life? Now is the time to think big about what you really want. If you’re like most of us, you’ve got renewed energy and excitement – the New Year marks a fresh start for us all. What goals do you want to achieve? What do you want to feel? What do you want more of? Who do you want to be – in the coming year and beyond? A Broken New Year’s Resolution Have you ever broken a New Year’s resolution? No matter how many times you’ve resolved to live with more passion and joy in your life or how many…
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    Intuitive Spiritual Mentor, Life & Business Coach, Indigo & Energy Healing

  • What’s Your Money Story?

    Yol Swan
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Do you get anxious when you have to pay bills or deal with money? Perhaps you dread or simply avoid balancing your checkbook or looking at your books or bank account? Maybe you were told that “money doesn’t grow on trees” and acquiring wealth requires great sacrifice and struggle. Or that it’s not spiritual and only greedy people think about…Read more
  • Main Symptoms of Ascension Into 5th Dimension

    Yol Swan
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    It’s been a while since I last wrote about the dimensional shift we’re going through, and since this year things will begin intensifying and speeding up (gradually, for the next 7 years), I thought I should mention a few things you may be going through now or will experience in the future. These are “symptoms” that may come and go…Read more
  • How Enthusiastic Are You About Your Life?

    Yol Swan
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    I’d like to share with you a quote I read today: “Nothing great was ever created without enthusiasm.” When Ralph Waldo Emerson said this, not only was he stating a truth we can all recognize; he was also tapping into the hidden, magical element behind a meaningful life. If the project you’re working on doesn’t feel great, your relationships aren’t…Read more
  • Are You Moving Forward Or Sliding Back?

    Yol Swan
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Are you feeling the energy of this year driving you toward new or more fulfilling adventures yet? Or are you still slumbering in the comfort of your past habits? There is a fiery solar intensity coming into play now that should help you move past your resistance, if you know how to take advantage of it. Most people go through…Read more
  • Harness the Power of Commitment For a Bright New Year!

    Yol Swan
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Everything starts with a desire. Then your desire creates ideas and means to its fulfillment. Once those are clear, all you need is a firm decision to make things happen. That’s all it really takes; your inner creative potential does the rest. So if it’s that simple, why do we complicate our lives and take forever to accomplish what we…Read more
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  • Speak Up, Speak Out

    Tanya A. Goodman
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Tanya A. Goodman:Let us remember. Let us not be silent. Let us speak up. Originally posted on inspirit*ational: View original
  • ‘Beautiful people do not just happen.’

    Tanya A. Goodman
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
  • Mustering forces of humanity

    Tanya A. Goodman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
      Friendship among nations, as among individuals, calls for constructive efforts to muster the forces of humanity in order that an atmosphere of close understanding and cooperation may be cultivated. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Seek peace

    Tanya A. Goodman
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Tanya A. Goodman:More than ever, we must offer love and peace and work together for unity. Originally posted on inspirit*ational: I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. – Mohandas K. Gandhi Dove of Peace, Pablo Picasso View original
  • Irish blessing for the New Year

    Tanya A. Goodman
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
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    SMART Living 365

  • Why Women Shop, Part 1

    Kathy Gottberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not much of a shopper but I’ve seen women who make it a highly evolved sport. I’ve also struggled to understand how some women can spend enormous amounts of time and money—sometimes money they don’t have—buying things for themselves … Continue reading → You're reading Why Women Shop, Part 1 an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Why Women Shop, Part 1 appeared…
  • Not My Monkey. Not My Circus.

    Kathy Gottberg
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not sure why but I tend to be almost fanatical about my commitments. If I say I’m going to do something, come hell or high water, I’ll do it. For the most part this quality has served me very … Continue reading → You're reading Not My Monkey. Not My Circus. 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 Not My Monkey. Not My Circus. appeared first on SMART Living 365.
  • Letting Go Of the Need To Be Right

    Kathy Gottberg
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I think if you ask most people, they will agree that being happy is more important than being right. But if that’s true, why do so many of us, me included, frequently choose the opposite? For the most part, we … Continue reading → You're reading Letting Go Of the Need To Be Right 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 Letting Go Of the Need To Be Right appeared first on SMART…
  • 9 SMART Financial Actions for Midlife Women

    Kathy Gottberg
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I recently read a shocking bit of information revealed by the 2013 Allianz Women, Money and Power Study. That study claims that almost half of the women in the U.S. often or sometimes fear losing all their money and becoming … Continue reading → You're reading 9 SMART Financial Actions for Midlife Women 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 9 SMART Financial Actions for Midlife…
  • 60-FOR-60 And Achieving YOUR Intentions/Goals in 2015

    Kathy Gottberg
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    In 2015 I turn 60. Yep. I was born in 1955 and that means I, along with a bunch of other people I know, will turn 60 during the coming year. But rather than lament the event, I intend to … Continue reading → You're reading 60-FOR-60 And Achieving YOUR Intentions/Goals in 2015 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 60-FOR-60 And Achieving YOUR Intentions/Goals in 2015 appeared…
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    Compete Every Day

  • The Mixtape: 01.31.15

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Compete Mixtape is our weekly collection of our favorite links, images, and stories – only the “good stuff.” Compiled and organized for your quick viewing to end the week behind you and refuel for the week ahead. Quote of the Week: “Don’t be afraid to celebrate your accomplishments. Just celebrate those of others more.” – Nina Vaca Stories of the Week: Simply an incredible story. Which kind of hustle do you subscribe to? New to running or struggling to get in a groove? Try these drills to improve your form & efficiency. Jay Cutler struggles being home alone…
  • Guest Blog: Life is a Run

    Life Is a Run
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hello! We are Teal and Beth and we have been friends since 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that we started to run together. It really was quit random how this all turned out and it kind of just goes to show you that you can find a running buddy anywhere and something that we totally advocate. Teal was in grad school one day and a girl in her class just said, “I want to run a half marathon.” Teal immediately said, “well I will do that with you” and so it began.  She asked Beth to join her because she knew Beth just liked to work out and didn’t want to really go at…
  • Stuff that Works

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stuff that works, stuff that holds up The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall I got a pretty good friend Who’s seen me at my worst He can’t tell if I’m a blessing Or a curse But he always shows up When the chips are down That’s the kind of stuff I like to be around   Stuff that works, stuff that holds up The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall I love this song by Guy Clark.
  • Compete Workout of the Week: 01.28.15

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Each Wednesday, CED will release a “Workout of the Week” Challenge. Each person will have until Sunday night at 8pm CST to complete the work AND post their score in the comments below. We will then choose one random individual to win a free $10 gift card. It’s that easy. Do the workout – whatever it takes to finish. Post your completed score by Sunday at 8pm CST. And then find out Monday if you were that week’s lucky gift card winner. This week’s workout requires: 1 kettlebell (recommended 55lb for men, 35lb for women) & a jump rope. For time: 5 rounds: 15 kettlebell…
  • Competitor of the Week: Lisa Effren

    Christine Reppa
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Compete Every Day highlights a different member of the #Compete community each week. To be considered for Competitor of the Week, submit a picture wearing your favorite Compete Every Day shirt in any setting & your answers to the bolded questions below to with the subject line “I Compete.” Full Name:  Lisa Effren Location:  Austin, TX Social media links: Facebook- Lisa Effren   |   Twitter- @Hlthchic   |   Blog- 1.  Tell us about yourself! I’m a mother, I’m a lover, I’m a sinner, I’m a saint…oh wait, that’s a…
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    Stacia Pierce | Life Coach 2 Women

  • 7 Reasons You Should Become a Success Ambassador

    Stacia Pierce
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m so excited to announce my all-new Success Ambassador program! You asked us for this first-time-ever program, and we did it! Over the years, we’ve had many attendees that would come to our Success Tour and Women’s Success Conference and bring a row full of people with them at every event! They asked if there […]
  • Why the Successful Entrepreneur Can’t Do It Alone

    Stacia Pierce
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    To be an entrepreneur can be an exciting, fulfilling course for your life. It can mean having freedom, fulfillment and financial success like nothing you’d experience any other way. When we start out as entrepreneurs, we usually know this and have an extreme passion to make it happen. Then, through experience, we become aware of […]
  • 6 Ways to Speed Up Your Success

    Stacia Pierce
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As you grow your business you’ll always need simple, effective ways to improve results. Whether you’re looking to attract more clients, increase sales, reinvent your brand or branching out into new areas like hosting live events or hiring more staff, implementing the right systems can minimize the stress and make the transitions go smoothly. Taking […]
  • How to Make Bold Moves in 2015

    Stacia Pierce
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    In life and in business, if you truly want to play a bigger, stronger, wiser and bolder game in 2015 (or any year) there are four areas that you should focus on to ensure your success. If you’re going to make bold moves and GO BIG this year, each of these areas have a significant […]
  • 2014: A Look Back at an Amazing Year

    Stacia Pierce
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays and preparing for 2015, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on this past year. I’m thankful that 2014 was a rewarding year of manifestation for me, my family, my team and my coaching clients. I saw the power of goal setting and visualization play out […]
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  • If You’re Afraid To Go After Your Dreams, Read This

    Paul Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mexico City is a world away from the East African country of Tanzania, where John Stephen Akhwari lived. But that’s exactly where he found himself in October 1968, representing his country in the Summer Olympic Games as a marathon runner. Unfortunately, Akhwari suffered a fall during the race. And it wasn’t a gentle tumble on a grassy knoll. He fell hard on rough concrete, badly cutting his right leg and dislocating his knee. Medical personnel arrived quickly and bandaged his wounds. But the dislocated knee required more treatment than they could provide in the city streets. He needed to…
  • 8 Ways To Have A Super Relaxing Weekend

    Jonathan Alpert
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    On Mondays, do you find yourself wondering where the weekend went? “It feels like I didn’t even have time to relax!” you think to yourself. Most people view Saturday and Sunday as a time to catch up on all the things they didn’t have time to do during the week: have fun, see loved ones, and and do it all over again just five days later. This routine can leave you just as drained and exhausted on Monday morning as you felt on Friday afternoon. So how can you really relax and recharge on the weekend without feeling exhausted on Monday? Here’s how to have a relaxing weekend.
  • The Ultimate Guide For Empaths: 9 Tips To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Illnesses

    Judith Orloff MD
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Can you absorb other people’s illness and pain? As a psychiatrist, I’ve had many patients come to me with panic disorders, chronic depression, fatigue, pain, or mysterious ailments that respond only partially to medications or psychotherapy. Some were nearly housebound or ill for years. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowds. Other people’s anger, stress, and pain drain me, and I need a lot of alone time to refuel my energy.” When I took a close history of all these patients, I found that they were what I call “physical empaths:” people whose bodies are so porous they absorb…
  • The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Doing Kettlebell Exercises

    Jeff Richter
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Are you new to strength training and wondering how to get started? Looking for a new way to mix up your gym routine? Let’s talk about kettlebells. They’re convenient, versatile, and will work every muscle group. It’s a step up from body weight exercises and can be used as a good introduction to barbell exercises. Here’s a breakdown of the five reasons I’d recommend kettlebell exercises to my clients. Why You Should Start Using A Kettlebell In Your Workout Routine 1. Build strength. Kettlebell exercises are a great way to build strength while targeting multiple muscle groups at once.
  • 5 Kettlebell Exercises That’ll Sculpt Your Entire Body

    Jeff Richter
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Is your New Year’s motivation fading? Have no fear! Pick up a kettlebell and try these five kettlebell exercises that will improve your strength and endurance. Note: For a cardiovascular-focused workout, use lighter weights with increased reps. Start with 8-12 reps, then increase to 20-25 reps to initiate fat loss. To improve strength and build power, use heavier weights with a small number of reps. Depending on the load, aim for 8-12 reps or even 5-8. How To Use Kettlebells To Work Your Entire Body 1. Deadlift.  If you’re just starting out with kettlebells, the deadlift is a great first…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • Forbidden Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    There are many situations in which a man and a woman may meet and develop an interest in other, not all of which loan themselves to the development of a stable relationship. There are some occasions upon which a man and a woman may meet and become attracted to one another but not be able to act upon these feelings. What can you do when you are the focus of a forbidden attraction? There are many situations in which an attraction may be forbidden, and each has a different set of established protocol. Let us start with the most common example of forbidden attraction. The person you are attracted…
  • The Conscious Art of Subconscious Influence

    Richard Ingersoll
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    . . When dealing with the Law of Attraction, it is important to acknowledge and familiarize yourself with your greatest ally and your direst foe. That is, your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind holds tremendous power over your life. It has the power to make a belief become a reality, and it has the power to veto new ideas from entering into your perceived physical reality. This is a safety mechanism, as so many new things are thrown at you each day that without this protection, your world would seem entirely unstable. However, we want to look at ways to slip the ideas and beliefs you…
  • Adopting a Childlike View of the World

    Richard Ingersoll
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Image via Wikipedia   Children are in tune with their world in ways that adults miss. Have you ever thought about how much easier things seemed when you were a child? Logically, that doesn’t make sense! After all, children have fewer skills, freedom and choices than adults have. Yet in an intuitive sense, it totally makes sense. Children have a wonder about their world and willingness to be aware of all that is around them. For a child, the world has endless possibilities.  The Law of Attraction isn’t a theory that children can explain, but it’s certainly one that they…
  • Attention: Why Positive Thinking Is Not Enough

    Richard Ingersoll
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Discover the one simple ingredient that you must include to ensure that your positive thinking manifests in the world around you. Excluding this secret ‘link’ is the main reason most people’s attempts at positive thinking end in failure and frustration. Don’t let yourself be one of them! Attention: Why Positive Thinking Is Not Enough Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe post Attention: Why Positive Thinking Is Not Enough appeared first on The Law of Attraction Library.
  • Law Of Attraction: It Doesn’t Quit Even If You Have!

    Richard Ingersoll
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    By Wenny Yap When you first learn about the law of attraction, you learned that everything in the entire Universe is made up of energy. As had been discovered and explained by scientists, this energy is constantly in movement, vibrating incessantly and at varying frequencies. Quantum physics experts also explained that energy attracts similar energy that is vibrating at the same speed or frequency. This explains why you continuously hear the saying that ‘like attracts like’ being repeatedly emphasized in most law of attraction publications. Based on this scientific fact, you must…
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    Self-Help Zen

  • How to Excel at a Skill?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    What do you need to excel at a skill? Wondering what it could be? Too many people believe that to excel at a skill, they need to make revolutionary changes in the way they think, feel and behave. That’s not true. To excel at a skill, you need to make a small change but on consistent basis. To make a small change on a consistent basis, you need intentional focus and undivided attention to the task at hand. BTW, Intentional Focus and Undivided Attention are the focus-keywords I’ve given to my team this year. You need small yet consistent steps towards the apex of the…
  • The Blank Slate

    Utpal Vaishnav
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Have you observed how complex your life has become? While you chase your dreams and meet the goals you have set, your lives get so perplexing… slowly. The puzzling nature of things goes on, one trivial step at a time. I wake up in the morning, check some key business metrics, go for a walk, do some exercise, take bath, eat breakfast, rush to the office and then get involved in diverse activities that I have allowed to be a part of my life. The clutter multiplies. Who’s the creator of such a cluttered life? Me. Who allows so many challenges (read: opportunities, threats, scarcity…
  • Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    Mobile Friendly website…? Is there an option NOT to have a mobile friendly website these days? Non-mobile-friendly website means drop in organic search traffic. You cannot afford it, can you? When you search Google from your cell-phone, Google will show you a markup that says if the site is Mobile Friendly or not. From a mobile device, search for your own site and if you’re not seeing the tag called ‘Mobile Friendly’ around your site’s listing, it means your website developers have some work to do. Here’s how to quickly find out if your site is Mobile…
  • Force Google Chrome to Remember Input Fields No Matter What

    Utpal Vaishnav
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    When you use Google Chrome to browse the web and log into a website or a blog, your life becomes easier. When you visit the site for the first time, Google Chrome prompts to remember input fields such as username and password and upon acceptance, Google Chrome saves the input field values internally. Next time onwards whenever you log into the site, it will automatically fill the username and password fields for you. You don’t have to remember the usernames and passwords for 100 different sites that you visit. You get to what matters to you in no time. It’s a huge timesaver.
  • How Not to Unfriend Someone But Keep Him Away from Your Facebook Life

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    There are occasions in life when you decide not to keep relations with a person for everyone’s good. You may not want to make a fuss of your that decision and do not want to “Unfriend” the person from Facebook for a simple reason – there are hundreds of common friends who may notice it and may give unnecessary attention to the matter. You do not want to attract such attention from your circle. Or if you get a Facebook friend request from your Boss that you must accept just to keep in good books of him but you fear internally that he’ll get to know about what you…
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    Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel

  • it’s a word…

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — Lots of links: Become a Patron of the Arts! The Bob the Squirrel PATREON page BOB on YouTube Bob the Squirrel Instagram! BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster SQUIRRELOSOPHY collection […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post it’s a word… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • squirrel rage

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The post squirrel rage appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • fine… just fine

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Seriously, everything is fine. I enjoy pulling my face down like this. — Lots of links: Become a Patron of the Arts! The Bob the Squirrel PATREON page BOB on YouTube Bob the Squirrel Instagram! BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS The […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post fine… just fine appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • another one…

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — Lots of links: Become a Patron of the Arts! The Bob the Squirrel PATREON page BOB on YouTube Bob the Squirrel Instagram! BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster SQUIRRELOSOPHY collection […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post another one… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • thinkers

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — Lots of links: Become a Patron of the Arts! The Bob the Squirrel PATREON page BOB on YouTube Bob the Squirrel Instagram! BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC 160 page monster SQUIRRELOSOPHY collection […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post thinkers appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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    Simply Intentional

  • Knowing (vs. Hoping)

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The idea of hope is magical - wishing and thinking and dreaming of the life you'd love to have. A sporty new car. A loving marriage/partnership. A lovely house in a perfect neighborhood.For me, it turns out, hope is really the expectation of how I'd like things to be, NOT the expectancy that they are here now, just waiting to find me.  On top of that, it puts life into a neat and tidy box of exactly what it must look like. But what if the Universe wants to provide something even better than I hope for? Here's where the amazing power of 'knowing' comes into play.  If you start to…
  • Have An Amazing Sunday

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Just when I get back into my running routine, something comes along to wreak havoc in it.  I think the Universe must be testing me when I set the intention to just 'allow life', haha.  What are your plans for today?  I hope they include getting outside and enjoying your favorite activity.  And, when you're back inside, here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web...Please don't punish yourselfLife is shorter than you think. The older you get, the faster it goesFeel like it's all been done before?Go ahead, give yourself a pass on theseWarning: viewers of this…
  • You Need To Get Good At This

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Thoughts about work woke me up at 3am this morning.  And, of course, I lay there fighting between the tasks I had ahead of me and the need to get more sleep.  Talk about frustrating!I had emails to get out and meetings to attend and things to correct & resend for approval.  Taking on this new job, I knew there would be a workload to tackle on some weeks but I was certain I could manage with no issues.  After all, I'm a spiritual being.  I have a whole took kit of tricks to keep my life balanced.The real trick is remembering to pull them out when I need them.
  • Have A Wonderful Weekend

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Happy Weekend!  We're off to try out our new wine tailgating bag this weekend.  It was inspired by our tailgate box for the football games.  Now all we'll have to do is pick up a few fresh bits to nibble on and everything else like napkins, plates, small forks, etc. are ready to go.  What are you up to this weekend?  I hope it's fun!  In the meantime, here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....Why do we run so slowly in our dreams?Want to quit your job?  You must do this.You are worthy of your desires.The difference between being…
  • Measuring My Words Against My Journey

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    I've been asked lately how I like my new job.  And I can honestly tell people that I love it.  I'm enjoying the work and the scope of what I'm doing has expanded. I also tell people that I'm laying the groundwork so that if this does not work out, someone else can come in and take my place.  And there's my challenge: am I setting myself up to fail if I constantly tell people that I'm making space in case I don't work out?Now, I realize that in any company, work flows and projects and processes should be documented so that anyone can step in if there's an emergency.  It…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Exploring the world of Haiku- My first attempt!

    Baldeep Kaur
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
    How do you start 2015 with a bang? Of course by joining an online poetry writing course!!! My first assignment was to use Robert Hass’s sketching techniques to write a one, two, three, or four line poem by observing my immediate environment. This is the first time I tried to find inspiration in objects. It was a […]
  • How to empower your mindset?

    Baldeep Kaur
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Happy New Year to all of you!!!! Sharing link to an interesting TED talk based on positive psychology research on the power of mindset . Hope you all like it! Change your mindset Happy Evolving!! Filed under: Inspire Your Soul Tagged: alia crum change your mindset, change your mindset, change your mindset shawn anchor, change […]
  • Gone Baggage Gone

    Baldeep Kaur
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Oh it is heavy, Stinking and bone-breaking, My back is turning into an arch, Shoulders crying for help, Heart bleeding, And feet tired like hell. ~~~ I am still walking, Carrying this baggage around, For years, Wishing had time to rest, To throw away what is not mine, To discard what is irrelevant, Still hoping to […]
  • My own hell or heaven

    Baldeep Kaur
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Somewhere up there, Star miles away, There are two majestic doors, One leads to hell, And the other to heaven, But if these afterworlds, Exist star miles away, Why do I see so many hells and heavens all around me? Everyone building their own, Hell or heaven, Speck by speck, Brick by brick, Build to […]
  • Are you a member of the new “Indian Mard (man) club”?

    Baldeep Kaur
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    He cooks like a pro. He changes baby’s diaper easily. He is sensitive. He chooses to work from home to take care of kids. He treats his wife like a queen. In the world of new improved ” Indian Mard (man) club”, there are many real heroes; real “Indian mard” who takes pride in being a […]
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • A Soulful Approach to Someone Treating You Badly

    Bernadette Logue
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Here is one simple tip to help you shift your perspective when facing someone who is treating you badly. Bring a soul-aligned approach in order to create a greater sense of inner peace and release for yourself. For support with clearing negative energy (e.g. self-created negativity, negative residue from others, negative energetic ties/attachments with people, negative energy from... Read More Continue reading A Soulful Approach to Someone Treating You Badly on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • How the Universe is Sending You Signs

    Bernadette Logue
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    In this audio I share key information about how and why the Universe is sending you signs, with practical real-life examples. Be inspired to look at your own life with new eyes, and to tune into the guidance you are receiving. It is life changing! To get your copy of the books mentioned in this audio, where... Read More Continue reading How the Universe is Sending You Signs on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • A Fundamental Key to Self-Healing

    Bernadette Logue
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    Discover one vital tip for supporting your physical, mental and emotional wellness, that you can immediately implement in your life, today. This audio provides insights to help you thrive, and practical ways to make it real day to day. Plus, receive a tip for how you can support a loved one who is experiencing imbalance with their... Read More Continue reading A Fundamental Key to Self-Healing on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Why not… break the rules!

    Bernadette Logue
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Find out which rules are worth breaking and why living life aligned to how society has conditioned you, and following pre-existing patterns, is not always in your best interests. Break out of the box, shout… “It’s MY life!” and make your own rules. I'd love to hear your personal experience and insights in relation to this... Read More Continue reading Why not… break the rules! on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Is Your Imagination Working For or Against You?

    Bernadette Logue
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Your mind is constantly conjuring up thoughts and images, which generate feelings. Often the mind will drift into past memories or begin to plot out future scenarios (many times without any conscious direction from you). When we mentally drift into the future, the scenarios we spend our time imagining have significant power! It is absolutely... Read More Continue reading Is Your Imagination Working For or Against You? on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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  • 12 Supermodels Made To Look Like Living Dolls For Vogue Paris

    C Tran
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    Every girl dreams of having the most beautiful Barbie dolls when she is young. Men, on the other side, seek to have such Barbie doll in their arm while taking a walk or going out in the city. However, that is not the point. Point is that Vogue Paris has recently came up with a […]The post 12 Supermodels Made To Look Like Living Dolls For Vogue Paris appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Paper Art By Yulia Brodskaya

    C Tran
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    There are innumerable ways to make paper purposeful and it seems like Yulia Brodskaya exactly knows how to do that. This lady is an expert at paper art and quite recently she has come up with some mesmerizing variants of the art. She has beautifully arranged colorful strips of papers to come up with three […]The post Paper Art By Yulia Brodskaya appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Clever Illustrations Combined With Real Life Objects

    C Tran
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    Illustrator Christoph Niemann is known for his clever illustrations with real life objects. Neat paint lines with these objects of everyday real life creates fun and whimsical scenes. For a long time, this technique was used in animated cartoons and films. And with advanced design and technology software, this has been forgotten. Christoph does a good job […]The post Clever Illustrations Combined With Real Life Objects appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • The Strength of Mind and Body that Only Comes with Warrior Tattoos

    C Tran
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    Not all tattoos are merely a form of body decoration, and more and more people are choosing to embellish their bodies with a unique design that really represents something about them. From Chinese symbols, inspiring icons and forgotten languages, all the way to images of loved ones, icons of strength and even warrior tattoos. The […]The post The Strength of Mind and Body that Only Comes with Warrior Tattoos appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • 19 Creative Ways To Use Recycled Tires As Home Decoration

    C Tran
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Used tires amount to one of the largest sources of environmental waste. Not disposing of them correctly causes pollution and other hazards. But, if you know how to recycle and re-use them, you can get good home furniture and utilities from them. Here is a collection of some of the best Recycled Tires As Home Decoration. […]The post 19 Creative Ways To Use Recycled Tires As Home Decoration appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
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    Beta Motivation » Everything

  • ❼ Free Things You’re Getting & Other Updates on My Book

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    This post is a fun little update on my upcoming book, STORY STORY: How I Found Ways to Make a Difference and do Work I Love. Prefer to Read? Click Here Shoutout to my lovely buddy, Faithy Igho. Thanks for asking me to do this post
  • ❼ Do You Know Why We Can’t Have World Peace?

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    This blog post is about something I think every single person should be talking and thinking about. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here Recently, I’ve been doing a ridiculous amount of reading. I am currently reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela I’ve done some reading on the history of Europe & the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire I’m also doing some reading on African Political Systems I’m reading because I’m mystified I cannot seem to wrap my mind around all of the terrible things happening in the news lately. I cannot comprehend this concept…
  • ❼ 7 Brilliant Quotes for Africans by Africans

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Home, Africa, Nigeria, has been on my mind a lot lately. How I can expand my vision to make a difference there. How I can be more connected with other Africans who live abroad. How I can harness the wisdom of anthropologists, African leaders, and other thought leaders who care about the future of the continent. I’ve come to believe that decisive action is the best form of eloquence. If this is true, then what can we do today, right now to move Africa forward? I believe this. Absolutely and completely. I believe this too. Absolutely and completely. This means we must work with vigor but…
  • ❼ How I Make Money from My Blog

    11 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the past, I didn’t pay too much attention to making money from this blog because I was more interested in using it as a place to showcase my ideas and book speaking engagements. Also, I felt that the money I would make would be so little that it wasn’t worth the effort. Last year, however, things changed a little bit. Prefer to Read? Click Here I discovered that making money from this blog was actually a terrific way to make a difference for orphans. So, rather than keep the money for myself, I began to give away 100% of the money made from this blog to the Global Orphan…
  • ❼ 10 Random Facts about Me

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It’s a new year so let’s start off with the basics – introductions. You know, you and I getting to know each other a little bit better. Eh? Prefer to Read? Click Here I’ll share 10 utterly random facts about myself and you can leave a comment to let me know if you relate to any of them.   Come March, I will be a published author   I included the fact above only because I felt obligated to do so   I don’t drink beer   My favorite liquids are green tea, cranberry-vodka, and rosé (in that order)   I avoid all activities that involve getting wet   I’m…
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    Professor Jacob Abraham

  • The other side of the river

    Jacob Abraham
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Those who stand on the other side of the river will never comprehend your thoughts however cleverly you utter it.Think about such a situation.Two persons are standing on the opposite sides of a river. They talk the same language. They follow same gestures. They wear identical dresses. Their race is the same. They belong to the same gender. There is no plausible reason against a reasonable communication between them.Still they always fail to communicate.Communication is not just talking. It is not just showing gestures. It is reaching the other person with your thoughts. It is a meeting of…
  • Lessons from a farmer

    Jacob Abraham
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    A farmer indeed is a wise person. He is the bread provider of the world. Without him the world would go hungry and waste. Hence he may be called the wisest person in the world. He is wise because he knows the secret to success. He brings out success from the cursed land. He successfully uses his knowledge and skill to feed the world. He is an entrepreneur whose success is shared with the world. His success is life to the world; his failure is the death of the world.He proclaims excellent lessons for success. 1.    Faith in the laws of the UniverseThe universe has certain laws…
  • Life is a horrible dream

    Jacob Abraham
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Life is a horrible dream to rise to a beautiful reality.I believe in afterlife. I am not scientifically sure of afterlife. If there is no such thing I lose nothing by believing in it. If there will be an afterlife, my hope won’t be at loss. The expectation of a more blessed and glorious life after this fretful life is a consolation. Man lives on such consolations. Every dream of a better tomorrow is an uncertainty and an abstract platform on which we live today.That is why I believe in after life.I have no intention of passing on a negative message to the readers by calling life on this…
  • How to face challenges

    Jacob Abraham
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Running away only increases the distance Running away from a problem only increases the distance between you and the problem. It does not solve any problem.I too agree with many present day motivators that perception and description can create a difference. How we perceive a situation and how we describe a situation is very important in overcoming or conquering the situation. The perception has a key role. The description continues the perception. You may solve, overcome and conquer the situation according to your perception and the description of that perception.Empowering words applied to…
  • The ant and the mystery of the world

    Jacob Abraham
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is not a statement on any scientific truth; this is only a moral story. Our story narrates one of the many strange experiences an ant goes through in his life. Some of them reveal the mystery of the world, while some others are everyday experience with no philosophical insights. In fact all experiences in our life are philosophical statements since everything speak about the mysterious thing called life.One day the ant was roaming aimlessly. Its stomach was full. The air was calm and comfortable. Since the ant was not used to sit idle, it came out of the anthill hoping to have another…
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    Wish Me Love

  • Put Some Legs On Your DREAMS

    wish me love
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The only difference between a dream deferred and a dream fulfilled is the person who dreamed the dream. Recently I was chatting with a coworker about a business idea that came to her last year. The minute she began sharing it with me her entire face lit up. She explained the intricate details of how the business would be named and run. The level of excitement was contagious and everyone around hearing about it believed her idea to be a golden one. All I wanted to do was jump on the train and do everything I could to be a witness to this vision coming to life for her! When I asked her what her…
  • Won’t You Come Out of Hiding?

    wish me love
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you will show up to your life, your life will show up for you. It was a little over a year ago when I was invited to give a short talk at a Speak Write and Promote event facilitated by best selling Author Cheryl Richardson and President of Hay House Reid Tracy. The talk went much better than I expected. I was left wondering why I wasn’t out and about in the world carrying the message in my heart to others in an official capacity. I was ultimately exposed to a most clarifying reality, I was living my life in deep hiding. I called Cheryl’s radio show and discussed a few things…
  • You Are The Center Of Your World

    wish me love
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    There is no one that matters in your life more than you. For the past several weeks I have been making room for greater connection in my life. This shift coming as a result of a ton of personal work I did on myself in 2014. Having done the work a new friend with an open heart recently invited me to travel and spend some time with her. What most people don’t know about me is I spend most of my personal time alone. Over the years I’ve become a hermit, a recluse, only venturing out into the world to connect periodically with spiritual communities, work for my survival and buy food.
  • Are You Making Room For Recovery?

    wish me love
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The thing to remember about recovery, it takes time. Recovery has taken me more time than I would have imagined when I set out to heal my life ten years ago. The healing has come in waves. A piece of my soul, identity and expression resuscitated at a time. Restored to full life? Now that is a day I have been waiting for. You see, the state of recovery is much different than full life. Recovery tastes bitter and full life, I imagine, tastes sweet.  The last decade of my life has been spent recovering from all the life I lived before May 1, 2004. A life that was never really mine.  A life…
  • The Mystery of Life and Death

    wish me love
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is important to remember that in order to live your best life you must allow your heart to embrace and surrender to the mystery of life and death.   It was only a few months after her passing when I first discovered the power of author and teacher Debbie Ford and her work, in between breakthroughs I was beating myself up for missing her presence on earth all together. I couldn’t believe that I’d missed her and that my timing was unrecoverable, that I would never get the chance to sit at her feet and learn from the one who’s work was clear to me the missing piece to…
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    Explore Beyond the Usual™

  • Change Your Language, Change Your Story

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
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  • My Journey Continues

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    I wrote in a previous post about how working with bringing Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be brought me to Vermont. I feel that both the work with Opening the Heart and the move to Vermont... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Compassion for Others; Compassion for Ourselves

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A constant question, a constant search through the ages for many people, I believe, is how we reach that place in ourselves where we learn to have compassion for others as well as having compassion... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Universe is a Quantum Universe

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I know that I wrote about how the Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be project began in my “Adventures in Publishing” post some time ago (Click here to read)  but I have been reflecting... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
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    Pi values!

  • Lessons for a father - Bringing Emotions To Work

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWe have all had those days in our lives. Those are times when our favorite project is cancelled after weeks of hard work; when a customer gives us a lashing when we were actually sure of having a good meeting; when our friend (and co-worker) is laid off suddenly; or our boss assigns us more work when we already had more than our fair share of work.Been there. Done that. Got a whole wardrobe of t-shirts.If you are one of those lucky few, however, that have not had to deal with this, then you must know of people who have lost control of their emotions at work, slamming…
  • Lessons for a father - Do Not Forget. Do Move On.

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrTough week this. Physically and emotionally, it took a lot to get through. It will be sometime before my professional team can get through the toll that last week has taken on us.Having said that, I do realize, and appreciate, that I work with some very strong people. Their mental strength is par none and if I could choose a team of people to work with, I would not choose anyone else.No matter what we do, we all deal with adversity. Sometimes, unfortunately, the challenge we face in our fight against adversity is just a bit too much to deal with immediately. It takes…
  • Lessons for a father - The Idea Of Absolute Independence

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrLet us start with a premise. No matter what the reason, all violence - especially one that spills innocent blood, should be abhorred and cannot be justified.What happened in France this week and in many nations around the globe in the name of the divine, even in God's name, cannot and must not be tolerated. The killing of the Charlie Hebdo  staff by, not the followers of a faith but, terrorists has brought a very opinionated and hardly-ever-united world together. It makes me think about the idea of absolute independence though. Independence cannot make…
  • Lessons for a father - One In 7 Billion

    28 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWe are about to get into a new year. For some of us this is the time of new year resolutions. We will, perhaps, try to be better, faster, stronger and smarter in the new year. This holiday season and the new year will also give us an opportunity to introspect and make sure we are at least on the path to where we want to be.Let us, then, look at ourselves as we are. We represent ourselves through a very layered means. We are a species and a gender. We are the people of a nation. We have a language (or in some cases multiple languages) that we use to communicate. We have…
  • Lessons for a father - Our Own Schrödinger’s Cat

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrThe Premise Of The Thought ExperimentSchrödinger wanted people to imagine that a cat, poison, a Geiger counter, radioactive material, and a hammer were inside of a sealed container. The amount of radioactive material was minuscule enough that it only had a 50/50 shot of being detected over the course of an hour. If the Geiger counter detected radiation, the hammer would smash the poison, killing the cat. Until someone opened the container and observed the system, it was impossible to predict the cat’s outcome. Thus, until the system collapsed into one…
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    Serene Reflection

  • Poems: Notice The Underlying Presence

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Marry the chaos with stillness. The old with the new. The known with the unknown. The distraction around and the emptiness within. The spoken and the unspoken. The tangible and the sensed. What was hoped for, and has been lost, What is waiting to be born again. Include it all. Integrate everything. The days of separation are gone. It is time to bridge the gap in between. Let there be no more excuses, No more defense, arguing, procrastinating. We are but fragments of a whole piece, Floating in doubt for too long. Warring lets none of us win But forces our habitual burdens Onto the next…
  • What If Life Is Working For You And Not Against You?

    7 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    We are hardwired and habituated to giving attention to data that matches our beliefs.  The stress of cognitive dissonance, or finding information contradictory to our beliefs, leads us to dismiss or neglect information that challenges our belief systems. Our survival instincts also tend to heighten the importance we give to our adverse experiences.  So unknowingly, we often reach an unvoiced conclusion: “Life is a struggle.”  Then we set off battling our way through daily challenges, anticipating worst case scenarios and being on the defensive with others and with life itself.
  • Are You Being Supportive Or Intrusive?

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:06 am
    In playing the role of a parent, a caregiver, a supportive friend, a healer, a mentor and the like, one of the most delicate balances to achieve is that between ‘being’ and ‘doing’.  The meaning of these oft used spiritual phrases are likely best understood through personal experience. Theory cannot restrain the empathy or impulse to reach out actively to the ones we care for.  Nor can we be blind or deaf to the sometimes stated and at other times silent cries for help.  The teachings do not draw clear boundaries demarcating, “Here, it is best you step in.  Here, it is best you…
  • Preparing For The New (Year)

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    The freshness of the coming year is heralded well before its dawn. Transitions are rarely cataclysmic, overnight changes like the celebration of a 31st night would have us believe. More often, there are gradual shifts towards a tipping point, followed by an adjustment period of recalibration to a newer way of being. So for those of us who found 2014 to be an impactful year, the suggestion would be to take the last few days of this year to assimilate and consciously integrate your growth.  There would be habits and complaints to leave behind.  There would be dreams and fears that have now…
  • A Prayer To Restore Faith

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

  • Avoid Boredom By Taking Chances

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Boredom: the desire for desires. – Leo TolstoyOur Western world is heavily dependent on routine and becoming indifferent to it. The daily grind of waking up early, getting ready, going to work, and then ending it all by crashing in front of the T.V. creates a cycle where people run on continuous auto-pilot. This process is such an engrained habit each step is completed with little thought.A troubling transformation kicks in at this point. Desires, dreams, and wishes are replaced by the routine. It becomes the reason for living. It is the primary focus of all daily agendas. The wish to…
  • Don't Forget That Life is Amazing

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    It's so easy to get caught up in all the details of our busy lives that we can forget how amazing it is that we are here at all – that we are alive, at this very moment, on this planet.By remembering to be aware of the big picture, we can bring a refreshing perspective into our lives. It's easy to do. Amazing sights are all around us. All you have to do is remember to pay attention. Try some of the following ways to shift your perspective, and you will feel the stress of the day's problems start to melt away as your awareness expands to embrace the amazing things that are all around…
  • How the 7 Huna Principles Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Huna refers to Hawaiian shamanism, an ancient system of spiritual and personal empowerment. Here is an overview of each of the seven Huna principles, along with how they can help you manifest your goals and intentions:1. The world is what you think it is. (Ike)This principle reminds us that "reality" is subjective; while one person might consider a plate of spaghetti their favorite meal, another might be revolted by it. Whatever meaning you give to anything is your "reality." How might you change your life by changing your interpretation and experiences of things?2. There are no limits;…
  • Keeping a Yoga Journal

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Not to be confused with the popular publication of the same name, a yoga journal is one of the most effective ways to improve your practice while also serving as a personalized resource.  A written record of your yoga journey can document how far you have come and what you still want to accomplish, as well as various tools that can help you get there. Here are some ideas about ways to use a yoga notebook.Yoga Practice LogbookA record of your at-home yoga practice is a fun and informative way to keep track of how much time you are devoting to yoga. If you have some specific practice…
  • Our Daily Bread: Increasing Food Gratitude

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    It’s natural to want the healthiest, most nutritious food for yourself and your family. Growing concerns over food-sensitivities, the use of pesticides, animal welfare and GMO-products sometimes make it feel like food choices are limited. How often do we say, or hear others say “I can’t eat that” or “that kind of food is bad?” Sometimes the quest for the best possible versions of food make us forget to be grateful for the simple fact that we have easy access to it. Not everyone does. There’s no need to feel guilty if we’re fortunate enough to have a full pantry, but forgetting…
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    Coffee-Stained Journal

  • Internal monologue ~ William James

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Internal Monologue ~ William JamesSeek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.~ William James Shout-out to Chris Barker and his intriguing #postbark project for the inspiration and the lovely postcard that carried above aphorism all the way across the big pond to Edinburgh and has been a wonderful surprise for someone special…Ein von Chris Barker (@postbark) gepostetes Foto am Dez 19, 2014 at 7:22…
  • Unconditional

    4 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    L-if-e | Don’t build your life around a giant “if”The post Unconditional appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • Concrete Memories

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

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

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

  • The one person I am with forever is me

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    The one person I am with forever is me. My relationship with myself is eternal, so I choose to be my own The post The one person I am with forever is me appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the end, You’ll Know Which People Really Love You

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    In the end, You’ll Know Which People Really Love You. They’re The Ones Who See You For Who You Are And No The post In the end, You’ll Know Which People Really Love You appeared first on Sad... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let Your 2015be a year full of positive

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Let Your 2015be a year full of positive changes The post Let Your 2015be a year full of positive appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How can I add to the Light of the world today

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    »• A JOYful Inquiry »• How can I add to the Light of the world today? … I love this query and The post How can I add to the Light of the world today appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My best friend sees in me

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
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    Programming Life

  • The False God of Sin

    Matt Catlett
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Sistine Chapel ceiling – Fall and Expulsion from Garden of EdenMichelangelo Buonarroti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Oh Child of God, have you glorified your mistakes into sins? It is ever so easy to take moral principles and use them in spiritual judgment of yourself. What is given as a guideline to sight is reinterpreted [&hellip The post The False God of Sin appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Don’t Leave It on the Zafu

    Matt Catlett
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    There is no difference between spirituality and life. We practice meditation and conduct our prayers to realize our unity with the One. We thereby remember our freedom, and through that freedom we clear our hearts and minds of useless baggage of self. That clearing uncovers the light within us, which radiates as acceptance, peace, compassion [&hellip The post Don’t Leave It on the Zafu appeared first on Programming Life.
  • The World is a Campfire

    Matt Catlett
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    All this world is a thriving, crackling campfire. We are the tribe gathered round, staring into the flames and talking about matters of the heart. All material things are the burning pieces of wood being consumed by the fire of time, but they are not us. There are not many in the tribe, although the [&hellip The post The World is a Campfire appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Attachment and Separation

    Matt Catlett
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Clinging to objects, people, or ideas is a fundamental cause of suffering. It is inevitable that you will lose the things of this world that you treasure. Try as you might, you won’t take wealth, status, relationships, or your body with you. Therefore, we must let go of attachment to cultivate happiness. This drives many [&hellip The post Attachment and Separation appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Form and Meaning

    Matt Catlett
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    When I’m chanting my mantra, the form of it changes very little. It’s the same “Om Mani Padme Hum” again and again. But the meaning shudders like entire worlds flickering in and out of focus. Sometimes, I waver into ego and darkness begins to cloud out the light. Against fear and attachment, the mantra then [&hellip The post Form and Meaning appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • 15 Good Conversation Starters to Connect With Anyone

    Barrie Davenport
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    As my kids have gotten older, I’ve noticed my circle of friends has gotten smaller. It’s not that I’m antisocial now. It’s just that having kids tends to create quick and plentiful connections. You’re thrown in the path of other adults through your children’s’ school, sports activities, and social events and can make some easy friendships…. Continue Reading… The post 15 Good Conversation Starters to Connect With Anyone appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Organize Your Life: 5 Habits To Streamline And Simplify

    Barrie Davenport
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    I’m in the process of preparing my house for sale. My youngest daughter graduates from high school this year, and I’ll be without a child in the house for the first time in 23 years. Having lived in the same house for nearly 18 of those 23, we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. I’m… Continue Reading… The post Organize Your Life: 5 Habits To Streamline And Simplify appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • The Proven Method For Building Habits That Stick

    Barrie Davenport
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    I’ve had the good fortune of working with many amazing coaching clients, people eager to make positive change in their lives. But to this day, there’s one client whose courage and tenacity simply blows me away. When she hired me, this client wanted to work on building her own business. She was smart, articulate, and… Continue Reading… The post The Proven Method For Building Habits That Stick appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Making Good Choices: 6 Steps To Reclaim Your Personal Power

    Barrie Davenport
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Have you ever stopped to think how you got where you are today? I’m not talking about your mode of transportation. I mean, how did you wind up with your particular life? How did you end up with your career, the person you married, the home you where you reside, and the experiences you’ve… Continue Reading… The post Making Good Choices: 6 Steps To Reclaim Your Personal Power appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 5 Traits Of Habit Warriors, Video 2 In My Free Series

    Barrie Davenport
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    In my two careers, as a public relations professional and now as an online entrepreneur, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some really high achieving people. During my PR career, I worked with celebrities, professional athletes, CEO’s, artists, physicians, politicians, and many other professional leaders. As a coach and entrepreneur, my path regularly… Continue Reading… The post 5 Traits Of Habit Warriors, Video 2 In My Free Series appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Robin William Depression Quotes

    JJ Wong
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • What Is The Meaning Of Life?

    Darren Chow
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    meaning of life “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde I’ve seen a lot of lost soul, people who repeat the same thing each day even though they dislike it. And I have seen a lot of dreamers, people who have great vision but caged in their own tiny circle, which others known as the comfort zone. They have everything they need: food, shelter, and clothing like the others. Their life seems perfectly fine, yet at the same time, they still feel unsatisfied about something and they do not seem to enjoy their life. It’s like their life…
  • Quotes About Love

    JJ Wong
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
      Quotes about Love Love is when you sit beside someone doing nothing yet you feel perfectly happy. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Live in Such a Way

    JJ Wong
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Live in Such a Way Live in such a way, that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Maya Angelou Life Quotes

    JJ Wong
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Maya Angelou Life Quotes You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • A Child's Map to Happiness: What Happens When We Stop Being Childish

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Childish is a derogatory term. A childish person is annoying. Stubborn. Ignorant. Just to name a few. It almost seems like we have forgotten all the great qualities we had as children.As we're growing up, we're told to become serious people, like real adults. We're taught to shed our playfulness, because being childlike is wrong.I touched on this subject in my previous article, Guide to a More Peaceful Life, and since I consider it such an important and relevant topic, I would like to elaborate on it more.Losing our childlike nature can cause more issues than we might think. Let's go through…
  • Guide to a More Peaceful Life

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    After a particularly stressful period in my life, I decided to gather a couple of points to follow for restoring one's inner peace, even in the most stressful of times. I hope this article will help bring that smile of joy to your face, dear reader.1. Disconnect and reconnectIn this modern age of smartphones, we are checking our social sites and emails every 5 minutes, probably without realizing how much time we waste on refreshing that feed. And I haven't even mentioned apps yet.Most of us work in front of computers, which requires us to sit in front of a screen all day. Then we go home and…
  • 2015: Your Best Year Yet - How to Make Every Breath Magic

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    First things first, I would like to wish you all a peaceful and joyous new year! Another year is behind us. This is the time when we think back of that year and evaluate what we went through, how our life changed and what direction we are taking with this new year.I did the same thing, and I would like to share my conclusions with you all. I'm hoping it will make you look forward to this new year, whatever it may hold for you. For me, 2014 was an incredibly challenging year. I went through multiple things that would evoke a lot of people's pity. Still, as I look back, 2014 has been one of my…
  • The Difference Between a Zen Master and You

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    When we think of amazingly peaceful people like Zen masters, we might think they are completely different from us, that they possess some kind of superhuman ability that we will never be able to have.By thinking like this, we prevent ourselves from ever becoming more than our thoughts. It's a sort of excuse: by saying that you inherently lack something in order to change, you're permitting yourself from ever developing.Zen masters were once ordinary human beings, just like us. One is not simply born a Zen master.We are all human, we all share the same range of emotions we are capable of…
  • Unlearning Harmful Habits with the Help of Psychology and Buddhism

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    We all want to become better and happier people, but most of us are not sure how to do that, or we are looking for answers in all the wrong places. This human mind we have can be so vast and confusing, sometimes it's easy to get lost inside our own selves.The hardest thing is always the first step, since taking the first step means we know what to do. Self-development begins when we understand that we act out of habit.The anger we feel, the anxiety, the fear, the doubt - it's all out of habit. When we have had enough of them and visit the psychologist for help, they help us identify these…
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher

  • Is there a problem with money?

    Oded Ben-Ami
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Whenever it comes to spirituality, it almost seems as though Money is a bad word. It is presented as if it is on the opposite end from spirituality. There are many possible reasons for this. Perhaps one them is that money is considered as belonging to the materialistic/physical world, used for purposes of materialistic attainment, while spirituality is used to attain something which is non-materialistic. Whatever the reasons are, everything has a spiritual aspect to it – everything – money included. But perhaps some of us have developed certain complexes when it comes to money, as…
  • The greatest gift possible

    Oded Ben-Ami
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    How amazing is this; “I”! Most people never get to think about it, so here it is: From a purely statistical/probability perspective, how unlikely it is for me to BE – that is – through birth. It would have been more likely that I would have not come to be born in the first place. The very fact that “I AM”, the very fact that I can say “I” and that there is in fact an “I”, is to me totally amazing. An opportunity that is unparalleled by anything. The vast majority of us are busy with the nuts and bolts of daily life, too busy perhaps…
  • The tremendous power of choice

    Oded Ben-Ami
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Whatever choice we make in life, serves as an exclusion of everything else. Every single moment is a crossroad. By choosing a path, we cannot simultaneously walk any of the other paths. That’s tremendous power that we have, if one is to consider the option – which again – is also within our power. The option is choosing not to choose. By making this choice, we become observers, basking in infinite potential: anything is possible – any road can be taken at any given time, yet is left untreaded. This too has tremendous beauty and power, although of a very different kind.
  • Expectations

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

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

  • An Ancient Monkey Kingdom & birthplace of a Monkey God

    5 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Place: Anegundi, KarnatakaClaim to fameBirthplace of India’s revered Monkey God, Hanuman. Home to the ancient monkey Kingdom of Kishkinda. Prominent location for turning-point events in the mega Indian epic, the Ramayana. Part of the Hampi World Heritage Site thatdates back to over 5000 years – way older than the ancient Hampi itself! The plateau is said to be the oldest on the planet, over 3000 million years and counting.Photo: KrishnadevarayaThe Grand SeductionAnegundi may seem like a tiny, unassuming village, but it has all the  trappings of a grand seduction of an entirely new…
  • Snapshots of Hampi, India

    30 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Hampi is a small, yet stunning village in #Karnataka, India. Strangely strewn boulders make way for lush paddy fields. Ancient monuments and ruins rise up from earth, creating a time warp that transports you to the medieval times.   The #Tungabhadra River snakes through languidly, adding magic, romance and character to the landscape.Once  the capital of the mighty Vijaynagara Empire, #Hampi offers a stunning peak into the architectural vision and marvels of the  13th to 14th Century.  However, what predates its political history by many centuries, is its religious history.
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 81

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Relook at your beliefs about love Love does not always come with red roses and mushiness. Yet, it does come to you almost everyday. You simply don’t recognise it as it’s not always romantic love, nor always from the person you expect it from. Often it may not even match the definition you have set in your head. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there. When a parent worries for you, a friend pushes you to leave a bad relationship, another pushes you to reach your potential, yet another tells you an uncomfortable truth about yourself—they are all engaging in acts of love. Notice them,…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 80

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

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

  • Ecstasy Rising

    Liz DiAlto
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The scene: A spiritual retreat in Longmont, CO. I sat in a room with twenty-one other women, propped up comfortably on a meditation pillow. Feeling particularly tender from the experience of the last two days, I’d intentionally positioned myself in front of the shared living altar we all created the night before. You know, to soak up some extra Divine juju. The woman leading the current exercise asked to speak to the various voices of our psyches. Fear, Lack, Abundance, Protector, Controller. It was really interesting to tune into my own voices and to hear the expression of others. Then she…
  • Vegan Confessions

    Hayley Hobson
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    The truth is, sometimes being a vegan is tough. Yes, it’s my choice, but sticking to it isn’t always easy, and I’m no angel. I’m not too proud to share with you some less than vegan things I do. I don’t cook anymore Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. I used to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals, but then no one in my family wanted to eat what I made. I’d have a fridge full of amazing prepared, vegan food that I couldn’t eat by myself. I got tired of doing so much prep just to wind up throwing it away because it went bad before I could finish it. To be perfectly…
  • How to Lose $500,000 and Still Love Your Life

    Stephan Gardner
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    A friend and colleague of mine, named Paul, came to me a few years ago. He was really struggling with the loss of nearly $300,000 and wanted some guidance to work through his stress. It was a special loss as it occurred the moment his son was born. The story goes that Paul was investing in a venture and he was intending on using the returns to build a new room in his house for his newly arrived son. The exact moment his son was born, Paul got a call from his venture partners saying that the investment was bust and the money was gone. Now, Paul isn’t exactly a struggling entrepreneur,…
  • The Good, the Bad and Everything in Between

    Terri Cole
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    One of my favorite year end traditions is one where I spend time reflecting on my year; the good, the bad and everything in between. I then decide what nuggets of wisdom to take with me from each experience into the New Year and what crap I want to leave behind. All of my clients and pals participate in this annual exercise with interesting and helpful results. There is a profound peace in understanding the, sometimes painful but always valuable, lessons that come from challenges and struggles. Once you understand what you learned about yourself or your choices and what you might choose to do…
  • Seeking is endless. It never comes to a state of rest; it never ceases.

    Positively Positive
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. Seeking Your Dharma We Were Together. I Forget the Rest.
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    Get Motivated

  • What makes you stronger

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    What making you stronger is not thinking about strength or reading about how to acquire strength, it's getting up, working hard, doing what you don't feel like doing and moving out from your comfort... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Motivate your day

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    1. Just one more time, the hardest way to fall is leaving yourself fall without any resistance.  2. You may try a hundred times and think you have failed while you are on the step just before... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • what you believe in is what you become

    10 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    Tell yourself that you are going to succeed and repeat it several times a day. With the time passing, one day you are going to be surprised with where you will be standing, this may be on the first... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • And I will write my own story

    10 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    And I will write my own story; I have been watching the lives of people; those who succeed, those who fail and those who are lost in between. I have been learning, failing, succeeding and living.... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • So, it's okay

    2 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    No matter how slow you are going or how slow you are getting close to your dreams, you are still in the right direction, so it's okay..The little features you own that simply don't stand out yet no... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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    Left Brain Buddha

  • What a Wonderful, Beautiful World!

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In the midst of all the news of the violence and hatred and ugliness in the world in the last few weeks (months, years…?), we can sometimes lose sight of the sheer beauty and true awe-someness of our little part of the universe. My good friend Liv Lane says that when we focus on the sweet stuff around us, the sweet stuff multiplies. When we look for beauty, we’ll find it. Unfortunately, our brains have a built-in negativity bias, an evolutionary predisposition to look primarily for the possible threats in our environment. Neuroscientist Rick Hanson says our brains are like velcro…
  • Mindfulness: This Is It

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I have a necklace bearing the inscription “This is it” by Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. This is it: This is it. This is all there is. This is it is a call to mindfulness. It is a reminder to BE in the present moment. This is the moment we have been waiting for. This is the moment that matters. Mindfulness means bringing our nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. We can be aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings, and the sights and smells and sounds of life all around us. Mindfulness doesn’t mean “thinking of nothing.” It’s not “clearing your mind.” It’s just…
  • My Favorite Books About Mindfulness

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Have you seen the most recent cover story from Parade Magazine? I’m not really a fan of the “everybody’s doing it” reason to do something (nor am I a fan of sitting down and meditating in the middle of the street in front of the US capitol, for that matter). But I am excited to see more attention given to meditation and its benefits. It looks like the “Year of Mindful Living” proclaimed in 2014 is catching on, and will continue in 2015. I began this website back in 2013 to serve as a source of information and inspiration for people who are looking to begin…
  • My Word for 2015: abunDANCE!

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Two years ago, my word-of-the-year was Breathe. For 2014, it was Dance. (And also Frog — you can read more about that here.) Breathe. Dance. Humans have been doing both of those things since the beginning of our existence, as each is absolutely necessary for us to remain vibrantly alive. Clearly, I chose important words. I also chose easy words. Breathe and dance are nice and warm and fuzzy and comfortable words for me. They’re things I’d do even if they weren’t my word for the year. This year, I wanted a word that would challenge me. The word that kept popping up for…
  • A Mindful Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    28 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After the merry-making, gift-giving, and gift-returning, one more holiday tradition remains: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Resolutions. It’s probably fitting that after a season of indulgence (financial and/or caloric), we resolve to change our habits in the new year. Lose ten pounds! Exercise 5 times a week! Save more money! No more ugly sweaters! And then, come Valentine’s Day, we sit on the couch with our chocolates, laughing with our sweetheart about how rarely we’ve used that new gym membership (which is working out to about $35 per workout), and wondering…
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    Victory Movement

  • Top 5 Best Selling Clickbank Products For 2015

    Justin Bonesteel
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Start Selling The Best Clickbank Products Today! Welcome to my list of best selling Clickbank products for the new year! If you don’t know by now Clickbank is one of the best ways for anyone to make money online, you just sign up for their affiliate program and begin selling digital offers online. You also receive a generous commission from each since these products don’t have any overhead costs to produce (mostly informational products) they hand down most of the profit they make to you, the affiliate.  Some of the best selling Clickbank products are offering around 60%-75%…
  • Tsu, The New Social Media Site That Pays You!

    Justin Bonesteel
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Join Tsu today! Tsu (pronounced sue) is a new social media website that shares its earnings with the users!  Every post you make earns you money, how much you make depends on how many friends and followers you have. Although it wont make you an overnight millionaire, it is great to get paid for something you were already doing!    Message me if you need any help getting started I will be glad to help! So far the Tsu user interface is great! It’s like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram rolled into one and has the potential to be the next big social media site, it has grown the fastest…
  • Get Paid From Social Media!

    Justin Bonesteel
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    I am always on my social media checking for updates and just to see the next funny post someone has shared, but I never imagined I could get paid for it! These days social media accounts add so much value to every business who uses them, enough so that it has become a full time source of income for many people! These businesses that don’t have time to manage their Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest or Tumblr accounts pay people just like you to manage them and stay relevant everyday! These companies need your help! They are busy with things like payroll, insurance, taxes, sales and…
  • Willpower to Achieve Health and Fitness

    Robert Napolitano
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    People must learn to create their own good health through the dedication of diet, exercise, healthy home life, good influences from friends, and good luck through Karma. Health was always one of the main passions in my life since I started consistently weight training at age 17.  Resistance training is the habit most people lack from a young age.  This really helps to set the metabolism on the right course and turn the body into a fat burning machine, plus it makes you feel great.  Giving the body that shape at a young age goes a long way later on.  This type of training with a diet rich…
  • 10 Ways To Be Happier Daily

    Justin Bonesteel
    21 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    We all have rough patches in our day to day lives, whether it be at work, school, or at home. Some days we just don’t feel like doing anything because we don’t feel good about ourselves. This isn’t helping us at all, being happy and motivated helps in moving us forward towards our dreams and goals.  Whatever it may be that’s bringing you down try to put it out of your head and it will be much better for your health in the long run. To get motivated and stay focused can be a difficult task, whatever the case may be. Here are 10 ways to be happier daily, and stay focused and motivated…
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    Every Day Getting Better

  • Look Forward

    Ryan Wakefield
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look forward than to look back.
  • but people who never quit

    Ryan Wakefield
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.
  • Slow down & enjoy your Saturday with this Montana timelapse

    Ryan Wakefield
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Motivation is all around you, and as someone who is lucky enough to call The Last Best Place my home, I am motivated by Montana every day.  This video is remarkable, shot over a three week period by Mark Irion (view his YouTube channel here). Let it serve as a reminder to just slow down, and enjoy life.  Life comes at us so fast, that sometimes we miss the clouds, trees, mountains and stars.  The weekend goes fast – but don’t make it go any faster than it has to. #EDGB
  • Let Go

    Ryan Wakefield
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Let go of the things that do not make you strong.
  • Marvel’s new Civil War

    Ryan Wakefield
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Bohbeh / If you are a fan of Marvel comics or Marvel’s movies, you may know that in May of 2016, Captain America 3: Civil War will be released.  Well just a few days ago, Captain America (Chris Pratt) called out fellow Marvel hero, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in a Super Bowl themed civil war. Chris Evans is a huge New England Patriots fan, where as Chris Pratt is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.  The stakes – the loser will show up in character to the winner’s children’s hospital of choice. This is such a win win situation.  Think of the smiles on the faces…
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  • Being 10 Times Clearer On What You Want In Life

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    “To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” – Bunker Hunt What is it that you are committed to? You see this is a very important question, it has to do with your quality of life, relationships, legacy and peace of mind. […] The post Being 10 Times Clearer On What You Want In Life appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER.
  • The Number 1 Thing You Must Have To Be Successful In 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value” ~ Jim Rohn Have you you noticed that people who become successful value and HAVE a similar sense of urgency? Despite the different arenas of achievement whether it be sports, business, an entrepreneurial endeavor, acting, the arts, engineering, medicine; those who create that separation from the […] The post The Number 1 Thing You Must Have To Be Successful In 2015 appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER.
  • Average: 2014 Year In Review

    31 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    A couple years ago I saw something that was unique. On one of the blogs ( I follow they did a year in review and I said to myself then that it was pretty cool idea. The reason why it resonated with me is because I got tired of the fan fare that is a New Years resolutions. I understand […] The post Average: 2014 Year In Review appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER.
  • Average: Committed To Commitment

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

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

  • 37 Christopher Reeve Quotes For Becoming Superman!

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    37 Christopher Reeve Quotes For Becoming Superman! Our latest Christopher Reeve quotes on Everyday Power Blog. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. The post 37 Christopher Reeve Quotes For Becoming Superman! appeared first on Inspirational Blog | Motivational Quotes | Success Advice - Everyday Power.
  • 37 Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About A Better Life

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    37 Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About A Better Life Our latest collection of Theodore Roosevelt quotes on Everyday Power Blog.   “I am The post 37 Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About A Better Life appeared first on Inspirational Blog | Motivational Quotes | Success Advice - Everyday Power.
  • The Ultimate Collection of The Best Motivational Videos 70+

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The Ultimate Collection of The Best Motivational Videos 70+ Our latest massive collection of the best motivational videos from YouTube. A major THANK The post The Ultimate Collection of The Best Motivational Videos 70+ appeared first on Inspirational Blog | Motivational Quotes | Success Advice - Everyday Power.
  • 37 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes To Live By!

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:44 am
    37 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes To Live By! Our latest collection of entrepreneur quotes on Everyday Power Blog. 37 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes To The post 37 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes To Live By! appeared first on Inspirational Blog | Motivational Quotes | Success Advice - Everyday Power.
  • 37 Tim Ferriss Quotes About The 4 Hour Workweek Mindset

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    37 Tim Ferriss Quotes About The 4 Hour Workweek Mindset Our latest collection of Tim Ferriss quotes on Everyday Power Blog. “The The post 37 Tim Ferriss Quotes About The 4 Hour Workweek Mindset appeared first on Inspirational Blog | Motivational Quotes | Success Advice - Everyday Power.
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  • Ninth Commandment of Success: Conquer Excuses

    Chris Rither
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Anyone who has raised children realizes that humans pretty much begin life with this amazing ability to make excuses. It doesn’t matter if you catch them in the act; a child’s natural tenancy is to make an excuse. These excuses can be out right lies, twisting of the truth, or even strange yet imaginative utterances. Conquer Excuses – A wild story I remember catching my son taking one of my ‘forbidden to touch” tools. He stood there with the tool in his hand, inside the garage, right next to the toolbox. Instead of telling me he wanted to use the tool, or apologizing for…
  • Eighth Commandment of Success: Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate

    Chris Rither
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    As a grant writer for a number of years, I had the chance to work with numerous organizations. When preparing a grant one needs a great deal of information.  One vital part of a successful grant proposal is a well-defined evaluation process.  No foundation will spend a dollar on an organization that has no way of evaluating whether it has successfully reached its stated objectives. However, when I met with various organizational directors, and asked about their evaluation process, I was usually met with blank stares and puzzled looks. Eventually I was forced to develop a few training…
  • Power of change, and a good pizza

    Chris Rither
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Let’s say you never had pizza. One day on a trip you see pizza for the first time. You take a look and see that it’s large, flat, and round, and decide you don’t like large, flat, round things so you keep on walking. Little did you know that if you had just tasted the pizza, it would have become one of your favorite foods. However, by rejecting it by appearance only, you would doom yourself to a life lived without enjoying the greatest “food groups” in the whole wide world. The only thing more sad is many people go through life judging everything on outward…
  • Seventh Commandment of Success: Make and Take Opportunities

    Chris Rither
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:26 am
    The famous artist Henry Hartman once said, “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”. Webster’s defines opportunities as, “a good chance for progress”. defines it as, “a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal”, or “a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.” Notice the repetition of the words good, chance,  progress and success in these definitions. You see, I believe we all are given opportunities in life, and most only last for a short time.  If we don’t act on the opportunity when it…
  • Goal Setting Success: Stack Odds in Your Favor

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

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    When you think about a task and you think to yourself “that’s hard,” have you ever considered if it’s actually difficult  or is it “hard” because you think it’s hard? Or, is it “hard” because your expectations were different from the outcome? Or, was it because you thought it would take 5 minutes and it took an hour.  What’s the measuring stick for difficulty? Is it time? Effort? Struggle? How do you measure it? Not, how does he measure it? Not, how does that girl over there measure it? How do you measure it? Because when you know…
  • The End of Bullying

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    The American anti-bullying campaign is both perplexing and intriguing. Perplexing because when has bullying ever been cool. And intriguing because why after several hundred, if not thousands, of years of bullying is it now a social issue like homelessness, AIDS and cancer. Thirty years ago pushing kids around on the playground and being pushed around on the playground was a right of passage or a sign of growing up. The kids that pushed other kids around probably had parents that pushed kids around on the playground. And the kids that got pushed around probably had parents that got pushed…
  • Change: The Constant Always in Motion

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The Earth spins at a rate of 1670 kilometers per hour — never stopping for one moment. And with this constant motion, change is always occurring. It’s the constant in your math equation and the caffeine in your coffee – always there even if it’s just lingering. But it’s the big changes that most fear the most. Those are the ones that incite discomfort and worry because of the belief that the change will be far worse than today. But, this isn’t always the case. Not all change is for the worse. It can be good, and far better than the old. You might like it.
  • Jedhi Mind Tricks: Realness

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The atoms in a chair aren’t still or unmoving. They’re moving quickly — fast enough to be in motion, but slow enough to make the chair dense and appear unmoving.  Its appearance of a solid chair has more to do with how the eye interprets wavelengths and light, than whether the atoms are moving rapidly; they are, but the eye can only interpret light. This idea — visibility — often coincides with realness. Is real what is visible or what you’re able to see. What if you’re color blind? Green might not be visible for you, but for another it’s…
  • On Changing Your Mind

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Some strange expressions we have, but some of them have reason. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole is indecent. They don’t fit together — not cohesive — like wearing shoes too big , too small or uneven. But, changing someone’s mind fits in this same region. A waste of time it is, trying to please the unpleasing, or fit together two things of different seasons.  It’s better they change their own mind, or reason with their reasons. They can rationalize and criticize like wrestling their own demons. And in the future look out for attempting the indecent.
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    Info Self Development

  • Solitude: Do You Avoid Spending Time Alone?

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    It’s the weekend, your friends come round, you order a pizza from La Dolce Vita; you thought of making pasta but boiling the water requires constant checking. You have higher priorities than home cooking. As an organized person, you check your social media profiles while you listen to the conversation about fine dining without feeling […]
  • Is The Past Holding You Back from Your Future?

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Each morning you take the time to stare at the bathroom mirror, hoping that your face can hide your insecurities for one more day – you already know the day will be spent interpreting people’s smile and analysing your neighbours motives behind their small talk. You suspect them to see the seven, sixteen or twenty-one […]
  • Why Do You Let Fear Sabotage Your Life?

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    If self sabotaging was a crime then we would all be guilty of it. You might be looking at my words in stupor, the shock makes you think: “not guilty!” for you plan, prepare and always give the best of yourself so self sabotage issues have nothing to do with you. Well, let me refresh […]
  • Release Yourself From External Negativity

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    You have probably worked so hard to build a happy and fulfilling life. You strive to make it as nice and as comfortable as possible.Maybe you are lucky enough to have come to terms with what you can or cannot have. Despite your contentment and peaceful acceptance of life, you are sadly confronted on a […]
  • 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happiness is perhaps the most important thing to most people. Unfortunately, finding it is an endless pursuit that many never achieve. Almost every common avenue to happiness, including wealth, power, and fame, inevitably leads to frustration, sorrow, and unhappiness. No matter how successful you are, there are things to give up to be happy. These […]
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  • 6 Things College Students Say They Can’t Live Without

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    If a student chooses the right school, college can feel like home away from home. But to feel comfortable anywhere, certain things are necessary. While college students aren’t picky about much, there are a few must-haves they just can’t live without. 1. Student ID A student without their ID is a lost student. Besides often being their only form of identification, at many schools an ID is required for students to enter dormitories. A student ID also allows them to attend the fun and informative activities that occur on campus, and it will often get them discounts at museums and events…
  • 5 Must-Haves for a New Year’s Bash

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    After a year full of ups and downs, the only way to celebrate the start of a new calendar year is with an out-of-this-world New Year’s bash including all of your friends. Send out the invitations, and decorate the house; it’s time to count down the minutes to a new year. If you want to ensure that all of your guests have a time they’ll never forget, make sure your party includes these five must-haves. 1. Festive Drinks Everyone knows that the classic New Year’s drink is champagne. The sound of the cork popping out of the bottle is iconic. But be sure to offer a variety of other drinks…
  • Christmas Gifts to Make Dogs (and Their Owners) Howl for Joy

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    With so many people to buy for this Christmas, it can be hard coming up with ideas. Look no further when it comes to your dog-owning friends. Every dog owner loves to receive a present for their pooch. Whether it’s food or a new toy, what makes their furry friend happy will make them happy. And some of the ideas below will make life better for the human as well as the dog! Mug Featuring Fido’s Mug This gift isn’t for the dog as much as it is for the adoring dog owner. Customize a mug for your friend featuring their dog’s smiling face. The dog owner will love keeping a reminder of…
  • How to Throw an Awesome Christmas Dinner Party

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    The holiday season is upon us, and there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to celebrate. Hosting a Christmas dinner party can be one of the most rewarding ways to welcome the holidays, but it can also be extremely stressful. You want to be sure your guests have a great time! Below are a few tips that, when put into place, will make this year’s Christmas dinner party one your friends will be talking about for years to come. Send Out Invitations In the age of social media invites, an old-fashioned, mailed invitation to your Christmas dinner party will bring smiles to your…
  • 5 Unique Ideas to Make Your Holiday Office Party the Talk of the Water Cooler

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Holiday office parties can be really fun or really dull. What side they land on all comes down to preparation and what the host has to offer the employees who work so hard for the company every day. Utilize the ideas below to make this year’s holiday office party one your coworkers will be raving about all year long. Offer Unique Dining The majority of holiday office parties are catered, but pot roasts and mashed potatoes can get boring quickly. Rather than serving your coworkers asparagus as a side, hire a few food trucks for a fun and unique surprise! Be sure to offer a variety of food;…
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    Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author

  • You ARE Living the Dream

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Roxana writes about our power to create dreams and the ways how in someway, we're all living the dreams we have imagined in previous stages of our lives. The post You ARE Living the Dream appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • 2015: The Year of Healing and Transformation

    26 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    Roxana writes about her healing and transformation at Lourdes, during her sacred journey connecting with the Divine Feminine in several sacred sites throughout Europe. The post 2015: The Year of Healing and Transformation appeared first on Roxana Jones, Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Author.
  • Medjugorje: Reconnecting with the Divine Feminine

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

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

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

    Academy for Creative Training
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Unlike a camera that we use to focus on the image we want to capture, our eyes and our mind tend to wander, largely ignoring the wonders around us and often seeing things in a critical light. As a result we tend to mainly notice the ugly, the evil, the negative and the disheartening which in turn makes us frustrated, critical and whiners about everything around us. While it is true, that there is ample unpleasantness that we are subjected to, overlooking the brighter side of life would make us despondent and anxious. More importantly we fail to allow the wonders of life soothen our spirits,…
  • Get started …keep going

    Academy for Creative Training
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Until a few years ago, many motorized vehicles had starting trouble especially in winter and the monsoons. Fortunately with more research and better technology, very rarely does our vehicle give us starting trouble. Unfortunately, as individuals almost all of us have major issues with starting either something new or pursuing an existing activity. Evolution and technological revolutions have not helped the human race eliminate this limitation of starting trouble but they have facilitated ways and means to overcome it. However the real issue with personal starting troubles stems from the…
  • Choose well and make a difference to your life this year

    Academy for Creative Training
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    As the year 2014 comes to a close, we can reflect on the past and plan for the future. Reflection will enable us to track the highpoints as well as the low points of our life in 2014. It gives us a sense of fulfilment tinged with some remorse and possibly some regret too at the wasted opportunities. The image above gives us a plethora of options to reflect upon. You must also look at other aspects of your life and recount those special moments of elation and dispassionately analyze the low points of your life too. More importantly, reflect hard on the learning derived from the low points.
  • Start today and have no regrets later

    Academy for Creative Training
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    When December comes, we subconsciously review the year gone by and hope against hope that the New Year has better tidings for us. The fact is that each one of is solely responsible for the progress we make in our life, notwithstanding events and circumstances beyond one’s control that occasionally crop up and derail even the best of plans. December is also the time when many of us make resolutions for the New Year, most of it never written down. When next December comes we regret the opportunities gone by, the noble intentions never executed and keep fervently wishing we could turn the…
  • Magic Mantra

    Academy for Creative Training
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    The magic in the mantra is because it gives you the answers to the questions that have invariably troubled you at some point in time and even possibly trouble you even today. For all those who have a doubt and ask themselves ‘ Can I?’ or those who are resigned to their fate saying ‘ I can’t’ this magic mantra simply says ‘YES YOU CAN’. However the mantra puts the onus on YOU to get what you want. If you want growth – it could be in diverse aspects of your life like in physique / health / wealth /spirit / maturity you would be limited only by your inhibitions about reaching it.
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    Awesome AJ

  • Top 10 Motivational and Law of Attraction Posts of 2014

    Awesome AJ
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    Top Motivational and Law of Attraction Posts of 2014 2014 had been a phenomenal year and 2015 going to be a super phenomenal one. I am sure along with me you are on this journey to make this year your best year of life. Many of you are missing new blog post here on for some time, but now I am back in the flow. In the next couple of weeks, you will read super awesome posts with magical insights to manifest your dreams. From last few months, I am busy working on some new resources that will blow your mind and will take you on a new adventure. Before we move on to the…
  • Unlock The Secret Of Big Manifestation: What Kind Of Person Are You

    Awesome AJ
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Message From The Universe For You Are you attracting the life you want or a life of worry and frustration? Whatever you focus on, it expands. As you fill your mind and soul with love, gratitude and positivity, you will find more things to be grateful for. Find something to be genuinely grateful for at this moment, may it be your job, your family, friends, health, body or anything that you love and let that feeling of gratitude expand. As you keep finding more and more things in life to be grateful for, your positive vibration will touch the sky, your soul will find its wings to fly and your…
  • Happy New Year Gift: Dream Planning Guide For You – FREE DOWNLOAD

    Awesome AJ
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Wishing You a Super-Awesome New Year to Start Your Journey into this Phenomenal Year You must have reviewed your journey of 2014 and ready to make 2015 your Year of Awesomeness. If you haven’t reviewed 2014 yet, please download Review & Reward Guide of 2014. Are you ready to make 2015 Your Phenomenal Year of Life? It’s easy to start with new enthusiasm and optimism. But to maintain your momentum through the year, you need to set powerful and crystal clear goals. One reason most people what they want is they are not clear about what they want, why they want it and how they…
  • Thank You, 2014: Year End Review Guide – FREE Download

    Awesome AJ
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Today, you have completed another year of your life. While most of the people around you are ready to celebrate the new year and welcome 2015 with open arms, The Universe has chosen you to do something more. You have celebrated this day, years after years, but this year I am giving you an Awesome Formula to make the Year 2015 – Your Best Year of Life. Are You Ready to Make 2015 Your Most Phenomenal Year of Life? All great journey starts with great preparation, so to take off your flight of 2015, you must review your 2014 and reward yourself for all your success and introspect for all…
  • When You Are Grateful, Fear Disappears and Abundance Appears

    Awesome AJ
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Message From The Universe For You Gratitude is the most powerful force in the Universe. When you truly feel grateful for who you are and for what you have, you can bring what you want into your life easily and effortlessly. Every dreamer, who is on their journey to achieve their dreams, comes across various types of fears. Nobody can completely eliminate fear from their life, but success comes only to those who go beyond their fears. But how can you move beyond your fears?.…………. The answer is “With Gratitude”. Many of you must be thinking, it is the courage,…
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    Inspire Leads

  • 20+ Famous Luck Quotes

    Nadia Afandi
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Luck Quotes: Struggle and hard work is important to become successful. A person who makes habit of working hard never fails. Success and achievements are not easy to get. We can see that all the great people who made their names were very hardworking. In the beginning, when a person wants to achieve something, he may face a number of problems. It is also possible that he may fail but it is the rule that if a person keep trying, success can be achieved. Life is the name of hurdles. If we want to achieve such a thing which is very important for us then patience is the key thing. There is no…
  • 25 Quotes About Strength That Will Motivate You

    Nadia Afandi
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Quotes About Strength: Every person has to face difficulties in life. If we really think then we will come to know that troubles do not break us. They make us strong and give us strength. Courage does not mean that a person has no fear in his heart. It means a person despite his fears does not lose heart. He is always ready to welcome the challenges and to overcome his fears. Strength does not come easily. It requires a strong will and true motivation. A person who has aim in life that no matter what the conditions are will always fight becomes a successful person. He feels comfort in…
  • 25 Desktop Wallpaper 2015 Collection

    Sania Ali
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wallpapers are of everyone need. These are of great importance. Wallpapers are used in many devices. These are used in personal computer, laptops, mobile phone and tabs’ home screens. Wallpapers give your devices much beauty and look. There are many types of wallpaper which are available by operating system installed in devices. But everyone has its own liking and taste. Everyone wants change. So people keep on changing and searching different search engines to collect some latest wallpaper. By working on systems with same desktop wallpapers for a very long time makes us tired and bored.
  • 25+ Charismatic Collection Of Beautiful Flowers

    Sania Ali
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Flowers are a great way to express your love. Flowers make this nature more beautiful. There are many different types of beautiful flowers like green flowers, pink flowers, red roses and many others colorful flowers. But people prefer red or white flowers to express their love. Red flowers seem very romantic. Some people who are nature lover like flowers in their gardens. These flowers fragrance make their life more beautiful. In such a way they are able to smile even in sad moments or tough times. These flowers are not used to express love but you can give flowers at many other occasions…
  • 30 Lovey-Dovey Love Poems

    Afzal Ali
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It is said that Love joins the two souls and make these into a single soul. And there is no doubt. When a person gets in love, he/she can feel the feelings and emotions for his/her partner. Person thinks about his/her partner and his/her feelings. Person never wants to see his/her partner in any difficulty and problem. Whatever a person thinks suitable for him/her, he/she thinks suitable for partner. It is just the likeness becomes same. Love is actually a feeling and having the same thoughts. That’s why, it converts into a single soul. One never forget the famous legends and their love…
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    Inspiring Dose

  • 63 Toxic Beliefs That Poison Your Potential for Success

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    “That was too easy”“You didn’t work hard enough on that”“You got lucky that time. Luck never lasts.”These are the things that I believe about my work, myself, and my business. These are the words that kick me in the back of the knees as I try to move forward.These are limiting beliefs. And limiting beliefs are poison, success-limiting inner mantras that almost everybody carries with them.How Limiting Beliefs Truly Limit SuccessMy dad has always been a workhorse.He sometimes wakes up at 4:00 AM and leaves for work by 4:20. He works long and hard for every dollar he earns through…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Live a Zero Waste Lifestyle

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Imagine going through your daily life and not throwing out a single piece of trash. Does that even seem possible? We have become accustomed to using plastic bags to carry our groceries, buying products that are fully packaged and performing the daily ritual of throwing out the junk mail that fills our mailboxes. All of that waste has a significant effect, with an average person in the U.S. creating enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks a day. We are happy to break down this seemingly new zero waste trend for you, and present seven easy ways that eliminating waste can be implemented into…
  • A Surprisingly Inspiring Human Pyramid Contest (Video)

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every two years, the fine people of Tarragona, Spain come together to see who can build the highest most incricate human castle – or castell in Catalan. This mesmerizing tradition takes an incredible amount of strength and balance – as well as considerable guts. So it comes as no surprise that the casteller’s official motto is “strength, balance, courage and common sense.”Shot by Spain-based photographer Mike Randolph, this beautiful three-minute clip shows the strong, stocky men at the foundations and the delicate, agile little girls at the heights of the…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Be Mindful in Your Everyday Life

    3 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Bringing mindful, non-judgemental attention to the present moment has been getting a very good rap these days – in the workplace, in pop culture, and of course in spiritual circles. Research has found that people are substantially happier when paying attention to what they’re doing – even happier than if they’re daydreaming about something pleasant. While the fastest way to build up a strong level of mindfulness into your life is by developing a meditation practice, the ultimate goal is to implement it into day-to-day life – to enjoy longer and longer stretches of clear,…
  • Why One Act of Kindness is Usually Followed by Another

    31 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Small acts of kindness are sometimes powerful enough to make major headlines. In fact, you’ve probably read about or watched a few of these stories unfold in the past month. Here’s how it usually plays out: One person will do a good deed—such as placing a cup of coffee on reserve for a homeless person, or paying off a stranger’s layaway balance at Kmart—then a trend will start, with more and more people getting in on the act.The result is a feel-good story for all. The benefactors are happy to have done a good deed and the recipients are pleased to have been given a…
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • Law of Attraction

    M.C. Simon
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Law of Attraction By Jean Claude   Let’s take a look at the law of attraction from the point of view of the Kabbalists. I tend to be very skeptical of any new fad or mode of thinking that is… Read the rest
  • Will You Drink Coffee With Me? 5 Discoveries About Coffee Lovers

    M.C. Simon
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Seeing so many readers interested in my last articles on coffee, I thought it would be nice to know what preferences each one of them has. The internet is filled with coffee recipes, most of which look so delicious… you… Read the rest
  • Blog Tour – Hook

    M.C. Simon
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Title: Hook Author: K.R. Thompson Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale/Adventure Hosted By: DRC Promotions   Synopsis Archie Jameson sat in the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. Today, it found him. Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into… Read the rest
  • WHY Do We Label People?

    M.C. Simon
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    A new baby is born on this planet. Each second, four new babies are coming on this planet. New souls are destined each moment to start their journey in human bodies! What are we doing when we hear a new… Read the rest
  • Life Hacks Day 1

    M.C. Simon
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Life Hacks Day 1 By Luiza Ioana   To create a unique password, make one from a goal of yours which will also constantly help remind you of it. Want a tattoo? Hang a picture of a tattoo you want… Read the rest
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    Creative Sol Vibrations

  • Hotel Ostria: One of the Best Value for Money Hotels in Surat

    Dimpy Roy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Hotel Ostria is one of the best values for money options in the city of Surat which provides a comfortable stay option. It is situated at Meghani Tower, Delhi Gate, Surat in the state of Gujarat, India. How to reach: The hotel is within the easy reach for the travelers. The hotel is only 15 […] The post Hotel Ostria: One of the Best Value for Money Hotels in Surat appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Why Is It so Easy to Justify Addictive Behavior?

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    There’s no shortage of times throughout our adolescent years that we’re told drugs are bad for you. Yet addictive behavior impacts so many of us at some point in our lives; some more severely than others. Sometimes it’s smoking cigarettes and insisting that we’re not addicted, we’re just “social smokers.” Sometimes it’s addiction to an […] The post Why Is It so Easy to Justify Addictive Behavior? appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Blood Glucose & Diabetes: A Menace to Global Health

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Diabetes is a disease that cannot be overlooked, particularly when it comes to global health. This disorder has eaten deep into the world’s population, affecting both young and old individuals of all races at large. In the United States, about 5.9 percent of the total population is diabetic. Globally, it has also been referred as […] The post Blood Glucose & Diabetes: A Menace to Global Health appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • Top Online Marketing Trends That Dominated 2014

    Diana Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Working from home, using only your computer and the power of the internet, has its obvious advantages: you are free to plan your day in the way that suits you best, don’t have to suffer through traffic congestions and worry you will be late and, finally, there is the fact that you work from the […] The post Top Online Marketing Trends That Dominated 2014 appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
  • How To Build A Wildly Successful Business

    Diana Smith
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    If you have a big and already developed business, you’ve got nothing to worry about – you’re employing dozens of people, hiring new freelancers every day and managing numerous accounts. You’ve already made it and now it’s your time to make sure that your people follow orders and instructions, which is much easier when your […] The post How To Build A Wildly Successful Business appeared first on Creative Sol Vibrations.
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  • Behind the Portrait with Austin Young

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Hello and welcome to The Llama Post. Today I am very excited to be chatting with Austin Young, seminal portraiture photographer based in Los Angeles. Austin has photographed the who’s who of the sub, trans and queer community in New York, LA, and San Francisco. His work has been shown in major gallery exhibitions and has graced the pages of major publications worldwide. Austin’s portraits blend a subtle pastel colour palette with beautifully simple compositions to create incredibly perceptive images, often commenting on current queer culture. Austin also has a thriving YouTube…
  • An Interview with Candyman Jamie Laing

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Today we chat with Jamie Laing, enigmatic star of Channel 4’s hit show Made In Chelsea. Jamie has recently founded Candy Kittens, a gourmet confectionary and fashion brand based in London. Although a relative newcomer to the traditional confectionary market, Candy Kittens is absolutely flourishing. The brand has built a strong online presence, engaging in a fun way with its customers with frequent ‘pop-up’ events and has recently been stocked in the major supermarket chain Waitrose. So Jamie can you tell us a little about Candy Kittens and your reasons for founding the company? I came…
  • Getting Under the Skin of Alaska

    3 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I am very excited to be chatting with Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000! Today we hope to get underneath the skin of Alaska, one of drag’s most compelling and utterly mesmerising Queens. Completely otherworldly and outlandish, Alaska has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and recognition of her art since her season of Drag Race. With her dulcet vocals and alien good looks Alaska has released some great hit singles such as ‘Nails‘ and ‘Your Makeup is Terrible‘ and has recently starred as one of the American Apparel Ad Girls, with…
  • Brandy Monique and the Alchemy of FIG+YARROW

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hello and welcome to The Llama Post. Today we chat to Brandy Monique, the fabulous lady behind natural skincare brand FIG+YARROW. Based in Denver, FIG+YARROW is a small batch, handcrafted cosmetic company, using organic botanicals and a range of natural earth elements. Since its beginnings on Etsy, FIG+YARROW has grown tremendously, introducing people to the power of nature in cosmetics and personal care products. Can you tell us a little about  FIG+YARROW and why you founded it? FIG+YARROW is a bit of alchemy, a bit of plant spirit medicine and a bit of herbalism that grew out of a…
  • Larry Tee: Original Club Kid, Electroclash Bad boy, Fashion Designer

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    I am very excited to be chatting with Larry Tee, one of the original Club Kids, prolific music producer, and recently turned fashion designer. Tee has been described as the bad boy of electro music; challenging the conventions and prejudices within the music industry. He has been credited for inventing the music genre Electroclash and has been coined by the New York press as “the worlds first hipster”, seriously! Tee has long been part of the dance music scene, coming to prominence in the late 80s within the NYC Club Kids circuit, hosting epic nights at Michael Alig’s infamous DISCO…
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    Life Made to Order

  • How to Be Yourself when You’re Terrified to Be Yourself

    Kelli Cooper
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    So, on this lovely Friday,  I am pleased to bring you a guest post by my awesome husband Ryan. He is sharing some awesome tips today on how to step into you really are, and exist in that space with as much comfort as possible. He’s one smart dude who knows how to tell a story…enjoy!  I couldn’t believe that I saw his ding dong. The “up in the years” Balinese dude was splayed out on the beach, doing his best Kate Upton impersonation possible. Except he was desnudo. Baring it all in Bali. I had to give him credit; even though I averted my eyes to avoid the full junk…
  • Law of Attraction and Money: How to Feel Abundant NOW

    Kelli Cooper
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    There can sometimes be a bit of misunderstanding about law of attraction. Many believe it is all about thinking something and then having that thing happen. There is some truth to that, but it is a bit more complex than that. Just thinking about something does not necessarily mean that exact thing will happen, either instantly or at some point in the future. This is kind of good when you think about it…I don’t know about you, but I have some pretty weird thoughts run through my mind sometimes. Our thoughts are actually manifestations of our energy in a given moment. What we think…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Tips for Getting Your Brain on Board

    Kelli Cooper
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    We are basically comprised of two parts—big us and little us. Big us is our soul, spirit, higher self, or whatever you want to call it, and is directly connected to All That Is. This part of us is vibrating high and is pure love, happiness and all other sorts of warm fuzzies. It knows what a powerful creator we are, and that anything is possible for us. It knows our true purpose here is to create what we want, and simply be happy. Then there is little us, human us. This part is not totally connected to All That Is. Our souls are so advanced and so confident in their ability to consciously…
  • Pulling Yourself Out of the Pit: How to Deal When You Are Hating Life

    Kelli Cooper
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Are you currently in a space where you basically hate everything about your life? Nothing seems to be going right and you just want to throw in the towel on existing? Do you have a nasty stew of emotion brewing beneath the surface at all times—that lovely mix of anger, depression, anxiety, fear, resentment, and despair that comes with thinking that things are never going to change, and this is it? Are you engaging in all sorts of self-sabotage and self-destructive behavior? This isn’t a pretty place to be, and it isn’t a place you have to stay. There is always a way out. There…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Things that May Make You Feel Icky and How to Deal

    Kelli Cooper
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    You started consciously working with your energy to create all sorts of great stuff in your life. Taking control of our energy, letting ourselves want the things we truly want, and operating from a space of empowerment is pretty awesome and creates good feelings all around. When we start this whole deliberate creation thing, we may expect an easy ride, full of warm fuzzies and all sorts of great things pouring in from every corner. But, then after a bit, we may start to run into some unpleasantness. This attracting thing is not as easy as it is made out to be—it actually is, but we just…
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  • 5 Thought Provoking Questions That Will Challenge You

    Ikechi Awazie
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A cocoon of a butterfly was once found by a man . A day came that a small opening appeared in the cocoon. This made the man so curious that he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours, as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. At a time, the butterfly seemed to stop making any progress. It was as if it had reached its limit and could go no farther. The man then decided to help the butterfly and took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon which made the butterfly emerge so easily. But then the butterfly developed a swollen body and small…
  • Why You Need To Be Led Out of The Darkness and Into The Light

    Ikechi Awazie
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You have spent your last year searching frantically for the light. Trying to find guidance. Trying to find your path. You have been searching, searching, searching……. It might be difficult to locate the light when you are going through misery, heart break, depression and doubt. You feel it is impossible to search the light. Maybe you are right, it is impossible Still you are searching for the light. If there is any glimpse of light; If there such a thing as a light- Just a little, you might be willing to grasp it; you will definitely follow that path. Well the good news is that…
  • The Most Common Excuses We Make to Avoid Working on Ourselves

    Ikechi Awazie
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This is a guest post from Melinda, a wonderful blogger and Spiritual teacher who inspires people to overcome their darkness. She talks about why people make excuses to avoid working on themselves. Enjoy this post and be inspired.   We have all been there. Laziness, blaming others for our own problems or seeing the world through gloomy glasses – we have all experienced one, but most likely all, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem begins when we start making them a habit. When we start making excuses in order to avoid having to put in the work to change ourselves. I have…
  • The 10 Most Popular Posts That Rocked in 2014

    Ikechi Awazie
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
        HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! Welcome to 2015. it is time to leave the past behind, learn from yesterday and begin to live for today. A lot of exciting things are going to take place this year in this blog. There will be more sparks of inspiration. To kick start this year, I would like to first review the top 10 posts for 2014. I would like to thank all my readers for their love and support in 2014. So lets rock in 2015 What Topic Would You Like To See In This Blog In 2015 Before we get to the top 10 list, I would like my readers to suggest topics that they would like to see in 2015.
  • 3 Life Metaphors That Will Question Your Picture Of Life

    Ikechi Awazie
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This is a guest post written by me in the Philip Verghese Ariel’s writings Blog run by Philip Varghese Ariel, a wonderful friend and brother. Philip’s writings is amazing and I am humbled to be a guest post . This is an introduction to the post. Just like everyone else, I am saddened by the loss of one of the greatest icons in the world. Pastor Dr Myles Munroe died alongside his wife Ruth in a plane crash in the Bahamas. They were among the nine passengers in a private jet which crashed into a construction crane at a shipyard near Grand Bahama International Airport. As his death…
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  • 4 Simple Ways to Just Open Your Hand

    Jackie Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The steering wheel My little girl’s hand My breath Hurt feelings My opinions My beliefs Grudges Disappointments Misunderstandings Resentments These are all things I sometimes hold on to, too tightly. The more I pay attention to how I feel the more I notice when things are just a little off. With a little digging I usually see the “off feeling” stems from holding on too tightly. I was lamenting this morning, about letting go. How HARD it is to let go. How I don’t know how to let go. I’m reading books, digging in, trying to figure it out… and I just…
  • Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

    Jackie Lee
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    I’m going to be honest, right up front. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, or books set in the 1940s. I find them dreary and a bit depressing for some reason. I’ve had Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society recommended to me a few times and hadn’t read it for just that reason. However, it was the chosen book for our book club this month, so I gave it a go. Delightful. That’s the word that keeps coming to mind when I think of this book. Delightful is not really a word I use in my every day vocabulary, but it keeps coming up with this book. I’ve…
  • Say Yes

    Jackie Lee
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
      Even though I had just curled up on the couch, gotten warm, and comfortable I relented. I gave into the pleas to “Come outside mom! You have to see this!” And I was rewarded. A magnificent Kansas sunset and a playful moment of sunset photobombs. It’s the little moments that add up. It’s saying yes, even when I just got comfortable and it would be easier to say no. It is in those times I am able to purposely write my own zen moments. The sunset without the photo-bomber in it. It gets easier to say yes, the more we say yes. Being rewarded with gorgeous sunsets and…
  • Snapping Pictures Of The Moment is Not You In The Moment

    Jackie Lee
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Every two years Cirque Du Soleil brings their touring show to our town. Every two years my mom get us tickets as one of my Christmas gifts. It’s truly, my favorite gift. There’s a magic about Cirque, and for 2 hours I’m transfixed and transported to another place and time, and completely in the moment. Last night we were sitting 4 rows off the floor, waiting for the show to begin, chatting with each other, and our new neighbors in the seats next to us. The husband stepped into his chair and started joking with the wife about whether she was going to check Facebook through…
  • The Kindness of Strangers… Penniless Across America

    Jackie Lee
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Is it possible to travel from California to North Carolina without a penny to your name, simply relying on the kindness of strangers for your food, shelter and transportation? That’s the question Mike McIntyre asked himself.  Mike was a guy with a great job as a journalist, a nice place to live, and a loving girlfriend. Problem was… he was afraid. All.the.time. He’d let fear control his life and decided it was time to snap out of it. Afraid of the dark. Afraid of the woods. Afraid of people. He decided to take on an epic quest. He decided to travel across the United States.
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  • Earn your Man Card (Actually, For Real)

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Do you ever have doubts about your masculinity? I’m not afraid to admit, I sometimes do — and it’s usually when I’m in car with a woman and the engine quits. As we coast to the side of the road, I say to myself, I wish I had a background as an auto mechanic. That would be so... Continue reading →
  • The Authoritative Man’s Library For Life (150+ Books, Updated for 2015)

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    his is the last post you’ll need to bookmark for book recommendations.   Below are 150+ (actually over 200) books that every man should have in his library. We here at believe that every man should be well-read. Abraham Lincoln famously read every book in the library, and finally had to resort to reading the... Continue reading →
  • New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work. Here’s What Does

    4 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Happy 2015! Did you accomplish all your 2014 goals? If you didn’t, don’t feel bad…you’re not alone. Research shows that a staggering 92% of us fail to achieve our New Year’s Resolutions. As a professional coach, it makes me wonder… …what are the other 8% of us doing? I dedicated the last year to figuring... Continue reading →
  • Are You Too Old To Achieve Your Dreams?

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, cousin of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, is probably the greatest living explorer. Fiennes, born in March 1944, is an adventurer & author was the first man to visit both the North and South poles, and the first man to walk across Antarctica, and one of the oldest men to summit Mt. Everest (at... Continue reading →
  • The Wanderers (narration by Carl Sagan)

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    “I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas.” – Herman Melville
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    Compete For The Best Life

  • Success In Life Mainly Comes Down to This

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every blog article & social media post you see in regards to success all claim to have the “one magic formula” to transform you from tired goal-setter to successful goal-crusher. Each one subscribes to a different methodology. It’s quite easy to read through article after article, and yet walk away still thoroughly confused on what will get you from point A (the “now”) to point B (“victory). We each come from a different background and set of circumstances, and almost all of us have a different goal. Many of you are focused on your sports’ goals.
  • Forsake the Easy Road

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    Small piece I wrote in 2014 when reflecting back on the ups & downs of my journey. The easy road would’ve been to just find a job and take it, praying I’d learn to love it. The easy road would’ve lacked embarrassingly public failures, daily battles with fear and self-doubt, and late nights alone driving a highway. The easy road would’ve made me more money to this point, given me more sleep, and caused me less stress. It wouldn’t have caused pain, tears, or worry of how will this ever work. But the easy road would’ve failed in bringing certain people…
  • Quit Waiting on Permission

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Most people are waiting to act. They hesitate to try something new, as if they are looking to others in order to give them the necessary permission to do so. Good friend Chris Brogan talks about this very struggle quite a bit – and he is phenomenal at reminding you the core truth. You don’t need someone else’s permission to do great things. I came across this little reminder on Pinterest and was immediately compelled to share.   Remember, this is your life. You don’t need others’ permission to Compete for it.  
  • Action Breeds Envy

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
  • The “Right” Time

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I grew up with the idea that there existed a “right time.” And that time was never “right now.” In high school, I couldn’t wait for college and a new beginning. Once in college, I was focused on life after college. I had this dream of being the next Jerry Maguire. I was going to take over the sports representation world, dominate the competition, and set new standards. After moving careers into marketing consulting, I was never content. I spent my days focused on future projects and something …bigger.“ The tasks at hand were great, but I had this itch…
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