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  • Trust the Timing of Your Life

    Be Happy Stay Happy
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Life is funny… just when you think things are going the way you want, BOOM something changes. How do you handle this? Do you get stressed and anxious when things don’t go according to plan? I am still learning to trust the journey. Surrendering to what is & what’s to come, brings peace in my life. Here are some tips that I suggest to be at peace with the timing of life: Trust the Timing of Your Life Accept that the only thing that you are for sure of is this moment right now. Remember that life is all about learning. Whether it’s learning about yourself or being…
  • Happiness in Cheering Others

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others.- Henry Drummond Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.- AnonymousThe best way to cheer yourselfis to try to cheer someone else up.- Mark TwainThere is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.- Anonymous Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,than on outward circumstances.- Benjamin FranklinFurther reading: 7 Secrets for a Happy LifeChoosing a Happy LifeHappiness Depends upon OurselvesSharing HappinessMore on Sharing HappinessA Little Help from…
  • 10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

    Think Simple Now
    Kayla Albert
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Twirling in her pink tutu, slightly tattered and always a little dirty, my niece opens her arms wide, calling for all of us to get up and dance with her. She wants to hold hands while we jump, spin and leap around the room. She shouts along to the music, reminding each of us that we should be joining in. “Papa sing! It’s your turn Papa!” Panting and out of breath, we try our hardest to match her undying energy. After the music — she asks for Justin Bieber by name now — starts to fade, she drops our hands and holds out her arms again. “Ok everyone, it’s time for a group hug!”…
  • Become The Leader Worth Following

    Lolly Daskal
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Examples of leaders are everywhere. Many are powerful, many are popular, but few are worthy of being followed. The ones that extend themselves to keep promises, act ethically, lead by example, show fairness, act out of humility, show confidence, and demonstrate trust. They are the people we count on. They are the ones we want to follow without being told. Here are some ways that these true leaders go about their work and lives. Ask yourself which of these things you’re already doing and which you need to work on: A leader worth following leads with ethics. True leaders are proof you can do…
  • Want to change the world? Stop judging others. Get your own house in order.

    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog
    Walter Jacobson
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Want to change the world? Instead of spending your time judging and criticizing others, work to reform yourself and become the best you can be and a great role model. The post Want to change the world? Stop judging others. Get your own house in order. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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  • The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    ‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck By Leo Babauta We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies. We procrastinate because of fantasies. We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies. We miss out on the wonder of the world because of fantasies. We — all of us — live our lives in delusion most of the time. That might not seem true, but consider: When you wake up and start thinking about what you’re going to do today, your plans aren’t…
  • Living the Simple Life

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    ‘A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.’ ~Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta For almost 9 years now, I’ve been learning to live a simple life. A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for what really matters. A life that isn’t constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and time for nature and activity. That doesn’t mean I have zero clutter and zero complications: I’m a part of the world, not a secluded monk. I…
  • How to Be Prepared for Anything

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    ‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss of a loved one, an argument with your partner, or the zombie apocalypse. One way is to get everything ready for anything that’s likely to come: get all your survival equipment, prepare your skills, plan for your work projects, get your affairs in order, think through…
  • Turn Toward the Problem

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Leo Babauta Much of our lives is spent trying to ignore problems, not wanting to deal with them, procrastinating. Bills are pushed to the side to deal with later. People we have troubles with are avoided. Work we don’t want to do is put off while we browse the Internet. The diet is put off until tomorrow as we eat more junk. Our insecurities are not admitted because we don’t want to think about them. This kind of avoidance, unfortunately, doesn’t work. We put these things off and the problems only fester and grow worse. Bills become late and interest racks up and…
  • The End of the Day Philosophy

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    ‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the answer will be: at the end of the day, I’d be much happier if I’d chosen writing. If I am faced with chips and pizza, I might be mightily tempted to eat them right now, but I know that later in…
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    The Happiness Project

  • Farewell, I’m Off for a Week. (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    I’m off for a week’s family vacation, in my hometown of Kansas City (Missouri, for those of you in the know). Each year we visit my parents, and do all our favorite KC things: eat at Winstead’s and The Mixx; visit the library; shop on the Plaza; go to Worlds of Fun; walk through the Kauffman Gardens and the Nelson-Atkins Museum; go to the playground in Loose Park; etc. I also plan to do some binge-reading. One of the Secrets of Adulthood for Habits is: Sometimes, if I want to keep going, I have to allow myself to stop. In fact, research suggests that people who take…
  • With Habits, “It Helps to Adopt Simple Rules.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Habits interview: Cass Sunstein. I’m hard at work on Better Than Before, my book about habits, which focuses on how to change a habit – whatever you want your particular habit to be.  (To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here.) As part of my research, I’ve read innumerable books and papers on various topics related to habits. One of my favorite sources is the book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. I started my career in law, so I knew a lot about American legal scholar Cass Sunstein and his work. Nudge,…
  • 13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done. (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 13 tips for reading more. Of my hundreds of happiness-project resolutions, and of the habits I’ve tried to form, one of my very favorites is to Read more. Reading is an essential part of my work. It forms an important part to my social life. And far more important, reading is my favorite thing to do, by a long shot. I’m not a well-rounded person. But reading takes time, and there aren’t many days when I can read as much as I’d like. Here are some habits that I’ve adopted to help me get more good reading done. 1. Quit reading. I…
  • Secret of Adulthood: The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories. (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   It’s comforting because it’s true. This great observation was made by my mother, when we were getting ready for my wedding. It’s a very good thing to keep in mind, because it’s absolutely true, and it can also help you laugh at a bad situation while it’s happening. (Here are more excellent tips for living that my parents gave me.) This is also one of these truths that, even if you don’t think it’s true, is a helpful way to think — like my sister’s observation that people succeed in groups. I always think of the…
  • Can a Stunt Project Help to Build Your Habits? Sometimes, But Be Careful. (Gretchen Rubin)
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m hard at work on Better Than Before, a book about how we make and break habits. Sign up here to be notified when it goes on sale. I’ve noticed an issue that often arises when people are trying to change a habit. When people want to get into a habit, they often set themselves a juicy goal and pursue that goal with special intensity. A person who wants to start exercising decides to train for the marathon. A person who wants to eat more healthfully decides give up sugar for a month. A person who wants to start writing regularly decides to do…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Observe

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    To acquire knowledge, one must study;but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.- Marilyn vos SavantThe voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel ProustThe ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment...not authority.- Thomas HuxleyA point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.- Marshall McLuhanReason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.- Robert Green IngersollBe an Observer of Life.Gaining wisdom from carefully observing life is not a substitute for action -it is a prerequisite…
  • Happiness in Cheering Others

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others.- Henry Drummond Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.- AnonymousThe best way to cheer yourselfis to try to cheer someone else up.- Mark TwainThere is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.- Anonymous Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,than on outward circumstances.- Benjamin FranklinFurther reading: 7 Secrets for a Happy LifeChoosing a Happy LifeHappiness Depends upon OurselvesSharing HappinessMore on Sharing HappinessA Little Help from…
  • Stand Tall and Proud

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.- John WoodenStand Tall, Stand Proud.Know that you are unique and magnificent.You do not need the approval of others.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieSelf-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.- Samuel JohnsonWhat lies behind us and what lies before usare tiny matters compared to what lies within us.- Ralph Waldo EmersonThat you may retain your self-respect, it is betterto displease the people by doing what you know is right,than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.- William J. H. BoetckerAll the Daily…
  • Becoming Love

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    You know that you have fully experienced lovewhen you turn into love -that is the spiritual goal of life.- Deepak ChopraWe live in a spiritual Universe.God is in, through, around and for us.- Ernest HolmesLove is an act of faith,and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.- Erich Fromm Know that anger is always fear and frustration.What if we could lean back into the arms of Spiritand trust the future?- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther reading: Trust in the Light Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a MeditationHave a Conversation With God, Today Spiritual Quotes about LoveThe…
  • Inquiry

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Inquiry is fatal to certainty.- Will DurantExamine, inquire.Look into the nature of things.Search out the grounds of your opinions,the for and against.Know why you believe, understand what you believe,and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.- Frances WrightDoubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.- Hosea Ballou If you would be a real seeker after truth,it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt,as far as possible, all things.- Rene DescartesWhat each must seek in his life never was on land or sea.It is something out of his own unique potentiality for…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Remembering What You’ve Learned

    Victoria Trabosh
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Do not wait to be extraordinary before you accomplish the extraordinary. The greatest lessons and wisdom that we receive in our lives can often come from those who did not know we were watching and listening. An elderly woman born in the late 1890s who was blind and in her 90s when I met her, told me that she understood what I was going through in my marriage because she had gone through the same 70 years prior… My mother, who shared her wisdom with me until the day she died, never knew that her wisdom would live on long beyond my memory of her beautiful face…. The women in Rwanda…
  • As an ordinary woman, I am intent on accomplishing the extraordinary.

    Victoria Trabosh
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting As an ordinary woman, I am intent on accomplishing the extraordinary..
  • Feeling Creatures Who Think

    Melissa Heisler
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Last week I shared Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TEDx Talk with you and the idea that choosing to stay angry affects both your body and your mind. This week I’d like to share another powerful concept that Dr. Jill makes: that we are feeling creatures who think. We are not thinking people who feel, yet this is what our society believes and values – which is at the heart of many of our issues. Here is the science and biology behind it. Our limbic system is constantly asking, “Am I safe?” If things feel familiar to our limbic system, then we feel calm and safe. The system then…
  • We make room for love when we first invite understanding into our hearts.

    Inspire Me Today
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting We make room for love when we first invite understanding into our hearts..
  • Moments: The Notes in Your Heart’s Song

    Barry Goldstein
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Like notes in a song, moments lead us into the chorus of our life…the chorus of a song is the part that we all sing along to. The part we all remember! So, each moment is strung together to create a larger time period in our life and these larger time periods become our life… but the moments are the notes that create the song and the song is our life. It is the beautiful moments that create a beautiful life. A life so beautiful others sing along with it and are inspired to find the song of their heart! The universal ripple effect has been one of the most profound truths to affect…
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    Think Simple Now

  • 4 Tips for Dealing With Fear

    Kayla Albert
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    From the minute I woke up yesterday, I was consumed by fear. The fear had no clear face, and I couldn’t tell what had sparked it or how it might be tamed from a blazing fire to a small flame. It left me with a gnawing pit in my stomach, which I recognized as guilt and anxiety. Everything from that point forward felt off and out of place. I couldn’t see that nothing in the present moment was wrong, only that the immediate future was unsure, and I had lost my firm grip on the control I believed I had. So I attacked. My boyfriend received the brunt of the clearly irrational outburst and I…
  • The Art of Detachment & Surrender

    Guest of TSN
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wasn’t in the best of spirits when I walked into my local yoga studio for class on that blustery Monday evening. A slew of perceived problems, large and small, were spinning through my mind. I felt frustrated, helpless, and most of all, lost. I wanted direction and guidance; I longed for the smallest bit of certainty that the decisions I’d had to make earlier would be the right ones. And when I considered relaxing and surrendering, I was unable to do either. I was trying to run away from myself and my troubled mind, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. Ironically enough,…
  • 10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

    Kayla Albert
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Twirling in her pink tutu, slightly tattered and always a little dirty, my niece opens her arms wide, calling for all of us to get up and dance with her. She wants to hold hands while we jump, spin and leap around the room. She shouts along to the music, reminding each of us that we should be joining in. “Papa sing! It’s your turn Papa!” Panting and out of breath, we try our hardest to match her undying energy. After the music — she asks for Justin Bieber by name now — starts to fade, she drops our hands and holds out her arms again. “Ok everyone, it’s time for a group hug!”…
  • 4 Ways to Say What You Want

    Guest of TSN
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever fear that voicing your needs and desires —saying what you want — makes you selfish and will cause people to dislike you? I used to be terrified of taking a stand for myself — saying “no” or “I don’t want to” or “I disagree.” I was so desperate to fit in and please others that I’d completely forgo my own wishes and innermost needs. This denial of my truest self probably led to the anorexia I developed at the age of 10 — a disorder that I wouldn’t be able to shake off for 14 years. Even when I got married, I did so despite my inner voice urging me to…
  • A Lesson on Being Vulnerable

    Alana Mbanza
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I knew I should say something but the thought of opening my mouth to speak terrified me. I sat suffering silently to myself. The longer I waited for him to pay attention to me, the more agitated I became. Anger, indignity and feelings of rejection spread through my body, heating every inch of me from within. How dare he ignore me after I had come all this way to spend time with him? Did he expect me to sit here alone all night? How could he possibly not know I was angry? When I finally mustered up enough courage to share my feelings with him he laughed, told me I was “pouting” and that he…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Become The Leader Worth Following

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Examples of leaders are everywhere. Many are powerful, many are popular, but few are worthy of being followed. The ones that extend themselves to keep promises, act ethically, lead by example, show fairness, act out of humility, show confidence, and demonstrate trust. They are the people we count on. They are the ones we want to follow without being told. Here are some ways that these true leaders go about their work and lives. Ask yourself which of these things you’re already doing and which you need to work on: A leader worth following leads with ethics. True leaders are proof you can do…
  • Leadership Acceptance: Letting Go Of The Controls

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    In Chuck Yeager’s book The Right Stuff, he describes a time in the 1950′s when an elite group of US Air Force pilots set out to fly at altitudes beyond anything that had ever been attempted before. As they left the familiar dense atmosphere of Earth, they found that everything they knew about aerodynamics no longer applied. Nothing they could do would keep their planes under control. By the time Yeager took off, several had already died in the attempt. Yeager seemed headed for the same fate, with his plane violently out of control—so much that he was knocked unconscious in the…
  • How Does EGO Edge Greatness Out

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    How many times have you heard it said of someone talented that they could really go places if they could learn not to let their ego get in the way? You might be nodding and thinking Yes, I know that person. Or maybe Yes, I am that person. How can you tell if ego is leading the way? If you are constantly defensive. If you are always looking for approval. If you always have to be right. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others. If you have to be one up on people. If you have to be the center of attention. When you allow ego to lead the way, you are Edging Out Greatness. Ego is not…
  • The Shortest Possible Course in Communication

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Everyone is busy and pressed for time, but we all want to make an impact—so here is the shortest course in communication I can give you. The seven most important words: I am sorry I made a mistake. The six most important words: I will learn to listen better. The five most important words: I truly believe in you. The four most important words: What do you think? The three most important words: I appreciate you! The two most important words: Thank you. The one most important word: We And the last, least important, word: I If you want to have impact—if you truly want to make a…
  • Courage Is The Key To Fearless Leadership

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wu Feng was a Manchurian diplomat in the 1700s who was posted with an aboriginal tribe in the outskirts of Taiwan. He befriended the aboriginal chief, whose tribe beheaded one of its members every year as a form of sacrifice. Each year Wu Feng pleaded, with all his compassion and reverence for life, for the chief to put to an end to this custom. The chief would listen respectfully, then summon the chosen tribe member and without hesitation behead him. Finally, after living with the tribe for 25 years, Wu Feng once more pleaded with the chief to stop the killing. But this time, when the tribe…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Conscious Life Workshop at 92 Registrations

    Steve Pavlina
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    We’re at 92 registrations so far for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, so this one will have a great turnout! Since we still have a month to go (CLW is August 22-24, 2014), it’s fair to say that we’ll have well beyond 100 people at the event. I recognize many of the names of the people who’ve signed up, so this will also be a nice reunion for people who’ve attended past workshops. You’ll definitely see some familiar faces there. I’d encourage you to stay in Las Vegas for an extra day or two after the workshop since with this many people going,…
  • Conscious Life Workshop Discount Ends Today

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Final reminder: Today (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) is the last day for the early bird discount for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop in Las Vegas. So if you want to take advantage of the discount and save $100, please sign up today. The response to this workshop has been wonderful. We have 86 registrations so far… and still 30 days to go until the workshop. That’s a terrific turnout. So this will be a bigger event than any of my last 4 Las Vegas workshops from 2011-2012, which were smaller, more intimate ones. Incidentally, we have people coming to this workshop from around the…
  • Earning $10,000 per Month

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    For the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, the key goal is to help you achieve a sustainable income of $10,000 per month (or more) AND do work you enjoy AND enjoy plenty of lifestyle freedom. Some people wonder about this $10K per month figure. How could it be possible for them, especially when no one in their line of work makes that much money? Since this is a goal I’ve achieved and maintained for many years (and in different fields), let me share some simple realities about earning $10K or more per month. This is basically common sense — certainly not rocket science —…
  • Workshop Update

    Steve Pavlina
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is a reminder that early bird discount for the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop ends on July 22, 2014. So if you want to sign up for the workshop and save $100, please sign up for it by this coming Tuesday. CLW is an all new 3-day workshop, and it will happen August 22-24, 2014 (Fri-Sun), in Las Vegas. Dozens of people have already registered, including some attendees of previous workshops and many from outside the USA. So we’re going to have a lively and fun experience regardless of who else signs up. The main focus of this workshop is to help you achieve 3 synergistic goals:…
  • Social Media, You Got Dumped

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    After careful consideration I’ve decided to opt out of participating in external social media sites. I no longer have active accounts with Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or YouTube. They’ve all been closed, deleted, or otherwise nuked. Yesterday I had tens of thousands of followers on those services. Now I have zero. To opt out even more fully, I’ve also removed all social media recommendation buttons from my website. This de-clutters the site a bit and helps some pages load faster. Why? This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for years and finally decided to…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Weird Al’s Mission Statement

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    How could I possibly NOT share Weird Al Yancovic’s latest song called Mission Statement: I mean, look at it. It parodies both business jargon and those ubiquitous RSA-style whiteboard videos. Brilliant. The sad thing is that his parody lyrics are only slightly less comprehensible than some actual mission statements I’ve seen :)
  • 5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    One German IT company has come up with the perfect solution to whining in the workplace – it’s made cheerfulness a contractual obligation. What’s more, the CEO has declared that those who don’t measure up to the prescribed level of jollity in the morning should stay at home until they cheer up. The idea of positive thinking (and therefore banning negativity) is not new, but is affecting us now more than ever – at home and at work. And ironically, its effects are mostly negative. Yes, forced positive thinking makes us less happy. Positive thinking is a poorly defined concept…
  • Voting on new employees

    Alexander Kjerulf
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    This WP article shares an interesting and rare practice from US grocery chain Whole Foods, that has me feeling a little conflicted: New hires are voted in — or out — by their teams after their first 90 days at the company. A two-thirds majority is required to keep an employee on board. The employees quoted like the system because: Existing employees can get rid of new coworkers who don’t pull their weight New hires get a sense of acceptance themselves because their coworkers have actively chosen to keep them I’m torn on this. On the one hand I see obvious benefits but on the…
  • When the boss says, ‘Don’t discuss your salary’

    Alexander Kjerulf
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Atlantic has an excellent article by Jonathan Timm on how companies try to keep employees from discussing their salaries with coworkers and how this perpetuates unfairness and lets them underpay some people. From the article: … about half of American employees in all sectors are either explicitly prohibited or strongly discouraged from discussing pay with their coworkers. In the private sector, the number is higher, at 61 percent. … We don’t know whether gag rules directly cause wage discrimination, but they undoubtedly open the door to it. Employers who keep pay secret…
  • You are the difference

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In this video I talk about emotional contagion, i.e. the fact that we tend to take on the emotions of people around us and explain about a fascinating British study that showed just how widespread the effect can be.
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    Self Help Daily

  • How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Help You Achieve Goals - 3 Simple Steps to Making Your Subconsciousness Work for You

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    3 Simple Steps to Making Your Subconsciousness Work for YouThe quote above, by Earl Nightingale, is a beautiful reminder of the power of our subconscious mind. Whether we fully realize it or not, our subconsciousness is one of our most powerful weapons – sometimes all we really need to do is get out of its way. If we were to take the quote above and drain every drop of self improvement goodness from it (something we should do with all inspirational quotes), we’d realize a few things: First of all, we should make certain that we feel as strongly about our goals as we think we do.
  • Why The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman Should be the Next Book You Buy (Review) - Ten Reasons Why You're Going to Love this Book

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Ten Reasons Why You're Going to Love this Book “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore If you’re looking for fun, simple ways to eat healthier, here’s a book that’ll prove to be a dream come true for you. The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night doesn’t just provide you with delicious, easy to make recipes that won’t break the bank, it makes eating healthier fun and.. yes……
  • Self Help Lesson from a White Cat - Live IN the Moment, Without Looking PAST the Moment

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Live IN the Moment, Without Looking PAST the Moment The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.  – James Openheim   When you first look at the picture above (and to the right –>), what’s the first thing you see? Your answer is probably the stone on the building, the tree’s trunk in the foreground, or the trees in the background. Or, you may be an artistic sort who first notices the colors of the “canvas” before the individual parts. Then again, you may be like me – such a bona fide animal lover that the…
  • Feature Article: How to Feel Better About Your Appearance and Take Better Care of Your Body - Self Confidence is a Key to Success in All Areas of Life

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Self Confidence is a Key to Success in All Areas of LifeIf you are like many people, you are struggling a lot when it comes to your appearance. You may not be taking the best care of yourself, and you know something needs to change. You may be dealing with some self-esteem issues in the looks department. That’s okay…most of us deal with this to some degree. There is a lot of stuff hitting us from the outside and within that cause these issues, and it can feel daunting to try and change. But, there is hope…here are just a few tips to increase confidence in your appearance and start…
  • The Benefits of Like-Mindedness - Why Birds of a Feather Really Should Flock Together (What's in it for the Birds!)

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Why Birds of a Feather Really Should Flock Together (What's in it for the Birds!) “All for one and one for all.”  Alexandre DumasThe Three Musketeers Fraternity. Community. Brethren.  Allies. Team. League. Group. Alliance.  Tribe. Flock. … These words –  and many more – all describe the same basic premise and the same basic truth: Comfort, and even strength, are often found amongst like-minded individuals. This isn’t groundbreaking  information, of course. Since the beginning of time, people have realized that there’s strength in numbers. They’ve…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Twofer Tuesday: On Inner Circles and Habits

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. Are you in or are you out? Here’s a provocative article from my friend Les McKeown at Predictable Success. He’s put down the gauntlet to say that the “inner circle” is a dangerous thing. And yet … we all know that loneliness at work is rampant. What do you think? In? Or out? Read: Do Yourself (and everyone else) a Favor and Dump Your Inner Circle 3 Essential Coaching…
  • Michael’s Sign Language

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Go to the next level today. Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like…
  • Tony Stubblebine, Lift

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m really excited to be talking today with one of the leading thinkers in habit building. Tony Stubblebine is the CEO and co-founder of what used to be a habit app called Lift, but has evolved to become much more than that. Lift 2.0 offers a community to help people achieve their goals, through habit building and also through coaching. In this interview, Tony and I discuss: Going beyond ambition to have a significant impact on the world Why “quality over quantity” applies to how we approach tasks The difference between reinforcing habits and coaching people on how to change their…
  • Five Essential Videos for Seeing the Big Picture

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, my guest blogger, Benjamin Grant, is sharing his five essential videos for seeing the big picture. Benjamin is the founder and curator of Daily Overview, a website that publishes a singular image each day with the purpose of changing the way we think about our planet, and our place in it.  As Benjamin points out on Daily Overview, “From our line of sight on the earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Failure & Questions

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day realities of your workday. Are you allowed to fail? Here’s how Nike approaches that I’m sure you can see the irony. Nike, a company that works very hard to associate with winners, being interested in failure… But of course, you don’t get to win without experiencing failure along the way. Here’s a short video from the good people at 99U that explains some of the ways Nike makes it safe to fail, in…
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    Aspire Higher Motivational Quotes

  • The Quotes Blog is Starting Up Again

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Hi All, It’s been well over a year since my last post, and so I guess the vacation is over. Consider this the “official notice” that regular posts are starting back up here.  I’ll be posting collections of inspirational quotes, poems, and just for fun, I’ll fill the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Possibility Quotes

    1 May 2013 | 8:55 pm
    Can you believe I’ve never done a page on “Possibility” or “Possibilities” quotes?  There’s not too many, but they’re good.  Read on…. When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t! -Robert Schuller Possibilitizing is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Power Quotes

    26 Apr 2013 | 7:40 am
    Here’s a collection of great quotes about power…or personal power, if that makes more sense.  You should easily be able to glean some inspirational feelings out of this page! 1. Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obstacle Quotes

    25 Feb 2013 | 8:08 pm
    Here’s some “Quotes on Obstacles” for your reading pleasure.  Hopefully you will find several that you’ve never seen before: 1. Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you. -Jeffrey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mistake Quotes

    15 Nov 2012 | 7:06 am
    Mistakes, like failures, can be great life lessons, even though they can be painful.  Wisdom comes from experience, and experience can come from mistakes.  Read on for some great wisdom: 1. If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches. -James Burgh (1714-1775)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • Success Lesson: Pick a Lane

    Josh Hinds
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Due to my travel schedule, I frequently find myself in airports across the country waiting to go through the security line. I have noticed a phenomenon among fellow travelers that involves them getting in a line and then observing one of the other lines is moving faster. They will invariably rush over to that line and stand there a while until they, once again, believe that another line is better. Regularly, the people who were in the original line and stayed put get through security much faster and are well on their way to their gate before these opportunistic line jumpers clear security.
  • Be Fascinated at Work by Cultivating Curiosity

    Josh Hinds
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Make your job and the people around you more interesting by cultivating your curiosity. Many people have had the experience of thriving in their work up until the point that it starts to become repetitive, routine and boring. Slogging it out like this every day, work becomes more like a prison sentence then an exciting career. This is the exact time to build fascination for your job and the people you work with. Many work most of their lives for an organization and know so little about it. Spend a full day being curious about your job, your co-workers, your industry, your organization, and…
  • 20 Tips on How To Use Lucid Dreaming and Become More Successful in Real Life

    Josh Hinds
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Lucid dreaming is the ability to make up your own dreams. You can create yourself in your dreams, and motivate yoursself to achieve personal goals, find new solutions for your problems or simply fulfill your desires. Bringing more awareness to your sleep gives you more restful sleep and increases your ability to remember facts. Imagine how it feels to have the money to do what you want, when you want to. In your dream, you will be rich, confident and successful. The next morning you will still feel the confidence and power you had while dreaming. Before you know it, opportunities will come…
  • Seeking Greener Pastures – Making Decisions Before Crossing The Other Side

    Josh Hinds
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Greener pastures. These words draw into mind the promise of something better that lies ahead. This brings the possibility of changing lives and fulfilling something that we’ve always dreamed of. But come to think of it, is it always greener on the other side? Will getting over the other side of life make us happy and fulfilled? Personally, I have learned that it’s okay to aim for something better, to go forward and pursue the “greener pastures”. But this should be done considering the situation and analyzing the consequences as well. In life, I’ve made rash…
  • 5 Ways To Beat Procrastination and Reclaim Your Focus

    Josh Hinds
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Procrastination is something that has affected all of us at some stage. Whether you find yourself failing to turn essays in on time, or putting off going for a run (that marathon ain’t gonna run itself, by the way!) the negative effects of procrastination are numerous. The good news is that you can beat it, and reclaim your focus and motivation in the process. In this article you are going to learn five effective methods to stop procrastination in its tracks. Keep reading to discover just how to reclaim your focus … and get your groove back! 1. Set An Inspiring (But Realistic) Goal…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • Dream death and the real reason you’re in pain

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dreams that don’t come true need to be grieved. The dream itself needs to be honoured and mourned. It’s not just about dealing with the pain of not getting what you wanted, it’s about going deeper to look closely at what the dream was actually for. For example, it’s the difference between the pain of say, getting fired, and looking at what you were really longing to have happen with that job. This is a subtle concept we often miss in the healing process when something ends. You see, we’re not always sad for the reasons we think we are… We may feel…
  • Are you Future Ready? My most revealing, cosmic, girlfriend interview ever.

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    CLICK HERE to watch my interview with Navjit!   What do I really think about the “Goddess movement”? (Not a total fan, actually.) And the New Age spin on “being present?” (Bit of a racket, you know). And bringing in The Beloved (all in), and being “Future Ready” (are YOU ready?). Well if anyone can deepen and raise the cosmic conversation, it’s my masterful soul sister, Navjit Kandola. She is lucid as a diamond, fierce as Kali, and just as giggly as any best girlfriend. How are women creating the future? Like this: @daniellelaporte &…
  • Dive into your psyche. 3 personality tests for introspection.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A good personality test can help reveal the innermost workings of your psyche. Anyone who applies for a job with Team D takes these three tests. And, they’re kind of… fun.   What makes you feel strong? StrengthsFinder: Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham + Donald O. Clifton There’s a theory that you should overcome your shortcomings and try to compensate for your weaknesses. Well, we’re not having any of that. StrengthsFinder is about honing in on your core strengths and becoming better at what you’re already great at. Foster what comes most…
  • 10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourself

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Christopher Starbeam and me post home yoga on my Affirmat. When you get off of your own case, you tend to ease up on everyone else around you. Which makes you way more fun to be around. Way more. Only good can come of that. You will probably be more accepting of the way people are. And by “accepting” I don’t mean that you stay in unhealthy relationships with narcissists (insane), or that you hire people purely for their potential (risky), or that you join the committee just to be a good sport (ugh). By “accept” I mean that you stop expending energy trying to change…
  • choosing feral

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    That tired beautiful animal in me needed to die, but not like a sacrificial offering. There was nothing forced about it. Death is necessarily aggressive to leverage you from one dimension to the next, but the gods made no demands. Instead, they waited at the crossing with garlands and rare oils to anoint her fur. She limped to the altar, an affliction from that time she fell in the trap, and she said to her creature friends I’m ready now, but I need you to lift me up and up and up they did lift her into the realm of Spirit Animals and Devas where she could give her life to every animal that…
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    Jungle of Life

  • The Importance of Properly Caring for a HVAC System

    Lance Ekum
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Tweet Many homeowners don’t think about their HVAC system unless it’s having issues. However, it’s one of the most essential elements of a home. A properly functioning HVAC system can keep a house cool during the hottest days of summer, and can keep the temperature warm throughout the cold winter months. Anyone who owns or manages a property should make the care of their HVAC system a priority. An excellent way to take care of a HVAC system is to enlist the aid of certified HVAC technicians. People in Cincinnati who work with an HVAC professional will experience a number of benefits.
  • AC Maintenance Tips

    Lance Ekum
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Tweet Heating and cooling units consist of a variety of individual parts, just like any other mechanical equipment. Wear and tear of these parts is to be expected, and eventually, at some point they will stop working all together. However, instead of waiting until your air conditioning and cooling unit stops working completely, it’s advisable to carry out maintenance and repairs regularly. Regular HVAC maintenance will keep your AC unit running better for longer. Here are a few tips for keeping your HVAC system in good condition and working well. Changing the Air Filter If your air filter…
  • Overcoming Stage Fright

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Tweet Getting on stage and singing in front of a few hundred people. It’s not something most people would feel comfortable doing. It was most certainly questioned by my friends and family when I, a shy, quiet, introvert, decided I wanted to do that very thing. I even questioned it myself. I have extreme stage fright, but anyone who has seen my band Corvus play would never know it. I hide it well. I always have. In school, I got very high marks and related and befriended my teachers more than my peers. This led to my teachers making me be the one to read out loud to the class, administer the…
  • A Fickle Wind

    Guest Author
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Tweet A book, which turned out to be A FICKLE WIND, has been floating around in my head for years. I started to share my time with a partner who lived on Vancouver Island. Life was so much less hectic there than in my San Francisco home city that it seemed like an ideal place to pursue my dream to become an author. I was quite amazed at how quickly I was able to move through the integration of personal experiences with those shared with me by my cousins and some intimate women friends. I made few notes and no drafts. I changed names and, to keep things straight, did have to record what I had…
  • What is the Definition of Success?

    Guest Author
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tweet I have this conversation with people (mainly musicians) when we’re talking about what our goals are. I think a lot of musicians get into music for the fortune and fame, not realizing that there are a very lucky few that achieve that. And I know so many super-talented musicians that have never “made it”. But going down that road you start wondering what is “making it”. Many of us have achieved varying degrees of success in the things we do, be it sports, dancing, politics, etc. So, for those of us that have never gotten there, wherever that is, but still have the love and the…
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Time to Start Planning Your Haunted Road Trip this Fall

    Kala Ambrose
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    It’s almost my favorite time of year and for the few of you who don’t know this yet, it’s Halloween, well really the entire month of October, ok really the entire season of Fall!  I love the crisp cool air, the leaves turning and how our thoughts move to the spirit world and all things haunting.  For me, my thoughts are always on these topics, but it’s nice when the rest of the world joins me in the fun! As “Your Travel Guide to the Other Side”, two of my books,  Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead and…
  • Kala interviewed about Spirits of New Orleans

    Kala Ambrose
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Kala Ambrose Book Signing New Orleans Join Kala Ambrose, Your Travel Guide the Other Side, as she takes you back to her roots to discuss her book, Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead. The energy of this city is so potent and powerful, that it places a hold on each person who enters this ancient land claiming you as part of its own. As an intuitive child born in Louisiana, Kala Ambrose grew up exposed to a rich variety of cultures and influences. The city that had the strongest influence on Kala was New Orleans, the port city known for its bohemian…
  • Kala’s Wisdom Teachings Lesson Two: We Are the Creation of Our Thoughts

    Kala Ambrose
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Continuing on the mystery path and the discussion regarding the wheel of karma, which we are attached to in our current existence, the question quickly arises, how do we remove ourselves from the wheel? The simplest way to teach or describe this lesson is to explain that every act, thought, deed, and word that we create, comes back to us through this wheel”. – Kala Ambrose This is a difficult lesson for many students to embrace, for it is a major step in understanding that what you think, is not hidden, rather it is reflected all around you in your life. We were taught that…
  • Kala speaking at ICA regarding Building Your Brand and Platform

    Kala Ambrose
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Our speaker:  Known as “Your Travel Guide to the Other Side,”  Kala Ambroseis an entrepreneur, award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, teacher and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala radio show.  Finding her life’s purpose has never been an issue for Kala. Even as a child, she had an interest and love of all things metaphysical and supernatural. As an adult, she carried her passion into the business world.  Kala teaches her clients to develop their entrepreneurial intuition which brings clarity for branding and building platforms.  When you can…
  • Kala’s Wisdom Teachings Lesson One – We Live in a Magical Universe

    Kala Ambrose
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    In the teachings it is said: When a student first glimpses this truth and the thought of it begins to burn in their mind, that more can exist beyond what they first thought possible, the first glimpse of light dawns on the horizon for them and they decide at that moment to begin their quest. They soon realize that if they can become the master of their thoughts and emotions, they can remove themselves from this cycle of the wheel of karma and grow closer to experiencing their true inner selves. – Kala Ambrose Once the student steps outside of the belief that their previous basic…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • Is There Any Action That Is Unforgiveable or Should We Forgive Everyone?

    Walter Jacobson
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    No action is unforgivable. It just requires a willingness. Why be willing? Because when we withhold forgiveness from others, we are withholding it from ourselves. The opportunity we have to forgive others their trespasses is our own personal ticket to heaven. The post Is There Any Action That Is Unforgiveable or Should We Forgive Everyone? appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Want to change the world? Stop judging others. Get your own house in order.

    Walter Jacobson
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Want to change the world? Instead of spending your time judging and criticizing others, work to reform yourself and become the best you can be and a great role model. The post Want to change the world? Stop judging others. Get your own house in order. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Want to change your ways? Be honest with yourself about your whys.

    Walter Jacobson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    It is difficult to change when we embrace denial and rationalization rather than admit the truth about ourselves. The truth is we often have an agenda we are not aware of which is driving our behaviors. Or we are aware of our agenda but we don’t want to deal with it. Either way, our efforts to change will fail until we are willing to hold up a mirror and honestly look at ourselves. The post Want to change your ways? Be honest with yourself about your whys. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Successful Relationships: Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless.

    Walter Jacobson
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Talk is cheap. Talk is easy. Walking the talk? Not so much so. And yet massively more important, critically important to satisfying and sustainable relationships. If you care for someone, it’s nice to tell them but more important that you show them in your actions, empathy, and your acts of compassion and consideration. The post Successful Relationships: Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Successful Relationships – Admit when you’re wrong. Say you’re sorry.

    Walter Jacobson
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Regardless of how people treat us, when we do something that is wrong, that is hurtful, that is unloving…. we need to own it. We need to acknowledge it. We need to take responsibility. And we need to apologize, to say we’re sorry. And we need to make a sincere effort not to repeat the mistake in the future The post Successful Relationships – Admit when you’re wrong. Say you’re sorry. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Everything Counts Devel

  • The Race to the Top…and the bottom

    Gary Ryan Blair
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    EVERYWHERE you look, the entire world seems to be playing its own unique variations of the Limbo Dance…HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? The performance, quality, political, educational, entertainment, banking, corporate and overall leadership bar is continuously being lowered and the race to the bottom seems to be accelerating. Check that…it IS accelerating. Racing to the Bottom is a socioeconomic phenomenon which occurs when ANY party knowingly lowers standards, cuts corners, lies, cheats and steals, engages in deception, and makes ever increasing concessions and compromises. In short,…
  • How to Beat the System When Everything is Rigged

    Gary Ryan Blair
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The phrase “working the system” has both positive and negative connotations, and in this message, we’ll be working both sides of the fence. My objective is to show you how many of societies current systems are being used to work you over, as well as to provide you with a system that you can use to work to your advantage. (more on that in just a moment) LET’S FIRST WAKE UP AND SMELL THE REALITY…that the deck is stacked, everything is rigged, and that they are out to get you. What am I talking about? The following systems and industries are rigged to cheat you, to…
  • Up or Down?

    Gary Ryan Blair
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Here’s a simple question for you… Which can predict your success for LIFE. Are you moving forward every day, or falling backward? You see, you can only move forward OR backward. There is no standing still. There is no staying the same. Everything you do either… compliments or comprises impresses or disappoints builds up or tears down turns on or turns off adds or subtracts nothing is neutral. Everything you think, say and do has a direction, which moves you one step closer to, or one step further from your goals. That means if you’re not gaining ground……
  • What’s Your Bias?

    Gary Ryan Blair
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:04 am
    A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing. -Muhammad Ali To be biased is to be in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another. When it comes to excellence, integrity, driving results and unleashing your greatness…I do not adhere to objective standards, nor do I make any pretense of being objective. I’M BIASED and proud of it (so are you). And, I’m happy to crow and disclose my viewpoints and opinions on what I believe is important in building a successful…

    Gary Ryan Blair
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    I’ve got an important question for you to consider as it relates to the quality of your life, relationships, reputation and legacy. Ready? If you are not committed to EXCELLENCE, then what are you committed to? Is it good? Is it poor? Is it mediocrity? Because results are everything and one’s behavior never lies, your commitment to whatever standard you deem important to follow, reinforce and display is one that requires rigorous examination. Stick with me for a moment, and I’ll provide you with the specific “how related questions” which drive that examination.
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • Thou Shalt Repeat Airplane Safety Instructions as if Thy Were a Robot Low on Batteries

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Southwest Airlines doesn’t operate out of Madison. If it did, I’d be tempted to fly it, mostly because of their reputation for having Adultitis-free flight attendants. I don’t even know how accurate that reputation is anymore, but it was refreshing to get a taste of how I perceive it to be on a recent Delta flight. We were greeted by an enthusiastic (but not annoyingly so) young man who said, “I’m Ryan and I’m your MC on this one hour and twenty minute flight of aviation excitement!” Accustomed to airline announcements sounding like they’re being delivered by…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Cornasaurus Edition

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    • My friend Sara pointed me to this awesome tutorial about making a cornasaurus, which is “a dinosaur that inhabits dinner plates around the world and loves to watch kids eat their veggies.” Fun! (via @PagingFunMums) • My favorite part of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was when he’d take tours of different factories to show how things were made. That’s why I’m a sucker for videos like this one about ramen noodles. • I’ve always thought it would be cool to kayak next to a big whale. This video shows a few people getting as close as you can get.
  • Adults gather to escape adulthood at summit

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Wendy Whitney Scherer participates in a group performance Friday during the opening day of the Escape Adulthood Summit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Friday. The program emphasizes the importance of play for those well beyond childhood. (Photo by John Hart) This article was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on 7/19/2014 and was written by Bailey Berg. A flurry of ripped cardboard. Fat markers haphazardly scribbling on sheets of paper. Makeshift hats. Piles of candy. Kazoos. The Friday gathering at Olbrich Botanical Gardens might sound like a children’s birthday party. But…
  • 9 Nuggets for Non-Speakers from The National Speakers Convention

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, I was in San Diego with Kim and Ginny for the annual convention of the National Speakers Association. One of the highlights for me was getting recognized for achieving Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) status. Less than 10% of professional speakers have earned this designation, which is based on number of paid speeches given, income earned, client evaluations and a peer review panel. I cracked up at some of the alternative ideas for what CSP could stand for, as suggested by people on our Facebook page: Celebrated Silly Person, Childlike Super Powers, Causes Smiles…
  • Thou Shalt Determine a Thing’s Importance by How Easily it Can Be Measured

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    How can you tell if the story you’re living is any good? Before a speech I gave recently, the executive director of the organization that hired me was sharing the results of a survey they had commissioned to evaluate their effectiveness. By all accounts, this organization had met or exceeded all of their performance metrics. But as the leader admitted, “most performance metrics don’t tell a really good story.” She’s right, you know. Things like income, expenses, and profit margins can give us a handy snapshot of the health and growth of an organization. But they do not tell the…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • Conversations Overheard on a Blueberry Farm

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Every summer my husband Lee and I visit a local blueberry farm to pick spray-free berries and stock up with a year’s supply. We usually avoid going on Saturday because of the crowd. But on this particular weekend, that was the only day we could go.Lee and I are serious berry pickers.We don’t talk much to each other during our time in the field. Instead, we focus on finding only the best, ripest berries and filling our buckets.But apparently, for a lot of folks, picking berries is the preferred way to socialize with family and friends.Since we’re not talking, we easily hear the…
  • Reflections on Our 2014 Family Reunion

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    In 1988 my parents organized the first family reunion for me and my 5 siblings, our spouses and children. At that time there were 17 of us. Today we number 34.And yet, every 3-4 years most of us have been able to gather together at the beach, thanks to the generosity of Mom and Dad.This year was the first time we were missing the key person who made it all possible: DADMy mother had mixed feelings about having another reunion after his death in November of 2012. But she and Dad had always said these reunions were one of the best investments they’d ever made. They took great joy in watching…
  • The GPS Guide to Success

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Alex Tremble, author of The GPS Guide to SuccessI am drawn to people who have an exciting vision and take bold action. I’m especially impressed with individuals who develop these behavior patterns at a young age.Alex Tremble is such a person, and I’m privileged to know him.We met on Twitter after he gave me positive feedback about one of my blog posts. Our 140-character exchanges led to phone conversations where I learned about his deep commitment to helping young people. His passion is to provide high school students, college students and young professionals with tools and opportunities…
  • How to Eliminate the Drama in Your Life

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    I’ve been on a path of self-development for as long as I can remember…always on the look-out for books, podcasts, videos and quotes that inspire me to become more effective as a human being.The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book that’s had a profound impact upon the way I view myself and everyone I encounter. It’s about adopting a code of conduct that results in a deeper sense of happiness and well-being.Early in life, we adopt beliefs about ourselves and the world, based on what we’re taught. Those beliefs form a “Book of Law” that becomes our inner Judge, judging…
  • Do Words Impact Your Self-Beliefs?

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    Have you ever become discouraged by someone’s thoughtless comment about your abilities, performance, or appearance?While it’s true you have the power to reject such negative input, if the remark came from a person you respect or admire, it’s not so easy to dismiss.One unfortunate side-effect of allowing these comments to penetrate your consciousness is that you can start believing that these words are true and say something about your value as a human being.If you’re not careful, you can let them re-shape the way you see yourself in a permanent way. And this altered perspective can…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • Interstellar Space Travel - Humanity's Opportunity to Get Real

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Space travel!Astronauts, men on the moon, space stations, spacecraft that have visited all the planets - even asteroids and comets. One spacecraft has even left our solar system. It’s as if science fiction has become science fact. It almost seems that we can do anything in space if we put our minds to it. It seems so easy—I think too easy—to go from appreciating these achievements to dreams of sending explorers to the other planets and beyond. Artist: WeeYak. More cool images at Interstellar space travel!Not a new term. With hundreds of great sci-fi movies…
  • Are We Alone? The Ultimate Answer...

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    NASA imageAre we alone in the universe? It's a frequent question asked these days in excited, enthusiastic science articles about our universe. Does intelligent life exist out there somewhere?SETI would like to know. NASA would like to know. Now that thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars, scientists and engineers are working to launch bigger and better telescopes to sense evidence of life on some of these worlds. What is intelligent life? The most perfect example of an Earth-like planet is Earth itself. Does intelligent life exist there?Here on Earth, the most…
  • The Magic Key to Changing a Harmful Behavior Pattern

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Last week, on two separate occasions I spent time with some guy friends. They were very different people, but with one striking similarity: both were significantly overweight and had diabetes issues. And even though they had tried, they hadn't been able to change the eating habits that caused their health problems.Changing a behavior pattern is hard.The reason is that if you repeat a behavior enough times, the brain cells involved in the behavior will connect into a physical circuit. Over time, your brain will literally wire itself to make any repeated behavior - whether beneficial or harmful…
  • Spirituality without Religion

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Most people seek spirituality within the framework of a belief system or religion. This is the traditional approach.I have a good friend who said to me that she wasn't religious, but she wanted to believe in something. She wanted an authentic experience of spirituality without having to believe in a supreme being.There are millions of people like her. On forms that ask for "Religious Preference," they enter "none." At this point in human history, there's no tried-and-true system my friend can turn to to get what she wants.I recommended that she read Eckhart Tolle's book, The Power of Now: A…
  • Zombies and Personal Decision Making

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    You have four ways of moving to action...1. You do what other people tell you to do. Boss. Friend. Parent. Spouse. Your TV set.2. You react instinctively, emotionally. 3. You unconsciously act out of habit. Your brain is wired for a particular behavior pattern.4. You consciously evaluate your situation and your options and decide what to do.If you aren't aware of why you're doing things, you're out of control.There are good habits. There are bad habits. There are good decisions. There are bad decisions.If you aren't trying to improve your habits, if you acquire habits without thought and do…
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  • How Vacation Time Can Make You A Better Leader

    Tanveer Naseer
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you’ve been writing a blog for 5 years as I have starting this month, one of the things you appreciate as being a key factor behind your longevity in this sphere is the importance of taking a vacation break to employ the 3 R’s – rest, review, and reflection.Of course, it’s not just the art of writing that benefits from taking time off for rest and relaxation to keep improving your craft. As leaders, it’s critical that we’re also taking vacation breaks from leading our team and organization in order to ensure that we’re consistently offering our best…
  • Understanding The Value Of Charisma In Leadership

    Tanveer Naseer
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I had the pleasure of giving the keynote speech at the 2014 NAED LEAD Conference held in Chicago. Given how the focus of my speech was examining the role of charisma in leadership and how we can develop this trait to inspire and engage our employees, it would seem almost natural that the locale for this keynote was this elegant, almost regal ballroom located in one of the illustrious hotels found along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”.Of course, for those who attended my keynote speech, what was a true reflection of the lessons I shared through my talk was the opportunity to…
  • 5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges

    Tanveer Naseer
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Of the various articles I’ve written for my website, this one is quite unique as it’s the product of a writing collaboration between myself and Col. Chris R. Stricklin. At the time we were writing this piece, Chris was stationed at Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer for the NATO Air Training Command.In addition to the unique experience of shaping and discussing the various points we wanted to share in this piece, it was wonderful to see how quickly we discovered both the common ground we share, along with the commonality found in our individual…
  • How We Can Develop A Culture Of Learning

    Tanveer Naseer
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the great joys I get from my work is the opportunity to connect and build relationships with some truly exceptional leaders and people. One of them is my friend, Bob Bennett, the guest writer of this piece. After seeing one of Bob’s talks two years ago, I knew this was a leader I had to connect with, and our conversations and emails since then have been inspiring, informative, and just plain fun. When you read the guest piece he’s written below, you’ll understand why.I am blessed to have grandchildren, because they teach me something new every day – even things…
  • A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

    Tanveer Naseer
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the past week or so, there’s been much discussion and debate over the merits of disruption and with it, how we view and understand what it means to innovate.There’s one organization that’s familiar with dealing with the unknown and consequently, upending our understanding of what’s possible and what’s not – NASA, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. For almost 60 years, they’ve had to figure out how to do things that had never been done before, and challenge our assumptions of what we’re capable of achieving.In this guest piece by…
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    Simply Encouraging Blog

  • Is This Beneficial?

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    At some level, we all wrestle with decision-points and competing values. Is it good or bad? Right or wrong? Healthy, or not so much? It's fine to be informed by outside frames of reference, but sometimes, this is where the confusion begins! And sometimes, the more we seek moral answers on the outside, the more confused we become. Black-and-white questions tend to work from the outer to the inner, creating a haze, and then to solve the angst, we make laws. We make laws for ourselves, we make laws for others, and it's rarely pretty. I don't believe legalism is the best guide for successful…
  • Hearing Rules!

    22 Feb 2014 | 9:00 pm
    "Thomas listens, and he hears too!" That is a cherished accolade from a wise professor many years ago. So, what does it mean to really hear someone? It means being in their midst; understanding. This means standing "as if" you’re in their shoes without losing the "as if" quality. It means setting yourself aside so you have room to absorb their thoughts, and the feelings that go with them. Hearing means you are listening with openness to the possibility of being transformed at the level of your heart. Do you want to know if you're listening or hearing? Well, then here’s the test.
  • This Good!

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Describing how things were “rolling” for me these days, I stopped and said, “Life shouldn’t be this good!” I immediately recognized that statement as a manifestation of how I experience almost everything, “Upside down and backwards.” If you want to see what I mean, go ahead and Google, “Life shouldn’t be…” and you’ll get, “… this hard.” You won’t see, “Life shouldn’t be… this easy,” or “Life shouldn’t be… this good,” but “Life…
  • To the Right of the "Dash"

    22 Nov 2013 | 7:06 am
    You may have heard it said, “It’s all about the ‘dash’”. You know, that short, straight-line symbol between the date of birth, and the date of death, on a gravestone. It seems that it may indeed be all about the “dash”, but personally, I wonder. What about that infinite space to right of the day and year that we officially leave this planet? What we truly believe happens on the right-hand side of that date can determine how we live, the meaning of our existence, our contributions to the “dash”, and so much more. What we believe happens in…
  • The Face in the Clouds

    26 Sep 2013 | 9:00 pm
    When we know what we’re looking for, we’re more likely to see it. Here’s an example of what I mean. Have you ever been gazing up at the clouds with a friend, and when they point and say, “Look, there’s a face!” you instantly see what you didn’t notice a moment before? Well, Simple Encouragement is just like that! It's a "map" that points to the essence of people. Simple Encouragement is a template that helps us to notice three essential things in others that we might otherwise miss, kind of like the face in the clouds. Engaging one another in three…
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    The Curious Brain

  • A Truncated Story of Infinity

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    A look at the infinite possibilities within the everyday by Paul Trillo. Following a day in the life of Vincent, “Subject X” and his many variations that exist throughout the universe. The story begins to fracture into different threads when he follows a would be lover down the street. This piece was created for the “Everyday Adventure” series originally commissioned by Nokia Brand Labs.
  • isabel m. martinez

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    The art of isabel m. martinez is all about capturing multiple moments in a single second
  • Marilyn Myller

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching. Directed by MIKEY PLEASE
  • Word on the street

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
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  • Ain’t Nobody’s Business

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    A blast from the past! …coolness personified! Jimmy Witherspoon with Ben Webster
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    Interruption Management

  • Too Many Distractions

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    We are surrounded by far too many choices and distractions. For example, in supermarkets there are double the items now as compared to 20 years ago. In a few more years there will be even more items; how can we effectively handle such an onslaught?No matter how many items the supermarket stocks, you can continue to buy what you have always bought and tune out much of the distraction. However, even that could get a little tedious since everyone likes to try new things.I recommend exploring one new area – in the meats, fruits, cheeses, frozen foods, whatever – each trip to the supermarket.
  • Mental Stimulation vs Languishing

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Society views the mental stimulation provided by grade school necessary for the normal development of children. After high school, though, we view mental exercise differently. It's widely understood that to be successful in a material sense, some sort of further education – whether collegiate or trade-oriented – is necessary, but other kinds of mental stimulation are generally seen as optional and somewhat unnecessary. Films, books, television, and music are all designed to be as entertaining as possible – not to be as educational or as conducive to personal growth as possible. These…
  • Aspire to Leadership

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a DifferenceHosted by Dr. Michelle PizerThe 21-day event begins on July 21st, and it is FREE. Click here to reserve your seat. www.cracktheleadershipcode.comWe hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely – and we need a place to reflect and learn. That’s why I’m speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizer’s special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational…
  • Derive Answers From Within

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Years back, I had immersed myself in a sea of self-help books and audios to the point that I had no time left in the day for myself. Practicing ten minutes of this person's technique and 30 minutes of that would literally not even allow time to eat. Why is it that we so often continue seek answers from others when, if we relied on our inherent abilities (to handle most things) that would be the shortest destination to our goal?
  • Key Talent for Consistency

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    News you can use: In her blog, Grow Your Key Talent, prolific author and speaker Rebecca Morgan lays down a challenge to achieving interruption-free, consistent business performance:"You say you don’t have any budget for professional development? Do you have budget for recruitment costs and training your key staff’s replacements? How about the loss of productivity when these folks leave and there’s no one with the same skills to fill their spot?""Wouldn’t it be cheaper to find some ways to keep them learning without spending a bundle? If you’d like a list of 10 inexpensive ways to…
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • The Deck of Shadows | A Review of The “Dynamic Spreads Deck”

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    “I am the only one of us who brings in any money. the other two cannot make money fortune telling. this is because they only tell the truth, and the truth is not what people want to hear. it is a bad thing and it troubles people, so they do not come back.” - Neil Gaiman, American Gods For those of you who give readings: “Keep the people who come to you riveted to what you have to say by finally giving a reading that uses a spread/layout that makes profound sense to their particular situation. And keep them coming back because your readings aren’t the same thing over and over again.”…
  • Thinking Magically™ | I’m Scott Grossberg and This is How I Work

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs For some time, the wonderfully entertaining and informative site, Lifehacker, has been running a “How I Work” series. Various people are interviewed and together they explore learn about what…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Life is a One-Legged Event

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    My movements, ma’am, are all leg movements. I don’t do nothing with my body. - Elvis Presley YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THE RIGHT QUESTION FIRST In preparing for the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon I was fortunate to have access to a wonderful running coach, Chris Heuisler. Right from the beginning, Chris asked me: “Is running a one-legged or a two-legged activity?” “What the hell,” I thought. “This has got to be a trick question.” But he seemed earnest in asking me so I thought about it a moment. Then the answer was clear: “It’s two-legged,” I proclaimed.
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Most Important Thing You Can Be Clear About To Achieve Your Goals (Pt 2)

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    What’s important at the grocery store is just as important in engines or medical systems. If the customer isn’t satisfied, if the stuff is getting stale, if the shelf isn’t right, or if the offerings aren’t right, it’s the same thing. You manage it like a small organization. You don’t get hung up on zeros. - Jack Welch Today we continued to transform you from just being results-oriented to also being systems-oriented. (As a reminder, you will still focus on being results-oriented once you wrap your head around a system-for-success-type of focus so you can…
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Most Important Thing You Can Be Clear About To Achieve Your Goals (Pt 1)

    29 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes? - Joseph Campbell I ALMOST DIDN’T WRITE THIS BECAUSE I’M NOT SURE YOU CARE. Every time I’ve thought about writing this particular article for you . . . I’ve stopped. As powerful as I think the concept we’re going to talk about might be, I’ve stopped myself from sharing it with you (until now). Because I know that a great many of you not only don’t use systems for your success: you resist them mightily. “Don’t tell me…
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    Experience Optimism

  • Optimist Clubs encourage good communication skills with scholarship contests

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Can you believe it? Children head back to school in three to four weeks or less. While you scratch your head wondering how that can be possible, let me tell you about the Optimist International Scholarship Contests for 2014-2015.All Optimist International Scholarship contests begin at the club level. Following rules determined by Optimist International and a timeline set by the district based on those rules, Optimist Clubs invite students to participate in essay and oratorical contests.The theme for the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2014-2015 is "Optimism Should be a Priority." It…
  • Dystopian optimism

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Continuing with the belief that the Optimist International media library needs to be increased, at the international convention, Optimist International asked vice president-designates to produce a video on behalf of their regions. They shared the videos with one another and they are now slowly reaching others.The first one shown here was produced by Jan Oord Graves of the Southwest District. Using the tune from "What does the Fox Say?" 11-year-old Valeria Jauregui sings "What our Creed says!" while projects and fellowship of our club members are shown on the screen like a photo album. …
  • South Side Optimist Club wins #ReelOptimism contest

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In an effort to increase its media collection and to promote what it means to be an Optimist Club member, Optimist International and the Optimist International Foundation recently hosted a video contest for #ReelOptimism.Optimist Club members were quite enthusiastic with their responses when asked to complete the sentence, "The greatest thing about being an Optimist is...".The #ReelOptimism winner was revealed at the Optimist International Convention (#OIConv14) on July 12, 2014. Congratulations to the South Side Optimist Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana for your winning entry and kudos for your…
  • A woman to lead

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    I hope that I don't offend you with a general observation that I am going to make: service clubs are famous for promoting old men. Similar to when you look at corporate organizational structures, when you look at the boards of directors and officers at club and international levels, the men far outnumber the women.Nonetheless, I am still surprised when I run across an Optimist Club that has just installed its first female president. Kudos this morning to the Morning Optimist Club of Yankton, South Dakota and president Lisa Berry.Lisa is shown here making a donation to the Yankton Baseball…
  • An avenue of flags to unite the community

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Bob Burkman, member, Optimist Club of Centerville, Ohio says that if there is one thing that can unite a community, it's the US flag. Doing what Optimist Clubs do best - bring people together in a sense of community, the Centerville Optimist Club placed 1,000 flags today making an Avenue of Flags for the 4th of July celebration. According to Fox News, more than 75,000 visitors will be drawn to Centerville today to celebrate the Americana Festival.You'd better believe those flags will be front and center. Well done, Optimists! That's a great way to inspire patriotism in the community. Happy…
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  • The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

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

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

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

    Gilbert Ross
    6 Sep 2013 | 5:56 am
    Are legends born, or made? To find out Heineken®, as part of its latest global campaign ‘Voyage’, is undertaking it’s most daring experiment yet. It is testing what men are truly made of when taken out of their daily lives and dropped into the great unknown. Imagine the situation. You are a highly social character, out-going and confident. You get chosen to go on a legendary adventure – something you have never done before – a new experience that will test your resourcefulness. But then you find yourself in the freezing wilderness of Alaska – alone on a glacier, with nothing…
  • Top 5 Takeaways from Global Leaders

    Gilbert Ross
    9 Jul 2013 | 1:23 pm
    This is a Guest Post by Brianna A top-performing leader in education, nursing or any other field, is someone who is truly passionate about continuous personal development and recognizes that people are the biggest key to success.  They have the admirable unique ability, among others, to spearhead change and motivate others. Leaders, and those who are most influenced by them, cite many qualities that contribute to successful leadership but the  following five qualities are the core elements of good leadership and have been identified as being possessed or mastered by those who empower others…
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    All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II

  • Gratitude Song with Sign Language

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Here is a nice soothing song about Gratitude and Love. I really like that there is an interpreter signing for the hearing impaired! I hope you enjoy it too!   If you liked this video, leave a comment and let me know what you enjoyed about it! Be Well. Paul. The Gratitude Guru The post Gratitude Song with Sign Language appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Sheryl Siler’s Interview / Conversation

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Here is a recent interview / conversation that I had with my friend, Sheryl Siler. She recently launched her book, Snapshots: Great Attitudes & Positive Self-Talk – Conquering Your Self Defeating Self-Talk. We were fortunate enough to have Sheryl write a guest post for us, Thank You – You Rock! I met Sheryl, her husband, and their children a few years ago. They are awesome people! I look forward to the times we spend together. One thing for sure, Sheryl has a passion for learning, enjoys teaching and inspires others with her heart of service. She is always giving, giving,…
  • Share your Passion

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Many of you know how I got started with Gratitude and the history behind me as I live my life of gratitude. This has been a process for me that literally has been going on most of my life. The website All About Gratitude has only been around for a couple years. Through this time, it has changed and grown to what it is today. It receives plenty of traffic each day and the Gratitude Burst goes out to thousands of people every day. Three years ago, I would have never thought I would have a website dealing with Gratitude. It just never occurred to me to do so. And I hope that it shows that I am…
  • Grateful for Friends

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Source: All over the internet – But thanks, Linda, for suggesting I post this! I cannot confirm the truth of this story, but the point it makes certain is clear and valid! [Note: Although posted in the past, this has been updated with minor changes]   One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.’ I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a…
  • Top 11 Reasons to Learn Something New Each Day

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:25 am
    Today I would like to express my gratitude for leaning something new each day! I always try to learn something new so that I continue to learn and grow. Learning something new each day is easy. Some people read voraciously and are a beacon of knowledge. Others tune in to their favorite information channel on television, listen to the radio, converse with their neighbor, or go to work to learn. However you find it, knowledge is all around you every day. Learning new things can enrich your life in many ways: 1. Provides something to talk about. Who doesn’t want to be known for being an…
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    Council of Love

  • Divine Mother suggests a new mantra: “Embrace the Grace”

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    You have asked to be the embodiment of the highest realm of consciousness, in form, collectively, creating, inhabiting Nova Earth, Terra Gaia. This cannot occur without collective love. So you are loving the divinity in the collective. You are recommitting who you are and who they are that you are loving them into wholeness. Suzanne […]
  • Creative Energy – The New Paradigm

    Linda Dillon
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    The following is a discussion from the July 19, 2014 Saturday Conference Call. Normally these conversations are not shared but the insight from the Council on this difference between creative and non-creative energy is essential. The COL is guiding us to ensure we are remaining in the creative energy of Love. What does that mean? […]
  • Key Motivators Exploding!

    Linda Dillon
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    New information regarding our ability to work with key motivators has been flowing fast and furious! A Key Motivator is that core issue which has been the most prominent obstacle in this and every lifetime. Despair, betrayal, or abandonment are examples of key motivators. The COL’s guidance is that while our key motivators have not […]
  • St. Germaine asks us to recommit to the Divine Mother’s Plan

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    On our Saturday conference call, St. Germaine asks: …as fellow journeyer, as mentor, as steward, as guardian, on behalf of all of us who are ascended masters, we ask you, with us, to recommit, to hold this alignment because when it is held everything falls into place, the openings are apparent and Nova Earth is […]
  • St. Germaine reminds us…we are multi-dimensional, inter-dimensional beings…

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    You cannot have your feet on this planet and not be multi-dimensional. So can we simply begin today, beloved people of Earth, with a declaration of freedom for your inter-dimensional self that you are going to allow yourself to move into this inter-dimensional reality? Suzanne: Good morning and welcome to another offering of Heavenly Blessings […]
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • Why You Should Start Chasing Your Dreams (aka The Dream Chaser Manifesto)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ― T.E. Lawrence What if the “God” […] The post Why You Should Start Chasing Your Dreams (aka The Dream Chaser Manifesto) appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Enjoy the Journey and Stop Getting Ahead of Yourself

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” - Ernest Hemingway  Have you ever noticed that people are always chasing the next thing or focusing on the next phase of life? I must admit that I struggle with this at times myself. I can get […] The post How to Enjoy the Journey and Stop Getting Ahead of Yourself appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Three Powerful Questions to Change the Direction on Your Life, Before It’s Too Late!

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” - Fight Club Every year of my life seems to go by faster and faster. The older I get the more I want to make the most of the short time I have. I want to do everything that I can to create a […] The post Three Powerful Questions to Change the Direction on Your Life, Before It’s Too Late! appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How I Went From a Dead End Job to Traveling the World Living My Dream

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” - Les Brown If you had said to me a year ago that I would have a blog, be writing nearly every day, have self-published my first book, and had traveled the world continuously for 6 months actually living my dream, […] The post How I Went From a Dead End Job to Traveling the World Living My Dream appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Common Myths to Dispel About Meditation

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    “Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.” ― Sharon Salzberg I’m sure you’ve heard at one point or another that you should meditate, right? There is continually growing research revealing how helpful it is for our health and well-being. But despite this knowledge, many people struggle to incorporate the habit of meditating […] The post 5 Common Myths to Dispel About Meditation appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart

    James Trimarco
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination from Lambda Legal on Vimeo. It's sweet, it's surprising, and—best of all—it's a success story. This short film tells the story of Robina Asti, a 92-year-old former pilot and transgender woman. After the death of her beloved husband Norwood Patton in 2012, Robina applied to the Social Security Administration for survivor benefits, but was denied because the SSA claimed she was "legally male" at the time of her marriage. Here's what Asti had to say about the incident: I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to…
  • Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching

    Shannon Hayes
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Photo by Brittany Hock / Flickr. When the recent issue of Smithsonian showed up in the mailbox, we were all curious about the lead story: The Hunt for Africa ’s Most Notorious Elephant Poacher. I read it aloud to Bob over a cup of coffee in the early morning before we headed out to set up our stall at the market. Deciding that now was a good time to start introducing more global concerns in our daughters' education, I chose to read it aloud to them too after dinner. Fifty thousand elephants traversed the interior of Chad in the early 1960s. Today, less than 2 percent of that population…
  • Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them

    Christine St. Pierre
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Illustration by Jem Sullivan Is your closet stuffed with a collection of T-shirts that proclaim your passions, from saving the whales to supporting your local farmers market? Customize and repurpose your favorite old tees to give those messages the airing they deserve. 1. Occupy Scissorhands Protest when the heat is on by transforming a bulky T-shirt into a cool racer-back tank top. Cut out the sleeves and neckline of the T-shirt to create tank top straps. Use a strip of excess fabric to tie the tank straps together at the back. Cut thin strips up from the bottom of your shirt to create…
  • Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?

    Yessenia Funes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    A child learns to ride on a bike rented from P’tit Vélib’. Photo copyright Jean-Baptist Gurliat / Mayor of Paris. Mini aspiring cyclists in Paris can now be seen biking alongside their parents—or at least trying to—while rocking a red, green, or pink helmet adorned with a playful “P’tit Vélib’” logo on the side. P’tit Vélib’ is the first bike-share program in the world to include tiny bikes for toddlers. P’tit Vélib’, launched June 16, is an extension of Vélib’, one of the world’s largest bike-sharing services—public programs where people can cheaply and…
  • Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe

    Jay Walljasper
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Cyclists use a protected bike lane in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Paul Krueger / Flickr. You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Fla., transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just for cars and trucks. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users…
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    Thin Difference

  • What Is Your Life Theme?

    Jon Mertz
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Back in school, we read “the classics” and then had to discover the theme of the story and write a paper on it. As a teenager, this was more of a task than a discovery mission. In college, uncovering the theme and then seeing how various elements of the story really connected the dots was energizing. Something within our minds clicked with excitement and, in many ways, stirred our spirits. There was a connection and a meaning. Theme is defined as the “main idea or underlying meaning.” Simple yet themes get tangled, off track, and even undefined. Themes can simply just work, too. They…
  • Rob Bellenfant: A Millennial Leader Learning to Speak Millennial

    Molly Page
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    A Millennial leading a team full of Millennials sounds like the perfect complement, right? It seems as if it would be such a great match! The leader and team presumably speak the same language. They must have the same motivations and instincts. Communication must be simple, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes it takes more than similar birthdays for a leader to perfectly gel with his or her team. Millennial leader Rob Bellenfant is proof that not every Millennial is stereotypically Millennial and occasionally even Millennial leaders need to learn how to lead Millennials well. At first…
  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

    Jon Mertz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Development Dimensions International (DDI), jointly with The Conference Board, conducted a survey of 13,124 leaders across many organizations, industries, and countries. An extensive study. The work was released as the Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015. One of the focus areas is on VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous – and the importance of having leaders capable to navigate these waters with skill, talent, and character. Although there is much to the study, this is a core element since leaders will either succeed well or fail miserably in how they step up to the VUCA…
  • 3 Leadership Lessons for Millennials from Moneyball

    Jeremy Chandler
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve got to be honest… I’m not a huge baseball fan. However, I love baseball movies. If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping you’d suffer an injury and become a major league pitcher like “Rookie of the Year” and quoting “The Sandlot” all summer with your friends. I’m sure those movies had something to do with deciding to watch Moneyball when it released 2011. Since I didn’t remember anything about the story from when I was growing up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as I was watched, I realized there were a lot of lessons I could learn as a young leader. 3…
  • 5 Characteristics That Most Successful People Possess

    Guest Author
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Education, training, experience and continually updating your skills are all vital to success in the workplace and to your future employment trajectory. However, there are many less readily definable factors that influence success in the workplace. If you observe successful people in your own profession closely, you will notice they have many characteristics in common that make them stand out from the crowd, accomplish great things and solve problems efficiently and effectively. Here are the top five characteristics that have been identified as the key…
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    Later Bloomer

  • Telling Life’s Stories: Four Late-Blooming Personal Historians by Lynne Strang

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    I’m honored to feature a guest post by Lynne Strang this July 4th weekend—a great time to collect family stories!  I had never heard of a “personal historian” until nearly three years ago. That’s when I came across a 2010 Wall Street Journal story mentioning Jennifer Campbell, who launched Heritage Memoirs, a personal history business in Uxbridge, Ontario, at age 54. The article led to an interview with Jennifer for my book, Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40. It also provided a first glimpse at personal history,…
  • The Late Bloomer and The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Why do we love a feline gumshoe? Britt Petersen at Slate cites a literary tradition of mystical cats, “from the witchly cat Grimalkin of the 16th-century anti-Catholic satire Beware the Cat, to Poe’s ‘Black Cat,’ the demonic Behemoth in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, H.P. Lovecraft’s Cats of Ulthar, and Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.” But Jake Hinkson at Criminal Element states the obvious: Cats…are mysterious little bastards. You have to give them that. They disappear for hours or days at a time. They like the night. (Hell, they have…
  • Julia Margaret Cameron on Failing in the Dark

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Do you recognize this model?  Here’s a clue: Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. At age 9, she was the shy muse of a stammering Oxford professor named Charles Dodgson. By age 20, she’d become a minor celebrity who’d spent much of her life in front of a camera. As you’ve guessed, she’s Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll (Dodgson’s pen name) to write Alice in Wonderland. She didn’t count photography an impossible thing. But for Julia Margaret Cameron  (1815-1879), the woman who…
  • The Imaginary Landscapes of Late Bloomer Henri Rousseau

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    21 May 2014 | 11:55 am
    Imagine Paris, 1871. Your day job—to search each wagon that arrives at the city gates for certain contraband. “Bonjour,” you say, “Do you carry wine, bread, or cheese for consumption in the city?” That, of course, rates as the most idiotic question anyone could pose to a Frenchman. “Mais, no!” the driver cries. You pull a baguette from under his seat. The driver gives you a dirty look and pays tax on the hapless loaf. The next wagon trundles forward. You sigh. You’re not a very popular guy. And that’s what poor Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Inspiration Awards from Canyon Ranch

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Who inspires you? I am willing to bet that you can think of someone. Perhaps that person has made a selfless sacrifice, motivated others, overcome adversity, or made a difference in the community. Who makes you want to be a better person? If that someone you know has truly inspired you, how about showing them how much they have done so by nominating them for an Inspiration Award? Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the first Canyon Ranch in 1979, a beautiful, serene resort that is devoted to fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and healthy living. In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, Canyon Ranch is…
  • The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life. Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends. Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party,…
  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
  • Essential Oils for Skincare: DIY All Natural Night Creme

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though I am still somewhat of an essential oil newbie, I have been taking careful notes and reading tons of materials over the past few weeks. There is so much to learn about their incredible uses, from boosting energy levels to help with managing weight, sleeping more soundly, reducing acne and wrinkles, eliminating toxins, soothing sore muscles, and so much more. If there is an ailment or concern, there is a remedy using essential oils. The first area where I wanted to find a solution using these oil extracts is using essential oils for skincare. More specifically, I wanted to start by…
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  • A Mindful Approach To Blame And Taking Responsibility

    David G Arenson
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.” ~ Rumi Let’s meet in this field, far away from routine. Stop everything you’re thinking about, and just consider these words typed up on your page or screen, appearing magically, mesmerisingly in front of you in multi-color. Did you ever think how your life is created as reality, and yet how much are you conscious of, and what is actually…
  • 12 Meditative Mantras To Cleanse Your Chakras For The Week

    FinerMinds Team
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    For those new to meditation, or even those who are no strangers to sinking into this transformative silence, mantras can really deepen your practice as they provide a subtle focus to deter you from distracting thoughts. But if you’d like to take things up a notch by using mantras that connect with, and cleanse, each of your seven chakras, check out this article, Using Chakra Mantras to Unblock Energy. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Sound is vibration. What you may not be aware of is that each of your chakras has a specific vibration as well – and you can use mantras that are…
  • How To Stay Positive In Challenging Times (5 Steps And A Meditation)

    Pragito Dove
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Are you having trouble staying in a positive state of mind when challenging circumstances present themselves?  The Universal Laws state: so without, so within. Everything is a mirror. We cannot change the reflection, but we can change the original (ourselves), and then, automatically, the reflection changes. Here are my top 5 Keys that can help you cultivate not only a positive mindset, but also the feeling state necessary for the positive Law of Attraction. The more you focus on bringing awareness to accepting and loving yourself, the more your inner beauty and harmony is reflected in your…
  • This Illness Can Affect Anyone, Even Those Who “Have It All”. Here’s One Pop Icon’s Experience And Words Of Wisdom.

    FinerMinds Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    You may remember him from the 80′s, with hit songs like, “Jessie’s Girl” and his role on “General Hospital”. But nowadays, Rick Springfield is known for much more than his fame and talents.  He, like millions of people, has battled with depression since a young man, and is now sharing his story and experiences, with the hope of changing the stigma attached to the illness. His words are of comfort, encouragement, and wisdom, and will show that there is light before the end of the tunnel. The post This Illness Can Affect Anyone, Even Those Who “Have…
  • How To Find Freedom From, “Is There Something Wrong With Me?”

    Banu Sekendur
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    I used to think that I had “issues” with romantic relationships. No matter how hard I worked on myself and the relationship, it somehow did not work out. When I looked at how I do relationships closely, I was able I identify certain patterns that showed up as the core way I function. I may not have a full picture of all my set of behaviors and patterns, but recognizing a few big themes surely helped enlighten my path quite a bit. The hardest part was to get to a point where I knew I had to look deeper into me and how I play into those patterns that lead to pain and unhappiness. I had to…
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  • Workplace Stress: A Growing Issue

    Editorial Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    Employers are under an ever-increasing amount of stress these days, and recent studies have shown this stress is trickling down to their employees as well. Recent statistics from the American Psychological Association provides some startling numbers concerning workplace stress, for which faith-based counseling could be the answer. Statistics According to the study: • 52% have made a career decision based upon workplace stress • 52% claim their job interferes with their family and home life • 33% report being overworked • 32% believe that workplace stress has contributed to them…
  • The Cost of a Car without Insurance {Infographic}

    Editorial Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The cost of auto insurance is little compared to the potential cost of a car accident. Whether it’s a fender-bender or major collision, the costs of damage can add up quickly and leave you in a major financial hole if you’re uninsured. You could be responsible for damage not only to your own vehicle, but to other vehicles, drivers, and property as well. IFA Auto understands the many potential costs associated with car accidents. Take a look at our “Fix It Yourself?” Infographic below : Presented By IFA Auto Insurance The post The Cost of a Car without Insurance…
  • Urgent Care vs. ER {Infographic}

    Editorial Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between visiting an urgent care facility and the emergency room? Don’t worry. We’ve gone ahead and detailed the difference between the two in this fun infographic! Hopefully this will help you make the right decision, and save time and money in the future. Presented By  PhysicianOne Urgent Care The post Urgent Care vs. ER {Infographic} appeared first on ModernLifeBlogs.
  • How to Decorate Your Garden with Antique Accessories

    Angie Cole
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    The garden is a place for rest and relaxation. For many, it is a space to think and appreciate nature. Putting a garden together often includes selecting the plants that will go well with your area as well as choosing the proper furniture or accessories. It’s not uncommon for people to get confused when decorating their garden with antique accessories. Here are some tips to keep in mind to avoid the confusion. Consider your style Choosing the wrong accessories for the garden is a common mistake homeowners make. Before purchasing outdoor furniture and garden accessories, consider your style,…
  • The 5 Most Sought After Wedding Destinations

    Editorial Team
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    If you are fortunate enough to travel somewhere for your wedding there are many choices out there to choose from.  The most popular destinations are usually in tropical areas due to the great weather year round.  When choosing a place to hold your wedding you will want to remember the expense involved in getting there so that your guests will be able to participate. This could not only involve money, but how long it takes to get there, and factors like culture and means of travel as well.  When analyzing the statistics for couples are hosting their wedding, 5 destinations stand out as…
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    Design Inspiration. Free Resources & Tutorials

  • 35 Dynamic Black and White Wallpapers for Desktop

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The desktop of a personal computer or a laptop is a very crucial thing. It not only influences the mood and behavior of the owner or user of the device but also projects the personality of the user.... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 20 Stunning Education Website Designs for Inspiration

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The design of the websites of universities and colleges needs to be perfect in order to attract students. Educational websites have an important role to play in career of students and often help them... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 15 Best WordPress Forum Plugins for Websites

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Despite being the popular blogging platform, WordPress is a powerful CMS to setup a good website. A forum can be created using WordPress as platform. The WordPress plugins are efficient enough to... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 15 Best FeedBurner Alternatives to try

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Feedburner is a powerful service that burns unlimited number of feeds from your site and give you a chance to get a large number of subscribers on your site. But, if you have created a WordPress... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 35 Astonishing Pregnancy Photography Examples

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    The pregnancy photography or most popularly known as “Baby Bump Photography” trends showcase expecting mothers in an artistic setting. Many pregnant women are choosing to take portraits... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    Very Smart Girls (tm)

  • Happy 5th Birthday Very Smart Girls!

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

    Jo-Ann Downey
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Enjoy! “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius (551-479 BC) “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Saint Augustine (354-430) “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller (1880-1968) “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” Danny Kaye (1913-1987) “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” Anatole France (1844-1924) “Voyage, travel and change of place impart vigor.” Seneca (Mid-1st Century AD) “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and…
  • Do The Real Math

    Jo-Ann Downey
    31 May 2014 | 5:37 pm
    How do you spend your life’s energy? Are you willing to look at how much time and resources you spend on your inner and outer habits?  Are you making conscious choices for your highest good? Time Reality Check As shared in “Time Management & Time Consciousness”, you cannot manage or control time.  You can only manage yourself and what you do with your time. Time proceeds with or without you having a personal or professional vision or intention. What do you do, and don’t do, with your time?  Do you manifest your goals and dreams?  Do you try to squeeze as much into one day…
  • Partner with Life ~ Partner with Surprises

    Jo-Ann Downey
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Do you like surprises or do surprises throw you off balance? I realize that I have some fear about being surprised. I want surprises to be planned! I have often heard it said that control is the master addiction.  Or rather, the illusion of control is the master addiction.  If you don’t like surprises you may want to look at your level of:  acceptance, over-responsibility, personal responsibility, flexibility, trust, expectation, patience, judgment, and/or wanting “perfection”. As shared in “Acceptance and Patience”,  non-judgmental acceptance is a prerequisite for…
  • Mind Veil ~ A Poem

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

  • Ten Little Knees

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    I sat down in the old handmade rocking chair. The damp wood felt cool on my back and I looked out across the green carpet of the prairie and took in the morning air. A fly caught my eye, and I couldn't help but smile. I closed my eyes and gave thanks to The One, who gave us the flies.Days ago, as Revival was just getting kicked off, our preacher had stood and made note of a fly in the church. It had found rest upon The Altar and he noted there must be something sweet to eat there, because as soon as the table is spread, the flies are usually the first to eat.We've heard a lot of intense,…
  • That Suitcase

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    The preacher stood and offered any last chances for the congregation to do as they feel led before he began. When no one spoke, he reached under a bench and pulled out an old suitcase. He rarely ever brings in props to tell a story so I knew he must have been shown something special. He began with news of young ones leaving the nest, going to college, and opportunities that have been presented within his own household that led to a phone call.His sister couldn't have known or rehearsed the words that would spark such a Sunday Service as this, but with our preacher seeking her wisdom, the…
  • Consider the Ravens

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:17 am
    He took his Bible in his thirteen year old hands and walked to the front of the church, relieved that on this Wednesday night, many seats were vacant. Standing for his first Devotion he looked at me one last time and opened his Bible and moved his bookmark with nervous fingers. "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap..." I have repeated this verse over and over ever since he spoke it, considering those ravens. My eyes finally awoke to the Sunday morning sun. I thought of the ravens, no storehouse nor barn, but yet they are fed. I thought of the church. Many others, just like…
  • The Glimmer of The Son

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    I asked The Lord to let me walk, not run. I didn't want to overlook Him today, knowing that by the day's end, I would be standing in front of the crowd of people which filled our pews at the little country church I love so much. I already knew what I was going to do, what I was going to say, the story I was to tell, though rehearsing it was useless. I knew that HE was in charge and choosing words at this point wasn't necessary...He'd get me through it.The clock was ticking and with only two hours to go, I found myself alone on the front porch reflecting.I watched the little ten year…
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    Thin Difference

  • What Is Your Life Theme?

    Jon Mertz
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Back in school, we read “the classics” and then had to discover the theme of the story and write a paper on it. As a teenager, this was more of a task than a discovery mission. In college, uncovering the theme and then seeing how various elements of the story really connected the dots was energizing. Something within our minds clicked with excitement and, in many ways, stirred our spirits. There was a connection and a meaning. Theme is defined as the “main idea or underlying meaning.” Simple yet themes get tangled, off track, and even undefined. Themes can simply just work, too. They…
  • Rob Bellenfant: A Millennial Leader Learning to Speak Millennial

    Molly Page
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    A Millennial leading a team full of Millennials sounds like the perfect complement, right? It seems as if it would be such a great match! The leader and team presumably speak the same language. They must have the same motivations and instincts. Communication must be simple, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes it takes more than similar birthdays for a leader to perfectly gel with his or her team. Millennial leader Rob Bellenfant is proof that not every Millennial is stereotypically Millennial and occasionally even Millennial leaders need to learn how to lead Millennials well. At first…
  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

    Jon Mertz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Development Dimensions International (DDI), jointly with The Conference Board, conducted a survey of 13,124 leaders across many organizations, industries, and countries. An extensive study. The work was released as the Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015. One of the focus areas is on VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous – and the importance of having leaders capable to navigate these waters with skill, talent, and character. Although there is much to the study, this is a core element since leaders will either succeed well or fail miserably in how they step up to the VUCA…
  • 3 Leadership Lessons for Millennials from Moneyball

    Jeremy Chandler
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve got to be honest… I’m not a huge baseball fan. However, I love baseball movies. If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping you’d suffer an injury and become a major league pitcher like “Rookie of the Year” and quoting “The Sandlot” all summer with your friends. I’m sure those movies had something to do with deciding to watch Moneyball when it released 2011. Since I didn’t remember anything about the story from when I was growing up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as I was watched, I realized there were a lot of lessons I could learn as a young leader. 3…
  • 5 Characteristics That Most Successful People Possess

    Guest Author
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Education, training, experience and continually updating your skills are all vital to success in the workplace and to your future employment trajectory. However, there are many less readily definable factors that influence success in the workplace. If you observe successful people in your own profession closely, you will notice they have many characteristics in common that make them stand out from the crowd, accomplish great things and solve problems efficiently and effectively. Here are the top five characteristics that have been identified as the key…
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    Julie Gosh

  • The Love Affair You Can’t Afford Not to Have

    julie gosh
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
          Are you in love with your body?   Do you know that your body is an incredible vehicle for your evolution?   Do you understand what an incredibly intelligent vessel that your soul resides in here on planet earth?   The love affair with your body and with your self is one I see vital for maximum well-being, efficient fulfillment of mission, and profound spiritual bliss.   I pray that we will all be awakened in a new and fresh way to this powerful partnership.   I have to say, it’s really fun to love my body!! To appreciate it no matter how it…
  • Tethered to Fear?

    julie gosh
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
          “Thank you for everything. I have no complaints about anything.”   Eckhart Tolle says this is one of the highest forms of spiritual practice….to live the above, to make this your way of being in the world.   Gratitude for everything, even if it doesn’t make sense. Even if it doesn’t feel good. Be thankful.   Byron Katie says that everything happens FOR us and not TO us.   The exchange of that one word changes everything. I am not victim of anything. I am co-creator of everything.   I have no complaints about anything or anyone. I might…
  • A Grand Summoning

    julie gosh
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
          “Make more decisions in every day. Because a decision is a summoning of life. That’s why a little chaos is good for you, because often you don’t make a decision until you get yourself in a jam. And then, in the middle of the jam, you make a decision, but that decision summons Life Force. Have you ever been a place where you couldn’t quite make up your mind and you just felt sort of limp? “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.” And then you decided, and you felt alive again. We want you to know that you’ll…
  • The Effervescence of Life

    julie gosh
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
          This flower is in my back yard.  My dry, dusty, hot Texas backyard.   I looked out the window today and saw this gorgeous being of Light, reaching up towards the sun, displaying the effervescence of Life.   Life just Is.  It doesn’t struggle or strive….it moves and flows and spins.   Life is energy, and energy cannot be destroyed, just transformed.   What good news for us, for all.   That which you are is eternal, ever-lasting. Beautiful.  Shining. In the Light.   Stable.   You are Stable.   Your core.  Your soul.
  • The Light of the Tao

    julie gosh
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
          “Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, settle your dust. This is the primal identity.”   -Stephen Mitchell’s New English Version of the Tao Te Ching   I’m studying the Tao Te Ching side by side with A Thousand Names For Joy …a modern version/expansion of the original 6th century text based on the personal  journey of Byron Katie.   These are the kinds of texts where you can read one sentence and then need to stop reading for awhile.  Your breath is taken away.  Something has just…
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  • 6 Guidelines of Setting Healthy Boundaries

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    “If you try to break into my home, I will call the police and possibly shoot you.” This, to me, is an excellent boundary to set against those who might want to break into your home and conduct criminal activities.It gets a little trickier when it comes to setting boundaries with loved ones.When you set boundaries:→ You are showing yourself and others involved the ultimate respect.→ You are setting an example that it is okay to for them to also set boundaries in their own life if they feel the need.→ It protects and promotes self-esteem of everyone involved.It doesn’t feel as if…
  • How to Improve Your Work Ethic

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    A healthy work ethic is based on the ideals of hard work and discipline. Sure, that doesn’t sound fun or glamorous. The benefits however can be and it can also allow you to have a much easier life.Benefits of a Strong Work Ethic:→ Sustains your sense of self worth→ It helps create a functional life→ It takes the struggle out of getting things done→ It affords a more stable life for you and those you love→ It creates a healthy character deserving of respect from othersHow to Improve Your Work Ethic:A healthy work ethic is based on habits, self-discipline and perseverance. Here…
  • 7 Steps to Take Back Your Personal Power

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    You may not even realize how much of your personal power you are giving away.This is because there are typically only one or two people you will be prone to surrendering your power to and oftentimes, without realization. We’ll call these your “targets”.To balance that out, there will be others who you are more assertive with. In fact you might even verge on being oppositional with them. We’ll call these your “anti-targets”.This sets up an environment of false empowerment which in turn leads to dysfunctional living. As you can imagine, that is the opposite of achieving a level of…
  • How to Find True Freedom

    4 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    People live and die for freedom. Unfortunately most of us will never experience it at the most profound levels.See if you can find what you are sacrificing your own freedom for and what you can do about it:When you judge someone, you are no longer free. On one hand, to judge that something is not good for you respects your freedom of choice and allows you to set healthy boundaries. Unhealthy judgment, on the other hand, is isolating and builds unhealthy walls.Dr. Jenn Booker has an excellent article about judgment. In it, she lists some easy ways to identify unhealthy judgment. Please make…
  • How to Create Success in Any Area of Your Life

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    Everyone would agree that in order to reach success, whether it’s financially, in relationships, health or otherwise – we must “do” things.Chances are you all ready have a good idea of what you want to accomplish and what you need to do.Perhaps though, there is one or two simple elements missing that would make it easier, quicker or more fun to reach your goal.Use this worksheet to help you figure that out. If you get stuck, email me for a free coaching session.*** I saved the two trickiest questions for last because those will be the elements that will make it or break it for you…
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  • Cavemen and the Rise of Instagram

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Remember the olden days when we didn’t have iPods or air conditioning or the wheel? Ahhh….the good old days. One thing was the same then as it is now. People loved sharing stories. They didn’t share them on Facebook or write books for the kindle, they drew pictures on walls with sticks. And the messages are as clear today as they were when they were first drawn. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. Humans are hard-wired to communicate visually, yet we have spent decades teaching reading,…
  • How to Stop Being an Amateur

    14 Feb 2014 | 5:20 am
    Do you ever look at someone who is really, really good at something and wish that you could be that good? You can. It’s easier (and harder) than it seems. You just need to follow one rule consistently. Stop being an amateur. When you have a goal that you are trying to reach, ask yourself what a professional would do and do exactly that. Every single time. Let’s start with a goal that many people have: trying to lose weight. It’s not about will-power. It’s not about desire. It’s about working out every day because that is what the most successful people would do.
  • Thanks for the Gift. I’m Giving it Away

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am of the belief that a true gift comes with absolutely no strings attached. Once I give it to you, it is yours to do whatever you want with. I was at the store picking up some google-y eyes for my daughters Valentine’s when I passed containers full of buttons. There was no way that I could pass these by. My daughter is constantly digging through drawers trying to find stray buttons. I knew she would love to have a whole container full of them and I was SO excited to surprise her with them. I came home and showed her the surprise and you would have thought I bought her a pony. Her…
  • “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way”

    9 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    I made a comment to someone the other day and her response to me was, “I’m sorry you feel that way.” Really? What does that even mean? I’m pretty sure that you aren’t sorry and I’m also pretty sure that you are judging me. You aren’t sorry for the way that I’m feeling, you are sorry for WHAT I’m feeling. I don’t ever need anyone to feel sorry for me for how I feel. When I’m mad, I’m mad. When I’m happy, I’m happy. And just because you don’t agree with my response to a situation doesn’t give you the…
  • Passing Out Happy-Pops

    8 Feb 2014 | 6:58 am
    This morning, I was relaxing on the couch and reading a magazine. My daughter wanted to look at the pictures and wanted me to cut out the ones that made her happy. I said, “What if we cut out pictures that we think might make other people happy and we can pass them out to people when we are out today?” Happy pictures and happy people? That’s a recipe for a perfect morning. We taped the pictures to colorful straws and headed out to the mall where we were going to see The Lego Movie. (great movie, btw) As we walked into the mall, she immediately started looking for people who…
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  • Trust the Timing of Your Life

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Life is funny… just when you think things are going the way you want, BOOM something changes. How do you handle this? Do you get stressed and anxious when things don’t go according to plan? I am still learning to trust the journey. Surrendering to what is & what’s to come, brings peace in my life. Here are some tips that I suggest to be at peace with the timing of life: Trust the Timing of Your Life Accept that the only thing that you are for sure of is this moment right now. Remember that life is all about learning. Whether it’s learning about yourself or being…
  • Embrace the Now!

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    As I am quickly approaching my birthday I have done some reflection. Over the past few months I have caught myself on numerous occasions saying “I’ll be 35 in April.” In retrospect, my response to how old I am, should have been “I am 34.” Simple as that. By stating what I will be has taken away from what I am now. This applies to all aspects of life. As we go through this amazing journey we typically are already thinking about what’s next. What about appreciating the here and now? How many of you have been asked: Are you in college? Most would answer:…
  • Random Quotes to Inspire

    12 Aug 2013 | 6:03 pm
    “We think too much and feel too little.” ― Charles Chaplin “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli “Look to your heart and soul first, rather than looking to your head first, when choosing. Rather than what you think, consider instead how you feel. Look to the nature of things. Feel your choices and decisions. It just might change everything.” ― Jeffrey R. Anderson One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect…
  • Awakening Meditation Prayer

    28 Feb 2013 | 9:30 am
    I invoke the presence of the Sacred, the presence of the Divine. I invoke the power of the Chakras, the Sacraments and the Tree of Life. Awaken and be active with me. Divine Spirit, bring me into union with you. Remove the obstacles that keep me from the experience of your presence. Let me clearly perceive your guidance. Walk with me into my mysteries; replace my fears with Faith. Give me the capacity to abide in mystery full time. I give up the need to know why things happen as they do. I surrender my will to your Will. Let me feel your presence as much in change as in tranquility. Show me…
  • Appreciate Life!

    14 Feb 2013 | 7:32 am
    Appreciate every moment of this life. Be real, Be true, Be you!
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  • positive penny pinching: an e-book for saving

    positively present
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
      I'm so thrilled to be sharing my latest e-book offering with you: Positive Penny Pinching: How to Save Money without Sacrificing Your Happiness! You might be wondering why I — creator of Positively Present, a site dedicated to helping others live more positive and present lives — am writing an e-book about saving money. I’m not a financial guru and I’m certainly not a girl who’s good with numbers. (In fact, math was my least favorite subject in school!) I might not be an official expert on financial well-being, but in order to do what I love for a living (writing…
  • positively present picks: july 25, 2014

    positively present
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Source   "You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true…The only way to start being asked to dosomething you want to do is to start doing that thing on your own.” Jonathan Harris     20+ Ways to Show Yourself Love : go on, be good to yourself! Pets Interrupting Yoga : pets love to get in on the yoga fun Don't Be Perfect, Just Be Good : perfection is seriously overrated 9 Instinctive Decisions You'll Always Regret : powerful stuff Fairytales Are Real : these places will make you believe 29 Things You Should…
  • seeking similarities: the value of sameness

    positively present
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
      Not long ago, I signed up for emails from Caroline over at Made Vibrant and her latest newsletter really spoke to me. In it, she discusses how much choosing to make a change in her life has impacted the way those around her react. Anyone who has ever tried to make a big life change — giving up drinking, going vegan, launching a solo career, etc. — probably knows what she's going through. People have a lot of questions, and most of those questions aren't very positive. Caroline makes some very astute observations as to why this is, writing: …
  • positively present picks: july 18, 2014

    positively present
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Source   "Almost all sadness comes from thinking about the past,and all worry from thinking about the future — present-mindedness is your only safe haven." Bryant McGill     4 Lessons from the Forest on Dealing with Difficulty : love these!  Sound Cloud Towel : lovin' this pillow + towel combo I just got(it's a must-have for the beach or pool this summer!) 100 Ways to Show Yourself Love : Gala Darling always has great ideas Party Party App : so in love with this new app by A Beautiful Mess 7 Steps to Create Positive…
  • positive choices: lessons from 4 years of sobriety

    positively present
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    “The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own self-destructive nonsense," wrote Dr. Steve Maraboli, and I couldn't agree more. Last Friday I celebrated four years of sobriety and, difficult as it has been and sometimes continues to be, every day I am sober is both liberating and empowering. When I think back to the person I was before sobriety, it's kind of hard to believe it's actually been years since I've had a drink. But here I am, four years in, and pretty darn excited about it—especially because research…
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  • Posing With 2x4s Before Building A Compost Shed

    Asante George
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    I’ve just come from Lowe’s where I purchased five 2x4s. Today I’m framing our compost shed. I’ve never framed a structure before, so I’m buying a few materials at a time and taking it slowly. I like working with 2x4s because they are sturdy, light, and easy to saw by hand without power tools.
  • A Harbor Freight Solar Fountain Pump and A Thrift Store Basin Become Our First Water Feature

    Asante George
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Summer in Florida has inspired me to explore passive cooling techniques for our city homestead. Passive cooling uses design and natural features to keep a space cool. Water features like fountains and ponds are an effective and beautiful way to cool a space. This is the first fountain I’ve ever built, and it was super easy! Our fountain sits in front of an open window that receives lots of breeze. The air from the window is cooled as it blows over the water and into the house. This idea is based upon the same principles as a swamp cooler. The basin I used is made of terra cotta, a…
  • When Is An Orange Not An Orange?

    Asante George
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I’ve been looking for ways to affordably stock our food pantry. Instead of grains, beans, pastas…standard pantry items, I fill ours with produce that has a long shelf life like apples, oranges, and various potatoes. I figured that buying conventional produce would be ok until I can afford to purchase organic or until our garden begins to produce regularly. We purchased our monthly box of oranges and began eating them our favorite way which is poke a hole in the top and suck the juice out. While eating my first orange, I noticed that my lips began to burn. Although I thought is was…
  • An Unexpected Benefit of Living Off the Grid

    Asante George
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    This is the charge controller to my 100 watt Renogy solar kit. You can’t tell from the picture, but the second green light is blinking. This indicates that the 50 watt, 12 volt, deep cycle battery I have connected to my panel is full. I slept in this morning, as has become my habit, and shortly after I awoke I noticed that my battery was full. My sleeping in had actually allowed my solar panel time to generate more energy before I started using it. Instead of waking up early in order to make money with which to pay an electricity bill, sleeping in allows my battery to fully charge. The…
  • Our First Muskmelon

    Asante George
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Here is a picture of our first fuzzy baby Muskegon. Isn’t it cute? It’s dusk, and Little Lotus and I are sitting out in our front yard. She is collecting snails from our garden. She’ll observe them for a day, and then she’ll release them. It’s amazing how country-style we are able to live in the middle of a city. While sitting and enjoying the night, We noticed that one of our muskmelon plants has begun to fruit.
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    Out Of Inspiration

  • True Meaning Of “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I once heard a quote by Jim Rohn, something along the lines of: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. For whatever reason, this quote stuck with me more than most usually do. Usually the spark of inspiration ignited by a quote burns out after a mere few hours. This quote was different. I wouldn’t say it inspired me, but it certainly made me think. Who are those who I spend the most time with and how much of them is present in me? After pondering this question for quite some time, I eventually threw it to the wayside and deemed the quote bullshit. I left…
  • Never Be The Same

    11 Sep 2012 | 8:48 am
    “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. I wouldn’t hesitate to say this is one of the most powerful interviews I’ve ever seen, despite how short it is. Steve Jobs obviously had life figured out pretty well, I mean, he did created the most profitable company in history…out of his basement.
  • The Road Not Taken

    4 Sep 2012 | 12:06 pm
    The name of this posting comes from the 1915 poem by Robert Frost of the same title. While it might be one of the most cliché short works to cite on a site in a motivational post, it does raise an issue with the way many people view philosophy (and life) in general. The fact of the matter is that life is not easy. Decisions are rarely cut and dry, and the truth is rarely painted in black and white. Doing the right thing is never as easy as reading one single book, following one set of guidelines, or listening to one group of people. Most aspects of living are more nuanced than simple…
  • Rise Above

    1 Sep 2012 | 7:53 pm
    Life is full of temptation. Almost every single day i’m tempted to do something I hate. Whether it’s to lie, steal, or cheat, it feels as if theres temptation everywhere I look. I hate everything about lying yet when my friend’s asked why I didn’t answer their call last night lying suddenly doesn’t seem so bad. At times, it’s hard not to let yourself drown in temptation. It’s happen to me and i’m sure it’s happen to you. “Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the…
  • Redefining “YOLO”

    27 Aug 2012 | 9:22 am
    In 2011 rapper and singer Drake released a song called “The Motto“, largely credited with popularizing the catchphrase YOLO. An acronym for “you only live once”, the usage of this phrase has taken off. Admittedly, the motto has been used mostly in conjunction with irresponsible behavior (“yo, have one more drink – YOLO!”). There’s no real reason for this to be so. Living once could easily be a reason to live life in a relatively safe manner. In a popular YouTube video called “YOLO“, one character is attempting to peer pressure someone…
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  • So Much More

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Even in Publix! Lisa and I were buying dinner at the grocery store, I was wearing one of my marathon shirts. Given the fact they comprise 50% of my wardrobe, […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jersey Boys

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    It was my wife’s birthday so this weekend was all hers. First thing up, she wanted to see the movie “Jersey Boys.” It would not have been something I would […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dramatic Change: How My Life Greatly Improved

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    It was only a few weeks ago, though it feels like a couple of life times that my life felt horrible. I mean horrible as in “If the comet comes […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 30 Day Challenges

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    30, 60 or 90 Day Challenges have become one of the big “movements” on the Internet today. Take a task that you want to do, follow through for a given […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When A Dime is Worth A Million

    29 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    For a good chunk of my history, I have struggled with money to various degrees. My relationship with it was characterized by worry more than anything else. Add stress and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • On Suicidal Thoughts

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Once you have your first suicidal thought, you've did it, you've won at life. Nothing scares you anymore. Death is just another friend, maybe the only one. You start going through life fearlessly, and thus confidently. You're no longer afraid to take chances, because what's the worst case? You die? You've already been there. It's not that scary. The death of others no longer saddens you. Some may say this is a downside, but I think it's an advantage.Also, suicidal thoughts usually occur when you hit the bottom, or when you think you did. You think that it can't get worse than this, and if you…
  • True Love

    6 Feb 2014 | 1:06 pm
    When you're young, and you fall in love for the first time, you think that this is true love. Then you fall in love a second time, and you realize that the first time wasn't true love, this is. And you'll fall in love again and again. Every time realizing that the previous crushes weren't true love.Until..You fall in love again. But this time, not only it makes you think that all the past crushes weren't true love, but all the future ones too.Nothing tastes sweet anymore, not compared to that love. You keep coming back to it, then regretting it. Eventually your heart becomes numb. You give up…
  • Selfishness Vs Selflessness

    23 Dec 2013 | 3:36 pm
    Everyone is selfish.Even selfless people who do selfless stuff are selfish, they only do it because it makes them feel good, or because they believe it will make them feel good later.That's not a bad thing though, it's just a fact, we were programmed to be selfish. We probably wouldn't have survived if we weren't.The fact that we're all selfish, even selfless people, makes me look differently at selfish people.They're driven by the same forces that make selfless people act selflessly. It's not any different from how straight people prefer to get pleasure from the opposite sex, while gay…
  • Too Much Zen Could Kill You

    28 Oct 2013 | 6:27 am
    During the past couple of years, I've been trying to live life more consciously. I thought a lot about the purpose of life. I became vegan so I'd remove the fog in my head and think more clearly. I studied people, their behavior. Minor stuff didn't matter anymore compared to the stuff I used to think of. I studied religions, believes, philosophies.. I visited new places. I saw how other people live. I felt like I finally understood life. I saw life from a third person view. From God's view. I saw life naked. And it wasn't beautiful.I became too conscious.Naked life was black and white. Dirty.
  • The Butterfly Project

    4 Oct 2013 | 3:46 am
    A couple of years ago, an anonymous person on Omegle sent me a photo and asked me to share it. It was a low quality photo of The Butterfly Project, explaining what the project is about and its rules.I instantly fell in love with the idea, and I started googling and reading more about it. I found its facebook page, which had a poor profile picture and no cover. So I made the photos above and below and sent them to the page's admin in a private message.The facebook page isn't active much anymore, but the presence of The Butterfly Project online is very strong, and I'm sure it has helped many…
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  • #TravelTuesday: World Pride Hangover

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

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    On Friday June 20th my current home city of Toronto welcomed the world for World Pride 2014. The opening reception for media was at the Hilton Toronto followed by the opening ceremonies at Nathan Phillips Square. It was a grand kick off with performances from Melissa Etheridge, Deborah Cox and country singing heartthrob Steve Grand. I was basically swooning from the moment Steve Grand took the stage until he was done. That man is a genuine sweetheart and he's a phenomenal singer to boot! He took time after his set to take photos and meet with everyone who wanted to chat after which to me…
  • #TravelTuesday: Top 5 Places I've Visited

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Last week I brought you my Top 5 Places I Want To Visit so I only thought it was fitting to now tell you my top 5 places I've already visited and why I love them! If after this list you aren't satisfied and want to take a look at ALL the places I've visited you can check out my Travel Bragging page. I usually keep this page up to date as to where I am, where I've been, where I'm going next.See the rest of this article after the jump »
  • #TravelTuesday: The Top 5 Places I Want To Visit

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    Painting by Michael TompsettI'm now counting the days until I move to Dubai on July 24th and I thought it would be fun to fantasize about all the places I'm going to be flying to and what my top 5 desired destinations are! To be clear this is a list of places I haven't yet been to. I've been very blessed to have traveled quite a bit in my life and if you want to see the full list of where I've been you can do so HERE.See the rest of this article after the jump »
  • #TravelTuesday: Keep Calm and Move To Dubai

    3 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    On May 18th at exactly 11:30pm EST I received a phone call that has forever changed my life. In my previous post I spoke about how I had interviewed with Emirates on a whim through a suggestion from a friend and now that whim is taking me on my next big life adventure. I received my "Golden Call" as they call it in Emirates world to officially be asked to join the company as a flight attendant and be based in Dubai, UAE. I. FREAKED. OUT.See the rest of this article after the jump »
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  • Sunday Reads #11: Lemon frosties, AIRBNB & $10,000 a month

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    Happy Sunday!You know the best thing about Staycations? It's that it literally costs you nothing and yet you gain everything from what a regular $3000 holiday to Melbourne or Fiji might cost! I feel like a new person already, and we're only two days in.What are your plans for today?Pros & Cons to living in New Zealand30 days to success in anythingFree printable geometric gift bagsDescribe your dream bossThe 10 best essential oils for women's healthCoconut mango popsicles recipeHow to earn $10,000 a monthHow to search for an AIRBNB in ParisLemon frosties recipe12 of the best 'Human's of…
  • Little Wishes #1

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Welcome to Little Wishes, a community of goal-setting bloggers who talk about the goals they want to achieve each week. Wanna join? Add the link to your own goal-oriented post here. Meet people and make some friends.It's not possible to be sick for over two months is it? Well, not sick as much as hocking up a lung every 5 seconds. Yes, I have one heavy, thick cough that is persistent in never going away. I've tried everything from cough lozenges, lemon & honey tea, asthma inhalers, vix, cold & flu tablets, dry heat... argh!LITTLE WISHES FOR THE WEEK1. Continue writing…
  • Sunday Reads #10: Citrus juice, palmistry & a lazy girl's workout

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Happy Sunday! Scott made the flat pancakes and now we're experiencing a major carb & sugar crash. Morning nap time me thinks. Wheeeeeee!What 17 disney characters would look like in real life.Palmistry 101: your guide to reading your palmsThe lazy girl's workoutHow to be a badass business rebelAbsolutely in LOVE with this dressChinese foot binding survivors5 signs you're with someone who respects youDIY fabric bead bracelet tutorialFresh squeezed ginger citrus juiceThe good girl's guide to dealing with jealousyWhat are you getting up to on this fine Sunday?P.S - free 'happiness schedule'…
  • Life Lately

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Making: MiloCooking: Chocolate CakeDrinking: Jam JarJito'sReading: Brida by Paulo CoelhoWanting: Heat! Give me 30 degrees asap!Looking: Like I just woke up (I did)Playing: Kid again. Handstands, cartwheels, rolly polly's = sore bodyDeciding: Whether to go to gym or shoppingWishing: To see my family againEnjoying: The animals at Butterfly CreekWaiting: To start playing tennisLiking: This hooded duffle coatWondering: How people get sucked into being in cultsLoving: This article by my friends Nalisha & Janak PatelPondering: Why baby bunnies stay huddled…
  • Sunday Reads #9: Grow your blog, Raya Awwad & song obsessions

    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    What a week! I spent my time learning how to juggle, ice skate, play on inflatables and sail while managing over 30 children. So as you can imagine, Sunday is blob day. yessssssssss........Wbu?How to avoid becoming one of those couples.How to beat depression without medication.Raya Awwad's interview on overcoming anorexia, being over-weight & working in the adult entertainment industry to becoming an empowered inspiration health & fitness junkie (with the worlds most adorable daughter!)Tips for growing your blog traffic.6 reason to unfollow your ex on social media."I don't want…
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  • 5 Tips: What To Do When You Hate Your Job

    Jessica Sweet
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    The dilemma over what to do when you hate your job is a tricky one. Whether you hate it because of your boss who shouldn’t even be in charge of an army of G.I. Joe’s, or the long hours, your insane co-workers or simply the fact that you’ve been doing the same thing for the past – well, we won’t say how many years. . . it’s hard just to quit a job because you don’t like it, especially if you still need the paycheck. So if you find yourself in a stuck position where it may take you several months or even several years to get to the point financially,…
  • 5 Steps To Feeling Less Burned Out At Work

    Jessica Sweet
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:48 pm
      You’re burned out at work, and you’re more than ready for a change. In fact, you’re afraid if something doesn’t change soon, it’s going to mean bad things for your health, your relationships, or you might simply snap. But have you ever stopped to wonder if maybe it’s not you? Maybe it’s the job. We hear things like “mid-life crisis” thrown around casually, but that term blames you – as if your age suddenly makes you incapable of dealing with normal life. Maybe you’ve just grown tired of dealing with the same problems…
  • A Giveaway and a Contest! To Help You Find a Career You Love!!

    Jessica Sweet
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
      It’s been a long time since I’ve done something this FUN so I’m really excited!! I hope you are too. If you are stuck in a job you don’t like, if you’ve been struggling to find your passion, or if you have a big idea that you want to pull off but you’re not quite sure how to do it, then you’re exactly in the right place to find a career you love! If you haven’t taken a tour of this blog, first, enter the contest, download the giveaway, and then sit back and read some of my posts. I hope you find them useful! First, let’s get to the…
  • The 10 Best Reasons to Find a Career You Love

    Jessica Sweet
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:54 pm
      “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ― Mary Oliver You’ve always wanted to find a career you love, but maybe you thought it was impractical. Perhaps you think you should enjoy your work, but finding a career you really love just wasn’t the priority. Instead, you focused on money, what you were good at, or what was right in front of you. But there are really good reasons to find a career you love, and I’ve listed the best…
  • 7 Negative Thoughts that Prevent a Happy Life & Career

    Jessica Sweet
    25 May 2014 | 6:18 am
    You’ve heard before that “thoughts become things.” And it’s true for negative thoughts just as much as positive ones. If you tell yourself that something can’t happen, it won’t. You set yourself up for feeling trapped, and being trapped, in a career and life that just isn’t right for you. Maybe you’re a creative, stuck in a work environment you find dull and stagnant. Or maybe you’re a social butterfly who works from home. Or a number cruncher who talks on the phone all day. Your talent and inner beauty can be put to better use. But if you…
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    Intuitive Spiritual Mentor, Life & Business Coach, Indigo & Energy Healing - Online & Asheville NC

  • How Much Can You Trust Your Intuition?

    Yol Swan
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Have you ever done something with an uncomfortable gut feeling, only to realize after an unpleasant outcome that you knew you shouldn’t have done it? Most people think this is their intuition speaking, but it’s not always the case. How can you tell if you made a “bad” choice because you didn’t trust your inner voice or if you simply…Read more
  • Master the Power of Gratitude and Humility

    Yol Swan
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Once upon a time there was a king named Bali who had conquered the Universe by defeating Lord Indra, the ruler of the demigods in the Hindu pantheon. Bali had become too powerful, so Indra pleaded with Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of Creation, for help. Vishnu decided to incarnate as a very short brahmin named Vamana to attend a special…Read more
  • Do You Know Your Most Driving Desires?

    Yol Swan
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    We’re here to fulfill our desires.  Creation itself was brought forth by a desire. It is written in the Upanishads: “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.“ Our personal desires become more refined as we…Read more
  • Is Your Wounded Inner Child Running The Show?

    Yol Swan
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    In this dysfunctional world, pretty much all of us have emotional wounds from childhood. First, because it’s through our upbringing that we internalize the issues we’re here to resolve later in life. They become our emotional foundation: the fabric of our lives. And second, because the predominant dynamic in childhood relationships is one of codependency and dominance. Let’s be honest,…Read more
  • So Who Is The Real YOU?

    Yol Swan
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    One of the main purposes of my work is to help my clients create an authentic life (or business), in alignment with their soul. This comes from my own struggle figuring out what to do to feel more connected and at peace with myself and the world. I can tell you, it didn’t come easy. :-) I remember my mother…Read more
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  • Feeling safe to talk, a blessing

    Tanya A. Goodman
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    “But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.   Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” — Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  • To be free

    Tanya A. Goodman
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.  – Nelson Mandela
  • Waking up

    Tanya A. Goodman
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
  • At our center billions of points of light, Thomas Merton

    Tanya A. Goodman
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:29 pm
      “At the center of our being is a point of nothingness, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God. It is in everybody and if we could see it we would see those billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun.” —    Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander A sun storm Image credit: NASA/JPL 
  • Footprints on the moon

    Tanya A. Goodman
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
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    SMART Living 365

  • 15 Seriously Happy Songs for the Summer

    Kathy Gottberg
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you only know me from my blog posts you might think I’m a very serious person who thinks way too much. Actually, I am one of the most upbeat, optimistic and happy people I know. While I do enjoy … Continue reading → You're reading 15 Seriously Happy Songs for the Summer an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post 15 Seriously Happy Songs for the Summer appeared first on SMART…
  • Alternative Medicine—How Far Will You Go To Be Healed?

    Kathy Gottberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband Thom and I just returned for a month long stay just south of Rosarito Mexico on the Baja coast. Our rental condo offered us lovely cool temperatures without the need for air conditioning, outstanding views, great food and … Continue reading → You're reading Alternative Medicine—How Far Will You Go To Be Healed? 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 Alternative…
  • Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop

    Kathy Gottberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    I wish I knew someone like Grace Martin, the main character in my novel Finding Grace—A Transformational Journey. In some ways maybe I do, because Grace is the combination of several women I have met in my life that I … Continue reading → You're reading Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop 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 Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop appeared first…
  • 3 Steps To Right-Sizing Your Work For A Happy Life

    Kathy Gottberg
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to the online publication Business Insider, the average person works over 1,800 hours per year and almost 90,000 total hours during their lifetime. That might be low because if you figure 40 hours per week for 50 weeks, it comes … Continue reading → You're reading 3 Steps To Right-Sizing Your Work For A Happy Life 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 3 Steps To…
  • Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

    Kathy Gottberg
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few days ago while having dinner with friends I asked about their plans for the weekend. In an ever-perpetual dancing mood, I mentioned that I had noticed on Facebook that a new band was scheduled to play at a … Continue reading → You're reading Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) 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 Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO…
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    Compete Every Day » Blog

  • What Are You Hauling Behind You?

    Jake Thompson
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I drive. A lot. In the last year, I’ve driven to Los Angeles and back, Ohio and back, and one more trip across nine states and back. I love seeing the US and the offerings each unique area brings to the table. The most recent trips have involved driving the Compete Every Day truck & trailer, a 6×12 mobile store and storage unit that is hauled behind the truck. You would assume that I would have realized it all by now, but this past trip I began to notice two things: How much additional fuel I burn pulling the trailer and How much faster I go after dropping the empty trailer…
  • Monday Morning Motivation: 07.28.14

    Jake Thompson
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
  • Every 90 Minutes

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You’ve probably heard the saying ‘What would you do if you only had x number of years left to live?  Guess what, we all only have x number of years left. Live like you’re living, not like you’re dying”  – Jay Smith. I’m a New Orleans Saints fan.  I love the city, the players, and especially Steve Gleason.  His story and fight to raise awareness for ALS through No White Flags has always been inspiring to me.  Other than Lou Gehrig himself and Steve Gleason, I never really hear people publicly talk about living with ALS.  That is, until a friend of mine posted…
  • Competitor of the Week: Amanda Le Walker

    Christine Reppa
    23 Jul 2014 | 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:  Amanda Le Walker Location:  San Antonio, TX Social media links:  Instagram- @amandalewalker 1.  Tell us about yourself! I was a gymnast for 15 years. I competed club gymnastics from elementary school all the way through high school and moved on to…
  • You Have Our Permission to Compete

    Jake Thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Madison Robinson didn’t ask for your permission. She didn’t care if you were going to say “yes” or “no,” and frankly, she didn’t care if you even thought she should be allowed to compete.  The twelve-year-old Texas girl just decided she was going to make it happen. Now, three years later, Madison is the founder of Fish Flops for Kids, with retail sales over one million dollars annually. In fact, retail giant Nordstrom’s picked up the shoe line after the teenage entrepreneur sent a letter to a local buyer. Most people wouldn’t have the…
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  • Why Protein Is Important (And How To Know You’re Getting It)

    John Rowley
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Want to look great? Then you’ll need protein on your side. We all know that we need protein in our diets, but very few understand why protein is important to our overall health. In fact, increasing protein is even more important than cutting carbs when looking to tone up, lose weight or increase your overall health. I seldom meet anyone that realizes they are not getting enough protein. Unfortunately, I come across this constantly all over the world—people do not eat enough protein, and it is killing their metabolism. If you are looking to stay or get lean, energetic, strong, and healthy,…
  • 24 Things That Will Make You Laugh (Even If You’re In A Bad Mood)

    Sammy Nickalls
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    When was the last time you had a good laugh? Laughter isn’t only fun, but important to your health. The benefits of laughter include (but aren’t limited to) lowered stress, heightened immunity, and even increased pain tolerance! Plus, the endorphins that are released when you laugh will get rid of your funk. We’re giving you an excuse to laugh. You need it – and we’re all about giving you what you need. Check out these hilarious finds on the Internet for a good belly laugh – even if you’re in a bad mood. 24 Reasons To Laugh Today 1. Check out what this guy’s in-flight…
  • The Shocking Truth About Toxins (And Why Detoxing Is A Must)

    Christopher Vasey
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you concerned about the effects toxins can have on your health? If not, you should be. With overeating, lack of exercise, and pollution on the rise, your body is at risk for toxin build-up. Toxins can enter your system through your diet and environment, sapping your energy and spreading disease. Today more than ever, detoxing is essential. But with the right diet, exercise and natural remedies, you can keep your body toxin-free. But Wait: What Toxins? Before we get into how to detox, you need to know why detoxing is so necessary for good health – and thus, what kinds of toxins are…
  • 6 Dangers Of Diet Soda That Could Shorten Your Life

    Sydney Epstein
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, especially with fancy marketing and sexy food and drink products everywhere you turn. But one so-called “healthy” choice you may be making is drinking diet soda instead of the regular calorie alternative. After all, if the label on the bottle says “diet”, it has to be better for you than the real stuff. Right? Wrong. Loads of research shows that drinking diet soda won’t help you fight fat. And even worse than that, the chemicals in diet soda can lead to all sorts of serious health problems, from diabetes, to high blood pressure, to…
  • 3 Ways To Get Back In The Game After A Diet Failure

    Steve Siebold
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    So you’ve started out on a new diet with the best of intentions, only to mess it up a few days later. The important thing to remember is this: we’ve all done it, and to use that moment as a teaching lesson rather than beating yourself up over it. Success in any endeavor requires a hundred percent commitment, which is the reason most people don’t succeed. Short cuts never work, and the consciousness that searches for them will destroy your results in other areas of your life as well. If you’re fat and want to be fit, comply fully or resolve to struggle with extra weight for the rest of…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • Achieving Goals with the Law of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Being able to achieve your objectives in life is something that makes you feel good. We all want to have the feeling of success and accomplishing this is something that is just going to make us feel us better about ourselves.  Motivation is something that we all must have. Without it, we are not going to be able to accomplish the things in life that we want the most. If you are looking for avenues to make your career better you will want to make certain that you are doing all that you can to be as successful as possible.  It’s not going to be impossible. All you have to do is consider…
  • The Secret Meditation for the Law of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    So you are aware of the Law of Attraction. It might have worked for you in some instances. You’re hooked. But how can you move to the next level? Is there a way to give a turbo charge to your power to manifest? Actually, there is! Using my private meditation, you will discover that you are able to manifest things far more clearly and rapidly than ever before. First let’s broach the topic of meditation. Meditation is very often misunderstood. There’s nothing less complicated, nor more difficult for the current rat-race mind to comprehend or apply. Permit me to help you in…
  • Taking Positive Action Works toward Positive Results

    Richard Ingersoll
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    . . The power of taking positive action might seem relatively self-evident, but you often get stuck in holding patterns that provide the comfort of daily routine. Each day offers new opportunities for succeeding in business, reconnecting with old acquaintances, redressing old grievances and changing your life in positive ways. People don’t get anything handed to them unless they take forward-looking steps first. Progressive actions encourage windfalls, facilitate career advancements, and create opportunities, which could involve love, business, travel, education, living environment or…
  • Five Tips for Finding Your Life Purpose

    Richard Ingersoll
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    . . In today’s society, many people have become too busy with school, work and other obligations and have a hard time enjoying their lives.  One of the reasons why people are not enjoying their lives is because they do not know what their life purpose is. Finding purpose in your life can be a bit overwhelming and can seem impossible, but there are various ways to determine what your life purpose is. Examine Yourself:  Finding purpose in your life can come from a variety of things.  Before going on a quest and jumping from one thing to another to discover what your life’s…
  • The Universal Laws and The Universal Law of Bollocks

    Richard Ingersoll
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:43 pm
    . . These days you can hardly go through any articles, books, DVDs, movies, films, documentaries with regard to self-improvement or self-help without coming across at least one mentioning of some ‘Universal Law’. Suddenly, there appears to be a Universal Law for anything. Like we haven’t got enough Laws to deal with already! There is truth to these ‘Universal Laws’, but in most cases, a little nuance is in place. Please read along, as the remainder of this article will clear it all up. There are Universal Laws that guide your life behind the scenes of ‘physical reality’. These…
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    Self Help Zen

  • Your Story About Success

    Utpal Vaishnav
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Your story about success is a story. About success. Success isn’t real. It’s a way of “feeling” the joy, a feeling which we experience for a desired outcome. Success is worthy because everyone else agrees it is worthy. But there’s something important going on here. We don’t actually agree on a common definition of success because each person’s degree of success is based on the stories they have believed in. A degree from Stanford is merely a certificate, some ink written on the paper, but it’s an indication. It’s an indication that the person has gone through a rigorous…
  • Smashing Others and Credit Score

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:57 am
    In fictions, often the lead character kicks down the ladder. He smashes others that come his way. From people to Bullet Trains to Airplanes to Cities to Space-stations to Hearts. Typically, it is like “The lead character wins, everyone else loses!” A binary result. Zero or one. The readers like it because of the emotions they produce in their mind. Crystal clarity about the goal, if anyone come your way, he’s dead. Clear path to success. Cool, ya? The thinking, “I am so aggressively married with my goal that I choose being the extremist – with things or people,…
  • The Key to Remarkable Life

    Utpal Vaishnav
    21 May 2014 | 12:08 am
    We often feel overwhelmed with tons of commitments, many tasks in progress and realm of unfinished projects. We’re smart; we’re knowledgeable; we are intelligent … still, why this? A small habit is the culprit. You guessed it right. Habit of always saying “Yes” to almost all the requests that come our way is the one. It is uncool, limiting, powerless and just bad. Better habit, as it turns out, is the habit of saying “No.” It is even better if “Saying No” is your default habit. This will pay you dividends. This will pay you dividends for a simple…
  • Begin Charity at Home

    Utpal Vaishnav
    28 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Do you think you should be doing something to help others? Noble thought. But wait … Before you move ahead, I invite you to pause and take a deep breathe. I invite you to look inside. I invite you NOT to forget that every good (or bad) thing emerges inside us in form of a thought. As you transform your conscious thought in love, peace and unity, the world’s consciousness will also get transformed. Now, it’s not easy to begin. You’ll see the spots of darkness inside you. You’ll need to clean them. You’ll observe that your motives were not always worth your proud. And, intensity…
  • Don’t Feel Fulfilled When …

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

  • comicon ego

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! I did not go to the San Diego Comicon this year. I didn’t go last year. I didn’t have a movie trailer I needed to pimp. I’m not an A List celebrity needing to bond with the masses…by dressing in […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post comicon ego appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • post-it reminder

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! They’re all over the place, yet, I never seem to be able to find the one I want. I even make Frank get the SUPER STICKY kind… I still lose them. I duct tape them to the wall… still lose […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post post-it reminder appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • words…

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing it… along with all the other Bob the Squirrel […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post words… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • going banana…

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! It’s just never as good as you remember it.  Maybe it wasn’t good to begin with… including your memory.  If it seems as though I’m picking on bananas, you’re right. — And be sure to check out the latest Bob […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post going banana… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • Ants can’t, perspective can

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Ants may not even care what we look like.  They have a job to do.  They have problems to solve and colonies to build.  It’s all about perspective. Slowly but almost surely the staff at Bob the Squirrel are getting […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post Ants can’t, perspective can appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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  • When Uncertainty Strikes

    Howard Parsons
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Uncertainty is with us all the time. We go along in our life one day at a time thinking everything looks fine. Even if we have some anxiety around certain aspects of our life we push it aside as best we can and carry on. However we know in our heart our world is constantly in motion even though we don’t focus there. So when an unplanned event happens, can we be centered enough in our life to face the uncertainty with a clear mind? We need an antidote for the stressors of today. I have found meditation to be very helpful in this respect. Committing to only a few minutes a day has proven we…
  • Eyes To See

    Howard Parsons
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    How we see ourselves determines how we act in the world. If you believe you are a good person then likely you will act as a good person. You will think about how to act from the perspective of doing what is good. What if you believe you are a person to be trusted? You are trustworthy. Will you get everyone’s trust? Probably not but then you would have to accept the idea that their lack of trust is about them, not you. I know a teacher who is absolutely brilliant. She can work with the most challenging students and somehow get them to open up to her and gain their respect and trust. As a…
  • I Sat With Mona Lisa

    Howard Parsons
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    Yesterday I visited and sat with the Mona Lisa in the famous Louvre museum in Paris. The tears ran down my face as the crowd surrounding me disappeared and she and I were alone for a moment. The tears were of joy and gratitude that someone like Leonardo could paint a portrait and have it be so powerfully authentic. Yet in the moment I could not help but ask what is the portrait of my life I am painting? What is the legacy I want to leave? It is a simple question. What is the legacy of your life? What are we spending our time creating? It’s not about complaint anymore. It is about intention…
  • Task Oriented

    Howard Parsons
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    You would think after all these years I would realize how task oriented I am. I was moving stuff around on the weekend when I realized how happy I was. The question came up in my mind, how come you are so happy. The answer was simple. The task was clear and I felt like I was getting something done. I knew how much time I had to complete it and I had plans as to how to carry out the task. It seems to me I have been trained early on to live in a world with edges. What’s the goal? What’s the plan? How much time do I have ? Who is on my team to help me? All these questions toward…
  • You Are Not Like A Battery

    Howard Parsons
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    A battery has a limited amount of power it can deliver over a set period of time. The life of the battery has a time frame after which we have to throw it away. Here’s an example. I have been wearing hearing aids for about three weeks now. The battery life is about seven days. Then I hear beeping tones in my ears about every hour. That is the indication the batteries are wearing down and must be replaced. The fact that the batteries have a limited life has nothing to do with the technology to which they are attached. However, I have observed many of us have a notion that our capabilities…
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    Simply Intentional

  • What To Do If The Shoe Doesn't Fit

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Since taking a sabbatical a few months ago, I've been kicking around ideas and trying to get clear on what's next for me.  A few ideas have been very intriguing but things haven't quite lined up yet.Admittedly, they may not have lined up because it's not what I think it should look like.  So, I'm trying to be more mindful of letting go of pre-conceived notions and simply allowing events to unfold.  And, I take a few steps in the direction that my heart's desire says I should go, waiting to see where this path will lead.In the meantime, as I say yes to everything that comes my…
  • Have An Abundant And Successful Weekend

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Napa Valley here we come!  We are off for a weekend of wine and golf at the Silverado Resort.  While my golf game may be lacking a bit, my wine-tasting skills are pretty darn good.  It's weekends like these that make me grateful for the beautiful part of the country I live in.  Hope you have a great weekend and here are a few inspiring and fun posts from around the web....Why it's good for you to be kind to othersHave you ever seen an Amur Leopard?Children keep us in the moment. 10 life lessons learned from kids10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourselfHow to…
  • Does Prayer Change Anything?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Yes.  Absolutely.  Definitively.  Prayer changes things.  Prayer makes things that you thought were impossible, possible.  It opens doors, and sometimes windows, where there was only a wall. But, most of all, prayer changes me. I have been a bit freaked out lately with everything going on in the world.  Between the fighting in the Gaza strip, the Malaysia Airlines plane being shot down and a whole host of scary news, I started to feel uncertain about my safety, my finances, my children's well-being and on and on. It became hypnotic to listen to other's opinions…
  • Have a Lovely Weekend

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    We're in San Antonio, Texas this week for our son's boot camp graduation from the Air Force.  Talk about hot...and humid....and thunderstorms!  It's been a whirlwind of hurry and wait but it's awesome to see him chase his dream.  Hope you have a weekend that makes you happy and here are a few posts that I enjoyed from around the web....Sniff test.  Humans make friends for weird reasonsThe best way to make-up after any argument, and the one word never to sayWhy it's smart to start small and/or suckyAre you always assessing how life should be?Lincoln, FDR and the power of a…
  • Allow Your Spiritual Eyes To Create Your Life

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Now that I am on a sabbatical from work, I have some time to take a close look at what it is I've created in my life - and more importantly, to determine what I'd really like to create for my future.  I used to believe that I had to follow the steps for success that my parents laid out for me - go to college and get a degree, get a corporate job, marry a nice guy, and on and on.Looking back, I can't complain.  I've got beautiful children from my first marriage, a wonderful husband who has picked up the slack financially so I can spend time re-discovering myself, and I live in an…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Karma Confessions

    Baldeep Kaur
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    “Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the principle of where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in […]
  • Batman in my house

    Baldeep Kaur
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    On Sunday, a batman, minus the man part, decided to grace our house with its presence. I was alone in the house doing prep work for a culinary experiment, gluten-free pizza. Puneet had gone out to buy some ingredients. When I went to the living room,  I saw this HUGE bat flying  back and forth between my bedroom […]
  • Workings of an Insecure Mind

    Baldeep Kaur
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:34 pm
    An insecure human mind can trick itself into seeing things that are not there. It turns out that the less control a person feels, the more likely they are to see patterns or make connections that don’t exist. The take-home message is that just because we perceive something, it doesn’t mean it’s really there. So, […]
  • Deep Dark Eyes

    Baldeep Kaur
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:07 am
      Deep dark eyes, still, glum, soulless, searching for hope, to hold on to survive. ~~~ Deep dark eyes, still,glum, soulless, traveling alone, in the endless forest, sees an angelic shadow, floating behind a white light. ~~~~ Deep dark eyes, still, glum, soulless, submerges in radiance of the divine light , hears a sweet whisper, keep walking, you will […]
  • Because I am happy

    Baldeep Kaur
    27 May 2014 | 11:40 pm
    If I buy a new car, I will be really happy. The day I find my someone special , I will be really happy. If I find a job, I will be really happy. If I get admission in that college, I will be really happy. Is happiness a destination? Do we need to reach a certain magical point […]
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • Who Said You Should Have Big Goals?

    Bernadette Logue
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    For personal and professional success, we are often told to “think big”, encouraged to create a BIG vision for our life. Particularly in career/business, advice is often anchored around letting go of small limited goals and to go for the biggest outcome you could possibly imagine. We’re encouraged to grow any venture/endeavour as big as we... Read More Continue reading Who Said You Should Have Big Goals? on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • How to Have the Experience of Life You Really Want, Now

    Bernadette Logue
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Too often we live our lives like there is a destination to get to, some point in the future when we can have the life we imagine is possible, and we end up holding a vision of the person we hope to be someday. Have you noticed that this leaves you with a very definite... Read More Continue reading How to Have the Experience of Life You Really Want, Now on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • I Confess… I Almost Killed the Magic! Do You Do This Too?

    Bernadette Logue
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    There is one habit or “way of life” that causes many people to miss out on what I call “the magic” of life. The habit shows up in slightly different ways, but always has one defining feature – there is NO room for spontaneity. So the habit, to be specific, is living your life like a well... Read More Continue reading I Confess… I Almost Killed the Magic! Do You Do This Too? on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 14 Spiritually Timeless & Professionally Progressive Success Tips

    Bernadette Logue
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Success tips – there are a gazillion out there. It depends who is writing them as to what they tell you that you should or shouldn’t do. It can feel like there are an endless number of things you have to remember if you want to be optimally successful. By the way… I’m not a fan... Read More Continue reading 14 Spiritually Timeless & Professionally Progressive Success Tips on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • How to Clear Negative Energy Away

    Bernadette Logue
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Negative energy is generated through our inner workings (beliefs, thoughts, feelings), and our forms of expression and interaction in the world. While we can create our own negative, or “low vibration”, energy through thoughts and feelings that limit us, other people do the same for themselves. What occurs then is that our negative energy emanates... Read More Continue reading How to Clear Negative Energy Away on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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    Beta Motivation » Life & Living Well

  • ❼ How I Got $10,000 to Start Making a Difference

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Money isn’t everything but it’s pretty daggone important. This video explains how I managed to bank $10,000 before setting out on my journey to make a difference and help other people. I hope it gives you some ideas. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here Money and Making a Difference What do people say when they’ve just lost a race? “oh my gosh, it doesn’t matter” And what do people say about money all the time? “oh my gosh, it doesn’t matter” This is so not true. Money is important. You need money to buy hair. You need money to pay for…
  • ❼ How To Make a Difference in 3 EASY Steps

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    So you want to make a difference but you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most of us know that we care about helping other people but we just have no idea where to start. Besides, problems like child trafficking, water scarcity, illiteracy, violence, HIV, etc. can seem so daunting that it feels overwhelming to even try to make a difference. True Story When I first decided that I wanted to help orphans, I spent a lot of time feeling frustrated. I didn’t want to just buy sponsor a child, I wanted to be able to help in my own unique way. I wanted…
  • ❼ How To #Bringbackourgirls: The Inconvenient Truth That Every Nigerian Has Ignored

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I was invited to Speak at the #BringBackOurGirls rally in Indianapolis last week and speak I did. This video is basically why #BringBackOurGirls has not brought back the kidnapped Nigerian School Girls. Watch, read, enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here How to Bring Back the Nigerian School Girls from Boko Haram It’s been almost 3 months since Boko Haram took hundreds of Nigerian School Girls away from their school. Those girls went to school to get an education. And they were taken away from the opportunity to learn, to read, to write. That’s why we’re here today. On an…
  • ❼ 7 Simple Books for People with Complicated Problems

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    I once caught a friend of mine hiding a book under her skirt. I could have pretended not to notice but that’s not my style. So I asked what she was hiding. She wouldn’t share. I could have walked away but, again, that’s not my style. I was a sprinter, an athlete. She was dainty, an intellectual. I don’t think she saw me coming when I darted toward her skirt and grabbed the book. I knew it had to be something juicy, salacious. Maybe it was her diary or, worse, one of those Mills and Boon books that everybody was reading at the time. It wasn’t either of those things. It was just…
  • ❼ My Car Story: How to Take Bigger Risks (and Win) Without Much Stress

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    I’ve dialed 911 only two times in my life. The first time was a mistake (long story). The second time, it was because my car had burst into flames on the highway.  Actually, it wasn’t the whole car that was on fire—just the engine. I was cruising down Binford Boulevard after work when I noticed that everybody was passing me. It didn’t bother me at first. I just assumed that this was a natural reaction to the fact that I’m the only person on earth that actually drives the speed limit. But after a while, I started to notice something weird. I noticed that even when I pressed down on…
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    Professor Jacob Abraham

  • 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…
  • Want to see stars?

    Jacob Abraham
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    All of us are afraid of darkness.Animals are not afraid of darkness like men. Some animals and birds prey in the night. Some animals have better vision in the night.But night always frightens human beings.We are afraid of night because of the ferocious and poisonous animals that roam in the dark. Then poisonous snakes, scorpions, lions and such animals have no problem in attacking others during the day. These animals may be roaming in the night because night is calmer with fewer enemies. It may be easy for them to prey during the night than the day. No snake comes out of its hole with the…
  • Honor is death in war

    Jacob Abraham
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    “Die in harness” (death in harness) means to die with armor on; to die while actively engaged in work or duty.This phrase is often used to refer to Government or Non government servants who die while in active service.The phrase has roots in Roman culture and tradition.In ancient Roman culture, all soldiers were dedicated as bridegrooms to the goddesses of war. They were not permitted to marry or have a family. They were 24x7 soldiers. Once they joined the military service, they discarded all ties with their family. All of them were unmarried young men. But as time went on certain freedom…
  • The Blind Cat

    Jacob Abraham
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:13 pm
    There were two good friends. They were friends since their childhood. Never quarreled, never envied and never parted. One of them was very intelligent and a multi facet talented fellow. He was nimble in action. He was pure white in color – white as snow. He had sharp eyesight, a brilliant brain and a sound physique. But he was always hungry and complained about it.His friend was black in complexion. He was slow in action and has not exhibited any amazing talents. None so far has commented on his intellect since no incident had ever occurred worthy of comment. His physique, of course was not…
  • Fear gives Power

    Jacob Abraham
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:29 am
    This is a Moorish proverb: "He who is afraid of a thing gives it power over him." The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants of Morocco, Western Algeria, Western Sahara, Mauritania, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily and Malta. This is an old wisdom that a minority keeps in mind to resist fear. They are the successful minority. Why do lions roar? The roaring sound of the lion sends a chill into the heart of weaker animals. The roar of lions announces their presence in and around. The bigger the sound nearer they are. The ancient Kings in war used this tactics to defeat their enemies even…
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    Coaching Positive Performance

  • Measure your progress. How to stay on track with your goals.

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    There is little point in setting a goal if you will never know whether you were successful or not. To determine the level of success that you achieve, you must be able to measure your progress. When you measure your progress you can see how you’re coming along, and this is a powerful motivator to […]
  • Balance your focus and learn to eat the elephant

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Throughout your working life, you will regularly be required to take on new challenges. These challenges may push you beyond your current capabilities. While you may initially worry about your ability to do the job, you should remember that extending yourself and learning new skills and knowledge are an essential part of life. You are […]
  • Work effectively with others

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    We all have to work with others if we want to fulfil our potential and meet our objectives. Even those of us who are solopreneurs have this requirement. Just because the other people do not work within the same company; it does not mean that we do not have to cooperate with others. If you […]
  • Energy building rituals

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    The working world is getting more and more demanding. In difficult economic times, the employee is asked to give more and increase their productivity. If not managed properly, this can add a significant amount of additional stress to the lives of each employee. To increase productivity, you often need to increase your energy levels. When […]
  • Core qualities of a strong leader

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Is a strong leader born or made? It’s a common question. While you may be born with some of the qualities required to be a strong leader, it is certainly possible to develop those traits. So if you do not currently possess those qualities, it is time to start working on a plan for development. […]
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    Wish Me Love

  • There Will Always Be Another

    wish me love
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is important to remember that the potential of your life belongs to no one but you.   Recently I have been in transition. The energy around everything in my life is shifting. I’m making big decisions as are others, people are stepping out or taking on a different space in my life and as I stepped back as the observer I was able to witness how far I’ve come on this little great big journey of mine. I remember the days when a shift like the one I’m currently in would have brought me great stress and rendered me depressed. In those days I thought there was only one. Only…
  • What cost would you pay to know who you really are?

    wish me love
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Exploring yourself and uncovering your inner truth is of utmost importance. This past week I had the honor of being in the presence of one of this generations great spiritual teachers, Neale Donald Walsch. Neale is the best-selling author of the Conversations With God series. He has written in total 27 books. I don’t believe to date I’ve had the privilege of being in the presence of such great wisdom in all my years alive, I had no idea what I was in for when I arrived. It was an amazing treat and I encourage anyone who is not familiar with him to grab a…
  • Letters To My Mother

    wish me love
    12 May 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Healing and forgiveness of the most intimate relationships takes time, dedication and patience. I’ve written, in the last year, 37 letters to my mother. All inspired by an assignment spiritual healer Debbie Ford gave a radio caller prompting me to seek out the most beautiful journal I could find and embark on a journey of writing. The assignment was angry letters for a month, and boy was I angry when I began to write. I wrote of memories of getting beat out of bed when I would over sleep, letters of her abandonment of me to save her relationship with the rest of the family, letters of lies,…
  • Complicated Change

    wish me love
    28 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Ever set out to make a change in your life and decide somewhere along the way to call it quits and just keep the old habit or way of being because it seemed easier? I know the feeling and I’ve done just that myself on many occasions. Recently after listening to a conversation between Bronnie Ware and Wayne Dyer on her book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” I decided that I would have to start procuring the gumption to finish what I start no matter how long it takes me to get to the finish line of change. I started out by asking myself and my co-workers a…
  • Christmas All Year Long!

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

  • The Death Transition - A Book Review

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    I decided to take a brief break from blogging about my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be to tell you about a book titled The Death Transition. I recently met the author, Cliff... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Nurture and Nature

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    In thinking about what to blog about next on Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, I decided to blog about meditation image number 47, Nurture, and meditation image number 48, Nature, at the... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Life is a school. Learn from it.

    1 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    My most recent blog post was about the meditation image 15 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be that says: “Life is a song. Sing it.” The companion meditation to meditation image 15... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Life is a song. Sing it.

    15 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    I had originally thought that I would use a different meditation image to contemplate to write a post for Explore Beyond the Usual, but it came to me this morning that I should write about the... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Most Benevolent Outcome Stories for May 2014

    15 May 2014 | 9:06 am
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    Making Motivation

  • This baby discovers he can finally do this on his own and his reaction is unforgettable

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

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Canadian film actor Jim Carrey gave a really impressive speech to the graduates of Maharishi University of management’s class for 2014.Carrey talked about how his father inspired him alot and changed his world and despite reaching his mountain of fame through his career  he was still searching for his true identity.I watched it from start ...The post Jim Carrey’s funny and inspirational speech at Maharishi University appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • charliedadog is one of a kind : helps change baby diapers

    25 May 2014 | 8:25 am
    We have all seen many unbelievable things that dogs do from skateboarding,playing hide and seek ,skipping etc.I want you to meet charlie he is so helpful around the house just look at him assisting with changing the baby diaper.   This video surely had brightened up my day and am quite sure you ...The post charliedadog is one of a kind : helps change baby diapers appeared first on Making Motivation.
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    Pi values!

  • Lessons for a father - Back To Basic Physics (Scalar Vs. Vector Leadership)

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrQuestion: What has basic Physics got to do with leadership and parenting?Answer:A lot.Two words, very distinct in their meaning, are sometimes, albeit wrongly, used interchangeably. They are speed and velocity.How are they different? Both represent motion but only one seems to lead us anywhere.In Physics, the difference between the 2 words is the same as scalar and vector values. A vector value has an additional component of direction along with that of magnitude. So, velocity doesn't just tell us what speed we are moving at, it also tells us what direction we are moving…
  • Lessons for a father - Between Disaster And Perfection

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Image Courtesy: Flickr (Saku Takakusaki)I really wanted to utilize a word that depicted the antonym, the exact opposite, of perfection. There was the option of using the word imperfection but to me that is a state that tells us we are not there yet. I needed a word that could, possibly, finish the sentence, "that was anything but perfect, it was a/ an...". That is when the word disaster came to my mind. To a lot of us, that might not be the right word, but the intention was to utilize 2 extreme conditions.We are so enamored by the whole concept of perfection that we, often times, forget that…
  • Lessons for a father - Dealing With New-ness

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: Flickr with editsIs all that is new good for us? That can be the case if we respond to the change, the newness, well. Easier said than done though.Change almost always seems like a dance to me. So many things can go wrong at any time that anything less than our complete focus might not work. But that is hard work. The incessant focus can be very demanding and who is to say whether the change is actually good?I have had the privilege to witness some organizations and teams go through change. The what's and the why's, at least on paper, are easy to answer. The change usually, at…
  • Lessons for a father - The Best Idea Of All

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWhat do the now famous "Obamacare" and the iPhone have in common? What sort of commonality, do you think, exists between free speech and level of water fluoridization? What about gender and race equality, day care for children, computers, music, television and a whole host of other things? They were all an idea once. Just an idea.All of us have been given this great gift of thought. We can all think. It does not matter where we come from and what the nature of our adversity is. We may be incapable of solving a particular problem but that is not the point. We can think…
  • Lessons for a father - Degree Of Dunken-ness

    29 Jun 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Have you ever dunked a cookie in a good cup of tea or milk? I hope you have. It is an art to have the perfect dunk. There is also some serious science behind it. What is certain, however, that a perfect dunk usually leads to a much enhanced taste and can lead to an overall great experience.People, in some countries (mine included) take dunking so seriously that Physics equations have been cited to come up with the optimal time span, based on the fluid in which dunking is taking place and what we are dunking, that the cookie should spend in the tea (for example). One of the equation that is…
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    Serene Reflection

  • Poems: Homecoming

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Home. Such a precious word. Describing far more than a place. It is all the times and spaces You are at ease, safe. Where all blindfolds have been removed, Protective Kevlar set aside, Chuckles gurgle past the lips And tears need not hide Where fingers snap and feet tap To the beat of silent songs When there is nothing to prove Or attain, but simply carry on Carry on being alive Vividly. Brightly. Aware. Knowing this is but an exotic game And you have the courage to meet the dare. You search for counterfeit comfort In strange, distant lands Or breathlessly await the gift from another’s…
  • Poems: I Am Present

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I am the guardian Of that part of you Which melts in sunshine Celebrates rain Burns in fire Bows, to the earth, And to the breath That all of life sustain The part that understands The whispers of the trees That hidden self which knows The language of birds, animals and bees I am the reminder Of who you really are: Not the face you see in the mirror But the core essence of your being The one who is as wondering as a child Curious, adventurous, alive, trusting. The mother, the artist, the nurturer Of all that is sacred, subtle, all seeing I am the one who energizes you Keeps your spirit fanned…
  • A Slice Of Foreign Life

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    As I prepared for my travel to Eastern Europe last month, I began looking for interesting places in Prague and Budapest.  Searching travel blogs and reviews, I came across two unusual write-ups.  They intrigued me sufficiently for me to decide that Vyserhad and Attila’s Mound were places I would definitely visit.  Even as I was being influenced by these articles, I could not help but wonder as to how much weightage I should give to one writer’s opinion.   It made me resolute to remain aware and open to whatever I encountered in my experience, without being overly biased by anyone…
  • Are You Singing Your Own Song Or Dancing To Another Tune?

    28 May 2014 | 5:48 am
    What is at the bottom of the discontent and restlessness that so many of us are grappling with today? We imagine that we are not good enough, or do not have enough because of the absence of some person, object or circumstance.  In reality, we have it backwards.  Everything that is wistfully parked in the future creates and contributes to an experience of lack. These thoughts concretize the belief that there is somewhere you have to reach, something you have to obtain, achieve or prove – so that you can feel a certain way. Imagine for a moment that you already have the fame and…
  • 9 Tips To Reinventing Yourself

    13 May 2014 | 4:59 am
    All around me, I see family, friends and clients re-examining their lives and looking for ways to implement a dramatic change.  As individuals grow in self awareness and clarity, there is a deep desire to embody a more authentic way of being.  A life that honours a freer, transparent way, our innate talents and longings, and the courage to experiment and explore beyond conditioning or societal expectations. The days of playing safe, conforming and compromising our callings seem to be coming to an end.  I myself have made it a habit to take stock and introspect every couple of years.
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    Neil J. Solanki

  • We, The Broken People

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
                  We, The Broken People Broken people, broken people, We are all broken people. Blind with ambition, Hanging our joy on some future moment, Some perfect sequence of events That will quell our forever restlessness, We forsake the present moment for tomorrow. We live as if today is an obstacle to the future, Some future that holds the key to our happiness and salvation. Broken we are, for we have forgotten that the power of joy is Right Here, Right Now, In this Present Moment. This ephemeral slice of time which we always occupy Is all there is, And…
  • Let Us Be More Like Trees

    26 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
  • The Wrathful Silence of Love

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
                  The Wrathful Silence of Love There are those so close to us, That in their presence we mince our words. We wish to say our piece of mind, But too much seems to be at stake. Shall I hold my tongue? Will silence be my ally? If my thoughts stay stifled and muted, Then the seed, the poison, Of wrath shall be sown. The days go by, and silence reigns. What are you thinking, my love? Are you angry, sad, happy or mad? Do you love me still, my sweet? Or has the silence between us, Become a gulf, A street that cannot be crossed? I see your judging eyes,…
  • From Stardust We Came

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

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

  • 10 Inspiring Quotes About Courage

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
     Life is nothing to be afraid of; the only fear we should have is not beginning to live at all! Here are ten inspirational ways to think about bravery and courage in modern life. 1. Courage is the beginning of all great things.Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. – H. Jackson Browne2. Courage is how we begin to know ourselves.You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. – Eleanor Roosevelt3. Courage means taking small steps in the right direction.To have striven, to have made the…
  • 3 Reasons To Just Go For It In Life

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Today is precious. We hold only the moment in front of us, and before we know it, we are whisked into the future, dreams and all. For that reason, it’s pretty important to begin living our dreams today, instead of waiting for the perfect conditions or opportunities to come along!Here are three great reasons to stop hesitating and just go for it in life:1. You never know until you try. Got a great idea or a driving passion? Start moving on it, and see what happens. Not everything we try is a guaranteed success, but we miss 100% of the shots we never take.2. You’re capable of more than you…
  • Uncertainty is beautiful; without it, life would be boring: 9 Thoughts To Inspire Adventure

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Life is a wonderful, exciting journey; each day brings new circumstances and changes, meaning we never know when we wake up in the morning exactly what awaits us on the path.The surest way to enjoy this adventure is to simply let go and go with the flow – so here are 9 inspirational thoughts to remind you to live life with no hesitations.Uncertainty is beautiful; without it, life would be boring.When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. – Eckhart TolleLife is all in our perceptions; when we think happy, we see happiness all around.The real…
  • 5 Life Lessons From A Wolf

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Wolves are mysterious and beautiful creatures. They represent solitude yet also are strengthened by the pack; they balance a fierce intelligence with unmistakable instinct. They are both hunters and watchers, and consequently, they have a lot to say about navigating life’s twisting paths:1. Be instinctive. Follow your nose! Find the path that’s right for you; you don’t have to follow anyone else’s paw prints through the woods.2. Be trusting. Keep your ears open and believe in the wisdom of the pack; trust family, friends and teachers as you navigate the wilderness of life.3. Be wild.
  • One Really Important Quote on Persistence, From Winston Churchill

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Winston Churchill may have been one of the 20th Century’s greatest leaders, but when it comes to perseverance in the face of adversity, he often hailed the character of ordinary people as an example of practical bravery and resourcefulness.About reaching our full potential even in the midst of trouble, Churchill said, “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”In other words, we need not be afraid of who is stronger and smarter than we are; all we have to do is concentrate on giving our best possible effort in the moment at hand. There will…
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    Lucky Duck Living™

  • Suffering Is Optional

    Thais Zoe
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Recently, I’ve phased in a bit more activity to my routine beginning with the hallowed treadmill… The first week I did a warm up walk for 5 minutes, ran for 10 and then a cool down walk for 5 more minutes every other day. The second week I upped my run time to 15 minutes, and the subsequent week to 20 minutes. What I immediately noticed during Week Two, was that the 15 minute run time was no more difficult than the 10 minutes the week before. And the third week, the 20 minutes was no more difficult than 15. It was as if my capacity expanded to whatever goal I set. Because of this, it…
  • Hidden Pet Poisons

    Thais Zoe
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Ever had a run-in with a poisonous frog? Living in Arizona, my mind always shifts towards reptiles like lizards and snakes, but evidently the Sonoran Desert Toad is a big problem this time of year when it comes to safety. Namely, your pet’s safety. Of course, in the Southwest summer, heat, is the number one offender. Whether dehydration, paw burns from being forced to walk on hot pavement, or lack of exercise due to being housebound, extreme weather is something to be reckoned with. But, along with the extreme heat, we have the torrential monsoons which bring with it – you got it –…
  • Flip. The. Switch.

    Thais Zoe
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    The lights went out… and so did the air conditioning, washer/ dryer, dishwasher, freezer, tv, alarm clock and my phone and laptop charger! With a flip of a switch (or a faulty breaker in my case)… I was in darkness. In the 12 hours it took to get everything sorted out it really made me think that while technology and modern day appliances are grand, ELECTRICITY surely trumps all. This got me pondering MY source… as with my home life that requires power, my mind-body-spirit does, as well. And, as with the function and efficiency of my home, EVERYTHING shuts down if I’m not actively…
  • Isn’t It Time To Put Your Matches Away?

    Thais Zoe
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Burning bridges makes things certain. At least that is the need it seems to fill. Certainty. I like to stay away from qualifiers such as good and bad, right and wrong in my life’s journey, so let’s stick with how we “feel.” If you’re anything like I am, you’ve had a time, or perhaps are still in a time, where you’d rather “know” the outcome (even if it doesn’t feel good) than “not know” and have things unfold in a positive way at some point in the future that you do not determine. You want to “get it over with” so you can move on. I understand the sense in this.
  • What Is The Magic Of Drinking Water?

    Thais Zoe
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:18 pm
    We’ve heard it over and over... and over... “stay hydrated!” Unfortunately, even though the average person’s body is 60% water and clearly it needs to be maintained, it is such a ready recommendation that it can be easily dismissed causing you to miss out on the vital benefits it offers. So what ARE these vital benefits? I hope you’ll take a peek at a basic list that will encourage you to keep the water flowing… COOLING Water helps the body naturally modulate its core temperature. When your body loses water through increased sweating during the warmer months it can disrupt the…
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    Coffee-Stained Journal

  • Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Come Alive ~ Howard ThurmanDon’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.~ Howard ThurmanThe post Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • In search of “flow”…

    24 Jun 2014 | 11:25 pm
    It’s a strange feeling. I dip the pen into the small ink pot and put the tip onto the paper. The ink leaves a moody trace and I watch its shape until the streak weakens. I dip the pen into the ink again and draw another line and follow its flow. I try to figure out a shape. I would like to discover scenery, mountains, lakes and trees, but what I spot is a skyline. An unimpressive and monotonous conglomeration of lines. Straight lines instead of bold curves. I write what I see, not what I feel. In a way this strange pot filled with ink seems to lack depth – no matter how deep I…
  • In South America ~ Vincent Urban

    4 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    “Early 2012, we started a journey to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil in our old and rusty Landrover. Once again, we brought our DSLR cameras and some gear to capture every great moment of this trip. Lots of winds, emptiness, pampas, bustling cities, animals, deserts and waterfalls – all wrapped up in just under 6 min. Enjoy the ride!” ~ Vincent UrbanAnd what a ride it is! A patchwork of moments woven from captivating visuals, the pulse of cityscapes as well as the tremendous power of nature, motion and emotion, faces and places – all…
  • Lighthouse

    31 May 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Lighthouse | #in160charactersDaring to dream, dreaming aloud.Folding paper boats, a flotilla of thoughts,enthusiasm, wind in the sails,a journey,euphoria, twinkle in the eyes.The post Lighthouse appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • Dared to love ~ Maya Angelou

    29 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love. By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings. – Maya Angelou in an interview 1985The charismatic African American author, poet and activist certainly succeeded. Her energetic being along with her lyrical voice and beaming smile made her an eloquent advocate of human rights and humanity. Maya Angelou’s work became an inspiration for people from all walks of…
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    Epsilon Healing Academy

  • What if change could begin simply with a clear intention?

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Change is typically viewed as difficult because it requires action based on trust (that the outcome will be positive), courage (to act in the face of fear), and confidence (a true belief in your own ability to succeed) – attributes that are often in short supply when things aren’t going well. So, in all likelihood, you are not going to change until your desire to do so outweighs your resistance. This happens when: Life as it is becomes unmanageable, or Life is not working out how you truly would like it to. It’s hard to imagine why someone would remain in an unhappy situation, such as a…
  • 10 Tips for Raising Joyful Children

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:34 pm
    There is no greater joy than freedom of the soul, particularly as it is expressed in the laughter of our children. One could say that the search so many of us are embarking on today is a quest to recapture (or perhaps create for the first time in our lives) that experience of living in pure joy, wonder, and openness that children seem to embrace almost effortlessly. Where does that go? What a gift it would be as you are discovering this new way to live – free from pain and stress – to nurture that ability in your children. Here are ten ways you can encourage them along this path. 1. Be…
  • You can run but you can’t hide

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Over my lifetime, I was driven by my sole purpose: the accumulation of money for material gain and the power that came with it. I strongly believed these outer rewards would free me from my past and it was through this belief that I felt I would be untouchable and secure. Before accumulating these rewards I could not live in my own skin. My past dictated my false belief: “Life is tough and not for the feint-hearted.” With these outer attachments I could create a world for myself (and my family) where no one but me could ever control me again. In this world, my vision of success – the…
  • Your Past Can Negatively Influence Your Future

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:54 am
    My childhood role models were people struggling with their own demons. Their issues were always front and center, which meant that my life was ruled by their fears and insecurities. As a result, I learned to live the same way, carrying my own fears and insecurities into my adult life. Perhaps your childhood wasn’t as extremely negative as mine, but chances are good that there were experiences in your early life that negatively affect your behavior and way of thinking today.   You may not even be aware of what those early experiences were. They can manifest in subtle ways, and when you are…
  • What is the true purpose of life?

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Is it to be of service to others in some way? Be a trailblazer? Maybe it’s to share a great talent or raise a family. Maybe you’re destined to be a scientist or teacher. Actually, we all have the same purpose – to discover who and what we are. To find the answer to this rather large question, we can look first at our experiences, after all it is our experiences that shape our choices and our choices that have led us to where we are now. However, many of us believe that we are at the will of circumstance, that life is beyond our control, and that we haven’t made choices so much as been…
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    Sad and Love Picture

  • I have more conversations in my head than I do in real life

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    I have more conversations in my head than I do in real life The post I have more conversations in my head than I do in real life appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Time passes memories fade feelings change people leave but hearts never forget

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Time passes. Memories fade. Feelings change. People leave. But hearts never forget. The post Time passes memories fade feelings change people leave but hearts never forget appeared first on Sad and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • If you love two people at the same time

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    The post If you love two people at the same time appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I don’t care if I’m sleeping

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I don’t care if I’m sleeping, having my own problems, or even angry with you. If you really need me, I’ll be there for you. The post I don’t care if I’m sleeping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Love You Quotes

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Tears in my , you on my mind, love in my heart, oceans in-between … I love you. Posted from WordPress for Android The post I Love You Quotes appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    BrianaDragon’s Random Thoughts

  • Spirit Halloween Holiday Store Chain Review

    Briana Blair
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I love Halloween, so when Dracoselene suggested that we go to the Spirit Halloween store to look around and get « Read the rest of this entry »
  • Weird Animal Facts: Zyzzyva

    Briana Blair
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Want the last word on animal life? Zyzzyva is a genus of tropical American weevil often found in palm plants. « Read the rest of this entry »
  • Weird Animal Facts: Yorkshire Terrier

    Briana Blair
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    The smallest dog ever was a Yorkshire Terrier in England. At two years old it was 2.5 inches tall to « Read the rest of this entry »
  • Weird Animal Facts: Whiptail Lizard

    Briana Blair
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Whiptail lizards have no males in the species. They are “parthenogenetic unisexual pseudocopulators”. Basically, self-replicating lesbians. While they do mock-copulate, « Read the rest of this entry »
  • Weird Animal Facts: Vampire Squid

    Briana Blair
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The vampire squid has the largest eye-to-body ratio of any creature. Its body is typically about 11 inches with each « Read the rest of this entry »
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    Programming Life

  • Distorted Reflections

    Matt Catlett
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Consider looking at your own eyes in the mirror. Do you have poor eyesight? Is there dust in the air? Is the light harsh or dim? And the mirror itself – is it curved, does it have scratches or streaks? Even if the conditions are perfect, is not the trickery of the mirror that your [&hellip The post Distorted Reflections appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Intention

    Matt Catlett
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    If you intend to reach enlightenment or connect to God through your meditation, you can only poorly meditate and it is impossible for you to find enlightenment or God. If you do not intend to reach anything in particular in your meditation, you may realize that enlightenment and God are already within you. If you [&hellip The post Intention appeared first on Programming Life.
  • 10 Tactics for Peace of Mind

    Matt Catlett
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Peace of mind is inner calm. When everything around you is spinning, you can be untouched if you have cultivated a deep abiding tranquility at your core. Peace of mind is a part of happiness, because no external success or wealth can soothe a restless or tormented inner life. There’s more to the cultivation of [&hellip The post 10 Tactics for Peace of Mind appeared first on Programming Life.
  • A Prayer for Clarity

    Matt Catlett
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Oh, Heavenly Father and Mother! Dearest Illumination of Infinite Space, whether whispering to me as the Starry Goddess Nuit or embracing me with the Loving Manifested of Jesus Christ, I call in whatever manner I may best hear You, my Eternal Beloved. I offer to You today a prayer for clarity and sight, may be [&hellip The post A Prayer for Clarity appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Samadhi, a poem by Paramahansa Yogananda

    Matt Catlett
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952) was the guru who wrote Autobiography of a Yogi and founded the Self Realization Fellowship in 1920. Called the Father of Yoga in the West by that fellowship, he taught Kriya Yoga meditation. In this poem, Yogananda describes samadhi, the transcendental state reached in meditation where logic is silenced and [&hellip The post Samadhi, a poem by Paramahansa Yogananda appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • Growth Mindset: 6 Keys To Unlock Your Potential

    Barrie Davenport
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I learned something really amazing today. This afternoon I interviewed Dr. Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She’s a guest expert for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course. Dr. Dweck has spent decades researching achievement and success, and through… Continue Reading…
  • Self-Motivated? 4 Science-Based Secrets To Achievement And Success

    Barrie Davenport
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I run every other day. However, only about a quarter of the time do I feel motivated to run before I begin. Even less so in the winter. It’s cold outside, and I’m quite comfortable inside. Most of the time, I’d rather stay put than put on my running clothes and push my body…. Continue Reading…
  • Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

    Barrie Davenport
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    How often do you catch yourself in a positive thinking loop? Are there days when your thoughts are so constantly positive, self-affirming, and confident that you feel upbeat and happy all day? I’d bet the opposite scenario occurs far more often than the one I just described. I bet on any given day, you could… Continue Reading…
  • Fear Of Failure: 4 Steps To Tame It And Use It For Success

    Barrie Davenport
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    A guest post by James Johnson Failure. After spiders and heights, it’s the most common fear in the world. It’s big, it’s scary, and it’s the elephant in the room with all of your new ventures and life challenges. Truth be told? You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys failure. It’s a painful experience we… Continue Reading…
  • 10 Unexpected Ways To Become A Happy Person

    Barrie Davenport
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Most people spend a lot of time being unhappy. If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you’ll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general. Those statistics are daunting and sad. We… Continue Reading…
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Bruce Lee Be Yourself Quotes

    JJ Wong
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Bruce Lee Be Yourself Quotes Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • J. K. Rowling Live Without Fail Quotes

    JJ Wong
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    J. K. Rowling Live Without Fail Quotes It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Nick Vujicic Great Motivational Quotes

    JJ Wong
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Nick Vujicic Great Motivational Quotes “If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?” Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Martin Luther King Jr Love Quotes

    JJ Wong
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Martin Luther King Jr Love Quotes Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Bob Marley Life Quotes

    JJ Wong
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Bob Marley Life Quotes Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • Meditations of the Month

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    I decided to create one post a month which contains every guided meditation I've made that month, so here it goes.If you would like to be notified of my guided meditations, you can subscribe here.The first guided meditation I'm sharing with you is a calming happiness meditation inspired by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. With this guided meditation I wanted to help you connect to the infinite joy that lies in all of us: The second guided meditation is actually a visualization I created based on a beautiful fantasy world. An enchanted faun will give you her blessing in the magic forest if you…
  • Make Your Life Easier: Let Go of Control

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Letting go of control is something most people struggle with. Most people don't even realize that they should let go of wanting to control everything in their lives - they might even think that it's a good thing.The search for control affects us all - today I will share with you how I gained true control over my life by letting go of control. A true paradox, isn't it?I have experienced first hand what it's like when we are not willing to let go of control and think that there is no other way to live - I was a sufferer of severe anxiety, panic and depression for most of my life. I also know…
  • Throwing Out Your Mind: Why It's the Best Decision You Can Make for Your Own Peace

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    We tend to put our minds on a pedestal. The human mind is capable of magnificent things, yes, but sometimes it is the best decision to just throw out what it tells us.You know that little voice inside your head that tells you what kind of person you are, what others think or what will happen in the future? I'm sure you do, and I'm going to tell you why throwing out that voice is the best decision you can make. Not just for yourself, but for everybody else as well.1. Believing you know who you areWho we are is never set in stone. You can choose to become a different person any moment. When you…
  • Steps Towards Inner Peace: What You Think About Yourself is Wrong

    9 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    We all have a picture in our minds about ourselves, may that be good or bad. A picture that is often influenced by the unquenchable thirst for other people's thoughts about us.I'm going to tell you today why all of that actually means nothing.How you view yourself will never matter, because it will never be accurate. What you think about yourself is just a thought in your head, and it is just as inaccurate as all the other judgmental thoughts in your head.The key here is to understand that we all view the world with different eyes. Even when we look at the same thing, we see completely…
  • What the World Would Be Like if People Treated Each Other Like They Do Dogs

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have always been an animal lover. I have three large dogs and I take a walk with them every day. It is very interesting to me to see people's attitude towards dogs, especially large ones.You know those people who always say how dogs are so much better than people? Oh, how much I smile when someone tells me that... You know, I'm not one to argue or lecture, even if I don't agree. I just politely nod and go on my way.I love dogs very much, but I love people as well.If you read this blog, you know that I like to wonder. When I was walking with my dogs recently, I wondered what the world would…
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  • Super Yoga for High Energy

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Join Brooke Hart with 8 simple steps to daily rejuvenation and high energy. This Super Yoga sequences will start where you may feel depleted and help you to open your heart and lift to the angels. Super fast. Super easy. Super Powerful. The post Super Yoga for High Energy appeared first on .
  • Super Yoga for Peak Energy

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Feeling groggy this Monday morning?  Join Babaji with a Super Yoga sequence that will power you up and help you to reach and maintain peak energy. This simple, fast set of moves can help you to get on track for your week. The post Super Yoga for Peak Energy appeared first on .
  • Super Yoga Salutation

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Use these 9 super easy, super fast, super powerful Super Yoga moves.  Babaji Maharaj shows this sequence to help in balancing your mind – body relationship, releasing stress and more! The post Super Yoga Salutation appeared first on .
  • Introduction to Super Yoga

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Introduction to Super Yoga from Brooke Hart The post Introduction to Super Yoga appeared first on .
  • The Phenomena of Super Yoga™

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    The Yoga system has been associated with the Indian system of thought and religion. However, in the 21st century, it stands alone with positions and practices often separated from it’s root philosophy. This has created some controversy among the rigid, old style paths. Most agree that the modern approach tofeatured Continue reading The post The Phenomena of Super Yoga™ appeared first on .
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher

  • Oded’s TV interview with Ann Parillo for Schenectady Today

    Oded Ben-Ami
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    TV interview with Ann Parillo – July 1, 2014 Schenectady Today – In and Around the Capital Region
  • Awakening from a dream versus awakening from reality

    Oded Ben-Ami
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Awakening from a dream – the circumstances, people, environment etc’ are all different in the awaken state than they were in the dream. The dreamer however, is the same. Awakening from “reality” – the people, environment, circumstances etc’ are the same, but the dreamer is no longer the same.
  • Addictions and tantrums

    Oded Ben-Ami
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Did you ever try to stop your addiction – right here and now, “cold turkey” – whatever the addiction may be? Many of us try to do just that, and when we do, there’s an interesting phenomena happening. Once we recognize that our repetitive practice does in fact fit under the definition of “addiction”, and further, once we recognize that a particular addiction is our adversary, a schism occurs and we become split: One part wishes to be allowed to continue its practice of indulgence through addiction, while the other tries to overcome the impulse and…
  • Arrogance, suffering and liberation

    Oded Ben-Ami
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    There are two kinds of arrogance. In the first, we are aware of our being arrogant, while in the second we have no such awareness. We can begin to see the unaware kind of arrogance through any of the following, which belong in this category: Making assumptions Taking for granted anything at all (our body, health, relationships, home, abilities, capabilities, disabilities) Having any expectations Believing that we truly know anything (including knowing ourselves) I can understand anyone who would resent reading the above; most of us don’t like to think of ourselves, or be thought of as…
  • Protected: Talk your way into a better life

    Oded Ben-Ami
    16 May 2014 | 4:48 pm
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    Rambling Web

  • 1812 Overture – July 4th with the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Since the Boston Pops didn’t have a chance to play the 1812 Overture like they typically do on July 4, here’s a classic version from the Bicentennial with conductor Arthur Fiedler.
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Roast Don Rickles

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
  • Puppies Learning to Howl

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Just because it’s that cute – puppies howling…
  • Very Rare & Unique Birds

    25 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Countdown of ten of the most rare birds on the planet.
  • Peaks at Franconia Notch, New Hampshire

    19 May 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve hiked Franconia Notch quite a bit over the last few years.  The more I hike this area, the more fascinated I become with the ‘layout’ or topography of the area.  A week and a half ago I hiked North Peak, and took this picture.  It’s a ‘panorama’ shot, so there is some distortion.  However, the view from North Peak is quite impressive, and it gives a unique perspective of Franconia Notch, and specifically Peaks along Franconia Ridge. Franconia Ridge, NH – Click for larger image  
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    Positively Positive

  • When You Judge Others, You Aren’t Defining Them…You Define Yourself

    James Altucher
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    I was nervous, sweating, and in my brand new suit. The woman walking right next to me, about two feet away, was run over by a cab that jumped onto the sidewalk. That could easily have been me. I wrote about this in the first paragraph of an article the other day. The article was about first days of work. How hard they are. What to do. She was thrown about ten feet into the air, landing on 42nd Street, and the cab sped off. A symphony of horns and burnt rubber and screams. There was blood everywhere on the sidewalk and street. I was looking at her while the cab raced away in the blur and…
  • 3 Tools To Help Break Through Limiting Beliefs – So You Can Understand And Stop Painful Patterns

    Karen Salmansohn
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Over a decade ago I was home sick with stomach troubles. My friend Joelle suggested I order up papayas to help heal my belligerent belly. So, from a cramped-up position on my bed, I ordered up papayas from a local Manhattan bodega. “Um…. Excuse me,” I told the delivery guy when he arrived at my door, bag in hand. “These aren’t papayas. These are mangoes. I need papayas – for my tummy. I have a tummy ache.” I patted my stomach. “Sorry, but, can you please bring me some papayas instead?” I handed him back the bag. “No, no, these are papayas,” the delivery guy insisted. He…
  • How I Hold Myself to Account

    Laurie Gerber
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    I’m going to show you something that few people have ever seen: my promise sheet. A person’s promise sheet is very personal to them but it is my hope that by showing it to you, it will inspire you to be a more promising person. Is your first thought: What a control freak? Or I could never structure my life like that? Or It’s just too rigid? I totally understand, but let me explain the beauty. We already live by unconscious laws in our lives. @HGLifeCoaching (Click to Tweet!) We already follow laws for how far over the speed limit we can go, when its appropriate to text, how mean we can…
  • Are You Ready to Unshackle Yourself & Be Free?

    Jennifer Pastiloff
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    As some of you know, I broke my foot back in May. It was a hard couple of months. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t and I’m not going to lie to you. Looking back though, I learned a lot from the break. I made this video blog  on the idea of surrendering Jeremy Sunkett, my best friend from 8th grade saw the video and sent me the following email. It was so beautiful and insightful that I wanted to share as I know some of you will relate to many of the things he says about identity. And yes, he calls me P. And yes, he is the same incredible soul that wrote this. Good stuff P.
  • If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.

    Positively Positive
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts Ordinary Blessings Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation. Crisis moments create opportunity. Problems and crises ignite our greatest creativity and thought leadership as it forces us to focus on things outside the norm.
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    Abundant Awakening

  • Three Ways To Succeed At Intuitive Eating – By Jen Picicci

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    You’ve been on the diet/cleanse/restriction bandwagon way too long and have finally decided to listen to your body and eat intuitively: congratulations! Unfortunately, if you’ve got a long and storied history of going on and off diets, cutting food groups completely out of your life, and labeling foods as “good” or “bad,” intuitive eating may not be as simple as you want it to be. However, you can succeed, so don’t give up! Get started with the three tips below. Whatever you do, don’t let intuitive eating turn into another diet If you’ve gotten to the point where you are…
  • Why Finding Out Life’s Purpose Can Be Tricky…

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.” –Steve Pavlina So many books, articles and TV shows I have tuned into talk about staying true to ourselves and finding our purpose in life.  Finding out what gifts we are here to contribute to the world seems pretty straight forward but how many of us are actually living the life we are truly meant to live? Recently I came across an interesting article titled How To…
  • The Key To A Better Body Is All In Your Mind – By Jen Picicci

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    Considering you have approximately 70,000 thoughts per day (source), you might as well make ‘em good ones, right? Especially when it comes to thoughts about your body. The first time I became aware that thoughts had a huge impact on my life and that I could actually notice and change them was when I was coached for the first time in the fall of 2008. Shortly thereafter I signed up to take a certification course to become a coach myself, and that only reinforced those ideas. Think about it (ha!), how often do you think something along the lines of: Ick, I look terrible Whoa, my…
  • The Chemistry Behind A Great First Impression – By Richard Buckley

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    We often take for granted the things that come naturally to us and we can fall into bad habits. By taking the time to look into the chemistry behind the functions which make a great first impression we can start to analyze what works to leave a truly lasting feeling with those we wish to impress or influence. The Handshake The first greeting most of us give is a handshake. Most of us do not realize this innocuous gesture has origins in Roman times, as a test to see whether someone was carrying a hidden weapon which they would ‘shake’ free. Now this may not be at the front of our minds…
  • Bill Of Rights For Domestic Abuse Survivors

    12 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Recently, when I was surfing Facebook, I came across an AWESOME page hosted by Belle supporting anyone dealing with depression, suicide, PTSD or any type of harmful situations. On her page, she had posted this Bill of Rights’ for Domestic Abuse Survivors that I think is a great reminder for anyone who is going through or recovering from any sort of abusive situation (physcial, emotional or sexual). I  would like to even go as far as to say could be also titled the Bill of Rights for Codependent’s (No More)! Each bullet point hit the nail right on the head and can also be really useful…
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  • Random Days, Random Pics using PicMonkey

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    There are so many ways now to get great looking pictures with out spending a fortune. With a gazillion apps for your phone and free programs on the internet, everybody has the opportunity to make their pictures look like a million bucks. I love playing around with different programs to see how creative I can get with them. For this set of pictures I used PicMonkey but Pixlr is also a great option. If you want the details on how to make your iphone pictures look awesome, here’s a great post from TwoTwentyOne.  Here are random pics from random days of my life.     …
  • Fitness Challenge Update #2

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with losing weight and getting fit/healthy for some time now. Every year now for decades it seems, my new year’s resolution has been to lose weight. The saying that losing weight all starts in your mind and with your thoughts is spot on. I’m not sure why it’s taken me all these years to realize that losing weight is an inside job. But now I know, if you don’t sort out what’s going on with you on the inside, nothing’s changing on the outside. My problem was/is I’m an emotional eater and if for some reason…
  • Creating a Brand Identity

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Hey everybody! How is your your summer going? I have been busy behind the scenes here creating a brand identity for Design Love Inspiration. Have you noticed some of the changes to the website? I’m in the process of taking a Skillshare class called Beyond the Logo: Crafting a Brand Identity and it has really helped me start getting the look and feel of my blog where I want it to be. Creating a brand identity is important to convey your personality, values and helps formulate a certain feeling or expectation. Good visual content allows you to be instantly recognizable. Here is a little…
  • A Day in the Life…

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Happy summer! It has been a scorcher here for the past couple days with indexes of 103 and 105. Too hot for me! We also had a random, major thunderstorm last week that ripped our gazebo cover to shreds. The wind was fierce and scary! Besides that random gloomy bit, here’s whats been going on in my corner of the world. Currently: Reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield This is a quick short read that has the potential to change your life, seriously.  Just from the first few pages, I was in tears. Once he hit on self-sabotage, I knew that I was meant to read this. Last fall I…
  • 12 Favorite Fonts

    15 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    One could say I have a slight obsession with fonts. There are different sites you can use to find fonts, some for free and some you’ll have to shell out money for. The few sites I like to use for fonts are: myfonts dafont Google fonts font squirrel Here are 12 of my favorite fonts right now. Here are the links to each font: 1. Anna Clara  2. Bombshell  3. Cantoni 4. Icing 5. Adorn  6. Brannboll 7. Conspired Lovers 8. Frosted Illustrations 9. Heroe  10. Ride My Bike 11. Woolen  12. Jacques & Gilles Which one is your favorite font? The post 12 Favorite Fonts…
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  • A Few Words About Life Worth Reading

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
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  • The Space Between: Help Your Toddler Thrive

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    I get nervous when I hear about parenting approaches that are “child-centered.” Perhaps it’s because I’m a teacher and I don’t like the phrase “student-centered.” It’s not that I don’t care about my students or their needs, but I don’t think they are the center of the classroom. I don’t think I am the center of the classroom, either. What is central in the classroom is what’s in the space between student and teacher — relationships, content, and skills. When something or someone is the center, another part or…
  • What It’s Like to Go on a Silent Meditation Retreat: The Strange, the Challenging, and the Ahh-MAZE-ing!

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    I’ve just returned from a weeklong retreat in Northern California that was part silent meditation retreat and part mindfulness education training. While I know this post cannot possibly convey the full extent of the AMAZINGNESS that I experienced on retreat, I want to share what it was like to take a brief dip into the deep-end of the meditation pool! Silence I worried about the silent portion of the retreat {see Exhibit A}, but it ended up being delicious. Exhibit A: I just googled “do people wear makeup on meditation retreats” so I’m pretty sure I’m totally…
  • 10 AWESOME Things About a Vacation With Kids!

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I have a {presumably normal} tendency to get a little sentimental while traveling. Perhaps it’s the jet-lag, the disruption to routine, or maybe even the water, but I find myself thinking profoundly about the meaning of travel and engaging in misty-eyed reminiscing about vacations of the past. So I found it a bit jarring last week when, as I scanned my Facebook feed after tucking my children into bed in our Paris hotel room, I came across an article entitled “Six Reasons Why Vacationing with Kids Sucks.” I get that the author is a humor writer, and that she intended the post to be…
  • The Pursuit of Public Happiness

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This week we {in the United States} celebrate the 4th of July, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But did you know that this famous phrase by Thomas Jefferson originally read “life, liberty, and the pursuit of public happiness”? When editor Benjamin Franklin read that version, according to Professor Michael Hartoonian, former President of the National Council for the Social Studies, his reaction was something to the effect of, “Everyone knows the only kind of happiness is public happiness!” So they went with the…
  • 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We know mindfulness is good for us. Mindfulness allows us to be present in our parenting, choosing the skillful response instead of succumbing to our visceral reactions. Mindfulness is also good for our kids. There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus. Do I even need to ask if you want that for your kids? So where do we start? How can we teach these important skills to our…
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  • 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 […] The post Willpower to Achieve Health and Fitness appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • Life = Risk Great Motivational Short Video

    Justin Bonesteel
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    If you’ve never taken a risk you have never lived!  This is a great video of some famous people who took risks and were criticized for them, but never gave up.  Taking risks is part of life and needs to be done if you want to achieve greatness!  Some days you may not feel like […] The post Life = Risk Great Motivational Short Video appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • The Cure For the Hopeless

    Jessika Unterberger
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “We might bend or even break, the journeys long, but we will celebrate”Shawn McDonald. At the end of every good journey there is a victory to be made, a triumph to be recorded and an epic story to be told. Some times the journey is long and somewhat tedious, and it may seem like you […] The post The Cure For the Hopeless appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • 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 […] The post 10 Ways To Be Happier Daily appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • Best Free Photo Editor, and Also Free Stock Image Websites

    Justin Bonesteel
    14 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Most everything made this site is all free, because that is how everyone should be able to do it.  There are enough free programs out there these days to do anything you want online without spending a dime.  The most expensive programs ever it seems are the ones that we need the most specifically Photoshop […] The post Best Free Photo Editor, and Also Free Stock Image Websites appeared first on Victory Movement.
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  • The Worst Time In My Life

    Alecia Lawrence
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today a special guest Melissa Reyes was on the show sharing with us how she pulled through when she had hit a wall in what she described as the worst time in her life. Melissa is a mother, author, poet,
  • Its Decision Time

    Alecia Lawrence
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    When it comes to the part you play in your life, you’re either the leading star or the best supporting actor. To experience any level of success, you have to take responsibility for your actions and your life and become
  • The Willpower To Win

    Alecia Lawrence
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What’s this thing called will power? You may know it as drive, resolve, determination or self control. The description on Google is. “the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action. or, “control deliberately exerted to do something
  • Is This Why Your Are Losing

    Alecia Lawrence
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Its best to be prepared for an opportunity than not to be prepared and the opportunity shows up and you are not ready. How many opportunities have you missed out on because you are not ready? Where would your life
  • An Unstoppable Force Within

    Alecia Lawrence
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How much closer would be to achieving your goals if you are able to harness the unstoppable force within. We all have the capabilities to tap in that unstoppable force which requires several components to be activated. TO REACH YOUR
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  • Why I succeed?

    Ryan Wakefield
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I succeed because I am willing to do what others are not. I will fight against the odds. I will sacrifice. I am not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt. I feel those emotions – drink them and swallow them after they happened. I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride. Pride consumes the weak – kills their heart from within. If I fall – I will get up. If I am beaten – I will return. I will never give up – ever! That is why I succeed!
  • Stuart Scott – On courage, compassion and not giving up

    Ryan Wakefield
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every year at the ESPY Awards, someone wins the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.  This year, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott was the recipient.  Stuart showed amazing composure as he took the stage, some would even say that he was “as cool as the other side of the pillow.” Thank you Stuart Scott for making all of us better today, by leading by example.  You are an inspiration.
  • In order to succeed

    Ryan Wakefield
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
  • Your best friend

    Ryan Wakefield
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your wife is not your best friend, your dog is your best friend. If you think that I am wrong, put them both in the trunk of your car. Come back an hour later, and open the trunk. Which one is happy to see you?   Tanner Reese Riley May 15, 2002 ~ July 25, 2014
  • Untitled – by Nadine Star, Age 85

    Ryan Wakefield
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things I would take more seriously. I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets. I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans. I would have more actual problems and fewer imaginary ones.   You see, I am one of those people…
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  • 3 Reasons Successful People Ask Why

    Paul Scavella
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Chances are if you are reading this you have dream, and you can see it, taste it, feel it. You are making steps and just seem to always fall short somehow of making the dream work like. I’m here to telling you just might be skipping a step. Your boy knows what it’s like. He’s […] The post 3 Reasons Successful People Ask Why appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Take Every Inch – The World Cup 2014

    Paul Scavella
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, graduations, funerals all things that seem different, but at the same time they are all connected. They all bring people together. Over the last few weeks there has been something going on that has done this, but more so in a MAJOR MAJOR way. If you were any where near […] The post Take Every Inch – The World Cup 2014 appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Spare Time: The Secret Ingredient To Next Level Success

    Paul Scavella
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Recently I started working at a medical facility during my summer time off from school. There is a particular physician who had taken me under his wing; there are two of them actually, but the first one I had spent more time with him up to this point. At one point while waiting with him […] The post Spare Time: The Secret Ingredient To Next Level Success appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Effort: Between You And You

    Paul Scavella
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill. What if I told you you could tell your mom she could quit her jobs, she doesn’t have to go in and work 2 and 3 jobs anymore. What if I told you your kids would never […] The post Effort: Between You And You appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Jackie Robinson No. 42: Give me the GUTS

    Paul Scavella
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you don’t know number 42 you had better go and read about it, listen to someone tell you the story or watch the movie, preferably read about it first (I’m big on reading it’s the way forward for the next generation). Last week I watched the movie 42. 42 is the number that Jackie […] The post Jackie Robinson No. 42: Give me the GUTS appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
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  • The Elements of Success [Infographic]

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    What are the elements of success? This question is asked every day and has been rehashed tons of times. Still, it’s worth repeating and I love how this infographic illustrates the various elements. Now, more importantly…. How many of these elements do we consciously demonstrate in our lives? Which elements could we use more of? Which elements have […]The post The Elements of Success [Infographic] appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 13 Reasons You Are Not As Successful As You Should Be [Infographic]

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
              How successful are you? How successful do you feel? This is an interesting infographic created by Jim. F. Kukral. There are many reasons why we might not be as successful as we want. What’s your reason? What’s your story? Which of these 13 reasons apply to you? I give my commentary at […]The post 13 Reasons You Are Not As Successful As You Should Be [Infographic] appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • The Power of Inspiration [Infographic]

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    If you enjoyed this please share on Reddit, Delicious, Pinterest or StumbleUpon! Sign up for our weekly newsletter on Personal Empowerment, Motivation and Success! Take a second to LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE!    The post The Power of Inspiration [Infographic] appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • The Real Reason Pain Is Related To Your Success

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
      “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey When was the last time you felt some major life pains? Large or small, no matter how much we work on ourselves…life will happen and life will hurt. Life is a classroom and many times pain is the teacher. What is your pain trying to teach […]The post The Real Reason Pain Is Related To Your Success appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Are you resilient?

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    I’ve encountered two extremes of people in my life. The first person was born into the best possible earthly circumstances with equal measures of good looks, intelligence, and opportunity. Despite being born in a wealthy country, to a loving family,…The post Are you resilient? appeared first on Everyday Power.
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  • How to deal with failure

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
         Many of us think of failure as the end of their life but that is not true. Failing is not something that shows us we are incapable of doing something, it shows that we have tried something. Trying is important because when you don't try, you have already failed.       If someone says to you that your luck or your destiny is bad and you cannot do anything with it and you have to live with that failure for the rest of your life, then ask them, "Why can't  I change my destiny and why can't I change my luck?", and the answer will come that it…
  • Money can't buy Happiness

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
          A lot of people think that money can buy happiness, while some believe otherwise. In a way, both arguments are correct, but the first one is valid only when we use money for the well being of others and not entirely for ourselves. Like if we are donating some money or buying some food for poor people with all our heart then it will give you true happiness. It is only possible when we truly want to help others and not when we want to showoff.      A spate of retail therapy is said to be good for boosting your mood, but it turns out spending money…
  • Disability is the new ability

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
          Often people with disability are regarded as people who cannot do anything in their life, but if someone encourages them to do something then they are the people who could make the most out of their lives.      You might have heard about Stephen Hawking. A British theoretical physicist, whose world-renowned scientific career spans over 40 years. His books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the…
  • Why we do what we do?

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
          We all have Great Minds and we can achieve anything if we believe in it. Why we do what we do? This is the question surprisingly many of us don't think about. But when you sit down and think about it, you can feel the change you need. We as human beings tend to achieve our goals either by our passion or by putting everybody down and climbing up the ladder. These are the different paths which people take, they are either going to achieve their goals by helping people or by putting them down. Both of these have the same goal but what really matters…
  • The Power of Storytelling

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
          If I told you that there was a guy named "John Montagu who loved to play cards and he was so much into it that at the time of eating also he used to play cards with one hand and eat with the other. This was one of the problems that he used to face because he can't eat properly with only one hand. So he came up with an idea to eat meat putting it in between slices of toast, which would allow him to finally eat and play cards at the same time. Eating his newly invented "sandwich", the name for 2 slices of bread with meat in between, became one of the most popular meal…
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  • Sixth Commandments of Success: Establish Routines

    Christopher Rither
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    If you are a “fly by the set of your pants” kind of person, than you probably won’t like what I have to say, but you might want to read on. We all need to learn how to be spontaneous, and make the proper changes when things don’t go as planed. However, with this said, our spontaneity should not become the design of our actions, but the attitude of our actions. What this means is we should not depend on our ability to be spontaneous to govern how we plan, and make our decisions. Going with the flow all the time, is not an excuse for lack of planning. The same thing applies to those who…
  • Business Basics: Turning failure into opportunity

    Christopher Rither
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    After starting and selling two successful companies, I was ready for a new challenge – starting a company in another country. After a round the world scouting trip, I chose Singapore. With my business contacts, start-up money, local residence set up, and lots of paperwork, I received my coveted entrepreneur pass “EntrePass”. This allowed me to set up a new company in Singapore, and I thought I had set myself up for success, but actually it was the opposite.   Plans can change After my first year of struggling I thought I had underestimated the amount of money needed to…
  • Business Basics: Working abroad

    Christopher Rither
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    A few tips for working, or starting a business, in another country. Don’t try to ‘Wing It’ when working abroad. You may be able to make things up as you go along in your own country, but it doesn’t work that well in a foreign land. Remember all successful business have recognized a need and have filled it. So if you want to start a business, or work in another culture, you must have a clear plan of what you want to do, and how you are going to get there.  Do your homework, get to know local customs, and understand the way things are done, before you start. Understand…
  • Business Basics: Professional Development – Stay on top or get pushed off

    Christopher Rither
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    We’ve all heard the familiar old refrain, “I can never find enough time”. Many times however this is just an excuse!   First of all, you can never FIND time, you must TAKE time. Many of us say we don’t have enough time, but miraculously take time to do the things we enjoy most. This is because we subconciously do the things that are a priority to us. Setting priorities is key to success, especially in business. To stay on top of our field we may even have to let certain jobs go, or delegate them to others, in order to stay informed. Remember, if you want to stay on top, you must…
  • Tips for saving money: Work smarter not harder

    Christopher Rither
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Just a few tips for saving money.   Make it automatic. Set aside a specific percentage of your paycheck (5-10% is a good start) and put it into a savings account, or 401 (k), cd, bond, stock portfolio etc.   Keep minimum funds in the checking account. Make your money work for you by funneling extra funds into our savings account where it will earn more interest.   If you must use credit cards, use a cash back card (or other rewards). Make sure the fee for the card isn’t higher than the savings, and pay off the card every month. This is probably the best tips for saving…
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  • Bravery Isn’t Really Brave

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Is bravery synonymous with being unafraid? Is it leaving a corporate job to start a business? Is it raising your hand in class when no one else’s is raised? Is bravery saying what everyone else is thinking but they’re too afraid to say? What is bravery? And what is fear anyway?   Fear. (False. Evidence. Appearing. Real)? Is it confusion?  Is fear sticking your head in the mouth of a lion? No, that’s danger. Is fear worrying about something so much that you become paralyzed — unable to move or make a decision? Is fear anything that incites the “fight or…
  • Bend Your Knees

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Bend your knees. That’s what baseball coaches tell you when you step up to bat. Slightly bending your knees creates a more powerful swing.  Doing so allows you to more easily rotate your body, which generates more power, allowing you to hit the ball further and higher. Sometimes players do the opposite — mainly when they don’t want to hit the ball far or high. In these cases,  their bodies and more stiff and rigid. When bunting, for example, players don’t even hold the bat the same way as before. They don’t rotate the  body, and they don’t swing the…
  • Feeling Stuck?

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    When you’re feeling stuck everything seems stagnant. Nothing’s happening. That email you’ve been waiting on seems to be lost in cyberspace. The phone call or text message that you need seems like it might never come. And, you’re fresh out of ideas. No matter what you do nothing seems to change. You’re stuck.  What do you do? Play! Do something fun or childish. Play video games for 30 minutes. Go outside and do some cartwheels. Go for a long walk. Swing — like on the playground. It seems counter productive to do something fun when you feel like you should…
  • Judo Grammar for the Toolbox

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “I don’t know what to do.” “I don’t know how.” “I don’t know what I’m doing.” No semi-colon. No comma. There isn’t even an ellipsis. These ideas seem final.  “I don’t know what to do.” Period. That’s depressing. Let’s do a judo grammar check, except we won’t be looking for comma splices or run-ons. We’re looking for the consideration of hope and possibility.  Do the sentences leave room for the possibility of figuring it out? Do the sentences inspire a bit of hope? Sadly, the ones…
  • The Small Ones Help With The Big Ones

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    She said that she wanted it to remain pure. By “it,” she meant her website, and by “pure” she meant the same. Why the same? Keeping everything “pure” or the same isn’t always better. Sometimes change is good. Change adds a twist to what might already be good, and it’s something new and different. Change isn’t always  bad. But, if change does scare you, as it does for many people, then incorporate some small changes into your life. Part your hair on the other side. Grow out that mustache. Try a different route on the way home. Don’t…
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  • Career growth: 20 tips you need to know

    Griffin Lawrence
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    There are so many aspects to career growth that it can sometimes seem confusing. To make it easier on you, I’ve created a list of 20 effective methods that you can use to get ahead. Build upward momentum You might have been wondering how long you will stay where you are now. Maybe you have thought that you’d like to prove yourself beyond all doubt. Maybe you’ve doubted whether you were good enough for the next level yet. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that you know that a steady record of career growth is often seen as a prerequisite for top positions.
  • Grow business to new heights of profitability

    Griffin Lawrence
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’re looking to grow business in your company, there are several approaches that you can take. These are not mutually exclusive and most of them complement each other. Consulting services to grow business There are several advantages to offering consulting services if you don’t already. Apart from providing an additional stream of income, which can grow business by itself, it provides insight into your market’s needs. Once you’re in a position to spend time talking to your customers about their problems and needs, you get valuable insights into the market which…
  • Goal Setting Quote of the year: which one is for you?

    Griffin Lawrence
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    When goal setting, it’s important to feel inspired and confident. Sometimes, you might need a little help to get there, and having a powerful goal setting quote to recite can really do the trick. When a single, short message clearly communicates a way forward and a better chance of success, you can’t help but to feel inspired. Also, a good goal setting quote can often come from someone who has demonstrated success in some fashion. That inspires confidence because the philosophy behind it is proven. Of course you can be inspired by several quotes, but it’s helpful to pick one…
  • Workout motivation quotes to get you moving

    Griffin Lawrence
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Working out can be hard sometimes. It can be tough to find both time and motivation. Really, motivation is the most important though. If you have that, you will make the time to work out! Workout motivation quotes are a great way to get yourself fired up and remind yourself of how important it is to get some exercise. Quotes are great because they give you short, concise points to focus on and absorb your mind into. You can easily see the essential message and take it to heart. That heart felt feeling can carry you outside of the house, into the gym and all the way through your workout.
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    Griffin Lawrence
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
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