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  • 10 motivational affirmations you can use to improve your mood

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

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

    Later Bloomer
    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    This week (April 21st) marks the 176th anniversary of John Muir’s birth. I’m reposting this in his honor. It’s 1 a.m. and John is awake. He knows what will happen but has no desire to stop it. The tick tick tick of the clockwork device sounds like hail upon the windowpane. Any second it will go off. Bam! The device kicks a stone attached to the leg of his bed. The bed crashes down and throws John to the floor. He leaps up, rushes to the freezing cellar where his clockwork desk opens a book and rotates it to him. An hour later, the book closes and the next one rotates into…
  • The Habit Action List

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    By Leo Babauta There are a ton of people who read self-improvement blogs and books, but never put them into action. They engage in what’s sometimes called “self-improvement porn”. I’ve done this myself in the past — it was a form of fantasizing about how I was going to make my life better, get my shit together. But I didn’t take action because: I was too busy right that moment, so I’d bookmark the article for later. Later never comes. I didn’t have time for a new big project, and this change seemed too big. I didn’t really believe I could…
  • Thinking Magically™ | An Occasional A**hole’s Guide to Being a Decent Human Being (Pt 1)

    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole. - Raylan Givens (Justified) Earlier I wrote about being fearlessly dominant. That, of course, leads to a deeper discussion: Is it ever okay to be an asshole? A lot has been written about how to avoid, eliminate, fire, head off, and refrain from being an asshole. Even Sir Richard Branson has weighed in on the importance of personality and, in doing so, repeated a line by Funding Circle CEO Samir Desai (who in turn was quoting Apple’s Dan Jacobs): “It’s…
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  • The Habit Action List

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    By Leo Babauta There are a ton of people who read self-improvement blogs and books, but never put them into action. They engage in what’s sometimes called “self-improvement porn”. I’ve done this myself in the past — it was a form of fantasizing about how I was going to make my life better, get my shit together. But I didn’t take action because: I was too busy right that moment, so I’d bookmark the article for later. Later never comes. I didn’t have time for a new big project, and this change seemed too big. I didn’t really believe I could…
  • The Reality of This Moment

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading this, pause and expand your awareness beyond your computer/phone … what is the reality of this moment? You’re reading, and there are a bunch of other tasks you want to do on your computer, yes … but there’s also your body. How does that feel? There’s the area around you, perhaps some people around you. There’s nature nearby. Take a pause to become aware of the actual reality of this particular moment. As we go through our day, we’re often stressed because of all the things we have to do, the things we’re…
  • Confidence in Your Business

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    By Leo Babauta The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things. I’m not talking about casino owners or pimps or politicians or corporations. I’m talking about good small business owners who become marketers. Let’s say you have a blog, and you write good stuff, and people like it. Now what? How do you build that into a business? Maybe you see people who’ve made millions online: How did they do it? Internet marketing. They built mailing lists, then manipulated those lists through emotional…
  • 10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

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

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

  • Story: The Fact Is, It’s Nice to Be Appreciated. (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    This week’s video story: It’s nice to be appreciated. Even if you don’t do something for the recognition — the recognition is nice. How I love stories when virtue is rewarded! Here’s the one that I mention in the video, that I already posted, and here’s one for today: Note that my friend’s acts of kindness weren’t “random acts of kindness “; they were very specific. But they were very kind. How about you? Have you ever recognized — or been recognized — in this way? If you’re reading this post through the daily email, click…
  • How Do You Feel About the Need to Pay — or Something for Free? (Gretchen Rubin)
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Did I mention that I’m writing a book about how we make and break habits? Oh yes, I think I did. It’s called Before and After, and it will be out next spring. Sign up here if you want to know when it goes on sale. Here’s a habit-related issue that I’ve been pondering lately: the need to pay, or the ability to get something for free. I think that these conditions can affect our habits. First, paying. When forming habits, we’re surprisingly affected by how convenient an activity is. We can harness this, with the Strategies of Convenience and Inconvenience, to…
  • “Collectors…Who Aim at Completing a Series, and Those Who Long to Possess Things that Have Betwitched Them.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    “Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages. They never know when some new love will inflame them; they learn a great deal more about themselves from their possessions; and in the end they are surrounded by old friends, with long love stories…
  • Before and After: “When I’d Leave My Office, I Wouldn’t Visit the Restroom.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here. This week’s story comes from someone who wants to stay anonymous. I have to say, this is one of the most ingenious strategies I’ve encountered in all my research. It’s a strategy that’s readily…
  • “After Playing Guitar, I’m Filled with a Sense of Contentment…After Solitaire, with Self-Loathing.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Habits interview: Ian Ayres. I’ve followed Ian Ayres’s career with interest for a long time. He’s a professor at Yale Law School, where I went, but he’s also from Kansas City and went to the same high school as I did. We Kansas Citians are always on the watch for our fellow K.C. natives. I assume it’s the same for every home town or home state: my parents can list every single famous person from Nebraska. (They both grew up in North Platte.) He’s also written several books, including Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done …
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Water

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.- Khalil GibranWater is the driving force of all nature.- Leonardo da VinciWhen the well's dry, we know the worth of water.- Benjamin FranklinLook deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.- Albert EinsteinMany a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,and knows not that it brings abundanceto drive away the hunger.- Saint Basil Give thanks for the rain in your lifewhich waters the flowers of your soul.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther reading: The World We Leave Our ChildrenWaterNatural WorldThe true…
  • Do What You Can

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Do what you can,with what you have,where you are.- Theodore RooseveltDo not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.- John WoodenThe best portion of a good man's life is his little,nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.- William Wordsworth Give the world the best you haveand it may never be enough.Give the world your best anyway.- Kent Keith (frequently attributed to Mother Teresa)It's the little things you dothat can make a big difference.- Bob ProctorThere are no small acts of kindness.Every compassionate act makes large the world.- Mary Anne RadmacherFurther…
  • Keeping Secrets

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.- Paul TournierThe man who can keep a secret may be wise,but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.- Edgar Watson Howe There are no secrets that time does not reveal.- Jean Racine Live in such a way that you would not be ashamedto sell your parrot to the town gossip.- Will RogersDo not tell secrets to those whose faith and silenceyou have not already tested.- Elizabeth IThe fewer secrets you have, the happier you will be.If you don't want others to know about it, don't do it.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther reading: Pass the…
  • Honor

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Ability without honor is useless.- Marcus Tullius CiceroLaws control the lesser man.Right conduct controls the greater one.- Mark TwainAll the great things are simple,and many can be expressed in a single word:freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.- Winston ChurchillThose who stand for nothing fall for anything.- Alexander HamiltonYou will never do anything in this world without courage.It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.- Aristotle  To live is to choose.But to choose well, you must know who you areand what you stand for, where you want to goand why you want to get…
  • The Message of Easter

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.- Martin LutherThe great gift of Easter is hope -Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,which nothing can shake.- Basil C. HumeThis is what the Lord asks of you: only this,to act justly, to love tenderly,and to walk humbly with your God.- Micah 6:8Guide our feet into the way of peace.- Luke 1:79One who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.- Mohandas GandhiFaith consists in…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Kindness is always the right response.

    Inspire Me Today
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
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  • Ask, give thanks, repeat. Ask, give thanks, repeat.

    Inspire Me Today
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
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  • 5 Truths For Taking Action In Your Life

    Betsy and Warren Talbot
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    “Scheming and dreaming will fill your mind; taking action will fill your life.” As a couple approaching middle age, we’ve had our fair share of successes and setbacks. Throughout them all – marriage, divorce, remarriage, cross-country moves, career ups and downs, and finally traveling the world with just a backpack – we’ve come to 5 consistent truths: 1. Eliminating the negative and focusing on what feeds your spirit every single day will change your life far more dramatically than achieving one big goal. This is when you’ll have the space, energy and…
  • Scheming and dreaming will only fill your mind. Taking action will fill your life.

    Betsy and Warren Talbot
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Scheming and dreaming will only fill your mind. Taking action will fill your life..
  • Am I Supposed to Ignore Money?

    Morgana Rae
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    “The area of struggle for me is money. Manifestation concepts say that you should be thinking about what you want, feeling it, and imagining what it would be like to have it. However, when I have read the concepts of manifesting money it seemed to say not to focus on it but rather to focus on gratitude of the money I currently have. This leaves me rather confused. I daydream daily about having money and the things I would do with it, I have no problem feeling the freedom and abundance that would come with having money. Is that wrong? Should I not be thinking about money at all?” ~…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Leadership: Challenges Can Help Us Learn and Grow

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

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

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

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

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

  • Help Us Transform the Medical and Food Industries

    Steve Pavlina
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    In 2010 the USA spent $444 billion treating heart disease, which is the #1 killer of Americans. About 1 in 3 Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease right now. Close to a million Americans will have a heart attack this year. About 25% of the time, the first observed symptom of heart disease is sudden death. That $444 billion is a lot of money, but how much is it really? Let’s put that number into context for you. Revenue-wise this is about the size of the entire U.S. entertainment and media sector (E&M). This includes the entire film industry (movies, videos, Hollywood,…
  • Skydiving in Las Vegas on April 14

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

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

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

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

  • “The Customer Is Not Always Right” – follow-up

    Alexander Kjerulf
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    My article on why “The Customer is Always Right” is wrong has generated an amazing amount of attention. It’s been read by 100,000s of people and been mentioned all over the internet. Call Center Magazine in the UK liked it so much that they turned it into a wall chart that is waaaaay more attractive than my original post. Download it here. But most of all the article gets a LOT of great comments. Here are some of my favorites. Chris wrote: I run a small company with about 20 employees. One day I heard commotion coming from the reception area. I hear a man yelling…
  • Send me to China :)

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

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

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

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

  • How to create a playlist on youtube

    Alex Chris
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How to create a playlist on youtube and share it across your devices and with friends. YouTube has millions of videos and songs and instead of searching every time what you want to see or listen, you can create playlists with your popular items and use YouTube like a jukebox! For more nice tips, visit our youtube tricks and tips page. Create your own playlists on YouTube The first step for creating your own playlists on YouTube is to login to your Google account. If you are not logged in then you cannot save your lists or share it with other friends. Step 1: Login to YouTube using your Google…
  • How to change gmail background image

    Alex Chris
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a very easy way to change gmail background image and add your own photo. This is a feature that was recently introduced to Gmail and besides customizing the background and creating your own theme, you can also share the theme with your friends! If you find this tutorial useful don’t forget to check out our collection of practical and easy to follow gmail tips How to add background image in Gmail Step 1: Login to your gmail account as usual. Step 2: From the SETTINGS button (top right corner) select THEMES Step 3: Locate the Custom Themes section and select either Custom Light or…
  • How to Turn Off or Disable Comments in WordPress

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

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

    Alex Chris
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Gmail tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of gmail client. Follow this page to receive new gmail tips that will make your life easier. Gmail is among the most popular email clients and while it is very simple to use it is also very powerful. Knowing little tips and tricks can save time and make your work more efficient. Gmail Tips How to change gmail background image There is a very easy way to change gmail background image and add your own photo. This is a feature that was recently introduced to Gmail and besides customizing the background and creating your own theme, you can also…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Navigating the Virtual World

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In our digital world, it can seem virtually impossible to bring isolated teams together. But as a leader, it’s your job to manage groups from afar. So how do you engage your teams when you’re not in the same room? How do you stand out when you’re operating behind a screen or speaker? These are the themes that two Certified Master Facilitators will be exploring in the second webinar for NetSpeed Learning’s 2014 Thought Leader Webinar Series. In Virtual Facilitation: Leading Distant Teams through a Facilitative Approach, Michael Wilkinson, Managing Director at Leadership Strategies,…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Bravery & Making Connections

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group (have you joined yet?!) I shared these pieces on finding your courage and making connections! Enjoy… Is It Time to be Brave? This is just a wonderful video. It’s “long” by internet standards, about 10 minutes or so. But absolutely inspiring and touching. It tells the story of two women in their 70s plucking up the courage to do something for the very first time. I won’t spoil it by saying more. (And after you watch it … I’d love to hear what your brave act be today?) See: Watching These Two Old Women…
  • Michael’s Sign Language

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    What’s worth savouring 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…
  • How to Be Strategic: The Discipline of Three

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

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

  • The Energy and Grace of Abundant Prosperity

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    To have abundant prosperity in our lives requires a mix of both the mundane and spiritual. As we are both human and spirit, we need a balance of harmonies to be the energy and grace of abundant prosperity. The following suggestions are to help you find – and keep – that balance. Honoring Money Too often we equate money with greed, but money can be a spiritual source. It can help our lives be more comfortable and it can help many, many others. We need to recognize that money is a helpful tool, that there is nothing inherently evil about money, and having a lot of money may allow us…
  • Did you ever know?

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Did you ever know what you wanted to be when you grew up? At various points in time, until I was in my mid-twenties, I wanted to be a teacher (not good with kids), a nurse (germaphobe), hair dresser (can’t stand the smell of hair bleach) and an office worker. The last one stuck. I think it stuck because I knew I was good at it and it was one of the few times in my life that I had confidence in my abilities. Since my twenties, I have spent over 30 years in various office jobs. I have not enjoyed all of them. I’ve tolerated most of them because I needed a job. Some places were hell…
  • Finding Your Inspiration

    28 Oct 2012 | 2:13 pm
        What can pull you out of the dumps when you're in them, brighten your world when you're blue? There are sources of inspiration all around if you only look. Maybe it's a favorite poem or a walk on a nature trail. Perhaps it's your favorite music, a beautiful painting, religion or a famous person. Recalling favorite memories or rereading an old journal will help you remember what has uplifted you during difficult times in the past.   Do you remember a person who always makes you feel better or who gives you a sense of hope? Maybe a much loved aunt, an elderly…
  • Negative Thoughts & Emotions – What A Drag

    28 Oct 2012 | 2:11 pm
    Ever notice when you're in a dark mood, it starts to feel comfortable there? Everyone has a comfort zone, even if it's a bad zone. It's way easier to stay in that hole than to try to dig your way out of it. Sometimes it's so comfortable, you can start digging even deeper. You might think, well it's safe here because this is what I know. If I come out, I may get hurt. This can last for years for some people because after awhile, the attitude becomes ingrained, a part of the personality. You've heard the expression, "Misery loves company." Misery also loves to…
  • Deserving Abundance

    28 Oct 2012 | 7:40 am
      I have to ask myself sometimes, “Do you believe you deserve great abundance? Do you believe you can have it in your life?” Well, sometimes I don’t know the answer. I think most folks would like to believe they deserve abundance. At the same time, there’s always that nagging voice in the back of our minds that sneers at us: “Ha! Who do you think you’re kidding? You know you don’t deserve to be wealthy and happy. You’re not one of the lucky ones and you know it. Just give it up. You are doomed to live a mediocre life. Accept it.” Of…
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • The Prison – Developing Self Belief

    Josh Hinds
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Existence cocooned by four, strictly vertical, unscalable, unbreakable walls. There is enough space to maneuver but there are limits. The debilitating barriers of mediocrity. A fuzzy, distant haze so far and yet magically so near. A restricted view, obscured by the convoluted, rigmarole of daily shenanigans and the drudgery of carving a life within the strict parameters of the prison. Outside there is a world of outstanding creativity. There is everything one can desire, want or need but you’re indisposed, your hands are tied, your path is blind. Two simple questions come to mind; 1. Where…
  • See How To Get More Restful Sleep That Leads To Increased Productivity

    Josh Hinds
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    If you are like me your brain is always on, whether it’s thinking about your job, coming up with new business ideas, getting excited for vacation, your relationship, your mortgage, and on and on and on. You may notice that some mornings you are on fire with motivation and others you are groggy and slow. What gives? It’s totally frustrating but it could be something so small that you did the day before that can mean the difference between having a productive day and having one that is unproductive, slow, and boring. Again, if you are like me you know the importance of getting a good night…
  • 3 Incredibly Important Things to Keep in Mind on Your Journey to Self-Discovery

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

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

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

  • Inspiring story of vegetable seller who built hospital for poor

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

    31 Dec 2013 | 11:28 pm
    Ludwig Van Beethoveen was born in 1770 in Bonn, Germany as the son of a court musician. At a very early age, Beethoven received violin and piano lessons from his father Johann. He suffered a tragic childhood. His father was an alcoholic and often abused him. Johann would force Ludwig to practice all of the time, and when Beethoven would make a mistake he would slam the piano cover on his knuckles and make him play it over again. His childhood and adolescence were difficult due to his father’s harsh discipline and alcoholism. At the age of 8, he studied theory and keyboard with van den Eeden…
  • Success story of Sanders who started KFC at age of 65 yrs

    16 Nov 2013 | 9:44 pm
    Harland Sanders was born September 9, 1890 near Henryville, Indiana. His father Wilbur David was a mild and affectionate man who tried to make a living as a farmer on the 80 acres of land that he owned, but after a fall he broke his leg and had to give up his profession. He worked as a butcher in Henryville for the next two years. One summer afternoon in 1895, he came home with a fever and died later that day. Sanders’ mother obtained work in a tomato-canning factory. Young Harland had to take care of his three-year-old brother and baby sister and the young Harland was required to look…
  • Inspiring story of an invalid who became the fastest runner

    8 Nov 2013 | 11:13 pm
    Glenn Cunningham was born in Atlanta, Kansas on August 4, 1909. His father, Clint Cunningham, was a water-well driller who also did odd jobs. At the age of 7, Cunningham and his older brother Floyd were badly burned in a schoolhouse fire. The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. Glenn Cunningham had the job of coming to school early each day so that he could use kerosene to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived. One cold morning someone had mistakenly filled the kerosene container he used with gasoline, and…
  • Inspiring story Of China’s ‘Basketball Girl – Qian Hongyan

    16 Oct 2013 | 9:01 am
    Qian Hongyan suffered horrific injuries in a car crash when she was three years old in 2000 and doctors had to amputate her legs to ensure her survival. Hongyan’s family in Zhuangxia, China wasn’t wealthy enough to provide her with hi-tech equipment to help her walk, so they gave her half a basketball to help her move. Hongyan used brushes as low-level crutches. The handicapped Chinese girl Qian Hongyan used to crawl with two home-made props and part of a basketball at Zhuangxia Village in Luliang County of Qujing City, Yunnan Province, China She was able to travel to and from…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • New audio: Trust Is Crucial. (aka, the whole effing gorgeous point of Desire Mapping)

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Here’s a personal story for you about a mid-course correction with myself and my goals, my core desired feelings, and intentions. Basically, here’s how I slipped off my own track. Yep, it happens. The way you pursue what you’re pursuing has to be soul-affirming, not soul-sucking.  Between achievables, goal fixation, and a lotta pressure, turns out I was missing the whole effing gorgeous point of desire mapping. Here’s how it went down, and how I got back on the beautiful, freeing path of pure desire.   Drop your shoulders. Soften. Renew your trust in life. New…
  • I’ll be in Melbourne AU May 3/4. The Big Hearted Business (un-) Conference.

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Chanteuse and Big Hearted Business Founder Clare Bowditch had just the magic formula to get me to Australia: a guitar and a conference called Big Hearted Business (un-) Conference. So, I’ll be doing my thing May 3 & 4 in Melbourne. You can still get your tickets HERE. Clare and artist Rachael Rice made this beautiful INSPIRATION BOMB set to some questions Clare had me jam on. I’m talking about my roots, money, and true love (I’m a believer). And other lessons learned. Clare and her crew are extending a very gracious offer. They’re giving away two tickets for the…
  • The Higher Purpose of Conflict

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Conflict can drudge up your terror, impound your sense of humour, and peel off your courage like a blow torch on paint. There’s no way around conflict, you can only go through it. So don’t stay up at night trying to reframe it into something more palatable, as if taking your medicine is actually fun. Because when exert energy trying to make it way less agonizing — you’re fighting the inevitable. Face it. It sucks. Go from there. We try to make conflict softer for the person we’re struggling with for a few reasons: It’s an innately compassionate gesture (humans are so…
  • Music Playlist: Stand on the edge of light.

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Music is sonic light. I worship at the altar of lyric and rhythm. And light. So this playlist gives me particular pleasure to present to you. More to come.   TRACK LIST: Stand on the edge of light. 1. Sunshine, Matisyahu 2. I’ll Take You There, The Staple Singers 3. Life in Color, OneRepublic 4. Edge of Evolution, Alanis Morrisette 5. It’s Time, Imagine Dragons 6. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, Stevie Wonder 7. Waves, Blondfire 8. Icarus, White Hinterland 9. Stay Alive, Jose Gonzalez 10. Rainbowarriors, CocoRosie 11. Cosmic Love, Florence & The Machine 12. We Move…
  • My first NEON #Truthbomb Exhibition Art Series! Gettin’ all gallery on you.

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

  • How To Achieve The Luxury Cruise Vacation Of A Lifetime

    Guest Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Tweet A luxury cruise is one of life’s delights. Indeed, luxury cruises are perfect for holidaymakers who want to conveniently and elegantly see the world. Most contemporary luxury cruise liners have crafted marvellous expeditions to provide the very best service, lodging, food and adventure.   In recent years, luxury cruise businesses have invested billions in astonishingly incredible ships. The economic downturn in travel has triggered considerable capacity in the market and has given smart holidaymakers unbelievable cruises at remarkably low prices. With all the travel activity moving…
  • You Will NEVER Outrun the Darkness

    Guest Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Tweet It can happen in a moment, usually after a life-changing realization or event. Everything goes dark. The air in your body gets sucked from your lungs. A lead ball crashes into your core, leaving you weak. Your throat constricts and your body begins to sweat. Your heart races. Your temples pound. We have all been there. I can remember this happening to me a few times in my life. Something completely unexpected happens. You get a devastating phone call; you’re counting on people and no one shows up; you wake up from a lie and realize just how shaky the ground you’ve been standing on…
  • When Should You Get Life Insurance?

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

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

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

  • Right Brain Business Summit 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Aura Colors and Their Meaning

    Kala Ambrose
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Each week I’ll be discussing the colors in the aura and how to work with them. This information can also be found in my book The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body This week’s color is:  RedThe color – “true red” when viewed in the aura indicates physical vitality and primal power. It has a force all its own and generally indicates a strong connection with the physical body. Red is connected to the first (root) chakra. I describe true red as appearing similar to a shiny red apple. When this color is seen in the aura, the person is very connected…
  • The Art of Divination Using Crystal Balls

    Kala Ambrose
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Kala’s is currently teaching a Group Course entitled: Wise Woman Wisdom.  During this one year Group Webinar Course, you study with Kala once a month for two-hour group sessions via webinars. You will learn how to create altars, conduct rituals as they were done in the ancient mystery schools, communicate with elementals, read tea leaves, work with sound therapy, celebrate sacred holidays, understand the importance of portal openings, enhance your intuitive abilities, learn to cleanse your aura and your home and office, build thought-forms for affirmations, expand your auric energy,…
  • Wise Woman Wisdom: Becoming an Intutive Oracle

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

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

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

  • Survival of the Fittest

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

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

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

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

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

  • What If Money Were No Object?

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.” –Alan Watts It’s overly simplistic to say that all you need to do to be successful is to “follow your passion.” It’s and important factor, but not the only one. However. Money is a powerful force. Our view of it and need for it impacts our decision making in many — often subconscious — ways. One good way to make sure you’re on track for living a great story is to ask yourself, “What…
  • Remember Stanley

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The other day I missed out on a good story. I was in Toronto dropping off a rental car at the airport. In the parking garage I saw two people getting their picture taken with the Stanley Cup. It was such a weird scene. A guy had pulled it out of a big trunk that was on the ground next to a white Suburban. A young couple grinned excitedly as the guy snapped their photo on a smartphone as I walked by. For a brief second, my inner child excitedly suggested that I ask to have my picture taken with it too. Unfortunately, Adultitis took over from there as questions flooded my mind. Is that really…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Happiest Photo Ever Edition

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    • Time magazine wants to know if the photo above by Alfred Eisenstaedt is the happiest photo ever made. I’m not sure, but I know I love it. Here’s the backstory: “It was early in the morning,” Eisenstaedt himself recalled of the fall day in 1950 when he took the photo. On assignment for LIFE, covering the University of Michigan’s nationally famous marching band, he spotted the school’s drum major practicing his craft. Then, Eisenstaedt said, “I saw a little boy running after him, and all the faculty children on the playing field ran after the boy. And I ran after them.
  • Homeschooling Lesson: Gravity!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Ben was a bit too quiet. I found him dropping stuff out of the front window. That’s what I get for sneaking fresh air on this beautiful day (no screens on yet).
  • Life Is Bandwidth

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

  • Dealing with a Crisis: Healthy Ways to Cope

    Joe Trimby
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos. – Susan Elizabeth Phillips A crisis is like a lightning bolt. It’s undiscriminating, with the ability to strike any area of our lives. It’s unpredictable, descending on us often when we least expect it. And, contrary to popular belief, it can strike the same place twice. Dragging Up What’s been Buried Dealing with a crisis is never easy. Difficult decisions must often be made in the midst of a life-changing situation, and emotions inevitably run high. There’s no ‘right’ way to navigate through a crisis – we…
  • How to Find Stillness

    Alex Blackwell
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. – Hermann Hesse There was once a simpler, quieter time. There was a time before your cell phone would regularly light-up with text messages, email notifications, Twitter updates or Facebook statuses. This time has been taken over by the seemingly urgent, but it has not fully disappeared. Somewhere waiting on the other side of Smartphones, televisions and the internet is a place called stillness. In this place, you will find peace, relief and a chance to re-focus. Finding stillness is…
  • Believing in the Goodness of Love

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

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

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

  • Self-Esteem Has 6 Pillars

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    My favorite author on the topic of self-esteem is Nathaniel Branden. No one holds a close second.Through his writing, I believe he’s done more than anyone else to show just how critical a healthy sense of self is to a person’s overall well-being and happiness.In his masterpiece, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Dr. Branden brilliantly describes 6 elements that are core to developing strong self-esteem. I list them here with a brief summary of what each entails.Which of these are strengths for you?Which one could you develop more fully to increase your sense of worth and value?1 – The…
  • Finding Composure Under Stress

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

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

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

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    As I was reading Sheryl Sandberg’s thought-provoking book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I encountered a passage that popped out at me.As the sub-title implies, Sandberg addresses this book to women. But it’s an excellent read for men as well. She peels back the curtain on what goes on in women’s heads and in organizations to prevent women from advancing their careers and taking on more leadership positions.Sheryl Sandberg has the experience and research to back up the points she makes.She’s been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008, and before that was…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • Geologic Time and Dinosaur Tracks in the Texas Hill Country

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

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

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

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

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

    Tanveer Naseer
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to leadership in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world, there’s no question that the only constant we should expect is change. It’s a reality that came to mind recently after I announced my decision to resign my position as the chairman of the Governing Board at our regional high school in order to run as a candidate in the upcoming school board elections for the chairman of the school board position.Since making this news public, I’ve found myself reflecting on the past 3 terms that I’ve served as the Governing Board chairman, and the wonderful…
  • How Leaders Can Successfully Champion Change

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

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

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

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

    Sophie Lumen
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
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  • There’s a New Revolution

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

    Sophie Lumen
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:49 am
    A senior care provider in Essen, Germany, the Seniorenstift corporation Contilia, was inspired to recruit some of its residents to pose as Hollywood stars from famous movie scenes as part of a calendar. The models, ranging in age from 75 to 98 year old, posed as Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet and Liza Minelli for  for starters. Here we […]
  • The Art of Aging Creed by Sophie Lumen

    Sophie Lumen
    20 Jan 2014 | 10:18 am
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: 50+, aging, aging gracefully, healthy aging, Sophie Lumen, The Art of Aging Creed
  • Change, Smush & Your Juicy Brain: Preventing Alzheimer’s

    Sophie Lumen
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I recently wrapped up a year of rewarding work in an Alzheimer’s community as part of ‘The Art of Aging’ Project. This new video series is the result of that experience. An entertaining (I hope) mix-up of ‘Smush’ (creative out-of-the-boxness) & current research, it’s about prevention of the most feared aspect of aging in the […]
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    The Curious Brain

  • Underlapse

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Antigravity and inverted world are Sci-Fi. But. Just imagine… Underlapse is a visual experience and shows how our brains can be lost without its spatial cues. Some footage can cause slight dizziness on some people. From Claire & Max
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    Interruption Management

  • Multi-tasking = Contant Interruption

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

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

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Buy This Book and Pass It Along: As I mentioned a few weeks back, my colleague, Bob Wendover, has released a great little book on decision making called Figure it out! Making Smart Decisions in a Dumbed-Down World. This quick read got me thinking about all the times I need to do a better job of considering decisions before acting on impulse. Don’t we all? On top of all the great ideas, each chapter is augmented with a four-minute “deeper dive” video which helps you flesh out the concepts. To launch  the book, Bob is offering a special package on his website. If you go…
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    31 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
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  • Racing the Clock No More!

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

  • Thinking Magically™ | An Occasional A**hole’s Guide to Being a Decent Human Being (Pt 1)

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole. - Raylan Givens (Justified) Earlier I wrote about being fearlessly dominant. That, of course, leads to a deeper discussion: Is it ever okay to be an asshole? A lot has been written about how to avoid, eliminate, fire, head off, and refrain from being an asshole. Even Sir Richard Branson has weighed in on the importance of personality and, in doing so, repeated a line by Funding Circle CEO Samir Desai (who in turn was quoting Apple’s Dan Jacobs): “It’s…
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Great Optimism Hoax

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    As I grew up, the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and Jaycees Fish Fry were social gatherings that families didn't miss. In addition to helping out the clubs in their fundraising efforts, attendees would visit with friends and families and in social parlance, they would just hang out and be seen.For a small business owner, being seen in the community was an important part of their public relations plan. During the event, my father would field questions about new appliances and television problems; my mom would inquire about families and kids and both of their actions solidified relationships.
  • I'm "Happy" for the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Encouraging children comes in all forms. There is the daily work that teachers do with their students every day and the small gestures that Optimist Clubs perform to honor and engage with them throughout the year. And then there are those who can go a step beyond and provide not only encouragement, but true delight.That's exactly what Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell Williams did for the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences. And being Ellen, she had a camera crew there to record it so she could share her experience with the world.Please watch, clap and be happy. Moments like these are what it's…
  • Hunt, scramble and dash

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

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

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

  • Enjoy The Ride

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    The post Enjoy The Ride appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Thank You – You Rock

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We have a special treat today – my good friend, Sheryl Siler, has written today’s article! She is awesome and has a lot of great things to say. I know you will enjoy it!   Another stop on the “Spring Forward” Blog tour and I am overjoyed I get to hang out here at All About Gratitude with my friend Paul. I am also touched at the lightness you can bring to a room Paul with your comedic relief! Whoo hoo! You see Paul really does seize a moment and is grateful within it. Paul you rock! It is so easy to get all caught up in ourselves. I know I can do it. I have items…
  • Prank It Forward

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

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

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

  • Jesus Sananda’s Easter Message

    Linda Dillon
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Yeshua has guided me this wonderful Easter morning to post this message from 2007. It’s amazing how the channelings are timeless and how appropriate this sweet message from Jesus Sananda about the continuity of life and Love is right now. Enjoy! Greetings, I am Jesus Sananda; I am Yeshua, brother of your heart and brother […]
  • Archangel Gabrielle announces the “New Beginning”

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    Follow along with the meditation that brings you into your heart to receive the answers to pertinent questions for these times…then listen to what Archangel Gabrielle shares…”Welcome to this time, the time between what you think of in so many ways as passage, or Passover, the time between death and resurrection, the time to listen.” […]
  • The answer for me is Love…by Steve Beckow

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A truly heartfelt, personal exploration shared with us by Steve Beckow. Thank you Steve! This is such a rugged time for me. Everything incomplete is coming up. And some of you tell me it’s the same for you. Whether it’s a trough in the waves of love or an intensified energy that draws all incompletions […]
  • Last-Minute Clearing ~ by Steve Beckow

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Mother has a plan, and it is the unfoldment of the divine plan and the restoration of love on this beautiful planet, with a domino effect throughout the galaxies. Love is the energy of the universe and it moves constantly, continually, eternally, infinitely. It moves through you, it nourishes you, but it also clears […]
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • Where are You Holding Back Your Passion and Gifts?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?” - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Each of us is on this […] The post Where are You Holding Back Your Passion and Gifts? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Feeling Stuck? What are You Really Committed to?

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Things Creative People Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are not normal in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is the measure of their mental sickness. These…
  • 4 Things I Learned About Life

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    “Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They’re lonely. They’re missing somebody.They’re in love with someone they probably shouldn’t be in love with. They have secrets you wouldn’t believe. They wish and they dream and they hope, and they look out the window whenever they’re in the car or on a bus or a train and they watch people on the streets and wonder what they’ve been through. They wonder if there are people out there like them. They’re like you, and you could tell them everything and they would understand.  And right now, they’re…
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    Thin Difference

  • Tested Leader or Inspiring Leader: What Is the Right Blend?

    Jon Mertz
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    In a 2008 Gallop poll, Americans were asked if they preferred a tested or inspiring president. The results were interesting: 52 percent would prefer someone who is a tested leader but who is not that inspiring 43 percent would prefer someone who is inspiring but who has not been tested as a leader At this point in time, tested won out over inspiring. There is a decent separation between the two dimensions, but opinions can be swayed. Essentially, I believe people would like their leaders to be tested and inspiring. This leadership combination creates the right mix in selecting the prudent…
  • Leadership vs. Followership: Do We Really Mean “Versus”?

    Guest Author
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Guest Post by Dave Clemens Who values leadership qualities more when they interview potential recruits, HR or the line managers who’ll be directing the newbies once they join up? You might assume the former, if you think about the contrasting interests of the two parties: HR wants to find somebody who can not only fill a specific position, but also — ideally — grow into greater responsibilities with the organization, meaning someone who can lead. The manager is primarily concerned with getting somebody who can do the job that needs to be done at the moment, which probably…
  • Top 5 Leadership Traits from Millennials

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

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

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

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    This week (April 21st) marks the 176th anniversary of John Muir’s birth. I’m reposting this in his honor. It’s 1 a.m. and John is awake. He knows what will happen but has no desire to stop it. The tick tick tick of the clockwork device sounds like hail upon the windowpane. Any second it will go off. Bam! The device kicks a stone attached to the leg of his bed. The bed crashes down and throws John to the floor. He leaps up, rushes to the freezing cellar where his clockwork desk opens a book and rotates it to him. An hour later, the book closes and the next one rotates into…
  • A Late Bloomer’s Animated Musical Rocks!

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

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

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

  • Thoughtful Thursday: Stress Alert for Pregnant Women

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    We have all heard that stress can get us sick, but have you ever heard how, or why, that happens? Is it from the mental exhaustion? Is it from our adrenal glands? What happens that makes us go from stressed out to seriously sick? That certainly was a lot of questions. Here is just one more. If you were ever pregnant, did you hear over and over again how you should not let yourself get too stressed out? I sure did. So many times. They said it might make me go into early labor. They said it might harm the baby. Of course, it did not help that I had a crazy stressful pregnancy and everyone…
  • 30 Ways You Can Help the Planet

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      Today is the day every year when we talk about respecting our planet, the only one we have. Yet every day should be Earth Day. If we were to make every day Earth Day, we may be able to reverse the damage done to our planet to date. Climate change is no joke. We have seen it with our own eyes as we watch one “weather event” after the next. If we all make just a few small, easy changes to our daily habits, we can change the world. Here are 30 ways you can help the planet: Buy locally made items and locally grown foods. Shop at markets that source locally or join a CSA. Plant trees.
  • How to Not Let the Bullies Win

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    We talk a lot about bullying these days, on blogs, on television, in schools and in our homes. While it makes for important conversation and brings a serious issue to the forefront, bullying still happens across the country every single day. And bullying can affect someone for years afterwards. It is evident that bullying is an issue that is going to be around for a while despite efforts towards the contrary. With texts and social media, it has also become more difficult to define who should get involved and whose jurisdiction covers those actions. When is it the school’s responsibility?
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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

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

    FinerMinds Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    “[Martin Luther King, Jr.] gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech.” – Simon Sinek Throughout history, there have been certain individuals who have possessed an inspiring ability that enables them command the respect and loyalty of huge masses of people, nations, and sometimes – the whole world.  What is this elusive quality or gift that every great leader seems to be blessed with? Find out how true inspiration is drawn from the “Golden Circle” and discover the biological secret that defies assumptions and creates magnetic leaders in this…
  • Perfect Imperfections: What Do Strangers Actually Think About You?

    Skye Norris
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    If you were told to stand in front of a two-way mirror and describe your imperfections, what do you think a stranger would say about you on the other side? A group of willing, but nervous, participants agreed to stand in front of a mirror and describe what they would like to improve about themselves. Little did they know that there would be an equally as detailed oriented person on the other side. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised… What is your favorite imperfection about yourself? The post Perfect Imperfections: What Do Strangers Actually Think About You? appeared first on…
  • Have You Lost Your Creative ‘Gaps’? Here Are 6 Ways to Make Space in Your Life

    Tom Cronin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Have you lost your gaps? “Excuse me? What are gaps?” you ask. The gaps are the in-between routine and task moments, moments of stillness, moments of breath and observation, of calm and presence. Where have your gaps gone?Most of us have filled in our gaps with distractions like emails, mobile devices, social media, YouTube etc. • Do you check your phone when you are in the bathroom? • Do you text on your phone when you are walking? • Do you check your email and Facebook at red traffic lights? • Do you snap photos of those quiet moments on the beach or park and post it on…
  • Are You Eating to Live… Or Living to Eat?

    FinerMinds Team
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    What is life if not for the one thing that truly bounds and unites us – food? In every culture and within every nation, food is a symbol of love, comfort, desire, gratitude and so much more. It nourishes more than just our bodies – it nourishes living. And Sundays, we find, is a time to tuck in and indulge in great meals.  So be it Sunday brunches, family lunches, dinner with the parents or a lazy afternoon with your loved ones – we hope you eat well this Sunday. Here is a video that brilliantly records a man’s journey around the world through food. It was a viral hit last…
  • Stuck In A Rut? Could Your Self-Awareness Be At Fault?

    Sabbah Nawaz
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    “Above all else, know thyself.”– Ancient Greek inscription on the entrance to Temple of Apollo in Delphi Have you ever felt so stuck in your old patterns of thoughts and ways of being, that change seemed almost impossible? It doesn’t seem to matter how intense your desire to make a positive change in your life is, how prepared you are, or even that you’ve made progress towards what you wish to achieve. Inspiration propels us forward, but sooner or later we hit the glass ceiling of resistance. We find ourselves battling with our habitual patterns of thought and behavior as though…
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  • The “Be’s” of Blogging: 10 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic

    Kayla Matthews
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    In today’s society, it’s hard to get noticed. What has been unique and unheard of, has now become common-place. Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, who once shocked the world by their fashion choices, are now starting to be a “been there, done that” situation. We all get bored and we think we’ve seen it all. Okay, so how do we get noticed? When it comes to blogging, so much content has been created, rehashed and rehashed again. It’s virtually impossible to reinvent the wheel when it comes to creating unique content. What’s a blogger to do when…
  • Treating Both Ends of Cyberbullying (Infographic)

    Amanda Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    The relatively new phenomenon of cyberbullying is one that those with social work degrees need to be well-informed about, whether they’re trying to help bullying victims or bullies themselves. It has become so alarming that each household and institution but learn how to address it properly. An infographic below shows shocking numbers of cyberbullying, while at the same time providing solutions and treatments on how to treat the bullied and the bullies. Source: The post Treating Both Ends of Cyberbullying (Infographic) appeared first on ModernLifeBlogs.
  • Reconnect RAUMB1004 Gaming Optical Mouse {Review}

    Amit Verma
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    Reconnect RAUMB1004 Gaming Optical Mouse is great for gamers who love to play games on their computer. Buttons placed on the mouse helps to perform various activities while playing games. Reconnect gaming mouse also great for internet surfers because of dedicated keys for email and internet access makes it great device. When your eyes are set on victory, all you need is rock-solid performance. This all new gaming mouse helps you win the battle with precision and ease. With its 9 shortcut keys gives user an amazing gaming experience with consistent accuracy. Its high performance teflon feet…
  • Google celebrates Earth day 2014 with Animated Doodles

    Amit Verma
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    Google celebrates Earth day with animated doodles by displaying many different animals like Rufous Hummingbird and many more as you click on the image you will see the image changes and you will find more animated doodles, Japanese macaque, Veiled chameleon, Moon jelly fish, Puffer Fish & Dung beetle. The Rufous Hummingbird is a small hummingbird, about 8 cm long with a long, straight and very slender bill. These birds are known for their incredible flight skills. Some are known to fly 2,000 miles during their migratory transits. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April…
  • Four Celebrity Antique Collectors

    Angie Cole
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Collecting is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages—from kids keeping stamps and stationeries, to adults with action figures and cars. Anybody can collect anything, and anything can be collected, especially antiques. Antiques are well-loved not only for the memories and history they hold, but also for the elegance they bring to any room. Antique furniture and rugs are among the most popular collectibles, with a fan base that extends from the ordinary citizen to those of the upper class. Celebrities are no exception. Below is a list of a few celebrity antique collectors and what they…
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    Color Your Life Happy » Blog

  • Go Green for a Healthier Planet and Happier You on Earth Day and Beyond

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
      Compliments of It was 44 years ago today that the first Earth Day took place. It wasn’t a federal holiday yet, but 21 million people concerned for our environment took part. Air pollution was only one of many concerns about the damage we were doing to our earth. For Jadav “Molai” Payeng it wasn’t an Earth Day celebration that sparked his concern for the environment.  It was 1979 when at age 16 he noticed that a flood had washed ashore many snakes who died in the heat without tree cover. Pained by this sight, Payeng approached the forest…
  • How Are You Spending the International Day of Happiness?

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

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

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

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

  • 40+ Beautiful Free Calendar PSD Designs

    Aquil Akhter
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
      Today, we are showcasing 40 beautiful and free calendar PSD designs for you. We all know very well that Adobe Photoshop is the best and first option for the designers and developers but the... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 10 Free Premium PSD Corporate Identity Pack

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
      Corporate Identity (business cards, letterheads, envolopes, stmaps etc) is the trademark or brand image of an organization that represents the qualities and services to their clients and... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 30 Creative Logo Sketching Designs for Inspiration

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Sketching had emerged out to be one of the new techniques used in logo designing. It had grown popular widely. It can produce some of the marvelous effects on logo and make it look appealing. Logos... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 30 Best Oil Paintings You should See: Painter’s Zone

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The oil painting art had grown popular these days. The oil painting is one of the ancient art forms used for painting to capture the colors for long. The oil used are generally drawing oil that keeps... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 20 Best Android Games to Play: Gamer’s Zone!

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The world of gaming is changing from time to time. The days had gone when games were limited in your mobile phones. Tetris clones and the game of snake were very much popular at that time. But the... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    Very Smart Girls (tm)

  • Mind Veil ~ A Poem

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

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

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

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

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

  • Like Diamonds

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    The landscape was alive. Grass  was soaked with midnight tears but the sun was high. A symphony of birds sang in every direction while a distant rooster lifted his voice above all, demanding a solo performance. I looked at my favorite tree and it was the darkest shade of evergreen, as it stood mighty in the field. I knew it was just a moment's perspective, for the tree to be covered in shade. On the other side, I knew the leaves grasped for the sun, holding it tightly until it was their turn to cool in the shade. I thought of Easter Sunday, Good Friday, and my Lord. How quickly days seem…
  • In my Palm

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

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

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

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I looked out of the window and everything seemed crisp. As the car's tires rolled over wet pavement, advancing us to that little country church, I noticed the shiver of the woods around us. "The trees look cold," I said. Silence followed as everyone looked out of the windows at tall, mostly bare trees with nothing but marsh land pressing down on their roots. I knew they needed the sun and I knew The Spirit would visit soon because I could see everything. I was being prepared for something.As the first song began, one ran to the front, falling upon her knees. Many raced to follow her there and…
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    Thin Difference

  • Tested Leader or Inspiring Leader: What Is the Right Blend?

    Jon Mertz
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    In a 2008 Gallop poll, Americans were asked if they preferred a tested or inspiring president. The results were interesting: 52 percent would prefer someone who is a tested leader but who is not that inspiring 43 percent would prefer someone who is inspiring but who has not been tested as a leader At this point in time, tested won out over inspiring. There is a decent separation between the two dimensions, but opinions can be swayed. Essentially, I believe people would like their leaders to be tested and inspiring. This leadership combination creates the right mix in selecting the prudent…
  • Leadership vs. Followership: Do We Really Mean “Versus”?

    Guest Author
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Guest Post by Dave Clemens Who values leadership qualities more when they interview potential recruits, HR or the line managers who’ll be directing the newbies once they join up? You might assume the former, if you think about the contrasting interests of the two parties: HR wants to find somebody who can not only fill a specific position, but also — ideally — grow into greater responsibilities with the organization, meaning someone who can lead. The manager is primarily concerned with getting somebody who can do the job that needs to be done at the moment, which probably…
  • Top 5 Leadership Traits from Millennials

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

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

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

  • How’s the Kingdom Coming?

    julie gosh
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
          Are you willing to see the Kingdom and nothing else?   You know, the Kingdom….heaven on earth, love, peace, joy, well-being, unity….   What if every day….well, what if we just start with one day, today….we decide to only see The Kingdom.  What if we choose to be unwilling to perceive anything else?   What if we give our attention to only the beautiful things—about people, about situations, about the things we perceive around us?   What if?   The little tiny bug crawling across my computer screen right now (I’m outside) is…
  • Hot Cross Buns Anyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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!
  • Mediocre Love?

    26 Nov 2012 | 8:00 am
    I just came across this quote and I love it. I believe this is absolutely true. Life is too short to have a mediocre love. What do you think?    Image source: DailySatori
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    Self Confidence Blog & Podcast

  • 10 motivational affirmations you can use to improve your mood

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

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

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

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

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

  • B.R.E.A.K.: 5 tips for breaking bad habits

    positively present
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Image Source   [Note: I apologize for the delay in this week's post. Those of you have (or follow) Typepad websites probably know that their platform was down for a couple days (yikes!). Unfortunately I'd put off writing this week's post until the weekend, which is something I usually don't do. Lesson learned? Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today because you never know what tomorrow will bring!]     I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. This wasn't such a big deal when I was a…
  • positively present picks: april 18, 2014

    positively present
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Source   (dedicated to my mom, the birthday girl!)   "I am who I amon this day,the heart followingsoul spillingmagic trustingstory tellingand utterly soaked in lovechild at heart,not because you everasked meto follow in your footsteps,but always, alwaysallowed meto make my own." Tyler Knott Gregson   Lego Easter Bunny : so cute (Happy Easter if you celebrate it!) Spirit Animal Quiz : this was silly but fun (I'm an owl!) The Page Turner : this is pretty cool + made me smile Desktop Wallpaper : love this since I've been thinking a lot about truth…
  • announcing every day matters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brenda Knowles
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I experienced a dating drought at the beginning of this year. My phone stopped ringing, my inbox dried up and I felt untethered. I felt real loneliness for the first time since my ex-husband moved out two years ago. It was … Continue reading →
  • The Truth Behind My Writing Inspiration and Process

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

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

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

    Brenda Knowles
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
      The following books arrived like loving elders at just the right time to teach me lessons that would change my path in significant ways. Each of them gave me a taste of who I am and who I could be. It’s … Continue reading →
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    The Ordinary Buddha

  • Guest Post: Quoting Quotes

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    This morning I looked at my newsfeed on Facebook — as usual — and saw five posts from friends that contained a photo with a quote written on it — […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Owning a Pet

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

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

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

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

  • The Life of a Nomad - Big Announcements, Growing Older and Moving

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Well, it has certainly been a while since I last did a post. I apologize. Sometimes I get caught up in life and forget how much I love writing. Let's do some catch up, shall we? There is a LOT to cover.Last time I left you I was living in the Big Apple, the city where dreams are made of, New York! I had an absolutely amazing time. I never thought I would live in New York, it didn't strike me as my kind of place but I'm glad I had the experience. I made some amazing friends and look forward to visiting again but as far as living, I'm much happier not being there. I now live…
  • My Interview With Financial Author Kate Northrup

    16 Dec 2013 | 7:22 am
    Last week I achieved what seemed to be a great feat in my life, I interviewed the author of "Money: A Love Story," Kate Northrup for my radio show Discovering Your Truth on YTP Radio. Since the show is still very much in its infancy stages with this only being its tenth show I was flabbergasted when Kate agreed to the interview. Doesn't it feel amazing when we breaking through those barriers we set up for ourselves in life and do something we never thought possible?See the rest of this article after the jump »
  • My 30 Day Yoga and Play Challenge

    2 Dec 2013 | 12:56 pm
    Stress. We all have it in some way, shape or form and we all have our ways of dealing with it, some healthier than others. I recently found myself in a bit of a rut and couldn't seem to find my way out of it until the amazing Sandy Dow, Stress to Success Coach, came along and kicked me around a bit. Thank goodness she did because I needed it! Working with Sandy helped open up some things that I needed to face and get sorted out.See the rest of this article after the jump »
  • How To Overcome The Holiday "I'm Single" Blues

    20 Nov 2013 | 3:55 pm
    I'm going to be honest here and let you all know that this video was really difficult for me to make. The reason behind that is people don't like appearing to be vulnerable or imperfect. A lot of the time we like to wear these suits of "I'm totally cool, everything is fine in my life." We all know it's total utter crap but knowing that for ourselves and putting it out there for the world to see are two very different things. In this video I allowed myself to just put it all out there and share with you what helps me move through the process of being single during the…
  • My Conversation with @JordanBach on @YTPRadio

    18 Nov 2013 | 1:57 pm
    Today was the launch of my radio show "Discovering Your Truth" on YTP Radio and I was lucky enough to have the amazing life coach Jordan Bach on as my first guest. Jordan is such a sweet and genuine soul, it was so great getting to speak with him. We talked all about how he got his spiritual start, what he's working on as well as leaders who inspire him and tips about life.See the rest of this article after the jump »
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    How to Be Happy: Happiness for the Practical Mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Truths About Life I Learned While Getting Plagiarized on LinkedIn

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Achievement Unlocked: I have officially been plagiarized for the first time ever. I could cry you a river, but that wouldn’t make me feel any better (it’d make me feel worse), nor would it be entertaining or helpful for you (it’d be terribly boring). Given the above facts, I’d like to take this opportunity to reveal [...]
  • The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous – Final Push

    11 Aug 2013 | 5:11 pm
    Hello there! If you’re reading this, you must be interested in helping me get “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous” into as many hands as we can. Thanks for your interest in helping me! I’m tired of living in a world where people feel like they have to deny themselves of [...]
  • Finding Motivation To Begin Your Fitness Adventure

    17 Jul 2013 | 12:39 pm
    If you’re reading this blog, that probably means you’d like to lose fat, get healthy, and/or get fit… but why do you desire to accomplish these things? Finding motivation to start is where most of us mess up. Don’t tell me that you just “want to lose fat.” This goal, by itself, is NOT powerful [...]
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    Elise McDowell

  • Sunday Reads

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:46 am
    It's Sunday! And I'm up at the crack of dawn to haul my wildly untrained butt on a 10k walk for the half marathon I'm reluctantly participating in two weeks from now. Oh my what have I done?Anyway, since you're luxuriating under the soft silken covers of your california king bed, coffee in hand, and maybe even a handsome fellow bringing you breakfast - here's some quick morning word porn for you both!How to quit your job and travel the world, because who wouldn't wanna do that?MY 20 tricks for acing your interview and landing the job - they're proven too. The moment I get a house I'm making…
  • My FAVE Blogger Tips, Tricks + Resources

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    It's Friday morning, I'm at work an hour and a half early and I'm writing this post on my iPhone. "Who would go to work an hour and a half early on a Friday!?" you ask. Someone who moved into her new house (with her boyfriend) without a working shower and no internet, THAT'S WHO!!ANYWAY. I think it's vitally important we talk about blogging in terms of using one to grow your business. I mean, how do you even create a blog? Seriously. If you're brand new to this industry, where do you even begin?There are some incredible articles, posts and guides out there that explain everything from…
  • How to be a Badass Business Rebel

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

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

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

  • Mexican Crockpot Chicken (gluten free)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Self Empowerment & Reclaiming You

    Jessica Sweet
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    For lots of reasons, you can overlook yourself. You neglect your needs, like getting enough exercise or sleep. You neglect your desires, from simple things like trying a new restaurant, to deeper things like fulfilling your dreams. Sometimes, you even neglect your commitments. And you neglect your power – your ability to have and create what you want in your life. It’s easy to get overloaded with work and family demands, and it’s also easy to overextend yourself with commitments to things that aren’t really that important to you – including entire parts of your…
  • Avoiding Regret: A 4-Step Guide

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

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

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

    Jessica Sweet
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Sometimes, knowing how to change your life isn’t about getting MORE information or tools. Sometimes, it’s about applying what you already know. You might not need a new book or a fancy new gadget. You might just need to apply what you already know. So this week, I wanted to give you one of my old but good blog posts. This post from 2012  you may have missed, but  you should read it now!          ”Knowing is not enough, we must apply; Willing is not enough, we must do.”  Goethe No matter how much you know, if you don’t apply self-improvement principles…
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    Justin Harmon

  • 10 Most Inspiring and Empowering Videos for Your Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Traps We Use To Imprison Ourselves and How To Get Free

    Kathy Gottberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As some of you know, both Thom and I are self-employed. I get to be the writer and Thom has been a commercial real estate broker for nearly 30 years. While we both enjoy an incredible amount of freedom with … Continue reading → You're reading 7 Traps We Use To Imprison Ourselves and How To Get Free 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 7 Traps We Use To Imprison Ourselves and…
  • Do You Like To Play The Game or Just In It For The Trophy?

    Kathy Gottberg
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The other day during my morning walk I was listening to a talk by Abraham-Hicks who is the author of The Law Of Attraction.   I find that listening to talks while walking makes the time go quickly, and if I’m … Continue reading → You're reading Do You Like To Play The Game or Just In It For The Trophy? an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Do You Like To Play The Game or…
  • 15 Ways Simple Living Relieves Anxiety & Reduces Stress

    Kathy Gottberg
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Several months ago a neighbor in her mid-sixties lost her husband due to a heart attack. Even worse than dealing with the unexpected loss and heartbreak of losing her life partner, is her torment with stress and anxiety because of … Continue reading → You're reading 15 Ways Simple Living Relieves Anxiety & Reduces Stress an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post 15 Ways Simple…
  • Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of Mormon

    Kathy Gottberg
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago Thom and I saw the hit musical play The Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.  Written by the guys who created the South Park television show, it was no surprise that the … Continue reading → You're reading Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of Mormon an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Metaphors, Myths and the Musical The Book Of…
  • Promotion or Prevention? What’s Your Focus And Why It Matters

    Kathy Gottberg
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?  Do you hunt down risk or avoid it like the plague?  Do you prefer the excitement of adventure or the comfort of the familiar?  Until recently I was under the impression that … Continue reading → You're reading Promotion or Prevention? What’s Your Focus And Why It Matters an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Promotion or…
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    Compete Every Day » Blog

  • We Walk By Faith; Beyond Sight

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You called me out upon the waters; the great unknown, where feet may fail.  In oceans deep, my faith will stand.” Derek Robledo, a 21- year old Brazilian surfer knows what it really means to place his faith in oceans deep.  A surfer whose father prayed that his unborn son would become a professional surfer; naming him after the legendary, Derek Ho.  However, Derek Robledo was born blind and the possibility for him to fulfill his father’s dreams and prayers would seem impossible; challenging, almost unheard of. Though, at 17 years old Derek showed interest in surfing and…
  • Finding the Positives and Creating New Goals Post-Open

    Jaimie Bougie
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The 2014 CrossFit Open season is now over; but for many, the competition season has just begun. For those of you who are moving on to the next round – be it Regionals or Masters Qualifier – a big congratulations is in order! The competition gets stiffer each year and you’re hard work has paid off! But for those of you who, like me,  are now entering your offseason, I’d like to encourage all of you to stop for a minute and reflect on your Open experience; both the good and the bad. 1. Take Away the Positives. This is something I try to do with every workout that I hit.
  • One Year Later

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

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

    Jake Thompson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
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    Stacia Pierce | Life Coach 2 Women

  • 10 Ways to Bypass a Burnout While Building Your Business

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

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

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

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

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

    Sammy Nickalls
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Oprah Winfrey is known for her inspiring talk show…as well as her vast amounts of money, which she has used to make countless lives of others better. She is so famous that she’s known simply by her first name: Oprah. However, though she’s a billionaire celebrity now, that wasn’t always her life. It’s difficult to picture her previous life: she was brought up on a farm in extreme poverty. Her tale is truly one of rags-to-riches. Poverty wasn’t Oprah’s only problem in her childhood. She was sexually abused by her cousin when she was young, then taken…
  • Motivational Words: 41 Quotes to Get You Pumped

    Sammy Nickalls
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Does motivation sometimes feel like it’s difficult to find and impossible to keep? Staying motivated can feel like cupping water in your hands. You have plenty at the start, but it just starts falling between the cracks so quickly that you don’t even know what happened. Sometimes, just hearing some motivational words can help you find your inspiration and stay strong. Check out some of our favorite motivational words! Motivational Words: 41 Quotes to Get You Pumped Motivational Words For When You Need Direction “If you can’t figure out your purpose, find out your passion. For your…
  • 7 Questions and Tips for Building Relationships

    Amiel Handelsman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Most of us know how important relationships are to health, happiness, and success. That’s why we invest so much energy into creating, sustaining, and mending them. But until I was thirty years old, I didn’t realize that there is a specific type of conversation for building relationships, and that some questions work much better in this conversation than others. Conversation: The Most Essential Part of Building Relationships My awakening to the concept of “conversation for building relationships” happened in the lobby of a hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square. Kathy, a senior…
  • The Importance of Optimism: How to Think Positive Thoughts

    Sammy Nickalls
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…either way, you are right.” ~Henry Ford Would you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist? Many would like to say optimist—after all, it’s much nicer to be known as the one who sees the world with rose-colored glasses. People like to hang out with happy people. Nobody likes hanging out with a Debbie Downer / Negative Nancy / Buzz Killington. However, you might not be as much of an optimist as you’d like to think. Instead of thinking positive thoughts, you may be repeating self-defeating phrases in your…
  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Willpower

    Sammy Nickalls
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Everyone’s seen those ads by Nike telling you to go out and “just do it.” But that’s not so easy for everyone. If you have low willpower, it can be hard to get yourself to just go workout or get that project done. But what is willpower? The American Psychological Association (APA) defines willpower as “a basic ability to delay gratification.” Sometimes, just laying on the couch seems like a much more pleasing option, because you’re feeling unable to delay the gratification of relaxing until later. If you find yourself nodding in agreement, you’re not alone. APA’s annual…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • The Secret hasn’t been a secret since the times of Moses

    Richard Ingersoll
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    There was an interesting article in USA Today yesterday about The Secret. In an interview with Della Reese (remember her from Touched by an Angel?) Ms Reese says “Child, The Secret hasn’t been a secret since the times of Moses, if not before”. Here’s the point. This knowledge has been around a long time but from time to time something comes to the surface to remind some of us and inform for the first time others that there is a lot more to human beings than skin and bones. We are not here to do the bidding of someone else we’re here to discover our passion and follow it. There are…
  • Applying the Law of Attraction News – February 11, 2007

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Feel Fulfilled When …

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pine tar squirrel…

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! This is a post originally on   For those of you that don’t follow baseball, Yankee starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from the game last night for having a foreign substance on his neck. The foreign substance was […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post Pine tar squirrel… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • change

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! There’s a lot of snot in this squirrel. Just saying. — 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 […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post change appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • Being & Doing…

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! SOLD! I suffer from the worst combination possible… lots of ambition with lots of lazy. Yet another burden I have to bear. — And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post Being & Doing… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • lost Bob the Squirrel strips

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The post lost Bob the Squirrel strips appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • tripping the same…

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Every day is a trip that needs to be taken.  When every day seems like the previous day the only place you will end up is the same place.  Does that make any sense?  Good. — And be sure to […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post tripping the same… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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    Simply Intentional

  • Do You Feel Entitled To Abundance?

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Should I invest in purchasing something brand new or just DIY?  This is the question that is throwing some chaos into my thinking this week. I can remember a time when that would have been an easy answer.  I would have bought the new item without hesitation. But - as I have been dismantling old patterns of belief and rebuilding new thoughts around money, I now stop before buying anything and consider my spending habits.  That's especially true ever since I have been living within the budget I set about a year ago. The chaos comes as I try to balance up-leveling my consciousness…
  • The Weekend Is Here

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    I love the weekends!  My weekend started yesterday with a round of golf with my husband.  The weather in Northern California is amazing and I'm always grateful that I live here.  What are you up to this weekend?  I'm also excited that we're having a Food Truck Saturday Extravaganza in our neighborhood tomorrow.  Such a fun get together with a great community of people - and delicious food.  Enjoy the weekend and here are a few fun posts from around the web...A book for the weekend if you choose to lie low....6 places to visit in Japantown, S.F.To have more…
  • A Powerful Behavior That Could Be A Game-Changer

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Change is a constant part of life.  I don't think anyone would disagree with that statement.  And - there are some who embrace change and there are some who will run far, far away from change. It's funny but I really thought that the more I grew in my spiritual practice, the more things in my life would change.  Instead, what I've seen is that the changes I've been experiencing have been small.  In fact, over the past year, I've had very little change.Is it that my spiritual foundation is so strong now that I simply move through the changes and barely notice them?  I…
  • Why You Must Keep Building Your Spiritual Consciousness

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

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

  • Happy Blogging anniversary to me!!

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

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

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

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

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

  • If You Want Change, You Must Have These 7 Pillars in Place

    Bernadette Logue
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Whether you are creating something new, changing something existing, whether it’s career or business, relationships or health, your finances or lifestyle objectives – these 7 pillars for effective change hold true. Often the absence of even one of these pillars is enough to put you on shaky ground.  To ensure you set yourself up for success,... Read More Continue reading If You Want Change, You Must Have These 7 Pillars in Place on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Speak with Your Soul – Guided Meditation

    Bernadette Logue
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This meditation audio has been designed to guide you into greater conscious connection with your soul. It will support you to be more acutely aware of, and in touch with, that part of yourself that is always there supporting you in your personal and professional life, but is often lost below the noise of your... Read More Continue reading Speak with Your Soul – Guided Meditation on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • A Shocking Response You Can Give When Someone Lashes Out at You

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

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

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

    The Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Good Creative Marketing PR  is a Kazakhstan based PR company that has designed facepots. It is a collection of variously sized planters with faces on them and the plants acting as heads of hair. The images are sealed between a basic white pot and transparent plastic shield to protect the paper from water damage. Using […]The post Facepots appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Artist makes beautiful art from ground coffee

    The Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Liv Buranday is a Philippines based artist who likes to make art from ground coffee. Inspired by her father’s love for coffee, she decided to experiment with the grounds as a medium for her amazing work. She specialises in minimalist illustrations and makes her work using a toothpick to organise the brown granules into her […]The post Artist makes beautiful art from ground coffee appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Darth Vader Toaster

    The Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Darth Vader Toaster is a helmet shaped toaster of the famous Star Wars character which will be on sale soon. The toaster burns a Darth Vader portrait on one side of your bread and the Star Wars logo on the other side. Due in June for the price of $50, the kitchen appliance is […]The post Darth Vader Toaster appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • The best collection of Girly Tattoos

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

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

  • ❼ How to Deal with Stress (9 Ways)

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Some days, you just don’t want to get out of bed. But then you remember that you’re no longer a baby and that you have responsibilities, so you drag yourself out of bed. This post is a chronicle of how I deal with stress when I’m feeling depressed. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here On some days, that feeling of being depressed goes away by itself. But on other days, it sticks around…like burned pancake. This post is a chronicle of what I do to feel better on my burned pancake days. #1 – I walk my dog to deal with stress Actually she’s not my dog but she’s at my…
  • ❼ Define Success on Your own Terms (Take the Quiz)

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

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

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

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

  • Are you emotionally mature?

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    When you are emotionally mature, you are able to extract more joy and satisfaction from life. Emotionally mature people are better able to respond to the ebbs and flows of life. They enjoy the good times but they do not get carried away with them. Also, when they experience bad times, being emotionally mature allows […]
  • Managing anger – 8 tips to make it a positive experience

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    I have yet to meet anyone who does not get angry from time to time. There is nothing wrong with feeling anger but if you want to have effective, supportive relationships; managing anger is critical. Managing anger is not just important for your relationships with others, it is essential for your relationship with yourself. Anger […]
  • Time management advice – 7 tips that your boss would never give you

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Time management is probably the one area of life where almost everybody needs some advice; and there is plenty of time management advice to be found. The unfortunate thing is that much of the time management advice which is in circulation is completely ineffective. Over the years, the time management advice which I have received […]
  • 5 Steps which help you embrace change

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

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

  • Christmas All Year Long!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Breathe Deeply. Breathe Slowly. You Can Breathe Through Anything.

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    The first meditation text that came through to me after I accepted the task of what is now called Opening the Heart: Mediations on How to Be, was “Breathe deeply, breathe slowly. You can breathe... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • There is No Edge Between You and The Universe.

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    In my last post, I talked about the meditation image number 13 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be: “There is an Edge between you and the universe.” The companion meditation image is... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Every Experience Has a Purpose

    2 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Every experience we have is an invitation to become stronger in our faith that truly everything is always in perfect and Divine order. There is nothing in life that happens to us, which does not hold... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Simply Allow ~ What Does That Even Mean?

    2 Mar 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Simply allow! What does that even mean? I have heard this phrase so many times; the message that we are not meant to try, for the harder we try the more it will elude us. But first, let us take a... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • There is an Edge Between You and the Universe.

    22 Feb 2014 | 8:05 am
    Linda, my book designer and co-creator of Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be were talking about Opening the Heart one day. I mentioned that I had been living with it for such a long time and... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
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    Making Motivation

  • Why it really Matters to do what you love

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
      You may be tired of hearing this, but it’s true. “Money can’t buy happiness”. So no matter how rich you are, if you don’t love what you do, then you can’t be truly happy. You can be happy and rich though at the same time, if you start finding ways to capitalized what you ...The post Why it really Matters to do what you love appeared first on Making Motivation.
  • 4 Things I Wish College Had Taught Most of us

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

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is a well known fact that Ireland is a beautiful place but then, same could be said about a lot of other places around the world.  What makes it distinct is, one has to visit Ireland to truly see the beauty and no matter how descriptive one is, without visuals any description is unjust.  ...The post 32 Stunning Photos that will let you want to visit Ireland before you die appeared first on Making Motivation.
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  • 6 Attraction Secrets To Turn Mr. Average Into Pure Woman Candy (Part 1)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lessons for a father - Who Do You Work For?

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Never stop writing your own story, your own way. – When writing the story of your life, never, ever let someone else hold the pen.  Make conscious choices every day that align your actions with your values and ambitions.  Because the way you live each day is a sentence in the story of your life.  Each day you make a choice as to whether the sentence ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point.I read this on a blog called Marc and Angel Hack Life (here is the link). It struck a cord because of a belief that I have always had. We all are answerable only to…
  • Lessons for a father - Deliberately Created Simplicity

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Compassion is not a soft concept.Yes, it means kindness. And yes, it means gentleness, and patience too. But real compassion also means strength and resolve. It means character and determination. It means a willingness to go beyond expectations, to show love when there are no incentives and rewards.Courage is a big part of the equation. It takes significant bravery to step past ourselves and into someone else’s problems And, funny enough, it sometimes takes even more bravery to show compassion to ourselves.And it is this courage that ultimately allows us to live as compassionate beings. For…
  • What is Minimalism? The Answer is Simple.

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less” – SocratesMinimalism is a philosophy of living simply. It’s a practice of purpose and intention. It’s a way of removing ourselves from distractions, on the inside and in our surroundings.And ideally, minimalism can be a path to increased time, energy, and peace of mind. By eliminating what is unnecessary, we are freer to focus on the things that bring us health and joy.There is a Swedish proverb that says, “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe…
  • Celebrate Earth Day 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated to honor our relationship with the environment. Millions participate in community events worldwide – while many more take part in individual mindfulness exercises to promote personal harmony with nature. Here are three simple ways to begin.1) “Like” the world we live in. With the help of social media, it has never been easier to express the awe and beauty of nature by posting an inspiring message, photo, or video of your favorite outdoor environment. Today could be a great opportunity to share your love and inspire others to do the…
  • Earth Day Meditation Exercise

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    If you can plant a tree today, that’s wonderful. If not, you can still grow your understanding of nature through this simple outdoor meditation exercise.The first step is to walk outside. Leave the house, and find a tree. Don’t worry, you won’t have to hug it (unless you’d like to!). All you need to do is approach the trunk of the tree, no matter how big or small it is, and place the palm of your hand against the bark. Breathe deeply. Keep your hand on the trunk, focusing on the lines and swirls that pattern the bark. Think of these lines as fingerprints, and recognize that no…
  • Time After Time – Quotes On Making Each Day Meaningful

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    Time is the currency of our lives. It is ours to spend,  save, and to give. We are all given 24 hours with each new sunrise. And ultimately, what we do in those hours is what makes life meaningful.Here are six time-themed thoughts on life, inspired by quotes from philosophers and spiritual teachers past and present.1. This moment is key. This very minute is a tiny yet important page in our story.The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. – Pema Chodron2. Today determines tomorrow. Look around – what you are doing is what you will become.As for the…
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  • Welcoming A New Day...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Typically, I address the benefits of recognizing and expressing gratitude for the simple pleasures of life.   In the midst of stress-filled, anxiety-ridden days, it can take a bit of effort, thought, and willingness to acknowledge the good in your life, especially when it seems relatively insignificant compared to the challenges you are facing.  Today, however, I am writing about the pitfalls of enjoying the pleasures of life.  Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  After all, aren’t life’s pleasures what we are seeking?  Isn’t this all about finding sustainable peace, joy, and love? …
  • Practice Non-Reactive Behaviour to Eliminate Stress, Unease, Anger, and Live a Happier Life

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

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

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

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:47 pm
    We must learn to work from the inside-out instead of outside-in. We do this by holding our reality and allowing others to hold their own reality. It’s like putting your gearstick in neutral and observing life from there. When you can do this, you’ll be amazed at how much less you react. Indeed, you’ll actually start to see the drama we or others play out as a mere illusion of distorted all-consuming thinking. The quickest way to access your inner self and stop external factors from consuming your life is to do just this — place your mind in neutral and allow others their reality. Hold…
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  • Someone you haven’t even met yet is wondering

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
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  • In life there are some thing we might never really ‘get over’

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
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  • Life is full of give and take give

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
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  • Learn to love without condition

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
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  • Learn to love without condition

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
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    BrianaDragon’s Random Thoughts

  • Preserving Puzzles: Duct Tape Or Mod Podge

    Briana Blair
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I like doing puzzles. It’s something I’ve enjoyed ever since I was a kid, and it seems that assembling puzzles is becoming more popular again, so there’s a good selection of them at the stores. Eric and I went and picked out a few some months back, and we’ve been working on putting them together. […]
  • The Sad Sight Of An Empty Bead Bin

    Briana Blair
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What a sad sight. An empty bead bin, sitting there all lonely with no beads to make it feel fulfilled. No sparkly bits to rattle around inside it, no hands will touch it anytime soon. [grins] All kidding aside, it is a bit sad to see a bin empty. It means I’m out of a […]
  • The Annoyances of Galvanized Metallic Beads

    Briana Blair
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    I was using these silver beads on the tree of life necklace and earring set that I recently made and I was reminded of how much I dislike metallic beads that aren’t really metal. Specifically, galvanized beads. When I ordered these (for a hefty $3.79 a tube) I didn’t realize what I was in for. […]
  • New Project: Tree of Life Necklace and Earring Set

    Briana Blair
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Remember the pendant collection I blogged about? Well, here’s what happened to the tree of life one. Isn’t it pretty? I love how this came out. [laughs] I almost called it “The project that didn’t want to be” but I decided against it. This thing so did not want to cooperate! I got lashed and […]
  • Free Sample Pendants Are Becoming Jewelry Sets

    Briana Blair
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Some time back, last year I think, I ordered some silver Om charms on Etsy. I wanted to make a japa mala and I wanted to have an Om hanging from the center. I couldn’t order just one, so as you can see in the photo, I have spares. I’ve made a couple more japa […]
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    Programming Life

  • Why We Choose Inauthentic Pain

    Matt Catlett
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    We compulsively overeat and suffer health problems as a consequence. Or we discipline ourselves with strict self-censure and throw ourselves with abandon into the gym, grunting and sweating for hours on end in an endless struggle for self-acceptance. We slave away for hours in our jobs, grinding our way through days, weeks, months, years. Or [&hellip The post Why We Choose Inauthentic Pain appeared first on Programming Life.
  • 5 Easter Prayers

    Matt Catlett
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Happy Easter! As we get all set up for the family gatherings and special egg-decorating events with the kids, I bring you this roundup of excellent Easter prayers to celebrate the glorious spirituality that this is all about. May you find a moment to offer one of these, or another of your own making or [&hellip The post 5 Easter Prayers appeared first on Programming Life.
  • A Buddhist Letter of Compassion amid Tragedy

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

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

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

  • Financial Freedom: How To Be CFO Of Your Own Life

    Barrie Davenport
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    I admit I don’t enjoy managing money. I get no thrill from scrutinizing my investments, analyzing the stock market, and pondering ways to make my money work for me. I definitely don’t enjoy paying bills, creating spreadsheets, and tracking expenses. Money has always felt abstract to me. The majority of it sits somewhere in a… Continue Reading…
  • Contentment As A Way Of Life

    Barrie Davenport
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    “I just want to be happy.” How many times have you said that to yourself over the years? How many times have you found yourself feeling unhappy, wondering why and what you can do to turn it around? We do back flips to harness that elusive emotion. We desperately strive to make money, buy stuff… Continue Reading…
  • People Pleaser? How To Release The Need To Please

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

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

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

  • What’s Out There For You?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jim Rohn Lead Your Life Quotes

    JJ Wong
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Jim Rohn Lead Your Life Quotes Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • No One is Perfect Quotes

    JJ Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    No One is Perfect Quotes People say: “Find good people and leave the bad ones.” But I say, “Find the good in people and ignore the bad in them.” Because no one is perfect. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Kahlil Gibran Love Quotes

    JJ Wong
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Kahlil Gibran Love Quotes If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • David A Bednar Better than Yesterday Quotes

    JJ Wong
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    David A Bednar Better than Yesterday Quotes If today you are a little better than you were yesterday, then that’s enough. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Quotes about Challenges

    JJ Wong
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Quotes about Challenges When life puts you in tough situations Don’t say “why me” Just say “try me” Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    On this very day is a cosmic landmark for the whole planet that we call home to billions of people and creatures of the land, sea and air. For all of these beings, a great age of evolution has dawned. These star dates of a planetary grand cross to the unenlightened means absolutely nothing. So please understand the cosmic symbol of the cross means spirit into matter. Yes, you may recall the cross as a symbol for suffering, for death or rebirth. The belief system of suffering of martyrdom is of the Piscean Age. The symbol of the fish, the Pi, we can never really know or grasp or figure out…
  • The Grand Cross and Personal Crisis

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    One of the most intense planetary configurations will take place April 23rd, known as the Cardinal Grand Cross with four planets in cross directional tug of war. This affects the Earth and its grid lines in a disruptive way. The Mayans spoke in 2012 of the 13th Baktun and the end of time or a cosmic cycle. Sudden erratic energies creating turbulence and conflict can easily arise. If the intensity of the planetary grid is magnified by cosmic forces that role start points of every season arises. Capricorn – Cancer – Libra – these cosmic energies in a great cross. Four major…
  • How to Enjoy Success

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Our life can be a living paradise or a nightmare.  Many factions are at play in us and all around.  Our mind and body is forever riding a roller coaster of personal experiences, drama, insights and adventures.  Our bodies act very much like a sponge.  We soak up the energy which is present around us.  Good vibes, bad vibes, happy times, sad times, etc.   The Golden Rule is that we need to do maintenance on our body – mind machine.  Both your body and brain can be tuned up or out of sync.  Your reality will be quite different.  Every day of our existence is a journey.  Even if…
  • Humanity: Care to Share

    23 Feb 2014 | 9:56 pm
    With all the hell-a-ba-loo going on around us, it can be quite easy to be caught in the web of negativity.  You can start having all kinds of galactic matches instead of the end of the world mentality.  Why not end negative thinking which is creating circumstances we no longer want in our life.   One way, and it is a big way, is to care about yourself and for other creatures; human, animal, plant, and all of things you can’t just talk about.  How can you care for the animals and turn around and eat them?  You have to be real.  This eternal movement will not sustain itself on…
  • The Compassionate, Community Oriented Golden Age

    Brooke Hart
    22 Feb 2014 | 4:33 pm
      By Brooke Hart Since the December 2012 global re-birth party, there have been many speculations about what is next.  There are many that are speaking of ushering in a Golden Age, but still watching many of the same problems arise.  There are many that want stronger consciousness and awareness and that are willing to take the next steps are at the forefront, trying to find ways to allow their voices to be heard for the next steps.  The hope and the desire for change in the world as a part of our evolutionary spiral is moving into intensity and proportions that are creating opposing…
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher and Life Coach

  • Awakening

    Oded Ben-Ami
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Did you ever find yourself being in a middle of a dream, being totally absorbed in everything that was happening. Then suddenly, the following understanding came to you: “This is just a dream.”? What if this exact same understanding came to you while you are completely awake? Imagine sitting behind the steering wheel of a car. You have been behind this wheel for as long as you can remember yourself. Driving. One day, you get the shock of your life; this car that you were driving all these years is mounted on top of a flatbed tow truck to which you were completely oblivious. All of…
  • You CAN change the world

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

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

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

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

  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 51

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Be your own cheerleader!Yes, you need to be your own devoted fan and cheerleader. Be on your own side, be your own best friend. Build unflinching belief in yourself. Don’t sabotage yourself with negative self-talk or indulge in self destructive behaviors. Learn to love and support yourself before you can truly love and support others.Please bear in mind that this is an internalized process. It doesn’t mean you turn into a pompous, self-praising, overbearing moron!
  • Energy Cords & Their Impact On You

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Cording is the sharing of energy between two individuals who have had a strong emotional or physical connection.  Two people who are corded can have brief telepathic connections between them. Thy can often sense when something is wrong or amiss with the other, and even have their moods or health effected by the others emotional or physical state. Photo: Andrew MagillWhat are energetic cords?Cords are energetic attachment points that get created between the two people, and are rooted in love, pain or trauma. The energy cords of attachment are somewhat like invisible energetic…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 50

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Don’t let anyone pee on your parade!If you really enjoy something or believe in it, go ahead and do it. No matter what others say!If you are feeling great and your heart is filled with sunshine, avoid people who walk around with a dark cloud over their head. They will bring it over yours too!!If you do something that makes you feel good and proud, don’t let anyone tell you it’s not good enough.
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 49

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Do something special for your parents!Remember the childhood birthday bashes your parents threw for you? The gifts they pampered you with? The love and support they gave you when you were far from the best?  Well, it’s time you did something that made them feel really special. Throw them a wonderful party, take them on a vacation to someplace they have wanted to go forever. Buy them something they really need or desire. Do something that makes their heart smile.  
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 48

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    We say “No!” way too often. Now, start consciously saying “Yes” more often. Go with the flow. Start accepting more invitations. Take on more challenges, both big and small. Embrace opportunities. Say yes to situations, to new relationships, to invitations. Say yes to accepting your emotions. Simply say “yes”  to life!
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    Rambling Web

  • Ellen Degeneres’ First Tonight Show Performance

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
  • Dream Job?

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    I was recently laid off from a small company where I served as the Web Developer / Web Designer of several websites.  While this is my chosen field, I definitely did not grow up thinking ‘I want to be a web master when I grow up,’ and certainly didn’t grow up thinking, ‘I want to be a web mistress when I grow up.’  Not only was there no internet to speak of at the time, the absurdity of the job titles would have DQ’d them instantly. So as I work to get my own sites and resume together, I have been thinking: What would truly be my ‘dream…
  • More Cute Cats – Bloopers and Cute Moments

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    A collection of bloopers and funny/cute moments from a pair of friendly cats…
  • Quotes from Julius Caesar

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true. I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected. As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can. Cowards die many times before their actual deaths. I came, I saw, I conquered. It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. Experience is the teacher of all things. What we wish, we…
  • Soldiers Meeting Their Baby for the First Time

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sweet, touching video compilation….
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    2 Illustration

  • Illustrations by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bastien Lecouffe Deharme is a talented French illustrator and digital painting instuctor currently based in Portsmouth, OH, USA. Related Posts:Illustrations by Waldemar KazakIllustrations by Tommy ArnoldIllustrations by Lucas StolzIllustrations by Marija TiurinaIllustrations by Archan Nair
  • Illustrations by Piotr Jabłoński

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Awesome illustrations by Piotr Jabłoński, talented concept artist and digital painter based in Bialystok, Poland. Related Posts:Abstract Paintings by Maciej WierzbickiIllustrations by Ashley MackenzieIllustrations by Waldemar KazakIllustrations by Tommy ArnoldIllustrations by Max Kostenko
  • Illustrations by Andreas Krapf

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Andreas Krapf is a talented freelance illustrator and designer based in Hamburg, Germany. He was born in Würzburg in 1981. Andreas studyed Communication Design at University of Applied Sciences Würzburg and graduated in 2009. Related Posts:Paintings by Khoa LeIllustrations by Dilok LakIllustrations by Eevien TanConceptual Illustrations by Jude BuffumCharacter Illustrations by Mago Dovjenko
  • Paintings by Daniel Arsham

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

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

  • Variety is the VICE of Life

    Yogi Cameron
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    In the early years of my yoga practice, I enjoyed an occasional yoga class or retreat. I would go to the local studios in New York City or visit an ashram in the countryside. I would do this whenever I felt like I wanted to participate in something, usually during the downtime between gigs as a fashion model. I practiced when I felt like it, when it was convenient for me. I was not alone in this behavior. Over the years, many people around me practiced yoga and made other commitments to the yogic lifestyle when it suited them, as if it was something to do one afternoon as an alternative to…
  • Who Are The Friends Of Your Soul?

    Dr. Lissa Rankin
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    I used to think that friends were the people who unconditionally comforted you when you felt wronged, showed up for you when you felt needy and insecure, joined you in righteous indignation when you felt angry, and validated you when life isn’t going your way. I thought friends would be unconditional cheerleaders, and you would always feel better after being with a friend. But lately, I’ve realized that my most valuable friends are the ones who stand for my soul, even when that means saying something my ego doesn’t want to hear. When a friend stands for your soul, she holds you…
  • Life is an echo. What are you shouting out?

    John Livesay
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    The only place for inner peace is being present. No regrets from the past, no worries about the future. How can we be in this space more often? Easy. Just take three deep breaths and remind yourself that you are in charge of your thoughts. You are the thinker thinking the thoughts – not the other way around. Sometimes we feel our thoughts control us vs us controlling our thoughts. Do you ever feel like your thoughts are like a runaway train? Do you want to stop thinking about something that is making you feel… SCARED – What if this happens? Then you make it worse and worse and…
  • Ode to the Entrepreneurial Spirit: An Apology to 9 to 5r’s Everywhere

    Danielle LaPorte
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    I think an alarming number of us are indeed Zombies, as Everett Bogue puts it. I rode the Metro in Washington, DC for three years and all it takes is one week riding next to depressed and frazzled government commuters in their too tight Dress Barn suits and crappy ties, eating on the go, looking vacantly into the dark tunnel to conclude that, Yep, 9 to 5 is a special kind of hell and the residents are too tired to escape. Around that time I came into a lot of contact with Navy Admirals and Pentagon folk. As a vegetarian, apolitical Canadian with crystals tucked into my bra and the Law of…
  • The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.

    Positively Positive
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts What to Learn from a 6 Year Old Who Has Autism In Praise of Women: Magnificent, Spacious, Fiery Witnesses A Letter to Women Grateful or Indebted? How Women and Men Respond to Kind, Loving Gestures
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    Abundant Awakening

  • Intuition, Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Over the past several months, I have become increasingly interested in communicating and receiving guidance from the spirit realm. I never really grew up understanding my emotions and the messages they were trying to relay to me and up until this point in my life, I never took   the time to decipher the difference between my emotions and my intuition. The question was always how though? I started to see my hypnotherapist, Alexandra, almost a year ago and she has changed my life in ways I could not even imagine a year ago. I now have been able to successfully kick my phobia of needles and…
  • 5 Side Effects of Growing Up In A “Perfect” Society

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

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

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

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

  • Flamingo Print-Summer Lovin’

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    After the “For the Love of Flamingos” post the other day, I got inspired to create a cute 8×10 flamingo print titled “Summer Lovin’”.  I’m definitely seeing a flamingo themed party in the future. Don’t you think this print could be made into a cute invitation? The free download of this print does not have my website on it.  Here is the link to the free 8×10 download-Free Flamingo Print. Open it and then right click to save to your computer or print. Enjoy! The post Flamingo Print-Summer Lovin’ appeared first on Design, Love…
  • For the Love of Flamingos

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    It seems every time I turn around there are flamingos staring back at me. Are they always this popular around summer or are they making a major comeback? My Pinterest feed has been flooded with images of flamingos and I’ve seen them on glasses, totes, shirts, you name it. While I’m not a fan of the yard stake flamingo (is that what’s it called?) I do love the bird. I love their color (pink, black & white =awesome color combo) and second they remind me of somewhere tropical and warm. Wouldn’t a flamingo themed party be great? Here are a few favorite flamingo items…
  • Create Beautiful Watercolor Images with Your Phone using Waterlogue

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

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

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

  • 7 Ways To Inspire People Around You

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It feels great to see people get inspired by you. When you inspire people around you with all your heart to make them do their best, you are the most inspired with the greater happiness. To be able... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Motivational Thoughts

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    When we stay a bit with our silence, we find words and feelings we may never realize elsewhere! Here are motivational thoughts by persons who have found ideas and conclusions about people and... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Life Quote

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Nothing will be changed by only wishing or hoping silently. Life needs motion and action to be lived. Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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    19 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
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  • Never let go of your dreams

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    Never let go of your dreams. Dreams are far and everything seems hard to be achieved as no progress has been felt yet. This is how it feels like when we are in the middle of somewhere. It's the... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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