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  • Revealed! Book Club Choices for September.

    The Happiness Project
    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll… An outstanding book about happiness or habits: Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie…
  • Labor

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importanceand should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.- Martin Luther King, Jr.The world is moved along, not onlyby the mighty shoves of its heroes,but also by the aggregate of tiny pushesof each honest worker.- Helen Keller There is no labor a person does that is undignified;if they do it right.- Bill CosbyEverything that is really great and inspiringis created by the individual who can labor in freedom.- Albert EinsteinMake your work to be in keeping with your purpose.- Leonardo da Vinci Further reading: A Balanced LifeCalled to be a…
  • Putting Off Some Horrible Task? Try These 7 Tips.

    The Happiness Project
    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn’t always make me feel happy. Often, I know I’d be happier if I do something I really don’t feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing that email. Going to the gym. Those dreaded tasks hang over my head, though; they make me feel drained and uneasy. I’ve learned that I’m much happier, in the long run, if I try to tackle them as soon as possible, rather than allowing myself to push…
  • Aug 25, Activate Your Greatness - The Best Way I Know to Master This Wake Up Eager Habit

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    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The best way to Activate your Greatness, one of the top Wake Up Eager Habits, is knowing how to leverage your strengths ---these two tools are key in developing self awarenesss and strength.
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Secret of Using Magic (Pt 2)

    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™
    scottgrossberg
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until I became that person. Or, he became me.“ – Cary Grant Last week I asked you if you believe in magic. And then I challenged you to use that magic well (after explaining that we all believe in magic to one degree or another). This week, we’re going to finish up with some questions and answers. So off we go . . . second star to the right and straight on ’til morning . . . and all that . . . CREATING THE RITUAL OF MAGIC (Continued) What gives a magician fortitude? You develop this just like you develop everything else that’s…
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  • 7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

    zenhabits
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Leo Babauta A craftsman masters his trade by repeated practice, with care and continual learning, with devotion to the purpose. It takes the same kinds of things to master the craft of discipline: Repeated practice Single-minded devotion to the purpose Continual learning Care I’ve been giving some thought to what it takes to master the craft of discipline, and have been following some practices that I’ve found extremely useful: Do the task even when I’m not in the mood. Procrastination is such a common problem that I believe it to be universal. The main reason we…
  • 7 Rules That Keep My Life Simple

    zenhabits
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    By Leo Babauta I enjoy creating a few simple rules to live by that take away some of the overwhelming decision making we need to make every day. Pre-think these decisions, formulate them into rules, and then just follow them, freeing your brain for more important decisions. Why should we need to give so much thought to what we’ll wear and eat, how we’ll exercise and handle email, when these are things we do every single day? So I’ve been crafting a few rules that keep my life simple, so I don’t need to think about the little things so much. These rules change,…
  • An Education in the Majestic Sierra Nevada

    zenhabits
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    By Leo Babauta We set out for the Sierra Nevada as a family, all eight of us, excited but unsure of what to expect from our first family camping trip in the mountains. I surveyed our two vehicles full of camping gear and food, and wondered at foolishly calling myself a minimalist sometimes. A family of eight people has a lot of sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, chairs, veggie dogs and vegan marshmallows, though. And we probably overprepared, after reading and worrying about bears and the cold and cougars and Lyme disease. At any rate, earlier this month, we drove four four hours, the…
  • The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

    zenhabits
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    By Leo Babauta The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives. Scumbag mind. I’ve had to learn to watch these rationalizations and excuses very carefully, in order to make the changes I’ve made in my life: a healthier diet, regular exercise, meditation, minimalism, writing daily, getting out of debt, quitting smoking, and so on. If I hadn’t learned these excuses, and how to counter them, I would never have stuck to these changes. In…
  • How to Believe in Yourself

    zenhabits
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Leo Babauta There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life. I didn’t pursue an ideal career, or start my own business, because I didn’t think I could. I didn’t stick to habits because I didn’t really believe I had the discipline. I was shy with girls, I had a hard time making new friends, I didn’t assert myself in the workplace. I didn’t push past my comfort zone. All because I didn’t really believe I could. While I’m not free of self-doubt these days, I can honestly say I believe in myself like never…
 
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    The Happiness Project

  • Revealed! Book Club Choices for September.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll… An outstanding book about happiness or habits: Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie…
  • “From the Gods Who Sit in Grandeur/Grace Comes Somehow Violent.”

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Zeus, who guided men to think, who has laid it down that wisdom comes alone through suffering. Still there drips in sleep against the heart grief of memory; against our pleasure we are temperate. From the gods who sit in grandeur grace comes somehow violent. – Aeschylus, “Agamemnon,” translated by Richard Lattimore I’ve remembered the last two lines of this passage ever since I read them decades ago. I’ve also tried unsuccessfully to find another quotation from a Greek play that I read around the same time…lines saying something like “there are some…
  • “Instead of Feeling That I’m Never Going to Finish…I Can See Large Chunks Getting Done.”

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I 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 Better Than Before goes on sale, sign up here. This week’s story comes from Nyssa Hattaway. I am a devout member of my church.  All of my life I have been taught to develop the habits of church attendance, tithing, daily prayer and daily Scripture…
  • Putting Off Some Horrible Task? Try These 7 Tips.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn’t always make me feel happy. Often, I know I’d be happier if I do something I really don’t feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing that email. Going to the gym. Those dreaded tasks hang over my head, though; they make me feel drained and uneasy. I’ve learned that I’m much happier, in the long run, if I try to tackle them as soon as possible, rather than allowing myself to push…
  • Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Clean Slate.

    gretchen@gretchenrubin.com (Gretchen Rubin)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To hear when it goes on sale, sign up here. Today, I’m talking about the Strategy of the Clean Slate. It’s one of three strategies that take their power from…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Why is This Happening?

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    "Why?" is the most useless question in the universe.The only question with any meaning is "What?"Asking "Why is this happening?" can only disempower you.Asking "What do I want to make of this?" does exactly the opposite.- Neale Donald WalschNever succumb to the temptation of bitterness.- Martin Luther King, Jr.The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...the easier I sleep at night.- Mary Anne RadmacherI am determined to be cheerful and happyin whatever situation I may find myself.For I have learned that the…
  • Labor

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importanceand should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.- Martin Luther King, Jr.The world is moved along, not onlyby the mighty shoves of its heroes,but also by the aggregate of tiny pushesof each honest worker.- Helen Keller There is no labor a person does that is undignified;if they do it right.- Bill CosbyEverything that is really great and inspiringis created by the individual who can labor in freedom.- Albert EinsteinMake your work to be in keeping with your purpose.- Leonardo da Vinci Further reading: A Balanced LifeCalled to be a…
  • Hypocrisy

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    A good example is the best sermon.- Benjamin Franklin  The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy.- William HazlittThe louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.- Ralph Waldo EmersonWe are all hypocrites.We cannot see ourselves or judge ourselves the way we see and judge others.- José Emilio PachecoEveryone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.- Walter KirnJudge not, that ye be not judged.- Matthew 7:1Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy…
  • The Power of Your Intention

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Life is a reflection of intent.Love reflects love.Hate reflects hate.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieOnce you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.- Ralph Waldo EmersonEvery thought we think is creating our future.- Louise L. HayAll that we are is the result of what we have thought.If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him,like a shadow that never leaves him.– The BuddhaWell-being is making its way to you at all times.If you will relax and find a way to allow it,it will be your experience.-…
  • It's Never Too Late

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    It's never too late -never too late to start over,never too late to be happy.- Jane FondaThe time for action is now.It's never too late to do something.- Antoine de Saint-ExuperyIt is never too late to become what you might have been.- George EliotIt is never too late to give up our prejudices.- Henry David Thoreau So long as you have courage and a sense of humor,it is never too late to start life afresh.- Freeman DysonIf you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down,but…
 
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  • 3 Ways to Live Happy and Healthy

    Renee Mollan-Masters
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    When my mother died, I was filled with such pain that I yelled at God and said I wasn’t going on until I understood what was happening. I could not see the sense of loving a mother and then losing her. What a painful joke. That night God’s messenger came to me and explained everything about life. As the years unfolded, I have been gently led to more and more understanding. As I sit here today, I believe there are 3 things that are helping me to live a happier, healthier, prosperous, and meaningful life. I have been learning that life is rigged in my favor and there is a loving presence…
  • You are here for one purpose: to uncover and heal all the ways that you are blocking the love that is always here.

    Renee Mollan-Masters
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on InspireMeToday.com. Leave a comment or share this post by visiting You are here for one purpose: to uncover and heal all the ways that you are blocking the love that is always here..
  • Have You Become a Type A Personality?

    Melissa Heisler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    The concept of a Type A personality has not been around for long. It was actually identified in the 1950s by two cardiologists, Drs. Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman, who were studying coronary heart disease. They found a link between personality types and heart disease. According to their research, they identified three types of behaviors: Type A, which they labeled as competitive, ambitious, impatient, aggressive, and fast-talking; Type B, which is more relaxed and non-competitive; and Type C, which is hardworking, but becomes apathetic when faced with stress. Those considered Type A were…
  • Happiness doesn’t come from having the best of everything, but from making the best of everything.

    Inspire Me Today
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This post was originally published on InspireMeToday.com. Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Happiness doesn’t come from having the best of everything, but from making the best of everything..
  • Happy Labor Day!

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Happy Labor Day! When you think about that statement, it seems like somewhat of an oxymoron, wishing someone a happy day celebrating the fact that they have to work. Labor Day was originally created to celebrate the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the workers. It honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. Yet, if you ask most people, they would prefer to never have to work another day in their life. According to a 2013 Gallop Poll, The State of the American Workplace, 70% of Americans described…
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  • How to Date Authentically: 4 Lessons

    Alana Mbanza
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I created this affirmation several months ago to remind myself that the type of relationship I want is possible. But, to be honest, sometimes I wonder if I will ever find someone. I wonder if maybe I have too many issues or if my standards are too high. At times, I even question whether I am capable of having a healthy relationship. Whenever I’m feeling particularly hopeless, I look back over the experiences I’ve had and remind myself that I have grown tremendously and have learned so much about myself through my dating experiences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past…
  • How to Move Forward and Stop Repeating The Past

    Angela Marchesani
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    We move through our lives based on patterns of the past, replicating the systems and dynamics that we’ve become accustomed to. Our brains are actually trained to perpetuate these patterns, as we reinforce the neural pathways that have been previously established. Without consciousness, it continues. It doesn’t matter whether we like these patterns or not. It doesn’t matter whether we have different aspirations for our lives. If we continue to live on autopilot, we will continue to attract similar relationships, repeat common professional moves and even sabotage our progress toward…
  • 4 Tips to Manage Ego and Find Bliss

    Nadia Ballas-Ruta
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine it is a beautiful day. The sky is blue and the sun is shining bright. There is a light breeze that just feels like a gentle hug. You are walking down your favorite street. Everything you see is just beautiful. As you walk, your sense of peace increases. You then turn the corner and all of a sudden dark clouds appear out of nowhere. The sky turns dark. The gentle breeze is replaced with powerful winds. Pretty soon, you are pushing yourself against the wind. You think you are moving forward but actually you are stuck. This darkness that appeared is not the weather. It is what happens…
  • 5 Ways to Live in the Moment

    Guest of TSN
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    For a long time I believed that living in the moment meant doing what I wanted, when I wanted to. It has taken me many years to realize that I was wrong. I felt the need to be free at an early age. I recall packing my bags to leave home at five years of age. My poor parents had a hell of a time with me when I hit my adolescent years. And of course, the teen-age years were even worse. Basically, I didn’t like rules and regulations. That desire for freedom and to live life in the moment saw some pretty reckless behavior – excessive drinking, dabbling in recreational drugs, outrageous…
  • 3 Secrets to Mindful Eating

    Cat Li Stevenson
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a personal story of my disordered relationship with food and my own healing. When I wrote this a year ago, I thought: There is absolutely no way I’m sharing this so openly and publicly. Especially since I’ve had such transformation over the past few months and now feel healed of this struggle. This is a closed chapter.” Now, I think, that’s even more the reason to share. My intention in telling you the details of my experience is so perhaps you will find the courage to inquire about your own relationship with food. When we’re able to cultivate a deeper awareness with eating,…
 
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  • It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right

    lollydaskal
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      Recently at a keynote I shared with a group of leaders a story that allowed each of them to think about their choices and how those choices affected their lives. The story had a profound impact on them and I want to share it with you. The story begins in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the fisherman. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the tourist. The fisherman explained that his small…
  • We Choose Our Leadership By How Much We Give

    lollydaskal
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Two men shared a hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in his bed beside the window for an hour each afternoon; the other had to stay flat on his back. Every afternoon the man by the window would pass the time by describing all the things he could see outside the window. There was a park with a lovely lake, with the city skyline in the distance. There were trees and flowers and sunshine and clouds and all manner of people doing all manner of things. As the man by the window described the day’s scenes, the man on the other side would close his eyes and imagine them. It was by far his…
  • The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle

    lollydaskal
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the age of seven, a young boy and his family were forced out of their home. The boy had to work to help support his family. When he was nine, his mother passed away. As a young man was keen to go to law school, but had no education. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. At 23, he ran for the state legislature and lost. The same year, a business failure left him with a debt that took him 17 years to repay. At 27, he had a nervous breakdown. At 29, he lost an election to be speaker in his state legislature. At 31, he was defeated in his attempt to become an elector. By 35, he had been…
  • Make A Difference: Lead With A Noble Heart

    lollydaskal
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many of us lead, but not many of us lead with a noble heart. There is a well-known anecdote related by Tom Peters about a hospital in the US that treats cancer. During a series of staff interviews, an interviewer asked the housekeeper what her job entailed. She responded, “I help to cure cancer.” Somewhere in that hospital, a leader had connected the dots for this individual and made her feel that she was an integral part of the hospital’s mission. Everyone wants to know that what they do matters. Everyone craves a purpose. Being noble in leadership is not so much about what…
  • Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

    lollydaskal
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The life of a modern leader brings challenges of leading, innovating, motivating, growing, developing, evaluating, communicating, and risking. And here’s a fact: You can’t do any of those things very well within your comfort zone. The end of your comfort zone is where your leadership begins. It’s challenging to move beyond your comfort zone—that’s how it got its name! There’s something very comforting in using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. We experience tasks and routines that are so familiar, or that…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Selecting Projects Wisely

    Steve Pavlina
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Sometimes people dive into new projects because they really want to make some money or to “get something going.” They put pressure on themselves to start a project mainly for the sake of trying to create some forward momentum. While forward momentum can be a beautiful thing, I would actually recommend against this approach. Usually when I see people try to motivate themselves like this, their projects fizzle out within a matter of months, if they can complete them at all. A couple years later, they have little or nothing to show for their efforts. The “I’ve gotta get…
  • Last Call to Sign Up for CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Conscious Life Workshop kicks off in one week in Las Vegas (Aug 22-24, 2014). We’ve had 119 registrations so far, which makes this the biggest 3-day workshop we’ve ever done. We sold out the original meeting room we booked, upgraded to a significantly larger room, and now that room is nearly sold out too. We still have a little room left, so we’ll continue taking registrations for as long as we can. Emails About a day after people sign up for the workshop, they receive an autoresponder with the following message, inviting them to share more details about their…
  • What You Need to Say Yes to CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Here’s a detailed update about the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, which kicks off in two weeks in Las Vegas. I’ve also sprinkled in some cool personal growth ideas to share, so this is actually a combination of promoting the workshop and a new article. We now have 104 people 115 people (updated 8/12) signed up for CLW, which is absolutely terrific. That makes it the biggest 3-day workshop I’ve ever done. This will bring an amazing amount of transformational energy into the room. The main purpose of this workshop is to help you bring into balance 3 core parts of…
  • New Genius Code Mindfest – Listen for Free

    Steve Pavlina
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Just a note that the free Genius Code Mindfest is running this week. It’s hosted by Learning Strategies and Paul Scheele. You can tune into it and listen right away since the Mindfest has already started. This Mindfest focuses on tapping the power of your subconscious mind to solve problems and generate fresh ideas. Skim through the sign-up page and see if the topic appeals to you. As usual the whole Mindfest is free. Learning Strategies has discovered that many people will purchase copies of their courses after listening for free online, so these Mindfests are a nice win-win…
  • Conscious Life Workshop at 92 Registrations

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

  • Top 10 Reasons why Constant Complaining in the Workplace is so Toxic

    Alexander Kjerulf
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Years ago when I was still a software developer for a small consulting company in my second job out of university, I had a boss that was… shall we say unpopular. My co-workers and I hated his guts and we complained ceaselessly about him. It got to the point where we couldn’t start a meeting, have lunch in the cafeteria, or even go out for a beer without spending half an hour complaining about him. We whined about his attitude, his stupidity, his meddling, his spinelessness … hell, even his dress sense came under fire. But then again, he is the only manager who has ever…
  • 4 exciting research projects from Woohoo Labs

    Alexander Kjerulf
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    We are currently working on 4 R&D projects that we hope will generate new important knowledge about happiness at work. We are really excited about the results and we’re doing the studies under a fairly rigorous scientific approach. It’s not like we’re expecting any of this to be peer reviewed, but we’re trying really hard to conduct the studies objectively. Here are the 4 projects. 1: Client impact of our work We’re doing a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the effect of the work we’ve done for our clients over the last 2 years. Outcomes: An…
  • Join us for our first ever webinar. The topic: What really makes us happy at work.

    Alexander Kjerulf
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Companies have tried many different tricks to make their employees happier. Raises, bonus schemes, promotions, foosball tables, lavish lunches, gyms, massages – even slides and live piano players in the employee cafeteria. But it turns out those things are not even remotely connected to happiness at work. In fact, in many cases they become distractions that keep workplaces from doing the things that really matter. So if your workplace has some (or all) of the above and people are still not happy, engaged and motivated, this webinar can tell you what’s gone wrong and what…
  • Overwork

    Alexander Kjerulf
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Once and for all: Consistently working more than 40 hrs/wk means you get LESS work done. End the #cultofoverwork.
  • Helping and happiness

    Alexander Kjerulf
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    There’s an excellent article in HBR about The Culture of Helping at US innovation agency IDEO by Teresa Amabile (whose work we already love around here)  Colin M. Fisher, and Julianna Pillemer. The authors raises some issues around helping behavior and point out that helping co-workers may not come naturally: Helpfulness must be actively nurtured in organizations, however, because it does not arise automatically among colleagues. Individuals in social groups experience conflicting impulses: As potential helpers, they may also be inclined to compete. As potential help seekers, they may…
 
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    Self Help Daily

  • Quote About the Calming Effects of Tea - There's a Great Deal of Comfort in a Cup of Tea

    Joi
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    There's a Great Deal of Comfort in a Cup of TeaThis morning, my trip to the grocery store wasn’t as uneventful as it normally is. Seems my car’s brakes forgot how to do their job.  Thankfully when I first noticed their sudden case of amnesia I was in a parking lot so I was going really slow.  So thankfully I didn’t hit anyone or anything. Just as it approaches that time of year when my brain begins to think about the holidays, Christmas shopping, and all the wonderful things that come from September – December… that’s when my car says, “You know…
  • Occupations with High Rates of Substance Abuse (Infographic) - Based on The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Based on The National Survey on Drug Use and HealthIf you find yourself in a battle with substance abuse, don’t try to fight it alone! Formidable foes (which “abuse” of any kind certainly qualifies for) call for more than just one hero. Contact someone in your community and/or click through the infographic shown above for more information. When it comes to standing up to any sort of abuse (mental, substance, physical..) there’s power in numbers. Repeat after me: I don’t have to do this alone! Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/JoiTaniaSigersOccupations with…
  • Riding the Bull: The Tipping Point Between Habit and Addiction

    Joi
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Guest-Submitted Article: Riding the Bull: The Tipping Point Between Habit and Addiction Eight glorious seconds: That’s all they’re after. Sure, there’s the money and the fame. But it is not really all that much money. And at the end of the day, no one remembers their name. Bull riders do it for the rush. They know it is probably going to end in tears. But if they can stay on that wild, unpredictable, bucking, death machine of an animal for eight eternal seconds, they have achieved nirvana. Of course, even if they make it, we all know what’s coming. They are going to end up…
  • How to Make it Through the First Year of Sobriety (Special Article) - Help for Those Re-Covering from Addiction

    Joi
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Help for Those Re-Covering from AddictionBelow is an article that’s being shared with Self Help Daily’s readers who, quite possibly, find themselves fighting for a better life.  Sometimes you need a little help when fighting worthy opponents – fortunately, help isn’t just out there, it’s readily available! The risk of addiction relapse is highest during the first year of a recovering addict’s sobriety. Acute withdrawal from alcohol or drugs may last only about a week to 10 days, but even after acute withdrawal ends, a recovering addict may continue to…
  • How to Get Work Done When You Don’t Fell Like Working (at all!) - When Your Give a Dang Can't Be Found

    Joi
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    When Your Give a Dang Can't Be FoundEver have one of those days when you just flat don’t want to do anything. As in anything at all – unless, of course, lying on the couch watching TVLand counts. I don’t know about you, but I find that I’ve always got time for and interest in Andy and Barney. Funny, though, the same can’t always be said for housework, writing, laundry, etc.  Those of us who work from home (in my opinion) have a tougher time than most. Let’s face it, if we don’t feel like working, we simply don’t. Cue the whistling and tell…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Twofer Tuesday: On Magic and Great Work

    acr
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. Here’s How to Work a Little Magic Something fun today, with a HT to JK Rowling.

If you had a magic wand, what spell would you cast today? See: Every Harry Potter Spell What’s the Great Work You’ll be Up to in the Final Four? Good Work: your job description.

Great Work: the work that makes a difference, has meaning, has an impact.

Before all of us in the Northern…
  • We’ve Changed, In a Good Way!

    acr
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you noticed anything different lately? It’s true… we’ve revamped our website. We’ve been in stealth mode as we’ve worked out a few kinks, but now we’re ready to shout it from the rooftops. The new site is bolder, cleaner and more focused on what we do: Coaching Skills for Managers. With the new launch comes a new report from yours truly, The Three Essential Coaching Habits For The Time-Crunched Manager. In our busy workplace, we’ve never been more overcommitted, over connected and overwhelmed. It’s a common curse. At Box of Crayons we want to flip that, so that people can…
  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What’s happening in your workplace? Are you awash in the “same old, same old” of everyday tactics or are you getting strategic about how to accomplish your Great Work?
  • My One Best Question, Ep. 8

    acr
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the Thomas Pynchon book Gravity’s Rainbow, there is a line that reads: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”  So how do you avoid those “wrong questions” and get to the heart of the matter? In our “My One Best Question” series, I have asked writers, thinkers, coaches and executives, “What is your favourite question?” In the latest episode of My One Best Question, you’ll get great insights from Teresa Amabile, author of  The Progress Principle, Michael Leckie, VP of Service…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Focus and Happiness

    acr
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. Stop doing these things, and have more impact That’s the bottom-line, heart of the matters, gods-honest-truth of what we’re about here. So this was an article that had me nodding along in furious agreement, not least because there’s often a link pointing to actual research backing up the claims. Most useful for me? #5 and the point about automating tasks. I think that’s…
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    Aspire Higher Motivational Quotes

  • The Grandest Prize – Poem

    shawn
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Here’s another great poem I stumbled upon recently.  It’s about striving for worthy goals in life, especially the ones that make you stretch. If you’re like me, you’ll have to read it 2 or 3 times. The Grandest Prize In summing up the things to praise, For what they do for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Boy – Poem

    shawn
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Here’s an interesting poem I found recently from the early 1940′s…or earlier.  It talks about taking account of who we are now, compared to who we thought we would one day become.  You might have to read it a few times to fully get it. The Boy A lad stood there, as I opened the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Talent Quotes

    shawn
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I collected these TALENT QUOTES for you because we always seem to be down on ourselves for our lack of natural ability.  These quotes should give you a fresh new way to look at your performance.  Enjoy:   1. Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inspirational Quotes Video 3

    shawn
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I’ve been meaning to go on a video-making-binge for years…but I find it so hard to do! I’d love to amass a giant collection of such videos; I did make a couple motivational videos 7 years ago, and finally got around to making a 3rd one only 6 months ago.  That tells you how well I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Perseverance Quotes

    shawn
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Here is a re-purposed old page of mine…now new & improved…on quotes about perseverance.   If you feel like giving up on something right now, read this page and tell me what you think/feel at the end: 1. If a man has any brains at all, let him hold on to his calling, and, in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • How a Small, Consistent Effort Lets You Achieve Goals You Only Dreamed About

    Josh Hinds
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins and ends with one step.” – Lao Tzu Have you ever given up on a goal because it seemed so far away? Perhaps you’ve been on diet after diet – only to give up each time. Maybe you’ve thought about studying part-time – but it’ll take you years to get the qualification you want. Or perhaps you’ve started a huge long-term project, like writing a book – only to stop a few months later with little to show for your efforts. You might feel like you need to take huge strides to see the success you desire, but starting small will…
  • Automobile University By Zig Ziglar

    Josh Hinds
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In our hurry-hurry world, most people do not have time to become bookworms, but virtually all of us can become “tape worms.” (Or “podcast worms” or “CD worms”… you get the picture.) A study by the University of Southern California revealed that if you live in a metropolitan area and drive 12,000 miles a year you can acquire the equivalent of two years of college education in three years’ time by listening to educational information in your car. Since the average American adult spends from two hundred to seven hundred hours each year in an…
  • 6 Steps to a Great Work-Life Balance

    Josh Hinds
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We hear it over and over again: “Success requires sacrifice. You can’t have it all”. If you want to be successful with your business or career, you will have to buckle down and get ready to pay a steep price in your personal life. This is how most people think and live. Yet there’s a minority of people, let’s call them role models, who have found a way to end this age-old and unforgiving compromise. I know this because I searched the globe for them. I wrote a book about what they can teach us – and this is how I have chosen to live my own life. Within the last decade these…
  • Strive to Always Move Forward

    Josh Hinds
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you remember anything from your geometry class in school, it’s probably the fact that the shortest distance between any two points is a straight line. Moving forward along that straight line always represents the most efficient, productive, and profitable course of action, assuming that you have picked your destination point wisely. Recently, I heard about the artwork in the design on an Australian coat-of-arms. There are two animals indigenous to Australia that appear on that coat-of-arms. They are the kangaroo and the emu. These two animals aren’t too much alike, but they do…
  • Success Lesson: Pick a Lane

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

  • My first app is ready for download! Conversation Starters is LIVE. Talk your hearts out!

    amandas
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
      My team and I use Skype chat like it’s our “watercooler chat place,” which can be summed up in three words: crude, cultured, and gushy. When we find stories about people using The Desire Map in groups, this happens: “Did you catch the convo from that book club in Maryland last night? They got deep!” “Did you guys read the Facebook post about the teacher in N’awlins talking about core desired feelings to the kids? Made me cry.” And on it goes. So far there have been 500+ Desire Map groups conversing, from Paris to Vancouver, even Reykjavik. (Reykjavik!) They had The…
  • One of my bigger announcements: We will be LICENSING The Desire Map process. So all you workshoppers, coaches, teachers, yoginis… prepare to lift OFF!

    Danielle
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Desire Map conversation group in LA, so much beauty. Photo by Catherine Just Photography After a lot of deep thinking, team jamming, and hundreds of requests over the last two years… we are going to license The Desire Map material so that… coaches, workshop leaders, community leaders, yoga teachers, school teachers, trainers, facilitators, and all kinds of inspirational mavens can offer Desire Map programs and earn their own money doing so. Whu-ZAM! I haven’t been resisting this, I’ve just been listening for the sacred timing and trying on ideas for business models…
  • Get on the alert list for my app. Conversation Starters launches next week!

    amandas
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Next week, Tuesday September 2, we’re launching my first app!: Conversation Starters: A Desire Map App. To us, it feels like a sacred (digital) talking stick. And with it, we’re setting out to fuel a revolution of meaningful conversations. CONVERSATIONS STARTERS: A DESIRE MAP APP It has hundreds of questions to inspire connection. Simple questions. Profound questions. Go deeper with your girlfriends, with your work team or clients, with your partner at the cafe, with your own self and a journal. Click. Tap. Tune in. Get in. SIGN UP HERE to be notified the minute the app goes…
  • 5 pointers for developing freedom-based creativity & work habits. Which is to say, you’ve got to dissolve guilt and rock your own rhythm.

    Danielle
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I posted this to my Facebook on a recent weekend: A note on CREATIVE FLOW…. I’m “working” today. Wasn’t planning on it. It’s a sunny, gorgeous Vancouver Sunday. But since my kid is running around the block with his neighbour buddies, I’m using this time to write, respond, vision. Last week I filmed in LA, curled up with friends, worked hard, lounged. Had ideas in between film takes, took it easy, made big decisions, put big things into motion, and put ice on my eyes before photo shoots to make up for lack of sleep. I’ve got a two hour meeting…
  • A big, luscious life comes from small, daily actions

    amandas
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A desire is the interface between you and the future. No desire is meaningless or inconsequential. If it pulls you, even a little bit, it will take everyone higher. Every desire deserves your attention.- especially the daily, repeating, seemingly small desires that circulate in your heart and mind.  This is the single most practical reason to get clear on your core desired feelings: you can make small improvements to your being and your life, on a daily basis. You don’t need to quit your job, necessarily. Or learn Spanish, or a whole new meditation practice, or a seven-step system. You…
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    Jungle of Life

  • How to Use Creative Approach in Job Search

    Lance Ekum
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Tweet In the period of economic crisis people take the problem of job search more creatively. The novelty of this approach is in use of non-standard communication channels. One of the creative approaches in your job hunting is self-promotion or self-advertising. The core of this method lies in the ability to use different sales techniques that work for products and services but adapted to selling your skills in the labor market. The employers are taken as usual customers, so let’s work with them professionally! Here are several examples of such non-standard approach in finding a place known…
  • The Importance of Properly Caring for a HVAC System

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

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

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

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

  • New Webinar with Kala – Planting Seeds of Thought to Manifest Your Goals at Fall Equinox

    Kala Ambrose
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
        WEBINAR: Fall Equinox Wisdom Teaching: Planting Seeds of Thought to Manifest Your Goals Thursday, Sept 4th 7pm – 9pm   Join Award Winning Author, Intuitive & International Wisdom Teacher   Kala Ambrose   as She Teaches You a Powerful Fall Equinox Ritual:   How to Plant Seeds of Thought to Manifest Your Goals   Each September, once Labor Day has passed,  there’s a noticeable crisp change in the air and a mellowing of the sunlight guiding our thoughts to turn toward the season of fall. In some parts of the world, the landscapes are ablaze with vibrant…
  • Creating Your Book of Shadows with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Kala Ambrose’s Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences provides the opportunity for private and group online course study via webinars and video downloads with Award Winning Author and Wisdom Teacher Kala Ambrose Kala’s Wise Woman Wisdom Course is available to you in Twelve Unique One Hour Video Downloads During this course, you will learn how to conduct rituals as they were done in the ancient mystery schools, read tea leaves, work with sound therapy, understand the importance of portal openings, enhance your intuitive abilities, work with crystals and gemstones and…
  • Kala Ambrose Keynote Speaker at Edgar Cayce’s ARE Naturally Psychic Conference

    Kala Ambrose
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I’m excited to share this information with you about an upcoming event! On Saturday, September 13th,  I’ll be speaking as the Evening Keynote Speaker at Edgar Cayce’s ARE Naturally Psychic Conference. My workshop will be on How to Discover Your Hidden Psychic Talents! This event will be held live in Virginia Beach at the ARE and is also going to be available via LIVE STREAMING to watch from your computer. The Edgar Cayce ARE has made a special Facebook page with information regarding this Live Streaming event. Here’s the description of the event from the ARE: Join us LIVE…
  • Reprogramming Yourself From the Inside Out

    Kala Ambrose
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    As someone who has seen auras around people all of my life, I’m fascinated by how the aura works as I watch cords of energy extend through the auric fields, reaching out to connect with people and moving further upward into the higher planes. These energy cords have been evolving over the past decade, which I describe as the “Evolution of Your Energy Body”. This evolution is happening to every one of us here on Earth. This is one of the reasons I created the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, in order to establish a setting where people who work from the creative side of the brain,…
  • Activate Your Aura Evolution with Kala Webinar

    Kala Ambrose
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Since I was a little girl, I’ve seen the aura around everyone and everything. I would marvel at the beautiful colors around flowers in the garden and around the bees and humming birds.  I loved my dog’s aura, it was steady, sure and very protective around me. I felt his love for me through his aura as clear as I saw it in his eyes. I didn’t know back then that other people didn’t see or feel the aura around people and in their homes. I assumed that it was as natural to see as the colors we see everyday, like the blue sky, the green grass and rainbows after a storm.   I still…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • The Golden Rule

    Walter Jacobson
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Want to be happy? Want to attain inner peace? Want to feel genuine self-esteem? Want to make the world a better, safer, more loving and more sustainable place? Do unto others as you wish done unto you. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Hold this one thought in your mind. Embed that thought into all your transactions… Everybody wins! The post The Golden Rule appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • The Inner Critic vs The Inner Colleague

    Walter Jacobson
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    There are two “voices” in our mind that compete for our attention and cooperation. One voice is negative and self-sabotaging, based in fear. The other voice is positive and empowering, based in love. Which voice we listen to determines the reality we manifest and the quality of our lives. Therefore, if our goal is happiness, inner peace, physical well-being, and success, it behooves us to pay attention and choose the right voice. The post The Inner Critic vs The Inner Colleague appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Stop Blaming Others For The Life You Don’t Have

    Walter Jacobson
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Regardless of whatever disability or adversity you experienced in your formative years, you have a choice today to either wallow in your victimhood and what was done to you or accept the hand that was dealt you, don’t let it define you, go after your dreams and make them happen. The post Stop Blaming Others For The Life You Don’t Have appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Pay Attention – Every Decision Has A Consequence

    Walter Jacobson
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Every thought, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to be, is a decision that has a consequence. Every action, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to be, is a decision that has a consequence. Best that we pay attention to our thoughts and actions. More specifically, if we wish to attain happiness and inner peace, best we choose those thoughts and actions that are based on love rather than fear, unity rather than divisiveness, generosity rather than selfishness, tolerance rather than judgment, acceptance rather than rejection, and forgiveness rather than resentment.
  • Get High With Your Mind: Be Loving and Kind.

    Walter Jacobson
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Want to get high without alcohol or drugs? Think loving thoughts. Express kindness, compassion and consideration to everyone you meet. The post Get High With Your Mind: Be Loving and Kind. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
 
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    Everything Counts Devel

  • Sportsmanship…and why it matters

    Gary Ryan Blair
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Education is incomplete without sports, and sports are incomplete without a true education of sportsmanship. As millions head back for another year of school, I wanted to use this post to share an insight for all students athletes, parents, coaches and fans. The choice made by athletes to engage in sportsmanlike behavior depends in large part, on how the sport is structured by coaches, parents, and fans. Good sportsmanship begins with an understanding that the principle nature of athletics, sports, and physical education are an integral part of the educational process, presenting innumerable…
  • Guts and Glory

    Gary Ryan Blair
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    “We choose to go…not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy on sending a man to the moon THERE is no purer form of success, no more exact and demanding test of what you are capable of, than to take on a big challenging goal and find great joy in the capacity to meet it. While we all have different goals and aspirations, we all love and…
  • Take A Walk on the Wild Side

    Gary Ryan Blair
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is a common riddle. The punch line of which is: “To get to the other side.” A punch line is the final part of a joke, comedy sketch, or profound statement which is intended to be funny or to provoke laughter or thought. If you’ll allow me, I’d like to show you how to use this silly: “To get to the other side.” punch line, as a powerful philosophy for turning your dreams into reality. Ready? Let’s go… On the other side of ordinary is extraordinary. On the other side of defeat is victory. On the…
  • Bruce Lee’s $10 Million Dollar Goal

    Gary Ryan Blair
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    At Planet Hollywood in New York City, there is a letter hanging on the wall that martial artist and actor Bruce Lee wrote to himself. The top of the letter, which Lee HAND WROTE and dated January 9, 1970, has stamped on it “SECRET.” It starts out, “By 1980 I will be the best known Oriental movie star in the United States and will have secured $10 million dollars.” The most interesting part of this letter, however, was the second part-the part, often omitted when we sit down with ourselves to set goals. Lee goes on to write, “And in return I will give the very…
  • Leave a Legacy, Not an Inheritance

    Gary Ryan Blair
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” – From the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy. More important than leaving an inheritance for your children is leaving them a proud legacy. And, if you allow me a moment, I’d like to explain why. Look at it anyway you want, but the Internet is a DIGITAL TATTOO, and your wins and losses, successes and failures, as well as your best and worst moments will live on for perpetuity. Trust me, the next seven generations will quickly and easily be able to learn everything they…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Super Mario Bros Aquarium Edition

    Jason
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    • Just wow. This Super Mario Bros themed aquarium built with Lego bricks is amazing. This article has more pics and talks about how it was made. • Katerina Kamprani makes perfectly useless product designs. Be prepared to smile. • These Certificates of Awesomness are pretty rad. In fact, they have inspired Kim and I to do something similar to award Adultitis fighters. Stay tuned! • I’ve always been captivated by the fact that babies and toddlers can get away with just full-out staring at people in public. This dad runs with that concept by re-imagining what it would be like if he…
  • Small Rebellion #9: Pay It Backward

    Jason
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Imagine placing an order at a drive-thru restaurant. (And yes, you definitely want fries with that.) You pull up to the window and begin digging out some cash only to learn from the store employee that the person ahead of you already paid for your meal. Wouldn’t that make you feel amazing? If you were having a bad day up until that point, what are the odds that your mood changes? This concept is known as “paying it backward.” It’s similar to “paying it forward,” which is the expression for describing when the beneficiary of a good deed repays it to someone else instead of the…
  • Lucy’s First Day of School

    Jason
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The school buses are ready to roll. Students have their new shoes laced good and tight. New backpacks are filled with shiny new supplies. Butterflies are busy in the tummies of newbie teachers and students. The start of school in Wisconsin is here! This fall Lucy is five-years-old. Since she will not be attending a “school” in the next few days, I guess that means one thing…we are “officially” homeschoolers. Of course, our fellow homeschoolers (which in 2013 made up 3.4% of the U.S. student population) would agree that we’ve been homeschooling since she was…
  • Why You Should Be a Hoarder

    Jason
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve known since the day Lucy was born that I was going to cry on her wedding day. (An ugly cry, too.) I’d rather cry in gratitude over all the cool memories we created than in regret over the things I missed out on. Recently, Kim and I enjoyed a nice campfire chat with my family about what’s “next” for everyone. Discussion covered things like new homes, new renovations, and new additions to the family. At one point, we were asked, “So when are you guys getting your next house?” We were taken a bit off guard by the question. Was something wrong with our current house? We…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Homer Simpson Tattoos Edition

    Jason
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    • Lee Weir set a Guinness World Record for the most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body. He has 41 tatts of Homer Simpson on his left arm. Which means he has room for more if someone makes a run at his record. Woo hoo! • I really enjoyed this unique tribute to Robin Williams that Norm MacDonald conducted via Twitter. • Tickets are sold out for the first ever adults-only sleepover adventure at The American Museum of Natural History, but I think they should plan more. Adultitis wouldn’t stand a chance if there were more opportunities like this. • I think…
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    The BridgeMaker

  • Let Go, Simplify and Breathe

    Alex Blackwell
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans. – Woody Allen It’s good to be back, writing again. After stepping away for the summer, I felt the nudge to return to The BridgeMaker. My time away wasn’t about losing my passion – it was about doing what I had to do to keep my head above water. Need to Breathe Do you know the feeling? The days when you feel like your head is just below the water line and you’re doing everything you can to push upward to breathe, but the life-giving air is just out of reach. Frustration builds, making the task more difficult. That’s when…
  • When It’s Time to Build Something New

    Alex Blackwell
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. – Hermann Hesse It’s time to let go and see what’s next for me. This is my last post on The BridgeMaker. After writing more than 700 posts for the past seven years, something is nudging me to move on and build something new. The signs telling me that it’s time to close this chapter have been around for a while; I’ve just been ignoring them. I thought if I stopped writing then I would let people down. But over the last few months the motivation to write has come more from a sense of obligation than…
  • Living Your Most Authentic Life

    Jodi Chapman
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. – Maya Angelou Many people would love my life, and many people would loathe it. For some, it would look like something straight off of their vision board. For others, it would look like their idea of hell. It’s a quiet life – a very quiet life. It’s a life filled with solitude and stillness: writing, reflecting, listening, and introspecting. I spend hours each day alone in my office. Door closed. Complete silence. I follow my soul’s whispers, and I’ve found that I am unable to hear them if I am…
  • A Simple Path – To Living Consciously

    Alex Blackwell
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    Life is just a chance to grow a soul. – A. Powell Davies Morning runs are back! From late May to mid-August, the sun is up early so getting outside for a morning run at 5:30 is possible. Even though I’m a year-round runner, this is my favorite time to lace up my shoes. The smell of fresh morning air, hearing the birds’ sweet symphony and watching the sprinklers spray water across green grass fills my senses like no other moment. During these morning runs, I’m mindful of my heart beating as perspiration covers me like a thin, soft blanket. There’s no question about it: I’m…
  • Everyday Inspiration Digest #4

    Alex Blackwell
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Here are are this week’s posts on my blog, Everyday Inspiration. Together, we can inspire each other to never give up; to never turn away from our dreams and to see the beautiful, everyday gifts that are meant for you. – and for me. Five Ways to Restore Trust When It Has Been Broken Although it seems hard to accept, especially to those who have had their trust in someone special damaged by acts of betrayal, trust can be restored with time, patience, keeping communication lines open and a lot of self-introspection. Click here to read the full post. 10 Powerful Life Lessons Life lessons…
 
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • How to Network Like a Fox

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I've been in business since 1982 and have read dozens of books about networking over the years. Usually I’d get a nugget here and there, but then I was left to cobble together my own plan.In her Network Like a Fox is refreshingly different.Inside the covers of this value-packed book by Nancy Fox is an entire strategy mapped out for the taking.Fox’s recommended approaches are closely aligned with my own values, focusing on what you can do for other people and not what they’ll do for you. She also stresses the importance of LISTENING – not just to hear what the person is saying but…
  • Conversations Overheard on a Blueberry Farm

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

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

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

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

  • "Hall of Fame" - Music to Fire You Up

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Life is hard, and then you...well, that depends on what you do next.The next time you've done your best and it didn't work out and you feel down in the dumps, watch this.It will FIRE. YOU. UP.Some lyrics from "Hall of Fame - The Script" (2012) by feat. will.i.am.You could go the distance You could run the mile You could walk straight through hell with a smile You could be the hero You could get the gold Breaking all the records that thought never could be broke Do it for your people Do it for your pride Never gonna know if you never even try Do it…
  • Favorite Quotes from Socrates: An Examined Life

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    I recently reread this quote by Socrates, Greek philosopher and teacher of Plato. It's one of my all-time favorites:“An unexamined life is not worth living.”In my life I've tried to surround myself with people who question things and are serious about improving "who they are." Still, I know more than a few people who live unexamined lives, who are willing consumers of whatever the culture dishes up.Marble bust of Socrates - LouvreWhile we think of Socrates as one of the great minds of human history, in his own time only his students and a few close friends appreciated his wisdom. Those in…
  • The Amazing Unprecedented Plumber

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Moving into our new home, we discovered that many aspects of it had been neglected during the previous owners' eight-year residence. One area was the bathroom sinks and toilets. As one of our final upgrades, we called the plumber to clear the sink drains and replace old hardware in the toilets. I assisted by getting rid of the gunk that had accumulated on the stoppers and in the drain pipes. It was...never mind...too nasty to describe.The plumber was an interesting fellow in his mid-thirties. Even though he spoke with a speech impediment, he talked nonstop during the hour he was in the house.
  • Interstellar Space Travel - Humanity's Opportunity to Get Real

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

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

  • The 3 Things Leaders Must Do To Build Meaningful Communities

    Tanveer Naseer
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I shared the news of a special, month-long leadership series here on my blog to celebrate the release this month of my first leadership book, “Leadership Vertigo”, co-written with S. Max Brown (to learn more about the book and the numerous book retailers where you can buy a copy, click here to check out the book page on my website).To kick-start this special celebratory leadership series, I’m delighted and honoured to welcome Doug Conant, Chairman of Avon Products and retired CEO and President of the Campbell Soup Company. In this special guest piece written for this…
  • Leadership Vertigo – Understanding Why Leaders Go Off Course

    Tanveer Naseer
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you write about leadership for a number of years, and especially when you receive numerous awards and recognitions for your writings and insights on leadership, it’s only natural that one of the questions you’re often asked is ‘when are you going to write a book?’ This has certainly been the case on my end – in fact, I recall one conversation I had with a friend of mine almost a year ago where in an off-the-cuff moment, he said “Tanveer, you know you have a book in you, right?”To see such interest and demand for my writings in this larger format has…
  • How To Promote Continuous Learning In Your Organization

    Tanveer Naseer
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”– William Arthur WardWhen it comes to effectively leading teams and organizations in today’s fast-paced, 24/7 global economy, it’s becoming more and more evident that the days of command-and-control leadership are well behind us. That – to paraphrase the quote above – organizations need leaders who don’t just explain or demonstrate the relevance of their vision to those they lead. Rather, what organizations require are leaders who can inspire…
  • One CEO’s Reflections On Measuring Impact And Purpose

    Tanveer Naseer
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Daniel Patrick Forrester.Over the last ten years I have seen a movement happening within for-profit organizations. They are moving towards including a social impact agenda within their purpose as a company. Which is groundbreaking for society! I can think of no greater time in history to advance our society then by for-profit social impact investing.For- profit organizations are reflecting upon their current value proposition and looking to dig deeper by bringing meaning into the workplace and world. They are seeking to answer the questions, “why do we…
  • 3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience

    Tanveer Naseer
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Jesse Newton and Josh Davis.If you’re trying to instill organizational change in your company, then you face not just a logistical shift, but a cultural challenge as well. Employees will have to think differently, see people differently, and act in new ways. Employees also need to continually reinforce the right habits in one another so that the customer experience is on their minds everywhere.One method that can help is known as pride building. This is a cultural intervention in which leaders seek out a few employees who are already known to be master…
 
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    Simply Encouraging Blog

  • The Beginning of Miraculous

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Have you ever worked so hard to “get it right”, only to have it turn out all wrong? Have you ever set out upon the right path, only to arrive in the worst possible place? Have you ever laid out your very best plan, only to wake up to a colossal mess? Yeah, me too; but please don’t despair. Give your seemingly bad outcomes some time, and you just might be surprised! When we let go, what turned out wrong somehow becomes just right, the worst possible places yield rich experiences, and our messes morph into crystal clear delights. Miracles don’t need our striving to…
  • Lessons from a Coconut

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    People have to earn our respect, right? Personally, I don’t buy that chant. If I do, it will stunt my growth. I think of respect as a trait that I have to develop towards others, no matter what they bring. I think of it as an aspect of growing in my capacity to love. It’s not about how they treat me; it’s about how I treat them. I think of respect as an outlook that seeks what is special in people, regardless of the package they come in. It treats every individual as a dignitary bearing a priceless lesson for our hearts to grow. Respect sounds so serious, but it’s…
  • True Love Is Curious

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    On the surface, it may appear that everyone seems happy, connected, and free of care. After all, we’re all trained to wear “the mask”. Yet, in the midst of it all, there are so many people who are suffering quietly. Oh, they go through the motions, complete with smiles and the just right words, but look very closely. There is a slight turning away when loved ones are mentioned, as they privately remember a loss. There is that subtle “glazing of gaze” when our latest purchase is mentioned, because they feel shame over a hurting financial condition. Every now and…
  • Treat Me Like a Rat!

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    When experimental psychologists train rats in a “Skinner Box” (designed to give a variety of stimuli and a feeding tube to deliver reinforcement) they don’t wait for a full-blown sequence of behavior in order to reward the rat. They reinforce every small step in the direction of the ultimate outcome! We call this “reinforcing successive approximations to the desired behavior”. My point? I think we would be wise to treat each other like rats! I think it’s simply encouraging to hear someone say, “Hey, I notice you’re trying; keep up the great…
  • Safe People

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    We all need safe people around us. Safe people are self-aware. They immediately note their impact upon others, and they desire only to be a positive influence in the world. They always seek truth, so their spirit is open and graceful. Their relationships reflect a natural "mutuality", so if something bothers you, it will be their concern. They truly believe that “I am yours, and you are mine” but emphasize more of the “you” and less of the “me”. Safe people see your potential, and they celebrate. They see your hurt, and they nurture those tender places.
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    Interruption Management

  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    In a few days, will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might…
  • Alternate Tasks for High Productivity

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
  • One Thing at a Time!

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    What is the fastest, most efficient way you can handle all the things competing for your attention? Prioritize them, and then handle them one at a time. It sounds simple enough, but this goes against the grain of society, which "says" do many things at once to be more efficient.You see this every day: someone jogging down the road listening to an Ipod or somebody doing work or reading while eating lunch. People double up activities, as if somehow that is going to make things easier, better, more rewarding, or longer lasting.Consider some of the greatest people in history: George Washington,…
  • Aspire to Leadership

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a DifferenceHosted by Dr. Michelle PizerThe 21-day event is FREE. Click here to reserve your seat. www.cracktheleadershipcode.comWe hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely – and we need a place to reflect and learn. That’s why I’m speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizer’s special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility…
  • Too Many Distractions

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

  • Thinking Magically™ | The Secret of Using Magic (Pt 2)

    scottgrossberg
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until I became that person. Or, he became me.“ – Cary Grant Last week I asked you if you believe in magic. And then I challenged you to use that magic well (after explaining that we all believe in magic to one degree or another). This week, we’re going to finish up with some questions and answers. So off we go . . . second star to the right and straight on ’til morning . . . and all that . . . CREATING THE RITUAL OF MAGIC (Continued) What gives a magician fortitude? You develop this just like you develop everything else that’s…
  • Thinking Magically™ | The Secret of Using Magic (Pt 1)

    scottgrossberg
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” - J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? The world is full of magic and those who claim they believe in it. Just ask any 2 year old. Heck, even ask any 3 year old (or adult) who hasn’t had the claimed belief in magic snipped out of them. So, I’ll ask again: do you believe in magic? Of course you do. We all do whether we admit it or not. As human beings, we all seek hidden meaning in the things that happen to and around us. We look for patterns (consciously and unconsciously).  And we love to…
  • Thinking Magically™ | What Everybody Ought to Know About Kindness . . .

    scottgrossberg
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. – Dalai Lama ================================ DISASTER STRIKES OUT OF NOWHERE ================================ Occasionally, the unimaginable happens. On Saturday, August 2, our daughter, Jordan, had the wedding of her dreams. On Sunday — at the start of her mini-honeymoon — she and her new husband learned of emergency weather conditions that were threatening their new family home. Their happy celebration of Life ended as they rushed back to their dogs…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Building a Reality That Finally Works (Pt 2)

    scottgrossberg
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will ACT like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now.”…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Building a Reality That Finally Works (Pt 1)

    scottgrossberg
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.” – John Green WHO’S IN CONTROL OF YOUR REALITY? Have you ever asked yourself: Who’s in control of my life? If the answer isn’t “you,” then you’re in for some…
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    Experience Optimism

  • Why would someone want to join an Optimist Club?

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Why would someone want to join an Optimist Club?The reasons are many including:FriendshipTo make a difference in my communityTo share lunch, breakfast or dinner with like-minded individualsTo help childrenTo recite the Optimist CreedBut the real truth is that we join Optimist Clubs because it makes us feel good. When we get together with other like-minded people and share a meal, we make friends and develop positive projects that make a difference in our community and that, my friends, feels good.Find an Optimist Club near you and join today so that you can feel good too.If you don't see one…
  • Positive thoughts, deeds and people are the purpose of an Optimist Club

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    During the first business session at the Optimist International Convention, the immediate past president and president-elect, representing the board of directors, came on the stage to suggest that Optimist International should be restructured.They gave statistics about the membership decline and without explaining why any of this would help, they asked those assembled to consider four options for the future:Do nothing - continue along the same lines and watch the membership dwindle away.Restructure the organization into regions, eliminating the district administrative structure. Allow…
  • Find a new friend

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    I've been told that people, especially Gen X and Ys, aren't joiners. Technology has replaced face-to-face gatherings as we connect online and share crazy pictures, stunts, and yes, #selfies.But let me tell you, nothing replaces the camaraderie of a service club. When you meet with people regularly to discuss how you might improve your community, you make friends and soon you realize that it is not just your community that is being improved, it's your life, and your family's life, that is benefiting the most.Coming together with others in an Optimist Club will help you maintain a positive…
  • Ken Garner, Optimist International President 2014-2015 answers the question: Who Am I?

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    People draw meaning from different parts of any learning activity in which they take part. The 2014 Optimist International Convention was one such event. It inspired the attendees with stories from young Austin Gatus about not giving up and working through life-threatening medical complications. Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series shared a message of personal leadership and challenged every individual to help the organization grow by recruiting one new member. There were governance issues presented, discussed and resolved and a number of sessions to train members to…
  • Optimist Clubs encourage good communication skills with scholarship contests

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

  • You Can Do It – Understanding and Overcoming Low Self-Esteem

    Paul
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Low self-esteem can often be traced back to childhood. For those who had a difficult upbringing or suffered through a traumatic event, low self-esteem is fairly common. However, it’s possible to develop self-esteem issues in adulthood as well. When someone has have low self esteem, feel gratitude can be difficult. When you go through a difficult time, it can affect the way you see yourself. For example, if you are unemployed, go through a divorce, or file bankruptcy, you may internalize these negative experiences and believe that it’s your fault and that you caused these bad things to…
  • Unlock Your Potential by Overcoming Your Limitations

    Paul
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Do you put limitations on yourself and then feel like you’re unable to accomplish your goals? A limiting mindset may stem from a difficult childhood, low self-esteem, or past failures. Despite your specific reason, it all boils down to fear. It could be the fear of rejection or of failing again. It could also be because you’re afraid of not being good enough. When you have thoughts like these, it can sometimes be difficult to feel grateful. Unlock your potential and overcome your limitations, and feel more gratitude with these tips: Embrace your limitations. You’ll likely encounter…
  • Being Authentic

    Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Have there been times in your life when you felt you weren’t acting like your true self? Maybe you were unsure of a situation or were lacking the confidence to reveal who you truly are. Whatever your reason, you chose to hide your real self. Personal concealment places us into an emotionally unhealthy cycle. First, we feel unsure of ourselves and this causes us to act even less authentic in the future. We may even begin to wonder, “Who am I?” Rather than spending time hiding from the world, you’ll flourish by revealing your true self to others. Becoming more authentic in your…
  • Gratitude: A Way of Life

    Paul
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise L. Hay Looking for an easy read dealing with Gratitude? Here is a great resource that you can pick up and enjoy! Written back in 1996, it is still as important today as it was originally! “I have noticed that the Universe love gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say ‘goodies,’ I don’t mean only material things. I mean all the people, places, and  experiences that make life so wonderfully worth living.” So starts out, Gratitude by Louise L. Hay. Louise Hay has once again created a great little…
  • People: A Reason, A Season, or a Lifetime

    Paul
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    People come and go in our lives. There is a reason each person that touches your life. You may not realize it initially, and sometimes you never learn the exact reason. When people come and go, it may hurt. You may not want to see them leave. Letting go can be very difficult for you at the time it is happening. The best thing you can do is share your love for them and wish them well. On the other hand, some people stick around in your life. They become the fabric of your being. Enjoy them for who they are even if this people is NOT someone you feel warm towards! There is a reason for these…
 
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    Council of Love

  • Anchoring & Being Love & Worth by Kathleen Willis

    Linda Dillon
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    We tend to think of Love as an experience but recently on Linda’s August 23rd, Saturday Conference Call and Tuesday’s Heavenly Blessings Radio Show, Universal Mother Mary defined it as her essence and the energy of All — the energy of creation before creation, the energy when there is no creation, the energy of silence, […]
  • Lord Maitreya asks us to lay down our arms, hatred, greed, and control

    admin4
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    What is the core lesson, the core issue, the most important thing that you are learning? You are learning the lessons of self-determination, of choice and decision. You are learning that true freedom cannot come at the cost of attempting to control or harm or destroy or hurt or maim or bear arms against another. […]
  • Why don’t you choose to nurture yourself? Mother Mary asks

    admin4
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    A poignant question on our Saturday conference call. The Mother’s suggestion is “…you must tend to yourself so you can tend to each other. That is the paradigm, that is the essence of Love. I beg you to do this…” Greetings, I am Mary, I am Mare’, Universal Mother, Mother of Love and Mother of […]
  • The Magdalena speaks of Sacred Union and Partnership

    admin4
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    You are the ones that are anchoring the new paradigm, the new grid, the new way of community of Nova Earth. And that way is through union and re-union… Suzanne Maresca: Good morning and welcome to another offering of Heavenly Blessings with Linda Dillon, channel for the Council of Love and author of The New […]
  • The Magdalena on The Nature of Sacred Partnership

    Linda Dillon
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am the Magdalena. Welcome, and yes, you have felt Yeshua and my gentle presence, and perhaps not so gentle presence, as we speak to you about union and re-union, sacred partnership, the nature of Love, the nature of Love intertwined with the responsibility of your own mission and purpose and how that is intertwined […]
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • Are You Spinning Your Wheels? A 6 Step Process for Overcoming Fear and Taking Action

    Joe
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” - Henry Ford So you want to do something amazing with your life, huh? You’re tired of being asleep behind the wheel and ready to kick things into high gear! […] The post Are You Spinning Your Wheels? A 6 Step Process for Overcoming Fear and Taking Action appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Common Reasons People Give Up their Dreams

    Joe
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    “Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” - Kahil Gibran  Remember those exciting plans you had as a child to be a rock star, an astronaut, or a professional athlete? What ever happened to all of those dreams? I know, I know, life got in the way and you had to […] The post 5 Common Reasons People Give Up their Dreams appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 10 Must-Read Books to Help You Think Big, Be Bold, and Live Better

    Joe
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” - William Godwin Do remember the very first personal growth book you read? For me it was the infamous Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. A friend let me borrow it in my early twenties and I immediately started to realize new possibilities and perspectives. That’s […] The post 10 Must-Read Books to Help You Think Big, Be Bold, and Live Better appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How Bad Do You Want It? The Most Important Factor for Getting What You Want

    Joe
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    “As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.” — The Upanishads Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have all the “luck”? They get what they want and make it look easy! What then is the difference from the super successful achiever […] The post How Bad Do You Want It? The Most Important Factor for Getting What You Want appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Why You Should Start Chasing Your Dreams (aka The Dream Chaser Manifesto)

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

  • The Radical Homemaker on the First Step to Becoming a Farmer

    Shannon Hayes
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Photo by SpeedKingz / Shutterstock. It’s three in the morning. I’m standing in my kitchen, staring down 70 pounds of tomatoes and 35 pounds of onions, all awaiting their destiny in a year’s supply of tomato sauce. Lined up next to the basement stairs are 40 pounds of green beans, already chopped and neatly canned in quart jars. “How did you take that step? How did you make a farm your life?” August doesn’t overwhelm me like it used to. I’ve run the calculations numerous times, and the savings, year-round convenience, and flavor garnered from the extra labors invested this month…
  • When Personal Boundaries Get Fuzzy … Sometimes It's Worth It

    Shannon Hayes
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    When boundaries get fuzzy. Photo by João André O. Dias / Flickr. “Mom, there’s something I have to tell you.” Ula’s eyes were wide with distress as she kneeled at her kitchen chair. I had made her shredded zucchini with a marinara meat sauce, one of her favorite August meals. She wasn’t touching it. That worried me. Under other circumstances, it might have been funny in a “kids do the darndest things” kind of way. “What is it, Sweetie?” I reached over and pushed a strand of hair behind her ear. Her cheek was hot. “I know we weren’t supposed to do it,” she began.
  • Pros and Cons of "Normal" Jobs from The Radical Homemaker

    Shannon Hayes
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Image by Shutterstock. “Say, the price for your brisket isn’t bad,” the man said as he glanced over the list at our farmers market stall, “when you consider how much you get paid for your steaks!” I tried not to let it get to me. It had been a decent market day in spite of the barb, and the weather was beautiful. We packed up as swiftly as we could, eager to get ready for the birthday dinner we’d be holding for Saoirse later that evening. In family farming, nobody hands you a bonus check and says, “We realize we couldn’t do this without you.” We pulled into the driveway, and…
  • How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community

    Michelle Moore
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A film by Michelle Moore. Video from KarmaTube The Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of three major gangs. Yet the residents of Casa de Paz never lock their doors. Anchored by Pancho Ramos Stierle and Adelaja Simon, Casa de Paz is part of a group of homes that form an intentional community of peace and nonviolence in an area rife with structural and physical violence. In order to serve their community, they live with the people—laugh with them, cry with them, and eat with them. They embody "giftivism," practicing radical acts of generosity that change the world,…
  • Ancient India's 5 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Heighten Your Happiness)

    Richard Schiffman
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Photo by Abhinay Omkar / Flickr. Hinduism has a beautiful myth about the origins of love. In the beginning, there was a superbeing called Purusha. This being was without desire, craving, fear, or indeed the impulse to do anything at all—since the universe was already perfect and complete. As humans, we too are seeking unity, and love is the word we use for that search. Then the creator Brahma took out his divine sword and split Purusha in two. Sky became separate from earth, darkness from light, life from death, male from female. Each of these set off passionately to reunite with its…
 
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  • September 2014 Leadership Development Carnival

    Jon Mertz
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Welcome to the September 2014 Leadership Development Carnival! I am excited to host this great gathering of leadership insights and am grateful to Dan McCarthy for inviting me to host this edition. The topic for this month’s Leadership Development Carnival is future leaders. As the next generation of leaders are making their presence known in our workplaces, there are many challenges and opportunities ahead. Insights from various leaders on this topic are highlighted below, and their perspectives are well worth your time to explore! As I read through the various posts, the 25 different…
  • Why Millennials Are Not Ready to Lead

    Molly Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Sean Graber believes Millennials aren’t ready for the leadership roles they’re stepping into. And there just may be census data to substantiate his claim. As Baby Boomers retire in ever-increasing numbers and leave positions of leadership there simply aren’t enough members of Generation X to fill the gaps being left behind. As a result, Millennials are being thrust into leadership roles far earlier than they might have been in generations past. This rapid advancement is finding some unprepared for the position into which they are stepping. Many of these Millennials are not ready to…
  • 7 Types of Leadership Intentions and Impacts

    Jon Mertz
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In work and leadership, we get into conversations about intent. Some phrases like these appear: “Even though what he did was wrong, his intentions were good.” “He had good intentions but just failed.” “What she did was very selfish, but we need to move forward.” “Her selflessness is inspiring.” We try to balance what was done with the intent. Although we may not always know the true intent, we make assumptions based on a track record of words and actions. An implied intent can be the real one, but we need to be careful on both sides. What I mean is this – Leaders need to be…
  • What Makes A Truly Great Leader (to Millennials)?

    Heidi Oran
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a keen interest in the hows and whys of human behavior. How did Jimmy ace that math test when he didn’t study? Why didn’t Jenny try out for that role she was so excited about? These were the thoughts that would run through my head in elementary and high school. I knew, even back then, that humans were very complex. I accepted the idea that to truly understand a person and their actions, many layers would need to be peeled back. At the time, in my younger days, this habit of deconstructing the motivations of others to better understand…
  • Explaining What You Do to Your Parents

    Guest Author
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    When I first read this article by Danny Rubin, I had a good chuckle. I always had this challenge with my career! Try explaining being a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Senator to your parents! I read about certain issues, worked with legislative committees, answered constituent mail, and participated in town hall meetings…. And, yes, they did pay me to do those things! I don’t know if things ever improved in my explanations as I moved into the business and entrepreneurial world, but they always supported me in what I did and seemed proud. What more can you ask for? Anyway, enjoy this…
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  • Kathy Pooler: Memoir as a Tool for Transformation

    Kathy Pooler | @kathypooler
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
     “..ordinariness, when imbued with mindfulness, is greatness at ease with itself…” ~Lorraine Ash, Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life (2014) We all have a book inside of us—a narrative about who we are and where we fit into the world. For those of us who wish to put our stories into words for touching and inspiring others, writing a memoir can be a tool for transformation. Sometimes our narratives or the perception of them are shaken by life experiences and we are forced to reframe how we view ourself and our place in the world. That’s why it’s difficult…
  • The Archaeological Exploits of Agatha Christie

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    On December 3, 1926, Agatha Christie (1890-1976), the famous mystery writer, disappeared. She kissed her sleeping daughter goodbye, left her secretary a note, and drove into the night. The next morning, her abandoned car was found down a hillside near the manor where her husband Archie was staying with his mistress. The media went mad. Her husband immediately became suspect. Arthur Conan Doyle, creator Sherlock Holmes, took one of Agatha’s gloves to a psychic to ascertain if she’d “passed over.” Eleven days later, Agatha was found in a spa hotel under an assumed name…
  • How Leo Fender Found His Groove

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    So what do these folks have in common? Eric Clapton Jimi Hendrix Steve Harris Buddy Holly John Lennon John Mayer Bonnie Raitt Sting They span three generations, from Buddy Holly (born 1936) to John Mayer (born 1977). They’re not all guitarists. Sting and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) play bass. Of course, they all favor the legendary Fender instruments conceived by a late-blooming accountant named Clarence Leonidas Fender (1909-1991). Leo Fender was born in a barn not far from what would become Disneyland, California on August 10, 1909. His parents grew oranges. Leo loved tinkering…
  • Telling Life’s Stories: Four Late-Blooming Personal Historians by Lynne Strang

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

    Jessica
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however,…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research

    Jessica
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?” With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils,…
  • Want a New Workout? Give Aqua Aerobics a Try!

    Jessica
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Working out is such a personal topic. Some people love to run, getting a high each time they step into their sneakers. For others it may be tennis, spin class (me), martial arts, or hiking. For Kaitlin Gardner, it’s all about the pool. Her new favorite activity is aqua aerobics, which she now does all year round. Here’s Kaitlin’s story, and why aqua aerobics may just be right for you: Aqua Aerobics: Bring the Gym to the Pool A while back, I got burned out on the gym. Part of it was the workout routines. I got tired of doing the same things every week. Granted, a lot of that was my own…
  • Why You Should Beware of Those Super Fruits

    Jessica
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” as well as other such “super” fruits and veggies. But, there is a catch. They are trying to confuse you. The fancy sign next to the produce…
  • How Celebrities and WWE Superstars Hope to Stop Bullying

    Jessica
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed with WWE? At first glance you might think that the WWE promotes violence and even a little absurdity. Some of their characters are a bit nutty, after all. Yet that is all in the ring and done for show. What I have learned since my kids began this obsession is that the WWE is actually a social good powerhouse. They address issues such as honoring military personnel and their families, promoting education, and encouraging…
 
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  • Law Of Attraction And The Elephant In The Room: Why Things May Not Be Manifesting

    Amyra Mah
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I often hear people moaning about the fact that they have been practicing the law of attraction but still unable to manifest the things they want. They express this with a mixture of confusion, frustration and self-blame.   It pains me every time I see this. When law of attraction doesn’t work, most people seem to take to blaming themselves. Maybe they didn’t do it correctly. Maybe they didn’t visualize hard enough. Maybe they allowed negative thoughts to taint their efforts.  In all likelihood, it is not your fault if your manifestation efforts didn’t work. It’s more likely due…
  • The Crisis Of Desire: Can We Want What We Already Have?

    FinerMinds Team
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Marriage, traditionally, was there to provide security, reliability and provide the foundations to start a family. While love of course was a desirable precursor, there was not an expectation for this person to fulfill all our emotions needs like there is today. This shift, where there’s an expectation for our partner to provide us with stability and security, in addition to continual adventure, surprise and mystery – is a modern-day crisis many of us in long-term relationships face. In this engaging 19-minute TED Talk, psychotherapist Esther Perel, discusses this “desire crisis”…
  • The Truth About Fear: Why It Exists And How You Can Beat It

    Marisa Peer
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    As a behavioral and hypnotherapist, I have had countless clients over the years tell me that a certain fear or phobia is constraining their life, and preventing them from reaching their full potential. Whether it’s a common fear such as public speaking, or a more unusual one such as fear of a particular animal or object, I always tell my clients the same thing: almost all of our fears are acquired, which means that we’re not born with them and we have the power to get rid of them. The best way to dissociate irrational fears is to identify the root cause of them. For example, fear of…
  • How To Set Yourself Free From Caring About The Good Opinion Of Others

    Skye Norris
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    It’s always nice when someone adores you, when someone appreciates you, or when someone holds you as a positive object of attention. If that sounds familiar (me included), it can be quite enticing to stray from who we really are and change our behavior, just to please others to maintain their approval.  But it’s when we start relying on that someone to provide us with a sense of wellbeing, worth, or love, that it becomes quite toxic. Well, Abraham Hicks is here to help us break free from putting so much importance on what others think, when really, it’s about what we…
  • You Are Amazing: A Subliminal Meditation To Boost Your Self-Esteem

    FinerMinds Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Despite all your achievements, do you often find that these never seem to quite measure up because your self-esteem lets you down, giving away at the proverbial knees when you need it the most? There are many reasons why people suffer from a low self-esteem – everything from being bullied as a child and growing up feeling unloved, to listening to the wrong opinion and voice from the person that matters the most – ourself. However, spending your life walking around with the heavy and draining load of a low self-esteem on your shoulders, will ultimately cripple your success and happiness.
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  • Dress for Success: 5 Accessories That Will Complete Every Interview Outfit

    Editorial Team
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Your accessories can say a lot about you, and when first impressions count the most, such as in an interview, you do not want hoop earrings and bangles to distract your potential boss. When preparing your attire make sure you keep it classy and maybe even brush up on a few of your specifically professional accessories, as some items may not be suitable to cross over into the business world or vice versa. The next five accessories will give you the confidence you need and keep your interviewer focused, and the best part is they are all easy to put together even when working with a budget!
  • What You Must Know About an Accident Attorney Before Consulting One

    Editorial Team
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    There are many issues that arise after having been in an automobile accident, and if you have been unfortunate in this way you know just how trying a time it can be. There are many things to worry about, the most important of which is your health. There are, however, many other concerns, such as how you will pay for your medical costs and the necessary repairs to your car. These concerns are often best addressed by a competent and experienced accident attorney, as it is possible that compensation is warranted from an accident that occurred through no fault of your own. In some cases, the…
  • 7 Ways To ReDecorate For Less

    Editorial Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    The costs can start to amount in a daunting way when you’re trying to inject some life back into your décor; whether you’re intending to flip the property or simply to reinvigorate your environment, splashing out on new carpets/paint/wallpaper, cleaning and renovating everything yourself can begin to take its toll on your pockets. If you want some simple steps to follow that are as hassle-free as they are affordable, then are you gonna love this… 1. BRUSH UP ON YOUR DIY TO START Trust me the people you’d otherwise hire to Do It Themselves will charge you more than you need to spend.
  • Perfect Furniture for Converted Lofts

    Editorial Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Attics and loft rooms come in a surprisingly varied array of different dimensions, but often continue to strike homeowners and guests as characterful and intimate regardless of the choice of décor. That’s because of the inimitable style and unique shape the space inevitably possesses. Whether your conversion has given you a studio, bedroom, living area, or office- if properly built and kitted out, it not only can increase the value of your property by a remarkable amount but enhance your quality of life too! The first obstacle you may encounter when furnishing your loft conversion is the…
  • 8 WORST BACHELOR PAD MISTAKES

    Editorial Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    A bachelor is defined these days as ‘a man who is neither married nor cohabitating and who lives independently outside of his parents’ home or other institutional setting’. In the Victorian era, bachelor was used by upper class matchmakers to denote young men who were both unmarried and eligible for marriage. I’m all in favour of eschewing heteronormative discussions, and I’m certain there are also on Earth a great many females that tick very many of the boxes we list as criteria for bachelorhood. So for the purposes of this list we’re going to loosely define a bachelor as…
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  • 4 Ways to Thrive as an Adult if You Survived Your Upbringing

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

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

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

    Flora
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / gvictoria August is Happiness Happens Month, started by the Secret Society of Happy People in 1999. The group is no longer a secret since they boast over 46,000 “Likes” on Facebook. You can learn more about them and their creative activities on their website, http://www.sohp.com The Society has three purposes for this month: Recognize and express happiness Listen to others talk about their happiness Don’t rain on other people’s parades These sound like some good ideas for any time of the year, but it won’t hurt to be extra mindful of…
  • How Will You Celebrate ‘Color Your Life Happy Day’ on August 9th?

    Flora
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Many of us begin the year making resolutions, but within a few weeks we have forgotten our promises. Caught my mom by surprise when we picked her up in a limo and whisked her to a Mother’s Day brunch one year. If you stuck to your resolutions, it’s probably because you kept your goals small and achievable  asked friends to help you stay on track by holding you accountable changed your environment to support your new behavior. Regardless of how you fared in this annual practice, here’s an opportunity to start anew, but with just one resolution. On August 9th join me in…
 
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  • Sensual Fashion Photography by Bruce Weber: 30 Pics

    Neel
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Bruce Weber is an American fashion photographer as well as he is an occasional filmmaker. He is renowned for his ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Pirelli, Gianni Versace,... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Top 15 Best WordPress Review Themes: 2014

    Neel
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    WordPress has the largest resources that any content management system can ever have. It has nearly every resource to help the people in designing a good WordPress website. It has a good collection... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Ten Super Tips to Improve Website Speed: Must Apply

    Neel
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There are number of blogs that are emerging every day to the internet. The competition over the internet is growing with each passing day. The blogs need to be optimized in terms of SEO and... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Creative Advertising Ideas to Grab Attention

    Neel
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Advertising is an important asset to communicate with users and make them aware regarding the facts and services. For any business, it is an easy way to interact with the user and enhance their... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Significant Examples of Conceptual Photography

    Neel
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The conceptual photography is the photography that generally illustrates an idea. This term had eventually been derived from the ‘Conceptual Art’ movement of 1960s. It is sometimes also referred to... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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  • Fashion Meets Philosophy ~ Charles James

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

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

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

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

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

    Jon Mertz
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Welcome to the September 2014 Leadership Development Carnival! I am excited to host this great gathering of leadership insights and am grateful to Dan McCarthy for inviting me to host this edition. The topic for this month’s Leadership Development Carnival is future leaders. As the next generation of leaders are making their presence known in our workplaces, there are many challenges and opportunities ahead. Insights from various leaders on this topic are highlighted below, and their perspectives are well worth your time to explore! As I read through the various posts, the 25 different…
  • Why Millennials Are Not Ready to Lead

    Molly Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Sean Graber believes Millennials aren’t ready for the leadership roles they’re stepping into. And there just may be census data to substantiate his claim. As Baby Boomers retire in ever-increasing numbers and leave positions of leadership there simply aren’t enough members of Generation X to fill the gaps being left behind. As a result, Millennials are being thrust into leadership roles far earlier than they might have been in generations past. This rapid advancement is finding some unprepared for the position into which they are stepping. Many of these Millennials are not ready to…
  • 7 Types of Leadership Intentions and Impacts

    Jon Mertz
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In work and leadership, we get into conversations about intent. Some phrases like these appear: “Even though what he did was wrong, his intentions were good.” “He had good intentions but just failed.” “What she did was very selfish, but we need to move forward.” “Her selflessness is inspiring.” We try to balance what was done with the intent. Although we may not always know the true intent, we make assumptions based on a track record of words and actions. An implied intent can be the real one, but we need to be careful on both sides. What I mean is this – Leaders need to be…
  • What Makes A Truly Great Leader (to Millennials)?

    Heidi Oran
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a keen interest in the hows and whys of human behavior. How did Jimmy ace that math test when he didn’t study? Why didn’t Jenny try out for that role she was so excited about? These were the thoughts that would run through my head in elementary and high school. I knew, even back then, that humans were very complex. I accepted the idea that to truly understand a person and their actions, many layers would need to be peeled back. At the time, in my younger days, this habit of deconstructing the motivations of others to better understand…
  • Explaining What You Do to Your Parents

    Guest Author
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    When I first read this article by Danny Rubin, I had a good chuckle. I always had this challenge with my career! Try explaining being a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Senator to your parents! I read about certain issues, worked with legislative committees, answered constituent mail, and participated in town hall meetings…. And, yes, they did pay me to do those things! I don’t know if things ever improved in my explanations as I moved into the business and entrepreneurial world, but they always supported me in what I did and seemed proud. What more can you ask for? Anyway, enjoy this…
 
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  • BE Courageous!

    julie gosh
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
          A dear friend of mine is adopting her first baby.  Like right now, today.  She is at the hospital with the little girl right now.  I keep getting photos on text or email, and I cry every time.   Without going into the details, suffice it to say that it is taking a lot of COURAGE…this choice in her life.   Courage and Trust are the two words that stand out to me….the two actions I am witnessing.  What summoned this courage and trust?  Her passions and her vision.   She knew her path was to be a mom, and she stepped out to fulfill that dream.  And…
  • What Banner Are You Wearing?

    julie gosh
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
          Where is love calling you to risk?   Where is love for self and the other calling you to step up boldly?   Playing small might feel more comfortable…temporarily, until you realize you’ve traded your truth for it.   Sometimes risk looks like silence.  Sometimes risk looks like speaking up.   Listen to Spirit, listen to your heart, and be willing to act from a place of Love, no matter how it looks or initially feels.   We’ve been living in a societal conversation of worry and fear about living authentically.  This results in watered down…
  • ….Then Step Back

    julie gosh
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
          I opened the Tao Te Ching today and read:  “Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.  Do your work, then step back.  The only path to serenity.”   How often do we let the approval of others interrupt our work?  How often do we miss out on opportunities to be ourselves….to be our work/our calling in the world, because we are afraid of stepping on toes?   What if we all honored the gift in the other, the gift of the other, such that our own personal truths were welcomed and embraced?   Today, think about how you can acknowledge…
  • Observing Self….Path to Enlightenment

    julie gosh
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
          I heard Deepak Chopra say the other day that the highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment.   Well hallelujah, yes and amen!   We live in a culture of self-judgment…..of other-judgment….of self-criticism, of other-criticism.   We live in such a “measure-up” performance meta conversation.   We have been born into this conversation, and it takes practice and commitment to re-lease oneself from its confines.  (lease in original language means to loose)   We didn’t come into this world confined, thus we must…
  • How to Be a Problem Solver

    julie gosh
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
            A friend said to me yesterday, “Every problem in the world today is because of the lack of mother love.” So I thought about that, because it instantly rang true for me. What are the problems of the world?  Well, to name a few….. Judgment Greed Poverty War Violence Hatred Deceit Control and Manipulation Fear   These are global yes, and we read about them everyday, but they each can be scaled down to right here, right now—-some show up in our relationships with others, even with people we love.   So how does a mother love and what…
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  • Robin Williams Suicide Opens Doors to Alleviate Mental Health Stigma

    Tracy
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Robin Williams was a part of my unforgettably romantic first date with my husband, January 31, 1999 and it is with a heavy heart that we learn of his passing.The movie was Patch Adams, and ironically, the character Robin Williams played in this movie contemplated suicide. The real Patch Adams spent time in several mental health hospitals, as a patient and had learned that the key to human happiness was to be surrounded by warm and caring people. Unfortunately, while the entire world loved Robin Williams for the hilarity, and more profound moments he offered through his long-lived career, it…
  • Energy Healing Made Simple – Lesson One

    Tracy
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Energy healing is an effective technique for alleviating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stress.It’s important to note that this energy, referred to by many different names – such as Prana, Chi or Reiki does not actually HEAL. Rather, it helps to relieve stress and helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. In other words, it’s not some magical cure-all or snake-oil. It requires no belief in any religion and it’s not some magical hoo-doo. Rather, it’s profoundly simple and proven through scientific testing.I believe this beautiful way to relax, reconnect…
  • The Quest for True Freedom Part One

    Tracy
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m a firm believer that we become the top five people that we spend the most time with. I also believe that we become the affects of spending time with those people as well.In most cases you may not even be aware of these affects or what you are becoming. It’s like a slow moving snow ball. For example, if you hang around complainers and are generally sunny and positive, you will slowly allow more and more complaining into your life until you yourself become a complainer to a degree that may have horrified you before the snowball started rolling.NO ONE IS IMMUNE!!!You might think the…
  • Extensive List of the Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness

    Tracy
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Before looking through the long list of benefits that you can enjoy through meditation and mindfulness, let’s clarify the difference between these two activities:→ Meditation: On the simplest level, this activity is a focused activity. It could be paying close attention to your breathing, repeating a mantra or otherwise clearing your mind of everything beyond your chosen focus.Mindfulness: Paying attention to what is going on within and outside of yourself without judgment or attachment. For example, simply listening to all the sounds you can hear without describing, categorizing or…
  • Reactive Versus Responsive, How to Change

    Tracy
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    When we react mindlessly to anger or other negative emotions, not only do we lose our personal power to a fleeting emotion, we risk embarrassing ourselves, damaging relationships, losing credibility at work, and possibly even incurring legal actions when the reaction falls outside of legal bounds.Fortunately, no matter how powerless you feel over your emotions, you can become less reactive and find ways to respond to any situation that will create significantly better results for all concerned.Here’s how to change:As soon as you notice negative emotions such as stress or anger creeping…
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  • The Joys of a Mystery Road Trip

    BeMail
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    To get the weekend off to a fun start, we decided to jump in the air-conditioned car and go on a Mystery Road Trip! What is a Mystery Road Trip, you ask? It’s an adventure that it virtually cost-free and a LOT of fun. I first learned about it on the Parenting Adventures podcast from My Kids Adventures. Friday was the start of a long weekend, so I picked my daughter up a little bit early and her first instruction was to choose which way to turn out of the parking lot. She chose “right” and our adventure had begun! These were the ground rules that we established: The timer…
  • The One Thing That Makes You Powerful Beyond Measure

    BeMail
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I was listening to the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast this week and Delatorro McNeal II was talking about the nature of every tree having only one trunk but many branches and limitless leaves and flowers. People are the same. We have one central gift that defines the basis of everything we stand for. Think back to when you were a kid. What did you love to do after school? Where does your mind wander to when you are feeling stressed? What do people compliment you on over and over and over? THAT is your trunk and it is the foundation with which you bless yourself and others.   Many Trees -…
  • How to Stop Being an Amateur

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

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

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

    AuthenticAng
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Appreciate this life. Get out of your head. Appreciate this moment sitting in peace. No one asking for anything. Breathe in the air and look at the view around you. Feel the breeze & the warmth of the sun on your skin. Appreciate this life you have. No it’s not perfect but perfection is boring. ~Ang
  • It is OK to Ask for Help.

    AuthenticAng
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    “We’re all imperfect and we all have needs. The weak usually do not ask for help, so they stay weak. If we recognize that we are imperfect, we will ask for help and we will pray for the guidance necessary to bring positive results to whatever we are doing.” — John Wooden Read more in this post by Lorie Corcuera titled: Why Asking for Help Makes You a Stronger Leader
  • Trust the Timing of Your Life

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

    AuthenticAng
    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

    AuthenticAng
    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…
 
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  • 6 ways to have a positive break-up

    positively present
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
      About two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I ended our almost-five-year relationship. Even though we both know it's for the best and we were so lucky to have shared what we did (see here and here), breaking up has been hard. We ended things in the best possible way (something I've rarely experienced at the end of previous relationships), but that doesn't mean it hasn't been incredibly hard to stay positive and present lately. In fact, in some ways, ending on such good terms makes it harder. I don't have any anger or disgust to distract me from my sadness. A…
  • positively present picks: august 29, 2014

    positively present
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
      "At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty,your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling." Shanti     80 Reasons to Exercise : no reason not to be motivated! Habits for Better Sleep : a good night = a more positive day Buzzfeed's Love Yourself Challenge : 12 days of loving yourself  12 Ways to Live the Green Life Like Shailene Woodley Deck the Walls : so many good wall decor ideas in this article 10 Toxic Habits that Drain Your Energy : stop doing these! Le Dessein : fashion for a cause. so inspiring. Out of Your Control : we can't control…
  • positively healthy: how i'm embracing change

    positively present
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
      Before a few weeks ago, I was one of the unhealthiest people I knew. I dined primarily on pizza and mac-and-cheese (with a side of cookies) and my idea of exercise was briefly walking my pup around the block. I'd dabbled in healthy eating and exercising a little bit in the past, but rarely made it past a day or two without falling back into old (bad) habits. And I was okay with that. I had been repeating phrases like, "I eat whatever I want," and "I don't workout," and "I hate exercise," for so long that I'd let them become part of my…
  • positively present picks: august 22, 2014

    positively present
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Source   "How old would you be ifyou didn't know how old you are?" Satchel Paige     No Time to Think : do we have time to think anymore? Be the One Who Says Yes : a simple word that can mean a lot 50 Simple Ways to Enjoy Life : 'cause it's too short not to celebrate it Why Doing Less Actually Makes You More Successful : less is more 25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough : so helpful this week Hidden Message Necklace : this little bit of jewelry is so clever Disney Characters as College Students : this put a smile on my face…
  • the magic of music + an awesome giveaway

    positively present
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image Source    If you haven't noticed from my weekly playlists, I love music. I can't go a day without it. It inspires me, motivates me, and so amazingly reflects whatever I'm going through in my life. No matter where I am in my life, no matter what my mood, there is a song that speaks to me, a beat that finds its way right to the essence of how I feel. Music is such an important part of my life, and it helps me stay positive and present on a daily basis.  In addition to just being flat-out awesome, music has some amazing positive benefits too. I did a…
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  • The Next Frontier: Engineering In The Golden Age Of Green

    Asante George
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    I’ve just watched an inspiring documentary called The Next Frontier: Engineering The Golden Age Of Green. The film focuses cities and communities using green technologies to build a sustainable future both environmentally and economically. The Next Frontier: The Golden Age Of Green is visually beautiful and well made. It also made me feel optimistic about the future, because it shows that many people from various walks of life are invested in living in harmony with our planet. I highly recommend The Next Frontier: The Golden Age Of Green. Watch the full length documentary here…
  • Posing With 2x4s Before Building A Compost Shed

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

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

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

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

    theordinarybuddha
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    I was reading my second book in a row on the subject of how to learn a language more effectively when I decided to take a break. After about a dozen article on the subject, along with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Stories We Tell into Reality

    theordinarybuddha
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Think of when you were a kid and your parents would tell you a bedtime story. Or maybe you are a parent and you read a story to your boy or girl just before the sandman comes for a visit. It is real.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jersey Boys

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

    theordinarybuddha
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    It was only a few weeks ago, though it feels like a couple of life times that my life felt horrible. I mean horrible as in “If the comet comes rocketing toward my head, I promise not to move .... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 30 Day Challenges

    theordinarybuddha
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    30, 60 or 90 Day Challenges have become one of the big “movements” on the Internet today. Take a task that you want to do, follow through for a given period of time and reap the rewards.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • #TravelTuesday: Pura Vida Costa Rica #tripofalifetime!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    limitlesslaura
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    As a Fan of the Show Big Brother, I was really excited at the beginning of Season 16 to see sexual and gender roles explored both openly and kind of “who knows” on the show this season. Between Frankie (openly gay), Zankie (a friendmance between Zach & Frankie) and Christine and Cody’s “flirtmance”, there was plenty of sexual question marks, including Cody’s almost obvious Bisexual nature as well. When it comes to sex, the constant talk is all over the house at times, of balls, ass, tits, ramming, railing, backdooring,, hand jobs, bj’s and on and…
  • Robin Williams, Me & Ending The Stigma of Depression

    limitlesslaura
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The day Robin Williams died was a teaching moment. When I heard it was due to suicide and severe depression it was like a knife to the heart. Immediate emotions flooded my body, and I could not hold back tears for over an hour. Why was I taking this so hard? This man was like a touchstone to me from the 70’s on. I can’t think of any comedian/actor that was more creative, filled more lives with joy, and gave of his heart so fully around the world more than Robin Williams. For almost 40 years he was an institution in our lives. The life of Robin Williams taught me many things about…
  • Turning Your Focus to Mindset

    limitlesslaura
    3 May 2013 | 6:37 pm
        Recently I had the awakening of a lifetime! I had the great pleasure of be willing to take a good long hard look at myself, get vulnerably honest, speak the truth and tell myself what was not working with my mindset. When I got to the answers, I came up with this: YOU (me) need to FOCUS on MINDSET (like very seriously). The success you have in life is directly proportionate to the size of your personal  growth!! Last December after much soul searching,  I came to the conclusion  that I had neglected my mindset, self talk, and the role that my  inner view of myself played in…
  • What is Empowerment..Really?

    limitlesslaura
    23 Feb 2013 | 9:06 pm
    Empower .. This word is constantly on my lips and on my mind. It makes me feel great. It excites me, makes me feel bigger, and more possible. If you’ve read this blog at all you know I’m a “word” person, and get very turned on by certain words, their origin, roots and meaning.. Since Empowerment is such a big part of many our every day lives, and probably inspires you to think of many awesome thoughts, I decided to look into it. Bill Gates said:  “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” To Be”…
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  • Sunday Reads #15: DIY Pet Bed, Watercolors & Stunt Work

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    There is no voodoo witch doctor in the world that can cure me of my sweet tooth..And honestly I wouldn't want to be cured either.But desserts like ice cream aren't cutting it for me anymore. I'm one of those annoying people who complains of being sensitive to certain foods, (like beetroot! disgusting), I always get a sore gut from dairy and I swear it creates mucous in my lungs making it an exciting challenge to breathe. Bet you loved that visual.Yet I cannot give up the sweet lovin', so I went googling one day - as you do when you're desperate - and found some better/healthier/not…
  • Do you ever worry he'll die?

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    I can be a bit of a worrier..Especially when the anxiety kicks in, which is now a rarity - thank god.But sometimes - usually when I'm lying in bed at night trying to fall asleep - a rogue thought will sneak it's way into my mind and play havoc with my heart.What if Scott dies.. now, tomorrow, next week, next year?And my heart starts to hurt. I think about how it would feel not to hear his voice again, smell his scent or hold him in my arms. I feel empty and lonely and it makes me miss him even though he's lying right there next to me. Sometimes tears even well up in my eyes, so I snuggle…
  • Sunday Reads #14: Space, Anaconda & changing the world

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

    Jessica Sweet
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    If you’re looking for a new career, you may feel stuck. After all, it can feel paralyzing to really put yourself out there, even mentally, to dream of what’s next. But the truth is, it doesn’t cost anything to dream.   The Real Fear If you dream, and  you realize what you really want is to move to Zimbabwe, you have only figured out you have a decision to make: Do I move to Zimbabwe or keep my current life? But the pain of actually making that decision is sometimes too much. Are you afraid of figuring out what you really want because you think you’re going…
  • 9 Career Help Tips If You Had No Fun This Summer

    Jessica Sweet
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    If you had no fun this summer, there’s no doubt about it, you need some career help. Whether you had no fun in the office, or you couldn’t get out of there long enough to find some fun, it doesn’t matter. If there was no fun in sight, there’s a real problem. Because fun is really important. In fact, I think fun is one of the most important things of all. If you’re not having fun and spreading joy, what’s the point? If that’s missing from your life, something really has to shift for you. I think you probably are nodding your head about now. No one…
  • Your Career Search Has A Happy Ending

    Jessica Sweet
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Have you ever noticed that the things worth doing are usually hard? Eating well. Going to the gym. Maintaining a positive mindset. And the same is true for achieving your career goals. A client of mine recently wondered with me if his lack of success toward his career goals was a sign that he was doing the wrong thing. Maybe he just wasn’t meant to achieve what he wanted to do. Maybe he should give up on his dream of starting his own business and just start applying for jobs. After all, it was more practical and more immediate. It payed the bills faster. Maybe you, too, feel like this…
  • 5 Tips: What To Do When You Hate Your Job

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

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

    Yol Swan
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    We all want to succeed in what we set out to accomplish, right? Perhaps it’s a loving relationship or a career or a business or a joyful and meaningful life. I don’t know anyone who would consciously choose to “fail” in the fulfillment of their dreams. Do you? And yet what I hear time and again is: “I don’t know…Read more
  • How Do You Keep Yourself Busy But Balanced?

    Yol Swan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Are you so busy that you keep telling yourself you don’t have time to do the things you’d really like to do? Or are you on the opposite side of the spectrum, watching the days go by while you accumulate things on your to-do lists without ever tackling or finishing them? I can relate to both scenarios. There have been…Read more
  • Body Mind Spirit Expo – Raleigh, NC

    Yol Swan
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you are in the Raleigh area this coming weekend, stop by booth 606 to say hi and get a Life Path Reading for a special fee, as an intro to my work as an intuitive spiritual counselor. The reading will help you discover the patterns and tendencies that hold you back—the hurdles you chose to work through and overcome…Read more
  • Are You Everyone’s Surrogate Mom?

    Yol Swan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Are you the one who’s always ready to give a hand, fix a problem, or take responsibility for others? Well, that used to be me in a nutshell. I had a lovely friend and roommate in college who used to make fun of me whenever this tendency showed up in my relationships. She’d say, “Once a mother, always a mother…”…Read more
  • How Do You Deal With Negative Habits?

    Yol Swan
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    I used to smoke cigarettes when I was younger. My mother smoked, her friends smoked, my friends’ parents smoked, so most of my friends and I started smoking when we were teenagers. It seemed such a “normal” thing to do. Of course, over the years it became a real addiction and at some point I was smoking an average of…Read more
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  • Solitude, words, being … Merton

    Tanya A. Goodman
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am, the more affection I have for them. It is pure affection, and filled with reverence for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. Tree over sun Now it is no longer a question of dishonoring them by accepting their fictions, believing in their images of themselves which their weakness obliges them to compose, in the wan work of communication. Yet there will, it is true, always remain a dialectic between the…
  • Thank you, my friends

    Tanya A. Goodman
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there. — Unknown I felt moved today to thank everyone who has stopped by my place of words and inspiration. Thank you to those who landed on the doorstep and those who decided to come in and stay awhile. Thanks to those who, like old friends, return again and again and those who also tell their friends to come by and visit. I appreciate you. I am so grateful to connect with people all over the world. I am grateful to share my voice and appreciate the technology that carries it through the…
  • Feeling safe to talk, a blessing

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

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

    Tanya A. Goodman
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
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  • Travels With Thom & Kathy; An Introduction

    Kathy Gottberg
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back when I first began writing I dreamed of becoming a travel writer. In those days travel writers wrote mainly for newspapers, magazines or occasionally a book.   Then 10 years ago when I started hearing about the potential of blogging, … Continue reading → You're reading Travels With Thom & Kathy; An Introduction 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 Travels With Thom &…
  • Pain Is Inevitable—Suffering is A Choice

    Kathy Gottberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two weeks ago I was walking my dog Kloe down the street near the house we rent in the mountains every August. Gawking around and enjoying the beautiful day, my left foot slid on some gravel and twisted violently to … Continue reading → You're reading Pain Is Inevitable—Suffering is A Choice 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 Pain Is Inevitable—Suffering is A Choice…
  • Why We Mourn The Death Of Celebrities

    Kathy Gottberg
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we all know by now, actor Robin Williams died by suicide earlier this week. Sadly, his passing comes on the heels of other departures by famous people like Maya Angelou, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple and Paul Walker to … Continue reading → You're reading Why We Mourn The Death Of Celebrities an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Why We Mourn The Death Of Celebrities…
  • How To Reimagine A Right-Sized Life

    Kathy Gottberg
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recently I was invited to join my first online book club through Facebook. The book to be discussed was Life Reimagined—Discovering Your New Life Possibilities. And while I was a bit skeptical about how a book club discussion through Facebook … Continue reading → You're reading How To Reimagine A Right-Sized Life an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post How To Reimagine A…
  • Avoiding Regrets = A Happier Life

    Kathy Gottberg
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A musician friend named Rudi Harst wrote a song titled, “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda.” It’s both a catchy tune and a great reminder that feelings of regret can hold us back from living a happy and fulfilled life. But I suspect … Continue reading → You're reading Avoiding Regrets = A Happier Life an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Avoiding Regrets = A Happier Life appeared…
 
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  • Monday Morning Motivation: 08.25.14

    Jake Thompson
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
     
  • Boston Iron: “Always Up”

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “The Grid.” Two words. One powerful group of athletes. The National Pro Grid League is starting to make some noise in the athletic world, and one of it’s first big matches comes to Boston in just a few days. Boston Iron will take on the Miami Surge, and all eyes will be on these incredible athletes and the strong team that allows them to compete in a one-of-a-kind way. I chatted with Boston Iron’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Hans, to give us some background on the National Pro Grid League, how to get involved and what keeps him motivated every single day. Q: How did…
  • Ice Bucket Challenge – Why the Cold Shoulder?

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Love it, love to hate on it, or just don’t get it  – there is a purpose. What’s not to like about it? The giggles and laughter spreading across the internet…. The awareness that’s being raised… The donations that would have never happened had this challenge not existed… Yeah, all of those things are super annoying.  Let’s proceed with posts ranting about politics, religion, and other things people can never agree on. I get it; no one really “gets it”.  What does ice, water, and a bucket have to do with ALS?  Nothing really; except for the fact that it’s a…
  • Competitor of the Week: Mac Richard

    Christine Reppa
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Compete Every Day highlights a different member of the #Compete community each week. To be considered for Competitor of the Week, submit a picture wearing your favorite Compete Every Day shirt in any setting & your answers to the bolded questions below to info@competeeveryday.com with the subject line “I Compete.” Full Name:  Mac Richard Location:  Austin, TX Social media links:  Twitter & Instagram- @macrichardatx    1.  Tell us about yourself! I’m married to the beautiful Julie for 23 incredible years, dad to Emily & Joseph, and I pastor at Lake Hills…
  • Try Something New

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re creatures of habit. We have a routine, and we like to stick with it. When the routine gets shaken up, usually we get frustrated. Ever been stuck in unexpected traffic? How about getting a random injury? What if, instead of getting frustrated, we take it as a way to improve ourselves? This week, I’ve decided to take control of my commute. I take the train from a small town outside of Boston, and usually plop myself on a shuttle bus that sits in traffic. Last week, I remember getting to work  absolutely livid because it took the shuttle 45 minutes to move 2 miles. Then,…
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  • 10 Protein Snacks Every Health Nut Should Eat

    Christine Cherpak
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Why is it so essential to eat protein? Let me count the ways! Firstly, protein is needed to build and repair tissue, as well as manufacture chemicals such as hormones and enzymes. It is integral to the formation of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, hair, and blood.   Your body needs nine essential amino acids, in addition to nonessential and conditional amino acids, to form protein. The essential amino acids must come from food, because our bodies cannot produce them. Each protein-rich food contains different amino acids that will complement each other so that your body can: Break down…
  • Your End-Of-Summer Checklist: 21 Things To Do Before It’s Too Late

    Sammy Nickalls
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s Labor Day, the day that everyone associates with the end of summer. But just because you (apparently) can’t wear white anymore doesn’t mean autumn is here! We still have a full three weeks to live up this beautiful weather before summer ends officially. If you’re fretting because you didn’t get to live up your summer, don’t worry. You have until September 22 (at 10:29 P.M., to be exact) to fit in all of those healthy, happy summer activities before autumn officially begins. Make sure to do one of these 21 things every day so you can really live it up before summer ends!
  • 5 Steps To Being Super Productive Every Day

    Anne Gardy
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I started at my job, I worked for more than six months before I made a single dime. And it was entirely my fault. Like a lot of people, I was extremely busy, but not always extremely productive. In any area of your life, there are some essential steps you must take if you want to get things done—and get them done quickly. Here are the five steps to being super productive, every single day. How You Can Get Everything Done In Record Time 1. Identify your high-payoff activities When I stopped and looked at how I was spending my time, it seemed like I was spending it wisely. But there was…
  • How Breast Cancer Completely Changed My Life…For The Better

    Janee Pennington
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Some women collect pillows. Others, charms, antiques, or shoes. I, however, collect lingerie. Or at least, I used to. I loved feeling pretty underneath my clothes and I appreciated the beautiful detailing of an intricate design. When my husband and I traveled, I would seek out the best shops and walk miles to see the finest wares, which, in my mind were pieces of fine art. So you can imagine my overwhelming disappointment when my doctor informed me I had breast cancer. The Year That Everything Changed I thought I would be able to get away with a lumpectomy, but nine months later, the…
  • 8 Things I Learned That Totally Changed The Way I Eat Food

    Rachel Kahn
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love food. And when I say “love,” I mean the earth-shattering, chow-down kind of love. Because of my excessive adoration, I treat the object of my affection with honor and integrity. Anything else would be less than what real food so lustily deserves. I truly love to eat food, the right way. So why do I tell you this? Because throughout our lengthy courtship, I have learned a lot about what is truly food, and whom is the imposter attempting to take me on a date. Reinventing your relationship with food? Here are a few lessons that I have learned along the way. Things I Learned That…
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  • How to Compete with the Alpha Male

    Richard Ingersoll
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    All through nature the female of the species is drawn to the alpha male with the hope that she is able to bear his offspring-offspring that have the best chance of survival in the cruel world they are going to be brought up in. These females are not looking for a meaningful, long term relationship; a quick interlude, then the privilege of gestation. A fortunate fact, since the alpha male often has a harem and while he protects all of them he does not give any of them his undivided attention. All of these philosophies hold true to the human alpha male as well. While he is fiercely loyal to the…
  • How to Take Action with the Law of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    . . When you begin working with the Law of Attraction more proactively, you may wonder whether you need to take physical action in addition to your mental and emotional exercises. The answer to this will vary depending upon who you ask. There are those who claim that no action is needed; just directing the right frequency of thought and emotion toward a desired outcome is enough. Then there are those who believe that action is always required, because action is the medium through which all wants are manifested. In my experience, it can undoubtedly work either way. Depending on the situation,…
  • The Power of Concentration – Lesson 4

    Richard Ingersoll
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    “The Power of Concentration” was written under the pseudonym Theron Q. Dumont, by a true Master of Mind Power – William Walker Atkinson. In this series of lessons, the reader is taught how to concentrate and unleash their latent power from within and to reach their higher potential. Lesson 4: Concentration, The Silent Force That Produces Results In All Business. The power of thought. An experiment showing the power of thought. By concentrated thought you can make yourself what you please. How to greatly increase your efficiency. The face reflects how a person has spent his…
  • How to Achieve Your Goals Debuts on Squidoo

    Richard Ingersoll
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    I’ve started breaking down the steps of Applying the Law of Attraction and creating a page for each on Squidoo. The first lens I’ve created is How to Achieve Your Goals. I’d appreciate your visit and a comment. Let me know what you think – and if you haven’t found Squidoo yet you’re in for a real treat. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
  • The Laws of Attraction – Rules of the Dating Game

    Richard Ingersoll
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Every game in life has rules. In soccer you cannot use your hands. You cannot peak at your opponent’s hand in poker. You cannot look in the dictionary when you play Scrabble. Each and every one of these rules is considered to be set in stone, yet each rule has a condition under which it may be broken. The dating game is much the same. There are an established set of rules for capturing the attention of the person you’ve been dreaming of, and what to do with them once you have them. These rules are all iron clad, yet each has a condition under which they can be broken. Pity the man…
 
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  • How to Deal With Information Overload

    Utpal Vaishnav
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    So many things are happening at this moment. Someone is dying. Someone is taking birth. Someone is coming home after decades of travel. Someone is getting huge payhike by changing his job. Someone is investing time to create a business that his generations will be proud of. People are doing this. People are doing that. People used to do this. People used to do that. Then came Facebook. And Twitter. And Google+ … all different kind of social media. Result? Information Overload. Number of messages we get to hear in a typical day have been multiplied by hundreds if not thousands. But,…
  • Thinking Vs. Doing

    Utpal Vaishnav
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    “When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” ~ Tuco, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Do what you should. Don’t talk about what you should be doing. Results come to those who “act” while others are discovering the “right” ways to generate results. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. You might have knowledge about what’s right but it doesn’t matter. Knowledge is not power; Knowledge is potential power. Knowledge becomes power only when you act upon it. Results come to those who act. Happiness is a result. Joy is…
  • Your Story About Success

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

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

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

    bobtsquirrel
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Feeling like Shemp, a misunderstood, underrated yet unpopular stooge. The post lost today appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • A squirrel lol

    bobtsquirrel
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Support a squirrel – Buy this original art! — And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing it… […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post A squirrel lol appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • nautical squirrel

    bobtsquirrel
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post nautical squirrel appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • stress…

    bobtsquirrel
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! Squirrels stress too.  They even stress when they don’t have anything to stress about… in fact, no stress leads to a lot of stress… — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post stress… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • dat tail…

    bobtsquirrel
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! So, I know that this tail is going to be with me for as long as I am me.  Barring any kind of accident, this tail will not intentionally be leaving me… so I have to put my big squirrel […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post dat tail… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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  • The Light Has Changed

    Howard Parsons
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    You can tell a new season is on its way. The light has changed in the morning. It is darker in the kitchen at six thirty in the morning. The garden seems quieter now like the plants are resting after growing all summer. The plants are regal in appearance sitting tall and straight and quiet. The change of seasons happens slowly. I think it gives us time to adjust to a new phase. You can feel it in your body too. It feels more quiet like something is coming to completion. The fall is the harvest time. It is a time of abundance and gratitude for what has grown and been brought to life over the…
  • Tranquility

    Howard Parsons
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    The large rectangular building with a huge interior court sits quietly on the edge of a lake surrounded by forest. The only noise disturbing this rural setting are the cars arriving and leaving. It is so quiet I can hear my breath going in and out. This silent time is interrupted by the constant talking in my head. The evaluating part of me is working away at seeing where and how I fit into this retreat setting. Nothing about this place is noisy except the noise within me. After a few days, moments of tranquillity set in and it is like my breath goes out with a long sigh. I am walking more…
  • I Met A Young Lady

    Howard Parsons
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    I met a young lady from Israel. She is delightful. She is full of life, enthusiastic about her work and has a deep nourishing relationship with her husband. There are times we meet people and just feel the connection heart to heart. The intelligent and thoughtful discussions we had inspired me. I wanted to say something about the situation in her country but had trouble finding the words. So I said to her I could not imagine living under the current conditions in her homeland. She said neither did she. I could feel her pain. The depth of caring for her country and for mankind came through in…
  • Dance like A Bee

    Howard Parsons
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    The bee is a unique and amazing creature. It is so beautiful doing the things some say it shouldn’t be able to do …like fly. There is an intelligence about how a bee lives with other bees. They collaborate about things in their life, they divide up tasks to be done and they support the community, each one doing their part. Perhaps they fight or argue, I don’t know about that but it looks to me like a community with a purpose and everyone dedicated to what needs to be done. The head bee sends out scouts to bring back information about where the best flower gardens are in order to get…
  • Beauty and Science

    Howard Parsons
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    How inspiring to see a beautiful piece of art or someone playing music or butterflies flying in formation. Then think of science as being specific, searching for the way things work. In its way science is beautiful symmetry and design. The amazing Venezuelan artist, Rafael Araujo uses pencil, compass and ruler to create beautiful renderings that are so precise you can see their three dimensional quality. This is inspiring work of a man who has blended beauty and science. We see beauty and science all around us in nature and man made structures. You can look at one of the wonders of the world,…
 
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  • Don't Over-Complicate Forgiveness

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    It can be a difficult conversation to have.  The one with yourself, that is.  Why have I held on to this grudge for so long?  Why is it so hard to forgive?There are days when what I'm thinking just doesn't make me feel good.  And I realize it might be time to let go of that long-held grudge that's bringing me down.  But it's not always as easy as simply changing my thoughts to better ones to make me feel good.I certainly don't want to re-hash the issue with the person I'm resentful of but I do feel I need to have a conversation in order to let go of it.  I liken…
  • Have An Amazing Long Weekend

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    I've been really good at eating healthy lately so on this long weekend, I'm going to splurge a little.  I'm treating myself to eating out at a few favorite places that are not so friendly to my waistline but the food sure tastes good.  Do you have any fun places you like to treat yourself too?   I'd love to hear of them in the comments. I hope you get to enjoy your long weekend - and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web.10 ways to eat brunch like a chefThis is a great quote to remember when we let the opinions of others get to us"To Be Takei": the joyful,…
  • 3 Truths About Spiritual Clumsiness

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    It seems to happen to me fairly regularly -  the wall sneaks out of nowhere and smacks into me; the chair scoots out and I trip over it; the table jumps up and tweaks my little toe.I wish I could blame the furniture but - I am clumsy.  And it's been a hard-learned lesson at times to pay attention to my surroundings, especially when I am on the move. I also know that it's part of my life and it's something that I'm sure I share with others.  I would bet that each of us has had our clumsy moments. So, what became clear as I had that realization?  I can also be spiritually…
  • Have A Wonderful Weekend

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    It's my 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday and I'm looking forward to a nice dinner out somewhere.  Of course, I have no idea where I'd like to go AND I still don't have a card for Kevin (this one might work though, haha).  That means, I'll be doing some research and might even get brave enough to try and make a card for him.  Calling all my crafty friends for help!  Hope you enjoy your weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring posts from around the web...."You're all my boys': Coach inspires team after Little League World Series lossWhat Oprah Winfrey asks herself to…
  • Are You Ready To Just Ask?

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Here's what I know:  I'm getting better at paying attention to my feelings.Here's what I'm still struggling with:  Learning how to communicate what I'm feeling.I don't sweep my feelings under the rug and pretend.  After all, some feelings may point to an unmet need or desire.But - when I try to explain how I feel to someone, I can get frustrated when they don't seem to get what I'm trying to tell them.  Can't they just read my mind?  Highly unlikely. My challenge is that what I want to communicate is crystal clear in my head.  It's the words that actually come…
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  • Take me to the stars

    Baldeep Kaur
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    I know your white light follows me everywhere, To shower courage, strength and patience. But on days when I feel tired to move on, I wonder, Why did you let me reach this dark space? I know you love me a lot, Then why did you not simply hold my hand and took me to […]
  • Can women have it all?

    Baldeep Kaur
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Can women have it all? PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi recently told The Atlantic, with rare honesty and a lot of laughter, that women can’t have it all. Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival , she said, “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend […]
  • Karma Confessions

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

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

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

  • How to Make Intuitive Decisions, Not Fearful Decisions

    Bernadette Logue
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Here are powerful and practical steps to help you make intuitive decisions to follow your heart, rather than to get caught up or stopped in your decisions because of fear, anxiety, worry and the endless “what if?” statements that make you hesitate. Have a pen and paper ready as this is an interactive exercise and... Read More Continue reading How to Make Intuitive Decisions, Not Fearful Decisions on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Stuck in a Rut or Feeling Low? Here’s How to Get Back in Your Flow!

    Bernadette Logue
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    All of us have times in our lives when we feel in a funk or stuck in a rut. It’s not about whether we end up in that low space in our lives, nor is it about how often we land there, but rather it’s about our ability to pull ourselves out of that place! Here... Read More Continue reading Stuck in a Rut or Feeling Low? Here’s How to Get Back in Your Flow! on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • A Simple Recipe for Your Inner Peace & Success

    Bernadette Logue
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Discover two practical tweaks you can make in your life right now in order to powerfully fuel your inner peace and outer success. In this vlog I share how to: Identify any “contradiction” in your life that may be blocking you from achieving the success you want, and How to get yourself into “alignment” so... Read More Continue reading A Simple Recipe for Your Inner Peace & Success on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • I Once Dreamed This Would Happen & It Did. What Do You Dream Of?

    Bernadette Logue
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    It seems inappropriate to share a shower story with you (yes… me in a shower), but I don’t care. So here goes… Friday night and it’s pouring with rain. But because we live in Bali, it’s also a lovely warm temperature, one of those tropical downpours. I LOVE tropical downpours. It’s one of my weird... Read More Continue reading I Once Dreamed This Would Happen & It Did. What Do You Dream Of? on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Why You Don’t Need to Escape or Erase Negative Past Moments

    Bernadette Logue
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Ever wish you could erase or escape a past mistake, a past relationship, a moment you regret, or some hurt or pain that occurred? Find it hard to make peace with it and let go? In this vlog, I’m sharing why you don’t ever need to erase or escape past negative moments, and in fact why... Read More Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to Escape or Erase Negative Past Moments on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
 
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  • ❼ 6 Wise Sayings that Will Accelerate Your Success in Life

    Kola
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Could you use a little something extra to achieve your dreams and goals in life? These wise sayings will absolutely and completely give you the extra boost you need. Enjoy! When God asks you to do something crazy, will you be distracted or will you obey? Don’t fall for the numbers game. Quantity always looks good until the need for quality arises Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the right people in your corner yet. Trust that they are out there and you will find them Opposition is not your cue to change direction. It’s a clue that something you’re saying or…
  • ❼ My Facebook Story: Why People Treat You the Way They Do

    Kola
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    The way I joined Facebook was kind of funny. My brother had just come back from America and he was telling me about this new thing that everybody was signing up for on the Internet. It’s so weird to think about that conversation now. It feels like being around when the computer was invented. I’m going to be that old fart saying “I remember back in the day when there was no Social Media”. Uck. Anyway, when my brother first told me about Facebook, I was too intrigued. It just sounded so cool! Fast-forward to 2014 and things are a lot different now. The thought of Facebook makes me…
  • ❼ Someone is Sleeping in My Bed & Other Life Happenings You Really Shouldn’t Care About

    Awesome VA
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The other day I was walking around talking to myself and got caught RED HANDED. There was no way to hide it or start singing or in any way pretend. Ugh! Story of my life. Haha. Laugh at my pain and enjoy this new post! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here Funny Story about Talking to Myself So the other day, I was walking around in my office and talking to myself. Do you guys do this? I talk to myself all the time but I always do a good job of making sure that there’s nobody around to hear what I’m saying. On this particular day, I thought I had done my due diligence. I thought I had looked…
  • ❼ 5 Clever Ways to Find Time to Achieve Your Dreams

    Kola
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    My guess is that your ultimate goal in life includes one (or more) of these three things: 1. Making a difference 2. Helping other people and/or 3. Making lots of money There’s just one problem: finding the time to actually achieve these dreams. Between Facebook, school, work, and YouTube, there’s simply no time left to do the things you actually care about. This is a big deal. If history is anything to go by, responsibilities tend to increase (not decrease) over time. This means that the longer you wait, the less likely you are to achieve your dreams and goals in life. Yikes! That is…
  • ❼ 7 Colorful Wise Sayings that Will Make Your Day

    Kola
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    These short wise sayings will put a pep in your step and make you feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to do life big! Enjoy Don’t carry anything but peace from yesterday into today! Look at the fabric of your chair. Listen to the footsteps of people walking past. It’s the little things. You don’t have to be it all. Do it all. Have it all. You are enough It is your life. Breathe and live You may be a little odd and think different from others. So what? Life is proof that dreams come true There’s no rush to finish. Take your time and enjoy your life’s journey I…
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    Professor Jacob Abraham

  • How to face challenges

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to stay focused throughout the day

    Carthage
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    How to stay focused throughout the day Many of the goals you will set in life will take some time to achieve. If you want to achieve them in the most effective manner, you must learn to make the most of each day. To make the most of each day, you must learn to stay focused throughout the day. Your ability to […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • Design your life to avoid stress

    Carthage
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Design your life to avoid stress Stress can have a devastating effect on your life. Most of us will experience a degree of stress from time to time. Over a very short period of time, it is not very harmful but if you do not take control of it, you may eventually find yourself struggling in your job, struggling in your […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • Delegation – 3 factors you need to understand

    Carthage
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    Delegation – 3 factors you need to understand Delegation has a negative press. We tend to associate delegation with people in positions of power, who offload their own work on to their subordinates. There certainly are people like this and sadly, they often fail to acknowledge the work of their subordinates, while taking all of the credit for themselves. These people are serious […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • Developing a problem solving mindset

    Carthage
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Developing a problem solving mindset Whether you are trying to improve your productivity, improve the quality of your relationships or, resolve conflict; there is one critical factor which is often overlooked – a problem solving mindset. A problem solving mindset is essential in almost every area of life. Even with the best planning and preparation, things will go wrong for […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • 8 Tips for more positive living

    Carthage
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    8 Tips for more positive living Positive living requires the ability to separate the positive from the negative. In many cases, you will not have to work too hard to eliminate the negativity from your life. When you focus on positive living, you attempt to fix your focus on the positive aspects of your life. When you manage to focus on […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
 
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    Wish Me Love

  • This Thing Called Connection…

    wish me love
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Connection is all there is, nothing else matters. This past Wednesday was my birthday! I love birthday’s, possibly a little more than most adults, maybe not but possibly (wink). As much as I love birthday’s and holidays they tend to be a reminder of love lost and bring a hyper awareness that my true self is homeless, motherless and daughterless. Working with a fabulous coach and ubber qualified therapist I’ve been taking ownership. I realize that the love I have been seeking is already with me, inside of me. With this awareness I decided to plan out my birthday with self…
  • There Will Always Be Another

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

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

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

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

  • Seeds of Change: Bardo, Part 2

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Some time ago, I read Lama Surya Das’ book, Buddha Standard Time. In thinking about the book from time to time, it seems to me that Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be is one way to access... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Antikythera and The Source

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I haven’t posted here in quite some time. The reason is that I’ve been writing my next book, and working on future works as well. ‘You’ve got to go with the flow’, as they say. The next book is... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Death Transition - A Book Review

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

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

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

  • Lessons for a father - Someone Else's Shoes

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI realized, again, last week that there are at least 2 ways of doing anything. There is the correct way and the "other" way. I also realized that the correct way requires a lot of things to go right. Sometimes one event can trigger a chain reaction that derails even the best laid plans. All that is a known fact though. Something else that is universally known is the idea of leadership that asks its followers to walk in someone else's shoes. Sadly, with the speed at which the world goes around, it is hard to do that. Hard but not impossible. Empathy can, sometimes,…
  • Lessons for a father - Unfashioned. Unframed. Chaos.

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI do not like what it stands for, but for some odd reason I love the word! In one word we can explain so much that may happen around us and the state of things. A few weeks ago, I started reading about its origins and came to realize that it had a deeper meaning than I thought.Chaos is from the Greek word Khaos, meaning "gaping void". A gaping void of what though? It stands for nothingness or an absence of anything. That is a part of what it stands for. Let us delve deeper.From our perspective are we, as leaders and parents, creating a void by not doing what needs to be…
  • Lessons for a father - But, it's my blanket!!!!!

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWe are there!! Not that we have been necessarily waiting for it, but we are where mostly animated characters take over our lives. The "little ones", being as important as they are to us, exert enough influence over us to choose "___" (Dora/ Elmo/ Cars - take your pick).In our case, the lives have started revolving around a furry red monster and its not all fun and games either.We were watching a movie this week in which Elmo loses his beloved blanket. He has to go all the way to Grouchland USA to retrieve it. The movie ends on a happy note (of course!!) but for those who…
  • Lessons for a father - Driving Leadership

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrKnow what's really annoying? A traffic jam! Add to that a busy schedule and promises to keep and we have a recipe for high emotions, drama and the possibility of a lot of things going wrong.There are websites and devices that can help us not get in these bad traffic conditions. If we, however, do manage to get into one, the stop and go traffic can also teach us a lot as well.This week gave me such an opportunity to learn from my fellow travelers. These lessons in motion (literally!) can easily be metaphors for leadership and business. Here is what I learned:Whether in…
  • Lessons for a father - Professional Disruptor

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrIf we were to ask that all-knowing keeper and searcher of information, both relevant and otherwise, we will realize that disruption is nothing but "disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process".Personally, I like that definition. It is objective in stating, as a fact, that an event, an activity or a process has been disturbed. It does not say whether disruption is good or bad.But, wait a minute! When can disruption ever be a good thing? That does not make any sense! If processes and people are working as expected and they have, over a period…
 
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    Serene Reflection

  • A 5 Minute Exercise To Reclaim Peace

    Sangeeta
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
      Healing is a return to wholeness, an experiential understanding of our expansive nature.  To become one with this present moment, without any resistance, can be a deeply restorative process. Here is a simple, effective and powerful energy exercise that can bring you immense peace and lightness in less than a couple of minutes.  Do keep time to rest in the spaciousness that ensues. We will be using NOW healing for this, which requires us to focus attention on the ‘centre’. To learn about NOW healing and the ‘centre’ in greater detail, click here. For the…
  • 4 Cues To Transform Your Relationships

    Sangeeta
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Have you ever had an insight that made you re-examine a past conversation in a radically new way?  That made you think, “If I had known this before, I would have behaved differently”? Transparent, clear communication is often difficult to achieve.  Being able to state our thoughts, feelings, intent and requests candidly, with neither arrogance nor apology is an art we all continue to learn with experience. It is human nature to desire connection.  The irony is that it is a sense of ‘self’ that seeks to meet another, but the more we are locked in the perspective of this ‘self’,…
  • Are You An Earth Sensitive? and Why You Need to Know

    Sangeeta
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It takes only about 5 minutes of news to make the most resilient of us feel exhausted and dismayed.  Current world events, weather disruptions and mishaps seem to be growing in frequency and scale.  While some articles describing the traits of Empaths and Highly Sensitive Persons have been doing the rounds, there is relatively less information available for Earth Sensitives.  For them, the current times can be overwhelming.  Even more so, if you do not even realize what is happening with you and why. To me, labels have their limitations and I use all these terms more as pointers rather …
  • Poems: Homecoming

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

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

  • “Those Shoes”

    loriblevins999
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    There is a popular saying in Feng Shui that ‘your home is always talking, make sure that it’s saying something nice!’ Meaning that all the things that surround you on a daily basis are alive with the associations and memories... Read More ›
  • Friday the 13th

    loriblevins999
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Isn’t it interesting that many of our most time-honored and baseless fears are born from other people’s stories. Stories whose sole purpose was to seed the fertile ground of our minds with needless anxiety and suffering. I am all too... Read More ›
  • Hello Goodbye!

    loriblevins999
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    As a Feng Shui Consultant I have noticed that few things escape my Feng Shui eyes and ears. So it came as no surprise recently that my well tuned Feng Shui antenna picked up on a song that was playing... Read More ›
  • The Archaeological Dig

    loriblevins999
    12 May 2014 | 9:52 pm
    As a Feng Shui Consultant I often say that I am my own best client. Often when sifting through the details of my own life I am blessed with interesting epiphanies like the fact that Archaeology and Feng Shui have... Read More ›
  • A Splendid Moment

    loriblevins999
    18 Sep 2013 | 2:21 pm
    The surface of the lake is still save for the occasional wave cast by the wake of a distant boat. The sun-baked platform gently responds to my movement as I sit searching the murky waters for my friend. Moments later... Read More ›
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    Neil J. Solanki

  • Our Hate Reflected

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
                        Our Hate Reflected How simple a thing it is to point a finger, To deride and chide and knock aside. But it is that finger, curling and curling, That should oft be pointed the other way. For what we hate, And makes us irate, Is usually that quality, We hate, In ourselves.
  • We, The Broken People

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

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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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,…
 
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    Live Well - Mind Fuel Daily

  • Yoga is more than flexible body positions

    MindFuelDaily
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Challenges of a Flexible Body Most of us assume that lean, flexible bodies are ideal for yoga. Many yoga magazines and websites are filled with images of lovely yogis and yoginis bending and twisting into challenging yoga postures. Though flexible people may have an easier time getting into many yoga poses, flexibility is only one part of the physical side of yoga. As much as some may envy flexible yogis, flexibility comes with its own set of challenges.Flexibility is not Strength or StaminaFlexibility is only one of several physical traits that we strive to develop and improve through…
  • 10 Quotes to Re-Inspire Confidence

    MindFuelDaily
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    Challenge is a good thing – it makes us think, reflect, and act. But sometimes in the face of new challenges we need a reminder or two about just how capable we really are!Here are ten quotes perfect for inspiring newfound confidence in our abilities.Confidence begins with our mindset:If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you’ll see obstacles. – Wayne DyerConfidence is simply remembering everything you are capable of:If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value. –…
  • Inspiring Thought About Time And Achievement

    MindFuelDaily
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    None of us will live forever. There is a finite amount of time we spend on this earth, and all that matters at the end of the journey is how we spent that time. Did we do the things we loved, with the people we cherished? Or did we pursue someone else’s agenda, neglecting our own potential and promise? American psychiatrist and writer M. Scott Peck once said, “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it.”How right he is. Life is a wild and short adventure – too short to spend following someone else’s dreams.We…
  • Which Pose Are You Neglecting?

    MindFuelDaily
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you have a home yoga practice, it’s important to consider what poses you are doing on a regular basis. There should balance in your home practice, a mixture of all types of asanas, not just eight or ten of your favorite poses. Think about the poses that make up your home yoga sequence and, also, what poses are not in the sequence. Is there a particular yoga pose that you are avoiding when you practice?The Difficult Yoga PosesEach of our bodies is different due to both genetics and our own habits and routines. We all have a yoga pose or two that seems particularly difficult for us. It may…
  • The 7 Essential Habits Of Happy People

    MindFuelDaily
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    The beautiful thing about happiness is that it’s entirely up to us – through our choices, our actions, and our beliefs, we determine our destiny for ourselves (and not by someone else’s expectations!).Here are seven ways to recognize elements of happiness that exist (or have yet to be discovered) in your own journey.1. Happy people know how to slow down. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘there is more to life than increasing its speed.’ Happy people know how to relax and accept life as it comes, moment-by-moment, instead of always looking ahead to the next thing.2. Happy people know to…
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    Lucky Duck Living™

  • Taking On Responsibilities That Aren’t Yours?

    Thais Zoe
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s been a very exciting time around here! Specifically, I just received several patent pending statuses on my hand-held dog play, exercise and training device. I’m ECSTATIC, to say the least. As you can imagine, it takes a lot to launch a new product; manufacturing, fulfillment, marketing, and on and on. What got my attention, as I was laboring away the other day was the wave of irony… There I was toiling away hour after hour, day after day devoted and excited about this game-changing device designed to help eliminate doggie neglect… yet, I was neglecting my dog in the process!
  • Centipedes, Critters and Fear

    Thais Zoe
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The other day I was giving my plants a good soaking and out crawled a spectacular centipede. It startled me at first, but I was able to quickly appreciate this magnificent creature and pause in awe at the dexterity of it’s many, many, MANY legs as it zoomed up the door frame away from the drenching. I would have liked to pick it up, but I was stopped short by the fact that I didn’t know if it would bite me, or if centipedes are poisonous. And with the speed it traveled no doubt it would end up nested in my hair… and that was NOT a prospect I wanted to entertain. Instead I silently…
  • Let It Be Enough and See What Happens...

    Thais Zoe
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The other evening I got sucked into the idea of HAVING to have a new skin care routine. I began researching online, settled on the Kiehl’s brand and then selected the formulas that seemed best for my skin. I tallied up the items and it came to well over $250! Which awakened me to all the half used jars of other “must haves” that already lined my drawers. I deleted my order, which can only be described as relief… and committed myself to going back and reevaluating some of the products I already had on hand. Hadn’t they worked? Why had I stopped using them? Then a random bit of advice…
  • Dusty Lot or Paradise?

    Thais Zoe
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Recently a friend of mine was in Telluride, Colorado and sent me a photo of the picturesque main street. He went on to tell me a bit about this sleepy little town, the annual festivals, the 1000s it attracts every year and that it was settled in a box canyon. I looked it up and discovered a “box canyon” is: a small ravine or canyon with steep walls on three sides, allowing access and egress only through the mouth of the canyon. In other words… A dead end. This means that if you want to visit Telluride you go with intent. You’re likely not passing through on your way to someplace else,…
  • Is It Time To Come Out of Hiding?

    Thais Zoe
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    As I mentioned in last week’s article “Suffering Is Optional” I run on the treadmill a few times a week. The other day I was trotting along and noticed that the man behind the front desk reached up to the ceiling over the counter, took down a ventilation duct cover and cleaned off the build up of dust that had quietly accumulated there. A subtle, but vital act that will deliver air cleaner and healthier to breath. While I wasn’t motivated to go home and do the same, I thought about how much hidden dust I let lie because it cannot be seen. There are the obvious places like under a sofa…
 
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  • Spark of Madness

    Oliver
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    Spark of Madness | #in160charactersBurning ambition, daring, staring, a glow in the eyes.Dance with the flame, flaring, caring, the fire within.Praise the blaze, eventually, the ashes of life.The post Spark of Madness appeared first on Coffee-Stained Journal.
  • Made by Hand ~ [No. 5] The Bike Maker

    Oliver
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    “For me it always has been a real struggle to get past the point where I’m pretty good for a beginner, to get into the point where I’m actually good.”It probably has been Ezra Caldwell’s attitude and his somewhat audacious approach that made him excel on so many different levels. A guy who valued curiosity more than convenience and passion more than prestige. Someone who constantly sought change and challenge, confronting life with a mix of admiration and defiance. He didn’t turn a blind eye to fate, but he did question its obvious signpost – embracing…
  • Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

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

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

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

    rahul r
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A real man gives up one night stands for a woman he can’t stand one night without The post A real man gives up one night stands appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The boyfriends who still hold bags

    rahul r
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
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  • A Good Guy Will Tell You’re Beautiful

    rahul r
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The post A Good Guy Will Tell You’re Beautiful appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A girl crying over a guy is normal

    rahul r
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Its not hard to be a good boyfriend

    rahul r
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    The post Its not hard to be a good boyfriend appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The Marching Numbers

    Matt Catlett
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    There are a thousand little adult responsibilities that nag and bite at you. Tiny calls to your mind in every unopened email, debt to be repaid, and chattering task that spills out of your desire for productivity and obligation. Things that must be remembered, things that must be forgotten… lists of lists. In a sense, [&hellip The post The Marching Numbers appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Sir Lyonel’s Choice

    Matt Catlett
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Sir Lyonel was the nephew of the famous knight Sir Lancelot at a time in Arthur’s kingdom when there were no major wars to be fought. The young knights have had no fire to temper their steel, and the peace of the land is rotting out the nobility of the Round Table. The young knights [&hellip The post Sir Lyonel’s Choice appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Book Review: The Return of Merlin, by Deepak Chopra

    Matt Catlett
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    When we speak of things like the Grail, the Sword, and the Stone… we think of the old stories, of literary allegory and legend, of historic places and quests. Perhaps we shouldn’t. Perhaps we should think of how those symbols of old exist… where and what they are to us. After all, the ancient artifacts [&hellip The post Book Review: The Return of Merlin, by Deepak Chopra appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Mystic Songs

    Matt Catlett
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is no end to the river of trivial and banal things. You’ll clear your head of the thousand sequential tasks needing attention at work, and your inbox will flood with new requests. You’ll finish cleaning the mess of a downed tree in your yard, and then a mysterious leak will start you down the [&hellip The post Mystic Songs appeared first on Programming Life.
  • The Sights of Darkness and Light

    Matt Catlett
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The thing with the moving red eye has green skin. Or perhaps it’s blue. No matter where you go, no matter if you’re alone or in good company… that’s its shadow on the wall. Always at the periphery of vision, skittering behind you with a mocking chuckle if you try to fully see it. The [&hellip The post The Sights of Darkness and Light appeared first on Programming Life.
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  • How Not To Care What People Think

    Barrie Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    I sat in my office crying my eyes out. I’d just received a letter from the assistant to the editor of a local Atlanta publication I’d pitched for a story about one of my clients. It wasn’t really a letter. It was a copy of my pitch with comments and edits written all over… Continue Reading…
  • Relationship Problems: 7 Ways To Protect Your Love From Stress

    Barrie Davenport
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A guest post by Sandra Pawula How can our relationships flourish in this era of non-stop stress?  Stress can kill your joy, optimism, motivation and health.  No wonder it can cause relationship problems too!  Symptoms of chronic stress include addiction, angry outbursts, overeating, disturbed sleep, crying, headaches, anxiety and depression. … Continue Reading…
  • 10 Good Communication Skills You Absolutely Must Know

    Barrie Davenport
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Every relationship you have is impacted by your ability — or inability — to communicate well. Whether at work, in your love life, or with friends and family, good communication fosters better understanding, helps us resolve differences, promotes mutual trust and respect, and allows creative ideas to flourish. Although communication seems fairly simple and straightforward,… Continue Reading…
  • Feeling Depressed? 10 Misconceptions You Need To Know

    Barrie Davenport
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    The recent suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams has once again put the spotlight on the illness of depression. Although there was an outpouring of kind words and sympathy for Robin Williams and his family, there were a few misguided voices suggesting his suicide was cowardly and selfish. I think these are the voices… Continue Reading…
  • 110 Happiness Quotes To Guide Your Life

    Barrie Davenport
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Are you happy in this moment? Would you say you have a happy life? After many years of coaching people to reach their happiness goals and having written hundreds of articles on how to be happy, I’ve find that happiness boils down to a few essentials. First, happiness is a state of being. It is… Continue Reading…
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  • Social Anxiety

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
      It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve posted.  I must apologize but I’ve been incredibly busy with work and also applying for higher education.  This post is very dear to my heart, because it’s the biggest problem that I deal with. I have a hard time feeling comfortable being myself in social situations.  It sounds silly to the average person but I would like to elaborate.  I grew up feeling like I needed my brother’s attention.  He’s 10 years older than me, and I respected his opinion and depended on him to be a leading male influence in my…
  • Living Your Truth

    admin
    27 May 2014 | 6:40 am
    I don’t want this to sound like some silly new-age topic about making your own spiritual truth! Instead I want to stress why it’s important to be yourself – as you really are. Sounds weird? Let me explain: It’s easy to feel like your not “cool enough” or “ not good enough” when society has a certain kind of social programming. What’s embarrassing is the kind of social programming that’s popular these days. What it takes to be “cool” according to a large part of society’s standards for men is to sleep with a bunch of women, lust after money, not really care about…
  • What’s Out There For You?

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
 
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Mother Teresa People Quotes

    JJ Wong
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Mother Teresa People Quotes Some people come in your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Learn to Give Quotes

    JJ Wong
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Learn to Give Quotes I learned to give not because I have many, but because I know exactly how it feels to have nothing. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • George Bernard Shaw Change Quotes

    JJ Wong
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    George Bernard Shaw Change Quotes Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • True Relationship Quotes

    JJ Wong
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    True Relationship Quotes A true relationship is someone who accepts your past, supports your present, loves you and encourages your future. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Mandy Hale Silence Quotes

    JJ Wong
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Mandy Hale Silence Quotes Don’t waste your words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • The Majestic Life of a Human: How to Live Life as an Adventure

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Humans dread change. We dread it by nature. Change is unfamiliar, it's unknown, it's insecure. We like what we already know, what's familiar. Even if it it's not necessarily the best.This feeling is something we all have to some extent. It's part of us since back in the caveman days it was actually a useful trait to have. Back in those days fear had a purpose. Not so much today.Staying in the secure means that nothing will ever change - including us. This might be tempting for some, but let's look at this a little more deeply. Would you want to die as the same person you were born as? Without…
  • The Self-Made Prisoner: How to Become Free and Happy

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    The Buddha taught that suffering is caused by attachment. What attachment did he mean exactly and how can we rid ourselves of it?I can't know what the Buddha meant exactly, but I can tell you what attachment means to me and how I practice letting it go in my everyday life.As humans living in a modern world, we grew accustomed to comfort. The comfort of our convenient houses and all around lifestyles. The thought of losing the comfort of our home is just one of the things that terrifies us to death. See? That's one form of attachment, right there.We can easily grow attached to material things,…
  • The Secret of Remaining Calm in Every Situation

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    We all dream of a stress-free life and happiness, but still, most people don't succeed in achieving it. We tend to make a long list of excuses about what prevents us from peace and happiness, claiming that our situation does not allow us to be happy or peaceful.The truth is that everyone can be happy and peaceful. Yes, everyone. You just have to understand your own self and recognize how happiness and peace works in a person.What determines how we feel about life is what we prioritize.We tend to say we want a peaceful and happy life, but our priorities say otherwise. When we can't achieve…
  • A Logical Explanation of Why You Are Amazing

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Most of us set goals in life, and there is nothing wrong with that. Knowing what we like doing and improving our abilities is a wonderful thing.So when does being goal-oriented become a bad thing? When we place our sense of worth into achieving our goals.I'm going to explain to you logically why you are already awesome, so just read on.For the majority of my life I believed that if I don't reach my goals, I'm worthless. I've put my worth into something in the future, something unsure, something not even fully in my control.I've briefly mentioned this before, but achieving so-called success is…
  • Meditations of the Month

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

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Our personal reality show of these cosmic forces are simultaneously painful and pleasureful. When we usher “light” into our lives, there is redemption and liberation from pain. Perhaps pain is just a temporary restriction or limitation projected on the 3rd eye of your consciousness. Temporary eternity can last a longfeatured Continue reading The post Light Vs. Darkness appeared first on .
  • Super Yoga Morning Routine

    Brooke Hart
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I often feel groggy in the morning.  I used to counteract this by drinking coffee and taking about 2 hours just to get going.  Now, with my busy schedule, I can’t do it anymore.  Instead, I’ve substituted a 10 minute Super Yoga morning routine into my wake – up call.featured Continue reading The post Super Yoga Morning Routine appeared first on .
  • American Yogi: The Reincarnation of Babaji

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    From the early days of my childhood, I would perform Yoga poses for my family without having any formal training. Later, as a young man, I had an enlightenment awakening experience, which changed my life. My Kundalini rose and my third eye expanded to an inner light as bright asfeatured Continue reading The post American Yogi: The Reincarnation of Babaji appeared first on .
  • Super Yoga for Synchromastery

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Synchromastery is a powerful format that synchs up the body – mind relationship.  In this Super Yoga sequence, Babaji Maharaj shows a fast and effective step – by – step move that helps you to gain peak energy, re-focus and to eliminate stress.  The approach used aligns your neurochemistry forfeatured Continue reading The post Super Yoga for Synchromastery appeared first on .
  • Sacred Power of Sex

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    In every culture there are beliefs and rituals that celebrate the sacred power of life and love. The most popular ritual is the marriage ceremony with many variations based on personal approach and tradition. This ceremony gives one literally a license to love and celebrate the sacred power of sex.featured Continue reading The post Sacred Power of Sex appeared first on .
 
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher

  • Our need for approval and reinforcement

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

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

    Oded Ben-Ami
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    TV interview with Ann Parillo – July 1, 2014 Schenectady Today – In and Around the Capital Region http://youtu.be/ssv5PfL9VuI
  • Awakening from a dream versus awakening from reality

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

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

    illustrator
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Robert McGinnis is an American artist and illustrator. McGinnis is known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys, Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films. Born Robert Edward McGinnis in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was raised in Wyoming, Ohio. McGinnis became an apprentice at Walt Disney studios, then studied fine art at Ohio State University. After wartime service in the Merchant Marine he entered advertising and a chance meeting with Mitchell Hooks in 1958 led him to be introduced to Dell Publishing began a…
  • Oil Paintings by Anna Halldin Maule

    illustrator
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Anna Halldin Maule was born in Sweden in 1972, she painting since she was a little girl. Anna currently based in Hawaii, USA. Related Posts:Illustrations by Anna SteinbauerIllustrations by Anna DittmannPaintings by Donald Roller WilsonDrawings by Daniel EgnéusMixed Media Paintings by Aliza Razell
  • Illustrations by Gediminas Pranckevicius

    illustrator
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Gediminas Pranckevicius was born in Lithuania. Basic artistic knowledge gained at the academy of fine arts, fresco specialty. Today working as freelance illustrator, concept artist. Related Posts:Illustrations by Will MuraiIllustrations by Ashley MackenzieFashion Illustrations by Martine BrandIllustrations by Charles BurnsCreative Illustrations by Ilya Nazarov
  • Illustrations by Luke Ramsey

    illustrator
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Luke Ramsey co-founded the Islands Fold residency, exhibits internationally and works as a freelance illustrator for clients such as The New York Times. His practice includes collaboration, design, public art projects, and detailed freehand drawing. Luke’s collaborative mural with Josh Holinaty won an award of excellence from The City of Edmonton, and a National Urban Design Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Luke currently lives on Pender Island, B.C, Canada. Related Posts:Entertainment Business by Mark SummersConceptual Illustrations by Jude BuffumFashion…
  • Paintings by Donald Roller Wilson

    illustrator
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    Donald Roller Wilson is an American artist who uses some unique items in his paintings, such as dogs and cats, chimpanzees, dill pickles, wooden matches, olives, asparagus stalks, and even cigarettes. He paints in oils in very polished realism using the same techniques of the Old Masters. He was born in Houston, Texas and is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. According to the New York Times, “Donald Roller Wilson’s goofy, hallucinogenic, Old Master-style painting of monkeys, dogs and cats dressed up in antique costumes may be kitsch, but it’s high-quality kitsch, like good…
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    Positively Positive

  • It’s Okay Not to Fit in, as Long as You Stand Out

    Quentin Vennie
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    A few months ago, I was invited to a networking event by a friend of mine. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of networking events. They all share the same premise and the interaction never seems organic or genuine to me. The invites on social media read more like advertisements than invitations and by the time I leave, I realize that I barely had anything in common with the people there. It’s normally a big waste of time in my opinion. However, this was an important event for my friend, so despite my hesitation I made sure I was in attendance. The event consisted of about…
  • The Art of Kissing

    James Altucher
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’ve written about 1000 posts now, give or take and if you haven’t figured out how to kiss girls yet then you haven’t been really listening to me. But I’d figure I’d summarize anyway. And, of course, being able to kiss girls (and then later…women) has everything to do with making a lot of money. Most of these techniques I’ve mentioned before but I’ll be real concise, summarize them here, and talk about the results. A) Six Years Old: There was only one flame in my heart at that time: Melissa Mailman. My technique: chase her and touch her. Usually…
  • Get up and do it if it needs to be done, even if you hate it!

    Positively Positive
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation.
  • Doesn’t the Dog Make Most of Us Happy?

    Jennifer Pastiloff
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    You know my project, the “What made you happy today?” one that I’ve been doing lately…  (It literally makes me giddy. Stopping people and asking them this.) It makes me want to write a million stories and look into a million faces and never stop listening. @JenPastiloff (Click to Tweet!) Today I saw a woman in my ‘hood’ and I thought: I must ask her. I must know what made her happy today. She was so cute, standing there on the corner with all her groceries hanging from her walker. She started walking away so I ran after her. I came up behind her and when…
  • How to Receive Guidance When You Are Feeling Lost, Confused, and Stuck.

    Christine Gutierrez
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Today I want to share with you a conversation that I hope truly will help you whenever you feel lost, confused, or stuck. We all have those moments and in those moments, usually people’s knee jerk reaction, is to shut down, be reactive, and not ask for support from other humans or from divine support. Here are my top tips on how to get guidance you are feeling lost, confused, or stuck: 1. Honor what you are feeling. Without any fluff or reasoning. Let’s say for example you are confused on a situation and you are nervous about what to do and aree scared about what result you…
 
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  • 5 Tips For Mindful Communication

    Robyn
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Check out my post: 5 Tips For Mindful Communication on TigerFreedom NOW!   💕 The post 5 Tips For Mindful Communication appeared first on Abundant Awakening.
  • Three Ways To Succeed At Intuitive Eating – By Jen Picicci

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

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

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

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

  • Most Pinned Roundup

    Melissa
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Howdy and welcome to the most pinned roundup! Recently, I came across the analytics function on Pinterest and thought it would be cool to share the most pinned pictures from the site in one place. Words can’t express how much I love Pinterest. Maybe it’s the procrastinator in me that loves Pinterest since it provides a welcome escape! I love that it has the option to create private boards and have been using those most recently to create boards for different projects. It’s also a great pick-me-up. When I need some motivation, I love to scroll through my board that’s…
  • First and Last Day of School Prints

    Melissa
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Depending on where you live, it’s almost that time again. Yep, back to school. If you’re on Facebook or Pinterest I’m sure you’ve run across a multitude of little cuties all dressed up for their first day of school holding a first day of school sign. Then on the last day of school, these pictures flood the feeds again but usually with a side by side picture showing just how much little Johnny or Susie has grown. It really is a great idea for a school scrap book or to send to family who live far away. Here are a few first and last day of school prints for you to use…
  • Take a Leap of Faith-Free Print

    Melissa
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This morning while I lounging in bed (after waking up way too early), the words “Take a Leap of Faith” popped in my head. I know I’m a broken record saying all too often we live our lives held captive by fear. And maybe I keep saying it because I’m trying to get through to yours truly. Making any sort of major life change is super scary but 99.9% of the time, once you go through with it, you wonder why you didn’t do it early. Most times it’s the best thing that ever happened to you. What’s scarier to you, looking back on your life with regret or…
  • Random Days, Random Pics using PicMonkey

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

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    EVERY TEST IN OUR LIFE MAKES US BITTER OR BETTER. EVERY PROBLEM COMES TO BREAK US OR TO MAKE US. THE CHOICE IS OURS WHETHER TO BECOME VICTIM OR VICTOR. Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • They Never Lose Or Get Defeated

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Those who are Patient Never Lose and those who have Faith never Get Defeated. Those are not hypothetical thoughts, those are facts. If you don't intend to try improving yourself to reach a better... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • As long as there is tomorrow, there will be hope

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Hearing that: as long as there is tomorrow, there is hope when nothing is going as we want it to be is really depressing sometimes. However, have you thought about it carefully before allowing... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Don't give up hope just yet

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Don't give up hope just yet, the last moment of your life hasn't come. Don't stop yet, just keep moving forward. If it's not progressive, it's not destructive. When you have a dream and it's not... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Love Yourself

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Love yourself, respect yourself, forgive yourself, encourage yourself, be true to yourself, listen to your inner self, don't let it down, don't underestimate it and always be on yourself's side; when... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
 
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    Left Brain Buddha

  • Start a Gratitude Practice and Find Your Happy Place!

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    People who practice gratitude are happier. Well of course they are!, you might be thinking. Happy people are grateful simply because they’re SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE who HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED and gratitude just oozes out of their pores along with their sweat-that-doesn’t-stink at their beautiful local gym that they always make it to three times a week because they’re SO HAPPY that they’d never just sit at home at eat Oreos and play Candy Crush— Um, I mean, you might be thinking, Well, that’s just pure correlation. Happy people are grateful because…
  • Zen and the Absurdity of Parenting

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Zen. Just the word sounds relaxing. We think of Zen gardens, and Zen meditation, and we say things like “she’s so Zen.” But sometimes, Zen is a bit of a mindf#ck. Have you ever tried to read some serious Zen? Try this one from a “Zen master”: “Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it’s like gold; after you understand it, it’s like dung.” WTF? I get the whole true understanding comes when we abandon logic and all that, but really? Let’s try this one: “If you want to climb a mountain, begin at the top.” Ummm… These are…
  • What is Mindfulness?

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mindfulness is becoming quite a buzzword these days. The Huffington Post proclaimed 2014 “the year of mindful living,” Time magazine featured the “Mindful Revolution” on a January cover, and our local burger joint has now launched a “mindful menu.” Inspired, no doubt, by the Buddha’s famous “Burger and Pepsi” discourse… Mindfulness is sometimes described as simply “relaxing” or “zoning out.” Or it’s portrayed as New Age positive thinking “woo-woo.” I think a bit of clarification is in order.
  • What Dead Poets Society Taught Me About Being a Teacher

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    photo credit: wikimedia commons We may remember him as Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, or the Genie, but for me, Robin Williams will always be Mr. Keating. I first watched Dead Poets Society in high school. It’s one of those movies that stays with you, isn’t it? Its embrace of youthful idealism and romanticism entranced me as a teenager. Years later, as an aspiring teacher, I had dreamy visions of my students calling me “Captain!” and standing on their desks in triumphant appreciation of my inspirational and daring teaching. In my graduate program in education, I learned innovative…
  • 5 Ways Meditation is Like a Monet Painting

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As I sat in silent meditation a few weeks ago, I had a lot of profound thoughts. I pondered deep questions, like “Do I follow too many people on Twitter?” At one point, I noticed the thought “meditation kind of reminds me of Monet’s paintings of the cathedral in Rouen.” {I know I’m not the ONLY one who was thinking that at the time… right?} I had just stood in front of several of those paintings at the Orsay Museum in Paris two weeks before. As my mind settled into silence on retreat, something clicked and this analogy gave me a new way to think about the…
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  • Find Succees Like A Heat Seeking Missile

    Alecia Lawrence
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    What if you could plug in the exact coordinates to lock in your success like a heat seeking missile… would you go for it? There is actually a way to activate that part of the brain and develop laser like
  • One Straight Up Gutsy Move

    Alecia Lawrence
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    After recording today’s show I realized how gutsy a move I made in seizing an opportunity. At the time the fear of not moving forward was more painful than staying put. There are opportunities all around you however you have
  • Blinded: I Never Saw It Coming

    Alecia Lawrence
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you blinded to the possibility of anything being different? Are you subscribing to what everyone agrees is the natural way of life or with popular opinion? You hear phrase like, that’s the norm or that’s just the way life
  • OK Lets Face It This Sucks

    Alecia Lawrence
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Having a reality check is one of the toughest things you have to do however, its a requirement in order to have success in your life or to live you dreams… you must face what’s not working. Just the thought
  • Lets Get This Party Started

    Alecia Lawrence
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most challenging things you face when it comes to success or living your dreams is to start. You are either indefinitely stuck in the planning phase or you have every excuse under the sun why you shouldn’t
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  • Freebie Friday Gifts!

    genieswish
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Thanks for stopping by and checking out the freebie Friday gifts! Check back every week to see what’s been added: Freebies 7th August 2014: Click here for Dennis Becker’s “Mindset Over Matter” Click here for Dennis Becker’s “Using Affirmations For Positive Change” Click here for our 5 day email course - Grow, Expand and Thrive Sign up to our newsletter for more freebies and receive part 1 of How to be Resourceful and Powerful (or click here for the full copy) The post Freebie Friday Gifts! appeared first on The Lightworker's Code.
  • Free 5 day Course to Grow, Expand and Thrive

    genieswish
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
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  • How to Remember More from Your Lucid Dreaming Adventures

    genieswish
    25 May 2014 | 3:35 am
      Lucid dreaming puts us in all sorts of situations. We can travel to Australia or learn to fly.  We get to talk to our passed loved ones and our guides and angels, we can visit new realms. It’s where we can do absolutely anything. It lets us compensate for the fact we could never do any of these things in the real world. The biggest issue new lucid dreamers have is an inability to remember their lucid dreams. This is perfectly normal. It doesn’t make you odd or strange. Even if your cognitive ability is (currently) poor, you can improve it and recall more. Philerooski / Foter.com…
  • A Guide to Lucid Dreaming and How it Works

    genieswish
    23 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    Lucid dreaming is a form of dream where you’re aware you’re dreaming. You know exactly what’s going on and you can remember it. Arguably, any dream you can remember vividly is a lucid dream. The majority of the time, we experience dreamless sleep. Dreamless sleep is where we enter a deep sleep and our minds are turned off, or we’re not aware of ourselves any longer. It’s become a nocturnal hobby in recent years. People want to train themselves to learn how to lucid dream, which is, of course, possible and done regularly. We’re going to discuss some of wider aspects of this…
  • Where’s my Guardian Angel?

    genieswish
    17 May 2014 | 3:21 am
    And Why aren’t they Speaking to Me? You have a guardian angel. This is the spiritual celestial being who stands behind and guides you through life. Many religions and forms of faith have different names for it. Some see your guardian angel as a servant of God, and others simply as a passed love one sent to watch over you. However you see it, there’s always that little voice in your head in times of peace which will speak to you. But what if you can’t hear them speaking to you? By Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This doesn’t mean you don’t…
 
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  • What we do have

    Ryan Wakefield
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing & appreciating what we do have.  ~ Frederick Koenig
  • Selfless giving

    Ryan Wakefield
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Selfless giving unto others represents one’s true wealth.  ~ Jon M. Huntsman
  • Sleeping with a mosquito

    Ryan Wakefield
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.  ~ Dalai Lama
  • Rise

    Ryan Wakefield
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    We rise by lifting others.
  • Drew Dudley – Leading with Lollipops

    Ryan Wakefield
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    School is starting all around the country this week and educators have such an amazing opportunity to change lives.  Often times, it isn’t until years later that they find out the impact that they have had.  This TEDx video is one of our favorites – and it was time to share it again.  
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  • Morning Quotes

    Vebra D. H.
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Remember today that hard work and insight will bring you to the path that will reward you so highly, that it makes all of the small inconveniences worth it. Good morning everyone! Don't forget, nothing big will happen in your life, until you build up to it with the little small things. This morning is another seed from which the flowers of tomorrow's happiness grow. Good morning! If you're
  • Bad Day Quotes

    Vebra D. H.
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    If you have had a bad day, remember that tomorrow is a wonderful gift, and a new chance to try again. - Bryant McGill When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. - Thomas Szasz When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God. - Charles L. Allen You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can
  • Good Morning Images

    Vebra D. H.
    16 Feb 2014 | 11:24 am
  • Quote Pictures

    Vebra D. H.
    16 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    Images: Page 1 - Page 2 - Good Morning
  • Business Quotes

    Vebra D. H.
    22 Dec 2013 | 10:23 am
    When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford The greatest failure is a person who never admits that he can be a failure. - Gerald N. Weiskott The man who is swimming against the stream, knows the strength of it. - Woodrow Wilson You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set confidence
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    PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION

  • Opportunity: Take Advantage Of The Opportunity Of A Lifetime In The Lifetime Of The Opportunity

    Paul Scavella
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    As you may or may not not school starts next week for me and my colleagues and I get back to the grind of medical school. That effectively means that summer 2014 is gone which in effect is the last summer I’ll ever have as a student. I enter my third year next week which […] The post Opportunity: Take Advantage Of The Opportunity Of A Lifetime In The Lifetime Of The Opportunity appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Survive: Everyday Isn’t Going To Be Great (And That’s OK!)

    Paul Scavella
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    The last two weeks have been everything from amazing to stressful and everything else in between, but I am so grateful for all of it the trials and the triumphs. These are things that build character and that’s what is going to make you or break you (right?) Right! I love working because I love […] The post Survive: Everyday Isn’t Going To Be Great (And That’s OK!) appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Good Enough Is Good Enough

    Paul Scavella
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    We live in a world where perfection is the order of the day. If you dance around social media it would appear as if all of your “friends, fans, and followers” all have perfect lives, with perfect families, perfect school and family lives. Which sets a standard in the minds of those viewing these things […] The post Good Enough Is Good Enough appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • Why I Don’t Like Beast Mode

    Paul Scavella
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    One time or another I’ve made the comment that I’m about to go into “Beast Mode” especially when it comes down to finals or when I’m playing a game against somebody and I just enter that frame of mind where I refuse to lose so I have to turn up the heat another notch. The […] The post Why I Don’t Like Beast Mode appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
  • 3 Reasons Successful People Ask Why

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

  • 15 Rare Inspirational Quotes That You’ve NEVER Heard Of!

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Tired of the same old inspirational quotes? So are we! Here is a collection of rare inspirational quotes that are just as powerful, but…you’ve probably never heard them before! Enjoy!  15 Rare Inspirational Quotes That You’ve NEVER Heard Of! “Love is rare gem that needs to be polished, praised and pampered, every day!” “There is no […] The post 15 Rare Inspirational Quotes That You’ve NEVER Heard Of! appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 15 Personal Growth Quotes To Unleash The Best You

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Personal growth quotes are mantras for personal growth and greatness! We all need reminders! Enjoy this list of popular and rare quotes! 15 Personal Growth Quotes To Unleash The Best You 1. “I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.” ― Tupac […] The post 15 Personal Growth Quotes To Unleash The Best You appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • How To Achieve Goals Faster: 9 Steps

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    How To Achieve Goals Faster: 9 Steps What are you working on? Managing your health? An upcoming project for work? Improving your relationships? Taking greater control of your life? A new career? Making a huge decision soon? Have you found yourself setting the same goal, over and over? We all go through it. You’re not […] The post How To Achieve Goals Faster: 9 Steps appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • How To Live a Happy Life by Marianne Williamson

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    How To Live a Happy Life by Marianne Williamson The video might not be the highest quality, but the content is. Political activist, author and speaker, Marianne Williamson, speaks on how to live a happy life. With happiness being loosely define as a state of abundance and fulfillment. In this motivational interview, Marianne reminds us […] The post How To Live a Happy Life by Marianne Williamson appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • The Secrets of How To Make Money Blogging

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    The Secrets of How To Make Money Blogging   Imagine quitting your job, traveling the world, and living life on your own terms. To most people, this seems like an impossible fantasy, but it’s completely possible when you start a successful blog.   Whether you just want to learn how to make extra cash using […] The post The Secrets of How To Make Money Blogging appeared first on Everyday Power.
 
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  • Rice Bucket Challenge

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

    SADDAM POJEE
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Let me tell you a story which will make you aware of the current situation in India.      An American visited India and went back to America after few months. He met his Indian friend who asked him, How did you find my country? The American said it is a great country with solid ancient history and immensely rich with natural resources. The Indian friend then asked, how did you find Indians? to that the American replied that "Indians? Who Indians? I didn't find or meet a single Indian there in India". The surprised Indian friend asked the American guy, "What nonsense? Who…
  • How to deal with failure

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

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

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

  • Intention & Consciousness – Wine in a Bottle

    kcavnayt
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    Every Being has an Intention or Purpose. This is something deeper than what we want to do with our lives, or what we want to do with our talents. Its what makes life worth living for us. Its what makes us tick, what fuels us, what ignites us, what keeps us going. When this Being […] The post Intention & Consciousness – Wine in a Bottle was published at KC AVNAYT.
 
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    OneMeanDream

  • Newsflash: Crises, Collapse, Corruption, Catastrophe, and other C words

    Christopher Rither
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Tired of the current news cycle of crises and catastrophe?  The answer could lie with a few more words that start with C. The answer Could Contain Canceling & Controlling Complicated & Complex Crises Centered Communication Companies and other media outlets! Here’s Another Question:  Has the past few years made you feel like you are stuck on the longest roller coaster ride in the universe? Most roller coasters are kind of fun, because we can view the track, and are ensured the ride will stop just before we get too sick. However this ride seems to be getting longer, higher,…
  • Business Basics: Giving presentations they wont forget

    Christopher Rither
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    As a university professor and public speaker of 30 years I can still get pre-presentation jitters and am continually sharpening my presentation skills. First lets look at one of the biggest hurdles of giving presentations. Overcoming fear and anxiety is key to giving presentations they wont forget   You must be thoroughly prepared beforehand. Most public speaking anxiety starts in the head, and being prepared is the best way to know you will do well. Illicit some type of response from your audience right away. This helps humanize your audience, and sets you in control of the situation…
  • Bad Sleep Equals Bad Day

    Christopher Rither
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    We’ve all experience it. We toss and turn all night, and then walk around in a haze all day. Having a good day is hard enough even after a good night sleep. When we wake up worried, anxious, frustrated or even angry it’s a good indicator that something is wrong in our lives. The first thing we think about, and then dwell on, can either ruin or refresh our day. King Solomon, known as the wisest man in the world, said: He that blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him – Proverbs 27:14. Solomon’s exhortation indicates how…
  • Business Basics: Best Time Management Tip, Hire a Personal Assistant

    Christopher Rither
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
      Think you can’t afford to hire a personal assistant as a small business owner?  Think again.   As a small business owner and parent of 5 children, I used to see time as an enemy that had to be conquered. One day my youngest son asked if I could make time for him. Without thinking I said, “Son you can’t make time you can only use time you have”. Without thinking he said: “OK dad how about using some of your time on me”. That was 25 years and two small business’s ago, and it was then I realized that time was not my enemy, but just a tool to be used. Some…
  • The Passing of A Great Artist; Depression, Its Effects on You and Me

    Jason Low
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    On the early morning of August 12, I learnt about the passing of a great artist, a well-known actor and comedian that had touched the hearts of millions – Robin Williams. He was 63. He had reportedly gone through a series of depressions and had apparently committed suicide at his California home on August 11, 2014. There were many passing of admirable people that I have heard, but none affected me this much. The passing of Robin Williams was sudden and had me thinking quite a lot since the day I heard about the news. Partly because I grew up watching some of the movies from this…
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  • The Beach Ball Under the Water

    BIYA-TUU
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Some thoughts are like beach balls held down under water. They stay under the surface, but they’re fighting to come up. And the more you try hold them down, the harder it is to keep them there. So, let them come up to the surface where you can examine them. Look at their color, shape and size. What does it mean? Because you may find that you’re really mad when you thought that you were completely fine. Perhaps, you feel really anxious when you thought that you were calm. Perhaps, you’ll discover that you have strong feelings for someone where you thought there were none.
  • Words and Superstition

    BIYA-TUU
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Words within a particular culture explain a great deal about what is valued. For instance, snow is highly valued within the Eskimo community. According to the Washington Post, Eskimos or Inuits ( the more proper term) have approximately 50 words to describe what is labeled as plain old snow in English. Because to them snow is not just snow. Snow has subtle differences and varieties, which explains why they have 50 different ways of describing it. And what about rain? In English, there are at least four ways to describe rain — sprinkling, raining, drizzling, pouring. This is not…
  • Watch Your Words

    BIYA-TUU
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Even in the short term, thoughts can have an affect on your behavior. Positive psychologist and Harvard professor, Shawn Anchor, explains the following experiment in his book, The Happiness Advantage: A group of Korean teenagers were given a math test. Prior to taking the test, the students were told that women are typically bad at math especially when compared to men. Next, the women were given the test, on which they performed poorly compared to their male counterparts — as expected. So, researchers re-tested the women. And the second time, just prior to taking the test, women were…
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    BIYA-TUU
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    5. Thoughts Become Things If the body were like a lamp plugged into an outlet, thoughts would be its switch. Some thoughts lead to actions, which click the switch into the “on” position. Other thoughts like “off,” “whatever,” “ugh” and ” I can’t” keep the lamp off. Deliberate thoughts like “on,” however, lead to deliberate action (if there are no mental blocks.) But without deliberate thoughts, commitment and the decision to turn the lamp on, it stays off. Without deliberate focused thoughts, the unintentional…
  • Hey We Just Wanted to Say….. ( Helpful Template)

    BIYA-TUU
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Maybe, there’s someone that you haven’t spoken to a while and you would like to speak to them. But, you don’t know how. Or, maybe you want to say you’re sorry to someone and you don’t know where to start. Maybe, you just want to say, I love you, and you’re scared. So, let’s spread the love today. We’ll help you out. Below we’ve created a template. It’s easy. Just fill in the blanks. Delete the parentheses and forward it to those it applies. Oh, don’t forget to delete this part above the asterisks along with  (Helpful…
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  • 40 Bad Behaviours That will Mess Up Your Life

    Tatiana
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    You are often told how to change your life and the positive steps to become happier but before adding inspiring things to your self development plan, why not start by eliminating negative behaviours that have the potential to mess up your life. I’ve listed for you the negative behaviours and attitudes that I’ve observed in […]
  • Improve Your Reality with The Power of Your Thoughts

    Tatiana
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Your thoughts, beliefs and judgements create your reality! Do you believe that your thoughts come in response to what you’re observing? What about if I said this is just an illusion. Imagine for one moment, the truth is that what you are observing is actually in response to what you’ve been thinking! Most of us […]
  • Margaret’s Story: How She Found Inspiration in, The End

    Tatiana
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Wondering how she will end, Margaret waits.   Chilled in a wide apartment, a ghost cherished, the smell of ashes, haunt the atmosphere. An abandoned widow. Love has rotted, into a burden.   Margaret watches, she placed a chair under the sun. A shadow at the window, feeds off childrens laughter, outside the noise of […]
  • What to Do Now That You’ve Got Rid of Your TV

    Tatiana
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Television can be a major time suck. This is more true now than ever before. Sure, people have been wasting away hours in front of the TV for decades, but today’s selection on the boob tube is like 1980s television on steroids. You can now choose from hundreds upon hundreds of different cable and satellite […]
  • How to Set and Stick to Your Goals for Good

    Tatiana
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    At the beginning of each year, many people set new goals for themselves. Unfortunately, many of those same people find themselves falling short of those goals or giving up on them all together within just a few weeks of setting them. The reason for this is simple. They just came up with the idea of […]
 
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  • Care Package Ideas for Loved Ones in the Military

    Admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Your loved one in the military may feel so far away. Whether they’re at boot camp or halfway across the world stationed in the desert, the smallest gestures can shrink the distance. One way to do that is with care packages. Not only do they provide useful items to your service member, they have a way of bringing you and your loved one closer. You’ll enjoy the process of choosing what to pack and they will love the opportunity to discover it all. Remember to take requests from your loved one for the things they need, want, or miss and don’t forget to keep the military’s prohibited…
  • 3 Dog Costume Ideas for Halloween

    mpblogadmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    You’re excited to go out trick-or-treating or spending time with friends this Halloween, but why leave your best friend out of the mix? It’s time to choose an adorable costume for your dog so he can accompany you to the festivities. While your dog would look stellar as Batman or the Phantom of the Opera, beware of costumes with pieces that cover your pooch’s ears, nose, mouth, or eyes. These can impair your dog’s major senses and may cause them to have trouble breathing. Beyond that precaution, be sure to have your dog try on his costume several times in advance to make sure he’s…
  • What Happens to the Dogs That Serve Our Country?

    Admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    Everyone knows there are a lot of brave men and women that serve our country, but what about the dogs? This article details the heroism of the four legged friends that serve our country. If you love dogs, then this article is a must for you. Read the full article here: What Happens to the Dogs That Serve Our Country? | TakePart The post What Happens to the Dogs That Serve Our Country? appeared first on MakitPersonal.com - Photo Gifts.
  • NASCAR’s Pockets Seem Deep Enough for Retirees’ Concussion Worries

    Admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    If you love NASCAR, you’ll want to keep up with this information. It is all about past drivers and the injuries that they sustained from the many crashes that most of them have experienced. Now that science has finally caught up to NASCAR, they are going to be paying dearly for past concussions and the present long-term medical problems of former drivers. Read the full article here: NASCAR’s Pockets Seem Deep Enough for Retirees’ Concussion Worries – NYTimes.com The post NASCAR’s Pockets Seem Deep Enough for Retirees’ Concussion Worries appeared first on…
  • Five-Question Clinical Tool the First to Help Screen Risk of Violence in Military Veterans

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    26 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very relevant disorder in veterans, but does its presence properly predict future violent behavior? A new five-question clinical tool might have a better ability to make such predictions by looking deeper than just PTSD. By looking in the past and taking the responses of these questions into account, this screening quiz can be used as a tool to help gauge future behavior. Read the full article here: Five-Question Clinical Tool the First to Help Screen Risk of Violence in Military Veterans – PsyPost The post Five-Question Clinical Tool the First…
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    Inspiration-Series

  • Travel into Space to an Unknown Destination? Is not this feet an Inspiration?

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Astronauts and Cosmonauts are awesome inspiration to space travelersTraveling on a space mission to an unknown destination, risking life to find out new discoveries and to help humanity in exploring ‘what is out there in the universe’?   The continuous quest for knowledge of the human race opened up new avenues for an alternate source of living in the universe in case earth where we live disappears.  Travel to different planets to find out suitable conditions to human life, with minimum requirements of water and air and other living conditions is one of the objectives of…
  • What is Inspiration? What is Motivation? What are the SOurces of Inspiration?

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Inspiration vs MotivationWhen your brain cells are stimulated to do a creative work you are inspired. Inspiration is positive attitude; a positive thinking that might get triggered by a speech, a book, a person, an event, beautiful scenery, a song, an incident and virtually any thing on the globe.  A motivation is a physical effort to come out of desperation. Hunger is a motivation to escalate the desire to eat food. We normally use motivation when we are in sad mood. Motivation is an action that will bring a person out of despair. Sources of Inspiration:Nature: Nature is the greatest…
  • Great Animation Films Inspires Animation Film Making Career Choosers

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    A great deal of hard work goes into making an animated film. It requires imagination, discipline and effort. We have hundreds of great animation films from Hollywood and from many other countries.The most famous of those films are Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, the first ever breakthroughs in animation world.. Other great movies like Lion King, Jungle Book are among others which had a great appreciation among masses. Indian animation films that are popular today is little Krishna, little Bhima, Hanuman among many others. I was fascinated with a movie produced in India with children for all…
  • Mother Teresa - A Great Inspiration for a Noble Cause of Serving Humanity

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Mother Teresa – The Personification of Mercy and Motherhood  The affection mother shows to her children is divine. Mother’s love to her children is unconditional and people say that ‘father is a belief and mother is reality’. Though mother’s love is confined to a small family but the universal mother “Teresa’s love” is beyond boundaries. Mother Teresa struggled through out her live for down trodden, poverty bitten, deprived of love and affection. Her entire life, she lived as a saint, simple and glorious. The birth name of Mother Teresa is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.
  • Mahatma Gandhi - Inspiration for Generations

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi  - A Simple Person With Great ThoughtsThe father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi lived quite a simple life all along his journey till his last. It is not easy to unite millions of people under one roof and fight for nation’s freedom. It is not easy to keep even two people united on a single idea. Mahatma Gandhi’s charisma, saintly life,  determination, sincerity, truthfulness, leadership qualities could bring millions of Indian’s together and fight the mighty British power and bring independence to India. Gandhi was born in Porbandar…
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