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  • A Lesson on Being Vulnerable

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

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

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

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Better keep yourself clean and bright;you are the window through whichyou must see the world.- George Bernard ShawThe greatest discovery of any generationis that a human beingcan alter his life byaltering his attitude- William JamesWe can let circumstances rule us,or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.- Earl NightingaleChange your thoughts and you change your world.- Norman Vincent PealeYour attitude is the window through which you perceive the world.Further reading: Beyond the CloudYour attitude determines the quality of your lifeHow to Stay Positive Around Negative…
  • How to Be Prepared for Anything

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

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

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

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    By Leo Babauta The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom. It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, and we’d take it for granted. The blossom’s impermanence, its fleetingness, its transience — this is why we appreciate it. Our lives are similarly short. We have but a moment on this rock, but we forget that impermanence and take our days for granted. We fritter…
  • How to Change Other People

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    By Leo Babauta If only we could get others to be more considerate, less annoying, more diligent, see our point of view … How often have you wanted to change other people so they’d be better? Better spouses, kids, roommates, coworkers, employees? We want our kids to study harder and clean up after themselves, our spouses to be more considerate, our coworkers to be on time, our roommates to be neater, our relatives to be healthier, and so we try to change them. How often has that worked? People don’t want to be changed. And we can’t force them to change. This causes no…
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    The Happiness Project

  • Can a Stunt Project Help to Build Your Habits? Sometimes, But Be Careful. (Gretchen Rubin)
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m hard at work on Better Than Before, a book about how we make and break habits. Sign up here to be notified when it goes on sale. I’ve noticed an issue that often arises when people are trying to change a habit. When people want to get into a habit, they often set themselves a juicy goal and pursue that goal with special intensity. A person who wants to start exercising decides to train for the marathon. A person who wants to eat more healthfully decides give up sugar for a month. A person who wants to start writing regularly decides to do…
  • The Counter-Intuitive Strategy that Really Works–For Habits, and Much Else. (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    I love Secrets of Adulthood, and am always listening to try to identify new ones. At first, I didn’t realize the usefulness of this Secret of Adulthood, which was given to me by an engineer friend: “If something doesn’t work one way, turn it around.” Literally, if you can’t get a piece to fit, turn it around. And figuratively–if something’s not working, reverse it. I’ve found this principle to be astonishingly useful. If some approach isn’t working, try the opposite. For instance, I’m a person with pretty high self-control, and when…
  • Do You Love Manifestos as Much as I Do? Here’s My Habits Manifesto. (Gretchen Rubin)
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My Manifesto for Habits, plus an assortment of other manifestos. Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process. I’ve written my Twelve Personal Commandments, and I also collect Secrets of Adulthood, which aren’t manifestos, but related to the same impulse. As I’ve been writing Better Than Before, my book about how we make and break habits, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about habit-formation (To hear when the…
  • Video: For Habits, the Strategy of First Steps. (Gretchen Rubin)
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To hear when it goes on sale, sign up here. I identify four strategies that are so essential that I call them the “Pillars of Habits”: Monitoring, Accountability,…
  • Finding It Hard to Change a Habit? Maybe This Explains Why. (Gretchen Rubin)
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This weekend, I spent a huge amount of time reading — ah, my favorite thing to do. One book I read was the Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. (I just read Agee’s A Death in the Family, and loved it, so wanted to more of his work.) Because I’m writing my book about habits – Better Than Before — these days, everything I read or hear makes me think about habits, and reading this book was no different. I was struck by something that Agee wrote, in February 1951, when he was about 41 years old. He’d had serious heart trouble, and had been hospitalized, and…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Welcome the Unknown

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.- Joseph CampbellWe all have a fear of the unknown.What one does with that fear makes all the difference in the world.- Lillian Russell Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.- John D. RockefellerMostly, it is human to dislike surprises -often with great intensity.Be open to new ways;sometimes newness just knocks on your door;welcome it.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieAsk yourself: How is fear (fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown, etc.) holding you back in life?Further reading: Fear of the…
  • Your Attitude is Your Window

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Better keep yourself clean and bright;you are the window through whichyou must see the world.- George Bernard ShawThe greatest discovery of any generationis that a human beingcan alter his life byaltering his attitude- William JamesWe can let circumstances rule us,or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.- Earl NightingaleChange your thoughts and you change your world.- Norman Vincent PealeYour attitude is the window through which you perceive the world.Further reading: Beyond the CloudYour attitude determines the quality of your lifeHow to Stay Positive Around Negative…
  • Cease Striving

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.- ZhuangziThe key to happiness is not to have what you wantbut to want what you have.- AnonymousHappiness is not something ready made.It comes from your own actions.- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama  Happiness is when what you think, what you say,and what you do are in harmony.- Mohandas (Mahatma) GandhiResolve to keep happy, and your joy and youshall form an invincible host against difficulties.- Helen Keller You can not find happiness by chasing after it.Happiness comes from doing what you love to do,and from being who you truly…
  • End Your Anger

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Anger is like a thorn in the heart.- Yiddish ProverbWhen you are offended at any man's fault,turn to yourself and study your own failings.Then you will forget your anger.- Epictetus For every minute you remain angry,you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.- Ralph Waldo EmersonLet us not look back in angeror forward in fear,but around in awareness.- James Thurber Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.- English ProverbYou cannot hate other people without hating yourself.- Oprah Winfrey He who angers you conquers you.- Elizabeth KennyYou create stress in your life by…
  • Spread Your Wings

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Without change, there would be no butterflies.- AnonymousChange always comes bearing gifts.- Price Pritchett The challenge before us is to savor the unknownand delight in the taste of possibility.- Mary Anne Radmacher There is no certainty; there is only adventure.- Roberto AssagioliWhen you are through changing, you are through.- Bruce BartonWelcome change. Without change, we would always remain caterpillars.Embrace change. Spread your wings. Fly high and free.Further reading: Drive ChangeMoving ForwardLater is NeverEmbrace ChangeFlexibilityAn Unknowable FutureCopyright © by Jonathan…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Making the World a Better Place

    Debbie Allen
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Understand that YOU were born into this world to make a difference by giving back to others in some way. When you share your gifts with the world, you begin to receive the most amazing gifts in return with a more fulfilled and enriched life. You’ll know when this commitment of giving back feels right because you will truly be living and breathing your own legacy… yes, LIVING your legacy… not leaving it behind when you exit the planet. If you have ever been mentored, guided or coached by someone in any way, you understand the feeling of being supported by someone who believes in…
  • Your words alone can either tear someone down in a matter of seconds or support them for a lifetime. Choose to make a difference with your words and choose your words wisely!

    Debbie Allen
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Your words alone can either tear someone down in a matter of seconds or support them for a lifetime. Choose to make a difference with your words and choose your words wisely!.
  • Bouncing with Style: Getting Back on Track

    Sandra Beck
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    A few weeks ago I was on a roll. I was working out, eating healthy, working hard and parenting at my best. Then a truck came again, in the form of an ex-relationship rearing its ugly head, and ran me over. It knocked out one of my kids and flattened the other. So I found myself in “Stop! Assess! Manage! Survive!” for a few weeks while I guided our tippy family ship into safe waters. It took all I had to keep a baseline going in my business, handling the emotional fallout for my kids, and you guessed it – my self care went out the window. The funny thing was I stepped on the scale and…
  • Refuse to allow fear of tomorrow to steal today.

    Inspire Me Today
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Refuse to allow fear of tomorrow to steal today..
  • Gratitude – The Answer to Everything!

    Brad Morris
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Use gratitude to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be! Learn how in this interview with Brad Morris. This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Gratitude – The Answer to Everything!.
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    Think Simple Now

  • 10 Life Lessons Learned From Kids

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

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

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

    Guest of TSN
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I thought I had it all. I had a job that paid well and all the perks that went with it. I drove an expensive car and rented a spacious (but overpriced) apartment well-stocked with the latest modern conveniences. I had a circle of equally high-flying, workaholic acquaintances, and we’d spend what little free time we had downing expensive drinks together in fashionable nightclubs and bars. Fully occupied with my busy schedule, I never looked up long enough to realize that a cloud of discontent followed me everywhere I went. I also didn’t realize that chasing material excess was simply…
  • 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking

    Kayla Albert
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent the last week brooding over unexpected events that have transpired in my work and personal life, holing myself up in a darkened room contemplating all of the dire consequences said events will have on my present and future. The same thoughts have been turning somersaults in my mind for hours on end, disrupting my sleep and pushing me to lash out when it’s entirely unnecessary and, sometimes, inappropriate. In truth, I took situations that were completely neutral and transformed them in my mind to represent all kinds of gloom and doom. I’m beginning to see that jumping to…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Leadership Acceptance: Letting Go Of The Controls

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

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

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

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

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of us—myself included—believe that the best leaders are those who help, support, guide and serve. But what we don’t always realize is that the more we give, the more we help, the more we guide, and the more we serve, the more we get back in return. Great leaders serve with their time. The precious resource of time is among the greatest of gifts. When we give freely of our time we get gratitude in return. It’s a reward that can rarely be bought, and it has great value. Great leaders serve with empathy. When we think about those who matter to us most, those who have made the…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Earning $10,000 per Month

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

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

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    After careful consideration I’ve decided to opt out of participating in external social media sites. I no longer have active accounts with Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or YouTube. They’ve all been closed, deleted, or otherwise nuked. Yesterday I had tens of thousands of followers on those services. Now I have zero. To opt out even more fully, I’ve also removed all social media recommendation buttons from my website. This de-clutters the site a bit and helps some pages load faster. Why? This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for years and finally decided to…
  • Why I Haven’t Hired a Web Designer

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Some people ask me why my website design looks so outdated. One reason is that I’m not much of a web designer myself (being color blind can be a minor obstacle there). The other reason is that the web designers who have approached me haven’t been very good at selling — to me. They try to sell me on features and style changes and giving me good deals. Sometimes they offer to update or modernize my website for free. Then they ask me what I want. What features would I like to see? What other sites have a look I’d like to model? And immediately I know this isn’t…
  • Why I’m Not Recording CLW

    Steve Pavlina
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Several people have asked about recording or streaming the upcoming Conscious Life Workshop, but I don’t intend to do that. CLW isn’t that kind of event. It’s going to be way too interactive, and the transformational value is experiential. To watch a recording would be like trying to learn how to drive a car by watching videos of people learning to drive. You might learn some minor details that way, but you still won’t know how to drive. Watching other people go through the experience isn’t the point. The point is for you to have the experience. Making money…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Weird Al’s Mission Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    What has this inspired for you today? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like. Pin this Provocation
  • My One Best Question, Episode 5

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    A great question reveals new paths, creates new connections and opens up new worlds. So what are the great questions? In this series, I asked writers, thinkers, coaches and executives what their favourite question was. This episode features Chris Taylor of Actionable Books, coach Tina Dias, and Brian Ash of UBS.
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Performance Reviews & Questions

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day realities of your workday.  Are you in the mid-year performance appraisal cycle? If you are – and if you’re just gearing up for the one at the year’s end – this article might provoke some new thoughts. It highlights how and why Adobe have abolished this process, citing it as creaky, ineffective and a vast drain of time and effort and resources. My question would be this: what would the new and better…
  • Michael’s Sign Language

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    What do you need to stand back from? One of my sign photos. What does it spark for you? Get provoked daily. Sign up our Great Work Provocations. Like a shot of espresso in the morning without the caffeine. Feel free to share – Blog it, Facebook it, Pin it…anyway you like…
  • Kyle Richey,

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lately we’ve been looking into how to build good habits so people can live better, happier and more productive lives. There are a bunch of apps out there to help build habits, and I use a couple of them, one of which is the Strides app. So I thought we could jump into a conversation with Kyle Richey, who founded and who has been doing some hardcore thinking on the subject of habits. In this interview, Kyle and I discuss: The benefits of amalgamating progress on all habits, in one easy-to-monitor place How fundamentals and flexibility factor into designing an effective…
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  • 30 Days of Cold Showers Challenge: COMPLETED

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I did it. 30 days of cold showers. While this challenge started off scary, it ended feeling exhilarating. While most people I talked with found it either crazy or interesting, many wanted to know how it was going. Oddly, the last 15 - 20 days were actually rather easy. I suppose it is this way with many challenges. Once we dig into the hardest part, the rest becomes easier as we acclimate
  • 30-Day Cold Shower Challenge: Is This Therapy?

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    After signing up for the 30-Day Cold Shower Challenge, I read in a blog that some people actually use the Cold Showers as THERAPY. Is this possible? Well, today, as I joked about taking a cold shower being "romantic" (yeah, I know, funny guy) I did stop and think about the impact of the showers in my life over the past 26 days. Yes, I'm on day 26. According to Joel Runyan, who has taken the
  • 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge: No STEAM

    22 Jun 2014 | 2:46 pm
    TRIVIA QUESTION: What's the difference between these two showers: If you answered: Shower A is cold water shower and Shower B is hot water shower, you are correct! It's the 22nd day of the 30-Day Cold Shower Challenge and I want to share an interesting, yet obvious, health benefit from taking cold showers: NO STEAM. What happens with steam in a bathroom? First of all, it requires a fan, which
  • Day 20 of the Cold Shower Challenge

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:44 pm
    The 30-Day Cold Shower Challenge UPDATE: Day 20 I have several things to share with you today regarding the Cold Shower Challenge. One of them is: the shower goes faster if you DON'T THINK ABOUT THE SHOWER. May seem simple, but when you put your thoughts on other things, you can forget where you are - even if it is uncomfortable.  Another mind matter I've learned from the 30-Day Cold
  • Cold Shower Challenge: Day 9 Breathe Right

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    You might wonder... what do this: and this... have in common? The answer: BREATHING Without proper air intake, a human being will suffer. Without any air, you die. Oddly, many human beings develop poor breathing habits over the course of their lifetime. I, myself, have an issue with sleep apnea. However, I am also a SAX MAN. And, yes, playing the saxophone requires good breathing habits
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • Be Fascinated at Work by Cultivating Curiosity

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

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

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

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

    Josh Hinds
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In one of the chapters in Get off Your Attitude, I talk about how to deal with the obstacles and challenges that we all face in life. I also share ideas and principles on how to deal with adversity in a positive manner. In this article I will do the same, suggesting how you can deal with negativity and remain 100 percent in charge of your happiness. Most people deal with adversity and circumstances in a negative manner. It’s the way we are programmed. We want to lash out every time something bad happens to us. But that is not the way to handle life, at least not a happy, joyful life.
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • 10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourself

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

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My friend Robindra promised he’d show me some DJ ropes (because I wanna spin and mix and stuff when I grow up). He got a gig in North Van and said I could tag along for the night. So I Facebook’d about it, mentioned the locale, said it was a great way to kick off my birthday week, and I put on my black high tops to head out. Jump cut to an hour into my shadow DJ lesson, skimming playlists and learning about bass lines, when a woman who’d been sitting at the bar the whole time tapped me on the shoulder. She handed me the most incredible bouquet of peonies and a card. “Hi Danielle,…
  • I hope you’re insatiable.

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re on your creative edge, you will continuously want more. True desire is full and insatiable. She is appreciative and ceaseless. She is present and she sees possibility everywhere. This is the divine paradox of intentional creating. You’ll love what you’ve got with all your heart today, and you will be ready for more tomorrow… and the next day. Click HERE to download this as a graphic.   The post I hope you’re insatiable. appeared first on Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life.
  • Skin, joy, boobs, and the right hair colour: My random & rarely dispensed beauty notes

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Photo by Christine Tremoulet From the incidental to the possibly profound, here are my tips for chicks who want to look even hotter (’cause you’re already hot, sister). SKIN I get some Botox-curious questions. (Do you? Have you? Would you?) My answer is: Nope, no Botox, no fillers, and no tucks for me. It’s mostly really great lighting and eyeliner (and BTW, the best eyeliner on the planet is by Marc Jacobs). I get solid sleep, eat clean and green (almost no processed foods), and try to dance almost every day (kitchen funk parties for the win), and really move my ass a few times a week…
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    Jungle of Life

  • A Fickle Wind

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

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

    Lance Ekum
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Tweet The career we’ve built has come about as a result of hard work and diligence. However, there comes a point when you may no longer find satisfaction or fulfillment from your position. It is at this time that you’re due for a career shift. Making this shift isn’t as easy as hopping to the next company. There is more to a career shift than a positive outlook and a list of names. The following are some of the key points you have to focus on if you want the shift to be a success (and that you gain the best possible outcome). Point #1: Train and Refine those Skills You’ll find it…
  • A Successful Vision Starts by Asking the Right Questions

    Guest Author
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Tweet “Blurry things can be brought into focus with the right questions and better strategies.” — The Carpenter by Jon Gordon Have you ever wondered what makes some people successful while others in the same industry or profession seem to struggle just to get by? A few years back, during the great recession, I met a Carpenter who , despite the economic downturn, was busier than he’d ever been. Being a student of business and life, I couldn’t help but to ask him how he could be so busy when everyone else seemed to be unable to find work. I’ll never forget his response… “People…
  • Grow Your Wealth When You Invest in Infrastructure

    Lance Ekum
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    Tweet Infrastructure funds allow private investors to fund the development and maintenance of infrastructure, both domestically and abroad. Infrastructure includes roads and airports, railways, utilities, schools, government buildings and all the other structures and services that form the backbone of an economy. Attractive opportunities exist for those willing to invest in infrastructure, although it’s not without its risks. The riskiest investments involve infrastructure in developing countries, where the potential for project failure is highest, but where the potential for growth is…
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Kala speaking at ICA regarding Building Your Brand and Platform

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

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

    Kala Ambrose
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Special Live Webinar with KalaAre You Ready to Grow Your Business to the next level? Brand and Platform Building with KalaThursday, July 17th8pm – 10pm Eastern TimeTwo Hour Live Webinar In Kala’s work as an Entreprenuerial Intuitive, she brings a wealth of knowledge to corporations, businesses and individuals providing insightful solutions with a competitive edge to achieve their goals. During her presentations, she shares how to use intuition to discern what is not working within their business and how to tap into future trends to see what is coming three to five years ahead. **This…
  • Kala’s Wisdom Teachings

    Kala Ambrose
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Remember, I can not teach you anything, I can only help you to remember who you are. A tiny but powerful candle light has appeared before you, shall we continue together on this journey”? – Kala Ambrose Kala’s Nine Life Altering Lessons The cyclical nature of the universe has been understood by the mystery schools since their inception. Man over time, has become confused, believing that Time is linear and proceeding in a straight line. Yet, ask any history scholar who researches timelines for a living and they will admit that history does in fact repeat itself, repeatedly!
  • Exploring the UnExplained: Redefining Miracles

    Kala Ambrose
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” – Paulo Coelho Do you believe in miracles? According to a survey from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2010, 79% of Americans believe in miracles in one form or another. While the majority of Americans believe in miracles and supernatural experiences, they disagree on how the miracles actually occur. Younger generations of Americans are moving away from participating in organized religions and…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Beat the System When Everything is Rigged

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

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

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

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

    Gary Ryan Blair
    24 May 2014 | 8:11 am
    It’s about time someone said it… most job descriptions are… a joke… a tool for CYA … (covering your a@#) a complete waste of time… Regardless of your talents, experience, and responsibilities, this is why you are on the payroll and what you are REALLY hired to do… (in no particular order) surprise and delight go the extra mile exceed expectations focus on solutions elevate the conversation challenge assumptions inspire excellence practice integrity raise standards contribute ideas deliver results meet deadlines be accountable take risks ask…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • 9 Nuggets for Non-Speakers from The National Speakers Convention

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    • Innocent is a company in the UK that makes juice and smoothies. They also recently outfitted their elevator with the game Twister. Brilliant! I propose that elevators the world over are outfitted similarly. • One thing I hate about the internet are all the passwords. It seems like every site has different requirements. Some make you change them regularly. And then there’s the business of keeping track of them all. But not once have I ever thought that an internet password could change my life. You need to read about Mauricio Estrella’s experience that might get you thinking…
  • Thou Shalt Wait for Permission from Your Boss Before Doing Something Awesome

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Did you know that Steven Spielberg was actually going to use stop-motion to animate the dinosaurs for his film Jurassic Park? It was a no-brainer, especially since he had Phil Tippett, the master puppeteer who was responsible for bringing many of the Star Wars creatures to life. But then some rebels at Industrial Light & Magic who lived by the motto “Always question the established system” did some covert experimenting and the results ended up changing Jurassic Park — and movies — forever. “I love the term ‘you will never.’ If I had listened to ‘you will never,’ the…
  • Is Struggle a Sign That You’re Doing Life Wrong?

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Sometimes I look at my kids and see beauty. I marvel at the sparkle in their eyes and the sweetness of their smiles. I am overwhelmed by gratitude and joy, awestruck by how amazing they are and humbled to be entrusted with their wellbeing. Other times I seriously consider the ramifications of dropping them off at the mall and driving to Miami, never to return. I have lamented the fact that were I to launch myself through a window of my home, none of them are far enough from the ground to cause fatal damage. More times than not, I am flabbergasted by how frustrating parenting can be. I worry…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • Reflections on Our 2014 Family Reunion

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

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

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

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

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:13 am
    I vividly recall a scene from 8th grade, even though it happened almost 50 years ago.I attended a Catholic school, and many of the teachers were nuns.On this particular day, Sister “Mary” had just walked back into the classroom. We could tell she was angry but no one could guess why. She marched up to a student whose desk was in the front row, and she commanded him to stand.When he did, she slapped his face and sternly said, “Your desk is out of line!”His face turned bright red, most likely from embarrassment and the sting from the slap. He straightened his desk and sheepishly…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • The Magic Key to Changing a Harmful Behavior Pattern

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

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I’ve lived in Texas just outside San Antonio for almost a decade now, and one of the cool things we enjoy here is Texas country music. Dance halls, ice houses and other venues feature live music almost every night. The tiny town of Gruene has three or four different venues, including Gruene Hall, the oldest continuously operating honky-tonk dance hall in Texas. And yes, couples actually get on the floor and dance while the music is playing.The dance step you see most is called the “Texas two-step.” Outside of Texas it’s known as the “country two-step.” Quick-quick slow, slow.
  • How Henry David Thoreau Changed My Life

    6 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    I share a lot of wisdom on this blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, on YouTube, and on Pinterest. Much of it comes from quotes from the great minds of the past 2,500 years.For me, this collection of wisdom started over 40 years ago while I was a graduate student at Duke University. While reading Henry David Thoreau, an early 19th-century American philosopher, I came across this statement, which may have been the first quote I ever saved. It knocked my socks off then, and it still means a great deal to me now...I accepted Thoreau's words as a promise. Have a dream. Advance confidently towards it,…
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  • Understanding The Value Of Charisma In Leadership

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

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

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

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

    Tanveer Naseer
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to thriving in today’s fast-changing, interconnected global economy, one of the attributes of organizational success that often comes up is ensuring that we promote greater collaboration among the various teams and departments within our workplace.Indeed, the ability to foster collaboration in your organization has become a critical leadership competency as technological, process-driven differentiators give way to people-centric ones in today’s knowledge-based global economy.Unfortunately, while leaders may state that they want to engender a more collaborative…
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    Simply Encouraging Blog

  • Is This Beneficial?

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

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

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

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

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


    22 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    IN LUST = Eric Wareheim & Yasmine Kittles music GOTH STAR by HEALTH
  • How was the work week?

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    by Erik Halverson
  • Hymn To The Pillory

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Guilty of Everything by nothing by nothing!
  • Anything

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Orange Juice With Pulp by The Halfs From the album Orange Juice With Pulp by The Halfs
  • cash cats

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    A tumblr blog with cats richer than you!
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    Interruption Management

  • Aspire to Leadership

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, years back was quoted in Time Magazine and said:      "Decades of research, not to mention common sense, indicate that the quality of one's output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks.”
  • Too Many Choices, Little Focus

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    If making product purchases was as simple as choosing supermarket items, we could all cope. But the tyranny of choice extends to large products, as well as services like insurance, retirement options, investments, and frequent flyer programs.By the time we absorb all the rules and regulations, we heap on more stress to our already stretched-thin composure. I recommend that you judge the merits of any product or service on two criteria:(1) the intended benefit, and(2) the ease with which you can understand and enjoy those benefits.
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • Thinking Magically™ | I’m Scott Grossberg and This is How I Work

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

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure – they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm. - Jeremy Bentham I’VE DISCOVERED A PAIN PATTERN I have a group of powerful and hard-hitting businessmen I meet with on a regular basis. We discuss our goals, motivate each other to succeed, and hold each other accountable for both our glorious wins and our damning losses. I’ve started noticing something very interesting about each of…
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    Experience Optimism

  • Dystopian optimism

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

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I'm happy to announce that my bid for Vice President, West Coast Region, Optimist International was fulfilled. I received word from International President Ron Huxley that I was elected by my peers to become vice president-elect, taking the official office on October 1, 2015. If you are an Optimist Club member, please accept my sincere appreciation for your support. If you are not an Optimist Club member, please let me encourage you to find an Optimist Club near you and get involved. The role of the vice president is largely diplomatic. It provides information from Optimist…
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  • The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gratitude Song with Sign Language

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

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

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

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

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

  • St. Germaine reminds us…we are multi-dimensional, inter-dimensional beings…

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    You cannot have your feet on this planet and not be multi-dimensional. So can we simply begin today, beloved people of Earth, with a declaration of freedom for your inter-dimensional self that you are going to allow yourself to move into this inter-dimensional reality? Suzanne: Good morning and welcome to another offering of Heavenly Blessings […]
  • The Mother’s heartfelt invitation to the COL Annual Gathering in Lake Tahoe, CA Oct. 3-5, 2014

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    For what do you think this Lake Tahoe is; this lake of the sky, my blue, the color of my veil? I call you, I beckon you, I urge you, I invite you, and yes, I plead with you to come. To come to join with me, with All, with your beloved sacred self in […]
  • Divine Mother asks, “Do you love me as I love you?” Then please, let me in!

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    This week the Divine Mother shared some of the goals of Ascension, both hers and ours…but first we have to open our hearts and let her in! There is a next step…that you may go forward and claim your place as ascended beings in form, as Creator Race. You are ancient souls, coming from every […]
  • St. Germaine asks us to expand the trust within, then share it…

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Trust is also the divine quality that you carry within you. It is not a matter of gaining trust because you, you who are listening in this very moment, already have this deep trust within you but can it be expanded? Can it be shared? Do not simply say “I am trusting”. Expand it, every […]
  • Een Update door de Universele Moeder Maria.

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Gegroet, ik ben Maria. Ik ben Mare, de Universele Moeder, Moeder van Genade, Moeder van Iedereen, Moeder van ieder van jullie geliefde mensen. En ja, ik kom vandaag om tegen jullie harten te spreken, tegen je ziel, tegen je binnenste kern, tegen je wezen, over mijn Tsunami van Liefde. Ik ben de Tsunami en jullie […]
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • How to Enjoy the Journey and Stop Getting Ahead of Yourself

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

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

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

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

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Go confidently in the direction of our dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What would it take for you to feel completely free and elated? These are inspiring questions many people never think about. Even when we let ourselves dream we come […] The post A Three Steps Process to Start Creating Your Dream Life appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?

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

    Jay Walljasper
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Cyclists use a protected bike lane in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Paul Krueger / Flickr. You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Fla., transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just for cars and trucks. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users…
  • The Radical Homemaker's Guide To Telling Your Kids "No"

    Shannon Hayes
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Photo by Brian McNely/ Flickr. We are driving home from Ula’s eye doctor appointment in Schenectady as Saoirse glances back over her shoulder at the mountains in the distance. She sighs. “Can we please go to the Adirondacks this summer?” I'm aware of how transformative my own Adirondack excursions were for me. I want to give that to my daughters. Her question interrupts my thoughts. I am tallying how much garlic I have left in storage, calculating whether I will have enough to can a full bushel of pickles or only a half. I pause in my computations before I give her a direct reply. “We…
  • Learning From Debt: How It Strengthened My Dreams and Brought My Family Closer

    Shannon Hayes
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Photo by BlueOrangeStudio/Shutterstock. On June 18, 1999, Bob and I were hiking through Asticou Terraces on Northeast Harbor in Maine. We’d passed through a series of thunder and lightning storms, but that afternoon the clouds finally parted and rays of sunlight dappled golden splashes along the forest floor. We came to a resting point along the trail, where a break in the trees granted us a view over the harbor. We sat down and drank in the sight. “I really love you,” Bob stammered after a few minutes of silence. “And I feel as though, together, we could build a really nice life.”…
  • Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood

    Lindsay Williamson
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    This article originally appeared at Photo by Sarah Richter/ Flickr. Editor's note: If you're thinking about setting up your own beehives, there are a few problems that can come up. One of the most common among urban beekeepers is resistance from neighbors—the folks next door may be afraid of your bees, or they may be in the habit of regularly dousing their yards with pesticides. As beekeeper Lindsay Williamson of North Carolina wrote on her blog at, "When I first got into beekeeping, I worried a lot about neighbors and how they might react. Being a…
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    Thin Difference

  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

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

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

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

    Jon Mertz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Life does not stay static and, most importantly, it should never remain so! Change happens. We adapt. We learn. We expand our perspective and a spark ignites within our minds and soul. A little dramatic. Maybe. But I am excited about this next, new phase of Thin Difference! Expanded Generational Perspectives From the call for applications several weeks ago, new people are being added to the community here. I have always encouraged other voices to chime in on lessons learned and insights earned. Through sharing of experiences and perspectives, we create a strong foundation for the next…
  • Entrepreneurism: Self-expression, Empowerment and Freedom

    Guest Author
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Guest Post by Tom Panaggio Entrepreneurship is a noble and necessary vocation. One I would highly recommend. Not because it is a pathway to millionaire status or untold riches, as those are as long a shot as becoming an NBA player. But because entrepreneurship provides those who have the courage, drive, and desire the opportunity for self-expression, empowerment, and autonomous freedom. The rewards of such self-actualization, in time, far exceed any monetary or status payoff that one might be lucky enough to receive. I justify this by saying that at life’s end we never have regrets for…
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    Later Bloomer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    July 18th is the birthdate of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize winner, and former President of South Africa. Mandela spoke throughout his life about addressing the world’s social injustices. He called for peace. He called for education. He called for kindness towards others. In his honor, July 18th is now known as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was inspired by his call for all of us to do our part to change the world for the better. As he said, we all have the ability to lead others forward simply by standing behind them. One blog post can hardly to justice to the…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: The Hope and Grace Initiative

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    All the time I talk about putting our consumer dollars towards brands that give back or do good in some way. This week beauty company philosophy announced the launch of its new hope & grace initiative. In a show of support for positive mental health and wellbeing, 1% of the company’s sales across all products, retailers and online channels will be donated to community-based organizations working to empower women through the prevention and treatment of mental health related issues. Though I have used their “falling in love” fragrance since the company was founded in 1996, the words…
  • Wellness Wednesday: How to Prepare for the Breast Cancer 3 Day

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    The breast cancer 3 day event is around the corner, so it’s time to start preparing. Admittedly, I am starting to get a little nervous. Yet I know that with each step I take I will be thinking of my friends Amanda, Susie, and others who have come face-to-face with this awful disease. With that said, here is what I am doing now to get ready for the breast cancer 3 day. Step up the fundraising. Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are off to camp, this is the time to kick the fundraising into high gear. Speaking of fundraising, if you would like to support me on this adventure as we…
  • Essential Oils for Skincare: DIY All Natural Night Creme

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

    FinerMinds Team
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
      Some failure in life is inevitable. It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you’ve lived so cautiously you may as not lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default. – J.K Rowling This is just one of many quotes, pictures and snippets from speeches and monumental moments in history that have become famous because someone had the courage to stand up and fight for what they believed in and for their dreams. If you’re chasing a dream and feel like it’s out of reach, or you don’t believe in yourself or your right to dream, watch this video everyday…
  • Anger & Jealousy: How To Deal With Emotional Ups And Downs

    David G Arenson
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    “There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.” ~ Rumi In finding mindful and effective solutions for anger and jealousy, it’s important to confront these stark emotions head-on with courage and fortitude. In a mindfulness practice, we first observe what is there. Then we acknowledge it, allow it and let it be. We feel how we are feeling, and accept it from the deepest part of our souls. Condemning the natural ebb and flow, dying and rebirth of emotions serves little purpose except to suppress and deny what is authentic and palpably part of ourselves. Our…
  • The Art Of Letting Go: The What, How, And Who.

    Deborah Fairfull
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Life can be a wonderful adventure, but from time to time, unexpected challenges can come our way. Our true purpose in life is to joyously create, as a full expression of ourselves—to love and be loved. However, during challenging times we can stray from our path, not knowing how to get back on track again. When facing difficulties we can be told to just let things go. This may sound great in theory, but in reality, it can be easier said than done! Sometimes we feel uneasy or distressed knowing that things are not right, but not knowing what it is that we need to let go of. Of course we want…
  • Why Can Love Be So Painful? 6 Ways To Heal From Heartbreak And Move On

    Pragito Dove
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Do you find it difficult to rebound after a break-up?  Would you rather stay stuck in an unfulfilling relationship than take the risk of breaking up and moving on? Are you  afraid of being lonely? Or afraid of feeling the pain of a relationship ending?  If you want insight and understanding to help you through these dilemmas, read on. Love is painful because it creates the way for joy, for bliss, for compassion.  Love is painful because it transforms you.  Love is growth. Love itself does not hurt. It is growth that hurts, the ego that stings. Each transformation is painful because the…
  • Meet Yourself: A Practical Guide To Building Your Self-Esteem

    FinerMinds Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    No matter where you are in life, no matter what state your self-esteem is in, it’s completely possible for you to build it yourself, from the ground up. It may seem like an impossible feat, as many of us have tried so often to change, but here are some ideas and exercises for you to try.  In this 9-minute TED talk, Niko Everett, founder of Girls for Change, shares a practical guide on how you can build your self-esteem, and help those around you. The post Meet Yourself: A Practical Guide To Building Your Self-Esteem appeared first on FinerMinds.
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  • The Cost of a Car without Insurance {Infographic}

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

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

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

    Editorial Team
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    If you are fortunate enough to travel somewhere for your wedding there are many choices out there to choose from.  The most popular destinations are usually in tropical areas due to the great weather year round.  When choosing a place to hold your wedding you will want to remember the expense involved in getting there so that your guests will be able to participate. This could not only involve money, but how long it takes to get there, and factors like culture and means of travel as well.  When analyzing the statistics for couples are hosting their wedding, 5 destinations stand out as…
  • Top 10 mind blowing reasons why you need to switch to Dynamics NAV

    Editorial Team
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    In an age when work intensification dominates through smartphones and other technology, companies across the globe need to address the 24 hour work day by encouraging faster, smarter, and generally better work processes. Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV can help streamline your practices in order to do exactly that. Over 100,000 businesses across the globe have already embraced this cutting edge management software. Here are 10 reasons for you to follow suit: 1). Introducing new software can be daunting. Employees need to adjust to it, and excessive time and money may have to be spent on…
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    Design Inspiration. Free Resources & Tutorials

  • 35 Astonishing Pregnancy Photography Examples

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    The pregnancy photography or most popularly known as “Baby Bump Photography” trends showcase expecting mothers in an artistic setting. Many pregnant women are choosing to take portraits... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 50 Most Creative Product Packaging Designs that will force you to buy

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In this age of 3D technology, graphic designs and other tools – product packaging designing become more attractive and realistic, designers are creating so many designs to attract us infact... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 35 Attractive and Sexy Rose Tattoo Design Ideas

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Is there anyone in the world who does not like rose? We could hardly find one or there won’t be any rather. We might probably think that Tattoos are the trend of today and that it had happened only... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 35 Free Kits to Create Cool Infographics for Designer

    Bartek Miszkiel
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    You are here probably because you want to create your own visual graphic, Yes ? Think about infographics as data visualization that use design elements to display informations that are easily to... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 30 Incredible Pokemon Fan Artworks

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It may come as no surprise that Pokemon is popular pretty much the world over. Pokemon is the backbone of the industry, the video game, is not what is taking the world by storm. It is the spinoff... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    Very Smart Girls (tm)

  • Quotes About Travel

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ten Little Knees

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

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

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

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

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

  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

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

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

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

    Jon Mertz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Life does not stay static and, most importantly, it should never remain so! Change happens. We adapt. We learn. We expand our perspective and a spark ignites within our minds and soul. A little dramatic. Maybe. But I am excited about this next, new phase of Thin Difference! Expanded Generational Perspectives From the call for applications several weeks ago, new people are being added to the community here. I have always encouraged other voices to chime in on lessons learned and insights earned. Through sharing of experiences and perspectives, we create a strong foundation for the next…
  • Entrepreneurism: Self-expression, Empowerment and Freedom

    Guest Author
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Guest Post by Tom Panaggio Entrepreneurship is a noble and necessary vocation. One I would highly recommend. Not because it is a pathway to millionaire status or untold riches, as those are as long a shot as becoming an NBA player. But because entrepreneurship provides those who have the courage, drive, and desire the opportunity for self-expression, empowerment, and autonomous freedom. The rewards of such self-actualization, in time, far exceed any monetary or status payoff that one might be lucky enough to receive. I justify this by saying that at life’s end we never have regrets for…
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    Julie Gosh

  • A Grand Summoning

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

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

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

    julie gosh
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
        “The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.” ― Benny Lewis   Perception.   It all comes down to this.   And in that choice of perception, when one trusts in the Goodness of the Universe and surrenders to the way of Love and Acceptance, there is freedom unmatched.   Every single day, every single moment, we are the ones that control our perception. We are the Decision Masters….how will we choose to frame this particular moment or that particular situation?   What lens will you choose?  …
  • In This Together

    julie gosh
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
                “Authenticity is having the courage to dare to live your answer without asserting that it is The Answer.”   Lynnclaire Dennis   Oh yes yes!   This richly speaks to me as I desire to live my truth boldly.   As I desire to courageously BE my message, not needing to please, not needing to conform, and not afraid to offend.   I honor the other.  Your answer.  Your truth.   May we all celebrate Authenticity!   And may we see and acknowledge the gifts expressed through our uniqueness, our contributions, and our…
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  • How to Improve Your Work Ethic

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

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

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

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    Sometimes we need some sort of outlet to distract ourselves from going completely insane. Without having some sort of special interest or outlet in life, our heads may very well explode because of life’s tendency of directing an overwhelming amount of “stuff” our way. At the same time, those healthy distractions can become unhealthy if you allow them to.What do you think about that?Before you  “go there”, I must warn you that you might have valid justifications for allowing your distraction to take precedence over things that are also important. Yet, deep down inside,…
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  • Cavemen and the Rise of Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Feb 2013 | 7:32 am
    Appreciate every moment of this life. Be real, Be true, Be you!
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  • seeking similarities: the value of sameness

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

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

    positively present
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    “The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own self-destructive nonsense," wrote Dr. Steve Maraboli, and I couldn't agree more. Last Friday I celebrated four years of sobriety and, difficult as it has been and sometimes continues to be, every day I am sober is both liberating and empowering. When I think back to the person I was before sobriety, it's kind of hard to believe it's actually been years since I've had a drink. But here I am, four years in, and pretty darn excited about it—especially because research…
  • positively present picks: july 11, 2014

    positively present
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Source   “It doesn't matter who you used to be.What matters is who you've become." Unknown   13 Dogs Reunited with Their Soldier Parents : this is the best. ever. 23 Things People Who Love Their Lives Do Differently All About Juicing E-course : I've always wanted to give this a try... Self-Awareness : an epic guide to becoming more aware 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking : so you can focus on the positive! Confetti Printable : this little bit of mail will make anyone's day 1Canoe2 : this little Etsy shop is my new favorite Step Outside Your Comfort Zone…
  • summer lovin' : 23 reasons summer makes me smile

    positively present
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
        So I might have been hatin' on summer just a little bit in the last post I wrote about being in a summer slump, but like all seasons, there really are some great things about this time of year. Like, for example, heading to the beach, which is where I am right now, enjoying a little summertime bliss away from work. Before I went on vacation, I rounded up some of my favorite things about summer to share with you. It might be a season I've been struggling to stay positive about lately, but it's still an amazing time of year! Here are some of things I'm lovin'…
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  • Posing With 2x4s Before Building A Compost Shed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Much More

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

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

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

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

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

  • On Suicidal Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

  • #TravelTuesday: World Pride Hangover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    Yay! Blob day is upon us - depending on your Sunday style.Happy reading.I always wondered what my life would have been like if I grew up in Africa with wild animals. This little girl knows.Even though it's blob day, get your workout on with these PopHIIT & PopPlyo workouts.How to not become one of those couples whose fire has burnt out.Let's talk poo."Why I really genuinely love traveling alone."Think you're original? Apparently there's only 500 original templates of people.39 money affirmations.16 reasons you should have sex daily.Caramel macchiato popsicles recipe.Blogging…
  • 7 Ways to Fall Madly In Love With Yourself

    6 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    As you may well know, it's important to give your love to your friends, family and partners but it's also just as vitally important to give the good lovin' to yourself .The saying goes "You gotta fill yourself up with love, so much so that you overflow and have an abundance to give to others". I read that somewhere but I can't remember where! Here's how you do it for yourself.Create a morning ritual for yourself // Rituals are what you do every day, good or bad, that determine your life's conditions. So it's better to consciously do them than unconsciously. How to create your…
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  • 5 Tips: What To Do When You Hate Your Job

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

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

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

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

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

    Yol Swan
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Once upon a time there was a king named Bali who had conquered the Universe by defeating Lord Indra, the ruler of the demigods in the Hindu pantheon. Bali had become too powerful, so Indra pleaded with Lord Vishnu, the … Continue reading →
  • Do You Know Your Most Driving Desires?

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

    Yol Swan
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    In this dysfunctional world, pretty much all of us have emotional wounds from childhood. First, because it’s through our upbringing that we internalize the issues we’re here to resolve later in life. They become our emotional foundation: the fabric of … Continue reading →
  • So Who Is The Real YOU?

    Yol Swan
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    One of the main purposes of my work is to help my clients create an authentic life (or business), in alignment with their soul. This comes from my own struggle figuring out what to do to feel more connected and … Continue reading →
  • A Very Special Summer Solstice

    Yol Swan
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Summer Solstice is the time when the Sun appears highest in the sky. It’s been celebrated for a long time, even before it had any religious association, because it represents the beginning of summer and the midpoint of the … Continue reading →
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  • Feeling safe to talk, a blessing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Alternative Medicine—How Far Will You Go To Be Healed?

    Kathy Gottberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband Thom and I just returned for a month long stay just south of Rosarito Mexico on the Baja coast. Our rental condo offered us lovely cool temperatures without the need for air conditioning, outstanding views, great food and … Continue reading → You're reading Alternative Medicine—How Far Will You Go To Be Healed? an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Alternative…
  • Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop

    Kathy Gottberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    I wish I knew someone like Grace Martin, the main character in my novel Finding Grace—A Transformational Journey. In some ways maybe I do, because Grace is the combination of several women I have met in my life that I … Continue reading → You're reading Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Finding Grace Giveaway and Blog Hop appeared first…
  • 3 Steps To Right-Sizing Your Work For A Happy Life

    Kathy Gottberg
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to the online publication Business Insider, the average person works over 1,800 hours per year and almost 90,000 total hours during their lifetime. That might be low because if you figure 40 hours per week for 50 weeks, it comes … Continue reading → You're reading 3 Steps To Right-Sizing Your Work For A Happy Life an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post 3 Steps To…
  • Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

    Kathy Gottberg
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few days ago while having dinner with friends I asked about their plans for the weekend. In an ever-perpetual dancing mood, I mentioned that I had noticed on Facebook that a new band was scheduled to play at a … Continue reading → You're reading Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) an article written by Kathy Gottberg and originally posted on: SMART Living 365 If you enjoyed this article please be sure and subscribe to our home page feed: HERE and follow this site and Kathy on Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+! The post Simple Living–A Cure For FOMO…
  • 7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART Life

    Kathy Gottberg
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    During the last couple of weeks Thom and I have been staying in Baja Mexico at an oceanfront condo. We came here to escape the excessive heat of summer in our hometown of La Quinta. We found a reasonable rental … Continue reading → You're reading 7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART 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 7 Reasons Why Play Needs To…
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    Compete Every Day » Blog

  • Competitor of the Week: James Ortiz

    Christine Reppa
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Compete Every Day highlights a different member of the #Compete community each week. To be considered for Competitor of the Week, submit a picture wearing your favorite Compete Every Day shirt in any setting & your answers to the bolded questions below to with the subject line “I Compete.” Full Name: James Ortiz Location: Colby, KS Social media links: Instagram & Twitter – @jamesrortiz 1.  Tell us about yourself! I am a single below the knee amputee who competes in Track & Field and Triathlon.  I currently hold the 1500 meter run world…
  • The Edge

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is something that happens when you push yourself further than you’ve ever pushed yourself before. I think of it as reaching your “edge”. You know, that cliff in your mind that magically ends at mile 17, or at 100 lbs, because that’s the most you have ever done to date. The prospect of even going just .1 miles, or 1 lb more, just boggles your mind. You approach your edge cautiously… you never know if it’s going to be a sharp drop, or if it’s just a sharp corner that you can keep on cruising along. When you decide to take that one step to go past…
  • Monday Morning Motivation: 07.14.14

    Jake Thompson
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
  • Small Gestures Can Produce Big Impacts

    Jake Thompson
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I always give up my seat to military if my seat is better! I truly appreciate our troops #flyingtherightway — DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) July 7, 2014 It started a simple fun tweet. Carolina Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams sends out a picture to his followers that he is about to give up his business class ticket to a veteran waiting in the terminal. Thirty minutes later, Williams was airborne in coach and the veteran was surprised and sitting in business class. One small gesture that this one man will never, ever forget. And what did it cost…
  • You Can Absolutely Make a Difference

    Jake Thompson
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    “What can I even do to help?” To often this becomes our instinctive response when asked to help on any task that seems too big to conquer. We feel there’s nothing that we can immediately contribute to the goal at hand, so instead of doing something, we instead mutter an excuse and do nothing. Fortunately for 332 people (and counting), 11-year-old Zack Francom chose to do something instead of nothing. Five years ago, Zack was inspired to do more after his school challenged each class to raise $86 to buy a wheelchair for someone who couldn’t afford one. Zack decided…
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  • 3 Ways You Can Achieve Success by Surrendering

    Judith Orloff MD
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Like many of us, I lead a busy life. I want to accomplish a lot. I want to achieve success. That’s why surrender is so important to me. What Is Surrendering? Though the word “surrender” may seem to be the complete opposite of success–it’s wrongly associated with weakness and defeat–knowing when to be assertive and when to let go is the secret to manifesting power, success, and intuition in all areas of life. Otherwise, you can sabotage success by being too pushy or a control freak. Related: How To Achieve Success One Step At A Time Surrendering removes roadblocks and the…
  • QUIZ: What Workout Are You?

    Sammy Nickalls
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Which workout best fits your personality? Find out which workout you’d be with this quick quiz! Featured image by jonclegg Quiz images by, Jess Tran, Lauren Finkel Photography,,, @Twitter,,, MudMapImages, ChadCooperPhotos,,,, greg westfall, T Hedgwood,, and Remy Zed QUIZ: What Workout Are You?
  • 7 Healthy Food Choices For An Awesome Summer Cookout

    The Inspiyr Team
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cookouts are arguably one of the best parts of summer. After all, they’re filled with food, family, fun, and sun. What more could you ask for? But cookout foods are usually low in nutrients and high in fat, and the few greens you see are likely buried under big blobs of ranch dressing. You don’t have to put your healthy lifestyle on hold for this summer’s cookouts. Try these healthy food choices for your next cookout instead of the greasy, fatty options served at most outdoor parties. 7 Healthy Cookout Foods To Serve This Summer 1. Potatoes Potatoes are a great source of…
  • The Minimalist’s Guide To Detoxing Your Body Using Healthy Foods

    Dr. Michael T. Murray
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    When you hear the word “detox,” do you cringe a little bit? Many people associate detox diets with fasting, but the best approach may be to detoxify gradually, with fresh and delicious food. Detoxing your body doesn’t have to be unpleasant. A sound approach to aiding the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms can include a long-term approach to detoxing combined with the use of periodic short juice fasts (three to five days). Our body is in a constant state of removing harmful substances, and we can give it some help. The Long-Term Approach to Detoxification To truly support…
  • 5 Things You Need To Know About Going Paleo (From A Nutritionist)

    Claire Yates
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Odds are, you’ve heard about the paleo diet, also known as the “caveman diet.” However, this nickname isn’t exactly accurate; the paleo approach is not about replicating the caveman way of life. We actually do not know exactly what was eaten back then. Rather, going paleo is about looking at evolutionary biology and figuring out what is the most nutrient dense food we can eat to nourish our body, prevent disease by reducing inflammation, and lead a healthy life. This means making choices to not consume highly processed food or food high in anti-nutrients. It also means buying local,…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • The Secret Meditation for the Law of Attraction

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

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

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

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

    Richard Ingersoll
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:48 pm
    . . Behavioral experts have begun to quantify the positive benefits that people who express gratitude receive from displaying open emotional reactions. Positive expressions of emotion help to make other people happy without question, but feeling grateful also brings deeper emotional balance, relieves stress and generates health benefits for people who express their grateful feelings. Keeping journals, paying attention to others and freely expressing thanks helps you maintain a positive outlook, but you should never consider the process an obligation on a daily to-do list, which could limit…
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    Self Help Zen

  • Smashing Others and Credit Score

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

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

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

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

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

  • going banana…

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! SOLD What else is really left to say? — 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 really… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • think like a squirrel…

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing it… along with all the other Bob the Squirrel […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post business… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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  • When Uncertainty Strikes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Have a Lovely Weekend

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

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    My youngest daughter turned 21 last week while we were away in Lake Tahoe so we're celebrating this weekend with a pub crawl.  It's such a different celebration as our children get older - not so much about cake and more about what they've longed to do as an adult (like being able to order a cocktail at a restaurant!)  It's been a beautiful, challenging, interesting, frustrating, humor-filled journey and through it all, I feel blessed by all three of my kids.  I hope your weekend includes something that makes you smile and brings you joy...and here are a few posts I enjoyed…
  • Why You Should Deliver Honesty in Small Doses

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    One of the life lessons I'm learning is that, while honesty is a good policy, you don't always have to speak the whole truth every time you open your mouth.  As a Sagittarius, I'm prone to the "open mouth, insert foot" syndrome so just being aware that I can deliver news in smaller, more palatable ways has allowed me to cultivate beautiful, thoughtful relationships with others.Looking back at how I reached this awareness, there are three key take-aways.Persistence:  It's not easy to create a new habit.  When given a chance, we fall back and cave into what we're comfortable…
  • Have An Amazing And Abundant Weekend

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    We leave today for a week long stay in Lake Tahoe. We'll be there through the July 4th weekend and I've heard the fireworks over the lake are something amazing to see.  I can't wait!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun links from around the web...You don't need more experience to be successful, you need more of this....Nothing is better or weirder than these photographs of roasted chickens wearing costumesBoost your brain's hidden abilities with these powerful factsDo you really want to be yourself at work?Can you move beyond your upper limit threshold?The…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Karma Confessions

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

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

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

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

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

  • I Confess… I Almost Killed the Magic! Do You Do This Too?

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

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

    Bernadette Logue
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Negative energy is generated through our inner workings (beliefs, thoughts, feelings), and our forms of expression and interaction in the world. While we can create our own negative, or “low vibration”, energy through thoughts and feelings that limit us, other people do the same for themselves. What occurs then is that our negative energy emanates... Read More Continue reading How to Clear Negative Energy Away on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Are You a Realist or Are You Fully Alive? Here’s Why You Can’t be Both…

    Bernadette Logue
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Take 14 minutes and 24 seconds now to blow the cobwebs from your mind with this video and connect to the heart pumping, passionate, no BS, limitless part of yourself, and then answer these questions… Are you a realist? Or are you fully alive? Do you think it is possible to be both? Warning This... Read More Continue reading Are You a Realist or Are You Fully Alive? Here’s Why You Can’t be Both… on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • How to Rid Your Life of Drama & Chaos

    Bernadette Logue
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Drama and chaos suck the joy right of you. They are draining and take your attention away from what you really want to be focusing on and creating. In this vlog, discover how to rid your life of drama and chaos with 6 key facts and steps. Have a pen and paper ready to actively participate by reflecting on... Read More Continue reading How to Rid Your Life of Drama & Chaos on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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    Beta Motivation » Life & Living Well

  • ❼ How To Make a Difference in 3 EASY Steps

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

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

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

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    I’ve dialed 911 only two times in my life. The first time was a mistake (long story). The second time, it was because my car had burst into flames on the highway.  Actually, it wasn’t the whole car that was on fire—just the engine. I was cruising down Binford Boulevard after work when I noticed that everybody was passing me. It didn’t bother me at first. I just assumed that this was a natural reaction to the fact that I’m the only person on earth that actually drives the speed limit. But after a while, I started to notice something weird. I noticed that even when I pressed down on…
  • ❼ Part 2: How to Take Bigger Risks (and Win) Without Much Stress

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Read part 1 here I would have expected two men in a police car. Or maybe two men in two separate police cars. But, nope, that’s not what they sent. They sent an entire fire truck complete with firefighters. It wasn’t just one firefighter by the way. Not even two or three. There were six of them. By now, the “smoke” coming out of my engine had mellowed into a gentle mist. I walked over to the car with the firefighters and they confirmed what my mechanic had already told me. The crack in my engine had completed its job and the engine was officially dead. The “smoke” was just…
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    Professor Jacob Abraham

  • The ant and the mystery of the world

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

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

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

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

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

  • Work effectively with others

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

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    When it comes to the time to perform your task, it is imperative that you are able to focus. When you are able to focus solely on the task, you get into a flow which allows you to make rapid progress. By only focusing on one task at any time, you are able to give […]
  • Creating your own personal story? A prerequisite for success.

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    A clear vision for life is a prerequisite for success. If you want to know what action to take in any given moment; you must first try to understand what you are trying to achieve. We use vision or stories in almost all aspects of life. Stories are one of the most important communication tools […]
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    Wish Me Love

  • There Will Always Be Another

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Death Transition - A Book Review

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

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

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

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

    15 May 2014 | 9:06 am
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    Making Motivation

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

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

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

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

  • Lessons for a father - Between Disaster And Perfection

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

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrWhen we were growing up there used to be this story of the boy who cried wolf one too many times. His cry for an urgent reaction, in this case to save his sheep from a wild animal, were repeated so many times without an actual urgency (no wolf!) that when it did happen no one responded. Based on the culture that we represent there may be multiple variations of this story.Lesson learned there. Do not try to make urgent what might not even be important. Also, whatever you do, do not take help for granted.A similar story involves the phrase "the sky is falling". What…
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    Serene Reflection

  • Poems: I Am Present

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

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Beautiful notebooks Of handmade paper Wrapped in transparent film Exquisite, delicate glasses In cardboard boxes Nestled in cotton Clay cups made To be used but once Then broken Being saved. Like guarded hearts Never consumed By their purpose Waiting. Always waiting… Perhaps today is the day.
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    Live Well - Mind Fuel Daily

  • Cultural Tales – The Three Fish

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Three fish lived in a pond. One was named Plan Ahead, another was named Think Fast, and the third was named Wait and See. One day they heard a fisherman say he was going to cast his net the next morning.Plan Ahead said “I’m swimming downstream tonight.”Think Fast said “I’m sure I’ll come up with something.”Wait and See lazily said “I can’t think about this right now.”When the fisherman cast his net, Plan Ahead was long gone. But Think Fast and Wait and See were caught!Think Fast rolled belly-up and the fisherman said, “This one’s dead,” and tossed him back in the…
  • 8 Great Quotes To Help You Grow

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Nature loves nothing so much as to take existing forms and shape them into something different. This phenomenon that we all experience is called change – and it can be one of the best ways to grow into what we are meant to become.Change is nothing to be afraid of, and here are eight great reasons why!1. Change can be the start of something new.Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings – Jonathan Lockwood Huie2. Even the smallest of changes within us can make a world of difference.Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves…
  • Positive Inspiration – Nothing is Impossible

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Dreams are vital in this life. They give us hope, a destination to aim for. When we dream of what might be, we are one step closer to what we might become. And the only force stopping us is our own mind.As Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho writes, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”When we ditch the attachment to fear and doubt, we suddenly see that everything is possible. All we have to do is go one step at a time, trusting in our natural abilities and instincts to guide us towards whatever it is we are chasing.
  • 5 Life Lessons From A Lion

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    The lion is fierce and proud, the king of the savannah, the ruler of the Serengeti. Held as a symbol of bravery and strength in many cultures around the world, the lion also carries a more soulful reputation as a creature of grace and wisdom. Here are five ways lions teach us to live our own lives with courage and compassion.1. Grow into your paws. Remember that each one of us starts as a cub – and that there is plenty of time to explore and learn as we become full-grown.2. Follow your nose. Don’t stop searching until you find the trail that leads you towards what you want to become –…
  • Receiving the Actions of Yoga

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Serious yoga students can easily get caught up in everything related to doing yoga. Getting the right mat and yoga clothes, finding the best studio and teacher and working hard on the poses in every class and at home. With everything you put into doing yoga, make sure that you are also staying receptive to the things that yoga will do for you.Making the Effort EffortlessPracticing diligently on a regular basis, daily if possible, is part of our devotion to yoga. We are aware of many benefits of yoga and that ongoing effort is required to achieve them. It’s easy to focus on this physical…
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    Lucky Duck Living™

  • Hidden Pet Poisons

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

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

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

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

    Thais Zoe
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A few weeks ago I shared a few tips for keeping your dog’s paws safe during the hot summer months. You can read more about that HERE. Today, I want to share a surprising discovery I made last year about how our canines cool themselves. But first, let’s take a look at two other vital doggy cooling tips… #3 Did you know their skin is like a scuba suit? This means that they do not benefit from evaporative cooling. So… wetting them does not have the same evaporative cooling effect, as it does on humans. It just feels like a blanket. Cool water can momentarily reduce body temperature and…
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    Coffee-Stained Journal

  • Come Alive ~ Howard Thurman

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Tips for Raising Joyful Children

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

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

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

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

    Epsilon Healing Academy
    19 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    We all have moments when we connect authentically with someone.  These moments can range from the very simple (such as making eye contact when someone gives us a heartfelt “thank you”) to the more deeply personal (as when someone acknowledges a truth about our past relationship with him or her, saying something as candid as, “I’m sorry it didn’t work out.”) While we’ve all experienced them, in reality these moments happen all too rarely, and our noticing and acknowledging them is equally rare.  Yet, it is vital for us not only to pay attention to them, but to initiate them as…
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    Sad and Love Picture

  • I need your love

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Posted from WordPress for Android The post I need your love appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Life is short! Break the rules

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    “Life is short! Break the rules! Forgive quickly! Kiss slowly! Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.” Posted from WordPress for Android The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • True love is a discipline in which each divines

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret …. The post True love is a discipline in which each divines appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I was born into the most remarkable

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could possibly have hoped for. The post I was born into the most remarkable appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. The post Kind words can be short and easy to speak 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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    Programming Life

  • 10 Tactics for Peace of Mind

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

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

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

    Matt Catlett
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    In my last post, I noted the slope of experience of mind, body, and spirit. In reflection today, I noted there are three simple practices that feel the most beneficial for me – one in each area, coming out of my current conversation with the world. Spiritual perception fundamentally and inevitably alters your interaction with [&hellip The post 3 Simple Practices for the Cultivation of Happiness appeared first on Programming Life.
  • 3 Lessons in Mindfulness from Ankle Injury

    Matt Catlett
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    I tore the tendon in my right ankle while climbing some stairs. The specialist told me to wear a supportive boot for 30 days, 24 hours a day, in the hope of warding off surgery. That was three or four days ago. A long road ahead, a short road behind, yet already I’m comprehending lessons [&hellip The post 3 Lessons in Mindfulness from Ankle Injury appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

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

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

    Barrie Davenport
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Most people spend a lot of time being unhappy. If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you’ll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general. Those statistics are daunting and sad. We… Continue Reading…
  • Words Of Encouragement: 50 Quotes To Give You A Boost

    Barrie Davenport
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I used to read a book to my kids called, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend has deserted him, there’s no dessert in his lunch bag, and he’s served lima beans for dinner. Are there days when you can relate… Continue Reading…
  • Self-Awareness: 30 Essential Actions For Living Authentically

    Barrie Davenport
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    How can you have a truly happy and fulfilled life? I believe it begins by living authentically. You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not, live by rules that aren’t your own, or make choices reactively — without compromising your self-esteem and emotional health. So how do you begin to live authentically? It’s hard to be… Continue Reading…
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    Inspiration Boost

  • Darren Hardy Dream Quotes

    JJ Wong
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Darren Hardy Dream Quotes Doubt and fear steal more dreams than failure does. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Malala Yousafzai Peace Quotes

    JJ Wong
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Malala Yousafzai Peace Quotes If you want to end war, then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • iLaugh.TV Channel – Daily Funny Video Clips

    JJ Wong
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Life is full of ups and down, but there’re always ways to charge yourself up. Always remember that every sixty seconds spent sad is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back. Life is a choice, you can decide for yourself to be sad every day, or you can choose to stay awesome and happy every single day! If you’re feeling down, there’s a place we recommend to subscribe and visit everyday: iLaugh.TV Channel iLaugh.TV gathers the best and most funny video clips around the web in one place, so that you’ll only need 1 place when you’re seeking for happiness,…
  • Michael Jordan Attitude Quotes

    JJ Wong
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Michael Jordan Attitude Quotes My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Nelson Mandela Famous Success Quotes

    JJ Wong
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Nelson Mandela Famous Success Quotes Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • Make Your Life Easier: Let Go of Control

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

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

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have always been an animal lover. I have three large dogs and I take a walk with them every day. It is very interesting to me to see people's attitude towards dogs, especially large ones.You know those people who always say how dogs are so much better than people? Oh, how much I smile when someone tells me that... You know, I'm not one to argue or lecture, even if I don't agree. I just politely nod and go on my way.I love dogs very much, but I love people as well.If you read this blog, you know that I like to wonder. When I was walking with my dogs recently, I wondered what the world would…
  • Become Wiser by Accepting that You Know Nothing

    24 Jun 2014 | 5:56 am
    I said it before, and I'll say it again: unconditionally believing our own thoughts can be harmful. Why? Because unconditionally believing our own thoughts means that we are closed-minded.I always thought of myself as an extremely open-minded person, but the truth was that since I was very confident in my own thoughts and beliefs, I didn't really consider others' input on certain subjects, because I believed that what I thought was right, so how could the other person possibly be right as well?No one wants to be closed-minded, and no one actually thinks they are. Everyone is a hero in their…
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  • Break on Through

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    With so much falsehood in the world, the only known antidote to this malady is the truth.  If we are constantly seeking the truth, this precious gem, a carrot of consciousness continues to lure us into the great chase of illusion. Breaking out of this cycle or patterns is neverfeatured Continue reading The post Break on Through appeared first on .
  • Launch of Super Yoga™ E-Book

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    To accompany the courses and teachings of Babaji Maharaj, is the new Super Yoga™ E-book. This e-book has been created as a guideline for students to understand the philosophies and teachings of Maharaj while grasping the several profound concepts of Super Yoga.™ Through this e-book, one will receive the practicalfeatured Continue reading The post Launch of Super Yoga™ E-Book appeared first on .
  • Get Ready for Our New Online Courses!

    Brooke Hart
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    The Omatrix Center is pleased to announce that there will soon be new online courses for those interested in Super Yoga, meditation, and techniques to live a Super Life! A variety of automated and semi – live events are being planned to open on September 8th, 2014. Students will befeatured Continue reading The post Get Ready for Our New Online Courses! appeared first on .
  • Bringing Super Yoga Close to Home with Big Sur Retreats

    Brooke Hart
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Those interested in a new and innovative approach to Yoga can now immerse themselves in the beauty of Big, Sur California for a Super Yoga retreat. This particular Big Sur, California retreats is expected to offer life transformational practices and approaches that allow one to move forward with a betterfeatured Continue reading The post Bringing Super Yoga Close to Home with Big Sur Retreats appeared first on .
  • Exploration of Super Yoga™ with Bali Retreats

    Brooke Hart
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Now travelers and lovers of Yoga can take a journey into an exotic and distant land with Bali retreats. Super Yoga™ is now being offered once a year in Bali for those that want to partake in beauty, nature and a rejuvenating setting with the power of Yoga. The Superfeatured Continue reading The post Exploration of Super Yoga™ with Bali Retreats appeared first on .
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    Oded Ben-Ami - Spiritual Teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Activities for Kids That Will Save Your Summer (and Your Sanity)

    PP B-School Alumni
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    We are proud to showcase this post from our Positively Positive B-School Alumni, a private group of graduates of Marie Forleo’s B-School online training program for modern entrepreneurs. Click HERE to be notified when enrollment in B-School opens up in early 2015 (which includes FABULOUS bonuses from Positively Positive). Summer has begun and my eyes are showing some signs of sleeping in. Waking up to crevices of the suns’ light seeping in through the blinds is a peaceful way to wake up. It’s exactly how nature intended it to be. Waking in the dark has never made sense to my…
  • The Only Five Things I Wish College Had Taught Me

    James Altucher
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’m so sick of Shakespeare. I never understand any of the quotes. Someone will say something in Old English and then look at me for a few seconds while I stare and then maybe stare at the ground and then they will say, “That’s Shakespeare.” And then I still don’t understand what it means. And then I forget what he said. Which is why I can’t repeat any of the quotes he said while I write this. I make it a rule while writing to never use Google. That sort of feels like cheating. Like using a chess computer while playing chess. “To Be or Not To…
  • Get busy living, or get busy dying.

    Positively Positive
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what? Why I’m Eliminating the Word ‘Busy’ From My Vocabulary 5 Tips to Be Busy and Healthy at the Same Time Are You Afraid of Dying? Of Living?
  • Are You Tired Of Being Afraid?

    Jennifer Pastiloff
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Beloved Positively Positive tribe, I was getting so many people writing to me asking for advice that I decided to start up a column where I sent the advice-seeking emails to my writer friends and they answered them. It’s been eye-opening and fun as my friends are full of wisdom. The one below was too good not to share with my Positively Positive peeps. Answered by my good friend, author Gayle Brandeis, it’s pretty brilliant. The column is called “Dear Life,” and, if you have a question or need advice, feel free to post below in the comment section and I will send it to…
  • The Importance of Mothering Your Inner Wounded Child

    Christine Gutierrez
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Have you gone through childhood trauma? Perhaps you were ignored or criticized often. Perhaps you were abused and told you were not good enough, stupid. Perhaps you just felt uncared for and abandoned. These experiences hurt us and dim us but never are you left without a spark of light. It’s our job to continue to spark and grow that inner spark, regardless of your pain, abuse, abandonment. @CosmicChristine (Click to Tweet!) However it is always easier said than done. Over the past week I saw myself prepare for my annual goddess retreat and old patterns around self love and self respect…
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    Abundant Awakening

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fitness Challenge Update #2

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

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a list of 20 ways to find joy in every day that are simple and easy to implement. 1. Delight in the small things 2. Strike up a conversation with a stranger 3. Star gaze 4. Don’t take things personally 5. Complete small acts of kindness 6. Be a good listener 7. Explore new opportunities 8. Get lost in a book or magazine 9. Enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea 10. Call someone you’ve been thinking about -just because 11. Write a handwritten letter and mail it 12. Take a soothing salt bath 13. Go barefoot in the soft grass 14. Keep good company 15. Laugh and laugh often 16.
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  • Be strong and don't forget to be happy

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
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  • Best motivational quotes of Rumi

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Enjoy this man's best top motivating and inspiring words of wisdom and peace of mind...Get motivated and stay inspired... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Why don't you love yourself a bit more?

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Why don't you try a bit more, do a little more for you, think a bit more and get hurt a bit less? Why are you trying hard to forget while you can do the the same effort in facing then deleting it... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Six tips to get along with people around you

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
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    7 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
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    Left Brain Buddha

  • What It’s Like to Go on a Silent Meditation Retreat: The Strange, the Challenging, and the Ahh-MAZE-ing!

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

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

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

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We know mindfulness is good for us. Mindfulness allows us to be present in our parenting, choosing the skillful response instead of succumbing to our visceral reactions. Mindfulness is also good for our kids. There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus. Do I even need to ask if you want that for your kids? So where do we start? How can we teach these important skills to our…
  • “Mommy, What ARE We?”: Rethinking Religion

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As my seven-year-old learns more about the world, she is learning that some of her friends are Jewish, some are Hindu, and some are Christian. “What are we?” she asked me the other day. Um….. I tried to explain how I don’t think there’s really one label that would fit me: I’m not Christian but I think Jesus was a loving teacher, I’m not technically Buddhist but I love what the Buddha taught us about compassion and about our minds, I think it’s important to treat others with kindness, the reason we are alive is to bring love to others— “No, Mom, WHAT ARE WE?” She…
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  • I This Your Opinion Too

    Alecia Lawrence
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. You don’t get in life what you want, you get in life what you are. Be not conformed, be transformed by the renewing of your mind, you are a
  • What Is The Plan

    Alecia Lawrence
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you plan to fail or do you fail to plan? Maybe you are permanently stuck in the planning phase and using the claim of an incomplete plan to stop you from taking action towards your goals. YOU CANNOT FAIL
  • Strange New Diet Craze

    Alecia Lawrence
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Its time for you to go on a diet. I am talking about the “Negativity Diet” You may not realize how much of an impact negative thoughts have on your life. It destroys confidence, destroys self esteem, makes you feel
  • Insider Tips For Shockwaves Of Success

    Alecia Lawrence
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How much do you read on a regular basis? I know you are wondering why bother? I have some hardcore facts, figures and stats that will make your head spin. I will share this with you in a little bit.
  • Never Say Never

    Alecia Lawrence
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It can be a challenge to look at things as they can be when you are experiencing lots of trials or challenges and there there are obstacles in your way. However you have the potential to obliterate any obstacle that’s
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  • Jump Off!

    Ryan Wakefield
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off.  Build your own wings on the way down.  ~ Ray Bradbury  
  • The Art of Friendship

    Ryan Wakefield
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    The Art Of Friendship by Wilford A. Peterson The first step in the art of friendship is to be a friend, then making friends takes care of itself. To be a friend a man should believe in the inherent goodness of other men and in their potential greatness. To be a friend a man should strive to lift people up, not cast them down; to encourage, not discourage; to set an example that will be an inspiration to others. To be a friend a man should practice the companionship of silence and the magic of words that his speech may build and not destroy, help and not hinder. To be a friend a man…
  • Goals

    Ryan Wakefield
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The most important thing about goals is having one…
  • Best Camp Ever

    Ryan Wakefield
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    (Photo courtesy of Alyson Herzig) Last week a very touching story about a 10 year old autistic boy was brought to our attention by USA Today.  The story is about Josh Herzig who loves Notre Dame Football.  Josh had attended the Notre Dame football camp a few times in the past, but this season was different. In the past the stimulation of a chaotic camp environment was a little much for Jake.  This year, Jake, took a page from the Beatles – “I can get by with a little help from my friends.”  But just who were these friends, try two of  the Irish’s rising stars,…
  • Can you Rumble???

    Ryan Wakefield
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even superstars have heroes.  The Rock recently visited The Mother-ship and shared a great story about his hero Muhammad Ali.  Even better, Ali sent The Rock a tweet after the interview aired.
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  • Take Every Inch – The World Cup 2014

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

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

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

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

    Paul Scavella
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    The kid 22 years old, Kawhi Leonard, I don’t know if you understand the significance of that. This young man is younger than I am. I am 23 years old and he is playing with some of the greatest to ever do it. And he is doing it big time baby. Alright, so some of […] The post Kawhi Leonard: Get To Your Spot appeared first on PAUL SCAVELLA II | BLOGGER WITH POSITIVE AFFIRMATION.
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  • 50 Happiness Quotes with Important Life Lessons

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Happiness is defined as an ‘emotional state of well-being’. Today, happiness is sought after more than ever and is being made many peoples top priority in life. I hope these 50 Happiness quotes help you recognize the beauty and love in your life, regardless of circumstance. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t […]The post 50 Happiness Quotes with Important Life Lessons appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 50 Jim Rohn Quotes on Living A Successful Life

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn” is best known for his business philosophy and inspirational, yet practical success advice. Rohn was a serial entrepreneur, best selling author and sought after motivational speaker. He is one of the founding fathers of the Personal Development industry and has heavily influenced the likes of Anthony ‘Tony’ Robbins, Les Brown, Brian […]The post 50 Jim Rohn Quotes on Living A Successful Life appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 50 Maya Angelou Quotes about Essential Life Truths

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was a celebrated author, influential poet, dancer, actress, singer and activist. Maya received over 50 honorary degrees & is celebrated for her series of 7 autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and adult experiences. Maya Angelou’s life represented confidence, contribution and perseverance. Please enjoy these 50 […]The post 50 Maya Angelou Quotes about Essential Life Truths appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 10 Traits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    10 Traits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs Gallup did a study of entrepreneurs in Nebraska, USA. They studied hundreds of small business owners. Asked them questions, did surveys and collated data. It was observed that some entrepreneurs were more…The post 10 Traits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • 50 Famous Quotes Inspiring You To Stay Positive

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    We all need a boost, even famous people! Enjoy these 50 famous quotes from some of your favorite (or not) celebrities, entrepreneurs and public figures! Enjoy! 50 Famous Quotes Inspiring You To Stay Positive   If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. -Donald Trump I refuse to accept other […]The post 50 Famous Quotes Inspiring You To Stay Positive appeared first on Everyday Power.
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  • Money can't buy Happiness

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

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

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

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

    24 May 2014 | 7:17 pm
          When you go back in the Paleolithic era, you will find that there were dangers everywhere trying to reduce the lifespan of humans. But, as the people live in groups/tribes that time because human beings are social animals. We love to interact with each other and help our people. The groups which were there in Paleolithic era used to have at least 1 leader which was brave and would do anything so that the people around him were safe. That feeling brings a good leader in someone. Actually back in that era they used to have deep feelings of trust and love towards each…
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  • Its not over until its over. Jacob and the Wolf

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    I have this instinct to write for the children of the future, perhaps because I myself enjoyed my great great grand-fathers’ stories so much and so much of who I am today is because of those childhood stories. I have a dream (yea I do) that one day my grand-children and their children and their […] The post Its not over until its over. Jacob and the Wolf was published at KC AVNAYT.
  • Reading Food, Eating Words

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Every thing is a result of vibration, a carrier of consciousness. As a teenager, I fell in love with the ancient books of the Bible, a passion I shared with my teacher and great grandfather John Waltham. In the hard times of my life I have enjoyed with him, the deepest ecstasy in some beautiful […] The post Reading Food, Eating Words was published at KC AVNAYT.
  • Hormonal Masking – How to detect it and Why you should never do it

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Our bodies are always throwing out hormones and pheromones. Hormones are strong chemical substances with distinctive smells that nearly all living beings can smell or sense. The hormone HCG, for example, that pregnant women have a lot of as it triggers the growth processes in the unborn baby, has a distinctive smell so strong that […] The post Hormonal Masking – How to detect it and Why you should never do it was published at KC AVNAYT.
  • Masculine Earth

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Once in a moment of crisis, I found my spirit crying out to ‘Father Earth’. After a while, when the moment had passed and I was safe and calm again, it struck me as mighty odd that I’d invoked a Masculine Earth. I’d always considered the Earth as ‘Mother Earth’. Since that moment however, I […] The post Masculine Earth was published at KC AVNAYT.
  • How I survived Uterine Cancer when pregnant

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was 21 when a friend I trusted laced my tea with a drug known to cause spontaneous abortion in cattle. I wasn’t pregnant and I had no abortion, but I began to have extremely painful periods after that. There were days when for no reason I could find, I was bed-ridden, just too weak […] The post How I survived Uterine Cancer when pregnant was published at KC AVNAYT.
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  • Business Basics: Professional Development – Stay on top or get pushed off

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

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

    Christopher Rither
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    Being a real estate investor and past owner of a home inspection company allowed me the opportunity to work with thousands of buyers and sellers.  I could tell by the persons response as they entered a property whether they were uneasy or confident in their decision.  So before you start the process of selling your house lets start with a few things you can do to get the house ready.    The best advice I can give is to remember this adage:  The first thing people see is what they think they will continue to get. First impressions are hard to forget First of all, if they pull up and…
  • Forgiveness, Key to Strong Relationships: Part 4 – Seven helpful forgiveness tips

    Christopher Rither
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    The problem with not forgiving others is that un-forgiveness can lead to bitterness, envy, anger, resentment and a number of other perversions that inhibit us from living our lives. Un-forgiveness the root for bitterness We probably all have known, or have been acquainted with a bitter person. It is not hard to find bitter people. Just look for the person that is angry, uptight, and whose conversation always turns to the negative no matter what the topic may be. How many of us wake up and say: “I just can’t wait to find some bitter angry person and spend the day with them”. No of course…
  • Driving Across United States: Sleeping, Eating, Showering, Destinations and Activities

    Christopher Rither
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    Driving across United States is a Blast.  Here are some ideas and activities to help you eat, sleep, shower and drive safely.  You can download a pdf version of the full article here:  Tools for Better Travel – How to drive across the United States pdf DRIVING ACROSS UNITED STATES: SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS (Organized by lowest to highest cost) Rest stops, most rest stops in the US are safe to stop and sleep for a while (but use common sense). They are not designed for camping or extended stays but are plentiful ( Couch surfing: Online websites…
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