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  • Life Lesson: The True Seven Wonders of the World

    Lolly Daskal
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A group of very smart students were asked to make a list of what they considered to be the contemporary Seven Wonders of the World. After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the room. Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Stonehenge 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. China’s Great Wall Everyone was excited about the list, except…
  • Let Your Heart Soar

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieRefuse to be average.Let your heart soar as high as it will.- Aiden Wilson TozerFew is the number of thosewho think with their own mindand feel with their own heart.- Albert EinsteinWhy settle for less?If you do not yet feel your wings spreading,look for the chains tethering you to your history.You were born wild and free. What happened?Are you willing to break free of your past?Further reading: How to…
  • Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

    zen habits
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! I’ve had several people tell me recently that they are overwhelmed by all the changes they want to make. They want to eat better, meditate, do more yoga, procrastinate less, write more, get better at relationships, exercise more, and so on … but they’re paralyzed by the amount of change they want to make. In the end,…
  • Farewell for the Holidays!

    Gretchen Rubin (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Soon I’m off to my beloved hometown of Kansas City, to make gingerbread cookies, do last-minute shopping, drink lots of coffee, and so on. I can’t wait. I’m taking a holiday from the blog…I’ll be back soon. Have a wonderful holiday.
  • God's Children

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Every child comes with the messagethat God is not yet discouraged of man.- Rabindranath TagoreIf there is anything we wish to change in the child,we should first examine it and seewhether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.- Carl Jung Everything you do, and everything you do not do,is your legacy to future generations.- Jonathan Lockwood Huie In this month of celebrating the birth of Jesusand the rebirth of the Seasons,let us honor all childrenand put ourselves into servicepreparing a magnificent earthly home for future generations.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther…
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  • Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Leo Babauta If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! I’ve had several people tell me recently that they are overwhelmed by all the changes they want to make. They want to eat better, meditate, do more yoga, procrastinate less, write more, get better at relationships, exercise more, and so on … but they’re paralyzed by the amount of change they want to make. In the end,…
  • My 2014 Successes and Failures

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    By Leo Babauta This has been quite a year for me: I moved to a new city, wrote and launched a book, traveled, got leaner, and failed at a bunch of things. I don’t normally do a review of my year, but looking back on the massive amounts of things I succeeded and failed at, I thought it would be useful to share what I’ve done and learned. The biggest things I learned: It’s easy to take on too much, because everything sounds amazing. It’s painful to simplify after you’ve taken on too much, but the alternative is worse. Growth is gradual, continual, and messy.
  • Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Leo Babauta Almost exactly 8 years ago today, I ran my first marathon and soon after I started Zen Habits. I’d changed a dozen or so habits, lost weight, was getting out of debt, quit smoking. And almost 7 years ago, I quit my job. That was a period of intense and profoundly scary life changes for me, but they were all of my choosing. I decided to make them happen, and I pushed until they did. Today I’d like to share a few things that worked for me, in case you’re considering changing your life. Maybe you want to quit your job and start a business, or start an…
  • When You’re Lonely

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    By Leo Babauta Sometimes, when Eva and the kids are out of town, I get lonely. I’m so used to having people around me that being by myself becomes strange, quiet, empty. And this feeling of emptiness can be frightening. I know it’s fashionable to say that it’s wonderful to be cool with being alone, but for many people, it’s a depressing thing. We can run to junk food and mindless distractions and sometimes even destructive behaviors, just to comfort ourselves and hide from the fear of being alone. I’ve been exploring this feeling of loneliness, and I recommend…
  • The Brain’s Fast Mode

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    By Leo Babauta On a typical day, I’ll be in a work mode that looks something like this: I’ll check my email and process it as quickly as possible. Then I’ll open a document to write something. I’ll quickly switch to one of my favorite sites for finding well-written or useful online articles. Then I’ll switch back to the writing. Then I’ll go do some cleaning. Then back to the writing. The problem is that my mind isn’t in a mode for focusing on the writing. It’s in Fast Mode, brought on by the processing of email, where I will make quick…
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  • Farewell for the Holidays! (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Soon I’m off to my beloved hometown of Kansas City, to make gingerbread cookies, do last-minute shopping, drink lots of coffee, and so on. I can’t wait. I’m taking a holiday from the blog…I’ll be back soon. Have a wonderful holiday.
  • “I Wear the Chain I Forged in Life…Of My Own Free Will I Wore It.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    “You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?” “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” — Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” Habits are a chain we forge in life–a chain that can pull us down, or lift us up. A nice marriage of the theme of habits and the holidays! I’m impressed I pulled that off.
  • Need an Idea for a Holiday Gift? (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Warning: self-promotion to follow. If you don’t like this sort of thing, stop reading now! Holiday season is upon us, and many people exchange gifts. If you’re trying to think of a good gift for someone, may I suggest…one of my books. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT This is certainly my best-known book. I can’t help mentioning: it was on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Yes, two. It’s a book about the year I spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Read a sample…
  • Fighting Holiday Food Temptation? Try These 13 Tips. (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    I think a lot about habits, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about habits related to holiday eating. The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, but many people feel anxiety and regret around food and drink—the holiday season is so full of temptation. I have to say, I enjoy the holidays much more, now that I’ve got a better grip on my habits, than I used to. Here are some ways to apply the strategies of habit-change to this challenge: 1. Buy food in small containers. Studies show that people give themselves larger portions out of larger boxes, so I don’t buy that economy…
  • Video: The Most Fun Way to Change Your Habits (Gretchen Rubin)
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you pre-order it.) Here, I talk about…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • God's Children

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Every child comes with the messagethat God is not yet discouraged of man.- Rabindranath TagoreIf there is anything we wish to change in the child,we should first examine it and seewhether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.- Carl Jung Everything you do, and everything you do not do,is your legacy to future generations.- Jonathan Lockwood Huie In this month of celebrating the birth of Jesusand the rebirth of the Seasons,let us honor all childrenand put ourselves into servicepreparing a magnificent earthly home for future generations.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther…
  • Love and Relationship

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Love that does not renew itself every daybecomes a habit and in turn a slavery.- Khalil GibranMarriage, ultimately, is the practice ofbecoming passionate friends.- Harville HendrixNo partner in a love relationship should feelthat he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.- May Sarton The magic words for a great relationship are,"I love you just the way you are."- Jonathan Lockwood HuieFurther reading: Celebrating Your Differences7 Secrets of Happy CouplesMarriageCoping with HeartbreakSay It Out LoudCopyright © by Jonathan Lockwood Huie. First published on my Daily…
  • Let Your Heart Soar

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieRefuse to be average.Let your heart soar as high as it will.- Aiden Wilson TozerFew is the number of thosewho think with their own mindand feel with their own heart.- Albert EinsteinWhy settle for less?If you do not yet feel your wings spreading,look for the chains tethering you to your history.You were born wild and free. What happened?Are you willing to break free of your past?Further reading: How to…
  • Criticism and Complaint

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,and most fools do.- Benjamin FranklinExpectation is the root of all heartache.- William ShakespeareNever succumb to the temptation of bitterness.- Martin Luther King, Jr.Never ascribe to malice that which isadequately explained by incompetence.- NapoleonWe have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.- Joe VitaleWhen they are disappointed, most people react by assigning blame,and finding someone to criticize.What if we accepted that our disappointmentsare seldom the result of malice…
  • Our Light that Frightens Us

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves,Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinkingso that other people won't feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine, as children do.We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.And as we let…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Are You Saying Yes To Life?

    Lorraine Cohen
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    I continually advocate how essential it is to do the inner work and have the courage to face your inner demons when that may be the last place you wish to go because of the anticipated pain. For me, it has been about looking at all the ways I am still playing small and hiding out instead of showing up and claiming my destiny. Sometimes we play the “What if…” game when dealing with fear about change. I can understand why the inner journey can feel intimidating and scary. It’s unpredictable and invites a lot of change. The unknown brings up lots of questions and concerns…
  • Challenge yourself to achieve such amazing feats that the results will astound even you.

    Robin Jay
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Challenge yourself to achieve such amazing feats that the results will astound even you..
  • Don’t ever shrink your dream to fit into someone else’s definition of what’s possible.

    Inspire Me Today
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Don’t ever shrink your dream to fit into someone else’s definition of what’s possible..
  • It’s Time to Accept Others – and Yourself!

    Kim Box
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    We are all unique individuals with our experiences, culture, perspectives, and beliefs. We need to embrace these differences that define us and own who we are in order to be true to ourselves. So often people feel they need to conform, fade back and shy away from what truly makes them unique and special to all of those around them. We need to be free to show up as ourselves and let our own light shine in all we do. Not only do we need to accept ourselves, but we need to be open to others and their differences. Even when we don’t agree or understand, we need to be tolerant and accepting…
  • Today, I challenge you to set out and conquer fear itself, for once fear is conquered there is but nothing to hold you back.

    Patrick Rodo
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Today, I challenge you to set out and conquer fear itself, for once fear is conquered there is but nothing to hold you back..
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    Think Simple Now

  • 6 Reasons to Travel Alone

    Guest of TSN
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I always had the impression that time was passing too fast, that I was not fulfilling my potential and that I was lost in a world, which I was struggling to get to know even in a small part. I always wanted to travel, but I didn’t know how to start. I was insecure about my own decisions, but first and foremost I was afraid to do it alone. One day I just decided to finally leave all these concerns at home and go traveling by myself. I decided to book tickets to places I had never been, pack my backpack and escape to a new part of the world for almost a year. After visiting 40 countries, I…
  • 6 Ways to Let Go of Anger

    Rebecca A. Watson
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I hate to admit it, but I am not good at letting things go. A few days ago I stared getting worked up about a disagreement a good friend and I had. It replayed in my head; the hurt in my heart flared up again. The worst part? It happened more than a year ago, and it’s been resolved. If she knew I still harbored these feelings, she’d probably be upset. After all, weren’t we past that? It used to be that I would forgive and forget immediately, but I realized that I wasn’t truly forgiving people; I was simply using the technique of denial. So instead, I swung to the other end of the…
  • 6 Tips to Help Introverts Thrive

    Guest of TSN
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been an introvert my whole life — but until recently, I was working against my brain. That is, I was trying to force myself to be social when I was mentally exhausted, to work in conditions an extrovert would thrive in, to not allow myself some sweet alone time that all introverts love every now and then. No wonder I was always tired! Here’s the thing: It’s OK to be introverted, just like it’s OK to be extroverted. Unfortunately, it’s an extroverted world at first glance, and many introverts try to fit themselves into an extrovert’s life, not realizing that they would be so…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Worrying

    Guest of TSN
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I woke up excited about the day ahead. It was a year after I’d left my job and a promising new way of life was taking shape. I wrote for an hour at my big wooden desk in the morning light. With rich Castro coffee and a cat curled near my feet, I felt expansive and loved. The promise of breakfast wafted through the house as I headed for the shower. In the shower, an idea for a fun blog post series came to me, and I found myself singing an ABBA tune. But then it hit me.  This is not normal. This can’t be right. Mama mia! I’ve been happy for too long this morning. Suspicious…
  • 5 Secrets to a Happier Today

    Kayla Albert
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    “If I’m not fully happy right now in this moment, nothing will ever make me happy.” The thought struck me as I stood at the kitchen sink scrubbing the dishes. It appeared organically, but it felt like something I already knew, a conclusion I was returning to, not recognizing for the first time. One of those moments where you say, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that.” It wasn’t a moment that I should have been happy — one of those milestones in which happiness is actually a requirement, i.e. graduations, weddings, etc. It was ordinary. I was tackling a mundane task and thinking about…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Intelligence is Important but Integrity Matters More

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you think of leadership, you want a wise leader who is quick on their feet and sharp in their vision and intelligent in their decisions. But there is something that triumphs intelligence when it comes to leadership. Because even for the quickest, smartest, best leader, if they don’t have integrity all the intelligence is for naught. As we have learned in history and in current events, high intelligence is no guarantee of good judgment, and good judgment is closer to wisdom than high intelligence is. When we lead with integrity, our leadership is asking us to meet reality with the core…
  • Lead People to Believe in Themselves

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    The best leaders are those who lead people to believe in themselves. People believe in themselves when they have a reason to commit to something significant and meaningful. When people feel inspired by their leader, leadership is at its best. When people are made to feel important, when they know they matter and they have an important role, they bring their best to all they need to accomplish. Inspiration drives motivation. When people understand the direction of the vision, leadership is at its prime. People need to know where they are heading and why they are headed there. Once they have…
  • Trust Matters. Learn How To Earn It and Keep It.

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    The importance of trust is an emerging topic in business these days, showing up in advertisements, blogs, books and in articles. But unlike most buzzwords, trust is an enduring concept. Trust matters because it is at the core of everything we do. With it, few things are out of reach; without it, leadership is meaningless. Aristotle defines his concept of ethos, or trust, as comprising three attributes: first, intelligence and competence; second, character (that is, reliability and honesty); and third, goodwill. These same elements of competence, reliability, honesty and consistency continue…
  • Life Lesson: The True Seven Wonders of the World

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A group of very smart students were asked to make a list of what they considered to be the contemporary Seven Wonders of the World. After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the room. Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Stonehenge 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. China’s Great Wall Everyone was excited about the list, except…
  • The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What makes some leaders stand out from the rest? It has to do with their ability to think decisively. The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in on the alternatives, connect the dots, and look for potential in order to make informed decisions. Here are some of the things great critical thinkers make a habit of: Leading with questions. Open-ended questions, in particular, help you get to the heart of the matter. Start with Why?, How?, What?, and Where? Embracing different points of view. As a leader, you need to be able to take advantage of the diversity in your team (and board, if you…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • 130 Days Off Per Year

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

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

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Recently I decided to undergo a major lifestyle transition. In 2015 I plan to go completely nomadic. No stable home. Very few possessions. Living and working from the road. For the past several weeks, I’ve already been taking action to prepare for this shift, but I still have a ways to go because I need to sell my house and process everything inside of it. Timing-wise I’m not sure how long it will take to actually get on the road. I’m not in a rush, but most likely I’ll list my house for sale in the Spring and hopefully sell it in the Summer. The main limiting step is…
  • Imaginary Men (New Audio Program)

    Steve Pavlina
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today I’m happy to announce the launch of a whole new audio program that I recorded with several friends. It’s called Imaginary Men, and I think you’re going to enjoy it — especially if you’re in the mood for something different. This is a very unusual and original program. I doubt you’ve heard anything like it before. We definitely broke some rules when we recorded it. The main topics are relationships, dating, and personal growth — nothing unusual about that. What’s unusual is the way in which we made the recordings — and what…
  • Ridiculously Rewarding Relationships

    Steve Pavlina
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    When you desire to attract and meet a new relationship partner, a common approach is to be more social, start connecting with new people, and try to be as likeable as possible. I think that’s a mistake. Where does this lead? You may very well find a new relationship this way, but it probably won’t be very satisfying. There’s an excellent chance you’ll end up settling for someone who’s only partially compatible with you. When people are seeking new relationships, they often modify their personalities. They amplify and show off their most socially acceptable…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Celebrate those who help others

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    I’ve previously mentioned New York-based company Next Jump and the great culture they’ve created. One of their practices that really inspires me is that their most important and prestigious employee award is not given based on performance but based on who helps others the most. In the video above you can see their 2014 ceremony – it is both brilliant and moving.
  • Gigs galore

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Today I fly to New York to do a workshop for a client and over the next 3 months I’m also speaking in Reykjavik, Istanbul, Ljubljana and possibly Paris. Woohoo :)
  • High CEO pay

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    High CEO pay does not attract good leaders, it attracts expensive leaders. Not the same thing at all.
  • Webinar + slides: Leading With Happiness

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    I just completed our latest webinar – this one is called Leading With Happiness – and  the video is live and available right here: It’s 30 minutes long. If you want my slides, get’em right here. We believe that there is a new style of leadership emerging – one that focuses more on doing what’s good for employees and customers than on short-term profits. A form of leadership, in short, that has happiness at its core. Topics: What does happy leadership look like? How do you do it in practice? How can managers themselves stay happy in their careers? What are…
  • How to be a workplace rebel

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    My speech from this year’s Meaning Conference in Brighton just went live. It’s 11 minutes long and you can watch it right here: I personally feel this speech was pretty rough – it is the very first time I’ve spoken about this particular topic and it shows. But I’m very passionate about inspiring more people to say “NO” at work and will be refining this message further. The web site I mention in the speech is live and you can go on there now and get a ton of tips on quitting your job.
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    Self Help Daily

  • Change??? Difficult?? Not According to the Man in Red - In Fact, Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other... Soon You'll be Walking Across the Floor..

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    In Fact, Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other... Soon You'll be Walking Across the Floor..THE WINTER WARLOCK: It’s so difficult to really change. KRIS KRINGLE aka SANTA CLAUS: Difficult? (hearty laugh) Why… look here… changing from bad to good’s as easy as taking your first step… Put one foot in front of the other…   Who knew you could get a motivational self help kick in the keister from an animated Christmas episode from 1970?!  Okay, besides Kris Kringle… who else would have known? There are cookies to bake, ribbons to be perfected, and…
  • Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do - Amy Morin's Book Should be Required Reading for Everyone

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Amy Morin's Book Should be Required Reading for Everyone  I love it when I’m sent a book to review and I, literally, have trouble putting it down. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin is the latest book to fit this description. I’ll tell you what reading it reminded me of: Sitting in a Baptist Church in the South on a Sunday morning as the Man of God in front of the congregation was on FIRE! He paces and preaches and preaches and paces – the whole time leaving you thinking things like, “That’s right!,” “That’s SO…
  • Top 10 Mood Lifters - Snap Yourself Out of a Bad Mood FAST!

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Snap Yourself Out of a Bad Mood FAST!Ever feel draggy? That’s my word for that feeling you get when you’re not physically sick, not exactly sad, and not remotely mad… you’re just kind of out of sorts. Like your normal, upbeat mood has BEEN beaten with a crowbar. Bad moods happen to all of us every now and again – and usually we can’t put one single mopey finger on WHAT got us here, WHO did this to us, WHEN we’re going to feel normal again, HOW to snap out of it, or WHERE we can hide in the meantime.  All we know for sure is that, if our mood had a…
  • 6 Signs Your Bad Habit Has Become an Addiction

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    The thin line between habit and addiction is often very hard to determine – especially for those with the issue. Though addictions manifest in various ways, they essentially share a lot of the same symptoms and signs. The bad part is that in most cases, the user is the last to know of his/her problem. Since they cannot see the outwardly signs, they often believe that they are keeping their “bad habit” and issue from those closest to them. It is not until they fully understand their addictions and the potential risks that they begin to seek the help of others. Below are a few of the most…
  • Lead By Example: Being a Better Role Model to Your Children

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    In the minds of our children, we are superheroes. We have super human strengths and a host of other powers (x-ray vision, super bionic ears, fortune telling abilities, etc) that enable us to be awesome parents. As such, our children monitor us closely to determine how THEY should live a Christ-centered life. Simply put…we are their role models. When you consider the fact that we are the foundation for how they may come to live their lives, it may be time to reevaluate some things. Watch What You Say Have you ever said or done something without thinking and later found your child repeating…
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    Box of Crayons

  • Sharon Salzberg’s Five Essential Books for Living a Good Life

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Today, Sharon is a bestselling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts, along with with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Sharon emphasizes vipassanā (insight) and mettā (loving-kindness) methods, and has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades. Without further…
  • Three Provocative Questions to Set Up Your 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s a lot going on, isn’t there? I don’t even know you … but I’m betting you’ve got a schedule that’s a little too full, a to-do list that stretches out towards eternity, and a residual tiredness that’s makes the thought of a three-day sleep seem pretty tempting. The project management world has a name for this: scope creep. What started out as neatly defined and contained – your life – got added to a little here, enlarged a little there, and then expanded some more and then more again. So here we are, trying to do so much and instead getting stuck in the swamp…
  • How to Find Your Great Work (and Change Your Habits)

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past week has seen me popping up in interviews, and I wanted to share them with you… Wisdom Heart: What’s Your Great Work? First up, my friend and member of my mastermind group, Eric Klein, invited me to be a part of his What’s Calling You (WCY) Dialogue podcast. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Eric many times. He’s a leading voice in the movement to bring greater spirit, meaning, and authenticity to the workplace through his company Dharma Consulting. In this interview, we discuss: Why you don’t need to save the world ­‐ but you do need to make a…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On How to End 2014 on a High Note

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this last “Twofer Tuesday” of the year, it seems appropriate to share resources for ending 2014 on a high note and hitting the ground running in 2015. (By the way, have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday.) An end of year checklist from Les McKeown Predictable Success is someone I quote often. We’ve worked with Les at Box of Crayons, and he’s made a big difference to how we work as a company and what we focus upon.

 Here’s a recent…
  • Michael’s Sign Language

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      What are you pulling for this week? This month? End the year on a high note, and give it everything you’ve got!
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

  • 8 Nasty Motivation Killers and How to Avoid Them

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

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

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

    Josh Hinds
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Are you a happy person? How often do you think of reasons why everyone around you is successful though they are not better than you in general? What do you do wrong? Success comes to those who wait, they say. As far as you understand, simple waiting is not enough to bring you luck, happiness and success. So, maybe it is high time to change your attitude to everything and everyone around, and stop doing those things that prevent you from becoming successful? What are they actually? 1. Do not let others decide what “success” is for you. Different people may interpret…
  • How a Small, Consistent Effort Lets You Achieve Goals You Only Dreamed About

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

  • The difference between being “detached” and “non-attachment.” And why it matters for getting what you want.

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Many spiritual teachings instruct us to be detached from the outcomes that we’re going after. There’s merit to that, but there’s a really important, sanity-saving distinction to make. It’s the difference between detachment and non-attachment. And it’s a big difference. Detachment is hard on your heart — and it actually creates blocks to what you want. Non-attachment, on the other hand, is actually nourishing, and much easier to put into practice. DETACHED is rigid; a bit chilly, a tad cranky; like an uptight intellectual, cut off from his/her heart. And here’s the thing,…
  • Pinning for your love. Take a moment to say thank you & remember what’s most important: Feeling good.

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    You know that gift giving is a sacred opportunity, but this season’s about so much more than things. Enter: Pinterest. If you haven’t noticed, I adore Pinterest. Swimming in those visuals feels like I’m watering my dreams. I’m hooked. So here are two simple but powerful Pinterest holiday challenges for you. 1. Create a GRATITUDE Pinterest board. Gratitude vibrates very close to the frequency of miracles. It will exalt you from the shit of despair to life-sustaining bliss. I have a GRATITUDE board  where we collect these pretty graphics that you’re making with…
  • I want this question to stop you in your tracks. (And Michael Franti & I want you to do it for the love.)

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Two quick stories about two football players: I was having a great conversation with Rev. Michael Beckwith (it’s hard NOT to have a great conversation with him). And we were talking about reaching a hard-won goal and feeling…empty. “A couple years ago,” Rev. Michael started, “there was a quarterback that won the Super Bowl. After his interview wrapped, and he thought the camera was off (it wasn’t,) he said, “Is this all there is?” He was supposed to be like, “We won the Super Bowl, man!” But… “Is this all there is?”…
  • Attention, shoppers: shipping dates to get it in time for Christmas.

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Loves, a quick note on holiday shipping cutoff dates. International shipping cutoff dates have passed, (hey, you can always send “New Year’s” gifts!) but for all North American shoppers, here’s when you’ll want to order by to get your goodies by December 25th: USPS First-class mail domestic – December 20 Priority mail domestic – December 20 UPS/Fedex Ground – December 18 3-Day – December 19 2-day – December 22 Overnight – December 24 The post Attention, shoppers: shipping dates to get it in time for Christmas. appeared first on Danielle LaPorte: white…
  • You have the power to give blessings… just like any sainted, worshipped, sexy, powerful deity.

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Be the one who blesses. Generously. Everywhere. Don’t wait to be pronounced a saint, or ordained and rarified. (You have to die for that to happen anyway.) Join the priests and the Goddesses, the famed, the canonized and the deified and just… give… blessings. Here’s why: Things are sacred because we say they are, it’s that simple, that clear, that dear. There is an eternal standing offer from the universe for you to exercise your divinity. Giving blessings is an elegant solution to apathy and disconnectedness. Blessing heats that flame in your heart and helps us…
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    Jungle of Life

  • Five Fun Ways to Help Children Learn About Great American Heroes This Holiday Season

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

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

    Guest Author
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
  • Do You Really Need A Happiness Plan?

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Tweet Happiness is elusive to many. Some think happiness is something that just happens, while others are of the opinion that happy people must work for it. Is happiness something that can be achieved, or is it a lifestyle? Can we actually make ourselves happier? The answer is probably a bit of both. Experts in positive psychology say that while some of our happiness is predetermined by genetics, environment, and life circumstances, forty percent of our happiness is under our control. Most of the world’s truly happy people engage in a combination of activities that invite more happiness…
  • The Real Meaning in Life

    Guest Author
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Tweet Excerpted from Choices and Illusions by Eldon Taylor Years ago a young woman came to me for help. To maintain confidentiality, I will invent a name for her. I’ll call her Mary. This young woman in her late thirties had a history of self-mutilation and suicidal behavior. She came in for pastoral counseling, and I agreed to see her only if her psychiatrist agreed and was kept fully informed. That issue out of the way, her first appointment was made. My secretary brought me her file, including the pre-process forms I used. As I reviewed the information in the file, I was taken by the…
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    Kala's Bohemian Blog - Explore Your Spirit with Kala

  • Moonstone, Pink Silk and Quartz Crystal for Winter Solstice Blessings

    Kala Ambrose
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Working on a special winter solstice ritual and blessing today for a client, using moonstone, pink silk and my beautiful and power-filled She-of Faith soul wand, stunning! #divinefeminineinaction Do you have a specific ritual for Winter Solstice? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Want to know more about the energy of Winter Solstice? Check out my Wise Woman Wisdom Video Lesson Twelve: Winter Solstice – Transforming Space and Time – Astral Travel Wrapping up this year long course of Wise Woman study with Kala, she takes you through one of the rituals taught in the mystery schools,…
  • Magical Entertainment Awaits You

    Kala Ambrose
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Looking for some magic in your life? How about two magically inspired TV shows to watch? Cassandra Nightingale is The Good Witch. graphic by the Hallmark Channel The Good Witch Have you seen this movie series on the Hallmark Channel? It began with Cassandra (Cassie) Nightingale moving to the town of Middleton, when she inherits a haunted home, Grey House, haunted by the Grey Lady.  She’s immediately shunned by some of the locals and her new shop, the Bell, Book and Candle is targeted by the Mayor’s wife with various attempts to shut her down and run her out of town.  Cassie…
  • Amazing Black Friday Specials with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Santa’s Elves Can’t Wait Another Day. They’ve traveled through the night in order to share Three Magical Ways to Explore Your Spirit with Kala with these THREE Amazing BOGO Black Friday Specials! BOGO SALE NUMBER ONE: It’s time for Kala’s Yearly New Year – New You Auracle Astrological Consultations Kala only offers these consultations only once a year, at the New Year.   First she shares an overview of your Western and your Chinese Astrological information for the year, as she studied Traditional Feng Shui and Chinese astrology and finds it to be very helpful in balance…
  • Astral Traveling with Kala

    Kala Ambrose
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Have you ever had an out of body experience? I remember the first time I did, I was around nine years old. It was late at night and I was sleeping in my beautiful canopy bed, remember those?  My canopy bed was white and my bedspread and the canopy cover had a pattern that was covered with yellow roses. I always felt like a princess every night when I went to sleep in my canopy bed. On this particular night though, I awoke and as my eyes opened, all I could see was the yellow rose pattern on my bedspread, which appeared very close to my face. At first I thought my eyes were bleary and then I…
  • A Tale of Two Seasons for Two Reasons

    Kala Ambrose
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Oh sweet October, let me begin this tale by taking time to be grateful for all of the good that life and nature extend to us each day. This couldn’t be more apparent and evocative during this time of year, than to simply look outdoors at the symphony of colors in the trees, cascading in hues of red, orange, yellow, green and purple. Add the blue hue from the Blue Ridge Mountains and we’re surrounded by all of the chakra colors on display!  These were some of my musings as I drove across North Carolina up into the mountains gently cradling the city of Asheville. I was on my way to…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • Revenge Of The Animals

    Walter Jacobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The global farming of animals for food is a double-edged sword. We love our burgers and bacon. But it is consuming our natural resources at alarmingly devastating rates and is destroying the planet. Plus: animal protein turns on cancer genes and causes other health issues that impact on our mortality and longevity. Who knew animals would have the last laugh? The post Revenge Of The Animals appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows

    Walter Jacobson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Being negative is not a virtue. It doesn’t make you smarter or wiser or more prepared to deal with the difficulties life sends you. Much better to choose to be positive, optimistic and hopeful despite the obstacles and setbacks you’re facing. The post A Positive Attitude Turns Shadows Into Rainbows appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • Think Before You Tweet

    Walter Jacobson
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Sometimes the best action to take is to not take action. Sometimes it’s wise to hold your tongue and not tweet the first thing that comes into your head. Although it may seem very cool or insightful or edgy at the time, with further reflection you may appreciate it is not actually what you want to share with the universe. The post Think Before You Tweet appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • See Everyone As Sinless

    Walter Jacobson
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sin is an illusion. This entire world we perceive is an illusion born of our fear, our judgment, our separation from God, our separation from ourselves. Illusions are like dreams. They are not real and they have no consequences in reality. If this is the case, that this entire world is an illusion, then to see anyone as a sinner is to embrace illusions rather than reality, which is that each one of us is a loving child of God deserving of our acceptance, gratitude, respect and unconditional love, regardless of what they’ve done and how they are behaving. Embracing this philosophy is the…
  • Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It

    Walter Jacobson
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless. The post Saying “I Love You” Means Nothing If You Don’t Show It appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Everything Counts!

  • How a Password Can Change Your Life!

    Gary Ryan Blair
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:22 pm
    WHAT DO YOU SAY that we make this a message that will change your life! I hope that sounds appealing, as you’re about to learn…how you can use something as simple and mundane as your password to fast track ANY goal you desire. But first, let’s talk about your underwear. The saying goes something like this: Passwords are like underwear…you should change them often. Passwords are like underwear…you should not loan them out to strangers. Passwords are like underwear…you should make them unique and mysterious. Passwords are like underwear…you should not…
  • It’s Never Too Late

    Gary Ryan Blair
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    …to change. …to take a risk. …to tell the truth. …to get in shape. …to fall in love. …to simplify your life. …to act with integrity. …to do the right thing. …to enjoy the journey. …to expand your mind. …to dream big dreams. …to make a comeback. …to ask for forgiveness. …to live happily ever after. …to take full responsibility. …to create a breakthrough …to honor your commitments. …to break out of a comfort zone. …to expose yourself to greatness. …to commit your life to…
  • Situational Ethics

    Gary Ryan Blair
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Consistency—the absence of contradictions—has sometimes been called the hallmark of ethics. Ethics is supposed to provide us with a guide for moral living, and to do so it must be rational, and to be rational it must be free of contradictions. There is no room for “situational ethics” in business or in any area of your life for that matter. Something is either ethical or it isn’t. The situation does not matter. If a person said, “Open the window but don’t open the window,” we would be at loss as to what to do; the command is contradictory and thus…
  • Never Lose Hope…

    Gary Ryan Blair
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    WE’VE ALL HEARD the phrase “Hope is not a strategy” — and it isn’t, especially when based on illusion, delusion, fiction or false assumptions. However, hope IS a critical part of achieving a strategy when based on what is possible. When hope is based on real-world experience, knowledge and tangible and intangible data, it results in trust, WHICH IS NECESSARY to implementing any strategy. Without faith in yourself, the people, processes and technologies involved, how can we achieve anything? HOPE EMPOWERS STRATEGY Hope is an active, empowering, constructive attitude that creates…
  • The Grant Study… and what it means to you!

    Gary Ryan Blair
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Why do some folks look back on their lives and say they wouldn’t change much? Or anything at all? Is there a special formula? Some mix of love, work, habits, or attitudes that offers the best chance of a well-lived life? Researchers at Harvard have been examining this question for 72 years by following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s. Their discoveries might surprise you. Just listen to Dr. George Vaillant. Since 1967, the Harvard Medical School professor has dedicated his career to the “Grant Study.” (It was named after its patron, the department-store magnate…
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    Escape Adulthood with Kim & Jason

  • You Have Two Jobs This Time of Year

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Wow, it has been an amazing year. It was my thirty-ninth year of life, and my daughter Virginia’s first. I signed a book deal with a major New York publisher and earned my CSP designation. This summer’s Escape Adulthood Summit was the best one yet. We launched Escape Lab. And I got to take my oldest daughter Lucy on a business trip to San Diego, which turned out to be more fun than business. I believe we have two important jobs this time of year. The first is to look back at the year that was and recall the good parts. It’s easy to remember the challenges, the heartaches, and the things…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: DIY Christmas Tree Edition

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    • Check out these clever DIY Christmas tree ideas. Do not miss the King Kong one. • Kinda neat: One minute Christmas ornaments. • 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas for Families • Really love this video about Carson and his buddy Ernie, the UPS driver: Click here to view the embedded video. Finally, some posts from around here you may have missed: • 4 Fun Ways to Fight Adultitis and Make Memories this Christmas • The Perfect Gift is Not for Sale
  • 4 Fun Ways to Fight Adultitis and Make Memories this Christmas

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    This time of year is tailor-made for creating some amazing scenes with loved ones. Unfortunately, it’s also the most common time to let busyness drive us into “doing-what-we’ve-always-done” mode. Hello, Rutville. Here are four fun but simple tips to make sure Adultitis gets nothing but coal in its stocking this year. Minivan Express It’s kind of like Pajama Run meets The Polar Express, and you don’t even need a minivan to play. First, print up some golden tickets (templates here) and hide them under your kids’ pillows. While the normal bedtime routine is underway, prep some…
  • One Year to Live

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you only had a year to live, how would you spend it? It’s a paradoxal cliche that we hear an awful lot, but don’t spend nearly the same amount of time thoughtfully considering. I stumbled across a story shared by Chris Guillebeau about an artist named Robert Genn who developed pancreatic cancer and was told he had about a year to live. Here’s what he decided to do: They considered how to spend the time they had left together. There were thoughts of trips to Hawaii or the Galapagos, but Genn wanted to end his life as he had lived it: in his studio, making art, with his…
  • The Perfect Gift is Not For Sale

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What do you get for the person that has everything? What’s an equally great gift for the person who has next to nothing? Easy. How about the gift of time? Last Christmas, an acquaintance of ours gave her children a piece of paper emblazoned with the words, “The Gift of Time.” Each kid got to pick an activity to do with just Mom and Dad. For example, one of the girls elected to go to a theatrical production of RENT. I guarantee those memories made will last longer than some gadget that could have been gifted instead, destined to be sold at a garage sale sometime down the…
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    The BridgeMaker

  • Christmas Forgiveness and the Gift of Letting Go

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

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

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

    Alex Blackwell
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu The Christmas season is here. Radio stations are playing holiday music, stores are beautifully decorated and gifts catalogs from L.L. Bean and the Kansas City Steak Company have been carefully inspected to find the right gifts for the right people. The Christmas season is also a reminder to share our gifts with the people who need them the most. This year, the Christmas season is nudging me to share a little more. Sharing Blessings With so many blessings to count,…
  • Shining on the Inside – 10 Paths to Inner Peace and True Happiness

    Ron McDiarmid
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca Do you know what peace really feels like? Have you ever been truly happy? With so many companies promising the answers lie inside a bottle or piece of technology, it can be easy to lose sight of what happiness really means. Peace and happiness are not things that can be bought or found outside of ourselves. Like all the best things in life they are free, but we may need to work for them – and they are only found within. Here are ten ways to experience more peace and…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • Jeff Wolf and Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    When I was first put in a position of supervising others, I received no formal training in leadership. I had excelled as a teacher, and a natural progression was to move into an administrative position. I made a lot of mistakes as I tried to discover the best ways to motivate and empower people to give their best effort.This is not unique to the field of education. Many outstanding individual performers – whether it’s in sales, engineering or accounting – are often promoted to supervisor or manager because of their technical expertise.The problem is, in far too many cases, they aren't…
  • Do You Talk Too Much about Yourself?

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I’d arrived a few minutes at the beauty salon for my hair appointment. While I was waiting for my stylist to arrive, I couldn’t help overhearing the only other stylist who was there with a client.“Sheila” was talking non-stop about a worker’s compensation situation involving her brother. He had been seriously injured on the job a year ago and had not worked since. Things were finally reaching a resolution, and Sheila was giving her client a blow-by-blow account of everything that had been taking place.Soon my stylist “Beth” arrived, and we started having our own conversation…
  • Three Steps for Building a New Habit

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When you decide to make a change, you've taken an important step. Now you need to follow through on your commitment.But there’s a problem.As you begin this undertaking, you find that your old way of doing things kicks in more often than the new way. That’s because your brain is literally wired – it has physical connections – for the familiar pattern you’ve been using.It’s like putting on a pair of old, comfortable shoes. Breaking in a new pair takes time and can be somewhat painful for a while.When you want to change a habit, you have to move through this “Crunch Point” until…
  • Support Coaching Is Essential for New Habits

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    “Mastering any kind of skill takes time, effort and patience. Along the way, there’s much you can do to help someone stay on track.” – Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D. in Support CoachingDo you know someone who’s trying to break a bad habit or form a new, positive one?Think back to when you’ve attempted to make such a change. It’s not easy.People will experience setbacks and failures as they work to adopt a new way that’s different from their familiar, comfortable pattern. Along the way, they’re likely to feel discouraged, frustrated, and disappointed with the lack of…
  • The Power of Persistence

    7 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich can certainly be applied to the accumulation of money.But they also represent an outstanding roadmap for accomplishing any worthwhile achievements in your life.Best-selling author Bob Proctor has studied and taught Hill’s 13 success principles for 40 years. The two habits he’s developed over the years are worth adopting:1. Read a few lines from the book every day. No matter what challenge he faces in life, he’s found the solution inside the pages of this book.2. Read the chapter on PERSISTENCE every day for 30…
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    Building Personal Strength

  • HRD's 'Dirty Little Secret' about Training

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Recall for a moment a few of the delicious pleasures of life...Breathing in fresh airWalking among the colored leaves of autumnHaving a good time with friendsEating a burger tricked out just the way you like itAnd washing it down with a craft beerBrowsing in a gift shopVisiting one of the national parksGoing fishing with a buddyGoing on a date with your significant otherVisiting familyWatching the full moon on a clear nightFeeling the warm sun on your faceI'll stop here. You could easily add a hundred more delights to this list, things we often take for granted. These are a few of the things…
  • Stained Glass Art - I Decided to Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over 30 years ago, I...Lived near a Tidewater inlet to the Chesapeake Bay in Seaford, Virginia.Was a lieutenant colonel in the Army.Ran 50 miles a week training for the Marine Corps Marathon.Had two teenage sons.Created this unusual stained glass piece.It was the only stained glass art work I ever created. Today it's displayed in our master bathroom and looks great in the afternoon light.My ex-wife was the real stained glass artist - not me. She was very accomplished and passionate about her work until the day she concluded that our culture would never value this aspect of art enough to…
  • Obsessively Hard Work Earned Me an A in Typing

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    When I told a friend that I made an A in every course I took in high school, he asked me, "Which course did you take as a senior that turned out to be the most important to you?"Good question. I had never considered it, so I thought about the courses I took, many of which prepared me for my courses at West Point, which challenged me on another level.Finally, I said, "Typing." He laughed. But I wasn't joking.Typing was a skill course, attended almost exclusively by girls. I remember thinking (in 1962), well yeah, if you're going to be a secretary you better know how to type. I was the only…
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  • How To Increase Self-Awareness In Our Leadership

    Tanveer Naseer
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous piece, I discussed why leadership should be hard in the context of how so many leaders I’ve work with are now struggling to find balance between the rising demands on their attention and resources, and having the time to assess their leadership and what they need to do going forward.Given how that piece was based on my own reflections of this past year, I was delighted to see its message resonating with so many of my readers. Among the many comments I received regarding that piece were questions about some of the strategies I use for reflection and increasing my sense of…
  • Why Leadership Should Be Hard

    Tanveer Naseer
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the arrival of this last month of the year, I’ve been finding myself in a mixed state of mental exhaustion and reflection, which considering the work involved in bringing my first leadership book out into the world alongside my regular workload is quite understandable.What’s interesting, though, is how many of the leaders I’ve spoken and worked with over the past year are also in this dualistic state. Unfortunately, for most of them, the mental exhaustion is far outweighing any notions of making efforts for reflection and review.Indeed, I’ve seen many leaders…
  • Do Your Meetings Crackle Or Flat Line?

    Tanveer Naseer
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest piece by Dick Axelrod.Meeting participants hold the leader responsible for the meeting’s success or failure. You can debate the rightness of this position, but what we know for sure is that meeting participants hold the leader accountable for what happens or fails to happen in a meeting.Recently we discussed the leader’s role with Tanveer Naseer, who observed:“I’ve watched leaders treat meetings as if they were handing out orders to their short-order cook with little or no discussion or input. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve seen leaders who were…
  • How To Delegate Purpose In Your Organization

    Tanveer Naseer
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my previous piece, I shared three strategies used by two distinct organizations to help promote and support a sense of community and shared ownership in their respective workplaces – a mindset and approach that’s becoming increasingly critical for leaders to foster in order to support their organization’s adaptability and long-term success.In this follow-up piece, I want to build on those three strategies by examining a process most leaders currently employ through their leadership and how we can better use this tactic to not only drive organizational success, but to…
  • How A Sense Of Community Can Help Us Achieve Greatness

    Tanveer Naseer
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed by various media outlets about my first book, “Leadership Vertigo”. What’s been interesting about this process is how in many of these conversations, there was much interest to discuss the point made in the book about the importance of leaders fostering a sense of community in their organizations.As long-time readers of my writings on leadership know, this is something that’s been an underlying theme in many of my insights into how we can be a better leader to those we serve – where we ensure…
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    Simply Encouraging Blog

  • The Gift of Love

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

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

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

    7 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Somewhere along the way, I learned to ask myself, and to have others ask themselves, “Where do I need to be broken, and where do I need to be healed in order to grow in my capacity to love?” Yes, it’s a very “heavy” question, but is there any better question to ask? For all the gazillion books, tapes and seminars on “mission statements”, is there any statement that is more important than, “To grow in my capacity to love”. As for me, I have some pride and a fierce self-sufficiency that could use a little breaking. I have some very early and…
  • The Beginning of Miraculous

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

  • new adventures in advertising

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dear all I’m currently looking for a new adventure in advertising!! If you are looking for  a very creative  strategic planner with massive on line influence maybe you are looking for  someone like me. Pls sent me an email to sent you my cv Pls note that I can only communicate in English or Greek
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  • St Joan

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Husky – St Joan from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo. A beautifully hand and digitally animated video created for Husky’s latest single St Joan.Directed and Illustrated by Lucinda Schreiber
  • Lazaretto

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
    Jack White | Lazaretto from DIVISION on Vimeo. Jack White directed by Jonas & François
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    19 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
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    Interruption Management

  • Strive for Understanding

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    Lists of information management tips can leave me cold. The notion that merely following some set of guidelines without understanding the magnitude of the situation relegates any such list, however important, to the status of a temporary fix that will soon lose potency.Understanding the "why" has an impact for those who are willing to make significant and lasting headway on the issue. It's no different than the U.S. response to fundamental Islamic terrorism; you have to get to the root of the issue terrorists groups can ever be quashed. Otherwise, you're continually attempting to put out…
  • Everyday Distractions

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Vast segments of the population have turned to online exhibitionism. Writing in the Washington Post, economist Robert J. Samuelson observes five years ago, and the situation has gotten worse. “It turns out that the Internet has unleashed the greatest outburst of mass exhibitionism in human history.”“People seem to crave popularity or celebrity more than they fear the loss of privacy.” However, “what goes on the Internet often stays on the Internet."Of particular concern: Something that seems harmless, silly or merely impetuous today might seem offensive, stupid or reckless in two…
  • Some Interruptions are Worthwhile

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    In a few days, we will "celebrate" Labor Day, a day for acknowledging the American Labor movement. We've homogenized our holidays, however..Instead of letting many of the holidays fall as they would, scattered throughout the days of the week, we now force fit them into Mondays or Fridays so that we can enjoy long weekends. No more Lincoln's Birthday, no more Washington's birthday, we now have President's Day, and too many citizens have no idea which presidents we're even honoring.Labor day has become a shopping day. For many, Memorial Day has no meaning other than that which TV viewers might…
  • Interrupted Sleep is no Fun

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Go to bed when you're tired, not when you think you ought to. Let your body talk to you. It'll tell you when it's tired. The problem you've had in the past is that you have ignored the messages.Once a week, get to bed by 9:00 p.m. Your body will thank you. Let yourself sleep for nine, ten hours, whatever it takes. Allow yourself at least one weeknight in which getting sleep is your only objective. If you're kept awake by your spouse's snoring, or you're the one snoring, you need help. Get a snore control device like those available from airline shopper magazines. A small device attaches to…
  • Shred Away

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    I recommend using an office shredder when you have to discard papers that might contain otherwise sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, login data, or addresses of key clients that you would not want to fall into the hands of someone else.One of the great benefits of shredding is that it's psychologically satisfying to see your papers completely stripped lengthwise, so that no one could possibly put them back together. You can also use the shredded paper as packing material for any objects that you're mailing. In that respect, you’re taking care of the environment as well by…
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    Scott Grossberg | Thinking Magically™

  • Thinking Magically™ | Magic Is a Power, Not a Gift: Here’s How to Acquire It (Part 1)

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. – Mahatma Gandhi ================================ Are you a bystander to your own success? ================================ In addition to blogging and other writing and public events, I also do some very hand-picked coaching of individuals. When someone meets with me one-on-one, one of the first things we talk about and develop is their own personal magical ability and mindset…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Most People Roll Their Eyes at Abundance (Part 2)

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Not what we have But what we enjoy, Constitutes our abundance. – Epicurus ================================= Your view of the world is constantly shifting ================================= Last week we talked about the basics for acquiring a taste for abundance. Simply, it all comes down to realizing that you have a continuously variable view of the world and what’s possible (and what’s not possible). Because of this ever-loose worldview, what you used to believe was unattainable (e.g., abundance) can easily be transformed into living an abundant life. All it takes is a lot of…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Most People Roll Their Eyes at Abundance (Part 1)

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. – W. Clement Stone ========================= Most of us go through life afraid ========================= We are concerned that we don’t have enough money. Terrified that we won’t be able to provide for our family. Unnerved when we’re questioned at or about work. Appalled that we remain the best kept secret in the Universe. Shaken up. Dismayed. Restrained. Aren’t you tired of feeling like…
  • Thinking Magically™ | Magical Intentions for Dealing with the Ordinary

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein ============================================ You don’t learn to live in the world by being a magician ============================================ You learn to live in the world by being in the world. Your magic — your personal power — might sustain you. Your magic — your confidence — might bolster you. Your magic — your wizardly prowess — might guide and even protect you. But, in the end, we all need to live together. “Now wait . . .” you must be saying.
  • Thinking Magically™ | Who Else is Dealing With Discouragement?

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. – James M. Barrie One of my major life themes is simply this: You can be, do, and have every damn thing you want. The people I work and partner with believe this, too. They embrace it. They live it. They DO IT. And even though they work their best personal magic . . . some things and people and events don’t manifest as quickly or in just the way as imagined. Magic doesn’t always work that way. And — take this to heart — you don’t just wish for something, sit back, and wait for “it” to come to you.
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    Experience Optimism

  • Find your happy place

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    My happy place is on a beach watching the waves crash to the shore while the sun warms my face and the blue sky inspires my dreams. It's calming to my senses and makes me smile.However, I don't live by the beach so most often, like most, I look for other venues that can serve as my happy place. One of those places is an Optimist Club.Over the years, I've visited a lot of Optimist Clubs and I have my favorites. Clubs that are steeped in tradition remind me of the legacy that service clubs have given our communities. Clubs that are more social remind me of the fellowship that binds our…
  • Positive WOMM* for the Gresham Optimist Club Shop with a Cop program

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The Gresham Optimist Club hosts two days each year where children get the opportunity to Shop with a Cop. The idea behind the program is to give kiddos a positive experience with a law enforcement officer. At the same time, the children pick up a gift for themselves and shop for others so that they have the experience of giving as well as receiving.It's a wonderful program! In fact, so wonderful that community members take notice.Appearing in my Facebook news today was the following link. Stephanie Jaye Adams snapped a picture of an officer and a child and then told the world about it. She…
  • Give the gift of yourself

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    It's always exciting to receive a gift. A brightly wrapped package, especially at Christmas, brings a special joy to the recipient and an equal, if not more, sense of satisfaction to the giver. It is sad that gift giving is sometimes the only shared moments between adults and children.Optimist Clubs work hard every day to change that dynamic as members look for ways to interact with youth in meaningful ways. They partner with child-serving organizations in their local communities including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs, among others; and they create programs needed on…
  • Young members bring more service to youth

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    We hear too many stories about how people, especially young, millennial generation individuals, are not joining service clubs. I'm happy to report that is not the case in the Optimist Clubs of Jamaica.This picture, contributed by the Optimist Club of Mammee Bay in St. Ann, Jamaica shows a youthful surge in membership. All were inducted at their recent installation banquet where they also heard from  Debbian Livingstone-Edwards, legal and policy officer at the Office of the Children's Advocate. Ms. Livingstone-Edwards explained the importance of positive role models in the development of…
  • Shop with a Cop brings kids and cops together

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Fort Smallwood Optimist Club, Annapolis Optimist Club and Cherry Hill Optimist Club came together on December 5, 2014 to hold the 11th Annual Shop with a Cop program. The clubs paired police officers with 82 children and set them loose in Walmart to do some Christmas shopping.The officers were there to provide moral support for the children's shopping spree. Afterwards, they had lunch at the Outback Steakhouse and tackled some Christmas wrapping for the presents they bought for others.Shop with a Cop programs are popular because they give children an opportunity to interact with police…
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  • Taoist Reflections: Your 3 Greatest Treasures

    Gilbert Ross
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” - Lao Tzu, 46th Verse of the Tao Te Ching    Simplicity Living with simplicity entails being true to yourself and others.  By being ‘simple in actions and thoughts’, there are few or no things that clog your mind and heart. You discard all the inessential stuff that makes life…
  • The Dilemma of Simplicity at Christmas Time

    Gilbert Ross
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    Christmas is by all means the most celebrated time of the year. Even for people of different faith other than Christianity, Christmas has been culturally rooted as an important event of celebration. It is the time where we re-unite with our dear ones to spend a lovely time together and celebrate. For most it is a time for warmth, love, family, friendship and sharing. For those who like me have started walking the path of simple living – Christmas poses quite a dilemma. On the one hand it is all those things mentioned above yet quite at the same time it is a time for shopping…
  • Soul Hiker Espresso: What Inspired me this Week

    Gilbert Ross
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is a Soul Hiker Espresso post – a short post where I link to videos and articles which have inspired me or left an impression of some sort. Let me share some links to what has inspired me this week – Enjoy   Inspiring Magical Music moment in front of a Grocery Store: I absolutely loved this video because it’s such a great example of spontaneity and human creative expression. The guy is busking in front of a grocery store when two other guys join in to the beat and create a truly magical performance.   David Blaine: How I held my Breath for 17 Minutes: David…
  • The Secret to Minimalist Living is Shifting your Attitude towards Life

    Gilbert Ross
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Editorial Note: This original article was written and published at entitled “How to Live a More Minimalist Lifestyle”. I am sharing the article here and adding some short notes. The below article illustrates a very important point about Simple Living and/or Minimalist Living. The very first point is succinct and hits the nail on its head – Living a minimalistic lifestyle is not owning less stuff but first and foremost wanting less stuff.  This is a very important point because it sheds light on the fact that conscious living or simple living…
  • Simple Living Beyond the Pre-Designed Lifestyle Template

    Gilbert Ross
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Editorial Note: This is an article written by David Cain of originally posted here and titled “Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)“. David’s article struck me and I wanted to share with you here. Here are my thoughts and comments about the article:  Basically David writes about his feelings and observations on his little automatic changes in lifestyle choices as soon as he shifted from a ‘Simple Living’ lifestyle – traveling with simplicity around the world on a budget – to one which…
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    All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II

  • White Board Wisdom

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    My friend, Jeff Herring, Posted this on Facebook and I had to share it with you all! “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” ~ Robert Castor Lintner For those of you in celebrating the U.S. holiday Thanksgiving, Have a Happy Holiday! The post White Board Wisdom appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Staying Calm in the Midst of Stress and Chaos

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Knowing how to stay calm is a very important skill. Calmness leads to more gratitude. When you are at peace, the gratitude can flow. However, this skill tends to deteriorate under stressful or distracting conditions. Staying calm under extreme pressure is much more challenging than staying calm under moderate conditions. For example, hitting a golf balls with your friends is relatively easy. But add 5,000 spectators and some TV cameras and see how well you do. These are the times that try men (and women’s) souls… And these are the times that try their gratitude! Imagine being…
  • 7 Great Benefits of Being Alone

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Perhaps you find yourself spending a lot of time alone. Do you struggle with how to spend that time? Although you have plenty of things you’d like to accomplish, getting focused and staying that way seems to be a challenge when you’re alone. Are you wasting precious, solitary hours that you could be spending more productively? Believe it or not, you can actually find this time by yourself to be very helpful. While it is fun to be around a large group of friends and family members, sometimes getting away from them all can be refreshing. There are several benefits of being by yourself…
  • Stop Hurrying and Start Living

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    If you’re not getting enough things done on your to-do list, you’re not alone. It’s common to feel a little overwhelmed, rushed, and even guilty when you’re unable to get everything done each day. Staying focused and in the moment is challenging. Then the little things seem to start piling up. The dishes are dirty and the laundry needs to be done. The only obvious solution is to be even busier and to schedule every minute of the day. It’s important to remember that nothing stays finished for long. Most of us feel like everything has to be done before we give ourselves permission to…
  • The Meaning of Life

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    You can expand your gratitude by listening and watching  as this 6-year old narrates the Meaning of Life.   The post The Meaning of Life appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • 7 Essential Ways to Feel More Alive and Invigorated

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell I realize more and more the importance of creating a life filled with exhilaration and excitement. If I don’t create adventure I get bored and stuck in a rut. […] The post 7 Essential Ways to Feel More Alive and Invigorated appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    “Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” - Susan Cheever Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Cher Zavala. Everyone struggles to control their own emotions from time to time. But for many recovering addicts, struggling with emotional self-control is […] The post 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France We all have a dream we want to fulfill. What is it for you? Is it something you have always been passionate about? Maybe there is something you want to contribute to the world […] The post Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale I have a confession to make. I haven’t been taking care of myself lately like I usually do. (I have been having a little too much fun basking in the glory of the […] The post 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be.” – Abraham Maslow Do you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead of you? If so you aren’t doing what you’re meant to do. Now […] The post How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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    Happiness / Good Life Articles from YES!

  • “Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in Wild. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Early in Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s ex-husband, Paul, tells her, “I’m sorry you have to walk a thousand miles just to …” “Finish that sentence,” Cheryl responds. “Why do I have to walk a thousand miles?” He doesn’t say. In Wild, audiences see another side of Witherspoon, who appears in almost every second of the film. Later, a few hundred miles into her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail—a path through desert and mountain wilderness stretching from Mexico to Canada—Cheryl calls her…
  • Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism

    YES! Editors
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “My main goal in sharing my story, and the other stories in the film, is not only to advocate for people in recovery but to give mental health challenges a human face,” says one of the patrons of Hollywood Beauty Salon, who is also a co-collaborator on the documentary film of the same name. Director Glenn Holsten worked with the patrons and employees of the Hollywood Beauty Salon to film a documentary exploring recovery from mental illness and addiction. The beauty salon is part of the Germantown Recovery Community, a nonprofit that provides mental health services in northwest…
  • We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own

    Shannon Hayes
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. The girls and I are standing on Lisa’s doorstep. They are under strict instructions notto discuss their inside knowledge about Santa Claus with the other kids this afternoon. Saoirse gives me a knowing nod. At 11, she gets it. Not every child is in on the secret. There’s no need to stomp on other families’ choices. I put my hand on Ula’s 7-year-old shoulder, pushing my thumb ever-so-slightly into her tense muscle. This is my gentle (yet admittedly coercive) reminder to her: I’m watching you, kid. She isn’t simply proud of herself for outgrowing Santa.
  • Ridley Scott's Weak Defense of "Exodus" Casting Will Help You Understand Why Hollywood's So White

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and Moses (Christian Bale) face off in Exodus: Gods and Men. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Ridley Scott’s epic retelling of the biblical story of Exodus is out today, and with it, the controversy attached to the film is getting even more attention. Chief among the criticisms of Exodus: Gods and Kings (other than that it is just plain bad) has been the unfortunate decision by 20th Century Fox to cast white actors in all the lead roles, despite the non-white characters they play. The film stars British actor Christian Bale as Moses. Australian Joel Edgerton…
  • Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Flickr / B. Baltimore Brown. All these things are true about Wonder Woman: She is a national treasure that the Smithsonian Institution named among its 101 Objects that Made America; she is a '70s feminist icon; she is the product of a polyamorous household that participated in a sex cult. Harvard historian Jill Lepore claims in her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, that Wonder Woman is the “missing link in a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the 1910s and ends with the troubled place of feminism fully a century later.” She comes out…
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  • Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

    Jon Mertz
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis moves forward. Questions of what will make joy a sacred priority, what choices and actions will we live by, and what authentic stuff we will unload and use again created space to consider what it will take to make the most out of the new year ahead. Grateful to Sunni Brown, Todd Henry, and Eric Klein for the thought-provoking questions. Peace and Joy Joy speaks of peace. Peace in mind. Peace in work. Peace in soul. Joy centers me in knowing I am doing more than just doing; I am mattering in what I do by what I see and hear from the community…
  • Madeline Caldwell: Millennial Entrepreneur in Disguise?

    Molly Page
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Although Millennials are often referred to as an entrepreneurial generation, not every one of them is starting his or her own business. Many Millennials are opting for more traditional career paths. Because we’ve featured several entrepreneurs during this year’s Millennial Momentum series, I was excited to speak with Millennial leader Madeline Caldwell for a little different perspective. For the past four and a half years, Madeline has been working for TBC, a full service, marketing firm in Baltimore. I couldn’t wait to hear the perspective of a Millennial leader working within a larger…
  • Your Life Quest: Doing. Stopping. Feeling.

    Jon Mertz
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis continued its crescendo climb this past week. Although my tangible presence was less, my mind and thoughts were active in the questions of what makes your heart leap, what do you need to stop doing, and what emotional window are you willing to open as you do your courageous work. Grateful to Pam Houston, Charlie Gilkey, and Todd Kashdan for the thought-provoking questions. Heart Leaps: Doing Heart leaps are those moments when your soul smiles. You are in the moment fulfilled. Simple conversations. A lasting hug. A positive glimpse into the…
  • Necessary Changes: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Change

    Heidi Oran
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Of the many fears that consume us as a species, the fear of change may be atop the list. It begins when we’re youngsters: imagine the tearful goodbye as a parent leaves their child on the first day of day care or preschool. Normally there is an adjustment period there for both parent and child, and it’s not often a pretty one. The same is true for all changes in life: the transition from middle school to high school, moving away from home for the first time, working a full-time job fresh out of college. We’re creatures of comfort living in a world where we are forced to…
  • Your Life Quest: Create. Curate. Conflict.

    Jon Mertz
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    This week an amazing quest began. Jeffrey Davis and the Tracking Wonder community formed to create #Quest2015 – 12 Days with 12 Visionaries to Imagine Your Best 12 Months. What I can say three days in is “wow!” Tough questions requiring open souls and minds and eventually an answer we can stick with. I love this quest as it is a solid blend of inspiration and sweat. I am inspired by the questions and the community. I am sweating because it translates into daily work, as all good things in life require. Life dreams just don’t appear one day. They take inspiration, definition, and…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • My Word of the Year for 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each new year for me begins with one word or phrase chosen specifically to guide me through the next 365 days. Those of us who practice this annual effort know that usually it is not difficult to find that word or two. That word finds us. It is a gift from our inner voice. The word expresses what we want to accomplish in the coming months, or perhaps fill a space where at present there is a void. Whatever the reason, the word arrives and then suddenly it all seems very clear. Heading in to 2015, my word will be TIME. It is not a sophisticated word, yet it has so many meanings. It was the…
  • When Bloggers and Brands Pay It Forward Together

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is the time of year when there seems to be a little extra magic in the air. As hectic as it may be, people are ready for a celebration. Kindness and generosity abound, towards people we may know and towards those we may not. Tis the season, as they say! Yet for some people, the holiday season is just like any other. My friend Colleen of Souffle Bombay had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of our collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for children who live in a small remote village in Alaska. Twin Hills has a population of 76. They are Native…
  • Let There Be No More Unfound Families

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I distinctly remember when she said that, in her opinion, the most selfless act anyone could perform is to adopt a child. She was a representative from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and an adoptive parent who followed that statement by saying that adoption is also the single most rewarding, momentous, fulfilling action she had taken in her lifetime. The reason why I remember that statement so clearly is that at the time, it seemed that adoption may have been in my future. After several miscarriages and years of infertility, the terms “surrogacy” and “adoption” were becoming…
  • An Aventura Clothing Holiday!

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Still not sure what to get for the holidays? Or perhaps maybe you really want to get a little something (or two) for yourself? Well, then do yourself a favor and head over to Aventura clothing. I am honored to be a brand ambassador for this company. It is now my go-to brand for value, quality, and comfort. I have fallen in love with their comfortable fabrics as well as their mission, and I became an ambassador for their brand. Aventura Clothing is a family owned lifestyle apparel brand that takes sustainability seriously. Their eco-friendly items prevent synthetic fertilizers and farm…
  • The Diet that will Help You Live Longer and Healthier

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you are trying to eat healthier for yourself and perhaps your family, it’s time to take a trip to the Mediterranean. (Well, in your kitchen, at least.) Dark leafy greens, whole grains, and olive oil have long been known as part of a healthy diet. They are also key components of the Mediterranean diet. In a Mediterranean diet, generous servings of green vegetables, whole grain, fish, nuts, and olive oil, are generally supplemented with fruit, night shade vegetables, beans, red wine, and a limited amount of red meat. You will also commonly see popular dishes such as hummus, orzo, Greek…
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  • It’s Not All About Meditation: 4 Additional Practices To Cultivate A Quiet Mind

    Christina Lopes
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    For years, I struggled with my mind. It exhausted me. It would spend endless hours at night — when my body really wanted to sleep — thinking. Endless streams of thought that sometimes made no sense and caused anxiety and depression. Yet oddly, the same “thinking machine” that kept me up at night would falter during the day. I couldn’t concentrate at work. My mind felt like it was overtaken by dense fog. And after a while, I just assumed this was the normal way of things. Years later, I began to meditate daily. And that is when so much about the mind, the ego, began to make sense to…
  • Byron Katie: How To Rid Yourself Of Worries And Embrace The Future

    FinerMinds Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Is your mind a master when it comes to conjuring up your present-day worries or fears, and projecting them into the future only to paint a rather bleak image? For example, do you fear being alone forever because you can’t find your desired partner now? Or are you visualizing that a current poor financial situation will continue well into retirement? Of course it’s only natural to look at your circumstances now and imagine that they’ll perpetuate into future, but in doing so, we often end up feeling incredibly anxious about the future, instead of optimistic. To learn how to lasso your…
  • Enemies or Teachers: What We Can Learn From Difficult People

    FinerMinds Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Remember back in school when you had that teacher that no matter what, always seemed to pick on your work or behavior, causing you to complain relentlessly about the “injustice” you were experiencing to your family each day? While we may no longer be in school, throughout our adult lives it’s inevitable that we’ll come across people who again test our patience in exactly the same way that teacher did back in our adolescence. In this amusing 3-minute video, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron reveals the important role these “troublemakers” play in our lives, and what they’re really there…
  • Is This What Pure Love Looks Like?

    FinerMinds Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    How do you know when you’re experiencing pure love? Is it evident in the words that are spoken, felt in a gentle touch or a solid embrace, or is it the intensity held in a gaze? In this 1-minute video, actor Jim Carrey reveals a deeper, more spiritual side to his nature and emanates his pure love in a silent message meant to warm the hearts of anyone viewing it. We found this video to be incredibly powerful, how about you? What signifies pure love for you? The post Is This What Pure Love Looks Like? appeared first on FinerMinds.
  • The Power Of Now: The Liberating Truth Behind Happiness

    FinerMinds Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The reality of our very existence is right now. Not what happened last night, or next week when you have that looming deadline – but right now. However, with most of us constantly projecting our minds to the future, or re-living the dusty roads of the past, are we ever really able to experience complete joy in a moment – or authentic happiness – if our minds are constantly somewhere else? In this 5-minute video, Sam Harris, author, philosopher and neuroscientist, takes you on a thought-provoking journey forcing you to consider how you’d feel about your life if this very moment was…
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  • Top 15 Best Android Apps to download YouTube Videos

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I am sure everyone is fond of watching videos, on their system or online but it is not possible to stay connected always to watch these videos. Hence it becomes a lot important to download these... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Mesmerizing Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Everyone is aware about the festival Christmas i.e. celebrated for the birthday of Christ. But do you know what are the preparation and arrangements one need to do? As it is celebrated with great... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 15 Best Traffic Counter WordPress Plugins for 2015

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    WordPress is a standout amongst the most utilized blogging stage which has use by in excess of 50 million sites. Bloggers as well as online magazine journalists, design picture takers, land... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Magnificent and Mesmerizing Traditional Art Paintings

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    First of all, The motive is pretty cool and clear showcasing Magnificent “Traditional Art Paintings” as they are the biggest source of inspiration for graphic designers. Really... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • Get Free Hosting for your website on Google

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm has lately come out with its new development which is the free web hosting service. This development has bought Google all over the news, especially amongst its competitors. This is... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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    Very Smart Girls (tm)

  • Moody People

    Jo-Ann Downey
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    What do you do when you are with a negative person? Have you ever tried to be overly joyful to compensate for someone in a bad mood? Do you feel drained after being with a moody person? How much do you value your life’s energy? What can you learn from difficult people? It is understandable that children, young adults, or those with mood disorders can be moody. I am talking about healthy adults who choose to be negative or difficult on a regular basis. 4 Ways to Cope With Moody People Acceptance 1) Acceptance is the first step. Accept the person is being difficult and deeply acknowledge to…
  • What is Your Quicksand?

    Jo-Ann Downey
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am keenly aware that my life is too focused on my calendar. I feel as though the time I spend on my calendar and planning future activities is keeping me out of the present moment. As shared in “The New Two Do List- Part Two”, after a few weeks of consciously choosing 1-3 priority goals To Do each day, I woke up and thought, “It’s my New Two Do List.  I will pick two (2) things Two Do each day and trust that the rest would happen with grace and ease.”  When I follow this practice my daily Two Do’s are more open, trusting, and self-nurturing. It also helps me to focus on…
  • 24-Hour “I” Language Challenge

    Jo-Ann Downey
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For the next 24-hours can you communicate with others by using “I” language? For example, an alternative to “You told me you would have the building proposal to me yesterday” is “I would like an update on the building proposal” or, if appropriate, “I would like an update on the building proposal due yesterday.” Instead of “you have a strong work ethic” you could say “I appreciate your work ethic.” An alternative to “you choose the restaurant” is “I would enjoy it if you chose the restaurant.” The 24-hour challenge includes written…
  • Fashion Meets Philosophy ~ Charles James

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

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

    Jon Mertz
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis moves forward. Questions of what will make joy a sacred priority, what choices and actions will we live by, and what authentic stuff we will unload and use again created space to consider what it will take to make the most out of the new year ahead. Grateful to Sunni Brown, Todd Henry, and Eric Klein for the thought-provoking questions. Peace and Joy Joy speaks of peace. Peace in mind. Peace in work. Peace in soul. Joy centers me in knowing I am doing more than just doing; I am mattering in what I do by what I see and hear from the community…
  • Madeline Caldwell: Millennial Entrepreneur in Disguise?

    Molly Page
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Although Millennials are often referred to as an entrepreneurial generation, not every one of them is starting his or her own business. Many Millennials are opting for more traditional career paths. Because we’ve featured several entrepreneurs during this year’s Millennial Momentum series, I was excited to speak with Millennial leader Madeline Caldwell for a little different perspective. For the past four and a half years, Madeline has been working for TBC, a full service, marketing firm in Baltimore. I couldn’t wait to hear the perspective of a Millennial leader working within a larger…
  • Your Life Quest: Doing. Stopping. Feeling.

    Jon Mertz
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis continued its crescendo climb this past week. Although my tangible presence was less, my mind and thoughts were active in the questions of what makes your heart leap, what do you need to stop doing, and what emotional window are you willing to open as you do your courageous work. Grateful to Pam Houston, Charlie Gilkey, and Todd Kashdan for the thought-provoking questions. Heart Leaps: Doing Heart leaps are those moments when your soul smiles. You are in the moment fulfilled. Simple conversations. A lasting hug. A positive glimpse into the…
  • Necessary Changes: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Change

    Heidi Oran
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Of the many fears that consume us as a species, the fear of change may be atop the list. It begins when we’re youngsters: imagine the tearful goodbye as a parent leaves their child on the first day of day care or preschool. Normally there is an adjustment period there for both parent and child, and it’s not often a pretty one. The same is true for all changes in life: the transition from middle school to high school, moving away from home for the first time, working a full-time job fresh out of college. We’re creatures of comfort living in a world where we are forced to…
  • Your Life Quest: Create. Curate. Conflict.

    Jon Mertz
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    This week an amazing quest began. Jeffrey Davis and the Tracking Wonder community formed to create #Quest2015 – 12 Days with 12 Visionaries to Imagine Your Best 12 Months. What I can say three days in is “wow!” Tough questions requiring open souls and minds and eventually an answer we can stick with. I love this quest as it is a solid blend of inspiration and sweat. I am inspired by the questions and the community. I am sweating because it translates into daily work, as all good things in life require. Life dreams just don’t appear one day. They take inspiration, definition, and…
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    Julie Gosh

  • The Simplicity of Being Sent

    julie gosh
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
          “The language of truth is unadorned and simple.”     Ammianus Marcellinus    I read this quote this morning and I immediately thought about this Christmas season we are in.   I believe Christ-mas is meant to be very simple. I believe it is the sending forth of the anointed ones….us.   Christ means Anointed one, and are we all not just that? Set apart for love, by God?   Mass stems from the classic Latin “missio”…. Basically meaning: Go, it is the sending.   Ah yes, a simple meaning and mission, this Christmas season: All you…
  • Don’t Be the Grumpy Cat!

    julie gosh
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
        I think it’s imperative that we continue to “behold” and give our attention to those things that reflect the world we desire.   It’s far too easy to complain, to talk about the negative stuff on the news, to discuss problems, and to call out the lesser things.   I wonder what would happen if we went on a fast from all bad news, all guilt trips we give to others and ourselves, and all negativity?   Yes, there are issues to discuss, things to resolve, and diseases to heal.   As Einstein once said, We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of…
  • Harry Potter and our Common Mission

    julie gosh
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
        “Trust that you are resourced beyond measure, and that you exist in a friendly universe teeming with visible and invisible helpers who want you to succeed.”   My sons and I just finished watching the 8th and final Harry Potter film last night. We have seen them before, spread out, over the years, but this was the first time we just watched them all in a row over the course of a month.   My oh my what we gleaned from these films. There are some invaluable lessons on mission, unity, love, friendship and faith in the Light….faith in self.   Near the end of the…
  • Sunday Drivers

    julie gosh
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
          Mastery unveils itself in our response.   My vision and goal is to master every thought and emotion. It’s my course, it’s where I am heading, and it’s where I already reside deep within.   Why do I want this? Why do I feel this call?   It’s our birthright. Our destiny. What we are here on this planet for.   There are no limitations except the ones we place on ourselves by our perceptions.   This mastery of response is an exciting game if you let it be. If you don’t take yourself too seriously and you allow yourself creativity and…
  • Conversations Happen!

    julie gosh
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I was looking at a photo the other day of someone I know, and the photo was from the 1950’s….a good ole black and white.   I found myself saying, “What happened???”, because the person in that photo seems so different from the person I see today. And yes, of course there have been many years in between and aging has occurred. But it was also something different…..hard to explain.   I immediately followed up my question with an out-loud answer, “Conversations happened, that’s what.”   One of my sons was sitting at the table with me, and thus ensued a wonderful…
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  • The Gift in a Toxic Society

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

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Wishing for more energy to experience everything life has to offer has become an increasingly popular pastime. Consider those commercials for energy shot beverages, or stop to see how many quick-stop coffee shops are in your area. These businesses are making billions of dollars from people wanting that next burst of energy in order to make it through the day.Instead of reaching for an expensive beverage that only promises a few hours of vigor though, why not learn these life-changing steps for gaining an unlimited amount of energy? Not only will you find boundless energy, you will save some…
  • 8 Requirements for Reaching Personal Freedom

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    It doesn’t make sense that words such as “requirement” would come into play when talking about freedom. At the same time, no one ever promised that freedom is free.Some would say it’s impossible to reach personal freedom in this lifetime since we are always going to be locked away in bodies that eventually fail us, a mind that keeps us locked away from full awareness of the present moment, and of course the bounds of society that can feel like heavy chains at times as well.I believe that personal freedom goes much deeper than that though. I believe it’s available to us despite the…
  • Energy Healing Made Simple – Lesson Two

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Energy healing such as spiritual healing, “Laying on of hands” and Reiki is becoming more popular for those who want to gain a deeper inner connection, find a beautiful way to relieve stress and allow their natural healing system to work at its highest potential.Much of the work to begin to work with energy healing is in the preparation. In Energy Healing Made Simple – Lesson One, I pointed out the need to prepare on an inner level to be able to get started with natural healing energy. If you didn’t read that, you will want to work on that first.As you continue to work on your…
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  • I Love Myself…Even When I’m Not Very Loveable

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I love myself. when I wake up when I go to sleep when I oversleep when I drink soda for breakfast when I eat salad for lunch I love myself. when I teach my child good manners when I’m unkind to my husband when I say something inappropriate when you roll your eyes at me when I silently pray for a stranger I love myself. when my pants are getting tight when my pants are getting loose when I judge others when I know that you are judging me when I make someone smile I love myself. when my shower needs cleaning when my hair needs coloring when I’ve been a disappointment when I’ve…
  • The Best Way to Share Photos with Your Low Tech Relatives

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Mobile phones have given us the ability to take and share photos to anyone at anytime. Unless…they don’t have a mobile phone. Or a tablet. Or a (gasp) computer. Often, these low-tech relatives are the ones that most want to see photos of your adorable children. Enter postagram. Postagram is an app that you can download to your iPhone or Android device and it creates postcards for your analog mom in a matter of about 60 seconds.   After you snap the cutest photo in the world, you simply open the postagram app and select the photo that you would like featured on your postcard.
  • Thanksgiving Isn’t Tomorrow

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s every day. If you wake up healthy, Happy Thanksgiving. If you live in a warm, dry home, Happy Thanksgiving. If someone knows you by name and loves you, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have health insurance, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have clean water, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have access to a public library, Happy Thanksgiving. If you eat every single day, Happy Thanksgiving. If you are reading this post on a phone, computer or tablet. Happy Thanksgiving. Every day.
  • Viewing Ferguson Through a Filter

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.” – Unknown   I live in St. Louis and what you see on TV is not the whole story. What you see on TV is horrific. Fires, gunshots, and tear gas. What you don’t see on TV is all of the people (black and white) who are at work today talking and laughing and bonding over a common sadness. We aren’t fighting. We’re tired. I’m not black. I don’t have a…
  • Five Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    If you are like me, your inbox has been full of Black Friday emails for several weeks now and your friends on Facebook are starting to vocalize their opinions about Black Friday sales. It’s the most stressful time of year…but why? Shopping? Parties? Parking? I challenge you to make this holiday season different. I challenge you to slow down and find peace in the midst of the chaos. Tip One Do all of your shopping in the next three days. Yep. All of it. Kids, family, teachers, co-workers…will be done before you drink your first glass of wine on Thanksgiving. Make a complete…
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  • My Ava Coat nearly fits

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I bought myself a coat from Marisota. My Ava coat as I keep calling it. I love it because it’s pink and grey. Pink and grey were big in the 80s or early 90s – can’t remember exactly, I just remembering everything was either pink or grey or both and people mixed and matched both colours. It didn’t fit when I ordered it from Marisota in September, my Ava coat, I wish I had taken a photo of myself in it and the wide chasm between button and buttonhole. I am not really a fashion person to be honest. I am hoping to find my fashionista at 50 lurking inside the slim me…
  • 5 things you need to enjoy successful vegetable juicing

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Do you have the mindset for successful vegetable juicing? If you’re just starting out or if you started and stopped, probably not, so let me share what I discovered. These are five things I realized had changed in order to get through the hunger, make vegetable juicing a part of my life and to stop this on again, off again relationship I had with it. 1. I had to keep going when I didn’t want to There were many times that I stood in my kitchen and I took out all the vegetables ready for juicing and all I really wanted to do is make a ham and cheese sandwich. I had to ignore my…
  • 10 non-dairy natural salad dressings

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I went on the hunt for natural salad dressings. The kind I will have to make myself, heaven help me. I have this brilliant food processor so why not use it. It is the strangest thing. Having to make salad dressings in the dead of winter. Still, I am proud of myself for doing it. When it comes to buying natural salad dressings, the shop bought kind, even those in health food shops, can not be trusted is what I believe. I have no idea if they can or if they can’t but all I know is when something is manufactured in bulk things must be added to increase its shelf life. For me it is no…
  • My snacking life – nuts and berries

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I don’t just focus on vegetable juicing to get healthy. During a juice cleanse I also eat nuts and berries. I find them to be a really useful snack to have around, especially just before my main meal if I am really hungry. I have read that it is always best to drink vegetable juice on an empty stomach, which is what I do and then I leave at least 2 hours or more before eating any nuts and berries. There are a few combinations that I love. Bananas are one of my favourite. I am learning that bananas are not always a great fruit to eat because of the sugar content but it is still better…
  • Cucumber Juice

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    I made myself some cucumber juice. Nothing but cucumber. No lemon. No ginger. There was nothing to add to the taste of it, although to be fair by the time I was half way through drinking it I really wished that there was. I wanted to get into the habit of drinking just cucumber or maybe cucumber and celery mainly for their health properties but I think I will have to wait for the summer months to do that. Drinking cucumber juice in December was not fun. Both cucumber and celery have a high water content so its another way of getting to your 2-3 litres of water through vegetables, rather than…
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    positively present

  • positively present picks: december 19, 2014

    positively present
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Source  "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." Norman Vincent Peale   5 Yoga Tips to Get You Through the Holidays : for all you yogis out there! 10 Ways to De-Stress Your Day Hour-by-Hour : excellent advice here Becoming Real : love love love this post on The Spiritual Spoon Family Tree DIY : I love how fresh and fun this tree looks 7 Tips to Get Rid of Social Anxiety : perfect tips for all those holiday parties DIY Gifts for Dogs + Dog Lovers : 15 super ideas for last-minute gifts 5 Ways to Have a Good…
  • how to be single during the holidays

    positively present
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    image source : girl / snow    I love this time of year — the lights, the giving, the celebrations, the sparkles! — but for the first time in a long time, I'm single for the holidays. When you're coupled up, you hardly take notice of how many aspects of the holidays are tied to having someone to share them with romantically, but when you're single, it seems like the whole world is a big, neon, green-and-red sign blinking: YOU'RE ALONE. YOU'RE ALONE.  I'm not technically alone for the holidays. I'll still spend Christmas with my…
  • positively present picks: december 12, 2014

    positively present
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
      “The holiest of holidays are thosekept by ourselves in silence and apart;the secret anniversaries of the heart.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  11 Reasons Why I Read : a great case for reading books Inquiry Cards : these just arrived in the mail + I love them! How to Turn Negative Vibes into Positive Fuel 12 Holiday Quotes to Make You Merry : time to feel fesitve... 5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays Mini Banners : how adorable are these?! Ode to Introverts : hey, it's alright to be introverted! How to Stay Sane + Healthy Over the Holidays My…
  • a foolproof guide to getting more done

    positively present
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Photos by Sarah Lovrien   Today’s post was written by Kate Matsudaira, founder of Popforms. In addition to building tools to help you be better at your job, she also just launched a Kickstarter for The Spark Notebook: a notebook that combines the function of a big life-planner into a beautifully designed, professional notebook. She came up with the great ideas and I took care of the design work. Check it out here!    I am lazy. If there is a shortcut I will take it.  I love feeling accomplished, but I don’t always love the hard work it takes to get…
  • positively present picks: december 5, 2014

    positively present
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Source   "I have always thought of Christmas time,when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Charles Dickens   Every Day Matters Planner : #1 on Amazon Inspiring Calendars! yay! 28 Places to Shop that Give Back : get gifts and give to those in need…
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  • Everything That is Not Soul

    Asante George
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Wild moon woman You were not made to be tame. You are an earthquake Shaking loose Everything that is not soul. Shake, woman, shake. –Alyse Morgan I’ve always wanted to be the kind of blogger who bares her soul and truest journey with her readers. When I began blogging I was in an amazing space in my life, and sharing my experiences and inner thoughts was easy. I was coming out of a period that I often refer to as “my initiation” (more on that later), and things were looking up for me. I had lived in Oakland, California for nearly a decade, but a dramatic eruption in my…
  • Nutmeg the Minivan’s First Roadtrip

    Asante George
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    We’ve been offline for a while, and I have so much to catch you all up on! A couple of weeks ago, Little Lotus and I bought a minivan. We considered buying a small rv, but we opted for a minivan because they are roomy and get fair gas mileage. I did not want the complication or expense of two vehicles so we chose a minivan that will be fine for roadtripping as well as driving around town. We chose a 2002 Toyota Sienna, and we’ve named her Nutmeg. We are on our very first roadtrip to visit my brother, and we’ve just reached Tennessee. I love the cool weather here and the…
  • Cut Grass – A Free Neighborhood Resource

    Asante George
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    As we’ve worked in our city homestead, I’ve begun to understand how abundant our resources are when we value them, organize them, and use them correctly. I am now convinced that there are enough natural resources for everyone on the planet if we use the resources appropriately. This lesson surfaced again in an experience I had a couple of days ago. As I raked dried grass and leaves from my yard to use in my compost pile, I considered buying a few bales of hay to use while my own supply of dried grass replenishes itself. Later that day, I heard the loud buzz of a lawn mower and…
  • Waste or Resource? It’s All In Where You Put Things

    Asante George
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    The picture accompanying this post features 3 items that are often treated as waste: grass trimmings, twigs, logs and large tree trimmings. However, when these resources are used effectively, they become valuable homestead resources. 1. Dried Grass Clippings are used to cover household compost. They serve the double purpose of helping to divert compostable materials from a landfill or sewer and turning those materials into rich fertile soil. 2. Twigs make great kindling for firewood. They can also become fuel for cooking over a rocket stove (a rocket stove is a very easy to make biomass…
  • Twinkies and The Age of Health Food Kids

    Asante George
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Watching Food Grow As I watched a small Toyota van drive by our street, I commented to my daughter, “I love those vans. They’re so small and compact. They look like Twinkies.” To this, my 9-year-old daughter replied in a disgusted tone, “I don’t know what a tween-kee is, but I DON’T think I’d like one.” Her response made me laugh so hard! My daughter really doesn’t know what a Twinkie is, yet she knows somehow that she doesn’t want one. Sometimes I forget that my little one’s “health food upbringing” means that…
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    The Ordinary Buddha

  • No-Marathon 2015, Part II

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I went on the W. Orange Trail today for an extended run for the first time in about 2 months. Very few moments in life are absolutely perfect. This was one of them. The weather was crisp and sunny.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Some Early Thoughts About No-Marathon 2015

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    A short while back, I decided not to do the Disney Marathon 2015. After 10 in a row, I felt a little burned out, uninspired and just wanted to do something different. I wanted to create space and let... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons from a Fallen Tree

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    At around 6am on Saturday morning, a huge tree came crashing down onto my back lawn. My back yard rests up against a Nature preserve and I suppose Mother Nature was truly intent on getting rid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What If You Really Did

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    I have noticed that great things seem to come forth when I walk my dog in the morning. Perhaps it is the fresh air, being in Nature or the energy of a canine who loves his life. I found myself asking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Doing What You Love

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Certainly phrases are way over done. Others are just annoying. Still others are unique, but no one really understand what they mean. Then are are a handful that withstand the test of time. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Elise McDowell

  • You don't need a job - you need guts

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Truth:Most people will walk this earth for decades, feeling guilty for not pursuing the great adventures inside of them, but will never do anything about it.Truth:Most people are overwhelmed by fear, and will make some of the worst choices of their lives because of it. Greatness evolves from trust–in yourself, in your ideas, and in your ability to know, deep down, what’s best for YOU. We must not betray that trust, because the moment we do, we betray our own potential.Truth:Most people will do exactly as they are told to do, won’t ever question the rules, and will believe that by doing…
  • 20 Tricks For Acing That Job Interview

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    1. What's Your Why?Why did you apply for the job anyway? Hint: Don't say because you're on your last packet of instant noodles, have $2 left in the bank & are going to start prostituting yourself to pay off your student loans. It's not amateur hour. Regardless of whether it's your dream job or not, you wouldn't apply for a job you don't actually want to do, so why are you applying for that position in that industry? What about it lures you? Where are you hoping to go? Everybody out there is driven by a 'why'. I'm building my own business. Why? Cause I want to enjoy my fucking…
  • Sunday Reads #16: Paris Letters, DIY Beauty & Indoor Gardens

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Hey, it's a beautiful day!And naturally I want to spend it cleaning, sitting on a mountain, watching sheep & painting at sunset.What about you?Were you annoyed with the How I Met Your Mother finale? Well here's an alternative.Homemade gift ideasVanilla chocolate milkshake recipe10 DIY beauty secrets from your own gardenTwo of my faaavourite prints on etsy. here and here.5 indoor garden ideasEwwwwwwwwww!Ever wanted to receive letters from Paris?Cocktail recipes resourceWhat to do when you're stressed & overwhelmedxo
  • Sunday Reads #15: DIY Pet Bed, Watercolors & Stunt Work

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

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

  • Boston Career Coach Tells All

    Jessica Sweet
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I was recently given some feedback about my website. And it wasn’t so good. I was told it wasn’t personal enough. “People don’t really get to know YOU.” My new coach said. And you know what? She was right. Because no matter how much I know about career coaching, no matter how much personality I try to infuse in my articles, with a very few exceptions, we’re not here talking about me. Sure, on some level we are, because all this stuff lights me up. I get excited about it, so it is a part of me. But you guys don’t know me like my friends know me. You…
  • Is Quitting Your Job Motivating or Terrifying?

    Jessica Sweet
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
      I have a client that keeps toying with the idea of quitting her job. Maybe you think about quitting your job too. She believes it may be the only way to get her unstuck from her job that’s just a little too comfortable. She knows she’s got potential, and she knows she’s meant for more than doing what she’s doing now. But the paycheck is good, the commute is decent, and the people she works with are nice. And when she looks around at the world there are so many people out there struggling. She has no desire to be one of them. Frankly, neither do I. So…
  • Success Quotes to Wire Your Mindset for Winning – and a Goodie!

    Jessica Sweet
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    There’s an amazing first come, first served freebie at the end of this post you won’t want to miss, so scroll down for all the info on how to get it! “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt What if you could really do whatever you’re dreaming of? You can. But sometimes you just don’t believe it. Life gets in the way and we all start to feel beaten down. The truth is though, if you can believe it, you can do it, and there’s nothing like poignant and powerful words to rewire your beliefs. So this week to inspire you to do…
  • Low Pressure, High Impact Career Help If You Don’t Know What You Want To Do Next

    Jessica Sweet
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The other day I was typing happily on my Mac while sitting in bed. What I was writing about really isn’t important. But what happened to me while I was writing is. You see, it was the end of the day, and I was relaxed and happy – in my own home. The last thing I expected was that I had something to worry about. But I did. Because out of nowhere my 17-pound cat, Lucy, jumped up to be with me. She wanted some snuggle time, I’m sure. But she landed directly on my keyboard. I panicked, thinking a 17-pound cat can’t be good for a Macbook, so instead of shooing her off like…
  • Choosing A Career in 5 Steps Even if it Feels Impossible

    Jessica Sweet
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Are you still trying to decide what you want to do when you grow up?  But you’re already grown – into your 40’s or 50’s even?  And you probably already have a career. You’ve just never decided what you actually want to do. Never mind that you’ve been doing something for all these years. When you’re thinking about it and trying to decide how to make a career transition, it might feel impossible.  How do you make a career move when you don´t know what you want to do? How do u make a #career move when u don´t know what u want to do?
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    Intuitive Spiritual Mentor, Life & Business Coach, Indigo & Energy Healing

  • The Insidiousness of Guilt & Fear

    Yol Swan
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Are you aware that your emotions are manifestations of your thoughts that precede the actions you take to justify them? This means that what you think and believe creates the emotional patterns that make you do the things you unconsciously do to reinforce your beliefs. It’s like a catch-22 you constantly reproduce! If your thoughts and beliefs are self-defeating, well,…Read more
  • Do You Feel Like a Beginner?

    Yol Swan
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    I went to college for the first time when I turned 20, then again in my early ’30s, and I studied homeopathy in my early ’40s. As you can imagine, I felt like a total beginner all those times. Can you relate to this, even if you’re not starting anything new? My ego-mind didn’t like this at all, but then…Read more
  • The Healing Power of Mirrors

    Yol Swan
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    I find mirrors magical. I’ve been fascinated with them since I was a child. I used to wonder if the image reflected was the real me or if I was a reflection on someone else’s mirror. I’ve always perceived life in terms of energy layers, so to me these possibilities aren’t as far fetched as you may think. There is…Read more
  • Are You Wearing a Cloak of Invisibility?

    Yol Swan
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Do you feel unseen and unheard as an individual or conscious entrepreneur? Oh, I’ve been there. As a kid I was supposed to follow directions, deal with my emotions on my own, and remain invisible. This created a pattern of self-perception that got reinforced and repeated growing up. Yet I couldn’t see it until I had invested many years in…Read more
  • Are You The Tortoise Or The Hare?

    Yol Swan
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Can you tell the difference between a new TV show and one from 20 or 30 years ago? I bet it’s easy, and not just because of the way people are dressed, but mainly because everything goes quicker now, from scene transitions to how actors speak. I remember being a new mom and seeing all sorts of programs for babies…Read more
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  • Mystical lights

    Tanya A. Goodman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Tanya A. Goodman:Remembering triumph and courage. Originally posted on inspirit*ational: Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm, The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word. Emma Lazarus, The Feast of Lights View original
  • Go forth … set the world on fire

    Tanya A. Goodman
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Go forth and set the world on fire. — St. Ignatius of Loyola Misty Copeland in Firebird. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri
  • Gratitude unlocks fullness of life

    Tanya A. Goodman
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving to those near and far. Today and everyday, wherever we may be, may we remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and the blessings that soon will be. — Tanya A. Goodman     Image:    
  • Continue to advance: Believe, believe, believe

    Tanya A. Goodman
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Billy Mills, Lakota Indian, in 1964, came from behind and became the first (and only) American to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters race. One who continues to advance will win in the end. –Daisaku Ikeda   “The win was a surprise to everyone but Billy Mills, who for years had written ‘Gold medal, 10,000-meter run’ in his workout journal. The night before the race, he added, ‘God has given me the ability, the rest is up to me. Believe, believe, believe. “’It’s…
  • For exam takers, especially creative types — Our Lady of Good Studies – Marshall McLuhan’s favorite title of BVM

    Tanya A. Goodman
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Tanya A. Goodman:As a journalist and Catholic, I had to re-blog this post today. I might mention, I am also preparing for an exam. So, I spent a little preparation time on the Internet seeking prayers for exam takers I could add to my own. This blog post proved particularly interesting to me. It mentioned Marshall McLuhan. Anyone who has ever studied journalism knows the name Marshall McLuhan. A man of insight, he is well-known and respected in the field of media. I am taking a final exam in Financial Accounting. The course is from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, online through Coursera…
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    SMART Living 365

  • 30 Christmas Quotes To Get You in The Holiday Mood

    Kathy Gottberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I am proof positive that a person can be a semi-minimalist, anti-consumer, nonreligious, childfree person who lives in the desert southwest where it never snows, and STILL love Christmas. That’s because I don’t equate the holiday season with any of … Continue reading → You're reading 30 Christmas Quotes To Get You in The Holiday Mood 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 30…
  • Science Says YES! To Happiness

    Kathy Gottberg
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s probably obvious that I spend a lot of time thinking about how all of us can get and stay happier on a regular basis. Fortunately I’m not alone in this quest because there are hundreds of books and lots … Continue reading → You're reading Science Says YES! To Happiness 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 Science Says YES! To Happiness appeared first on SMART Living…
  • A Quick Quiz About The Cult Of Positivity

    Kathy Gottberg
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago I received a comment on my blog accusing me of promoting “the cult of positivity.” To make sure I wasn’t blindly encouraging thinking and actions that could be harmful to others, I did a little research.   What … Continue reading → You're reading A Quick Quiz About The Cult Of Positivity 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 A Quick Quiz About The Cult…
  • 30 Inspiring Movies I Am Grateful For

    Kathy Gottberg
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas I force Thom (my husband) to sit with me and watch the most corny holiday movies imaginable on television. Yes I confess, I love the sweet, sappy and heart-tugging stories that cover the airwaves … Continue reading → You're reading 30 Inspiring Movies I Am Grateful For 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 30 Inspiring Movies I Am…
  • Grateful For The Little Things

    Kathy Gottberg
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that when you pay attention and stay grateful for the little things in your life, most things seem to go well?  As some of you know, since November 1st I’ve been participating in a gratitude challenge … Continue reading → You're reading Grateful For The Little Things 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 Grateful For The Little Things appeared first on…
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    Compete Every Day

  • More Than Just a Kind Gesture

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Tis the season to be merry, jolly and unfortunately – stressed. Why is it that “the most wonderful time of the year” can cause extreme joy for some and anxiety for others? Perhaps it’s because some lose sight of the true meaning of the season or try to out-shop, out-bake, out-do everyone else around them by buying the best gifts, bringing the best dish, or hosting the best gathering…. How about shopping/giving with meaning? Actually connecting with friends and family vs. simply hosting and stressing. Or what about simply going out of your way to perform an act of kindness? I…
  • Competitors of the Week: Awstin & Jenni Gregg

    Christine Reppa
    17 Dec 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:  Awstin & Jenni Gregg Location:  Denton, TX Social media links:  Twitter- @awstingregg    Instagram- @awstingregg  |  Facebook- Awstin Gregg 1.  Tell us about yourselves! We are a happily married family of faith. We’re both native Texan,…
  • Monday Morning Motivation: 12.15.14

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
  • 30 Minutes Before the Trophy

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    “See it, feel it, trust it. Patience. Create a masterpiece” – Dr. David Cook. Last Friday I had the opportunity to hear elite sports psychologist, Dr. David Cook speak to a group of about 300 people on the topics of influence, leadership, and casting vision in our lives. To say he has a gift for developing a “champion’s mindset” is an understatement. There were so many great things he had to share, but two key questions stood out to me the most. What is the trophy you want to hold some day? What does it look like 30 minutes before the trophy celebration? The “trophy” you want…
  • Competitor of the Week: Darnell Whitney Jr.

    Christine Reppa
    10 Dec 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:  Darnell Whitney Jr. Location:  Huntsville, AL (by way of Ft. Worth, TX) Social media links: Instagram- DWhitneyExperience 1.  Tell us about yourself! I am a native of Fort Worth, TX but currently reside in Huntsville, AL. I am a graduate of Jarvis…
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    Stacia Pierce | Life Coach 2 Women

  • 5 Ways to Cut the Chaos to Increase Your Cashflow

    Stacia Pierce
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fulfilling your dream is a process. Most people, however, can’t see through the chaos of life to get to real success.  Chaos comes in many ways to distract, disengage and disillusion you from reaching your intended goals. People will try to distract you with meaningless drama. Life will happen and try to steer you into […]
  • 7 Ways to Increase Your Profits with Your Business Card

    Stacia Pierce
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your business card is one of the most important parts of your brand identity. It’s a common misconception that in the age of smartphones and social media, the business card is no longer important. Don’t believe it! When you meet someone face-to-face, your business card is a key to leaving a lasting, positive impression. Your […]
  • 6 Ways Boomerang Will Help You Produce More In Your Business

    Stacia Pierce
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s rare for an entrepreneur to work a 9-5 schedule. We tend to work late into the night, early in the morning, or sometimes both! Working long or unusual hours comes with the territory, but sometimes sending an email at 2:00 am is not ideal. If you use Gmail or Google Apps for your business […]
  • Giving Thanks for My Wonderful Clients

    Stacia Pierce
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love the holiday season. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it sets time aside for reflection and gratitude. While I practice meditating and journaling with an attitude of gratefulness daily, I love that on Thanksgiving I can share with friends and family what I’m thankful for, and hear their stories of thankfulness. […]
  • 12 Ways to Give Back to Your Clients for Thanksgiving

    Stacia Pierce
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The holiday shopping season is a time to make big profits, but the holidays are, of course, about much more than just turning a profit. When my family and I get together on Thanksgiving, one thing we always do is take time to share what we’re thankful for. As a business owner, I’m so grateful […]
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  • Enjoy The Holidays Without Gaining Weight By Following These 4 Tips

    Alex Jay
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The holiday season is synonymous with indulgence—or, unfortunately in many cases, over-indulgence. While over-indulgence may seem like a necessary component to a festive holiday season, it can also lead to feelings of sluggishness, skin blemishes, gastrointestinal issues and, of course, weight gain. The good news is that with a few simple tricks and tips, you can get through the holidays without feeling like you’ve missed out on anything, and without gaining weight. Here’s how.  How To Avoid Packing On The Pounds During The Holidays 1. Start smart with a cleanse Now that Thanksgiving…
  • A Soldier Asked A Little Boy Why He’s Happy. His Response Will Give You Chills.

    Paul Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    After high school, 20-year-old Jeremy McInnis served in the U.S. Army National Guard. His unit was deployed to Israel during a period of heavy Palestinian conflict, and when a bomb blew up and collapsed a building, Jeremy ran in to pull out victims trapped inside. About six hours in, they discovered a room with a partially collapsed roof. In it was a barely conscious eleven-year-old boy just visible underneath his mother and father. His parents had obviously covered him with their own bodies as the building collapsed, which saved his life. But it cost them their own. The Aftermath After…
  • Want To Achieve ALL Of Your Goals? Here’s What You Need To Do.

    Steve Saunders
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    The ever popular saying, “No pain, no gain” not only applies to fitness…it also holds true in other areas of life. Whether it’s the five stubborn pounds we try to work off or an urgent project deadline, stress is bound to occur in both cases. The good news is that same determination we count on to achieve our fitness goals can be seamlessly applied to the business world. Whether you want a promotion or to lose ten pounds, here are five tips to turn your goals into results. How To Achieve Anything 1. Focus. Do not underestimate the power of a distraction, especially ones that…
  • 5 Ways To Have A Good Holiday Season (Even When Your Heart Is Broken)

    Dani DiPirro
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    For many of us, the holiday season is a time of happiness, love, and joy. But for some of us, this time of year is particularly difficult. Whether you’re suffering from a loss, going through a breakup, or simply combating the holiday season stress, if you’re going through a tough time, this time of year isn’t always the most enjoyable. When things aren’t going well, staying positive during the holidays can sometimes seem impossible—but no matter how tough the moments are, there are ways to make the most of them. Doing so will keep you focused on what’s good in your life, making it…
  • Overcome Adversity: 5 Steps To Getting Through Anything

    Dr. Ginny Friggs
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Why me?” is a question so many of us ask when tragedy strikes and our life path suddenly becomes rocky. Instead of cruising along, it seems as though we are now stumbling with each step. Every day we question why we are being tested—trying to overcome adversity while seeking a way out of this mess—but sometimes it is not humanly possible to come through the situation by ourselves. I learned this lesson after nearly dying on the interstate. My Story On June 15, 2000, my 13-month old twins and I were hit in a nightmarish head-on-collision. Another driver was trying to evade capture by…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • Decluttering Your Life with the Law of Attraction

    Richard Ingersoll
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    If you want the Law of Attraction to bring your heart’s desires into your life, there has to be room to receive. It’s a scientific reality that two objects can’t occupy the same place at the same time. The universe is orderly and never contradicts its essential principles. That’s why you can work yourself into a frenzy trying to attract a new car, yet your garage is so packed with junk that you couldn’t put a tiny Matchbox in there! How can the universe give you something when you have no space for it? Clutter that blocks the positive energy of the universe…
  • “Manifestivities”

    Richard Ingersoll
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    So you’re looking to transform your life into something ‘better’ than it seems to be right now… You’ve now reached the point where you’re seeking to work with what’s popularly called the ‘Law of Attraction’ to attract the experiences, circumstances, people, etc. that you associate with the ‘new and improved’ image of your life. You’re seeking to learn how to actually bring about this transformation. Well, here’s the catch: What we call ‘transformation’ is actually a process of deprogramming. It’s not so much learning as it is unlearning. The thing is that…
  • Why You Should Create a Manifestion Poster

    Richard Ingersoll
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
      One of the most potent tools you can use when working with the Law of Attraction is a poster with your desires that you can hang on your wall. The reason for this is easy – any subconscious reminder of your desire that you will see day after day will further make clear your intent to the universe. So exactly what is a manifestation poster and how do you make one? The most convenient way to go about this is to buy yourself a nice large piece of poster board of whatever size you want to use. I prefer to use colored poster board, rather than basic white, but that’s up to you. Now…
  • Character-Building Thought Power – Part 2

    Richard Ingersoll
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Image via Wikipedia   Shall we notice another concrete case? A trite case, perhaps, but one in which we can see how habit is formed, and also how the same habit can be unformed. Here is a young man, he may be the son of poor parents, or he may be the son of rich parents; one in the ordinary ranks of life, or one of high social standing, whatever that means. He is good-hearted, one of good impulses, generally speaking,—a good fellow. He is out with some companions, companions of the same general type. They are out for a pleasant evening, out for a good time. They are apt at times to be…
  • How to Visualize With Ease

    Richard Ingersoll
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the Law of Attraction as well as many other things, we need to visualize. But what exactly is visualization? Is it hard? Do you have to actually see what you are visualizing? If you are asking any of these questions, you are in for a surprising treat. Everyone can visualize perfectly, and you do all the time! The problem is in the misconception about the word visualization. Visualizing does not necessarily mean that you really see what you are visualizing. Visualizing is no different from daydreaming. The difference is that you are directing your visualization with intent, whereas a…
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    Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel

  • truer feelings

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! Calendars are 25% until the end of the year! These calendars won’t be available after December 31st, so get yours NOW! BRAND NEW BOB THE […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post truer feelings appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • every time I look in the mirror…

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! Calendars are 25% until the end of the year! BRAND NEW BOB THE SQUIRREL BOOKS for 2014!!! The strip collection: generic bob and the GIGANTIC […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post every time I look in the mirror… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • a minute or two…

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! Calendars are 25% until the end of the year! These calendars won’t be available after December 31st, so get yours NOW! BRAND NEW BOB THE […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post a minute or two… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • different…

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — Frank is taking Holiday Commissions to BE LIKE FRANK! Check it out. Get your orders in soon, he’s only taking requests until December 12th! 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post different… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • falling…

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — Frank is taking Holiday Commissions to BE LIKE FRANK! Check it out. Get your orders in soon, he’s only taking requests until December 12th! 2015 BOB THE SQUIRREL CALENDAR – Start 2015 with a Bob! Grab one today! BRAND […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post falling… appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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    Simply Intentional

  • Have a Wonderful Weekend

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    I just heard that this Sunday is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  That means each day gets a little sunnier - yay!  I'm grateful for the rain we're having in California but I love the sunshine and always count the days until spring is here.  What are you doing this weekend?  Hope its filled with the right and perfect activities for you.  And, here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....Different kinds of difficulty - should you buckle down or despair?3 things you need to stop doing to yourself when you workThose things by which we…
  • Start Right Where You Are

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    With the changes happening in my career over the last year, I am being called to re-evaluate exactly what my livelihood will look like.  Taking small steps, I've kept busy with a part-time marketing role and have found that I really enjoy the work. Last week, I was a bit sucker-punched when I learned that I may not be able to continue in that role.  Since getting that news, I turned it over to the Universe for some guidance and to prayer work to release any fears of stepping into the unknown.   There have been no big 'aha' moments, however, I am noticing an internal shift.I am…
  • Jealousy

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Jealousy.  For me, it's a feeling like the green-eyed monster has sucker-punched me in the gut.  And - that's what I'm experiencing right now.What I can't figure out is where this jealousy is coming from.  What I do know is that I have felt less than successful in my work life.  Currently, I'm working part-time handling marketing for a small business.  The business is doing well and is continuing to expand.  I'm longing to be part of the expansion and contribute to its growing success. What I also know is that my boss is looking for someone to take over a piece…
  • Have a Beautiful Weekend

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Since a theme of gratitude seems to weave it's way through every TED talk I've enjoyed, I decided to share a few of my favorites this weekend.  I spent time this week reflecting on everything I am grateful for and it was beautiful and humbling to see my list.  I hope you all have many things to be grateful for, and if you have only one or two things on your list, know that it is enough to start there.  Have a great weekend..."In a piece of music, it's the pause or the rest that gives the piece its beauty and its shape." ~Pico Iyer"Love is in us. It's deeply embedded in the…
  • You Got What You Wanted....Don't Panic

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    At the beginning of this year, I chose four affirmations I wanted to focus on and started writing them down daily to invoke the feeling of having them.  As I wrote them again today, I realized that one of them has manifested. I now have the financial means and freedom to travel to beautiful resorts six weeks out of the year.What I've discovered today is that perhaps six weeks out of the year is too much for me.  Kevin and I just returned from staying for a week at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans and this Friday, we leave again - this time to stay in Palm Desert at another very nice…
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • My own hell or heaven

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

    Baldeep Kaur
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    He cooks like a pro. He changes baby’s diaper easily. He is sensitive. He chooses to work from home to take care of kids. He treats his wife like a queen. In the world of new improved ” Indian Mard (man) club”, there are many real heroes; real “Indian mard” who takes pride in being a […]
  • What to do when nothing feels right?

    Baldeep Kaur
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Why do you tell everyone about your problems? Be strong. Why are you so weak? Listen to my advice. Keep your problems to yourself. People make fun of you. Do you need everyone’s pity or sympathy? I don’t understand. Learn to manage your emotions. Everyone faces problems. Be strong and face it. There is no […]
  • Roles People Play

    Baldeep Kaur
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    In the journey of life, don’t expect love from me, I have nothing to give, except abuses and humiliation, I will destroy your self-esteem, I will challenge your courage, your strength, I am your nemisis. ~~~ In the journey of life, I will love you like no on else, protect your fragility and innocence, keep your roots intact, […]
  • A lost box

    Baldeep Kaur
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    A poem on losing oneself in someone else's world.
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • Epic Fail with Google Maps = Mind Body Spirit Agility!

    Bernadette Logue
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Discover how you can turn a frustrating moment in your day into an enlightening experience! I’m sharing a personal story of how a failed outing to the hairdresser one day ended up increasing my Mind Body Spirit agility! Not exactly what I was expecting. Your personal transformation is available within the small moments of every day. In each... Read More Continue reading Epic Fail with Google Maps = Mind Body Spirit Agility! on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Free Energy Clearing – My Gift to You, December 2014

    Bernadette Logue
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    As we near the end of 2014, I am intuitively guided to offer a free group energy clearing to my community. I was drifting off to sleep the other night when the inspiration came through loud and clear to offer this to you all now. The last time I did this for my community was... Read More Continue reading Free Energy Clearing – My Gift to You, December 2014 on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Shift Your Energy to Calm a Situation

    Bernadette Logue
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Dealing with a difficult person at work? A colleague, staff member, a client or a service provider? Feeling uneasy around someone in your family or social network? Is there a person who gets on your nerves, seems to bait you, who doesn’t understand you, and it feels to you like their job on this... Read More Continue reading Shift Your Energy to Calm a Situation on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 3 Tips for When You Seek Life Advice

    Bernadette Logue
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Drawing upon the wisdom of others is powerful leverage, and a wonderful part of being alive and in relationship with people, community and the world around you. However, in seeking advice there are pitfalls for the unsuspecting, which can throw you off-course if you’re not consciously aware. So, before you go and ask people around... Read More Continue reading 3 Tips for When You Seek Life Advice on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • Slow Down Before It’s Too Late

    Bernadette Logue
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    I spent a lot of my life in “getting somewhere” mode. Focusing on what needed to be done in order to arrive at some place, space or time that would allow me to relax and be at peace, be at ease and simply then ENJOY what I’d created. Because I’m a naturally super organised “make... Read More Continue reading Slow Down Before It’s Too Late on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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  • 75 Pokemon Drawings And Illustrations You should See

    Jay B
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Pokemon Drawings and Illustrations is a collection of the best creative work on Pokemon Characters done by amazing designers who are also avid fans of the famous Nintendo game. Pokemon was created by Satoshi Tajiri in the early nineties. The game was designed with fictional characters that human can capture and train to fight each […]The post 75 Pokemon Drawings And Illustrations You should See appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Spy Equipment Gift Ideas For Christmas

    Jay B
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Spy Equipment is proving to be a hugely popular choice for christmas gift ideas. The public loves these types of cool products and they never go out of fashion. Treat yourself with one of those or make your christmas gift stand out and be unique. MWE Bluetooth Spy Earpiece Set This device has a highly […]The post Spy Equipment Gift Ideas For Christmas appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Indian Halloween Costumes for Women

    Jay B
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Stand out from the crowd with the Indian Halloween Costumes for Women. Go tribal for your Trick and Treat evening. When considering your choice for this occasion, a traditional favourite is the Native American for women and the Pocahontas Costume.  This is rich is culture and history and is ideal as a family-friendly outfit. These […]The post Indian Halloween Costumes for Women appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Smart Digital Calorie Counting Scales

    Jay B
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Being healthy is on everyone’s mind these days. Everyone wants to be sure of having a balanced diet and consuming the right and appropriate calories, carbs , proteins and so on. But most times it is extremely hard to keep track of the nutritional value of our meals. The Orange Chef Co. Smart Food Counting […]The post Smart Digital Calorie Counting Scales appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
  • Creative Food Photos

    Jay B
    28 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Creative Food Photos showcases some stunning work done by creative professionals to arrange food in very artistic ways and transformed with photography skills.  Photo manipulation is used to create the end result which looks stunning and recreates the artist’s imagination. In this post we will look at photo manipulations with food such as fruits, milk, […]The post Creative Food Photos appeared first on InspirationsWeb.
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    Beta Motivation » Everything

  • ❼ How I Became Christian

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I like to share something about my faith every year around Christmas time. This year, I’m sharing the story about how I became Christian. Enjoy! xp Prefer to Read? Click Here So here’s the deal My mom is Christian and my dad is muslim. Growing up, I never had to go to church and I never had to go to mosque. I could basically do whatever I wanted. …until one holiday when i decided that i wanted to go to London. I really wanted to go because we had 3 months off school and I didn’t want to be at home, bored out of my mind. So I asked my parents if i could go to London…
  • ❼ The Best Highlights of 2014 and the Vision for 2015

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I just want to share with you some of the best highlights that have happened this year as well as the vision for 2015. Hope you like it. Prefer to Read? Click Here For those of you that are new here, Beta Motivation is a lifestyle blog for young adults that are passionate about making a difference. I started making videos consistently in 2013 and, since then, so many amazing things have happened. 2013 2013 was the year that I launched the course, How to Make a Blog that Makes a Difference. I was getting so many questions about that kind of course so I just jumped in and did it. I was…
  • ❼ 5 Things Every Workaholic Should Know About the Holiday Season

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    This is a list I wrote for myself when I realized just how much I suck at holidays. I spend 10 months out of the year relentlessly focused on having faith, traveling more, having money, and making a difference. I get up before the sun and I work until the moon comes out. But somewhere around November ending, the entire world seems to slow into a thick crawl. I’m suddenly expected to take a chill pill, sleep in, take 3 day weekends, and get excited about jello, turkey, and chubby men wearing the same red suit from 1959. This list has helped me this year. I hope it helps you too. 1.
  • ❼ The Very Sweet Outcome of Complaining about Sweet Potatoes

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    This morning, I caught myself complaining because the Sweet Potatoes I cooked for Mr Beta Mo was enough to last only 3 days instead of 5 days. I wanted it to last 5 days because I like efficiency and cooking during the week is not efficient. Of course, I didn’t complain out loud. I’m a good person. Good people don’t complain out loud. So I did it in my mind instead. Outwardly content but inwardly complaining. This thing of complaining inside my mind is something that God has really been convicting me about recently. Actually, I blame James MacDonald. He’s the one that…

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Today, I am here to make a MASSIVE announcement. I’ve basically been waiting all year to be able to tell you this. Enjoy! xo Prefer to Read? Click Here My book is finally written!!! The launch date is March 23, 2015. The reason I chose this date is that it’s my brother’s birthday. I figured that if my mother can push out an entire human being on that day, then surely I can pull of launching a book on that date. The tentative title of the book is “Story, Story” The reason I titled the book that way is because, well, it’s a story. It’s not a “how…
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    Wish Me Love

  • The Mystery of Life and Death

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

    wish me love
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve sat down for the past 3 weeks to write a post and each time I’ve come up with a blank screen. When I sat down this week I decided to get real with myself and acknowledge the reason, I’ve been attempting to write something inspirational when the undercurrent of my emotions this month has been only sadness. I’ve made the vulnerable decision to write about whats real. During this sadness, which was for a couple of weeks a full blown depression, I’ve thought a lot about Robin Williams and what we have in common. It took me three years to inform my therapist that the two decades…
  • Your Children Are Not Your Slaves

    wish me love
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s important to allow bad parenting to end with your childhood and resist passing primitive behaviors to the next generation. Recently I was on a shadow talk call led by Kelley Kosow of the Ford Institute for Transformational Training. This call was surprisingly announced just a couple days after my last post about my recent birthday experience and it just so happened to be all about birthday’s and what gets in the way of us celebrating our lives. Not surprisingly, given the synchronicity, I ended up having a pretty big breakthrough.  During one part of the call we did what is…
  • This Thing Called Connection…

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

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

  • Compassion for Others; Compassion for Ourselves

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

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I know that I wrote about how the Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be project began in my “Adventures in Publishing” post some time ago (Click here to read)  but I have been reflecting... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • The Red Button version of The War of the H.G. Wells

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Just to bring everyone up to date. In my next book, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character—The Source, who was Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) eons ago finds herself in the world of the... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
  • Our Dearly Departed Joan Rivers ... Can We Talk?

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    For weeks, I've been writing profiles for my forthcoming book on Eris, of famous provocateurs and connections in their natal charts with dwarf planet Eris. Naturally, Joan Rivers was among those... CLICK ON LINK TO READ FULL POST
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    Pi values!

  • Lessons for a father - Wisdom Or Wealth?

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrThere used to, in the south of India, live a kid called Ramalingam. One day he was given the boon to choose between wealth and wisdom. He had to drink from one of the 2 bowls (each signifying either wealth or wisdom). He mixed the contents and drank them and thus became wise and wealthy and became famous by the name of Tenali Raman. There are a lot of stories about him that we, in India, read and listen to while growing up.While watching the series with my son now, I realized that the question and what Tenali Raman did were very pertinent. Given a choice, what would most…
  • Lessons for a father - The Softness Of Familiarity

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Image Courtesy: FlickrOur son loves playing on the carpet. Its softness allows him to be himself and play without a lot of physical risk. Whether it is a "perfectly" executed somersault or walking around on all fours, he loves it because it is something he has grown up with. It is familiar. It is friendly and it is always there.On our trip to India this month, there were multiple instances where, quite unlike his home in the USA, there weren't any carpets. There were hard tiles and somersaults on tiles hurt. Jumping off stairs onto hard floors is not as soft as well. Instead of discouraged by…
  • Lessons for a father - The Great Indian Wedding

    30 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    If you have never participated in an Indian wedding, I would highly recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience. A good Indian wedding is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have.  There is an abundance of everything. A multitude of colors greet you, warmth accompanies you and the food leaves a lasting impression. The Gods visit and stay to make sure us puny humans are doing things right. What continues to be the most important, however, is the people element.An Indian wedding can either be a dream or a nightmare. The logistics involved, alone, can break a person.
  • Lessons for a father - The Art Of Making It Work

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrI was having a conversation with my Dad a few days ago. The conversation involved stories of his growing  up days in our native town. One of those stories was how his studies (which, incidentally, helped him become one of the top doctors in the country) had to revolve around all the chores that any farming family have to do on a daily basis.The story goes thus. Being the youngest of his brothers and sisters, and part of a joint family, there was a lot to do. Work started before the sun came up and ended, usually, way after the sunset. In between, there was school to…
  • Lessons for a father - This Too Shall Pass!

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Image Courtesy: FlickrEver heard of that famous king that asked for wisdom in the form of words that always held true? The wise people of his court came up with: "This Too Shall Pass!". There are multiple variations of the story but the wisdom behind the statement still holds true.Rudyard Kipling, in his memorable "If", mentioned both Triumph and Disaster as imposters. His reference was to our successes and failures in life and how they both go hand in hand and never stay constant. The king's wisdom to accept the phrase was corroborated in this piece of fine poetry.The case of resting on our…
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    Serene Reflection

  • A Prayer To Restore Faith

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

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post may disturb those inclined towards compulsive positive thinking.  But it is likely to provide much needed relief to those who feel stretched and pressured by this kind of an expectation.  For myself, I have found that calling a spade a spade (and a rose a rose!) brings immense ease.  So much of our energy is spent in denial and suppression of our thoughts and feelings.  This very avoidance keeps alive and persistent that which we wish to run from.  As also the consequent self- judgment and perpetual exhaustion.  For when we cannot control what we experience, we end up feeling…
  • 9 Clearing Statements To Address The Fear Of Uncertainty

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    How much more energy would become available to you if you were to become comfortable with not knowing?   How much more ease and flow would be yours if you could navigate times of uncertainty with patience and grace? Most of us have a deep desire for control. Deliberately, or otherwise, we attempt to anticipate outcomes and take preemptive action against everything we have labeled undesirable.  There are two factors that are relevant here: The first is that our labels of right and wrong, or good and bad, come from our limited knowledge and understanding.  They are entirely based on past…
  • Poems: Bridging The Illusory Divide

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Love is unconditional. It has no beginning, nor end. It cannot be switched on or off Much as one may pretend. Relationships are a different thing There is a ‘you’, and ‘me’, and a ‘we’ there Either bridges are built together, Then sustained with attentive care, Or to neglected ruin they fall Unable to accommodate Conflicting needs and wants, Routine wear and tear To confuse the two Is to err Love is synonymous with being Flow, a background that is just there To ground it in the day to day living together One has to become present, responsive, aware, Remembering the choices,…
  • Beyond Drama

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Victim, Villain, Hero, Sage. Captivating roles that keep us engaged. What would it be like to see the long repeating patterns in our relationships in a different light? What would it be like to be free of these old, habitual stories and their consequent drama and trauma? I shared the poem below on Facebook a few days back and it struck a chord with many of the readers. Based on their response, I feel that tapping it in with EFT may be helpful, in resigning from any dramatic roles one may have auditioned or signed up for, and choosing freedom instead. We seek the exact match To the frequency…
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    Live Well - Mind Fuel Daily

  • Defining Your Unique Purpose

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. -Herman MelvilleMany people live motivated primarily by safety. They find routines and approaches and rarely step outside of them. Many work that corporate job every day following the orders, finishing the work, and earning the raises. It all seems well, except there is a one glaring feeling in the background.Everything is being done right but dissatisfaction reigns.This discontent arises from succeeding at imitation instead of our original purposes. When you take a path and choose goals to impress other people, you are…
  • Let Good Events Change Your Brain

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist, long-time Buddhist dharma teacher, and best-selling author of "Buddha's Brain," writes about how "taking in the good" can change our brains. We have a built-in bias, he explains, to notice negative things more than we notice positive things. This inborn trait was useful back when our ancient ancestors lived in caves, when it was important to be able to quickly identify and remember threats such as hungry tigers and poisonous plants. Now, though, devoting so much of our attention to negative events doesn't serve us. It only makes us feel bad.You can counteract…
  • Connecting To Body and Emotions Through Dance

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    It’s no secret that dancing is good for the body. Whether you are gyrating to the latest hip-hop sounds or waltzing across the dance floor, dancing can be an effective form of endorphin-releasing cardiovascular exercise. Choreographed dance can also be an intense expression of creativity. But, there’s another benefit of dancing that everyone can take advantage of, and you don’t need to take a class, or even know the difference between a pirouette and the cabbage patch to experience it.Many of us have a difficult time expressing emotion. For some, it is something we struggle with…
  • A Village of 100 People

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    We now live in a world with more then 7 billion people. And if we could condense this population of 7 billion into a single village of 100 people, the results would look something like this…There would be 50 males and 50 females.There would be 26 children and 74 adults.There would be 60 Asians, 15 Africans, 11 Europeans, and 14 people from the Western Hemisphere.There would be 70 non-whites, and 30 whites.There would be 70 non-Christians, and 30 Christians.Over 10% of the village would identify themselves as gay.More than half of the village’s wealth would rest in the hands of just 6…
  • Connect by Letting Go

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Often when we are with other people, we don't fully experience being with them. Our minds are too busy judging, comparing and making plans. This mental chatter pulls us out of the moment and takes us away from the person we are with.If you let go of the clutter in your mind, you can be with other people just as they are in the moment. Not only will this be more satisfying to you, but also the people you are with will notice, perhaps on an unconscious level, that being with you feels different from and better than before. Paying full attention is a gift that many people will deeply appreciate.
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    Sad and Love Picture

  • Let Your 2015be a year full of positive

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The post My best friend sees in me appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love yourself. Forgive yourself

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” The post Love yourself. Forgive yourself appeared first on Sad and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saying goodbye is the most painful

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:02 pm
    “Saying goodbye is the most painful way of solving a problem.” The post Saying goodbye is the most painful 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

  • The Truth of Objects

    Matt Catlett
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Just outside my front door, there are three objects that don’t belong. They have been there for quite some time. One is a coat hanger laying on the outside table. Another is a bathroom rug set to dry on the deck fence. The last is a ball sitting in a planter. They’re annoying when I’m [&hellip The post The Truth of Objects appeared first on Programming Life.
  • The Cultivation of Happiness

    Matt Catlett
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Happiness is the natural state for people, as difficult as our individual life journeys may be. It is not some imagined future after you no longer need to work, and it’s not some cinematic memory from your childhood. You’re supposed to be happy right here, right now. Of course, many of us don’t feel like [&hellip The post The Cultivation of Happiness appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Manifesting Affirmation: 4 Points

    Matt Catlett
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    This manifesting affirmation is a positive redefinition of how you appear in the world, focusing on how you handle energy and your connection to the divine source. These are both important aspects of the cultivation of happiness. It is an internal exercise – it is not something you should attempt to do while you’re reading [&hellip The post Manifesting Affirmation: 4 Points appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Driving Out The Human

    Matt Catlett
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Many people who have been wounded can’t forgive. They lash out with fear everywhere, becoming aggressors so they can never again be victims. There are many who are disgusted by themselves because others told them to be. They mock all honest effort so they’ll never again be the lowest social order. There are those who [&hellip The post Driving Out The Human appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Virtue and Inner Experiences

    Matt Catlett
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    You and I wander in this wide world when we’re awake. When we dream, we’re in a different place – a place commonly understood to be less “real” because it’s less shared. My dream world is not your dream world. Between wakefulness and dream sleep, there are layers of other experiences… the visions we behold [&hellip The post Virtue and Inner Experiences appeared first on Programming Life.
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • 60 Deep Questions To Ask Yourself To Create “Aha” Moments

    Barrie Davenport
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Questions are powerful. They force answers. Compelling questions force us to think deeply and examine ourselves. Sometimes they challenge our beliefs about what we “know” to be true. As a coach, I use thoughtful questions to help clients elicit insights, uncover buried beliefs, and reach conclusions about who they are and what they want for… Continue Reading… The post 60 Deep Questions To Ask Yourself To Create “Aha” Moments appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • What Is Mindfulness? Find Out In My New Book

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    I suffered with it for years. At times it was debilitating. Sometimes it made me physically ill. I’m sure there are times when you deal with it too. Stress and anxiety. The feeling of overwhelm. A racing heart. Unexplained dread. Looping thoughts. Panicky feelings. Exhaustion. Life IS stressful. All of the normal, everyday stimuli, demands, and deadlines alone… Continue Reading… The post What Is Mindfulness? Find Out In My New Book appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 12 Proven Habits Of Happy People

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    When I was in my twenties, I wrote a happiness list. I remember clearly writing the list and believing once I attained those things, I would feel content and free to enjoy life. I’m embarrassed to tell you everything I put on the list. It seems so materialistic to me now. But let’s just… Continue Reading… The post 12 Proven Habits Of Happy People appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Loving Kindness: The Path To Joy And Inner Peace

    Barrie Davenport
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    A guest post by Daniel Zandt of Stillminds. As a society, we spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to be happy. Take the burgeoning field of positive psychology, which seeks to lead us on the path to exceptional mental health, not just freedom from disorder. We don’t want to simply survive…. Continue Reading… The post Loving Kindness: The Path To Joy And Inner Peace appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • How To Love Yourself: 20 Ways To Cultivate Self-Worth

    Barrie Davenport
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is it that we have such a hard time loving ourselves? Even when we know in our heads we are worthy, we don’t feel it in our hearts. We don’t believe it when a loved one says, “You’re beautiful, smart, and capable.” Instead, we believe that little inner voice whispering, “You’re ugly, stupid,… Continue Reading… The post How To Love Yourself: 20 Ways To Cultivate Self-Worth appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
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  • Love Is

    JJ Wong
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:39 am
      Aarti Khurana – Love is Love is when you keep coming back in each others arms despite the fights, despite the arguments, despite the mood swings and despite all the mess in your life…. Just because you are mentally, soulfully and spiritually compatible. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Muhammad Ali Life Courage Quotes

    JJ Wong
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Muhammad Ali Life Courage Quotes He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Life Lesson Quotes

    JJ Wong
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Life Lesson Quotes The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson, don’t give up in the middle. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • You Are Everything Quotes

    JJ Wong
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Don’t ever think you’re nothing because somewhere along the line, there’s going to be someone who thinks you’re everything. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Never Give Up Quote

    JJ Wong
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Never Give Up Quote Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but worse to regret. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • The Difference Between a Zen Master and You

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

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

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Interesting realizations can enter my mind in the most random situations. It's not true that we can only learn while meditating, reading or listening to someone super-smart.I was watching a Korean drama the other day, which had a typical evil character. You know, the one who thinks he's a big man because he punches if you say something he doesn't like. This type of character is, of course, incredibly unrealistic, but extremely realistic at the same time. It's unrealistic, because these characters are usually not explained, and there's seemingly no reason for their behavior, and, of course, no…
  • Facing Life with a Smile: Learning to Allow

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Life is constantly flowing, and we are flowing together with it. If we are not holding onto something that is.We all want peace in our lives. For us to have peace, it is important to be aware of some facts of life. One of these facts is that nothing ever stays the same.I remember being in trouble with this one, because I didn't agree with the assumption that nothing ever lasts. "Real love lasts forever!" I refuted. Yes, I'm one of those people.I grew to realize that "change" does not mean "fade away." Like Einstein stated, nothing in this world ever disappears; it simply changes form.Love,…
  • The Dreaded Opinion of Others: How Not to Crumble

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Humans have a hard time defining their worth. We desperately try to search for every slightest bit of information we can see our own reflections in. The need for us to define ourselves is one of the biggest hardships we will ever have to face; an endless ride that throws us down from the highest mountain in a matter if seconds.We can be so sure of the worth of what we're doing, how we're living our lives, and then comes one little comment or criticism and we're suddenly doubting everything.There is a line between refusing to change our ways and being confident in our worth, and finding that…
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  • Sol Fest To Open With Global Peace and Prosperity Ceremony

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    On December 22nd, the Sol Fest will be in full swing.  The opening event is a special peace and prosperity ceremony. All who participate in a powerful group energy which will be directed to key locations, cities, countries which are war torn, environmentally unstable and full of economic uncertainty. A lightfeatured Continue reading The post Sol Fest To Open With Global Peace and Prosperity Ceremony appeared first on .
  • Sol Fest Goa: A Transformation Celebration

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    No matter where you are in Goa, you dont want to miss this celebration: Sol Fest: A Transformation Celebration. Offered at the Love Temple in Arambol, the festival is one of the Omatrix Productions offered by Babaji Maharaj and Brooke Hart designed to empower, enlighten, energize and elevate. What Isfeatured Continue reading The post Sol Fest Goa: A Transformation Celebration appeared first on .
  • Om Mani Padmi Hum

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Om Mani Padmi Hum.  May we all live as one again.  A musical meditation and mantra from Babaji Maharaj to focus the heart center and to open the chakras to a greater, golden age.   The post Om Mani Padmi Hum appeared first on .
  • Nectar or Poison?

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The quality of life exists in various ratios.  In college you may study and be awarded different degrees in academia.   The greatest student is one who is well versed in life.  The real knowledge that we acquire comes through direct experience. We may have negative or positive experiences onfeatured Continue reading The post Nectar or Poison? appeared first on .
  • How To Awaken the Greatest You: Exclusive Interview

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Join Babaji Maharaj and Steve Toth of Conscious Evolution Media for a 1 hour interview. Maharaj speaks about awakening the super you, reaching super conscious states and his personal evolution into enlightnment. The post How To Awaken the Greatest You: Exclusive Interview appeared first on .
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    Soul Sherpa

  • Snapshots of Hampi, India

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

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

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

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Goa is blessed with an enormous bounty of culinary treats. People from all over come here, fall in love with the easy breezy tropical vibe, and many decide to make this their home. Naturally then, their cuisine travels with them and plenty of people open shacks and restaurants, offering food from wherever “back home” happens to be. As a result, there’s almost no cuisine you can’t find here. As many chefs are natives of different places, the food is that much more authentic and flavorsome. Not all of it is great though.  What is extraordinary however, is the culinary lovechild of…
  • 100 Rules of Happiness: Rule 79

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Initiate meaningful conversations.When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone? More often than not, people land up making conversations about mundane stuff, gossip or things they can’t even remember. So while you don’t need to make each conversation deep and insightful, you must have adequate meaningful conversations with everyone you share  a relationship with. Truly get to “know” the people you interact with .  Ask them about their lives and listen fully to what they are saying. Appreciate their sharing, ask the right questions, show genuine…
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  • Beautiful Drawings by Viktor Miller-Gausa

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    Viktor Miller-Gausa is a talented illustrator, designer and art director based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Related Posts:Beautiful Drawings by Pierre Yves RiveauBeautiful Drawings by Artem Rhads ChebohaDrawings by Hana JangDrawings by Laura EddyCharacter Illustrations by Ekaterina Frolova
  • Hand Folded Photography by Laura Plageman

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Laura Plageman is an artist and educator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Her images explore the relationships between the process of image making, photographic truth and distortion, and the representation of landscape. She is interested in making pictures that examine the natural world as a scene of mystery, beauty, and constant change – transformed both by human presence and by its own design. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions across the United States and internationally. She earned a BA at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and an MFA from the California…
  • Creative Paintings by Ole Fick

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Ole Fick is a talented artist and illustrator, who was born in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark in 1948. He trained as a graphic designer / artist at the Academy of Free and Commercial art. During the years designing posters, CD cover art for the Danish rock and folk scene and theater. The poster for “Festival of Fools” is released as Post Denmark stamp in 2003. In a 10 year period satirical cartoonist for the danish tabloid, Ekstra Bladet. Cartoons today satire to the magazin Svikmøllen. Has illustrated a variety of children’s and youth books. Ole Fick is for a lot of people also…
  • Amazing Watercolour Paintings by Jason Edmiston

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A commercial illustrator since 1996, Jason Edmiston has created work for advertising, editorial, packaging and book publishing clients internationally. He is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolour paper or wood panel. His style ranges from realism to exaggeration, usually emphasizing the figure, and a certain degree of humour or caricature. Jason is often asked to emulate a specific genre of illustration, such as movie posters, pulp covers or retro style advertising. His fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys often creep into his work. Related Posts:Watercolor…
  • Digital Illustrations by Nikita Veprikov

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Nikita Veprikov is a talented 25 years old illustrator and digital artist, who based in Kremenchug, Ukraine. Related Posts:Illustrations by Waldemar KazakIllustrations by Tommy ArnoldIllustrations by Archan NairCharacter Illustrations by Ilya KuvshinovDigital Illustrations by Diego L. Rodriguez
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    Positively Positive

  • What I Know at 40 That I’d Tell Myself at 20

    Skylar Liberty Rose
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    Picture yourself in your mind’s eye twenty years ago. Who do you see? What shaped your world at that time? If you could go back to that instant, what would you say to your younger self? I’ve been considering this very thing for the past few days as approaching the close of the year is often a time for reflection. Here are some of the things my 40 year self would have liked to have told my 20 year self. 1) You are good enough. It’s important so I’ll say it again. You are good enough. Even when you think you’re not and especially when you’re told that you…
  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

    Hayley Hobson
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    You may have read my blog a few years ago called, “Yes, I Used to be a B*tch” It was about lack of sleep. Which usually means stress.  Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. I was barely surviving in LA just after leaving my six-figure job as a lawyer. I had no money and I was completely stressed out. Every night, I went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 1am and couldn’t get back to sleep. It was ridiculous. I’d wake up, and with my eyes still closed, guess the time on my digital alarm clock. 1:03? 1:05? 1:07?  I usually nailed it on the head. It was kind of a joke I…
  • Are You Stressed Out About Time?

    Terri Cole
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Timeliness is an interesting concept and it seems every person has their own relationship to it. Some people operate on the belief that if they are not early they are late. (Me!) Others somehow endlessly miscalculate the amount of time it will take to get from point A to point B. This causes stress and can sabotage relationships and promising careers. I believe that being on time can be a powerful part of the foundation for being successful. Yet I know many of you truly struggle with making it happen. Although I believe punctuality is important, being stressed out about time, whether you are…
  • Three Steps to a Low-Stress, High-Joy Holiday Season

    Christine Carter
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    This morning on the way to school, the kids turned on the radio hoping to hear Christmas carolson the station known for holiday music. It’s the holidays! they exclaimed with excitement. This is, at least to the kids, the most wonderful time of the year. Many adults love the idea of the holidays more than their actual experience of them–mostly because their list of holiday-related tasks and obligations outweighs the joy of it all. So that I can actually enjoy the holidays, I’ve devised the three-part plan below. Step One: Prioritize connection. ‘Tis the season” for…
  • If you wait until you are ready, it is almost certainly too late.

    Positively Positive
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation (They Do This Instead) Are You Chronically Late? 8 Tips for Showing Up on Time Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. Talk doesn’t cook rice.
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    Get Motivated

  • Eleven quotes to motivate your day

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Start your day with motivational and inspirational thoughts then go ahead and apply into action. You can do anything you want and you may never imagine you can not as long as you stick long enough to... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Today not tomorrow

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    A good idea implemented today is much better than a great idea implemented tomorrow. Just do it today, think today, plan today and start your action immediately. I don't know what tomorrow may brings... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Most Inspiring quotations

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    most inspiring words and quotes^_^ Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • five motivational and inspiring quotes

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
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  • A few words can change a person's life

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    A few words can change a person's life, make sure to choose the best words at a situation. People are rude, bad, cold and sometimes evils. However, behind such clouds, there may also be kindness,... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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  • You are an Artist. Make Art.

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    by Sarah Rudell Beach{medium: my kids’ watercolors and magic marker, on a piece of cardboard from the Christmas card box} “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” “I am SO not an artist!” “I have many talents, but art is not one of them.” My whole life, I’ve told myself variations of these statements, insisting that I am NOT AT ALL ARTISTIC and I DON’T DO ANYTHING CREATIVE. I dreaded art classes in school because the blank canvases and unmolded clay terrified me — I need to fill this space? I need to create something with…
  • The Day of Rest

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Day of Rest Sometimes I think it’s funny we call Sunday the day of rest. For after a day of laundry and cleaning and shopping and planning I don’t feel very rested. I swiffer my kitchen floor and smile at how silly it all seems– I clean and work and shop and cook today so that I may begin again tomorrow, dirtying the clothes and messing up the kitchen and eating the food. Where is the space between the cleaning and the dirtying, the acquiring and the consuming? Where is the rest? And then I think… maybe Sunday is about a different kind of rest: Sunday is full of what…
  • Sleigh Bells Ring. Are You Listening?

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? It’s not only Christmas season, but Christmas carol season. I am a HUGE Christmas music junkie. I start using the scan button on my car radio in early November, hoping that the Black Friday Creep virus will mutate and infect the radio stations and they’ll start decking the halls on election day. I love driving to work listening to gorgeous songs about goodwill to men and peace on earth while stars shine and angels sing and saviors are born on silent and holy nights. My absolute favorite Christmas songs are the ones that are deeply religious —…
  • 10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Mindful

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the hap-happiest season of all,” but sometimes all the marshmallow toasting and parties for hosting and excessive snow-blowing leave us … less than glowing. We officially launch the holiday season this week — Thanksgiving, Black Fri- Thursday?, gay happy meetings, and lots of good eatings. What if we made it the Most Mindful Time of the Year? We could ALL be of good cheer! Even with those crazy loved ones so near! Read on for my suggestions to make Thanksgiving mindful — I’ve got…
  • Honoring the Ambivalence of Motherhood

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness.”   Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born As a culture, we’re talking a lot more about the mixed feelings of parenthood. Jennifer Senior’s recent All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is all about the “high frequency sine curve” of parenting, as we surf through ups and downs at incredible speed. Her book was inspired by social science research…
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  • Hidden Fortune In A Positive Attitude   Recently updated !

    Alecia Lawrence
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Attitude is everything. What approach do you choose when faced with an experience whether pleasant or unpleasant? Are you looking for the opportunities or the lessons or are you consumed by what’s not working? The secret is what you choose to focus on will create your outcome. Your attitude is intertwined with your choice on how you truly see the […]
  • 7 Keys To Locking In Your New Success Habit   Recently updated !

    Alecia Lawrence
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Its no secret that successful people tend to have the same habits. Which means you would have to adopt similar habits in order to ease your way as you continue to take action towards creating the life you desire. Yep, easier said than done. You might find it really challenging to implement new success habits into your regular routine. As […]
  • Insider Secrets To Never Working Again

    Alecia Lawrence
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You are probably thinking the same thing I was thinking when I was first introduced to the concept of never working again. What? Is it really possible…I had visions of me on the beach in Hawaii on a permanent vacation. However, the concept of never working again goes deeper than your life feeling like a permanent vacation. Honestly, you can […]
  • Big Decisions And A New Direction   Recently updated !

    Alecia Lawrence
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One of the biggest blocks between you and your dream is to have the courage to start. You may have a fear of failure or fear of the unknown or just don’t feel like you are ready to go in that particular direction. However, sometimes god/source/universe… that higher power has a whole different plan in store for you and is […]
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Future

    Alecia Lawrence
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As a creature of habit, one of the most difficult things for you to handle is change. You my be familiar with phrases like, ‘Why can’t things stay the same?’ or ‘I wish things could go back to the way its was’. However the reality is, something has got to change if you want your future to look different. This […]
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    Every Day Getting Better

  • Life is like a camera

    Ryan Wakefield
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Life is like a camera, focus on what’s important & you’ll capture it perfectly.
  • and never look back

    Ryan Wakefield
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t fear tomorrow or regret the past, live for whats now and never look back.
  • Smile

    Ryan Wakefield
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
  • 2014 in search

    Ryan Wakefield
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    We Google everything – and in 2014 we searched more than a trillion times.  Google did a great job of reminding us of the year with their video (see below), but they also did a great job putting the highlights together on A Year in Search.  
  • MJ on a teams focus

    Ryan Wakefield
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    “I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.”
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  • Positivity can do Miracles

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
          Positive Thinking is the key to live a Happy Life. If you are positive in your daily work and daily life then you will surely love your life so much that you will never escape from it.      But here, the question arrives that “How to stay Positive in life when life comes in front of you and push you down every time?” Well, the answer to that question is in the question itself. When life tries to push you down every time, then at that moment all you have to do is stop complaining and carry on with your work. No matter how hard it seems but when you…
  • Follow your Heart

    8 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
          One thing that you should all keep in your mind is that whatever you do in your life, you should do it with all your heart and not because you want to show off. We all are in that trap of Rat Race, where everyone wants to run and run and compete with others and do this and that. But the thing which a lot of people don't understand is that even if you win that race you still a Rat. So, what's the use of winning that race when in the end you are still a rat? Also, a lot of people say that when they become something in life and start earning some money, then they will follow…
  • Overcoming the Stress

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
          Stress, a word, an action or someone's life. If I ask someone to explain what stress is and tell him to describe it, he wouldn't be able to. My question to you is how can you feel/get something and keep practicing it, when you simply can't even explain it?. A lot of people maybe opposing to the above but let's take an example, If I ask you Why are you hungry? or What is hunger? then within minutes you would be able to answer me with great detail and also some of you would show me some practical demonstration for it. So let me tell you what stress really is and how you can…
  • Humanity

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
          I had came across this video and thought to share it with you guys. We should use social media to share happiness and maintain peace rather than spreading hatred in this world and towards each other. We all live in one world and what makes us Humans is humanity. Just because of some bad people doing some bad things in this world doesn't make everyone bad. Humanity is the virtue by which humans have evolved so much in this world. If we remove humanity from human beings then there will be not a single difference between humans and animals.      Share…
  • Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
          Successful people in every field are often said to be "Blessed with talent" or even just lucky. But the truth is, many worked harder than the average person could ever imagine. From Executives like Howard Schultz to the athletes like Michael Jordan, these people are known for waking up early and working towards a goal while other people are still in bed, and staying later than everyone else too. Here are some examples of the successful people who have worked hard in order to achieve their goal,      Michael Jordan, though he has got prodigious physical…
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  • Seventh Commandment of Success: Make and Take Opportunities

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

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

    Jason Low
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I wonder. Am I the only one who has the fear of taking the first step? Even for little matters that wouldn’t change a thing. After taking a look at people around me, I realize I’m not the only one who has this problem. As far as I can see, the problem is clearer when we encounter crossroads where the next decision could change a major part of our lives.   The first step is the hardest Planning, anticipating and visualizing the result and consequences before making any decision is important so that we can better prepare ourselves when things make a small unexpected turn. But…
  • Problems Suck 2 – Dealing with Difficult People

    Chris Rither
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Those difficult people are driving me mad. They make me so angry. I just want to… Sound familiar? Well it should, because this probably has crossed your mind more than you’d like to admit. This by far has to be one of the most sucky problems of all. When the problem is some inanimate object, or difficult situation, then it’s usually easy to fix the inanimate object, or try to change the direction of a situation. However, when dealing with difficult people changing that person requires their willingness to change. Trying to “fix” a person is nearly impossible, and…
  • Facebook Friends… Really?

    Chris Rither
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
     Friends? In a Facebook world of easy and instant communication, we can be lead to believe we have many friends. Having friends is a good thing, but it is the epitome of naivety to believe that because we have 500 people on some social network that we have many friends or found success. If you doubt lets look at an example from children. “If we think having 500 friends on some social network makes us important, or successful, we are probably wasting our time, and have 490 too many.” Examples from children Many children believe that anyone who talks to them is instantly a friend.
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  • Why Do You Let Fear Sabotage Your Life?

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

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happiness is perhaps the most important thing to most people. Unfortunately, finding it is an endless pursuit that many never achieve. Almost every common avenue to happiness, including wealth, power, and fame, inevitably leads to frustration, sorrow, and unhappiness. No matter how successful you are, there are things to give up to be happy. These […]
  • How to Stop Over Thinking Everything: 10 Simple Habits

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Do you often feel that you spend a lot of time in over thinking things? Are you in a habit of over thinking before you make any decisions in life? Is over thinking becoming a major problem of your life? Are your family members suffering from lack of good things like owning a vehicle because […]
  • 5 Easy Steps to Create Abundance in Your Life

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Have you ever found yourself day dreaming about a life which is full of abundance? A life where you don’t have to worry about paying your bills, feeling lonely or having to live with regrets? If you answered “yes”, the good news it that it’s possible to create abundance, in each area of your life […]
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  • How to Throw an Awesome Christmas Dinner Party

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

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

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    Your son or daughter has been at college for the past few months, and whether it was their first semester away or their sixth, they’re sure to be looking forward to coming home for the holidays. Keep in mind that they have developed their own routine at college. Returning home can feel as much like visiting a foreign land as it does like taking a break. Below are a few things you can do to make sure you and your college student are comfortable. Wash Their Sheets No matter how cleanly you taught them to be, you can be certain that your student’s sheets did not get washed at college as…
  • Soldier’s Hero Dog ‘Stolen’ By Military

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    For one vet coming back from a combat zone, his welcome home was a rude awakening. Under Army Regulations, the young Spc could adopt the dog he had worked with and brought back from the warzone. But instead of a happy ending, the soldier found the dog adopted out to someone else and is being threatened if he doesn’t stop talking about this miscarriage of justice. Read the full article here: Soldier’s hero dog ‘stolen’ by military | New York Post The post Soldier’s Hero Dog ‘Stolen’ By Military appeared first on - Photo Gifts.
  • For 95-Year-Old WWII Hero, One More Honor

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    At 95 years old, Joseph “Bob” Pocoroba is surprisingly active and has great recall–especially about the events in France in WWII. Now the bronze star recipient is being honored by the French government for his service and valor. The American proudly recalls the service he completed to earn him this honor and reminds us of the price that so many paid. Read the full article here: For 95-year-old WWII hero, one more honor | Military Times | The post For 95-Year-Old WWII Hero, One More Honor appeared first on - Photo Gifts.
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  • Burpee Madness

    Thad Peterson
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    One guy who has a bit of a complex (psycho) relationship with burpees is Joe DeSena, founder of the Spartan Race. In fact, Joe gave a TED talk in Boston called Burpees and the Art of Pool Maintenance. I’d recommend giving it a watch – if only to hear how many burpees Joe did in one evening. It is almost beyond belief. 
  • 100+ Bodyweight Fitness Routines

    Thad Peterson
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    I like to share little exercise tidbits as I come across them, and here’s one I came across the other day. While I’ve known for a long time that there are plenty of ways to do strength conditioning without weights or fancy equipment, I didn’t realize there was a name for it. But sure enough, there’s a name for everything, and this kind of exercise is known as “bodyweight fitness.” If the idea of working out without metal plates or barbells or kettle bells is interesting to you, a gentleman by the name of Nick Janvier put together this graphic with more than 100 different body…
  • The Weirdest Grassroots Fitness Movement in America: The November Project

    Thad Peterson
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Not long ago, at 5:30 AM on a Wednesday morning, I had a nearly-too-odd-to-fully-explain life experience.  It was at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Massachusetts, and it involved hundreds of people in shorts and sneakers, strangers hugging one another, a baby pig, a DJ cranking dance music, and running up and down those stadium stares until my legs were quivering too much to keep going. More on the hugging strangers and the DJ and the pig in a bit, but a similar scene is actually recreated every Wednesday morning at 5:30 and 6:30 AM when hundreds upon hundreds of people gather for one of…
  • Yoga - The Only Slightly Sweaty Kind

    Candace Hammond
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Usually when you read these kinds of things they’re all, I changed my life and it’s awesome! Things have never been better! But the thing is, I’m still in that sticky in-between place. I changed my life - big time, and it’s still in flux. Some days that feels okay, others it kind of stresses me out. Actually, more than kind of, it really stresses me out. I sold my home of 17 years nine months ago. I loved that house. If I could have married this house I might have. My former husband and I built it, and I picked every tile, every light fixture, every knob. When my life fell apart, not…
  • "I hated sweat"

    Veronica Costa
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In Brazil, the weather is near perfect for outdoor activity year round. So as a youngster growing up there, I spent a lot of time on the playground. But sadly, the playground was also my nemesis. Remember that kid on the playground who was always physically capable of doing monkey bars, handstands and cart wheels? I was NOT that kid! In fact I didn’t even try. Instead, I just ran around the park playing with the other kids who were like me—the ones who didn’t do all of the cool stuff.   Don’t get me wrong, I always loved sports, but I had no balance. No ability. No mobility. I did do…
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  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • Magic Mantra

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

    Academy for Creative Training
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    In life, as in cricket no one hits a six of every ball or gets a wicket of every ball. However a cricketer continues his quest with enthusiasm and hope. Yet the same person would often feel dejected, disheartened and disappointed when his/ her life is not smooth sailing. The difference lies in how one perceives his / her involvement in whatever one undertakes. When one is passionate and involved in one’s pursuits, we would be enthusiastic about it. Maintaining this enthusiasm holds the key to one being persistent, passionate and purposeful no matter what the situation, obstacles or failures…
  • Let the world change you for the better

    Academy for Creative Training
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    In the euphoria of youthful adolescence we aspire to be role models to others, hope to make a difference to the world around us and expect to leave our mark on the world. Over time with the experience we gain, the maturity one attains and the realization that we have limited control over the happenings and people around us, we make a tactical retreat from our lofty ideals. Yet, off and on we still try to impose our ideas, attempt to brow beat others to our point of view and fondly hope that we are making a substantial contribution in changing the world around us. In this process we do gain…
  • I am…

    Academy for Creative Training
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    ‘The question who am I?’ is one that every individual seeks an answer to. Yet very few of us get an answer that satisfies us. However we all get tips on who we possibly can be, who we can aim to be, the individual that we aspire to be and the individuality that we allow ourselves to occasionally bloom. One thing is common to all of us; our realisation that we are not perfect. We are forever dissatisfied with who we are; we keep hoping to change into someone better but without having a clear idea of the person we want to metamorphosis into. Shockingly many a successful person, as…
  • Have a cracker of a Diwali by bursting …

    Academy for Creative Training
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Diwali without crackers is never a Diwali. Yet, the awareness of pollution, the dangers that lurk in some types of crackers, the knowledge that a lot of child labour and inhuman labour conditions are prevalent in cracker manufacturing units and the understanding that crackers can be symbolic of the festival but not the heart and soul of the festival is slowly seeping into the psyche of people. Hopefully this awareness is spreading and encouraging people to cut down on bursting crackers during the Diwali festival. Diwali is also a good time to reflect on how to burn and bury some of our…
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  • Weight Loss Success Story – From Fat to Fit and Fab

    Awesome AJ
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    How far can you go against all odds? Can you fight against medical and physical challenges to shed 23 kg of weight naturally? Do you think you can chase your dreams when everyone else around you is pushing you down? If the questions mentioned above compel you to ask yourself, “Am I chasing my dreams against all odds? or Am I giving up on them?” then get ready to witness a journey that will inspire you. No matter where you are at this point in life, whether you are enjoying the spring of your life or you have lost your path in a desert on a summer afternoon or you are struggling in a…
  • Life Is Like A Camera, Focus On What You Want

    Awesome AJ
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Message From The Universe For You Think about life like a camera. Focus on the what’s important. Capture the good moments. Develop from the negative ones. And if you ever mess up or make a mistake, remember you can always take another shot. As long as your camera still has battery… as long as you’re still breathing… you can take another shot. Make most of your life, focus on your dreams and aspirations. Live in happiness and prosperity, improve from your problems and transform your mind, body and soul for yourself. You have Greatness within You. The Universe
  • Turn Your Failure Into Success : 11 Self-Talks Define Your Success Rate

    Awesome AJ
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Do you want to know, why you get success in some area of life and failed in others? Do you understand, what defines your success rate? If you are thinking your circumstances and people around you define your success rate, then that’s not true. Your circumstances and people have influence on your success but they are not the defining factors. Because what going inside you is more powerful than what happening outside. This post will help you understand what defines your success rate and how you can change that. If you understand this well, even you can transform your FAILURE into ABSOLUTE…
  • Your Decisions Shape Your Destiny

    Awesome AJ
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Message From The Universe For You Happiness is what you desire the most. May it be at work, in love life, in friend circle, in vacation, within mind and body, your most desired outcome is HAPPINESS. Though, happiness is available to all in abundant, yet you find difficult to experience it the most. This Universe is design in such a way that you will get what you want, but not just by wishful thinking but aligning your mind-body and soul to it. Happiness is what available all the time as a choice to you, yet wherever you are suffering means you are ignoring it. You are taking a different…
  • Stop Chasing People And Let Them Fall In Love With You

    Awesome AJ
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Message From The Universe For You So many people everyday chasing other people and not following their dreams.  Are you one of them? Some of you know what’s your dreams and desires are, but a broken relation is giving you so much pain that you have stop following your dreams. Many people have made a difficult relationship as the centre of their life. Don’t make someone else the centre of your universe but make yourself the centre. Yes, relationships are very very important in life and they have the highest priority, but they meant to give you happiness and freedom, but not pain and…
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  • Desires

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    DesiresWhen it's cold, we seek heatWhen it's hot, we seek coolWhen it's quiet, we seek livelinessWhen it's loud, we seek solitudeWhen in a relationship, we seek to be singleWhen single, we seek a relationshipWhen one desires a different circumstance,one loses the gratitude of the present moment.If one lives for tomorrow, one can never find peace.Source: photo credit: <a href="">kevin dooley</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">cc</a>
  • True Self

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    At this time, I feel as though we are withholding our own happiness unless one has the objects or status they wish to have to feel their own happiness.Too many times do I hear of people feeling unacceptable of themselves until they own a fancy car, having a big house, and a spouse who loves them dearly. To wish for these things are not wrong to feel, but when one associates their own well being towards the contrast of their happiness till one owns a certain status to the public's eyes, is to imprison ones self towards the judgement of others.Observing this phenomenon, one starts to realize…
  • Life is but a Dream

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Life is but a DreamLet us suppose that you are dreaming right now.Within this dream, it has created a certain sets of rules and values of itself to maintain the order and balance in such a way, it feels exactly as if one lives on planet Earth. One must eat, sleep, know the existence of gravity and so forth.Knowing that this is just a dream, and you will wake up back to reality once you pass away in this dream, how would you like to enjoy this experience?Source: photo credit: <a href="">jeronimoooooooo</a> via <a…
  • Strange Question by a Fourth Grader

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Today, I experienced a peculiar state of thought when a 4th grade girl asked me in an annoyed tone "Why are you smiling all the time?"I once watched a lecture on the different types of generations that are being brought up by the world with the events and circumstances we experience. If a country were to be focused on war, the younger generations grew older to become more orderly and more attentive, but be very restricted from thoughts and creativity. If another country were to focus on freedom, the younger generations learned more of themselves from free will and to express their true…
  • How to live a Happy and Peaceful Life

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    There comes a time when we stop to look at our lives, and start to wonder why our lives became so complicated.As dark as it sounds, the only things we really need to survive as humans is simply to eat, sleep, have sex and die just as animals do. But somewhere along the lines of humanity, we developed an egoic mind of wanting to stimulate itself by becoming selfish of our own desires, and have dominion over others by gaining control over sex, money, and power.Easily, a person could purchase goods whether that'd be purses, cars, coffee, if those goods will provide value to our lives; with no…
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  • 30 Inspirational Poems For Inspiration

    Boss Shb
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Human life is not bed of roses. Difficulty comes in every one’s life, those who work hard and face it with smiling face always win and those who sit silently and frightened to face the problem will always appear as loser. It is the problems which makes a person harder, make him bold and pure gold. C.S. Lewis says that “Hardship often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. A nation becomes great when they forget their past and only concentrate on their future and devote their all resources for the betterment and wellbeing of their peoples and in return the people of that…
  • 20 Cute And Innocent Baby Pictures

    Sania Ali
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    Children are blessings of God. Every family is incomplete with children. Babies cause happiness in family. People take care of their babies. People love to spend time with them. Babies also like to be with parents. They look after them and try their best to keep them satisfied and happy. They feel happy on their children every mischief. Babies are naturally very innocent. When they grow up a little, they start playing with toys. They like to play with children of their age. People like to see their children playing. Children need much attention of their parents. They do not know anything.
  • 20 Smart I Miss You Poems

    Boss Shb
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    Human nature is one of the most interesting things in the world. A person makes his affiliation of love and respect when he spends a time with other person. Love is a bonding force when it is created among persons then there become a covalent bond among the hearts and these hearts are always attracted to each other every time. When there is a separation among these hearts than a feeling is created which ask the persons to meet that person whom feeling of love is created. That feelings are usually called missing each other. That feeling of missing makes the person depressed and he becomes…
  • 25 Most Famous Quotes

    Nadia Afandi
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Life is the greatest gift. To spend life different thing matters. Rather we should say that to spend a happy life many things are important. At some stages we have to be confident. Sometimes in life we should be brave to face the challenge. Love, trust, honest and courage are the key parts of life. Life is also the composition of moments. Some moments are very pleasing and give happiness. Some are painful as well. So in life everyone needs some sort of inspiration and motivation to stand up. Quotes prove a best tool and powerful weapon to lead us in life. Quotes are written by great writers…
  • 20 Special Love Letters for Her

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Love the great things from all the things in life.Love brings many best thing life.When we have the relation of love between two people than these two people are the happiness person of the world.Life is nothing without love.When we have no relation of love in life than its very hard for us to live a life that makes us happy.Without love we may angry at other without any reason.Without love we are empty from inside as love teaches us many things in life.With love we can win the heart of others.With love we can make friends and with anger we may make many enemies in life.So Use your love in…
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  • My FAVE Blogger Tips, Tricks + Resources

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    It’s Friday morning, I’m at work an hour and a half early and I’m writing this post on my iPhone. “Who would go to work an hour and a half early on a Friday!?” you ask. Someone who moved into her new house (with her boyfriend) without a working shower and no internet, THAT’S WHO!!ANYWAY. I think it’s vitally important we talk about blogging in terms of using one to grow your business. I mean, how do you even create a blog? Seriously. If you’re brand new to this industry, where do you even begin?There are some incredible articles, posts and…
  • 10 Ways to De-Stress your Day Hour by Hour

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    We live in a world where being busy 24/7 is glamourised and feeling stressed has become something to boast about. Now, don’t get me wrong, a little stress, especially when it’s mixed with excitement just before a big challenge is totally fine and healthy, but if ‘stressed’ has become your day-to-day default state, it’s time to do something about it.This post is a collection of my 10 best stress-busting tips for everyday. Don’t feel like you need to do all of them, just pick 1 or 2 and see how you feel after a week!Read the rest of this article: Into-MindThe post 10 Ways to…
  • You Only Live Once (Quote)

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    Image from: DaimanuelThe post You Only Live Once (Quote) appeared first on Inspiring Dose.
  • What Advice Would You Give to Your 16-year-old Self?

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    I’d tell her that..Falling in love every 5 seconds is an admirable skill. But no boy will ever replace the Father you never had.Your dream to be a star on the silver screen is completely dignified and in no way stupid or “wishful thinking” as some relatives might say..But accept that you’ll change your mind 1,087,678 times and become passionate about shit you NEVER thought in a million years you’d go OCD over. *coughmarketingandcopywritingcough*Wait just one more year to have sex for the first time & make it really special.You become a pro at comebacks, but…
  • Ideas & Inspiration: Storing Clothes in Apartments with No Closets

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    So you’ve found the perfect apartment, with great light, in a great neighborhood, only — it doesn’t have any closets. You could throw away all of your clothes, or, if wearing the same outfit for the rest of your life sounds like too much of a sacrifice, you could check out some of these ideas (and beautiful inspiration photos) for storing clothes in an apartment with no closets.Read the rest of this article: Apartment Therapy The post Ideas & Inspiration: Storing Clothes in Apartments with No Closets appeared first on Inspiring Dose.
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  • One Question for GOD

    M.C. Simon
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
      Hi God! It’s me here. Lately, I was thinking a lot about you. I was wondering about You and my life up to now. Beyond any doubt, I enjoyed the ride! You gifted me with so many emotions for … Read the rest
  • 13 Writers Talking About Writing

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Ever since I have declared to my heart that I am a writer, the path of ups and downs had started. One day I feel like I am flying in Heaven and the next day the Abyss is opening up … Read the rest
  • Hypnosis and Mental Illness

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Hypnosis and Mental Illness By Lisa Scott   1 out of 5 Canadians will suffer from a mental illness in their life time. That’s about 4.5 million people. Only 43% of depressed adults will seek help. There are many mental … Read the rest
  • 3 Things You Should Do Before Using Feng Shui

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    To use the ancient technique of Feng Shui, we first need to know what it’s about. I will presume that you already know what Feng Shui is, and at the same time you already possess some knowledge of it. I … Read the rest
  • Who is a Writer?

    M.C. Simon
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Do you somehow think that a writer is someone who writes books; eventually best sellers? Wrong! Let me explain who is a writer! First, let us see what the definition says: a writer is a person who uses written words … Read the rest
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  • A Marijuana Documentary

    AD Upchurch (QuietCypher)
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Were you ever told that Marijuana kills brain cells, or that Marijuana can stunt your growth is some shape or fashion-its all hocus-pocus. Well, I found a documentary that will answer a lot of questions that you may have or de-bunk myths that were told. I am not an advocate for Marijuana, but one thing that I am is someone against a misinformed nation. Have a look at this shocking documentary that will expose a lot of the mis-information and propaganda about this miracle plant. Related articles across the web This Dad Gives His Sick Son Marijuana Extract. The Results… Mind-blowing!
  • Mind, Body, & Spirit – The Secret of Staying Young

    Diana Smith
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    We all would like to stay young and to look our best, but time unfortunately takes its toll and we age; for some though aging means that they will look even better. However, for most it will mean that they will have to deal with aches, pains and other illnesses that come with age. If you stay young in mind and spirit though, your body will react positively to it, and you will feel and look younger and healthier. Remember that your mind is a powerful tool and it can help you even when the odds are frightening. Smile a lot Even if you feel grumpy or really down, it takes just a simple smile to…
  • Creative and Eco-Friendly Bathroom Design Ideas

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    Is your bathroom in a desperate need of a remodeling? And do you want to feel like you’re in a spa each time you take a bath? Then you’re in the right place. So, if you want your bathroom to be the oasis of peace each time you enter, and if you care about the environment, take a look at the following creative and eco-friendly ideas for redesigning your bathroom. WATER The key to saving the environment is less water consumption. Since the bathroom is, naturally, the heavier drunkard in your home, then reducing its consumption will not only help the environment, but also your…
  • How To Use Mnemonics To Teach Math?

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Mnemonics are very popular among students-they allow them to remember long lists of things and abstract concepts, which otherwise would be difficult to master. However, mnemonics are not as commonly used in math, as they are applied in other disciplines. Mnemonic techniques can be used to teach math and to familiarize students with the correct order of operations, geometric facts and problem solving techniques. Learn more about mnemonic strategies and how to effectively apply them during math classes. The most popular types of mnemonics Before we move on to discussing possible applications of…
  • Beauty & Skin Care Tips for Pregnant Women

    Diana Smith
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Your body will go through a lot of changes during pregnancy and it is important to keep taking care of yourself, just because you are pregnant does not mean that you should avoid all beauty and skin treatments altogether. However, you have to be careful what kind of products and ingredients you use, and it is important that you pay special attention to what different creams and lotions are made of, so that you do not use anything that could harm you and your baby. It is vital that during pregnancy you stick to products designed for pregnant women so that you do not disrupt the natural…
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  • Canadian Girl in Japan: An Interview with Kanadajin3

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    Hello and welcome to the Llama Post! Today we chat to YouTube star Mira, aka Kanadajin3. Mira is based in Tokyo, Japan and has built up a large following on her YouTube channel where she makes fantastic videos about life in Japan. Mira’s videos are fun and always incredibly insightful. In her vlogs, Mira explorers Japan, taking her viewers around some of the most interesting places across Japan. Mira also comments on what it is like for an international person to live and work in Japan as well the current trends in Japanese society and culture. Can you tell us a little about your background…
  • Aaron Jay: The Man Behind Randy Otter

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    Hello and welcome to The Llama Post! I am very excited to be chatting with illustrator Aaron Jay, also known as Randy Otter. Aaron has built up an impressive range of design work and has worked with some great clients, including Specsavers to produce their ‘Spot the Difference’ campaign as well as designing a broad range of cute cards for Whale and Bird. We love Randy Otter’s super cute designs, which often have an underlying rather subversive message. They are available online as prints, t-shirts and cards which are now available in select stores on the high street. Can you tell us a…
  • YouTube’s best Vegan Chef: Ryoya Takashima from Peaceful Cuisine ☆

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today we chat to Japan based vegan chef and instructor Ryoya Takashima from Ryoya also has a very popular YouTube channel where he demonstrates his amazing vegan recipes. Ryoya’s cookery videos are some of the most stunning on YouTube and are all vegan or raw vegan. Ryoya’s recipes are absolutely delicious and are low in fat and sugar. Can you tell us a little about your background and your experience as a vegan chef? I was born in Japan in 1983, and had a very ‘normal’ upbringing. When I was 20 I went to Australia to study English on a working holiday visa. After…
  • Fox Fisher: Trans Activist, Gender Documenter, Artist

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    I am very excited to be chatting with Fox Fisher. You may remember Fox from Channel 4’s 2011 hit My Transsexual Summer (MTS). Since then Fox has gone on to co-found with Lewis Hancox, My Genderation, an innovative film project aiming to document the experiences and perspectives of gender variances. Fox is a very active member of the LGBT community and campaigns for transgender equality. Fox was the co-chair for Transpride 2014, organised a screening of some of his short My Genderation documentary films and also did the design work for the event. He is also Ambassador for All About Trans,…
  • Get ‘Yoga-Ripped’ with Man Flow Yoga

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Today we talk to Dean Pohlman founder of Man Flow Yoga, a no-nonsense, no-thrills yoga program tailored towards people who want the physical results of yoga without the esoterical baggage that often accompanies it. Dean is a man on a mission. Changing the perception of yoga, especially amongst men who may wish to use this form of exercise to enhance their overall strength and physical fitness. Can you tell us a little about Man Flow Yoga? I am a fitness guy. I have always been into fitness and used to play Lacrosse at college. I began at a yoga class and found that it was really assisting my…
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