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  • 10 Must-Read Books to Help You Think Big, Be Bold, and Live Better

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

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

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

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

    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Sometimes our light goes out butis blown into flame by another human being.Each of us owes deepest thanksto those who have rekindled this light.- Albert SchweitzerNone of us got where we are solely bypulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.- Thurgood MarshallWhatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.- Jeremy Taylor Kindness is the light that dissolvesall walls between souls, families, and nations.- Paramahansa YoganandaYour world expands with the generosity, compassion,inventiveness, and service that you contribute.The more love that is given, the more love returns.The more a helping…
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  • How to Believe in Yourself

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them. Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it? You could spend it with the people you love, soaking up time with them, really paying attention to every word they said. You could go out and have some amazing experiences, explore the world. You could spend it learning as much as you can, in books and by studying life itself. You could create something. You could make the world better. You could put your stamp on the world by creating art,…
  • How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    By Leo Babauta Let’s say you’re feeling unmotivated, unsure of yourself, aimless, can’t find your passion, directionless, not clear on what your purpose in life is. You’re in good company — most people are in the same boat. Now, there about a million things online telling you how to find your passion in life, and that’s a good thing. It’s a search worth undergoing. I’m not going to give you a fool-proof method, or a 5-step method, nor share my passion manifesto with you today. I’m going to give you a one-step method. However, that one step…
  • How to Be Great

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    By Leo Babauta Start by admitting that greatness doesn’t come from the distraction and busywork that often fills up our lives. It comes from making a difference in the world. Now consider how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Consider your current work, which perhaps already makes a difference — how can you refocus yourself on this work? Or consider creating a side project, and carving out the time for this. Be the example of compassion for others around you. Know that it doesn’t matter if you achieve the compassionate result you set out to achieve — what…
  • Making Yourself Work

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Leo Babauta One of the biggest problems you need to solve if you work for yourself is how to make yourself do work. The best entrepreneurs have figured it out and just pound out the work they need to do. But many others put off their dream careers, or stay in jobs they like, because they’re afraid to figure this out. Being in a job, or staying in college, means that you have someone else imposing work and deadlines on you, and you’ll get fired (or dropped from school) if you don’t do the work. So you put off doing the work until you can’t anymore because of the fear…
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    The Happiness Project

  • Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf. (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Further Secrets of Adulthood: Someplace, keep an empty shelf. Now, what’s so great about an empty shelf? An empty shelf shows that I have room to expand — I’m not crowded in by my stuff, I have order and space. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, a subject that I explore at some length in Happier at Home and also in Better Than Before. (If you want to know when Better Than Before goes on sale, sign up here.) Some people say, “Gretchen, do you really have an empty shelf?” I really do (though I have to protect it against my husband, who never…
  • “Life Is What Our Character Makes It. We Fashion It, as a Snail Does Its Shell.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    “Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell.” –Jules Renard, Journal Agree, disagree? I’d never heard of French writer Jules Renard, but I love this journal. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to add “Life is what our habits make it.” Do you agree with that? But of course, I see everything through the lens of habits these days, because of writing my book about habit-formation, Better Than Before. To hear when Better Than Before goes on sale, sign up here.
  • Before and After: “I Get My Coffee in My Bedroom and I Don’t Go Downstairs Until I Am Done.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    I’m writing my next book, about how we make and break habts– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here. This week’s story comes from Paige NeJame. My husband and I own a small company. For the most part, I am able to do my work from home in order to stay flexible for our three kids, fitting in most of my work around their schedules.
  • Do You Fall for Any of These 5 Common Mistakes about Habits? (Gretchen Rubin)
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: some common misconceptions about habits. Just about all of us are interested in habits — whether because we want to change a habit of our own, or because we’d like to help someone else change a habit. But to change habits, it’s important to understand how habits work. In my experience, people make certain mistakes about the nature of habits, and that makes it harder for them to tackle their habits. Here are some of the most common misconceptions: 1. Repetition isn’t enough to build a habit. People assume that…
  • Secret of Adulthood: Accept Yourself, and Expect More From Yourself. (Gretchen Rubin)
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Or as W. H. Auden put it, “Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity.” Or as Flannery O’Connor observed, “Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.” There are many paradoxes of happiness, and this is one of the most important. In Happier at Home, I write about how I struggled with…
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    Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes

  • Only Today

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Only put off until tomorrowwhat you are willing to die having left undone.- Pablo PicassoIf you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured,it may never arrive.Mountains will not be climbed, races won,or lasting happiness achieved.- Maurice ChevalierYesterday is ashes.Tomorrow is green wood.Only today does the fire burn brightly.- Eskimo ProverbDon't Wait!Start on your dreams, your impulses,your longings, your special occasions today.Because this is your moment.- Mary Anne RadmacherWhatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin…
  • Cherish the Whimsey

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    You're only given a little spark of madness.You mustn't lose it.- Robin WilliamsThe moment you start seeing life as non-serious, a playfulness,all the burden on your heart disappears.All the fear of death, of life, of love - everything disappears.- OshoWe don't stop playing because we grow old;we grow old because we stop playing.- George Bernard Shaw Wonder what opportunities you pass, unwittingly,because your hands are so busy clasping what you think you have always known.- Mary Anne RadmacherToday is your day to smile broadly, sing loudly,paint your rooms in bold colors,search every rabbit…
  • Rekindling the Light

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Sometimes our light goes out butis blown into flame by another human being.Each of us owes deepest thanksto those who have rekindled this light.- Albert SchweitzerNone of us got where we are solely bypulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.- Thurgood MarshallWhatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.- Jeremy Taylor Kindness is the light that dissolvesall walls between souls, families, and nations.- Paramahansa YoganandaYour world expands with the generosity, compassion,inventiveness, and service that you contribute.The more love that is given, the more love returns.The more a helping…
  • Feeding the Children

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.- Abraham Lincoln (attributed)Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.They are children, women and men who share a legitimate desire for being more.- Pope FrancisThere can be no keener revelation of a society's soulthan the way in which it treats its children.- Nelson Mandela Act as if what you do makes a difference.It does.- William James Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,ye have done it unto me.- Matthew 25:40Further reading: Being of ServiceThe Least Of TheseHow We Treat…
  • Play Day

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Some days are simply meant for playing.- Mary Anne RadmacherAll work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.- Proverb Life must be lived as play.- Plato Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy;dash the last trace of your self-consciousness;and cavort your most uninhibited play.- Jonathan Lockwood HuieLet today be a day to take life less seriously.Kick back, smile, laugh,watch the busyness of the world from a quiet cornerand find joy in everything around you.Further reading: Play with Life12 Life Lessons I Learned From My CatToday is Your DayTake Time to PlayBalance in All Thingswe grow…
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    Inspire Me Today

  • Live Your Life as if Your Body Were Perfect

    Jeanette DePatie
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    Over the years, I have both loathed and loved my body. I have found that loving my body is much, much better. So I made a decision to love my body, not in spite of imagined flaws or ways that it deviates from the media ideal of what a body should look like, but rather because it is mine and it is perfect. I spent decades putting my life on hold—waiting to achieve an acceptably, socially, skinny body. I didn’t lose any weight (at least not permanently). All I lost was a few decades. So one day I made a choice. I stopped waiting around for the perfect body and started acting as if I already…
  • Exercise is like sex: if you are not having fun, you’re either not doing it right or you’re not doing it with the right people.

    Jeanette DePatie
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting Exercise is like sex: if you are not having fun, you’re either not doing it right or you’re not doing it with the right people..
  • Can I Heal Myself with My Thoughts?

    Dr. Eva Selhub
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    “I have an auto-immune disease and I’m always sick. I feel so poorly most days that it’s hard to think positively. How can I possibly use my thoughts to heal myself, when I can’t get out of the rut I’m in? And I beat myself up for feeling so poorly, which just makes things worse.” ~ Emily, Burlingame, CA Dear Emily, Thoughts control your stress response. When your stress response is hyper-activated, the immune response is triggered to produce more inflammation. With more inflammation, your immune cells begin attacking, and in your case, they attack…
  • Love and Stars (Poems)

    Jen Reich
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    We are all written in the stars… Love Unending We grieve for those we’ve never met Yet still have touched our hearts For in this world of chaos We’re consoled through the arts- For art shows us in our humanness Our condition is the same As death does not discriminate By class, or faith, or fame- So let’s create with great passion The world we want to see Appreciate each other For all we came to be- And breathe our love into the world Until our final breath For love and soul complete our whole And love does not face death~   In the Stars   She felt everything so deeply It…
  • The power to change the world starts with us first changing our belief and ourselves.

    Inspire Me Today
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    This post was originally published on Leave a comment or share this post by visiting The power to change the world starts with us first changing our belief and ourselves..
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    Think Simple Now

  • 3 Secrets to Mindful Eating

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

    Guest of TSN
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Six years ago, I took one of the boldest actions of my life. I traveled solo halfway across the world to Ubud, Indonesia (Bali). In June 2008, I was 27 years old and had never left United States soil despite a constant longing to. A combination of fear and comfort held me hostage in familiarity — until  I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This bestselling novel chronicled the author’s adventures through Italy, India, and Indonesia as she sought to “find herself” after a divorce. The book’s vivid descriptions of Indonesia’s rich culture and lush countryside converged with…
  • 5 Reasons To Embrace Jealousy

    Rebecca A. Watson
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This morning I spoke to my sister on Skype for almost two hours. She lives in Istanbul, so we don’t chat as often as when we lived in the same house, but we’re pretty close despite the ocean between us. I remember in the not-so-distant past that getting off the phone with her was bittersweet. She’s lived in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Italy, South Korea and even international waters. The bitterness didn’t come from being so far apart from my lovely sister, but the fact that I was extremely jealous of her. I remember vividly sitting in my home in Minnesota expressing my excitement for…
  • How I Learned to Meditate

    Guest of TSN
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The first time I meditated was about six years ago. I was drawn to meditation by the same aspiration as many people — the desire to feel calmer and happier. I was a medical student at the time, and my life was just too stressful and hectic. It seemed there was always more to do, more to worry about and no time to reflect. I felt disconnected and dissatisfied. And then, I got dumped by a man I was madly in love with. I felt like a total failure. I was shaken and incredulous — how could I have wanted something so badly and still have it taken away from me? I was not used to failure. I…
  • What I Learned Turning 50

    Carin Kiphart
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fifty is about to slap me in the face. It’s not planning to tap me lightly on the shoulder. Nope, its plan is an epic full on attack of body and mind, beginning with a huge powerful gut busting blow next January, on THAT day. How do I know? Because I’ve seen the recon team and it isn’t pretty. But everyone says, “Ah, age is just a number. It’s all about your attitude.” Well, yes. And no. Because you know what? No matter how much my mind is over my matter, the matter is still turning 50 and there’s not a damn thing I can do about that. I noticed the past year, the creep of time.
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    Lolly Daskal

  • The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle

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

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

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

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

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

  • Last Call to Sign Up for CLW

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

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

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

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

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

  • Plan for slack

    Alexander Kjerulf
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Workplaces must give employees unscheduled play time. If work days are overloaded, there is no learning or creativity. Plan for slack.
  • Study: Positive feedback increases intrinsic motivation

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Here an interesting study on the effects of positive feedback: Male and female undergraduate students performed an interesting task and received either positive or negative feedback relative to their performance. Subjects then filled out intrinsic motivation and feelings of competence scales. Results showed that, relative to negative feedback, positive feedback led to higher levels of intrinsic motivation and competence feelings for both males and females. So not only did positive feedback increase feelings of competence, it also gave the subjects more intrinsic motivation. This is crucial,…
  • Do you want to be a Chief Happiness Officer?

    Alexander Kjerulf
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here’s one of the next big things we’re working on: We want to create a training program for other potential Chief Happiness Officers. We’ve been doing this work for corporate and government clients for over 10 years. We’ve spoken in over 30 countries and worked with organizations like IKEA, LEGO, IBM, Pfizer, Accenture, Oracle and many, many others. In short, we have collected a lot of experience and knowledge on making workplaces happier – and we’d like to share that as widely as possible. Here’s the idea: We will create a 4 or 5-day training some…
  • Get to know new employees

    Alexander Kjerulf
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the last two months we have doubled the size of our company. We used to be three but we have added two interns and one full-time employee, who are working on some really cool projects for us. Basically, Thomas, Nanna and Sofia in the picture above are our research department. We call them Woohoo Labs :) Any time you add people to a team, it’s essential to get to know each other. The best tool we know for that is Personality Poker, so of course we played a game and ended up learning a lot about ourselves and each other. Here are the personalities of everyone in the team: No matter…
  • Are you a happy boss? Take this test and find out.

    Alexander Kjerulf
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    What kind of manager are you? Are you a happy boss or do you spread fear and misery all around you? We’ve created an online test that you can use to find out. Being the boss used to be about making tough, ruthless decisions. This is changing. More and more wildly successful leaders today devote themselves to creating happiness – for employees, customers, shareholders and themselves. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, committed his company to “Delivering Happiness” to both clients and employees. Richard Branson  has said that “more than anything else, fun is the secret behind…
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    Manage your life now

  • Best managed WordPress hosting providers

    Alex Chris
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    WordPress is a great website development platform and it’s even better when installed on a fast, reliable and powerful virtual private server. There are a lot of hosting providers that offer WordPress Managed hosting and in the list below I have selected 4 providers that can make your WordPress website run faster with more security in a trouble-free environment. In order of preference, these are: #1 – Knownhost is my favourite VPS hosting provider for many reasons. For starters, they have great prices, superb support and above all they offer almost 100% up-time. The blog you…
  • How to fight fatigue

    Alex Chris
    29 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fatigue is simply a symptom of an underlying condition, so fighting it can depend upon many things. But one of the most common causes of fatigue is simply a busy life!  Everyone, these days, seems to be stretched thin, and that can take a toll on the body. Whether it is a poor diet, a lack of sleep, or stress that is causing your fatigue, below you will find some good, overall pieces of advice that can fight the physical and mental effects of fatigue. Basically, when you are fatigued, you are exhausted!  You just cannot find the energy to do anything, and this can affect your daily life,…
  • How to treat a hangover headache

    Alex Chris
    22 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    While it is easy to say, “I will never drink again!” when you feel that headache the next morning, usually, that sentiment does not ring true, and you find yourself with another headache sometime down the road. From over the counter cures to home remedies, the advice varies.  Here, though are some top tips for really treating that hangover headache! Drink Water One of the easiest ways to prevent a hangover headache is to drink lots of water throughout the evening, even as you imbibe, and to drink an extra glass of water before you go to bed.  This helps to dilute the alcohol in…
  • How to find more time in your day

    Alex Chris
    15 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Looking to find more time in your day?  Our constant, busy lives can really make us feel overwhelmed and stressed, but just a few extra minutes in a day could alleviate this stress and allow for more ‘me’ time. While finding that extra time may not seem easy, it can be done.  Making simple changes in your day to day life and learning how to manage your time better, can really open up so much more time in your day, and make your life much less stressful. Email Detox Start with an email detox.  We spend so much time reading, composing and replying to emails, and culling through…
  • How to fight sleepiness while studying

    Alex Chris
    8 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    8 ways to fight sleepiness while studying For students, cramming for a big test is often necessary, and this usually involves late nights. But late hours tend to equal sleepiness, and falling asleep during studying is often detrimental to grades.  How, though, can you fight sleepiness and fatigue while you study? Here are some simple tips to help you out! Drink more water The first is very easy to do, but most people do not know about it: Simply drink more water! Drinking water throughout the day is actually a pick-me-up. It regulates the body’s temperature and it revs up the…
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    Self Help Daily

  • How to Make it Through the First Year of Sobriety (Special Article) - Help for Those Re-Covering from Addiction

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Why I Love Let it GoI’m really excited to tell you about an app today that I think know you’ll enjoy a lot. What’s more, this app has the potential to bring more focus, peace, and balance to your life. There’s only one requirement… you have to use it! Let It Go is an iPhone and Android application (“app”) that basically lets you “get out the bad” so that “only the good remains.”  You can write down anything that is bothering you, releasing the negative in the process. This may be anything… the speech you’re worried…
  • How to Use Your Subconscious Mind to Help You Achieve Goals - 3 Simple Steps to Making Your Subconsciousness Work for You

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Ten Reasons Why You're Going to Love this Book “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore If you’re looking for fun, simple ways to eat healthier, here’s a book that’ll prove to be a dream come true for you. The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night doesn’t just provide you with delicious, easy to make recipes that won’t break the bank, it makes eating healthier fun and.. yes……
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    Box of Crayons

  • Twofer Tuesday: On Balance and Competencies

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. Have you found that elusive “balance” yet? Work/Life balance seemed to be a big thing a few years ago, until the overriding consensus seemed to be, “Too difficult! Let’s just keep working hard.” I think it’s a fair question to ask whether “balance” is the metaphor that works best. It could imply something a little too static (although from my time on a…
  • Great Work Provocation

    Michael Bungay Stanier
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    What could you accomplish if you “found” some more time?  Today’s the day for some selective pruning. Get rid of your bottom 10%.
  • Bob Sutton’s Five Essential Books for Leading & Scaling Up Innovation

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve always been fascinated with innovation, and so am very pleased to introduce my guest blogger, Bob Sutton. Bob is the professor of management science and engineering at Stanford, and has written a bunch of other books and articles. I had the pleasure of interviewing him earlier this year on how to spread excellence throughout an organization, based on his latest book  Scaling Up Excellence. He and his co-author Huggy Rao have just announced a free online Stanford course (with new interviews with scaling stars) that starts September 8th. Participants get a Stanford Certificate of…
  • Twofer Tuesday: On Out of Office Messages

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group? We share insights, ideas and links,  all designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday. What do you say on your OOO message? For many of us it’s summer, and with summer comes vacation. For me, this August has no meetings, no calls and no emails. I’m writing the next book, and I’ve “gone dark” to ensure I get a good first draft done by August 31. Here’s a funny article looking at the different ways you can handle that critical OOO email that…
  • Michael’s Sign Language

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In what area do you need to accelerate today? Where have you been slowing down? How will you pick up speed and get back on track?  
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    Aspire Higher Motivational Quotes

  • The Boy – Poem

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

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Hi All, As I said, I’m attempting to bring this site/blog back to life.  There’s several things I plan on posting over the next while, and one of them is this: Medium-sized lists of quotes that I previously share on Twitter or Facebook.  So below is a list of several quotations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Motivation and Success Strategies | GetMotivation

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make some PLANS! The NEW ’15 Desire Map Day Planner is on sale — in a limited print run.

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    I am totally, truly, way excited to announce that: The 2015 Desire Map Day Planner is OFFICIALLY available for pre-order! This is one of my favourite things I’ve ever made because I am, ahem, The High Priestess of Practicality (someone anointed me with that name in a self-help workshop. It stuck.) A LOT of us got involved in this production, thousands in fact. We entertained feedback from the 6000+ people who worked with the first iteration of the Day Planner. Last year we sold out of planners before the New Years confetti was cleaned up. We mail everywhere. We do a limited print…
  • Terrifically real, sometimes vulnerable, protective, and wildly blessed. What happens when you become a bit visible.

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Credit: Union Photographers Public visibility is a wonderful cocktail of euphoria, responsibility, satisfaction, and guilt. Not many people talk about what happens when their “profile” grows. It might be the fear of, you know, being perceived as a raging egomaniac ingrate. But here goes… An aside… a) I have a great online presence and I’m thrilled. But like, I’m not getting asked for my autograph at the grocery store. My life is super normal. b) I’m not complaining about what comes with the territory. Not even close. c) Visibility nourishes my vocation. I asked for…
  • Being each a star

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If I ever tell you that I long for my Star Home don’t back away it’s not that I want to leave you it’s that I want you to be your own full Star Self so we can burn brighter in the same unbreakable orbit of natural desires I sounded it out for you. Listen below, or click HERE to download to your devices. The post Being each a star appeared first on Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life.
  • Do you believe that life wants you to have what you truly want? Your relationship to prayer, to God, to desire.

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Photo by Union Photographers PART 1 “Please God, Please” I used to pray to sweat blood as a little girl. Dramatic, I know. I was a Catholic schoolgirl, an only child. We rented a small house in a small town, and my parents were young and hip and generally let me do anything I wanted to. The liberal headspace at home, acres of wheat fields to explore alone, and daily Jesus, Mary, ‘n’ Joseph at school made for the perfect environment for me to become the quietly intense mini holy roller that I was. At one point, I used the nooks of my bookcase to create a home for Barbie, and…
  • Go from IDEA to DONE. Announcing The Beautiful Writers Group!

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    It’s been nearly three years since Linda Sivertsen and I launched Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, which has helped birth blogs, books, and bountiful publishing deals from small presses to the big leagues. We want to bring more of US into the process to really serve you. Yep. As in live monthly Q&A’s. Interactive. And current. We are thrilled to introduce THE BEAUTIFUL WRITERS GROUP, a membership group to take your writing endeavors from IDEA to DONE. Join the group HERE! Why a membership group? Because trying to envision a book by yourself, then write it solo, get it published on your…
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    Jungle of Life

  • How to Use Creative Approach in Job Search

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kala Ambrose Keynote Speaker at Edgar Cayce’s ARE Naturally Psychic Conference

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

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

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

    Kala Ambrose
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    According to the Edgar Cayce readings, psychic ability is an innate talent of the soul—we just don’t realize how often we’re tuning in to psychic information. The Edgar Cayce readings tell us that we are intuitive by nature, and that we can develop our psychic abilities to a high level. But it isn’t enough to just become more psychic for its own sake—we need to put our abilities into practical use in our daily lives before these gifts can take on real meaning. This is why I teach people around the world how to see the aura and how to use their psychic abilities in practical ways…
  • Kala chats about Spirits of New Orleans on Para X Shadows Radio

    Kala Ambrose
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    “Seeing a ghost in New Orleans is as common as having a bowl of gumbo. The question is not when, but where best to savor them both. Each person who lives or visits the city of New Orleans quickly finds their favorite haunts, which they return to time and time again.” – Kala Ambrose Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about metaphysical and paranormal topics, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or lecturing and teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for…
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    Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. » Self-Help Blog

  • Stop Blaming Others For The Life You Don’t Have

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

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

    Walter Jacobson
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Want to get high without alcohol or drugs? Think loving thoughts. Express kindness, compassion and consideration to everyone you meet. The post Get High With Your Mind: Be Loving and Kind. appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
  • If You Hate Anything, You Are Part of the War Machine

    Walter Jacobson
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Hatred is all about judgment. It is about fear. It is about ego. It is a belief in separation. It is a belief in war because war is all about attacking others and hate is a form of attack, even when you feel justified. Consequently, if you have thoughts of hate, you are part of the problem. If you truly desire world peace, in addition to inner peace, then let go of your hate. Fill your mind with love, acceptance, tolerance, compassion, generosity and service to others. Do your part to spread the idea that Love is the solution to conflicts, not fighting, not wars. The post If You Hate…
  • Tell Your Inner Critic To Shut Up

    Walter Jacobson
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    We have an Inner Critic in our mind that is constantly telling us negative things about ourselves and others. It is based on fear and it is not our friend. It is a voice that needs to be ignored. The post Tell Your Inner Critic To Shut Up appeared first on Walter E. Jacobson, M.D..
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    Everything Counts Devel

  • Bruce Lee’s $10 Million Dollar Goal

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

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

    Gary Ryan Blair
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    We’ve all been told a thousand times: “Don’t Burn Your Bridges.” The truth is that some people, places and things weigh us down and separate us from our priorities. And, if we are to lead rich and successful lives, we have to learn to cut the fat and set ourselves free. What we may not know is how to sever our ties without third-degree burns, and that is exactly what I intend to share with you. But first, a little history lesson which sets the stage for your bridge burning activities. “BURN THE BOATS” The year was 1519 and Hernán Cortés, along with a paltry crew of…
  • Gandhi’s Way

    Gary Ryan Blair
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    On January 30, 1948 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was shot three times at point-blank range by a Hindu assassin as he walked through a garden in New Delhi to take evening prayers. He died instantly. Today he is remembered as an anti colonialist, an advocate of nonviolence, a pioneer of civil disobedience, and the father of the world’s largest democracy. Believers in his vision used Gandhi’s tactics during America’s civil rights movement, to end apartheid in South Africa, and, at Tiananmen Square in 1989, to challenge China’s autocratic government. He…
  • The Race to the Top…and the bottom

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

  • Dinnertime Shenanigans: Ye Olde Timey Dinner

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    When you’re a kid, dressing up all fancy for dinner is exciting. Although it can be fun for grown-ups too, it doesn’t take long for Adultitis to creep in when one begins to worry about which fork to use or whether or not you have spinach in your teeth. The premise of an Olde Timey Dinner — one of the highlights from the 2014 Escape Adulthood Summit — is to keep the fun and ditch the pretense. You don’t need to attend an Escape Adulthood Summit to experience the fun of Ye Olde Timey Dinner. Here are some tips for hosting your own: WHAT to EAT You can serve whatever you want,…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Portable Treehouse Edition

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    • I am not the camping type, but I do love me a good treehouse. The Tentsile Tree Tents were conceived as a treehouse that you can take with you anywhere. Me likey. • Yes, give me the Tentsile and this water trampoline, and I’m ready to tackle the Great Outdoors. (via SwissMiss) • Kaleidoscape Play Studio is a place where random play and art collide. It’s in Anchorage Alaska, and I sure would like to visit sometime. • I learned about the project #100HappyDays from my friend Lizzy. I’ve said before that every day is a holiday, it’s just that most days, what to…
  • The Best Thing You Can Buy for a Buck (Other Than a McDouble at McDonald’s)

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. A few months ago, I teamed up with a company called Snippet to create a new type of ebook that contains lots of interactive “discoverables” like video, photo slideshows and conversations on social media. The book is called “Tinker,” and it’s filled with 20 simple ideas – small experiments, if you will – that will get you thinking in new ways and get your story moving in exciting new directions. Last week I was interviewed by Matt Gartland about the book, and the conversation covered things like publishing, speaking, and how Kim…
  • Saturday Morning Sprinkles: Water Slide Photography Edition

    9 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    • Krista Long is the photographer behind “I Love Summer,” a series of high-speed photos that captures people at the exact moment that they emerge from a water slide. I love these so much! • An awesome map of the most liked cereal in every state. • I must say that I am surprised by how much I love Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I’d never read it until I had kids, but I relish every chance I have to read it now. This interesting article from Aimee Bender on the NY Times blog helped me understand why. • Wouldn’t it be cool to fill 100 water balloons in less than…
  • 2014 Escape Adulthood Summit Recap

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An Escape Adulthood Summit is made up of many things, including Show & Tell, Recess, and the opportunity to eat dessert first. This year, there was even an ice cream truck! But the most important element — by a mile — are the people who attend. Over sixty people hailing from 10 different states convened in Madison for the third annual event. They brought their Golden Ticket, an item for Show & Tell, and the willingness to trust us. You see, other than the start and end times, the agenda is largely kept a secret. Which freaks a lot of people out. We keep the schedule under wraps to…
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    Your Voice of Encouragement

  • How to Network Like a Fox

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

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

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

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

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

  • Favorite Quotes from Socrates: An Examined Life

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

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

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

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

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Last week, on two separate occasions I spent time with some guy friends. They were very different people, but with one striking similarity: both were significantly overweight and had diabetes issues. And even though they had tried, they hadn't been able to change the eating habits that caused their health problems.Changing a behavior pattern is hard.The reason is that if you repeat a behavior enough times, the brain cells involved in the behavior will connect into a physical circuit. Over time, your brain will literally wire itself to make any repeated behavior - whether beneficial or harmful…
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  • How To Promote Continuous Learning In Your Organization

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lessons from a Coconut

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

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

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

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

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

  • The What’s Underneath Project: Jacky O’Shaughnessy

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Thank you Jacky, for taking your clothes off with such grace and aplomb. But God bless you even more for baring your soul. I cried when she cried-little tears of empathy, big tears of relief. We’ve been caught up in the advertising industry’s messages of ageism and skinny-ism for decades…waaay too long. This video shares […]
  • Survive to Thrive

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: age quotes, aging, aging gracefully, boomers, Feed the Beauty, healthy aging, Nikki Giovanni, seniors, The Art of Aging
  • There’s a New Revolution

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

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

    20 Jan 2014 | 10:18 am
    Filed under: Art of Aging Tagged: 50+, aging, aging gracefully, healthy aging, Sophie Lumen, The Art of Aging Creed
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    The Curious Brain

  • Vintage summertime

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
          Just for not to get bored until I’m back from! Have a great little summer
  • You know what I like about summer days?

    2 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Brain atrophy! The curious brain needs some rest and some really long long vacations, so no more posts for a while! Back with you all at some point in late August! Have a perfect summer and stay always Curious
  • JAWS returns!

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Speedrun: Jaws in 60 seconds from 1A4 Studio
  • Centerfold

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    this is just great! From M o t h e r. Via @yvynyl
  • The Quest for the Absolute – Lonely Superheroes

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    The work of Benoit Lapray
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    Interruption Management

  • Aspire to Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thinking Magically™ | What Everybody Ought to Know About Kindness . . .

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

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

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

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

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

  • Find a new friend

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

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

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

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

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

    Gilbert Ross
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Barbara de Angelis   Imagine the great human potential as a vast library full of books about every topic and discipline. Kindness would be a whole aisle in that library with books we can pick up, read and learn a great deal from. I would name that section ‘Magic & Healing’.  We have all experienced acts of kindness throughout our lives as both receivers and givers. We also had glimpses of the magic that is created around an act of kindness…
  • The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

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

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

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

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

  • Gratitude: A Way of Life

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

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

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    When you are in a state of gratitude, you end up smiling! It may be a smile on your face, or it may be an internal smile that makes you feel awesome! Check out this awesome study! Smiles are contagious! Most of the time if you smile at someone, they end up smiling back at you! Go out and smile today! Smile a lot! Smile Often! Be Well. The post Smile If You Are Grateful! appeared first on All About Gratitude | How to be More Grateful | Increase your Gratitude | Gratitude Quotes | Paul B. Taubman, II.
  • Gratitude Song with Sign Language

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

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

  • Why don’t you choose to nurture yourself? Mother Mary asks

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    …healing of what you call gender inequality, begins and ends with the internal balance of your sacred selves. It is part of that sacred union that you have with yourselves, and it is the full embrace, the love, the appreciation, the living in both sides of your masculine and feminine… Graham Dewyea: Hello, and welcome […]
  • Ιερή Ένωση: Ο Γεσού ρωτάει, “Γιατί θα πρέπει  η αγάπη να περιμένει κι άλλο;”

    Linda Dillon
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Γεια σας, είμαι ο Ιησούς Σανάντα, ο Γεσού. Είμαι ο πολυαγαπημένος αδελφός σας ο Γεσί, ο αδελφός της καρδιάς σας, ο αδελφός της ψυχής σας, ο αδελφός της συμπόνιας και ο αδελφός της αγάπης. Καλωσήρθατε.  Και ναι, το ξέρω ότι σήμερα μιλούσατε για αρκετά πράγματα, αλλά εγώ έρχομαι για να σας μιλήσω για την Ιερή […]
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  • 10 Must-Read Books to Help You Think Big, Be Bold, and Live Better

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Communicating Science Through Visual Media - Empathy from RISD FAV on Vimeo. Want More? Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
  • Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof

    Tom Lawson
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Photo by Lia Darjes, courtesy of In 2009, archaeologists working in the heart of Berlin excavated the foundations of what is thought to be one of the city's first churches, St. Peter's Church, built in the early 12th century, in what is now the Petriplatz area. The church was destroyed during WW II and in its aftermath. The site where the once-grand Romanesque building stood is now little more than a wasteland—but that is set to change. Due to the religious significance of the site, city planners asked local Protestants if they would like to be involved in the site’s…
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  • Explaining What You Do to Your Parents

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

    Jeremy Chandler
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    What I learned about “leading up” from being yelled at in the parking lot The other day I was meeting a friend for dinner in a relatively busy part of town. All of the parking for the restaurant was full (not surprising if you’ve ever tried to visit Nashville), so I decided to park down the street in an empty bank lot. It was after hours and the bank had been closed for a couple of hours. As I was getting out of my car, an older gentleman yelled at me from across the street. “YOU CAN’T PARK THERE! THAT’S FOR BANK CUSTOMERS ONLY!” My first reaction was to yell…
  • Are You Respected in the Workplace?

    Jon Mertz
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield There is little doubt that your employees like you. You’re a nice person. They make small talk with you in the elevator, laugh at your jokes and often have a drink with you after work. But just because they like you, doesn’t mean they respect you. Most bosses want to be well liked by their employees, however there is a vast difference between being liked, and being respected. Whilst it is possible to be both, employees should respect your position as their leader, and it is important not to make the mistake of trying to be their friend. There are certain…
  • Savvy Millennial Financial Advisor Sophia Bera

    Molly Page
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    After earning her CFP, Millennial financial advisor Sophia Bera launched her career working in both traditional firms and the start-up world. But she recognized rather quickly there was a gap in the marketplace she wanted to fill. Steady streams of friends asked questions about their personal finances. Questions like, “What’s the difference between a Roth IRA and a traditional 401K?” And “How do I balance savings goals & debt management?” She knew she wanted to help people like herself, people who were just getting started with their professional lives. And she also knew this…
  • In the Middle of You and Life Is Leadership

    Jon Mertz
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maybe I am on a simplicity kick. We tend to overcomplicate things. I know I am guilty at times. Let’s be real simple. Life is what happens to you and comes at you – good and bad. You come at life with your attitude, strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and talents. In the middle is your leadership – shaped by your approach, mindset, actions, beliefs, thoughts, values, and words. In the middle of life and you is your leadership. Life changes. You change. You either evolve or get squeezed out. You either act or get left behind. In the middle of you and life is your leadership choice. You…
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  • How Leo Fender Found His Groove

    Debra Eve | @DebraEve
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Happy Birthday, Leo! August 10 is the 105th anniversary of his birth and I’m reposting this in his honor. So what do these folks have in common? Eric Clapton Jimi Hendrix Steve Harris Buddy Holly John Lennon John Mayer Bonnie Raitt Sting They span three generations, from Buddy Holly (born 1936) to John Mayer (born 1977). They’re not all guitarists. Sting and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) play bass. Of course, they all favor the legendary Fender instruments conceived by a late-blooming accountant named Clarence Leonidas Fender (1909-1991). Leo Fender was born in a barn not far…
  • Telling Life’s Stories: Four Late-Blooming Personal Historians by Lynne Strang

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Forty years ago, tennis legend Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation, and organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Forty years ago, I was one year old. It would have never occurred to me then that we would have needed such a foundation, or that we would need one still today. From my perspective at one, the world was not made up of men versus women, or us versus them. I went on to grow up in a sports-loving household, playing and watching with equal passion. So much of who I am today can be attributed to what…
  • Why it is Time for Everyone to Light the Night

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Put on your walking shoes, grab your family, and get ready to light up the night. This fall, Light The Night walks will be taking place throughout the country, and it is a fabulous way to get your whole family involved in the beauty of giving back to a cause that matters. Did you know that leukemia is the single most common cancer in children and teens? In fact, it accounts for almost 1 out of 3 childhood cancers. A good friend of ours is a hematologist oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the best hospitals in the country for treating children with blood cancers.
  • My Favorite All-Natural Homemade Lip Balm

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week I had my first ever essential oils party at my home. I know I keep saying over and over again, but the more I learn about the power of essential oils to heal and purify the body, the more amazed I am by them. Whether you use essential oils for skincare, sleep issues, stress, or illness, these little bottles are truly nature’s best medicines. The more I read and learn, the more baffled I am that this is considered “alternative” when synthetic items that parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, proplene glycol and who knows what other toxins are in the products that…
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  • 10 Proven Ways to Boost Your Happiness In Under 3-Minutes

    Jonathan Robinson
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, and a professional speaker from Northern California. He’s made numerous appearances on the Oprah show and CNN, as well as other national TV talk shows, and is now sharing a selection of some insightful and powerful quick tips that have been backed by scientific research, to help facilitate more fulfillment and real lasting happiness.  By doing any of the 10 items that follow, you will almost surely feel dramatically better in under three minutes. In addition, by combining items from the list below, you can increase their…
  • Smoke And Mirrors: Jim Carey’s Secret Of Life And Fulfillment

    Skye Norris
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    “My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.” Here, Jim Carey shares his thoughts about fame and fortune, and how in the end, it’s not where any of us are going to find our sense of happiness or fulfillment. Instead, he offers what he feels (based on his own experience) is the most valuable currency in the world. Credits: theJourneyofPurpose TJOP Which part of his speech spoke to you the most? The post Smoke And Mirrors: Jim Carey’s Secret Of Life And Fulfillment appeared first on FinerMinds.
  • How To Truly Connect With People And Build Authentic Lasting Relationships

    Deborah Fairfull
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    What we are all looking for is love, joy and connection. We know that success, money and health are important, however, the reason is that they give us the choices, resources and energy, to connect to others. Our relationships can certainly be the greatest source of joy, yet they can be a great source of pain, even with those we love the most! What I have discovered is that by changing our perspective, or employing simple tools and strategies, it is possible to maintain golden connections with our partners, children, friends and work colleagues on an ongoing basis. My top 5 tips for authentic…
  • Befriending Your Body: How To Harness The Healing Power Of Mindfulness

    FinerMinds Team
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Most of us have something about ourselves that we don’t like. Perhaps it’s our weight, our facial features, or (venturing down the more serious end of the spectrum), we suffer from a health condition that’s weighing heavily on our quality of life. But as with anything, the more power or focus we give to a situation, the less we’re able to see that we’re actually much bigger than it. To learn why, watch this 4-minute video where Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in the field of scientific research on meditation, explains how mindfulness can be used to help us “befriend” our body –…
  • 7 Ways To Skyrocket Your Self Esteem

    Diane Altomare
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Self esteem is such an important key to our happiness.  Yet, most people, don’t have “Improve how I feel about myself” listed on their To-Do list.   It is, however, imperative to pay attention to how we feel about ourselves daily if we want to raise our self esteem and have more confidence. What we choose to focus on has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and most importantly, either raises or lowers our overall self-esteem. Here are 7 ways that you can raise your self esteem and feel good about yourself every day. 1. Celebrate yourself and your accomplishments.
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  • What You Must Know About an Accident Attorney Before Consulting One

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

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

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

    Editorial Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    A bachelor is defined these days as ‘a man who is neither married nor cohabitating and who lives independently outside of his parents’ home or other institutional setting’. In the Victorian era, bachelor was used by upper class matchmakers to denote young men who were both unmarried and eligible for marriage. I’m all in favour of eschewing heteronormative discussions, and I’m certain there are also on Earth a great many females that tick very many of the boxes we list as criteria for bachelorhood. So for the purposes of this list we’re going to loosely define a bachelor as…
  • 5 Customer Acquisition Techniques You Never Thought of

    Editorial Team
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    With the right customer acquisition techniques, you can build your business and bring in new clients with ease. Sadly, all-too-often, people overlook this and think customers will find the business on their own; as a result, they fail to grow their business. However, with the right techniques, not only can you find new customers, but you will not need to spend much money doing so. You need to think outside of the box with these five customer acquisition tactics you probably have never thought of. Word of Mouth All-too often, people will rush online and try to market their products and…
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  • Get Unstuck

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

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

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

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

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This is one of the inspirational cards from the deck of Everyday Happinessavailable at   Celebrated throughout the world on March 20, the International Day of Happiness was created by the United Nations General Assembly on June 28 2012. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavors. People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want.” We know that there is much misery in the world, but choosing happiness is still a worthy goal.
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  • 40 Significant Examples of Conceptual Photography

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The conceptual photography is the photography that generally illustrates an idea. This term had eventually been derived from the ‘Conceptual Art’ movement of 1960s. It is sometimes also referred to... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Delicious Fruit Logo Designs for Inspiration

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Logo is a graphical element that, together with its logotype arranged typeface form a trademark or commercial brand. The logo’s design is for the brand recognition. The logo is one important aspect... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 50 Incomparable Success Quotes to get Motivated

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Almost everyone alive wants to be successful. It does not really matter what success means to People. Starting the day, with an inspirational success quote will definitely change people’s thought... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 35 Funny Photo Manipulations to make you Laugh

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There are many funny photos that you may have in your life. These may photos that you really like and that you want to show to the world. You might be wondering where you can share these photos.... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
  • 40 Incredibly Beautiful Fog Pictures and Photography: Feel it

    10 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Photography is an art or a skill that everyone does not possess. It needs an art that should be practiced over a long period of time and it gets enhanced and reach the perfection gradually. One can... This is a content summary only. Click on Title for more!
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  • Happy 5th Birthday Very Smart Girls!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeremy Chandler
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    What I learned about “leading up” from being yelled at in the parking lot The other day I was meeting a friend for dinner in a relatively busy part of town. All of the parking for the restaurant was full (not surprising if you’ve ever tried to visit Nashville), so I decided to park down the street in an empty bank lot. It was after hours and the bank had been closed for a couple of hours. As I was getting out of my car, an older gentleman yelled at me from across the street. “YOU CAN’T PARK THERE! THAT’S FOR BANK CUSTOMERS ONLY!” My first reaction was to yell…
  • Are You Respected in the Workplace?

    Jon Mertz
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield There is little doubt that your employees like you. You’re a nice person. They make small talk with you in the elevator, laugh at your jokes and often have a drink with you after work. But just because they like you, doesn’t mean they respect you. Most bosses want to be well liked by their employees, however there is a vast difference between being liked, and being respected. Whilst it is possible to be both, employees should respect your position as their leader, and it is important not to make the mistake of trying to be their friend. There are certain…
  • Savvy Millennial Financial Advisor Sophia Bera

    Molly Page
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    After earning her CFP, Millennial financial advisor Sophia Bera launched her career working in both traditional firms and the start-up world. But she recognized rather quickly there was a gap in the marketplace she wanted to fill. Steady streams of friends asked questions about their personal finances. Questions like, “What’s the difference between a Roth IRA and a traditional 401K?” And “How do I balance savings goals & debt management?” She knew she wanted to help people like herself, people who were just getting started with their professional lives. And she also knew this…
  • In the Middle of You and Life Is Leadership

    Jon Mertz
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Maybe I am on a simplicity kick. We tend to overcomplicate things. I know I am guilty at times. Let’s be real simple. Life is what happens to you and comes at you – good and bad. You come at life with your attitude, strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and talents. In the middle is your leadership – shaped by your approach, mindset, actions, beliefs, thoughts, values, and words. In the middle of life and you is your leadership. Life changes. You change. You either evolve or get squeezed out. You either act or get left behind. In the middle of you and life is your leadership choice. You…
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    Julie Gosh

  • ….Then Step Back

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

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

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

    julie gosh
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
          I am so honored to give the birds in my yard fresh water in their bird bath.   It’s one of the highlights of my day to supply all varieties of birds food and fresh water.   I love watching them eat and drink.   I love knowing I had a part in nourishing them…in making their search for food and water a little bit easier.   They bring beautiful sounds and colors into our space….OUR space, mine and theirs together.   I am honored to partner with them, to respect them, and to share life with them.    
  • The Love Affair You Can’t Afford Not to Have

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • It is OK to Ask for Help.

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

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

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

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

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

  • the magic of music + an awesome giveaway

    positively present
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image Source    If you haven't noticed from my weekly playlists, I love music. I can't go a day without it. It inspires me, motivates me, and so amazingly reflects whatever I'm going through in my life. No matter where I am in my life, no matter what my mood, there is a song that speaks to me, a beat that finds its way right to the essence of how I feel. Music is such an important part of my life, and it helps me stay positive and present on a daily basis.  In addition to just being flat-out awesome, music has some amazing positive benefits too. I did a…
  • positively present picks: august 15, 2014

    positively present
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Source   "I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars.I started listening to the teachings of my soul." Rumi     Inhabit the Moment : a wonderful article on staying present Society6 : stop by my shop and check out the latest additions! 6 Alternations to Make to Become More Present : great ideas I Woke Up Like This : a must-read article from Gala Darling The Rule of 52 and 17 : a (random!) productivity booster  Moonshot Thinking : a reminder to dream (and act!) big Niice : a cool (and easy) way to create mood…
  • are you who you want to be?

    positively present
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
      About a week or so ago, I stumbled across the question, "Are you who you want to be?" and it stopped my in my tracks. Immediately the wheels in my mind started turning. Was I who I wanted to be? How would I even define that? It's always difficult to define oneself, but to define who want wants to be seems to be even more challenging.  But it's a worthwhile challenge, because how often do we really stop and think about whether or not we're living our lives the way we want to? We're usually so busy living (which isn't a bad thing!)…
  • positively present picks: august 8, 2014

    positively present
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Source   "Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes,and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world." Ada Louise Huxtable     Twenty3 : Etsy shop updates (and new items!) Map of an Introvert's Heart : love this illustration so much Every Day Matters Planner Giveaway! : it's not too late to enter 15 Steps to Mindfulness (and a Better Workday) : yes, please. Conquering Career Roadblocks : find some great advice…
  • the benefits of being organized + a giveaway!

    positively present
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Organizing is one of my favorite things to do. Nothing makes me happier than bins and boxes, desk caddies and day planners. As a kid, I used to go over to my friend's houses and organize their bedrooms. As a kid. Strange, I know, but organizing comes naturally to me. I love the feeling of putting things in order and knowing exactly where they are. For me, keeping things organized is an essential aspect of living a positive and present life (and something I write quite a bit about in my upcoming book). In the book, you'll find a lot about how to get organized, but I feel…
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  • The Next Frontier: Engineering In The Golden Age Of Green

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

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

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

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

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

  • Who Want to be a Writer. . Or Language Learner or Anything Else?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday Reads #13: Bullying, stamps and ADD

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Happy Belated Sunday!What a full on weekend, we had birthday dinners, engagement parties, guardians of the galaxy, a family roast and a day of shopping with Scotty. We're a little bit pooped.13 death defying photosfurniture for catsgreat advice on bing called a nerd from Will Wheatonon having ideas: start with your brandhow to carve your own stamps10 really easy ways to love yourself morehow to spread positivity through social media3 important things learned from having ADDRobin William's last video to a New Zealander :(pros and con's of dating a disney princexo
  • A Weird Birthday

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Yesterday was my birthday.It was full of delightful moments, over-flowing champagne, joyful company and a shittone of gifts. The day was magnanimous to say the least. I am completely tickled pink with joy.That's what you're supposed to say right? I'm gonna level with you - it wasn't anything like that at all. You generally have a ritual of how your birthday begins. For me it's being woken with a stolen kiss and a whispered "Happy Birthday my love.." while having gifts lovingly laid by my side. Then it's a 7:30am birthday call from Mum, a delicious breakfast cooked by my love followed by…
  • What's your unspoken relationship rule?

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    One thing I love about us is we instinctively know when we need to step up for each other.Like for instance, the other day - oh, who am I kidding - yesterday, it was the day from hell. All my plans and ideas shattered to smithereens - and all before lunch time might I add. I was so defeated, like a 7-year-old who just lost his 10th consecutive little league game. I just wanted to nail all the doors in my house shut, blind the light beaming into my room and hide under the sheets until the day was surely gone.I moped and even added in a flood of tears for dramatic effect. I was…
  • Sunday Reads #12: Birthday's, Kids & Business Plans

    10 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    After a mega birthday week for Scotty, it's time to salute the festivities and say our goodbyes. Because this week? It's MY birthday week!! HELL YES. Have I planned something spectacularly stupendous for the celebration of my 26th year??? HELL NO. I am an un-organisational wreck, and if I'm honest, I see this day floating by just like any other. Yet I have a feeling I'll be a little more flush with goodies - which I'm tooootally okay with.My kids see me for what I am.5 habits that are wrecking your metabolism.The most beautiful gift a mother could give her brand new daughter.For those of you…
  • Happy Birthday Scott!

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Ice skating & not-so-secret attempts to pull you down with me.Wrestle matches between the couch & the coffee table.Cocktails in the pool under the stars.Midnight renditions of bohemian rhapsody.Crazy tag with tea towels around the house.Disturbing people at the airport with manic laughter.Accidentally seriously injuring one another.Mock waltzing in the kitchen while cooking dinner.Tears wiped away.Kisses given (and stolen). I love you’s said.Surprise chocolates.Lost tram tickets.Weekend gym sessions.Hockey games.Family visits.Pointless (and serious) arguments.Rayman origins.Naughty…
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    Wishingwell Life Coaching

  • Your Career Search Has A Happy Ending

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

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

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

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

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

  • Body Mind Spirit Expo – Raleigh, NC

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

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

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

    Yol Swan
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Freedom is a wonderful concept. We all love it, don’t we? It’s our true nature and our ultimate soul purpose. But to be truly free doesn’t mean to do whatever we want whenever we want it, which is what the ego-mind makes us believe. I can think of many instances as a teenager when I’d fight and rebel against my…Read more
  • How Much Can You Trust Your Intuition?

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

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

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

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

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

    Tanya A. Goodman
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
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    SMART Living 365

  • Why We Mourn The Death Of Celebrities

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

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

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

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

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

  • Monday Morning Motivation: 08.18.14

    Jake Thompson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
  • “Born into the Life” – Living to Serve

    Melisa Aguilar-Rehm
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “There are a lot of things in life that matter.  But nothing matters as much as who or what you decide to serve” – Marcus Lutrell.  Often when I search for content to write about, I look for stories in the headlines or sports figures and celebrities who are doing something that display the Compete Every Day spirit; motivation for us every day people. But then I started thinking, what about us every day people!? People all over the world are doing great things, serving in ways that most of us don’t know about – they’re worth a story even if they aren’t today’s…
  • Competitor of the Week: Laurie King

    Christine Reppa
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Compete Every Day highlights a different member of the #Compete community each week. To be considered for Competitor of the Week, submit a picture wearing your favorite Compete Every Day shirt in any setting & your answers to the bolded questions below to with the subject line “I Compete.” Full Name:  Laurie Christine King Location:  Dallas, TX Social media links:  Twitter & Instagram- @koriling   |   Facebook- Laurie Christine King 1.  Tell us about yourself! I am a former competitive gymnast from the Midwest who loves cooking, video games,…
  • When To Push – and When To Rest

    Jaimie Bougie
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Nothing nags at the back of a competitor’s mind more than the possibility of injury. You set a goal and then you set a course; after that, you train your ass off in hopes that when the game day arrives, you’ll be as ready as you’ll ever be. The thought of actually getting to the game day and being injured is a real worry for any competitor in any sport. And as with any sport in the world, the possibility of injury in the CrossFit world is real; especially if you are training with a competitor’s volume on a daily basis. The wear and tear of daily training from any sport is a huge…
  • “Your move, Chief”

    Amanda Fakhreddine
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    There is no doubt in my mind that Robin Williams will be remembered forever. His characters are memorable, stark and always reminded audiences to stay true to themselves. To be honest. To not be judgmental. To be the very best that you can be. In one of his most famous monologues, in Good Will Hunting, he delivers a blunt statement to Will – you should never judge someone until you get to know them. …You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? While Williams battled his…
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  • The 7 Best Natural Herbs For Your Health (And How To Use Them)

    Dr. Doni Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the heart of summertime, with gardens in full bloom, it is a perfect time to explore the hidden health remedies…growing right in your backyard! Those gorgeous natural herbs in your garden can help improve your memory, fight off infections, soothe your digestion, and boost your resiliency to stress. Here are some of my favorites, along with their remarkable health benefits, and suggested ways to use them. 1. Lavender It’s well known that lavender is a great calming herb. It can be used in a bath or eye pillow to help calm your nerves and help you sleep. It can also be used at any time…
  • 4 Ways to Love Your Skin This Summer

    Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The summer often means the start of relaxing vacations, neighborhood barbecues, and carefree sun-filled days. It also is the season when your skin could use a little extra love. With harsh UV rays beating down, air conditioners on high, and lots of reasons to sweat, your skin is working overtime. But don’t worry. As a chief plastic surgeon, I can provide a few tips so you can keep that healthy, flawless glow this summer.  Ways To Treat Your Skin Right This Summer  1. Be sun smart Before you hit the beach, make sure to lather up with at least SPF 30 or higher to avoid painful sunburn,…
  • One Man’s Inspirational Story: A 79.5-Mile Swim

    Doug McConnell
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have been alive for 56 years. I have been a competitive swimmer for 50 of them. And for less than a decade, I’ve been an open water swimmer. In that decade, I’ve experienced—and accomplished—more than I ever thought possible. It’s very possible to combine your passions, talents, and work to create your own inspirational story that even you will be floored by. My Motivation: Lou Gehrig’s Disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects motor neurons, causing them to gradually cease functioning and die. People with ALS…
  • How To Know What People Really Think Of You With These 11 Body Language Signs

    Judith Orloff MD
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    People who read others well are trained to read the invisible and fine-tune their senses…including the Sixth Sense, otherwise known as body language. They pick up on verbal contradictions and signs of anger or unease, signals others typically miss. Research has shown that words account for only seven percent of how we communicate, whereas our body language (55 percent) and voice tone (30 percent) represent the rest. FBI profilers also say that micro-expressions, tone, and gaze can expose deception. Here, the surrender to focus on is letting go of trying too hard to read body language cues.
  • 3 Ways To Become The Person You Want To Be

    Dr. Jason Selk
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Thirty years ago, I was an underachieving, excuse-making chump of a man. I would do the bare minimum to get by and then blame my inadequacies on someone—anyone else. It was either my boss who was asking too much, or my professors who were being unreasonable, or my friends who were acting selfishly. My failures were always caused by someone else—or so I thought. Then one day, as I was sitting in a sauna sweating by myself in the University of Missouri’s rec center, I did something I had never done before. I did a life projection. I thought to myself, “If I continue living my…
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    The Law of Attraction Library

  • The Power of Concentration – Lesson 4

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thinking Vs. Doing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tuesday

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post Tuesday appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • quick and Bobless

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! It’s a Monday… it’ll go the same amount of time any other day, but it will merely SEEM like it’s a decade long. — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post quick and Bobless appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • opinions are

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post opinions are appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • forgotten

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! — BOB AUGUST ART SALE!!! Select SQUIRRELOSOPHY originals only $25! And be sure to check out the latest Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy collections: at one point, the kid had A LOT of potential and that’s one way of doing […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry... The post forgotten appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
  • Robin Williams

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    there's more to bob than just a pretty tail...SQUIRRELOSOPHY! also check out the main site...BOB THE SQUIRREL! The passing of comedian and actor Robin Williams stirred up a lot of unexpected emotions in me. I won’t explore them all now, but I will at a later time. The world lost a talent. Depression claimed another star. The post Robin Williams appeared first on Squirrelosophy–Life by Bob the Squirrel.
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  • Beauty and Science

    Howard Parsons
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    How inspiring to see a beautiful piece of art or someone playing music or butterflies flying in formation. Then think of science as being specific, searching for the way things work. In its way science is beautiful symmetry and design. The amazing Venezuelan artist, Rafael Araujo uses pencil, compass and ruler to create beautiful renderings that are so precise you can see their three dimensional quality. This is inspiring work of a man who has blended beauty and science. We see beauty and science all around us in nature and man made structures. You can look at one of the wonders of the world,…
  • The Man & The Mouse

    Howard Parsons
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    We men have this role we are supposed to play, strong, responsible, take care of it all kind of guys. It is a role designed and lived from long, long ago. We are the rulers of the land, perhaps more in our mind than in reality. The mouse on the other hand is a soft, tiny creature without any particular outstanding features. It eats constantly and goes about living in its environment only to scare us when it runs out from the hiding place. The house mice, as they are known, love people. They live in and under things like our garage and even though considered wild, they are mostly harmless. We…
  • A Single Integral Community

    Howard Parsons
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    The American novelist, farmer and environmental activist Wendell Berry wrote a beautiful poem about how all things on earth are connected. “There is a single connected entity of earth that includes all its component members whether human or other than human,” he said. His poem speaks of the voice each of us have, all of us, including the non-humans. We also have unique qualities. Each of us and even with these differences are connected. The poet does not offer the scientific evidence that this connection exists. How do we know it is true? You can just check into your heart to know it is…
  • Aristotle Was Wrong

    Howard Parsons
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    You’ve probable heard of this famous guy Aristotle. Kind of amazing his reputation has passed down over so many years. He was born in 384 B. C. and he was a philosopher, teacher and thinker. He was wrong on a number of things about his world but the one that stands out for me is, he thought earth did not move and the planets rotated around the earth. He thought we were the center of the universe. So you don’t have to be right all the time to make a lasting impression if enough people believe what you are saying. However, to be fair, he was a great thinker and philosopher about his world.
  • Can We Heal Earth?

    Howard Parsons
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Our home is taking a lot of hits lately. Matter of fact it looks to me like we have been giving her a lot of toxic hits for a long time. I wonder how this is a reflection of our own inner world. Are we so out of touch with ourselves that we fail to see what we are asking of spaceship earth? A thousand years ago the great masters appeared to have a sense of connection between their environment inside and out. It looks to me like they knew their heart and soul and how to live in their environment with this connection. Healing starts from the inside out. If we are to have a chance to save our…
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    Simply Intentional

  • Have A Restful and Peace-filled Weekend

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    After being in San Diego last week, the only thing we didn't do was relax by the pool.  Our week was filled with hikes, a day at the beach and a San Diego Padres baseball game (they won!).  So, my Saturday morning will be spent by the pool with a good book.  I have the latest from Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) called The Silkworm.  I really enjoyed the first in the series, The Cuckoo's Calling, and I'm excited to dive back into the two main characters and watch their relationship develop.  What are you up to this weekend?  Whatever it is, I hope you have…
  • How Our Hands Reveal Our Character

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I heard someone say recently that hands are the window to someone's character.  I never realized how personal and telling hands can be until I started noticing how other's use their hands.I watch my daughter typing on her iPhone as she smiles and I can see how they allow her to share something that makes her happy. I see a mother holding the hand of her child as they cross the street and I'm reminded of safety and security. I notice the hands of a son pushing his grandfather in a wheelchair and I feel the support and strength as they pass by.I watch the store clerk bag my groceries,…
  • Have An Exquisite Weekend

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    I'm so excited!  We're off to San Diego for 5 nights and it should be perfect weather.  No June gloom and none of the recent heat and humidity we've had in California lately.  Kevin and I are definitely going to a Padres game and picking one nice restaurant to try.  Other than that, we're leaving it open to being completely spontaneous.  I hope you are leaving some room for spontaneity in your weekend too.  Have a good one and here are a few fun and inspiring posts from around the web....The arrival of the $4,000 toothbrushWorld's fastest trainsKama, the Surfing…
  • Creation, Reflection, Progress and Courage

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Wednesday's The August Break photo prompt was "Reflection".  Of course, I went for the obvious and took a picture of my dog, Cody, and his reflection in the mirror.  The prompt also had me reflecting on life and particularly, how beautifully my life is flowing right now.At the same time, in Creative Thought magazine, Rev. Veronica Wright talked about how we can make our life our business.  She recommended that "at regular intervals it is wise to look back at our lives to review, to evaluate, to see what we have accomplished, and how we have progressed."She suggests that…
  • Does Trying Something New Scare You?

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    One of the things I really like about myself is that I am willing to dabble and explore new things.  A lot of people would feel intimidated or scared or exhausted to continually try new things but, for me, it's energizing. I sometimes find it strange that that's the case because I'm such an introvert.  After a while of being in the surge of social energy, I start to find I need to recharge by some time spent alone.Knowing all this, I recently stumbled on something new and fun - The August Break.  It's a project where you take a photo a day for the whole month of August.
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    Inspiring Evolution

  • Can women have it all?

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

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

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

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

    Baldeep Kaur
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:07 am
      Deep dark eyes, still, glum, soulless, searching for hope, to hold on to survive. ~~~ Deep dark eyes, still,glum, soulless, traveling alone, in the endless forest, sees an angelic shadow, floating behind a white light. ~~~~ Deep dark eyes, still, glum, soulless, submerges in radiance of the divine light , hears a sweet whisper, keep walking, you will […]
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    Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally

  • I Once Dreamed This Would Happen & It Did. What Do You Dream Of?

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

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

    Bernadette Logue
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    A reminder of the greatness within you – watch this video. The more you listen to truth like this, the more you will have a fire burning within you that will not be extinguished by challenges in life. The more that fire burns, the braver you will be. The more that fire burns, the... Read More Continue reading How to Make Your Inner Greatness Translate to Outer Success on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • What to do When Someone’s Words Hurt You

    Bernadette Logue
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    When someone says something that hurts your feelings, you have to make a choice about what to do in the situation and what to do with those feelings arising within you. In this video, I give you 3 key ideas that you can apply in your own life right now, to support you to respond to... Read More Continue reading What to do When Someone’s Words Hurt You on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
  • 3 Ways to Flip the Light Switch When You Are in the Dark

    Bernadette Logue
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    If only we could see ourselves as everyone else sees us, especially during those times when we are at our lowest emotionally, facing adversity and feeling stuck. Our potential, capability, wisdom and strength is no less real in those difficult times, yet it can feel a million miles away. We are our own harshest critics.... Read More Continue reading 3 Ways to Flip the Light Switch When You Are in the Dark on Pinch Me Living with Bernadette Logue - Unleash Personally & Professionally
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    Beta Motivation » Live Well

  • ❼ Someone is Sleeping in My Bed & Other Life Happenings You Really Shouldn’t Care About

    Awesome VA
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Do you talk to yourself? I do. Unfortunately, it sometimes has some embarrassing unintended consequences. If you usually talk to yourself too, you’ll find this post to be incredibly entertaining! Enjoy xo Prefer to Read? Click Here Funny Story about Talking to Myself So the other day, I was walking around in my office and talking to myself. Do you guys do this? I talk to myself all the time but I always do a good job of making sure that there’s nobody around to hear what I’m saying. On this particular day, I thought I had done my due diligence. I thought I had looked around and…
  • ❼ 5 Clever Ways to Find Time to Achieve Your Dreams

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    I dropped my younger brother when he was two. Actually, I didn’t really drop him. I just placed him in a position that made it convenient for him to collide with the floor. It really wasn’t my fault how everything happened. Honestly. For one thing, he was a high maintenance kid. He was that kid that would cry nonstop for four hours. Yes, that kid. One day, I made the discovery of a lifetime. I found out that if I danced with a throw pillow on my head and pretended to cry when the pillow fell off, my brother would stop crying. If I did it two or three times in a row, he would actually…
  • ❼ How I Got $10,000 to Start Making a Difference

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

  • How to face challenges

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

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

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

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

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

  • The path to a win-win solution

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    The path to a win-win solution A common phrase in communication is ‘seek the win-win’. In fact, I will probably use is a couple of times in this article. It is used so often because it really is the foundation of strong, positive relationships. You will regularly find times when you are in a disagreement with others or, when your needs […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • The importance of motivation

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    The importance of motivation Do you lack enthusiasm and a zest for life? Are you somebody who believes that ‘I will do that’ but never actually does it. If you never do what you intend to do, you may well have a problem with motivation. When you have motivation, you are driven and more determined to create the life […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • Living an emotionally intelligent life

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Living an emotionally intelligent life Emotional intelligence is becoming more and more popular. Your ability to succeed is no longer determined by your I.Q. E.Q. is just as important. The concept of emotional intelligence has existed for a long time but it really came to light when  books on Emotional Intelligence were first published. It is now widely accepted that […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • 5 Critical reasons why you fail to reach your goals

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    5 Critical reasons why you fail to reach your goals   If you are one of those people who consistently fails to reach your goals, it may be that you see goal setting as the whole process, rather than just part of the process. Setting effective goals is essential but unless you take action to achieve the goal, it will never truly be a goal, […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
  • High productivity levels. Why organisation is essential

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    High productivity levels. Why organisation is essential If you want to achieve high productivity levels, you have to be organised. You need to have a system which enables you to stay on top of each item that comes your way; from the time it arrives, to the time that you move it on.  Getting organised is not as difficult as it first […] Coaching Positive Performance - Eliminate Stress; Maximise Performance
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    Explore Beyond the Usual™

  • The Antikythera and The Source

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lessons for a father - But, it's my blanket!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4 Cues To Transform Your Relationships

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our Hate Reflected

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Quotes to Re-Inspire Confidence

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

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    So much of life is determined by the quality of our thoughts. A popular Eastern saying goes, ‘what we think, we become,’ so therefore it is critically important to evaluate our thoughts and attitudes on a daily basis to make sure they are aligned with the direction we want to be heading in.There is a great saying about attitude and life perception: If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you. (Unknown) We need to realize that we are the ones who determine the course of our lives; and that the surest way to perfect this course…
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    Lucky Duck Living™

  • Let It Be Enough and See What Happens...

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spark of Madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • You Are Always In My Thoughts

    rahul r
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    You Are Always In My Thoughts, Your Words Reach The Deep Of My Heart, Your Pictures Support My Fantasy, Your Voice Mesmerized Me, I Can Hardly Explain It.. But I Feel So Much Love For You. The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s Crazy, The Way You See Someone For 2 Minutes

    rahul r
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s Crazy, The Way You See Someone For 2 Minutes And Yet It Was The Best Of Your Day But, It’s Crazier When You Find Yourself Thinking About That Person For The Next 23 Hrs N 58... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t listen to people who tell you

    rahul r
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The post Don’t listen to people who tell you appeared first on Sad and Love Picture. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sometimes Missing Gives

    rahul r
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Sometimes Missing Gives Sweeter Feelings Than Remembering. Bcoz, V Can Remember Many, But V Miss Only The One Whom V Never Want 2 Miss In Our Life. The post Sometimes Missing Gives appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Whenever You Miss Me Don’t

    rahul r
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Whenever You Miss Me Don’t Look For Me In Your Dream.. Don’t Try To Hear My Voice In Your Mobile.. Just Put Your Right Hand In Your Heart And You Will Feel Me In Your Heart Beats.. The post Whenever... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Programming Life

  • The Sights of Darkness and Light

    Matt Catlett
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The thing with the moving red eye has green skin. Or perhaps it’s blue. No matter where you go, no matter if you’re alone or in good company… that’s its shadow on the wall. Always at the periphery of vision, skittering behind you with a mocking chuckle if you try to fully see it. The [&hellip The post The Sights of Darkness and Light appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Simplicity and Virtue

    Matt Catlett
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    The great failing idea behind most self improvement is the addition of positive habits to our repertoires. We suppose that we are essentially good people living good lives, and that the path to being better people living better lives must necessarily be an increase in positive behavior. And it makes a certain sense since most [&hellip The post Simplicity and Virtue appeared first on Programming Life.
  • Drowning Men in the Sea of Happiness

    Matt Catlett
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    We fear drowning most when we feel the world outside us. Sometimes we dream new vessels and sail boldly to the setting sun. Angry clouds and spouting whales might then mock our sovereignty, but sailor pride resists omens until dreams’ hulls splinter open. To flounder in trivialities is to be drunk on seawater. To lose [&hellip The post Drowning Men in the Sea of Happiness appeared first on Programming Life.
  • The Burdens Loom

    Matt Catlett
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    The burdens loom. On the horizon of our minds, a storm gathers. The frightfulness of rearrangement imposes itself as a giant shadow figure. Imminence. We’ve seen that our current ways are no longer tenable, that processes must be adjusted, and that there is an inevitability of unwanted growth. The time of change is upon us. [&hellip The post The Burdens Loom appeared first on Programming Life.
  • July 2014 Rundown – 140 Links

    Matt Catlett
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Almost every day, I add the articles I enjoy most out of the 120 websites I monitor to my running list on the home page. When the month ends, I take all of the links I’ve gathered that month and present them to you in a comprehensive rundown sure to buoy your spirits and elevate [&hellip The post July 2014 Rundown – 140 Links appeared first on Programming Life.
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  • 110 Happiness Quotes To Guide Your Life

    Barrie Davenport
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Are you happy in this moment? Would you say you have a happy life? After many years of coaching people to reach their happiness goals and having written hundreds of articles on how to be happy, I’ve find that happiness boils down to a few essentials. First, happiness is a state of being. It is… Continue Reading…
  • Empath Traits: 22 Signs You Are A Highly Sensitive Person

    Barrie Davenport
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Have you ever walked in a room and had a wave of negative energy wash over you? Have you had a conversation with a stranger and could tell, without them saying a word about it, that they were deeply troubled or sad? Do you ever feel so profoundly moved by something beautiful that you start to… Continue Reading…
  • Keystone Habits: 7 Small Changes That Create Big Results

    Barrie Davenport
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    If you could accomplish one big goal in the next year, what would it be?  What important aspirations do you have to improve your life, your career, or your health? For me, it’s to write and publish several books on Kindle. Also, I’d like to lose some weight and increase my running speed and distance. Big goals… Continue Reading…
  • The Ultimate List Of Habits: 175 Positive Actions For A Better You

    Barrie Davenport
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Every day you make choices. Those choices create your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts and actions develop your habits. And your habits define your life. If you examine many of the activities of your day, you’ll see they are actually good and bad habits you’ve developed over the years. Some of them were developed… Continue Reading…
  • The Habits Of Happiness: 8 Core Truths From Author Gretchen Rubin

    Barrie Davenport
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Gretchen Rubin knows a lot about happiness. She spent an entire year, using herself as a test subject, to determine what makes us happy and how we can be happier in our everyday lives. The results of her year-long journey are chronicled in the #1 New York Times and International bestselling book, The… Continue Reading…
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  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Moving Forward Quotes

    JJ Wong
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Moving Forward Quotes Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Danny Thomas Success Quotes

    JJ Wong
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Danny Thomas Success Quotes Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Walt Disney Dream Quotes

    JJ Wong
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Walt Disney Dream Quotes All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Frank Zappa Life Quotes

    JJ Wong
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frank Zappa Life Quotes If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
  • Tom Bodett Happiness Quotes

    JJ Wong
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Tom Bodett Happiness Quotes They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Inspiration Boost - Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation
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    The Miracle Forest

  • The Secret of Remaining Calm in Every Situation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Empowering, Healing, Uplifting words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    Mat Maitland is best known for his award-winning music Design and Art Direction as part of Big Active, the London based creative consultancy, where he has created memorable music campaigns for amongst others – Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp, Michael Jackson, Simian and Beck. Not content to sit back while directing freelance illustrators and photographers, Mat has evolved into a leading image maker in his own right. His aesthetic taps into different worlds: art, photography, music and fashion all collide, eradicating the traditional barriers that usually separate these entities. Related…
  • Drawings by Ethan Murrow

    24 May 2014 | 2:20 am
    Ethan Murrow received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He shows his work nationally and internationally. Upcoming and recent solo shows include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Winston Wachter in New York and Seattle and Obsolete in Los Angeles. Ethan’s short film, “Dust,” was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. Ethan’s work is in many collections worldwide including the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been reviewed and published widely, including recently in the Los Angeles Times and the…
  • Digital Illustrations by Clint Cearley

    16 May 2014 | 9:12 am
    Trained in traditional media Clint Cearley now works as a freelance digital artist with such companies as Wizards of the Coast for their game Magic: The Gathering. Featured in Spectrum 17, 19 and 21 his work was also awarded the Master title in Ballistic’s Exposé 10. Clint currently lives in Fort Worth, TX. Related Posts:Illustrations by Archan NairIllustrations by Will MuraiDigital Illustrations by Eiko OjalaEntertainment Business by Mark SummersIllustrations by Heng Swee Lim
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    Positively Positive

  • How To Deal With Loss

    James Altucher
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    There’s no way to deal with extreme loss. But here’s how I have tried to deal with it. People say “Time heals all wounds.” But this is a bad answer. Sure, a memory will get sutured over time, leaving only a faint scar. But how much time? Nobody says how long? Can I negotiate the speed of that time? I’ve tried to regret. If I admit I was wrong, won’t that work? “Why did I treat her that way!” Or “Why did I buy that investment!” Or “Why didn’t I hold onto that job?” Or “Why did I break that law?”…
  • Smart People Should Create Things

    James Clear
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    It was 1974 and Art Fry was spending his weekend singing for the local church choir. On this particular Sunday, Fry was dealing with a relatively boring problem: he couldn’t keep his bookmarks in place. In order to find hymns quickly, Fry would stick little pieces of paper between the pages like bookmarks. The only problem was that every time he stood up, the pieces of paper would slide down deep between the pages or fall out of the book completely. Annoyed by the constant placing and replacing of his bookmarks, Fry started daydreaming about a better solution. “It was during the…
  • There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

    Positively Positive
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Related Posts Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. Success consists of going to failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Living the Impossible Dream Plan for Failure: Being Consistent Is Not the Same as Being Perfect
  • How To Have Magic in Your Life Without Being “Woo-Woo.”

    Jennifer Pastiloff
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    My friend says I should call this “How to Talk To Strangers” but you know, since I rarely believe in strangers anymore, I’ll leave the title as is, as this project feels like magic. It makes me so happy to listen to these stories and then share them. Oh, for the love of humans! “This project” is the What Made You Happy Today Project. I stop anyone I can and ask them that question. And I listen. I mean I reallllly listen, despite my hearing loss. I am doing a challenge on my instagram with this project so follow me there at @jenpastiloff. “There are no…
  • 5 Things Every Successful Person Does

    Christine Gutierrez
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    Today I am going to talk about success and to do that I want to start off with a quote that truly hits home for me. “If your actions inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” ~John Quincy Adams If we break down this quote, you can clearly see that to be successful you are not successful ALONE. You are successful because you inspire OTHERS to dream more, learn more, do more, and BECOME more. This is my definition of success. Below are my top Five things that every successful person does: 1. CARE Successful people truly CARE about the…
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    Abundant Awakening

  • 5 Tips For Mindful Communication

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

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

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

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

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

  • First and Last Day of School Prints

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love Yourself

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Love yourself, respect yourself, forgive yourself, encourage yourself, be true to yourself, listen to your inner self, don't let it down, don't underestimate it and always be on yourself's side; when... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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    18 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Things done much even if forced become habits. That's why be careful of what you are used to do everyday. This is is going to be you. Inside this brain of yours and that heart of yours, may be... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Four Quotes

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
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  • The specialty of life is the change

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Sometimes life seems like it won't get any better while other times it seems like everything is going to be fine forever.The specialty of life is the change from good to bad and from bad to better.It... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
  • Living needs courage

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    It's a matter of fact that Living needs courage to go the way we need and give us the happiness we long for. Only with my belief that everything is going to be alright soon or later, makes... Visit us to get a full recharge of motivation and get inspired.
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    Left Brain Buddha

  • What is Mindfulness?

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

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

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

    Sarah Rudell Beach
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t know who you are, because you wrote your post anonymously. But I still think you are brave. In our culture of ideal and perfect motherhood, where “confessions” are things like “I went three days without giving my child a bath,” you wrote that you don’t like being a mother. Some commenters weren’t very kind, but I think a lot of mothers can relate to what you wrote — you love your children, yet you have a longing for your “old life,” and a suspicious sense that you’re playing a role you were never meant to play. What shocked most people was that you…
  • The Space Between: Help Your Toddler Thrive

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

  • Willpower to Achieve Health and Fitness

    Robert Napolitano
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    People must learn to create their own good health through the dedication of diet, exercise, healthy home life, good influences from friends, and good luck through Karma. Health was always one of the main passions in my life since I started consistently weight training at age 17.  Resistance training is the habit most people lack […] The post Willpower to Achieve Health and Fitness appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • The Cure For the Hopeless

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

    Justin Bonesteel
    21 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    We all have rough patches in our day to day lives, whether it be at work, school, or at home. Some days we just don’t feel like doing anything because we don’t feel good about ourselves. This isn’t helping us at all, being happy and motivated helps in moving us forward towards our dreams and […] The post 10 Ways To Be Happier Daily appeared first on Victory Movement.
  • Best Free Photo Editor, and Also Free Stock Image Websites

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

    Justin Bonesteel
    13 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    There is not enough of this in the world today.  Adding value to someone else’s life is one of the best ways to add value to your own.  We’re all stuck on this rock together we might as well make it better for everyone we can, right? Providing value is the best thing you can […] The post Caring: Add Value To The Lives Of Others! appeared first on Victory Movement.
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    The Alecia Lawrence Show |I Live To Inspire | What Is Motivation| Inspiring Words | Define Motivation

  • Never Quit

    Alecia Lawrence
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never quit should be your mantra not  an option when it comes to your goals, your dreams, the life you desire. The story below of Greg Kolodziejzyk highlights the benefits of never quitting on your dream. This story definitely wowed me
  • Crazy Secret To Increasing Salary 10 Times

    Alecia Lawrence
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is lots of power behind putting your dreams down in writing. Seriously, it could result in you earning 10 times the salary. Why wouldn’t you want to write your goals down just to increase your earning potential and create
  • This Is Hurting Your Chances

    Alecia Lawrence
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are many windows of opportunities surrounding us on a daily basis and you could be hurting you chances to capitalize on one of the windows of opportunity by doing this one thing. You are looking through the window seeing
  • Tactics To Slaughter Disappointment

    Alecia Lawrence
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Prepare for disappointment… What? This is the success tip given by one of my fave inspirational leaders out there. As much as I love Grant Cardone, I had to disagree. How about a different perspective that has you eradicating disappointment
  • Making Every Situation Better

    Alecia Lawrence
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What if there was a way to make every situation you face magically better. I know you would be hard pressed to believe me however there is one simple way to achieve better experiences in life 100% of the time.
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    The Lightworker's Code

  • Freebie Friday Gifts!

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    The post Free 5 day Course to Grow, Expand and Thrive appeared first on The Lightworker's Code.
  • How to Remember More from Your Lucid Dreaming Adventures

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

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

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

  • The bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly

    Ryan Wakefield
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
  • A great motivational video for a Monday

    Ryan Wakefield
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    No go out and crush it!  
  • Spontaneous Thanks

    Ryan Wakefield
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Joe Bell is a 95 year old WWII veteran.  A few months back he put his uniform on once again and went outside to support a local charity race that benefits military veterans and their families. It didn’t take long for people to notice and go out of their way to cheer him on instead.
  • beliefs vs. behavior

    Ryan Wakefield
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.
  • Peace is all around us

    Ryan Wakefield
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Peace is all around us and within us. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.
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    Inspirational Quotes

  • Morning Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address]

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Here is the wildly popular Steve Jobs speech from 2005 at Stanford that has received over 21 million views on YouTube! Find the transcript below!   Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never […]The post Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • The Keys to Success By Will Smith [Interview]

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Here Will Smith explains his keys to success, achievement and purposeful living. How can these ideas and principles fit into your life? The Keys to Success By Will SmithThe post The Keys to Success By Will Smith [Interview] appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Motivational Video | Awaken Your Dreams

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A great motivational video to help awaken some of the dreams that have been buried, beaten and bruised! Check it out! Motivational Video – AwakeningThe post Motivational Video | Awaken Your Dreams appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Inspirational Video | Pay It Forward With Ultimate Kindness

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
      If you need a faith in humanity boost, here ya go! Enjoy this wonderful inspirational video about paying kindness forward!    “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.” Inspirational Video | Pay It Forward With Ultimate KindnessThe post Inspirational Video | Pay It Forward With Ultimate Kindness appeared first on Everyday Power.
  • Motivational Video | The Greatness Within

    Jeffrey I. Moore
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Another must add and must watch motivational video to your Personal Power Playlist!  The post Motivational Video | The Greatness Within appeared first on Everyday Power.
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  • Stunning Aerial Photography of Iceland

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Maybe inspired by our previous post about 30 reasons you should visit Iceland, photographer  photographer Sarah Martinet had the opportunity […]
  • The mystical misty Tianzi Mountains of China

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The world is full of wonderful places and the Tianzi Mountains in China are no exception. These wonderful natural towers, […]
  • Immensive Car Sculptures by Gerry Judah

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    It’s the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England, that artist Gerry Judah uses as his playground for his […]
  • Selfie Promenade Hong Kong

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Along the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong, people from across the country of China flock to take selfies with […]
  • Futuristic Wireless Phone Charger

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Swich is a sophisticated wireless handmade charger for smartphones. A mobile accessory made from sustainable materials. The wooden and ceramic […]
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    Get Motivated

  • Are you really an Indian?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Low
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    On the early morning of August 12, I learnt about the passing of a great artist, a well-known actor and comedian that had touched the hearts of millions – Robin Williams. He was 63. He had reportedly gone through a series of depressions and had apparently committed suicide at his California home on August 11, 2014. There were many passing of admirable people that I have heard, but none affected me this much. The passing of Robin Williams was sudden and had me thinking quite a lot since the day I heard about the news. Partly because I grew up watching some of the movies from this…
  • Business Basics: 3 Tips for hiring your first employee

    Christopher Rither
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
      Going from self-employed to business owner is quite the challenge, and hiring the right employee is paramount. As an entrepreneur, I have two requirements for employees. 1. They make me look good. 2. They make me money. I ask all potential employees how hiring them will make my business make more money and look good at the same time.   Hiring your first employee When hiring employees we must take into account both monetary and human factors. Legally each country, state, county or region has different rules about the processing of payroll, insurance & wage requirements,…
  • How Successful People Set Goals

    Christopher Rither
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
        More on how successful people set goals 10 reasons why writing goals is vital for success Give the monster a cookie – how to conquer scary goals 6 principles for making better decisions Setting goals you can reach The post How Successful People Set Goals appeared first on OneMeanDream.
  • Budget Travel Quick Tips

    Christopher Rither
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    The post Budget Travel Quick Tips appeared first on OneMeanDream.
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  • What’s the meaning of ….

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Abundance: “the ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it” Success: happiness and joy in work and love Creativity : thought (on any subject matter) Feel free to create your own definitions. Feel free to live by them. People that are serious about their business make their own rules. And of course…. like always….. We’ll see you out there.                                                                                                                                              …
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    18 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    3. Create Your Own Definitions When you walk into Starbucks you don’t ask for a small Colombian coffee with a shot of chocolate    syrup. You ask for  a tall Mocha. Ten years ago at McDonald’s, if you wanted to “upsize” your order you would say “super size me.” But, now you just ask for a large. Most companies — McDonald’s, Starbucks and several others included — create their own definitions, culture and lingo. They create worlds. For instance, McDonald’s isn’t a restaurant; it’s   McDonald’s world. And…
  • Bosses Take Chances

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sometimes it seems like your success will depend on someone giving you a chance — a job, an opportunity, an internship. But, realize that often a person is given a chance because they’ve  put themselves in the vicinity to be noticed so that they can be given a chance. You might have to apply for the internship or enter the contest. But then again, you still might not be given the chance you’re seeking. You might not win the contest or the internship. So, you might have to  stop waiting for a chance and take one instead. Go out there and assert yourself. Start whatever…
  • “You’re Not The Boss of Me”

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Why do little kids 6 and under love to tell adults and anyone else at least 5 times their size, “You’re not the boss of me?” It’s because they know it’s true. You’re not. You probably think you’re the boss because you know to look both ways before crossing the street and not to stick metal items in electrical sockets or in the microwave. But you’re wrong. Kids still remember that they’re in charge — kinda.  When kids do what you want them to do, it’s because they’ve relented, consented, or they’re scared of being…
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    13 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    2. You’re in charge, but you’re not in charge. 1. The entire world is created under a system of hierarchy, dominance and the illusion of control, which gives people the impression that they have control over everything. CEO’s and presidents at the top of their company’s pyramids give orders that are carried out by people at the bottom of the pyramid. Logically, the people at the top of the pyramid think they control those at the bottom. But, do they? 2. Mass consciousness of the general population creates the illusion of power in numbers. If everyone consents to…
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