September, 2011 Archives

Harvesting Happiness: What is Your Happiness?

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Happiness starts with you. It is all about your attitude toward life and the situations you face in daily living. You have to look at what you have accomplished in a day, a week, a month, etc. – not what you haven’t accomplished. If you are having trouble finding happiness in your day and it seems like your attitude is shifting to negative things, here are a few tips for you: Try to change the way you look at things by looking at the bright side. Focus on solutions, not the problems. Listen to music that… Read more.

Where Do You Find Balance?

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Balance. It’s something that we all aspire to maintain in our lives, but many times we fall a bit short of our desired outcome. In this day and age where always increasing pressures simultaneously pull us in multiple directions, it’s critically important to take the time to reconnect and add balance to our lives. The question is, how do we do that? For me, balance starts with an intention to separate “me” from what’s going on around me. It’s making the time to recognize, acknowledge and appreciate the inner “me”, and knowing that the world will… Read more.

Are You Ready To Be An Entrepreneur?

People become entrepreneurs for many different reasons, some to do what they love, others to help serve people and others just to pay their bills or even live the lifestyle of their dreams. Regardless of the reason you may want to start your own business, you must realize that successful entrepreneurs are really artists. When a painter begins their masterpiece, they are looking at a blank slate. When a sculptor begins their masterpiece, they are looking at a lump of clay. What separates the master painter and master sculptor from the rest of the crowd is that they see opportunity… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Roslyn Franken

Let go of your past challenges. Accept who you are today. Look forward to each new tomorrow with a renewed sense of hope, faith and enthusiasm. Your past challenges do not dictate your future. If you keep looking in the rearview mirror of life, you will miss out on all the wonderful possibilities that lie ahead. Decide where you want to go, who you want to be and follow the path to take you there. If the path is unclear, just take the first step and know that the next step will present itself. It may not be what you… Read more.

Post a Note – Sentiments That Stick

By Michele Howe. I was telling a good friend how much I had been appreciating reading two books on gratitude – the kind of gratitude that is not dependent upon having good things happen or experiencing favorable circumstances. In other words, developing an attitude of gratitude that “sticks” no matter what. This friend (whom I am always so grateful for…) recommended another book on the same theme called 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. The timing of this book was perfect because this author, a lawyer, discusses his 15 months of sending out 365 thank-yous to different people who touched… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Betsy Chasse

Today’s Brilliance from Derrick Hayes

Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. If you tell your story to enough of the right people, help will be on the way. Is money stopping you from fulfilling your destiny? I want you to look to your F.A.M.I.L.Y. and see how close you are to seeing your dreams come true. Your F.A.M.I.L.Y. network consists of people that are your Friends, Associates, Ministry, Inspiration, from Learning and You. It’s time that you ask your F.A.M.I.L.Y. for help so you can live more abundantly. Friends are people that you communicate with on a regular basis. Whodini had a hit… Read more.

Birthdays and Bone Density – How One Should Remind Us of the Other

By Michele Howe. Making the most of every birthday (every day)…aging strong (and healthy.) I love birthdays…my own and everyone else’s! Call it a hangover from childhood memories and those early traditions…but birthdays are the single one day of the whole year when it’s just fun to pick what you where you want to go (sitting on a warm beach) and what you want to do (sitting on a warm beach with a great book and playing my favorite music) and what you want to eat (sitting on a warm beach with a great book and playing my favorite music… Read more.

Share Your Best/Worst Pregnancy Moments with A Million Moms

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. I’m in New York City today, taking part in the Million Moms Challenge. It’s a cause to unite a million moms with a million moms in developing countries around the world. The best thing about this program is that you don’t have to be a mom to help a mom. You just have to be “one in a million”.  Join us to make healthy pregnancies, safe births, and children who survive and thrive a basic right around the world. As a part of this project, I’ve been asked to answer the question, “What was the best… Read more.

Become a Better, Faster Manifestor Day-by-Day!

I have been a Conscious Creator all of my life, and I didn’t realize it for most of my life. At the age of 11, I announced to my parents that I was going to become a sportswriter. I knew in my heart that this was what I was going to do. And true to my vision, at the age of 21, I was at the Detroit Free Press, at 22 I was at the Associated Press and writing front-page stories for the LA Times and at 23 I was at the Washington Post! The rest of my career has… Read more.

Embracing In Between

By Brittney Schering. Life comes with a little secret: Every plan will not always unfold effortlessly. It is important to know that THIS IS OKAY. It is all a part of becoming who you dream of being, doing what you’re destined to do, and living that life that you’ve always wanted to. This is a lesson that I have recently come to realize, and am currently in the midst of grasping. So, I started a new blog to document what I call my in-between experience: coming back to Michigan after living a glimpse of my dream, writing for the summer… Read more.

Loving Everyone

When Brittany was only 5 years old she ran in front of a bus to save the life of her friend. Badly injured herself, these are Brittany’s recollections as to ‘why’ she did such a heroic act. After the bus accident, I was in the emergency room, and my dad asked “What would make a girl be so brave?” Then suddenly my eyes opened, I took ahold of my daddy’s hand and said to him, “You always said we were supposed to love everyone, and that’s what I was doing, daddy – I was just loving her!” All the nurses… Read more.

Join the Million Moms Challenge

I’m proud to be one of the Team Leaders for BlogFrog, to help launch the Million Moms Campaign. I’ll be flying to New York City on Monday, to attend the Social Good Summit. I’ll share more details about this exciting campaign with you next week. In the meantime, for those of you in NYC who would like to be on TV, here’s your chance! Good Morning America will be covering the launch of the Million Moms Challenge campaign on Monday, Sept 19th. If you are going to be in NY and would like to have a cameo on the show,… Read more.

Little Notes of Appreciation and Words of Thanks Make a Difference!

All of us like to feel valued and appreciated. However, it is easy for most of us to go through our day forgetting to complete simple acts of kindness. My husband is in sales, and much of the time he travels. I try to find little ways to tell him that I appreciate his work and that I will miss him while he is gone. I might stick little handwritten notes in different parts of his suitcase. One time I made him a set of note cards with numbers marked on the front to show him when he should open… Read more.

Now… Be Human

Live in the moment, as that is all we have. It’s a fearless way to live and drink of the delicious nectar of this beautiful planet. This is the most amazing time of our history to be living on this planet, especially as a woman. These are fearful times and we have the opportunity to move through our fear and embrace our sword of courage to achieve our dreams to help ourselves and help the whole world. Help our planet heal. Find your tribe and listen to your personal call to action. You may not know what that call may… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Tara Taylor

3 Practices to Light Your Life

The greatest gift that I have learned in this lifetime is to live my life by these three phrases: Love your ego, love your life and lead by example. Like many souls, I once believed that enlightenment was reached by ridding oneself of ego. In my early teens, I was so frustrated by the power my ego had over me that I broke down in uncontrollable tears. I asked the divine why I was struggling with detaching from my ego. Then, like a divine lightning bolt hitting me I realized, “trying to rid yourself of ego is your ego’s work”…. Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Mary Calhoun Brown

The truth is, everything I’ve learned about life has come from my autistic child. “Be who you are” William has never pretended to be something he isn’t. He tells people he is different. Why does everyone try to “fit in” when we were born to stand out? And he definitely stands out. At 6’3″, handsome, faithful and highly intelligent, William never waivers from the truth of who he is and what he has overcome. He never fails to pray quietly over his meals. He stays late at school. He helps others even when it limits his own free time. He… Read more.

The Power of Choice

By Roslyn Franken. My name is Roslyn Franken. I was born to a mother who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and a father who survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan, as a prisoner of war. The only thing they said kept them going was their hope and courage to face each new day with a renewed determination to never give up. This attitude was their choice. When diagnosed with cancer at age 57, my mother told the doctor, “Hitler didn’t get me, my cancer won’t get me.” Doctors gave her two years to live. She died 21… Read more.

Your Extraordinary Quality of Life

There is a reason why you’re reading this today. Today is the day you are moving toward what is intended for you. Are you ready to step into your power with courage and absolute faith in your future? Imagine what an extraordinary quality of life you would have if you woke up every day feeling energized, happy for no specific reason, excited about the day ahead and with a big smile on your face! Today I will share with you some of the keys to a balanced, fun-filled, happy life. First and foremost, express how thankful you are for all… Read more.

Good Manners Are NOT A Sign of Weakness!

By Stephen Simon. A few days ago, my wife Lauren wrote a wonderful blog about the disappearance of manners that really resonated with me. Her blog focused on the lost art of writing handwritten “thank you” notes for gifts, rather than just taking the easy email route, which in turn got me thinking about the loss of manners in movie theaters and  almost everywhere we turn. The “me” years seem to be signaling that common courtesy, admitting mistakes,  and polite behavior are not only no longer necessary, but are actually “corny” or, even worse, a sign of weakness. Recently, I… Read more.

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