July, 2012 Archives


How To Simplify Our Busy, Stress Filled Lives!

By Kathy Casey. When I looked up what’s going on in the world in order to write a relevant article, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first week of August has been designated as “National Simplify Your Life Week.” Now, that’s a timely subject! Most everyone I know is continuing in their job because retirement funds are not quite there yet, starting new businesses, or taking care of grandkids or elderly parents. We are so busy that it’s sometimes difficult to find time for our friends. This can lead to a lot of stress, sometimes good stress if… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Karina Inkster

My ultimate goal is to live life as a work of art. Here’s how it works: 1. Take responsibility to create a life for yourself. Be an artist creating a masterpiece. Actively shape your own life. Write down your goals, make an inspiration board – whatever works for you. However, leave room for surprises and diversions, as artists sometimes end up with completely unplanned masterpieces. 2. Consider balance in your life. As an artist assesses balance in her work (e.g. light vs. dark, objects vs. space), consider productivity vs. rest, work vs. play, helping others vs. acting for yourself, and… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Aimee Elizabeth

Today’s Brilliance from Aimee Elizabeth

When you do what you love, work always feels like play. Follow whatever you are passionate about, and you will find yourself always going above and beyond the call of duty, and the money will always follow. You will naturally and easily rise to the top of your field. Money can be made, money can be lost, money can be made again. What you can’t make more of is time. The only thing your life is made of is time. Don’t waste it. Make your loved ones your priority – always. Work is always secondary, but unfortunately, so many people… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Kelly Taylor

My achievements in the world of music have opened countless opportunities to partner with charities and not-for-profit organizations. Realizing that my music is a gift to be used for good is incredibly important. I have embraced the responsibility of using my talents to create positive experiences for as many people as possible. My favorite concerts are when I can be a part of a group effort that is working to make the world a little brighter for others. It is awesome to be able to distract people from their troubles with my music and see their faces light up or… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: How To Make A Good First Impression – Be An Ambassador of Goodwill

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all engage in a bit of everyday politics. That’s especially the case when we meet someone for the first time, regardless of whether the person is a potential love interest, new client or friend. Just as any good diplomat would, we enter these first meetings with an arsenal of tools to help us represent ourselves in the best possible light. For some people, the tactics are a big smile and lots of jokes; for others, it’s a calm, collected manner that they’re hoping will come off as… Read more.

Skies, Silhouettes, and Special People

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Sometimes words inspire us; sometimes photos of skies, silhouettes, and special people are worth a thousand words. Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes it’s anticipated and sometimes it’s unexpected. What inspires you? Do you have your own set of inspiring photos? The mist rising from Victoria Falls shows me the power of nature. It’s so beyond my power. Surely something grander than humans designed this. And what am I, a middle-aged California woman, doing in Africa? I’m seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Life can be amazingly inspiring when you say… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Amy Shea

It takes poetry sometimes. Sometimes I have trouble, explaining directly about happiness. We have not been taught, after all, that happiness is not a soft thing whatsoever. It is not the blurred focus of the greeting cards. So we buy and send them off, a wish to be fulfilled by someone else. So easy, our favorite thing. So I tell people to imagine happiness as already there, with them, as waiting, as always-has-been-waiting, and not, as they imagined, a thing they wait and wait for to show up after all. That becomes too much for them. They order a drink,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Ryan Lowe

You have the power to change your habits, your life, and your destiny. It starts with the positive choice to get off your attitude. Where do you start? Begin by taking responsibility for your own life. Get serious. It’s up to you. If you want to change your life, change your attitude. It’s as simple as this: You have two options. You can sit around complaining or you can get off your attitude and make it happen! Let me share the following habits you need to develop in order to adopt that winning attitude: 1. Think, talk, and act positive…. Read more.

Releasing Limitations

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Sometimes the greatest limitations we have in life are the ones we place on ourselves. I have a friend named Doug, who is a professional animal trainer. He’s best known for his “Hollywood” bear named Bart, the star of Legends of the Fall, The Bear, The Edge and many more films. When Bart was a cub, Doug trained him to walk on a rope, just like we would walk a puppy on a dog leash. The only difference was, as Bart grew bigger, Doug would still walk him on the rope, but would reinforce it with… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Ellen Weber

Today’s Brilliance from Henry Miller

Well, if I get to pass anything on to the world it would definitely be my belief in individuality. You see, when I was a really little kid I was pretty wild and crazy, climbing walls and running around. I’d tear off my socks and disappear. One day my poor mom, who was tired of buying me new socks all the time, took me to the store and asked me to pick a color. Without hesitation I picked my favorite color, orange. When we got home we dyed every single sock I had orange and suddenly people started returning my… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: A Little Old-Fashioned Chaos Goes A Long Way

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Chaos is a sneaky thing. Just when you think everything in your life is falling into place, chaos is bound to be lurking right around the corner. It’s the mischievous little kid who loves to stick his fingers in the icing of a perfectly decorated cake minutes before the party guests arrive. It’s the sudden rainstorm that seems to appear out of nowhere during your relaxing early-morning hike. It’s the boss who dumps an overwhelming, unexpected project on your desk just as you’re starting to get your workload under control. Ancient Greeks believed chaos was the… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Trisha Sugarek

Growing up in traditionalism as I did, I found my freedom and voice later in life. I discovered that I could be so much more than a wife or mother. I could be anything I wanted to be. An old refrain certainly, but it’s old because it’s TRUE. Don’t do it someday, DO IT TODAY! I began my adult life standing in the secondhand light of a man. (Traditional, remember?) Years later, I figured out that I couldn’t change, fix, repair or control another human being, as hard as I might try. I learned that the only person I could… Read more.

A Classic Couple

I was not born on the Fourth of July, but my marriage was. A year ago, after the Fourth of July fireworks were over and the neighborhood had quieted down, something drew me to the personals on Craigslist. Every time I go in, I remind myself of the good things I’ve found there. I found a webmaster, who’s worked with me for 10 years, the world’s best shih tzu, and a good friend named Warren, who took me to lunch for two years while cancers, neuroma, and other medical issues ate away at him. We remained platonic, and when he… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from M.B. Tosi

If I could name the biggest obstacle to finding success in life and the joy of achieving our dreams, it would be each one of us. How many of us wake up with discouragement, self-pity, anger at our circumstances, or fear of the unknown? Perhaps our jobs are monotonous, or our marriages are bathed in tears, or our health is declining, or we have money problems. Life isn’t turning out the way we wanted. We’ve shoved away our dreams in a dresser drawer and slammed it shut. In place of our dreams, we hide in numbing mindlessness – the fog… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Following up with Jennifer Field

Harvesting Happiness: The Art of the Fine Whine

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. There are essentially two different kinds of people in the world: the ones that express their feelings, letting out everything that bothers them, whether it be to a diary, a friend, or even a random passerby, and those that bury their feelings deep within. The question is, what is the consequence of hiding or suppressing your emotions? What are the consequences of unfettered self-expression? when it comes to being happy, who ends up on top: the silent sufferer or the vocal whiner? For Freud, the answer was clear: he believed emotional inhibition caused psychological illness, which… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Alvin Jones

You are only what you give You reap only where you’ve sown You attract only what you respect You create only what you say You become only what you honor You overcome only what you face You trust only what you believe You have only what you let go You lose only what you hold on to And your goodness is only reflected in your legacy. One restaurant is known for its chicken that is done right, another is known for its French fries, and another is known for its hamburger. Like the preparation of food, your life will be… Read more.

How I Found My Person

By Mikko McPuppers (Guest columnist and best bud for B. Lynn Goodwin). One day six years ago, I saw a woman sitting alone on the steps of the porch. She watched the other dogs lunge and play. We were all there to be adopted, and the others ignored her, but I saw potential. When she wasn’t looking, I moved to the doormat behind her. It was a great place to watch… until she turned around. Of course I looked away. That’s what you do when you’re a senior shih tzu and a person makes eye contact. Before I turned, though,… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Denise Messenger

No one gets through life unscathed by immense challenges, which often shake us to our core. When an event occurs that forces us to dig deep within our souls, we need to ask ourselves, “Why am I here on earth and to what greater purpose?” – only then can we come to a better understanding and appreciation for life. We all get caught up in our daily routines and the many challenges that come our way. It is how we deal with these that define us. We can choose happiness or sadness. The decisions we make always have consequences and,… Read more.

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