March, 2013 Archives

Forget Criticism – Choose Positivity and Joy!

There is a lot of criticism in the world, but we are our own worst critics. It’s easy following the negative path and going down the harmful road. But it’s even easier choosing positive choices. My greatest value to the world is leading other peers that have been in my situation or worse and letting them know that “this is our story, this is what we’ve been through, but we can contribute so much more.” We let others put us down so much, but we can make choices to prove them wrong. Life is what you make it. Yes, we… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Happiness and Beauty Start With You!

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Accept yourself for who you are! In a world where value is placed on how you look and what you wear, it can be difficult to try and “fit in”. Here’s something to think about and seriously ask yourself, did you know that your beauty and happiness start with you? Think about nature and all the varieties of plants and trees as well as flowers. They come in colors, shapes and sizes. It is the same with humans. So ask yourself, How could we judge nature and say that one flower looks more beautiful than another?… Read more.

Living a Life of No Regrets

A life of purpose cannot be defined by a singular accomplishment. Each person has a unique combination of gifts and abilities that make up their contribution to the world. I highly encourage reaching for the stars, but you don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to leave a legacy. Leaving a legacy and living a life with no regrets is more about embracing the lessons life teaches. It is about having the wisdom to grow, learn, expand and change when needed. So What Exactly is a Legacy? A legacy is what you leave behind for the world to remember…. Read more.

Create Life on Your Own Terms

Imagine a life orchestrated to complement your natural rhythms. A life where your work is your play, and your play is your life. You deserve to be happy, healthy and wealthy. You have permission to create your life on your terms. So instead of putting up with mediocrity, waiting for a knock on the door or an invitation to change, take your life’s adventure to heart. The process begins here, now, today. It’s time to get moving – to wake up, lift the veil of the status quo, and embrace the richness of a full life! Out of all the… Read more.

Growing through Writing

By Trisha Sugarek. Last year I updated my website and discovered blogging. Now, you may ask, what has that to do with self-growth, self-love, or well being?? Writing a blog about what I love most in my life: writing. In doing so I have grown as a writer and as a person seeking self truth. In some strange way (and even though I am writing fiction), my writing keeps me honest… about life and about myself. I believe that if just one person starts writing, because of my blog, I have succeeded. I will probably never know if anyone was… Read more.

More Brilliance from Trisha Sugarek

I sit in my cabin in the woods as I write my message to the world. With only five hundred words to use, I am inspired to send my message to young women. 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 started out standing in the second-hand light of a man. [Traditional, remember?] I… Read more.

Bouncing with Style: Forgiveness

Nearly everyone has been hurt by something someone said, did or didn’t do. It’s just a fact of life. It’s just the way it is. The sooner we understand that and the sooner we understand that it’s not always about us, the faster we can deal with it and move on with our lives. When my husband left me with two small children while my mother was dying of breast cancer, the word forgiveness did not enter my vocabulary. I was so busy managing the day-to-day chaos of sickness, a premature baby and an ornery toddler that I didn’t have… Read more.

7 Important Truths About the Connection Between Your Heart, Mind and Brain

Every one of us has in our lifetime the opportunity to learn and to grow and to be more than we ever imagined we could be. My life’s experiences have proven this to be true! But like many people, when I was young I was taught that I was here on earth to be the person that the people in my immediate environment, my family, needed me to be. I learned that I should strive to be the person that the world around me told me I should be. These lessons eventually made me tremendously unhappy. In desperation, I attempted… Read more.

What’s Your Tiger?

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. If you’ve ever been chased by a saber toothed tiger, running madly for your life, you’ve probably experienced fear. If you’ve ever been summoned to your boss’ office to be reprimanded, you probably think you’ve experienced fear then too. However, I think that life-threatening situations, like being chased by a tiger who wants to eat you, are legitimate things to fear. Situations that are not life-threatening can sometimes seem scary, but I’d like to invite you to see them as nothing more than something that causes discomfort. For anyone who’s ever gone bungee jumping, paragliding or… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Shannon Rios

Today’s Brilliance from Alex Parker

1. Take Advantage of the Digital Economy Available We are in a drastically changing world because of the evolutions in technology which are taking place. The technological world in which we live has changed the way we work in so many ways, but most importantly, it has opened so many doors for those who are looking to take control of their life. No longer is it necessary for people to trade time for money because of the digital economy available for us to tap into. Your life does not have to be filled with work, and it should not be… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Two Quick Tips to Happiness

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Choose A State of Happiness. Remember that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our social standing as a member of society or how much money we make or have. As long as we have the basic necessities in life, things are pretty good. It also depends on what are focus in life happens to be. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? We need to get back to living in the moment and experiencing everything, just like we did when we were young. Make time to treat yourself like you would a… Read more.

Want to Change What You Get Out of Life? Change What You Put In

Even when things don’t go the way we plan, everything will work out for the best. It is ok to give yourself a minute or two (maybe an hour or longer) to overcome the disappointment. For me, life is like the bank: you can only get out of it what you put in! I have worked with a lot of young people in the cheerleading world. Most of them learn quickly that if they don’t put in the time and effort, they don’t end up performing in the big dance. Once in a while, a girl will slip through without… Read more.

Let Go of Your Toxic Expectations

The personal power and courage to have the best life possible are all nicely wrapped up in our package called self. Knowing when to unwrap and use each tool is a constant source of growth. Our personal tool chests have lots of “gadgets” just perfect to help inspire us and capture our heart’s happiness. We regularly use “gadgets” like love, acceptance, sharing, creativity, passion, humor, kindness, embracing change, and the ability to continue to learn as tools of choice for life’s jobs and journeys. For many of us the most powerful key to our best life is simply to have… Read more.

10 Quotes to Chase Away the Winter Blues and Make You Think of Spring

By Erin Steiner. William James once said, “In the dim background of our mind, we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.” That’s sort of how the end of winter feels. You can sense the change coming, but it isn’t here yet and it is intensely frustrating. Here are some more quotes to help you remember that spring will come and, with it, a release from the cold, gray, extra-layers-of-sweaters existence you’ve been plodding through for the last few months. “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn… Read more.

More Brilliance from Azziza Salem

Life has a way of keeping you humble. Profanity, hatred, anger, jealousy, rudeness and selfishness are not pretty or attractive. Mean people are hurting inside. Love them. You can’t fight anger. You must envelop it with love. It’s not a good idea to have a conversation if you are angry or upset. Wait until you calm down. People can change! But, it is up to them to make that choice. You can’t make anyone change. When you reach a certain low, it can be rock bottom or the beginning of a spiral out of control. It’s your choice! Everyone has… Read more.

Bouncing with Style: Taking a Risk

By Sandra Beck. I pushed my stroller into the law office dragging a grape juice-stained three year old boy as his little brother pounded on the tray complete with all those little plastic jangling things that were supposed to keep him busy. Clearly they irritated him as he let out a wail and now they also irritated me. An impossibly groomed receptionist looked alarmed at the rag tag crew that just rolled into her fancy office. This was a law firm specializing in divorce. This can’t be the first time someone flung cheerios under the fancy leather couches. They should… Read more.

The #1 Tool for Finding Calm

Trust. It allows you to be present in the here and now, it allows you to face the world with calmness and centeredness. Trust gives you the ability to easily let go and let God. Trust puts you in the zone and allows you to be the channel for the power of the Universe to flow through you, as you. Through Trust you will be supported in every way. The biggest thing that has changed my life has been learning Trust. It’s not just about knowing what trust means, or being able to talk about it and explain it. Learning… Read more.

Surprise Inspiration

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved surprises. Many times I start my day by asking the Universe to surprise and delight me that day… and to make it so outrageous, that I’ll know that my request was answered. It always works for me but rarely in the way that I think it will. Knowing that I was going to hike through the snow in Glacier National Park today, I put in my request this morning, for something that would make me smile. I had expectations of a beautiful rainbow amidst the snow, of… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Patrick Rodo

Today’s Brilliance from Jenny Lynn Anderson

My message is this: our valleys can be purposeful and our pain can be productive. These three critical steps might lead you through difficult times: 1. No obstacle can be faced as a worrier. You must allow God to be your warrior. Remember “If only” (what has already happened) and “What if” (what might happen) are the rigid destructive duet of worry. They are deadly consumers of our thoughts regarding yesterdays and tomorrows. Replace worry with war. Commit to putting God in your Army, allowing Him to do battle with those fears which hold you captive. If we put our… Read more.

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