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Celebrate Life by Living it to the Fullest!

Today would have been Randy Pausch's 48th birthday. We were fortunate enough to have Randy Pausch as one of our Inspirational Luminaries on InspireMeToday.com.  Randy, known for his "Last Lecture", passed away in July from cancer. I know how special birthdays are, for I just celebrated my 50th three days ago, surrounded by family and friends. On my birthday, one of my good friends, who is only in her early 40's, had surgery for cancer. All three of these things are reminders for me of just how short life really is. I think we all live our lives just assuming…

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Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!

Forget the hype.... forget the warnings. The "Big 5-0" is no big deal at all! Yesterday I celebrated my 50th, surrounded by family and friends in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Thank you to all who sent birthday wishes. I don't think I've ever had a birthday where I felt so loved. Thank you! For those that wrote and sent requests, here you go... a few photos of the day. Thanks again! Hugs, Gail

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Reflections on 50

My apologies for the delay in writing this blog post, as I've been enjoying a mini vacation. I'm writing this from a beautiful beach house in Hilton Head, South Carolina. My family has come here for the week to celebrate with me, as tomorrow is my 50th birthday. Wow, 50! I remember a time when 50 year-old people seemed ancient. Did all of those people that I thought were so old feel as young then as I do now? Did the number change, or just my perspective? It no longer seems so old. Matter of fact, it doesn't seem old…

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InspireMeToday Brings Inspiration to Iraq

(to our readers, I know this is a long blog post but I want you to understand who we are and why we're doing what we're doing. Please indulge me and read this post. Thank you!) Inspiration has always been a very special part of my life. For many years I’ve listened to upbeat music on my iPod when I worked out aerobically at the gym. But, on the mornings that I did weight training, I would listen to books on tape- inspirational messages from people like Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer or one of many others. Those morning inspirational messages…

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Faith vs. Fear

A few years ago I was working on an entrepreneurial project, living off savings. Some days were financially scary as I was learning to live on faith instead of fear. One day I was standing in the checkout line of my local grocery store, very aware the woman in front of me was taking a long time to check out. Although I had no pressing appointment, I became impatient and annoyed at having to wait so long.  Finally, I realized that being annoyed wasn’t doing me any good and I started to pay attention to what was unfolding before me.…

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Integrity

Within the last few days the subject of integrity has come up in several conversations. I think there's a buzz in the air, specifically with the upcoming elections, our failing financial institutions and the lack of integrity that we sometime see around us. I sent out a few tweets on Twitter asking, "Integrity is….", and asking friends in the social media world to comment. The comments were interesting and quite consistent: Integrity is… … returning someone's phone call when you say you will … keeping your word even when it's not easy … consistently listening to your soul … keeping…

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Bloggers Get Real in Vegas

Last weekend I had the honor of going to BlogWorldExpo in Las Vegas and meeting many of my on-line friends in person. In these days of social media and high technology, we sometime miss the personal contact with other real people. I went to Blog World at the request of my friend Dave and he was so right in suggesting I attend. (Thank you Dave!) Not only did I learn from the speakers in the various seminars, I got to meet many Twitter and on-line friends face to face. What struck me the most, from any other seminar I've ever…

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough take Baby Steps

I live in a beautiful little house in the foothills of Boulder, CO. Our home is ideally situated between several mountains, perched on a ridge and can be seen from the surrounding areas in all directions. Our neighborhood is filled with windy, twisty roads, some with the same name and folks often get lost up and down the sides of the mountains. This morning Koda, our Samoyed pup, and I decided to take a walk. Instead of our normal predictable path, we set out in the opposite direction. We were both invigorated by the cooler fall temperatures and the glorious…

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GPS- Global Persistence System

My girlfriend Elaine has a business project she's been working on for nearly a year. This morning when we spoke she voiced her frustration about how her project seems to be going in a different direction than what she anticipated. I smiled and shared an experience with her. Recently we drove from Seattle to Boulder, about 1500 miles. Our Prius has a GPS unit that makes life so easy. I just enter where I want to go and within seconds, I'm given the choice of three routes including the shortest distance, the shortest time and an alternative route, with more…

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Finding Your Own Way

As I write this, it is nearly October, harvest time. Driving down the lane, through the woods this morning, signs were everywhere. The leaves, drenched in russet, gold, and autumn shades of green. Three deer paused in the act of eating breakfast from a neighbor's garden. Their brown, velvety coats, simply beautiful. Mother Nature has designed magnificent creatures. And then, I thought of you, and began to wonder just what might be useful for me to share with you, at this particular time in your life. You and I have seen the news. Isn't it funny how obsessed we can…

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The Difference Between Winning and Losing

I sometimes wonder what the difference is between losing and winning in life. The difference between non-achievement and achievement. The threshold you have to cross to be considered a "success." And then, given the answers to these questions, wouldn't the answers be subjective? Aren't the terms "success," "achievement" and "winning" all conditional based on what these ideas mean to you? If you win a race, and were so happy about it that you did a back-flip and broke your neck, would you be considered a "winner" still? The moral to this commentary? Put your assessment of life's ups and downs…

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The River of My Life

Recently a friend of mine told me that I have an interesting mind: one that can see anything physical and through metaphor, relate it to my life. Lately, just to see if she's right, I've been paying attention to things around me, choosing an object and seeing how I can relate it to my life. Yesterday as I flew from Philadelphia to Seattle, via Dallas, I decided to see if she was right. As we were nearing Dallas, a river intrigued me, bending and winding through a very dry area. From 30,000 feet it looked like a cinnamon pretzel, twisty,…

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It’s Just a Little Fog

Our time in Anacortes is coming to an end, as we're returning to Boulder in about a week. The past few weeks have been simply beautiful here with clear, sunny, blue skies filled with white puffy clouds and warm temperatures. I can tell that fall is on the way. Not only are the leaves on the big tree by the house already turning red, but yesterday morning I woke up in the middle of a cloud, surrounded by a swirling mist of fog. One of my interviews yesterday was with an incredible man, Stephen Hopson, who is a deaf motivational…

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