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 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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What Are Your Jellyfish?

We're spending this week with a friend, sailing the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. We've never been here before and the scenery is stunningly beautiful. My husband and I are enjoying a great week. One of our intentions for this week was to do some brainstorming for InspireMeToday.com, but very little of that has happened so far. Just before I left to come up here I was interviewing one of our Inspirational Luminaries. I asked them to discuss change and how that can affect our lives. This Luminary shared that one thing they've learned is that if you…

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Off to the wild (and wet) blue yonder

My greatest inspiration comes to me when I’m in the shower. It’s like I’m showering myself with great ideas and somehow finding answers to elusive questions. It’s become such a joke in our family that when I’m stuck on the “how” of a situation, my husband will encourage me to “just go take a shower”. In trying to analyze why the shower has this effect on me, I think it’s because I’m unavailable to the world. For those 15 minutes, cell phones, office lines and email can’t reach me. I’m free to just listen and just be. There’s something magical…

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Watch What You Ask For

A few months ago I married the most amazing man, Darryl. He’s a pilot who travels and is home for a week, then gone for a week. Flying is his passion and he loves what he does. I fully support his flying and the time that it takes him away from “us”, but at the same time, I miss him. Because Darryl travels and I can work from anywhere, we’ve been spending time in Anacortes, WA, house sitting for a good friend while he’s out sailing. Just last week Darryl and I were talking with his mother about having her…

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