Tag Archives: Motivation

7 Life Lessons from the Oscars

  As one of the "artsy" kids, the Oscars were always like my Super Bowl. I had big dreams and knew I was going to work in Hollywood someday. The Oscars - Hollywood-bound or not - always represented to me that crazy dreams can and do come true. As I got older and became more…
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Just a Thought: How To (Really) Make America Great Again

It doesn't matter who you voted for in this past election. No one really won. This was the nastiest election in my memory, and in more ways than just the usual sludge. I didn't write about the election up until now because I needed some time to process my thoughts about the whole affair. I…
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A Conversation with Jessie Riley

[caption id="attachment_3432" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Photo by Mark Morand[/caption] Jessie Riley, owner of Kitanie Books, an independent publishing house, knows what it's like to dream. She also knows what it's like to have an invisible illness. What she didn't know was that these two traits would converge to become one of her life's missions. Her recently…
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Getting More Headspace: Day 3

On the third day of meditating, I felt like I reached a new level of bodily awareness. The strangest sensation overcame me in the middle of my guided session — I began to feel as though my body was made up of one single cell rather than billions of them. This probably sounds a little…
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How To Break Writer’s Block – Option 1

Writer's Block is a very real thing. Anyone who has had to stare at a blank sheet of paper or a blank screen knows the panic that creeps up when you need to get something done by a zooming deadline, and absolutely nothing is coming. But there's another kind of writer's block too - one that…
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Hemingway’s Top Five Tips for Writers

In his book titled Ernest Hemingway on Writing, Larry W. Phillips writes, “Throughout Hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing — that it takes off ‘whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk’s feathers if you show it or talk about it.’ Despite…
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Focus on the Love

I am sitting here struggling with what to write. I‘m supposed to be writing an editor’s letter or next month's cover article, but I can’t seem to keep my mind focused. To just ignore the latest tragedy going on in our country and keep it “business as usual” seems wrong somehow; but I also don’t want…
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How to Have a Better Morning

I’ve always enjoyed waking up early to enjoy the morning. I love coffee. I love sitting at the kitchen table with my dad as the first few rays of light glint through the trees in our backyard. I love lounging on my deck with a good book, listening to the sounds of birds chirping and…
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30-35 the New 90!

The past few weeks I have been drifting into thought about the journey through life and how our number of years on this planet in no way reflect how old you actually feel. My grandmother recently turned 95. We have been very close my entire life and it has always been a benchmark of sorts…
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Bailey’s Corner: Ride the Waves

They actually took a vacation this summer. BEST FREAKIN' WEEK EVER!! I got to be outside, non-stop, all day long. The sun was shining. They weren't in front of the computer all day, and there was water as far as the eye can see. That water never stopped moving and I never stopped playing. It…
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