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Cultivating Positivity Through Gratitude

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When I need inspiration I take six minutes . . .

Six minutes to pause and find that thing that we are all hungry for: a sense of peace, abundance and gratitude. The value of counting our blessings is not a new concept. But for those of us who feel a bit hardened by life’s hardships, this moving piece by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg inspires me on the days I need inspiration. Read More

Smile, Happy Looks Good On You!

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Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.

Psychology Today reveals:

How Smiling Affects Your Brain

Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. Read More

Encouragement: The Power Of Your Words

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Words are far more powerful than many of us realize. In fact our entire experience of reality is shaped by words. Try describing anything without words and you’ll see it’s nearly impossible. Reframing and rewriting the words I said to myself and about myself has been one of the biggest ‘ah-ha’ breakthroughs in overcoming my fears and has led to my success in business and life.

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Bring in the New!

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December is a time of festive holiday traditions, family and friends gathering, glistening lights and unexpected surprises.

For many it is also a time of reflection as well as celebration. A time to look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life, remembering each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge you have gained.

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Find Your Purpose, Live Longer

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Having a strong sense of purpose could add years to your life. According to a recent study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, people who felt that their lives had meaning and that they had value to others were at a lower risk for heart disease. Among the common traits of people with a strong sense of purpose are vitality, motivation and resilience. The study helps open the door to new ways to promote health and well being.

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Five things that matter today

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I have learned many great lessons from the master teacher called Life, but even still  I need a reminder to live for today. Here are five things that keep me in the moment.

1. There’s always time for what’s important—what matters most.

2. I am capable of more—stretching outside my comfort zone. When my thoughts go to “you can’t,” I stop and reexamine the thought. Fear, most likely has the loudest voice—if—I allow myself to hear and believe it. Read More

Never Give Up

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You Never Fail If You Never Quit

I remember having to climb hundreds of steps on my hike to see the beautiful waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. The entire ‘Trail of Ten Falls’ loop takes you above, behind and around ten stunning waterfalls.

My legs were sore for days, but it was so worth it. That is just a small Read More

Fear Is Just A Four Letter Word

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What’s the #1 reason people hesitate on moving forward to pursue what is truly most important in life?  I’ve found it to be nearly always fear of some form. Ranging from absolute paralyzing terror of making mistakes to negative self-talk, fear can control you.

Here are 5 tips to get over it! Read More

Paying It Forward With Voodoo Doughnuts

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What to do when I found myself one hour early for a meeting in the beautiful old town district of Portland.

Although there was a chill in the air, the blue sky and white puffy clouds called me to the waterfront of this beautiful city.  After a short stroll along the waters edge I leisurely walked through the city, taking in the creative window designs and the articulturical curves of the historic buildings. Read More