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Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration

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Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender and the founding editor of The BridgeMaker - a blog about letting go, faith and inspiration. Be sure to download Alex's free eBook How to Love Consciously and connect with him on Facebook.

The Joy of Being Alone

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“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn Aloneness does not have to mean being lonely. There are simple, wonderful things you can enjoy about your solitude. Re-read a book from your […]

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Sunday Inspiration #15

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: There’s a plan for your life greater than you can imagine. So, on the days when you’ve lost hope, know that you are strong enough to handle whatever comes your way. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is […]

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How to Develop Selfless Compassion

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“So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Being compassionate is a trait you can learn, like […]

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5 Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire A simple life is a happy life. Here are a five ways to unlock the secrets to living simply and happily. […]

Sunday Inspiration #14

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: You can’t please everyone. They own their thoughts, reactions, and beliefs. So instead of feeling stressed and frustrated, just be yourself and welcome the peace and happiness that will come your way. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell […]

10 Ways to Open Your Mind to New Possibilities

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“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” – Bo Bennett Sometimes even the smallest shift in thinking […]

How to Create a Simpler Life

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius Could you enjoy your life more if it were slowed down a little bit? This post will show you how to achieve that effect. Learn to say […]

Sunday Inspiration #13

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: No matter the obstacles, setbacks or odds there’s always hope to help you hang on a little longer so you can climb your way back to the light. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of […]

5 Gifts You Can Give the World in 2014

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“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend—that would be giving as the angels give.” – George MacDonald With a New Year comes New […]

10 Inspirational One-Sentence Quotes

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Need a little motivational pick me up for the soul? Try these quick quotes on for size. Quotes don’t need to be very long to inspire you; some of the shortest quotes pack the most punch. “The journey of a […]

Sunday Inspiration #12

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: 2014 – Are You Ready? About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free Peace and Balance tools. Web | Inspiring Things | […]

How to Recover from Holiday Burn Out

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“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find […]

Sunday Inspiration #11

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True […]

Bouncing Back from a Bad Day

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“You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.” – James Corbett If you’ve been having a rough day, you may be ready to throw in the towel. But don’t give […]

How to Get into the Holiday Spirit

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“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” – Janice Maeditere The holidays are a time for joy, love, and celebration. However, many of us are too busy and stressed to see the forest for […]

Sunday Inspiration #10

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True […]

10 Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

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“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” –Dalai Lama When someone does something nice for you, the natural response is to want to thank them. But what if a plain old “thank you” just isn’t […]

How to Let Go of the Familiar and Make A Change

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Do you ever dream […]

Sunday Inspiration #09

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 […]

5 Keys to a Joyful (Stress-Free) Holiday

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“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” – W. C. Jones The holiday season is about love and […]

5 Simple Steps to Being More Positive

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“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin We often don’t realize just how impactful our thoughts and words are. Here are five practical ways to recognize negativity and take the steps […]

Sunday Inspiration #08

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Remember – Sunday is a day to rest your body and your soul! About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free Peace […]

How to Let Go of Pain and Forgive

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“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” –Thomas Fuller When you hold onto pain, it makes you feel validated and powerful. The secret though about […]

5 Ways to Feel Less Lonely

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“Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” – Paul Tillich Everyone craves and needs social engagement. Personal interactions are good […]

Sunday Inspiration #07

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Post this note on your mirror, put it on your bedside or placed it in your pocket, so you will be reminded of its powerful truth on the days you feel discouraged. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell […]

Small Words with Big Meanings

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“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha The words we use every day have the power to influence for better or worse. Even the smallest of phrases or words can impact those around […]

Simple Tips for Getting Out of a Rut

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“With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt It is inevitable. In your fitness goals, career goals, or simply daily living, you will fall into a sense of complacency and start to go through the […]

Sunday Inspiration #06

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Life seems to move a breakneck pace. Remembering to slow down and savoring every moment offers the opportunity to celebrate life’s most precious gifts. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True […]

How to Savor Life

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“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to […]

10 Wonderful Things to Say Yes To

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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi How many times do you hear, “No” in a day? Do you hear the word from your boss, partner or child? How many times do you say, […]

Sunday Inspiration #05

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Letting go of the past begins with forgiveness. It allows you to claim the life that has been designed for you. And in that life, you will find your purpose and the peace and happiness that come […]

How to Let Go of Unhealthy Attachments

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“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” – Ann Landers Learning how to […]

25 True Stories of Letting Go

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“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley My new book, Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, is now available exclusively from Amazon. The project started last January […]

Sunday Inspiration #04

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: An important reminder to do what you love and live the life you imagined: About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free […]

The Must-Haves for a Meaningful Life

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“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell The meaning of life has intrigued philosophers, writers, scientists, and theologians for centuries. While […]

A Guide for Setting Boundaries for Healthy Relationships

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“Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.” – Barbara Smith Communication The most effective cornerstone in any […]

Sunday Inspiration #03

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Living a happy, meaningful life doesn’t have to be complicated to find. In fact, it comes down to doing three simple things: About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring […]

10 Ideas for Bringing More Laughter into Your Life

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“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain Laughter is important to living—it relieves tension, decreases stress, makes you feel more relaxed, and increases happiness. Here are ten ideas for bringing more laughter […]

Why You Deserve Love

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“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha Many people struggle with the concept of love. They struggle to believe that they deserve love and can have a healthy relationship with […]

Sunday Inspiration #02

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: Life is about more and less. The more you dream, love and relax versus doing less complaining, talking and worrying; the more happiness, peace and hope you will have. About Alex Blackwell Alex Blackwell is a father, […]

Three Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

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“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson In order to improve the quality and confidence you have in the decisions you make, as well as developing more trust in the decisions […]

Sunday Inspiration #01

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Welcome to the new weekly feature, Sunday Inspiration. Each Sunday this space is dedicated to sharing inspiring things that are intended to restore, refresh and renew your spirit – and faith. You’ll find inspirational images, quotes and videos; plus much […]

10 Ways to Get Motivated

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“The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison Whether you’re starting a business, trying to clean the house, or something in between, it can be hard to get motivated sometimes. Here […]

Where to Find Inspiration

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London Sometimes the world seems to be saying, “Give up,” because the odds are just too much. When this happens, the best thing to […]

How to Start Over When Things Fall Apart

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“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you had hoped. No matter how much you plan, prepare or pray, the unexpected can strike – […]

20 Everyday Things to Celebrate

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When you are working hard every day and don’t see any noticeable progress, it can feel like those major moments of celebration are few and far between. What if I told you though that you already have plenty of opportunities […]

5 Simple Steps for Feeling More Peaceful

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“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Having peace is something that can be compared to a tranquil ocean, an amazing sunrise, or a serene forest. Getting mental […]

How to Unplug and Start Connecting

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“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer During a recent family vacation, Emily, my younger daughter, invited two friends to our vacation home in Florida. We picked up Abby […]

Four Simple Actions that Bring Happiness

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama Autumn is here. The cooler temperatures and turning leaves is a reminder that change is in the air. As each autumn day passes, the sun […]

12 Little Things that Make a Big Difference

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“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault The little things can be found in how we live, how we love and how we can make the […]

You Are Stronger than You Think

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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne You don’t have to bring a Herculean effort to the challenges you face. You just have to rely […]

How to Be Good for the World

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“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead The world is hurting, again. Yesterday was exceptionally busy – even for a Monday. When the workday finally came […]

10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

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“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley Are you looking for new ways to solve problems or innovative strategies to approach difficult situations? Increasing your creativity could be the answer. But don’t think […]

Leaving the Light On

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“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.” – William Shakespeare The lights in my house are burning a little later these days. My daughter and son have returned home, but for different […]

Show Real Love

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa The Syrian debate is raging. Caught in the rhetoric’s crossfire isn’t the Democrats or Republicans; it’s the Syrian people who […]

How to Fuel Your Life

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“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” – Mia Hamm If you’re like me, there are some days when life feels like a grind. […]

5 Reasons to Get Out of Bed Early

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“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” – Richard Whately I’ve always been an early riser. The habit started more than 35 years ago when I was in high school. I got […]

Believe in Something

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“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” ― Mahatma Gandhi What do you believe? What gives you hope? What makes you want to shout from the rooftop? What sets your soul on fire? No matter if […]

Leaving the Past Behind

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha What happened in the past should stay in the past. It doesn’t define your present value or worth – […]

10 Simple Ways to Get Happy

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama Happiness is like the wind. It’s either a gentle breeze that barely moves the leaves hanging on the trees or it’s a gust so strong […]

How to Restore Self Confidence

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“Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.” – Andre Maurois One of the gifts from growing older is we get to experience our personal challenges more often. Because of this, we […]

8 Ways to Bring More Love into Your Life

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“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi Love brings clarity and focus to your life. Love helps you see what is truly important compared to what is trivial. Love empowers you to help others find its healing […]

Simple Things to be Grateful for in Life

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“When I allow myself to celebrate what is good in my life that vibration ripples in my life and the world.” – Ellen Miller When you wake up in the morning what’s the first thought that goes through your mind? […]

5 Ways to Overcome Loneliness

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“Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” – Dag Hammarskjold In our over connected world, there’s an expectation that you constantly need to be doing things like emailing, texting, […]

How to Feel More Alive

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“Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.” – Marty Robbins The sun is rising a little later and setting a little earlier these days. Summer is courageously holding on, but it can […]

50 Ways to Show Your Love

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“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde Every day you have the opportunity to show your love. On some days you have many opportunities. You […]

8 Ways to Energize Your Exercise Routine

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“I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.” – Mark Twain Summer is slowly winding down. Vacations are wrapping up as students are getting ready to head back to school. Soon, sun screen and flip flops will be […]

The Promise of a Red Sky at Night

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“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” – weather lore For the past week, my family and I have been enjoying a vacation at the beach. We all needed this break from our busy lives. […]

How to Keep Your Faith Strong in Tough Times

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Life can be bittersweet sometimes. There are some days when it seems like every wish or dream is coming true. And […]

10 Essential Values to Live By

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“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney Becoming aware of your values gives your life a sharper focus and better clarity. Your most important values serve as a filter through which […]

A Simple Guide to a Blissful Vacation

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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben Vacation is here! July 25th has been circled on my desk calendar for the last two months – the day my family and […]

12 Ways to Keep Life Simple (But Still Have Meaning)

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“Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.” – Charles de Lint Living a meaningful life is enriching, rewarding and incredibly empowering. But best of all, living a meaningful life doesn’t […]

The Secret to Lasting Love

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There’s only one secret to lasting love. And here it is: There’s no secret at all. Like most things in life, anything worth having takes effort, commitment and a dose of faith. Love is the same way. Or at least […]

Be Still

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Every now and then it’s a good idea to slow down, put life on hold and be still. In the stillness, you can… – hear yourself think – notice the sound of the wind – feel your heart beat – […]

10 Uplifting Quotes When Life is Hard

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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin” – Mother Teresa Some days seem harder than others. On these days, mistakes seem magnified and the insults cut a little deeper. Some days life […]

How to Keep Moving Forward

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“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” – Conrad Hall Sometimes even when each step is planned with a flexible precision, life can surprise you. The unexpected bill; the unpredicted choice; or the […]

20 Small Ways to Show Love Everyday

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““We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen After more than 28 years of marriage, I’ve told me wife, “I love you” over a million times. […]

8 Reasons to Let Go of the Past

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“Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Letting go of the past might be one of the hardest things you do. It’s hard to do because the need to hold […]

Free to Be

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“You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.” – Richard Bach Today is Independence Day in the United States – the Fourth of July. More than 200 years ago, the American […]

The Most Amazing Life Lessons

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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I turn 51 years old on Friday, July 5. A few weeks ago, my older daughter, Caitlin, checked the baseball schedule and noticed […]

10 Things to Say or Do Every Day

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“Give in to love or live in fear.” – Jonathan Larson Several years ago while travelling on business in New York City, I had the opportunity to see the Broadway musical Rent. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning […]

15 Ways to Live with Passion

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“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey Sometimes I can get so caught up in the act of living that I forget why I’m living. While it’s important to do […]

A Monday – Friday Happiness Plan

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Do weekends make you happy? From catching up on your sleep to enjoying a lazy Sunday brunch, weekends offer the chance to step of your routine, do things differently and soak in as much happiness as you can before the […]

10 Beautiful Things about Love

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“Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it.” – Katherine Anne Porter This Saturday, after running the errands, getting the car wash and cutting the grass, Mary Beth and I have a date. […]

The Art of Staying Positive

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“You can focus on what’s wrong in your life or you can focus on what’s right.” – Marianne Williamson I’ve been waiting for my tax refund check for over a month now. After calling the Kansas City Department of Revenue […]

20 Simple Prayers to Inspire and Encourage

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“Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence” – Brother Lawrence When my brother unexpectedly died, the pain cut a wound deep into my soul. Eric’s death sent me spinning into a dark hole of guilt, shame and […]

Something Beautiful

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“No matter how hard the situation is, always believe that something beautiful is going to happen.” – Unknown Every day is a reminder of something beautiful. When your dreams seem scattered and the rain won’t stop, there are still beautiful […]

Go Ahead – Set the World on Fire

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“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” – St Catherine of Siena What do you burn for? Is it your family, career or a cause? What makes your heart sing? Is it […]

How to Find Everyday Inspiration

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“When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best — that is inspiration.” – Robert Bresson Welcome to Everyday Inspiration. My name is Alex Blackwell. For the past four years I’ve been […]

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