Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration

A Simple Guide to a Blissful Vacation

posted by Alex Blackwell

“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 I left for vacation. Waking early last Thursday morning eager with anticipation, we finished packing and left for the airport with time to spare. The beach waited next and we didn’t want to miss a second.

On the way to the airport, I caught myself thinking of what projects didn’t get finished and the lingering emails left in my inbox. I promised myself that once we boarded the plane, I would switch from work mode and to vacation mode.

To make that happen, I knew that I had to come up with a plan. Since I take only one real vacation each year, I don’t have a lot of practice with unwinding, checking out and simply decompressing. But in my typical style, I wrote down a few things that would help me have a relaxing vacation.

If you are heading off for your vacation soon, you are invited to read A Simple Guide to a Blissful Vacation so you can find the relaxation you deserve, too: Continue Reading This Post »

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

posted by Alex Blackwell

“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 have to be complex.

Keeping life simple is about relying on the basics. Basics like honesty, respect, trust, happiness and friendship go a long way to clearing out the clutter and staying focused on what’s important.

For me, healthy relationships, a fulfilling career and my spiritual growth all contribute to a meaningful life. And my path to these wonderful things is made simpler when I keep the basics in mind.

The following 12 ways to keep life simple (but still have meaning) is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s a cheat-sheet to help me remember a few of the more important basics along the way. Continue Reading This Post »

The Secret to Lasting Love

posted by Alex Blackwell

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 that’s been my experience with love.

Trust me; I’m no expert on love or relationships. But after sharing the last 29 years with Mary Beth, I’m learned a few things.

I’ve learned that what makes love last isn’t shrouded in a secret; it is intentional, deliberate and desired. I’ve learned that love comes from a place of want, not need. And I’ve learned that love isn’t about obligation; it’s about giving and receiving happiness freely.

Somewhere along the way my wife and I found a rhythm that works for us. So, here’s our rhythm for making love last. You are welcome to join along: Continue Reading This Post »

Be Still

posted by Alex Blackwell

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
- daydream again
- pray

When you have too many things to do, be still for a moment and consider the most important task to do – not the one that’s most urgent. Continue Reading This Post »

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