Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration

15 Ways to Live with Passion

posted by Alex Blackwell

“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 what’s necessary; it’s also important to take time to reflect on the life I’m creating.

When my last day arrives, I want to look back and know my life mattered; that it counted for something.

I want to close my eyes and feel my spirit excitingly begin its next journey without fear, anxiety or regret.

To help my spirit prepare, I try to live with passion. Some days are easier than others, but on all days my goal is to live life with a free and passionate heart. These 15 ways to live with passion remind me how. Continue Reading This Post »

A Monday – Friday Happiness Plan

posted by Alex Blackwell

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 new week begins.

But doing things that make you feel happy doesn’t have to be something just for the weekends; feeling happy can be with you the other days of the week, too.

Like you, my weeks are busy. Some weeks it feels like Monday through Friday is one long day with a few naps sprinkled in. However, over the years, I’ve developed a plan – a happiness plan.

This plan helps me remember to do things that bring me joy, comfort and happiness even on the blue Mondays and the frantic Thursdays.

I hope my plan will inspire you to think about creating your own Monday through Friday happiness plan so each day is savored to its fullest. Continue Reading This Post »

10 Beautiful Things about Love

posted by Alex Blackwell

“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. But this date won’t be the typical Saturday night out – it’s our 28th wedding anniversary. And we feel like dancing.

After 28 years, my wife and I have had plenty of time to choreograph the steps to our dance. We know when to step together to overcome challenges; and we know when to step away to give the other some needed space.

There’s a certain comfort about dancing with the same person for the past 28 years. Not comfort in the sense the dance is being taken for granted; but comfort in the sense we feel the presence of trust, partnership and love with every step.

After dancing together for so long, Mary Beth and I have learned a thing or two about love, marriage, and how to make a relationship work. We’ve learned that love takes patience, sacrifice and a shared commitment. And when the steps come together, a beautiful dance comes to life. Continue Reading This Post »

The Art of Staying Positive

posted by Alex Blackwell

“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 (twice!), and being told the “check is in the mail,” I open the mailbox each day expecting the check to be there.

It’s still a no show. My positive anticipation quickly moves to negative disappointment.

My self-created cat-and-mouse game with chasing the check has left me in a negative mood. Rather than surrendering its arrival and staying focused on the positive things the check represents, I’ve become bitter about its MIA status. This bitterness is seeping into other areas of my life, too.

So, it’s time to get back to staying positive – which on some days is more of an art, than a science.

To help myself find this lost art, I’ve recommitted to returning to these ten ways to stay positive.

After all, if we can stay positive no matter what life throws at us, we have the freedom to change our lives into anything we want then to be – no matter when the check arrives. Continue Reading This Post »

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