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5 Tips for Cranking Up Your Creativity

posted by Alex Blackwell

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

Every now and then we hit the wall. Working long hours, keeping up with our children’s activities and fulfilling civic commitments can take its toll. When this happens, finding your creative side can feel like a hopeless task.

But your creativity never really goes away. It just gets tired sometimes. And when that happens, you can get it cranked back up again by getting in touch with your inner artist.

Here are five ways to jumpstart your creative side to get the juices flowing once again – no matter how busy your life can become.

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Sunday Inspiration #19

posted by Alex Blackwell

Today’s Sunday Inspiration: What wakes you up early every morning and keeps you going all day long. What sets your soul on fire? What do you do burn for? Your passion is truly an unstoppable force.

let your passion burn

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 | Free eBook: How to Love Consciously

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How to Say I Love You (Without Saying a Word)

posted by Alex Blackwell

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” – Unknown

Words can be powerful. Carefully selected, words can tell someone exactly how you feel. Three powerful words often said with deliberate intention are, “I love you.”

These words are life-changing and can create a bond between two people that will last a lifetime. But words alone aren’t always enough. Sometimes it’s how we show our love that makes the biggest impact.

So, say the words, “I love you” as often as you like and remember to show your partner how you truly feel by doing things that say love, too. Things like:

Cook a meal – Making a meal for someone shows that you’ve put special care and effort into something for them. Whether you’re a culinary expert or a total novice, you can prepare a dish with love, from just making a gourmet sandwich to grilling a couple of steaks. Whatever your flavor is, share it with the love of your life.

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Go on an intimate date – Dinner and a movie not necessary. A fun stroll downtown together or a night in at a cozy lounge listening to live music are meaningful ways to spend time together without spending a lot of money.

Make a photo album – Put your most memorable moments in a photo album and share it with your significant other. It’s a beautiful timeline of your relationship that’s simple to do, but shows that you care, while showing off your favorite moments together.

Watch a sunset together – You don’t need any words at all to enjoy each other’s company while watching a sunset. Embrace your partner and enjoy the view – indoors and outdoors.

Holding hands – Physical affection is important in many forms. Hand-holding is an easy way to express your affection, even when there are no words. Reach for your spouse’s hand, without announcing it, and just feel their hand in yours while you two are enjoying dinner, or sitting together on the couch.

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Give them a massage – Help your partner relieve stress and muscle tension by giving them a massage. It’s the perfect way to show your partner you love them and care about their well-being.

Send them a song that reminds you of them – Music is a powerful way to express yourself. Pick a song that reminds you of your partner and have them take a listen. The bond you create over a shared, meaningful song can create a spontaneous dance session or a beautiful, intimate

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 | Free eBook: How to Love Consciously

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30 Reasons Why I Will Always Love My Wife

posted by Alex Blackwell

Alex and Mary Beth Blackwell

“Eventually you will come to realize that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

On Friday, Mary Beth and I will share our 30th Valentine’s Day. But to be honest, we don’t celebrate in traditional fashion. We don’t exchange gifts and dinner is typically at a sport’s bar over beer and wings, not over candlelight.

It’s not that the romance is dead in our marriage – far from it. It’s just that we try to show love and be love to each other every day of the year.

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So, there are still candlelight dinners in our marriage. Mary Beth and I have found that we are more comfortable enjoying those dinners on the nights when we want to; not on the nights we feel like we have to.

Here are 30 reasons why I will always love my wife. I share them with a grateful heart so love has one more voice it can use to change the world.

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