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Rewriting Your Bucket List

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.” My friends who have known me a long time can attest that I’m always into something. I’ve […]

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Just Say No to Beating Yourself Up

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is that it’s been like holding a mirror up to myself. I mean, how can I tell you not to worry if I worry all the time? It’s caused a lot […]

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Think You Can’t Lose Weight? Watch This Inspiring Video

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m going to let this video speak for itself. Never give up. Just don’t. Learn more about Arthur at Team DDP. This post makes me feel…Inspired (13) Motivated (10) Happy (6) Better (4) Challenged (5)

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Jane Fonda on Aging and The Third Act of Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Can you tell I’ve been on a TedTalk kick lately? I love these mini-lectures. So full of wisdom… This one by Jane Fonda is particularly insightful. As you age, know that the third act of your life can be the […]

Keep Moving Forward

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Oh, the crazy things I do for a medal and a t-shirt… This past weekend I ran my third half marathon. My running partner and I were aware something might go wrong when a day or two before the race, […]

Your Past Is Not Your Future

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My faith in the future is mostly based on what I’ve seen happen in the past. When I make plans about this year and next, my memories have a lot to contribute to the conversation. I’m sure you’re the same. […]

Learning to Bless the Broken Road

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m sitting here at my desk listening to a few songs and the old Rascal Flatts’ tune “Bless the Broken Road” turned up on my playlist. You’ve probably heard it before, as it’s a very popular country song. It’s all […]

The Story of 2011: What Did You Learn This Year?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The gifts are unwrapped. Family members are packing up and going home. Christmas is officially over. And now the last piece of the holiday season is coming into place: New Year’s. I love this dark week of December. Chances are […]

Bloom Where You’re Planted

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s tough when you feel like you’re stuck. Whether it’s in traffic, an elevator or just in a rut, it’s no fun. In fact, it can be downright stifling. It’s especially difficult when you’re trying to get out. I have […]

It Will Be All Right

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Marielena Zuniga, an award-winning journalist/writer from Bucks County, PA. Her first novel, Jane, a contemporary re-telling of the classic Jane Eyre, is currently available for Kindle at Amazon.com. Mom is upstairs. Dad says not to bother […]

Have a Little Faith: The Film Based on the Book by Mitch Albom

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I encountered Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven) last year when I was on a kick with audio books from the library. I listened to it all in one […]

Finding Beauty in Tragedy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So, it’s been a rough past couple of weeks, but I am hardly the only one. As I’ve been open about my heartbreak, I’m encountering others who’ve been going through the same lately. Seems like everyone has lost family members […]

When It Comes to Your Dream, ‘Go For It and Never Let Go’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

No matter who and where you are as you read this blog, I know that you have a dream. There’s something inside of you that you are dying to unleash — a mission, a calling, a longstanding prayer. An adventure […]

The Healing Power of Friendship

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In the wake of some tough times, I’m finally resurfacing. I describe it all like a hurricane: the storm came through, I evacuated, and now I’m returning back to my life to survey the damage and see what can be […]

Remember the Littlest Veterans

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is speaker and author BJ Gallagher. Check out her Beliefnet blog The Power of Positive Doing This Veterans Day all across the America, patriotic music is played, parades march down Main Street, speeches are given, and small […]

Inspirational Sports Movie Moments: Facing the Giants

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you’re feeling defeated, one of the best things to do is to watch a good sports movie. Rocky, The Mighty Ducks, Hoosiers… there are all kinds of films about overcoming obstacles and becoming champions that will revive your spirit. […]

Healing after Heartache: Decide to Let Go and Move On

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So it’s no secret, I’ve been having a rough time lately. I’ll spare you the gory details. Needless to say, in the past few week I’ve had tears that I felt would never stop and hopes that washed away with […]

What’s Your Biggest Fear?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

No matter what your biggest fear is, the One who watches over you is bigger… Enjoy this video. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Be the Hero

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Everybody wants a hero – you know, someone to swoop in and save the day. That’s why hero stories are so popular. That’s why no Hollywood movie or bestselling novel is complete without one. There always needs to be someone […]

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few months ago on Twitter, people were completing this sentence: “Dear Younger Self, ________.” Essentially, it’s a letter from you to the you from years ago. When I encountered the question, it got me thinking. Wow, so much I […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: Finding Inspiration in the Fight

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this terrible disease in some way. The mother of my best childhood friend died from it many years ago, and I’m still haunted by the […]

How to Hope When You Feel Hopeless

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I read all the comments that are posted on this blog. You inspire many of the topics that I cover here on The Inspiration Report. A comment came in on When Were Your Prayers Answered? – which was a piece […]

Joel Osteen: Are You Grateful Today?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

When things are tough, it’s hard to be grateful. The dark cloud of pessimism looms over you and puts a shadow over everything you see. I know it can be hard to focus on anything else besides what’s going wrong. […]

Quick Quotes to Get You Moving

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Feeling stuck? Need some nuggets of inspiration. Take a few of these quotes with you as you take on the challenges of life. “I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do.” Ellen Pompeo “Your […]

Remember 9/11 on Beliefnet

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is Patriot Day. I hope you can take this day to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the tragedies of 9/11. We also honor those who fought for our country that day and every day […]

You Need to Know You Can

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Prov. 23:7a I was never athletic growing up. I toyed around with working out now and then, but really, my youth and subsequent 20s were mostly spent sitting down somewhere. […]

Be Grateful Even When Life Is Hard

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I read all the comments that you post on The Inspiration Report. I’m glad that we can share our lives within this forum. I know that many of you are looking for happiness in your lives after loss and tragedy. […]

Uplifting Quotes from Hollywood’s Leading Ladies

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Uplifting quotes are always a source of inspiration to me. So I’d like to share them more often in the Inspiration Report. It takes a lot of heart and determination to make it in Hollywood and it’s extra hard on […]

Be Brave for One Minute

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“If only for today, I am not afraid.” Berlin The last few blogs have been about following your dreams and doing big things with your life. We’ve talked about bucket lists and examined the life of adventurer John Goddard. So, […]

John Goddard and His 127 Goals

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m still thinking about the idea of bucket lists and to-do lists. When I sent out last week’s blog, a family friend sent me the name of John Goddard, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of him before. Sky […]

Turning Your To-Do List into a Bucket List (and vice versa)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I was out Tuesday night and ran into a friend of mine who is on a quest worthy of blogging. He told me that his friends chide him, because he never watches the news. And why would he? He’s too […]

Joel Osteen: Your Time Is Coming

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This is my favorite inspirational videos by pastor and author Joel Osteen, and I know it will touch your heart no matter where you are today. Hopes and dreams are what drive us to press on; however, it’s so easy […]

Christine Arylo on Learning to Love Yourself after Loss

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I recently spoke with Christine Arylo, the author of Choosing Me Before We, and… can I say wow! She really is the “Queen of Self-Love”. She devotes her life to teaching women how to love themselves in order to find […]

Feeling the Universe within the Creative Process

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The following piece is by poet Dani Al-Basîr. I had the pleasure of meeting this intelligent young lady at a local art show and was so impressed with her positive energy and writing talent. She was gracious to lend The […]

Labels, Titles and Who You Really Are

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I just read a great article in Yoga Journal called “Who Do You Think You Are”. The author Sally Kempton writes on self-perception. She describes two people in situations that sent them into an identity crisis: an athletic woman who […]

Shine On

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This is a very popular quote from author Marianne Williamson. You’ve probably read it before, but clear your mind and read it with fresh eyes today. Take some time to meditate on these words, because if they sink down into […]

Be Yourself

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s the simplest advice, isn’t it? We were born with the ability to do it. Be ourselves; think, behave and interact with others from our true nature. Sounds easy enough. So, where did we go wrong? I suppose it’s about […]

The Thin Line Between Fears and Dreams

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

To Write Love on Her Arms is an amazing organization that seeks to help people dealing with anything from addictions to self-mutilation to thoughts of suicide; simply and yet profoundly, they offer hope to those in despair. Their latest campaign […]

Hold On to Hope: What It Takes to Survive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I spoke with Diane Sawyer yesterday about her upcoming interview with abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard. If you recall, Jaycee was kidnapped from her school bus stop back in 1991 when she was only 11 years old. She went missing for […]

Wisdom from Dad: This Too Shall Pass

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As Father’s Day approaches, I’m reflecting on the inspiration that my own father has given me over the years. I’m lucky enough to have a great dad. He was there. He loved us. He loved Mom. He provided for his […]

I Believe in Miracles

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Gabrielle Bernstein, motivational speaker and author of Add More ~Ing to Your Life. I believe in miracles. Period. Full stop. For some of you that may be a pretty ballsy statement—for others it may seem like […]

Be The Change

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi I visited a new church last Sunday. It was very small – less than 30 people. They meet out of a studio downtown and quickly tear down […]

Denying Fear

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you don’t know Gabrielle Bernstein, let’s make some introductions. She’s a motivational speaker and author of the popular book Add More ~ing To Your Life. On this blog, we’ve been talking a lot about hope in difficult circumstances and […]

Extraordinary: Meet the Man Without Limbs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Bouncing off of yesterday’s blog, I’m sharing a video that I know will touch your heart and inspire you. Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs, yet today he’s traveled all around the world doing what many thought would […]

Hope… I Dare You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If I haven’t told you lately, I love you, dear readers. For the last few weeks, I’ve seen you pour out your hearts in response to blog posts like “Don’t Give Up”, “Count Your Blessings” and “Hope After Loss”. Your […]

Dealing with Holiday Grief

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

On Monday’s blog, a woman named Delores posted a comment that touched my heart and the hearts of many other readers. It read:I had a very special valentine until 2-26-08 then the love of my life my husband was killed […]

Healing from Loss with ‘I Did Not Know What To Say’

posted by lbrockway

IDidNotKnowWhatToSay.com,  a website founded by Lori Pederson, is designed to inspire and provide you with tools to assist a love one through the grieving process.   They also offer a free newsletter on how to assist your friends and family members […]

Sylvia Browne’s New Book and New Husband

posted by lbrockway

Sylvia Browne and her lovely new hubby were in town a while back to promote her newest book, Psychic: My Life in Two Worlds. I was a little surprised to find that he was pushing her in a wheel chair, […]

Marathon Runner Makes a Difference Donating Kidney

posted by shuang

We received this encouraging story about a woman who decided to donate a kidney in order to make a difference in someone’s life.  The following is a condensed and edited version of the story, featured with permission of the National […]

Missing 16-Year-Old Sailor Is Found Safe at Sea

posted by shuang

Young teens have been doing amazing things lately, from climbing Mount Everest to making prom dresses out of gum wrappers to sailing solo (non-stop) around the world. 16-year-old Abby Sunderland started her ocean journey on January 23 from Marina del Ray, […]

Couple Marries at Hospital After Fatal Crash Involving Wedding Party

posted by lbrockway

Guest Post by Wendy SchumanWeddings are always highly emotional events–but in the case of one Indianapolis couple, the extremes of joy and sorrow, life and death, intersected all too closely. The van carrying bride and groom Lauren Magee and Tom […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion’

posted by shuang

The late actor Christopher Reeve will always be our Superman, and not just because he portrayed the man from Kryptonite on the big screen. When Reeve became paralyzed after falling from a horse, he inspired many with his positive, upbeat […]

Homeless Man Rescues a Dog from an Oil Pit

posted by shuang

A German shepherd mix was recently rescued from a 6-foot deep oil pit by a disabled homeless man in Memphis, Tennessee.   J. Dudley Beavers, who has an artificial leg, had been seeking shelter at an old car wash when he […]

On Memorial Day 2010 We Remember the Loved Ones of the Fallen

posted by lbrockway

What is Memorial Day about? Today, Donna Trussel of AOL posted a stirring article about the famous photograph of Mary McHugh prostrated on the grave of her late fiance, James Regan, taken by photo journalist John Moore three years ago. […]

Remembering Memorial Day History

posted by lbrockway

In this day and age we often forget the historical meaning of memorial day. Memorial Day history is about honoring those who have died in service to our nation. It is about remembering the courage and strength about those who gave […]

Cystic Fibrosis Brought Me 5 Blessings in Disguise

posted by lbrockway

Guest Post by Claire Noelle Frost   May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. We asked Claire Noelle Frost to share her healing journey through CF. She has wisdom to share with those in the cystic fibrosis community and anyone with a chronic […]

13-Year-Old Is the Youngest to Climb Mount Everest

posted by shuang

In April we reported about 13-year-old Jordan Romero’s dream to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest.  At the time, age permits and high fees were a deterrent, but a few weeks ago, Romero’s dream came true when he […]

Two Pound Pup Named Pixie Belle Needs Surgery and a Home

posted by lbrockway

This two pound pup named Pixie Belle has stolen the hearts of many. This differently-abled dog has a spirit that will make you smile. And a story that will make you cry. Born with a bum hind leg, she needs […]

Video: Hero Dog Rescues Another Dog on a Highway

posted by shuang

An amazing video is making the rounds on YouTube.  A dog in Santiago, Chile is shown risking his life by running into the middle of a highway to rescue another dog hit by a car.  The hero dog is shown dragging the […]

German Shepherd Saves His Owner from Fire

posted by shuang

One incredible dog is an uncontested hero for his owner and the state troopers of Anchorage, Alaska. When 23-year-old Ben Heinrichs was in his workshop fixing his truck, a fire started after a spark ignited the gasoline.  His clothes caught […]

A Mayor Gives Her Own Kidney to Facebook Friend

posted by shuang

When April Capone Almon, the 35-year-old mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, saw Carlos Sanchez’s Facebook update about needing a kidney, she immediately knew what to do. Capone recalled reaching out to Sanchez on Facebook: “I sent him a private message […]

One Man with Cancer Helps Others Choose Joy

posted by shuang

“Cancer Sucks…Life Is Good…Choose Joy” is the motto of a man from Springfield, Oregon.  Aaron Jamison, a comedian and musician, has terminal cancer and is expected to have 3-9 months to live.  Jamison hands out purple bracelets printed with the above words […]

Remembering Abraham Lincoln on April 14

posted by shuang

The 16th president of America will always be known for altering our nation’s history forever when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to abolish slavery.   As the Civil War ended, Lincoln helped pass the 13th Amendment which legally ended slavery in the United States. […]

Man Saves Suicidal Woman By Falling 30 Feet

posted by shuang

Would you save a suicidal person by falling 30 feet through the air with them? Robert E. Smith Jr., a 48-year-old father and grandfather from Allentown, PA, did exactly this on Monday. A 20-year-old suicidal woman climbed up a fire escape to […]

11-Year-Old Saves Mom from Attacker

posted by shuang

Last month we wrote about Carlos, a brave 7-year-old boy who saved his mom and sister from robbers with guns. This month, another brave young boy in Chicago named Luis Reteguin saved his mom from a dangerous attacker and intruder. At 1 […]

The 13-Year-Old Who Wants to Climb Mount Everest

posted by shuang

At 13-years-old, Jordan Romero has a high and lofty goal: to be the first youngest person to climb Mount Everest in Nepal. Together with his father and stepmother, Romero is an avid climber who has already traveled from his hometown […]

Five Strangers Pay It Forward…with Kidneys

posted by shuang

Would you be willing to give your kidney to save the life of a complete stranger? Five people (4 women, 1 man) in Chicago are doing just that–donating one of their kidneys to potentially save the lives of over a dozen […]

In Memory: Math Teacher Who Inspired ‘Stand and Deliver’

posted by shuang

Everyone knows the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver” with Edward James Olmos, about a high school math teacher in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood who helped his students succeed in AP Calculus.  Jaime Escalante, the real teacher whose life inspired the movie, passed away from bladder cancer today at […]

Good Samaritan Saves a Choking Woman

posted by shuang

One french fry brought two women together. While driving on the highway in Liberty Township, Ohio, Amanda Mountel found herself in a desperate situation–she began choking on a french fry she was eating. Immediately, Mountel “slammed on the brakes, threw […]

Matthew Long: Firefighter, Crash Survivor, and World’s Fittest Man

posted by shuang

While riding his bicycle to work during the New York City transit strike of 2005, fireman Matthew Long collided with a bus.  He sustained life-threatening injuries and doctors gave him a 1% chance of survival. Fast forward a few years: 43-year-old Long […]

Haiti Survivor Christa Brelsford Aims to Keep Climbing

posted by shuang

Would you keep rock climbing after losing a leg? Christa Brelsford was a 25-year-old volunteering in an adult and child literacy program near Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the earthquake happened. Christa and her brother, Julian, were on the second floor of a […]

7-Year-Old Boy Saves Parents from Robbers with Guns

posted by shuang

Courage can be found in all ages. When three robbers, two with guns, forced their way into the home of a couple with two children in Norwalk, CA, 7-year-old Carlos grabbed his 6-year-old sister and a cell phone and then locked themselves in […]

Interview with Jason Wright, Author of The Cross Gardener

posted by lbrockway

How many times have you seen a cross and flowers on a roadside, or other memorials that mark the spot where a life was lost? Don’t you sometimes wonder about the people touched by these tragedies and how life turns out for […]

Winter Olympics: Figure Skater Joannie Rochette Wins More Than a Bronze Medal

posted by shuang

Figure skater Joannie Rochette may have received a bronze medal last night, but what she won transcended well beyond the podium. Yesterday, the Inspiration Report touched on Rochette’s personal triumph–her ability to keep skating despite her mother’s death, skating being a […]

Winter Olympics: Figure Skater Joannie Rochette’s Personal Triumph

posted by shuang

Figure skater Joannie Rochette’s story is a difficult one to write because it’s a very personal one: Just a few days before the individual female figure skating competition was to begin, Rochette’s mother, Therese, arrived in Vancouver but suffered a sudden, massive heart […]

Iraq War Vet is Hero in Austin Plane Crash

posted by lbrockway

The insane story about the troubled man who flew his plane into a building last Thursday also brought some heroes to the rescue as the building burned.  Robin De Haven, a 28 year old Iraq war veteran, was one of […]

‘Law & Order’ Actor Tackles a Thief in Seattle

posted by shuang

When actor Peter Rini heard the sound of cars colliding and a woman’s scream, he also saw a van hit a telephone pole and the driver dash out of it on foot. With quick thinking, Rini ran after the driver, a […]

Brooklyn Subway Hero Saves a Young Woman

posted by shuang

Everyone in New York City remembers Wesley Autrey, the “Subway Hero” or “Subway Superman.” who jumped onto the subway tracks in Harlem to save a 19-year-old student who had fallen off the platform.  Another “Subway Hero,” 23-year-old Lance McGraw, rescued a […]

Little Girl Rescued in Car Crash

posted by shuang

A group of strangers and good samaritans banded together in Victorville, CA to help firefighters rescue a toddler (a little girl) trapped in a car during a two-car collision. The toddler’s mother began having car trouble while on the highway.  Attempting to pull off to the side, another car forcibly struck it […]

Karl Rabeder Gives Away Millions Because Money Made Him Unhappy

posted by lbrockway

The Telegraph is reporting that Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his millions after realizing his riches were making him unhappy. Rabeder says it was hard to give up the trappings of his luxurious lifestyle but he […]

The Council of Dads – Six Men Agree to be Father Figures

posted by lbrockway

Facing cancer and his own mortality, author Bruce Feiler decided to ask six men to play various roles in the lives of his daughters, representing different aspects of their father. Feiler, a former blogger for Beliefnet, offers an inspiring look […]

This Cancer Survivor Discovered Her Strength

posted by lbrockway

From the publisher of the Thin Threads, this video about a woman who found her greatest strenght through illness is so moving. Also, go to the site and see the promotional trailor for the Thin Threads series. So inspiring! View […]

National Standing on the Side of Love Day

posted by lbrockway

Are you thinking of doing something to serve others on Valentine’s Day? How about showing the world some love and joining in on campaign that welcomes people of all faiths to act toward the betterment of humankind? Here’s the scoop […]

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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God ...

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Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
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