Advertisement

Inspiration Report

Inspiration Report

Inspiring People Archives

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Our “People Who Do Good” series has been a blast and I’ve enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a […]

Advertisement

Beliefnet Blogger Gabrielle Bernstein Gets Engaged (and a Few Thoughts on Letting Go)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

First off, big congrats to Beliefnet blogger, author and Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein on her recent engagement in the “city of love”, Paris. In this video blog, she not only shares her exciting story, but also offers an inspiring lesson […]

Advertisement

Finding My Father

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Sam Bracken, co-author of My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change (Crown Archetype; June 2012) with Echo Garrett, spokesperson for the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation, and general manager of new media for Franklin Covey. […]

Advertisement

People Who Do Good: The Adventures of Coach Crawford

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In March, I proudly started a series on people who go the extra mile to inspire and enrich the community around them. First, we met Shari Grimes and the work she does for the Hope House, then we met a […]

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 (10) Motivated (9) Happy (5) Better (3) Challenged (3)

86-Year-Old Grandmother Starts Email Ministry

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s blog is a reprint of a story originally published in Pamlico News of North Carolina. Just think. This woman went from not being able to type to launching her own newsletter that helps connect and pray for people. Never […]

People Who Do Good: Shari Grimes and The Hope House

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I think we need to hear more about good things. In this world of natural disasters and tragedies of every kind, I want to read about people helping one another and being living, breathing miracles. That’s why I’m starting a […]

How to Find Your Passion

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of the things I enjoy most is watching someone doing what they love. When a friend, loved one or even a total stranger finds their groove in life, it just lights something up on the inside of me. I’ve […]

The 100-Year-Old Bride: Woman Weds on Centennial Birthday

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I saw this story on Yahoo! on Friday and it was so charming. Kinda goes to show no matter what your circumstance is – divorced, widowed or just perpetually single – it’s never too late. What also struck me most […]

Video: Man Makes a Coffee Run for Cancer Patients

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean that the love has to stop. Check out this touching story of a man who shares love through the gift of espresso. This post makes me feel…Inspired (1) Motivated (1) Happy (1) […]

Your True Life Love Stories

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last week, I asked you dear readers to share with me how you met your Valentines. What an overwhelming response! Counting Facebook friends, I had at least 100 stories. Some of them almost made me cry. You’ve had romance worthy […]

Happy Self-Love Day with Christine Arylo

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Looking for love? It’s all inside of you. I interviewed “The Queen of Self-Love” Christine Arylo on how to celebrate February 13th as Self-Love Day! First of all, tell us all what Self-Love Day is. February 13th is the international […]

Stand with Hope: The Story of Gracie

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Gracie Rosenberger’s life changed forever in 1983 when she was involved in a horrifying car accident. After more than 70 surgeries and millions of dollars in bills, she’s still standing… even without her legs. Now she’s taking a message of […]

How Bad Do You Want It?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

On the rare times that people come to me looking for advice, I hear them out and then ask the same question: “Do you really want it?” Whether it’s struggling for a promotion at work or losing weight, to me, […]

10 Great Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are inspirational quotes from the great leader. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” “We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside… True compassion […]

Wedding Update from The Movie Proposal Couple

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

You were among the many that enjoyed the video of Matt’s proposal to Ginny. Matt created a movie trailer of him asking Ginny’s father for his blessing. Then Matt raced to the theater to propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend. It […]

Gabrielle Bernstein: How to Be a Miracle Worker

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We love Gabby Bernstein here on the Inspiration Report. She’s been kind enough to lend us some great guest blogs such as “I Believe in Miracles”. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing her on her latest book. Check out […]

Beliefnet Spreads Holiday Joy through ‘Angel Tree’ Giving

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s so great to work at a place that is always thinking of others, and this year Beliefnet wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. Last week, we partnered with our sister company Affinity4 to help as […]

Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Each year, Beliefnet nominates 10 inspiring individuals for our Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award. We’re excited to share with you that we’ve announced our 2011 nominees and voting is underway as we speak! To vote, visit our page […]

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 […]

Tara Stiles: ‘Be Kind to People and See What Happens’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I enjoy video blogs from New York City yoga instructor and author Tara Stiles. She wrote the book Slim Calm Sexy Yoga: 210 Proven Yoga Moves for Mind/Body Bliss and has a great website dedicated to yoga and feeling your […]

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 […]

Steve Jobs: ‘Keep Looking, Don’t Settle’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The world said goodbye to a visionary last night as news spread that Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs died. It’s an understatement to say that he was an innovator. Steve Jobs was a game-changer. His work changed the way we, […]

Christine Arylo: The Big Fat Lie About Love

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m a fan of Christine Arylo, but you already know this. I’ve featured her video once before: Christine Arylo on Learning to Love Yourself after Loss. I’ve also interviewed her further on the topic of self-love. In her story, we […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Five Friends Everyone Should Have

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s all about inspiring friendship this week.  We talked about our best friends and heard a great song about friendship by James Taylor and Carole King. Now, it’s time to highlight some great friends everyone should have. If you’re lucky, […]

Who’s Your Best Friend?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We’ve done this a few times in the past with fathers and, interestingly enough, ourselves. But let’s talk about friends! This one is going to be fun. Okay, I’ll go first. I have been blessed with a trio of best […]

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 […]

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 […]

Out Your Envy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” – Mary Schmich I am in love with my life. I honestly wouldn’t trade shoes with […]

Why Your Dad Is the Best

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few days ago I asked you to brag about your dad. And boy, did you brag! More than 100 comments full of touching stories and life lessons from your fathers. You all have been blessed to have such amazing […]

Brag about Your Dad

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Mothers are great, but there’s something uniquely special about a good father. If you have one or had one, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s the man who loved and hugged even if it wasn’t second nature to him. […]

Toddler Dances Through Life Threatening Illness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Watch this video from the Associated Press about a baby in Texas who is battling a rare blood disease but keeps on dancing! You can learn more about Winslet and her condition on her web site: www.cotaforwinslets.com. I don’t know […]

Free Hugs and Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here are some people out to spread the love. In London, England, there’s a group called Action for Happiness that has made it their members’ sole mission to make other people just a little bit happier. They give out free […]

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 […]

Life without Limits

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Growing up, my mother used to tell us often to banish the word “can’t” from our vocabulary. We were not allowed to think that we were incapable of doing something we set our minds to. The older I get, the […]

A Youth’s Climb for a Nation

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Meet Rob Gibbs. He’s a 20-year-old British University student who’s about to climb the fourth largest mountain in the world. And he’s doing it for Childreach International. I recently reached out to Gibbs about his upcoming feat and what lead […]

Women’s History Month: Who Inspires You?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

March is Women’s History Month, and it got me thinking about inspiring women of the past and present. As a woman and a writer, many of my historical heroes are the same. I’m utterly fascinated by the life of Zora […]

Laughing Babies

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

There is truly nothing better than the sound of a baby laughing. I don’t even have kids, and I chuckle every time I see something like this. I saw this YouTube video making the rounds on Facebook a few days […]

The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart

posted by lbrockway

I am a huge Daphne Rose Kingma fan and so exited about her newest book. It really reminds me of the essence of what Beliefnet offers to readers. In Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart, her first […]

CBN’s Gorman Woodfin Talks to Beliefnet About His Inspiring Book

posted by lbrockway

It was a blessing to meet my new friend, Gorman Woodfin, while we were both covering the Royal Premiere of Voyage of the Dawn Treader in London.  He is an optimistic and very kind soul!  When he told me about […]

Daryn Kagan is Showing the World What’s Possible

posted by lbrockway

Interview by Laurie Sue Brockway Daryn Kagan is the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, an inspirational online community that features a daily Web cast of stories that, “Show the World What is Possible.” Her web site and online community have become a […]

Daylle Deanna Schwartz Launches a Self-Love Challenge

posted by lbrockway

Self-help books push building self-love but most people are still in short supply of it. It’s easy to encourage people to “love yourself” more and sounds good, except to those who don’t know how to start. With pressure to look […]

Thank You, Zach Bonner-Most Inspiring Person of 2009

posted by lbrockway

Each year, Beliefnet presents the Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award to someone who has demonstrated extreme courage, forgiveness, compassion, or self-sacrifice amidst challenging circumstances. Beliefnet is currently accepting nominations for the Most Inspiring Person of 2010. Past winners […]

Lauren Ruotolo is Unstoppable in Stilettos

posted by lbrockway

How does a girl who was originally predicted to live a wheelchair-bound existence become adventurous, self-assured, successful, and . . . unflappable?   Standing 4 feet 2 inches tall in flats (which she would never be caught dead in, anyway), […]

Roosevelt Hospital Hosts NICU Alumni Reunion

posted by lbrockway

Today is my son Alexander’s birthday.   He came into the world 19 years ago and spent his first 77 days in neonatal intensive care.  Now he is a grown up Queens College sophomore and college sportscaster living his dreams and making […]

Celebrate National Forgiveness Day on October 30

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Bob “Mr. Happy” Moyers   Volunteers from around the globe will be encouraged to “take the pledge of forgiveness” this fall in celebration of the 5th annual National Forgiveness Day. It falls on October 30th this year. […]

Sister’s Love Launches Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

posted by lbrockway

A new book, “Promise Me,” out in time for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, tells the story behind the founding of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.   Growing up in postwar Peoria, Illinois, Suzy and Nancy Goodman were inseparable, […]

Argentine Holocaust Survivors Finally Find Refuge

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog By Marysa SherenIt’s hard to explain what drew me to Argentina. Your quintessential humanities-worshipping college kid, I dabbled in studying Spanish as a foreign language throughout my teenage years and, like many Philosophy majors hailing from pampered suburban […]

Interfaith Pioneer Rabbi Joseph Gelberman Dies at 98

posted by lbrockway

By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway   Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, pioneer of the interfaith movement, died on September 9, 2010. He left us on Rosh Hashanah, a High Holiday considered a time of rebirth and new beginnings for people of the […]

Celebrate Women’s Right to Vote as the 19th Amendment Turns 90

posted by lbrockway

Guest Post by Matt O’Shea  “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.  Congress shall have power to enforce this […]

White House Announces 2010 Citizen Medal Winners

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

Each year, the White House honors U.S. citizens “who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs.” This year, it turned the task of choosing nominees over to the public. The White House issued the following write-up on the winners: […]

One Last Curtain Call- Author Andrea D. Lyon Remembers Her Mom

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Andrea D. Lyon A few weeks ago, my mother died. This is a life altering event for me, but that isn’t why I am writing this — I am writing this to celebrate her life. Mom’s name […]

A Prayer for George Steinbrenner

posted by lbrockway

George Steinbrenner died this morning, Tuesday, July 13.  My son, Alex, was close with him.  Today he will dedicate his radio show to The Boss.   They discovered each other 10 years. Mr. Steinbrenner was such a great supporter and welcomed him into […]

Seeking Stories from Teens Who Are Making a Difference

posted by lbrockway

Do you have a child or grandchild who is working on a special community service or charitable event this summer.  Or do you have a friend or neighbor who is raising a kid who is doing his or her part […]

This July 4th, Salute Women Like Kat Moughan

posted by lbrockway

Guest blog by Rona Cherry   Like many in our Armed Forces, U.S. Army Reservist Captain Katrina (Kat) Moughan dreamt about serving our country by going overseas to help in the fight against terrorism. She almost got her wish, too. […]

Proposed TV Show About Inspiring People with Disabilities for Oprah

posted by lbrockway

Barbara D’Amato was diagnosed with MS in the prime of her life and career. She had to reinvent herself. And not in a small way. Barbara entered the contest to get show on Oprah’s new channel. Here’s a link to […]

Inspirational June Carter Cash Quotes

posted by shuang

June Carter Cash was born today on June 23, 1929; she would have been 81-years-old. Devoted wife and mother, talented singer and actress, June Carter Cash will always be remembered as the heart and soul of her equally famous husband, […]

Buy a Kenneth Cole T-shirt, Help the Gulf Oil Spill

posted by shuang

Threadless.com is not the only company creating Gulf oil spill t-shirts with the aim to donate proceeds to relief efforts. Well-known fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s has also launched a t-shirt initiative to help support those affected by the Gulf oil […]

Remembering the Legacy of NBA Star Manute Bol

posted by shuang

At 7 feet, 7 inches, Manute Bol was one of two tallest basketball players in NBA history.   Born in Sudan, Manute was drafted to become an NBA player in 1985 and played for ten years with four different teams: Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, […]

President Obama Launches ‘Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative’

posted by shuang

As a father of two young girls, President Obama understands the importance of being a good leader and role model for his daughters. To support and encourage other fathers to be good role models, the President launched a new phase […]

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 […]

John Tesh Radio Show Wants You to ‘Adopt A Fisherman’

posted by shuang

We’ve all seen the horrific photos of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Water birds, fish, and other sea animals have been affected along with fishermen whose livelihood depends on the Gulf. At least 27,000 jobs have been […]

Matt Roloff of ‘Little People, Big World’ Is Not Dead

posted by lbrockway

Weird rumors are circulating that Matt Roloff, the Dad in “Little People, Big World” died of a heart attack. Apparently they left the last season’s episode of the reality show with a cliff hanger with Matt on the floor.  People […]

World Cup 2010: Inspiring Quotes from Famous Footballers

posted by lbrockway

As the world watched the World Cup Opening Ceremony and rejoiced at the start of World Cup 2010, we looked through a beautiful book called A Beautiful Game: The World’s Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives by Tom Watt, […]

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, […]

Inspiring Quotes to Celebrate Anne Frank’s Birthday

posted by lbrockway

On June 12, 2010, Anne Frank would be 81. She was born in 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany and died in a concentration camp in 1945. Two years after her death, her father published her now famous diaries. Her wisdom is available in The […]

How to Tweet Your Way to a Job

posted by shuang

We’ve all heard the unbelievable horror stories of being fired from jobs for misusing Twitter, but how about finding a job because of Twitter? After Renee Libby was laid off from her job in Baltimore, she began following PR executives […]

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 […]

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday on June 8

posted by lbrockway

Guest Post by Marysa Sheren   Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday is June 8.  On that day we remember a truly inspirational man whose legacy has been formative to the development of the field of architecture in America and around the […]

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 […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Young at Heart’

posted by shuang

This weekend, watch a different kind of romance movie, one without any last-minute car chases to the airport. “Young at Heart” is a documentary about two widows named Reva and Lou who fall in love with each other while on […]

Kaitlyn Maher Singing on America’s Got Talent

posted by lbrockway

Wow, we just came across this video of Kaitlyn Maher singing “Somewhere Out There” on America’s Got Talent when she was 4 years old. So cute. And brave. She has since become a recording artist. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) […]

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 […]

Two Videos: 13-Year-Old Mount Everest Climber, Before and After

posted by shuang

After reading the story about Jordan Romero, watch two videos about him. First Video: Jordan Shares His Goals Before Climbing Mount Everest Second Video: Jordan Shares His Triumph After Climbing Mount Everest This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

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 […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Marathon Women’

posted by shuang

Take a breather and watch a touching 4-minute documentary called “Marathon Women.” Mothers and other everyday women share why running is important in their lives. For some, it’s a “release,” an “ability to grow stronger,” and a way to “control […]

A 90-Year-Old Woman Attends High School Prom

posted by shuang

During high school, Haselteen Rumbo’s parents forbid her to attend the high school prom because of dancing. Now, at 90-years-old, Rumbo got a second chance to attend a high school prom in Independence, Missouri–with her 18-year-old great grandson. The nursing home that Rumbo […]

Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson in New York Tonight

posted by lbrockway

Three amazing teachers and authors bring their wisdom and inspiration to the Big Apple tonight. Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra, and Marianne Williamson have joined together to share their knowledge on what they feel is one of the most crucial obstacles […]

An 87-Year-Old Woman Graduates College

posted by shuang

Gail Brant of Anderson, Indiana proved that it’s never too late to go back to school. At 87-years-old, Brant recently graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. When Brant graduated from high school, she didn’t get a chance […]

How One Man Found a Job…By Advertising Himself

posted by shuang

If you lost your job, would you dress up in a suit, put on a poster board, stand on a street, and hand out your resume to strangers? If you are 60-year-old Paul Nawrocki, you would.  In fact, when Nawrocki was […]

Mother’s Day 2010-Mother’s Day Poems from a Daughter

posted by lbrockway

These Mother’s Day poems are dedicated to my mom, Shirley Brockway, our family matriarch. She was an only child but has three daughters, who have given her 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The grandkids call her Dee-Dee. My mom has […]

Four Incredible Kids Awarded for Kindness to Pets

posted by shuang

Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only one raising awareness for pets; four kids and teens are being awarded for their humanitarian efforts to help animals. As part of “Be Kind to Animals Week” (May 2-8), the American Humane Association sponsored a contest […]

A 99-Year-Old Woman Falls in Love…with an iPad!

posted by shuang

A 99-year-old woman in Lake Oswego, Oregon is proving that you can learn something new no matter what age you are. The widow of a former mayor, Virginia Campbell recently received an iPad from her daughter and son-in-law.  Even though […]

Robert Indiana Would Like to Cover the World With HOPE

posted by lbrockway

Remember the big, red LOVE statue that stacked the LO over the VE and presented the word as a work of art? Well the same sculpture who wanted to fill the world with love would now like to cover it […]

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 […]

Katie Couric Interviews Twitter co-founder Biz Stone

posted by lbrockway

Katie Couric has a way of making anything sound upbeat and inspirational. Her @KatieCouric page at CBS news is home to one on one wed interviews between Couric and newsmakers. In this interview, she talks with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about the rise […]

Special Needs Teens Get Their Own Prom

posted by shuang

High school teens in St. Charles, Missouri put together their annual special needs prom. The special needs prom first began 14 years ago when a sponsor of the high school Renaissance Club had a child with Down syndrome. The prom is still put together […]

Jan Shepherd Offers a Lesson in Self Love

posted by lbrockway

Jan Shepherd has a powerful blog entry in the Huffington Post this week that will inspire anyone who knows about negative self image and yo-yo dieting. In a post titled “My Relationship with Food: A Reflection of Self,” she talks about how she gave up self-hatred […]

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. […]

Artist Finds Creative Way to Take Care of Aging Mom

posted by lbrockway

In an article called “Glitter Goddess,” posted on Divine Caroline, author Edie Weinstein-Moser tells the story about a women who came up with a wonderful way to care for her aging mother, keep her active and bring in some cash–she […]

Creative Teen Makes Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

posted by shuang

While other teens are browsing stores to buy the perfect prom dress, a teen from Garner, Iowa has already made hers–out of gum wrappers. Elizabeth Rasmuson, a high school junior, was inspired to be unique and create her own dress […]

Teen Girl with Incurable Disease Starts Book Charity

posted by shuang

When 16-year-old Mackenzie Bearup from Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with the disease Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) about six years ago, she escaped the terrible pain she felt in her knee by reading books. Bearup had been jumping on her bed while […]

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 […]

Sherpa Climbs Mount Everest for His Kids

posted by lbrockway

A veteran Sherpa is preparing to scale Mount Everest for the 20th time, all in the name of a better education for his four children. “Apa Sherpa, who holds the record for the number of successful climbs to the summit […]

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 […]

How One Family Got Inspired by Books and Blogging

posted by shuang

Tired of family movie night? Try a family book blog night. A family of four in Milburn, New Jersey is connecting together as a family through their shared love for books and blogging. To inspire their two girls (Lauryn, 11, and Sami, […]

Metropolis Planet Organizes Bone Marrow Drive in Honor of Clyde Wills

posted by lbrockway

The Metropolis Planet is organizing a Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Clyde Wills, their Editor Emeritus, on April 12, and the town of Metropolis is rallying around this very special man. In this photo, then presidential hopeful Barack Obama poses […]

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 […]

Video: Inspiring Women’s Quotes

posted by shuang

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate and honor female pioneers who have made an impact in history–whether in science, literature, film, politics, civil rights, etc.–watch this brief video […]

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 […]

Secret Millionaire Grace Groner Donates Her Fortune

posted by lbrockway

Grace Groner, orphaned at 12, was taken in by family friends until she was adopted. Her adopted parents made an investment of paying her way through Lake Forest College, not knowing this investment would lead to a greater one many years […]

Oldest Working Physician Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson turns 100 Years Old

posted by lbrockway

By Rev. Victor Fuhrman Many of us aspire to live to a ripe old age and look forward to the “Golden Years” of retirement.  After living for a full century and delivering more than 15,000 babies, Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson […]

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of “Miracle On The Hudson” Retires

posted by lbrockway

Just short of 14 months since piloting one of the most extraordinary landings in aviation history, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger hung up his wings yesterday and retired from US Airways. Capt. Sullenburger, 59, joined US Airways in 1980 and became […]

Female Knuckleballer Eri Yoshida Inspired by Tim Wakefield

posted by lbrockway

By Rev. Victor Fuhrman When I was a kid, I always looked up to sports heroes, especially baseball stars, as a source of inspiration.  In the days before the “baseball business” became the “business of baseball”, many of us daydreamed […]

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 […]

Meet the Red Hat Society of Forrest Hills

posted by lbrockway

We walked into our favorite restaurant in Queens the other night, The Flagship Diner, and there at a long table were a group of women in red hats, and also wearing various shades of purple clothing. They were The Red Hat […]

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 […]

A Chain Letter that Will Touch Your Heart

posted by lbrockway

This inspiring story arrived in the form of a chain letter e-mail this morning. Please pass this link along to friends. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the […]

Winter Olympics: Pregnant Olympian Curling in Vancouver

posted by shuang

Who says you can’t compete in the Olympics while carrying a baby? At 30, Kristie Moore is five months pregnant and competing as an alternate on the Canadian team at Vancouver.  Moore is the third woman in Olympian history to […]

Winter Olympics: Kevin Pearce, Miracle Survivor and Snowboarder

posted by shuang

NBC showed a moving tribute to snowboarder Kevin Pearce yesterday night, with news anchor Tom Brokaw interviewing the Pearce family.  Pearce was considered one of the best snowboarders bound for the Winter Olympics, and the only one who may have […]

‘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 […]

Winter Olympics: Evan Lysacek Wins Gold Medal in Figure Skating

posted by shuang

Did you catch figure skater Evan Lysacek’s amazing performance last night? The 24-year-old American figure skater won his first Olympic medal over defending title champion 27-year-old Russan figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko. Lysacek was also the first winner to achive a gold medal without a quadruple […]

Winter Olympics: Shani Davis and Shaun White Strike Gold Again

posted by shuang

The U.S. Olympic team continued their lucky streak on Wednesday when two more Olympians won gold medals along with Lindsey Vonn: 27-year-old Shani Davis in the 1000 meter speed skating event and 23-year-old Shaun White in the halfpipe snowboarding event.  […]

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 […]

Winter Olympics: Skier Lindsey Vonn Wins Olympic Gold

posted by shuang

American history was made when 25-year-old Lindsey Vonn won the first gold medal in downhill speed skiing on Wednesday.  The last time an American woman won a gold medal in any Alpine speed skiing event was in 1988 when Picabo Street […]

Meet 14 year old Entrepreneur Jason O’Neil

posted by lbrockway

By Sandra Lee Schubert   Jason O’Neil is an entrepreneur and a social activist–and he is only in the eight grade. At 14 years old, he uses his creativity and business skills to run a business and create ways to […]

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 […]

Two Snow Angels in Ohio

posted by shuang

The residents in two different Ohio towns are being blessed by two special snow angels. In the village of  Dolyeston, Mayor Terry Lindeman drives a tractor through the streets, sometimes after work, to clear sidewalks and driveways for those unable to do so […]

Winter Olympics: Male Olympians Who Defy Expectations

posted by shuang

Yahoo U.K. and Ireland showcases five unlikely male Olympians who are competing or have already competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Even though he saw snow for the first time five years ago, 33-year-old Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, aka. the Snow Leopard, is the first Winter Olympian from […]

Canadian Mayor Returns His Raise

posted by shuang

Would you accept a raise that was over $2,000? Doug Findlater, the mayor of West Kelowna, British Columbia, decided to write a check and give his raise of $2,762.37 back to the people of West Kelowna.  Each year, the city council meets to […]

Winter Olympics: Chinese Figure Skaters Win Gold

posted by shuang

The figure skating couple, Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue, set a new Olympic record when they became the first Chinese couple in history to win the gold medal.  At 36 (Zhao) and 31 (Shen), the couple are considered to be […]

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 […]

Previous Posts

Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"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 lay the adventure out before you.

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less fortunate. When most people hear the word art, they

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?” The problem with pain

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first gained notoriety by an appearance on the Oprah show, and

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.