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A Quote to Live By

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“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 […]

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The Problem with Pain

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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 […]

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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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Looking for Life Beyond Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

There’s a good chance you were meant for more than what you’re doing right now. Think about it. What did you want to be when you were a child? Before anyone told you it wasn’t possible? Before you convinced yourself […]

Happy at Work: The Art of Occupational Gratitude

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We talked about waking with restless enthusiasm and how what you do for a living plays a major role in that. Are you happy because you live out of your passion… or are you merely going to work? Let me […]

‘Restless Enthusiasm': Does Your Life Make You Happy?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few months ago, I saw this graduation speech floating around in cyberspace. The headline alone was very catchy: “Don’t work. Be hated. Love someone.” It’s an ode to living passionately, whether it’s in your job or your relationships. One […]

The Price of Freedom

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Rebecca Brittingham. Happy July 4th, everyone. Let freedom ring! Barbeques, fireworks, pool parties, and parades will be itching their way into most American homes. Children, parents and grandparents will proudly wear the colors red, white and […]

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 […]

Rewriting Your Fairy Tale

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In a movie that came out not too long ago, a 40-something woman reads a storybook to her friend’s daughter. As they approach the last page, she read, “‘… and Cinderella and the prince lived happily ever after.’” She closes […]

Reinventing Time and Balance

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blog comes from Marney K. Makridakis, author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of […]

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 […]

The Secret to Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve been your faithful Beliefnet editor and Inspiration blogger for more than a year now. Whenever people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about how to be happy. Almost immediately, their next question is, “So […]

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, […]

How to Get Inspired Anytime, Anywhere

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is mother, writer and filmmaker Kristen Wolf. Her latest book is called The Way, an O Magazine fall reading list pick (yep, that’s Oprah). Enjoy! If you asked ten people how they connect with their spirit, you […]

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. […]

No More “Should’s”

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“I should be a better mother.” “I should be in that corner office.” “I shouldn’t feel this way. It’s wrong.” The deadly “should’s” of life… They place little bars of expectation over our heads — telling us what we need […]

Be Expectant and Miracle-Ready

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I thought I was out of wedding season, but after New Years, I found many friends getting engaged and planning their nuptials. I see lots of bridal magazines, countdowns and conversations about the many, many different shades of white. My […]

You Are Not a Super Hero: The Joy of Asking for Help

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. ~ Maya Angelou I’m not entirely sure how I got to be so independent. I come from a fairly involved family, and my upbringing was monitored and supported by my parents […]

The Need for Praise (or How to Stop Complaining and Love Your Life)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I wrote about a vow to stop complaining last week and it’s interesting how much it’s made me mindful of my speech. I found myself projecting negativity when I really didn’t need to and definitely didn’t want to. Yuck! I’m […]

10 Ways to Bring Joy into Your Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The following is from Michele Rosenthal, author of Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. Enjoy! There was a time in my life I didn’t believe I’d ever feel joy again. A horrible illness had befallen […]

6 Reasons to Observe Lent (Even if You’re Not Catholic)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Ash Wednesday is February 22nd and so begins the season of Lent. I grew up a non-denominational Christian and had little experience with Lent. In fact, I remember working at a bookstore and wondering why, one particular evening, about a […]

‘It’s Not What You Did, It’s How You Live’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I love this inspirational song by Point of Grace. It always brings a smile to my face. Remember, always turn up the music. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Video: Are You Unlucky in Love? Stop the Loneliness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So, we’ve been gabbing a lot about love lately. You are sending me love stories of how you met your Valentines. Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein shared a meditation for romance. We even got a definition of love from 1 Corinthians […]

What Is Love?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

While you’re crafting your love stories, it’s a good time to pause and think about what love really is. I’ve never found a better explanation than 1 Corinthians 13. The Message Bible has a translation that truly gets to the […]

A Meditation for Romance

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Our very own Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein’s new video is a must for anyone feeling unlucky in love this Valentine’s Day. You have control over your romantic blueprint, and Gabby is here to show you how. This post makes me […]

‘I Am Most Myself When…’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What centers you? What’s the one activity that brings you back to yourself? I have a few. I love to pray. I love to run. Even the thought of a Sunday afternoon at my favorite coffeehouse with a book calms […]

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, […]

The Lessons of Fear: What You’re So Afraid of Says A Lot about You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.” John Mayer, “The Heart of Life” I wrote against fear last week, and I firmly believe that it is among the most troublesome mental predators that we deal with. That said, fear can serve […]

Chinese New Year Quotes and Proverbs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is the Chinese New Year! Whether you celebrate it or not, I’m into any holiday that allows you to refocus and start again. So, to usher in the Year of the Dragon, here are some Chinese proverbs to give […]

The Trouble with Fear

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt In this new year of simplicity, I am confronted by an old, pesky foe: fear. When I peel back the layers of what I believe about myself, I’m discovering […]

Lessons Learned in Taking a Leap of Faith

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is a favorite of mine. I stumbled upon Carmen and her blog Life Blessons after she wrote an article for Relevant Magazine. I hope you enjoy her contribution to the Inspiration Report. Thank you so much to […]

The Art of Being Friendly

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My boyfriend talks to everyone. I’ll never forget walking with him through a tightly packed Dollar Tree store one night, hearing him behind me greet everyone who passed us with a “Hey there, how’s it goin?” in his Southern accent. […]

What Do You Believe?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Belief makes things real Makes things feel… Belief makes things true Things like you ~Gavin DeGraw, “Belief” In this new year of simplicity, I’m beginning to realize that so much of our thoughts and feelings come from one central place: […]

Christine Arylo Asks 3 Questions for Your New Year

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So we’re still in the early part of 2012 which means that it’s not too late to make some resolutions. Our Queen of Self-Love Christine Arylo has some questions for you that will let you reflect on last year to […]

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 […]

Are You Having Fun at Your Own Party?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I like throwing dinner parties. When I got serious about cooking a few years ago, I was playing chef to anyone who was willing. The first thing I realized about entertaining is how easy it is to get wrapped up […]

My One-Word New Year’s Resolution

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I always make resolutions in the New Year. Every year, I enjoy making new goals for myself and seeing how I can accomplish them. Some of my goals this year are concrete. I’d like to run another marathon. I’d like […]

What Would You Do with Your Last Year on Earth?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Let’s be clear. The world isn’t ending on December 21, despite what you’ve read or heard. At least, I’m pretty sure it’s not. That said, what if it were? All the Mayan calendar hoopla got me thinking how differently I […]

Jumpstart Your Resolutions with ’30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I saw this list floating around Facebook, and it’s powerful stuff if you can get a grasp on it. Everyone wants a better 2012 than 2011 was. We want to improve and evolve as human beings. I think this list […]

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 […]

The Hope of Christmas: A Promise Kept

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

You are savvy readers here at the Inspiration Report. So I know that in spite of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you haven’t forgotten the real reason why we celebrate Christmas. This year I am pondering 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 […]

It’s Okay to Be Happy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

For being an Inspiration Editor and generally content person, I’m always surprised at how pessimistic I can be. As mentioned earlier, November was a rough month for me. However, in a miraculous way that I can only describe as an […]

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 […]

Video: Kitten Gets a Big Snuggle Hug

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Do you need a hug? This video will make you smile. I have no idea who owns these cats or how they got where they are, but they’re perfectly darling and they illustrate a wonderful point. It gets scary sometimes, […]

‘It’s Not Over Yet': The 11th Hour Miracle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This year is drawing to a close. As we hang the holly and shop for gifts, we know the end of 2011 is looming. How was your 2011? Was it a good year for you or was it difficult? For […]

Inspiration from Bruno Mars and Sesame Street

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here’s a cute song from Bruno Mars along with the gang from Sesame Street. Sure it’s for kids but I think there’s a lot of wisdom in this. When you feel like something is too hard for you to do, […]

How Do You Start Your Day?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? As soon as your eyes flutter, what’s the first thing you reach for? The first actions of the morning are important and set the tone for the […]

4 Ways to Choose Happiness: Lessons from America’s Elders

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blog comes from Dr. Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Enjoy! A perennial question is: What makes us happy? Indeed, there’s so much interest in this topic that […]

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 […]

What Are You Wishing for This Christmas?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Christmastime is here. I am unapologetic in my love for this season. The lights, the ribbon, the glitter… this holiday literally shimmers. No matter what you celebrate during the months of November and December, it’s a joyous time for all. […]

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 […]

Seeing Purpose in Every Season

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This is a sweet song of reflection that I hope will give you hope and inspire you. We know that seasons change. Sometimes it feels warm and sunny; sometimes it’s dark and cold. However, it ultimately always changes for the […]

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 […]

Valorie Burton: Is It Time to Tame Your To-Do List?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is the fabulous Valorie Burton. She’s a speaker, personal and executive coach and the author of many great books including her latest Where Will You Go from Here?: Moving Forward When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned. Enjoy! […]

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 […]

Feeling Sad? Get Mindful

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. Yes, even your fearless Inspiration Editor has hard times sometimes. In small efforts to feel better, last week, I took a long walk home for lunch and then had a good cry […]

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)

Does Your Day Need a Reset Button?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Remember the original Nintendo gaming consoles? They were a bulky gray box with an opening for the cartridges and two buttons: one for power, one for reset. If you hit reset, the game would stop wherever it was and automatically […]

Love Your Body, The Extraordinary Machine

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Be kind to me or treat me mean / I’ll make the most of it / I’m an extraordinary machine” – Fiona Apple I ran the Marine Corps Marathon last Sunday. I lined up with 30,000 other runners in our […]

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 […]

Halloween: Curse the Darkness or Light a Candle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This time of year, I enjoy a few a scary movies with friends and definitely over indulge my sweet tooth. But generally I’ve never made a big fuss about Halloween. It was neutral in my book. I was tempted to […]

Do You Have Happy Heart?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Are you happy?” My dining companion was in between nachos when I asked the question. At first he looked perplexed and, after a bite he responded, “You mean, right now?” “Yeah,” I said. “In your life, right now, are you […]

What Book Inspires You?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I was an avid reader as a child and an English Literature major in college. I grew up with my mother’s motto that “books are friends”. As a pre-teen I absorbed The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. In college, […]

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 […]

Amy Ahlers on ‘Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Ladies, did you know that you’ve been lying to the most important person in your life — you? It’s true! Every time you tell yourself you’re not good enough or pretty enough, you’ve believed a harmful myth. I am loving […]

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 […]

Are You Holding Back? Go All In

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In the game of poker, going “all in” means betting all of your money on the chance that you’ve got the best hand. It’s risky. You could either win big or lose your stake. While it’s a gutsy move in […]

4 Simple Ways to Make Someone Smile

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is World Smile Day. Back in 1963, a Massachusetts artist named Harvey Ball designed the original smiley face and it remains an iconic image of happiness and good will towards others. Having a smile is not as important as […]

Can Less Mean More Happiness?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

You know I’m a fan of TED Talks. These mini lectures can be very interesting and inspiring. This one caught my eye. Have you considered having less stuff? I mean, really downsize your life? I agree with this speaker that […]

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 […]

This Is Your Life, Breathe It In

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As I’ve mentioned, autumn blew in a lot of change for me. Seems like overnight, things were different in every area of life – work, family, relationships, and everything in between. Some were good… really good, like things I’d been […]

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 […]

Quotes and Wisdom about Change

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you haven’t gotten a chance to read my last blog, here it is and take some time to read the comments. You readers nearly made me cry. You’ve been through some amazingly difficult situations, and yet you still cling […]

Trust that Everything Will Turn Out Right

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In my last blog, I mentioned seasons changing. Our lives are forever evolving with days of sunshine and rain, happiness and tears and everything in between. I know that I said that despite the loss, seasons changing is a good […]

Seasons Change… For the Better

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in Virginia, autumn came rather abruptly. It was warm and sunny throughout most of September and then, literally overnight, cold winds began to blow. Summer is gone. Autumn is […]

When Were Your Prayers Answered?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Part of staying inspired and optimistic is remembering all the times when things worked out the way you wanted them to. In this world where things fall apart and so often the worst case scenario becomes reality, still, we get […]

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. […]

What’s Your Happy Song?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I loved your responses to “How to Beat the Blues”. A few of you mentioned listening to music as a way to lift your spirits, and I agree! I’ve always got some tunes in my ears to help me navigate […]

Readers Respond: How You Beat the Blues

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last week, we were talking about the tricks you use to get yourself out of a funk. Here are a few of the responses: “I always say my ‘thank you’ prayers. The format is just ‘Thank you God for…’ and […]

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 […]

All I Need to Know I Learned from Charlie Bucket

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s post is from guest blogger Joann Davis. Enjoy! When I was growing up in the 1950s, the arrival of Labor Day meant one horrible thing—that the lazy dog days of summer were over and that the opening of school […]

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. […]

It’s a New School Year for You Too

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. For young children all the way up to working adults logging on to Web classes, school is in session. There’s nothing I miss about being in school, and this time of year […]

How Do You Calm Down After a Fight?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Part of being inspired by your life is not allowing fear to take over. That limiting, anxious, stubborn feeling is literally a killjoy. You don’t want to make decisions based out of fear, because it has negative consequences for both […]

Accentuate the Positive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What are you paying attention to these days? What seems to be on a continuous loop on the record player of your mind? I’m amazed at how much time I can spend thinking about things that make me upset. What […]

Family Means You’re Never Alone

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As I write this, we are all returning back to normal after Hurricane Irene. Here in Norfolk, the flood waters have receded, there are a few down trees and lots of people are still without power. However, it could have […]

What Do You Do If the Lights Go Out?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here on the east coast we’re bracing ourselves for the first big hurricane of the season, Hurricane Irene. I’ve lived in the region most of my life, so I’m hardly panicked. So long as it’s not a major hurricane, all […]

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. […]

3 Reasons Why Change Is Good

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I have a love/hate relationship with change. If things stay too stagnant for too long, I get terribly bored. When too many things change all at once, I find myself desperately seeking comfort. Recently, my life has seen a lot […]

Let It Out

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I just wrote a piece on 5 Ways to Get Over It. It’s a few tips on moving on from a disappointment whether it’s relationship, career, or just general life. The first way is to “feel the pain”. I listed […]

Wayne Dyer on Living in Inspiration

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Is being inspired something temporary? Like a stream you dip your toe in and out of? Or is inspiration a way of life? Here, author Wayne Dyer shares how being inspired really means living in spirit. If you liked this, […]

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 […]

What’s On Your Vision Board?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Do you have a vision board? A place you can look at that shows images of things you would like to have or accomplish in your life? I’ve just been recently hipped to this whole notion, and I’m excited to […]

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 […]

The Power of Words: The Rice Experiment

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A good friend of mine hipped me to the “rice experiment”. It’s an eye-opening visual on the kind of effect our words and energy have on something as basic as food. Take a look at these videos. This isn’t a […]

What Will You Leave Behind?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My editor sent me this short video, and as soon as I saw it, I wanted to share it with you. It gets me thinking about what we leave behind. What messages do you want the next generation to know? […]

How to Be a Better Friend

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So we’ve taken a look at the kinds of friends we all have or would like to have. Now it’s time to look at ourselves. How can you be a better friend? There are so many ways but here are […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Things You Love About Summer

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I don’t have a favorite season. I love them all for different reasons. Winter has Christmas, hot chocolate and snow. Spring feels like renewal and awakening. Autumn brings out the best colors about the same time I bring out all […]

Take a Compliment

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Yesterday’s blog featured the “Queen of Self Love” Christine Arylo, and she did a great video on how to stop sabotaging your love life. I was particularly moved by one of her tips. It’s so easy, yet it’s something you […]

Are You Pushing Love Away?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Everybody wants to be loved, but do we really know how to receive it? Author and proclaimed “Queen of Self Love” Christine Arylo shares with you what you may be doing to block the channels of love in your life […]

When the Door Closes, Look for the Window

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

There’s a beautiful scene in The Sound of Music when a distraught Maria has just returned to her abbey after falling in love with the father of the children to whom she was a governess. Trying to make sense of […]

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 […]

The Gift of a New Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“I dare you to move / Like today never happened before” – Switchfoot I don’t think we take enough advantage of new days. Think about it. Whether you noticed or not, you got a second chance this morning. You were […]

Joel Osteen: The Power of Positive Words

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I was touched by the response to Your Thoughts Create Your World. It takes a lot to change your thinking. Here is more encouragement from author and pastor Joel Osteen. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (1) Happy (2) Better (0) Challenged (0)

How to Heal a Broken Heart

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This week’s blogs have sparked some interesting comments. On both Out Your Envy and Your Thoughts Create Your World, readers mentioned broken hearts and love lost. Heartache is the worse. It can sometimes sap every ounce of energy and optimism […]

Your Thoughts Create Your World

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I am living in yesterday’s daydream. I know that sounds weird, but I’m telling you, it’s the truth. I feel like I’m constantly having déjà vu. For example, I live on a block in a neighborhood I envied for years. […]

Tell Me How You Really Feel

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I want to piggyback off of my thoughts on outing your envy from yesterday’s blog, because I realized that envy is not the only emotional master of disguise. Have you noticed we do that a lot? Act one way when […]

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 […]

Conan O’Brien: Failure is Liberating

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you follow entertainment headlines or are a fan of late night talk shows, you know the strange adventures of Conan O’Brien. He was a comedy writer who landed his own show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, on NBC 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 […]

Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Moment

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“It’s too good to be true.” Have you ever said that? It seems to apply to a myriad of situations. It looks like you’ll get the job you were wanting. Someone offers to pay a bill for you. Your spouse […]

Meet Sadie, The Youngest Motivational Speaker

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I like this kid and I think you will too. For all of the hundreds of blogs and videos on our Web site that are designed to encourage you and lift your spirits, Sadie sums it all up in about […]

5 Life Lessons Running Taught Me

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is National Running Day, and in honor of such, I wanted to write an ode to running. I ran off and on throughout my 20s, but didn’t get serious about it until a friend encouraged me to sign me […]

Joy is Strength

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’” – Nehemiah […]

Attitude Is Everything: 7 Ways to Stay Positive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Watch this inspirational video that shows 7 ways to stay positive. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out our new section: Inspired Faith. We have stories and videos that will lift your spirit […]

5 Things You Must Do Every Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m still ruminating over Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. I think it’s in my top 10 books that have changed the way I think and behave. In the book, the author takes a year to pursue happiness in the daily routine […]

What Are You Waiting For? Your Joy is Now!

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A lady in waiting… That used to be me. I spent most of my teens and 20s wanting to get married. No, I mean, really wanting to get married. Sadly, in many ways, my happiness was put on hold for […]

The Spiritual Side of Cleaning Your Room

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Close the door on the past…Don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash I recently read the book The Happiness Project, a book about a woman who […]

Five Things You Love about You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m borrowing this idea from Downtown Dharma, because it’s an excellent exercise in self-love. Could you list five things you love about yourself? I’ll go first. 1. I’m funny 2. I’m a writer 3. I have crazy, fun curly hair […]

Gratitude: The Secret to Practicing Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This week’s theme is happiness. If you haven’t read the blogs, here’s a recap: It kicked off with a video from Pastor Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness. Then, a discussion on What Makes You Happy. Followed by the results of […]

A Few of Your Favorite Things

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In my pursuit of happiness, I’ve been doing an informal survey amongst my friends, family, co-workers and you precious Inspiration Report readers to discover what makes you happy. Interestingly enough, there were a lot of items that appeared on everyone’s […]

What Makes You Happy?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things” – Oscar Hammerstein II, ‘The Sound of Music’ […]

Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If people were to describe you in one word, what would it be? I thought about that this weekend as I was going through a box of keepsakes. In many old letters, I noticed several friends wrote down that when […]

Laura Bush Raises Her Voice for Mothers Across the World

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Watch this inspiring message from former First Lady Laura Bush for the ONE Campaign. Related Posts: The One Campaign Asks, ‘Why Bother?’ This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

What Advice Would You Give the Class of 2011?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Graduation season is upon us. Doesn’t it come with a sense of hopefulness? For the graduates, so much as been accomplished and they have a blank slate ahead of them to fill with their wildest dreams. For family and friends, […]

Dreams Come True in Time

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The other day, I was watching some old TV shows on my laptop. I love stand-up comedy and found an archive of old Comedy Central specials. It was all my favorite comics in some of their early performances. I laughed […]

The One Campaign Asks, ‘Why Bother?’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of The Inspiration Report‘s many missions is highlighting organizations and individuals that are making the world a better place. One such organization is the ONE Campaign that helps fight poverty and preventable disease in the U.S. and abroad. You […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I know you love these videos so I’ve another one for you. This world will put all kinds of labels on you, but this video will cause you to stop and think about who God says you are.     […]

If You Could Only See

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This video made the rounds amongst the Beliefnet editors and I wanted to share it here. The next time you get impatient with the world around you, remember to see people through the eyes of compassion. “Be kinder than necessary, […]

The Power of the Olive Branch

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I recently had an occasion to forgive and forget. It’s always tougher than it sounds. It got me thinking about an age-old symbol for peace and what it can teach us about loving our neighbor as ourselves. The olive branch […]

Turning Heartache into Hope

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We’ve talked a lot about hope after loss on this blog. Grief in its many forms affects everyone, so I’ll always want to discuss how we can live our lives to the fullest in spite of its occasional pitfalls. In […]

What the Resurrection Means for You (even if you don’t believe)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

April 17th this year began Holy Week. Palm Sunday, Passover, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday all lead up to Easter Sunday. I know many of you will be observing the holiday season in a variety of ways. Obviously many go […]

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 […]

What Your Words Say About You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Have you listened to yourself lately? What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? I’ve heard a person out loud berate themselves and it just disturbs me. “Ug! I’m so stupid. What’s wrong with me? I’ll never get […]

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 […]

Quiet Your Noisy Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Readers, you and I both love these videos, so I found another one to share with you. I’m taking a few days to quiet my life as much as possible. I’m still going to work. I’m still talking with friends, […]

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 […]

Don’t Give Up

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Everyone has dreams and hopes. Some are as grand as changing your career. Some are as small as getting through the day. Here’s a quick video to remind you to press on. Better days are on the way. This post […]

The Importance of Kind Words

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is my birthday. No, I don’t say that to solicit birthday wishes. Since the wee hours of the morning, I’ve been the happy target of more than enough warm regards, kind thoughts and prayers for happiness. My friends and […]

Hope After Loss

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last Tuesday’s blog sparked some interesting responses. I wrote on the importance of taking life one day at a time. Don’t fear about tomorrow and try to live in today. A woman wrote: My husband was killed in a small […]

Count Your Blessings

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I love this video, because it so illustrated the point that, when everything looks half-empty, you can realize just how full your life really is. This post makes me feel…Inspired (5) Motivated (0) Happy (2) Better (0) Challenged (5)

One Day at a Time

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I schedule a lot, probably too much. Even down to my meals, I have a mental calendar (and several tangible ones) of everything I’m doing at least two weeks out. It comes in handy when I’m at work, because I’m […]

The Importance of Being Creative

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What’s holding you back from being creative? Maybe you’ve got a book idea or you’ve always wanted to be a part of community theater. Really, what’s stopping you?Ever since I was in the second grade, I’ve wanted to be a […]

Overcoming The Fear of Meditation

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Meditation completely unnerves some people. I understand why. If I asked you to sit perfectly still and empty your mind or (worse yet) concentrate on one thing for longer than 30 seconds, I wonder how many of you could do […]

Be Here Now: The Solution to Distracted Living

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Rohn It’s one of my favorite quotes and one of the hardest things to do. I live in my head a lot; it’s a horrible habit. Take for example right now. I’m […]

Choose to Be Free

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I came across this young man’s vlog, and he has some inspiring videos. Thought I’d share one with you today. If you’ve been enslaved by negative thinking, choose to be free today.See more videos from More Life at www.morelifeinc.org. This […]

Operation Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine who was lamenting the unexplained tragedies that had befallen her and people she loved. It’s been a frequent topic of conversation, and I’ve been there before. You’re staring at the mountain […]

The Starfish Story

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Just when you think one person can’t make a difference…Read More:Jim Wallis on Making a Difference9 Ways to Create Positive Change10 Ways to Become a Sacred Activist This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (1) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Think on These Things

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Finally, brothers and sisters whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. – Philippians 4:8 NIV If you’ve ever wondered […]

Reconnect with Compassion

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

How do you define “compassion”? NPR host and author Krista Tippett says we are out of touch with the real meaning of the word, its roots and how it’s the key element to understanding and relating to the world around […]

Life Under Construction

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As I type, all I can hear is the continuous shriek of drilling. My new home is being restructured. Since I stepped foot here a month ago, I’ve been ankle deep in debris and over my head in noise. Construction. […]

Love, Compassion and The Golden Rule

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My little cousin is full of questions and very few answers will satisfy her. It makes for interesting conversation, to say the least, but she came up with a tough one the other day. She was recounting some kids in […]

Further Thoughts on Friendship

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The response to last week’s blog on Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King almost made me cry (see the comments). It’s so sweet to see so many people with precious, decade-spanning relationships. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships since I […]

This Intentional Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I love this website, Intent.com. The concept is so simple. It’s just people posting their daily intentions, and it’s very inspiring. “To act compassionately and passionately in all areas of my life and toward all beings” “Accept life as it […]

The Pursuit of Peace

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“… Seek peace, and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14b Yesterday, I was lying in a yoga studio listening to a woman softly tell me how to breathe. It was the end of our practice, and we were supposed to be […]

Today’s Youth Believe Spirituality Is Positive

posted by shuang

A preliminary study conducted by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri revealed that youth generally view spirituality in a positive light. Anthony James, a graduate student, asked children and adolescents the question, “What […]

Inspiring Quote by Lena Horne

posted by lbrockway

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne This post makes me feel…Inspired (2) Motivated (1) Happy (1) Better (1) Challenged (1)

Video: Hope Is… by Emily Dickinson

posted by shuang

The extraordinary thing about Emily Dickinson is that she wrote about 1,800 poems during her lifetime, but only a handful were published.  Almost all of her poems were published posthumously, when they were discovered by her sister, and Dickinson was finally […]

On Being a Good Listener

posted by lbrockway

“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.” – Frank Tyger This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Inspiring Thought to Ponder from Ayn Rand

posted by lbrockway

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the […]

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Poem: In The End
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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

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