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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Get Stuck in the Storm

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We are fortunate here at Beliefnet to work on the 19th floor of a building that is poised on the edge of Norfolk. From the office window where the editors work, our view spans across at least five cities. We […]

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 […]

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

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

Keep Moving Forward

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

Your Past Is Not Your Future

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

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 […]

Great Break-Ups Songs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of our editors Stephen Russ put together this fun gallery of great break-up songs. I know I’ve utilized the power of these tunes to help me get over lame relationships. If you need to be empowered, check it out! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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! […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Be Grateful Even When Life Is Hard

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

Uplifting Quotes from Hollywood’s Leading Ladies

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

Be Brave for One Minute

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

John Goddard and His 127 Goals

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

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

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

Joel Osteen: Your Time Is Coming

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 (1) Motivated (1) Happy (2) Better (0) Challenged (0)

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. […]

Your Empowerment Motto: What Do You Tell Yourself?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m training for a marathon. Most mornings I can get up and go, but this morning was a struggle. I had to drag myself out of bed at 6:30 a.m. and, even though I was up, I still grumpily wandered […]

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 […]

Never Give Up… Never

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I saw this inspirational video on Twitter and wanted to share it with you. No matter what you’re facing today know that you can persevere! Hit “Like” above and share this with your friends and family. Everybody needs to be […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

A New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve had maybe one Valentine my whole life, so naturally I’ve had an odd relationship with this holiday. Some years, I tolerated it. Other years I ignored it altogether. And then there were those college years when I loathed it… […]

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 […]

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