A Blogger’s Journey - The Snakes & Ladders

Learning from my mistakes to pursue your blogging career. My journey into blogging has not been a smooth journey. However, it has been one where I have grown...

How to Be An Authentic Writer Without Feeling Exposed

the truth doesn’t have to hurt Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.May Sarton They say write what you know.  Be...

Flipping Our Worldview

The reason you and I struggle in the world is that we see ourselves as isolated beings in a hostile world. This makes us feel vulnerable to all sorts of...

Cutting Losses Does Not Make You a Failure, It Makes You a Realist

When clinging to the past becomes a factor in making decisions about your future, you run the risk of being derailed by sunk cost mindset. Have you ever...

Confusion

Compassion for our world today Confusion reigning everywhere, People unsure of who they are Or how they really need to be. Disagreement when unity needed...

Biohacking: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Fitness, & Unlocking Your Ultimate Potential While Still Working a 9 to 5

Introduction There is almost nothing I enjoy more than meeting inspiring people who are putting in the time and the effort today to make their dreams a...

What Is Your Impossible?

What’s your impossible? I started thinking on this subject a while back, of course, I was on a run as that’s where all deep thoughts start for me. I had just...

How to Be a Good Boss.

“A good boss is one who walks around you under your hat”. You know the expression, “No one’s perfect.” It’s a good excuse to use when you have no other, as...

Is This Path To Fame And Fortune A Myth? Really?

Is Medium the Start of the Yellow Brick Road? The End of the Rainbow? Or just Another Unicorn? Disclaimer — this article is not about why we write. We all...

We, of the Symbiosis…

Conversation 1 “Oh! I have gained a new hitch-hiker. This one is scarred, from a war-ravaged race.” he thought, noticing his visitor. He himself was walking...

We’re All Screwed Up — Yes, Even Me.

Everyone is filled with flaws All the lonely peopleWhere do they all come from?All the lonely peopleWhere do they all belong? — Lyricsto Eleanor Rigby by The...

Grandpa, You Have Poop on Your Finger!

The first-day of Babe watch, a simple diaper check turned disastrous. I pulled back his diaper to investigate. That was when the gaseous green cloud escaped....

Eternally Fallen

The realization that safe spaces do not exist There are no safe spaces and threat forever looms under the surface.  We all know this deep down and have...

How to Use Activation Energy to Start Good Habits and Kick the Bad Ones

Willpower doesn’t work. Study after study confirms it, especially in the long term. And even when it works in the short term, some researchers have...

A Thousand Lost Golf Balls

According to the book 501 Great Writers, T. S. Eliot was one of the great ones. Poet, essayist, critic, playwright and children’s book author, his...

How to Stay Focused and Avoid Unwanted Thoughts?

You don’t stay focused by avoidance, you stay focused by keeping your unwavering attention on the task at hand. Thus, first of all, don’t try to avoid...

The Pursuit of Happiness: Why The Ideal Career Is Created, Not Found

There are a lot of articles out there on the Intenet that offers you different tips on how to find the right career. They contain tips like, follow your...

10 powerful lessons to find the right direction in life

Feeling confused, lost, painful, hopeless and miserable…So do I Are you now in a dark room without any glimpse of the light or any ray of hope?… You are not...

Is Your Online Brand Message Driven By Fear Or Purpose?

Growing an online presence for your brand is something that is very vital in this age. It does not matter if you are running a business or personal brand. You...

The Long, Weary Legacy of Women’s Speech and Power

Mary Beard’s manifesto is a must read.  When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice. — Mary Beard, Women...

Why Choosing The Correct Path Is Important

In life change is inevitable. So important to make the choice to change before the change changes you. Will you choose the path of inspiration or driven onto...

Servant or a Son?

In the story of the prodigal son, Jesus unveils God’s heart. Two sons had deeply disappointed their father. One essentially took his inheritance and ran away....

It’s too boring to color inside the lines

The declaration My four-year-old daughter was sitting doing her homework with mom. The work required her to color a particular set of shapes that made up a...

Is it Ethical to Earn Money Off of Your Abuse?

2018 was full of stories of abuse. It was the year of the #MeToo movement, and multiple stories of celebrities like R Kelly, Donald Trump, Jacob Hoggard, and...

How to improve yourself by believing that you can

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset It’s just a matter of mindset! How often did you already hear that? Me for sure too often. No matter what it is that I...

The Forever Home

The worse part of being a traveller is that you never know how long you will stay with any family. Sometimes it can be a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple...

I’m not one who celebrates love

Here’s a note from me to you my darlingFor the love of another is something we all seekBut I stopped my seeking and searching for meaningI lost hope and faith...

Are You Wasting Your Time on Self-Help Books?

This is a sort of follow on from my last piece —We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?— and something that I have been thinking about lately. ...

Write While The Heat Is In You: The Story Of Rocket Man And The Secret Of Inspiration

If you’ve ever belted out the lyrics to the Elton John song, Rocket Man while driving down the highway, you have Bernie Taupin to thank. Bernie is the...

Parents, Skip The Advanced Math Classes And Teach Your Kids Some Basic Respect Instead

My 10-year-old son had been acting out at home. His younger brother would become collateral damage for every bad day he had. This got him into trouble at home...

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Eternally Fallen

The realization that safe spaces do not exist There are no safe spaces and threat forever looms under the surface.  We all know this deep down and have been telling stories about it for a very long time. The awareness that we are eternally vulnerable might, in...

Don’t Just Follow Your Heart, Lead Your Heart

You’ve heard it all before, follow your intuition, tune-in to how you feel, listen to your gut. It all sounds cliché and vague because it’s easier said than done. What does that even mean anyway? How do we listen to an organ that just pumps blood? Where is the gut? Is...

Having Hard Conversations

Have them with the ones you love because you love them.  The last nine months of my marriage were a nightmare. I discovered I’d been living with an active drug addict and had been for almost the entirety of our nine-year-long relationship, AND I also had one-year-old...

??? Questions To God… ???

A man died one day. His soul started to move wherever it was intended to. Though he died, his curiosity remained intact. Along the way, it screamed “I want to meet GOD!! I have a lot of questions for him”. If his prayers were not answered down below, they were...

God Will Test Your Patience

My Most Recent Wake-Up Call of Locking My Keys in My Car “Patience is a virtue” is a tough pill to swallow, at least during times when we need it. It’s a lesson I’ve discovered over and over but haven’t fully grasped. Maybe this most recent test will allow me to...

The power of self-reflection

If I had to choose only one tip to give someone who wants to develop themselves and become better in whatever he is doing it would be to practice a lot of self-reflection. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by...

A Little Light Housekeeping Before I Go

A Short Story Based on True Events Grandma wrapped the cord around the vacuum cleaner and returned it to the closet. Feather duster in hand, she headed for the hallway where the family pictures hung. All were within various decorative wooden and metal frames. They...

Is God Mean?

Every Friday night, our family celebrates with pizza and a movie. It’s a relaxing way to end the week, spend time together, and enjoy a good movie. Personally, I love comedy movies and have a small collection of favourites. In my top 10 is the movie Bruce Almighty....

6 Reasons you Should Consider Going to Church Again as a Christian

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the day approachin Hebrews 10:24–25 Often times, we don’t go to...

The Magic Potion that Will Save You From Procrastination

Here is the magic anti-procrastination potion for you: An Ounce of Self-analysis As much as you cannot base your work habits on motivation alone — it’s important to examine your deep desires and follow them. Becoming productive for the sake of productivity will...

A Blogger’s Journey - The Snakes & Ladders

Learning from my mistakes to pursue your blogging career. My journey into blogging has not been a smooth journey. However, it has been one where I have grown considerably. Over the last year, I have developed and grown as a writer and this is due to my blogging. I...

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How to Be An Authentic Writer Without Feeling Exposed

the truth doesn’t have to hurt Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.May Sarton They say write what you know.  Be authentic and write from the heart. But what if that’s too painful? What if, like many writers, you’re afraid...

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Flipping Our Worldview

The reason you and I struggle in the world is that we see ourselves as isolated beings in a hostile world. This makes us feel vulnerable to all sorts of calamities that could strike us at any time from any direction.  Consequently, we are fearful when things...

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Confusion

Compassion for our world today Confusion reigning everywhere, People unsure of who they are Or how they really need to be. Disagreement when unity needed Conflicts over almost everything, Knows no limits or natural bounds As it spreads throughout our world. People...

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What Is Your Impossible?

What’s your impossible? I started thinking on this subject a while back, of course, I was on a run as that’s where all deep thoughts start for me. I had just DNF’d (Did Not Finish) my second attempt at 100 miles. This time due to vertigo which came from an ear problem...

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How to Be a Good Boss.

“A good boss is one who walks around you under your hat”. You know the expression, “No one’s perfect.” It’s a good excuse to use when you have no other, as long as you don’t overuse it. Bosses are human, too, so they’re not perfect either. Even the best of them don’t...

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Is This Path To Fame And Fortune A Myth? Really?

Is Medium the Start of the Yellow Brick Road? The End of the Rainbow? Or just Another Unicorn? Disclaimer — this article is not about why we write. We all have our reasons. But some have found a way to write authentically and make a living at it. That’s what this...

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We, of the Symbiosis…

Conversation 1 “Oh! I have gained a new hitch-hiker. This one is scarred, from a war-ravaged race.” he thought, noticing his visitor. He himself was walking along the seaside; his followers, none the wiser, tramped along the sand, keeping him silent company under the...

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We’re All Screwed Up — Yes, Even Me.

Everyone is filled with flaws All the lonely peopleWhere do they all come from?All the lonely peopleWhere do they all belong? — Lyricsto Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles Bad Days Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash I have my bad days. You guys know the ones. Where you...

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Grandpa, You Have Poop on Your Finger!

The first-day of Babe watch, a simple diaper check turned disastrous. I pulled back his diaper to investigate. That was when the gaseous green cloud escaped. During my investigation, I dabbed my middle finger into baby sludge. To make matters worse, the toxic vapors...

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Eternally Fallen

The realization that safe spaces do not exist There are no safe spaces and threat forever looms under the surface.  We all know this deep down and have been telling stories about it for a very long time. The awareness that we are eternally vulnerable might, in...

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Is Reading Ruining Your Writing?

A 7-step program for recovering word junkies Writers are almost always devoted readers, and we know that exposure to good writing will help us in our own work. I firmly believe that reading widely and wisely is essential to being a good writer, despite everything else...

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How To Come Up With a Short Story and Structure It

Part 4 in How to Write a Short Story: Coming up With Story Ideas and Actually Start Writing “Like every beginner, I thought you could beat, pummel, and trash an idea into existence. Under such treatment, of course, any decent idea folds up its paws, turns on its back,...

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One Year After Parkland

There are more questions than answers. My 12-year-old daughter came home from school crying last week. There was a “code red” drill earlier that day. She didn’t know it was coming. Her sixth-grade math class was working on their pre-algebra projects when the alarm...

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A Thousand Lost Golf Balls

According to the book 501 Great Writers, T. S. Eliot was one of the great ones. Poet, essayist, critic, playwright and children’s book author, his influence on the cultural landscape was extensive. I remember studying his works in high school with profound...

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How to Stay Focused and Avoid Unwanted Thoughts?

You don’t stay focused by avoidance, you stay focused by keeping your unwavering attention on the task at hand. Thus, first of all, don’t try to avoid unwanted thoughts. Ignore them, acknowledge them, but don’t try to avoid them. That way you only fuel...

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10 powerful lessons to find the right direction in life

Feeling confused, lost, painful, hopeless and miserable…So do I Are you now in a dark room without any glimpse of the light or any ray of hope?… You are not alone, welcome to the club of life my friend.  There will always be times when each of us will be without...

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Life Lessons from Jesus and Zacchaeus

One of the most popular stories, especially for kids, is the story of Zacchaeus. He was a small man who had a great desire to see Jesus. His encounter with Jesus teaches us some lessons for our lives as well. Here’s the Story He entered Jericho and was passing...

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Every Breath I Take Is A Reminder Of My Blessings

That breath that you just took, that’s a gift Every breath I take is a reminder of my blessings. Each morning and evening, I inhale blessings and exhale gratitude.  The breaths of air that enter my body keep me alive and awake to endless possibility.  I...

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Poor in West Africa

Learning from the Rich in Heart urrently, I am in the process of finishing my second book which is a memoir of my first visit to Liberia, West Africa in 2007. This small country used to be prosperous, but a devastating 14-year civil war absolutely decimated it....

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Hey World

Hey world,My dad just died.How dare you keepMoving forward.It’s time to stopAnd show regardFor a man whoLoved his fam’lyWe miss him so. Hey world,Don’t just keep onRushing aroundAnd leaving usBroken and hurt.I may just endUp withdrawing From you and quitUntil I...

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How to Leverage Your Day Job to Grow Your Side Hustle

And Is It Time to Quit? If you can make yourself believe that the idea that showing up for your 9-to-5 is part of your art, it will change everything. — Shaunta Grimes Most creatives start here: With a day job and working on their creative life on the side. We...

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Can We Please Have A Funeral For Opportunity?

Our brave little Mars robot rover, Opportunity has died. This cool (it’s cold there) robot lady, Oppy, has been collecting intelligence about our human idiocy for fifteen years without a potty break. Or ro-botty break? She’s been brave, beautiful, and brilliant, and...

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Lady Wisdom, the Woman of Valor

Some believe the Bible is antiquated and that Christianity is unfavorable toward women. But what do the Scriptures say? Women are depicted positively in the New Testament most explicitly in Theotokos, the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:28). It was women who were at the Cross...

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The Myth of Writer’s Block

There NO such thing as a writing block, notice, I say writing block, NOT A WRITER’S BLOCK. If the word writer associated with someone who writes it defeats the purpose of being a writer. You never heard of driver’s block, some who gets in the car and don’t drive!...

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Is Your Online Brand Message Driven By Fear Or Purpose?

Growing an online presence for your brand is something that is very vital in this age. It does not matter if you are running a business or personal brand. You need to be seen and heard online. Brands that understand this are the ones that we see and celebrate online....

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The Long, Weary Legacy of Women’s Speech and Power

Mary Beard’s manifesto is a must read.  When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice. — Mary Beard, Women & Power You know it’s campaign season when then the New York Times runs a story about women tossing in their...

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Why Choosing The Correct Path Is Important

In life change is inevitable. So important to make the choice to change before the change changes you. Will you choose the path of inspiration or driven onto the road of desperation? These two emotion-charged paths; inspiration or desperation, will drive people to...

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Servant or a Son?

In the story of the prodigal son, Jesus unveils God’s heart. Two sons had deeply disappointed their father. One essentially took his inheritance and ran away. The other worked for his inheritance, not realizing he was working for something that was free. The Prodigal...

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It’s too boring to color inside the lines

The declaration My four-year-old daughter was sitting doing her homework with mom. The work required her to color a particular set of shapes that made up a path she needed to follow.  As is customary with our toddler, she tends to get wild with her coloring. So...

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Experiencing Paris

Treasures galore as I explore ParisA city experienced, unlike any other,History’s presence an enveloping shroud, My sensory perceptions unusually heightened. In Paris my passions are fully arousedWith sensual feelings strong and deep,My personal awareness reaches...

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Your Most Important Relationship

And why it starts way before you walk into McDonald’s When you walk into McDonald’s (or any fast food outlet as far as I’m concerned,) you have already decided you’re not enough. Years ago, in fact. And that’s why it’s so easy to walk up to the counter and punish...

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Three Powerful Reasons to Follow Jesus

How often do we do things without knowing why? How often do we pause and say, “Why am I doing this?” In fact, one of the great ways to unclutter your life is to ask that question repeatedly as you eliminate the habits and work you’ve grown accustomed to doing. So, why...

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How to Have Unlimited Access to Greatness

”You believe in honesty” — That’s mistake #1 “Many believe that by being honest and open they are winning people’s hearts and showing their good nature. They are greatly deluded. “ — Robert Greene. There are two kinds of people in this life: Those that believe in...

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We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?

We all have visions for the future. Of how we wish our lives to be. Huge aspirations, mammoth sized, scary almost impossible ambitions — if yours aren’t that big and scary give yourself a shake, dream bigger for goodness sake! In our daydreams, we are whisked away to...

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The Grapes of Wrath

“Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole.” — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath I’ve been listening to a series of hour long programs called The Big Read, produced in association with the...

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Valentine’s Day is Coming Up

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate “Valentine’s Day is coming up,” Charlie said while reading an online sports article. “Is there anything special you’d like to do?” Warm tears immediately slid down his wife’s face. Hearing her sharp intake of breath, he rushed over and...

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Is it Ethical to Earn Money Off of Your Abuse?

2018 was full of stories of abuse. It was the year of the #MeToo movement, and multiple stories of celebrities like R Kelly, Donald Trump, Jacob Hoggard, and Bill Cosby. (These were only a few of the headliners in Canada)  All of these men were accused of sexual...

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How to improve yourself by believing that you can

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset It’s just a matter of mindset! How often did you already hear that? Me for sure too often. No matter what it is that I am complaining about, my boyfriend is always the person saying ‘’This is just a matter of mindset.’’ And I can...

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The Forever Home

The worse part of being a traveller is that you never know how long you will stay with any family. Sometimes it can be a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple of years. If you are lucky, on very rare occasions, travellers find forever families. This is such a rare...

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I’m not one who celebrates love

Here’s a note from me to you my darlingFor the love of another is something we all seekBut I stopped my seeking and searching for meaningI lost hope and faith in love and humanityYou came along my beloved You became a friend and someone I could talk to without...

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Are You Wasting Your Time on Self-Help Books?

This is a sort of follow on from my last piece —We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?— and something that I have been thinking about lately.  Over the past few years, I have read and listened to quite a few self-help books/audiobooks. Popular titles such...

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Fleeting Thoughts

Thoughts from my distant pastIntruding in my current realm,Visions of what has come and gone,Realities thought forgotten long ago. Why do these fleeting thoughts appear?From what dimension do they come?Perhaps unresolved issues linger here?Are hidden years just coming...

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How to Fix Your Life

You want more for your life. I can guess that about you because everybody wants more for their lives. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more — a better job, a better business, the right partner, great health, more opportunity, more reach more impact — but we all have...

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How to Enhance Your Blog Using a Clear Writing Style?

AP Style and how to use it in your writing. There are many different styles that you can adopt when writing an article. The three most common are AP Style, Chicago Manual and New York Times. When writing an article it is important to adopt one and stick to it...

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My Anxiety Mouse

How to deal with that feeling of fear I’m on the balcony playing with pegs. Not quite two years old. Out of nowhere a bomb drops from the sky and explodes nearby. It’s a huge shock to my little heart. I scream. My sympathetic nervous system injects me with adrenaline...

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How to Become Extremely Motivated?

(lessons from Elon Musk’s and struggling author’s stories) You can be extremely motivated by fear.  Jon Morrow was paralyzed from the head down. He imagined that he is left in some health care facility, he dies and nobody even notices for a few days. This picture...

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Having Hard Conversations

Have them with the ones you love because you love them.  The last nine months of my marriage were a nightmare. I discovered I’d been living with an active drug addict and had been for almost the entirety of our nine-year-long relationship, AND I also had one-year-old...

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Wisdom From Unexpected Places

“You’re doing it wrong.” There I was pounding out miles at my local YMCA on a treadmill due to the below zero temperature when my treadmill started talking to me. I realize I was sixteen miles into a twenty-five-mile treadmill day but the shock of a voice coming from...

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How Jesus defined Great Faith

Jesus identified only two people in His earthly ministry who He said had great faith; a Roman centurion (Matthew 8:5–13) and a Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21–28). Both of these people were outside of the covenant God had made with Israel and I believe it is safe to...

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The Stupid ATM Machine

A Lesson in Humility The road of life has never been easy. I have long struggled with health issues, some of them that brought me close to death. However, in the midst of all the struggles, even when living deep, DEEP in the steamy jungles of Liberia, West Africa, we...

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I Feel Guilty About Going to Church

It’s a complicated part of my life I’m a cradle Catholic.  I don’t remember not going to the same church that I attend now in Brooklyn, NY. My siblings and I were baptized in a trifecta that represented where my family is from, me in the Dominican Republic with...

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Good Medicine, Bad Timing

On Passing Up Peace and Other Things I Don’t Know I Need “You’ll feel better after you take your medicine,” I tell my feverish little boy. He’s not buying it. Cherry flavored Tylenol®. Yummy grape Advil®, Chewable tablets. It makes no difference. His lips are sealed....

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Being Present

Deeply feeling my own presence Intimately knowing my soul within, Generously accepting whatever comes My spirit vibrantly thrives in peace. In harmony with the world that is With no resistance as life unfolds, Present in each precious moment Experiencing boundless...

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??? Questions To God… ???

A man died one day. His soul started to move wherever it was intended to. Though he died, his curiosity remained intact. Along the way, it screamed “I want to meet GOD!! I have a lot of questions for him”. If his prayers were not answered down below, they were...

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God Will Test Your Patience

My Most Recent Wake-Up Call of Locking My Keys in My Car “Patience is a virtue” is a tough pill to swallow, at least during times when we need it. It’s a lesson I’ve discovered over and over but haven’t fully grasped. Maybe this most recent test will allow me to...

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This is why most people end up as mediocre writers

They are simply unwilling to do what it takes Anyone can tell a story. The power of a story lies in how personal it is. And isn’t that the beauty of it? That your story is unique only to you. Then why is it that so many people end up failing? Below, I list some...

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How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Fear

FEAR- The four letter word that can make or break a person!! Every year we hear about the increase in suicide rates around the world, and no matter how much we improve our lives in all the fields, still the suicide rates have not yet come down. Suicidal trends have...

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In Search of Awe

Consumption is a progressive disease* One benefit of pregnancy which counters the joys of lightning crotch (Google it, I dare you) is the guilt-less freedom to say no.  At first, I felt like a wing-clipped bird but now it’s as though those secret fantasies of...

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Witnessing My Shadow Self

I have a confession: I am as guilty of negative thinking as anyone else. Just this morning, my friend asked me about my work. Within a few minutes, I was describing everything awful about it, going into minute detail about the hardships, inconvenience, and utter...

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I Thought There Was Nothing New To Learn

If you think you’ve seen everything, look at it another way and it becomes new. There are times when I think I’ve seen everything. I get this strange feeling. Maybe it’s complacency. Everything thing under the sun has been done and re-done. Nothing seems to surprise...

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Talent Isn’t Enough

Talent isn’t enough. The first time I heard that statement, I don’t think I really agreed, until I took a closer look. I had seen plenty of talented people have lots of opportunities that seemed to elude me. But I also have witnessed fellow art school students who...

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How To Call Yourself A Writer (And Mean It)

it’s time to claim your title I know a secret about you. You want to share your secret and at the same time you’ll never tell. What would people say? How would they think about you after they learn the truth? Well guess what? I carry the same burden, and since you...

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For Our Children

And, oh, the things we do for them Her tiny body rolls into position on the pink and white patterned mattress. She sighs through her perfect lips, and I exhale a breath of relief. She’s asleep. I get to go to work, clean, or play with her brother. So many...

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The personal bars (goals) we set, are they optimal?

How low is low and vice versa. Basically, are we progressing? It’s a no brainer that to grow, it is implicit that a stimulus is needed, for, adjusting to the renewed environment is when we grow. There comes a need for us to unfetter ourselves from complacent cocooning...

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Why You Should Never Pay Your Children To Wash The Car

A case against extrinsic motivation. I screwed up badly on this one. Now, you’re probably thinking that my 4-year-old daughter royally botched the job and damaged the family car, perhaps leaving a scratch here and a ding there.  If you’re prone to exaggeration,...

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With Friends Like These

What a man with Down Syndrome taught me about being human. He’s standing by the keyboard, nervous, wearing a new vest and pressed white shirt. The room is festooned with streamers and balloons stamped with ‘Happy 30th’. Guests are filing in wearing their Sunday...

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Mental Health & The Battle Against Confusion

What do you do when you’ve run out of energy, for both the motions of living and the grand, sweeping meta-vision of it? What do you do when you feel hopelessly confused in life and as if nothing could save you? Mental turmoil is hardly a stranger to most of us and...

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You Don’t Have Time for Regrets

The importance of taking advantage of now. “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” —Jonathan Larson This morning was not the best for me, not by a long shot. For some reason I sat at my desk pondering on the past and what I wish I would’ve done. My mind was...

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How to Become Successful Without Trying Hard At All

Yes, really. According to many, success is predicated on the level of effort you put forth towards being successful. Do I believe in putting forth an effort? Absolutely. Do I believe in developing skills? Of course. But there’s a subtle difference between trying to...

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Discover the Joy of Being Yourself

It’s simple to change your whole life for the better, but it’s not easy. The key to this type of personal transformation is cultivating your sense of lovingness. Interestingly enough, if you attain a high-enough state, you will even love the unlovable, alert to the...

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One way to stop romance from messing up Valentine’s Day

My husband is nothing if not economical. He loves me because I appreciate the finer things in life — him — and because I accept the things I cannot change — his economy. We do share one economic perspective: gift giving to each other. We don’t. In general, we have...

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Adolescent Awakening

I refused to call them “niggers” as others didThose six black girls in sea of 1800 students,God-fearing community’s school integration,No brotherly love, just resentment and hatred. Haunted images from my adolescent painBeing torn asunder in puzzling confusion,I was...

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3 Ways To Trust Your Inner Wisdom

Inner wisdom means knowing you can trust your gut instinct. It means knowing which creative project to work on and which to park for the time being. It will give you the courage to keep working on your art even if it is doesn’t seem rational or your nearest and...

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How to Overcome Your Fear of the Future

I’m sitting here trying to avoid thinking about the inevitable drive to my parents’ house this afternoon. It’s only thirty minutes from where I live, but the drive itself has developed into one gigantic monster that I must battle every time I want to visit them (or...

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We Can Lose Our Writing Momentum

And it may be so insidious that we don’t even recognize it until it strikes.  I lost my momentum with my writing the moment I started to care too much about outside reinforcement. Views, engagement and all that sort of thing that we kind of check regularly to see...

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Our Rescue Dogs Visit us While We Sleep

To Make Sure We’re Okay being Without Them For over the past twenty years we have rescued, adopted, fostered, and helped anywhere between thirty-seven and forty dogs. Being an accountant by trade, I am embarrassed at not being able to remember the exact statistics and...

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Who is holding you back?

It’s easy to identify the trolls. Trolls are people who have nothing good to say. They are the ones who live to stir up anger, rage and sadness. Many of them are unsatisfied with their lives. They are seeking an outlet for attention. They are seeking a stage. ...

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Message: “Bullying Is OK, Sometimes”?

I don’t get caught up in the social pressure of making a new year’s resolution anymore. Aside from that pressure to make one, if you don’t keep it, it can lead to self-shame and guilt. Instead, I’ve chosen to run through a series of introspective questions to move me...

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The Mirror Analogy & Significance Of Relationships

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” —  Epicurus The usual joyfulness associated with the monsoon rain was missing on that unusual evening. The clouds were...

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The Spirit of God and Rocky Balboa

This Story is not about Sylvester Stallone (nick-named “Sly” who plays Rocky in the boxer movies). It is not about boxers or boxing. It is about the spirit that moves through Sylvester Stallone and boxers and all of Life and Creation. What do boxers and athletes and...

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How To Use The Enneagram To Become A Better Writer

The Enneagram changed my life and made me a better writer. I’m serious. But before I dive in, a little about me: I like personality tests. I like learning as much as I can about myself so I can grow. Maybe you’re a bit skeptical. I totally get it. Just keep reading....

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Analyzed

For it is in your world not the externalthat analysis of the deep takes placebereavement and snipping corners the divine plays with the defeatedsoldiers marching through your field of poppies. Self-analysis played out in the nineteenth hundred’sa reason for...

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Don’t Sleep on Your Wins

They say a loss can make or break you. From it, you can either learn, adjust and move forward or lay down, accept defeat and give up.  But a win can be equally as devastating on the journey towards your success.  You may have seen it happen to someone else...

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We Are Life Expressing Itself

What if the entire universe is conscious and you are a shareholder of this consciousness? If this is true, as many spiritual traditions assert, then when you look at anything in the universe — a rock or a star — you are a manifestation of the universe looking at...

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How To Become A Slimmer Human?

It begins with a fundamental mindset shift. ‘’Oh my gawd, I am the fattest human being that ever lived ‘’ exclaimed my friend. I looked at her for a few minutes, processing the enormity of her statement before retorting. That is probably a slight exaggeration. I...

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How Great Writers Make Each Word Count

Each day. Every day. We live in a 24/7/365 world. Each of our daily 1400 minutes is spoken for before we start our day. Nobody has an extra minute of attention to give to anyone who doesn’t give back something of equal value. Great writers practice the art of making...

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Powerful lessons from a mouse who wanted to be the Lion

I craved for successI Fantasized of Fame and RichesSuccess bade me goodbye, I looked at Life in his eyesLife responded You can And all I did was procrastinate Opportunities knocked, but I sleptSuddenly I woke up and blamed life for its share of miseriesLife...

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The Game of Life

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I am here to support life.  This is my new mission statement. I make this stand because I am life, a sentient being among other...

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Why We Need To Forgive When They Don’t Deserve It

A woman erupted in a fit of hysteria at the retail store I managed. She and her husband were in the middle of a bitter divorce and she arrived at the store while his girlfriend was there. I had been chatting with the girlfriend, who was a frequent shopper with us. As...

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Coming Home… Finally

It was a beautiful morning as I made my way to the galley of my ship for breakfast. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, breakfast was my favorite part of the day because the world is just beginning to come alive. The galley smells of bacon frying, and the sound of eggs...

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The Forgotten Blessing of Your Name

Once upon a time, the sound of your first name enchanted you. It was music to your ears. You heard the lilt, the cadence, and the phonetic richness of each syllable of your name. This occurred because your name was spoken with love by your parents. So it carried the...

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A World Of Infinite Ideas: How To Catch Them?

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan Ideas are everywhere. They find you when you’re on a walk, a drive or in the shower. I often get ideas when I’m rinsing twice.  So I keep a pad and pen on the bathroom sink. Maybe one day...

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Violated, Hailed, Forgotten

Trigger warning : This poem was written after and is a reference to the famous Delhi, India rape case.  She fought, she scratched, her screams unheard Nails clawing flesh pain from pleasure They kept on with their greed Testing fiercely,...

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Awakening the Genius Within

I fell in love with Santa Fe the minute I arrived, instantly dazzled by its rich history, a meld of Anglo, Native American, and Hispanic cultures.  Everything was refreshingly different. Unlike most American cities, it had unique architecture, a predominance of...

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God Grows In Loving Soil

God is everywhereYou may or may not knowYou’ll find God in despairOr when joy is all aglow If insomnia chaffs to encumberGod’s sings in your addictionGod’s whisper is sweet slumberEven when you can not listen The birds sing in the treesAnd below humming manateesThe...

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Creating a Need for Competition at a Young Age

Throughout my entire childhood, I have always been unbelievably competitive. As someone who was in a school specifically designed for high-level athletes, the only thing that mattered was performance. While that may bring more pressure, it was always something that I...

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Why Do They Go There?

It can’t be purely economics! I pulled into the parking lot. It was like any other store parking lot. Some new cars, some old cars, some expensive cars, some cheap cars, some pickup trucks, Nothing stood out. I was just shopping, but this time I was at Walmart. I...

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Watching My Mother Die

Real death isn’t like the movies March 1987 “Cancer can be beaten” That’s what the light-up advertisement on the bus proclaimed — the one sporting a cheerful, yellow daffodil while exhorting us to support cancer research.  It was Monday morning. I was on my way...

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How to Inspire Without Smoke and Mirrors

Have you ever seen those late night commercials with the beautifully perfect women, asking lonely people to call the 900 number to “chat”? They portray these ads as if you are calling the expensive phone number to chat with a perfectly hot, lonely bombshell, clad in...

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Cries Within

Cries keep coming from deep within Cries caused by distant hurts and pains,The dissonant cries of a little boyTorn asunder in puzzling confusion. This little boy desperately seeking truthsTruths of who he is, and should become,Truths of what is right, and what is...

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Why You Should Strive For Progress Not Perfection

We all want to be perfect in some ways. I think it started in a school where we have been taught not to make any mistakes to get the best marks. We have competed with each other to please our teachers and parents. Then it continued with the expectations. ...

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The First Noble Truth of the Writer’s Life

Writing is, if not suffering, then it is at least often really really hard. -MOBUS I belong to a lot of writing groups on Facebook. I see over and over questions from, “What does it take to be a real writer?” Or, “If I write X novel do you think people will read it?”...

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My Beautiful Sister and The Museum

There is something so intimate and magical about whispering a secret.… “A sister is both your mirror — and your opposite.” — Elizabeth Fishel Moving My only sibling, a sister, Carrie Ann and I were moved from rural Amarillo Texas in 1975 to a suburb of the 3rd largest...

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There Are Thrushes Everywhere

Sometimes life forces you to notice things. The woods surrounding my home are teeming with wildlife: deer, birds, squirrels and the occasional bear or coyote. They’ve become part of the landscape, blending into the snow-covered trees in the winter and the bubbling...

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All Creative Work Involves Decisions

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. — William James There are a variety of ways to watch a film, look at a painting or listen to a piece of music. One of the ways I frequently watch a movie or listen to music is to think...

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How Writing is Like a Cup of Coffee

I love coffee. Of the few vices I have, I would have the most difficulty giving up my morning brew, mid-afternoon cup of java, and my after-work steaming fresh cup.  The only other “vice” I have, (besides the occasional glass of red wine, or craft beer), is...

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What Does It All Mean Anyway?

Have you ever heard someone cry out in frustration, “What does it all mean anyway?” At times, I think many believers ask that question when it comes to studying the scriptures and trying to grasp this life as a follower of Jesus. I meet people on a daily basis who are...

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The power of self-reflection

If I had to choose only one tip to give someone who wants to develop themselves and become better in whatever he is doing it would be to practice a lot of self-reflection. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by...

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Kaleidoscope Sky

Pink glows hover in early morning light Purple hues illuminate scattered clouds, Kaleidoscope colors beginning my day, Contemplating this beauty present now.  Each day colored along nature’s spectrum Always surprised by what colors come, Days sometimes break dark...

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Ask Yourself the Hard Questions

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Ponder those words for a moment. I spent some time running in the mountains thinking about this verse and how it applied to me. This is one of those verses that if...

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Why You Should Do the Things That Scare You Most

Most people choose safety over uncertainty. But do safe choices always bring you happiness in life? If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. This quote by Vincent Van Gogh is my favourite for...

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Here’s What We Humans Are Suppose To Eat, Real Food.

Eating healthy is way overlooked, and only an extreme few percentages of the population worldwide even eat healthily. I’ve been to many parts of Asia and lived in a few states in America for 20 years. I can say for certain that humans prefer delicious food over...

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Why I Stopped Reading Self-Help Books

In the most Freudian tradition, it began with my Dad. The Dad who was absent? No. The Dad who was reckless? No. He’s not that kind of Dad. The Dad who for Christmas, wanted not the latest James Patterson thriller, but a hefty computer programming manual for his...

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No, I Don’t Want to Be Like Them

Defending the beauty in what you bring to the table. aybe you have a favorite movie star, a favorite singer, maybe even a favorite athlete. Most people want to be just like them—whoever they are. They look at every little detail and follow their every move. I’ve done...

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This is How You Become a Better Listener

“If we could only listen to each other on the stage like the animals in the forest do — as though our lives depended on it.” -Geraldine Page British writer Julian Treasure believes we are losing our listening. In his brilliant 2011 TED Talk he shares his concern for...

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Shenandoah Longing

Thoughts of a distant Shenandoah cabin Tucked gently in its mountainside retreat, Overlooking blue ridge mountain vistas Calming presence in its hovering quietness. Walking winding verdant forested trails Discovering new hidden natural wonders, Yearning to explore...

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What a shark attack taught me about living my best life.

“Did you hear about the shark attack?” ….. 3 hours earlier… As we pulled into the car park, I caught a glimpse of the shimmering blue sea. I couldn’t wait to get out of the car and take it all in. We were chasing a tip-off from fellow travellers who told us this...

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We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?

We all have visions for the future. Of how we wish our lives to be. Huge aspirations, mammoth sized, scary almost impossible ambitions — if yours aren’t that big and scary give yourself a shake, dream bigger for goodness sake! In our daydreams, we are whisked away to...

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Valentine’s Day is Coming Up

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate “Valentine’s Day is coming up,” Charlie said while reading an online sports article. “Is there anything special you’d like to do?” Warm tears immediately slid down his wife’s face. Hearing her sharp intake of breath, he rushed over and...

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Being A Parent AND Pursuing A Dream

When you become a parent, your dreams don’t just disappear. You might want to pursue a new career, become debt-free, get in shape, or maybe even all of the above. But you’re already overwhelmed — how do you pursue a dream while being a parent? Here are five steps you...

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This is How You Get Work that Matters Done

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” — Alexander Graham Bell Believe it or not, there’s a good reason lion tamers only use a chair to keep an angry lion at bay. For years, I wondered why an animal...

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The pronouns of God … Him, Her?

Changing the paradigm of God from male to female can change one’s perception of God, and of oneself. It seems reasonable enough to picture God as a divine parent, and it is understandable that a male-dominated culture would use “father” instead of “mother.” It is...

The Only “Life Hack” You Need To Conquer Sleep

Sleep deprivation is not and will never be a badge of honour. If ever there is a choice — more money or more responsibility — you must always opt for the latter. — Robert Greene It is good to sleep. Truth be told, the tales of successes that occur as a...

The Ultimate Guide to Attracting a Loyal Audience for Your Writing

This guide is more than 4,000 words long. If you want to block out time to read it later, click here to download a FREE pdf version. Admit it. You want more fans for your writing. You’re tired of writing posts nobody reads and being jealous of other online writers who...

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