Category Archives: About Life By Design

Make a Difference

After watching   movies like Seven Pounds and  Pay It Forward,  I  ask  myself, gosh, what I can I do to make a difference?!

So I GOOGLED   “make a difference”.

And I found a day called  just that!  The national MAKE A DIFFERENCE day  to help others and make a difference
will be  October  24th, 2009.

But in the meantime, if you want to do something right now, you can search by keyword, or city, or zip code! And find a project that is happening or upcoming!


Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others, is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its more than 600 carrier newspapers. Make A Difference Day is held in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. The 18 th Make A Difference Day was Saturday, Oct. 25, 2007. Make A Difference Day supporter Paul Newman donates 100 percent of after-tax income from Newman’s Own to educational and charitable causes. 

Make A Difference Day Hot Line: 1-800-416-3824


Life By Design – Let’s Keep Designing!



We started this site nearly 3 years ago.  With the hopes we would share personal insight and ways for people to really make a difference in their lives. Live  a life  WORTH  MEANING! School does NOT teach us what we really need to know in life!

After I turned 30, I asked myself, “Is my life headed in the right direction? How do you change it if you are not? Why would you want a life by design? What if you thought you were, but are not happy with where your life has taken you? Do you go through the motions of life? With no meaning? or experience?”

SO I SAID! “Join me on a journey! A journey of discovering the secret to living a Life By Design! Inspirational and motivational. Let’s create change. Change in ourselves – change in others!”

WE  now  try to do our best  to juggle  15 sites!  And there is just no way to give each site the time and dedication that is needed.  But we try! So bear with us! Because this site,  LIFE  BY DESIGN  really  started it all. And it is something we are very passionate about.  And  I am not sure why….or  how….or  when….but we know this site will  EXPLODE one day! We enjoy a few thousand readers each month, there is just not enough time in the day to post to it frequently.

That said,  we are accepting posts from freelance writers. If you have a blog that is similar in  mission – send us a post, and we’ll make you a guest author!  E-Mail me!

This site is too important to us and I think as a collaborative effort – WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Let me know if you would like to contribute!

Derrick   Sorles
Michael  Snell

Life  By   Design


Life by Design Presents PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME Customized Self-Help Program

Tired?  In a rut? Depressed? 

Unhappy with what’s going on in your life?

Are you making the right career decisions?

Do you have a plan—what are your goals?

Are relationships draining or energizing you?

One of the things that I have always been passionate about is understanding personality types and utilizing psychological type theories to help people. And someone asked me the other day, if I still did that. YES! Even though blogging and Internet Marketing has taken over a large portion of my life, I still offer this service.

Don’t waste your time on another workshop or seminar that “pumps you up” but doesn’t create any lasting change in key areas of your life.  Because life doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, there’s PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME: a one-on-one program guaranteed to clarify your personal values, goals and unique skills and personality characteristics using psychological type theory.

 In just 2 sessions, use proven personality type information to first—better understand yourself—and second—better understand others different from you.

  • Understand what motivates you and what drains you and why  

  • Take charge of your life’s direction and create a plan for the future


  • Understand and identify your unique gifts and potential areas for growth, while respecting those different from yours Improve the quality of relationships in your life


  • Better manage and reduce conflict and stress


  • Improve your ability to communicate and listen


  • Take your workplace performance and promotibility to the next level Enjoy a greater sense of happiness, purpose and fulfillment daily.


Personalized consultation packages start as low as $295 – pricing includes all professional learning instruments, assessment tools and accompanying text materials.

Derrick  Sorles       773-878-5323        e-mail me

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    “The Face Behind The Blog” Meme


     With all that said, I recently came across a meme called FACE BEHIND THE BLOG at SHA MONEY MAKER DOT COM. The meme was actually started 4 weeks ago by DAVID AIREY. The idea is that by putting a face to the name of someone you haven’t met helps recognition and adds a more personal feel to your conversations. – And he suggested illustrating the piece with photos that really show us in a different light, perhaps something other than our standard headshot!

    And we really wanted to participate in this one! The whole reason   behind  LIFE BY DESIGN is why we live our life the way we do! We both feel so strongly about living each day to it’s fullest and creating a life full of happiness, energy and having fun! And when a stranger reads our blog, they really have no idea who we are – up until now. We want to share with you some images and stories of our 8 years together and our life by design!

    Derrick and I met while standing in line at a nightclub! Both of us had previously had long term relationships which I think prepared us for our meeting. We only chatted a few minutes before entering the club, paid our cover charge and was dumped into the sea of people at this huge club. About 2 hours later, we ran into each other. He asked me if I wanted to dance, and we did. It was magic! And we have been together ever since!

    For years, Derrick had studied all the greats; Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Dale Carnegie…all the master creators of a life by design. During our first year together, he brought me up to speed and shared with me all that I had been missing. Like a sponge, I soaked up all the information and started applying the principles in my life. While working for Siegfried and Roy, Roy had taught me a lot about living life and realizing your dreams, but all of this new  information took it all to another level.


    Of course, as time went by, we had to keep raising the bar, and the outfits had to be more creative. Nightclubs  expected us, to be dressed up. And if there was a theme, we would embody the theme!

                 Karen Hanrahan and
    Jeff Maziarek
    Tim Draayer

    Instruction to this meme

    1st step

    Post a short blog article that includes a photograph (or a series of photos) showing the face behind your blog. If you already show a photo somewhere on your site (such as in your about page), then make your post more interesting and choose a photo that’s not currently online.

    2nd step

    Include links to other people that have displayed a photo, or include their photos in your post, adding a reference. Here are the others who have participated so far:

    Gayla at Mom Gadget
    Char at Essential Keystrokes
    Paul at Reflections

    Rob at 2Dolphins
    Zep at The In-Sect

    Ingo at Stixster
    Stevie at Lost In Cyberspace

    The Paper Bull at (oddly enough) The Paper Bull
    Lisa Sabin-Wilson at Just A Girl In The World
    Dawud Miracle at

    Wendy Piersall at eMoms at Home
    Dennis Bjørn Petersen at Petersen Inc.

    Randa Clay at Randa Clay Design
    Drew McLellan at The Marketing Minute
    Becky McCray at Small Biz Survival

    Phil Gerbyshak at Make it Great!
    Steve Woodruff at StickyFigure

    Dave Olson at Live the GREAT life that you desire
    Greg at Become a Remote Control SEO
    Ariane Benefit at Neat Living Blog

    Genesis at the At Home Mom Blog
    Armen at iFFECT.NET

    Mihaela Lica at Online Public Relations
    Tara at Graphic Design Blog
    Doris Chua at Home Office Women

    Edward Mills at Evolving Times
    Tony D. Clark at Success from the Nest

    Jonathan-C Phillips at SmartWealthyRich
    Karen at A Deaf Mom Shares Her World
    Lisa Gates at intrinsic life design

    Rammel Firdaus at
    Carol at Pentimento

    Adam Kayce at Monk at Work
    Thomas at Technical Blogger
    Tammy Lenski at I Can’t Say That!

    Chris Brown at Branding & Marketing

    Rory Sullivan at Hamelife
    Derek Wong at Going The Wong Way
    Embuck at
    Ms. Q at QMusings

    Shelly Tucker at This Eclectic Life

    Steve at Ramblings from the Marginalized
    Troy Worman at on!blog
    Lilith at Lilith’s Owl Nest
    Revov at REVO-OVER

    Karin at Stop/Start
    Derrick at Life By Design

    A link back to this post is much appreciated, to help create a more personal community!

    3rd step

    Tag as many others as you like in your post to spread the meme.

    4th step

    If you link back to me here and send an email I’ll be sure to include links back to you.

    Each person tagged should create their own post and repeat the process.

    HAVE FUN! Enjoy Life! Live Large!


    All I really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Or Didn’t I?

    All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, has sold millions of copies of his book. Think about it conceptually, wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if his title claim were in fact true and we all graduated from kindergarten with the fundamental life skill sets we needed to be happy and productive citizens?


    Just to consider that possibility of such powerful instruction brings all these visions and images of a world full of love and peace and serenity and happiness and joy and community and hope and abundance into my head.


    The lessons Fulghum claims to have learned in kindergarten that prepared him for life are:

    • Share everything.

    • Play fair.

    • Don’t hit people.

    • Put things back where you found them.

    • Clean up your own mess.

    • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

    • Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody.

    • Wash your hands before you eat.

    • Flush.

    • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

    • Live a balanced life-learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

    • Take a nap every afternoon.

    • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

    • Be aware of wonder.

    If you haven’t read his book, please get a copy and do so. - $.99 Books, DVDs, and more

    It’s practical, funny and a quick read. I just find it to be only a piece of the puzzle and I want to explore the “missing pieces” further.

    As you read how Fulghum extrapolates these lessons learned into real-life settings, I agree, they are important and the world would be a better place if we were all on the same page here. However, they are externally centered and have more to do with how we behave and interact with others appropriately, mixed with a little self-care, don’t get me wrong-I love the cookies and nap part.


    I believe though what’s missing is the internal pieces that really build out who we are, what our lives are about and how do we design/redesign/or create lasting change?

    All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten would indeed be closer to the truth. The reality is we aren’t ready to receive and understand that kind of teaching at that age, however, you would think that maybe over the course of the 12 plus years we are formally educated, some learning about these topics may have occurred? Not in my school system!

    These are the life skill areas and tools I want to explore with you. Because Life Doesn’t Come With An Owner’s Manual, there is Life By Design to help you figure it out.



    Life By Design? 

    Are you living one? 
    Is your life headed in the right direction?
    How do you change it  if you are not? 
    Why would you want a life by design?  
    What if you thought you were, but are not happy with where your life has taken you?

    Join us on a journey! A journey of discovering the secret to living a Life By Design!