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Real Soulful Site Inspires People

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A new social networking site to INSPIRE US!

Social Networking Entrepreneur Tiffany Cooper is spreading the news about a new online social network that promotes positive social networking and allows users to improve their emotional and mental well-being.

For the month of January, Cooper is inviting users to join the www.realsoulful.com site for a different kind of resolution-setting: helping others. Beginning January 1st through January 31st, the new social network is challenging its users to find one kind act that they can do that benefits someone else.

“So many people spend this time of year thinking of ways to improve their lives, which is great.” says Cooper. “Whether it’s to exercise more, eat less, make more money, spend less – we start out strong, but often lose our way before Valentine’s Day. I believe these goals often fail because they lack true inspiration behind them.”

“It’s amazing, though, what we can do when we stop focusing on ourselves and set out to help others,” explains Cooper. “Performing daily acts of kindness has been sceintifically proven to benefit a person’s heart, reduce anxiety, allow for better sleep, improve relationships, lower blood pressure, and simply make people happier and more satisfied with their lives. Who could ask for more in the New Year?”

Realsoulful.com launched in Beta-mode in February 2014 and has over 750 global users to date, with a demographic of 58% female and 42% males. Users are encouraged to share their stories of kindness on the realsoulful.com site to help “promote positivity and inspire others.”

Found at realsouful.com, the “Soulful Networking” site is designed to go beyond sharing everyday happenings (like on most social networking sites) to connecting people on a higher level in areas such as personal growth, gratitude, inspiration and supporting one another’s dreams in a purely positive space.

Cooper explains that many social media sites deal with our basic extrinsic needs, which revolve around status, image and success. While those needs are valid, the idea behind RealSoulful is to connect people at a more profound level to help meet intrinsic needs such as helping others, discovering purpose and creating a better life.

On realsoulful.com users create their own content. They can make a personal space, a “MySanctuary” page, and also post and make comments on a central forum called the “SoulCentral Stream.” In these ways it’s like other sites, but it is with a more soulful context and free of the negativity that exists on other sites.

Realsoulful.com is a free site open to anyone who is willing to abide by the site’s “Playground Rules” which include checking your ego and judgments at the door; being kind and supportive, and saying something nice or nothing at all.

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TRANShumanism…Discovering Humanity’s Potential

At its core, transhumanism is about discovering humanity’s potential, an
idea that’s been around for centuries. Yet at times we’ve also done the
opposite by selling our species short and throwing in the towel early.
Towards the end of the 1800s, for example, conventional wisdom suggested
that all the great scientific discoveries had already been made and
that there wasn’t much left to do beyond some “tidying up” of existing
theories. 
As Charles Duell , commissioner of the United States
Patent Office, boldly asserted in 1899, “Everything that can be invented – has already been invented.”

 

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Do You Value Your Time Here on Earth?

Read quietly then 

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To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:   Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:   Ask a student who   Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:  Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month: Ask a mother Who has given birth to A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:  Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute: Ask a person Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second: Ask a person Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.

Remember….

Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Share this  friends & family to whom you wish good  fortune.

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Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent! Woman WOW’s THE WORLD! Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover!

 



DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK
       BY IT’S COVER!


She’s a frumpy 48 year old lady, who has never been kissed, never had a date, was bullied in school for a disability, her Mom just died, she is unemployed, lives alone with her cat, Pebbles and donates her time volunteering for her church. But can she sing?

The unlikely Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has become such an internet hit that Hollywood star Demi Moore has been Twittering about her.

 


The actress’s husband Ashton Kutcher spotted the talented unemployed Boyle, posting a link to a video of her much-discussed Saturday night singing performance on his Twitter page.


Boyle won over a cynical audience in the first episode of the new Britain’s Got Talent series on the weekend and her performance quickly became a YouTube hit.


The 48-year-old was initially greeted with scornful looks after confessing she had never been kissed and struggling for words when she appeared on stage. But her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables, brought the crowd to their feet.


Unless someone had an early clue and this was all a setup, what the viewers, audience and judges all got was that genuinely electrifying moment: something no one expected that was better than anyone could have dreamed. It was a “Rocky” moment!


Show judge and music mogul Simon Cowell is now reportedly organising a record deal for her, while bookmakers say she is the favourite to win the BBC talent show.


Boyle’s sudden trajectory mirrors that of previous Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. The plain Welsh mobile phone salesman wowed audiences with his classical singing and is due to release his second album this year.


WATCH  SUSAN BOYLE ON YouTUBE

How fabulous is that?  Never stop designing your life! And don’t judge!

And by the way, she’ll be on CNN “American Morning” Friday (17th) to chat about it. In the celebrity biz, she’s a curve ball and a welcome one — even if she disappears as quickly as she arrived.

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Gay Australian Diver Matthew Mitcham Wins The Gold!


        

The 20-year-old Sydney diver produced the highest scoring dive in the history of the Olympics with his sixth and final effort to become Australia’s first male Olympic gold medalist in diving since Dick Eve in 1924!





Matthew Mitcham of Australia, earning four perfect 10s on his last dive, won the men’s 10-meter platform in an upset over the weekend that prevented China from sweeping the eight Olympic diving gold medals – making him an instant gay icon.




The Olympic diver is unfazed about being the first openly gay Australian to go to the Olympics. “It’s so rare because theres such a macho mentality with male elite sports.” Being dubbed sexy is another matter: “I see myself as goofy…I was always really skinny as a kid.”


Mitcham is the only man among 10,500 Olympic athletes who declared himself homosexual. But he refused to be categorized as the only gay in the athletes’ village.



“I just want to be known as the Australian diver who did really well at the Olympics,” he said. “It’s everybody else who thinks it’s special when homosexuality and elite sports go together.”





       





“It’s absolutely surreal. I never thought that this would be possible,” Mitcham said.

“I wasn’t even sure of my medal chances at all. After I did my last dive and I saw I was in first, I thought, “That’s it, it’s a silver medal, I am so happy with this’ and then I won. I can’t believe it, I’m so happy.

My cheeks hurt from smiling – my face hurts from chlorine – my legs are sore from jumping up and down – I didn’t think I would win the GOLD! I AM SO HAPPY!”


NEVER stop designing your life! Keep pushing. Keep dreaming. And set yourself up for success!


CONGRATULATIONS 

MATTHEW MITCHAM!

from the
New Gay Travel Guide
and the Official Life By Design sites!



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The Dammann Twins – Designing the Road To Stardom




 The Dammann Twins – Eric and Todd.

They sing, play guitar, and utilize YouTube  and MySpace as their PR agents!


YouTube is an amazing tool that wasn’t around when I was a kid! Now anyone with a webcam and some talent  have amazing opportunities and in fact, can be discovered through the Internet. Plus artists  can build a huge fan base for their work and even can sell online direct to the consumer. It’s a whole new world!


The guys covered Brittney’s GIMME MORE and it has been viewed by nearly  half a million people!

At 21, these two Seattle boys are finishing college, finishing up  a demo, packing their bags and heading to sunny California to pursue their dreams!

I caught up with the guys this week in between finals!

“Moving to California is definitely next on our priority list. After we finish up some college work here in Seattle, we will be doing all we can to set up home base somewhere near Los Angeles. With all of the opportunities for performing and promotion down there, it is something we are looking forward to.


We want our fans to know that we are working hard to write and record some great music that is going to be very symbolic of who we are as artists. So many people have reached out to us and given us words of support and encouragement. We appreciate it all so much and everyday are more and more surprised and flattered by the messages and letters our listeners are sending. It is our ultimate hope to someday tour and see all these fans in person!


We don’t have a record deal yet. This project is more of a demo than a full fledged album. The record we are working on is about 75% complete. We still have to finish writing and recording a few songs to make sure we have material that is not only work we’re proud of, but a collection that is as diverse and well rounded. After that, we will spend some time mastering the tracks and making sure all of the kinks are worked out.

It’s our first time really doing something like this by ourselves. Everything from the song writing, recording, and mixing, to the vocals and instrumentals are being done by us alone. It’s a big task to undertake but this is something we’ve always wanted to do. Music is our life, and we couldn’t imagine living without it!”



The duo was recently interviewed by Out magazine / PopNography ,

What inspired you to start putting videos up on YouTube?
Eric: YouTube really has become one of the cultural artifacts of this technology dominated/cyber space century. We love to sing and perform, so we figured, why not put it up on a site that would allow all our family and friends see what we’re up to? I love the idea of being able to have a digital platform where you can share your creative abilities with anyone who cares to watch.





The guys were asked recently if they have  tried out for American Idol before?

“We tried out for the last season of American Idol. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Out of the 10,000 contestants trying out in Seattle, we made it to the top 100. We were obviously thrilled, but after continuing on, it became increasingly obvious that this was hardly a singing competition. Just like all “reality” shows, there’s very little real anything on the show.”


Don’t worry guys –

you are well on your way!

Keep striving and don’t stop dreaming!



Stop by their MySpace page  and listen to their music!

Eric has his own page and so does Todd as well.



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Should You Follow Your Passion?




I was doing some research today about following your passion, and I stumbled across a blog post by a man I met last year at SOBCon 07.  Adam Kayce  writes Monk @ Work. And he did a post last fall about following your passion. In part, he says…



Passion puts you on the road to wholeness.


When it comes right down to it, you’re seeking wholeness (whether you know it or not). It’s the game of life that we’re all playing. When your passion gets inflamed, it’s a signal to you that you’re coming close to something that you need in order to recognize your innate wholeness. When you’re moving closer to that which makes you whole, your being can smell the potential, and it gets excited.



And that inner geiger counter, that bloodhound-of-your-soul that’s sniffing its way towards wholeness, is what drives passion.


But the naysayers aren’t always wrong; passion can be a diversion, a smokescreen. If you’re needing to stay focused (on a project, on your career, on your spouse….), and something comes along that makes you sit up and take notice, it doesn’t always mean you should chase after it. Sometimes, that radar can lead you astray.


But how can you tell the difference?


The difference is made by the timbre of the passion; the characteristic quality of the passion that’s driving you.


If it’s a passion that pulls you “up and out”, removing you from your sense of center, and causing you to forget your heart’s values (something your heart will signal to you at once, if you can hear it over the din of your excitement), then it’s a passion of diversion. The aspects of you that don’t want to stay in one place are latching on the “bright, shiny object” passing by in order to try to recapture that juicy feeling that passion can bring.


But, because your heart goes sour with this kind of passion, it’s not going to fulfill you in the way you’re hoping it will.


On the other hand, if the passion you feel is grounding, expanding, and strikes deep into the heart of who you are, then it’s a passion of deepening. A long lost aspect of you, something that needs to be rekindled, is calling out from the depths of your soul, saying, “Yes… remember me.”


The timbre of a passion of deepening has a quality to it that’s like (as cliche as it sounds) coming home. But better, and different.


It’s like that line in Sleepless in Seattle (love that movie; and thanks to Movie Quotes for helping me remember its source), when Tom Hanks was recalling the love he shared with his wife:



“It’s like coming home, only to no home I’ve ever known.”


There’s a familiarity to a passion of deepening, but also a newness, and a sense of discovery, and that takes it beyond just “trying to recapture the past.” It makes you excited and thinking of the future, sure… but it also makes you feel more “you” than before.




*Adam is currently transitioning from Monk At Work to a new site called Viverati. He says, “One thing is clear: common sucks. If you want to live the best life you can, you have to break away from the sheeple and do as the few do… the ones who have learned what it means to be exceptional. From lifestyle design to financial freedom to spiritual fulfillment, along with health, productivity, design, and how to make the best pancakes on the planet, Viverati brings you life at its best.”

Stop by his site and check it out!



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Whats Your New Years Resolution – And Will You Keep It?

    


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Fitness,  weight, smoking, debt and making a difference, are the top 5 big ones people usually focus on. Yet, practically every resolution is broken a short time after being made. Why is this failure in achieving resolutions so common? Because CHANGE is difficult.

New Year’s resolutions are desires to immediately overcome certain habits that have perhaps taken years to establish. This is very hard to accomplish. In fact, overcoming is a lifelong struggle, and, because change is uncomfortable and sometimes even painful, most people avoid it. For those who do try to change, an accidental slip-up is sometimes viewed as total failure, instead of an opportunity to learn, grow and to strive harder to succeed. This attitude, unconsciously, is an excuse for the person to return to familiarity—his bad habit. 

  GOALS, GOALS, GOALS!

Have appropriate expectations.  – Setting the right goal is everything.

Set a learning goal – Most of us who need to make changes in our lives to improve our health are not yet ready to make those changes. To make successful lifestyle changes requires knowledge, time, and commitment.

Focus on what you are going to do. – Too many health related changes feel like deprivations. It is hard to maintain motivation for not doing things. It is more rewarding focusing on what we are going to do.


Make this the year you get it right. –Set appropritate expectations, learn what you need to be successful, focus on what you want to do, and have a great New Year! 

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Learning and Unlearning


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A site I often read is Joyful Jubilant Learning
Last month they ran a great post called 7 Wonders of Joyful Jubilant Learning, 

Listen, Laugh, Learn, Link, Love, Live, and Leap to Wonder



  • Listen — welcome new ideas and every teacher, listening fully opened
  • Laugh — with the positive and uplifting joy others are ready to give you
  • Learn — with childlike curiosity and in a collaboratively jubilant way
  • Link — use others’ lessons learned as a springboard for your own, sharing your knowledge freely
  • Love — tap into your passion for learning, and be of loving heart in your new bonds with others
  • Live — be a shining example of the Lifelong Learner; “Be the learner you want to see in the world”
  • Leap — to a new experience, stretching past the familiar, accepting leaps of higher intuition.
    Allow learning to transform you, and to bring you to Wonder.

 


I thought this was a great inspirational idea and throw it out there for everyone to ponder! 

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Marianne Williamson – A Return To Love



Marianne Williamson took the country by storm with her first book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles and is to date the biggest selling book of interpretation of the spiritual thought system found in the book A Course In Miracles. Most estimates claim that A Return to Love has sold in excess of three million copies, making it not only the best selling book of ACIM interpretation but one of the best selling self-help books of all time. It was one of the first books OPRAH endorsed on her show.

The book sits on my night-stand and has sat there for  over10 years! It is my bible of choice. I have read it countless times, highlighted it to death and keep it nearby when I need to read something inspiring just before bed. And I always keep extra copies on hand. When I know someone going through some kind of life-struggle, I give them a copy, in hopes that it will inspire them also.





Since we were children, she explains, we were taught that we’re seperate from other people, that we have to compete to get ahead, that we’re not quite good enough the way we are. We were taught to see the world the way that others had come to see it, full of fear, without gentleness or hope.

A Return To Love is a spiritual travel guide for our journey back to the truth we were born with. In one of my favorite passages, she speaks about goals. The process of focusing the mind on a particular set goal, may in fact manifest itself for you – but perhaps we are selling ourselves short. Perhaps the universe had something bigger in store for us. She tells us we need to shift our thinking from a “get” mentality to a “give” mentality.  When our desire is to give instead of get, our willingness to give directs the universe to give to us.

The book covers many fascinating and enlightening topics around relationships, work, money, our body and Heaven and Hell. If you have never read this book, I encourage you do so! It will change your way of thinking!
                            

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