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Inspirational Mothers Day Contest

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Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.

Earnestine does not  question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”

Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.

Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”

1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story.It can be funny, sentimental, bold or all of these and more. Submit  HERE.

 

2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.

3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.

The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.

On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.

Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!

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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.

Diva Living with AIDS Rae Lewis Thornton

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Educated, attractive, assertive and ambitious are just a few of the words used to describe Rae Lewis-Thornton. In 1986, during a routine blood drive visit at a Washington D.C. Red Cross, Rae received news of another word that would soon be used to describe her health and future. At the tender age of 23, Rae Lewis-Thornton was diagnosed HIV Positive.
Despite her present day status of having full-blown AIDS (ACQUIRED Immune-deficiency Syndrome), Rae Lewis-Thornton leads her own unending crusade to educate and challenge young and old audiences to take control of their own bodies, futures and health. Rae uses her life as an example that AIDS is a non-discriminatory disease. She challenges the most common myths and stereotypes surrounding who and how one can become infected with the HIV virus that most often results in AIDS and death. In doing this, she incorporates her own oratory skills, personal experiences and unyielding honesty to create and disseminate her critical and deadly message of her own day by day, personal destruction by AIDS.
Rae uses all forms of media to convey her message. In less than a year Rae Lewis-Thornton has made her mark in Social Media. She is the recipient of the British Academy Golden Tweet Award in Public Service for 2010 and The 2011 CBS Chicago Most Valuable Blogger in Medical, Health and Fitness. She uses Twitter effectively to continue her crusade to educate, reduce the spread of HIV, as well as to challenge stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS. She held the first HIV/AIDS Tweet-up in the US in July 2010 and is now taking her Tweet-up’s nationwide. In December 2010 Rae organized a Twitter Book Club, RLT Reads. Along with Twitter, she uses both of her Facebook pages as a daily platform to educate both on HIV/AIDS generally and her personal struggle of living and managing HIV/AIDS.
Rae Lewis Thornton’s gift is to help people get passed their pain and live a healthy balanced life. For the past 19 years she’s done that through speaking, press interviews, tv, radio, print and most recently in her blog. In January 2012 she is expanding her work by giving people the opportunity to have her expertise one on one through life coaching RLT Inspiration. The areas of life coaching are confidence, balance and relationships. RLT Inspiration will utilize her life experience and her seminary training. She received a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2003. She was licensed as minister over 12 years ago. Rae has done her PhD studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Rae graduated Manga Cum Laude graduate from Northeastern Illinois University. Rae is very proud to have received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnae Award from her alma-mater Northeastern as well as, deliver the 2011 Commencement Address. Rae has received literally hundreds of awards for her work in HIV/AIDS in the last eighteen years – and I encourage you to check out her blog DIVA LIVING WITH AIDS!

15 Things That Will Bring More Happiness To Your Life


Do you ever meet these people who are so full of themselves, they are always right, they are bitter about life,  that you just have to walk away from them?  You wonder if they are really happy?  How do they live with themselves?

These are 15 actions everyone can do – and will help make your life  easier and make you  happier. We hold on to
so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering –
and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be
stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting
today, I encourage you to  give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and
we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right. There
are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to
always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or
causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s
just not worth it.  What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?


2. Give up your need for control. 
Be willing to give up your
need to always control everything that happens to you and around you –
situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers,
or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow
everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how
much better will that make you feel.

“By
letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.”
Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame. Give
up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for
what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start
taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh
my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative,
polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything
that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and
self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs about
what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From
now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep
you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining. Give
up your constant need to complain about those many,  things
– people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed.
Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable
unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those
feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give
up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different
than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same.

8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop
trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like
you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be
something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the
moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be
drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change. Change
is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you
make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you.
Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.


“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels. Stop
labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as
being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little.
Minds only work when open.

11. Give up on your fears. Fear
is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in
your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.

12. Give up your excuses.  A
lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use.
Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we
get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that
99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past. The past you are now longing for – the past
that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was
present.  Be present in everything you do and
enjoy life. Life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear
vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the
now.

14. Give up attachment.  The
moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you
give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to
do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while
love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love
there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot
coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene.
You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things
without even trying.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way
too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live
their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live
their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to
what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government
and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice,
that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with
living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over
their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what
they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one
life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially
don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

This is an edited down version – read the full version at PURPOSE  FAIRY. A wonderful site about personal growth!

12 Goals in 12 Months – A Mans Journey and He is Blogging About It


Who made New Years
resolutions this year?

How many did you keep?!

I met an author at a blogging conference a couple years ago named  Donna Cutting. Donna wrote a great book called The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service.

She sent me a note about her cousin who embarked on a cool journey this year. At 34 and gay and living in Los Angeles,   he is examining his life….and setting some goals. “Turning 34 has got me to think about what more I want from life and how I can go about getting it. I’m taking control and trying to shake up my simple routine. For the next 12 months, I will be trying to accomplish 12 carefully selected goals that will fulfill lifelong dreams, overcome fears, improve my quality of life or give me memorable experiences I never thought possible.”


His name is Liam Gillen and he lives in Los Angeles. “My life’s defining moment came 8 years ago when I took a vacation to LA to see a live taping of Will & Grace. When I got to the studio and was escorted into the audience seating area, I was in awe at the sight of Will Truman’s living room only twenty feet away. It’s difficult to explain, but right then and there I made the decision to move to LA. I understood that moving just for the sake of living where television is made was drastic.  Six years later, I am still living like a LA tourist and wondering what else life has in store for me!”




He set up the site and decided to blog about his journey as a way to help keep himself on track. Knowing that friends, family and even complete strangers are holding him accountable,  will force him to stay motivated. 

It’s a great idea! Some of the goals are very targeted, like becoming more financially responsible. And some will be more challenging than others… 
like having dinner with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper!  But hey, it’s good to have goals! Plus you never know who is going to read your blog.

Liam is a clever and witty writer and on a great journey. I wanted to share his site with all of you and perhaps you will check it out.


12 Goals 12 Months

And Kathy, if you are reading this, Liam is waiting for your call!

Dairy Farm Worker Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charges

What is wrong with people. I really try to avoid watching the news….I just can not understand how some people can be filled with so much hate and/or cruel intentions.

LAST WEEK, Billy Joe Gregg, Jr., a worker at Conklin Dairy Farms caught on hidden camera during a Mercy For Animals (Warning – this clip is disturbing!) investigation maliciously abusing cows and calves, pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

Gregg was sentenced to eight months in jail, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and is barred from contact with animals for three years. Gregg must also receive counseling through a program that specializes in treating individuals involved in animal abuse cases.

Gregg’s arrest and conviction stem from chilling undercover footage recorded during a Mercy For Animals investigation earlier this year at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.

During a four-week investigation in April and May, MFA’s investigator documented farm workers:

-Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
-Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
-Kicking “downed” cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm’s owner
-Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
-Twisting cows’ tails until the bones snapped
-Punching cows’ udders
-Bragging about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows and calves to death

After viewing the footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, stated: “This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen. The video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless.”

Sadly, cruelty to farmed animals in Ohio – no matter how egregious – is classified as a mere misdemeanor. Ohio has some of the weakest animal protection laws in the nation – ranking 43rd out of all 50 states. Further, no federal laws provide protection for farmed animals during their lives on the farm. Such inadequate state laws and the absence of federal laws lead to rampant abuse.
The deplorable conditions uncovered at Conklin Dairy Farms further highlight the reality that animal agriculture cannot be trusted to self-regulate and that meaningful federal and state law must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.

“Gregg’s punishment is a slap on the wrist compared to the unimaginable suffering endured by the animals who were victims of his malicious abuse,” says MFA’s Executive Director, Nathan Runkle. “It’s an outrage that in Ohio it’s a mere misdemeanor to sadistically punch, beat and stab farmed animals, break their bones and otherwise torture them. This case should serve as a wake-up call to all compassionate citizens that Ohio must do more to strengthen its animal cruelty laws.”

Although many of the abuses documented at Conklin Dairy Farms are expressions of Gregg’s sadistic pathology, numerous MFA undercover investigations at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – run rampant nationwide.

Compassionate consumers can end their direct financial support of farmed animal abuse by rejecting dairy, and other animal products, and adopting a vegan diet .

Support MFAs work .

 Mercy for Animals Blog

Remembering John Hughes


I just read about John Hughes passing today. He was just walking along and dropped dead of a heart attack.

So MANY great memories….National Lampoon’s Vacation; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Some would call them  lame  comedies. But for many of us, his comedies were about  “life stuff” and had great meaning.



While poking around the internet I found this cool blog called  We’ll Know When We Get There. It’s a neat blog by a lady named  Alison Byrne Fields. And she recounts the days when she was growing up and actually became a pen pal with him, for a number of  years! The blog post, was just put up yesterday, and has already generated  800+  comments!




Read this great tribute/story about this very cool director / producer John Hughes.


The Daily Motivator at GREAT DAY By Ralph Marston, Jr.



I found this site this week called  GREAT DAY, by Ralph Marston, Jr.
And he provides daily motivational and inspirational thoughts!

We have added their feed in the left sidebar, and it will update daily.

Ralph has been doing this for a number of years and now has over
3500 motivators! Stop by his site and check it out!

WAITER RANT – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter



This is such a great story – and it goes to show, do something you enjoy and are passionate about, and you will succeed!

I first discovered WAITER RANT blog about 3 years ago.  Waiter Rant chronicled the frustrations of an anonymous waiter working in an upscale restaurant somewhere near New York. It became HUGELY popular and generated tons of comments from readers, I knew he was on to something! He struck a chord in the service industry.

Now comes the book!  Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

“The waiter” – who was anonymous over the years – is out now, so to speak. Steve Dublanica is the writer behind the stories.I  never expected anything to come of the blog. I thought I’d get a few things off my chest, make people laugh and perhaps get some oblivious customers to sympathize with the waiter’s lot in life.”  – A book on the bestseller list, a second book deal in the works, and I heard even a TV reality show in the works! WOW!




 According to “The Waiter”, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server’s unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he’s truly thrived.

It’s a very entertaining blog and book! Great reading for people in hospitality!


The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter’s life. As useful as it is entertaining.


— Anthony Bourdain


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Happiness Happens at Sheila Glazov’s Blog





I just found out through blogging buddy and author Sheila Glazov, that August is HAPPINESS HAPPENS MONTH.


On her recent post about happiness and yellow brain types, she says, “A few of Webster’s Dictionary definitions for Happiness are: Good fortune, a state of well-being and contentment, joy, a pleasurable or satisfying experience, and felicity.


Of course, each Brain Color personality has a different perspective about what brings them happiness.


A benefit I offer to my client in a What Color Is Your Brain? Workshop is a group activity that may ask one or several of the following questions:
  
1. What Makes You Happy?

2. What Are Your Priorities?

3. What Frustrates You?

4. What Do You Appreciate?

5. What Do You Value? 
 



                       Get happy….be happy….spread happy!


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