Most recently published stories in Motivation.
I hate blind dates. I thought to myself as I opened the door to Petronelli’s, the little Italian restaurant up the street from my house. It’s not fancy by any stretch of the imagination- a little brick building in a shopping center- but I’d never gone in before tonight. I don’t get out much and on the rare occasion I do, I can’t justify spending $13 on mozzarella sticks, no matter how good they are. Tonight was the exception. My coworker insisted I meet a friend of hers and set us up on a blind date. It looked as if I had arrived first, so I awkwardly shuffled up to the hostess, who smiled at me.
An Untenable Grief
I've been grieving a lot lately. I did what any young person would do at the time: I turned for help. As a young Iphone user, I turned to an APP.
8 German Words That Will Inspire You
German – a language that most people consider to be difficult to learn and speak – and for which you need to be aggressive and angry in order to make it sound real. But believe me, this language has some magic, too. There are some untranslatable words that carry a lot of knowledge, meaning and wonder within them – like these 8 beautiful words that will inspire you:
Manifest Your Dreams With These Helpful Tools
If you haven't found the success that you might hope for with The Law of Attraction or Manifestation perhaps it's just a matter of becoming more focused. It is easy to lose sight of your goals or become distracted by life in general while trying to make large changes in your life.
29 Quotes to Motivate You
Some days a motivational quote can provide a quick pick-me-up for employees and even management. They can be a breath of fresh air when it comes to a drab afternoon. These are also a great way to jazz up a newsletter or a memo or even to simply print and attach to a bulletin board. Using quotes like these are perfect ways to create a motivational and successful work environment.
Combatting Creative Enemies
I held onto so many beliefs about myself as a creative, for too many years, that blocked me from reaching my true writing potential. I've had the same (well, not exact same at this point -- it has evolved) novel idea for 14 years. FOURTEEN YEARS ... that is more than half my life now! Why this long? Perfectionism. I have always believed in the idea (or at least, the general topic), but wasn't confident enough in myself as a writer to be the one to tell the story, and then as I got older I gained more confidence but there were also pieces still missing and it wasn't all QUITE right yet ...
Tune into Success
The direct route to your personal success is dependent upon you turning the station. Tune into the success station by tuning into your own goals and dreams. To do this you must tune out the clutter that threatens your goals and success on a daily basis. The clutter is comprised of anything that doesn’t fit into your dream. It’s easy to get engrossed in the news, trends and perfection formulas suggested for your life. The time you spend on the clutter station gets you farther away from your life and closer to a life you don’t want- someone else’s.
6 Relaxation Practices I've Adopted
Every busy person will tell you just how difficult it is to find time to relax. They are right - it is difficult. If you are not intentional about making time for recreation and recuperation you will suffer from stress.
How Sweeping the Floor in a Barbershop Changed My Life
During college, I had to take the train every day into London. And as you can imagine it was not cheap at all. A month’s travel to my college would cost my mother £110. And if that was not enough, she had to make sure I had the money for food and learning material.
Passing 4,000 Reads, What to Do Next?
So you reached a benchmark. Was it 500 reads, 1000 reads, 2500 reads? Was it getting a top story spot or even winning a challenge? Either way, you reached it. Now what? What is there to do? It's almost impossible to tell, at least in my case. So you think about what to write next and wonder, based on the experience that you've had, what might be popularly read and what won't be? At the end of the day, are you writing for yourself or are you writing because you hope to be a writer, make an extra income, enjoy writing, and sharing it with people? It's going to be a different answer for most people that might read this but I imagine those are the questions we've all had at some point. What do we want out of what's possible?
Living the Dream with No Regrets
Start writing... Regret. One tiny little word with so much influence, it can cause you to alter your entire life in a heartbeat. No one wants to live a life of regret, so each day we set out to make the most of life. Our story revolves around that little word and how we navigate the waters of avoiding the impact it can have on you when you don’t reach for the things you want in life.As a kid I dreamed of two things, far off places and horses. Up until now I have made horses my life with a side of travel. Of course it wouldn’t be right to not mention the handsome husband, fancy car, country house and career. I have been living the American Dream. So in pursuit of these dreams I have spent most of the past 12 years juggling my passions of advancing my career, showing my horses and seeing as much of the World as my PTO time allowed each year. It has been exhausting.I first learned about backpacking in 2007 and quickly took to the freedom of travel with only the pack on your back. I planned a trip to Italy with my sister and best friend and away we went to stay in hostels, travel on the train and live out of our backpacks! What I didn’t prepare for was the love I would acquire for this type of travel. I was hooked and the years that followed involved many more backpacking adventures and as my ‘need’ for travel grew, so did the research of how to make more time for it. Of course, coming home from Italy led to many conversations about taking a summer off to travel Europe for 3 months. This never did become a reality, but my research opened the door to an even bigger idea, Round the World travel. But it wasn’t really until David and I spent 3 weeks backpacking around SE Asia on our honeymoon in 2010, for us to start talking about the possibility of making that a reality. At that point in time we found ourselves in jobs that we enjoyed and we were pretty well settled with life in general but something on that Asia trip changed me and once I was home I pretty much obsessed over how we could incorporate more travel into our lives. We both wanted to explore more of the World, but weren’t ready to take the leap into making that a reality. So we spent the next 3 years traveling as often as we could and squeezing every last minute out of our PTO time to juggle travel, horses and hunting. It seemed like the perfect solution for us at the time and we have been lucky enough to have many adventures visiting 31 countries and 35 states all while working full time jobs and living the American Dream. The one thing that didn’t stand out at first but is now very obvious, is as the 3 years lapsed we began spending less PTO time on horses and hunting and devoted all of our precious hours to travel only. This was the wakeup call for us. We sat down one day with the intentions of discussing some upgrades to our house and horse facilities. This snow balled into a discussion of what we wanted to accomplish in 3 years and where we wanted to be at the end of those years. I couldn’t help but bring up World travel. It was at that moment that we decided if we didn’t take a good hard look at this dream, that we may miss the chance to do it and in time, regret that we hadn’t. Fast forward to today. We are 195 days into planning the next ‘phase’ of our life. Our house is for sale; we have been selling all of our possessions, padding our bank accounts and are planning to embark on our dream of World travel in January 2014. Yes, we are forgoing the American dream and living a dream of our own. I won’t sugar coat it for you, this decision was one of the most difficult we have ever made. Leaving this current life means selling our self built house and horse farm, giving up our jobs we have worked so hard to advance in, putting the hunting trips on hold and selling our beloved horses. Why you ask? Because life is what you make it and if you have a desire to do something you should reach out and grab it, before it’s too late because there is never a right time to make a big life change. As hard as it will be to leave these things behind, we are beyond excited to have the chance to make a life change, seize the moment and live our dream of exploring the World. The way we see it is there will always be another house, another car, another job, another chance to show horses and another time to hunt. But it isn’t every day that you get the chance to watch your stars align and offer you a chance to make a change to your life that will eliminate that tiny little word from your future. There won’t be any regret here.
Dear Mr. Perry.
Dear Mr. Perry, I was advised to write you this letter from a very dear friend who I regard as a sister. I do not believe you will ever see this letter so I will continue to write it as a therapeutic. I wanted to thank you for your talent, your plays and books and just being you. I hope you don’t mind me starting from the beginning. I came across your work by traveling to Atlantic City from New York on a bus ride. Yes they were playing “Madea’s Family Reunion” on bootleg on the way back. It was so funny and Madea's character reminded me of my grandmother, Jessie. She was a 6ft tall heavy set beautiful woman. I could relate and I enjoyed the implementation of Church and Gospel in the storyline.