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What You Can Do Every Morning For Success!

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Setting up a morning routine, or ritual, helps you stay focused on your goals in life. When you create a routine and a habit, it is easier for you to never let the important things slip from your mind. It is said that creating a routine and sticking to it will increase productivity and creativeness […]

Built By Discipline: Surviving a Cancer Death Sentence

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The weeks leading up to that day were the same as always. Brendon was going about his typical business – keeping up with the demands of nursing school and a body that just can’t seem to get enough of working out. It was leg day and he felt better than ever. There were no signs […]

When A Plane Crash Changes Your Life

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In an instant, everything can change. You’ve heard that a million times, but it doesn’t resonate until you have a first class seat on a plane that is going down fast. Ric Elias discovered a lot about himself in the moments his plane plummeted, engines off, towards the Hudson River. In those minutes he discovered […]

The Definition of Cool

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I can still remember sitting down in the damp basement dorm room with some of my friends, cheering him on. The stank of uncleaned football equipment and day old buffalo calzones wafted up from the worn carpet. The walls were adorned with a picture of a girl wearing only a piece of string that covered […]

10 Things To Do To Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet

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We are accustomed to waiting to make a change until we have a fresh start. We don’t begin a new workout until Monday, we already ate something unhealthy for breakfast today, so we can start our diet tomorrow and there is NO way we are going to start leading a better life until the New Year! […]

Running May Not End in Weight Loss!

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When we think of ways to lose weight, a lot of us let our minds go to running. Some of us love it, others (like myself) hate it with all we’ve got to give! No matter your stance, running might not be the solution you are looking for, anyway. For a lot of people, running […]

The Best Obituary You Will Ever Read

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When I die, I hope that I leave behind an impression like Pink, the 85 year old grandmother to 17 who may have left this life, but is making many new friends in another. I’ve read my fair share of obituaries… I’ve even written a few, but none that compare to this one. Mary A. Mullaney […]

Life After the Boston Marathon Bombing

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Now that the dust has settled and most people have started back into their typical routines, life after the Boston Marathon bombing is different. This past Sunday, almost one week after our beautiful Bean had been baked by two radicals with backpacks, I went down to Boylston Street to pay my respects at the memorial […]

Go Out on “The Ledge”

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There is a lot to be said for going out on “the ledge.” This picture was taken this past week when we ventured up to the top of the Sear’s Tower (now the Willis Tower). At 108 stories above Chicago, I went out on “the ledge” to take a picture. For a lot of people, […]

The Secret To Success

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Last night was a Monday night, which means that The Bachelor was on. Despite my cutting back on watching TV, I typically make time to watch ABC successfully manipulate a dozen young women into believing that they have found their one true love in what I call, a controlled social experiment. Who doesn’t want to […]

Siblings That Inspire Beyond Belief

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I’ll never forget it. For years, I knelt down at my bedside as a little girl and prayed that God would bless me with a little brother or sister. I tried to barter with Him – I would obey everything my parents said, give up all of my allowance money, I’d never ask for anything […]

True Inspiration: Disabled Paratrooper Walks Again

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There is no great lack of inspirational videos out there in cyber space. If you search for them, you could spend days sifting through the results. Sure, maybe one or two will leave you feeling touched, or moved, or whatever you want to call it, but for the most part, it’s just another video you […]

Shark Tank – TV Worth Watching

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Are you a shark, or a minnow? Do you have what it takes to make your dreams a reality, or have you set up camp in la-la-land? I’m not typically an advocate for television series, at least not as of late. I used to be one of those people who revolved their schedule around what […]

Hurricane Sandy Reality Check

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I had just finished getting settled, wrapping myself in my toasty-warm heated blanket with my cup of hot tea (apparently, I’ve aged 50 years) about to start working for the day, and my computer went on the fritz again (okay, make it 60 years). The piece I had been working on didn’t save and my […]

How to Give to Others

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“Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.” -Mother Teresa  When was the last time you really did something for someone in need. I’m not talking about writing a check to the charity that reached out to you. I’m thinking even beyond volunteering. Our own lives are so intoxicating with bills to pay, […]

Paralyzed Man Dances with His Wife for the First Time

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We can’t control the cards we’re dealt. We can, however, play the best hand possible. Janne Kouri is one hell of a card player. At 6’4″ and 285 pounds, he was a star defensive tackle for Georgetown University. He found the woman of his dreams and they moved out west together. And on August 5th, […]

Beating Paralysis With Perspective

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The other day I met for tea with a good friend at the local coffee shop in our one horse hometown just to catch up. He was the happiest I had seen him. We got to chatting and he started telling me one of the most moving, motivational stories about a guy he used to […]

 

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