Monday motivation: go!

August 31, 2009 | filed under rewritable words | 1 Comment 

After a week hiatus, I’m back. I probably should’ve posted something about taking a few days off, but it was an unintentional break. When I’d think to write, nothing would come to mind. I was…uninspired.

Right now is an interesting time. A time for beginnings. It’s equally exciting and scary, but I’ve just now decided to alleviate some of the fear with a vision and, subsequently, a plan of action.

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”
– Anatole France

What can you do this week to get you closer to what you want? Most times, we should slow down before we stop. Sometimes we just need to stop. But in order to stop, we need to start. Move from thinking to doing.

What My World Sounds Like: The Remix Project: Mixtape

August 22, 2009 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 


This album is CRAZY! It’s a compilation of live band reduxes of hip hop staples. Every second of it is delicious. Enjoy.

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Carpe Diem!

August 21, 2009 | filed under challenge, inspiring | Leave a Comment 


Born in September?

August 20, 2009 | filed under consider this, give time/money, great ideas, pay attention | Leave a Comment 

Help charity: water provide clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Their “Born in September” campaign asks people born in September to forgo gifts and ask friends and family to donate to charity: water. For those not born in September, charity: water asks that they donate $33 to the organization in honor of the founder’s 33rd birthday.

Last year, those funds were used to build wells in Kenya. This year, the money will go to building wells in Ethiopia. The goal is to raise $1.5 million to help 300 villages access clean water.

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We Think Radio

August 19, 2009 | filed under listen | Leave a Comment 


Brace yourself as Sakiya and I are sure to test your beliefs and provoke your thoughts as we entertain you. Our topics tonight will range from business to politics, religion to education, relationships to self-empowerment, to pop-culture and everything else in between. Tune in and join in the discussion where great minds don’t think alike…they think for themselves!

Reminder: be impeccable with your word

August 18, 2009 | filed under challenge, consider this, rewritable words | Leave a Comment 

never say anything which doesn't improve upon silence

[writing this down now…]

Source: Naka On Wood

Great words…

August 18, 2009 | filed under rewritable words | 1 Comment 

“If you are unkind to yourself you will be unkind to others,
and if you are negligent of yourself you will be that to others.
Only by feeling compassion for others can you feel compassion for others. 

If you cannot love yourself,
you cannot love others and you cannot stand to see others loved. 
If you cannot treat your own self kindly
you will resent that treatment when you see it in anyone else. 
If you cannot love yourself,
loving others becomes a very painful endeavor with only occassional moments of comfort. 
In other words, loving others, or how you treat yourself,
is your own dose of your own medicine that you really give to others at the same time.”

– Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul

Goodness in the blogosphere…

August 18, 2009 | filed under goodness in the blogosphere, inspiring, random, read this | Leave a Comment 

Monday motivation: faith and clarity

August 17, 2009 | filed under consider this, monday motivation, rewritable words, watch this, what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 

Anyone who knows me should know that I’m a huge John Mayer fan. His smooth voice lulls me into the rich layers of his music and the profundity of the lyrics keeps me there. Lingering. Pressing repeat and searching for songs I’ve never heard before.

Tonight, I listened to “Clarity” again, causing me to reflect upon a recurring theme in my conversations lately: fear.

So many decisions are made out of fear instead of faith. Faith that the desired outcome will manifest. Faith that I don’t need to be all high-strung and worried because everything will be okay, even if the outcome is different from what I envisioned. Faith that what happens, however uncomfortable, is for a reason.

I’m living with more trust in the process of life and faith that “everything will be okay in the end. if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Today, confront your fears. What are they? Where did they come from? Are they truly yours? What can you do to overcome them?

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The end of complaining

August 14, 2009 | filed under consider this, read this, thoughts | 1 Comment 


A Complaint Free World issues a 21-day challenge to halt all complaining.  Author Valerie Frankel responded to the challenge by enlisting her family.  She even offered her daughters $100 at the beginning of the week.  Each complaint they made during the week cost them $1.  Whatever remained at the end of the week was theirs to keep.  Here she documents their first six days on the challenge, including her insights and observations.

It’s pretty interesting.  Since last week’s revelation, I’ve been working on nixing complaints.  Frankel considers it to be a viable and perfectly acceptable form of communication and ultimately found herself limiting her own expressiveness by not complaining.  While I do believe it’s important to express the full range of one’s emotions, it’s not what you do, but how you do it.  There’s a difference between pointing something out and harping on it.  We can express dissatisfaction without being consumed by the act of doing so. 

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