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Beauty Is A Light In The Heart

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Sep 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.” –Liv Tyler 

Don’t let those pesky insecurities drag you down! It can be easy to get hung up on appearances and compare yourself to others. Don’t! You are your own person—a unique and caring individual. And you are beautiful. Always remember this.

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Topics: Motivation

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Sep 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Ever hear of the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? Well, good news! It’s more than just a saying! Many studies have been conducted that reveal the many health benefits of having a good giggle.

According to the Discovery Channel, laughing decreases stress, improves blood pressure, reduces aggression, energizes organs and boosts the immune system. Sounds like a pretty great medicine to me! For a full explanation of laughing’s top 10 benefits, check out this article.

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Topics: Motivation

An Excuse to Get Out and Explore

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Sep 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” –Robert Louis Stevenson 

You don’t always need to schedule an elaborate vacation to reap the benefits of traveling. Sometimes it can be simple: take a wander through the woods near your house or take the “scenic” way home from work and stop at a cute little shop you’ve never been to before. There is potential for adventure all around you. The more you can see and experience of this world, the better!

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Topics: Motivation

Let Passion Inspire Your Daily Life

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

What makes you wake up in the morning? I don’t mean your alarm clock or early noises of cars in the street. Not the routine tasks that are calling for you or even the list of to-dos that you need to accomplish by the end of the day. But rather, what makes you want to wake up and be alive?

Day-to-day responsibilities can have a tendency to dim our enthusiasm. Don’t forget why you started things in the first place! If it’s where your passion lies, then keep pursuing it. Always. If you’ve yet to pursue it, then what better time to start than right now? 

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Topics: Motivation

The Importance of Reflecting on Your Past

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Appreciate the past and all you’ve been through—look how far you’ve come! Reflecting on our pasts can give us feelings of nostalgia and a deeper gratitude and understanding of our lives. Reflection, like most things, is healthy in moderation. Above all, we must remember to live in the present, to be conscious and aware, and do our best to live a wholehearted existence each day.

Cherish memories that remind you how much love and joy exists in your life, and let go of negative memories that have been holding you back. You cannot change the past, but you can definitely grow and learn from it. Remember the words of Maria Robinson, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

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Topics: Motivation

Relaxation - Why We All Need A Break Sometimes

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” –Etty Hillesum

In this modern age of multi-tasking, with so much emphasis on speed and efficiency, it can be difficult to remind ourselves how important it is to simply slow down at times. The next time you’re feeling stressed out by a busy schedule or a growing to-do list, set aside some time for yourself.

Do yoga, meditate, curl up with a great book, or simply go outside and enjoy the weather. Though taking a break may not seem productive, it will allow you time to rejuvenate and return to your work feeling refreshed and ready for action.

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Topics: Motivation

The Importance of Being Self-Aware

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Aug 6, 2014 8:39:57 AM

“The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over…”

This excerpt is from a profound commencement address that was given by author David Foster Wallace. His ideas about awareness and the need to break away from our “natural, default settings” are perhaps the most inspirational and influential that I have ever come across. To read the commencement address in full, click here.

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Topics: Motivation

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago there was a severe thunderstorm that resulted in a power outage in my area. It happened right after dinner, when my family and I would typically tune in to our evening TV shows for the night.

What some might have muttered was an inconvenience, I saw as a welcome break in our routine. We ended up all gathered around the living room picture window, watching the pine trees outside sway in the rainy wind—as if they were dancing—and sharing stories like we used to. The quietness of the house was peaceful. Simple. And I couldn’t help but smile when using candlelight and flashlights to venture through the halls. 

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Topics: Motivation

Focused on Determination

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 24, 2014 8:31:00 AM

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” –Vince Lombardi Jr. 

Don’t let difficulty stop you! There will almost always be unexpected challenges and twists and turns along the road, but those are what make the journey rewarding. So keep your head up, persevere and remember to take a look around once in a while and realize how far you’ve already come.

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Topics: Motivation

Find Strength in Challenges

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

You’ve heard it countless times before, “Life isn’t easy,” and why should it be? Aren’t our challenges and hardships what cause us to grow and change? Tough experiences are necessary if we are to develop into stronger, more considerate and insightful beings. So remember this the next time you find yourself in a less-than-favorable situation. Not only will you make it through, but you will emerge as a better person.

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Topics: Motivation

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