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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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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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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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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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The Self-Confidence to Prevail

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” –Earl Gray Stevens

Today is the day. The day to remind yourself what a beautiful, capable, intelligent, compassionate being you are. You can do whatever you set your mind to. You can accomplish more than you ever thought possible. You have the power to change lives, including your own. So feed that inner strength! Be brave! Remember, you’ve got this.

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Spread Kindness

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 2, 2014 8:30:00 AM

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

The famous words of Mahatma Gandhi remind us that in order to make a difference, we must first look inward and start with ourselves. Personal growth and development is a constant process that requires a keen conscious awareness. Never forget that you are a work in progress! Always be on the lookout for ways to better yourself. 

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Motivational Monday – Spread Kindness

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jun 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Relationships can be difficult. Whether they are with siblings, friends, parents, children, spouses or coworkers—all can be a bit much at times. As we deal with disagreements, misunderstandings, conflicting personalities and agendas, it can be easy to let anger, discouragement and apathy into our lives. I have heard many people express such feelings towards the very idea of people in general, letting past unpleasant experiences define everyone they will ever meet. This is the attitude that we must rid ourselves of. 

People are such complex, wonderful creatures. We must always remind ourselves of this, whether meeting someone new or interacting with someone on a daily basis. It’s time to let go of the hesitations, the bitterness, the assumptions. We are social creatures, and the relationships that we create and contribute to give our lives their deeper meaning. So be kind; be gentle; be positive. People will notice.

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