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This Is for When You Feel a Little Far Behind

This one is for those who are going for their dreams and may feel a little behind.<p>Every person has a story to tell, and I have my website to share people's experiences, as well as mine. This has not been a solitary effort; neither has it been a short and sweet "I just thought of this one day and …

New Study Spotlights Need to Help People Keep Their Pets

Of the estimated 7.6 million animals who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized. You may be familiar with that harrowing but well-known statistic - as well as the critical need for adoption and spay/neuter efforts to counter it - but you may not realize how many …

Nourish Every Component of Your Life

Have you ever felt hungry for something but couldn't put your finger on it? Perhaps no matter what you ate you were still un-satiated. Often we find ways to compensate for a void in an area(s) of our life with food, substances, mental dispositions or unhealthy habits. Which part of your life needs …

Why Sinatra Is Still Relevant

Several years ago I was talking with someone a few generations younger about Quincy Jones. They were recounting his illustrious career, noting that he even worked with Michael Jackson.<p>I then stated that Michael Jackson, as great as he was, was not the biggest star that Jones worked with. I could …

What Are Penny Stocks?

If you've ever considered dabbling in the stock market, you may have heard about penny stocks. Many who are already familiar with the stock market have mixed views on penny stocks. Some say they just aren't worth investing in, while others have done very well with penny stocks alone, amassing a …

Climbing Life's Ladders

<b>by Erich Perry Siebert</b><p>A burst of light blinded my eyes for a few seconds as I climbed out of the darkness of the dusty wooden attic. A soothing breeze brushed against my face as I stepped off the ladder after climbing 10 feet. It was a sunny day so clear that I could see castles in the distance …

Farhang (Fred) Aryan: Life is a Marathon

With the goal of harnessing the untapped potential of Iranian-Americans, and to build the capacity of the Iranian diaspora in effecting positive change in the U.S. and around the world, the West Asia Council has launched a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds …

A Five-Minute Gratitude Practice to Live an Awesome Life

<i>"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears" - Tony Robbins</i><p>Gratitude has changed my life and it's time you use it to rock your own world.<p>Your mind holds the power to keep you stuck and feeling down in the dumps, or flooding you with abundance and positivity.<p><b>The Power of …

Which Aspects of Nature Improve Our Health?

<i>Landscape attributes / MaryCarol Hunter</i><p>"We know that exposure to nature enhances our well-being, but we know less about the specific features that create these positive effects," said MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, University of Michigan, at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. A set of fascinating …

Arianna Huffington: How to Thrive

I was a fan of Arianna Huffington long before I started writing and producing a video series here on a regular basis. I had the opportunity to sit down with her to talk about "how to thrive" in life and business and here is my take-away:<p><b>You're never too big to fail</b><p>8 years ago after working at a …

Three Simple Tips for Making Good Trades

The art of trading is a rather complex one. There is no end to the different types of strategies available and different approaches that traders can try to make when it comes to making investments. The truth of the matter is that even with all of the different tactics and approaches out there, many …

101 Cookie Recipes To Fulfill Every Craving You Could Possibly Have This Holiday Season

<i>Photo Credit: Ravi Bangaroo</i><p>From our kitchen to yours, here are our picks for cookie recipes perfect for edible food gifts and cookie platters.<p>There is something about the crisp fall air that year after year pulls us into the kitchen with nothing on our mind but baking trays and trays of cookies. …

Tropical Carrot Cake

True confession, I ate 1/4 of this cake by myself before pleading with my husband to take it to work. It started innocently enough, a bite here, a bite there. Then it turned into a sliver here and a sliver there. Before I knew it, my beautiful 8 inch cake looked like Pacman incarnate. Damn you …

Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Marketing

When you think about it, marketing has an increasingly difficult task -- to cut through the clutter of 20,000 ad messages a week and plant your message into the brains of busy, lazy, and distracted buyers with short attention spans. That's not all. These short attention spans are being divided …

Crazy Good Mini Cranberry Cheesecakes

No Bake Cranberry Orange Cheesecakes are perfect for any holiday gathering. Bright flavors of the Fall and Winter seasons meld together into terrific bites of bliss.<p>Here I go again with the mini desserts. I just can't help myself! There's something just SO elegant about rows of petite serving cups, …

The Symbol Of My Discontent

I have an image of Reincarnation that I would so like to be true.<p>I wish that Reincarnation was a chance to make the Other choices in your life.<p>I want to be born again in exactly the same circumstances to exactly the same family. But when I come to those pivotal decisions in my life -- those "forks …

Using the Power of Affirmations to Achieve Your Goals

Four years ago when I decided to close my graphic design business and return writing full-time, the first action I had to do was restructure my beliefs. I was a confident designer, but I had to now start to visualize myself as a writer again. The doubts crept in quickly. Some refer to these …

Cooking With Gratitude

My grand idea for this year's Thanksgiving went to the wayside when several family issues occurred. Being a mother, I had to pay more attention to my children rather than anything else. I had been imagining what to make for Thanksgiving since August, staring out upon my barren backyard and dusty …

Shaken, Not Stirred: 6 Brand Lessons from Bond

With the new Bond film <i>Spectre</i> newly released, many of us are gripped with anticipation and what the next instalment holds. So what brand lessons can we learn from big film franchises like Bond that we can apply to our businesses?<p><b>Consistency</b> keeps us coming back for more. There's a standard of …

A Guide to Disrupting Your Industry

When you're an entrepreneur, you have two basic options to launch a startup. You can either start an entirely new industry, or enter an existing one.<p>Very few businesses are able to create a brand new industry, so the majority of entrepreneurs tackle the challenge of enter existing markets with …

5 Ways to Reinvent Your Business Without Feeling Like a Failure

I'm a serial entrepreneur. Well, actually a recovered serial entrepreneur.<p>For 7 years I searched for my thing. My purpose-full business idea that would light me up, change lives and make money. I searched for that elusive overlap of purpose and business.<p>During that time, I started over half a dozen …

Business Success With an Attitude of Gratitude

There's one thing employers everywhere overlook, especially during the holiday season. That one thing is gratitude. Gratitude can help any workplace function more smoothly.<p>An attitude of gratitude can be a huge asset for any company because:<p>Grateful employees have more opportunities for …

An Impact Investing Holiday Reading List

<i>Image credit: Image by pixabay, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 Generic license.</i><p>The holidays are often the time of year when people are reflecting on their values and reviewing their philanthropic giving. At Impact Engine, we believe that in addition to philanthropy, impact investing is …

Create Your Ideal Conscious Life

Many people are so busy worrying about what is happening in their lives, that they never actually sit down and define what it is that they WANT most in their lives. Your ideal life includes much more than your job and your responsibilities. You probably also desire to enjoy the fulfillment that …

Happiness Wins: Three Reasons to be Thankful

If you follow the news, you're probably aware of what an enormous crap sandwich the past few weeks have been around the world. In times like this it's easy to forget what a wonderful, beautiful place the world is and how many good people are in it. Happiness is an amazing panacea for strife, …

Whole Vegetable Cooking At Home Is Way Easier Than You Think

Whole vegetable cooking, or using all parts of vegetables -- roots, skins, leaves and stalks -- has been practiced by chefs and serious cooks for years. But thanks to the explosive growth in organics ($998M in Q2 2015 sales according to United Fresh Produce Association), it's gaining popularity at …

10 Memorable Thanksgiving Day Desserts

There's a reason people always save room for dessert: it's usually the most memorable part of the meal. This year, ditch the plain ole pumpkin pie for some sweets with a little more pizazz.<p><b>1. Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream and Raspberries</b><p>A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a …

Is it Wrong to Outfox an Airline at its Own Game?

Nikolas Langes thought he knew every trick in the book for saving money on airline tickets. After all, he's the founder of an online start-up called Tripdelta, which specializes in finding inexpensive fares.<p>Turns out he didn't. One day, he noticed a discrepancy between fares based on the currency …

How Your Genes Influence What Medicines Are Right for You

Julie A Johnson, <i>University of Florida</i><p>You have a headache. Do you reach for Tylenol or Advil? Most people have a preference because they have learned over time that one works better than the other at relieving their pain. This type of variability from person to person is true for nearly every …

My New Startup and the Power of Email

I always wanted to have my own personal newsletter. Not sure why. Probably to feel closer to my community. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks feel great, and you get a lot of feedback from them, but there is nothing that gets more of my attention than emails.<p>My friend Reid …