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“Tap into your creative elements and never lack inspiration ever again.”   Brendaline

What drives YOU?

What gets you going every day? Do you know it? Can you easily (or consciously) identify it and point it out? Or, are you on a personal quest to discover this – consciously or not?

If you think about it, this is really applicable to every individual.  Every day, you learn more about yourself — your passions, your inspirations, hopes, dreams, doubts or fears, personality quirks, unique talents and abilities. Essentially, what makes YOU, you. What makes you tick.

It stands to reason that it takes working from your place of creativity, passion and drive to consistently produce at an optimum level of personal success. Creative energy gives birth to the inspiration that generates the kind of (mental) fuel necessary to give your all – all your heart and soul to a winning endeavour, despite any seeming odds stacked against your favour.

On a relaxed Saturday evening, I witnessed the art of creativity, performance and drive in all its creative glory!

The hit Broadway, Tony Award®-winning musical-turned-theatrical movie, Jersey Boys was a much-anticipated, “sweet escape” weekend unwind with my mom and sister. The coming of age story, from unknown-to-superstardom musical stars: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons showcased their lives from the inception of their music journey — from the long winding road from the streets, to their eventual success into Hollywood’s Hall of Fame. The group first started out as a trio with two backup singers to lead singer, Frankie Valli, a talented hairdresser-barber by day and a soulful crooner singing high-ranged ballads by night. The self-titled group would soon to be known as The Four Seasons. Although they were immensely creative and talented, the group struggled with getting recognition and acceptance.

The rage in the sixties — at that time — was quartets, and radio shows heavily capitalized on this trend. It was not until the group’s founder and back-up singer, Tommy Devito got introduced to a trifecta super-talent singer, songwriter and piano player that the group’s musical success really took off, big time. Upon listening to a demo version of one of his songs, the group was mesmerized with the young talent. He was quickly signed on, and they became officially known as The Four Seasons. With the group grounded and completed, countless tours, booking engagements, larger crowds and vibrant audiences with bigger stages became their reality.

Their Music History

For decades, the acclaimed group has wooed audiences with such old-school, number-one hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry”, “Walk Like a Man” and the unforgettable, “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)”. Music of the sixties era was classical, magical and priceless showcasing genuine talent and vocal range that won them acclaimed awards and honors for their work in music and show business. Their road to stardom led to the eventual Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, a hit production set with tours in the United States and Europe.

Personal Insights Gleaned: Their Virtues and Vices

What fascinates me about the creative elements with the likes of authors, musicians, (lead) singers and songwriters of various genres etc. is not the lifestyle of fame, fortune and glamour that seem part of the show business world. Not really the glitz and glamour that surrounds these immensely talented individuals – the bright lights, crowds screaming in the background and waving fanatically; the endless appearances on television or radio, or the corresponding “it” factor that enamored multitudes, driving viewing audiences wild. What fascinates me from all the upfront, live performances is the behind-the-scenes, every-day life story: what they had to overcome to get to where they are now, their mindset, inspirations, fortitude, courage and the ability to captivate audiences with their irresistible charm.

The Four Seasons “Jersey Boys” toured across the country making television and club appearances that eventually led to Hollywood superstardom. What really stood out were the humble beginnings of these four musicians.  Their road to stardom was not paved with a straight and honorable path at times. There was a time when the three original singers lived a life of petty theft and crime – “Jersey style.” Revolving prison time was part of their not-so-glamorous life. Yet the guys eventually sobered up and became dedicated and focused. They began to put their efforts into the whole-hearted pursuit of music and record-deals. After decades of performing together, the group would eventually part ways with the lead singer, Frankie Valli performing solo acts with other backup artists.

The movie concluded with all four original members eventually reuniting after decades of being apart and performing their greatest hits together on one stage, once again. It was fascinating to have watched the group rekindle the flame of what made them originally successful and full of excitement. More fascinating was to have watched them go through the highs and lows – watching their highlighted moments to success and stardom, all the way to the lackluster moments where they wished that all their money problems and financial worries would just simply disappear, forever, for good.

The Takeaway: Go Be Inspired!

If you ever have a chance to listen to their greatest hits, watch the movie, or get local tickets to attend a live musical concert, by all means do so. The creative energy and drive just shines through and you will be left with a sense of wonder and admiration for the behind-the-scenes making of artists and the talented singing quartet.

It is always a good practice to stop and appreciate the creative elements that make up someone’s day and life.

You need not be a musician or singer to be known for being a creative individual.  Each person inherently possesses that certain element of creativity and drive that they function in effortlessly, that brings joy and triumph into their world, and countless lives. Look for your very own instances of creativity and drive, and learn to cultivate the art of being appreciative of your individual success story. Be thankful for who you are and what you have to offer.

Ask Yourself: What Inspires Me?

Whatever inspires you to greatness and soul fulfillment, I wish you more of it. I think one of the most challenging aspects of life is to keep being inspired on a daily basis; to discover the thing(s) – ideals, people, musings, vision etc. – that continually bring motivation and taps into your creative element(s), but it is definitely worth the find. You will find your optimal energy, drive and ambition from living or being in your creative element – whether that includes taking up a personal hobby, engaging in or enjoying the visual and/or performing arts, learning a new language, even starting your own business. It could be even be as simple as enjoying nature and taking pictures as keepsakes. Learn to find out just what keeps you inspired – everyday – and incorporate that into your everyday life.

Action Step: Your Ultimate Motivator (Daily) Hack:

Have you ever considered writing down your one over-arching ideal or motivation on an index card?  Do you know what that truly looks like? Think for a moment or two. It may also take a day or two to consider this. Take a 10-minute walk to clear your head. Then, jot down exactly what your thoughts are in a complete sentence or two. Read and reflect on it daily – in the early morning hours and later evening, before bedtime. (If you are a night owl, then choose your preferred time to visualize, and reflect on it being a reality in your heart and life).

For instance, your goal could include this: “I long for days filled with XYZ and time to do the thing(s) I love: which include XYZ – on a daily basis.”

This activity is two-fold:

  1. It allows you to clearly identify – with clarity – what deeply motivates you.
  2. You will become conscious of exactly what you desire to achieve; and this conscious state of being allows you to align your time, energies and resources etc. to accomplishing the life activities that bring true meaning, purpose, creativity and productivity to your world and others.

Before long, you begin to clearly see how you can achieve this ideal, and take active steps to bring it to pass in your life.

Closing Thoughts

Later in April, I will be discussing personal motivations and on giving yourself the gift of time to succeed at your given goals. Don’t get discouraged, for it is achievable once you put your mind and heart to it. Learn to relax and be inspired in this state. Until then, feel free to read my other blog posts, and enjoy learning more about what makes you, uniquely you.:)

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ABOUT Brendaline

Brendaline is the creative writer and introspective blogger dedicated to inspirational insights. I am a freelance writer and social media enthusiast who believes that helping others on their road to personal success and fulfillment is the way to feel most alive. When not actively engaged in educational pursuits as a student of integrative health and wellness or work, special time is devoted to activities including reading and research, gratitude journaling, baking and stove-top creations, nature walks, spending time immersed with family activities and keeping in touch with friends.

Send me an email at brendalineblogs@yahoo.com should you be inclined to discuss ideas related to your personal or professional development and motivations in life. Wishing you continued wellness and success – in all its forms.

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See yourself as a success story attracting like-minded leaders and mentors to your heart and life!

As you are already aware, to be successful and achieve your dreams, passions and desires require an ongoing and daily commitment.

Daily, you must put your focus on the ideas, thoughts and decisions that inspire you and gear you toward a successful outcome. In my January blog post, I discussed the first five tips and thoughts that have helped in shaping my resolve for personal growth and betterment.

In this post, I am sharing with you Part Two — the next five tips. It is my hope and belief that they will inspire you to a life of optimism and action.

Here we go.

Tip 6: Write down your vision statement, objectives and plans. Read it (out loud) daily.

This idea is so near and dear to my heart that I consider the very act of journaling my plans the necessary fuel, motivation and daily inspiration to getting me one step closer to my goals – and you will too! It is imperative that you make this a daily habit of yours so that you can assess where you are and where you want to go. For instance, if your goal is to resolve to maintain a healthy weight and eat healthier, then keeping a journal is key to consciously, and authentically, meet your desired goal and outcome. Every week, you can reflect on how you are progressing by visually keeping track of what you ate, how many hours you walked or exercised, and how you felt emotionally. Use your favourite phone app or a notebook to keep track of how you are progressing and this will boost your confidence and zeal to keep going strong in the right direction. More so, if you ever feel discouraged or lackluster, you can always refer to the progress you have made in the past and remind yourself of just “why” you started this goal in the first place.

Tip 7: Guard your mind by creating a mental barrier against negative thoughts, emotions, people and circumstances.

Let me be very clear, you have to be proactive and determined about this one. Easier said than done, right? It may seem difficult – downright impossible — to practice this habit to avoid negative thought patterns, toxic emotions, even people and circumstances, but it can be done. It takes discipline and resolve, but it can be done; and the results are worth it. For starters, it is a good practice to know yourself and any weaknesses in your temperament. Knowing what makes you tick: what causes you to be anxious or fearful; what causes you to feel drained, discouraged, even outraged and despondent all are clues to what discourages you. On the flip side, whatever excites you, causes you the most joy and inspiration, whatever creative ventures, mentors, books, friends, family members, hobbies or events that speak life into your world are all clues to the things that help shape and mold you into the person you are today. Knowing these traits and tendencies about yourself will ultimately, and consciously, allow you to seek what inspires and adds value to you, while avoiding, or at the very least, minimizing the negatives that subtract from the person you are meant to be – a strong, resilient, creative and productive individual who aims to share the best of the self with your world. Knowing yourself at a visceral level is the best gift you can give to yourself. Aim to know yourself through and through.

Tip 8: Enlist the help of your support system by way of mentors, friends and family members that embody your ideals.

It is true statement – that it takes a village to raise a child. No truer is it in the case of your life, for it is nearly impossible to succeed without some sort of support system. While it may be true that some of you reading this post may consider yourself a “self-made” individual, it is worth reflecting on the fact that no one who has truly reached the pinnacle of success has done so without enlisting the aid of some trusted mentor or teacher, friend or family member who helped introduce someone, some habit, or influence that has helped in the shaping of the person he or she is today. It may even be your nature to seek solitude and work independently (for hours on end) and enjoy the uninterrupted bliss that comes from a focused activity or project on the way. But it is imperative to your growth and betterment as a person that you carve out some time solely devoted to connecting to trusted influencers in your life. Not only do you come away from that time recharged and inspired, but you learn to cultivate soft skills and a people-sensitive mindset that allows for the richness of empathy, love and caring for another – to be cultivated. That being said, be sure to surround yourself with those that care about you and your future, are committed to encouraging, correcting and guiding you to a successful outcome. Be sure to surround yourself with those who add value to your life – as your add to theirs. A win-win!

 Tip 9: Enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.

It can be difficult to not think about the future. We live in a future-oriented society that is always thinking ahead to the next best thing. The latest iPhone, the next movie sequel or next generation tech gadget; we are conditioned for the futuristic way of thinking. Or, we may be watching our favourite movie or cleaning house, while also obsessing over what the next activity should be. We are conditioned to think about future plans, including where we see ourselves three, five even ten years from now.

While it is an industrious habit to plan for the future, we should not get so caught up in such planning that we forget the here and now – the gift of the present. Being consumed with the future goals and activities should not come at the expense of the present moments. It is important to take time to enjoy your life on the way to where you are going, and to think of the daily, simple joys and blessings that surround you.

Take some time to unwind and unplug from technology and social media by taking nature walks in the early morning, evening or preferred time. Boost your creativity and personal reflections time by taking up a hobby such as colouring in an adult colouring book, painting, or roller skating outdoors. (You can create a Pinterest page with visionary boards for added ideas and inspirations.) Not only do these activities release endorphins, the “feel good” hormones that reduce stress after a long day, but they allow you to re-connect with your childhood passions and creativity. Definitely satisfy your need for some “me” time with these and other spirited, soul-nourishing activities.

Tip 10:  Watch your words. Avoid negative self-talk.

As you are intrinsically aware, words – your words – have the power to heal, inspire and motivate you and others to greatness; or consequently, wreck havoc on your life if filled with hopelessness, complaining and distrust. You owe it to yourself to invest in the conscious act of speaking words of encouragement and expectancy. Seek to avoid speaking words of self-sabotage or disrespect of yourself and your future, by meditating on a successful outcome, and speaking positive, life-breathing words of affirmation and hope. Even if you have the natural tendency to gripe about personal battles or your present predicament, know that you can develop the affirming habit of positive self talk. Know that your present circumstances will not always be this way. The quickest way out of a negative situation is to mentally see yourself conquering such, while speaking faith-filled, empowering words that foster personal change. You can take it a step further in focusing on your successful future outcome by placing pictures, favourite quotes and images that motivate and excite you. This is an excellent example of using the power of your words to produce a significant turning point in your life. Affirm and encourage yourself with declarative, hope-filled words today.

This concludes the last five (5) tips for your personal betterment and pursuit in your lifelong goals. To sum, journal your visionary plans, consciously guard against negativity, have or create a support team, be mindful of your present blessings, and lastly, avoid negative self-talk. That is it in a nutshell.

In March, I will be posting on the topic Finding Your Optimal Energy from Working in Your Creative Element. In the meantime, feel free to read my other posts and interviews geared towards your personal inspiration.

Have yourself an inspired and fulfilled day! J

Are you ready to live life from a place of passion, energy and purpose? Share this post with your friends and family, and discuss how your life can be transformed from the inside out.

 

ABOUT BRENDALINE

Brendaline is the introspective blogger and creative author behind the insightful blog — https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/  — dedicated to the holistic health, wellness and motivation of the readers in all things inspirational. I am a freelance writer and social media enthusiast dealing with everyday life and activities. I feel most alive when helping others on their road to personal empowerment and success! When not actively engaged in educational pursuits as a student in the field of integrative, holistic health and overall wellness or work, special time is devoted to creative activities like baking, reading and researching, (gratitude) journaling, nature walks, spending time immersed with family activities and keeping in touch with friends.

Feel free to send an email at brendalineblogs@yahoo.com should you be inclined or interested in writing a guest blog posts and/or discussing ideas related to your personal, professional development and motivations in life. Wishing you continued success, happiness and wellness!

 

Stay socially connected with me:

WordPress Blog:  https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/

Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/BrendalineBlogs

Pinterest Page:   http://www.pinterest.com/BrendalineBlogs/

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“See yourself as a success story attracting like-minded leaders and mentors to your heart and life!” ~ Brendaline Timothy

It is hard to believe that 2015 has long past us by and we are already nearing the end of the first month of this brand New Year 2016. Like many of you, a new year sparks a new sense of optimism about the future, about our personal and/or career goals and ambitious promises. We commit to becoming better at health and fitness goals, building upon a robust financial plan of attack, even committing to be more mindful and present in our friendships and relationships.

For many, this time of year sparks a sense of renewal, of introspection and self-reflection on the past year’s accomplishments and trials while seeking for betterment in this year and season. As I have pondered on my life’s goals, inner dreams and commitments, a couple of thoughts and ideas that has helped shaped my mind comes into play. It is important to note that while on this life’s journey, a conscious effort should be made to identify some key factors that help in determining just how successful one is in achieving a dream, or following a heartfelt passion.

In this two-part blog post, I discuss the first five (5) tips and thoughts that have helped shaped my resolve for personal growth and betterment. It is my hope and belief that they will do the same for you.

Tip 1: Give your mind the permission it needs to be creative and imaginative.

It is true that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is paramount to feed your mind with creativity and let your inner thoughts and ideas flourish. Imagination and creativity is by far the number one vehicle for propelling you to a desired outcome. Allow for a few minutes each day to access the power of your subconscious mind and release a wave of ideas, thoughts and inspirations that gear your mind in the right direction. Take a few moments of pure, unadulterated abandon by reflecting on the thoughts, words, ideas, people and places that help shape your happiness. In a personal journal or notebook, mentally note and write down the words, ideas, emotions, and ideals that come into your mind. It may take a few moments or sessions to quiet your anxious thoughts, disconnect from technology and others, and allow your natural inhibitions to be tapped into, but the very act of penning your thoughts to paper is threefold: it allows you to tap into your feelings and hidden expressions that have lied dormant and inaccessible. Secondly, you allow for self-expression and therapeutic healing to occur. Thirdly, you allow for clarity of mind and heart which may allow you to take the next step toward a successful outcome. By reading and re-reading your thoughts penned you may discover a pattern of thinking, observe irrational thinking and by so doing, allow you to think clearer and develop creative solutions to your problems and concerns. The very act of allowing for creativity and imagination spurs welcomed changes at a visceral and organic level of thinking!

Tip 2: Give your mind the permission it needs to be successful by operating under the law of “focus”.

Imagine a laser beam that cuts through a series of steel panels. So it is with a laser-focused mind, heart and spirit geared toward the achievement of a goal, dream or passion. When we give our mind the necessary ability to focus on a specific goal, ideal or desire whole-heartedly, we place ourselves in the favorable sweet spot that lands our clearly defined and pursued plan of action into the limelight for a more favorable outcome. Even clearly defined goals can easily become derailed by having too many distractions, activities or numerous competing factors. It is a wise soul that takes steps to align with the daily habits, activities and purposes that support the goal in sight, while eliminating much of the ones that hinder, subtract and dampen one’s mental focus and resolve. Plan daily to self-reflect and ask the necessary and pertinent question: “Is this activity, thinking or person adding value or subtracting from my focus?” If the answer is no, then it is time to seriously reconsider whether it is worthwhile to pursue a given action. The same can be said for a relationship which may be disastrously distracting to your personal goals or ambitions; whether it is a family member, friend or significant other. Love and value yourself enough to make decisions that align with your ideals, your heartfelt dream and passion.

Tip 3:  Ask yourself: “What would I be doing if money was not a factor or present need?”

This is a very worthwhile question that you should be asking yourself to help determine what it is that really motivates you at the most genuinely organic level possible. For me personally, I have always been drawn to helping people and children, and cultivating a heartfelt, nurturing and supportive rapport with those whom I have crossed paths. It feels natural and at home to encourage a friend or family member, and steer them to resources – health wise, emotional or spirit wise – that would lend a favorable and better way of viewing life and themselves. Not surprisingly, the areas of holistic and integrative health, life coaching, psychology, introspective writing and consulting have been of keen interest to me, equally so is researching and learning more about interlacing these fields into a well-balanced, enriching and healing whole for the betterment of my family, friends and community at large. My personal blog — https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/ — was birthed out of a deep desire to write and reflect on my personal persuasions while communicating these ideals with my community of fellow learners and students of life, passionate bloggers, and close friends or family members.

Considering the economic angle and impact of your choices is indeed important; more so is living a truly enriched life, where one’s values, natural talents and heartfelt purpose resonate as the most important factor when it comes to being truly successful. Just ask Oprah Winfrey, the famed talk show host to millions, motivator, actress, author, philanthropist and, might I add, billionaire business woman; she pursued her natural gift of talking and connecting with her audience, so effortlessly, on a deeper level, that she amassed millions to listen in and watch to her famous talk show: The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest rated show of its kind for two decades strong. Her lesson to all includes listening to your heart and living life from a place of gratitude, spirituality and openness to the wonders of life and all its blessings.

Have your consider sharing your gifts and talent with your world? What has been the driving force(s) propelling you toward success? Do not hesitate to take your ambitions to the next level.

Tip 4: The art of visualization: visualize yourself succeeding, already occupying your chosen career, position or dream state.

There is no better way to spark your imagination and unleash your creative talents, abilities and thought processes than by visualizing yourself already doing what you love and were born to do. Research has consistently shown that people who have dedicated time to purposefully visualize themselves succeeding at a given activity or goal by far excel at, and exceed, at the desired outcome compared with those who did not take the time to visualize a successful outcome before a given activity or goal. By taking the time to visualize, you are programming your mind to act, feel, behave and react in a way that lends itself to creative, successful outcomes by creating in your memory visions of successful outcomes. With this knowledge in mind, you can purpose to do well on your next exams, speak confidently and articulately in front of a crowd, throw that perfect basketball shot (with practice too), create a thriving business or practice, and even talk confidently and openly with an acquaintance.  Because you have already prepared your mind and heart through visualization, you break barriers that would have otherwise held you back, and tap into an endless supply of innovative and resourceful means for accomplishing your desired goal or outcome.

I have personally found this practice enriching. In the early morning hours of solitude and solace, I find comfort in the practice of visualizing myself already succeeding at a given goal. Coupled with journaling and/or gratitude journaling, it definitely helps to quiet the otherwise negative thoughts and voices that could steal away from pursuing and attaining my heartfelt desires. It is quite a useful and engaging personal tool in your arsenal for personal growth and development. See yourself succeeding today, right now.

You can heighten or compound this effect by listening to white noise, instrumental music and nature sounds like waves at the seashore, or the comforting sound of rain.

Tip 5: Fuel your success by reading books, blogs or articles that inspire your passion and ignites your creativity and drive.

You are just as successful as you think that you are in your mind before it becomes apparent in your present day reality. It all begins in the mind!  Your internal voice and thought process greatly influences your level of growth: economically, socially, financial, spiritually — in all ways. For this reason, it is important to feed and nourish your mind with the necessary words of faith, fortitude and empowerment that has a life-long and lasting impact on your life, your goals and ambitions, and those that come into contact with you whom you help influence and who influence you. For this reason, I strongly suggest aligning your life with the people, places, ideals and circumstances that feed your psyche and strengthen you in more ways than one. This can easily be accomplished by reading books, blog posts, articles and other inspired messages that gear your thoughts, intents and actions to one of your desired successful outcome.  What committing to eating healthy and life-sustaining foods does to your cells, living tissue and body, feeding your mind by proactively searching out and reading quality materials can do much to improve your mental state, boost your learning abilities, spark your creative intentions and spur you on to change for the better.

Read articles, books and blogs that are in line with your health, career, social, emotional and spiritual goals and ambitions.  They are usually cost-effective, even free to access, with the initial investment in this worthwhile pursuit paying a rich dividend in your life and mind, shaping your future for the better.

Fine tuning a musical instrument yields the best in sound quality and performance. So too is enriching your mind with the notable habit of reading intellectually-stimulating and thought-provoking material. You need not be an academic scholar or student to appreciate the ways in which such a practice enhances the mind, focus and creative powers. If you wish to become financially fit, then inspire yourself to read and invest time in personal finance books, or blog posts by noted professionals and contributors in the field of economics and finance. Do you aspire to learn a new skill such as cooking or baking, then invest in self-help books and video tutorials that inspire your creativity.

One of the best investments you can make toward improving your odds of success or desired outcome is to feed your mind with the wisdom, knowledge and insight of those that have gone before you. Learning from successful and proven leaders sparks your own creative thinking and stimulates you to action.

Place a premium on lifelong learning and personal betterment that enriches and expands your mind to new horizons.

Here are some noted websites that I suggest you spend time searching out for your general health and wellness, and to share with the world around you.

Health:

WebMD www.webMD.com

Natural Health Careers:

Nutrition http://americannutritionassociation.org/

Naturopathic Medicine http://aanmc.org/

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine http://www.aaaomonline.org/

Finances:  

Entrepreneur:

Strategies and tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur: http://www.entrepreneur.com/

Business:

Optimal business advice for boosting your bottom line: http://www.business.com/

Spirit and Self:  

Joseph Prince Ministries

A charismatic and dynamic spiritual leader motivating others through the ministry of GRACE. http://www.josephprince.org/

Joel Osteen Ministries

A sought-after and inspirational spiritual leader encouraging others to live a life of HOPE. https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/Home.aspx

Oprah Winfrey

A desired and respected businesswomen, inspirational motivator, author, actress and philanthropist. http://www.oprah.com/index.html

BONUS BLOGS

As an added bonus, I have included two of my favorite bloggers and mentors that are trail-blazing the path for change and the way we approach our health and finances. Check them out here:

Dr. Pamela Wible, M.D.

A visionary medical doctor, creative entrepreneur, compassionate founder of the Ideal Medical Clinic movement. http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/  

Ramit Sethi

An ultra cool and innovative entrepreneur personally attuned to his generation in the areas of personal finance and human behavior. http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/

This concludes the first five (5) tips for your personal betterment and pursuit in your lifelong goals. To sum, give your mind the permission to be creative, have a “focus”, pursue your goals as though money was not a factor or present need, visualize successful outcomes and read inspirational writings. That is it in a nutshell.

In February, I will be posting the next five tips for your success blueprint in 2016. In the meantime, feel free to read my other articles and interviews geared toward your personal success here at https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/ .

Wishing you a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year 2016!  :)

Are you ready to live life from a place of passion, energy and purpose? Share this post with your friends and family, and discuss how your life can be transformed from the inside out.

 

ABOUT BRENDALINE

Brendaline Timothy is the founder, brainchild and creative author behind the insightful blog — https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/  — dedicated to the holistic health, wellness and motivation of the readers and all things inspirational. I am a freelance writer and social media enthusiast of these and other posts dealing with everyday life and activities. I feel most alive when helping others on their road to personal empowerment and success! When not actively engaged in educational pursuits as a student in the field of integrative, holistic health and overall wellness or work, special time is devoted to creative activities like baking, reading and researching, (gratitude) journaling, walking, spending time immersed with family activities and keeping in touch with friends.

Feel free to send me an email at my blogging email – brendalineblogs@yahoo.comshould you be inclined or interested in writing a guest blog posts and/or discussing ideas related to your personal, professional development and motivations in life. Wishing you continued success, happiness and wellness!

Stay socially connected with me, Brendaline and visit my social media pages:

WordPress Blog:  https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/

Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/BrendalineBlogs

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Be the light that shines in the darkest seasons of your life and awaken the optimistic, positive energy that lies dormant within you.” ~ Brendaline Timothy

Lighthouse of hope beacons for a new beginning!

Lighthouse of hope beacons for a new beginning!

Having a day or a pleasant moment that fills your day with an artistic celebration of all things creative, exciting, calming and soothing to your visual senses will do wonders to a bleak or mundane day or existence. It is important to hold fast to the elements of excitement and memories that capture the essence of a spirited existence in spite of elements of lackluster and low drive or creative energy. It is a wonderful thing to be inspired by nature, family, friends and events that capture the essence of what is means to be living from a truly freeing place; a place of heightened hope and achievement, a place of meaning and purpose that adds a dimension of optimism and openness to your life. Such moments can be rare, or can be carefully cultivated to bring out the very best of emotions and heightened sensitivity to the richness that is inherent in every aspect of our lives.

Granted, life may not always allow for a tranquil, peaceful or open existence in the sense that we may be rushed and frantic in a truly hectic and bombastic world, filled with too many deadlines, and not enough downtime allowing for the fueling of the raw emotions and heightened awareness of the purest and truest essence of our existence. It takes living from a more deliberate place of willful and purposeful anticipation of such moments and actively taking steps to add vitality and creative space to your day. Your inner passions and drive need this fuel of solace and escape from the hectic pace of living to truly appreciate the soundness and beauty that comes from a life that is on-purpose in its quest for personal satisfaction and freedom in moments of solitude and calmness.

Aim to cultivate in your life a deep interest and desire to be surrounded by an environment and workspace that is warm, inviting and free of distractions and one that draws you in with positive energy and optimism. Aim to surround your environment with beauty, esthetic art forms and creative energy that positively contributes to hope and meaning in your life and in your personal moments of solitude and alone time. Seek to anticipate the needs and desires of your present self and cater to the part of you that longs for a purer, more meaningful and worthwhile existence. Aim to be inspired by the people and things that add a dimension of beauty and wonder to your life. Allow yourself to be fully immersed in the present while taking comfort in the past memories of gladness, oneness and gratefulness, while thinking in terms of positive optimism about the glorious future that await you. Color your present moments with exchanges of unexpected moments of fun and wonder and add beauty and invigoration to your day – and life! Seek to be daily inspired by the part of you that longs to connect with your truest sense of self, the parts of you that makes YOU feel most alive. Allow yourself to journal those moments and use it as a springboard for cultivating more of such moments, that guarantee and effortless flow of continuous and momentous times of joy, peace and contentment. Journal your aspirations and feel your soul and spirit soar.

Learn to be enthralled by the spirit of anticipation and access that place of internal happiness, freedom, joy and contentment that adds a dimension of freedom and bliss to your day. Learn to harness and foster a spirit of creative and artistic expression in all its forms and be ready to take part in an atmosphere that breeds abundance, creativity, instills beauty, drive and an appreciation for various art forms. Just note how you feel and how much better your soul and psyche feels allowing yourself the pleasure of being enthralled in a place that adds positive, optimistic energy, candor and colorful freedom to your world. Feel the rush of energy and openness expressed, like a fragrant candle that adds a dimension of bright brilliance and a candid glow to a dimmed and darkened room or corner of your world. Like an effervescent, colorful mixture of bubbly, bright energy and radiance that adds a noted touch of glimmer and sparkle to your day and mundane moments.

Like a beacon of hope in the darkest, perilous times when no optimism or lackluster energy seems pre-eminent or plentiful, without an ounce of positive energy and radiance in sight. Let your day be filled with positive optimism, hope and freedom like a lighthouse, shining forth its radiant light and energy while instilling hope, wonder and serenity to an otherwise deaden nature in the darkness of the night. Aim to let these and other thoughts of hope and authenticity flood your day and moments and drive you toward a state of inner peace and tranquility even as the howling winds of adversity is prevailing around you. Allow yourself the honesty, authenticity and candor to reactivate the part of your soul and spirit that has lain dormant and aim to catch a glimpse of awakening and hope-filled glee and anticipation as the next chapter of your life is etched in a solid testament of freedom, authenticity and valor. Allow yourself the freedom to bask in the glow of your own (and others) accomplishments and prepare your spirit for soaring to the highest of heights in the days and seasons to come. Allow your soul to speak to you in quiet whispers of positive self-talk and affirmations that instill a sense of confidence and quiet contentment for positive and hope-filled outcome for your future!

Are you ready to live life from a place of passion, energy and purpose? Share this post with your friends and discuss how you life can be transformed from the inside out.

 

ABOUT ME

Brendaline Timothy is the founder, brainchild and creative author behind the insightful blog, BrendalineBlogs dedicated to the holistic health, wellness and motivation of the readers and all things inspirational. I am a social media specialist and freelance writer of these and other posts dealing with everyday life and activities. I feel most alive when helping others on their road to personal empowerment and success! When not actively engaged in educational pursuits as a student in the field of natural, holistic health and overall wellness or work, special time is devoted to creative activities like baking, cooking, reading and researching, (gratitude) journaling, walking, spending time immersed with family activities and keeping in touch with friends.

Feel free to send me an email at my blogging email – brendalineblogs@yahoo.com and should you be interesting in writing a guest blog posts and/or discussing ideas related to your personal, professional development and motivations in life. Wishing you continued success, happiness and wellness!

 

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Have a great day this Valentine’s day!:)

The 7 Things Blog Tour

The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversible Happy! Available now on Amazon!

How satisfied are you with your life right now? How happy do you really feel? Are you in ‘the zone’, that ‘sweet spot’ where your life, health and relationships just flow – effortlessly? Well, you can have more of the later—and more–in your life right now. Discover how to, today and why this is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

I’m talking today in this two-part interview with Rohan Healy, an immensely talented blogger I call the “happiness guru” (if you have ever visited his blog, Rohan7Things you would see exactly why that title is so fitting). He hosts an amazing, award-winning blog, and is the author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy: And How They Can Do the Same for You.

Okay. Here we go!

Brendaline:  Hi Rohan, welcome and thank you for kicking off your blog tour here today. It’s an honor and I am so excited to talk with you!

Rohan:  It’s my pleasure Brendaline; it’s really exciting for me to be beginning this tour for the new book, both of which were only ideas taking shape just a few months ago! Ah, and what better place to start.

Brendaline:  Haha, thanks Rohan. So tell us where you are hailing from? What’s your background?

Rohan:  Today, I’m saying hi from Dublin, Ireland. My family’s Irish, though I was actually born, and have spent just under half my life, in Australia! They both feel like home to me. I grew up all over the place. As a child, my family alternated between Australia and Ireland with stays in France and the Netherlands as well. My dad plays music and so we all went where the music took us.

Brendaline:  How fascinating! You must have countless adventure stories growing up Irish in such cultured and scenic places.

Rohan:  Haha, yeah there’s plenty to tell, probably another book in there somewhere. The musician’s life is a rocky road. I’ve experienced the highs, the swimming pools, big houses and playing in front of a thousand people. And of course the lows, sleeping in tents, eating beans and playing to empty rooms. It’s not an easy life, but it’s anything but boring!

Brendaline:  That’s incredible! So, both your dad and yourself are musicians?! How did that come about?

Rohan:  Yup, my dad, David Virgin started playing music in the late ‘70s in the famous Sydney punk scene. He was a founding member of the influential industrial noise group SPK who would inspire much of the techno and rave of the ‘90s. The Prodigy lists SPK as a big influence. He then went on to have five independent number one hits with his band Sekrek Sekret in the ‘80s. After that he raised a family and continued to write, record and perform in various bands and solo as David Virgin. He’s taught me much of what I know about performing and producing music; I’ve been extremely lucky!

Brendaline:  That’s some musical legacy you’ve got! And both your musical styles, what are they?

Rohan:  We both play a variety of styles, lots of folk, some punk, some funky stuff and rock. Just whatever either one of us is in the mood for. Having a strong production heritage helps with being able to keep things fresh and fun. My dad was taught production by Aussie rock legend Lobby Loyd, who was taught by Paul McCartney, who was of course taught by George Martin, the producer of the Beatles. Those tricks got handed down and it’s what has enabled me to record a solo album each year for the past ten, and why people come to me to have their songs produced.

Brendaline:  Incredible lyrical genius material you’ve soaked up! Needless to say, music is a huge part of your life! And what else inspires your travels?

Rohan:  Primarily my music. I grew up travelling and when I took up music myself at the age of 14, and started doing so full-time at 16, it’s something that I continued. I’ve been stationary for a number of years now producing music in Dublin, but this year my plan is to get back out on the road. This time however, I’ll also have my blog which should make things even more interesting!

Brendaline:  Haha, I guess when music is in your blood you go wherever it takes you, right!

Rohan:  That’s exactly right; it sounds cliché but you do have to follow the music, you have to go where you are wanted.

Brendaline:  Sounds like you need to consider a tour in the U.S. Folk music, rock – all genres — are celebrated here. Speaking of your blog, it’s chock-full of inspiringly expressive posts. A favorite of mine is your post titled The 7 Things That Make Walking the World’s Best Exercise, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Rohan:  Oh yeah, walking is great. I must be very nomadic because I have at least one walk, and usually two per day. All the modern conveniences have all but eliminated the need for walking more than a few feet every now and then, so it’s important to actually put aside time to just walk. Clear your head and get some exercise.

Brendaline:  Haha, I agree. It’s very freeing, isn’t it! So Rohan, you’re a creative guy who self-publishes, blogs, produces music, photographs, videos — and you travel! How do you find time to do it all?

Rohan:  I don’t do much else, haha! I guess you don’t get far without a little sacrifice, and I sacrifice a lot of what many people would find hard to do without.  I’m very self-disciplined; I keep a schedule of eating, exercise and sleep patterns that allows me to get all my writing, music, blogging, photography and gaming done (I like video games, and I have a Youtube channel with my brother dedicated to gaming and games).

Brendaline:  Gaming with your brother, that’s cool! I’m sure gaming fans are rejoicing over that! Anything else you do — or not do — to keep focused and motivated?!

Rohan:  I don’t go out to pubs or clubs or parties. I prefer to take a walk, or enjoy small gatherings with one or two like-minded people, but my favorite form of socializing is working on creating projects with others.

Brendaline:  That’s quite sobering (no pun intended). So, is the take-away key to prioritize the things in life that bring a true, quality return on investment?!

Rohan:  Yeah I guess so, it depends what your priorities are. Some goals require much more work than others, but if you want to do anything properly at least some organization and sacrifice is going to be necessary. I don’t mind the odd beer, and I certainly don’t begrudge anyone their enjoyments, it just doesn’t suit me very much.

Brendaline:  Solid. You spoke of creative projects with others. Do you mean blogging, self-publishing and the like?!

Rohan:  Yes, or working on music together, or a video project. Even painting a room, or doing some home improvement. I just like to be working on something with people rather than socializing for the sake of it. That probably sounds really horrible, haha. But of course I do occasionally like to just sit around and have a chat with a few close friends as well.

Brendaline:  Horrible? No, I think everyone can relate. Those sound incredibly fun and are bonding projects. It seems like you’re more so hands-on! Being in the kitchen and baking with my family is one of my all-time favorites; it’s just natural, relaxing and effortless and yes. To each his own!

Brendaline:  Focusing now on your e-book, the title’s The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely and Irreversibly Happy: And how they can do the same for you. How did it come about?

Rohan:  Just over a year ago, I came out of a long-term relationship and I was determined to live as the most authentic version of myself from that point onward, to avoid the mistakes of the past and live happily and healthily as my genuine self. To that end, I put into practice the best of everything I’d studied and learned over the past nine years in order to achieve my goal. I’ve been so astonished by the results, how happy my days are, how happy I am with myself, and have been for about a year now that I thought I really should share this knowledge with as many people as I could! That was my reason for writing the book, and for starting my blog.

Brendaline:  That’s good, I’m glad that you are a stronger and better person after that experience. Relationships can be seriously hard-hitting, so it’s great that your blog posts are reflections of lessons learnt. Thanks for enriching us with that!

Rohan:  Yes exactly. I just know that there are people who’ve been though, or are going through, similar things right now, and if my experiences and lessons learned can help someone else out then that’s great!

Brendaline:  It sounds like you’ve found the secret to living from a truly happy and freeing place. Tell us what makes you feel the most genuinely and irreversibly…happy!

Rohan:  I think the answer to that question would be authenticity. To know that I can be myself, just as I am and that not only will there still be good people and opportunities for me, but that by being totally open and authentic, I actually attract more or the right people and opportunities! We only get one shot at this life; what’s the point of living someone else’s? Authenticity and honesty is definitely a big part of my happiness.J

Brendaline:  Being truly authentic and honest with yourself. I couldn’t agree more! So, is that the focal point(s) of your new book, The 7 Things?!

Rohan:  One of the main things I wanted to cover in the book was relationships and the critical importance of the five pillars integral to any good relationship: honesty, communication, negotiation, boundaries and trust.

Brendaline:  Uh-huh, the five pillars. Go on…

Rohan:  In the past, I’d always believed that in order to find love and affection I’d need to conform to some standard other that who I naturally am, and so I’d pander, capitulate and try to please in every situation. I believed that I, just as I am, was not good enough. I decided that this had to change, that even if no one would ever be with me, it’s still better to be genuine and develop strong personal boundaries regarding what I will and won’t do and what I will and won’t put up with in others, than to remain in unhealthy relationships. Ironically, since being totally open and honest in my relationships about who I am, and since developing and exercising strong personal boundaries, my relationships have improved dramatically. I could never go back now, I’m far too happy with the results!

Brendaline:  That’s amazing. And where do you find daily inspiration? Where do you draw strength from?

Rohan:  Other than my friends, family and fellow bloggers, I’d say I get a lot of my inspiration from the Stoic philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. Especially the idea that it’s not what occurs to you that is important, but rather it’s your perception of events that determines how you feel emotionally, and how you react! We do not have full control over what occurs to us in our lives, but we do have full control over the opinions and beliefs that we choose to form about the things that happen. We can choose to take a rational, positive attitude and view of things, which brings peace and contentment, no matter how bad things seem at the time. I’ve used Stoicism to take control over my moods and emotional state, and whenever I’m in need of a little motivation or some inspiration I read or remember the Stoic teachings and sayings. It’s great stuff, and that it is one of the “7 Things”.

Brendaline:  I take it that the Stoics were an integral thread in your first book, Greeks to Geeks: Practical Stoicism in the 21st Century?!

Rohan:  Yup, that book focuses exclusively on Stoic Philosophy and how it can be used to improve your life in the modern age. Stoicism is also one of The 7 Things, and I do my best to pack as much info on Stoicism into the new book as I can, however Greeks To Geeks gives you a much broader explanation, of course.

Brendaline:  Point taken! What do you do daily to help you focus your energies and stay motivated?

Rohan:  The thing that motivates me most and keeps me focused is my desire to continue to learn, and to experience things. I continue to read and study the works of other writers and ancient wisdoms in order to make my work better, and also just for the enjoyment of it. Life for me is a combination of the consumption of creative works and the output of creative works. I’m half-way through recording my 10th solo album, I’ve written around 200 songs, but in order to keep writing and creating you must also consume and immerse yourself in the works of others. So each day I try to listen to music, watch a film, read some articles and blogs or some philosophy. It keeps my work fresh J

Brendaline:  That sounds like a plan! What is it that you enjoy most about the creative writing process?

Rohan:  How easy it is, haha! I don’t know, when I sit down to write it just comes really easily, there are plenty of other things in this life that I’m awful at; like everyone, I have strengths and weaknesses. But things like playing music, and writing I find very easy and enjoyable. The trick in life is to spend as much time as possible doing the things you are best at and that you enjoy, a small amount of time doing what you are okay at, and virtually no time doing the things you are really terrible at. Focus on this and you’ll be very happy. You might not be able to do everything you love right away, but you can certainly stop some doing things you are no good at, and ASAP!

Brendaline:  The secrets to happiness, boom! Point taken, so then happiness would be a given – effortlessly and naturally! Love that!

 

Author and blogger, Rohan Healy

Author and blogger Rohan Healy

That concludes (Part 1 of 2) in the interview with Rohan Healy, author of The 7 Things That Made Me Genuinely & Irreversibly Happy.

Click here to read (Part 2 of 2) of the interview.

 To purchase your copy of The 7 Things, visit either Amazon or Smashwords.

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To stay connected to Rohan via social media, click on the social media links below:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rohanmusic

Blog: http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rohan-music-page/198079576926823

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rohanforsale

My Christmas Wish for You Always

 

Joy to world! Christmas is here! Merry Christmas to you!

How quickly this time of year seems to come by. There are so many memories and nostalgic thoughts from Christmases gone by of my childhood. Being in the kitchen (at the super bowl event of all festive events) was the place to be! I relished the role of being the ‘royal taster’ for batter taste-testing, yet detested being the royal ‘dishwasher’  of all those pots and pans – a not-so-noble role and not too keen on embracing, but a welcome part of the kitchen action scene all the same.

Yet now, I’ve come to appreciate both these roles – both as royal taster and royal dishwasher, as well as the other responsibilities and delights that come along with playing chef.

Thankfully, I’ve wrapped up my active tour of duty in the kitchen a few hours ago and turned the knob off from baking the last of the desserts — death by Chocolate cake and Red Velvet affair delight (my new dessert obsession). My neighbor’s birthday falls in December so I’m giving him the choice to choose between the two as a gift. Being an avid chocoholic like myself, I’m guessing he’ll favor the usual, but who knows…

It would be nice to save you a slice or two (but I’m sure it would be all gone by the time you make your request this year). Maybe next year, but I’m not going to live you empty-handed. No, not quite red velvet to dish out, but a slice of holiday inspiration and well wishes for you and yours…

Here is My Christmas Wish for You Always

This Christmas Day, my Christmas wish for you is this.

I pray and wish that you…

Celebrate Life. Celebrating Living. Celebrate Giving!

Celebrate Christmas!

Be surrounded by love, beauty, happiness, joy and the laughter of this blessed

holiday season.

I wish for you to live with a heart of gratitude and love for life and living.

That you delight in the magic and wonder of life’s little (and big) celebrations and share in

the laughter and simplicity of a child’s smile, of your smile, of another’s smile.

To welcome in the pureness of new life, and sweet innocence of a child’s love.

To anticipate the dawning of a new day, new beginnings and find contentment in the gift of

the now

In the stillness of each present moment,

To draw strength from the knowing that your are enveloped in love, hope and peace,

Unnerved by uncertainty, and bathed in the fresh outpouring of comforting hugs, and

the loving, reassuring touch of Love

And especially this day — the Christmas day —

I pray and wish that you discover and find comfort,

happiness and freedom;

Your place in this world – and that the world would be a kinder, happier,

more inspired place to be, because you have been born

and live in it,

to share your gift of your presence with the world in you

— and around you!

All the best of health, wealth, happiness, laughter, cheer, good food, great company, sweet memories and moments — this Christmas! This is my Christmas season’s wish, and blessings just for you this day – and always!

For your listening pleasure, here’s Gloria Estefan’s “Christmas through Your Eyes” — truly one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs growing up. I hope you enjoy listening to it just as much I do; now, and for years to come!

What’s your favorite Christmas memories? Do share! Merry Christmas to you!:)

Life Inspires!

So…let’s blog about it! I bet every first-time blogger had a keen desire to want to share who they are or what they had to offer with their world. Perhaps the love and freedom of self-expression like Lady Gaga, the simplicity of connecting and sharing on Facebook, or simply capturing and sharing frozen-in-time, candid moments on YouTube with the world was the appeal  Maybe some are business professional looking to establish themselves online or others are gurus with dedicated followers. Whatever the reason, life inspires bloggers for business or pleasure, and everything in between.

For me, writing my first blog today is a way to reconnect with my true and present self, to rediscover the moments that are truly inspiring through the lens of life, and sharing whatever life lessons to be learnt with you.

Right now, life is teaching me to be present in the now! It’s so easy to forget and lose ourselves in the past or laser-focus on the future and simply forget to be here now. So I’ve learned to stop for a moment, take a deep breathe and slowly exhale, simply allowing myself to be, simply being here now.

So let’s not forget to take a breather and relax. So the next time on the bus, in your car or walking, take some time to be present in your moment, and be prepared catch inspiration all around you – and connect with your true self!

Let’s be inspired together!

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