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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

In May, 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. 🙂

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 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!” ~ 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.


WebMD www.webMD.com

Natural Health Careers:

Nutrition http://americannutritionassociation.org/

Naturopathic Medicine http://aanmc.org/

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



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


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


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.



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!

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