Posts Tagged“Inspiration”

Ever since I was a kid I’ve struggled with being carefree. I want (oh how I want) to spend the majority of my days throwing caution to the wind but it rarely happens. I find myself holding back in various situations where others wouldn’t think twice. It’s odd because in many ways I am a risk taker and happy to be so.  Holding back is so limiting.  Silly example – the other day I was running through Georgetown and I happened upon THE STAIRS. (You know which ones I’m talking about right? The creepy never-ending stairs from the Exorcist movie.) Shudder. Anyway, I got…

Laura Wallace is the Owner and Creative Director at Worx Graphic Design. In 2007 while expecting her son, Kandon, she took a risk to start a new business. Nearly 7 years later, her business is an award winning design studio with 3 employees. Laura married her high school sweet heart, AJ and will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. She has a new love for running, reading inspirational books and soaking up the great outdoors. Something interesting? Laura has a strawberry colored birthmark that runs up her left hand and arm. Over the years, how have you learned to…

I discovered an interesting concept the other day that truly spoke to me. In an interview with the New York Times, Bob Pittman, chairman and chief executive of Clear Channel Communications, discussed the concept of weeding the garden as it relates to business. He said, “One thing I preach is, “Weed the garden.” If I try 10 new things and, just for example, let’s say two are clear winners and two are clear losers. That means I’ve got six in between. What do I do with those? Most organizations let everything live except the clear losers. And what happens over time is that stuff in…

Between work obligations, children’s activities, homework, housework and other commitments, time just flies by, doesn’t it? I don’ know about you, but I have personally come to accept that my life will forever be a juggling act. There will be days when that juggle will be effortless and days (many, many days)where it will take every fiber in my being just to keep each ball in the air. What I find in talking with other woman in my situation, (working gals with children still at home) is that we don’t allow ourselves time to reflect, enjoy or savor our life…

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There are two things in life that you will never catch me without – my cell phone and a notebook. Electronic addiction aside, my notebooks are (without a doubt) my most prized possessions. I use them constantly to record thoughts and random bits of inspiration and wisdom. There’s nothing like looking though your old journals and uncovering a hidden gem that speaks to you in a moment of need. I recently ran across this ditty that I jotted down this past August after attending the Global Leadership Summit. The 13 rules are from Gen. Colin Powell who spoke to attendees…

My grandmother was a self-educated woman. Growing up poor in inner city Baltimore, she wasn’t encouraged to stay in school. In fact, we’re pretty sure she didn’t attend classes past the fifth grade. But she was whip smart. She may not have had money or position but she sure as hell had gumption. She took herself to the library (it was free) and more than made up for her lack of education.  She read everything she got her hands on, right up until she passed away. She wasn’t going to let her circumstances rob her of knowledge. The above quote reminds…

Nike has found what might arguably be their newest star. 12-year-old Nathan Sorrell. Watch his ad: Unexpectedly moving. Incredibly inspirational. He represents so much, doesn’t he? The power to change. The power to persevere. The power inside of each and every one of us not just to accomplish something physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Greatness is not some rare DNA strand. It’s not some precious thing. Greatness is no more unique to us then breathing. We’re all capable of it…. ALL OF US. Way to go Nike. Way to go NATHAN. Heres to finding your inner greatness.

Where do  you go for inspiration? When circumstances have beaten you down and you are drained emotionally, physically, spritually and mentally… what do you do? How do you fill your tank back up? Me? I go to nature. In fact, it is 5:00 in the morning and I am sitting on my porch writing this blog. The birds are announcing the day with vigor. The air is warm and inviting. My soul feels full. I am inspired. Nature does it for me. When I see a blooming flower or a forest begging to be explored, I am filled with creative…