With the holidays behind us, its time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new one. The new year often feels like a great time to eliminate old habits and start fresh, which is why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Below is our list of New Year’s resolution ideas to inspire you in the new year. Continue reading »
If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction. — Martin Kornfeld
In the wake of the heartbreaking Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many of us are wondering how to deal with and process such a tragedy and asking “What I can do to honor those lost?” This past week Ann Curry of NBC News asked this simple question on Twitter, “imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.” She added, “I’m in. If you are, RT #20Acts.” As this quickly spread through social media, #20Acts turned into #26Acts to honor the teachers as well.
Though it shouldn’t take a horrible tragedy for us to be kind to one another, it is still inspiring, motivating, and encouraging to see so many people in our communities come together and care for one another. So to honor those lost we have set out to do #26Acts of kindness and we hope all of you will join us.
To help you get started, we compiled a list of 26 ideas for acts of kindness (in no particular order). Please share your ideas with us as well. Continue reading »
Coach John Wooden was not only known as the most successful college basketball coach but also well known for his inspirational and motivational quotes and simple life lessons. On what would have been his 102 birthday, here are our top 10 favorite inspirational and motivational John Wooden quotes. Continue reading »
As the Olympics go on and we continue to be inspired and motivated by the amazing athletes of the world, we decided to add to our original top 10 inspirational quotes from Olympic Athletes. Many of the following quotes are submissions from our readers. Continue reading »
With the 2012 London Olympic Games in full swing, it’s tough not to get caught up in the excitement of your country winning and the camaraderie of all of the athletes coming together to culminate years of hard work and dedication. So, who better to motivate and inspire than some of the greatest Olympians of all time. Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes by them. Please feel free to share yours. Continue reading »
This uplifting and moving video of cancer patients, doctors and nurses from Seattle Children’s Hospital performing a lip sync to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger” was created by Chris Rumble who himself is a cancer patient at the hospital. He said “It was not only good to see the kids happy, but it was also great to see how their parents were so happy as they watched their kids just being kids – dancing, singing and having fun.”
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.— Friedrich Nietzsche
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
This amazing video shows the inspiring transformation of Arthur Boorman, a veteran of the Gulf War who had been disabled for 15 years. He was told by doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own again. But did that stop him from trying? No. Arthur fell many times but never gave up and he proved the doctors wrong. He shows us all, that through hard work and determination, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.—Hans Hofmann
When I met my wife 10 years ago, she was a minimalist and I was, well, the opposite. I was an impulsive consumer, always “wanting” and “needing” the latest and greatest. I held on to things both physical and emotional. I kept things, like clothes that I hadn’t worn in years, because I thought maybe one day I would want to wear them again or they would come back in style. I held onto emotional stuff mainly because I wasn’t even aware of the harm it was doing to me. I held grudges, anger and resentment and had a lot of trouble letting go. I was always “busy” mostly because I was disorganized, I couldn’t say NO and I always wanted to please everyone. As the years went on, my wife fortunately started rubbing off on me and showed me lots of easy ways to simplify my life.
Looking back over the past 10 years I realized that everyone can benefit from her lessons, so I put together this list. Simplifying your life is a process of eliminating everything that is not essential, getting rid of clutter, both emotional and physical, and reducing excess and complexities. This in turn reduces stress and frees up time and space, so you can do the things you actually want to do and help you on the road to a more meaningful life. Even small changes in our environment, thoughts, habits and attitude can make a big difference in our lives. Funny thing is, this started as a list of 100 easy ways to simplify your life, but instead I decided that the first step to simplifying your life would be to cut down this list. So here are the top 25 ways that worked for me, let us know what works for you. Continue reading »
Caine Monroy is an inspiration! He had a dream to create this incredibly creative arcade built out of cardboard boxes he found in his Dad’s warehouse. He spent months building the games by hand in hopes that one day he would have a lot of customers to enjoy the games.
As luck would have it, his first customer was Nirvan Mullick, a filmmaker looking for a door handle for his car. Impressed by what he saw, Nirvan decided to organize a flash mob to get customers to the arcade, which he documented and made into this short film. Nirvan also helped set up a scholarship fund for Caine with the hope of raising $25,000 for his college fund. You can donate at Caine’s Arcade website.
As Caine and his Dad drove home from the arcade after the flash mob, Caine said to his Dad. “This was the best day of my whole life.”
Update to this story:
As of April 17, 2012 not only has Caine’s scholarship fund raised over $170,000, but The Goldhirsh Foundation has pledged to match the donations dollar for dollar up to $250,000. The money from Goldhirsch will go towards the Caine’s Arcade Foundation, which was set up to help other creative kids reach their dreams.