Turn Your Spark Into a Blaze

If you’re not passionate then you’re wasting your time.
–Unknown

When life feels ho-hum and hum-drum, it is time get out there and stir things up a little bit! Find what excites and inspires you. Figure out the thing you are most passionate about.

The following is a collection of ideas that can help you dig deeper, past the surface of a typical day, and into where your passions could lie. Take a glance at the list in whatever way you like and then try out some of the activities that you connect with. Even if it feels a bit silly or cheesy, go ahead and be vulnerable with yourself. Take a risk to find which spark of inspiration could be the very thing that grows into a huge blaze of passion for you!

Spend more time with art. Get a membership to the art museum. Find an art school in your area and visit their gallery or attend regular shows. Download the DailyArt app that gives you a piece of art to look at each day, complete with a bit of art history as...

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Create a Life You Love

Everyone has a rough day every now and then. But when your life seems to continue for an extended period of time, it may be time to do something about it. If things in your life are not moving in the right direction, you might feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. You may feel stuck. You might feel trapped. But in reality, you have the power to change it!

When it comes to the circumstances in your life and the things happening around you, you always have three choices. You can remain a victim to the situation, tolerate it, or change it. 

The concept of change can be scary. Many people would rather stay in somewhat unpleasant situations than risk something that could possible be even more unpleasant. The new situation might also be the best thing that has ever happens in your life. If you don’t leave behind your unhappiness, you’ll just never know what great things might be just around the corner. 

If something needs to change and you...

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Fill Your Tank By Finding What You Love

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
-Oprah Winfrey
 

Exhausted? Feeling overwhelmed? Running on empty?

Much of our crazy-busy lives today are filled with activities, things to do and general all-round busy-ness. Many people get to the end of the day and feel like they have spent all of their energy—and sometimes they aren’t even sure what they have accomplished!

If you tend to spend all of your time doing things to please other people, helping everyone else with their projects or pouring into others without leaving time for yourself, then now is definitely time for you to start refilling your own tank!

Filling your tank doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to just quit your job or stop taking care of your family. What it means is that you many need to pay a little bit more attention to the “gas gauge” of your heart before you run on empty for so long that you get burned out. Take some time for you by...

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Go With the Flow

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. -Robert Burns

Anyone who has a habit of making plans for their life will soon realize that things don’t always go as expected. Sometimes, when things don’t go according plan, it’s tempting to feel like a failure. But sometimes, things can even work out better than you had even hoped!

Living in this world today, we know that we can’t always be in control. In fact, this very realization is what can help us accept and overcome when our plans don’t quite succeed. At certain times, we just need to receive the hand that we’ve been dealt and learn to make the best of it.

Plus, since we know that stress is unhealthy and unhelpful, we must learn to counteract the stress by learning to go with the flow. 

Keep Calm and Carry On.

In recent years, the phrase “Keep Calm” has been used in a variety of ways to promote a stress-free attitude. The history dates back to World War II in Great...

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Find Joy and Live for the Moment

Live for the moments you can’t put into words. –Unknown

Many of us are stressed out and frazzled, wishing that we could find more experiences of happiness and joy to make our lives complete. The great news is that you have the power to live into more joyful moments—simply by being more aware and intentional about your life.

Discern Your Joy

Close your eyes for a moment and think back to a recent time where you experienced pure joy. Or if you can’t think of any joyful moments recently, think back further. Can you think of one moment that brought you a deep amount of joy?

When you’ve got your joy moment, consider what was going on inside of you when you experienced that joy. What was going on around you? What were the factors that made that moment so wonderful? Was it the people you were with? Something you accomplished?

Remember, you don’t have to be able to explain this type of experience to anyone but yourself, but we are aiming to get at the...

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Four Tips to Make Life Fulfilling

Life is too short to suck and is meant to be fulfilling. You can either get through the day or choose to live for the day. If you want to live a life that you really love, surround yourself with people who inspire greatness and bring out your very best. Instead of just maintaining status-quo, consider these four tips to make life fulfilling!

Stop being a nay-sayer. If you think and say that you can’t do something, you certainly will be right! Especially if you don’t even try. But if you spend your time aiming higher, gravitating toward the “yeses” instead of the “nos”, you’ll discover that you’re most often in a place of possibility instead of in a place of negativity.

Position yourself as a learner. Let’s face it—it’s great to feel like the smartest person in the room. Everyone likes to be an expert at some time or another. But, when you always position yourself in this way, you aren’t giving yourself much...

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A Bigger Purpose Makes Problems Smaller

He who has a “why” to live for can bear almost any “how”. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Have you ever met one of those people who is extremely passionate about what they do, even if the circumstances in which they do it aren’t the best? Sometimes we look at people who do the hard things and wonder how they do it. And the answer to the “how” is found in the “why”.

If you really want to know how someone does something (even the most difficult of things), you’ll need to look behind the scenes into the why. In order to truly understand, you’ll need to find out what motivates them—what they are passionate about. Because when passion turns into purpose, folks can be motivated to overcome almost any difficult circumstances in order to fulfill their purpose.

Nelson Mandela is an incredible example of a person who had a passion and a purpose, and these “whys” gave him motivation to live above his circumstances....

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Who Do You Think you Are?

Much more important than the expectations and opinions of others is understanding who you are. This is not about what your name is, what your job is or what your roles are in relationship to others. This is about being willing to look at yourself objectively, determine that you have value, and take a look at what your purpose is in life. This is about coming to terms with who you are—not who others think you are.

When you discover who you are, you can find freedom from the constraints of others’ opinions and expectations. You can discover wisdom that helps you make decisions on how to move forward. And you can experience less inner conflict as your actions match up more effectively with your identity.

But how can you find out exactly who you are?

Well, the simplest way is by walking down the path of self-reflection. For some people, this may feel a bit uncomfortable at first. Many people avoid self-reflection because looking in that proverbial mirror might...

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What Belongs On Your Plate?

Let’s take a minute to think about how babies eat as they start on solid food. Most of the time, they are very satisfied with their mushed-up peas, strained carrots, and weird-looking rice puffs. No salt, no spices, nothing fancy. Usually, they’ll just eat whatever is put in front of them. And sometimes they’ll try to eat things that aren’t even edible!

When you were a kid, the same thing probably happened. Your parents probably filled your plate with food at dinner time and you simply ate it with very few questions. There was likely a time in your life when you probably didn’t have much of a choice as to what was on your plate. You simply ate what was put in front of you.

Sometimes our lives can become like a plate that someone else is filling. Our plates can be full of all kinds of things we don’t want or need, things that we didn’t really choose. If your plate is full and you’re wondering what you can do about it, then read...

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Let the Loudest Voice You Hear Come from Passion, Purpose & Vision

Voices in our world today come in all shapes and sizes—and volumes. And the loud ones? Well, those certainly aren’t always the best ones! In fact, the loudest voices that you hear may be working against you and stealing away a great deal of your joy. Making conscious choices about what we choose to hear and do can change everything about the way we live our lives.

Where Do Loud Voices Come From?

Loud voices often come from the bullies in the room. Those people who have to rely on sheer volume in order to be heard may not actually be worth listening to! Maybe the loudest voices you are listening to come from famous or rich people from the internet or in your personal life. Loud voices may not even originate from an individual but from cultural norms and expectations and messages that you have believed.

Loud voices can also come from inside ourselves. These internal voices often originate in childhood—many times as a form self-protection or an attempt to act as a...

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