May & June 2014 Rundown – 314 Links

on June 29 | in Affirmations, Community Awareness, Individual Improvement, Inspirations | by | with 2 Comments

Almost every day, I share my favorite articles from around the web on the home page. At each month’s end (except last month), I roll them up for a powerful resource to help you in the cultivation of happiness.

When you’ve got some downtime or feel a little blue, come on back – there’s enough heart in these links to brighten any day. If you know of another website that deserves to be here, please let me know.


10 Highlights from May & June 2014

I enjoyed all the articles here, and think they’ll all help you. Nevertheless, some of them deserve special mention.

  1. Children Who Shine From Within – handsfreemama.com
  2. How to Develop Unwavering Focus (and reclaim your inner warrior) – paidtoexist.com
  3. Maya Angelou Reads “And Still I Rise” – mentalfloss.com
  4. The Invitation: an inspirational mantra poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – thoughtbrick.com
  5. The Magic of the Moonflower – mindfullymusing.com
  6. Everything Stops In Order To Keep Going – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  7. Self Created Heaven and Hell: A Zen Tale – beliefnet.com
  8. A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism – zenhabits.net
  9. Change Your Life, 13 Minutes at a Time – lifelessbullshit.com
  10. Dampened Fire Sticks – programminglife.net (my favorite of my posts… maybe)

Inspirations

Sometimes we just need to gaze up into the stars before we continue. Inspiration is the desire for change, it’s the first step of every journey.

  1. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” – mindfullymusing.com
  2. 19 Inspiring Quotes About Happiness From Bruce Lee – ajwalton.com
  3. 25 calming meditation quotes to help clear your mind – thoughtbrick.com
  4. 9 Seneca Quotes That Might Be the Lift You Need – lifehack.org
  5. A Buddhist’s Awakening: The Story of the Moon Upon a Single Blade of Grass – mindfullymusing.com
  6. A Call To Doing It Your Way – paidtoexist.com
  7. A Glimpse of the Cosmic Dance – mindfullymusing.com
  8. A Morning Drive (poem) – programminglife.net
  9. All Is As It Should Be – Powerful Steps to a Peaceful Life – inspiremetoday.com
  10. April 2014 Rundown – 263 Links – programminglife.net
  11. Are You Taking Care of Your Inner Garden? – inspiremetoday.com
  12. Be Unreasonable! – inspiremetoday.com
  13. Become Aware – inspiremetoday.com
  14. Befriend Your Fear – It’s More Than You Think – pickthebrain.com
  15. Building a Better Day – thesimpledollar.com
  16. Building a Meaningful Life from the Bottom Up – thesimpledollar.com
  17. Buzzin’ Hive (poem) – programminglife.net
  18. Children Who Shine From Within – handsfreemama.com
  19. Choose to Know and Love Yourself – inspiremetoday.com
  20. Coming Back From a Setback – zenhabits.net
  21. Creativity, Love, & Childish Things – programminglife.net
  22. Dinner Plate (poem) – programminglife.net
  23. Discovering Our Voice Within – mindfullymusing.com
  24. Do Your Own Thing: The Battle of Internal vs External Motivation – 99u.com
  25. Dramatic Change: How My Life Greatly Improved – theordinarybuddha.wordpress.com
  26. FAQ with Deepak: Sleep Versus Meditation and Willpower Over Chocolate – chopra.com
  27. Find Your Fight – competeeveryday.com
  28. Finding the Opportunity Inside the Obstacle – artofmanliness.com
  29. Focusing On What’s In The Glass – inspiremetoday.com
  30. Gene Wilder on Wonka, Acting, and His Mother – mentalfloss.com
  31. Good at the beginning – sethgodin.typepad.com
  32. How Anxiety & Addiction Saved My Life – mindbodygreen.com
  33. How Can I Overcome My Fears? – inspiremetoday.com
  34. How I Kicked Alcoholism – lifehack.org
  35. How to Develop Unwavering Focus (and reclaim your inner warrior) – paidtoexist.com
  36. How to Find Some Direction When You’re Feeling Lost – thechangeblog.com
  37. I Left The Road (poem) – programminglife.net
  38. I Take My Waking Slow – mindfullymusing.com
  39. I Will… – competeeveryday.com
  40. In An Instant – jodichapman.com
  41. Inner Peace: Quotes from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh – themiracleforest.com
  42. I’d Like You To Know – programminglife.net
  43. Kali’s fire, my life, my love. – daniellelaporte.com
  44. Leaning Into the Spirit of Discovery – mindfullymusing.com
  45. Living Your Passion: A Fable – wakeupcloud.com
  46. Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world. – mindfullymusing.com
  47. Manvotional: When Town Life Wearies You — Vacation Planning Advice from 1918 – artofmanliness.com
  48. Maya Angelou Reads “And Still I Rise” – mentalfloss.com
  49. My Fight Against the Dreaded Rut – programminglife.net
  50. My Soul Story – Naomi Goodlet – jodichapman.com
  51. Now Is The Time To Express Your Passion – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  52. One Decision Can Change Everything – inspiremetoday.com
  53. Our Natural State – jodichapman.com
  54. Practice Peace With These Life Tips – positivitytoolbox.net
  55. Quiddity (poem) – programminglife.net
  56. Rolling Around in the “Is-ness” of Life – mindfullymusing.com
  57. Silver Swimmers (poem) – programminglife.net
  58. Sometimes Your Worst Times Become Your Best Times – thechangeblog.com
  59. Surrendering Beyond the Comfort Zone – chopra.com
  60. The Cure For Complacency – paidtoexist.com
  61. The existential crisis (and the other kind) – sethgodin.typepad.com
  62. The First Step For Anything Is This: Show Up – lifelessbullshit.com
  63. The Gift These Gardens Bring – mindfullymusing.com
  64. The Invitation: an inspirational mantra poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – thoughtbrick.com
  65. The Magic of the Moonflower – mindfullymusing.com
  66. The Miracle of Meditation – chopra.com
  67. The One Thing You Need To Win Any Battle In Life – lifehack.org
  68. The Practice of Discovery – mindfullymusing.com
  69. The Quick & Dirty: You Can’t Lead from the Middle – triplepundit.com
  70. The Time Has Come – programminglife.net
  71. The Unexpected Benefit of Being the Worst Yogi in the Room – greatist.com
  72. The Voice of the Soft-Hearted Warrior – mindfullymusing.com
  73. Today I Lived and You Did Too – handsfreemama.com
  74. Turn Inspiration Into Action – zenhabits.net
  75. Warrior Women and the Work of Abigail Pesta – huffingtonpost.com
  76. What 27 Years Of Meditating Has Taught Me About True Happiness – mindbodygreen.com
  77. What To Do When There’s Nothing More You Can Do – danwaldschmidt.com
  78. When It’s Time To Build Something New – thebridgemaker.com
  79. When We Learn to Say ‘Yes’ – mindfullymusing.com
  80. Why Things Have To Get A Little Bit Tougher For You – danwaldschmidt.com
  81. Why We Go – huffingtonpost.com
  82. Why Your Problems Are Not Nearly as Permanent as They Seem – tinybuddha.com
  83. Writing as Medicine – programminglife.net
  84. You Don’t Have to Start Big, You Just Have to Start – lifehacker.com
  85. Your choice – sethgodin.typepad.com
  86. “The Journey” by Mary Oliver – mindfullymusing.com

Affirmations

You must want it, but you must also believe in your wings if you are to fly.

  1. 14 Quotes on Why Solitude is Good and You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed of It – lifehack.org
  2. A Christian Yogi? Correcting the Misapprehensions of Two Spiritual Paths through Balance and Harmony – huffingtonpost.com
  3. A Prayer for Farmers – beliefnet.com
  4. A Reminder That Everything Will Be Ok – mindfullymusing.com
  5. All Things Are Possible – inspiremetoday.com
  6. Are You Willing To Balance Doing With Being? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  7. Become Wise: Accept Your Own Ignorance – themiracleforest.com
  8. Can You Acquire Faith? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  9. Choose to Create Your Dream – inspiremetoday.com
  10. Deepen Your Prayer And See Where Life Takes You – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  11. Dive Deep Into The Stillness – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  12. Don’t Believe Your Fears – inspiremetoday.com
  13. Everything Stops In Order To Keep Going – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  14. Finding Faith At The End Of Our Hope – stevenfurtick.com
  15. Focus And Affirm….Or Release And Detach? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  16. Goddess In The Mirror – beliefnet.com
  17. Helping People… Just For A Little While – programminglife.net
  18. I See Only Love (Free Printable Poster) – jodichapman.com
  19. If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  20. Just Another Name: New Definitions for a New Paradigm – consciouslifenews.com
  21. Kindred Hearts – beliefnet.com
  22. Learning to Walk With God’s Help – beliefnet.com
  23. Living A No-Brainer Life – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  24. Love Begins With Me – beliefnet.com
  25. Love Notes – zenhabits.net
  26. Prayer for Families of the Turkish Miners Who Perished – beliefnet.com
  27. Prayer When You Hit a Dead End Read – beliefnet.com
  28. Recalibrate Your Reality – lifehacker.com
  29. Self Created Heaven and Hell: A Zen Tale – beliefnet.com
  30. Slipping Into The Cosmos – consciouslifenews.com
  31. Sometimes Gratitude Isn’t Enough – thechangeblog.com
  32. Spiritual Transformation – beliefnet.com
  33. Take The High Road To Happiness – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  34. The Next Step In Understanding The Will Of God – stevenfurtick.com
  35. The Power of Forgiveness – penniehunt.com
  36. To Love Yourself “As Is” – handsfreemama.com
  37. Trust In Your Path – inspiremetoday.com
  38. Two Lessons That Bring The Joy Back Into Giving – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  39. Vedanta: Our Path to Freedom – chopra.com
  40. What the Garden Really Needs – mindfullymusing.com
  41. What You Can Learn From Your Inner Child Tantrum… – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  42. What’s Wrong with Our Prayers? Here’s What’s Wrong… – beliefnet.com
  43. Where Happiness Comes From – inspiremetoday.com
  44. Why Centering Prayer Is So Important – beliefnet.com

Individual Improvement

The work of change – the work of cultivation. Wanting and believing are meaningless unless you actually set shoulder to stone.

  1. 10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion – chopra.com
  2. 4 Sneaky Unknown Secrets For Eating Less – dumblittleman.com
  3. 5 Step Challenge for Inner Peace and Resiliency – inspir3.com
  4. 5 Unusual Ways to Meditate for Simple Daily De-stressing – tinybuddha.com
  5. 6 Every-Day Movements You’re Doing Wrong (And How to Fix Them) – ajwalton.com
  6. 6 Secrets to Moving On From Serious Struggles – tinybuddha.com
  7. 6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home – chopra.com
  8. 8 Tips For Becoming an Early Riser – ajwalton.com
  9. 9 Spiritual Principles To Make You More Creative – mindbodygreen.com
  10. 9 Steps to Heal a Hurt Relationship – inspir3.com
  11. A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism – zenhabits.net
  12. A Live More/Love More Summer: Getting Back to What Matters Most – handsfreemama.com
  13. A Rant Against Life Purpose – programminglife.net
  14. Are You Selling Yourself Short? Here Are the Causes and Ways to Heal – simonarich.com
  15. Are You Singing Your Own Song Or Dancing To Another Tune? – serenereflection.wordpress.com
  16. Are You Surrounded By Idiots? Real Talk: You’re the Jerk, Not Them. – 99u.com
  17. Are You Working? – programminglife.net
  18. Avoid “Zero Days” to Form Better Habits – lifehacker.com
  19. Be optimistic – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  20. Be The Crowd You Wish You Had – danwaldschmidt.com
  21. Change Your Life, 13 Minutes at a Time – lifelessbullshit.com
  22. Choose the Right Form of Meditation for Your Needs – lifehacker.com
  23. Cognitive load – sethgodin.typepad.com
  24. Confession: I Want You to Like Me – paidtoexist.com
  25. Creating a Lovely Morning – zenhabits.net
  26. Cultivating Happy Relationships – programminglife.net
  27. Cultivating Happy Work – programminglife.net
  28. Dampened Fire Sticks – programminglife.net
  29. Dealing with criticism: 5 effective solutions – thoughtbrick.com
  30. Do You Agree with Tolstoy’s Rules of Life? – gretchenrubin.com
  31. Do You Procrastinate? Maybe It’s A Form Of Wisdom – mindbodygreen.com
  32. Do You Teach People To Treat You With Love? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  33. Don’t Give Up on an Idea Because It’s “Bad,” Iterate it Instead – lifehacker.com
  34. Don’t Miss the Signs – huffingtonpost.com
  35. Embrace Constraints – 99u.com
  36. Embracing Change When It Challenges Your Identity – tinybuddha.com
  37. Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values – theemotionmachine.com
  38. Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap – 99u.com
  39. Fast, easy, guaranteed – sethgodin.typepad.com
  40. Fasting For Two Days Could Regenerate the Immune System, According To Research – consciouslifenews.com
  41. Finding Daily Moments of Joy – inspiremetoday.com
  42. Finding Your Blind-Spots – inspiremetoday.com
  43. Five Ways to Meddle with Memory – scientificamerican.com
  44. Flavorless: My Month of Food Boringness – zenhabits.net
  45. Four Agreements for Warriors, Magicians, & Mystics – programminglife.net
  46. Four Questions You Need To Ask Yourself (Right Now) – lifelessbullshit.com
  47. Freedom from the Cycle of Resolutions – programminglife.net
  48. How Changing My Expectations Increased My Happiness – thechangeblog.com
  49. How Food Sensitivities Affect Behavior – wellnessmama.com
  50. How I Leaned In To My Eating Disorder & Made Peace With My Plate – mindbodygreen.com
  51. How Meditation Helped Me Deal With Loneliness – mindbodygreen.com
  52. How mindfulness is helping me with a debilitating illness: my story – thoughtbrick.com
  53. How Self-Awareness Makes A Leader Successful – lifehack.org
  54. How to Actually Keep Calm and Carry On – 99u.com
  55. How to ask for what you want – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  56. How to Catch Yourself When You Stumble or Fall – thechangeblog.com
  57. How To Cope When Your Partner Has Depression Or Anxiety – mindbodygreen.com
  58. How To Effectively Deal With An Anxiety Disorder – mindbodygreen.com
  59. How to Find Happiness in Simple Things – simonarich.com
  60. How to Free Yourself From Repressed Emotions – consciouslifenews.com
  61. How to Get to the Shore When You’re Drowning in Pain – tinybuddha.com
  62. How To Supercharge Your Meditation Sessions – pickthebrain.com
  63. How to Turn Your Black Thumb Green – wisebread.com
  64. How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation – mindbodygreen.com
  65. How We Make Progress – anniemurphypaul.com
  66. Inflammation Reduced with Behavioral Training – scientificamerican.com
  67. Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – inspir3.com
  68. Maintaining Professional Bridges – thesimpledollar.com
  69. Making My Wants Few – thesimpledollar.com
  70. Making Room for Loss – inspiremetoday.com
  71. Marie Wilson: Create First, Edit Later – 99u.com
  72. Master the Art of Small Talk with Strangers to Be Happier – lifehacker.com
  73. Money and Your Path With a Heart – stevepavlina.com
  74. My Struggles with Eating Boring Food – zenhabits.net
  75. No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids – zenhabits.net
  76. No is essential – sethgodin.typepad.com
  77. Old-Timers and Cicadas – programminglife.net
  78. On the Seventh Day, We Unplug: How and Why to Take a Tech Sabbath – artofmanliness.com
  79. Our Journey Into the Divine – mindfullymusing.com
  80. Overcome Procrastination With Mindful Movement – ajwalton.com
  81. Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Addiction – tinybuddha.com
  82. Pain is Part of Being Human: 4 Lessons to Help Reduce Suffering – tinybuddha.com
  83. Paint Understands – Using Art to Express the Unbearable – thechangeblog.com
  84. Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent – zenhabits.net
  85. Productivity through small positive actions – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  86. Progressive Relaxation Exercise – theemotionmachine.com
  87. Recognise the positives – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  88. Remember “RAIN” When You Feel Overwhelmed – lifehacker.com
  89. Resting in the River – A Lesson from Plum Village – mindfullymusing.com
  90. Review: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – simonarich.com
  91. School of HP: A 5-minute Shower Meditation – inspiremetoday.com
  92. Searching for Your Next Step: How to Deal When You’re “In Between” – tinybuddha.com
  93. Small differences, looming large – sethgodin.typepad.com
  94. Small Thinking and Spiritual Truths – programminglife.net
  95. Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days – spring.org.uk
  96. Solving the Mystery of Letting Go – inspiremetoday.com
  97. Speed Of Recovery – How To Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down – ajwalton.com
  98. Spending Time, Spending Money – thesimpledollar.com
  99. Stay Optimistic by Focusing on the Journey, Not the Goal – lifehacker.com
  100. Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy – inspiremetoday.com
  101. Struggling With Procrastination? Try This. – lifelessbullshit.com
  102. The 10 Most Powerful Mind Hacks to Maintain a Great Emotional State at Any Time – lifehack.org
  103. The 12 Stages of Burnout – 99u.com
  104. The 3 Obstacles to Doing Epic Deeds and How to Overcome Them – artofmanliness.com
  105. The Art of Listening Completely – mindfullymusing.com
  106. The Cost of Decompression – thesimpledollar.com
  107. The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons – zenhabits.net
  108. The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes – zenhabits.net
  109. The Habit of our Emotions – mindfullymusing.com
  110. The Lesson of the Little Red Balloon – mindfullymusing.com
  111. The Letting Go Ebook, Free – zenhabits.net
  112. The Mindbus Technique: A Visualization for Defusing Negative Thoughts – theemotionmachine.com
  113. The Most Important #Advice I Ever Received Was From A #HomelessMan – twowisegals.wordpress.com
  114. The Power of Meaning (and Applying It to What Really Matters) – huffingtonpost.com
  115. The Problem With “Boot Camp”-Style Learning – anniemurphypaul.com
  116. The Purge, The Splurge, and Back Again – thesimpledollar.com
  117. The Seduction of Illusion – mindfullymusing.com
  118. The short game, the long game and the infinite game – sethgodin.typepad.com
  119. The tyranny of lowest price – sethgodin.typepad.com
  120. There Is No “Magic Bullet” – thesimpledollar.com
  121. These 5 Every Day Distractions Will Suck Your Life Away if You Let Them – dumblittleman.com
  122. These Are The Times When You Should Not Say Anything – lifehack.org
  123. Three Quick Lessons from the California Fires – programminglife.net
  124. Three Ways You Can Tell It’s Time to Upskill – pickthebrain.com
  125. Tips On Detaching From Our Children’s Drama – beliefnet.com
  126. Tolstoy on What Makes “Real” Art: Infectiousness – 99u.com
  127. Top 15 Personal Development Blogs By Women – ajwalton.com
  128. Treating people with kindness – sethgodin.typepad.com
  129. Vincent van Gogh & the Importance of Doing – 99u.com
  130. Want To Improve Your Life? Try A Device-Free Day – mindbodygreen.com
  131. What Has Left an Imprint on Your Soul? – huffingtonpost.com
  132. What is the Meaning of Letting Go? – lookwithinyou.com
  133. What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed – chrisguillebeau.com
  134. Where Haters Can’t Tread – handsfreemama.com
  135. Why A Mala Will Rock Your Meditation Practice – mindbodygreen.com
  136. Why Overeaters Anonymous Didn’t Work For Me – mindbodygreen.com
  137. Why We Have Regret – zenhabits.net
  138. Why You Should Break Up With Processed Foods Forever – mindbodygreen.com
  139. Why You Should Stop Planning and Embrace Uncertainty – lifehack.org
  140. Why You Should Try Growing A Compassion Garden – mindbodygreen.com
  141. You Don’t Need the Latest App – 99u.com

Community Awareness

Last but certainly not least, we live in a community – and it’s important to know what battles must be fought.

  1. 600,000 African citizens call on leaders to invest in agriculture – one.org
  2. A meat giant gobbles up another meat giant – grist.org
  3. A Symbolic Victory for People Power in Ireland – huffingtonpost.com
  4. Arrest of Human Rights Advocate, Rodrigo Diamanti, Magnifies Abuses in Venezuela – huffingtonpost.com
  5. Big Tobacco’s Secret Workforce: Child Farm Workers – thinkprogress.org
  6. California Assembly Passes Historic Law to Remove Plastic Microbeads from Personal Care Products – ecowatch.com
  7. Cheat Fresh: Subway Is The Biggest Fast Food Wage Thief – thinkprogress.org
  8. Chicago Sues Big Pharma For Helping Cause Epidemic Levels Of Prescription Drug Abuse – thinkprogress.org
  9. Coca-Cola Removes Controversial Flame Retardant Chemical From Its Powerade Drinks – thinkprogress.org
  10. Dealing with Your Highly Sensitive Spouse – inspir3.com
  11. Dearly Beloved – positive-affirmation.tumblr.com
  12. EPA Launches the Process to Protect Bristol Bay – worldwildlife.org
  13. Fast food workers in 150 cities launch biggest strike in industry history – wagingnonviolence.org
  14. GMO companies are dousing Hawaiian island with toxic pesticides – grist.org
  15. How are You “There” for Someone Else? – inspir3.com
  16. How Do I Persuade Someone to Seek Professional Help? – lifehacker.com
  17. Human Feast (poem) – programminglife.net
  18. Hundreds of thousands of travelers urged to boycott Botswana – survivalinternational.org
  19. India: tribes face harassment and eviction for “tiger conservation” – survivalinternational.org
  20. Indianapolis Will Give All Students Free Breakfast And Lunch – thinkprogress.org
  21. Judge Rules Exxon Must Face Negligence Lawsuit Over 210,000-Gallon Oil Spill – thinkprogress.org
  22. Local to the extreme: This project puts the farm right in the grocery store – grist.org
  23. More Than 20,000 Evacuated As California Spring Turns To Summer Of Fire – thinkprogress.org
  24. Naughty or Nice? When Does It Begin? – scientificamerican.com
  25. Oregon county bans GMO crops – grist.org
  26. Prayer for an Unknown Person – beliefnet.com
  27. Raising Kids To Know It’s Ok To Be Different – beliefnet.com
  28. Record-Breaking Heat Grips India, Causing Blackouts And Riots – thinkprogress.org
  29. Reindeer herders take on Russian oil-giant as tribal rights in Siberia weakened – survivalinternational.org
  30. Seeing the World Through Loving Eyes – inspiremetoday.com
  31. Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Bigger – anniemurphypaul.com
  32. The Dark Side of Brazil: Police teargas Indians at anti-World Cup protest – survivalinternational.org
  33. The Importance of Community – mindfullymusing.com
  34. The quiet emergency – one.org
  35. The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare) – consciouslifenews.com
  36. To Build (or Break) a Child’s Spirit – handsfreemama.com
  37. We’re Not Against Each Other: Choosing Cooperation Over Competition – tinybuddha.com
  38. WHO declares spread of polio a public health emergency – one.org
  39. Why You Should Build a Frugal Community — and How to Do It – wisebread.com
  40. Why You Should Care That Minnesota Just Cracked Down On Antibacterial Soap – thinkprogress.org
  41. You’re Probably Doing It Wrong If You’ve Never Pissed Off Anyone – lifehack.org

Previous Rundowns

Almost every day, I share my favorite articles from around the web on the home page. At each month’s end (except last month), I roll them up for a powerful resource to help you in the cultivation of happiness.

When you’ve got some downtime or feel a little blue, come on back – there’s enough heart in these links to brighten any day. If you know of another website that deserves to be here, please let me know.


10 Highlights from May & June 2014

I enjoyed all the articles here, and think they’ll all help you. Nevertheless, some of them deserve special mention.

  1. Children Who Shine From Within – handsfreemama.com
  2. How to Develop Unwavering Focus (and reclaim your inner warrior) – paidtoexist.com
  3. Maya Angelou Reads “And Still I Rise” – mentalfloss.com
  4. The Invitation: an inspirational mantra poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – thoughtbrick.com
  5. The Magic of the Moonflower – mindfullymusing.com
  6. Everything Stops In Order To Keep Going – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  7. Self Created Heaven and Hell: A Zen Tale – beliefnet.com
  8. A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism – zenhabits.net
  9. Change Your Life, 13 Minutes at a Time – lifelessbullshit.com
  10. Dampened Fire Sticks – programminglife.net (my favorite of my posts… maybe)

Inspirations

Sometimes we just need to gaze up into the stars before we continue. Inspiration is the desire for change, it’s the first step of every journey.

  1. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” – mindfullymusing.com
  2. 19 Inspiring Quotes About Happiness From Bruce Lee – ajwalton.com
  3. 25 calming meditation quotes to help clear your mind – thoughtbrick.com
  4. 9 Seneca Quotes That Might Be the Lift You Need – lifehack.org
  5. A Buddhist’s Awakening: The Story of the Moon Upon a Single Blade of Grass – mindfullymusing.com
  6. A Call To Doing It Your Way – paidtoexist.com
  7. A Glimpse of the Cosmic Dance – mindfullymusing.com
  8. A Morning Drive (poem) – programminglife.net
  9. All Is As It Should Be – Powerful Steps to a Peaceful Life – inspiremetoday.com
  10. April 2014 Rundown – 263 Links – programminglife.net
  11. Are You Taking Care of Your Inner Garden? – inspiremetoday.com
  12. Be Unreasonable! – inspiremetoday.com
  13. Become Aware – inspiremetoday.com
  14. Befriend Your Fear – It’s More Than You Think – pickthebrain.com
  15. Building a Better Day – thesimpledollar.com
  16. Building a Meaningful Life from the Bottom Up – thesimpledollar.com
  17. Buzzin’ Hive (poem) – programminglife.net
  18. Children Who Shine From Within – handsfreemama.com
  19. Choose to Know and Love Yourself – inspiremetoday.com
  20. Coming Back From a Setback – zenhabits.net
  21. Creativity, Love, & Childish Things – programminglife.net
  22. Dinner Plate (poem) – programminglife.net
  23. Discovering Our Voice Within – mindfullymusing.com
  24. Do Your Own Thing: The Battle of Internal vs External Motivation – 99u.com
  25. Dramatic Change: How My Life Greatly Improved – theordinarybuddha.wordpress.com
  26. FAQ with Deepak: Sleep Versus Meditation and Willpower Over Chocolate – chopra.com
  27. Find Your Fight – competeeveryday.com
  28. Finding the Opportunity Inside the Obstacle – artofmanliness.com
  29. Focusing On What’s In The Glass – inspiremetoday.com
  30. Gene Wilder on Wonka, Acting, and His Mother – mentalfloss.com
  31. Good at the beginning – sethgodin.typepad.com
  32. How Anxiety & Addiction Saved My Life – mindbodygreen.com
  33. How Can I Overcome My Fears? – inspiremetoday.com
  34. How I Kicked Alcoholism – lifehack.org
  35. How to Develop Unwavering Focus (and reclaim your inner warrior) – paidtoexist.com
  36. How to Find Some Direction When You’re Feeling Lost – thechangeblog.com
  37. I Left The Road (poem) – programminglife.net
  38. I Take My Waking Slow – mindfullymusing.com
  39. I Will… – competeeveryday.com
  40. In An Instant – jodichapman.com
  41. Inner Peace: Quotes from Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh – themiracleforest.com
  42. I’d Like You To Know – programminglife.net
  43. Kali’s fire, my life, my love. – daniellelaporte.com
  44. Leaning Into the Spirit of Discovery – mindfullymusing.com
  45. Living Your Passion: A Fable – wakeupcloud.com
  46. Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world. – mindfullymusing.com
  47. Manvotional: When Town Life Wearies You — Vacation Planning Advice from 1918 – artofmanliness.com
  48. Maya Angelou Reads “And Still I Rise” – mentalfloss.com
  49. My Fight Against the Dreaded Rut – programminglife.net
  50. My Soul Story – Naomi Goodlet – jodichapman.com
  51. Now Is The Time To Express Your Passion – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  52. One Decision Can Change Everything – inspiremetoday.com
  53. Our Natural State – jodichapman.com
  54. Practice Peace With These Life Tips – positivitytoolbox.net
  55. Quiddity (poem) – programminglife.net
  56. Rolling Around in the “Is-ness” of Life – mindfullymusing.com
  57. Silver Swimmers (poem) – programminglife.net
  58. Sometimes Your Worst Times Become Your Best Times – thechangeblog.com
  59. Surrendering Beyond the Comfort Zone – chopra.com
  60. The Cure For Complacency – paidtoexist.com
  61. The existential crisis (and the other kind) – sethgodin.typepad.com
  62. The First Step For Anything Is This: Show Up – lifelessbullshit.com
  63. The Gift These Gardens Bring – mindfullymusing.com
  64. The Invitation: an inspirational mantra poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – thoughtbrick.com
  65. The Magic of the Moonflower – mindfullymusing.com
  66. The Miracle of Meditation – chopra.com
  67. The One Thing You Need To Win Any Battle In Life – lifehack.org
  68. The Practice of Discovery – mindfullymusing.com
  69. The Quick & Dirty: You Can’t Lead from the Middle – triplepundit.com
  70. The Time Has Come – programminglife.net
  71. The Unexpected Benefit of Being the Worst Yogi in the Room – greatist.com
  72. The Voice of the Soft-Hearted Warrior – mindfullymusing.com
  73. Today I Lived and You Did Too – handsfreemama.com
  74. Turn Inspiration Into Action – zenhabits.net
  75. Warrior Women and the Work of Abigail Pesta – huffingtonpost.com
  76. What 27 Years Of Meditating Has Taught Me About True Happiness – mindbodygreen.com
  77. What To Do When There’s Nothing More You Can Do – danwaldschmidt.com
  78. When It’s Time To Build Something New – thebridgemaker.com
  79. When We Learn to Say ‘Yes’ – mindfullymusing.com
  80. Why Things Have To Get A Little Bit Tougher For You – danwaldschmidt.com
  81. Why We Go – huffingtonpost.com
  82. Why Your Problems Are Not Nearly as Permanent as They Seem – tinybuddha.com
  83. Writing as Medicine – programminglife.net
  84. You Don’t Have to Start Big, You Just Have to Start – lifehacker.com
  85. Your choice – sethgodin.typepad.com
  86. “The Journey” by Mary Oliver – mindfullymusing.com

Affirmations

You must want it, but you must also believe in your wings if you are to fly.

  1. 14 Quotes on Why Solitude is Good and You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed of It – lifehack.org
  2. A Christian Yogi? Correcting the Misapprehensions of Two Spiritual Paths through Balance and Harmony – huffingtonpost.com
  3. A Prayer for Farmers – beliefnet.com
  4. A Reminder That Everything Will Be Ok – mindfullymusing.com
  5. All Things Are Possible – inspiremetoday.com
  6. Are You Willing To Balance Doing With Being? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  7. Become Wise: Accept Your Own Ignorance – themiracleforest.com
  8. Can You Acquire Faith? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  9. Choose to Create Your Dream – inspiremetoday.com
  10. Deepen Your Prayer And See Where Life Takes You – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  11. Dive Deep Into The Stillness – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  12. Don’t Believe Your Fears – inspiremetoday.com
  13. Everything Stops In Order To Keep Going – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  14. Finding Faith At The End Of Our Hope – stevenfurtick.com
  15. Focus And Affirm….Or Release And Detach? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  16. Goddess In The Mirror – beliefnet.com
  17. Helping People… Just For A Little While – programminglife.net
  18. I See Only Love (Free Printable Poster) – jodichapman.com
  19. If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  20. Just Another Name: New Definitions for a New Paradigm – consciouslifenews.com
  21. Kindred Hearts – beliefnet.com
  22. Learning to Walk With God’s Help – beliefnet.com
  23. Living A No-Brainer Life – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  24. Love Begins With Me – beliefnet.com
  25. Love Notes – zenhabits.net
  26. Prayer for Families of the Turkish Miners Who Perished – beliefnet.com
  27. Prayer When You Hit a Dead End Read – beliefnet.com
  28. Recalibrate Your Reality – lifehacker.com
  29. Self Created Heaven and Hell: A Zen Tale – beliefnet.com
  30. Slipping Into The Cosmos – consciouslifenews.com
  31. Sometimes Gratitude Isn’t Enough – thechangeblog.com
  32. Spiritual Transformation – beliefnet.com
  33. Take The High Road To Happiness – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  34. The Next Step In Understanding The Will Of God – stevenfurtick.com
  35. The Power of Forgiveness – penniehunt.com
  36. To Love Yourself “As Is” – handsfreemama.com
  37. Trust In Your Path – inspiremetoday.com
  38. Two Lessons That Bring The Joy Back Into Giving – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  39. Vedanta: Our Path to Freedom – chopra.com
  40. What the Garden Really Needs – mindfullymusing.com
  41. What You Can Learn From Your Inner Child Tantrum… – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  42. What’s Wrong with Our Prayers? Here’s What’s Wrong… – beliefnet.com
  43. Where Happiness Comes From – inspiremetoday.com
  44. Why Centering Prayer Is So Important – beliefnet.com

Individual Improvement

The work of change – the work of cultivation. Wanting and believing are meaningless unless you actually set shoulder to stone.

  1. 10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion – chopra.com
  2. 4 Sneaky Unknown Secrets For Eating Less – dumblittleman.com
  3. 5 Step Challenge for Inner Peace and Resiliency – inspir3.com
  4. 5 Unusual Ways to Meditate for Simple Daily De-stressing – tinybuddha.com
  5. 6 Every-Day Movements You’re Doing Wrong (And How to Fix Them) – ajwalton.com
  6. 6 Secrets to Moving On From Serious Struggles – tinybuddha.com
  7. 6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home – chopra.com
  8. 8 Tips For Becoming an Early Riser – ajwalton.com
  9. 9 Spiritual Principles To Make You More Creative – mindbodygreen.com
  10. 9 Steps to Heal a Hurt Relationship – inspir3.com
  11. A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism – zenhabits.net
  12. A Live More/Love More Summer: Getting Back to What Matters Most – handsfreemama.com
  13. A Rant Against Life Purpose – programminglife.net
  14. Are You Selling Yourself Short? Here Are the Causes and Ways to Heal – simonarich.com
  15. Are You Singing Your Own Song Or Dancing To Another Tune? – serenereflection.wordpress.com
  16. Are You Surrounded By Idiots? Real Talk: You’re the Jerk, Not Them. – 99u.com
  17. Are You Working? – programminglife.net
  18. Avoid “Zero Days” to Form Better Habits – lifehacker.com
  19. Be optimistic – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  20. Be The Crowd You Wish You Had – danwaldschmidt.com
  21. Change Your Life, 13 Minutes at a Time – lifelessbullshit.com
  22. Choose the Right Form of Meditation for Your Needs – lifehacker.com
  23. Cognitive load – sethgodin.typepad.com
  24. Confession: I Want You to Like Me – paidtoexist.com
  25. Creating a Lovely Morning – zenhabits.net
  26. Cultivating Happy Relationships – programminglife.net
  27. Cultivating Happy Work – programminglife.net
  28. Dampened Fire Sticks – programminglife.net
  29. Dealing with criticism: 5 effective solutions – thoughtbrick.com
  30. Do You Agree with Tolstoy’s Rules of Life? – gretchenrubin.com
  31. Do You Procrastinate? Maybe It’s A Form Of Wisdom – mindbodygreen.com
  32. Do You Teach People To Treat You With Love? – intentionsdaily.blogspot.com
  33. Don’t Give Up on an Idea Because It’s “Bad,” Iterate it Instead – lifehacker.com
  34. Don’t Miss the Signs – huffingtonpost.com
  35. Embrace Constraints – 99u.com
  36. Embracing Change When It Challenges Your Identity – tinybuddha.com
  37. Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values – theemotionmachine.com
  38. Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap – 99u.com
  39. Fast, easy, guaranteed – sethgodin.typepad.com
  40. Fasting For Two Days Could Regenerate the Immune System, According To Research – consciouslifenews.com
  41. Finding Daily Moments of Joy – inspiremetoday.com
  42. Finding Your Blind-Spots – inspiremetoday.com
  43. Five Ways to Meddle with Memory – scientificamerican.com
  44. Flavorless: My Month of Food Boringness – zenhabits.net
  45. Four Agreements for Warriors, Magicians, & Mystics – programminglife.net
  46. Four Questions You Need To Ask Yourself (Right Now) – lifelessbullshit.com
  47. Freedom from the Cycle of Resolutions – programminglife.net
  48. How Changing My Expectations Increased My Happiness – thechangeblog.com
  49. How Food Sensitivities Affect Behavior – wellnessmama.com
  50. How I Leaned In To My Eating Disorder & Made Peace With My Plate – mindbodygreen.com
  51. How Meditation Helped Me Deal With Loneliness – mindbodygreen.com
  52. How mindfulness is helping me with a debilitating illness: my story – thoughtbrick.com
  53. How Self-Awareness Makes A Leader Successful – lifehack.org
  54. How to Actually Keep Calm and Carry On – 99u.com
  55. How to ask for what you want – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  56. How to Catch Yourself When You Stumble or Fall – thechangeblog.com
  57. How To Cope When Your Partner Has Depression Or Anxiety – mindbodygreen.com
  58. How To Effectively Deal With An Anxiety Disorder – mindbodygreen.com
  59. How to Find Happiness in Simple Things – simonarich.com
  60. How to Free Yourself From Repressed Emotions – consciouslifenews.com
  61. How to Get to the Shore When You’re Drowning in Pain – tinybuddha.com
  62. How To Supercharge Your Meditation Sessions – pickthebrain.com
  63. How to Turn Your Black Thumb Green – wisebread.com
  64. How To Turn Your Run Into A Meditation – mindbodygreen.com
  65. How We Make Progress – anniemurphypaul.com
  66. Inflammation Reduced with Behavioral Training – scientificamerican.com
  67. Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places – inspir3.com
  68. Maintaining Professional Bridges – thesimpledollar.com
  69. Making My Wants Few – thesimpledollar.com
  70. Making Room for Loss – inspiremetoday.com
  71. Marie Wilson: Create First, Edit Later – 99u.com
  72. Master the Art of Small Talk with Strangers to Be Happier – lifehacker.com
  73. Money and Your Path With a Heart – stevepavlina.com
  74. My Struggles with Eating Boring Food – zenhabits.net
  75. No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids – zenhabits.net
  76. No is essential – sethgodin.typepad.com
  77. Old-Timers and Cicadas – programminglife.net
  78. On the Seventh Day, We Unplug: How and Why to Take a Tech Sabbath – artofmanliness.com
  79. Our Journey Into the Divine – mindfullymusing.com
  80. Overcome Procrastination With Mindful Movement – ajwalton.com
  81. Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Addiction – tinybuddha.com
  82. Pain is Part of Being Human: 4 Lessons to Help Reduce Suffering – tinybuddha.com
  83. Paint Understands – Using Art to Express the Unbearable – thechangeblog.com
  84. Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent – zenhabits.net
  85. Productivity through small positive actions – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  86. Progressive Relaxation Exercise – theemotionmachine.com
  87. Recognise the positives – coachingpositiveperformance.com
  88. Remember “RAIN” When You Feel Overwhelmed – lifehacker.com
  89. Resting in the River – A Lesson from Plum Village – mindfullymusing.com
  90. Review: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – simonarich.com
  91. School of HP: A 5-minute Shower Meditation – inspiremetoday.com
  92. Searching for Your Next Step: How to Deal When You’re “In Between” – tinybuddha.com
  93. Small differences, looming large – sethgodin.typepad.com
  94. Small Thinking and Spiritual Truths – programminglife.net
  95. Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days – spring.org.uk
  96. Solving the Mystery of Letting Go – inspiremetoday.com
  97. Speed Of Recovery – How To Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down – ajwalton.com
  98. Spending Time, Spending Money – thesimpledollar.com
  99. Stay Optimistic by Focusing on the Journey, Not the Goal – lifehacker.com
  100. Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy – inspiremetoday.com
  101. Struggling With Procrastination? Try This. – lifelessbullshit.com
  102. The 10 Most Powerful Mind Hacks to Maintain a Great Emotional State at Any Time – lifehack.org
  103. The 12 Stages of Burnout – 99u.com
  104. The 3 Obstacles to Doing Epic Deeds and How to Overcome Them – artofmanliness.com
  105. The Art of Listening Completely – mindfullymusing.com
  106. The Cost of Decompression – thesimpledollar.com
  107. The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons – zenhabits.net
  108. The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes – zenhabits.net
  109. The Habit of our Emotions – mindfullymusing.com
  110. The Lesson of the Little Red Balloon – mindfullymusing.com
  111. The Letting Go Ebook, Free – zenhabits.net
  112. The Mindbus Technique: A Visualization for Defusing Negative Thoughts – theemotionmachine.com
  113. The Most Important #Advice I Ever Received Was From A #HomelessMan – twowisegals.wordpress.com
  114. The Power of Meaning (and Applying It to What Really Matters) – huffingtonpost.com
  115. The Problem With “Boot Camp”-Style Learning – anniemurphypaul.com
  116. The Purge, The Splurge, and Back Again – thesimpledollar.com
  117. The Seduction of Illusion – mindfullymusing.com
  118. The short game, the long game and the infinite game – sethgodin.typepad.com
  119. The tyranny of lowest price – sethgodin.typepad.com
  120. There Is No “Magic Bullet” – thesimpledollar.com
  121. These 5 Every Day Distractions Will Suck Your Life Away if You Let Them – dumblittleman.com
  122. These Are The Times When You Should Not Say Anything – lifehack.org
  123. Three Quick Lessons from the California Fires – programminglife.net
  124. Three Ways You Can Tell It’s Time to Upskill – pickthebrain.com
  125. Tips On Detaching From Our Children’s Drama – beliefnet.com
  126. Tolstoy on What Makes “Real” Art: Infectiousness – 99u.com
  127. Top 15 Personal Development Blogs By Women – ajwalton.com
  128. Treating people with kindness – sethgodin.typepad.com
  129. Vincent van Gogh & the Importance of Doing – 99u.com
  130. Want To Improve Your Life? Try A Device-Free Day – mindbodygreen.com
  131. What Has Left an Imprint on Your Soul? – huffingtonpost.com
  132. What is the Meaning of Letting Go? – lookwithinyou.com
  133. What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed – chrisguillebeau.com
  134. Where Haters Can’t Tread – handsfreemama.com
  135. Why A Mala Will Rock Your Meditation Practice – mindbodygreen.com
  136. Why Overeaters Anonymous Didn’t Work For Me – mindbodygreen.com
  137. Why We Have Regret – zenhabits.net
  138. Why You Should Break Up With Processed Foods Forever – mindbodygreen.com
  139. Why You Should Stop Planning and Embrace Uncertainty – lifehack.org
  140. Why You Should Try Growing A Compassion Garden – mindbodygreen.com
  141. You Don’t Need the Latest App – 99u.com

Community Awareness

Last but certainly not least, we live in a community – and it’s important to know what battles must be fought.

  1. 600,000 African citizens call on leaders to invest in agriculture – one.org
  2. A meat giant gobbles up another meat giant – grist.org
  3. A Symbolic Victory for People Power in Ireland – huffingtonpost.com
  4. Arrest of Human Rights Advocate, Rodrigo Diamanti, Magnifies Abuses in Venezuela – huffingtonpost.com
  5. Big Tobacco’s Secret Workforce: Child Farm Workers – thinkprogress.org
  6. California Assembly Passes Historic Law to Remove Plastic Microbeads from Personal Care Products – ecowatch.com
  7. Cheat Fresh: Subway Is The Biggest Fast Food Wage Thief – thinkprogress.org
  8. Chicago Sues Big Pharma For Helping Cause Epidemic Levels Of Prescription Drug Abuse – thinkprogress.org
  9. Coca-Cola Removes Controversial Flame Retardant Chemical From Its Powerade Drinks – thinkprogress.org
  10. Dealing with Your Highly Sensitive Spouse – inspir3.com
  11. Dearly Beloved – positive-affirmation.tumblr.com
  12. EPA Launches the Process to Protect Bristol Bay – worldwildlife.org
  13. Fast food workers in 150 cities launch biggest strike in industry history – wagingnonviolence.org
  14. GMO companies are dousing Hawaiian island with toxic pesticides – grist.org
  15. How are You “There” for Someone Else? – inspir3.com
  16. How Do I Persuade Someone to Seek Professional Help? – lifehacker.com
  17. Human Feast (poem) – programminglife.net
  18. Hundreds of thousands of travelers urged to boycott Botswana – survivalinternational.org
  19. India: tribes face harassment and eviction for “tiger conservation” – survivalinternational.org
  20. Indianapolis Will Give All Students Free Breakfast And Lunch – thinkprogress.org
  21. Judge Rules Exxon Must Face Negligence Lawsuit Over 210,000-Gallon Oil Spill – thinkprogress.org
  22. Local to the extreme: This project puts the farm right in the grocery store – grist.org
  23. More Than 20,000 Evacuated As California Spring Turns To Summer Of Fire – thinkprogress.org
  24. Naughty or Nice? When Does It Begin? – scientificamerican.com
  25. Oregon county bans GMO crops – grist.org
  26. Prayer for an Unknown Person – beliefnet.com
  27. Raising Kids To Know It’s Ok To Be Different – beliefnet.com
  28. Record-Breaking Heat Grips India, Causing Blackouts And Riots – thinkprogress.org
  29. Reindeer herders take on Russian oil-giant as tribal rights in Siberia weakened – survivalinternational.org
  30. Seeing the World Through Loving Eyes – inspiremetoday.com
  31. Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Bigger – anniemurphypaul.com
  32. The Dark Side of Brazil: Police teargas Indians at anti-World Cup protest – survivalinternational.org
  33. The Importance of Community – mindfullymusing.com
  34. The quiet emergency – one.org
  35. The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare) – consciouslifenews.com
  36. To Build (or Break) a Child’s Spirit – handsfreemama.com
  37. We’re Not Against Each Other: Choosing Cooperation Over Competition – tinybuddha.com
  38. WHO declares spread of polio a public health emergency – one.org
  39. Why You Should Build a Frugal Community — and How to Do It – wisebread.com
  40. Why You Should Care That Minnesota Just Cracked Down On Antibacterial Soap – thinkprogress.org
  41. You’re Probably Doing It Wrong If You’ve Never Pissed Off Anyone – lifehack.org

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  1. Matt,

    These are awesome! I love that you take the time to put these together, and honored to be a part of it.

    • Matt says:

      I’m glad you like them! And of course, Tracy, your counsel is wise and I look forward to your posts – the honor is mine. 🙂 Blessings.

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