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Hi Lori. We have read and talked about the same St. Nicholas story with our children. And while we do let our kids enjoy the magic, we remind them that the magic of these Christmas stories is simply a mirror for what they represent. We talk about St. Nick and his legacy. Which of course, leads us to talk about why gifts matter. We believe God gave us a gift, which St. Nick reflected in his own life. And our fun stories of Santa on television are really just mirroring that. Though, I much prefer "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to the claymation stories. :) 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on A Different Santa Claus Story

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@Lori @Bryan Thompson I love the old George Carlin quote: "...People who read self help books....if you're looking for self-help, why would you read a book written by somebody else? That's not self-help, THAT'S HELP! There's no such thing as self-help. If you did it yourself, YOU DIDN'T NEED HELP! You did it yourself! Try and pay attention to the language we've all agreed on!" :) // Off-topic but the picture of the books made me think of it.

9 months, 1 week ago on Is Your Brain on Cruise Control?

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Hi Lori. The picture of all the brain-help books you posted drew me in on my email this morning. Turns out your content was about something different, but I enjoyed it. I have to admit, sometimes my brain is indeed on cruise control. I can't remember the last number besides my wife's that I actually knew by heart. What's more, as my kids grow, it's crucial they remember those critical numbers for safety - "No matter what happens, you can cal XXX-XXX-XXXX from any phone to reach me." Or the standard "911" emergency calls. Not something we want to take for granted. Appreciated this. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Is Your Brain on Cruise Control?

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You have to copy the entire link - the link gods cut the hyperlink off. :)

12 months ago on Why it’s Hard to Be In The Moment

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Hi Lori. This reminds me of a Jon McLaughlin song that says "There are times every now and then, I forget why I'm breathing out and why I'm breathing in // I get so sick with the little things, I can't relax when they're happening 'til I know what it means" (Here's the song: http://grooveshark.com/s/Beating+My+Heart/4wBepl?src=5). 

It IS hard to live in the moment. There are so many scriptures and holy texts from all world religions telling us not to worry and to live in the present. We read books about it, and yet it is so hard to adhere to it. 

I am not there yet, but what I have found is slowing down in those worrisome (or even moments of excited anxiety) and breathing in and out slowly help me to calm down and focus on the task or issue at hand. How have you found ways to focus on the moment? (Besides taking a vacation?) :) Enjoy your time off.

12 months ago on Why it’s Hard to Be In The Moment

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@Lori @Bryan Thompson Here's where I have issues - the control thing. I confuse it with holding out hope. You can hold out hope for things and keep your mind fixed on what you want, but you can't beat your head against it. That isn't faith at all. That's just trying to be a control freak. This sounds like a sermon but it's one I preach to myself all the time. We can believe and take action, but we can't lose our minds to it. 

1 year ago on How to Let Go

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@Lori @Bryan Thompson Yes, I have to let go of the same things every day sometimes. :) 

1 year ago on How to Let Go

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Here's the problem with letting go: when you get obsessive about things, it really messes with your head. :) In all seriousness, our need for control is very different from the reality that we can really do anything with whatever the outcome. When we try too hard, we lose perspective. We get tunnel vision (not always a bad thing) and it becomes difficult to see the different angles of a situation. 

1 year ago on How to Let Go

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@Lori @Bryan Thompson Wow. Good point. What has television done to us? And how did "All My Children" turn into "Jersey Shore?" I gotta tell you, Lori, I'm not always a consistent blogger but I love chatting with you and your community. :) Keep up the good work!

1 year ago on Messages from Movies: Reality – or Fiction?

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Hi Lori! I must admit, I am a sucker for a good well-written quirky romantic comedy, and "As Good As It Gets" is one of my favorites. But it's true, those great one-liners rarely work in real life. If you've ever seen Mindy Kaling's sitcom, "The Mindy Project," she plays a doctor that is trying to live her life like it's a romantic comedy and it just doesn't work the way she thinks it should. It's hilarious but so true in how so many people live. Hope you're well, my friend!

1 year ago on Messages from Movies: Reality – or Fiction?

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@Lori @Bryan Thompson you handled it absolutely perfectly. Knowing now what I do, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to shine his light on the world. You're doing pretty awesome at that, too. Thanks for sharing your heart, Lori! (Oh, by the way, I started the follow-up books to "The Dreaming Highway." Hoping to finish "Father Wiley" and "The Quantum Highway" in the next year. Wish me luck. ;) Thought you might like that. )

1 year ago on Problem or Opportunity; How Do You Tell the Difference?

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Oh, and Happy Canada Day! Hope you enjoyed. I've never been and have given much thought to it recently!

1 year ago on Problem or Opportunity; How Do You Tell the Difference?

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Lori, I don't know the story behind your son, and my imagination can only lead me to how difficult this post and challenge must have been. It isn't just a website, it isn't just code. It's the very important thing that the site and code represent. I think THAT'S why the opportunity showed itself in your brilliant new team of designers. They weren't just designing a website. They were a team embodiment of something begun by your child. And that makes them all the more valuable. This story got to me emotionally. And I'm so glad the site was a success. It looks great. 

1 year ago on Problem or Opportunity; How Do You Tell the Difference?

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Hi Lori! My favourite things (and I'm going to use the proper spelling of "favourite" for my non-USA friends) are: the smell of laundry being done (particularly the smell of a warm dryer going when it's chilly outside), the leaves changing colors (or "colours") in the fall - and there is no prettier fall than an autumn in the Midwestern USA. Hope you're well!

1 year, 3 months ago on What Are Your Favourite Things?

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My belief about the universe? it is ALWAYS abundant. ALWAYS energetic. ALWAYS giving. ALWAYS life fulfilling. And ALWAYS friendly. My belief about people? People have an innate sense of POSITIVITY and can achieve anything that aligns with the friendliness of the universe within which they live. But we have a tendency as a species to often align ourselves with the very OPPOSITE of the nature of our universe. We don't believe we can be successful, and the energy the universe brings us is what we believe. We don't believe others will like us, so we build weapons. 

 

I believe we can change anything. And I believe the sooner we change our attitudes toward the FRIENDLINESS, we will see a much friendlier universe.

1 year, 4 months ago on Is The Universe a Friendly Place?

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Lori, I have had quite a few of those instances happening lately - those serendipity moments. It started recently when my wife & I decided to step out and do something we've talked about doing for years and never did because of fear of the unknown. I found the moment we stepped out in faith, those serendipitous events began happening! It is so cool how life works that way.

 

By the way, I am back into the blogosphere! I don't want to get in over my head but I've missed LFI! And I love the new page you direct us to here! Those conversations are priceless and I wonder if some of the conversations have even changed your perspective on the topics you wrote about. Oftentimes that would be the case for me.

1 year, 4 months ago on Have You Ever Experienced Serendipity?

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 @TheJackB I don't think there are actually "random" events, but that's just me. 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Rileyhar Thanks Riley! I agree that our mood almost always depicts our perspective. The thing is, we can choose to be in a good mood all the time. The biggest misconception in the world is that our feelings are dictated by outside sources. What do you think?

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori  @Late_Bloomers I tend to think it's more "both/and" than "this/or/that." I think the answers beyond our understanding are beyond our understanding because of the perspectives that we don't see. Does that make sense?

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Late_Bloomers Well, I believe our steps are ordered by a force much bigger than us, so my personal belief is that there are no "accidents." There are merely "opportunities." I think we make choices everyday that open a variety of options that are laid out for us. If we sit back and choose not to act, we choose not to open that door. Thanks so much for your comment!

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Sabrina at MyMiBoSo Hi Sabrina, I love this: "Action + Awareness = Seeing & Receiving the gifts coming your way!" That is a great formula for deciding to live your life to the fullest! 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori What a cool story! And it all happened when you decided to take action and make SOMETHING happen. It turned out to be a dream come true! 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Julie | A Clear Sign "Serendipity!" I didn't even think of that, but that's a wonderful way of seeing that!

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori  @galenpearl God-Winks. Maybe that would have changed the course of the discussion. :)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @galenpearl Galen, I agree, if we can be aware to them as they're happening, it will change our perspective. Often, I find we aren't even close to aware (at least I'm not) until much later. I am able to go back and see just how far things have come. Right now is one of those moments I am needing to have that perspective, too. :)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @johncharlesowens I'm learning more everyday how not to get the wool pulled over my eyes. :) Thanks John!

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @annedreshfield Hi Anne. I'm with you there. A LOT of those "fortunate coincidences" were in some very seemingly "UNFORTUNATE" times. Looking back, it's easy to connect the dots. Going through them, it's very difficult. Thanks so much for adding your voice!

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori I'm from the South originally, where everything is "Coke." ("Yeah, give me the Sprite Coke.") In the Midwest it's pop. I've always adopted the Northeast's "Soda." Maybe a little off-track but there you go. :)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori So you do call it "pop" in Canada! :)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori Thank you for hosting. I am in the Central Time Zone, just so you know, but some of that includes three little girls I have to get ready for the day. :) And I'm hoping to raise them to watch for those God-winks, too. :)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @bdorman264 Thanks Bill! I'm having a great time and grateful to be here. I don't usually like to look back at the "what ifs." I know my own inaction has led to a lot of stand-stills. (Wow, go figure!) And I have certainly had my regrets on some of my actions, but even there, I found there were God-winks going on. 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @johncharlesowens Good call on that! Often, I find you don't see "the hand of God" working when you're going through it. And like @Lori mentioned earlier, sometimes those are the most uncomfortable times. But it's often neat to look back and see that Higher Hand had indeed been working behind the scenes.

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Vidya Sury Vidya, I'm glad you've learned to watch for those "God-winks." And your attitude about those fortunate coincidences has probably made a lot of difference!

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @Lori Transitions are indeed difficult. They're uncomfortable, but I think that's when we really grow as people. I'll step out on a limb but I think it could have even been transitions (even uncomfortable ones) that led you to starting a blog. I could be wrong, but I'm curious. (Per your insight)

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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 @CrossBetsy Well hello! I know what you're talking about. My family is actually in the midst of yet another one of these transitions. And while there are some good things happening, it's always difficult to trust in the unknown. None of us know the future, but I think the more you keep moving, the more apt you are to "stumble" into it. And by stumble, I think you'll find exactly what you need, even if you're not sure what that is. Keep us posted here on how things go! 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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First of all, I am grateful to @Lori for posting my guest post today! As part of my own "fortunate coincidence," the story I shared above actually led me to blogging and to "Life for Instance." It's actually kind of amazing how things turn out! 

2 years ago on The Key to Creating Fortunate Coincidences

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Hi Lori! It's funny you mentioned arthritis early on. My grandfather had it as long as I knew him, and my dad lived his life as though he were going to "catch" it. But what's more alarming is that my dad also "inherited" his dad's depression, and my dad has wrestled with this for several years now. He will often say, "It's hereditary" or "you need to watch out for the warning signs." And while there may be some truth to 'hereditary' sicknesses or imbalances, I think it's far more likely that we buy into urban myths so much that we believe them. 

 

Each one of us is a product of our beliefs. Those beliefs shape our identity and we have to make sure we're thinking for ourself. To quote @blogaks from below, we have to do our "own research." 

2 years ago on What Do We Really Know About Health?

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Hi Lori! Such a challenge to just be still and be present. I don't know why we fear the silence so much. Not that everyone has this view, but my first thought was of those who have experienced a hard time. Sometimes it's just about being there to listen. Being there to comfort. 

 

In other times it's about showing support and love. Even when the situation is great. We all desire to be listened to and when we show that, I believe we get shown that. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Your Reality – or Mine?

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Hi Lori! Believe it or not, we Type Bs are pretty bad about perfectionism, too. :( We can get really in over our head (and when we have ADD like I do), we OBSESS about ridiculous things that NOBODY in their RIGHT MINDS cares about. Why do we do it? Sometimes, for me, it's about avoiding other things I NEED to be doing at that moment. Sometimes it's easier to obsess. And I don't like the behavior, either. Make no mistake. So there. :)

2 years, 5 months ago on Are You a Perfectionist?

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Hey Srinivas, first of all, I never surfed where I didn't wipe out. And it's okay. It wasn't for me, but I appreciate those who do it well! Kelly Slater was my idol in high school! :)

On your post, it took me over a year to start seeing any financial results from ElevationLife. more than a year, and more than four YEARS after I began blogging at all. My first three years blogging were sporadic and unfocused. Plus I never learned how to network early on. It's all about consistency. One more day!

2 years, 5 months ago on Give it One More Day and Take Another Step Forward

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Hi Stuart, Hi Erica.

It's true: talking about yourself on and on is a nowhere road that leads to loneliness (so Good thing if you're in love with yourself). It leads to ZERO business. I blogged for several years about my own life and experiences. That works okay if you're a multi-billionaire movie star who attracts tons of fans to who you are. But most people are looking for solutions. And when I started taking that seriously, I began connecting with people on a whole new level. Great guest post, my friend! Cheers!

2 years, 5 months ago on Why Talking About Yourself is Bad Networking

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Lori, I'm with you. For me, I find I'm too easily distracted. This sounds like a copout, I know, but something you said struck me. You said "maybe I'm not trying hard enough." I think the whole point of meditation is that you're FREE from your thoughts, free from distractions. And that brings me to another question: is it possible that we meditate on things without even realizing we're meditating. Does meditating have to be an official "quiet time" thing where we sit on a rug or hold our head in a Bible or other sacred book? COuld it be that those thoughts we drift off to during the day that make us feel good about life are a form of meditation?

Curious as to your thoughts.

2 years, 6 months ago on Is Meditation a Practice For Everyone?

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Srini, I love love love the idea of writing down the accountability. I think just being honest at the end of each day and asking myself, "What did I do toward my goals today? What did I do that MATTERS?" We get a lot of useless junk done easily, and we can easily let those be excuses not to focus on what we should be focusing on (I, too, am Adult ADD). Love this, man.

2 years, 6 months ago on 3 Simple Ideas That Will Accelerate Your Progress in Reaching Your Goal

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My grandfather played the lottery every single weekend I knew him. We would go to the store and he would always get some kind of lotto sticker or play for the Powerball lottery on television. To my knowledge, I don't think he ever even won five bucks. It was just something he enjoyed, so he gave himself a limit each week to blow. SO bizarre!

2 years, 6 months ago on The Lottery Logic

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Srini, I know Craig and I know Ken, and the rest are all new names to me. And blogs I will be exploring! Thanks for shining the light on some great folks! 2012 is going to be a kicking year, my friend.

2 years, 6 months ago on 21 People Who Will Change the World in 2012

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@Lori Hey Lori, short "by the way" but I actually READ the Freud "dream analysis" book for research when writing The Dreaming Highway. :) Just saying.

2 years, 6 months ago on Why Do You Read?

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Hi Melanie. We Thompsons are a rare but interesting breed. :) I'm sure there's no direct relation but I like Serendipity better. :)

I tend to try and mix it up. I don't have much time to read these days with 3 little kids in the house, but I am an audiobook junkie. I am able to get through a book a week usually (I've been a little slower with that lately, but that's the goal.) As I said, I switch between fiction and nonfiction. I tend to like to READ nonfiction better because as a reader, I'm typically more "engineer" mode, but the fiction helps keep my "creative/writer" mode intact.

I have a list as well. Currently reading Stephen King's "11/22/63" and Gary Vaynerchuk's "The Thank You Economy." Looking to start "Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard" and of course, "The Happy Place," by Lori Gosselin.

Have a great day! Great post!

2 years, 6 months ago on Why Do You Read?

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Srini, I love your passion, man! Love it! And I understand! I think most people get stuck in their situations with a bunch of ignorant people who don't understand the power of the dream. As Wallace Wattles brilliantly put it a hundred years ago, "To think the way you want to think is to think truth, regardless of appearances."

Keep the vision, my friend! You're killing it, bro! In a great way!

2 years, 6 months ago on Your Circumstances Today Don't Determine What's Possible Tomorrow

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Lori, wait to get the pot stirring! It's NEVER a bad traffic idea to start blogging about the end of the world! Ha ha. In fact, wait, let me start writing one! :) Just kidding, I'll start writing doomsday posts in September. Give everyone a good 3 months. :)

2 years, 6 months ago on 2012: The End of the World?

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@DeliberateBlog I was going to say this exact same thing (the end of the calendar isn't the end of the world). Actually, NASA said that for both of us. The Mayan calendar just ends its current cycle. Just like our calendar ends its cycles every December 31. :)

2 years, 6 months ago on 2012: The End of the World?

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Hi Lori, It sounds like we could all use a "40 Day Worry Fast." I wonder what that would do for everybody on the planet! I have found myself worrying about things so many times. Lately, I made a decision to not think on the problems unless I have the solution for the moment. This doesn't mean I ignore bills that need to be paid or anything, but it does mean that if I don't have the absolute answer at the moment, I place it in the "hold" tank until I have a sensible solution to it or talk to someone who does. I decided to say, "What if it WORKED OUT?" and just leave it at that. It has helped things in my life to flow much better, and after 2 months of thinking this way, I'm still alive and the situations DID work themselves out. Hope that helps. You got this, Lori!

2 years, 6 months ago on Do You Worry?

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Srini, these are great! And I agree with almost all of them. All but #3 - Review your progress daily. I don't DISagree with it, but just to clarify, only review the PROgress, not the DIgress. Find the points you did well. I think, as Napoleon Hill said it, we should evaluate our pros and cons each year, but if you spend too much time dwelling on shortcomings, you won't get very far. I don't think that's what you were getting at, I just wanted to add that to the mix. Great talk, bro!

2 years, 6 months ago on How to Accomplish More in 2012 Than You Have in Your Entire Life

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I think the reality that you pointed out in an earlier post is that nobody understands money coming right out of college. Hey, I'm 32 and am just now beginning to figure money out. They don't teach you about real money in college. Even in business, it's all about learning the mechanics of stocks and administration. Nobody teaches you HOW TO MAKE MONEY. They figure your job will teach you that. And as we have all learned, jobs teach you how to make pennies from doing large amounts of pointless work that will make SOMEBODY YOU WORK FOR LOTS OF MONEY. There's my 2 cents. :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Why Getting a Job Right After College Might be The Biggest Mistake of Your Life

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Hey love, just wanted to test out your new commenting system. You should get notified now, and it should cut down on spam.

And for the record, Santa Claus is real!

2 years, 7 months ago on Is Santa really real? | CaffeinatedMe

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Good for you, bro! You have absolutely no reason to settle for anything less than you truly want, ESPECIALLY if no one else is depending on you to do it. I think those waves (er, wake-up calls) can be really valuable sometimes when they make us take action on what we DO want out of life! Wishing you a powerful 2012, bro. Keep your passion, but only on what matters, not the things that hold you back.

2 years, 7 months ago on Don't Reflect, Don't Look Back, Look Forward

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Hi Lori! Congrats on your 100th post! You've built a powerful community here. I love all of these tips for reducing stress. Especially the hot cocoa and a nap in front of the tree. That sounds like a fantasy because I have 3 small kids who don't believe in sleep for ANYBODY! :)

2 years, 7 months ago on 7 Ways to Manage Stress Over the Holidays

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@skooloflife I don't think there's wrong with guilty pleasures when it makes you happy. If it brings you enormous amounts of joy, do it. It's not wasted time. We all find the time to do the things we love. A gambler may have a habit I don't think is healthy, but as long as he isn't squandering his kids' college money or robbing a casino, his indulgences at Caesar's Palace makes him feel alive.

2 years, 7 months ago on How to Stop Flushing Your Time Down the Toilet

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Srinivas, I'm with you on the unsympathetic thing. I feel the same way. I will say that I don't get 8 hours of sleep at night. No health problems. I just have 3 small kids that wake up at 5 am everyday. My evenings and mornings are precious time I use to network and blog. I figure If I can inspire somebody in that time, it's worth something!

2 years, 7 months ago on How to Stop Flushing Your Time Down the Toilet

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Lori, I absolutely love Christmas! Since I was little, it has been my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the sights, the lights, and the music. And the movies. And even the weather. Yes, the weather. I wish it would snow once in a while. :) It's a big deal in our household and it sounds like it is for you as well. (My wife and I love holiday baking as well!) Hope your season is off to a great start!

2 years, 7 months ago on Do You Get Excited About Christmas?

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I've heard it said that the first step is usually the hardest and most important step in the journey. Those who take the first step are five times more likely to carry it all the way to the end than those who talk about it for years but live in fear to actually accomplish it.

2 years, 7 months ago on The First Step

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Richard Branson is one of my all-time favorite business people. My favorite quote from him is, "The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." That statement motivated me out of one of the biggest funks of my life. Great post, my friend.

2 years, 7 months ago on 14 Inspiring Life and Business Lessons From Richard Branson

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@TheJackB Wilson is a good companion, but I may have room for something else. Wilson might wash ashore, right?

2 years, 7 months ago on What Would You Bring to a Desert Island?

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@Lori THANKS! I really appreciate the kind words! Let me know when you get done! (Assuming you like how it ends.)

2 years, 7 months ago on What Would You Bring to a Desert Island?

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@Lori They're my wife's banana chocolate chips. And since she's there. And since an island MUST have bananas, maybe she can make those from scratch. I'll settle for coconuts instead of chocolate chips. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on What Would You Bring to a Desert Island?

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@Lori Thanks for the compliment on the book! Really glad you're enjoying it! If it helps, there would be no laptop so when the iPod died it would really be dead. But I'd spend the first several hours getting "prepared" by those Survivor episodes. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on What Would You Bring to a Desert Island?

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My family is four extra people so that would take 4 spots if I left it at that. So I will cheat and make them one unit. Next would be: 2.) Bible (It would help to have some encouraging words), 3.) notebook, 4.) bag of cookies, 5.) "Ultimate Deserted Island Survival Guide" book, and 6.) an iPod with every episode of "Survivor" and the film "Cast Away" on it.

2 years, 7 months ago on What Would You Bring to a Desert Island?

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I used Disqus for a long time on my blog and liked it. Livefyre wasn't really popular yet. I was using a free host for my Wordpress account that wouldn't notify me or anyone else when anyone else commented, even if they selected that feature. This was a hosting issue, but Disqus allowed that to happen. Also, I had used Tumblr before migrating to Wordpress, and Tumblr works almost natively with Disqus. I have a livefyre account but haven't really utilized the features yet.

2 years, 7 months ago on Comment Systems Face Off! LiveFyre Vs DisqUs

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@skooloflife Ha! No doubt! I just finished Steve Jobs' biography. Man alive, that guy had SERIOUS A-D-D!

2 years, 7 months ago on Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary

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Great post, Srinivas. I, too, experienced the results of ADD (though I had no idea until I was well into my 20s). I had to look back at things I had really beaten myself up for in the past. Eventually I had to realize I wasn't a failure but had overcome some really strange odds because of a lack of focus I didn't even realize I had. And then I had to push those aside and move on with my life.

2 years, 7 months ago on Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary

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Great list, Srinivas! I have learned to utilize all of the above, and I love that iTunes uses the "iTunes University" feature that lists programs from thousands of universities. Thanks for your commitment to helping people get from where they are to where they want to be.

2 years, 8 months ago on 5 Ways to Give Yourself an Education That Kicks the Crap Out of the One You Got in School

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Great post, Srinivas! And I absolutely LOVE the pic at the start of it. I think just being open to standing on the edge of the unknown and ready to act is a great first step to take. And sometimes, we leap off and trust that something (or Someone) will catch us when we fall. We don't know until we act.

2 years, 8 months ago on People Who Live on the Edge Have the Best View

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Hey man, great tips! Some of it I've learned through hard knocks myself (though I'm a boring midwest guy myself) but some of it was brand new. THings that should have seemed sensible but weren't until I read them here (like saving large infuses of money. Wow!) Good advice here, man. I really appreciate you sharing them. Very inspired to put them into action.

2 years, 8 months ago on 14 Personal Finance Lessons You Never Learned in School

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Claudia, I love the idea of having a soundtrack for our lives. I have made iTunes playlists for a while reflecting my mood. Everything from "Feel Good" to "Contemplating" or even tracks for when I'm feeling ornery. I never thought about it in terms of a life soundtrack but I'm coming around to it. :)

2 years, 8 months ago on What is the Soundtrack of Your Life?

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And hello, Lori! Hope you're well!

2 years, 10 months ago on What Childhood Memory has Influenced You Most?

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Ken, what a great time to reminisce about childhood memories. I'd have to say some of my strongest are during the fall and winter each year. It was in Florida so it took a little longer to get cool outside, but I loved being outside with my parents. Thanksgiving especially. We'd do the typical big family get together at my great-grandparents home, then play football in their massive farm yard (which, in recent years, looks much smaller than it did back then). Holidays were so fun, and I've continued to make them big for my kids.

2 years, 10 months ago on What Childhood Memory has Influenced You Most?

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Lori, congratulations on your new book! It's so exciting to see your words on a printed page. Ebook or printed, it's a great feeling. And I can't wait to read the content, of course. Passion is the driving force that leads to action. It can't be important enough!

2 years, 10 months ago on Are You in the Game?

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Lori, glad you didn't give away the movie. :) I have been wanting to see The Adjustment Bureau. It looks fascinating and I wanted to see it before they delayed the release. But with three small kids under the age of six, we don't get out to movies very often. :) But, I digress. I like this post. I think we have the free will to take our lives where we want them to go. I have used my own life as a practical experiment through the years. I have lost it all and found a way to build my way back up. And I'm convinced that with enough determination and hard work, you can do anything you set your mind to.

3 years, 2 months ago on Free Will or Fate: What Rules Your Life?

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Hi Lori! Yes, I admit, I am horrible - just HORRIBLE - at overcomplicating things by thinking too much. Overanalyzing and thinking of every possible way something could go wrong. But life is rarely that complicated. Thanks for the reminder we all need!

3 years, 2 months ago on Do You Think Too Much?

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Hi Lori! A year ago, I stepped down from a pastoral role in a church because I was so tired and burned out. I had felt like I had given and given of myself and not received anything back. As you can imagine, it didn't take long to burn out even more NOT giving. In the end, I realized my priorities had gotten mixed up and I was BORN to help! We all were! I have since gotten back into full-time ministry and have loved every second of it. GREAT article, my friend. Hope you're well!

3 years, 3 months ago on May I Help?

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Daniel, hey! You're sharing too much time with other bloggers! :) Just kidding, man. Great article! I love the emphasis you place on goal setting. For ADD people like me, I HAVE to have lists. It's how I get things done. Otherwise I can stare at a blank computer screen all day. Great stuff!

Lori, hope you're doing well!

3 years, 3 months ago on How to Focus on Your Goals

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Lori, wow, you've had some interesting adventures in homebuying. I love your advice on reseting. I actually regularly listen to self-hypnosis CDs that have me do pretty much what you have suggested. Nothing major - just to relax and to help me realign my brainwaves. Thanks for sharing!

3 years, 3 months ago on Overwhelmed: How to Push Your Reset Button

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