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Be openminded and kind, and listen with your heart. – Ashley Wiles @sole_girls @evaruns #jumpforjoy

What inspires you?

JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project Photo of Ashleigh Wiles jumping for joy by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Introducing the fabulously joyful – ASHLEY WILES …

Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
I am surrounded by so much awesomeness in my life, and all the stuff that isn’t so awesome – well even more reason to jump. My learning curve has seemed steep the last couple of years in business, leadership and dealing with things I never thought I’d ever do. It is absolutely freeing to take a morning and reflect on all the lessons learned and jump for joy!

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
This was the most fun thing I’ve done all week. Eyoalha and I laughed so hard I thought it might actually be an abs workout instead of a photo shoot. Eyoalha is super fun and made this shoot so easy to…

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The Importance Of Self Care

I’d like to hear a discussion of peoples’ perception of self-care. Nice post, be kind to yourself🙂

Hookup Culture

In most cases, the world revolves around your own life. But then there are so many factors inside that life. Your life includes your job, your social life, your passions. Your life includes your relationship, your friends, and your family. Your life includes your past, present, and future.

And even though our world just revolves around us, sometimes that can be extremely exhausting and extremely discouraging.

It’s important to take care of yourself when you start feeling down or when you start feeling the weight of the world on you shoulders. Because of course you have so much to do, you can’t possibly take a break, there are people who need you. But you can’t do anything for them if you don’t take time for yourself.

So when you’re exhausted, lay down and take a nap. Don’t push yourself until you need to catch up on a week’s worth of sleep and…

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Teachable Tuesday|Micro Goals Achieve Macro Goals

#lisanichols #chickensoupforthesoul

The Richness of a Simple Life

This was an excellent interview I listened to over the weekend. I love how open and present Lisa Nichols is in her interviews. If you’re not familiar with her or her work, listen to the interview from the beginning. For those of you that are, I’ve started the video just after she tells about her story. She provides an amazing array of knowledge in this short amount of time, well worth the watch! 

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Mental Health Awareness in October

My attention is all over the place, but I know diet effects your mind’s response. For example, soda is not helpful.

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

Along with Advocacy & Awareness
for many other mental health issues

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of the ADD/ADHD Cormidities series

It takes one person to make a difference —
just think of what thousands can do.

~ Psychology Today 2016 Awareness Calendar

Mark your blogging calendars

Each year is peppered with a great many special dates dedicated to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Scroll down for a list highlighting important days and weeks (and for the entire month) that impact mental health.

If I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments below so that I can add it to the list.

Attention Bloggers: If you write (or have written) an article that adds content to any of these categories, feel free to leave a link in the comment section and I will…

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George Bradt @georgebradt on jumping for joy: “Happy. Pure and simple.”


JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

George BradtIntroducing George Bradt, another beautiful soul whom I had the pleasure of meeting during HATCH. Hatch is more or less, JOY in motion (and my absolute favourite event of the year) which took place in Big Sky, Montana.

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
You. Loved hearing you talk about it. Loved your excitement. Loved the setting. Loved being invited to do it.

Q. How did jumping photos make you feel?
Happy. Pure and simple.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
It was a simple, uncomplicated joy. Wasn’t trying to prove anything to myself or anyone else. It was just happy.

Q: Your greatest passion in life?
Meg. I’m absolutely positively convinced that the root of all my happiness is my relationship with my wife. We dated for four years before getting married 35 years ago this week. She is…

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Today We Learned About Death

Life as a Guinea Pig….

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It was a hard weekend in the Cushman household. We lost our pet Guinea Pig Tommy and subsequently learned about death. These are those conversations you aren’t ever really prepared for and depending on the circumstances you may say different things. I am a realist and I understand that pets are a great learning experience for children. They can experience happiness, accomplishment, responsibility, and growth with an animal. They can also learn about death.

There is no “safe way” of teaching about death, but if it must happen for a first time I’d rather it be an animal. Human death is obviously normally far more traumatic and the death of a pet is a great opportunity to learn what death is and what it means. I took that opportunity this weekend.

We woke up to a sick Guinea Pig and I was alerted by a cry for help. I made…

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“Daddy, Do You Have Another Mommy?”

From the mouths of children, so much we may learn. Listening to those around us is so important, if only for a moment.

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As my children grow older I find myself constantly caught off guard by the maturity and insight they have into issues I think, and may always think, are too mature for them to worry about. Growing up in the south provided a lot of core values that I later on found out aren’t shared around the world… or even in this country. Divorce was not a common occurrence in the bubble I was brought up in, but it did happen occasionally and was talked about in hushed tones. Now my children come home and discuss how some of their friends have two families and how cool it is they have two sets of stuff, not to mention the two Christmases and two birthdays they also receive. This of course introduces more topics to the table.

It was while explaining why this happens to my children that my daughter Anna asked…

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Blogger A & Blogger B


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Often I get to witness the difference between Blogger A and Blogger B. They are so different because their outlooks on social media are different. Let’s examine these two bloggers and find out why they are so different!

Recently I pushed the Meet and Greet post again for new bloggers to find some new connections. I always get some amusement out of observing how people use this resource. You can definitely see a difference in outlook and blogging format on this thread. The Meet and Greet is my gift back to my readers and to WordPress as a whole.

I watched Blogger A get excited about the Meet and Greet thread. To Blogger A this was an awesome post and an opportunity for thousands of readers to find him. Blogger A immediately used the board by dropping his link and asking for people to come and visit! He then went…

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