Personal Stories


I Knew Things Had to Change

I Knew Things Had to Change

All my life, food had been my friend. It comforted me when I was down, I celebrated with it and it kept me company when no one else was around. More

Physical Health | Personal Stories

The greatest Fourth of July story ever told

The Greatest Fourth of July Story Ever

On this July 4th, a dad, a son, hard work, dedication, and a loving neighbor brought hope to life. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

Never giving up

Never Giving Up

Your hard work is inspiring to everybody but mostly it is inspiring to me and it is inspiring to our babies. More

Physical Health | Personal Stories

A 500-Mile Hike to the Center of Your Soul

A 500-Mile Hike to the Center of Your Soul

It is a 500-mile hike through open countryside, but more than that it is a journey to the heart of your matters. More

Spirituality | Personal Stories

Alaska family adventure vacation to let your imagination run wild

Imagination Runs Wild: Our Alaska Family Adventure Vacation

Imagination should run wild. This trip revealed the power of imagination once again. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

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Making a Living, Making a Life

I just made the commitment to making a living playing music and am now doing that. It was a big leap but I had to do it. It is paying off. More

Work Career | Personal Stories

Stephen Curry: Success is Not an Accident

Success is not an Accident

Are you motivated to do your best? Stephen Curry believes that great habits are what makes great success. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

Learning to Let Go and Love

Lead With Your Heart

With one hand Dr. Johnson was crushing souls and with the other he was saving them. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

The power of your why

The Power of Your Why

Your why has to be greater than any punch you can take. Then you will realize true success. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

Up From Nothing: Building a Business From Scratch and Your Heart

Up From Nothing: Building a Business From Scratch and Your Heart

“I want to leave something behind. I want to teach women how to rock and roll in life—always with balance, but without compromise. I found success by following my own advice: Make your own path. There is no standing in line. Build yourself." More

Work Career | Personal Stories

Hereford and Boylston

Body Strong. Heart Strong. Boston Strong: My Journey to the Boston Marathon

This is exactly what this Boston Marathon experience was for me. It was about giving everything you have and then some. It was about representing good and what is great about our country and the running community. More

Physical Health | Personal Stories

Reminder: relax, love, smile, don't worry about how, just believe and get out of God's way. He somehow turns an acorn into an oak tree.

Acorn

Inside every kid is a heart that wants to do the very best. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

Rescue her, rescue me. The story of a horse and self compassion.

Rescue Her, Rescue Me: The Story of a Horse and Self-Compassion

Valentine is a testament of what compassion can do and a reminder of what self-Compassion can do for me and you. More

Spirituality | Personal Stories

Pushing yourself to a whole different level

Pushing Yourself to a Whole Different Level

You now have three simple tools to prove your power to yourself. Do not be the one who sets limits on yourself. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

Quitting or winning, you choose.

Know Winning

When you quit you guarantee that you lose. Value yourself enough to let yourself win. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

I painted. I played. I moved through my fear and had an intimate experience with the perfectionist in me

Soul Play for the Day

And I had it in my mind that I was a business woman with a creative splash but I would never have called myself an artist. People who paint and write poems and sculpt cool shit are artists. More

Spirituality | Personal Stories

The Power of the Journal

The Power of the Journal

In the last two weeks, two of our six children have left home. Our middle son, who turns 21 this week, transferred to a University a few hours drive from where we live. We have been preparing for his impending launch for quite awhile, as he gained experience working and studying at the local community college. It was a tearful, but deeply satisfying send off. For now, I still have his journals. I can continue to add to them, and keep them safe until a later date when he chooses to revisit childhood. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

his need to

The Day I Stopped Sipping...

At the end of the week I was shocked to learn I spent nearly $35 on soda alone. That means in a 52 week year I would spend nearly $2,000. More

Financial | Personal Stories

Its Never Too Late To Live Your Dreams

Its Never Too Late to Live Your Dreams

“I hope to live to be a hundred, and I hope to be powerlifting at a hundred and competing," said Dr. Dreyer about his age and weightlifting. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

Unfortunately, with many men in his age group this was the case. I found that most of the men I saw ranging in age from late 50's to mid 60's (I never saw anyone older) had this same attitude towards sex. They acted like if they didn't spring into aggressive, grabby action, nothing would happen in the bedroom. They mistook aggression for passion.

Bad Sex

Unfortunately, with many men in his age group this was the case. I found that most of the men I saw ranging in age from late 50's to mid 60's (I never saw anyone older) had this same attitude towards sex. They acted like if they didn't spring into aggressive, grabby action, nothing would happen in the bedroom. They mistook aggression for passion. More

Relationships | Personal Stories

He tried to make friends with the world.

He Tried to Make Friends with the World

A young daughter's love for her father spills over when she tells us she will always remember that he tried to make friends with the world. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

A son, a dad, a neighbor, and a dream

A Son, a Dad, a Neighbor, and a Dream

There is no way to truly understand the power of an idea and the depth of compassion. But on this July 4th, a dad, a son, hard work, dedication, and a loving neighbor brought hope to life. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

A Man for Mom: A Son's Secret Project to Find Her a Partner

Finding His Mom a Man: A Son's Secret Project

May we all have the relationships we dream of. More

Relationships | Personal Stories

Everyday meaning gives every day purpose.

Life's Meaning Found in Simple Acts

Your life's call need not be an elusive or grand pursuit. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

A special teacher changes her community and is honored by Ellen.

Ellen Honors a Special Teacher Who is Changing Her Community

Leading is only a matter of doing what you can and should do to make a difference in your community. Teacher Sonya Romero shows us how it is done and motivates us to do more! More

Leadership | Personal Stories

From savior to silent mirror

From a Savior to a Silent Mirror

One phrase led to another, and soon Mike and I chatted like two friends who ran into each other after not being in touch for ages. Our conversation flowed easily with jokes and stories of faux pas made during faraway trips. More

Relationships | Personal Stories

Purpose found at home plate

Purpose at Home Plate

After suffering a life changing stroke, a man who did not know he sought purpose and passion found it on a ball field. More

Work Career | Personal Stories

Pull of the Heartstrings: The Derek Redmond Story

Pull of the Heartstrings

Olympic track star Derek Redmond is poised and motivated to win the gold medal. His dream ends on the back stretch as he pulls his hamstring More

Relationships | Personal Stories

Fitness over frailty

Fitness Over Frailty: One Woman's Fight for Health and Happiness

Rachael's motivational story in this five minute video shows us all that simply having and pursuing goals makes you a better person. More

Physical Health | Personal Stories

A very special mom

I Put "Mom" Because Your Name Would Not Fit

The story of a boy who could not find a home because he would not open his heart. That is until a very special mom who knew what he needed gave it all to him. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

Stay focused and give 100 percent

Stay Focused and Give 100%

Sure, nothing is perfect but as long as you're always motivated and learning something on your journey then you're a step ahead of the rest. More

Work Career | Personal Stories

The most important job on earth

The Most Important Job on Earth

The most important job on earth is the one held by the person who is motivated because their work has great purpose. And, you never know where that purpose comes from...or do you? Look inside to find it. More

Work Career | Personal Stories

what if everyone gave someone another chance?

What If Everyone Gave Someone Another Chance?

What if everyone gave someone another chance? We each have infinite power to lift another, to help someone turn their life around. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

Erin Brockovich helped restore hope and life to a small town after a corporate environmental travesty

Erin Brockovich: An Everyday Hero

Erin Brockovich is a role model for us all as she illustrates the power of a pure and driven heart. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

Martha Ryan Homeless Prenatal Program

Saving a Life to Live a Dream: The Story of CNN Hero Award Nominee Martha Ryan

I am a reckless optimist. But I never really wanted to save the world. I just acted on something that pulled at my heart. More

Leadership | Personal Stories

what can you learn from a donkey in a well?

What Can You Learn From A Donkey In A Well?

The way to get out of the deepest well is by never giving up but by shaking yourself off and taking a step up. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

The Power of One: A Little Boy with One Leg and One Big Heart

The Power of One: A Little Boy's Big Heart and Dreams

"Try your best and never give up." Wise words from eight-year old Adam Bender, a boy with one leg. More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

Nine hugs a day is good physical therapy

Nine Hugs a Day

"The magic for me is nine. Nine hugs are what it takes for me to get through the day." More

Work Career | Personal Stories

Live your dreams so your children can live theirs too.

Live Your Dreams So Your Children Live Theirs

Look up. Move forward. Honor Grace. Live your dreams so your children will live theirs too. More

Parenting | Personal Stories

A Lifetime of Care

The sooner we come to grips with the fact that the work of taking care of ourselves never ends, the sooner we can stop feeling like there’s something wrong with us because we don’t feel like we’re where we want to be.” More

Spirituality | Personal Stories


If You Have a Left Arm I Have a Right

If You Have a Left Arm I Have a Right

Together they dressed the most beautiful table, plates in the middle and knife to the right, fork to the left, spoon next to knives, spoon above plate for dessert, glasses above knives and napkins on the plate.... And the ketchup packages were the name cards for each of the quest. More

Physical Health | Personal Stories

365 Strangers - f you were handed a microphone and could share one message that would be heard by the whole world, what would it be?

365 Strangers

If you were handed a microphone and could share one message that would be heard by the whole world, what would it be? I was struck by how difficult I found it to answer the questions given what I do for a living, but I was equally struck by how quickly and easily Nina was able to answer. Here's an excerpt...... More

Passion Purpose | Personal Stories

Just moments before I was one with everyone. I was not competing with anyone. We were all on this delightful, glowing journey together; helping each other, accepting each other, loving one another and dancing around in fairy dust. The next thing you know I’m in fighting mode. I’ve got my boxing gloves on, sweat is dripping from my cheek and I want to win. I want to win because I know I can. Because even if I can’t I need to try. I can’t be pedaling around town slowly. I need to prove something to someone. Bigger, better, faster.

From Buddha to Boxer and Back

I love to push myself and there are times that it is important, fun and exciting. But there are also times to let that go. More

Spirituality | Personal Stories

The Power of Purpose: A Hero's Story

The Power of Purpose: A Hero's Story

Although not in place yet Michael’s vision is to create a foundation that will sponsor a number of scholarships each year in honor of fallen veterans, so as his son, Brandon. “We want to have a positive impact on those who put it all on the line to defend our freedom,” said Michael. More

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