Category Archives: Inspiration

How Do You Find The Answers Inside You?

“If you can eliminate the outside noise, you’ll find that the answers are inside you.“  Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings When I travel, I always make sure to read the flight magazines. Not only do I find out … Continue reading

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Are You Having a Love Affair with YOURSELF?

Several years ago, my pal Dayna called me and said, “I’m walking down a new path, starting today. I’m going to have a love affair with myself. I’m taking a room at the beach and doing nothing but be kind to myself … Continue reading

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20 Kickass Things About Being 40 (And Beyond)

Yesterday, my brother posted this on Facebook – 40 Effed Up Things About Being 40 – and his crowd went wild. The author of the post, Amy Wruble, from Carriage Before Marriage is awesome, but in this case I’m going to disagree with … Continue reading

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Why Yearly Goals Are THE DEVIL For Me

“There isn’t any secret. You sit down and you start and that’s it.” ~ Elmore Leonard This month I’m taking a course with Margie Lawson called Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors, which I would recommend to anyone. Margie might have geared the course toward writers, … Continue reading

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How Much Love Can Fit In a One-Inch Picture Frame?

I don’t know why, but I’m always looking for big message in a little space. Anne Lamott advises writers to: “Keep a one-inch picture frame on your desk to remind yourself that for each moment, you only have to write as much as you can see through a one-inch picture frame.” In other words, when a whole project is overwhelming, break it into little pieces or as she says, “don’t try to eat the elephant in one sitting.”

I think of that one-inch picture frame all the time… Continue reading

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Silence The Voice of Doubt by DOING

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. — Vinny vG. Yep, that “Vinny vG” was a do-er. [That’s Vincent van Gogh to the rest of us, in … Continue reading

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Simple Problem Solving: “Keep the Cow Out of the Ditch”

Harvey Mackay is one of my favorite columnists because he always makes me think about multiple topics. For example, I might go to him for a business lesson and come away with a family or writing lesson. Case in point: … Continue reading

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Life is All About…Give Me One Word!

Anyone who hangs out here at More Cowbell knows I find life and people to be endlessly entertaining. On Facebook the other day, I saw this update from Kelley Harvey: Maxine ALWAYS hits the nail on the ass. I do … Continue reading

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23 Motivating Lessons from Zig Ziglar

Several years ago, I went to a motivational seminar and saw Zig Ziglar live. Two words: Life Changing. He wasn’t a young man by any means but he was the guy with the most energy and enthusiasm. I’ve never figured … Continue reading

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Can YOU Write Your Life Story in 100 Words?

A few weeks back I read a piece by one of my favorite bloggers, Cate Russell-Cole.  The post, Your Life Story in 100 Words, shared six life stories from a magazine feature done for International Women’s Day. It’s stunning how much these … Continue reading

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