Mortality

“An awareness of one’s mortality, can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.” -Bernie Siegel

 

Mortality is something we don’t like to think about, much less talk about.  But part of the human experience is to understand that at some point we all reach the finish line of life. It arrives either with sudden shock and loss, or is defined by a gradual letting go of this world.  And as we arrive at the finish line, we will have had the ability to leave a lasting legacy, a vivid memory of ourselves.

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Denise Smith
Are You Looking for a Sign?

Often when we are uncertain about the direction that our lives are going in, we look outward for a sign, or for the answers.  We talk to friends and family for direction, or maybe look at our horoscope- anything to give us cues for what we should do.

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Denise Smith
Balancing Life Roles

Balance….isn’t this the age old issue? We can feel pulled in many directions—work, love relationship, family, friends, etc. What is the key to juggling it all and feeling like it is a well-balanced composition?

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Denise Smith
Do You Lust To Wander?

Wanderlust is such a palpable yearning to travel, to broaden horizons, to seek out new adventures and new sights. It is a deeply rooted desire to see the world. I know that for me personally I get antsy when I am in my day to day routine without a “getaway” in sight.  So is this wanderlust a good or bad thing?

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Denise Smith
Life is Only As Good As the Questions You Ask

To make a really great decision, we must ask really great questions. This process is applicable for all areas of life. Asking the right questions can lead you to more insightful answers which, in turn, will lead you to making better decisions- better decisions lead you to a more EPIC life!

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Denise Smith
10 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

For those of you who missed my Facebook Live video last night, we discussed “Mojo” - what it is, why we need it, how we lose it, and how to get it back.

“Mojo” originates from an African word for magic charm. It can mean your energy, your confidence, sex appeal, spark, motivation; it encompasses all of these things.

So now we know what it is, why is it important? Without our mojo we can feel depleted, less energetic, distant or separated from life, or maybe you feel like you can’t get that passion and drive back in your life. Whatever the case, mojo is vital for an epic life!

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Denise Smith
Surround Yourself Beautiful

I have always been a firm believer that beautiful inspiring surroundings elevate our lives. We have been in spaces that feel dark, dreary, and depressing. And in contrast, we have been in spaces that feel airy, expansive, and energetic. In essence, a space, just like people, has a distinct personality that affects our mood, our outlook, and our being. But do you know the elements in a space that have the most impact on us? I’ve outlined the ones that we sense whether consciously or not.

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karen otis
Why Successful Women Struggle in Love and 2 Tips to Change all that

Maybe you are a successful career woman who knows her way around the professional world. You are comfortable running a business, leading large groups or employees, and engaging with top notch businessmen and women. In essence, you have your business mastered and you rock it! But…maybe, like so many successful women, you have NOT mastered your love life. Even though you deeply desire that extraordinary love, you find yourself with a string of failed relationships. Are you in the endless cycle of love, then break-up, and then repeat?

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Denise Smith
When you hate your job

Most of us have experienced periodic moments of not liking our jobs. That is normal and to be expected with the ups and downs of any job. But, did you know the latest Gallup polls indicate that 70% of full time employees in the United States are NOT engaged in their jobs, with many in that 70% actually “hating their jobs.” Talk about an epidemic!

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Denise Smith
Freedom

Having just celebrated the Fourth of July, Independence and Freedom are still fresh on my mind.

Let’s consider Freedom…the ability and opportunity to live as one chooses—to make choices for oneself.  These choices may surround our laws or our country. But we also have choices about our individual lives-- what we study, our chosen education, and career choices…And the freedom to choose those people we wish to make significant partners. These are choices we make repeatedly throughout our lives. 

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Denise Smith
Make money doing what you love

For some, this seems utterly unrealistic.  They think that work is purely work and that is how we make a living, and that loving what you do is not a factor in the equation.  WRONG!

Did you know that doing what you love is the very best way to ensure your success and make a quantum leap in earnings? It is true that when doing what you love, you are more eager and resolute about putting in the work, and then, the income follows. The first step is to dig deep and figure out what you love to do. Here’s how:

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Denise Smith
Does Size Really Matter?

I’m not even going to comment on the age-old question… “Does size matter..” but I will tell you something I know for certain—Height matters!

There is a dramatic shift that happens in a space with an eight foot ceiling versus one with a ten foot ceiling. Have you ever noticed how ceiling height affects you?

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Denise Smith
Happiness

Happiness…that intangible state of being…What exactly is it…and how do we get it?

Happiness is not a guarantee. It is something we create and maintain. And beyond that, it is most certainly a mindset--it is a choice we make each and every day.

Happiness is not just that elated feeling of bouncing from one joyful moment to the next.  It is more than just a positive feeling.  It is a sense of elation and fulfillment that comes from living a good life that is grounded in meaning and heartfelt satisfaction.

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Denise Smith
Can a Mentor be the Answer to Your Prayers?

A mentor can be many things. He/she can be a person that you go to for tips to navigate your business, and an adviser or guide to give you support and guidance, knowledge and wisdom so that you can be the best at your profession and create the career you long for.  The biggest benefit of a mentor is that he/she can help you get in the fast track lane to expedite your learning process and career success. 

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Max Johnson
Color Alert

One of my favorite pastimes is to watch the color trends as they emerge, beginning in fashion, and leading to architecture, interior design, and home décor. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2017, and - drum roll please, it is...

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karen otis
Clutter

Do you feel overwhelmed by never-ending clutter? Whether it is a cluttered desk, a cluttered closet, for us gals a cluttered purse, or for any of us a cluttered mind…clutter can inundate and engulf us. It seems to slowly creep into our lives without us even realizing what is happening.  It becomes apparent at certain times like when we are selling or turning in our lease on a car (and trying to clear our stuff out), or digging around in our big fashionista bag for our keys, or when it is nearing tax time and all the receipts and files you need are in cluttered disarray.  You know what I’m talking about...

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karen otis
Perseverance

This week it’s all about PERSEVERANCE, defined as “determined continuation; steady and continued action or belief, especially despite difficulties or setbacks.”  Truthfully, that is a key ingredient to making things happen – making a dream you have into the reality you want. We saw some of that in the Super Bowl last weekend. Though they were seriously falling behind and could have succumbed to defeat, Tom Brady and the Patriots persevered… and succeeded.

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karen otis
How afraid do you get when you hear the word... CHANGE?

Human beings by nature do not particularly like change.  We like to stick to what we know, what is familiar, what we have become comfortable with, and what can be predicted with little to no surprise.  For this reason, we can be resistant to change, and that may very well be at the heart of why New Year’s resolutions don’t typically stick.

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karen otis