Inspiration for Your Ears: From Podcasts on Blogging to Empowering Videos

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I’m always learning, and I love to share! So this is the beginning of a series called “Inspiration For Your Ears.” Each Saturday I’ll post inspirational content I discover online.

Here’s what I am listening to this week:

Gabrielle Blair (Design Mom) talks successful blogging, motherhood, mental health & living with intention.

My BFF and blog contributor, Shannon, recently turned me on to the awesomeness of writers / coaches Abiola Abrams and Amanda Elise. They have put together amazing videos about stuff like clearing clutter to make room for abundance and manifesting financial breakthroughs.

A thoughtful conversation on She Does Podcast (which highlights creative women in all forms of media) with actor and writer Caitlin Fitzgerald (best known for her current role as Libby on “Masters of Sex”).

5 Signs You’re Dating a Hater

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You have a gut feeling it’s true, but who wants to believe the person they’re dating, sleeping with or even are married to is jealous of them? In modern terminology we call this person, “a hater.” They hate on our positive qualities and revel in our downfalls. Unfortunately, many of us have made “sleeping with the enemy” a regular occurrence.

Answer the following questions to see if you might be dating a hater; then keep reading to find out the GREATER LIFE LESSON.

1. YES or NO

The person in question spends time finding faults and flaws in other people.

2.YES or NO

You are not comfortable being 100% yourself, 100% of the time.

3. YES or NO

The person in question criticizes or scrutinizes your creativity, even as subtly as raising an eyebrow.

4. YES or NO

You have to DIG for a compliment from him/her.

5. YES or NO

In arguments, the person intentionally tries to hurt your feelings.
If you answered YES to 2 or more of these questions, YOU ARE DATING A HATER. Keep reading to understand why.

We are blessed with relationships to show us parts of ourselves that should be praised and parts that need improvement. While the person you’re dating is dealing with jealousy, you are being shown your own true feelings of inadequacy.

It appears that the person is telling you, through subtle or not-so-subtle ways, that the true authentic you is not good enough. In reality, it is you, your own hardened ego telling the soft inner you that you are not enough.

So, BREAK UP WITH THE HATER, and create a clear boundary that no more negativity will be tolerated as of today.

And BE GRATEFUL for this person for he or she was sent to show you some truths about yourself. There is no need to be angry. Release all negative thoughts and feelings towards the other person. His or her words and actions may have been ugly but you are the one who is hurting you. Think of all the mean things you tell yourself (your nose is big, you ain’t cute enough, you don’t have enough talent). And stop that TODAY.

For when you know better, you do better.

Live in Color – Shannon

Avoiding The Hole: How Not To Repeat Past Mistakes

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bigstock_Road_To_Success_Green_Road_Sig_5032570I haven’t had it as bad as the mother from Langston Hughes’ poem, “Mother to Son.” But surely I can relate to the line, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”

But, while some of us are winning the battle against the general atmosphere of hard times, others seem to be losing it. When I asked a trusted mentor how to cope with my own reaccuring frustrations, she handed me this poem.

Old habits are hard to break but we must learn to recognize unproductive patterns in all aspects of our lives. In what area of life are you frustrated? Maybe an evalutation of your own decisions could help you stop falling in the same ole holes.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS
By Portia Nelson

I
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalkdanger-falling-sign-Medium-1024x928
I fall in
I am lost….I am helpless
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

II
I walk down the same street,
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

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I walk down the same street
There is a hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in…it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it.

V
I walk down another street.

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Live in Color – Shannon