The Wisdom of Others

“Throughout our lives we are faced with a variety of challenges. It is in these moments that the wisdom of others who have walked the same dark valleys but have overcome prove to be invaluable and sometimes the catalyst for our own personal triumphs and victories.” - Russell and Sam Evans

Do Not Doubt

“When we face a Life Storm, our faith is challenged most often by God’s seeming silence when we need Him the most. Life Storms help us to explore the reality of trust, when circumstances challenge our faith and tempt us to doubt God’s promises.” - John Krohn

Trials and Memories

“If there is one thing I have learned through my struggles in life, its todays trials will be tomorrows faded memories.” - Angelique Bochnak

A quote from The Happiness Mindset

Whenever you feel life is challenging or things are just not working out, review and assess your most important values. this will help reinforce the confidence and clarity you need to improve your current situation.” - Brandon Stanberg, The Happiness Mindset

Positive thinking...

“Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.” - Catherine Pulsifer


“Challenges are our biggest teachers. Nothing teaches us more in lfie than challenges.” -Brenda Nathan


“Prayer is not a last resource. It’s vital to all life; we ought not wait till trials arise through illness or through strife.” - Greta Zwaan


Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Risk Vs. Reward

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The Greatest Thing

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. - Michel de Montaigne

I’m still working on this.


Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. - Jack Kerouac

My opinions were never popular in my family. Not sure what that means…

Food for Thought

Our true nationality is mankind. - H.G. Wells

I love this quote. It’s our common denominator.

The Art of Inspiration

As we begin to become aware of our focus, it’s important to make sure we move it towards the positive, the inspirational.  I admit, when life throws me a curve ball, it can be difficult.  There are days it’s hard to see the good.  It’s in those times finding inspiration is indeed an art in and of itself.  It’s also a choice.  

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

Choose to believe in miracles.  See everything as good.  Here are just a few more quotes and a few inspirational items to get you moving in the right direction.

“I do see value in music criticism.  Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.” - Van Morrison

“Be happy not because everything is good but because you can see the good side of things.” - unknown

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” - Willie Nelson

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” - Buddha

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” - Romans 8:28

Climbing that Mountain

As you begin to look back, it’s important to remember how far you’ve come as opposed to how far you have to go.  When you feel like you have a mountain standing in front of you, it can be daunting and quite overwhelming. 

In order for you to continue to believe that mountain is climbable, it is essential to encourage yourself along the way.  Looking at what you have accomplished, no matter how small the accomplishments are, will give you that boost to keep you going.  If you are an artist, it may even be necessary to get out photos of your old work and compare to your most recent work.  I bet you’ll be amazed at your development.

Be your own cheerleader.  Make a list of every accomplishment and review it from time to time.  When it comes to friends or even family, if there is someone who is not willing to cheer you on keep them at bay.  Negativity produces negativity.  If you do these things the mountain won’t seem so large.  

Postive Thoughts

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, you life will start to change.-Unknown.

Who said it? Practically every overcomer. If you doesn’t come naturally for you, it’s not easy. It takes practice. I work on this every day in every situation. How do you stay positive?


If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing that can make you grand, nothing.-Nassim Nicholas Taleb