/Inspirational

THE POWER OF APPRECIATION

2018-10-26T01:05:08+00:00November 1st, 2018|Inspirational|

by Maria Sylvester A thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~W.J. Cameron Feel it. Offer it. Watch your life transform! Give yourself the pleasure of a moment of appreciating something, and watch how, just like a magnet, riches on many levels come back to you! Appreciation is defined as “the recognition and enjoyment of good qualities of someone or something.” Opening ourselves to savoring the good qualities of people, circumstances, or things around us is so simple to do. The option is always there. You can experience appreciation and gratitude in any instant you choose. Begin now, today, in this month [...]

WOMAN ON THE STREET: WALKING IS MAGIC

2018-10-26T01:18:38+00:00November 1st, 2018|Inspirational|

by Stephanie Saline Sometimes, cars are too fast and even bicycles feel like rushing. Don’t get me wrong: the wheel is a remarkable invention. I’m glad I have it to thank for all sorts of transits and adventures. But there are times when walking is the only way to go. There’s something deeply satisfying about using your own two feet to traverse the planet. It’s travel at a human pace, for starters. Your eyes can take in the surroundings at a digestible speed. Philosophically, your body is no longer cargo — it once again becomes the vehicle. I once had a [...]

HERsay: A Tale of Women With Something to Say

2018-09-30T20:42:04+00:00September 30th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational|

By Patti Smith There were three reasons why I created HERsay: I wanted more judgment-free performance opportunities for people; I loathe hearing people say women aren’t funny; and women’s voices need to be heard. I’ve done public speaking my entire adult life, and it is never not scary. But stories need to be told and there are never enough places for public telling. Our local storytellers’ guild does an outstanding job of providing safe spaces for storytelling, and opportunities arise now and again, but I wanted something for all types of artists — visual artists, musicians, poets, actors, improvisers. There must be [...]

Leading the Way: Ushering In a New Way of Being

2018-10-06T12:07:23+00:00September 30th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Spirituality|

By: Sharon Lawlor While traveling over the summer with my ten-year-old daughter and husband, I was taken back to the days when I was a young girl traveling with my family — no maps pulled up at the press of a finger, no Siri telling you where to go. In today’s world, one can turn on their maps app, enter where they want to go, and basically slip into autopilot, knowing that the phone will direct you step-by-step along the way. There is such a tunnel vision that happens here. Not even for a moment do we pause to wonder what [...]

Finding Your Way HOME

2018-09-30T19:38:11+00:00September 30th, 2018|Inspirational|

By Alycia M. Huston, NeuroLeadership Consultant I know that for me, home is comfort, love, peace, and support.  For others, home may be represented by adventure, nomadic experiences, or a myriad of friends.  There is truly no one, two, or three ways it must be classified; the truth is, YOU create what it means. As I sit at my dining room table and peer out of my white plantation blinds, a smile comes to my face. I actually FEEL a sense of peace. I see my beautiful birds-of-paradise along with the other handsome greenery that makes my heart sing. What I [...]

Do It Your Way | Choosing to Do What You Love

2018-09-29T11:53:15+00:00September 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our interview with Kelly Callison of a2vintage, an online and offline vintage and antique dealer, we noticed her commitment to doing what she loved and how much it informed every choice in her life. Whether she’s in the process of reclaiming something once-loved for resale, or simply living and loving her family and friends, Kelly is a model of what it means to put love first. Kelly is is a sterling example of what it looks like when we let love win — both in business and in life. ___ I went to graduate school at the University [...]

Woman on the Street | The Puerto Rican and the Swede

2018-09-29T11:27:36+00:00September 29th, 2018|Inspirational|

By Stephanie Saline I’d popped out of my house to check and see if the mail had come yet. It hadn’t yet, but I looked up and noticed Louis was in his car, idling. Louis is a retired police officer whose adult daughters live in the house across the street. He sometimes sits in his car in front of our house, waiting with his windows down. It’s always struck me as a retired police officer thing to do. Side bar: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Louis outside his car. I didn’t have anywhere particular to be, so I ran down [...]

Woman on the Street | Coming Home from the Coffee Shop

2018-08-30T21:45:20+00:00September 1st, 2018|Inspirational|

By Stephanie Saline Walking home from the coffee shop last week, three of my neighbors were chatting conspiratorially on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street at the house next door. I asked them if they were plotting the revolution, and one of them asked me where I’d come from. I told them about the new coffee shop that opened less than half a mile from our houses. It’s the kind of place that posts where they get their coffee beans. The kind of place that has sidewalk seating and Parisian-style chairs. The kind of place that has [...]

Memories in My Button Jar

2018-08-30T23:41:17+00:00September 1st, 2018|Inspirational|

By Marilyn A. Pellini Like all young brides, I could hardly wait to start accumulating the necessities of married life. I registered for china, silver, and crystal, bought all new furnishings for my adorable first apartment, and even gathered together the usual bridal trousseau. In those days, I was eager to collect anything that would later be shared memories with my new husband. I would search for little mementos from places we visited, knowing these were sure to find the perfect shelf or table on which they could be displayed. When we finally began married life together, I saved everything. I [...]

The Only Woman In The Room | Life as an Aerospace Unicorn with Kami Meader

2018-08-30T23:26:50+00:00September 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue When we spoke to Kamala Meader, founder, and CEO of Aerokam Engineering, we were inspired by her tenacity despite the challenges she recounts being one of the only women in her classrooms and jobs. Caught at the crossroads between societal expectations of being “the perfect mother” while having a “full career,” Kami’s honesty about the costs and the choices serve to remind us that while having it all is possible, having it all at once is not.   ___  When I consider how I got into aerospace engineering, I think DNA chose my path. My father was an aerospace stress engineer and he used to take me [...]

Cover Story | Your Dreams, Your Terms

2018-08-01T19:43:26+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our conversation with Angela Harrison, we watched how a gnawing childhood passion turns itself into a career. While there are many paths to fulfillment with lots of uncertainty and twists and turns, the unencumbered certainty that drove Harrison is an inspiration to behold. Her conviction about the way every woman should feel in her clothes (and in her own skin) showcases her true gift: delivering self-love to everyone she touches. Before I even knew what “styling” meant, I was a stylist. Barbies were always swapping tops and bottoms instead of wearing their assigned outfits. My childhood dress-up [...]

Letting Go & Creating the Healthy, Happy Life You Desire

2018-07-30T20:57:15+00:00August 1st, 2018|Health, Inspirational|

By: Tanya Penny, OTR, Health Coach We are often told by others to “just let it go.” The question I always asked was “HOW?!” Like most people, I was not taught how to let things go. I had a father who was very critical and controlling — the opposite of letting go. My mother would constantly bring up things that happened years (or decades) prior, and was also a hoarder (she still has my elementary school projects and prom dress). So, letting go was not something that was modeled for me while growing up. From a young age, I struggled with [...]

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