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I just recently completed my ebook How to Begin to Believe- 12 Essential Steps to Believing You Can Do It!  I used the tool Gumroad to publish it here on inspirationenergy and allow my readers to safely pay and download!

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See how I did it here: How to Begin to Believe- 12 Essential Steps to Believing You Can Do It!   …IT WORKS!

 

How To Begin To Believe: Step 3- Change Your Mind

bonsai-fb6Here is my Friday Sneak Peak from my soon to be released eBook, How To Begin To Believe, 12 Steps To Believing You Can Do What Nobody Ever Told You, You Could !

Step 3- Change Your Mind

“Change your mind about who you think you are. One of the primary reasons we wrestle with accomplishing certain goals is because we have adopted certain labels and character traits. Odds are, these labels were probably first given to us by our parents, siblings, friends etc. And because we love and trust these people, we believed them!
I was labeled “LAZY”. Ok, yeah this one was a little true for me. But I was also called smart, creative, and compassionate. The challenge was that I let the LAZY label, take priority over the smart, or creative label. I let it define me.

So, here’s how I changed my mind and how you can change yours too….”

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day – Heather’s Story

Mesothelioma Awareness Day- September 26, 2013

Heather Von St James, “Courageous Mother, Wife and Survivor of Mesothelioma” contacted me and ask that I join her in spreading hope and being a voice for the victims  of mesothelioma. After a little research, I said of course. Check out Heather’s story here and here.  I hope you join us!

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In Search of Purposeful Greatness: A Review of the Websites & Blogs Most Likely to Get Us There!

bonsai-fbI have been blogging for a year now with the goal of ultimately making a living by helping others to reach purposeful greatness. I define Purposeful Greatness as greatness that is measured more by what you’ve helped others to accomplish than by what you’ve accomplished yourself! I have had to learn everything from how to embed a video to researching the business side of blogging, to searching for plain old inspiration and still have A LOT to learn. Some of you may have seen my post “Inspirationenergy’s Anniversary Post: 2013 Most Inspiring Turn-To Sites!” where I highlighted some of the websites that I found extremely resourceful during my first year. I have come across dozens of blogs and websites whose claims are to inspire, training, guide, teach, motivate etc., on creating websites, creativity, online businesses and how to do what you love.

So, I created “In Search of Purposeful Greatness… A Review of the Websites & Blogs Most Likely to Get Us There!” to share my experiences as I follow, subscribe and research various websites/blogs and their ability to move us on our path to purposeful greatness. It’s important to mention that I started last year with zero experience in blogging, social media, building a website business etc., so if I find them helpful, you probably will too!

Here are some of the “great” criteria I will be looking for and reporting back to you on:

Sincerity/Authenticity– Does the creator of the site really want to help or is their primary motivation to make money… your money?

Simplicity– Is the site easy to maneuver, can I find what I am look for easily. And is the information provided in a clear and easy to understand way? Or, is it bombarded with ads and other “stuff” or too much stuff!

Value- Is the information being provided valuable and necessary to gaining purposeful greatness? Can I gain access to this information for free and without having to commit to “paid membership” before gaining any benefit?

Affordable- When there are fees, are they reasonable for the services being provided?

Authority– Does this person really know what they’re talking about? Now, this doesn’t mean that the creator has to have years of experience of college degrees, because some of the best sites are done by people simply driven by a sincere desire to help you by sharing their real experiences in an informed way i.e. purposeful greatness!

Creativity- Is the information and process provided in a creative and interesting way?

Consistency- Is information being provided consistently and is up to date? And are they providing the services that they are marketing and there’s no bait and switch.

Support/Accessibility- Is the creator/ team accessible? Are their opportunities to ask questions that they will answer in a timely fashion without cost?

Exceptionals- Is the site exceptional in some unexpected way?

Here is how it works! At least once a month, I will select and subscribe to a website/blog. I will periodically post on my experiences throughout the month and give a overall review of the site when I’m finished.  I will be honest about my experiences and definitely let you know when I think a site is mostly likely to lead you to purposeful greatness! Also, if you happen to be familiar with the site, you can share your comments as well. And finally, if you would like me to test your site for purposeful greatness or another site that you’re curious about but just don’t have the time to check out, leave a comment and let me know just make sure that the site is in line with our mission and I’ll put it on my list.

So the first site I will be testing for purposeful greatness is Blog Boldly! Blog Boldly says it will help you to ” Turn Your HOBBY * PASSION * KNOWLEDGE into an online business, learn how to setup a blog that makes you money and offers a Free 20-Day Blog to Profit Course”. I’m already in to Day 15 of the course.

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Look for my post/ tweet next Monday for the complete results!

I’m goin’ in, see you soon!

-Robin

TEDxFIU: Reimagine Possible

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A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from my alma mater, Florida International University.  FIU is extending an invitation to students, faculty and alumni to participate in their FIU TEDx event.

“TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. They are looking for eight speakers – students, alumni or faculty to speak on this theme year’s theme,  “Reimagine Possible.”

I found TEDTALKS about 6 months ago and I think it is amazing! “TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.” I have imagined speaking at an TED TALKS event  and am so excited about this opportunity, so I applied!

So, the theme again is “Reimagine Possible.”  Speakers will be announced Sept. 30.  So just in case I’m not selected as one of the speakers, I want to share a summary of my TALK with you, so here it is!

Reimagine Possible

When I was 22 years old I had just given birth to a brand new baby boy! I moved out of my parent’s house and into a subsidized apartment with my son’s father who was 10 years older than I was, unemployed and had no means of providing for us but I loved him anyway.  I had two years left in college to complete. I had no car (no driver’s license because I didn’t know how to drive), no job, no health insurance, no money!   My parents were devastated and angry and made it clear that there was no coming back home for me!  So there I was, on my own, determined to finish college, raise my son and one day marry this man who said he loved me.  I would have never thought that in less than two years he would hit me so hard, I would nearly passed out and the mark that was left on my face stayed with me for days after. And of course, it would get much worse before it got better.

Over time the slaps to my face grew few but the fear was there every day, all the time and it hurt just the same. Just like many who experience this type of abuse I thought I could fix it, that if I do it like this, say this don’t say that, be prettier, be nicer be quite that somehow this madness would become the life I imagined for myself; but I was wrong.

This talk isn’t about domestic violence and how to survive it. That’s easy…get out!  This talk is about how I began to believe that I could survive it. It’s about how I could reimagine possible, a new and better life for myself.  And it’s about how I apply these same principles to achieving my goals today.  It’s important to note that these principles did not come about through years of research, data and studies; they were born out of pain, hope, patience and prayer.

Think and Believe

I first had to allow myself to even think it could be different, to convince myself that it was safe to have these ideas in head and in my heart and this would eventually open the door to allowing me to begin believe it could be different.

Gratitude and Forgiveness

Amidst all the tears, fear and unhappiness, it was hard to feel that I had anything to be grateful for but to my surprise, there was a lot to be grateful for; my son, he was healthy and beautiful, for everyday that I wrote up and the sun was shining and it would remind me of the potential for what was possible for me.  Gratitude empowered me and reminded me that I was more worthy than I had ever thought.

Forgivingness; that was a hard one. I not only had to forgive him for what he had done and would do to me but I had to forgive myself for all of the bad decisions I had made and all moments I disappointed myself.  Forgiveness kept my heart pliable and kept open the door to love and compassion which was quickly being closed by fear, anger, bitterness and resentment.

 Change Your Mind

I knew that if I was going to change my life, I had to change my mind about who I thought I was. That if I didn’t want to be a victim, I could no longer think or speak of myself as such. If I wanted to be strong, I had to think and act strong. I had to think of myself as the person who could live the new life I imaged that I deserved to live the life that I had imaged. Find a Greater Purpose I realized that no matter how much I wanted this for myself, I wanted it even more for my son.  Having this greater purpose of knowing that he was depending on me made stronger, and more determined to get there.

FEAR… no, COURAGE

Dr. Maya Angelou said that Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. She said, we can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. So, I decided that the potential for what was possible for me was stronger than the fear that would try to stop me.

HABITS

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” -Thomas Jefferson. I had to create new habits and routines that empowered me and kept me positive and focused. And I had to undo those habits that historically came off as provoking and presented me as victim.  Our habits either nourish or deplete us. I no longer had the luxury of doing things that served no greater purpose than self gratification.

Get Ready

I was always taught to be ready, so that’s what I did. I begin to prepare myself for my new life as though it was no doubt that it would happen.  I planned research and organized everything I thought I needed to do. I saved all money I could, I looked into getting another place to stay,  I completed my 4 degree here at FIU. I did everything I could to become as independent as I could.  These actions not only helped me to envision the future but increased my chances of success for when it would in fact arrive.

Look to the Hills

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. -Psalms 121. I prayed.   I would pray, on his bedside when went out the clubs, I’d pray over his food and over the door way that he would walk through as he came into the house.

And then finally, the day came when we would have our last fight and I would have to use everything I had come to know at that very moment. When all the dust settled, a restraining order was filed and a few days later he was gone…that was a great day. That afternoon, I opened all the curtains to my living room window as wide as I could to let the sun in and the light filled the entire house. And I played the song Lily in the Valley by John P Kee. That song helped me keep my sanity many a day.

So, I’m here because I could reimagine possible; I was able to image that my life did not have to be bound to the decisions and limitations of a naïve 20 year old girl nor did it have to be dictated by a brute and broken bully who would try to keep down and force me to conform to his will.

Since that day, I have made a career of service to the neglected, underserved and those who have yet to began to reimagine possible for themselves.  I have three of the smartest, most beautiful, compassionate children on the planet and I been blessed to marry a man by the name of Nehemiah, who encourages me every day to continue to reimagine possible, to be all that I can, to be all that I can imagine.

Know that when our spirits are bound and held hostage by fear and the perception of limitations nothing is possible. But you can reimage possible, possibility is waiting for you. It is limitless, accessible and at hand!

-Robin

50th Anniversary March on Washington

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Source: http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/

This day marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. I would be born 5 months later but I soon came to understand how important this day was, not only to this Country but to all of humanity.  In school we would sing songs and have plays in celebration of this day. We would have competitions for who would get to recite the “I Have A Dream” speech. I learned today that the words “I Have A Dream” were not apart of the original speech but they came to him during the speech…”he’d given himself over to the spirit of the moment”. Check out this inspiring article, “How Martin Luther King Improvised ‘I Have A Dream’ by Carmine Gallo.  I am so grateful for this great day and to Dr. King for his purpose and sacrifice  to us all.

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Inspirationenergy’s Anniversary Post: 2013 Most Inspiring Turn-To Sites!

This August notes one year since I launched inspirationenergy the blog! In honor of this moment, I want to announce my list of the most inspiring turn-to sites that I have always been able to “turn-to” for one reason or another of the course of this past year. It’s my way of saying thank you for inspiring and informing and often comforting me over the past several months.  Note that there have been many more sites and people who have been a source of inspiration and refuge for me but these sites have been particularly consistent and resourceful.   I want to also say thanks to anyone who has ever visited, viewed, liked or followed ie, I hope it has served you well. By the way, ie has been viewed almost 15,000 times over the last six months! I don’t know how impressive that is but I am so grateful for every single one ! I’m so excited about what the future holds for me and all the good I can do thorough ie!  So in no particular order here they are!   Thanks again everybody!!

Inspirationenergy’s Most Inspiring Turn-To Sites of 2013

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1. The Reconstructionist at http://thereconstructionists.org/ is a beautiful site of illustrations honoring great women of our time. The art work is moving and amazing and is accompanied by a quote of the woman featured.

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2. Seth Godin is a marketing guru and seems to be the go-to for everything marketing and entrepreneurial  He has written several bestsellers. I like that he always seems to be able to get to the point quickly. You can find him at http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/ but know that if you subscribe,  you’re gonna get a post almost everyday  which can be a little overwhelming but I like him so it works for me.

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3. Brene Brown is a scholar, author, and public speaker. She wrote Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Here is here website – http://www.brenebrown.com/ I first took note of her on Ted Talks where she talks about the power of vulnerability, check it out here- http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html . She has had over 10 million views!

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4. Leo Babauta, Zenhabits– Leo is a dad and a husband who got tired of the way he was living his life and changed it.  He shares with us exactly how he did it on his website Zenhabits- http://zenhabits.net/,  You’ll find that his website is clean , containing only the words necessary to get his message across. What I like about Leo is, he’s just guy who is living a simple, minimalist life, no bells or whistles. He says he’s happy and I believe him. Check out his interview on Jonathan Fields, Good Life Project- http://www.goodlifeproject.com/leo-babauta/

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5. Jeanee Duval, Dirtylaundry– Jeanee was my original muse when I started inspirationenergy. She has a life style blog and makes these delightful cupcake bath fizzies. I still visit her site from time to time, its lite  and fun and she’ always on top of the latest trends!  Have fun! http://blog.shopdirtylaundry.com/about

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6. Dr. Maya Angelou is an author, poet and a gift loaned to the planet from the Heavens. She has received dozens of awards and several honorary doctoral degrees. She stopped speaking for 5 years at age 8 because she thought her voice had killed a man.  Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou or better yet read her acclaimed autobiography I know Why The Caged Bird Sings which tells the story of her life up until age 17. http://www.amazon.com/Know-Why-Caged-Bird-Sings/dp/0345514408

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7. Hugh MacLeod- Gaping Void-Does these weird but creative cartoons on the back of business cards. Sometimes profound, sometimes funny but always interesting, provoking thought and change. http://gapingvoid.com/about-gapingvoid/

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8. TED “ideas worth spreading”.- Wow, what can I say about TED- Technology, Entertainment, Design!  I guess their website says it best The TED Conference “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)”.  I’m working on my 18 minutes right now. You can spend months exploring all the TED website and not scratch the surface of everything TED offers the world!- http://www.ted.com/pages/about

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9. Maria Popova-Brain Pickings – describes itself as a “weekly interestingness digest”. Maria Popova shares creative and inspiring articles, books , quotes, photos and illustrations etc. Subjects include art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology. By the way EXPLORE is her site as well! http://www.brainpickings.org/

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10. Tony Hsief- Delivering Happiness.com. Pronounced Tony Shay,  coined the term “happiness as a business model”. He is an entrepreneur, bestselling author and CEO of Zappos.com.  His bestseller Delivering Happiness chronicles his life and ultimately became a global movement! He balances being really smart with being really happy by seeing to it that you’re happy too ! Check him out here! http://www.deliveringhappiness.com/

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11. Awesome People Hanging Out to Together- is just that,  AWESOME!  Its one on my  guilty pleasures. There is nothing to do, click or read, no calls to action, just amazing pictures of awesome people hanging out together! http://awesomepeoplehangingouttogether.tumblr.com/

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12. Jonathan Fields, Good Life Project– Jonathan is my really good friend in my head. He is this cool guy that is dreamy in a life is love kind of a way. He is a entrepreneur, author and his mission is to help us to find and define a Good Life.  I love his video on the Good Life Project Immersion, check it out here http://www.goodlifeproject.com/immersion/ .  On Good Life Project TV, he  interviews people who have achieved a level of success by way of positively impacting people’s lives- you can find that here http://www.goodlifeproject.com/ . At the end of every interview he asks his guest how do they define a good life.  It’s my hope to be interviewed my  him one day really soon. Then there is his creed where almost every sentence is a meaning, life changing quote- http://www.goodlifeproject.com/creed/ .  So please, please check him out, you can thank me later!

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13. Chris Guillebeau, Art of Non Conformity–  Chris is a writer and travels to more than 25 countries every year while helping people take over the world! Learn how here! http://chrisguillebeau.com/ .

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14. Derek Halpern , Social Triggers– Derek Halpern is this loud, animated guy who has this genius way of teaching valuable business  and marketing lessons in 3 minute videos…I love that!  I’m a audio visual learner and if you are too, check it out! http://socialtriggers.com/

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15. Thug Kitchen– is a profanity laced , beautifully photographed, healthy food and dietary website. So be warned,  Thug kitchen is “HERE TO HELP YOUR NARROW DIETARY MINDED A** EXPLORE SOME F*CKING OPTIONS SO THAT YOU CAN LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A F*CKING CHAMP”. http://thugkitchen.com/

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16. Nehemiah Davis is an author, teacher of metaphysics, expert in real estate/community development . He is the most compassionate and brilliant person I know and he also my husband!  Nehemiah is a metaphysician and has held a free lecture series on metaphysics for 30 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuPVyeOMnaI&list=PL3A8468F411484EBF&index=1 . He is the author of The Ancient Language of the Soul: The Mystic Knowledge of Mantra- http://www.amazon.com/The-Ancient-Language-Soul-Knowledge/dp/145352519X . You can also check out his meet-up group at  http://www.meetup.com/The-Miami-Metaphysical-Study-Group/  He  has been my biggest source of inspiration and is one of those rare people who are who they say they are. He is a devoted father committed to God and family.  Thank you honey for being an example of how to live a life of purposeful greatness!

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17. Kickstarter – Is this wonderful innovative site that allows you to reach out into the community to fund you’re your creative projects.  No investors, just people who want to see your dream happen…what’s better than that?! http://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=nav

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18. Oprah Master Class– What list of greats would be complete without Oprah’s name attached to it. Oprah’s Master Class is a video series of hand selected people who  tell their stories of the world’s impact on them and their impact on the world. Morgan Freemans’ was one of my favorites. http://www.oprah.com/own-master-class/First-Look-Oprahs-Master-Class-Special-Edition-Video

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