Inspirationenergy is Now Accepting Guest Posts!

 Inspirationenergy is Now Accepting Guest Posts!

I started inspirationenergy less than 2 years ago and today it has over 2000 followers and nearly 30,000 views and growing! This year, I launched my new website begintobelieve where I use my life, gifts & professional experience to help people (mostly women!) to discover their gifts, establish goals and set practical & spiritual strategies for moving forward. So, since I have less time to search for the most inspirational material out there, I’m reaching out to you!

Here’s How to Submit Your Inspiring Quotes, Music, Videos, Stories, Pictures and Post!

First, look through some of the posts on inspirationenergy so that you can get an idea of the type of things we feature . Note that this can be your work or someone else’s, so please state the source.

Your inspiring submissions must focus on at least one of these three categories:

1. Personal or Spiritual Growth, Self Improvement, Health, Wealth, Business – Featured on Mondays

2. Charities, Causes, Selflessness- Featured on Wednesdays

3. Fun, Adventure, Humor- Featured on Fridays

Submission Guidelines:

1. Email your complete submission to inspirationsubmission@gmail.com with the word SUBMISSION in the subject line. Included the respective category (1,2 or 3) and include a link back to your site and your email address for that I can notify you when you’ve been selected!

2. Follow inspirationenergy.wordpress.com

3. After review, I will select 2 to 4 submissions each month to be featured on inspirationenergy, which will highlight you as the source and be accompanied by the link back to your site.

4. You will be notified if your submission has been selected and when it will be featured.

5. Send any questions or inquiries via my contact page.

So, that’s it… Good luck and I can’t wait to see your exciting and inspirational submissions!

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Monday Motivation: Tested For Greatness-Blog Boldly!

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As promised, here is my review of Blog Boldly, the blog that promises to help “Turn Your HOBBY * PASSION * KNOWLEDGE into a profitable business!”  I will be testing Blog Boldly for greatness which means I will be looking at a few factors that I think are really important when you are just venturing out into blogging and want to do great things; they are Authenticity, Simplicity, Value, Affordability, Creativity, Consistency, Support/Accessibility, Exceptionals. You can read more about these here.  So here we go!

DarleneThis is Darlene, she is the creator of Blog Boldly. I found Blog Boldly on Twitter. First, she invites you to subscribe to her 20 Day Blog to Profit course where you’ll receive a post everyday for 20 days.  Each posts shares tips, tools, resources, advice, support, videos, on everything from the difference between owning and renting a domain name to outsourcing and more.  Now on with it!

Authenticity- Darlene, Darlene, Darlene! She immediately comes off like a friend. Right away, I felt like I could trust what she said as accurate and true and felt that she was sincere in her desire help her readers be successful. She is up front about what has and hasn’t worked for her; as well as other info she shares that she really doesn’t have to and I see these as additional and valuable perks.

Simplicity- The Blog Bold site is simple and uncomplicated. The daily posts link you to the respective Blog Boldly website page she’s. The pages are short, the text is large and clear and doesn’t have any unnecessary verbiage, stories or advertisements.   However, there is one picture of a young woman dressed in only a t-shirt, sitting up bed with a cup of coffee and computer in her lap in full hair and makeup. I thought that was a little weird but other than that, everything on the page has value!

Value- Now this was what I was most impressed with.  Darlene gives away a lot of advice and information that she could easily charge for. I guess I can really appreciate this because I struggled for a longer time, researching a lot of different sources for the information that I got all at Blog Boldly. I thought this was great and best of all it’s free!

 Affordability- As I just mentioned, the 20 Day Blog to Profit Course is free. But Darlene does offer private coaching at a cost of “(OPTION 1 – $175. – “Borrow my Brain” for 45 minutes. OPTION 2 – $399. – “Dive In” – Four 30-min sessions)”.  This does seem a little costly for me but compared to what she offers free of charge, I can’t imagine the value of the information she offers at a cost. She also gives you coupons for discounts for certain services that you’ll need as you build your site.

 Creativity- There’s not a lot on creativity per say but what I will say that the site is clean, is the posts are short, informative and to the point. And they are often funny and insightful. What else do you need?

 Consistency- Each post comes every day and consistently has something to offer. Blog Boldly offers what it says it does. Sometimes you think…”it must be more to it than this, it can’t be this easy” but in most cases  it is that easy and is more than enough to put you well on your way.

 Support/Accessibility- Ok, this is another thing I really liked about Darlene, she responds to your emails and invites you to ask her questions that she will answer via twitter.

Exceptionals- What I found exceptional about Blog Boldly is that you get a wealth of knowledge and information in these bite sized, easy to managed, compassionate pieces. The information is provided in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed but at the same time, you feel well informed and capable of accomplishing the tasks.

Conclusion- In conclusion, I would definitely recommend you make Blog Boldly a stop on your way to greatness. The information is clear and concise and ideal for someone just starting out or the even the more experienced blogger . At the same time, Darlene is embracing, funny, honest and remembers what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone just starting out. Even if you don’t do the 20 Day Course, check out the website anyway, the “Resources” page, has a lot of good stuff in it that I’m sure you’ll find helpful.  In one of her posts after the 20 Day Blog To Profit Course ended, she says her ability to make money on her blog allows her to be of service to others, (and you know how important I think is) and it allows her family freedom. She says, You MUST get OK with making money….. because if you don’t get right about this in your head, you never will prosper and have the success you deserve.” I agree!

So, great job Darlene/ Blog Boldly!

I’m off to make some money!!  (BTW, this was not a paid review… Hey Darlene, let’s talk!)

-Robin

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

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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What I Know Now….”No Questions, Codes or Passwords Needed!”

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Ok…so there I was thinking that all I needed to move forward were the Right tools or what I thought were the right tools, in order  to begin my journey to creating inspirationenergy.  I needed a smart phone, ipod, etc. then my blog would look as good as all of the other blogs I admired, with all the pretty images and fonts and pages etc.  And surely, I needed tweeting capacity, facebook, instagram-a-bility…all that, and if I got all this stuff, I’d be GREAT!  So off I went! I purchased the best phone, tablet etc  that my money could buy…greatness was just one click away!

So, there I was, at my computer with all my new gadgets, on and fully charged and…I’m waiting …and waiting …expecting that somehow greatness was going to jump from all my fancy expensive gadgets to the computer screen and instantly inspirationenergy would be born and I would have a million followers and Oprah would be calling me to give a Master Class!!  Needless to say, this didn’t happen.

What I know now is my most valuable tool (outside of myself) was with me all along…they are my pencils and writing journals!  My journals are filled with all of my ideas, resources, dreams, secrets, lists, mistakes, thoughts, goals and challenges and held everything I needed to get me on my way!  They have no battery life, you don’t need a contract to own them, there are no monthly fees, you don’t have to register or subscribe to have access to them, they come in an infinite number of colors, sizes and styles, they are relatively hard to loose and they’re always there waiting for me whenever I need them….no questions, codes or passwords needed!

Don’t get me wrong, we all know that fancy gadgets have their place but don’t fool yourself into thinking that once I get this or have that, that…THEN, I can make things happen!  What I know now is that you have everything you need NOW to accomplish what can be accomplished at this moment and if you can just start there, you’re way ahead of the game. -Robin

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Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected/National Down Syndrome Society

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The book trailer for Kelle Hampton’s memoir, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected. On Sale April 3, 2012.
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279 DaysTo Overnight Success

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This is a very resourceful and to the point guide for “bloggers, writers and online artists”. Read it, Use it, Share it!

Click the Image to open the pdf….your welcome!

“It tells the story of this web site, but more importantly, it offers 11,000 words of free advice on how to create your own success with your own project. I offer this information freely, but please use it wisely.

Who It’s For   Bloggers, writers, online artists, and anyone otherwise interested in creating a new career or expanding their influence using social media. If you want your online presence to grow far beyond what it is now, read and apply.

What You’ll Learn  How I Became a Full-Time Writer in 279 Days  The Complete Revenue Estimate for my Personal Site in 2009  The World Domination Strategy for Establishing Your Brand  Avoiding the Vampires who Want You to Fail  Why Adsense (and most other Web Advertising) Sucks  How to Stay Off the Digg Home Page and Still Get All the Traffic You Need”