Posts tagged "inspiration"

12 “Uplifting” Quotes To Float You Down The Frozen River Of Denial This Winter

I’ve detested winter my whole life, but since it’s inevitable whether I like it or not, I made a little project last year of trying to at least appreciate the season’s finer points. (Sledding! Hot chocolate! Pine trees!) To really commit myself to this (ultimately fruitless) task, I tried to get hyped up by talking to the people in my…

By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015

5 Great Poems By Philip Levine, Who Found Magic In Everyday Life

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Poet Laureate of the United States, died Saturday at age 87. His early life in Detroit and his work on the auto assembly line inspired much of his poetry, which focused heavily on working-class middle America. He was, in the words of the New York Times Dwight Garner, “an outsider archiving the…

By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015

15 Oprah Quotes To Get You Through Your Winter-Fueled Dark Night Of The Soul

Winter has reared its ugly head, everything is bleak outside, and if you’re anything like me and would rather hide under the covers until spring, we could all use a little inspiration. Luckily for us, media goddess and pseudo spiritual teacher Oprah Winfrey (who turned 61 last week!) provides us with an endless supply of…

By: Claire Hannum / February 4, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal’s outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and…

By: Claire Hannum / September 11, 2014

This Little League Coach’s Rousing Pep Talk Is About So Much More Than Baseball

After the Cumberland American team lost at the Little League World Series on Monday, their amazing coach, David Belisle, gave them a speech they’ll likely never forget. The team lost 8-7 to a team from Illinois, and many of the Cumberland players couldn’t help but cry. Belisle, however, couldn’t have been prouder of hi…

By: Claire Hannum / August 20, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: This Single Mom Just Graduated With Three Degrees, So You Can Definitely Handle This Week

Deanna Jordan, a 28-year-old single mom of three boys, just graduated from UCLA with three (three!) degrees. Jordan, who grew up in Compton in Los Angeles, had her three sons from ages 18-22. Jordan told news station CBS2 that she knew she had a rough road ahead. “I had him and in the…

By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

Girl Talk: In Favor Of Following Your Heart

My best friend works at a handmade art market in Portland. She meets a lot of interesting people when she’s sitting at her booth selling necklaces — earth mamas who share recipes for homemade toothpaste, wood carvers who claim very matter-of-factly that they were born on a different planet, chakra healers and aura seers and…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 13, 2014

Jot It Down: 10 Statement Journals With A Message

You’re an adult now. It’s time to stop jotting things down on receipts and scraps of paper you found in your junk drawer. Whether you’re a writer who always needs a notebook handy, a dreamer who finds inspiration in everyday life or just your average on-the-move guy or gal, your daily musings and messages deserve…

By: Katie Oldenburg / June 5, 2014

10 Stories That Prove Good Things Are Happening In The World

This past week was ROUGH. Between the misogyny-fueled massacre in Santa Barbara and the misogynist backlash that followed (not to mention the passing of Maya Angelou and an array of other sad stories), if you paid any attention to the news or the internet this week, there’s a very good chance you lost whatever faith…

Senator Elizabeth Warren Has Some Great Advice For Handling Life’s Curveballs

“Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road — or…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 28, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Family Surprises Terminally Ill Mom With A Flash Mob Of Love

Two years ago, Amy Wagner was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer. After undergoing major surgery and painful chemotherapy treatments, Amy and her family got the worst news one year later: the cancer was back, and this time the diagnosis was terminal. Amy is determined to make the most of the time she has left.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 22, 2014

Cheers! 30 Not-As-Obvious Occasions That Call For Champagne

The champagne toast is one of my favorite customs. I’m all about celebrating happy moments with sparkly wine, so hey, what’s not to love? But lately I’ve been thinking that the traditional requirements for what constitutes a champagne-worthy moment are way too predictable (not to mention way too rare). Major milestones like engagements, weddings, buying

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 23, 2014

10 Things I’ve Learned From 10 Years In A Relationship

Today is Nick and my 10-year anniversary. TEN YEARS. A decade. One-twentieth of a lifetime if we both live to be 200, which we plan to. I’m not usually super sentimental about anniversaries, if only because I’m like a doofy sitcom husband when it comes to remembering exact dates, but I couldn’t help but get…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 14, 2014

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Working At Whole Foods

I worked at Whole Foods for almost four years, the majority of which I spent in the bakery as a cake decorator in a fun, busy suburban store. It had some serious ups and downs and a variety of challenges that were unique to the company and their customer demographic. I’m glad I had the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Doles Out Some Amazing Advice For Life On Earth

“If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. Commanding a spaceship or doing a spacewalk is a very rare, singular moment-in-time event in the continuum of life. You need to honor the highs and the peaks in the moments — you need…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 17, 2014

15 Things That Deserve A Second Chance (And 10 Things That Don’t)

We’ve been thinking a lot about second chances lately: when to give them, who to give them to, and how they’re earned. Second chances are complicated, because we all want to be one of those magnanimous, forgiving souls who write inspiring essays for O magazine, but at the same time, no one wants to be a gullible…

Four-Year-Old And Her Mom Flawlessly Recreate Red Carpet Dresses … With Construction Paper

See that little girl rocking a flawless — if slightly more crinkly — recreation of Lupita Nyong’o’s Golden Globes dress? She’s known as Mayhem (coolest nickname ever? I think so), and she’s become something of an Instagram fashion icon for the amazing construction paper couture she and her mom, Angie, make together. Before the two…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 27, 2014

Girl Talk: You Can Run Away From Some Problems

In the months leading up to my move from Portland to Nashville, my life wasn’t exactly going smoothly. My family situation was growing more stressful by the day. Some of my closest friendships had turned toxic. I felt extremely out of place in the hipster culture that dominated the city. My boyfriend wasn’t happy i…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 25, 2014

50 Things You Will Absolutely, Positively, Never, Ever Regret

In the past few weeks, Facebook and Twitter have been overflowing with “inspiring” articles focusing on regrets.  We’ve seen “The Top 10 Things Elderly People Regret,” “20 Most Common Regrets People Have On Their Deathbed,” and more. We found all of these articles interesting, if a bit morbid, but there was something we thought wa…

By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 3, 2014

Watch This: Man Makes Sweet Coming Out Video Through The Eyes Of His Dog

Ivan Cruz spent most of his life praying that one day he’d wake up and not be gay anymore. Instead, one day he woke up with a realization that was even more surprising: he felt ready to come out. After telling his mom, sister, and friends, he decided to make a video about his coming…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 31, 2014
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