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I honestly can’t remember where I saw this poster but I didn’t forget it’s message and made an effort  to look it up so I could obtain a copy of my own.  I love what it stands for and the inspiration it provides to be my best. Get your own copy at Northern Sun.

It reads:

Turn off your TV. Leave your house. Know your neighbors, Look up when you are walking; Greet people; Sit on your stoop; Plant flowers; Use your library; Play together; Buy from local merchants; Share what you have; Help a lost dog; Take children to the park; Garden together; Support neighborhood schools; Fix it even if you didn’t break it; Have pot lucks; Honor elders; Pick up litter; Read storeis aloud; Dance in the street; Talk to the mail carrier; Listen to the birds; Put up a swing; Help carry something heavy; Barter for your goods; Start a tradition; Ask a question; Hire young people for odd jobs; Organize a block party; Bake extra and share; Ask for help when you need it; Open your shades; Sing together; Share your skills; Take back the night; Turn up the music; Turn down the music; Listen before you react to anger; Mediate a conflict; Seek to understand; Learn from new and uncomfortable angles; Know that no one is silent athough many are not heard. Work to change this.

Happy Monday!

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I often get so wrapped up in the busy-ness of my life that I forget about the simple things I can do to impact the lives of others.  Charitable acts don’t have to be grand, time consuming or expensive.  My two favorite resources for ideas make it really easy to slip in good deeds wherever you may be…

Debbie Tenzers “nice-a-holic” website is a great resource for busy people to fit good deeds into their everyday.  Her email newsletter and website lists specific items needed for a cause and the address to send it to or on her faq page for her new book she lists everyday nice things you can do on your own.

The Random Acts of Kindness website also has wonderful resources for home, community and schools.  I especially love the simplicity of their free pdf download, great for hanging on your refrigerator or bulletin board as a reminder.

Wishing you a kind and happy Monday!

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This Monday muse is the podcasts that I can’t seem to live without.  They are thought provoking, inspirational and uplifting.
I love, love, love to listen to podcasts in my car, some people get their best ideas in the shower…I get mine while driving.  Listening to these podcasts has improved my life in more ways than one:

Tranquility du jour audio and video podcasts feature fabulous interviews by self-proclaimed tranquilista Kimberly on numerous subjects such as “do-gooding, creativity, yoga, style, and being fabulous”.

Want more?  Visit her website http://kimberlywilson.com/she is a one woman extravaganza.  Her collection of websites include a blog, book club, workshops, retreats, philosophy, yoga tips, recipes, clothing line….her ingenuity and energy are motivational.

Who doesn’t need a little motivation on a Monday?


My next favorite (these aren’t in any special order) are the More hip than hippy chicks Dori and Val.  An eco friendly, environmentally conscious, sustainable collection of gadgets, news, interviews, tips, beer and chocolate…mix in the witty, unpretentious camaraderie of these two fabulous hosts and you’ve got two new friends.  With almost 300 episodes and 6 years in the making there is a load of information available, I just hope they don’t call it quits any time soon.

My final muse for the day is Queen of Dreams, Tina Ferguson.  Her soothing voice teaches peaceful, inspirational, reach for the stars, be your best subject matter in interviews with likeminded guests.  After listening to her I feel refreshed, calm and ready to conquer the world.

So on that 1000th commute to work, or trip to Grandma’s house when you’ve seen everything  and could make your way there blindfolded, with your hands tied…. pop one (or many) episodes of these lovely ladies onto your iPod and stimulate your journey with new thoughts, ideas and creative juices.

Happy listening!

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