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What Minimalism Can Do For You

Posted by Erin K Casey on April 12, 2012 in Inspiration, Simplify |

Are you a collector? Is shopping your hobby? Are your home and calendar filled beyond capacity? If so, this post from guest blogger Lorilee Lippincott may be exactly what you need. Now, don’t stress. You don’t have to give away all your earthly possessions. But you may discover there’s much to be gained when you let go of the stuff that fills your life. Read more…

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How to Stay Organized on the Road

Posted by Erin K Casey on February 9, 2012 in Photos, Travel |

While road tripping is considered one of the great human experiences, not everyone embraces the event of being crammed into a car for several hours (or days) with friends or family members. Even if you’re going on a road trip alone, you may start your journey with the best of intentions to stay organized but end up being covered in coffee splatters and pieces of gum you chewed three days ago. Read more…

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Dream BIG!

Posted by Erin K Casey on February 2, 2012 in Business Tips, Inspiration |

“Dreaming is the driving force of transformation,” says Marcia Weider in an interview with Jack Canfield.

In this short clip, Marcia explains that dreamers live longer–up to seven years longer. As if you needed yet another reason to dream big!!–

Watch the Dream Big video clip.

What’s your big dream? What do you imagine for your life?

You can join Jack Canfield’s Inner Circle Club now and enjoy a free 10-day trial. (I think it’s worth it just for this one interview!)

Dream big. Live the life you imagine.

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Don’t Miss the Beauty

Posted by Erin K Casey on February 1, 2012 in Inspiration, Photos |

At first, I missed this tiny line of pearls.

Strung in the chain-link fence, my attention zoomed right past them to the mystical, fog-covered landscape beyond. Read more…

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Remember

Posted by Erin K Casey on January 31, 2012 in Inspiration, Photos, Travel |

I took this picture while stuck in traffic I-10 in Arizona. Mangled cars blocked our path. Tired and hungry and cranky, we sat fuming at the situation and each other. The sunbeams pierced through the clouds and into my heart.

How could we complain? We were on vacation. No deadlines, no need to hurry.

And what about the people broken on the road ahead of us? Who were we to complain when our greatest troubles were rumbling stomachs and impatient hearts?

Remember.

Remember: You are not the center of the universe.

Remember: You are abundantly blessed.

Remember: Your complaints shift your focus from the Creator and on to yourself.

Remember, and give thanks in all things.

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What Do You Need to Surrender?

Posted by Erin K Casey on September 21, 2011 in Inspiration |

Whether or not you’re an Oprah Winfrey fan, this segment from the OWN Master Class is worth watching. In this clip, Oprah shares how she needed to totally to surrender… to let God make the decision even if that meant she wouldn’t like the outcome. She discovered a truth–something that each one of us can discover when we let God take the lead in our lives: God has a bigger plan for YOUR life than you could ever imagine. His possibilities are endless.

Dream big. Think big. Act with purpose. Live with passion. But remember who is in control.

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I’d love to but I can’t… I’m just too busy.

Posted by Erin K Casey on September 10, 2011 in Inspiration, Photos, Simplify |

What would you do if you weren’t too busy?

If you had a free hour… or even a free day, what would you do with it? You may imagine that you’d read all the books and magazines that have been collecting dust in your home. Or maybe you’d rent the entire season of your favorite show from Netflix and watch nine episodes in a row. Or maybe you’d sit still for just a few moments and enjoy that elusive quiet time—time to read your Bible, pray and to simply rest.
Or maybe you’d be like me and not know what to do with yourself.
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Baby Steps Can Move Mountains

Posted by Erin K Casey on August 18, 2011 in Business Tips, Inspiration |

You may be an independent business owner, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. In this post by guest blogger Grace Marshall, you’ll learn that team work and tiny efforts can yield huge results.

Question: How do you eat an elephant?

Answer: One bite at a time.

Building a business can be an inspiring, big dream, and it can also be daunting at times. The question “HOW do I do it?” crops up a lot. Often meaning, “How do I practically find the time to take action and get everything done when I have so much on my plate already?” Read more…

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Are You Making the Most of Life?

Posted by Erin K Casey on April 5, 2011 in Inspiration, Photos |

Do you remember how slowly time seemed to move when you were a child? Summer vacation took forever to arrive. You waited and waited until, finally, the last day of school had come and gone, and nothing stood between you and those long summer days.

But time itself has changed for me. I’m constantly amazed at how quickly the minutes pass now. Yesterday it was January 1… and now it’s April. How did that happen?!

It happens the way the sun sets… in a blink. I love sunrise and sunset photos. The color and changing light thrill me. (I’m thankful for digital cameras because I can click away with abandon–and not worry about using up a whole roll of film to capture just a few moments of the day.)

When I take time to watch the sunset, I am reminded to enjoy the minutes of life, to not look away even for a few seconds. I want to make the most of life! I want to enjoy the simple pleasure of:

* Reading with my child
* Hanging out with my teenage son
* Holding my husband’s hand
* Traveling to new places
* Expressing God’s love to others
* Living in the moment

It’s difficult to live in the moment when we’re pressured by deadlines. But I know that in a few seconds, my 1st grader will be graduating from high school, and my teenager will be off on his own adventures. So, in the midst of the chaos of life, I’m trying to focus on the things that really matter. I’m trying to keep time in perspective. Because that sun is tricky. It stays high in the sky all day… for hours and hours… and then in the briefest moment it is gone.

What are you doing to make the most of your moments?

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Desperate for Success (part 2)

Posted by Erin K Casey on April 3, 2011 in Business Tips |

In this series we’re taking your business and life in a new, more positive direction! The previous post looked at ways to  increase sales by cross-selling to your warm market. Now let’s look at a few more ways to boost your sales starting with relationship selling.

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