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Live Your Life in HD!

By Keesha Boyd

HD or high definition. The difference between a “decent television picture” and a “vibrant, alive, detailed, sharp, crisp, stand-out, visually awing image.” Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to go out and buy a high definition television. I am, however, asking how many of you are living a “decent television picture” type of life versus living your life in HD?

Here’s how you can tell. If you find yourself tumbling your way through your nine to five week, rejoicing as you get past hump day only to make it to the weekend and simply do the same mundane things you did the previous weekend then you’re probably not living in HD. If you can’t think of the last time you made a real big impact on someone or something, or if answering the question “tell us something unique about you” stresses you out because you can’t think of anything, chances are, you’re not living your life in HD.  And finally, if you have ever felt like you’re just existing, or worse, living with your “decent television picture” life on “mute” or in “black and white”, then you know you’re not living your life in HD.

We all have the capacity to live a life in HD…a life full of vibrant color, authenticity, and special details. A life in HD is a life that is a “stand-out, visually awing image” of everything that is uniquely you. It’s a life that makes you and everyone around you feel like your “television” is on, not in black and white and definitely not on mute.

If you’re ready to start living your life in bold HD, then here are a few tips to get you started:

1)   Do Good…Feel Good –If you’re spending the majority of your day doing something that you don’t really enjoy (e.g. your job) then it’s increasingly important that you try to balance that time out by doing at least one thing each day that brings you some enjoyment. Whether that’s taking in a movie, spending time with someone you enjoy, volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about, taking a walk through a museum, reading a good book, exercising….the list is endless. Know what it is that makes you feel good and be sure you’re spending time each week doing that thing. You’d be amazed how much it will replenish your “color” throughout the week.

2)   Don’t Blend In – What do the clothes that you wear each day say about you? Do they say, “I’m here, I’m me, I’m loving my shape and dressing it beautifully” or do they say “please don’t look at me, I just threw this on”? How you appear to the world is also what you will attract. Take an interest in yourself through your wardrobe and the world will take an interest and “tune in” to you. Need some tips on how to style yourself, check out this article.

3)   Know What You Stand For and Stand For It – Is there a cause that you’re passionate about? If so, don’t sit on the sidelines for it anymore, get in the fight. If you don’t have a cause that you’re passionate about yet, give it some thought. Having a cause to fight for, volunteer your time with and feel passionate about adds a “vibrant special detail” to your life.

4)   Sharpen Yourself – Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Maybe a new language or a new skill? If so, then go ahead and “sharpen your picture” by learning to do that new thing. Or, if you feel like you have some introspection to do in order to “sharpen your picture” then perhaps it’s time to look into getting a therapist for a while to help you get yourself back on track. There are plenty of ways to “sharpen your picture”, figure out what it takes for you and then begin to do whatever it is, as soon as you can.

5)   Surround Yourself With Beauty – When you look around your home, is it a “visually awing image” of who you are? Does it feel like a beautiful oasis that you can marvel at and that revives you? When you walk in does it feel warm and comforting? If not, figure out what visually stimulates you or what you find beautiful, and add it to your home. It can be a particular color palette,  a great piece of art or a soothing scent like lavender or simply clearing out the clutter in your home (for feng shui tips click here). For as much time as you spend in your home it should be filled with your version of beauty so that you can soak it up while you’re there and share it with the world when you’re out.

Are you living your life in HD? If so, share your tips here with us!

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2010: The Movement

At the end of each year, Kailei and I meditate on what we want to manifest and come to fruition in our lives throughout the coming year. For us, it’s an exercise in waiting on divine inspiration to hit us. When it does hit us, we declare a theme for the year based on that inspiration and then we share it with all our friends. So this year’s theme is, 2010: The Movement.

If you have been waiting on divine intervention to move you physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually out of the rut you were in, then 2010 is your year. This is the year when each and every one of us will see our passions, goals, desires and dreams move into place for us. 2010 is the year where you get off that broken record of negativity, doubt, fear and anxiety and move into a place of positive, affirmative, confident and healthy thinking. This is the year your life takes up a ground swelling, tidal wave of blessings that move you into a place overflowing  with the achievement you’ve been waiting for, celebrations you didn’t expect, peace that radiates around you and happiness in all the areas of your life. 2010 is The Movement…and The Movement is YOU!

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Spotlight on Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John

“I was ahead in the slalom. But in the second run, everyone fell on a dangerous spot. I was beaten by a woman that got up faster than I did. I learned that people fall down, winners get up, and gold medal winners just get up faster.” – Bonnie St. John (Starbucks Cup Quote)

 If you have ever doubted the power of positive thinking or perhaps wanted proof that it really works, doubt no longer because Bonnie St. John is that proof. As the first African American to medal for skiing in the 1984 Winter Paralympics, Bonnie St. John’s life has been riddled with obstacles that through the power of positive thinking, she has been able to overcome and then some. Bonnie was born in Detroit but raised in San Diego, and is one of three children to her mother Ruby. Before the age of five, Bonnie was already faced with obstacles. The first was when her birth father left before she was born and the second when doctors diagnosed her with a birth defect that would result in the shortening of one of her legs. Initially, Bonnie wore a heavy leg brace and orthopedic shoe that she recalls having to drag when walking to Sunday school. It was at the age of five that her mother gave doctors permission to amputate Bonnie’s leg and replace it with a wooden prosthetic. Shortly thereafter, her mom took a picture of Bonnie in her backyard proudly modeling her new leg. She also gave Bonnie a brochure featuring a picture of an amputee on a ski. It was then that Bonnie’s interest in skiing first sparked but it would be another 10 years before she actually hit the slopes for the first time.

Around the age of 15 Bonnie’s friend Barbara invited her on a ski trip. It only took her three days to get the hang of it. When recalling her first skiing experience Bonnie says, “the feeling of going fast, the wind in my hair, it addicted me…” That addiction is what drew her to want to attend Burke Mountain Academy, a high school in Vermont for ski racers. Although the tuition was expensive, it was through the help of an organization called the National Brotherhood of Skiers (an organization of African-American skiers) that her mom was able to afford to send her. Bonnie continued to excel as a ski racer and in her first National Handicapped Ski Championship, she won six medals. It was performances like this that earned her a spot on the U.S. team for the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria at the age of 19 where she took home one silver and two bronze medals. At this point in her life, Bonnie faced yet another obstacle: the passing of her step father. However, it wasn’t his death that proved to be the obstacle but rather the painful repressed memories that resurfaced of the sexual abuse she endured from him at a very young age. Determined to excel despite these memories, Bonnie pressed forward and went on to attend Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation she was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where she studied Economics. Soon after graduating she went to work in the White House for the Clinton administration as Director for the National Economic Council.

In the years since working for the White House, Bonnie has been married, gave birth to her daughter Darcy and divorced. Yet despite the many challenges life has thrown her way, as CEO of her company (Courageous Spirit, Inc.), Bonnie travels the world as a motivational speaker to inspire and encourage the tens of thousands of people who come to hear her speak. Her motto, “live your joy”, is exactly what she lives by and experiences as she chooses each day to have a positive outlook on her life’s circumstances. She is now a celebrated author of several books including, Succeeding Sane: Making Room for Joy in a Crazy World, Money: Fall down? Get up!, Live Your Joy and How Strong Women Pray. Additionally, she is a sought after guest and keynote speaker on such shows as NBC’s Today Show and countless other television, radio and corporate motivational programs. Visit her website to learn more about how to “live your joy”.

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