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Get Into the Thanksgiving Spirit: Be A Part of the "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series




In the November issue of O magazine, contributors in the issue get in the thanksgiving spirit by answering four statements about gratefulness. As soon as I read there answers, my next thought was, “How can I get at least 30 or more people to answer the same statements to create a Feeling Grateful Series on my blog, Grow Forward & Flourish?”

I decided to write this post with the intention of inspiring a people to take time out of there schedule to pen a few sentences that reflect what they are grateful for in their lives by answering the following four + Bonus statements:

  1. I'll never be stop being grateful for...
  2. My favorite way to say thank you is...
  3. The best thank you I've received was...
  4. When I was a kid, I didn't realize how grateful I should have been for...
  5. (Bonus) The attitude of gratitude helps me to...




 


Nurturing an attitude of gratitude for that which I have certainly plays a HUGE role in my ability to maintain my joy and happiness, even during difficult times. It is no secret that feeling grateful creates space in our hearts and lives for experiencing more of that which we can be grateful for.

In his book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, Martin Seligman suggest that we practice the “What-Went-Well” Exercise because in the age of anxiety and worry culture that we live in, he says, “ We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring what went well.”

He explains how to practice the exercise. “Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it important that you have a physical record of what you wrote.” Seligman encourages us to do this exercise for a six month period and we'll begin to experience less anxiety and reduce depression.

I can attest to the effectiveness of this exercise for enhancing feelings of well-being in my own life and in the lives of those that I mentor and coach who embrace the practice with an openness to new experiences. It works! Which is why I'm mentioning it in this post because you and I don't have to wait until November to get in the thanksgiving spirit. We can practice being grateful for what we have on a daily basis. Perhaps by practicing the What-Went-Well exercise, you will be inspired to take part in the Grow Forward & Flourish Feeling Grateful Series that will run from November 1-30th, 2014.

During the series, I will share the answers that I receive for the statements listed above from individuals who felt inspired and grateful for an opportunity to share their gratitude with others. You can send your responses to jackiecapersbrown@gmail.com. Put in the subject line of your email, Feeling Grateful Submission. Please include with your submission a photo of you and a three sentence bio and contact information. I will be excepting submissions for the series from October 19, 2014 thru November 9, 2014.





Thank you in advance for helping to make the “Feeling Grateful” blog series a success.


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Something to Think About: What Will Be Your Life's Legacy?



The legacy of your life is created by the relationships you cultivate during your lifetime and the contributions you make in life.

If someone were to interview you today and ask you the following three questions, how would you answer them?
 

  • What are you building that is making you feel proud of the life that you are living?

  • What are you creating with your life?

  • How are you contributing your ideas, knowledge and skills in meaningful ways that are making those around you and the world better?

Why is it important for you to think about the legacy you are creating of your life? Here are a few reasons.

  • Beginning with the end in mind enables us to manage our lives congruently with our core values, beliefs and priorities.

  • When we are clear about the legacy we want to leave of our lives, we make choices based on what is important to us doing just that instead of allowing the opinions and expectations of others shape the life we live.

  • What we do affects others. It keeps our eye on the BIG picture.

  • When we live our lives with the intention of leaving a positive legacy for the generations that will follow us, we become less self-centered and selfish and increases our desire to be of service to others in meaningful ways.

  • Focusing on leaving a positive legacy increases the likelihood that we will live a more purpose-driven life.



There is dormant potential dwelling in you which you have yet to tap into. Leaving a positive legacy of your life depends on your ability to believe in yourself, and having the courage to tap into a greater measure of the seeds of greatness dwelling in your potential.

It is never too late for you to become the person you are divinely designed to become but it takes work and commitment. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Your legacy awaits.

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Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now


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Living My Dream Profile: Ed Brogdon



As the Founder/Owner of Back to Eden, LLC in Columbia, SC, Ed's business purpose is to inform, educate, inspire and empower people on how to live a healthier, more productive and wholesome lifestyle through the practice of Year-Round Gardening.


Over the past 19 years, he has nearly perfected the art of “year-round” gardening through the practice of “companion planting”, “intensive planting”, “succession planting”, and “timed-harvesting” techniques that significantly increase plant yield and an important process for addressing the serious concern of lack of access to fresh vegetables in under-served communities.


At the community level, he is actively involved with children, families and faith-based organizations to promote and develop helpful and healthy lifestyle habits through the practice of gardening. At the corporate level, a more tailored-approach provides an opportunity for respective organizations to explore and develop innovative seminars and workshops that could help move their Wellness Programs beyond a white-paper status by actively engaging employees in intellectual and practical activities which increase their interest, understanding and participation in vegetable gardening programs on their own for better health and economic benefits.


Q1. What was happening in your life when you decided to pursue your dream?
 
Ed: The job position and financial success that I had come to realize were no longer providing that feeling of personal satisfaction that it once did.
Q2: Why was this experience instrumental in your decision to pursue your dream(s)?
 
Ed: For some, it’s a very difficult decision to abandon “current” success for potential “future” success. For me, this continued feeling of dissatisfaction was the push that I needed to move me out of my comfort zone and into my purpose.

 
Q3: How have the pursuit and achievement of your dream effected your perception of yourself and what's possible in life?

 
Ed: More so than perhaps I am able to factually define. But from a spiritual perspective, I came to the conclusion that my passions for helping others learn the art of growing their own vegetables was a Godly gift that was directly aligned with my purpose in life. Then I knew that I was being lead by God for greater things to come.
 
 
Q4: In moments when you face setbacks and challenges, what are a few actions that you take to maintain the resolve to keep moving forward towards your goals?

 
Ed: My action is a dual-belief that begins and ends with me: (1) my failures are simply little stepping stones along a long road to Success-ville.

(2) Unless I am willing to do something beyond what I have already mastered, I will never grow!
 
Q5: As a result of your work, what positive change have you manifested in your life, your family, business and/or community?

 
Ed: I’ve found that in my personal life I am now more tangibly committed to be of service to others than I previously was. You see, it’s actually very easy to say, “Call me if you need my help”. But when that spur of the moment comes, can we show—through our passionate devotion—just how committed we really are!


The freedom that comes along with owning my own business has surly afforded my family more access to me than the previous 9 to 5. For instance, my wife no longer has to take time away from her employer to take the girls to dental appointments—that falls under the infamous “honey-do” list.


Being available to attend mid-mornings or afternoon community events has been such a mutually benefiting experience. People I would have unlikely met now have access to me; and even more important, the wisdom that I have gained from those encounters are indisputably priceless!

Q6: If you had the superpower to completely transform one aspect of your community, what would it be, and why?

 
Ed: I would reverse our nature for being too much the “consumer” of frivolous products that bring short-term satisfaction rather than a “producer” of products or services than could bring long-term [generational] wealth. Too often, especially in the more needy communities, you will find that outside entrepreneurs are the ones operating a thriving business at our expense.
 

To change that social-economic disrespect, we should strive harder and more consistently to be viewed as the “target” rather than the “prize”. In other words, be a producer of what your community needs, and then perpetually circulate the Benjamins within that community.
 
Q7: If you were just starting to pursue your dream(s) today, what personal leadership habits would you say is essential to producing the biggest return on the investment (ROI) of your time, energy and resources?
 
 
Ed: Learn and practice good “follow-ship”. Seek out successful Mentors who welcome obstacles as opportunities for adding to the bottom line. Be willing and committed to extra time & efforts necessary to duplicate their work ethics. 
 
Q8: What is something that very few people know about you?
 
 
Ed: I think very few people know that I still consider myself very much a “work-in-progress” entrepreneur even within my successful specialties as a Community Garden Designer; Year-Round Gardening Coach; and Healthy Lifestyle Advocate & Presenter.
 
Q9: How can those interested in learning more about your company and its services contact you?
 
Ed: Interested individuals can find out more about my company by viewing my LinkedIn profile, and by contacting me via email at EdBrogden@gmail.com or by phone at 803-465-0117.
 
The following pictures are a small representative of Ed's artful craft. He has recently started to offer a Year-Round gardening Master Class. The class size is limited to 15 people, so if you are interested in attending his next class contact him.
 
 

 



 
Ed's story demonstrate the importance of having a commitment to add value in the lives of others with the talents and interests that you have. 
 
He is a shining example of how one can take a talent and interest that many people would consider ordinary and make it extraordinary with the mindset of adding value to the lives of others.
 
His wealth of experience and heartfelt desire to help people live a healthier and more productive lifestyle by practicing Year-Round gardening increases the quality of lives of those living in the Columbia, SC and beyond AND his work in the community have broaden his influence to make a difference in his community.

If you're interested in being profile in the Grow Forward & Flourish online community, contact me at jackiecapersbrown@gmail.com. Your story will serve as inspiration for many of the community members who are on their grind to living their dreams.
 
How will you begin to use your talents and interest to make a difference in the lives of those in your community? Share your comments below.
 
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How to Get Unstuck Now


How do we break camp from thinking, emotional and behavioral patterns sabotaging our ability to move forward, make progress and experience greater happiness in life? IF we can learn how to transform the word in our heart that creates the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves and our experiences, then we can tap into a greater measure of the strength and wisdom we already possess to manifest new possibilities in life.”
 ~ Jackie Capers-Brown

If you are missing a piece of the puzzle for getting your life back on track to living a MORE purposeful, passionate and happier life, if you need a BIG shot of HOPE to consider the possibility of new possibilities, if you want to realize more of your God-given potential, Get Unstuck Now provides you with a step-by-step process, backed by science and real life experiences, to challenge and change the limiting beliefs, erroneous assumptions and disempowering emotional interpretations of your experiences that make up the stories that you are telling yourself which are causing you to feel stuck.

Each chapter is broken down into “bite sized” and manageable pieces of content which prevents overwhelm and encourages you to act on the information to realize lasting change in your life. The information shared in this amazing guide gives you the confidence to plot a path that reflects who you are, who you can become, what you are smart enough and strong enough to handle, and what you are worthy of experiencing in life.

Get Unstuck Now debunks the notion that you are not smart enough or strong enough to do what it takes to move forward and manifest new possibilities in your life. It will build your confidence in the strength that you've shown and faith in the strength and wisdom you have yet to tap into. It expands your awareness of how the story that you are telling yourself is influencing your perspective on why you feel stuck and “how-to” transform your disempowering stories.
 
This step-by-step guide provides you with a proven process to building the momentum necessary to get off the sidelines and back in the game so that you are able to express a greater measure of the seeds of greatness dwelling in your potential. This is your time to manifest the breakthrough that you desire. In Get Unstuck Now, you will shift your mindset from “I Can” to “I Will”.

As a result of reading and implementing the information in this book, you will be able to:
  • Identify the limiting beliefs and assumptions that comprise your negative self-talk
  • Challenge and transform your disempowering stories
  • Raise your deserve level and STOP sabotaging your happiness and success
  • Process unresolved bitterness, anger and resentments in a healthy manner
  • Turn your fears into purpose-driven action
  • Step out of your history and redefine new possibilities
  • Apply the My DRIVE Advantage™ methodology to navigate your way forward



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Living My Dream Profile: Terra Davis-Adams

Tera Davis – Adams is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. Tera is a graduate of W.J. Keenan High School, and a 1999 graduate of Morris College. Tera is an active member of Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Tera is a lupus survivor and the founder of Hands Up Against Lupus Non- Profit Organization.

Tera founded this organization, to help bring awareness to this dreadful autoimmune disease and to educate the community about it. Tera has received awards for her hard work and her dedication to the community as well as the church. Tera is a survivor, her story will captivate you and will literally leave you in awe of God’s hands on her life. Tera stands on Jeremiah 29:11, I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Tera gives all praises to God, for He has done great and marvelous things in her life.
 
Q1. What was happening in your life when you decided to pursue your dream?
 
Terra: When I finally decide to do what God had called me to do, I was in the hospital recovering from a horrible lupus flare. I knew I heard the voice of God years before I stepped out and finally formed Hands Up Against Lupus.
 
Q2. Why was this experience instrumental in your decision to pursue this dream?
 
Terra: The experience was instrumental for my life because I have always been the person to work in the background. When it was my time to be in forefront, I had a hard time adjusting because people were coming to me for approval on pictures, colors etc. This experience has definitely had a positive influence on my character.
 
 

Q3: How have the pursuit and achievement of your dream effected your perception of yourself and what's possible in life?

 
Terra: I know that without a shadow of doubt, I am more assertive, my faith has grown incredibly, my willingness to be more active in the community has now become a must. I know I have to give back, there are so many people counting on me, and many who needs to hear my voice. I am looking forward to going to the next level in my life. I definitely know God has so much more for me to do.
 
Q4: In moments when you face setbacks and challenges, what are a few actions that you take to maintain the resolve to keep moving forward towards your goals?
 
Terra: Setbacks are setups for comebacks. We have all had them, but there is no room for failure. When you get knocked down, get back up and try again. There have been plenty of times I could have given up, but the winner in me would not let me. Perseverance is a key to success, something we all must all possess if we want to succeed. This applies to all areas of our life.
 
Q5: As a result of your work, what positive change have you manifested in your life, your family, business and/or community?
 
Terra: Hands Up Against Lupus has truly changed my life. It has made a positive impact in my life because I find myself talking to people I don't even know about lupus. I have landed speaking engagements, I have been asked to setup tables at functions, be a health vendor at events. I am looking forward to becoming a national spokesperson for lupus awareness.
 
Q6:  If you had the superpower to completely transform one aspect of your community, what would it be, and why?
 
Terra: If I had the superpowers to change something in my community, I will make sure that each and every person who has lupus that does not have health insurance, get the proper medical attention that they need. This is one of the reasons that I started Hands Up Against Lupus. I have military health care, so I am ok. But, they are many who are in need of medications that they cannot afford. They are my priority.
Q7: If you were just starting to pursue your dream(s) today, what personal leadership habits would you say is essential to producing the biggest return on the investment (ROI) of your time, energy and resources?
 
Terra: If I had just started Hands Up Against Lupus, one of the leadership traits I definitely would need is being approachable. I feel every leader needs to have this quality. It makes others feel that they can talk to you. It makes them feel comfortable in your presence, and they are more likely to let others in their community know about you and the good things that you are doing in the community.
 
Q8: What is something that very few people know about you?
 
Terra: One thing that people do not know about Tera Davis- Adams, is I am very shy. It takes a minute for me to warm up. I know that most people wouldn't consider me to be a shy person, but I am.
 
Q9: Any upcoming events you would like to share with our readers?
 
Terra: On October 18, Hands Up Against Lupus, will be having its first Purple Dress, Purple Tie Lupus Luncheon. The theme of the luncheon is " I Was Built For This". Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Come out and here our dynamic speaker, Malcolm Smith, and our fabulous mistress of ceremony Aletra Chaney. The luncheon starts at 1, and will end around 3. Come help me raise awareness for Lupus, and help patients purchase their medications!
 
 
 
Terra's story reflects the importance of one's faith in building the internal fortitude to rise above circumstances to achieve what you believe is your God-given destiny. She is courageous enough to let us know that everyday is not a picnic, yet, she summons up the courage and strength to carry on in the face of her personal experiences of being a survivor of lupus.
 
Your ability to remain committed to your dreams in the face of obstacles, challenges and setbacks is the ultimate test of how much you truly want to live your dream instead of sitting on the sidelines and daydreaming of the life experiences you truly desire.
 
I applaud Terra and you for doing what it takes to live your dreams!

If you're interested in being profile in the Grow Forward & Flourish online community, contact me at jackiecapersbrown@gmail.com. Your story will serve as inspiration for many of the community members who are on their grind to living their dreams.
 
What is the main takeaway that you got from this profile? Share your comments below.
 
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The Launch of the Living My Dream! Blog Series


Jim Rohn, business philosopher and author once said, "The legacy we live is part of the ongoing foundations of life. Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling in our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even it seems like such a small part."

When we read about the stories of people who have summoned the courage to become all that they can be, including efforts to make a difference in the lives of others, their actions inspire our heart with hope and encourages our faith with the belief that we can do the same. One of the reasons that Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to be such a popular and successful book series is because of how each of us relate to the personal stories shared in these books.

My mission here at Grow Forward & Flourish is to empower the seeds of greatness dwelling in your potential. By taking purpose driven actions that increase your capacity to be more, do more and experience more in life, you are preparing yourself today for the success you desire tomorrow. 

 Tomorrow, October 4, 2014 marks the launch of a new series of blog posts simply entitled, Living My Dream! Each post represents a profile of an individual who is living their dream to make a difference in the lives of others. These individuals are from all walks of life. They represent the multitude of people in our world who are not just talking about creating change but are actually taking action to be the change our world needs.

If you know of anyone in your community that is making a positive difference in the lives of others, please leave me a message on my contact page with their name, contact number and why you feel that their story and work will inspire the hearts and minds of others to live their dreams. 

Before sending me someone's information, please contact them and ask if they would be interested in sharing their story. If they say yes, by all means send me their email contact information. I will confirm the receipt of your message via email.

Living My Dream! posts will normally be scheduled to appear on this blog @ 2 pm each Saturday starting October 4th, 2014. You can subscribe to my blog feed so that you receive weekly updates on this series and other personal development articles that will empower you to believe that you can manifest your dreams.

Tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to get to know Terra Davis-Adams, a lupus survivor and how she is living her dream as the Founder of the Hands Up Against Lupus non-profit organization.



To kick start your motivation towards living your dreams, I found this inspiring and motivating video that will help to fan your flame to be more, do more and experience more of what you truly desire in life.



Stay tune to Grow Forward & Flourish as I begin the process of migrating to the new Rainmaker Platform created by Copyblogger. This platform will provide me with a Word Press website that enables me to be more creative and resourceful as I make strides to build the GFF online community as a quality content rich website for DREAM ACHIEVERS.

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15 Amazing Quotes to Start Anew!
















Which quote resonated with you the most? Share the reason why in the comments below.


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