The Possibility Box

What positive messages appeared to you today?

Inspiration Is Everywhere

Even on the sugar packets that Hawaiian Airlines handed out during a recent trip to the Big Island, with quotations like these from Noah benShea: “Time is an orchard; every moment is ripe with opportunity.”  “If you’re fortunate…

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Source of Inspiration: Sue Shanahan

As an aspiring author writing about the roles of inspirational messages and serendipity in helping me to write my first book, The Possibility Book, I am still astonished about connecting with artist and writer Sue Shanahan, whose heart-warming portraits are…

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Encouraging Signs for Your Quest and Mine

For a long time I have been avoiding writing publicly about the quest to write and publish my first book — The Possibility Book.  I haven’t posted much detail here within the Possibility Box, even though the box is supposed…

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Seven Ways Out of a Slump

This morning I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t want to get out of bed, plan tonight’s meal, go grocery shopping or workout. I didn’t want to not workout, either. And I CERTAINLY didn’t want to write a post…

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A Few Favorite Sources of Positive Messages

Every week Kevin, the sensei at United Studios of Self-Defense in my hometown, displays a different inspirational quotation on the white board outside his studio. Positive messages like these can matter and make a difference in our lives, if we…

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Change Is Coming

During a fitness class this week, the positive message on Stephanie Newland Oseguera’s shirt caught my eye. It says, “Change. One Rep at a Time.” Stephanie told me she loves this message from the American Council on Exercise because it is helping…

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Loving What You Do for a Living

“I loved The Alchemist!” a woman exclaimed at a cocktail party when I mentioned the book recently. There’s a lot to love in this bestselling parable by Paulo Coelho, originally published in 1988. According to Wikipedia, The Alchemist ”has sold more…

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One-Word Secret for Defeating Fear

Pictured here are some beautiful products with positive messages from artist, author and inspirational-decor creator Kelly Rae Roberts. Here’s why I’m featuring them in a post about the one-word secret for defeating fear. Recently my older son and I were watching…

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4 Days, 9 Signs from the Universe

On a Wednesday in April, I was getting ready to travel from California to New York to pitch literary agents on The Possibility Book at the Writer’s Digest Conference, and feeling fearful. Not about the literary agents. Worries about dying…

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It’s Not Just My Imagination

One day my 7-year-old asked me, “Mommy, what is your most favorite song ever?” I thought for a moment and said, “If I had to pick just one, it might be ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.” A day or two later,…

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