Make every day INTERESTING

INTERESTING: arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention.

Make every day more interesting—-how?

There are soo many thoughts, ideas, actions, things to watch or read, learn….the list goes on. Yesterday we took our daughter and her current love interest out to dinner for his birthday. He is an incredible person full of potential. He has an engineer mind and likes to challenge himself, doesn’t waste a lot of time with video games or habits that don’t lead to something better. He has a lot of great skills: bilingual, plays instruments, draws, buys, fixes up and sells motorcycles, builds things, is always learning and doing. He has soo many great qualities, so I found it entertaining as we sat at dinner and watched his thought process. He looked at the Spaghetti Factory menu and decided to shake things up by finding the meal with the most calories and ordered it. [I was shocked that the Chicken Ceasar Salad was almost as many calories as his meat plate special that was a huge sausage, spaghetti and 3 large meatballs–what!] He is not a big guy, so we all enjoyed teasing and watching him suffer through his big meal. He then proceeded to add more items to his caloric challenge—finishing the bread on the table, my daughter’s ravioli and then his dessert. I smiled as he looked so full, ‘You okay? You look done!” He just surveyed the table and kept eating. We all teased as we evaluated how he could have made his meal worth even more calories…”well, you could have done the salad with more calories than the soup…as well as…” we all chimed in with our individual suggestions and just kept laughing.

He definitely found a way to make the meal more interesting! haha.

So, how can we take life day by day to make it a little more enJOYable, a little less serious, maybe a touch more challenging, sprinkled with depth and some spice to make everything pizzazzed with interest!

Well, here we go!! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Be Curious. Dream. Imagine. Always be looking for things you are curious about or that seem to catch your attention somehow. There are things all around me that I wonder about—who began learning from the stars? Why is it that some people literally have divine dreams that give them inspired ideas (Google came from a dream, so did various symphonies, the periodic table, the sewing machine, The Beatles song “Yesterday” and even “The Twilight” series), Why some people are more creative or genius…on and on my mind is curious about so many topics. To dream. To imagine. Just keep seeking out those things that grab you & your attention.

Think outside any norm: We each have unique strengths in the various areas of creativity, mental clarity, direction, ingenuity, skill, design, ability…We all have certain things we are inspired to bring and share with the world. Always be seeking those things that make you think outside your norm and are trying to catch your attention. YOU may be the way that an idea is born or realized. YOU may be the one who brings a specific inspiration into this world. Here is a wonderful example. Who would have thought…I saw this act and was so inspired by her imagination, determination, her fearless act to bring something so beautiful to the world. AGT extreme red balloon aerialist.

Learn interesting facts or new words daily: There are places like Word Genius, Word Daily, Interesting Facts, etc that send you daily emails with fun words to learn. Sign-up, get the emails or google fun words to find. I often share a great word or interesting fact with those I care about or I think would appreciate them. It is just a little, daily fun!

Convertible rides make everything better: After a health scare I had one of those moments where I genuinely felt life is too short, so I am going to go buy a convertible. I think at some point everyone wants to feel the freedom of feeling the sunshine, the breeze, the way a convertible seems to take you on vacation and away from your norm. I couldn’t agree more. I have said since the day we got my convertible that I will always have one. My little family has so many wonderful memories of watching the stars near the beach with the convertible top down, driving to see Christmas lights with hot cocoa & the top down, special drives with certain songs, having my daughter learn to drive, throwing candy from the convertible to kids at a bus stop, my Mom on parade for her birthday, cousins dancing in the back seat while the ice cream whipped across their faces & the laughter that erupted…every memory in the convertible just seems more memorable. They seem to make things better. Nothing beats a relaxing ride after a tough business call or a long winter…everything is just a little better. IF you have always wanted one—go get it! No regrets.

Find people who inspire and stand out: Hugette Montesinos-Rodriguez stands out with her bright style, positive vibe and way of inspiring. I came across that shared one woman’s journey of living after her father passed away. She wanted to travel and live for him. You can find people all over the internet to inspire. Find a blog, a chef, an artist, a builder, an innovator…someone that speaks to you in some way with the work they do, the quotes they share, the products they put out into the world…the way they stand out & keep them handy to be inspired by. My daughter frequently finds wildlife photographers that she is inspired by & seeks to connect with them and share her feelings of how they inspire and teach her something.

Celebrate every day—love that most days will be…National Lighthouse Day or Pancake Day or….TODAY is National Zucchini bread day!! What! Go to It reminds us of daily celebrations. Every day should be some sort of happy holiday. We have so much to live for…be grateful for..shout out to the roof tops that we are happy for. What would you like to celebrate? Just do it!! Life is to be celebrated. How are you living? Dancing, whistling, singing, cake eating, kind word sharing, get outside and joyously scream celebrations. Find moments, days, any special occasion or worthy something celebration and enJOY it!!  

New Towns: Driving from Oregon to Utah—lots of tiny towns…Bliss. SNOWVILLE. Paul. Twin Falls. Gooding. Paradise Valley, Mountain Home, Sun Valley, Lime, Pleasant Valley, Etc. There are tiny towns across the globe awaiting someone to see. Take a weekend, look at a map and find a town that sounds dreamy, thought inducing, wander lusting and make your way there. Maybe there is a famous diner nearby that was showcased on a food show. Maybe just the name of Paradise calls to your heart. Maybe Paris, Idaho has something special. Explore and find something of interest nearby. There is so much to see and do.

Words. Names. Tattoos. Meanings. Give feelings, shares stories…I recently spoke with an amazon service rep Named “Common” . I Asked her about her name and the meaning…”Gods vineyard”. Then I met someone else named, Shanti “peace.” Do you know the meaning of your name? Is there a name of a friend or someone you may meet that has your attention. Ask. I also LOVE coming across and asking people who have tattoos what the stories are that adorn their body. Sometimes it is in honor of someone, or just a cool design, a favorite moth from a movie, a hidden part of themself, etc. There is so much meaning in symbols, names, artwork, it all makes people so very interesting. Be interested. Just ask.

A fun question for you…IF you were to get a tattoo or change your name, what would it be?

Theme it! Sometimes when we make a special meal we have music to accompany, table decor, a special light/lantern, a movie or date to match, etc. We have done Fond of You Fondu nights, Mocktails with a fancy movie, Card game with a night of ‘poker face’ episodes, Pasta with Italian music. Growing up my family would do spaghetti by candlelight. You could also learn a Latin dance from YouTube and have salsa & chips, any theme will do!!

More Variety: Like spices!! We are pretty plain chefs at our house, so when we have guests come & join in the kitchen they are always looking for our spice rack to add some flavor. haha. Spices add a little something extra to everything—just like life. Begin to add a little dash of variety into your day—a sprinkle of uncertainty by taking a road never taken or a walking path you have always wanted to stroll. Maybe have lunch up a canyon or a picnic by the bay. Go buy a used book that has a story line that draws you in. Try a new donut flavor every Friday and share it with co-workers. Maybe shake up your coffee habit with a twist of something unique. Whatever you do—add some flavor and shake in some spice for variety. Life needs shake ups and tiny changes that make big differences. They are the activities, the foods, the music, the necessities that keep us curious.

Seek something NEW to you: A new book, a new podcast, a new recipe, a new workout, a new shop, a new class, path, hike, sport, restaurant, etc. There are always new albums coming out, new thinkers sharing ideas, podcasts full of great information, so much out there to take in and super-charge your perspective, your brain, your creativity. I am always seeking something new to learn, even if it is just a fun fact or something I had no idea about. Another fun thing to seek—check out your old songs that you grew up with that have been re-made into something you want to hear today. [ie: A popular song for me growing up was “Forever Young” by Alphaville & I just heard a re-make of it by Undressd & Ellie May—great version] Seek out the old for something NEW!

Subject Matter Experts: Find someone that knows something you don’t. There are subject matter experts in all things. My daughter’s new boyfriend knows a lot about various subjects he is interested in. We walked an air museum together and he was showing me how the engine model works. It was fascinating trying to look at the metal parts and envision how they work and move. When you are around people who know different subject matter—you are bound to learn something you never knew even existed. I try to constantly be taking a new class from my community education to learn anything new. We can never learn too much.

A new perspective: This may sound funny, but try it. Sometimes you just need a different angle or perspective for your life. Like in photography–you may need to step back and analyze a situation from a new view; a different perspective. Maybe you lie down and look at the sky for a few minutes. Breathe and ask for answers. Maybe you need to swing in a hammock or playground swing to get in touch with your inner child. What if you were to sit under a tree or walk a garden to take in the natural, health boosting energy. We are all dealing with different situations, stresses, happenings within our life. Yesterday, my daughter was feeling very overwhelmed with school, boyfriend, stress, her new job, next year’s plans, a room mate moving out, the unknowns. I called her and told her to take a few minutes in her day and just find a place of peace and say a genuine prayer for herself. She has a little meditation book that she likes to open for answers after she prays & it is amazing how often it helps her whole perspective. She asked for security and the page spoke about being secure. It was a gift and answer. She just needed to find a quiet bench, under a tree to change her perspective from stress to seeking. It was a gift for her day.

Hope these ideas get you thinking of the little, interesting ways to enhance your day and make it brighter…better. We all need ideas to inspire—especially INTEREST. We need to constantly be seeking, challenging, learning, growing in all we do. Life is too short. Get after it!! Find the spices of life, savor them and utilize them for every occasion. Celebrate. Find JOY in the journey and be a gift to those around you with your wisdom, your words of the day, the perspectives you have, the stories you share. Be inspired and be someone’s inspiration. Be interesting. Be YOU. There is only ONE.

Love, Light, Peace and JOY to you. xoxo. -H

ONE difference


We are big fans of making small changes that can have larger impacts, so I thought this would be a good post to send out. Hope you can find some good tips, ideas and actions to help you, your family, your community make a difference.

Here are some BASIC TIPS from some of my previous years posts: Little things do make a difference: turn the water off while you brush your teeth, fix leaky faucets or running toilets, put cans and bottles in the recycle bins, clean your air filters to help with efficiency, turn down your thermostat when you go to bed, turn off your lights when you are not using them and unplug appliances, wash laundry on cold not hot settings, take shorter showers, even driving within the speed limit cuts down on gas consumption, which helps the planet.

Clean out your closet—I am sure you have something to donate. There are plenty of people who could reuse your items and be grateful for them. -[look below at the fashion article. Who knew our clothing industry causes so many problems. I knew there were problems, but Wow!!]

Change out your light bulbs for energy efficient ones. Even if you begin to change one at a time, the investment will pay for itself in the years to come. Compact fluorescent light bulbs last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy.*science 

Sign up for paperless bills by paying them via the internet.

Ride your bike when you can, instead of driving your car. 

 If the weather is nice open a window or door and let the fresh air in & turn off your air-conditioning. This will help conserve energy & bring in a little breeze.

Some incredible DOCUMENTARIES and VIDEOS to get you inspired: Some of my personal favorites…

IF you have NOT seen “My Octopus Teacher” you need to watch it! It won awards. It is a personal, beautiful journey of a cinematographer finding his own inspiration in a relationship with an octopus. It is a wonderful film. Even if you are not an ocean person—worth the watch.

Any of “The Planet” videos take you on an exploration of wonder and beauty.

Prince Ea videos He has a lot of great videos with some good wisdom. This one, “Dear Future Generations, Sorry”.

Follow the Frog is always a favorite. so funny.

There are also so many documentaries online about Forests [Intelligent Trees–fascinating], finding balance in Nature, Big waves, animals, making a difference, etc. Find something that you are drawn to learn about, some topic that gets you excited to help you make a difference in your community.

There are also so many people on social media doing little things to make a big difference. Find their stories, share them with your communities. [One Malhar Kalambe The difference ONE can make. Young 24 year old cleaning up India]


Pick up trash as a family or community—Spring clean your community. I am sure wherever you are there is some trash to pick up. Grab a bag, some friends or family and make it fun!! Turn it into a race to see who can get the most amount in a certain time.

SEND a positive MESSAGE to friends and family and invite them to jump in on making change—one person, one act at a time. Make a personal video about what you are doing for Earth Day and post it.

Cut down on eating meat: I am not against people eating meat, its your personal choice, but cutting down may help the planet. FYI The United Nations have concluded that meat production is responsible for around 18% of global CO2 emissions. 5,214 gallons of water are required to produce a single pound of beef, and the EPA estimates that more than 27,000 miles of US rivers have been polluted by livestock waste.  *huffingtonpost

Start a garden or plant a tree—get outside and plant something!!

Give some LOVE to woodland friends—make a bird house, make some homemade bird feeders, my favorite is throwing out some peanuts (in shells) for our local Stellar Jays and squirrels.

JUST Get outside and go on a walk, a hike, a bike ride & turn off your television, computers, games. 

Go on a nature scavenger hunt look for details out in nature.


Check out the beautiful nature artist Andy Goldsworthy: Go to Google Images and type in Andy Goldsworthy—amazing. He also has numerous books. Inspiring Natural pieces he creates.

Ansel Adams is a favorite of mine. Probably because he helped preserve and save our parks with his photographs. One of the twentieth century’s most ardent champions of the park and wilderness systems, Adams also helped preserve additional natural areas and protect existing ones through his photographs, essays, and letter-writing campaigns. The famed photographer’s majestic landscapes were formative in establishing national parks across the United States.

There are tons of nature artists on social media—whether its rock formations, sand art, sand castles, snow patterns…there are so many talented people out in nature. Check them out and be inspired. Go out and make your own natural Mandela or natural sculpture.


Styrofoam takes 50-100 to begin to break up in the environment! Yikes. That is a long time. Make sure you think twice about buying this cheap stuff because it is really hard on our planet.

It takes 400-500 years to begin to break down water bottles, so make sure you recycle them. It takes 100-200 years for aluminum or tin cans.

Make sure you recycle glass bottles because it takes even longer for them to break down. They are like a manmade stone that never goes away. They have not even been able to determine how long it takes.

Did you know fishing line is one of the worst things we can leave behind. Fishing line not only takes 600 years to begin to break down, but many animals get injured by swallowing the line or getting tangled in it.

-learned about these things at a Las Vegas aquarium

FASHION Recycle, Buy used Clothing to help the planet. Why? The Average US Consumer Throws Away 81.5lbs of Clothes Every Year. In America alone, an estimated 11.3 million tons of textile waste – equivalent to 85% of all textiles – end up in landfills on a yearly basis.

The Fashion Industry is Responsible for 20% of Global Waste Water

Wow! It Takes 20,000 Litres of Water to Produce One Kilogram of Cotton Besides being a huge source of water pollution, fast fashion also contributes to massive quantities of water being wasted every day. If this is difficult to picture, just think that about 2,700 litres of waterare needed to make just one t-shirt, which would be enough for one person to drink for 900 days. Moreover, a single load of washing uses between 50 and 60 litres of water.

Here is the rest of the article that lists additional fashion issues for our planet.


Sierra Club’s 100 ways to help.


HOPE these ideas help you to make better decisions in your daily life that will help take better care of our beautiful planet.

Peace. Love. Light and Happy Earth Day! -H

Inspired Notes

From MY NOTES…I am ALWAYS learning, seeking words of the day, listening to inspired podcasts, taking notes on anything that catches my attention.

I thought it would be fun to do a post on random notes on my phone….lots of great inspired info.


FROM Jonathan Fields podcast “Good Life Project”. LOVE his podcast. It is always great conversations with incredible experts in various fields. A wonderful place to learn something new. I specifically LOVEd some of the conversations and info below…a few notes from this inspired podcast…

Authenticity “Author of your life” LOVE that!! Create real authenticity within your life by becoming the Author of the life you intend…the life you desire…The life you desire to create. LOVE that!!

LOVED this whole podcast. Highly recommend…JF’s conversation with Ozan Varol, Awaken your Genius—The importance of play…talked about how Astronauts train with play to help prepare them for any situation. Because space can throw anything at you and you have to be open to new ideas and different ways of thinking about things. The discussion was full of incredible insights on deeper meanings of ideas, getting to your origin of creativity…sooo many greats in this convo. Highly recommend.

Lewis Howes Greatness podcast with JF

Prove my creator RIGHT!! Instead of proving everyone else wrong

What is going to NOURISH your time and make your life better

Where is your drive coming from?? Why do you not feel worthy enough? Loved enough? 

Pursue, inspire and empower others around you to their greatness

Another JF conversation with Bishop Michael Curry who married Harry and Meg

People who act we give awards…Oscars, Emmy’s…Tony’s…Acting…actors get paid a lot of money to act. Because acting is hard work.

Being who you a actually are is not hard work. 

Fears can effect us to act certain ways and are afraid to be our authentic selves. Sometimes we have “roles” that we have to play, but that is not necessarily who you are. 

It takes work to feel yourself

Struggle with SELF and ROLE

You may FEEL uncomfortable with certain jobs or positions 

He was told…travel lightly with that…try some things on, see what fits…eventually at some point in time you won’t be forced to fit

You can see people that are full of it and are not authentic or who they are

You know it’s real when you see it and you also know when it’s fake

JF you feel it more than anything 

If your not growing, your dead

JF You need to be yourself. You may not be everyone’s flavor, but you have to be okay with that.

Pico Iyer, Dalai Lama friend

Nothing lasts. That is why everything matters 

Resenting the things we don’t have or thanking for the things we do

Difficulty is non negotiable and 

Even in the midst of 

One can have confidence kindness, and optimism

Jonathan field and Zoe Chance

Charismatic quest

Focus: Put your energy out and onto the other person


Shining—book by Joey Asher

Connecting w someone on a spiritual level—shining your energy on them in a generous manner

BIG INFLUENCER: Do one thing w every person you encounter– CHOOSE to like them. May be hard, but if you can find something to appreciate about that person. 

MAGIC QUESTION: What would it take?

Exquisite attention—be exquisitely present in whatever conversation you are in. Be in that moment. Give your attention & let them feel you are truly there. Give of yourself w those moments. 

May you be happy. May you be well—send messages to strangers


Great story I came across on Conversations with David Letterman Will Smith never used curse words in his rap music because his grandma saw his rap book full of swear words and left him a note

Dear Willard, [His real name]

Truly intelligent people do not have to use words like these to express themselves. Please show the world you are as smart as we think you are. Love, GG



We are all just walking each other home -Ram Das

Get your act together…your whole life..what do you have?? An act!! Not a life -Anne Lamot


Micro mosaic moments of life

Tiny moments that teach lessons

Tiny pieces of who we are that have stories, lessons, memories


Did you leave someone at an emotional baggage claim??

When venting. When frustration sets in. When you are at your emotional end—-where do you turn? What do you leave with those you love?

Are you dumping your baggage on someone?


Attention is one of the greatest forms of love

Zen teaching


What’s meant for you will STOP you from going further with anything else.

True Love story—Anne Margaret had love with Elvis, but on her first date with her husband [Roger Smith] of 50 years—she just new that he was the love of her life.


Serendipity movie line…Greeks didn’t write obits when someone died. They asked one question—Did they live with Passion?


Sue monk kids podcast talks about our longings—-pay attention to them. They are your soul trying to help you follow those things you long for.

“Return to your longing. It will teach you everything.” It does have something to say to us.


The Huxley quote above started by saying, “There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must WALK LIGHTLY.”

Walk so lightly, my darling. On tiptoes with no luggage, completely unencumbered.”– Aldous Huxley


Pam Grout always has something incredible to share. LOVE receiving her messages. She has written some incredible books—especially loved, “Thank and Grow Rich” BUT everything she shares is wonderful and inspired. She is always seeking miracles, giving gratitude, sharing uplifting stories and finding hope and good despite the incredibly hard loss of her one-and-only daughter. She is the ultimate inspiration. LOVE her work.

“The Universe (or God or the field of infinite potentiality or whatever name you want to call this energy force) wants nothing more then to bless you, to guide you, to help you create the most exciting version of yourself. And here’s the cool part. Not one thing is required of you for this to happen.” -Pam Ground, Thank and Grow Rich


There are soo many inspired thoughts, words, ideas, people, places….all to learn from. Seek something to learn from daily. Write a note in your phone, free write your creative wonders, take in a nature walk, listen to an inspired song….

speaking of inspired songs…yesterday, I sat on my prayer rock at the ocean and turned on this beautiful song, “Transformation” by The Cinematic Orchestra [from the Disney Nature movie The Crimson Wing]. Wow! what a moment. To take in an orchestra while watching wild waves crash along a sandy shore. It was humbling, inspiring, calming, so many feelings and emotions. Music has a real power.

look for those little things that have an impact. Did you hear a good interview? Did you see a LinkedIn post that you wanted to share? Did you get Good News in your inbox and found a great story that changed your energy? Did you get out in nature and just feel a little calmer or more connected?

Continue to seek inspired things in all you do and let them power your life.


GREAT Stories

I LOVE a GREAT story, so I hope you enJOY this collection of stories I found online. There are so many stories that instill hope, motivation, following dreams, pursuing passion, overcoming obstacles. Stories are the essence of our beings. They make us who we are. They share the life lessons one can learn from and pass along to encourage another. May we always seek and find the treasures in the stories that swirl all around us. Let us grab them and cherish the feelings they leave us with. We will always fly a little higher after reading a GREAT story. enJOY.

Emily Blunt

Today we know Emily Blunt as a Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild winning actress. With several hit films under her belt, including the acclaimed A Quiet Place, Sicario, and the Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is one of England’s most successful actresses with an estimated net worth of $110 million dollars.

But her glittering career almost didn’t happen. As a teenager, Emily developed a stutter so debilitating she could barely hold a conversation. So severe was her stutter, that she never even considered a career in acting. Her parents took her to speech coaches and relaxation coaches, but nothing worked.

“I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn’t say it,” said Emily in a 2009 interview. “It would just haunt me.”

But that all changed when a kind teacher encouraged her to try out for the school play.

“One of my teachers at school had a brilliant idea and said, ‘Why don’t you speak in an accent in our school play?’ I distanced myself from me through this character, and it was so freeing that my stuttering stopped when I was onstage. It was really a miracle.”

Eric Yuan

You might not have heard of Eric Yuan, but you’ve definitely heard of the conferencing platform he created: Zoom. At the start of 2021, Zoom had a market valuation of more than $16 billion and it employs more than 2, 500 people.

But were it not for Eric’s tenacity and determination, it might never have happened. Born in China, Eric was heavily inspired by Bill Gates, and wanted to join the tech boom of the 1990’s. But when he applied for a U.S visa he was denied over and over again.

“The first time I applied for a U.S. visa, I was rejected. I continued to apply again and again over the course of two years and finally received my visa on the ninth try.”

He quickly rose to the rank of vice president of engineering at Cisco, and shortly after he founded Zoom.

The Kid Stays in the Picture

By Fran Lostys

He was no scholar, and his classmates teased him. Rather than read, the kid really preferred running around with a 8 mm camera, shooting homemade movies of wrecks of his Lionel train set (which he showed to friends for a small fee).

In his sophomore year of high school, he dropped out. But when his parents persuaded him to return, he was mistakenly placed in a learning-disabled class. He lasted one month. Only when the family moved to another town did he land in a more suitable high school, where he eventually graduated.

After being denied entrance into a traditional filmmaking school, Steven Spielberg enrolled in English at California State College at Long Beach. Then in 1965, he recalls, in one of those serendipitous moments, his life took a complete turn. Visiting Universal Studios, he met Chuck Silvers, an executive in the editorial department. Silvers liked the kid who made 8 mm films and invited him back sometime to visit.

He appeared the next day. Without a job or security clearance, Spielberg (dressed in a dark suit and tie, carrying his father’s briefcase with nothing inside but “a sandwich and candy bars”) strode confidently up to the guard at the gate of Universal and gave him a casual wave. The guard waved back. He was in.

“For the entire summer,” Spielberg remembers, “I dressed in my suit and hung out with the directors and writers [including Silvers, who knew the kid wasn’t a studio employee, but winked at the deception]. I even found an office that wasn’t being used, and became a squatter. I bought some plastic tiles and put my name in the building directory: Steven Spielberg, Room 23C.”

It paid off for everyone. Ten years later, the 28-year-old Spielberg directed Jaws, which took in $470 million, then the highest-grossing movie of all time. Dozens of films and awards have followed because Steven Spielberg knew what his teachers didn’t — talent is in the eyes of the filmmaker.

[Side Note: I have always been a big fan of him. Love this story. Spielberg just did a movie that depicted some of his childhood that was very interesting to see. It gives you a better sense of him as a boy and his creative directions. It was a bit slow, but very real in the sense of seeing another side to him and his journey. The movie is called, “The Fablemans”]

“You’re Studying Dirt”

By Fran Lostys

Dr. Judah Folkman keeps a reproduction of a 1903 New York Times article in his archives. In it two physics professors explain why airplanes could not possibly fly. The article appeared just three months before the Wright brothers split the air at Kitty Hawk.

In the early 1970s, Folkman proposed an idea in cancer research that did not fit what scientists “knew” to be true: that tumors did not generate new blood vessels to “feed” themselves and grow. He was convinced that they did. But colleagues kept telling him, “You’re studying dirt,” meaning his project was futile science.

Folkman disregarded the catcalls of the research community. For two decades, he met with disinterest or hostility as he pursued his work in angiogenesis, the study of the growth of new blood vessels. At one research convention, half the audience walked out. “He’s only a surgeon,” he heard someone say.

But he always believed that his work might help stop the growth of tumors, and might help find ways to grow blood vessels where they were needed — like around clogged arteries in the heart.

Folkman and his colleagues discovered the first angiogenesis inhibitors in the 1980s. Today more than 100,000 cancer patients are benefiting from the research he pioneered. His work is now recognized as being on the forefront in the fight to cure cancer.    

“There is a fine line between persistence and obstinacy,” Folkman says. “I have come to realise the key is to choose a problem that is worth persistent effort.”

Inspiring Stories of Famous People Who Achieved Their Dreams

World’s Fastest Indian

Burt Munro’s Dream made into a movie,  The World’s Fastest Indian, Anthony Hopkins plays the true story of New Zealander Burt Munro, a man who never let the dreams of youth fade. After a lifetime perfecting his classic 1920 Indian motorcycle, Munro sets off from New Zealand to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

With meager funds and scarce resources, but a heart full of hope and lofty dreams, legendary New Zealand motorcycle racer Burt Munro resigned into his shelter in 1948 to soup up his motorcycles, saying “I’ll never give up until I’ve had a good run.” He kept true to his words, as he later emerged to have even more than just a good run. Munro returned to the track as a speed monster. Spurred on by his awesomely modified motorcycles, he set and reset several speed records on some of the world’s most famous tracks. Notably, while the Indian Scout remained his most iconic motorcycle. Raised on a New Zealand farm . Got bored, so he started tinkering and was very excited about the biking industry. Started working on bikes and then crushing records.

I hope these stories have inspired you to have an even brighter day!

Peace. Love and Light to you. -H

Favorite YAY’s

I just got a book that I am excited to read, 50 Ways to Yay! First off, LOVE that name. I started to skim through it and already found some gems that I wanted to share….here you go. I will go through and highlight once I read and share, but for now…a sweet little JOY SNACK!! YAY!!

Find any excuse to PRACTICE Random Acts of AWESOME!

Spend more time BEING INTERESTED and less-time BEING INTERESTING.

A high-quality LIFE has much more to do with what we REMOVE from it than what we ADD to it.

You’re an ESSENTIAL PIECE of this puzzle called life. Without the FULL EXPRESSION of YOU, the picture just doesn’t make sense.

It’s NOT what you do ONCE that matters, its what you DO DAY IN and DAY OUT that makes the DIFFERENCE.

Stay CURIOUS. Embrace the WONDER of LIFE.

No one can LOVE you like you can.

Turn your FAILURE into FUEL.

The most POWERFUL gift we can give anyone is our PRESENCE.

What MAGIC will you experience today?

One MOMENT can change the entire course of our lives.


Change your LANGUAGE Change your life.

You were born with it all, but its up to you TO CREATE the right conditions for GROWTH.

What would LOVE do now?

I AM what I say I AM.

Go forth with PASSION.


It is always soo incredible to find little things that can have a greater impact in the way you think, the words you listen to and the way words can all be strung together to create something meaningful. Little, golden treasures of truth. I LOVE it when you don’t have to search too far for the good stuff!!

These simple lines peppered throughout this book—just lit me up!! Hope you can find some you can appreciate.

PEACE. LOVE and LIGHT to you today. -H