Never Give In & Never Give Up

Written by Ben Emerling, Guest Blogger Never give up. How many times have we heard that saying?...

February 2, 2017 By Breanne

Inspiring Teachers: How Lori Sase Bechok Uplifts & Empowers Thousands of Students

I call her "Sasita." Some call her "Sase", some call her "Sas" and some call her "Lori." Whatever...

April 6, 2016 By Breanne

A New Mama Finds Perspective: 5 Lessons My 8-Month Old Son Has Taught Me

On July 14, 2015, at 12:34 am, I gave birth to a baby boy named Brayden. When I type those words,...

March 24, 2016 By Breanne

"Walking with Brandon" - South African Gymnast Brandon Beack Fights to Overcome Paralysis One Step at a Time

Brandon Beack, a teenager from Cape Town, South Africa, was well on his way to achieving his dream of competing...

October 20, 2015 By Breanne

Allie Gleason, a Teen with Asperger's Syndrome, Explains Why Playing Sports is Great for Kids with Autism

When I got up on the block for my first “real” race as part of my high school swim team, I was so nervous....

June 17, 2015 By Allie

Valerie Jensen Opens Movie Theater that Employs & Empowers People with Disabilities

Did you know that about 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed? Though this statistic is quite...

March 23, 2015 By Breanne

4 Ways My Big Brother Sean Inspires Me

My big brother Sean is a heck of a guy. From the time I was little, I remember watching everything...

February 16, 2015 By Breanne

"No Arms, No Legs, No Worries" - Nick Vujicic Lives an Inspiring "Life without Limbs"

What would you do if you had no arms and no legs? How would you function? How would you get through the day?...

February 10, 2015 By Breanne

The Most Uplifting Kind of Potluck I Have Ever Been to: the “Conscious Potluck"

Featured image courtesy of Have you ever been to a “Conscious Potluck?” If...

January 28, 2015 By Breanne

Discover Outdoors Foundation Reaches Inner-City Kids Through Life-Changing Outdoor Experiences

Kirk Reynolds is a Missouri native who moved to New York City with his corporate job twelve years ago....

January 27, 2015 By Breanne

5 Inspirational, Mindful Children's Books to Give the Little One in Your Life

Kids love to imagine. They love to read stories that take them to another place, another world where...

December 15, 2014 By Breanne

Colbie Caillat Inspires Young Girls & Women to Love Themselves Through Hit Song "Try"

In today's world, a few things come to mind when I think of the word "beauty": photoshop, perfection,...

December 11, 2014 By Breanne

International Non-Profit, "Skateistan" Uses Skateboarding in Afghanistan, Cambodia & South Africa to Empower Youth

When you read the news and see stories about Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, unfortunately, we don't...

December 9, 2014 By Breanne

A Profound Effect

Sometimes things happen in the course of a day that stick with us. Some things leave a lasting positive...

November 25, 2014 By Mary

In Loving Memory of Neil Reilly

My Dad has 31 first cousins. Yes, you read that right - 31. One of these awesome human beings is Neil...

November 19, 2014 By Breanne

The Heart of the Matter

There is a difference between performing from the heart and performing for a crowd. I have known this...

November 17, 2014 By Mary

Teddy Kremer - A Cincinatti Reds Bat Boy with Down Syndrome Reminds Us What the Game of Life is All About

Growing up going to Angels games in Southern California, I lived for sports - especially baseball. My...

November 5, 2014 By Breanne

29-Year Old Trion Lias, Born Blind, Earns His Black Belt in Karate

Have you ever done karate? I haven't, but I've always been fascinated by people who do. As an avid...

October 23, 2014 By Breanne

SURFice Dog Ricochet Helps Disabled Kids Smile - She Takes Them Surfing

Have you ever seen a dog surf? Have you ever seen surfing dog Ricochet help disabled kids experience...

October 20, 2014 By Breanne

How My Family & Friends Inspired Me to Rise Above Negativity

I was a junior in high school when I heard the song "Wear Sunscreen" for the first time, by Baz Lurhmann....

October 16, 2014 By Breanne

This 3-Minute Video Inspired Me to "Do Something Good Today" for Someone Else

You just never know what a seemingly small random act of kindness can do for someone's day, for someone's...

October 9, 2014 By Breanne

A Mountain of Perspective

Perspective is everything, figuratively and literally. I went into the classroom next door for a minute...

October 7, 2014 By Mary

5 Ways My Mom Inspires Me

There are a lot of inspiring moms out there. These incredible women dedicate their lives to their kids...

September 30, 2014 By Breanne

A Former Student, a Constant Inspiration

Have you ever met someone and instantly known that your life was going to change so much for the better...

September 23, 2014 By Mary

Love Transfusion - Connecting People Who Hurt with Those Who Care

We all know someone who has battled an illness. Someone who has been in an accident. Someone who endures...

September 17, 2014 By Breanne

A Kid's Perspective: 4-Year Old Jude Talks Love, Gratitude & "Mean Guys"

September 10, 2014 By Breanne

100 Surgeries. 864 Days in the Hospital. Ultramarathoner & Burn Survivor Turia Pitt Defines Resilience

I've always admired marathon runners. There is something about people who are able to push themselves through...

September 9, 2014 By Breanne

Finding Perspective in a Sink

I never thought I would find perspective in a sink, but there it was, staring me in the face. Stress...

September 1, 2014 By Mary

7 Ways My Husband Ryan Inspires Me

My husband Ryan is a pretty awesome guy. Have you ever met someone who is always in a good mood? Then...

August 28, 2014 By Breanne

Living Next Door to Liz Murray - a Girl Who Went from Being Homeless to Harvard

During my junior year in college, I was sitting in my dorm room when the phone rang. Me: "Hello?" Caller:...

August 26, 2014 By Breanne

When My Students Became My Teachers

Children are not usually thought of as wise or full of knowledge. In fact, they are often seen as quite...

August 22, 2014 By Mary

A Kid's Perspective: 3 Minutes on Happiness, Gratitude & Love, with 4-Year Old Coral & 2-Year Old Christie  

August 20, 2014 By Breanne

Ben Mattlin, Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Graduates from Harvard & Helps Others with Disabilities

Written by Antje Clasen - Harvard Writers and Publishers, with permission from Ben Mattlin Ben Mattlin...

August 18, 2014 By Breanne

A Kid's Perspective: Why I Love My Family & Being a Big Sister, by 7-Year Old Keira

The day was finally here. My little sister was about to be born. My mom went to the hospital and my grammy...

August 15, 2014 By Keira V

Finding Perspective Through Gratitude, with Women's Empowerment Coach Julie Santiago

About 7 months ago, I was in the midst of some deep self-exploration as I prepared for my upcoming wedding. Leading...

August 13, 2014 By Breanne

Meet Blake Leeper - the 24-Year Old Paralympic Sprinter Who is Going for Gold

You know those days when you wake up and you just feel kinda blah? We all have them. Those mornings...

August 11, 2014 By Breanne

Get Inspired with Life Coach Sandra Possing

Every once in a while you come across someone who really makes you feel at ease. There's something about...

August 8, 2014 By Breanne

Former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly Fights Cancer with a Winning Attitude - He's #KellyTough

When you're born in Buffalo, New York, as soon as you can take your first breath, you're a Bills fan....

August 5, 2014 By Breanne

After 30 Years as a School Janitor, Gabe Sonnier Becomes a Principal

Have you ever taken the time to say hello to the person who cleans your office building, your apartment...

August 1, 2014 By Breanne

My Life as a Mom: Finding Perspective Through Sleepless Nights

Last night the baby woke up every 2 hours. 9:04 p.m., “WHHAA!” 11:19 p.m., “WHHHHAAAA!!” 1:01...

July 29, 2014 By Jill

How a Few Thousand Strangers Inspired Me to Face My Fears

Living in the Bay Area, you hear about all kinds of awesome outdoor festivals. It seems like every...

July 24, 2014 By Breanne

An Introduction to the Power of Positive Psychology

1. What is “Positive Psychology”? How did you first begin studying it? Positive psychology is the science...

July 14, 2014 By Monica

Veteran Steve Baskis Loses His Sight - but Gains a Whole New Vision

I can't imagine losing my sense of sight. And neither could Veteran Steve Baskis - until it actually...

July 13, 2014 By Breanne

6 Life Lessons I Learned from My Kids

As moms I think it's natural to stress ourselves out regularly, wondering if we're doing all the right...

July 12, 2014 By Jill

Dad Carries Daughter with Cerebral Palsy in Triathlons

"She is my heart and I am her legs." That's how Rick Van Beek describes his relationship with his 13-year...

July 8, 2014 By Breanne

"Swimming Behind the Waterfall" - How Meditation Changed ABC Anchorman Dan Harris' Life

I don't know about you, but I always thought that successful anchormen and women were cool as cucumbers...

July 6, 2014 By Breanne

Jason McElwain - Nothin' but Net

"It felt like we won a championship. Everyone was so happy for me." Those were the words Jason McElwain...

July 3, 2014 By Breanne

In Loving Memory of Our Friend Kathy, aka MC, the "Mountain Climber"

I'll never forget my conversations with Kathy. She was the type of person who could listen with...

July 1, 2014 By Breanne

Michael Franti's Do it for the Love Foundation Gives Terminally Ill People the Gift of Live Music

It's always cool to see a successful musician giving back to others. An example of one of these amazingly...

June 28, 2014 By Breanne

How Yoga Saved Disabled Veteran Arthur's Life

At age 47, Arthur was ready to give up on life. He was living in pain as a disabled veteran, having given...

June 26, 2014 By Breanne

Sponsor a Child, Change a Life

A few years ago, I was home visiting my parents in my childhood home in Irvine, California. With the windows...

June 24, 2014 By Breanne

This Man Climbed Mount Everest. And He's Blind

29,029 feet high. 5 1/2 miles above sea level. 256 recorded fatalities to date. When you hear about someone...

June 22, 2014 By Breanne

Post-it Note Wisdom from My Father, the One and Only Kevin Cooley

Some of my favorite memories of my father involve yellow Post-it notes. This small, yellow piece...

June 20, 2014 By Breanne