What is Your Life’s Blueprint?

My Loud Bipolar Whispers!

My Loud Whispers of Hope

This is a video of rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

His speech is geared for Junior High School students and school and future goals. However, I believe that school can also mean to always follow our dreams. Never give up! Also, I believe every morning is a new day of education for us. We just need to keep our eyes open too the newness and freshness of what opportunities this great big beautiful world holds in store for all of us. If you look hard there is always somethings new and valuable for us to learn and to teach others. Life is school. Keep learning and keep teaching.

Also, his speech of course is speaking during the Civil Rights Movement. I believe that mental…

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Wounded Leadership

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It hurts me to to see recent revelations of corruption, immorality, betrayal, or moral failures in leaders we trust and follow. Yet, what seems to pain me more is the slogan for these turbulent times that our culture thinks, “But everybody does it!” We could very well be NUMB to the idea that pastors who fall, government leaders who deal with corruption, etc. is common, and that trust should be replaced with cynicism (Bennis & Goldsmith).


How should we respond to such moral failures in our culture? Should we accept it as norm and give in to pessimism? Or should we believe that there are ways to bring reconciliation and redemption back to our wounded leaders? 

We adore and respect people who are transformational leaders. Meaning, they are able to cast a vision so daunting, yet exciting, that they bring inspiration to make change happen. Their vision and dreams make these…

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Featured Bloggers 12/18/15: Networking 101

As is my nightly tradition…I present today’s Featured Bloggers!!!  Come on down, you’re the next contestant on the Price…oops, got a little carried away.

(click Blogger for yesterday’s post)


Art of Life Coaching

Living and Creating Simply

Talking to My Weight Loss Counselor-God


The Great Wall of Bianca

My Memoir Entries

Wandering Soul

Eat2Health Blog

Oblivious Splendor

Getting Through Anxiety

A Note on Positivity

Taking time to be grateful and thankful is one practice that will help you become a more positive minded person. BalancedAmes is leading by example!!


Good morning and happy Thursday!

This morning I woke up feeling so thankful. Night-shift really has a way of making me appreciate things that I never really thought about before: sleeping by my husband, waking up at a “normal time”, being able to say goodbye to Drew before he goes to work, watching the morning news, and eating breakfast at breakfast time. Since my husband doesn’t believe in heat until November 1st (it’s 58 degrees in our house), I turned on the fireplace and I’m posted up in front of it until I go to workout. All in all, a wonderful morning.

perfect morning

The feelings of happiness and thankfulness this morning have me thinking: very simple things made me feel this way. Small things can upset us (just go down your Facebook feed), so shouldn’t we also let small things make us happy? Maybe we can start paying more attention to…

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4 Types of Mentors You Need in Your Life to Succeed

2Just as different people have different personalities, different mentors have different mentoring personalities.  Having the right style of mentor in your life at the right time is very important.  Sometimes you need to be encouraged, while other times in life you need to be challenged.


My Favorite Quotes on Mentoring

I like these quotes on mentors. Hope you all enjoy too!

10. “If you get, give, if you learn, teach.”

Maya Angelou


9. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

— Albert Schweitzer


8. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

William Arthur Ward


7. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

6. “The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.”

John C. Maxwell

5. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

4. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

Booker T. Washington

3. “A mentor is someone who allows…

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Finding a mentor and taking advantage of the opportunity…

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10 Qualities of a Great Mentor

IMG_7127By now you should understand the value of having a mentor in your life.  And when you begin the search for a mentor there are certain qualities you should seek out.  I found this list which I believe represents the basics qualities any good mentor should possess.


Mentoring – Good or Bad?

Here are some great suggestions to keep in mind when finding a mentor.

Mentoring – is it a good thing or not?  I came across this article by James Caan and thought it was worth sharing.  Please let me know your views.  

Find a mentor who can give your business a helping hand

How important is it to have a mentor? Columnist James Caan explains what a mentor could do for your business.

James Caan: My father was my mentor – without him, I’m not sure I’d have made it. Photograph: Alamy

Is it essential to have a mentor? If so, how can I find one and what help should I expect?

The practical advice and guidance a mentor can offer is priceless. Not only can they help you avoid business hiccups, they can share words of wisdom that are invaluable, be your stirrup during struggles and share your happiness and excitement during good times. They’ve been there, done that and…

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Finding a Mentor That’s Right For You

Great article with things to consider when considering being mentored.


Cydcor-Sales-Mentorship Flickr CC via Jeremy Wilburn

A mentor is a guide and counselor who provides career advice and support. This relationship—also a process—often involves a younger person seeking out the guidance of a more experienced employee or supervisor.

In some cases, a mentor provides this service as way to do good or “pay it forward.” Perhaps someone in their past took the time to help them out in their career development, and to honor the kindness and help they received, they seek to share their abilities with someone new.

Some schools, companies, and social organizations may have formal mentorship programs that match a more experienced person with a less experienced person.

One of the keys to a successful mentor and mentee relationship is enthusiasm. You should only pursue start the process if you’re honestly interested in developing your professional skills and committed to paying attention to the lessons a mentor has…

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