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Empower Your Intents with These Motivational Social Media Accounts

motivational social mediaBy Elizabeth Eckhart

The holidays are long gone and the rush of the New Year is steadily drifting by, which means that the motivation to accomplish all of our new goals for 2014 might be declining. If the weather hasn’t brought you down, perhaps it’s the stress of work and school, or family concerns that have got you worried. Luckily, social media has become an excellent tool for spreading inspiration left and right, just when you need it most. No matter what your goals are, whether fitness, meditation, scoring that new job or graduating with straight A’s, we’ve found the most popular, and appreciated, motivational social media accounts, as well as the most discussed tools that will encourage you daily. So when you’re feeling down, check out some of the motivational sources we found using social media tool ViralHeat below, and continue paving your way through your good intentions!

Twitter Accounts to Follow

Fitness Motivation (@BeFitMotivation)

fitness motivationWith over a million followers, Fitness Motivation must be doing something right. The account encourages healthy eating, clean living, and constantly shares pictures of success stories. Better yet, they even include quick, on-the-go and at-home workouts for the busy bees out there. Their motivational quotes are also positive messages, no body-shaming allowed there. After a thorough search, it seems that the main message is to aim to be your best self, and that the short-cuts (such as unhealthy fad diets and questionable supplements) are NOT appreciated. Bonus, they have an Instagram account, too: @BeFitPhotos

Daily Motivation (@wisdomsquote)

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Daily motivation is exactly what it claims to be — a Twitter account that aggregates as many motivational quotes as it can find. Some are familiar sayings, and some are new, but all of them will integrate themselves into your feed to keep you pushing through your day. The account tweets at least a few pictures a day as well of inspiration role models from Buddha to Albert Einstein and Bruce Lee. Trending topics on the page are mental strength, determination, and courage. Warning: following this account might give you the bravery to achieve everything you put your mind to (as well as a few nifty pictures to pin up by your desk).

Inspirational Book

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman

If Alfred A. Knopf, who published both Julia Child and John Cheever, once promoted the work, then this book deserves to be called phenomenal. A self-help book to decode all previous self-help books, this inspirational guide is written by an actual psychologist and professor, which sounds much more promising and helpful than someone who found success through their own personal path and hopes others can do the same. Professor Wiseman helps you promote change in minutes, to create habits that will last years, based on knowledge of the human behavior and brain power all of us possess. The best part? It’s a quick read, so convincing yourself to give a try won’t take that much motivation at all. Click here for his book talk. 

Pinterest

These Pinterest accounts will knock out any connotations that this site is primarily used for wedding planning and DIY crafts. In fact, these accounts are all dedicated to achieving goals on a larger scale, with helpful pictures, quotes, and videos to achieve them.

Inspiration {Video}: Inspiration video is exactly what it claims to be — a collection of videos from Youtube and other sources that will leave you itching to accomplish your goals. Pin it on your own board, or simply sift through the page and watch them all, it’s up to you! The wildly popular “Move” video, inspiration for any traveler out there, is one of the quickest and best!

Career Inspiration: Hoping to achieve your dream job, or know you need to make moves at your current position and show just how great you really are? This page is for you! Pin it to your Pinterest board, but better yet pin it to your bulletin board, your mirror in the morning, your desktop at the office.. the possibilities are endless! A personal favorite is this quote: Dreams don’t work, unless YOU do!

Ideas: Ideas is the help-all, inspire-all Pinterest page that addresses everything from physical health to soul and spiritual well-being. You never know exactly what you’ll find as you scour the page, but chances are at least one image or video will give you exactly the kick in the butt you need to move forward, move on, and start achieving.

Of course, at the end of the day, one of the most inspiring places to be is right here on Intent.com and Intent Blog! Use these motivational tools to set your own intents and inspire others!

Elizabeth Eckhart is a Chicago born and bred blogger who is passionate about keeping the environment clean. Some of her favorite writing topics include new renewable energy technology and various ways to live a healthy lifestyle. 

5 Quotes on the Power of Forgiveness

When you choose forgiveness, you commit an act of love to yourself as well as the person you’re forgiving. To forgive is to liberate yourself from the poison of anger and resentment, as well as release the individual who has wronged you from the guilt that may be weighing them down. Here are 5 inspirational quotes from people who recognized the power of forgiveness:

 “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Louis B. Smedes

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” — Abraham Lincoln

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.” — Martin Luther King

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ” — Booker T. Washington

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” — Anonymous

Love quotes and pictures? Follow us on Pinterest Tell us your favorite forgiveness quotes in comments below! 
Originally posted in 2012

8 Amazing Behind-The-Scenes Photos from Jeff Bridges’ New Book “Pictures”

Awed by movie stars’ onscreen talents, we often forget that they, like everyone, are multifaceted people with many interests.

Jeff Bridges is among the best of the best, nominated for 6 Academy Awards, the star of countless classics like The Fisher King, Crazy Heart, The Big Lebowski, True Grit and many others. Never one to fit in a box, Bridges has now come out with a book of photographyPictures, which he’s been shooting and developing from behind the scenes of most of the films he’s made since 1984.

His photographs give us a rare and alternative look into the world of these films, which most of us only get to see as polished final products. The book is nominated for the 29th annual Infinity Awards – and for good reason. Take a look at these beautiful photos and see if you can recognize which films they come from!

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Photos via jeffbridges.com and NY Times.

4 Weird Things That Are Banned on Good Friday

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Happy Good Friday — or Black Friday, or Easter Friday, or regular old Friday, depending on your spiritual tradition. Good Friday is a holiday primarily celebrated by Christians to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the Friday prior to Easter. We do wonder how Jesus would have felt if someone had told him that the holiday marking his death would be called, “Good Friday.” Perhaps not the first title that would have come to his mind (kidding, kidding). 🙂

While in the United States Good Friday is not a government-recognized holiday, many countries around the world close down their offices and have laws that ban certain activities on the Friday prior to Easter. We’ve compiled a list of the most interesting things governments around the world believe you should not be doing to celebrate the day:

1. Laughing & Public Dancing

In Germany, comedic theatre performances and public dancing are illegal on Good Friday (although this restriction isn’t always well enforced). You can still watch comedy on TV or in movie theaters, but many TV channels will only show religious material on the day.

2. Drinking Alcohol

Ireland has a law prohibiting alcohol from being sold on Good Friday. In 1962, the Intoxicating Liquor Act introduced “area exemption orders” to allow the sale of alcohol for special events, but all pubs and many restaurants remain closed.

3. Horse racing

In the United Kingdom, horse racing is banned on Good Friday. Historically, gambling was banned altogether on the national holiday, but in 2008 a law was passed that allowed betting shops to remain open. That change elicited anger from many church officials who claimed the law  reflected a lack of respect for the day Christians remember Christ’s crucifixion.

4. Eating

If you’re an Eastern Orthodox Christian, you are not supposed to eat at all on Good Friday or the Saturday following. The Catholic Church also observes fasting and abstinence to commemorate their belief in Christ’s sacrifice.

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So that sums up what people around the world won’t be doing on Good Friday. What about you? Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments below.

 

Originally published in 2012

Why It’s Important to Enjoy the Art Around Us

If I were to ask you, “What subject matter in school is deemed most important?” What would your answer be? Math, science or art?

Sunny Blossom (Toan Lam)

Art? Doing this for a living was never even an option in my household — it was a taboo subject. “Be a doctor, lawyer or engineer,” my parents would ingrain in my brain. In my parents’ eyes, the definition of success were those professions, in that order: doctor, lawyer, then engineer. I chose the fourth – failure (in the eyes of my immigrant parents, journalism seemed like failure).

Power Light (Toan Lam)

Reading and writing, my passions, were not as revered as mathematics and science. I would read everything out loud. In the shower, I would read shampoo bottles – “Rinse, lather, repeat.” I remember what brought me joy was acting out the characters while reading my favorite childhood books. It’s no coincidence that I became a journalist, founder of Go Inspire Go (we use the art of storytelling to inspire action) and college instructor.

Rainbow Drops Coit Tower & Telegraph Hill (Toan Lam)

That’s why this GIG Spark, produced by high school student Aaron Long resonated with me on many levels, personally, professionally and even spiritually.

Through Aaron’s GIG Spark, he wants to inspire us to look around and enjoy the art around us in San Francisco. Don’t live there? No problem; Aaron wants you to look around and enjoy a tree, some street art or something that catches your eye.

Water Cloud Reflections/Aquatic Park (Toan Lam)

How did he do this? In a creative way, of course! Find out how he inspired folks in his community to be present and enjoy the art around them through this GIG Spark (Lesson on Compassion) submission. His goal is to inspire you to notice (and enjoy) the art that surrounds you.

Gigster: Aaron Long
Where: San Francisco
Spark: Notice the Art Around You

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Like many GIG Spark videos, this seems fun on the surface and it is. But on a deeper level, being creative isn’t nurtured in our society. I recently discovered this TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. Specifically, he speaks about the importance of creating an educational system that nurtures creativity. This TED video is full of inspirational gems.

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I often wonder what I would be doing had I not pursued my passion work. One thing’s for sure – if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be as fulfilled and full of joy. Special thanks to Aaron for being aware and inspiring presence in this adventure we call life.

City Dew Drops (Toan Lam)

Take action:
1. Stop wherever you are. Look around and take a deep breath. Enjoy one thing around you.
2. Get creative. Like to bake or paint? Do it, then give it away to someone in need. Small things like this make anyone’s day.
3. Nurture the artistic talents in a child’s life.

We hope this video inspires you to be present and enjoy the art around you — and use your power to help others. I’ve been practicing enjoying the art around me by taking pictures on my Go Inspire Go Instagram account. I always snap cool scenes and things that inspire me because I want to share it with our viewers (tagged with an inspirational message).

Be You Naturally (Toan Lam)

Note: Thanks to Mom: who turned over a new leaf and supports endeavors — because she feels my passion for GIG. Also, I know (and feel) that my father, who on his death bed told me, “You’re wasting your life, you need to quit that reporting stuff and become a doctor,” has had a change of heart and is somewhere above, looking down and smiling at me. Smiling because I followed my heart and chose to redefine his definition of “failure.” Thanks to my parents for taking the risk — to uproot their successful lives — so my siblings and I could redefine the American Dream. No. 4 ain’t so bad!

Bay City Chain Scape (Toan Lam)

GIG Spark was developed to create compassion through the exercise of brainstorming, problem solving and experiencing the joy of using your power to help others. Rachel shares her thoughts about what this particular experience meant to her:

“Something GIG Spark taught me? Don’t stop yourself from doing something just because you think it’s not going to change anything. Whether what you do is monumental or small, whether it affects a million people or just one person, what’s important is that you did something. It’s human nature to resist change, but at least you presented a chance to plant a seed of change in someone’s mind.”

Copollalights (Toan Lam)

About Go Inspire Go (GIG):

GIG is about inspiring small actions that ripple out to meaningful changes. As we’ve experienced, the ripples continue to billow out, one story, one person, one act at a time.

FEELING INSPIRED? Make your own GIG Spark and share with us. We may share it with the world.

As part of GIG’s mission to inspire our viewers to discover their power, we developed GIG Spark: A Lesson on Compassion. The goal is to spark action in everyone that witnesses your good deed. We want you to identify a problem in your community and be the change by capturing your action in a short 1-1:30 minute video. Use your passion and creativity to produce a GIG Spark and inspire viewers with your story!

What can YOU do?

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Funny Friday: Laughing Animals (quotes & images)

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.” — Mary H. Waldrip

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ― Mark Twain

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will throw back your head and laugh at the sky.” (Unknown)

“Everyone smiles in the same language.”  (Unknown)

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo 1: wowcoolpics.blogspot.comPhoto 2: flickr.comPhoto 3: keywordpicture.comPhoto 4:  animal-animal-animal.blogspot.comPhoto 5: sanitaryum.com, all via Buzz Feed

 

Erica Blasberg Pictures Explode Across Net After Her Death

Erica Blasberg pictures are widely available across the Web today. Some people see one of America’s more attractive female athletes, but others look beyond the surface and see just what she may have meant to the continued success of the LPGA Tour. Sadly, the 25-year-old golfer will not have the chance to fulfill the destiny (both on the course and in LPGA marketing in The United States) that was clearly within her grasp. According to the Associated Press, Erica Blasberg died in her three-bedroom Las Vegas suburban home. Foul play has not been eliminated from the list of possibilities, according to Las Vegas police. Until the investigation is complete, police force will intentionally withhold the identity of the person who made the original 911 call.

Erica Blasberg – Pictures of a young woman to carry American golf

Erica Blasberg pictures may turn heads, but it’s a lot more significant to see just what she could have meant to the LPGA Tour. Erica Blasberg’s premature death – as well as all of the difficulties with the Tiger Woods fiasco – have placed the game of golf in a difficult financial position in regards to ratings and sponsorships, to the extent that debt relief may be necessary. The LPGA Tour in particular feels the greatest sting, as there are too few top-tier American stars. The dearth of native daughters makes the LPGA a tough sell in America, as outlined by The Golf Channel. One LPGA fan put it this way regarding the Tour’s troubles:

“There has not been an American POY or an American who won the Vare Trophy (scoring title) since 1994. There has not been an American leading the money list since 1993. In the last 15 years, only four ROY titles have gone to Americans. Of the last 41 majors (dating back to the year 2000), only nine have been won by Americans. This has pretty consistently been about one major a year one by Americans”.

Thanks to that kind of underperformance and lack of highly marketable stars, the New York Daily News reports that sponsors are pulling out. Names like Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie speak a lot more of unfulfilled potential than hope any more.

Erica Blasberg made her mark in her first LPGA tournament

Blasberg held her own with a Top-50 finish at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, which happens to be one of recently retired Lorena Ochoa’s stomping grounds. Blasberg didn’t beat the world south of the border, but she did a lot more than enough to keep American golf fans watching. It has simply a sign of things to come from the former University of Arizona golf star.

LPGA spokesman David Higdon told the world that Erica Blasberg’s heart-rending demise is a “tough hit” hit for the sport. Losing Erica Blasberg is particularly hard for the tight-knit sorority that is the American LPGA Tour. The beaming young woman her college teammates nicknamed “Skipper” can be missed by all who knew her and those who wish they’d had the chance to make her acquaintance. The LPGA Tour will miss both Erica Blasberg’s personality and also the marketing possibilities that might have been.

Article Resources

http://www.mcall.com/sports/sns-lpga-erica-blasberg-pictures,0,7539433.photogallery

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news;_ylt=AkXqsIj2BVWYCMcjJoBbjDIogsUF?slug=ap-obit-blasberg

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/07/09/2009-07-09_lpga_players_teed_off.html

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