Using your Spiritual Tool Kit

(Excerpt from Pain, Passion & Purpose )Life can seem so complicated when we’re trying to control all the variables and muscle our way through to our goals, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Each and every one of us can enlist the helping hand of Spirit. The trick is learning how to decipher …

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Gearing up for Life

I can’t believe we’re already two months into 2014 – and for most of it, I’ve been caught up inside some sort of mental fog. I’ve been finding myself getting sucked into the drama, demands and drudgery of daily life. Little by little, another layer of haze descends on my outlook, dampening my enthusiasm – …

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Modern Mottos for a More Productive Mindset in 2014

It’s 2014 and we would all like to be happier and more productive.  But how do we do that? In the wise words of En Vogue, “Free your mind and the rest will follow…” After watching my husband emerge from a long and peaceful weekend nap on the couch, I smiled and said, “Must be …

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Tips for Finding your Inspiration

All my life I felt like there was something important that I was meant to do - yet I was somehow separated from it - blocked, if you will. I could sense it calling me but could never quite reach it. Looking back I can clearly see that I had placed some very tight walls around myself. …

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Using the Gifts of Silence

(Excerpt from Pain, Passion & Purpose ) It’s an interesting irony that in a space of purposeful nothingness (silence) you actually discover something valuable. Creating a quiet space holds rewards that can range from the mundane to the miraculous – but first we must shut out the world and surround ourselves with the silence. This …

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Tips for Escaping Drama

Sometimes in life we can find ourselves in places of great turmoil and wonder how we got there. Despite trying to do everything right it seems that trouble and strife just keep coming to the forefront. Ironically, trying too hard to “be good and do good” can sometimes get us off course instead of closer …

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Note to my Younger Self

What if you could go back and have a heart-to-heart talk with your younger self – knowing all that you know now? What wisdom, warnings or advice would you relay that might have a positive life-changing effect on you?  It’s an intriguing idea, so here’s what I would tell young Marci, if given the chance. …

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It’s an Anniversary Celebration!

It’s the one year anniversary of the Empowered Living blog – so let’s party like its 1999 (wow, that saying has really lost its punch.) We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, but most of all, learned that we’re not alone – life is crazy for everybody!  So what did we learn? Let’s celebrate by taking a look back! …

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Practicing Mindfulness

(Excerpt from Pain, Passion & Purpose ) Sometimes we can make the greatest strides and gain the strongest understanding by breaking things down into their simplest elements. A bustling life full of endless errands can seem overwhelming but in reality our days are really just a series of moments; each moment overflowing with possibility if …

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The 4 Simple Steps to Growing Gracefully

(Excerpt from Pain, Passion & Purpose ) In our youth-obsessed culture it can be difficult to embrace the changes that age brings. Many of us cling to the past – to a time when we most projected the world’s image of beauty and success. Unfortunately, trying to hold on to the past is like trying …

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