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The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished and plot out new goals. Here are the top business quotes to motivate you during the next 52 weeks of the year:

The Most Difficult

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart plant a tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb

Time is limited“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs

Destined To Be“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything You Ever Wanted“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair

Start Where you are“Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe

You cant fall“You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” –Unknown

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills

The beginning“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”- Plato

You Only Live Once“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West



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Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress

Charell and DadMy dad is in prison. He’s been there for a long time and will most likely be there an even longer time. I wish I could say that he was there for a noble cause but he’s not. The truth is my father did a bad thing and will spend the rest of his life (most likely) contemplating that action.

I spent a really long time being angry with my father. I was angry he was in jail. I was angry I wound up in foster care and bounced around to family members who didn’t want me. I was angry at not having and angry for wanting. I was angry about having to be responsible around people who weren’t, and most of all I was angry that no one else seemed to realize that my circumstance wasn’t right.

“Circumstance.” It’s a word that always has resonated with me. I think I understood its meaning before I even knew the word existed. I don’t know how I knew, but somehow I knew the situation I was in was “temporary.” I was smart enough not to share my thoughts with the adults that I was thrust with — the abusive foster mom, the unhappy stepmother, the drug addicted, abusive grandmother — but, even as a young child, I knew I was just waiting for my real life to begin.

It’s not that my early childhood didn’t have happy moments, such as the foster mom who would make pancakes before school and arrange Christmas visits with my biological mom. There were quite a number of those happy moments. It’s just that I was aware of all the bad choices that other people made which impacted my life and I knew that when I was given the opportunity, I would choose differently.

Every fiber in my every ounce of being told me that my circumstance determined where I was but wouldn’t impact who I would be. I wish my father had known that then. I’m proud that my mother believes it now and I’m blessed to have understood it as a child.

I love my dad. I always have and always will. I wish a lot of things had been different in his life and that some things had been different in mine, but life is made of more than wishes. It’s filled with smiles and tears, challenges and choices, love and lessons, dreams and purpose. And, every step forward is mine to take, savor, experience and choose. You shouldn’t let your circumstances define you, but they should inspire you to become the person you want to be.

That has been my dad’s greatest gift to me. I am thankful for it and grateful that I get to share this gift with others who find themselves in challenging circumstances. I keep them focused on their futures.  Life is simply too short to let yourself be limited, feel powerless or afraid to pursue the life you want to live. You get one life in this world. Start living yours as soon as you can.

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Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress


We all want to be happier, yet it can be a struggle from time to time. Whether it’s stress from your job, family life, relationships, many factors play a role in our happiness and we all experience not so joyful times. Here are a few ways to improve your mood if you find yourself feeling a little down:

  1. Focus on hope – Being hopeful about something in your life can really change your emotional outlook. Having hope means that you know that the future will be better than today and you know that you have the power to take the necessary steps to get there. If you are having a less than stellar moment, choose a goal that you have been putting off for a while, and think of what you need to in order to reach it. It could be something small or big, but visualizing how you can make it real will give you something to positive to focus on.
  2. Get some air: Go outside and get some great exercise. Exercising is a sure fire way to make yourself feel better emotionally and physically. Your brain will thank you and your body will benefit from it too. Staying cooped up indoors is enough to make anyone start thinking negatively. So get outside and move!
  3. Pick better companions: Being around people that are constantly talking negatively or complaining all the time, can really take a toll on your happiness level. Limit contact with people who are like this and if you can, eliminate them from your life altogether. You get to choose the energy that surround you. Instead of partaking in negative gossip tune it out and click on a happy video instead.
  4. Grab a healthy treat: Eating certain foods can actually make you feel happier and we all know eating unhealthy can make us feel drained and sluggish. Foods like seafood, eggs, nuts, and leafy greens are wonderful alternatives to boost your mood and actually contain ingredients that help you brain feel healthier and happier.
  5. Do one thing you love: Everyone has a hobby or something they enjoy doing. Make time for these personal pleasures each day instead of putting them on the back burner. If you allow yourself at least thirty minutes a day to do something you love, you will ultimately feel happier throughout the day.

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Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress