Good old Hump Day is here again. We're halfway through the work week, and feeling motivated to continue toward our goals.
What's inspiring us? Proper posture, a baby's first words and good, old-fashioned success tips from year 1901. Check out what's keeping us ticking this week in the slideshow below, then let us know what's inspiring you in the comments.
Karen Salmansohn's Poignant Affirmation
Salmansohn is favored around the web for her inspiring posters: <a href="http://notsalmon.com/2013/02/10/you-have-dealt-with-so-much-and-done-the-best-you-can/">This one</a> really spoke to us. (<a href="http://www.cafepress.com/karensalmansohnsstore">Order it here</a> and hang it in your bedroom for a morning reminder -- why not?)
Deb Roy's 'The Birth Of A Word'
Most parents are lucky enough to witness their baby's first word. By analyzing hours (and hours) of home video footage, Deb Roy was able to piece together <em>how</em> his son registered sounds and cues to finally produce the two-syllable word, "water." Roy made a plan to capture memorable moments of his family's life: He recorded about 10 hours of their home life for three years -- that's about a quarter-million hours of audio and video, or, as he puts it, "The largest home video collection ever made." Because most of them are captured on film, we're able to rexperience many heartfelt moments with Roy and his family. Check out the entire Ted Talk <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deb-roy/the-birth-of-a-word_b_2639625.html">here</a>.
A Peek Into Tim Ryan's Morning Meditation
It's not news that Congressman Tim Ryan is enthusiastic about health and wellness. (Just the title of his book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Nation-Practice-Performance-Recapture/dp/1401939295/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1"><em>A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit</em></a>, sums it up.) We loved getting a peek into his morning ritual: A 30-minute meditation practice. Watch the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57568552/ohio-congressmans-meditation-crusade/"> clip on CBS News</a>, where Ryan talks about his morning routine and his larger mission to make mindfulness a nation-wide practice <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57568552/ohio-congressmans-meditation-crusade">here</a>.
Amelia E. Barr's 9 Rules For Success
Our definition of success has certainly evolved, but the means of getting there is pretty timeless. At least this seems to be the case in Amelia E. Barr's 1901 essay "Words Of Counsel." <a href="http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/02/05/9-rules-for-success-by-amelia-barr/">Check out the complete list over at brainpickings.org</a>.
This week, we're inspired by good posture because it might just be the key to feeling more confident at the office. Your disposition is really in your control: "If you sit all curled up in a ball or stand with your arms wrapped around your chest like battle armor, you are going to end up feeling less powerful and less confident because your brain will assume that that’s what you are," writes Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson. <a href="http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/02/12/feeling-timid-and-powerless-maybe-its-how-youre-sitting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+positivelypositive%2Fpositive+%28Positively+Positive%29">Hop over to Positively Positive for the full exploration in Halvorson's "Feeling Timid and Powerless? Maybe It’s How You’re Sitting." </a>
Tony Schwartz's New York Times Op-Ed, 'Relax! You'll Be More Productive'
Schwartz's op-ed is a must-read: It highlights all that's wrong in the frantic, professional world, and how, as employees, we must implement self-care (which includes taking breaks!) to perform our best. Read the full piece <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?_r=0">here</a>, and check out some of of our favorite self-care tips <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7633/10-simple-acts-of-radical-self-care.html">here</a>.
HuffPost's Nap Rooms
Call us boastful, call us well-rested: We're really inspired by our own HuffPost nap rooms (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/09/huffpost-nap-rooms-featur_n_2653120.html">featured on The Today Show this past weekend</a>), and hope they inspire <em>you</em> to <a href="http://huffingtonpost.com/news/unplug-and-recharge">unplug and recharge</a> throughout the day. <em>Psst! Read this: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/26/how-to-nap-at-work_n_1232352.html">How To Nap At Work </a></em>
Fauja Singh: The World's Oldest Runner
Singh, who says he’s “<a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/athletics/Fauja-Singh-finally-says-full-stop-at-101/articleshow/18157158.cms">older than 101</a>," picked up running at the ripe age of 89. He will run his final two marathons at the end of the month to raise awareness for women's rights. Read more about Singh's story <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/fauja-singh-worlds-oldest_n_2647436.html">here</a>.
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