Maura 4 U http://maura4u.com Living Happy | Inside Out! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:20:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://maura4u.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Maura4u-brand-image-in-frame-150x150.jpg Maura 4 U http://maura4u.com 32 32 Happy Together with Sounds of the Sixties http://maura4u.com/happy-together-in-the-sounds-of-the-sixties/ http://maura4u.com/happy-together-in-the-sounds-of-the-sixties/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:19:45 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8727 You don't need to be a baby boomer to enjoy the feel good sounds of sixties music. In this blog and video, I capture some of the reasons why The Turtles, The Cowsills and Three Dog Night made me and many others very happy -- and still do!

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Podcast 117: Who or What Are You Protecting? http://maura4u.com/podcast-117-who-or-what-are-you-protecting/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-117-who-or-what-are-you-protecting/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:06:38 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8715 You don't have to be a victim of Stockholm Syndrome to appreciate this latest podcast and blog that takes up the idea of protection. Sometimes, we are protecting a person or idea when doing so works to our detriment! Get inspired, empowered and ready to move beyond your comfort zone.

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Podcast 116: Creating Your Own Happy Hour http://maura4u.com/podcast-116-creating-your-own-happy-hour/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-116-creating-your-own-happy-hour/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:10:22 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8683 Why limit happy hour to just one hour? In this podcast and post, learn about the origins of happy hour, then create one of your own innovative ways to be happy, too. If not sufficiently inspired, I have added a few videos that will propel you on your way. Read, watch, listen and learn. Then let me hear from you on how you've created your own version of happy hour, too!

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Women Changing the World at Women Economic Forum http://maura4u.com/women-changing-world-women-economic-forum/ http://maura4u.com/women-changing-world-women-economic-forum/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 22:22:48 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8667 If you've been overwhelmed by the plethora of negative and divisive news in the world, I've got a good news alternative! Read about my trip to Hague for Women's Economic Forum and watch my video that captures the positive spirit of global sisterhood. Good news is out there, it's changing our world and its powerful energy is a growing force.

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Podcast 115: How Did They Make You Feel? http://maura4u.com/podcast-115-make-feel/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-115-make-feel/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 00:39:55 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8658 As children, we're naturally in touch with feelings but eventually neglect the cues they offer for creating healthy relationships. Listen in to this podcast and discover how you can regain your connection to socially charged emotions. Use them to help you assess, and redefine, your relationships while helping you maintain a happier emotional set-point.

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Podcast 114: Are You a Reactor or a Creator? http://maura4u.com/podcast-114-reactor-or-creator/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-114-reactor-or-creator/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 15:25:15 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8640 Do you copy what you see in others or do you choose to create instead? If it's the latter, discover how to stop reacting to outside stimuli and those nasty prompts that press your proverbial buttons. For anyone who's been daunted by outer conformity or herd mentalities, here's a blog and podcast to help you change and empower yourself from within. Become the change the world's been waiting for!

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Keeping it Simple on World Happiness Day http://maura4u.com/keeping-simple-world-happiness-day/ http://maura4u.com/keeping-simple-world-happiness-day/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:18:35 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8568 We can look for happiness in many ways, many of them quite complex. But why not keep it simple? On World Happiness Day 2017, I decided to share my simple way of finding happiness. For me, it has always been about my love for dogs!

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Podcast 112: You Can Be a Bridge http://maura4u.com/podcast-112-can-bridge/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-112-can-bridge/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:43:31 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8555 Are you exhausted from looking at people and ideas from the standpoint of division? Too many of us fall into polarity and fear, but we can be a bridge to others in the world. Catch my latest podcast on bridges and a previous video I launched on the same topic, too. Be inspired to be a living example of the positive change you wish to see in the world.

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Happy at Work: An Interview with Anton Philips http://maura4u.com/happy-work-interview-anton-philips/ http://maura4u.com/happy-work-interview-anton-philips/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:59:06 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8540 Meet the grandson of Philips Corp. founder Anton Philips as he talks about what makes us happy at work. A short blog and video interview I had with the younger Anton Philips while at the 2017 Women's Economic Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

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In St. Petersburg, FL: Making the Most of Creative Mornings http://maura4u.com/making-the-most-of-creative-mornings/ http://maura4u.com/making-the-most-of-creative-mornings/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:33:48 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8394 Creative Mornings believes everyone is creative. Now, there's a global community to support those making the most of their creativity.

That's the introductory message I heard at a recent event in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Brooklyn-based Creative Mornings lecture series currently gathers in 164 creative communities around the world.

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Can Stubbornness be Good for You? http://maura4u.com/can-stubbornness-be-good-for-you/ http://maura4u.com/can-stubbornness-be-good-for-you/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:09:56 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8378 You might have considered it a negative trait but when harnessed correctly, stubbornness can actually be good for you! Learn about Sarajevo's stubborn man.

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What a Wonderful World http://maura4u.com/looking-at-a-wonderful-world/ http://maura4u.com/looking-at-a-wonderful-world/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:26:46 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8368 Each day, we have an opportunity to do more than await a wonderful world. We can choose to see it within. Get inspired with Louis Armstrong's epic tune.

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Fifty Years After the March, How Far Have We Advanced? http://maura4u.com/fifty-years-after-the-march-how-far-have-we-advanced/ http://maura4u.com/fifty-years-after-the-march-how-far-have-we-advanced/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:17:01 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=2078 Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an end to segregation in 1963. But his vision extended to a future time when America's legislative, social and moral life would exist without prejudice of any kind.

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Podcast 111: What Are You Listening To? http://maura4u.com/podcast-111-listening/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-111-listening/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:00:24 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8358 Are you paying attention to what your ears hear? Your ability as an audible censor can be keeping you from greater happiness and well being. Check out this podcast and find out more.

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Special Holiday Podcast: Peace on Earth http://maura4u.com/special-holiday-podcast-110-peace-on-earth/ http://maura4u.com/special-holiday-podcast-110-peace-on-earth/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 02:50:25 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8342 Peace on earth was originally sought after by the Magi from the East when they followed the star in search of the Christ child. That same peace on earth is available today to all who are willing to find it in their heart. Listen to this special holiday podcast that will touch your heart -- and peace -- regardless of your religious, cultural or geographic background.

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Podcast 109 Are You a Stereotype? http://maura4u.com/podcast-109-are-you-a-stereotype/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-109-are-you-a-stereotype/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:24:55 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8312 Are you a stereotype? Have you been stereotyping and limiting your view of others? Tune in for this inspiring and thought-provoking podcast on the topic.

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Feeling Free, Alive and Identity-Wise http://maura4u.com/feeling-free-alive-and-identity-wise/ http://maura4u.com/feeling-free-alive-and-identity-wise/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:37:29 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8295 If you lost your sense of vitality and identity in adulthood, maybe it's time for a bit of fun reflection. Find out one way to recover your identity and youthful exuberance in this blog. Then listen in to a podcast entitled, "Who Do You Want to Be?"

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Podcast 107 Thanksgiving for Gifts in Disguise http://maura4u.com/thanksgiving-in-disguise/ http://maura4u.com/thanksgiving-in-disguise/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:37:18 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8293 At first glance, not everything that presents itself to us in life seems worthy of being called a gift. However, in this podcast, you may discover the hidden life treasures that emerge even during some of your most trying times. Be of good cheer and accept my wishes for a hope-filled season of giving thanks as you listen in.

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Podcast 106 Living in Polarity or Peace? http://maura4u.com/podcast-105-living-in-polarity-or-peace/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-105-living-in-polarity-or-peace/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:45:22 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8279 The 2016 Presidential race results bring focus to our inward thoughts. Will we continue to live in polarity or will we learn to live in peace? Find out more in this podcast and blog that's right for any time or season of the year.

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President Buchanan’s Vision for New Leadership http://maura4u.com/a-new-leadership-paradigm-from-a-19th-century-president/ http://maura4u.com/a-new-leadership-paradigm-from-a-19th-century-president/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:11:01 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8263 At some future date, estimations of President Buchanan may be viewed through a higher and more illuminated lens. Buchanan believed in the inherent greatness of his own people, even when they were unable to see it in themselves. Read this excerpt from my upcoming free book entitled, Favorite Leadership Quotes.

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Podcast 105 Living With Inspiration http://maura4u.com/podcast-105-living-with-inspiration/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-105-living-with-inspiration/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:54:09 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8235 In a world that often discourages, depresses or disappoints, we all need to find ways for living with inspiration. Uplift and encourage yourself in this blog and podcast.

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Podcast 104: The Heart of Generosity http://maura4u.com/podcast-104-the-heart-of-generosity/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-104-the-heart-of-generosity/#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:01:44 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8218 Most of us think of generosity as giving big gifts and lots of money. In this podcast and blog, learn how generosity has to do with the greatness of soul.

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Podcast 103: Creating Our Own Culture http://maura4u.com/podcast-103-creating-our-own-culture/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-103-creating-our-own-culture/#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:44:16 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8167 If you've never thought of yourself as a culture creator, this is one blog and podcast not to miss! Be inspired to influence your world for good.

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Podcast 102: Following the Essence of Your Life http://maura4u.com/podcast-102-following-the-essence-of-your-life/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-102-following-the-essence-of-your-life/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:06:49 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8157 Essence is the very font of our energy, happiness and life itself. To learn more about rediscovering your own, check out my latest blog and podcast on the subject.

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Podcast 101: Be Your Own Kind of Cookie http://maura4u.com/podcast-101-be-your-own-kind-of-cookie/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-101-be-your-own-kind-of-cookie/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:12:46 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8136 Are you a mere copy of conformity or becoming your own kind of cookie in life? A light-hearted podcast discussing cookie cutter mentalities and inspiring you to break out into your personal creativity and brilliance!

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Over the Rainbow to Happiness http://maura4u.com/over-the-rainbow-to-happiness/ http://maura4u.com/over-the-rainbow-to-happiness/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:38:41 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8027 Want to be happier in life? Be like Judy Garland's Dorothy character and step over the rainbow to a first-rate version of yourself. Watch Dorothy sing Somewhere, Over the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz.

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Podcast 100: What if We Didn’t Need Money to Live? http://maura4u.com/podcast-100-what-if-you-didnt-need-money-to-live/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-100-what-if-you-didnt-need-money-to-live/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:36:48 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8060 We've all fallen prey to making money the ultimate barometer of life and abundance. But is that true? Find out in this blog and podcast.

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Podcast 099: Can You Learn from Bad Examples? http://maura4u.com/podcast-099-can-you-learn-from-bad-examples/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-099-can-you-learn-from-bad-examples/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:01:50 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8058 Bad examples can show up wherever we hoped to find and emulate an elder, expert, boss or leader. In this podcast, we discuss how to turn our experiences with bad examples into something good!

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Podcast 098: Have You Discovered the Beauty of You? http://maura4u.com/podcast-098-have-you-discovered-the-beauty-of-you/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-098-have-you-discovered-the-beauty-of-you/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:59:59 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8055 If you've never considered yourself a beauty, think again. In this podcast, we discuss the limitless ways to reveal it in your life.

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Podcast 097: Is Your Silence Golden? http://maura4u.com/podcast-097-is-your-silence-golden/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-097-is-your-silence-golden/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:17:37 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8050 Sometimes it's wise to speak up but at other times, silence is golden! In this podcast, find out more about this old adage and discover how to use your own silence in some golden and influential ways!

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Podcast 096: What Are You Giving Your Power To? http://maura4u.com/podcast-096-what-are-you-giving-your-power-to/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-096-what-are-you-giving-your-power-to/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:12:28 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8038 Are you giving away your power? Perhaps it's time to take it back. In this latest blog and podcast, be inspired to turn away fro some of the negative news cycle and become your own source of positive power, instead.

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Podcast 095: Can I Do This? http://maura4u.com/podcast-095-can/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-095-can/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:34:14 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=8008 Have you ever asked yourself the burning question, "Can I do this?" If so, this podcast and blog are for you! Be empowered, encouraged and enlightened. Find what it takes to answer "yes" and step into the dreams, visions and aspirations you've been only dreaming about till now.

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Speaking Your Truth http://maura4u.com/speaking-your-truth/ http://maura4u.com/speaking-your-truth/#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:25:50 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7982 Are you speaking your truth with your mouth or with your presence? In this blog and podcast, I take up the subject of speaking your truth in powerful ways.

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Maura Sweeney Podcast 021: Speed Bumps in Life? http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-podcast-021-speed-bumps-in-life/ http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-podcast-021-speed-bumps-in-life/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:43:15 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7280 If you've ever allowed someone else's look, remark or judgment to slow you down in life, here's a blog and podcast for you. We've all encountered such personal speed bumps, but we can also change our thinking and gain speed again as we head along our road to fulfilling our dreams and aspirations.

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Consciously Happy http://maura4u.com/consciously-happy/ http://maura4u.com/consciously-happy/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:40:15 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7958 “Your thoughts and worries hide your happiness, as clouds hide the sun. As the wind blows away clouds, so you can blow away your negative thoughts and worries.” ~ Remez Sasson You may find this surprising, but happiness is your natural state of consciousness. It’s your true state of being. Unfortunately, that state of consciousness […]

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Podcast 093 Why I Am You http://maura4u.com/podcast-093-why-i-am-you/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-093-why-i-am-you/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:33:11 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7947 Despite differences in the human condition and the way we're taught to believe in ourselves and "others", there is much we share in common. In this latest podcast and blog, discover what they are, why I write and why, in the end, I am you!

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World Happiness Survey: 5 Things We Really Want http://maura4u.com/world-happiness-survey-5-things-really-want-life/ http://maura4u.com/world-happiness-survey-5-things-really-want-life/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:28:25 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7904 In addition to pursuing my own version of happiness, I conducted a World Happiness Survey to find out how others best described happiness, too. Read the blog and then check out my Podcast 094 on World Happiness Survey to learn more of what we've all been searching for in life.

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Podcast 091 Living Out of Your Belief http://maura4u.com/podcast-090-living-belief/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-090-living-belief/#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 15:27:57 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7877 Are your inner beliefs operating harmoniously with your outward behavior? A podcast that considers the dissonance and distress we suffer from when the two are out of synch. Be inspired by a quote from Gandhi and listen to some of my personal anecdotes along the path of integration.

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Preserving Good Memories on Memorial Day http://maura4u.com/preserving-good-memories-memorial-day/ http://maura4u.com/preserving-good-memories-memorial-day/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 14:08:14 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7863 Memorial Day memories brought me back to a visit aboard the World War II's U.S.S. Victory Ship a few years ago. Watch the video and find out how looking at memories can provide us with insights and empowerment to make our current days better.

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3 Tips to a Happiness Reset when Form and Substance Fall Out of Synch http://maura4u.com/creating-a-happiness-reset-when-form-and-substance-fall-out-of-synch/ http://maura4u.com/creating-a-happiness-reset-when-form-and-substance-fall-out-of-synch/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 01:19:06 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7840 If your outer world is at odds with your inner peace, it's time to create a Happiness Reset. Here are three tips to restore harmony and happiness to your life.

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Podcast 090 Are You Defending Your Dogma? http://maura4u.com/podcast-090-defending-dogma/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-090-defending-dogma/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 20:18:15 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7759 If you are becoming dogged by your own dogma, it may be time for some new enlightenment. Here's a podcast and blog that will infuse you with emotional intelligence by bringing you internal peace and opening you to greater happiness from the inside out.

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Aging v. Agelessness: AARP Campaign Helps Bridge Generation Gaps and More http://maura4u.com/aging-ageless-aarp-bridges-gap-latest-video-campaign/ http://maura4u.com/aging-ageless-aarp-bridges-gap-latest-video-campaign/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:27:05 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7716 A recent AARP campaign inspires agelessness and bridging the generation gap between millennials and mid lifers. Regardless of your generation, learn how agelessness is mostly in the mind!

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Podcast 089 What is Your Title? http://maura4u.com/podcast-089-title/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-089-title/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:38:46 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7701 “Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.” ~ Thomas Paine  What is your title? I’m not referring to your official job title, but to an identity that best describes the essence and fullness of who you truly are. Most of us are accustomed to carrying limited ways of identifying ourselves. We often […]

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Maura Sweeney Podcast 088: Are You a Vaunter? http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-podcast-088-vaunter/ http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-podcast-088-vaunter/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:02:46 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7672 Vaunter. You may be unfamiliar with the term but you've definitely met a few who fit the bill. A podcast for emotional intelligence that examines the unattractive ways we vaunt ourselves over others.

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Maura Sweeney Podcast 087: What Are You Teaching? http://maura4u.com/podcast-87-teaching/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-87-teaching/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:20:10 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7561 You don't need to hold the title of official teacher in order to be teaching those around you. This podcast explores the old adage, "Actions speak louder than words," and examines the subtle ways in which we convey messages to others in our midst. Be mindful and be empowered.

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Taking Happiness Seriously on World Happiness Day http://maura4u.com/taking-happiness-seriously-on-international-happiness-day/ http://maura4u.com/taking-happiness-seriously-on-international-happiness-day/#respond Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:32:17 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7510 Celebrate World Happiness Day by finding happiness in your hearts rather than hoping for it through public institutions. Discover Maura Sweeney's Foundations of Happiness, an eCourse for emotional intelligence with multi-media immersion and reflection. A master eCourse for those who are serious about getting happy.

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Growing Diamonds on International Women’s Day http://maura4u.com/growing-diamonds-international/ http://maura4u.com/growing-diamonds-international/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:31:57 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7461 In honor of International Women's Day, I'm celebrating the mystique and magic of diamonds as a metaphor for life. Be inspired to grow the diamond inside of you, too.

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Maura Sweeney Podcast 086: Party or Polarity? http://maura4u.com/podcast-086-party-polarity/ http://maura4u.com/podcast-086-party-polarity/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:21:26 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=7444 Are you creating a party or still living in polarity? Whether you realize it or not, you are creating party atmospheres or defaulting back into the common polarity paradigms found and fueled in society, culture and the media. Listen in to this podcast and learn how you can shift your paradigm from into a party atmosphere you'll enjoy.

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Thoughts We’ve Erected In Our Mind http://maura4u.com/thoughts-weve-erected-in-our-mind/ http://maura4u.com/thoughts-weve-erected-in-our-mind/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:45:05 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=6325 Whether we realize it or not, we've erected thoughts in our minds and only we can remove them. Reflections and a video from a public memorial in Budapest, Hungary.

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Happiness: Minding the Skeletons in Our Closet http://maura4u.com/happiness-minding-the-skeletons-in-our-closet/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-minding-the-skeletons-in-our-closet/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:10:06 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=6216 We've all got secrets that, if exposed, would cause us to be embarrassed and those around us to think differently about our strength of character. A visit to Yale University's Skull and Bones society causes me to reflect upon the effects of disclosure should all of our skeletons fall out of the closet and into the light of day. Blog and video.

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Celebrating Valentines Day http://maura4u.com/celebrating-valentines-day/ http://maura4u.com/celebrating-valentines-day/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:36:35 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4703 Not all of us can lay claim to a romantic relationship with that one special someone, but is it still possible to observe a happy Valentines Day? Certainly! Learn a little history on how St. Valentines Day got its start and listen in to a podcast that offers outside-the-box ways to celebrate this special day of love.

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15 Happy Songs: Antidote to Angst Over Presidential Politics http://maura4u.com/15-happy-songs-antidote-to-angst-over-presidential-politics/ http://maura4u.com/15-happy-songs-antidote-to-angst-over-presidential-politics/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:50:50 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=6110 Today's blog about happy songs is dedicated to anyone suffering angst over negative mass media reporting and petty presidential politics. Here's my list of 15 great party songs that will bring smiles of unification to anyone in the U.S.A. -- no matter their political party.

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ReMoving After 50: Not Your Grandparents’ Generation http://maura4u.com/removing-50-not-grandparents-generation/ http://maura4u.com/removing-50-not-grandparents-generation/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:05:56 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5465 Anyone who still thinks turning 50 is old better think again. A look at the new 50+ demographic as one that's bold, innovative and often embracing of change. See how lifestyle, careers and purchasing choices are moving toward what is relevant, supportive and life-enhancing for this newly defined mid-life group.

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Declaring Independence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness http://maura4u.com/declaring-our-independence-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/ http://maura4u.com/declaring-our-independence-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:45:00 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=6074 Are you living out of the Declaration of Independence? The groundbreaking 18th century document announced a completely new way of life for mankind, but have we made its clarion call our personal reality? An insightful blog and podcast to inspire you to embody the values of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness in your life.

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Happiness and Elvis: Aligning with Truth http://maura4u.com/happiness-and-elvis-aligning-truth/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-and-elvis-aligning-truth/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:20:17 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4442 If there's one thing most of us run away from, it's Truth. But, as Elvis Presley wisely noted, it just "ain't goin' away!"
Truth is perpetual, steadfast, immovable and unchangeable. We can ignore it, but we can never expunge its presence. Learn about this paradox that most of us fear the very thing that is quietly unaffected by time, space or circumstance.

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Recognizing Love and Creating Holiday Happiness http://maura4u.com/creating-holiday-happiness/ http://maura4u.com/creating-holiday-happiness/#respond Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:03:26 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=6037 When darkness is dispelled, only love remains. I'm recognizing love this holiday season and I'm hoping you are, too.

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We’re All Ambassadors – Even You! http://maura4u.com/were-all-ambassadors-even-you/ http://maura4u.com/were-all-ambassadors-even-you/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:24:07 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5904 We're all poised to become an ambassador of goodwill. A look at my recent speaking trip through southeastern Europe will inspire you to become an ambassador, too.

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Seeing with Our Eyes Closed http://maura4u.com/seeing-with-our-eyes-closed/ http://maura4u.com/seeing-with-our-eyes-closed/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:16:33 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5889 We might possess 20:20 vision yet miss what our true eyes can reveal. A blog and podcast to inspire you to see beauty, hope and more -- by closing your eyes.

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Leading with a Life Mantra http://maura4u.com/leading-with-a-life-mantra/ http://maura4u.com/leading-with-a-life-mantra/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:30:44 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5537 Maryanne Williamson reminds us to shine as children do and make manifest the glory of God. Here's how leading with a life mantra leads toward that end.

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Surveying the Backdrop of our Mind http://maura4u.com/surveying-the-backdrop-of-our-mind/ http://maura4u.com/surveying-the-backdrop-of-our-mind/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:28:02 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5823 Buddha says we are shaped by our thoughts -- and truly we are!
You may be surprised to learn how ideas formed in the backdrop of our mind shape our outlook, define our perspectives and determine our experiences in life.

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Happy Minding Our Own Glory http://maura4u.com/happy-minding-our-own-glory/ http://maura4u.com/happy-minding-our-own-glory/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:48:25 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5799 The world seeks monarchs and glory in just a few ways. Is there another way to find, mine and recognize your own glory? A blog and podcast for you.

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The Happiness of Being Grounded http://maura4u.com/the-happiness-of-being-grounded/ http://maura4u.com/the-happiness-of-being-grounded/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:12:01 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5751 Many of us grew up with negative ideas about being grounded. But can being grounded make us happy, too? Employed from the right perspective and with the right intentions, grounding can free us from insecurities and help us grow in new and unexpected ways. A blog and podcast to inspire you in new and perhaps unexpected ways.

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Finding Happiness in the Mirror http://maura4u.com/finding-happiness-in-the-mirror/ http://maura4u.com/finding-happiness-in-the-mirror/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:06:29 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5703 If you have been fearful of looking at your image in the mirror, think again. Why we avoid looking in the mirror and the happiness we can find when we do!

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Finding Happiness at the 13th FIMBA World Masters Basketball Championships http://maura4u.com/finding-happiness-at-the-13th-fimba-world-masters-basketball-championships/ http://maura4u.com/finding-happiness-at-the-13th-fimba-world-masters-basketball-championships/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:23:42 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5602 Joining my basketball junkie husband for the FIMBA 2015 World Masters Basketball Championship games gave me lots of reasons to see a happy world. A look at several reasons to celebrate, even if you're a non-athlete like me.

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Finding Rest on Labor Day http://maura4u.com/finding-rest-on-labor-day/ http://maura4u.com/finding-rest-on-labor-day/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:21:10 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5675 I thought Labor Day was created as a holiday of rest from labor. I was surprised to learn just the opposite. A look at resting and refreshing on Labor Day.

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Happiness with a Hammond Organ http://maura4u.com/happiness-with-a-hammond-organ/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-with-a-hammond-organ/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:26:38 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=3971 Combining his TV skills with a love for music, Murv Seymour developed a seminal documentary about the Hammond organ. The result was personal happiness and professional success.

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Universities and the Pursuit of Our Own Pillars http://maura4u.com/universities-and-the-pursuit-of-our-own-pillars/ http://maura4u.com/universities-and-the-pursuit-of-our-own-pillars/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:07:38 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5564 What started as a trip to join my husband as his New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction turned into an unintended tour of fourteen university campuses in the New England and New York corridor. Surprisingly, however, I was looking not for what universities had to offer but, rather, what environments students needed to unearth and display their own personal pillars in life and career. I was seeking the happiness factor.

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Maura Sweeney: Ambassador of Happiness http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-ambassador-of-happiness/ http://maura4u.com/maura-sweeney-ambassador-of-happiness/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:50:31 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5498 The UNESCO Center of Peace has named me Ambassador of Happiness. The title arrives in anticipation of my speaking at the first annual Nelson Mandela Day festivities to be celebrated outside our nation's capitol in Frederick, MD.

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Happiness and the Inner Voice of Destiny http://maura4u.com/happiness-and-the-inner-voice-of-destiny/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-and-the-inner-voice-of-destiny/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:21:54 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5420 If you want to find your destiny, listen to William Shakespeare and look within. A blog and video shares how to's plus my story of connecting with destiny.

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Happy Mental Vacation http://maura4u.com/happy-mental-vacation/ http://maura4u.com/happy-mental-vacation/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:55:09 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5398 We all need a mental vacation from the spirit of restlessness. And if we don't take one ourselves, the world is unlikely to provide one for us. Blog and video.

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Happy Identity: Discovering the Brand That is You! http://maura4u.com/happy-identity-discovering-the-brand-that-is-you/ http://maura4u.com/happy-identity-discovering-the-brand-that-is-you/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:26:51 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4993 When it comes to finding and developing your identity, are you still listening to the outside world for advice or have you allowed your heart speak instead? A look at what forms our careers and life, followed by a video interview with podcaster and inspirer Patty Elizee who talks about her idea of a Brand You Economy.

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From What’s in Your Wallet to What’s in Your Well http://maura4u.com/from-whats-in-your-wallet-to-whats-in-your-well/ http://maura4u.com/from-whats-in-your-wallet-to-whats-in-your-well/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:53:15 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5322 We can robotically follow Capitol One's campaign borrowing and seeking external credit or find happiness discovering what's in our own well. Blog and podcast.

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Are You a Minimalist or Purist? http://maura4u.com/are-you-a-minimalist-or-purist/ http://maura4u.com/are-you-a-minimalist-or-purist/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 11:30:34 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5032 Are you a minimalist or purist? Read and listen in to this podcast to find out if your life complements what resonates with your soul and makes you happy in life.

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House of the Happy Man: You Can Claim One, Too! http://maura4u.com/house-of-the-happy-man-you-can-claim-one-too/ http://maura4u.com/house-of-the-happy-man-you-can-claim-one-too/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:15:31 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5255 My visit to Omis, Croatia's famed House of the Happy Man provides modern day inspiration for a Renaissance era home. Listen to a podcast, learn about this man's unique legacy and be inspired to create a happy house of your own.

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Tampa’s Oxford Exchange: Discovering Inspired Spaces http://maura4u.com/tampas-oxford-house-discovering-inspired-spaces/ http://maura4u.com/tampas-oxford-house-discovering-inspired-spaces/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 23:59:51 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5142 Finding a space that resonates with our soul is a key to happiness.We all need one of our own. Tampa's Oxford Exchange provided me with a joyful space that gave me inspiration for a podcast, too.

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How Old Are You . . . Really? http://maura4u.com/how-old-are-you-really/ http://maura4u.com/how-old-are-you-really/#respond Tue, 12 May 2015 19:46:29 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5198 How old are you really? A look at how we can choose our life experience rather than answer to a birth date. An empowering blog and podcast for you on aging.

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Happy Mothers Day to Moms of a Different Sort http://maura4u.com/happy-mothers-day-to-moms-of-a-different-sort/ http://maura4u.com/happy-mothers-day-to-moms-of-a-different-sort/#respond Sun, 10 May 2015 22:30:48 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5184 It may not be a very happy mothers day for women who have no children of their own. A look at moms of a different sort - ones who are mothers in spirit.

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Where Is Your Ship Headed? http://maura4u.com/where-is-your-ship-headed/ http://maura4u.com/where-is-your-ship-headed/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 22:29:45 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5161 If you don't like where you ship is headed in life, then perhaps it's time to reconsider your how you've set your personal rudder. A blog and podcast to inspire you to set your rudder toward the destination your soul has always sought.

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The Happiness of Becoming an Iconic Woman http://maura4u.com/the-happiness-of-becoming-an-iconic-woman/ http://maura4u.com/the-happiness-of-becoming-an-iconic-woman/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:18:24 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5098 I expected Cosmo keynoter Kate White and St. Petersburg's 2015 Iconic Woman recipients to inspire me. What I didn't anticipate were encounters with other happy and iconic women who attended the Chamber of Commerce annual celebration.

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Shoes: Happy With Your Walk in Life? http://maura4u.com/april-5-shoes-happy-with-your-walk-in-life/ http://maura4u.com/april-5-shoes-happy-with-your-walk-in-life/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:50:18 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4894 Shoes help define us in life and when we wear the right ones, our walk becomes our own. A blog and podcast that takes up the topic. Not just for women.

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Is There a “Kidult” in You? http://maura4u.com/april-9-is-there-a-kidult-in-you/ http://maura4u.com/april-9-is-there-a-kidult-in-you/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:02:02 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4978 With its Kidult campaign for Frosted Mini Wheats cereal, Kellogg invites us to feed our inner kid. A look at what it means to live out the best of youth and adulthood -- all at the same time. Blog and podcast included.

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Want to be a Leader? Become a Positive Influence! http://maura4u.com/want-to-be-a-leader-become-a-positive-influence/ http://maura4u.com/want-to-be-a-leader-become-a-positive-influence/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:23:35 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4959 Think leadership is all about titles and flow charts? If you want to be a true leader seek to be a positive influence, instead. Empower your greatness with this blog and podcast featuring John C. Maxwell's famous quote about the definition of a true leader.

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Accepting Invitations http://maura4u.com/accepting-invitations/ http://maura4u.com/accepting-invitations/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:56:13 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=5034 Not every invitation is an invitation to happiness. Listen to this podcast for inspiration and empowerment. Some invitations are better declined!

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Identity: Becoming Our Bigger Self http://maura4u.com/identity-becoming-our-bigger-self/ http://maura4u.com/identity-becoming-our-bigger-self/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:50:19 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4913 Want to know the way to happiness? Face your limiting fears and decide to explore your bigger self. Be the change you wish to see in your world.

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Happiness: When Hard Knock Life Meets Tomorrow http://maura4u.com/happiness-hard-knock-life-meets-tomorrow/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-hard-knock-life-meets-tomorrow/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:26:00 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4903 Are you languishing in today's ashes or thinking about -- and hoping for -- a brighter tomorrow?
You don't have to be an orphan named Annie in Depression-era Manhattan to experience a hard knock life. A look at how a positive spirit paves a path to a happy and prosperous new life in anyone's tomorrow.

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Do You Know the Way (to San Jose)? http://maura4u.com/know-way-san-jose/ http://maura4u.com/know-way-san-jose/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:04:05 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4773 Do you know the way to San Jose? was a pleasant memory of one of Dionne Warwick's most beloved hits. Yet its deeper message beckons us to come back home. Read, watch her video and listen to a podcast by the same name that will invite you to return home to your place of happiness and peace, too.

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Happy in the Sun: Regardless of the Weather http://maura4u.com/happy-sun-regardless-weather/ http://maura4u.com/happy-sun-regardless-weather/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:20:10 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4858 If you're like many, you probably need a regular dose of sunshine. It keeps your spirits high and your thoughts optimistic and happy.
But what happens when the sunshine is obscured behind clouds?

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Deeper Happiness: Four Keys to Getting There http://maura4u.com/deeper-happiness-four-keys-getting/ http://maura4u.com/deeper-happiness-four-keys-getting/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:50:53 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4833 When it comes to being happy, is there more? Can we reach beyond the momentary, superficial emotion? A look at four keys to getting there - especially through the tough times in life.

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Are You Choosing Life? http://maura4u.com/choosing-life/ http://maura4u.com/choosing-life/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:16:07 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4805 Whether age 17 or 70, we are all on a personal life journey. Some of us pause and grow later in life while still others answer adventure early on. Life always beckons and the call visits our soul.

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Over 50 Years Old? You’re Ready for Prime Time (TV)! http://maura4u.com/50-youre-ready-prime-time-tv/ http://maura4u.com/50-youre-ready-prime-time-tv/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:02:00 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4778 Are you over 50 and thinking your "prime time" years are behind you? Think again! Prime Time TV features former HSN host Barbara Marville interviewing Maura Sweeney about the boxes we grew up in, built for ourselves and the new ways we can enjoy our newest version of the best time ever in life. If you're looking for engaging, fun and inspiring conversation on why the best years are now, this show is definitely for you!

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Black History is American History http://maura4u.com/black-history-american-history/ http://maura4u.com/black-history-american-history/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:13:59 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4691 "Black history is American history." ~ Morgan Freeman We need not be a person of color to appreciate that Black History Month is part of American history as well. From our country's inception, blacks as well as whites have been part of the ongoing and evolving story of the United States of America.

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Happiness: Start the Celebration Yourself! http://maura4u.com/happiness-start-celebration/ http://maura4u.com/happiness-start-celebration/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:47:03 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4751 "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey

Be your own change and start celebrating life today.

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George Washington’s Birthday: A Motherly Twist http://maura4u.com/washingtons-birthday-influence-motherly-twist/ http://maura4u.com/washingtons-birthday-influence-motherly-twist/#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:21:13 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4732 "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." ~George Washington

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Afraid of Falling? http://maura4u.com/afraid-falling/ http://maura4u.com/afraid-falling/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:43:22 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4685 Falling is never easy and I never met anyone who enjoyed being toppled down. Yet there are heights in life that our soul seeks to conquer. Places in life we wish to travel. There are spaces of adventure and inquiry that beckon us to heed the call.

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Will You Go For It, Too? http://maura4u.com/will-go/ http://maura4u.com/will-go/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:03:10 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4680 "Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." ~ Wayne Dyer
If you're looking to make a life that brings you happiness from the inside out, listen to radio host Tysen Webb interview Maura Sweeney on what it takes to go for it in life, in career and more.

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Regina Calcaterra’s Childhood No Longer Etched in Sand http://maura4u.com/regina-calcaterras-childhood-no-longer-etched-sand/ http://maura4u.com/regina-calcaterras-childhood-no-longer-etched-sand/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:22:31 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4638 After listening to Regina Calcaterra recently convey her background as an abandoned child, I understood why her Etched in Sand memoir had sat in the #2 spot behind Maya Angelou on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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State of the Union: Happier Working Women http://maura4u.com/state-union-working-women/ http://maura4u.com/state-union-working-women/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:06:06 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4597 If Tampa Bay is any indicator of national trends, then a 2015 kickoff luncheon portends more mindfulness, authenticity and meaningful relationships for working women across the United States.

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Unexpected Friends: Meet BBC’s Simon Hoban http://maura4u.com/unexpected-friends-meet-bbcs-simon-hoban/ http://maura4u.com/unexpected-friends-meet-bbcs-simon-hoban/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:29:23 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4513 Do you know there are "friends" out there who are waiting to meet you? As we're heading down our own path to happiness, life has a way of supplying us with unexpected -- and pleasant -- friends along the way. In my case, that meant meeting up with Simon Hoban, journalist and co-host at BBC Radio in Liverpool, England.

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Greatness Thought from Bob Marley http://maura4u.com/greatness-quote-bob-marley/ http://maura4u.com/greatness-quote-bob-marley/#respond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:18:55 +0000 http://maura4u.com/?p=4546 "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." ~ Bob Marley

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Friends Across the Pond – Meet Simon Hoban of BBC Radio http://maura4u.com/friends-across-the-pond-meet-simon-hoban-of-bbc-radio/ http://maura4u.com/friends-across-the-pond-meet-simon-hoban-of-bbc-radio/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:48:34 +0000 http://maura4u.com/friends-across-the-pond-meet-simon-hoban-of-bbc-radio/ Traveling and meeting new friends along the way is always a treat for me. Meet Simon Hoban, BBC Radio host from Liverpool, England.

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