A Piano Brings Hope: Reclaiming a Love that Never Died

By Laura Staley, Cherish Your World As a child, I felt a cautious relief from walking on eggshells when my mother played the grand piano in our living room. Playing the piano seemed to make her happy and shifted her focus away from me. She especially enjoyed playing “Begin the Beguine.” She also loved playing Christmas carols, often insisting that…

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Feng Shui Fundamentals: Exploring This Ancient Wisdom

By Laura Staley, Cherish Your World Simply stated, feng shui is the art and practice of arranging your physical space to enhance your life. The conditions of your home and workspace affect the quality of your life, and you can take actions to make your home a haven and your office a place for productivity and creativity. Feng shui literally…

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The Dance of Trust and Discernment

by Laura Staley, Cherish Your World   The Dance of Trust and Discernment Living true to ourselves seems to require deep self-reflection and periods of utter confusion: Who am I? Why am I here? What the heck just happened and what do I do now? Who am I in this moment? Swirling in a sea of change can create a…

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up in Knots: Giving and Receiving Gifts with a Loving Heart

By Laura Staley, Founder of Cherish Your World We are heading into that time of year of gift exchanges and celebrations. Even as adults, we can feel excited to give and receive gifts. But sometimes for many of us, it’s tricky too. Even if we overall love the exchange, there may be a tug of anxiety, unworthiness, or other feelings…

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A Pathway to A Quieter Mind: Cultivating an Inner “Fly on the Wall”

By Laura Staley, Founder of Cherish Your World   I have so much to do … Why have I been so lazy? This situation is the worst thing ever—no good can come of it. Why did I say that stupid thing to that new colleague? She looked so uncomfortable after I spoke to her! Why can’t I ever remember people’s…

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5 Ways to Stand Out From Your Competition

Can you quickly name 10 people that do what you do or sell what you sell? If you answered yes, then this is going to be for you! In most professions, you can throw a stick and hit someone who does exactly or pretty close to what you do. It may not be the exact same company, but they are pretty…

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Are We Protected?

Nowadays everywhere you go you hear about someone being attacked or robbed or house broken into and it is so discouraging how this world is becoming. Here are a few statistics from RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime college-aged girls are four times more likely to be…

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Is Anger Really A Virtue?

I guess I should clarify before the world goes into chaos popping off at everyone in sight because “Mandy said it would bring enlightenment”. Justified anger, expressed in a constructive way is a virtue and can put you in touch with your true passions. But that’s a long and boring title. Anger is a delicious and yummy emotion that gets…

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STOP polishing your inner glass ceiling….Shatter that mother

I feel it is my civic duty to be a whistle blower, the one that calls out the elephant in the room, the one to give the 400 lbs gorilla a banana, and the one that shakes things up. You get the picture right? When things are wrong we tend to try to sweep it under the rug. Not me…

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Myths About Speed Reading–Are They Really READING It?

A common question I’m asked after telling people how fast our graduates can read at the end of our courses (average of 1,200 words per minute) is are they really reading it? So I start our speed reading classes and seminars by having everyone write down their own definitions of reading. I collect them and after looking them over, I…

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