Who Says You Need Two Legs To Dance?

Who Says You Need Two Legs To Dance?

Evgeny Smirnov is a Russian dancer who even after a terrible accident in which he lost one of his legs, never gave up on his passion. Initially Evgeny thought his dancing career was over, but he decided to keep practicing until he was just as good on one leg as he was...
Review My Book and Get “Begin Within” for Free!

Review My Book and Get “Begin Within” for Free!

Here’s a very short video to my loyal “Begin with Yes” friends, with an offer for a free copy of Begin Within, a guided-imagery meditation to help you stay focused on your Begin with Yes journey! Getting reviews helps my message reach more people, so I’m...
The Parable Of Cookies, Kindness, And More Cookies!

The Parable Of Cookies, Kindness, And More Cookies!

We’ve all treated someone in a way that we regret. We believe our perception of a situation only to find out that if we had opened our eyes or hearts a bit more we would have acted differently. Sometimes we have the chance to apologize, and sometimes it’s...
Want To Have A Good Night's Sleep? Begin With Meow!

Want To Have A Good Night's Sleep? Begin With Meow!

Want to fall asleep with a smile on your face and peaceful thoughts? Watch these cute kitten videos! Their cuteness will calm your mind and cleanse your mental palate, replacing the stress of the day… at least for a while. You can watch them now, but you’ll want...
One Sailor's Twist Of Fate Brought Him Home Alive

One Sailor's Twist Of Fate Brought Him Home Alive

As we observe this Memorial Day let’s remember to keep the memories alive by sharing stories. Many of us have had stories passed on to us and it’s up to us to keep the memories alive by passing them on for generations to come. It’s more than just...
Would You Give Him Food?

Would You Give Him Food?

This is an eye-opening social experiment that makes us wonder how we would react in these situations. Sometimes our ability to give kindness and compassion is biased by our perception of who really needs it. We make quick judgments based on what we see in front of us,...
Dad… What About Me Makes You Proud?

Dad… What About Me Makes You Proud?

This is a beautiful reminder that we need to be more active in telling those we love why we love them. So many times we unintentionally make others feel unappreciated – not because we don’t appreciate them or love them – but because we just...
Frog Eats Smart Phone Bugs

Frog Eats Smart Phone Bugs

Some days start on a lighter note than others. I hope this helps you ease into yours. A little laughter is good for you too! Laughing reduces stress, so as you go through your day, if anyone causes you stress just remember this video and laugh a bit… and let...
When You Stumble and Rise You Only Get Stronger

When You Stumble and Rise You Only Get Stronger

We all stumble and rise. We try, we make mistakes, but we keep taking the next step on our personal journey. Although it may not feel good when you stumble, know that it’s all part of the process of continuing to move forward. The key is to get back up and take the...
5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams – from TED

5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams – from TED

This TED Talk about big dreams and goals spoke to me and I bet it will speak to you too. Whether your dreams are about achieving financial security, pursuing an artistic passion, or taking steps toward a happier life, this talk provides solid steps to help you get...
The Story of the Ugly Cat

The Story of the Ugly Cat

Although this parable has been around a while, its lesson is one we may need a refresher on now and then. If you’ve ever judged something or someone based on appearance, remember when looking through the eyes of compassion you may be brought to a totally...
Mom Cuddles Quadruplets. Then Daddy Comes In!

Mom Cuddles Quadruplets. Then Daddy Comes In!

It seems like many of you like adorable baby posts… and I do to! Scientists say that smiling leads to a decrease in stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health. Imagine if you could wake up like this every day? Simpler...
Son Makes Surprise Video To Help Mom Find Love

Son Makes Surprise Video To Help Mom Find Love

What a heartwarming story! Alex Lyngaas spent a year making a secret video of his mom, Eva, to help her find love, and now he’s sharing it with the world. He posted it on YouTube and it’s getting lots of attention. Her reaction is priceless, and although...
Toby's Bath

Toby's Bath

This video is for those of you asked for an update on our new puppy, Toby.  I gave him a bath after he came back from playing in the snow and mud at the dog park, and apparently my drying job left a little bit to be desired!  ...
The Parable Of The Donkey

The Parable Of The Donkey

I believe that lessons are easier to learn through stories, and parables make it easier to remember them. They also make it easier to pass on those lessons to future generations. Cultures who teach their children through the stories of their elders have deeper values,...
What Is Love?

What Is Love?

This question has been asked thousands of times, yet we all struggle to put the best answers into practice. They say, “practice makes perfect”, so I thought I’d share my thoughts and ask for yours so we can all get better at being more loving. After all, “love makes...
Dad Puts On Music, Get Ready For A Show!

Dad Puts On Music, Get Ready For A Show!

Someone sent me this and I just had to share. I love the reminder it gives us to always dance like no one is watching. It’s good for your health too, both mentally and physically. Help share this positive message today! Please wait while Facebook post...
Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

“Good morning” is much more than a pleasant greeting; it’s a choice we get to make every day when we roll out of bed. What will you choose today? I hope this song helps you start your day on a good note! Oh What a Beautiful Morning Oh what a beautiful...
When Your Feet Don't Touch The Ground

When Your Feet Don't Touch The Ground

Tonight as you drift off to sleep, give power to your imagination… it’s where your dreams live. This beautiful song by Gary Barlow is from the brand new musical “Finding Neverland”. I’m sharing it because I can’t get it out of my head and because I...
In Honor Of Animal Rescuers And Fosters Everywhere

In Honor Of Animal Rescuers And Fosters Everywhere

This is in honor of all those involved with animal rescue organizations. From those on the streets, to foster families, to those who offer financial support; it takes a rounded effort to make it work. Your generosity and kindness allow dogs like Layla, who was hit by...
Before I Die I Want To…

Before I Die I Want To…

This is powerful stuff… not just the question she poses but how she describes what it means. I’m creating a virtual “Before I Die” wall here and would love to have you join me in this. It’s way more powerful if you watch Candy Chang’s short presentation, so...
Look what happens when those small steps add up!

Look what happens when those small steps add up!

In the early day of “Begin with yes” I met a young man, Boris Vagner who is part of a band called “We The Ones.” I fell in love with what they were doing, their music and their message of love, and I encouraged a few of you to join me in supporting their fund-raising...
Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching

Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching

This is one of my favorite songs! Most people don’t know it was written by Charlie Chaplin. Although he was famous for making movies with no words, this song is proof that he certainly knew how to use them! I hope you find some comfort and encouragement in these...
Bouncing Babies + Irish Music = Huge Smiles!

Bouncing Babies + Irish Music = Huge Smiles!

Sending smiles to you all through this adorable video of twins dancing. We all need to smile once in a while, and a good laugh is even better! Smiling is good for your health too, both mentally and physically. I hope this helps brighten your day and melt some of...
Taking A Hand Is Just As Important As Offering One

Taking A Hand Is Just As Important As Offering One

Sometimes we need a bridge and sometimes we are a bridge. No one I know has escaped troubled waters, rough seas and challenging, scary days alone. There are times in our lives when we could all use a little help and other times when we are given the chance to be that...
Want To Get More Done? Me too! Let's Share Ideas

Want To Get More Done? Me too! Let's Share Ideas

Someone asked me to share some practical tips on how I find the time to get so much accomplished. I thought that was a great compliment, but also a great idea because it’s a wonderful discussion to engage all of the Begin with Yes family in too. Maybe I’ll learn...
LIVING WITH A DREAM: What You're Looking For

LIVING WITH A DREAM: What You're Looking For

For those who aren’t familiar with it, my Living With a Dream music compilation is a selection of inspirational songs, with each being selected because it conveys an inspirational message toward achieving a full, happy life. “What You’re Looking...
Are you still waiting for the train?

Are you still waiting for the train?

“When you focus your attention on the power you don’t have, you miss out discovering the power that you do have.”   Most of us would like to feel more powerful and have more influence on how our lives unfold. Yet instead of seeking our power, we spend time waiting...
Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Every day that we live on this earth we make choices. Things happen, we make decisions, and that shapes our life. It’s that simple, but do we put enough thought into how we react to things that happen to us? Sometimes we’re so busy that we just react...
Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

This short video reminded me of what so many of you teach me every single day. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!   Love your neighbor as yourself <3Posted by Meetville on Friday, April 10,...
The  Power of Motherhood Knows No Bounds!

The Power of Motherhood Knows No Bounds!

This is a heartwarming story of a dog named Rosie being rescued from a life on the streets. I wanted to share it because as a new puppy parent (that’s my Toby below) I’m amazed at all the things I learn from being connected to their world on a daily basis....
God and Lawn Care

God and Lawn Care

Before you go running out to Home Depot or Lowe’s you should read this. If you invest all your savings into your retirement account you may very well get to retire a few years sooner! I’m not sure who to give the originally credit to for writing this...
The Same Mary

The Same Mary

For those who may not know, in addition to being the Author and Chief Optimist at Begin with Yes, I’m also the President and CEO of a nonprofit organization called The Moore Center, which serves people with developmental disabilities as well as the elderly. We...
A Moving Mother's Day Tribute

A Moving Mother's Day Tribute

“Nothing can match the determination and will of a mother’s love for her child.” Thanks to mothers everywhere for giving up the many hours of sleep they so desperately needed to care for and soothe worried, restless, sick, and sometimes just plain...
You Never Really Know What Others Are Going Through

You Never Really Know What Others Are Going Through

If you know anyone whose life has been touched by cancer then you’ll relate to this. A cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult things to hear, and it brings about an appreciation for facets of life that so many of us take for granted. In this video pairs of...
Want to feel more alive? Take a leap of faith!

Want to feel more alive? Take a leap of faith!

Have you ever said things to yourself like “I could have, I should have, I would have if…”? We’ve all done it. Saying “YES” sometimes requires a leap of faith. When was the last time you took one? For some it’s exciting, and for others it...
You only truly fail when you give up!

You only truly fail when you give up!

Sometimes it may seem impossible to continue on – like in this video – but if you dig deep down you can always find a way. Whether it’s failing at love, failing to achieve your financial goals, failing to excel in your chosen career, or whatever your...
Life In An Institution: She Never Knew She Never Knew

Life In An Institution: She Never Knew She Never Knew

The nonprofit organization I manage helps create opportunities for a good life for people with developmental disabilities. We helped transition people out of state-run institutions and into communities, providing the support they need to grow and lead a full life. We...
I Have A Totally New Perspective On Cows!

I Have A Totally New Perspective On Cows!

I never expected I’d writing about cows, but I saw this and just had to share. As much as we’ve learned over the years, there’s so much we still don’t know about the animal world. I have to say that I’m pretty amazed by what I saw here and it has certainly made me...
Remember This:  LAUGHTER Makes LIFE Feel LIGHTER

Remember This: LAUGHTER Makes LIFE Feel LIGHTER

Need a good belly laugh? Set your burdens aside for a few moments and watch this. It’ll remind you of the simple, fun things life has to offer, and I promise after you’re done your burdens will feel a bit less heavy. If you’re ever feeling down, remember this...
Closets Are for Coats, Not People!

Closets Are for Coats, Not People!

When I was younger I didn’t know what being in the closet meant intellectually, but emotionally I got it loud and clear. I was aware that I was somehow different, and that those differences were more of a problem – not a blessing. Like most kids, I wanted others...
Welcome – A Look Behind the Scenes

Welcome – A Look Behind the Scenes

There have been so many things going on behind the scenes for Begin with Yes including a beautiful new web site, a redesign for both my Facebook and Twitter pages, the unveiling of my very own “Begin with Yes” YouTube channel and the formal release of my amazing new...
Newsletters

Newsletters

Here’s where you’ll find links to my past newsletters:   Click on a date to view the newsletter: January 2015 February 2015 March 2015          ...
Living With a Dream

Living With a Dream

Can music change your life? This music can! Start with a free download of “This is Just My Day Job”. My goal with Begin with Yes is to inspire people to act, and my new Living With a Dream compilation is about using music to inspire that action. Even a small step or...
Newsletter 9-5-14

Newsletter 9-5-14

For those not on my mailing list, here’s a copy of the newsletter from 9/4/14: Welcome! A Look Behind the Scenes Check out the Living With a Dream CD and get a free song! Watch the video of my chance meeting with a Facebook fan at the beach....

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