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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

August 16, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to focus on my passions and creativity.

Today's inspiration was written by Diane Pienta:

What do you love to do?  What takes you to that state of “flow” where time stands still and nothing else seems to matter?

When life seems chaotic, especially in the toughest times, it can be hard to even remember what actually brings us joy. Shouldn’t we be focusing on “fixing” the problem instead? Figuring out how to win whatever life battle is facing us? But turning away from a stressful situation to do something we love is one of the most powerful actions we can take.

There’s little that makes us stronger than choosing to focus on our passions and creativity instead of our travails. Happiness and tranquility is possible even in the midst of chaos and turmoil. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     8 Steps to Take You from Turmoil to Tranquility
     Written by Diane Pienta,
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of choosing to focus on your passions and creativity (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
People say that time flies when they're having fun. Yet, this is also the case when we are immersed in our creativity, in those things that make our heart sing. These may not be "fun" in the traditional meaning of the word, but they bring us a feeling of fulfilment and joy.

Our focus for today: I choose to focus on my passions and creativity.

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RELATED BOOK: Be the Magic

Be the Magic: Bite-Sized Nuggets of Wisdom to Feed your Joy, Nourish your Soul and Open your Heart
by Diane Pienta

book cover of: Be the Magic by Diane PientaThis world is constantly nudging us?pulling, pushing, cajoling us?toward our heart’s longing and our true expression of joy. Yet our stubborn and conditioned mindsets can resist these signals, too often dismissing synchronicity and serendipity (magic’s very language) as little more than accident or annoyance. Playful yet potent, BE THE MAGIC nudges us too, showing how to open ourselves to this ever-present guidance to live a more peaceful, passion-filled, and enthusiastic life.

Diane Pienta serves up personal stories and lessons learned, in a smorgasbord of actionable daily practices designed to train us?our minds, our bodies, and our hearts?to become joyfully tuned-in to the guidance presented to us at every turn. If you’ve been struggling to find your purpose, to bring more love, peace and play into your life, BE THE MAGIC may well become your most welcomed daily companion. Start reading and put a smile on your face! A renewed zest for life is right around the corner.

Click here for more info and/or to order this paperback book. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Diane PientaDiane Pienta is a creativity mentor, healer, forest therapy guide and author. A former businesswoman, she was sparked by a cancer diagnosis to transform her own life and explore alternative healing, herbalism, yoga and meditation, which led to a new career in nontraditional ways of finding joy, inner peace, and creativity.

She’s the author of Be the Magic: Bite-Sized Nuggets of Wisdom to Feed your Joy, Nourish your Soul and Open your Heart. 

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