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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

December 11, 2023

The focus for today is:

I choose to make the best
of what­ever life gives me.

Today's inspiration was written by Allison Carmen:

Masaru Emoto wrote: “If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now. When you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” 

I didn't see all of the places I hid my power or accepted less for myself. I have worked hard this past year to create a new foundation in my life. I am building on this new foundation with strength and resilience to help me stay on solid ground.

We need to decide which parts of our lives we are willing to accept and which ones need to go. I am not sure if things in life are always meant to be, but I do believe that we need to make the best of what­ever life gives us, and that comes with being responsible for our lives, learning our lessons, and loving ourselves unconditionally.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Build the Life You Want to Live In
     Written by Allison Carmen.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of making the best of your life (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
The expression "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" is very good advice. We may not always get to choose what shows up in our life, but we always choose how we face it and how we handle it. Our attitude paves the way for new possibilities and new results.

Our focus for today: I choose to make the best of what­ever life gives me.

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RELATED BOOK: A Year without Men

A Year without Men: A Twelve-Point Guide to Inspire & Empower Women
by Allison Carmen

book cover of A Year without Men: A Twelve-Point Guide to Inspire + Empower Women by Allison CarmenUsing the events of a very painful year in her own personal and professional life—her husband left her, her consulting business took an unexpected hit, and she faced a serious health scare—business consultant and life strategist Allison Carmen explores the forces in women’s personal and professional lives that hold us back.

In A Year without Men, she offers twelve simple, practical tools to help us look within, find our own values, morals, and passions, work on our skills, call on other women, and forge new ways to do business. Together, we can create a new way to earn money, a new way to look at beauty, and so many other new ways to be in the world. 

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Allison CarmenAllison Carmen holds a B.A. in accounting, a J.D. of Law, and a Master's of Law in taxation. After working for a large law firm in Manhattan, she founded her own law firm and built a successful practice focusing on real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation. After 15 years of practicing law, Allison transitioned her practice into business consulting, business coaching, and life coaching. Allison is also the part-time CFO of The Motherhood Center, a mission-driven female-run day hospital for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Allison is the author of The Gift of Maybe: Offering Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times, and A Year Without Men, A Twelve Point Guide to Inspire and Empower Women. Allison's podcast, 10 Minutes To Less Suffering, focuses on helping people alleviate daily stress and worry. She also writes for several large online publications, including Psychology Today, and is sought after guest on radio and other online media platforms. She is also a certified health coach and Reiki master.

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