If life is what we choose to make of it, then I will choose a life full of love and laughter; excitement and exhilaration; happiness and hope. I will choose to live inspired!
Join me as I take you on an insightful journey that will stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul. With touching stories, inspirational quotes, and thought-provoking questions to ponder, Live Inspired is designed to give you the courage to go after your dreams, live the life you’ve always imagined, and help you not merely to live but to live inspired. So, sit back, relax, and let the journey begin!
When Live Inspired was originally published by The Walk The Talk Company, I was their inspirational writer and host of their online Inspired Living Café, a virtual oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. As the host, I wrote about what was inspiring me. Spotlighting new books and stand-out authors, the Inspired Living Café became a destination for inspiration. Here, our goal was to stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul.
Wanting to write a book on the idea of living inspired, I began by researching quotes and reading books on inspiration. I asked a few of my friends what living inspired meant to them. Reading the enthusiasm and joy in their heartfelt responses, I knew that I had hit on a topic that would resonate with readers. After a couple more months of writing, I felt the need to draw upon more sources of inspiration. That’s when it came to me: The Inspired Living Café had thousands of community members! I wondered how they would define living inspired. We then held a contest asking the community to answer the question, “What does Living Inspired mean to you?”
To our delight, we received over 400 submissions to this question from Inspired Living Café community members all over the world. That weekend after the contest, I took a writing retreat. Armed with my over-400 contest emails, a stack of Inspired Living Café books for inspiration, plenty of coffee, and my trusty laptop, I set out to write. I did most of my writing in an outdoor gazebo.
As if preparing for my arrival, the pear trees lining the walkway out to the gazebo had blossomed only the day before. Listening to the birds sing, feeling the wind move about, sensing the change of seasons in the air, my mind became free of the worries of daily life. It was here, in the heart of serenity, that I read every contest submission. I read poems, dedications to family members, and personal stories of tragedy and triumph. These deep, thought-provoking, touching and at times humorous words inspired me. You’ll find many of these quotes scattered among the pages of this book.
While the cover, photos, and layout are completely new, this second edition contains many of the same stories and quotes from the original Live Inspired. It is my hope that you will find inspiration within the following pages.
“Congratulations on your new book…Live Inspired. It’s beautifully written and designed. You are a very talented lady. Thank you for sharing your passion with the rest of the world….you are making a difference!”
—Mac Anderson, Founder, Simple Truths
“Michelle has done it again! Her latest book “Live inspired” is a powerful reminder of the essential ingredients of a positive and rich life. And, as Michelle promises, Live Inspired will joyfully stretch your mind, gladden your heart and nourish your soul.”
— Eric Harvey, president and founder of The Walk The Talk Company and author of WALK THE TALK … And Get The Results You Want, Ethics4Everyone, and The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus
“A truly beautiful work that encourages all of us to live with greater inspiration and purpose.Thank you, Michelle, for touching my heart as well as my head. You have re-energized my spirit. And for that I am sincerely grateful.”
— Steve Ventura, best-selling author of Start Right…Stay Right, Lead Right, and Work Right