when all else fails, be a cat.

Ever watch your furry fluffball with wonder, shake your head, and smile at how kitties live their lives?

Cats are mysterious, independent, ninja-like creatures that seem to effortlessly bound through life with a vigor that equals their ability to lazily sleep through an entire day.

But have you taken the time to truly analyze their charm, delve into their enigmatic nature, and find inspiration on how to live the best life possible?

Cats are pretty amazing, even magical. When the going gets tough, try adopting some of these felinesque traits to boost your spirits.

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laughter: therapy for the body, mind, and soul.

“Laugh every day; it awakens your spirit from within.”

The wise words of a very wise woman, and they really got me thinking: Why is laughter so vital, and how does it have the ability to awaken us and make us feel truly alive?

There are a multitude of reasons why laughter is important; it can help to strengthen our immune system, decrease blood pressure, minimize stress, improve sleep patterns, and boost our mood. With the physiological responses associated with laughter being so good for us, why do we find ourselves too often forgetting to let a good hearty laugh out?

Perhaps we allow the seriousness of life to tighten its grip on us. If you are in need of turning that frown upside down, check out a few things that you can do to restore a light-hearted nature to your spirit.

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sweet accolade.

I am not a procrastinator, I swear! OK, who am I kidding? I have been known throughout my life to procrastinate when it comes to certain things – never for work – namely, when it comes to any creative endeavour. I don’t procrastinate for the sheer enjoyment of it, nor do I even do it intentionally. It happens quite naturally, probably because I find that I often perform my creative best when I’m under the gun and down to the wire.

But that’s not why I am writing this post.

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it’s got me thinking of the melody.

Music is one of the greatest gifts of life, and has the power to not only transform us, but to connect us to something divine and otherworldly.

It is there to heal us in moments of sadness, and to elevate us when times are joyous. It can give us the chills, make us cry, or even render us speechless. Capable of provoking positive reactions, music also has the ability to help us reflect and foster a strong sense of identity and self-awareness.

In all honesty, I would be but a mere lost soul without music. It is part of my every day, and integral to my survival.

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blank space.

There are those sweet moments where music touches our soul so completely and deeply, that we feel like we are being elevated from the inside out.

This is exactly what happened to me when I watched Amy Vachal’s cover of Blank Space on this week’s episode of The Voice.

Aside from how captivating and mesmerizing Vachal is, her rendition of this song, combined with her magical performance, struck a chord with me.

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12 ways to recharge and revitalize your soul.

Are the stresses and nuances of daily life forging an imbalance in your well-being? Does your creativity feel stifled? Energy zapped?

Life can be as fast-paced and intense as driving at top speed on the Autobahn. No wonder it’s so important to take that pit stop every so often so that you can step back, unwind, and refuel!

When you are lacking motivation and are devoid of energy, it can be hard to concentrate your efforts, let alone focus in on some of the tasks that you enjoy the most, such as writing and blogging.

No matter how dedicated we are to our passions, forgetting to nourish our mind, body, and soul can lead to depleted enthusiasm when it comes to doing the things that we love.

Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, or feeling uninspired, it’s time to recharge and kickstart your motivation back into high gear. Check out these awesome tips that will be sure to inject some much needed vitality into your spirit.

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muscle men mania!

I am a huge believer in things happening for a reason. I had a rough day that tumbled into an even rougher evening, so when I happened upon this photo of muscle men toys that was recently added to Ryan McGuire’s collection of images on gratisography.com, my heart was instantly wrapped in a warm smile, tenderized by the fond memories of childhood that it sparked.

Perhaps when times are tough, all we need is a sweet little reminder of when days were pure, and full of laughter and innocence.

Somehow, in recalling those times, I believe that it can give us not only the strength we need to move forward, but a little spark to set our soul on fire once again.