Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

 
Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

 
Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]

 
Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

as i am

Bridget McManus Bridget McManus laughter inducer. animal lover. good wife.

Bridget McManus is recognized for her provocative and uninhibited style. She's toured the world as a stand-up comic and appeared in a number of television specials. [www.bridgetmcmanus.com]

bridget_mcmanus_feature

I am forever in the process of becoming more of my true self. Each day I’m closer to finding personal fulfillment.

I used to do what I thought I was supposed to do. I’m a woman working in the entertainment industry, where beauty standards are extremely high. It took me a long time to realize that it’s okay to be exactly who I am. Not everyone has to be a size-two bikini model, willing to play the vacuous “hot chick” role. I now know that being an individual is what will make me stand out from the pack and give me longevity. These days, I’m accepting myself exactly the way I am, stretch marks and all.

Finding someone else who accepts me exactly as I am has been a big part of my journey. My wife, Karman, and I will be celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary in August. Her laugh has truly become one of the most meaningful things in my life. If she’s smiling, I know all is right in the world. Her face is the sun in my life.

Before I met Karman, I was working as a performer and feeling like I was running a race with no finish line in sight. Having her in my life reminds me that every moment in every day counts. It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey to the destination. I now stop to smell the roses.

Fear is inside us all. If we can learn to manage that fear, we can take greater steps in aligning ourselves with who we truly want to be. As a comedian, I don’t often get to share the serious aspects of my life. I feel like I’m in uncharted territory here, but I’m also relishing the experience. It is part of growing and becoming more of who I am.

I continue to find meaning and add color to the world through my stand-up comedy, my painting, and my love of animals. (Though I’m vegetarian, I occasionally eat fish. So I love all animals, except fish. Fish and I are not friends.)

- Bridget McManus

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Comments

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Explore More Meaning

  • Susan Hayden
    Susan Hayden Susan Hayden library girl. love giver. social creator.

    Susan Hayden is a mother, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, montage artist, community builder, and grief center volunteer. She thrives on long walks and long talks, never-ending friendship, horses, Paris, good coffee, and Americana music.

     
  • Brian Center
    Brian Center Brian Center Writer. Philanthropist. Community Transformer.

    Brian Center has worked on the issues of violence prevention and strengthening families from many angles. He's the Executive Director of A Better LA. [www.abetterla.org]

     
  • Mary Morrissey
    Mary Morrissey Mary Morrissey Author. Speaker. Empowerer.

    Best-selling author Mary Morrissey has been a consultant for over 30 years. Her transformational talks and seminars have made her one of the world's leading teachers in the human potential movement. [www.marymorrissey.com]

     
  • Mark Griffin
    Mark Griffin Mark Griffin author. artist. awakener.

    Mark Griffin is the founder of the Hard Light Center of Awakening, Fire Mountain Retreat, and the Third Millennium Awakening. He's also a prolific author and artist. [www.markgriffin.info]

     
  • Diana Mercer
    Diana Mercer Diana Mercer teacher. natural innovator. clementine artist.

    Teacher, natural products innovator, and founder of Clementine Art, Diana Mercer works in pursuit of a world where all children are artists – even after they grow up. [www.clementineart.com]

     
  • Yogi Cameron Alborzian
    Yogi Cameron Alborzian Yogi Cameron Alborzian yogi. author. goodwill ambassador.

    Author, yogi, and master reflexologist Cameron Alborzian left the world of high fashion to seek an inward beauty he insists is available to all of us. [www.yogicameron.com]

     
  • Rev. Dr. Sahra Renata
    Rev. Dr. Sahra Renata Rev. Dr. Sahra Renata spiritual alarm clock. soul purpose hunter. visionary.

    Sahra Renata is a mystic, artist, writer and poet, with an M.A in spiritual Philosophy and a Ph.D in metaphysics. Sahra has taught advanced metaphysics and mastery of the healing arts throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia and Mexico. [www.bookofsahra.com]

     
  • Kyle Rutkin
    Kyle Rutkin Kyle Rutkin authentic novelist. uncertainty embracer. dream includer.

    Kyle Rutkin was put on this world to write romantic comedies and inspire people to chase their dreams. His second novel is due for release in the winter of 2012. [www.kylerutkin.com]

     
  • More
Shape House True North Adventures Airfrance David Allen Spirituality and Health

Contributors

  • Eric Lumiere
    Eric Lumiere Eric Lumiere awareness seeker. conscious music maker. helpful exaggerator.

    Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Lumiere is a Lover of Life and all things, and lives for the upliftment of consciousness everywhere. He is also graduate of Teen Insight. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. [www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university]

     
  • Lisa Cypers Kamen
    Lisa Cypers Kamen Lisa Cypers Kamen spiritual psychologist. philanthropist. happiness harvester.

    Lisa Cypers Kamen is a happiness expert whose blend of positive and spiritual psychology coaching, workshops, and philanthropic projects cultivates well-being in private and public audiences around the world. [www.HarvestingHappiness.com]

     
  • Gary Zukav
    Gary Zukav Gary Zukav spiritual pioneer. author. authentic empowerer.

    As a bestselling author and pioneer of the new spirituality, Gary Zukav's gentle presence, humor, and insightful wisdom have inspired millions to realize their soul's greatest potential. [www.seatofthesoul.com]

     
  • Jamila Dawson
    Jamila Dawson Jamila Dawson erotic coach. sexual submissive. body listener.

    Jamila Dawson works on the front lines of pleasure-based sexuality, through personal coaching and workshops. Her focus is on BDSM, polyamory, and erotic Integrity. [www.jamiladawson.com]

     
  • Cutter Cutshaw
    Cutter Cutshaw Cutter Cutshaw actor. mixed media artist. traveling eye.

    Actor and artist Cutter Cutshaw mixes the profane with the elegant. His mixed media approach combines original photography with digital and organic brushwork, transforming chaos into sensual portrayals. [www.cutterartandphoto.com]

     
  • Allison Pescosolido and Andra Brosh
    Allison Pescosolido and Andra Brosh Allison Pescosolido and Andra Brosh Divorce Recovery Specialists. Psychologists.

    Allison Pescosolido, M.A., and Andra Brosh, PhD, are divorce recovery specialists at Divorce Detox ,the leader in divorce recovery. [www.divorcedetox.com]

     
  • Tara Gentile
    Tara Gentile Tara Gentile depression overcomer. potential pusher. scoutie girl.

    Tara Gentile is a business strategist for entrepreneurs making a difference through commerce. She specializes in guiding businesses towards people-focused development and service. [www.taragentile.com]

     
  • Richard C. Arthur
    Richard C. Arthur Richard C. Arthur avid creator. free time scheduler. man of action.

    Richard Arthur is a Navy commander, filmmaker, and self-described "opinionated bastard." He has worked on NCIS, Commander in Chief, Hawaii Five-O, several features and he has just returned from a humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia aboard the hospital ship, MERCY. [www.ricarthur.com]

     
  • Natasha Marvis
    Natasha Marvis Natasha Marvis affirmation inventor. yoga enthusiast. dishwashing meditator.

    Natasha Marvis is Certified Yoga Instructor, standing in her strength, sharing her love, and remaining authentic in the present moment. [www.mindfulconnection.me]

     
  • Benjamin Roman
    Benjamin Roman Benjamin Roman pop star. mentor embracer. dream pursuer.

    After surviving in L.A. doing everything from being a celebrity personal assistant to dancing on a box for tips, recording artist Ben Roman is also the Special Events Manager of the world-famous Magic Castle. [www.benromanonline.com]

     
  • Judi Goldfader
    Judi Goldfader Judi Goldfader non-profit philanthropist. insightful thinker. thanks giver.

    Judi Goldfader is a philanthropy consultant and non-profit strategist, currently serving as Vice President Development of Insight University and Insight Seminars. www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university

     
  • Sam Freedman
    Sam Freedman Sam Freedman athlete marketer. avid sports fan. family man.

    Sam Freedman has a passion for sports. He works in Athlete Marketing at Fritz Martin Management, a boutique sports marketing agency. At 22, he has his dream job. And, yes, his family is very proud. [http://fritzmartin.com/]

     
  • Nazim Artist
    Nazim Artist Nazim Artist holistic creator. moment reflector. paint alchemist.

    Nazim is a practicing fine artist making art within the quantum holistic paradigm. He and his wife, Celeste, have formed the Art of Wellness Collection. [www.NazimArtist.com]

     
  • Kimberly Brooks
    Kimberly Brooks Kimberly Brooks color mixer. mother. naked explorer.

    Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American painter who exhibits internationally. Her studio is in Venice, California. [www.kimberlybrooks.com]

     
  • Catherine Chen
    Catherine Chen Catherine Chen health coach. happiness rediscoverer. budding jokester.

    Catherine Chen, Ph.D. is a health coach who supports busy people to achieve with ease, have time for what they love, and have self-compassion. [catherinechenwellness.com]

     
  • Bindu Wiles
    Bindu Wiles Bindu Wiles writer. coach. inspired journeyer.

    Bindu Wiles is a writer and a practicing Shambhala Buddhist. Through her creative coaching and online writing workshops, she supports people to heal, write, and create. [www.binduwiles.com]

     
  • Don Jose Ruiz
    Don Jose Ruiz Don Jose Ruiz author. musician. shaman.

    Don Jose Ruiz dedicates his life to combining and sharing new insights and ancient Toltec wisdom. He teaches and lectures around the world. [www.miguelruiz.com]

     
  • Leonie Allan
    Leonie Allan Leonie Allan goddess. writer. guide.

    Goddess Leonie is the creator of GoddessGuidebook.com, a popular creativity + spirituality website for women. [www.goddessguidebook.com]

     
  • Maia Monasterios
    Maia Monasterios Maia Monasterios compassionate producer. loving daughter. wisdom seeker.

    Maia Monasterios is an award-winning director, producer, and writer of such projects as PBS History Detectives stories including: Vietnam Diary, Titanic Luxury Liner Picture Frame, Clint Black's Rogue Book and The Beatles Autographs. [http://www.indiegogo.com/Vietnam-Veterans-Forgive-and-Heal]

     
  • Don Miguel Ruiz
    Don Miguel Ruiz Don Miguel Ruiz author. nagual. wisdom sharer.

    Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the ancient Toltec wisdom by translating it into practical concepts that promote transformation through truth and common sense. [www.miguelruiz.com]

     
  • Marie Manning
    Marie Manning Marie Manning positivity purveyor. soul broadcaster. light-worker.

    Marie Manning, known affectionately as "Twinkle" by many friends and colleagues, founded TV for Your Soul to bring positive messages of hope and community-stewardship, and empowerment to the world. [www.TVforYourSoul.com]

     
  • Gabe Morgan
    Gabe Morgan Gabe Morgan melody maker. peanuts appreciator. energy seeker.

    Gabe Morgan, music and business student at CSU Northridge, is a musician, songwriter, lyricist, and producer. He is a 2004 graduate of Teen Insight and our featured contributor for Giving Tuesday. [www.givingtuesday.org/partner-detail/insight-university]

     
  • Pat Thomas
    Pat Thomas Pat Thomas writer. activist. asker of questions.

    Pat Thomas is a journalist, campaigner, and author specializing in health and environment. She's the author of dozens of books for adults and children and creator of the interactive game Infrequently Asked Questions. [www.iaqs.org.uk]

     
  • Eric Hiss
    Eric Hiss Eric Hiss writer. explorer. risk-taker.

    Eric Hiss navigates the world in search of unexpected, entertaining, off-the-beaten-path stories. He's written about everything from spas to pop bands. Eric also co-founded wandermelon.com. [www.wandermelon.com]

     
  • Michael Bailey
    Michael Bailey Michael Bailey apparel supplier. postive impactor. goal acheiver.

    Michael Bailey is the founder of One Stone Apparel, a clothing company that uses clothing as a means to accomplish greater objectives. [www.onestoneapparel.com]

     
  • Leah Matalon
    Leah Matalon Leah Matalon practitioner. teacher. constellationista.

    Teacher, practitioner, and family constellation facilitator Leah Matalon has practiced Process Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, and Lymph Drainage Therapy for over 25 years. [www.leahmatalon.com]

     
  • Chaz Guest
    Chaz Guest Chaz Guest painter. philanthropist. wonder enthusiast.

    Chaz Guest creates inspiring paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Over the past 20 years his work has been acquired by a growing number of private and public collectors, including U.S. President Barack Obama. [www.chazguest.com]

     
  • Tara Igoe
    Tara Igoe Tara Igoe communications expert. comedian. cool chick.

    Tara Igoe is a communications expert, comedian, and speaker who loves to share her insights and experience to help others. [www.taraigoe.blogspot.com]

     
  • Val White
    Val White Val White artist. story-teller. bohemian soul.

    Val White has done it all, from Christian singing groups to teaching children's theater. He's thrilled to be part of the lifebyme.com family. [www.valwhiteonline.com]

     
  • More

Connection

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

© 2010-2014 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)