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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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

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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

 

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Trent Blanchard Trent Blanchard joy recoverer. conscious coach. relationship aficionado.

Trent Blanchard shares words of encouragement, motivation, and inspiration in corporate America and in high schools around the country via his private coaching practice. He helps remove whatever gets in the way of living a life of JOY. [www.trentblanchard.com]

After I had some very painful experiences happen in my life, I decided to take inventory of what was really important to me. I found that non-material things are of the utmost importance. My relationships with friends and family are key because when I take my last breath, I will not take with me the material things I have accumulated, but instead, the energy and essence of those I have loved.

My relationships with strangers top my list because I have the power in a smile and a loving gesture to change, brighten, and heal the world. Isn’t this one of the reasons we came into being?

But perhaps most important is my relationship with my Beloved Creator, who, by loving me without condition, exemplifies what I can and should do to my earth brothers and sisters!

Many times I have gotten disconnected from what is most meaningful to me: my love of Spirit, my connection with the Divine, and my purpose on this planet to be of service to others in remembering Who and Whose they truly are – Perfect, Whole, and Divine children of God. It really is quite easy to know when I’m off track because I look externally to find fulfillment in things, desperately trying to fill the void of that missing relationship. I get back on my path by first identifying that I’m off of it, and then by being gentle with myself while I take steps to return to my true essence.

I have found that many people are so wrapped up in what society says makes them a success – gaining material things such as cars, money, and homes – that they avoid doing what makes their heart sing and why they are truly here. As a result, they are miserable. If we all want the world to change, we all need to get happy. The current state of the world is a collective manifestation of what each of us experiences inside of ourselves. As it is within, it is without!

A great start to finding purpose and getting happy is to remember the things we loved doing and did without effort when we were children. That time in our lives when we simply did what we wanted to do without judgment and ridicule. These things will show us the way to our happiness and our purpose!

Trent Blanchard

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