This has become my place of contribution and connection.

Brad 2010

Me in love with life 2010.

My blog began as a creative outlet to explore writing and reach for more joy in my life. With over 7 years of blogging, I can say that it’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve realized that chasing happiness and joy doesn’t work for me. Instead, inspiring others and being authentic connects me to a sense of purpose and contribution. What began as a personal journey to joy has become a shared journey to love. I believe that we are meant to express love through relationships. Our journey is learning how to do that. Not always easy, but definitely worth the effort.

Choice, acceptance, and gratitude are beautiful tools for opening minds and hearts to love.

I love sharing inspirational stories and helping others to thrive. My intention is to inspire you to find your passions, follow your dreams, and spread more love in the world. When we live and make choices from love, we help transform the world. I’m choosing to help create a world of peace and love. Will you join me?

Wishing you a lifetime of blessings.

Brad 2018

Older and humbled 2018

Blessings are often right where we are, once we learn to accept and appreciate our lives, including the challenges. May you feed your creative urges and open the doors to your greatness. Speaking of creative urges, you might enjoy my photography on the gallery page or my favorite videos on the inspiration page.

blessings, muse Brad

P.S. My blog is award free by choice. Thank you for understanding.  ❀

I appreciate every nomination and acknowledgment of my blog. I’m particularly grateful for each of you who takes the time to read, comment, and share in our community.

Together We Rise In Love.


205 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks Denise, when you visit, you really do it with gusto! Thanks. I appreciate you reading & commenting on several posts. Yes, we share some interests, especially moving from surviving to thriving. I grew up in a typical disfunctional family and have gradually learned tools to thrive and grow. I share my journey in the hopes of helping others as I imagine you do too.
      blessings, brad


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  3. Thank you so much for your comment on my Halloween Poem and Short Story, and for following my blog, Brad. I’m looking forward to checking out your world as well. Have a safe and Happy Halloween! ~ Julie πŸ™‚

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  4. Dear Brad,
    This is one of the most memorable “About” I have read in a long time. I believe it is because every sentence, every word shines so purely from your heart. I could just sit down and reflect on each line above and they would indeed open up new worlds, new thoughts. Indeed, I believe you do inspire us all to become more than what we thought we could be. Sharon

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    • Wow! Thank you Sharon for your kind words. They touched me to my core. I’m delighted that my words shine, inspire and open new worlds for you. If I can touch even a few people like yourself, then I will be a happy muse. Thanks for your support. Hearing from my readers means a lot to me!!! Brad


  5. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I just nominated you for the Sunshine Award in my blog… I wanted to pay forward the sunshine love to you! If you want to share the sunshine too, you may find out more about it here… http://livewhatyouknow.org/2013/12/03/the-sunshine-blogger-award-my-first-award-thank-you-fun-facts-and-paying-it-forward/ Either way, thanks for being a little ray of sunshine in your posts!

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    • Thanks Lala! I appreciate your visiting my blog and leaving such kind words. I enjoy helping others. If my words and posts can inspire or touch, then I am happy and grateful. I hope to hear more from you. blessings, Brad


    • Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you were touched by my posts. Connecting and inspiring are my main goals, though I’m also realizing that sometimes
      we have to be willing to go through the fear & pain to arrive at the light, but that’s another post! thanks, Brad


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  7. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem, “The Sigh of the Eternal Glade” today and showing your support with a friendly like. πŸ™‚ I have the soul of an old writer, but I am a newborn in the blogging world, just starting this month. I started too for very similar reasons and for gaining a forgotten voice. I have found in a very short time how much this process has redirected and will change my journey; connecting with people like you along the way is such a blessing. My best to you.

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    • You’re very welcome and thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoy poetry, both reading and writing. Connecting has been a wonderful benefit to the writing for me. I love the expressing, sharing, inspiring and freeing my inner muse. May your soul find a voice that feeds you and others. blessings, Brad


  8. Thank you dear friend. I very much appreciate being nominated as one of the writers that you believe models peace and justice. I will accept the award in my heart, bless you, and continue to write and stand for peace and love in the world. blessings, Brad


  9. Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays dear Brad! ❀ May the year ahead and many more to come, bring you abundant love, light and all things beautiful..my warmest wishes πŸ™‚ Enjoy your special day!

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  10. Thank you so much Himani. You and your kind spirit touch and nourish me. I am delighted to know you and appreciate your blessings today and any day! I would love to meet you and Ihsan one day! πŸ™‚


  11. Thanks Lorrie, I appreciate you and am delighted that we’ve connected. While I’m touched you have nominated me, my blog is award free as explained above. I prefer the spontaneity of freely sharing other blogs that touch me and visa versa. Thanks for thinking of me. blessings, Brad


    • Welcome Shelley. Already vying for favorite reader award? XD (I hope my humor goes over). Thank you. My first and stronger passion is photography, but I’m out of practice and without a good camera. That’s nice feedback to know that my words have grown and developed. I never really aspired to be a writer, I simply enjoy the process of pondering, writing and sharing. More to ponder! πŸ™‚


  12. Hi Brad, I am across your blog via a comment you left on Neha’s (forgottenmeadows). Glad I popped over to take a look πŸ™‚ So many wonderful thoughts, inspiration and writings on peace. Looking forward to revisting regularly.

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  13. I see that we come from the same mold. Although I have been blogging a little less than you, I have found so much joy, purpose, and discovery through the process of placing the musings in my head on to paper (or screen, as it may be). The part of the journey that makes it so worthwhile is when you run across like-minded people who possess a shared passion and energy for the same things and are willing to share it with one another. Very happy to have crossed paths with you and look forward to many intersections in the future πŸ˜‰

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    • Hi Dave, Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate you coming to explore my blog. Yes, it’s very nice to connect with like minded folks to share the journey. The community aspect has been the biggest surprise and blessing for me. I look forward to more “intersections” with you as well. πŸ™‚


  14. Dear Brad, Thank you for this space filled with healing and love! Very new to the blogsphere myself but can already feel how powerfully it can connect hearts around the world. So glad to have been led to your world!

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  16. I’m surveying sites of souls that serve my soul. It came to me to do that as part of creating the context of how I might share with others. I’ve been to your blog before, and today, when I opened it up and looked around just a little, I had this wonderful feeling of ease. I find your site beautiful and streamlined. I’ll not start “eating” at this marvelous smorgasbord just now, as I’m on task. I am eager to visit more and stay longer. Thanks for creating this!

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  17. Hey Brad, thanks for visiting my blog! You got an awesome blog .. I would say much better than me. πŸ™‚ Let’s continue this journey .. I’m sure you had loved my blog! See ya soon … πŸ™‚

    Be Bettr, Stay Bettr! πŸ™‚

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  18. Dearest Brad! All your recent comments on my blog went to the spam folder! I have no idea why, but I know it can happen. I am so so sorry!! πŸ˜”. I have unspammed them an replied them, but the reply button in my dashboard did not work so I had to reply from my site. I really hope you will get the notifications! I am really sorry about all this! πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

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  19. So nice to meet you, Brad! To newly meet writers, poets, and general bloggers, here, on WordPress adds much joy to the day! The thoughts on your “About” page are very worthy and inspiring!

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  20. Hi Brad.. Sorry to ask this, but could you do me a favour please.. I am trying to leave a comment on Cythia Sageleaf’s Blog and they disappear,, She has obviously rescued one, I tried leaving another on the same post her latest one.. And got this message
    405 Not Allowed

    So could you let her know please as I dont think she gets the replies to her comments.. I am really having probs again being spammed etc.. But I saw your comment there..
    Sending Love and many thanks.. xx πŸ™‚

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  21. I love the mission of your blog. My favorite quote is “Choice, acceptance, and gratitude are beautiful tools for opening minds and hearts to love.” I agree 100%. It’s important to be authentic and genuine. You embrace all of that. Glad to have come across your blog! I strive to inspire, motivate, and just connect with great people (like you!). Nice meeting you.

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  22. Hi Brad, so happy to have found your blog. Your writing speaks right to my heart. Connections, finding inspiration, finding and living our purpose, your words are already resonating with me. Look forward to reading more and getting to know you through your blog. Cheers and warmest wishes (and happy birthday) from down under. 😊🍷

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  23. Greetings, sir! I was led this way by Brooke (A Gypsy’s Tale), and I’m grateful for the guidance. Already, I can tell I’m gonna enjoy your work!

    “I’m choosing to help create a world of peace and love. Will you join me?”

    Who can’t get behind that!?

    Consider me among the flock, my friend, and I’ll do my Tom’dest to spread the word. Harmony is my middle name.

    (Actually, it’s “Glenn,” but I meant that figuratively. πŸ˜‰ )

    Glad to have found you. Let’s get to raisin’ some joy, Brad!

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  24. Wow, I love your blog!! So great to meet you. Thank you for finding and following me. Truly, I’m moved by your commitment to share in the joy and blessings of love and life. πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful New Years. Looking forward to connecting!

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