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The Power of Passion

Updated on June 24, 2018
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Audrey's burning desire to help others to respect and understand themselves led her to the study of psychology at UCLA.

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Describe Passion, Please

If I were to describe passion, I would say that passion is an entense feeling for an idea. However, Wikipedia does a much better job of describing passion:

  • Passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person. It is particularly used in the context of romance or sexual desire, though it generally implies a deeper or more encompassing emotion than that implied by the term lust.
  • Passion and desire go hand in hand, especially as a motivation.
  • A hobby requires a certain level of passion in order to continue engaging in the hobby. Singers, athletes, dancers, artists, and many others describe their emotion for their hobby as a passion. Although this might be the emotion they're feeling, passion is serving as a motivation for them to continue their hobby.

How would you describe your own passion?

She Followed Her Passion to American Idol

Former vocal student, Kristin McNamara, studied with me, worked hard, became an American Idol contestant and made the top 3 finalist.
Former vocal student, Kristin McNamara, studied with me, worked hard, became an American Idol contestant and made the top 3 finalist. | Source

What Are You Passionate About?

We are all passionate about something. Are you a good cook and stand ready to try a new recipe? Without realizing it you may have a passion for cooking. You may be passionate about animals with a desire to stop puppy mills.Or perhaps you find yourself writing a story or how-to book and just can't seem to stop.

Maybe you find it perfectly natural to burst out into song, expressing deep emotion tied to every line. This is your passion emerging. Through this passion, you are able to move others emotionally.

There can be more than one area that we find excitement and purpose in our life. Passion comes in a variety of forms. Take a look at the following:

  • Maybe you simply smiled at everyone you passed today and sincerely felt a love for your fellow man. That's your passion. You love to be around people. Finding areas of service will fill your passion.
  • Perhaps you really make an effort to respect your body and you've lost a few pounds, exercise regularly and are living a healthy, nutritious lifestyle. This becomes your passion.
  • You recently discovered you love the art of painting and you're good at it.
  • Or you went the extra mile at work and did more than just put in your 8 hour day. Integrity is part of your make-up - it's your passion.
  • Your family is your entire world. You feel inner joy and satisfaction when your day is filled with activities which include your family.
  • The sound of the violin ignites your very being. Any opportunity to attend a concert featuring this beautiful instrument is a top priority. Mozart, Handle, Schubert, Brahms - each fills you with passion.

Performing With Passion

Find Your Passion - Be Unstoppable

Passion energizes your life. It gives you the fuel to keep going. It doesn't matter how many times you fail or if others say you cannot succeed. You just keep going and you don't stop until you succeed.

Nothing empowers you like your passion does. It's the first step to achievement. When you love what you do you have the golden key that opens the door for achievement.

One reason that passion is so important is that it's the foundation for desire. It's the link to excellence.

A golden moment can be claimed by anyone once their passion is revived. And we all have it. Every single one of us. It's easy to find. When we experience joy and excitement because we're good at a particular thing, this is our passion showing up.

To discover your passion, all you have to do is find something you like to do and then do it with all your heart and soul. I'm a professional pianist. I come alive when I'm at the piano. I have no problem revealing who I am as I

allow my fingers to explore each key. When I'm near a piano, it calls to me, and instantly I find myself giving birth to an endless list of piano favorites. I never experience fear or concern. I am unstoppable. I am home.

Our passion is almost magical. Other people are attracted to us because of it. We feel unstoppable when we use it. When we lose it, we experience a loss of creativity...a loss of inspiration.

We can become stagnate and unproductive. We are not living up to our potential. We may even experience feelings of low self-esteem and negativity. Sometimes we sink into a deep depression. We are not filling the need that often lies hidden within.

So, how do we find that special spark and what steps are necessary to find our passion?

The Importance of Passion

"Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate."

-Jon Bon Jovi

An Attitude Adjustment and Taking Responsibility

There have been a few times in my life when my attitude needed some serious adjusting. Usually, when I take time to stop, and analyze a situation that I'm not happy about, I find that it's my own negative senses that affect my attitude.

Our attitude is like our power drink. How's the quality of your life at this very moment? If it isn't all it could be, consider changing your attitude. It will change your life.

A positive attitude is attractive and contagious. It's the foundation for everything.

Living life brings obstacles. We all know about hurdles. These annoying interruptions can bring on pain, depression, negativity, failure, loneliness, and much more. However, along with these obstacles, there is a way to continue to progress and reach our goal. We can restore our passion.

Acceptance is a key element for progression. Accept what is and keep on going anyhow. Light up your own path and get through the dark days. Begin focusing on what you do have and not on what you don't have.

Focus on being grateful. Look around. Do you have a warm bed to sleep in? Be grateful you're not out on the street, sleeping on the cold ground. Be grateful you have a roof over your head to protect you from the elements. There is always something to be grate for.

You're breathing, you're alive. The same energy that travels through your mind, body, and spirit can revive your passion.

Reading Hub Page Articles Stirs my Passion

My first year on hubpages found me the happiest I have felt in a long time. I was knocking out hubs left and right. The support I received from my hub family provided me with inspiration and confidence. My passion was on fire. And I received a Hubnugget reward for one of my hubs.

But I noticed that every once in a while I lost the inspiration to write. I wasn't sure how to get my fire roaring again. I am known as unstoppable when I make up my mind to do something. And it's my passion for writing that fuels my writers engine.

So I decided to spend the next couple of days reading articles created by other hubpage writers and let me tell you it was just what I needed. As I scanned through hub after hub I began to come up with fresh ideas for writing. I began asking myself "What key element is responsible for my interest in certain articles?"

I found this answer. It's the passion and I could feel that passion as I read line after line in one hub followed by another. Soon the old motivation was back as strong as ever.I could feel the magic of my own passion stirring strong and powerful. The flame of writing returned. I was on fire.

The Key to Success is Passion

It isn't talent, but enthusiasm that builds the fire within to achieve success Everyone can have passion but not everyone discovers it. And what we come to accomplish here in life is based on what we want and how much we want it.

One way to live a fulfilling life is to follow your passion. To discover your passion, get focused. Love music? Take your music to the next level. If you have a million songs in you and want to compose, take a class in composition. That's a start. Learn piano to help you write your melody and chord progressions. If you plan to sing your own lyrics, it may be a good idea to see a vocal coach.

In other words...take action. Look for ways to put your passion to work.

The Greatness Within Us is to Give Freely

Give of yourself without any thought of expectations. Audrey Hunt
Give of yourself without any thought of expectations. Audrey Hunt | Source

Keeping Your Passion Alive

One of my favorite quotes by Emerson is " What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

This quote makes me feel as though I can accomplish anything. It's a powerful reminder that I'm not living up to my potential. My creative work, which nurtures my spirit with joy, and fills my wallet with green rewards, is sliding.

I have a passion for writing which is ignited by life's challenges. I'm also inspired by many of the articles I read here on hub pages. I wonder if we notice how we are being inspired, as we read one another's articles.

I also have a passion for playing the piano. Whenever I see a piano and it sit's alone just waiting to release its music, this beautiful instrument housing 88 keys, 52 white and 36 black, calls to me. No matter where I am I walk up to the piano, lift the keyboard cover, adjust the seat and sit down. I'm at home. I begin to play. My passion is released as I perform to the room. I play to the room. I share my repertoire of music. Classical to Country, I love it all. I take all requests and if that doesn't happen, I play to myself. My passion is alive and ready!

We are all deserving of moments of wonderful success. It' s passion that moves each of us to define and illuminate who we are. Take a moment every now and then to protect your dream. Take time to find your passion and be unstoppable...because that is exactly what you are.

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -Albert Einstein

How would you rate your passion for writing?

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Thank you for reading and for leaving a comment below. I read every comment and look forward to hearing from you.

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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    • Lori P. profile image

      Lori Phillips 

      20 months ago from Southern California USA

      I haven't checked in with these responses for a long time but now that I have, I read your response, Audrey. How fascinating this "butterfly effect" that you speak of! My husband always calls me a butterfly! Again, this reaffirms that I'm not so nuts but perhaps more creative. I'm now focusing more on fiction than non-fiction. A work in progress. Continual study. But oh, so much fun and satisfaction! Thanks again.

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      Mary Norton 

      20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I still remember the time when I started to put my passion down, to quell it as I was made to understand it was not to my advantage. I am slowly finding it now but am still not comfortable. This is a great hub. Enjoyed reading it.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      mary615 - Thanks Mary! I, too, look for inspiration by reading other hubs and articles. Thanks for the great votes and for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      You have never lost your passion for writing! I do lose mine sometime. I find reading articles by others helps me get inspired to get going.

      Voted this UP, etc. and shared.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      ChitrangadaSharan - I agree with you that creative people are more passionate compared to others. As I read your excellent hubs I feel your passion. This is one reason I read every word you write.

      Thank you for your well written articles and for these comments. I always look forward to what you have to say.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Amazing hub and it makes me think---Am I passionate---? Well perhaps in some cases, very passionate!

      I believe creative people are more passionate, compared to others. With passion comes focus; the prerequisite to complete a job successfully.

      Very nice read and a well presented hub. Thanks and voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Lori P. I understand the 'butterfly' effect. This is a natural result of being very creative. While this is great in one respect, it does keep us from focusing on one passion at a time.

      I'm so glad that my hub has helped you and thanks so much for sharing your comments. Have a wonderful day! Audrey

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      Lori Phillips 

      4 years ago from Southern California USA

      Thank you for this great hub. I have the problem of having too many passions! I love it all! I'm truly like a butterfly, flitting to and fro all good things to sip life's sweet nectars. I do have trouble settling down to focus on a single one.

      But your hub really helps me define my truest passions, what I was meant for. That brings me great relief and re-inspiration. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      bravewarrior - I'm so glad you read this hub along with the other article on mojo. Sounds like there has definitely been a message for you with all the involvment in this subject.

      I love your "don't let hurdles stop you from leaping." Great stuff. Thanks so much!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      shruti - I appreciate your beautiful words so much. Thank you for being here and I will visit you soon. Peace.

      tillsontitan - Oh, I love your comment! "We keep each other's mojo alive." Isn't that the truth? And thanks for your votes - hugs.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      It's very ironic that today, in trying to catch up with my HubMail, I have read two hubs that speak of confidence or "mojo". I just completed a freelance rewrite about confidence. Wow! Talk about kismet and mojo!

      The advice in your hub is so true. Go after what you believe in and don't let hurdles stop you from leaping!

      Great hub, vocalcoach! Words we should all live by day to day!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You never lost your mojo! This was a touching hub...as Emerson said, "its what lies within us". We keep each other's mojo alive and you are definitely an inspiration.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      shruti sheshadri 

      6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Beautiful vocalcoach! Indeed it is so important to find our mojo in our lives isn't it? something that should keep us going.

      well i am happy we have found ours, let us not the that spirit die down ever! Great tips, great writing again. Very inspiring :)

      voted up and shared !

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Ruchira - You are so supportive and kind. Just great for you to jump in and lend a hand with this hub. Really appreciate it my friend!

      rcrumple - Anytime you revise a hub, you are rewarded and google loves it. Your ranking and traffic can improve dramatically. So glad you like these tips. See you soon!

      Pamela99 - I understand how you feel. I find that if I just keep writing and every once in a while revise my hubs, things go better. After 2 yrs on hubpages, I'm finding out how little I know:) Love your hubs Pamela!

      carol7777 - I like your choice about reading and commenting today instead of writing. I do that every so often. I love the way you write. I'm so grateful for your support Carol!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Gotta keep the writing spirit going.. Today it is lost in space. I decided to just comment and read today instead of forcing creativity that is not there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Audry, This is a wonderful hub. My initial experience with Hubpages was there was no one to help but I hung in there and kept writing. I have deleted and rewritten several of those old hub. After a while I also applied to help and got turned down, which saddened me. I thoroughly enjoyed this article and I think your Mojo is definitely back! I loved your suggestions and have felt the same way. Up and interesting.

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      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Some great hints here. I've looked at my hubs first written and wasn't sure about revising regs. Anything to get the fires going helps! Great Job!

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the upbeat message esp with too many zzz's to edit on my hubs as well :)

      cheers!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      prasetio30 - You have made me very happy to know how much you like this hub. I always hope to help others - that is my joy. I like that this was inspirational for you. Your hubs have done the same for me. Thank you for voting a big UP! Take good care my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      GL - You've given me a nice lift and I thank you for that. To me being told that my hub is inspiring is the ultimate reward. After all this time, I still have no information on the duplicate content I was flagged for. So I have moved on for now. Take care my beautiful friend and stay as sweet as you are (Nat King Cole)/

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Vocalcoach, I can totally relate to what you wrote here. I think my own mo-jo has been lacking lately and I'm not sure how to get it back. Ah well, I"ll figure it out. I enjoy reading your hubs!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello VC,

      Glad to see your back and helping me with a much needed "boost" with your words. Thank YOU!

      Sharyn

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Movie Master - What a dear you are! My mojo has been renewed and going strong thanks to all of the supportive comments such as yours. Thank you my friend. Hugs

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi vocal,

      I have been trying to catch up on my reading and am so glad to know what you have been up to-- ALL GOOD! Thank you for sharing your experience and turning it around to give all of us the motivation to keep our MOJO "alive and kicking"! You are inspirational and much loved!

      Voted UP & UABI-- have a peaceful night, mar.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Epi ~ You're the man! You do with words, what Mozart and Beethoven did with notes. Pure Genius! Aside from your miraculous poetry, you create emotions that reach deep into the heart of those who are worthy to receive a comment from you. Who of us here at hubland has not felt more worthwhile as a human being after receiving a comment from the Epigramman?

      And thank you for the clarification on the word Mojo and its origination. I'm thrilled to learn from you that its origion is connected with music. Marvelous!

      Goodnite, sweet prince and thank you.

      Nashville, Tn time 203 AM :)

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ...I believe the idea, the word 'mojo' is derived from the blues music genre .... but there is no blues here at your hubs - ever!!!!!!! and as for 'mojo' - well that is something magical and pure that you have given me and so many others here at the Hub. So in one word - I give you, made up, for this special occasion - you're just simply 'hubmojo'

      lake erie time 10:54pm - the softer music will come later but for now it's Led Zepplin III

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, vocalcoach. You guide me to find back my "MOJO". My spirit climb up after read this hub. Very inspiring hub and knock my heart in doing the best for the future. Beautiful hub and very inspirational. I am so happy to know this from you. VOTE UP..UP...UP...and UP

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      SuzieQ - So great to hear from you. I had to laugh at your hopping out of bed to make Hyphenbirds Potatoe Pancake recipy. You're a treasure! Thank you for commenting and have a super great day!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      neelish - It can be most discouraging when you work so hard on a hub and know that it's a really good one and then be "shot down" for it here on hubpages. It hurts, because we care so much and try so hard. Your hubs are some of the top articles here on hubpages. I love them and have saved many of them.

      Keep on writing, my dear friend...for we shall all keep reading! God bless.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am so pleased you have your Mojo back and thank you for writing such an inspriational hub, it is a bit of a roller coaster ride here on HubPages sometimes, but it's still a great place to write and meet wonderful people, such as yourself! x

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      JT Walters - Thank you for liking my hub. It's always so nice to see you. I hope all is well. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Paradise - What a warm and caring person you are. And yes, I do know that hubpages is a great writing venue and I am privildeged to be a part of it. Thank you for your helpful comments. I am on my way to pay you a visit!

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love this article on getting your mojo back, it rings so true! I think we've all experienced a little disappointment now and then, here on HubPages; whether we got turned down as a greeter, or our HubScores mysteriously dropped, or we didn't make quite the money we expected to from our articles. It is just a case of maybe expecting the wrong things; Hubpages is still a great venue to publish, as I'm sure you realize now. I don't blame you for pouting a bit--I've done the same myself when I've felt let down.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mickey dear ~ How I love your poem - just what the doctor ordered. You have always known how to put a smile on my face. Thank you...Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh Hyphenbird, thank you! I am learning from some of the comments here, that I am not alone. But to know, from your much-needed comments that I am providing a service to others, sheds a whole new light on the situation. I feel much better now. You are an angel.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      I thought my mojo was a no-go,

      like George Jones - No-Show.

      With her smile I stirred- at least in slo-mo.

      Now we're stoking my mojo in a HoJo.

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      neeleshkulkarni 

      7 years ago from new delhi

      mine took a massive beating when one of the funniest articles i ever wrote was thrice rejected for being substandard.

      i guess thanks to your article i will get my hubmojo right and start writing again

      thanks vc

      err beautiful vc as someone has said. lol

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mentalist Acer ~ You are so sweet! Your support speaks volumes about you. It means everything to me. You are my hero...

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      Great hub, vocalcoach! I find it helpful to re-read my old hubs, or read someone elses for ideas for new ones. This "gets me going" so I don't have to sit all day wondering what to write about. When Hyphenbird wrote her recipe for potato cakes yesterday, I jumped out bed and wrote my recipe for sauteed summer squash!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm happy you got your mojo back, missed you. You listed some good ideas. I think we all lose our mojo sometime, but we soon get it back. YEA.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Audrey, dear, your mojo was never lost. It was just taking a sabbatical while waiting for you to recognize that your sweet talent was still there. And it was. And it is. Trust me. :)

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      Hillary 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      VC what an inspirational hub! It takes a lot to "pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start all over again". (Dorothy Field's lyrics for 1936's Fred and Ginger movie, "Swingtime"). I can't believe HP would flag you for duplicate copy. I'd be dying to know "what copy?...show me now". Anyway, glad you're back swinging.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I've fallen for your gifted mojo vocalcoach on many occasions...here's to hoping you keep it up!;)

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      Jt walters 

      7 years ago

      Hi VocalCoach,

      It has been a while. I like this article. It was refreshing and well written.

      All My Best,

      JT

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      How vocalcoach Got Her Groove Back. Your Hub is very inspirational and helpful in assisting a person to shake off the hurt and ick and move forward. You have performed a great service in this one.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Earth Angel ~ I want to thank you for sharing your experience on applying for a Hubgreeter. I feel so much better about it all now. I broke my own rule, which is to "not take anything personally". :) You are an example of grace and beauty. A true Earth Angel...a gift to me. Bless you...

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      Earth Angel 

      7 years ago

      Dearest Beautiful VocalCoach!

      Welcome back! Welcome back to your Mojo as well!

      I too, was turned down as a HubPages Greeter! For basically the same reasons! I was shocked as I have been "unofficially" greeting new Hubbers for over three years!

      It's nothing personal! It's just the guidelines HubPages has had to adopt to be fair to the entire community! I will fix my "faulty" Hubs!

      In the meantime, I continue to greet and encourage good writers who have just joined HubPages! And continue to enjoy reading spectacular writers as yourself!

      Blessings to you gentle soul! Earth Angel!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love Emersons quote. I am so sorry that your husband has been sick. Your goal is wonderful. A smile or laugh means so much. Thank you for being the first to visit. Take care :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I've Copied down Emerson's quote and hope it gets my mojo going.

      I've barley written anything this year. I think it's because my husband has been really sick until about a month ago. We haven't been anywhere of interest because of this and I thought this was problem.

      My goal is to make everyone I meet smile or and laugh, I did this today with my hairdresser.

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