Daniella Whyte

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We All Face Challenges but Some of Us Are Finding Our Fire: A Message on Perseverance (Soul. Musings. 02/07/17)

Irish poet and novelist Oscar Wilde so accurately said some time ago, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Everyone you meet, whether they admit it or not, is fighting a very difficult battle, striving to overcome a challenge, problem, or hardship. While some of us choose to settle into the struggle and allow it to control us, others of us choose to dig in, deeper and deeper. Read more…

Turning Points as Stepping Stones (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 356)


“Sometimes the course of our lives depends on what we do or don’t do in a few seconds, a heartbeat, when we either seize the opportunity, or just miss it. Miss the moment and you never get a chance again.”
— Aidan Chambers

Every challenge we encounter and every adversity that we face comes with the opportunity to make a decision. It is as if we arrive at a fork in the road and have to stop in order to make sure we take the right path. Sometimes, we tend to rush through difficult times without giving any thought to what it might be trying to teach us.

Each of us will inevitably face such times. They are the moments of life that determine whether we stay the same or make the changes. Whether the experience is happy or unhappy or whether it pertains to our personal or professional lives, these are moments that regulate our thinking and often lead us to make small decisions that open the door to huge possibilities. Read more…

7 Ways To Shift Your Focus (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 344)


“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”
— Zig Ziglar

The story is told of an old horse whose farmer wanted to get rid of him because he was no longer useful on the farm. The farmer put the horse into a wide open pit and attempted to bury him under the dirt.

The farmer and his farmhands dumped bucket after bucket of dirt on the horse. The horse, however, didn’t want to die because he was the closest friend of the farmer’s young daughter who was blind. The horse was intent on staying alive. Read more…

The Friend Who Challenges (Live. Pray. Hustle. 11/02/16)

The Friend Who Challenges (Live. Pray. Hustle. 11/02/16) (Right-click to download)

The Friend Who Challenges (Live. Pray. Hustle. 11/02/16)
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Be grateful for the friend who challenges you.


Be Grateful For the Friend Who Challenges You (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 301)


“Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honoring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities.”
— Unknown

At one point or another in our lives, we all develop friendships with at least one other person. While most of us tend to become friends with those who are like us, there is always that one friend who seems to almost never go with you on anything. Yet, they love you the same way your other friends do and root for you to succeed at every opportunity. Read more…

8 Ways to Challenge Your Reliance on Convenience (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 276)


“Maybe where we choose convenience is an indication of where we’re not being honest about our values.”
— Kiran Umapathy

Convenience has its place but for too many of us, it takes center stage to all the wonderful things we could be doing, seeing, and being. Of course, it isn’t leaving us anytime soon. Nobody would exactly advocate against ease or uncomplicated experiences. But we could be setting ourselves up to be less prepared for adversity or unpleasant encounters when much of our life depends on a phone or tablet. Read more…

Don’t Give Up (Live. Pray. Hustle. 09/24/16)

Don’t Give Up (Live. Pray. Hustle. 09/24/16) (Right-click to download)

Don’t Give Up (Live. Pray. Hustle. 09/24/16)
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Just because life is hard, doesn’t mean you have permission to give up.


At Rock Bottom? Remember 3 More Things (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 266)


“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
— Abigail Adams

The mountains are there not to strike fear in our hearts. They’re there for an entirely different reason. The mountains are tests to challenge us. They are invisible and visible forces that pull us and push us to either move forward or stay stuck. The mountains in our lives desire to be climbed. They are the chance we’ve always wanted to prove how strong we can be and how seriously and desperately we want something. Overcoming challenges takes both faith and courage. And those who dare to have both are rarely disappointed. Read more…

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