This question of publishing — self or traditional — might not be one and done.

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For a time, in the late 90s, I had a literary agent.

I was thrilled to have an agent. It meant I had a much better chance of getting published.

However, fantasy — the finished work I had for publishing — was not his forte. Thus, nothing came of this.


Toxic positivity is disempowering and does more harm than good.

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I am a big proponent of positivity.

We live in a fear-based society, constantly bombarded by negative messages. Because they are so predominant, more positivity is the best offense to combat them.

But all too often, positivity gets carried too far and turns toxic. …


Do readers make the writer? I’d bet I am not the only one who ponders this.

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First and foremost — thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read the words I share here with you.

Attracting readers to put their eyes on my work is a challenge. It takes an odd and hard to explain combination of creation, marketing, meeting a need, being in…


You get one shot in the body you presently occupy to experience joy and passion.

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I don’t know about you — but I want to experience life.

What does that mean? It means I want to do things, attempt things, try out new experiences. And this is how I have spent most of my life.

There have been various paths laid out before me. And…


From general movement to workout routines — exercise is positive and important for everyone.

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For many people, “exercise” is a dirty word.

It conjures up images of sweaty bodies, breathing hard, and struggling. Some people watch the Peloton commercials and get inspired — but others look at that and go YUCK!

For those who are of the YUCK! mindset — getting exercise is still…


Everybody will fall from time to time. How you get back up, however, is a choice.

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Last week, I began a couple of new freelance gigs.

This has been excellent. I am enjoying doing both. They are quite different from one another — and each completely in my wheelhouse.

What’s more, they feel very much as if they are part of my path.

However, in getting…


Being expected to create art or write for free to “get seen” is a slippery slope.

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Many years ago, a local magazine in the town I worked in asked me to write an article for them.

Since I was looking for any opportunity to get published and get out there, I took it. I wrote the article, and the editor expressed her appreciation for my work.


Lacking or abundant — you get to choose how to experience your life.

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This seems like a lie, right? That lack or abundance is a choice?

The short answer is that it is.

The long answer, however, is much more complex.

First, I want to share my favorite Einstein quote, because it’s an important part of this.

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit…


You are the only you that there is. Shouldn’t you be good to yourself?

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The world is a crazy place. And you and I are bombarded by information all the time.

Too many of us get caught up in the happenings of the world around us, which then causes us to neglect ourselves.

We are concerned for people we don’t know and awful things…


Some distractions are good while others get in the way.

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Today has not been a good writing day.

I’ve been distracted by a bad distraction — but one that’s wholly outside of my control. The loud tenants living in the apartment above us moved out.

Today, however, the management company for our complex has contractors tearing up and replacing the…

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain. http://www.mjblehart.com

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