Archive for the Inspiration Category


Posted in Inspiration on October 8, 2012 by allisonlabine

Forgive yourself for your past, even if others don’t. You can define yourself by your darkness (pain, mistrust, fear) or your light (compassion, empathy, love) …. go with the light. – Allison LaBine

One touch of nature

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2012 by allisonlabine

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – Shakespeare

Photo by Allison LaBine; Wekiva River, Florida

No I or you

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2012 by allisonlabine

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda

Photo by Allison LaBine

Taking Action

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by allisonlabine


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker


Photo by Allison LaBine; Greenport, Long Island

Stand your ground

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by allisonlabine


“Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.” – Mark Amend


Less than the width of half of my thumb, this crab still stood up to me.

Photo by Allison LaBine; Greenport, Long Island

Blarney Castle

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by allisonlabine


“There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.” – Edgar Allan Poe


Photo by Allison LaBine; Ireland


Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by allisonlabine


Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius


Photo by Allison LaBine


Fire of life

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by allisonlabine


“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  – George Bernard Shaw


Photo by Allison LaBine; Italy




This Life is Yours

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by allisonlabine

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Susan Polis Schutz

Photo by Allison LaBine

A Call From Home

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by allisonlabine

One of the first words I ever spoke was “ocean.” I pronounced it oonda then, and I’d often ask my parents to take me to see the big oonda. As an adult, the first thing I do when I travel to another country is search for water – a coastline, if possible. Standing on quiet Brazilian sands years ago, I realized that even though I was thousands of miles away from my home in Florida, I was home.

The world of language barriers fell away, and I was left with the primal pull of a force so deeply ingrained in me, I knew it before my own name. Sometimes, the quiet is louder than any sound. The sea spoke softly that night, allowing the moon to weave silver in her midnight skin. I knelt down, listening to her gentle murmurs – to the faint music she played across the shore. She whispered of secrets long forgotten…of dreams hidden inside her depths.

The salt water ran cool and gentle over my hand till there was no longer a distinction between the two – till the sea became my own skin. Without a single word, she reminded me that before I ever took my first steps on land, I lived for nine months in the water – that all life on earth descended from her. In the dark calm of a foreign land, I was called back home.

If we listen closely, she calls to us all.

-Allison LaBine

Photo by Allison LaBine