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Celebrate the day you choose to embrace the power of personal growth to help you create your best life experience. It is an amazing journey and you alone will be responsible for the quality of it.


About the Blog

“Honestly, I’m so glad that I am part of your site because you give me a lot of reason to be more inspired in my life today! Look forward to seeing more of your good posts! ~Candice M.


“Marquita you have an AWESOME BLOG with thoughtful posts! Very inspirational for talented people as well as all who want to win in their Life’s journey.” ~Adhi D.


“I’m glad I found your blog. Great insights and helpful reminders to keep us authentic, inspired and growing in experience. I’ll be bookmarking you!” ~Teresa F.


Pick a label – personal growth, personal development, self-help, personal transformation – self directed learning – whatever you choose to call it, the process ultimately boils down to improving some aspect of your life circumstances and feeling of well-being.


We primarily explore three core topics here at IGG … learning to make better choices to intentionally create your best life, developing greater resilience to thrive through life’s inevitable challenges and unexpected detours, and serving a purpose larger than yourself by making a difference in the world around you.


IGG isn’t about “quick fixes” but rather providing tools, strategies and encouragement to …


  • Reach a little beyond what’s comfortable to achieve goals that matter.
  • Refuse to accept simply “getting along” in life out of fear or limiting beliefs.
  • Cultivate the skills to become stronger and more resilient.
  • Learn to master the self-motivation skills that will keep you energized and moving forward.
  • Make the choices that will create the fulfilling life you really want for yourself.
  • Choose happiness, each and every day.


This life is yours. Take the power to choose what your 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


About the Author

My name is Marquita Herald and I write about personal growth, the power of resilience and living life on your own terms. When I’m not working on a new book, sharing inspiring stories with audiences; working on one of my blogs or locked in a battle of wills with my dog Lucy, I am painting or curled up with a good mystery and glass of Pinot.


I make my home in rural Maui and my professional experience includes 20 years as a road warrior traveling the world on behalf of the Hawaii tourism industry, followed by a decade as a professional small business coach and trainer.


A Little Trivia

  • I was born in So. California, but have lived most of my life in Maui, Hawaii … yes, it really is like Paradise here :-)
  • I believe in making a difference in my community and have chaired 3 County Food Drives as well as dozens of fund-raising events, and served on the board of directors for Maui Food Bank, Maui United Way, Maui Association of Non-Profits, South Maui Coastal Heritage Corridor Project, and Hawaii Federation of Business & Professional Women.
  • I’m a voracious reader, especially books by Jonathan Kellerman, James Rollins, David Baldacci, Robert Crais, Tess Gerritsen and C.J. Box.
  • I collect classic movies such as Charlie Chan and the great horror films like the original Mummy.
  • I’ve hiked through Maui’s Haleakala Crater 6 times.
  • When I’m not reading, writing or researching, I enjoy spending time with my dog Lucy, aimlessly driving (my thinking time) or on the golf course.
  • My Trip of a Lifetime is to Machu Picchu via Orient Express.

Thanks for stopping by … I hope you’ll decide to hang around and become part of the community!


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