The Loud Woman By The Pool

Happiness is an “all in” type of deal. It happens when you decide that there is no other way. It’s a choice that requires you to fully choose it. It’s taking a stand and saying, “This is the way it is.” Circumstances will always vary. You can’t choose the hand of cards that you’re dealt…

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Why You’re Feeling Stuck

Today’s message comes with a little real talk. If things are feeling stuck and stagnant right now and they aren’t going the way you imagined, there’s only one thing in your way… YOU. I know that’s not what you want to hear. I know there are so many outside factors that are influencing your current situation.…

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If We Were To Grab Coffee…

If we were to grab coffee… I would tell you that this week has been rough. That I promised too many things to too many people, including myself. I would tell you that I have a gift certificate sitting on my counter for a massage and haven’t given myself the time to use it so…

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How to Live the Life You Long to Live

We all have a story we long to write with our lives. A life we dream of living. This is often the vision we saw for ourselves when we were younger, when we were encouraged to dream, but also to be realistic and make decisions that ensured our security for the future. For most of…

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Having It “Too Good”

What if you had everything you wanted? What would that feel like? As a human, it’s likely you’ve trained yourself to be a problem finder. Always seeking something better, wanting more. Having what we want and NOT scouting for problems, doesn’t necessarily come naturally to us. In June 2010, I completed a vigorous training schedule…

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Happiness as Art

I’m part of a weekly writer’s accountability group where each week we come together to set goals for ourselves, talk about our challenges, help each other overcome them, and of course, keep each other accountable to what we’d like to accomplish with our writing. We’re there because while we’re committed to the writing, we still…

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Your Own Flavor of Happiness

Discontent is an effect of living life based on another person’s, or group of people’s, set of guidelines for success and happiness. To create happy: write your own set of rules and guidelines.  What are the specific feelings and activities and purpose that will cultivate your own personal brand of happiness? Ask yourself these questions:…

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For the Comfort Zone Lovers

In order to create happy – if this is something you’re not currently experiencing – then, you must change your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Creating happy requires you to embrace a new way of being. And – yes, this can be uncomfortable. It’s disorienting and little weird to be and act differently. Luckily, creating happy…

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Are You Trying to Be Different?

In an effort to be happy, are you trying to be different than who you are? I don’t mean changing the way you think and act, but are you trying to fundamentally BE different? I’ve always admired extroverted, outgoing people. As a child I was painfully shy. My parents used to bring me into New York…

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The Power of Focus

A few years ago, after a long, trafficy commute home from work, and another long search for a parking spot, I parked my car and completely broke down, crying. Earlier that day I noticed some pictures on Facebook of a friend’s three monthlong adventure around the world. I was on the phone with my grandmother…

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