What You’re Looking For is Right There in Front of You

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[ Have you ever misplaced something in your house and found it was right there in front of you all the time? How annoying is that? This morning I opened the door to get the morning paper and immediately realized I didn't have on my glasses.  While I won't look across the room and mistake you for a creature from outer space, I do need glasses to read. But, I'm constantly misplacing them. This morning was one of those times. If you've ever played the game hide and seek, you can identify with my frustration when I can't locate my glasses. Hide and seek is a fun game children play. In the game, one person is designated as it; and is charged with finding the hiders. First, someone is picked to be it, then he/she turns around and … [Read more...]

It’s Always the Time to Celebrate YOU!

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Get out the candles, balloons and confetti and let’s party! It’s always the time to celebrate YOU by honoring your accomplishments! Rejoice in the things you did; the things you didn't do; and your victories - big and small. How many times have you worked hard to get a promotion, struggled and sacrificed to loose that final 10 pounds, or passed a class with flying colors only to let the accomplishment pass by with hardly a notice? Were you that busy or just didn’t think it worthy of celebration? Women are notorious for downplaying the valuable and worthwhile things we do and easily forgo the significance of rewards for a job done well. Traditionally, with the exception of Mother’s Day, women don’t commemorate accomplishments such … [Read more...]

Don’t just look, stop and stare!

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================================================================= This is a guest post by Logan Lindabury, the Happiness Coach, from HappinessCanHelp.com ================================================================= Picture this: You've just finished working another long and tiring day.You get in your car and find excitement in the idea that tomorrow will be the weekend and you can actually relax. Then you realize it's only Monday and you have yet to begin sitting in rush hour traffic. Has this happened to you? Why is it that you can only relax and be happy on the weekends? When did that get set in stone? Far as I can see, it's not! So break the routine. Try something new. Find some happiness everyday, no matter what … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Giving Up YOU While Giving to Others

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Do you open your gifts with wild abandonment, ripping off the paper as fast as you can or are you like me, someone who gingerly opens gifts being extra careful not to destroy the wrapping? My friends will tell you that I savor opening gifts, delicately taking my time carefully unwrapping it, making sure I don't rip the paper and I usually save it to repurpose, particularly if it's attractively wrapped.  For my type A personality friends, who hurriedly rip open their gifts leaving behind a trail of jumbled paper, all the attention I give to unwrapping gifts must drive them nuts. But, I also enjoy carefully selecting and giving gifts as much as I enjoy receiving them. The catch-22 is that most of the time, you are more comfortable … [Read more...]

Look Within to Find Your Way Home

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Do you recall the characters from the Wizard of Oz? They all thought something was missing from their lives and they just had to find the missing piece ... Dorothy dreamed of finding her way home to Kansas The Tin Man thought he would be happy if he only had a heart The Scarecrow believed he would be happy when he had a brain The Cowardly lion thought he would find happiness with some courage Just as a lot of us do, they all were looking for answers outside of themselves.  And is most often the case, all we need is already is within our reach. The characters in the Wizard of Oz thought they didn't have what they needed to be happy. In case you need a gentle reminder from your friendly wizard about what it … [Read more...]

Honoring Women Who Blazed New Trails

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Anna Marie Jarvis campaigned to establish a day honoring mothers following the death of her mother, Ann Jarvis.  A small service was held on 12 May 1905 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school.  But the first "official" service was held on May 10, 1908. Ann Marie then proceeded to get Mother's Day established as a U.S. national holiday, and later as an international holiday. The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of states soon followed quickly. And as we approach this special day set aside to honor Mothers, I can’t think of a better time to also pay tribute to women and highlight some of the innovative, … [Read more...]

How To Throw Light On Fears That Keep You In The Dark

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Are you feeling like you are scrambling around lost in a dark tunnel without a flashlight to guide you?  Fear can make you feel that way. Don’t beat yourself up. There are a lot of women who experience that same feeling while doing and giving even more to our families, careers, and community responsibilities that we often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things we have on our plates. I’ve felt that way myself from time to time while I was trying to juggle a gazillion hats, taking care of everybody but me and living a life of overwhelm, confusion and anxiety. The same kind of fear you feel when you find yourself in an unfamiliar dark place with no way to see your way out is the kind of fear that a lot of women experience … [Read more...]

Top 3 Things You Can Do To Set Boundaries That Give You Control of Your Life

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There is so much in life we have little or no control over. You can't control the weather or the sun rising or setting but the good news is there are many other things that you absolutely CAN control. Here are some of them: 1) Let Go of Expectations Let go of the notion that you can change another person, their actions or non-actions. Your moral compass may not be the same as someone else's. When you let go of the expectations you have of others, you can have more control of your own life. It opens up your mind to focus on your own life and more time to focus on what truly matters to YOU. When you let go of the expectations you have of others, you will no longer allow anyone to yank your chain causing knee-jerk reaction fraught with … [Read more...]

How to Attract More Abundance – Show Gratitude for What You Already Have

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We spend so much time focusing on all the things that go wrong in our world that we give often overlook the abundance already in our lives and the things that are going well for us. It's common knowledge that we should be grateful but we don't always take the time to stop and take stock of just how much abundance we already have in our lives. Here are some things to be grateful for that you can easily overlook: The gift of time No matter how "busy" you say you are, you still find time to use in non-productive, time killer activities. Time is still your most precious gift.  Think about how often you waste this special gift. Are you spending countless hours indulging in mindless TV watching, browsing the Internet, chatting on the … [Read more...]

In Pursuit of Happiness

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  Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony - Gandhi Most people expend a great amount of time looking for happiness in all the wrong places . They chase dreams rather than live dreams. Their lives are stimulated only by addictions, religions, and even other people in a futile attempt to fill the void with purpose and meaning. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. Happiness is a state of mind based on how worthy you feel. How you feel about yourself is a direct result of the accumulated experiences you have had, particular growing up.  For instance, if you grew up being made to feel worthy, valued, loved, protected and respected, most likely you feel … [Read more...]