Happy Hour-Reset Your Mindset for Happiness

The Diamond Some days it seems as though happiness is an illusion. No matter what we try, it’s just out of grasp. Like a mirage in the desert. We keep walking toward it, because we know once we get there a happy oasis awaits. Thirst for our dry, parched bodies and souls. I cannot even tell you how many articles I have read that say, “True happiness is found from within…etc”. You know the spiel. Every time I read it, steam emits from my ears. That phrase is not helpful …

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Affirmations and the Self Talk for Success

Self Talk for Success Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t say anything about yourself, that you don’t want to come true?“?  Affirmations, positive or negative take hold. I am a firm believer in the above statement, but that hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when I didn’t really give much thought to the things I said about myself or my life. It wasn’t like I was going around putting myself down on purpose. Nor was I speaking words of self affirmation either. Some children are raised …

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Open to Optimism-The What If’s and Why Not’s

Are you Open to Optimism? “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. -Winston Churchill Think to a movie you’ve seen with the following scene. An angel sits on one shoulder and a devil on the other. They are arguing with the character, both trying to persuade their point of view. (Garfield comes to mind haha) While it looks completely nonsensical on television, it’s so accurate of what many of us have put ourselves through so often. One voice says, “What if …

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A Blog In Bloom-Planting Success

Starting Month Two So I am starting my second month of blogging and what an adventure! I kinda compare blogging to gardening. Starting the blog is like planting a seed and all the things you do in the beginning are prepping it for serious growth. My last blogging post had some goals set out for the week that I was hoping to accomplish. I finished a few of those and was distracted by a few other side projects that proved to be equally as productive. So what did I not …

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Motivated -Get a Move On Your Mojo

I’ve noticed something about motivated individuals. They usually exude a luck, and a positive force in their lives that some long for and dream about. Scraping up motivation is not always easy, especially if you’ve been anything but lucky. I guess it’s up to an individual to decide if they’ve had enough of negative or neutral. Do you have what it takes to kick it into overdrive and get to a new refreshing and positive place? Motivated individuals are rarely plagued by negative circumstances because they know how to put …

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15 Traits of Great Friends

Most people are lucky to have a handful of serious, there through thick and thin, weather any kind of storm friends. The traits that make the difference between a casual friend and a best friend depend on what the recipient values. There isn’t anything wrong with casual buddies and many of you probably have 300 or so on FaceBook. But we also need a duo or trio of really reliable people we can turn to when the going gets tough. The natural tendency when people read a list like this …

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Happiness Hunting-Stop Faking, Start Making

Is it even possible? I sit across from a good friend at a local restaurant. As we sip our drinks I candidly ask, if genuine happiness is only an illusion? His life seemed to be in good order and I hoped he would offer some great insights. Some inkling of advice that would propel me to continue putting one foot in front of the other. But not in the hamster wheel that I had been on. At the time my life was upside down, inside out, and backwards. Just about …

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Relationships and Why the Little Things Matter

Last Sunday I was sitting in church listening to the pastor. He was talking about the advice he gives to young people who are about to get married. He had the entire church laughing but in all honesty his advice was so valid. Love and the little things matter. Both in the negative and the positive. This applies whether you have been in a relationship nine months or nine years. There are always ways to strengthen any relationship. There are also a variety of ways to completely annihilate one. It …

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Solutions and Problems. Which would you Prefer?

Hey Friends! I hope you are having an amazing day. The sky is so blue this morning I can’t help but smile. It’s funny how the weather can affect our moods. Ok, onto today’s topic. I am pretty passionate about problem solving. I will be writing many articles about this down the road because helping people find solutions is awesome. Today, I wanted to touch base on just a few things about this topic in general. Reality. All people have problems. No one has a perfectly flawless life. The people …

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