Category Archives for Happiness

5 Things I Didn’t Expect after Being Fired

Being fired isn’t so horrible if you’ve reached a stage of financial security. But 5 things in particular have surprised me.

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How a Fictional Character Saved my Life

Suicide rates in America are at record levels. I came close to being among the statistics. But I clung to a sliver of  hope and created a fictional character that helped me escape into a better world.

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Hello, this is the Universe Speaking…Take a Chance!

How do you deal with big changes in your life? You can learn a lot from the Change Cycle. And stop and listen to the Universe…it might have the answers you’ve been seeking!

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And the Word of the Day Is … Discombobulated

Sudden semi-retirement and living alone has thrown me for a loop! Discombobulated sums up my current state of mind. So I’ll be taking steps to stay connected socially and to bring routine back into my life.

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Surprise! Early Retirement is Here…Kinda…Sorta

What happens when you lose your job in your 50s? If you’ve prepared well, you can enter the world of S-FIRE (Semi-Financially Independent and Retired Early).

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Is Kindness for Suckers? An Historical Snapshot of Kindness in America

A snapshot of  American history from 1873 to 2018 shows the duality of kindness.  No good deed goes unpunished. Kindness is rewarded. Kindness kills. You can never be too kind. So is kindness for suckers?

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How a Month of Vacation Led me to 30-Day Challenges

For the first time ever, I took a full month of vacation. Surprisingly, a bit of despair set in as I returned to the office. So I created 30-Day Challenges to perk up my life, instill better habits, and inspire others.

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Monthly Journeys: September 2017 was AWESOME!

September 2017 was AWESOME! I can’t believe how quickly the month flew by. For the first time ever, I am taking four solid weeks of vacation.

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Creating Art from Wood: Five Days of Learning and Creating

I just spent the last five days learning to carve, burn, dye, and paint wood. What a great but tiring week!  Each day was filled with new lessons and new skills.

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Pursuing your Passion: Is it Worth the Risks and Sacrifices?

The last few days have got me thinking about passion. And how the pursuit of passion can have costs, but also produce more rewards than one ever dreamed possible.

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How to Make an Awesome Children’s Rocking Chair

Happiness comes in many forms.  For me, moments spent with a paint brush in my hand are happy times.

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How I Found Happiness

Are you happy?  Do you want to be happy?  I don’t mean happy ALL THE TIME, but are you generally happy, and dare we say content, with your current life? The good news is that happiness can be achieved!

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