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Where Did Our Dreams Go?

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Originally published on May 11th, 2010.

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

— Francesca Reigler

When do we get old? I think we get old when we think that there’s no more possibility of success, that one day’s struggle leads nowhere but to tomorrow’s struggle. And life can do that to you. We all hit rough patches that wear us out. And sometimes we get so worn out that we forget to see the beauty and possibility around us.

Last week I met a young woman with so much energy and hope and promise and possibility that she floored me. Her name is June and she is a:

  • Day trader
  • Disney character (one of the chipmunks – no, I didn’t ask which one)
  • College student
  • Ebay vendor
  • iPhone application programmer
  • Wife

Her goal is to get a college degree and be debt free. She has cobbled together all these ways to earn money to make that dream come true. She is truly inspiring because she has Continue reading » Where Did Our Dreams Go?

Christmas: Santa with Elves

7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season

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I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

— Harlan Miller

On this blog, we write a lot about resilience – the ability to come back from adversity.  The more I study about resilience, the more I’ve realized that:

  • Most of us are resilient whether we know it or not.  Very few of us give up permanently.  Admittedly some of us do, but the majority eventually get back up and into the game.  That is resilience.
  • Our self-image around resilience has more to do with how quickly we recover rather than whether we recover.  Many of us are too hard on ourselves about our rate of recovery.  Our self-judgment is that we don’t recover quickly enough.

Each time that we come back from an adversity, we learn something – usually we learn about ourselves and how to encourage our recovery – which is a good thing because the Continue reading » 7 Keys to a Happy Holiday Season


Take a Piece of Candy and Figure It Out

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.

— Aristotle

I wrote previously about my habit of taking a piece of chocolate and putting it in the freezer.  Once it was in the freezer, I felt “safe” that, if worse came to worse, I had a piece of chocolate that I could eat in an emergency.  Don’t ask me what the emergency would be, I haven’t a clue.  But, there it was, my chocolate backstop.

As a matter of fact, last week, on my way to a meeting that was scheduled for a couple of hours and that had 10-15 minutes of relevance for me, I grabbed a Continue reading » Take a Piece of Candy and Figure It Out


Moving Towards Happy

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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

— John Milton

When I got hired into my first “professional” job in Corporate America, I was ecstatic.  Although when I went back to college, I hadn’t even thought about where I would work after I graduated, I knew one thing – I’d be entitled to respect.

As I made my way through the “more advanced” accounting classes, a lot of it just seemed arbitrary and boring.  As I got to work with “real accountants” I also saw how different our views of the world were.  So, with a nudge from my marketing professor, I dropped my accounting major and leapt – into Continue reading » Moving Towards Happy

Sydney makes the carry-on limit

One Day at a Time

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Practice means to perform over and over again, in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

— Martha Graham

Why do some of us look at a challenge and declare that we can’t do it while others simply choose to move forward determined to find a way?

Which do you do?

What’s Your Style?

I do both.  I am the person who looks at a challenge and says that I can’t do it.

I am also the person who Continue reading » One Day at a Time