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Dangerous Curve

Life Crises

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I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.

— Martha Beck

Have you ever had one of those years where nothing seems to go your way?  How about a couple of years… or a decade?  Here at, we believe in resilience.  We believe that everyone has the potential to be happy.  We also know that sometimes the troubles keep coming, one after the other, for an extended period of time.

For us, that’s what resilience is all about.  It’s about knowing how to get through the tough times by making the choices that help us to keep going.  Choices that include: Continue reading » Life Crises

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Look How Far We’ve Come!

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Sometimes you gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten.

— Tony Mendoza

How far we’ve gotten.  We don’t often think about that.  Many times when we’re looking backward, we’re remembering our life before.  Before husbands and jobs and kids and more responsibilities than we ever imagined.  Back then, we were eager for all of that challenge.  Now, caught up in our lives, we often forget what it took to get here.

Unfortunately, when we look forward, we often only see Continue reading » Look How Far We’ve Come!

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

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How do you carry on in the face of adversity?

Keep your cool, stay calm – that would be the first order of business!  A few days ago the Huffington wrote:

There’s no escaping the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. From [amazon-product text=”coffee mugs” type=”text”]B004TN85OC[/amazon-product], to bandaids and now memes, the British slogan is simply everywhere. Perfectly, it captures the stiff upper lip culture from across the pond, which has inevitably made its way stateside. For those who’ve wondered where the devil the poster first came from, here’s a YouTube video to unravel the mystery of the iconic poster for you.

BTW, that Brit store, Barter Books (featured in the YouTube video) looks like a really neat place – I’m putting it on my “someday” list… but that’s another post… right now I need to focus on “carrying on”.

Have you been hearing lots of No, No, No’s? Continue reading » 5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On


Building a Happiness Habit

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I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

— Brian Tracy

Ellie and I face a common problem.  We both have to come up with topics to write about.  While neither of us could probably tell you exactly how we do it, it seems to be true, at least for me, that it has something to do with showing up.

I’m sure you’ve heard that 80% of success in life is showing up.  And so it is with writing.

When Ellie and I are asked to present at business and community meetings, whether we’re conducting training or simply providing inspirational encouragement, we always include some Continue reading » Building a Happiness Habit

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Change is the Foundation for Growth

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In balance, there is no movement.  It is the striving toward balance that drives us forward in life.

— Gregg Braden

It seems that my entire work life, there has always been a struggle to get to a balanced state.  I feel as if I struggle to find time that isn’t committed to someone else – the job, the dog, my family.  And, no matter how much I do for each of these, I feel as if I am shorting someone else.  I had always thought of balance as being Continue reading » Change is the Foundation for Growth