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Looking Past the Likes – Happiness Article

“I think Instagram has something against me,” I told my brother on a recent phone call. “I mean, my posts used to get 400-plus likes. I deleted a bunch of old posts and now my new ones are only getting 50 likes. I think my IG is broken.” I said this jokingly, but at the same time, felt frustrated and a bit discouraged. The quality of my work hadn’t changed, but the exposure of it had. In a way that…

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From Here to There – Happiness Article

In one of my favorite novels of all time, The Sportswriter, Richard Ford punched me in the gut with a line that I have thought about at least once every single week since I first read it almost 20 years ago: “You can never completely count on things out here. Life is counterpoised against a mean wind that could suddenly cease.” Needless to say, we are currently living in a world where the wind has suddenly ceased.  Gone are the…

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When Fear Arises – Happiness Article

Little fears cause anxiety, and big fears cause panic.— Chuang Tzu Although most of us have been deeply conditioned by fear, for the most part we have avoided directly exploring its nature. Because we are not aware of its workings, it is often an unconscious driving force in our lives. When fear arises, whether it’s fear of pain, fear of certain emotions, or fear of death, the meditation practice of mindful loving awareness invites us to explore and understand fear…

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Hedging Yourself – Happiness Article

Hedging, in finance, is a risk management strategy. It deals with reducing or eliminating uncertainty. For example, if you buy homeowner’s insurance, you’re hedging yourself against fires, break-ins, or other calamities. Generally, when people hedge, they try to protect themselves against a negative event. If you live in tornado, hurricane, or blizzard territory, you likely keep at least a few days’ worth of non-perishable food, water, batteries, a radio, and other supplies on hand. Some hedgers adopt a prepper mentality.…

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The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program – Happiness Article

The two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach is a thorough training in mindfulness, lovingkindness, and compassion for those who want to teach. Next course begins February 2021. This Teacher Certification Program through the Awareness Training Institute has been in the making for over 30 years. There is a need for more qualified mindfulness meditation teachers to support the growing popularity of mindfulness, self-compassion, and meditation. By joining this training, you will become part of…

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Cherishing the Old in Light of the New – Happiness Article

I was recently gifted a new outdoor patio set. Tearing through the box to reveal its contents – 2 sling chairs and a table – I was elated as my bare deck had gone unused for some time. I dreamt about the day I’d be able to sit on it to enjoy the sunrise, sip my morning tea, read and write, play with my dog, or simply take in the views below. This previously unoccupied space was often just a…

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The Life-Changing Magic of Digital Minimalism – Happiness Article

“When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You’ll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role. By acknowledging their contribution and letting them go with gratitude, you will be able to truly put the things you own, and your life, in order. To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their…

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Far from Perfect – Happiness Article

I looked at the shirt and I had a pang of regret. It was one of my favorite shirts that I never wear anymore. The memories came flooding back. The time I jumped off the 30-foot cliff. The time I went on my second date with my wife.  It had a few holes in it and I just didn’t wear it anymore. I didn’t enjoy sleeping in it, so it sat in my drawer.  I was holding on to it…

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Our Newly Expanded Bubble – Happiness Article

My daughter started kindergarten in the fall. She did well with the change. I had a more difficult time. I’ve been home with her full time since she was born and to say there was a void in her absence would be putting it mildly. Nothing prepared me for the way I felt the day she went to kindergarten. I put on the happiest of faces until the second the bus pulled away and then had a full-blown sob fest.…

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The Power of Choice – Happiness Article

As someone who seeks joy from simplicity and is no stranger to the rewards of owning less, I often find purchase decisions overwhelming. Take the grocery store for example: it’s not uncommon to spot me agonizing over ice cream flavors, chocolate chip varieties, or tea blends. Do I want pistachio or salted caramel? Mini or semi-sweet? Mint medley or pure peppermint? Don’t get me started on deciphering among toothpaste brands or picking out the perfect greeting card. It’s not just…

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Finding Balance in Uncertain Times – Happiness Article

Last week was supposed to have been one of the busiest weeks ever for our family. ‘March Madness’, as I had called it. We were prepping for a very hectic week filled with more than our fair share of competitions in each sport in which my kids take part, all while navigating the usual work and school routine. The preceding Friday, the kids came home from school with a note: school would be closed on Monday and Tuesday so that…

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Eight Productive Ways to Stay Positive During a Quarantine – Happiness Article

Since my family and I began our minimizing journey a few years ago, we have learned the serenity that comes from slowing way down and living a much simpler, quieter life. A big benefit of that has been that we spend a lot of time together at home. It is where I am happiest, and I absolutely love staying in, cooking homemade meals, baking, playing music and singing, and being entirely present with and for my family. This current “lockdown”…

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The 5 Things You MUST Do to Protect Your Business from the Coronavirus

I’m going to be blunt… We are living in very uncertain times. The Coronavirus pandemic is becoming more severe by the day. And, as of now, the best and brightest politicians, economists, and doctors still don’t know what the full impact of this crisis will be. We don’t know how long it will last (but we know it won’t last forever). We don’t know how bad it will get. We don’t know when we’ll find a solution. And we don’t…

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Embracing “Involuntary Simplicity” – Happiness Article

Five years ago, I discovered minimalism when my husband and I were struggling with infertility and starting our treatment journey. I knew that in order to prepare for a baby, I needed to make space: physical space in our home, white space on my calendar, and emotional space in my overwhelmed mind and spirit. The journey brought me to where I am today, a mother of two rambunctious boys who strives to live a life free of excess and full…

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Are you the Water or the Wind? – Happiness Article

Being practical and logical is important. But it is not always the answer. While reading Brave Learner by Julie Bogart last summer, I was struck in the heart by an analogy she gave. She was discussing how to encourage ideas, creativity, and learning in children. She said when they come to you with an idea, it is like a burning flame. You can either be the wind that fans that flame and helps it grow, or the bucket of water…

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Calm, Clarity, Compassion – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

If we want to act wisely in the world, the first step is to learn to quiet the mind. If our actions are born from grasping or fear, they will perpetuate the problems. Only when our own minds and hearts are peaceful can we expect peace to come through the actions we take. To understand this integration of inner and outer, we can look at the life of Gandhi. Even during the most turbulent years, when he was dismantling the…

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What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Content Marketing (to Close More Customers Today)

It’s not ‘good enough’ to simply HAVE a blog, podcast or YouTube channel anymore.  With billions and billions of blog posts, videos, and podcasts in circulation today, understanding how content marketing really works is more important today than ever before. The right content strategy can mean the difference between building an automated money machine that pays you while you sleep… …And spending the next 10 years struggling just to break even. No matter what your business does, you need an…

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My Intentional Eating Journey – Happiness Article

My husband Randy is a homebody.  A born introvert, he would choose an evening playing basketball out front with our two grade-school boys or reading a Barbara Kingsolver novel on the couch, rather than leave the house for a night out on the town.  For me, it’s different. I’m an extravert, and I love to get out and connect with others. But over the years Randy’s perspective has rubbed off on me, more than mine has on him—and our life is probably…

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Taking Care of Your Heart While Decluttering – Happiness Article

My decluttering journey started when I became a new mom. Sleep-deprived from infant feedings and battling desperation and emotional ups and downs, I began sorting through piles of childhood collections, mounds of hand-me-down baby items, and years of clearance finds. Time after time, I’d find myself sitting on the floor in the middle of the piles, with tears streaming down my face. I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. Where did all this stuff come from? Books were piled on the…

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Fear of Happiness – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

Much of human suffering is caused by greed, hatred, fear and ignorance. When we let go of greed, hatred, fear and ignorance, and hold the world with compassion and tenderness, love, generosity and understanding follow, and this brings happiness. This is the way to be happy in this life! Perhaps you’re afraid of happiness, feeling that somehow you don’t deserve it. Mistakenly you can become loyal to your suffering. Of course you need to treat your own suffering and the…

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Minimizing the Little Things – Happiness Article

Excess sometimes finds us in unexpected places. We often think of minimalism as an escape from an overabundance of clutter deep in our storage closets or shoved away in “the drawer” in our kitchen. It’s that little reminder that out of sight often does not mean out of mind. But what about the things we keep in sight? What happens when you find yourself overwhelmed with the number of things that we use day to day? I’ve known for some…

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The World Needs Your Love – Happiness Article

Guilt and anger and fear are part of the problem. If you want to save the world, save it because you love it! —Gary Snyder It is easy to feel overwhelmed by global problems. Climate change. Conflicts across the Middle East. Racism. Homelessness. Economic injustice. Political scandal. These are part of the fabric of the human race at this time. But the solutions to these problems are also within you. I remember talking with my mother about the problems facing…

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When Minimizing Was The Only Option – Happiness Article

After 35 years, 5 months in the banking industry, my husband’s steady, good-paying job was outsourced to an outside company, and he, along with his co-workers, lost their jobs. In his last position, he worked from home 3rd shift in the IT Department, processing the data for 100+ bank branches. We were warned about the outsourcing for months ahead of time, but when the night finally came for him to shut down his computer applications in his office space in…

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The Courageous Heart – Jack Kornfield – Happiness Article

As children, many of us were taught courage in the form of the warrior or the explorer, bravely facing danger. In the Buddhist understanding, however, great courage is not demonstrated by aggression or ambition. Aggression and ambition are more often expressions of fear and delusion. The courageous heart is the one that is unafraid to open to the world, to care no matter what. With compassion we come to trust our capacity to open to life without armoring. As the…

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Making Time – Happiness Article

It’s a common dilemma. There never seems to be enough time. In my twenties and well into my thirties this was a frequent complaint of mine. “I just don’t have enough time”! Or “I will when I find the time.” As if time was playing hide and seek with me and I just needed to keep looking for it. I was obsessed with time. Always wearing a watch, always checking to see where those precious hands were pointing. And scared…

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The Wisdom of Not Knowing – Happiness Article

Wisdom is not knowing but being. The Christian mystics instructed seekers to enter the Cloud of Unknowing with a trusting heart. The wise heart is not one that understands everything—it is the heart that can tolerate the truth of not knowing. Wisdom comes alive in the presence of the mystery, when the heart is open, sensitive, wholly receptive. Out of this simple presence, empathy, love, responsiveness, good things are born. My teacher Ajahn Chah would often respond to people’s questions,…

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How to Finish Work by 2 pm Everyday (Without Losing a Dime in Profit)

Why did you start your business? Sure…you want to make more money, be your own boss, and do work you love. But at the end of the day, most people become entrepreneurs for one reason. They want more freedom! But if you’re anything like 90% of the entrepreneurs I’ve worked with, once you started your business, you had a rude awakening. Despite being a #entrepreneur…you have more stress, more work, and less freedom than you did as a 9-5 employee.…

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Into the Water – Happiness Article

There is an old saying that goes “we live two lives, and the second begins the moment we realize we only have one life to give.” A decade into my career, I realized I had more to give in this one precious life. Yet it was evident that entering “new” meant surrender, releasing my white knuckle grip. So I resigned from my job with complete uncertainty about what was next. I burned my boat. Well, I burned the boat but…

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5 Insanely Actionable Tips to Increase Your Revenue by 20%

Every single business has ‘holes’ in it.  It doesn’t matter if your business is called Tesla, Facebook or Slick Rick’s House of Barbecues… There is a gap between how much money you COULD earn this month and how much money you’ll actually make. I’m not saying your business is broken – I’m suggesting it COULD be making you a lot more money…by the end of the day. The good news is, these holes are easy to plug.  The better news…

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