happiness

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February 18, 2017

NEW START

Even when the familiar is not good for us, it can become comfortable simply because it is a known quantity (the unknown somehow seems scarier). We somehow adapt and learn to live in dysfunction. But this can only happen when we have an unclear vision of who we really are. I believe that we are - Read More -

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January 14, 2017

BREAKING DOWN WALLS

So often when we think of freedom, we think of the ability to do what we want when we want. This is one definition, but I find that internal traps that we create for ourselves can prevent us from getting to that point. As I think of freedom now, I think of: – Freedom from - Read More -

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January 5, 2017

GRATITUDE

One of my favorite restaurants in LA is called Cafe Gratitude. As I sit in the downtown Arts District location, I’m filled with so much gratitude. The time that I have been able to spend with family and friends during this trip has been incredible!  And the kindness and love I’ve been shown is hard - Read More -

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October 2, 2016

THE DAY MY IPHONE FELL INTO THE OCEAN

It was September 30, 2016…two days ago…it was the day that the Atlantic ocean swallowed my iPhone6. The featured photo for this post was to be the last selfie sent from my phone. And the bit of ocean that claimed by phone can been seen in the photo…the white wave cresting down below was to - Read More -

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September 27, 2016

ABOUT SAYING EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON

They say, “Everything happens for a reason,” and I’m sure I’ve used this saying before too. But mostly I’m not a fan of it because it seems to justify every perceived bad thing. I don’t think the saying is necessarily wrong, but it just comes off as callous. It doesn’t express the full story. Things - Read More -

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June 30, 2016

IT’S NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

It’s not what it sounds like…it’s what it is. When I think back to life in Corporate America, I remember all of the times people discuss long hours spent working and early morning calls. Another person would chime in about even longer hours. Though the spirit was often one of complaint, it became a bit - Read More -

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June 4, 2016

CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER

Life is fleeting, and sometimes it seems that there is no end to worries. Every small thing becomes big and we somehow put off feeling happy until some later date … or until we achieve some future accomplishment. But this is not life. This is simply a cycle of suffering. In those fruitless moments of - Read More -

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November 18, 2015

EXPECTATIONS

There is a question in my book, Meditative Questions, that always makes me think: What is the source of your unhappiness? Is it your expectations? I think this is a difficult question to face. If we view it from the perspective of our expectations about other people, it can be very easy to blame other people for - Read More -

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October 4, 2015

THE JOURNEY TO MY FIRST BOOK

When I started this blog in February 2013, I felt called to write a book but I didn’t know where to start. I did not want to be a writer who did not write, so I used the blog as a way of becoming comfortable getting my writing out into the world. With my background - Read More -

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May 27, 2015

INCREDIBLY THANKFUL

Life has been busy. Working on various projects, traveling, finalizing my first book (more to come on this! :), and striving to make time for friends and family has taken a toll. I find myself making lists to keep up…and taking less time to wind down. But I remain so thankful. Today is my birthday - Read More -

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