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A Time for Reflection and Gratitude
(Wednesday, March 18th, 2015)

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A Time for Reflection and Gratitude

It’s been just over a year since my first book, Happiness is a Habit – Simple Daily Rituals That Increase Energy, Improve Well-Being and Add Joy to Every Day became available. The book is filled with everything that is important to me in leading a healthy and happy life.

Over the past year, I’ve met so many wonderful people who have shared their achievements, their struggles and their dreams with me. It has been an honor to be a part of your journey. The heartfelt letters and comments I’ve received have affirmed to me that I am making a difference and am on the right path.

I am extremely fortunate in that I have spent most of my life educating myself for my business. I know what works and what doesn’t, and it is my mission and my gift to share my message with as many people as possible. I know that when a person focuses on her habits mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, the result is a happier, healthier and more successful life. While not all of us have been given the same opportunities, experiences and privileges in life, we all have the same access to happiness. It is in our hands and I want to help lead the way.

To celebrate my journey and yours I am sharing the story behind the book and why I chose to write Happiness is a Habit.

The Story Behind The Story

I wrote Happiness is a Habit because for over 15 years every time I gave a seminar people were always telling me I should write a book or telling me to create an audio series.

I loved this idea. My ego especially felt wonderful when people asked, but I just never seemed to get around to it, and the years clicked away, one, two, three, until finally over 13 years passed. What stopped me? First of all, fear stopped me. I had no idea where to start, so I delayed action. Secondly, I told myself and others, “I’m a speaker not a writer.” Lastly, time eluded me. When would I ever find the time? All these excuses gave me a way out and kept me busy, but the book was still burning inside me.

What changed? The more I grew and became more in tune with myself, the more I knew that this was something I had to do.  I no longer had a choice. It was now or never.

I’ve worked hard on myself over the years. I’ve learned how to exercise and keep my metabolism humming. I’ve learned the right foods to eat for health, energy and vitality. I meditated on my faith.  I questioned my religious upbringing and formed a connection to God that was stronger and more palpable than I ever experienced. I worked on my relationships and my emotional support systems. I weeded out people who kept me down and cultivated a group of friends who empowered me.

Most importantly I worked on myself. I set goals, some I achieved but many I did not. I spent time alone listening to the messages my heart was sending me. They were always there, but I was afraid to listen.

My heart wanted me to be genuine, to be the free-loving, singing off-tune, dancing in the kitchen person who wakes up happy and smiles and yet I felt the world wanted me to be more intellectual, grown-up, serious, and a bottom-line person. What’s the ROI of being happy, I would hear people asking me? The ROI, I now know is to live my life on my own terms, to be the energetic, overly enthusiastic happy girl and not to worry about what everyone thinks of me.

There is a value on love and happiness. I may not be able to whip you up a spreadsheet or a stifling power point presentation, but I can feel it. I know it and I don’t have to prove it. Once I got to this point I knew I was ready to write.

Happiness is a Habit is my journey, my ideas and the concepts that not only worked for me, but have changed my life. My hope for you is that you see yourself in my story and work toward a happier life for yourself. My ideas are meant to be shared.

MY DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS

Each person has to find his or her own path to happiness, but my personal definition is an extended state of well-being. It isn’t the fleeting pleasures of a massage, a vacation or a new car. While those things will make you happy for a short time. Real honest happiness is an attitude, a state of mind, a connection to your higher self, and a way of being in the world. When you create this state by yourself without having to rely on outside circumstance to make you happy, then you are truly happy and can rely on yourself to create the life you deserve.

Love & Light,

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