Articles and Stories by Others

Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

  Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness By the time you read this, the United States day of celebration of freedom and independence will have come and gone one more time. But, my curiosity about freedom and happiness lingers. According to Wikipedia, (http://tinyurl.com/qh498d5) Jefferson’s “original Rough draught” reads: “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the...

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A Freedom ‘Do-Over

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

A Freedom ‘Do-OverBy the time you read this we will have celebrated Independence Day in the United States. Because life has been bumpy for me lately with a cluster of health challenges I would much rather not have, I have at moments… well, honestly, for a string of days… fallen into the trap of not feeling very ‘free.’ I have been in survival mode rather than thriving. Since we often teach best what we most need to learn and action relieves anxiety, I searched through my archive of emails and found this reminder of the value of being ‘free.’ So, I offer this article...

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Messy Moments and Magnificence

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

  Messy Moments and Magnificence Yesterday I had a deepened awareness that, although self-love is essential, bigger than that is our need to trust ourselves. Our positive sense of self was squelched so long ago in so many ways, and because we don’t trust ourselves, we don’t know who to trust. As a result we often choose unwisely. I am not immune. This morning I experienced a huge wave of ‘not-enoughness’ and shame prompted by a realization that I had made a bad decision. “Really? Haven’t I gotten my sh— together yet?” “How could I be so gullible,...

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Are You Over It?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

  Are You Over It? What is the ‘IT’ we are over? Actually there are multiple ITs. See if these sound familiar… Overwhelmed. Over-worked. Over-giving. Over-doing. Over-responsible. Over-sensitive. Over- tired. Over-extending. Over-indulging. Over-compensating. Over-thinking. Over-accommodating. Whew!!! These are the ITs we are over! And sadly there are more. As a result we have weary women waiting until they crumble to recognize the truth of their worth and seldom do they value their well-being. So many women were taught that embodying all these ‘sacrifices of self’ were...

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Center of Happiness Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

I am a process person who believes that all things happen for a reason, we are guided in amazing ways if we dare to listen, and good things are always embedded in difficult times and in the things we don’t understand…always, even though we may need to wait, resist and grieve. Happiness is so much more that momentary pleasurable things. It often more durable because it is hard earned, disguised sometimes by loss and heartache, and accompanied by weariness. This kind of happiness gives you a pass to a depth of joy that is ever lasting even when, or even because, it is...

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A Fathers Day

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

  As Father’s Day approaches I want to honor all dad’s who make a conscious effort to unconditionally love their children, be gentle men, and do their best to raise good humans! I am blessed!!! My dad was an amazing man, a car guy who taught me so much about life through his love of cars. To learn more, read my book, Drive Yourself Happy: A Motor-vational Maintenance Manual for Maneuvering Through Life (http://centerofhappiness.com/book/). One of the greatest gifts he passed along to me was the ability to experience joy by creating joy for others. I am fortunate to have two...

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To Be Happy

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

We all say we want to be happy, but what does that really mean? Ever since my curiosity about what makes us tick and what motivates our choices lead my education in the direction of psychology I have wondered what exactly makes people happy. I put in hours of pre and post doctorate hours in preparation to sit for the licensing exam. All of my training and education guided me to help people find greater peace by revisiting their past, wading though the often painful experiences and diving deep in those sadnesses to find greater joy. Some people came to me with a laundry list of...

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Inspire Until You Expire

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

Every day is now! How you live it is up to you. Have you ever had an ‘a ha’ moment and noticed for the first time something that you knew all along? Here is one of those awarenesses for me…The first breath you take in life is when you are born. You in-spire, or inhale that first gulp of air. The last breath you take in life is when you expire, or breathe out for the final time. We seldom think about and appreciate all the breaths in between. It is a truly amazing design! Perhaps I have been pondering this more because my 63rd birthday is May 31st! With ever glance in the...

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Gentle Kindness

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

When it comes right down to it, the truth is that the greatest gift we can give another is to take full responsibility for our own authentic happiness. Whether I am interacting with my family and friends, sharing the concepts of my book, Drive Yourself Happy, or traveling the journey of defining and refining my focus on helping women foster self love, this is the consistent truth upon which I build my life. This knowing ‘drives’ and inspires me… the knowing that I am the one called to and responsible for creating my own happiness. Life is a journey and an interesting one at that...

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Exquisite Efficiency

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Articles and Stories by Others | 0 comments

    We all live under a cloak of insufficiency. It haunts us even before we get out of bed. The alarm clock rings and we already bemoan that we didn’t get enough sleep. In a hurry to start on our TO DO list we are certain we won’t have enough time. We make it to the closet to discover we don’t have enough clean clothes, shoes, socks, under-ware. We make it to the refrigerator and realize there isn’t enough milk and the cereal box is empty. There’s ‘nothing’ to eat. We head to the coffee pot for refuge only to find that we don’t...

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