Are you happy?

Three little words but such a big question!  And likely not one that can be easily answered with just a yes or a no.

Life is complicated, busy, messy, up and down, and anything but boring.

In one area of life we might be very happy; but in another area not so much!  Or not at all.

But overall, would you say you’re happy?

This past week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about happiness.  What causes one to go back and forth between being happy and unhappy; can someone be happy in spite of the negative things going on in their world?  But an even bigger question than that – can we choose to be happy?

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Fear outside of our comfort zone

I’ve been thinking a lot about being brave and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone this past week.

As I listen to others tell me what holds them back or trips them up as they’re trying to make positive changes in their lives, it’s interesting to observe how the mind can trick us.

We’re feeling fear but it’s disguised as something else.  Which means most of the time, we don’t even realize that it is fear stopping us from making any progress, or creating the changes we want in our lives.

Fear is AMAZING at hiding inside of our feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

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How to know whose advice to take

I’m constantly reading a number of blog posts and print articles about how important it is to create a detailed plan of what you want to accomplish; after all, without a clearly defined plan, you won’t know what you’re striving for.

There’s a quote along this line that I love; “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”, by Lewis Carroll.

The first time I heard that, it resonated deeply with me.  Yes, I’m a huge planner!

But I’ve also read posts about how it’s important to not have such rigid plans and go with the flow; let life take you where it’s supposed to take you, where you’re suppose to be, without interference.

So, what do you do?  Do you plan?  Do you not plan and just go with the flow?

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A year from now…

What was your life like a year ago? 

What were you doing? 

Where were you working? 

Who was in your life?

Were you happy then?

Were you living life the way you wanted to?

Were you faced with making a difficult decision?

Were you feeling stuck in life, not knowing what to do?

What advice would you give your one-year younger self now?

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Sharing a little of my own personal journey

There are a few people who I admire for their character and style as they progress on their journeys, and whose blogs I follow regularly.  They inspire me to become a better version of myself, to have more confidence in myself, and to trust my intuition more.

I believe our lives are a journey, and the goal is to always grow and develop, to become more, each day.

Part of that journey is knowing who we are, knowing ourselves.

But back to the people whose posts I enjoy reading.

When they share something personal about their journey, a glimpse into their lives (not just teaching or sharing what they know), it helps me to understand better, and to relate better. 

I see the learning in action.

So I thought I’d share a bit of my personal journey with you, in the hopes that maybe you’ll relate or maybe be inspired.

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How would you describe you?

A while back I was at a meeting and the conversation around the table was about how we handle ourselves in times of stress.

I remember a few people saying that they wished they could handle some situations better than they do, and that they were constantly trying to be better at it.  And a few people spoke of how they have learned over time the best ways that work for them.

I spoke about how I have this picture in my head of who I am and what I’m like, but the me in reality is often quite different.  I want to react in a certain way (calm, mature, fair), but often that’s not the way it happens.  But I strive to be like the person I am in my mind.

That resonated with some of the people there, and I wonder if it resonates with any of you?

Do you have a mental picture of who you are, and what your personality is, that is perhaps a little, if not quite a bit, different than who you are in reality?

I think it’s something we all do, and likely without even realizing it!

So, I have a soul-searching, deep assignment for you.

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