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    Gratitude,  Happiness,  Self Care,  Videos

    How to Create Tiny Happiness // 6 Tips

    What do you think of when you hear the phrase “create tiny happiness”? A while back, I made a video about “how to be happy”, and while I think that the tips addressed how to find more contentment, I also think “how to be happy” or the idea of being happy in general is overused and misunderstood. You’re not going to be happy all the time. And there’s a reason for it—your brain needs the highs and lows in order for you to comprehend relative positive and negative experiences. One thing I think most articles miss when talking about how to create tiny happiness and contentment is something that I…

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    Gratitude,  Intentional Living,  Self Care

    What’s the Best Way to Overcome Failure

    The best way to overcome failure is to confidently know that 1) you’re not perfect at everything and 2) everyone experiences failure and 3) come up with a plan to attempt a different course of action. That’s truly the best we can all do. #1: Best Way to Overcome Failure – You’re Not Perfect The bottom line is that you’re not perfect—you are definitely going to make mistakes. But no matter how perfect you think someone else is, they make mistakes too. So, know that everyone else is just living their life like you are and doing the best they can. #2: Everyone Experiences Failure – Grow From It Again…no…

  • Gratitude

    2014 In Review! What I Accomplished Without Goals

    I feel like I did a bit of a life review in November when I turned 30, and now I am reflecting over the year. It’s been  while since I’ve done a new year’s type post thing, but it has been  big year! And I have a lot to be thankful for. (I know: blah blah blah yada yada yada. But I’m going to keep writing anyway). I usually don’t do New Year’s resolutions because I change my mind a lot about what I want to do. This year was no different – no real resolutions. I want be the kind of person who makes goals and focuses on them… But…

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    Living a Life of Gratitude

    Written By: Vanessa Cassani Sometimes the weight of the world can really bring us down. We are constantly pressured to be the best and have the best of everything. This is something I struggle with constantly, pushing myself for perfection and overworking myself to attain an unreachable definition of success that was expected by my parents, society and especially from myself. Why has this become such an issue in today’s world? We often go through life working to build an image of ourselves that is impossible to achieve. We seek to have the perfect house, car, spouse, children, body, hair, the most likes on Facebook, and even sometimes the healthiest…

  • Gratitude,  Meditation,  Spiritual

    How I Got Rich by Investing in the Iraqi Dinar

    By Melanie Masterson A few months ago I had a friend tell me about the Vietnamese Dong and how they were planning on changing it’s currency value to match America’s currency value. She said that if you went to a bank and exchanged $60 for 1mil Vietnamese Dong you would end up with 1mil American dollars. They were writing a new jurisdiction that week to change the value of the Dong to equal the value of the dollar. I went home and researched it a bit. I was told the Dong was going to revalue when the Iraqi Dinar revalued. There was a ton of sites online talking about the…

  • Gratitude,  How to

    How I Stopped Being So Grumpy

    I started working on my grumpiness a few months ago. Here is how I’m learning to stop being so grumpy. 🙂 Grumpy When I Disappoint Myself I admittedly have a problem with getting down or grumpy. Usually it happens when I am disappointed in myself, or when I think I should be different. And, more often than not, in the moment I will project what I am feeling and blame someone else. For example, at my last job there were times I felt simultaneously overwhelmed and unproductive. When I was asked to take on new tasks or when I made a mistake, I would get defensive and blame someone. I…

  • Gratitude,  Spiritual

    My Hand

    “The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.” –H. T. Leslie When I think about that quote, I don’t think I have a “bad hand” necessarily, but I was dealt a set of cards in life that presents challenges. With the help of someone I trusted who saw my life clearly from the outside, I came to the realization three years ago that if I didn’t make some serious changes, a lot of the negative behaviors and characteristics in my life were going to continue to go downhill. In the months preceding this realization, things had begun to decline…