Be Grateful – Be Happy

Grateful people are happy people.


January 2016

Star Wars Inspiration

Star Wars

The past few weeks the “buzz” was centered around the new chapter of Star Wars released in theaters just before Christmas 2015.  Prior to my risking disappointment in the theater, I discovered the Ted Radio Hour podcast that discusses the “Hero’s Journey” which piqued my interest.

The podcast discussed the “Hero’s Journey” as an average person where their life circumstances force them to embark on a journey where they learn and change.  I was reflecting on this when I  decided to go see the movie on Christmas Eve (a great night to see a movie).  Enlightened by the podcast, I was so pleasantly surprised by the movie.  I won’t give away any of the plot of “The Force Awakens” but I was thrilled to see a film where the female characters were not only respected but kicked some ass!

Now it is two weeks later and I received a blog post from James Altucher who wrote a very moving Blog called “The Force Will Awaken in 2016.”  In this blog he spoke directly to my heart.  Believe in the “Force.”  He enumerates all the horrible things that have happened to all the main characters and that they do not spend a lot of time over their losses they simply realize that the “Force” is good and bad and sometimes cruddy things happen and we can choose to dwell on the negatives or we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start again.

I fully admit I have found myself stuck in a pit of dispare.  I have enjoyed my pitty pot, long and deeply, from time to time.  But as soon as I make a decision to move forward I instantly feel better.  Decisions are hard, but we do inherrantly know where we want, and need, to be.  When we stop fighting against the tide and we can see and grab the branches and pull ourselves back.

For me, grattitudes have done so much for turning around my attitude most days.  I still get migraine symptoms nearly every day.  When I try to reduce my caloric intake to lose a few pounds, headaches get worse for a while, but every step I take toward my personal goals can eventually lengthen the time between the bad parts of life.  I am very lucky to know and have such amazing people in my life.  I truly appreciate the inspiration I draw from podcasts and blogs.  I hope you are inspired too.

New Year Reboot

2015-07-03 19.42.542015 was full of many ups and downs for me.  I wasn’t feeling very grateful the first portion of the year.  A family illness was the catalyst to move our butts back to Colorado, only to have a flooded basement that insurance didn’t cover.

But, some of the worst circumstances can be blessings in disguise.  I was able to return to my former employer; a good reason never to burn bridges you may need to cross again.  They took me in and I was able to learn many new things.  Now, I am embarking on a new opportunity where I can leverage my strengths and I am very excited.

So, now it is 2016.  I am back in a place that makes me happy.  I have good quality friendships.  A social life that sometimes conflicts with other social opportunities.  And, my family and I are pulling together to heal both physically and emotionally.

I am grateful that I had the means to move back to Colorado.  As tight as finances may be, we had what we needed to do what we needed to do.  I am grateful for those who were willing to give me another opportunity.  I am grateful to live in a state where I can run outside even in the winter.  I am grateful for a body that, even with challenges, lets me exercise and work on my physical health.

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