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5 Important Lessons I’ve Learned in Life

Yellowstone National Park.

Yes, it's worth waking up early to be there when the sun rises. This picture was taken at 6:50am, close to Canyon Village. The light was amazing!

This is probably my best shot of the trip. It might even be my best shot ever! :D

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know”-Pema Chodron As I sit here pondering how to approach writing this post, I can’t help but think of my precious children.  What lessons have I learned throughout my life that may help them live happier and more fulfilling lives? In the… Read More

Secrets to a More Successful and Happy Life

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The western society that we live in is constantly striving for more and more and more.  We believe that our efforts will lead us down the path to success and happiness. But, more often than not, we’re left feeling stressed and overwhelmed, with true success and happiness still out of reach. Then, there are “those”… Read More

The Benefits of Laughter

image by Ernst Moeksis via Flickr

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”-E.E. Cummings Laughter is a beautiful thing. A good laugh can make you feel more alive and optimistic. The laughter I’m talking about here is real laughter, not fake or forced laughter.  It’s the giggles you hear from small children at play.  It’s the laughter that… Read More

How Money CAN Buy Happiness

iamge by Pictures of Money via Flickr

 "Money can buy happiness sometimes"-Wanda@TheHappyBeacon I was born and raised in a financially poor home.  Having very little money was terrible.  My whole family felt the heavy, stressful burden of financial insecurity.  Much of the fighting and worry revolved around our lack of money.  Our house was falling apart, the car was old and rusty… Read More

The Great Paradox of Happiness

image by Ari Helminen via Flickr

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder”-Henry David Thoreau I've been chasing happiness for as long as I can remember.  I just wanted to feel joy within me… Read More