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…and thus November cometh….

Posted in A Lil About Me, Affirmations, Blessings, Life Lessons, Self Improvement with tags , , , , on November 1, 2012 by Angela

It certainly seems to me that 2012 has flown by at warp speed. It has been a year of incredible growth, changes and numerous blessings. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any more intense, it has…. I’m currently preparing myself to start the new year with an awesome mission trip abroad to South Africa!

As is my custom during the fall months, I spend several weeks reflecting upon the past year’s successes, challenges and lessons learned all in an attempted to revise, renew or set goals & disciplines to aim for in the upcoming year.

Going to South Africa is starting off the year in a really big way!

I’m excited to see the direction God is leading me while at the same time a tad bit pensive. Above all else I am determined to respond obediently to the call he is placing upon my heart with increasing faith and openness.

Spiritually I’ve endeavored to grow for nearly 18 years and its been amazingly. rewarding….that journey continues along with a host of health & wellness that have given way to major lifestyle changes.

Determined to finish 2012 stronger than I began….and happy to report that I’m “winning”!!

~peace & blessings~

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Add a lil eHappiness….

Posted in Affirmations, Health & Wellness, Motivations, Self Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by Angela


eHappiness: Top 5 Electronic Tools for Finding Joy in Life


1) The Happiness Project” Email
Gretchen Rubin, author of New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, puts out a free daily email sharing lessons from her year spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is high-quality stuff. I love Rubin’s analytical mind and refusal to be Pollyannaish. She goes deeper in examining what brings about day-to-day peace as well as long-term fulfillment. You can sign up separately to receive a daily inspirational quote email, also good stuff.

2) “The Happiness Project” Toolbox
If you really get into the principles espoused in Rubin’s book and blog, you can create your own happiness project. The Happiness Project Toolbox can help. It’s a website offering a free collection of eight tools: Resolutions, Group Resolutions, Personal Commandments, Inspiration Board, Lists, One-Sentence Journal, Secrets of Adulthood, and Happiness Hacks. The best part about the site is that it allows you to collaborate with others. Studies show we’re more likely to attain our goals when we make them public and enlist support.

3) Values.com Email
The non-profit Foundation for a Better Life will send you a free daily quote if you sign up at their website, values.com. I find these quotes truly helpful and unusual, rarely sappy or cheesy. They inspire me to be compassionate, adventuresome, generous, and to think beyond life’s everyday stressors.

4) “Live Happy” App
Live Happy is a positive psychology iPhone app developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the book The How of Happiness and psych professor at UC Riverside. It includes activities in categories ranging from expressing gratitude to savoring beautiful moments to setting goals. You can take a survey to determine which activities you should focus on first. My only complaint is that I wish the app pushed out reminders to you to accomplish your goals, such as filling out your gratitude journal daily. And it does cost $9.99, but that seems a small price to pay for happiness (and a lot cheaper than a single therapy session!).

5) “Track Your Happiness” App
I like the Track Your Happiness iPhone app because it: a) Pings you throughout your day (by text or email) and asks you to evaluate your level of happiness given the activity that you’re performing at that moment (eg, hanging out with a friend, exercising, working); and b) Gives you personalized feedback on what actually makes you happy—or unhappy. The Happiness Report it generates after you’ve completed 50 surveys is not full of pat suggestions for all humankind, but rather recommendations based on your scientifically collected data. And oh, by the way, the information you submit also helps Harvard psychologist Dr. Matt Killingsworth with his research on happiness.

Also, don’t forget that simply expressing gratitude daily is one of the most effective ways to boost your happiness. Read my blog about the top 5 Gratitude apps.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Travis Isaacs

Goal Setting #101

Posted in Affirmations, Daily Living, Goals, Life Lessons, Motivations, Randomosity, Self Improvement with tags , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by Angela

Flowchart courtesy of http://www.achieve-goal-setting-success.com

I am really big on self-improvement and always looking for ways to better myself personally. A few weeks ago I was brainstorming and drafting some preliminary resolutions for 2011 as I was looking back over what I had left to accomplish of this year’s resolutions in the next few months.

I think I am one of the very few people that will regularly make and attack New Year’s resolutions as GOALS.

I’m not really that competitive in nature but when it comes to competing with benchmarks I set for myself against myself….I seem to thrive.

The wanna-be writer in me loves to document and keep precise records while the information/research freak in me seeks to analyze and understand the process.

I am able to see a goal in just about anything and firmly believe that it’s all in how you set forth and go about working towards that particular goal. Some goals are short-term, some are long-term and some are even life-long but with the proper implementation you can always be motivated to at least reach for them.

I recall a conversation I had with someone about weight loss and in trying to set very loose scaffolding for them to erect their own framework….they replied that they didn’t want to disappoint themselves by failing. To this person, failure would negate any ounce of progress or achievement they made….I found that to be really sad. Maybe I’ll blog more about how failure can be a tool to fuel you on another day.

For now though I thought I’d share the above chart for reference. Also by visiting the above-mentioned website you can find a plethora of resources: worksheets, planners, templates, etc. Most if not all the tools/inputs referenced on the chart are available to print via PDF format.

Hope you find this a useful resource.

~Peace & Blessings~