Posts tagged ‘happiness’

July 27, 2012

Feel Good Friday 072712

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Tragus/targus piercing, celebrated by Cook’s champagne at the kayak park, a 60-cent canister of salt and 25-cent Starbucks cup, and Dale/dial soap.
    tragus
  • “Let’s go play basketball” turns into foot massages and shopping …
  • Rainy-day porch-sitting where I traded two bottles of wine for a flat-screen TV
  • Long catch-up phone call with a bestie!
  • Some of my favorite things: sushi (and sushi while driving), g-free beer, coffee, and sand volleyball!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

July 13, 2012

Feel Good Friday 071312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Sunday TAD (Typical Aspen Day): King Yoga Flow + Ute Hike with 2 pups + Sunbathing at the Sky Pool
  • Serendipitously booking the same flight to Austin as my bestie in Denver … drinks and giggles on the plane!
  • Austin. Seriously, it’s always busy and I can never see everyone I want to, but I love coming home.
  • Two great workouts with two awesome girls!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

June 29, 2012

Feel Good Friday 062912

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • New. Vacuum. Life-changing.
  • Finally washing, vacuuming, and detailing my car. (apparently I’m summer cleaning?)
  • Toooooobing Slaughterhouse! Amazing!!
  • Incredibly thoughtful gift from a friend to add to my beach house decor:
    beach house
  • Nappy Roots Round 2 … less protruding thigh than the first, more dancing and laughing at the crowd in Aspen singing “all my life, been poor …”
  • Nali meets the horses!
    nali horses
  • Guess what’s on tap for tonight? I’m already grateful for it … wait for it … take a wild guess … Girls Night Magic Mike viewing!!!!!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

June 22, 2012

Feel Good Friday 062212

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Getting to spend Father’s Day with my dad! He’s awesome.
    dad!
  • Family time at the Memphis wedding weekend was incredible and all too rare … loved hitting up the zoo with my youngest cuz and checking out the aminals!
    tiger! nali
  • Dinner at Matsu! Uni shots?

    uni shots

    Sake, Ponzu, quail egg, and sea urchin + cucumber stir stick

  • Cold brew coffee. I skipped making it all last week since I was only in town for three days, but I am so glad to have it back in my life!!

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

April 26, 2012

Happy: Movement to Empower 1 Million Kids

I got an email the other day that read: “Kids are learning their ABCs and 123s, but they aren’t learning the one thing that has the greatest impact on their happiness, confidence, and success in life—it’s their mindset.” You know, it’s not just a kid issue—after all, that sounds a lot like the premise around DailyHap.com—but kids who start with positive thinking are certainly going to be better at it as adults.

Austin-based Adventures in Wisdom is a life coaching program for mentoring kids that uses short stories and activities to teach children ages 6-12 how to develop a mindset for powerful self-esteem and self-confidence; achieve their goals; handle challenges such as fear, failure, and peer pressure; and create happy fulfilling lives.

Renaye Thornborrow, founder of the Empower 1 Million Kids movement, says, “The good news is that mindset skills can be developed and we want to help start the conversation by encouraging parents and mentors to take just 10 minutes a week, over the next three weeks, to share a fun short story with the kids in their lives. The stories are free but the skills are priceless.”

During the first week, kids (and adults!) learn about “self-talk” and how to use this skill to create powerful self-confidence and self esteem.  During the second week, they learn about “power shifting” and how to use it to create happiness in their lives and to feel empowered when things don’t go their way. And during the third week they learn about the power of “visualization” and how to use it to “train their brain” to achieve their goals.

Get the free curriculum and stories at Empower1MillionKids.com. Every little step towards happier, healthier people is a giant step for society as a whole!

Happy: is a new category of posts for this is life in austin & aspen. As I’ve developed DailyHap.com, which I encourage you all to visit daily, I’ve come across mountains of research, blog posts, articles, supportive pictures, and so on that can help lead to happiness but are not “filed” under that category. Here, I’ll react and discuss these gems, as well as talk more about my own experiences with the lessons presented.

April 17, 2012

Happy: Willpower Cushion

Happy: is a new category of posts for this is life in austin & aspen. As I’ve developed DailyHap.com, which I encourage you all to visit daily, I’ve come across mountains of research, blog posts, articles, supportive pictures, and so on that can help lead to happiness but are not “filed” under that category. Here, I’ll react and discuss these gems, as well as talk more about my own experiences with the lessons presented. Hope you enjoy it; let me know what you think!

One of the most important things for leading a healthy, and thus happy, life is willpower. Willpower keeps us from subsisting on a diet of doughnuts and reality tv when we logically know we should be eating kale and reading Proust*. But some research suggests that you have a finite “bank” of willpower each day, so the more you use it, the more you lose it. This would suggest that you need to build systems and habits to prevent those willpower-sucking scenarios and save your reserves for the really tough situations.

The folks at Whole 9 Life discuss changing your habits here. They’ve got great tips and insight on the research. Personally, I don’t keep any junk food in my house, because I KNOW I’ll eat it if it’s there. That’s easy enough. But what about the other things that require willpower? As first a freelance writer and now self-funding my startup, I have no one to answer to, except my clients or you guys. I can wake up, post something, and go back to bed for hours. I can work out, ski, run, hike, do laundry—whatever distracts me from working without consequence. It sounds awesome, and IT IS. But I spend freely from my willpower bank to DO WORK, which people who have to be at an office from 9-5 do not (then again, I don’t have office birthday cake to fend off, so there’s that).

What I need to do with my willpower is make DOING WORK non-negotiable. Take the possibility out of working 9-5 like I took the junk food out of my cabinets. Then I have more willpower in my bank for food, distractions, workouts, and so on. I will always keep a flexible schedule, but you’ve got to have a schedule at all for it to be flexible.

What systems do you guys need to put into place to give yourself a willpower cushion?

*or at least reading at all. Chick-lit counts.

March 23, 2012

Feel Good Friday 032312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • HAPPY documentary: “Happiness is a skill.”
  • Natural Grocer grocery store trip. I love tons of things there but my top three are Buffalo Guys Buffalo Andouille sausage, Applegate Farms happy pepperoni, and kelp noodles (oh, and the chocolate peanut butter malted milk balls, but don’t tell anyone about those).
  • The Hunger Games. I finally get it. And I’ve read all three in three days. #nerd Can’t wait to see the movie now!
  • Slaying elephants.
  • New (to me, from Susie’s Consignment, only $19!) J. Crew sequin mini with pockets! So awesome, yet practical! Can’t wait to pair it with a tee and sandals and stroll around town.
    sequin skirt with pockets
  • That closet reminds me, I love my apartment. And home office.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

February 17, 2012

Feel Good Friday 021712

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • Get the Girls Out for SheJumps.org … every single one of the awesomely-dressed girls I skied with is a better skier than me, so I had to really push myself to keep up. So awesome.
    ski girls jumping
    Clearly they are also better jumpers-in-ski-boots than I am. Awesome pics from Kate Holstein.
  • Ashley Turner Yoga Boot Camp. Tough, emotionally-exhausting, purifying, happiness-inducing week.
  • Valentine’s Day! Made treats (cookie-dough-stuffed mini cupcakes) for my fave girlfriends in Aspen (the packaging may leave something to be desired … I had to work with what I have on hand!) and got a few surprises myself.
    vday
  • New DailyHap swag: coffee mug, iphone cover, and business cards … extra legit now.
    daily hap mug
  • Mama comes to town on Sunday! Can’t wait for family fun🙂

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

February 3, 2012

Feel Good Friday 020312

Feel Good Friday is a roundup of the things that made me feel good or that I’m grateful for all week. Join me and leave your Feel Goods in the comments!

  • DailyHap‘s launch!! If you haven’t been, please go visit DailyHap.com! And Like us on facebook!
  • My baby brother (who is 25 years old, a male model, and 6’2″. But baby to me). Snowboarding with him, finding out some rooms need more ventilation with him, talking with him. He is awesome.
  • You guys might be tired of me being grateful for this dog, but I AM. How funny is she?
    dog in snow
  • Pure Citizen (all good goods)
  • One of the best Girls’ Nights I’ve had in a long time. Just what the doctor ordered.
  • I asked a super cool dude I met randomly to draw me a tattoo (it worked in our convo, I promise), and this is what I got:
    You will rule
    Yes sir, I will.
  • Double dose of gratitude today, check out my article on prayer here.

See last week’s Feel Goods here.

February 1, 2012

Get Happy with Me at DailyHap!

I teased you guys hereherehere, and here, and it’s finally HERE!

Daily Hap logo

DailyHap.com is a website designed to create a community of happy people and encourage people to openly, genuinely pursue happiness. It will guide people to Achieving Happiness 1 Day at a Time through a daily action item.

It is also my labor of love, my grand adventure, and now that it’s live, what will consume my life.😀

We’re launching with a really cool campaign called Penny for Your Thoughts, where a visit to the website donates a penny to Austin Smiles. Sign up for a profile, and contribute Your Two Cents, another two pennies to Austin Smiles. Three cents donated for very little effort! We want to show you that it can be as easy as a click to start on your way to happiness.

What are you waiting for? Click on over to DailyHap and get happy!

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