take one step towards your happiness

stop overcomplicating your happiness. Keep happiness simple. Often times, you think that you need to do or have something major to feel happiness in your life. Happiness is about the small choices you make day by day. Personally, when happiness doesn’t feel close at hand, I choose to feel (what to me is the next […]

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How to Stop Feeling Green Envy

Green envy feels icky. Yet, it’s also temporary–when you stop avoiding it. There are so many ways to feel envy: Envy of someone who is in a relationship. Envy of the someone’s material possessions. Envy of someone’s qualities. Even though envy feels icky, facing envy is the first step towards dissolving it. My Personal Story […]

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To Welcome Harmony into Your Life

You must tidy up. Declutter. I know. You probably didn’t want to hear this. If you’re like me and tend to be on the busy side. Or on the lazy side 😆. Tidying and decluttering sometimes stays at the way bottom of the to-do list. The Magical Effect of Tidying & Decluttering Marie Kondo inspired […]

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On Showering the World with Kindness

Being kind is something that we’re taught early on. We’re taught how to share our things. We’re taught how to put ourselves in other people’s shoes so that we can better understand them. But it’s often easy to forget to nurture kindness in ourself and in our interactions with others. Being kind takes practice and […]

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15 Ways to Get Out of a Funk

Move your body. Walk. Dance. Go to the gym. Go to the park. Write down what you’re grateful for today. Watch a comedy show. Take a nap. Meditate. Talk to a loved one, a family member or a friend. Go out in to nature. Let yourself have a good cry if you need to. Turn […]

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Gratitude Practice 101

A gratitude practice starts with taking time out of your day to think, talk, or write about what you are grateful for. If writing is one of your favorite modes of expression, having a gratitude journal is a simple way to commit to a gratitude practice. When the act of feeling grateful turns into a […]

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Nourishing our Inner World

I’m currently reading the book in search of wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe Andre, and Alexandre Jollien. One of the things I love about the book is that it’s written in a conversational style versus an informational, as-a-matter-of-fact style. The authors share their thoughts […]

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My Struggle with Being Happy

More than a week ago, my cousin caught me thoughtful during a conversation. He asked, “What are you thinking about?” During that same week, when we were in an airport my mother commented that it looked like I was in another world. It doesn’t surprise me when people make these observations: I’m analytical, I’m an […]

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A Curiosity: When Our Paths Cross

I’ve been more and more curious about other people’s lives. Of what it means to be a school cook, a flight attendant, a jewelry store salesperson. How does the world look through their eyes? I’ve also been reading too much academic writing, and even though I’m learning (l love learning), there’s nothing beautiful to this […]

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One Lesson from Etty Hillesum’s Diaries

  It never ceases to amaze me how I continue to learn from dead people who are not blood related. While reading Etty Hillesum’s diaries which were written from 1941 to 1943, I found myself dog earring pages where I found quotes applicable to my life. One of the things that amazes me about Etty […]

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