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Just came across this video and I have to say I completely agree. Often times when I hear people (or myself) complain, it feels ridiculous. We’ve become such a spoiled rotten society. We don’t appreciate what we have, we only focus on the things we don’t have. In a constant state of “I need.”

I catch myself saying it all the time. Then when challenged with, “do you really need it?” The answer is always most certainly “no.” So how did we get to this place? Why is our focus so off?

Last year, I came up with an idea for an e-book, titled “We’re Missing It” and the concept (still in my head at this point) is similar to this interview with Louis C.K.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

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I read Gretchen Rubin‘s blog, The Happiness Project, and especially love her thought-provoking, happiness-understanding ways. It’s fascinating how happiness is something that everyone pursues, yet it can be achieved and destroyed so differently.

Have you ever watched the CBS show Sunday morning?

It’s old school, however I love it! The show’s format is similar to how I see the format when reading a magazine… fascinating stories on topics you never realized could be so interesting, long enough to really do the topic/subject justice and utterly relaxing. Plus, it showcases pictures/art/sculptures, you name it, of the sun. All submitted by viewers, how cool is that. Oh, and my other favorite part, the last few minutes of every show they transport you to another location and allow you to experience it by listening and watching. There aren’t any words spoken, just breathtaking sounds and sights, it’s peaceful and makes you stop and appreciate this world.

A recent Sunday Morning episode is about happiness. They speak to Gretchen Rubin to hear her findings from experiences and she simply says:

The key to happiness is strong relationships with other people…Show up…Take the time to show up.”

As I’ve gotten older, I realize how true this statement is. Connections are what make us happy. Sure, you can be happy on your own. I’m a huge fan of “me time.” But relationships with family and friends, even colleagues, tend to make us happy. I love the simplicity of her statement, “show up.” It will be a phrase I bring to life in my everyday happenings. I commit to showing up.

Are you taking the time, nah, making the time to show up?

P.S. – What’s also fun is that Boulder, CO is revealed to be the #1 city in the country where people are the happiest. As a current Denver resident, I believe it’s the Colorado lifestyle overall that allows people to be happier here (300 days of sunshine, the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and an active lifestyle), but the sense of community of Boulder is where its unique.

 

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When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. So…

SMILE!

TED Talk: The hidden power of smiling by Ron Gutman

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Okay, it’s April. Fourth month into the New Year, how are you doing on your resolutions? In the past, I’ve set New Year’s Resolutions. I actually love doing it.

It’s like when you’re in college and you have to look through the list of courses for the next semester, match up your schedule, plan it out and then finally make it happen. I loved it. I know, I know, sick.

This year, however, I haven’t made one resolution. I meant to. You bet I did. But the year has flown by so fast that I missed that time where I spend time figuring out my goals for the year.

But now, I keep thinking why don’t I try to stay on the same path as all the years before — working out regularly, eating healthy, keeping active, spending time with family and friends — only do it better. You always have these goals you don’t meet, feel bad about yourself and then blissfully forget they ever existed.

How frustrating though. Why do we feel like the resolutions have to be new and different? Maybe it’s just me, but I say they don’t. I’m not going to set resolutions just to say I’ve set them. Instead I’m going to continue achieving what I set out to do last year and even the years before.

I’m also going to take an audit of my list of 35 Things to do Before I’m 35, and with any that no longer apply or with new ones that are important to me now, I’m going to add them. Let that be my direction. Why not!

After all, a major life lesson that I learned this year and at the end of last year, do what’s best for me. Who cares what others think. What makes me happy and feel good is at the end of the day what matters.

So here we go 2011… and here we go all for another successful, constantly improving, year.

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I’m a rule abider, it’s true. If you know me, you know this to be an honest admission. So whenever the mood strikes me, I have to be spontaneous because those are the moments when I feel I’m truly living my life. Why? Because it’s scary and life is scary, it isn’t a plan, it doesn’t have an agenda and frankly, it shouldn’t.

Think about it. Where’s the fun in a planned life before you’ve even lived it?

Take risks. Be scared. Don’t know what’s around the corner. This isn’t a lecture. This is a reminder for me too. I need the reminder every day, so let’s help each other remember. Let’s be crazy and happy and not care what others think about our choices because we’re making them for ourselves, it’s our life… it’s our happiness.

Hoo-rah!

Your Life’s Match Point is Worth Playing For

Spontaneity ALWAYS!

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One of my girlfriends, also known as “my person,” said one of the funniest things on my Facebook profile picture that I wanted to capture here.

Inspired by my visit to the Denver Art Museum, I took the opportunity to find the inner kid in myself and pose like I was at Disney World. When you see the picture, you’ll understand. I obviously got carried away…

Here’s what Abbey calls, “Honey, I Shrunk The Meredith!”

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Reflection: My Brother

I will continue to love my family and appreciate every moment we have together for who knows when that time could change into only memories. In 2009, my brother got married and is still just as happy as the day he met his beautiful wife. A love, I believe, that will stand the test of time.

It’s been hard adjusting to the fact that my brother no longer lives in Colorado, but I’m so happy for him. He’s doing big things… trust me.

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