How to Find Happiness in Dark Places

During these difficult and challenging times, we went on a mission to find more happiness, and we found it in a variety of everyday places.

Rediscover your inner joy through art, dance and music. Reinvigorate your body and mind with the simple pleasures of play, cooking, and overall wellness.

Written as a guide to help you create a new kind of personal happiness that is not focused on external objects, material gains, or through temporary short term means, but instead creates a new awareness of how authentic happiness is found in unknown and unexplored places that are nevertheless readily attainable if we only seek them out.

Together we take you on an engaging, personal journey where you will discover ways to create personal happiness through different areas of life.

How to Create a New Kind of Happy in 2021

This last year has been a difficult challenge for many, including myself as we have all had to adjust to our world shutting down in the face of the pandemic, political unrest, and for many the loss of jobs, health issues and reduced social outings.

Being stuck at home and spending our days together, Tim and I knew we had to create a new kind of happy to survive not only the dark dreary winter, but also the ongoing and persistent pandemic. So we went on a personal pursuit of happiness, which resulted in our latest book, A Mindful Kind of Happy.

Not only did we discover new ways of having fun, but we had fun trying to have fun!

Although these are challenging times, there are also blessings to be found. Tim and I have had to learn how to have fun in a world without social outings, family reunions, vacation time or travel. It may sound difficult, and at first it was, but then we realized that all we had to do was to be mindful of what we already have.

How to Add More Laughter into 2021

There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about in 2020. With news of increasing COVID cases expected to rise after holiday celebrations, it may leave us feeling frustrated as we continue to isolate and socially distance. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t set goals to laugh more in 2021. On the contrary, we need to make the decision to bring more laughter into our lives.

Laughter therapy may sound extreme to some, but may be necessary after a long period of ongoing stress, illness, or moving into year two of pandemic fear. Most of us need more laughter after 2020 and one way to bring more happiness into our lives is through laughter therapy.

Through a series of simple, yet fun activities, turn false laughter into real laughter and before you know it, you will genuinely be laughing like crazy!

Join me if you want to learn new ways of alleviating stress and anxiety and how to bring more laughter and happiness into your life. I not only offer traditional talk therapy, but several alternative methods of healing and feeling better.

No matter what our life circumstances are, we can always add a bit of laughter. It doesn’t change or fix our problems, but it allows us time to heal and alleviates the stressors of life in a way that helps us to feel better. And you deserve that.

How to Survive a COVID Christmas

Holidays are a source of celebration for many, but this year due to the pandemic, we may struggle due to having to social distance and be separated from family members .

So how do you celebrate a Covid Christmas? Instead of focusing on who you can’t see for the holidays, think about who is already there with you. Celebrate the people that you see every day in your life. People often focus on who they miss or haven’t seen, yet the people that we take for granted need to feel valued and appreciated. If they were not in our lives, we would miss them too.

During this Covid Christmas, instead of focusing on loss, which you may have in the areas of jobs or career, loss of income, or lack of social interactions with friends and family connections, focus on what and who you currently have in your life. If you are in a relationship, celebrate that special person. Celebrate your kids, your friends, your cat, dog or other pet. Even if you find yourself alone, celebrate those who make a difference in your life and make plans to make new friends in the new year.

This Christmas will most likely be different for many of us, but it doesn’t have to be bad. Do something new this year to celebrate your life or even to celebrate the end of a difficult year, and remember that we are all truly going through this together, but in different ways.

This year start a new holiday tradition. It can be something simple such as making handmade Christmas ornaments, sharing stories with family members in person or via zoom, or taking a holiday hike through the forest or city streets. It doesn’t matter what you do, but make it something special that you enjoy.

Life has been a challenge, but through the adversities and loss, there are also blessings and gains. Take the time to acknowledge them and to celebrate them.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Somewhere in the Sky

Somewhere in the Sky adventures are waiting to take flight. Through a compilation of everyday travel, food foraging, and stories about human nature, learn to incorporate gratitude, laughter, hope and inspiration into your own life.

Read inspirational stories and guidance to inspire, motivate and encourage you to follow and embark upon your own everyday adventures to a healthier and happier life.

How to Practice Self-Care

There are many ways to take care of yourself, but it’s easy to forget to practice self-care. Sometimes we simply have to give ourselves permission to nurture ourselves. One of my favorite ways to release stress and tension and to feel grounded is to practice Qiqong.

Qiqong is an ancient Chinese practice, using life force or breath (Qi) combined with (Gong) gathering and movement. Together when you move the breath and body, you come to a place of stillness and peace.

There are thousands of variations of Qigong styles so it’s best to find one that resonates with you. Some practices have very slow repetitive movements and others have a vigorous or active style. Qiqong like any self-care practice is personable, so if you try one and don’t like it, try another!

Children, teens and adults all benefit from Qiqong. It’s a healthy and fun way to eliminate stress and to to keep the body in motion. Because practices are so individually different and unique, it’s easy to pull up YouTube and try a variety of different approaches. You may find that you have found a new way to practice self-care!

Below are two of my favorite Qiqong practice styles:

Become Your Own Fitness Warrior

2020 proved to be a difficult year in many ways as our lives have changed and shifted due to the global pandemic. There are many things out of our control, but what we can control is our personal level of fitness in the areas of health, intellectual, and spiritual direction.

I have heard from many people that emotional eating has become a norm due to anxiety and inability to lead a “normal” life, resulting in excessive weight gain and other unwanted side effects, so together Tim and I created our latest book in the Warrior Series, Fitness Warrior: The Everyday Summit, that guides the reader through personal reasons for self-sabotage and personal goal setting in the areas of weight loss and fitness, intellectual sharpness, emotional maturity and spiritual well-being.

With the end of the year approaching, now is the perfect time to take control of your life and become the best fitness warrior you can be!

Follow Me

I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging about both my own journey, as well as that of other’s that I have met along the way over the past several years.

At this time, I have decided to stop posting on this site, but will continue blogging about health and wellness, healing, cooking, humor, travel and creative expression on my new website below.

I hope that my posts have brought a smile to your face, a giggle to your lips, or healing to your heart in some way. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, if you so choose. Blog posts are listed under “self-help” in the menu. Thank you all for being a part of my journey and I hope that many of you will continue to explore our everyday lives together.

https://consultingclouds.com/self-help/

Russian Green Beans and Beef (Vegan)

This is a hearty fall dish that combines a variety of savory flavors, including cinnamon and cumin.

Ingredient

3 cloves garlic, finely minced
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp dried parsley
1 lb vegan hamburger
12 oz diced tomatoes
12 oz green beans
salt to taste
feta cheese (optional)

Preparation

Over medium heat, brown hamburger. Add spices, tomatoes and green beans. Cover and cook until beans are tender about 8 minutes. Garnish with feta cheese.

Serve over rice or pilaf

Life Changing Socks

I have spent years working as a Counselor trying to help people change their lives for the better. Together we have worked through all sorts of issues from anxiety and depression to relationship and career loss.

Last night, I realized that all my studying and years of practice had been a waste of time. I turned on a major home shopping network channel and they were selling fleece socks. One of the presenters said that the socks, “Lifted her mood,” and were “Life saving.”

After all these years, I could have been selling socks instead…

Make time to laugh to today!