As I've mentioned before, one of the most exciting things about taking the blog full-time is introducing several new features. Today, I'd love to debut one of those features: How To Live a Happy Life. Part inspiration tool, part collaborative effort (more about that in a minute...), this series will be all about helping you live a happier (and less stressful!) life. With tips and tricks, it will be you -- reinvented. Speaking of tips, and to get things started, here are a few of my tried-and-true perk-me-ups...
Make it a great day or not - the choice is yoursMy mother is a seventh-grade teacher, and a few years ago, the school principal began saying this every morning at the end of the morning announcements. I scoffed at it for years, but it really does make sense. We sometimes can't control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Don't let people - or situations - bog you down unnecessarily. In the end, it's just not worth it.
Surround yourself with the people (and cats!) you love
I've been blessed with an incredibly supportive group of family and friends. They've stuck by me. I know everyone says this, but I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my mother. She's been an incredible rock of love, support and comfort. I'm amazed at how she does it sometimes. And, of course, our two beautiful cats, Harry and Stella, make every day an adventure for us.