"Happy and Free On Purpose: Daily Practices to Live and Love Your Life!" Available July 1st

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Find Something To Want

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.”
– Leah LaBelle
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Start an Upward Spiral

“I don’t see any end to the upward spiral.”
– Jack Myers
 
Thoughts have a vibration, a life of their own and a magnetism.  When you start your day deliberately thinking positive thoughts, more positive thoughts will be attracted to those, and then more and then the thoughts start becoming things and...
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Challenge Yourself

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn;t change you.”
– Anonymous
 
If you are never scared or nervous or unsure, it means you aren’t growing; you aren’t trying anything new. Decide to be a better version of yourself than you were yesterday.
 
Make a conscious decision to take action that...
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Be Happy Where Your Are

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
– Dale Carnegie
 
You are where you are. You can’t be elsewhere, so you might as well be happy about it, in joyful anticipation of where you are headed.
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Open Your Mind

“Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.”
– Dr Wayne Dyer
 
This, according to my beloved Dr Dyer and according to me, is the most basic of life skills, with the biggest impact.  Have the mind of a child, of a student, and be willing and able to absorb and appreciate new ideas, and...
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Take credit for your wins!

“You don’t give yourself enough credit. Ignorance keeps you mean. Learning makes you kind.”
– Joaquin Lowe
 
Many of us have the habit of focusing on what we did “wrong”, or didn’t do, instead of giving ourselves credit for all of the things we did right; for all the things we DID...
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Stop the Buck!

“The buck stops here.”
– President Harry S. Truman
 
President Truman had this sign on his desk, declaring that the President makes the decisions and accepts the responsibility.  What if we did this in our own lives, with everything?
 
What if, when someone makes us mad, instead of blaming and pointing...
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Practice Patience

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Do you ever encounter people who just absolutely drive you crazy? You just want to shake them because of some annoying characteristic. Cherish these friends, because they provide a chance for you to exercise your patience muscle.
 
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Find the Fun!

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
– Phyllis Diller
 
Laughter, like music, is a universal language, understood by all. It is contagious, good for your memory and your immune system and even burns calories and improves sleep.
 
Most importantly, you can’t really laugh and worry at the...
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BE the best example you can be

“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”
– Josh Billings
 
My niece is my social media manager.  She helps me with these messages and just about everything I do on the internet and I love her tons!  And today is her birthday.
 
Having never had my own...
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