Do Not Let Anyone Take Away Your Power to be Happy


How many days do you wake up feeling so inspired like you can conquer the world and go after all your dreams? But then…something happens to burst your bubble and someone “empty’s your bucket?” You feel deflated and you get down again?  Well, I am here to tell you, you are not alone!

There are many people who feel this way.  The key is to NOT give up, to keep coming back for more motivation, to seek out positive messages.

It isn’t easy when you have a tendency to let other people take away your power to make you happy. What you must concentrate on, is YOU – on getting yourself focused on what you want and going after it, no matter who or what stands in your way!

You are smart. You can do this! You do have the drive deep own to fulfill your dreams. Do not let anyone take that drive away from you! You have the power to be happy!

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Help Defeat Homelessness With Tiny Homes!

I absolutely love this particular city’s idea of helping with the homeless situation! In Oregon, the city of Eugene has created,  Opportunity Village Eugene, which is a nonprofit organization based in that city, that has a great plan to end homelessness.  They are building tiny homes and using donations to raise funds to help build each one of these homes.

I think every city should learn from this project and help do something about the homeless situation, especially in today’s economy, where it is not too-far fetched to have so many homeless people.  This project does not mean it is a permanent solution, but as the article below explains, it is a stepping-stone for those who need help “getting on their feet” again!

I am sure this concept has not only provided shelter for those who desperately need it, but has made many people happy and given them a new lease on life, so to speak!

Kudos to Opportunity Village Eugene!

This City Is Defeating Homelessness With Tiny Homes, But They Need Our Help!

Source:  Higher Perspective

April 27, 2015


On any given night in the central Oregon city of Eugene, there are about 3,000 people who don’t have a home to return to. Opportunity Village Eugene, a nonprofit organization based in that city, has a big plan to end it.

Tiny houses.

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The mission of Opportunity Village Eugene is simple but impactful: they want to create small, self-managed communities of low-cost tiny houses for those who lack homes. Opportunity Village isn’t a permanent housing arrangement for the city’s homeless. Rather, it’s a stepping stone to transitioning back into society and having a home themselves. “After only a few months of living there my girlfriend and I now are living a life where we are able to sustain a home on our own after being homeless for 2 years.” says Sam Johns on the organization’s website.

-31430a753c52c00f         Opportunity Village is a rather bare bones operation. The homes serve as shelter and a safe place to store belongings and not much more. The tiny homes are at most 60 square feet and are not equipped with running water, plumbing or electricity. Some residents have been able to get their hands on donated solar panels to power small devices like cell phones and small appliances.

But now, Opportunity Village Eugene is raising $15,000 to establish Emerald Village, a 15-home community that’s fully equipped with electricity, running water, outdoor fathering area, laundry facility, food pantry, walking paths, and a parking area. Each of the homes will be 128 to 250 square feet, a big improvement from the powerless, waterless 60 square foot homes.

Tiny House Village PED

Members of Emerald Village will make monthly payments toward operational costs of the cooperative and will share in the ownership of it. Each monthly payment will be at most $250 and will go toward utilities and a share of the village, earning the lower-income residents equity. Emerald Village will also be self-governed Democracy Style by the residents who live there.

CLICK HERE to make a donation toward Emerald Village.

As of this writing, Emerald city is $7,419 of the way to their $15,000 goal. They also have a matching grant for $50,000 in place right now too, so every dollar donated is doubled.

It’s a small step in countering a huge problem, but I get the feeling it’s going to be one of many.

(ref. Higher Perspective)

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How to Stay Positive When You Feel Your Life is Falling Apart

The hardest time to be positive and happy is when you feel your life is “falling apart!”  Sometimes we feel this way because our career may not be headed where we think it should be, or sometimes, there are marital issues or sometimes even worse, it could be financial problems.  Sure, it is easy to be happy when everything is going well, but when things are going in the wrong direction, well, that’s when you need all your strength to come in.  This is why it is so important to keep reading positive messages, books, blog posts, articles, quotes, anything to keep you motivated and surrounded by people who will lift your spirits, not bring you down.  It is very difficult to maintain a positive attitude if you have lost a job, a loved one, or if you are going though an emotional roller coaster because of a relationship.

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho

This sometimes tends to be the case, as they say, “when it rains it pours,” and everything happens to you at once, or so you feel.  It is in moments like this that you must gather up all of your courage and strength, put your big boy or girl pants on, and keep moving forward!

Remember that even when things seem grim, there is always a silver lining.  One door closing, usually means something better awaits you!  Learn to live your life to be happy and everything else will follow!  It is how we view things that affects our reaction to it.  When One Door ClosesEven if something bad happens to us or around us, knowing that it will eventually get better, will help you move on.  There is always sunshine after a storm. It may take a while, but it will shine again and so will you!


  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Read books, messages, quotes that will motivate and inspire you
  • Volunteer at an organization or find someone to help or mentor
  • Try not to complain for one week (or one day at a time)
  • If you want to be inspired, inspire someone else

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.  You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

Author: Lissette Rozenblat/The Power to be Happy

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Powerful! Paying It Forward!

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Do You Need Some Motivation to Get You Going?

Do you need some motivation to get you going every day? I know I do!  Remember, “You become what you think!” So, why not think happy & positive thoughts every day?

A good way to help you do this is by creating a “vision board,” which is a trending topic in success and entrepreneur blogs lately. It is as simple as putting pictures together of things/people that motivate you, a collage of sorts.  You can be as creative and fancy as you want or just keep it simple by cutting and pasting pictures together on a poster board. The point it not about the artwork, per se, it is about the motivation factor and about visualizing what you want in your life.  It is about YOUR dreams, your goals, your desires, your joys.  It is a “board” to look at that is visually appealing to you. It is not about making it attractive for someone else, it is about seeing pictures of what is going to motivate you on a daily basis. When you are done with it, you can place it in your office, kitchen, bedroom, wherever you are going to see it often, so that it serves as a reminder and motivator.

I made my “Happy Vision Board” online using pictures of people I love, and quotes that inspire me!Happy Vision Board  This particular board is more of a personal one but you can make one for business or for the goals you want to achieve.  Remember, the mind is everything. “What you think you become.” ~Buddha

Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield says, “An inspirational vision board vision should depict the future you wish to create.”

For my particular board, I used an app called, Pic Monkey, and simply chose the collage feature and placed the pictures I wanted in the open slots.  It is so simple, it even gives you the option to choose your layout and the number of pictures you can use.  Remember, if you do not want to get technical on the computer, simply paste some of your favorite pictures on a canvas or poster board.   I have chosen this online method and now I can use mine as my background screensaver, as well as print it for visual motivation.

Whatever way you choose to create your vision board, it will be fun and it will serve as a daily reminder of what you should be grateful for and for the things you are striving for.

Here are some ideas for pictures:

  • Pictures of your kids or grand kids;
  • Vacation spot;
  • Car or dream house;
  • Dream job
  • Pictures of your “skinny” self
  •  Pictures of people who inspire you

Simply cut out inspiring pictures or quotes from your favorite magazine.

And here are some ideas of what your Vision Board can look like:

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Now go get yourself a board bulletin or poster board and get started on your Vision Board to hang at your desk, your workspace, kitchen or a place where you will be inspired every time you look at it. Grab some magazines and aim for a few images that speak to you!

Good luck and have a great time!

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Mom Surprises Daughter with 300 Birthday Guests When Friends Don’t Show

Here is a heart-warming story I read on the blog, She Knows.  It is  about a mom who just wanted to make her little girl’s birthday wish come true.  What a happy ending!
Mom surprises daughter with 300 birthday guests when friends don’t show
by Bethany Ramos

Here’s what happened when none of her friends RSVP’ed to her birthday party.
This is the stuff movies are made of:  That painful moment when no one shows up at a child’s birthday party because they’re “different.”

For 10-year-old Mackenzie Moretter, of Shakopee, Minnesota, this scene played out in real life as she celebrated her birthday last Tuesday. Mackenzie, diagnosed with a rare disorder called Sotos Syndrome when she was just 1 year old, was turned down by every friend she invited to her birthday party. Mackenzie’s dad, Matthew Moretter, said that her condition has made it difficult for her to make friends.
Moretter tells USA Today that Mackenzie’s genetic disorder was originally discovered when a tumor fused to her spine as a baby. He explains, “It causes gigantism where kids grow at a faster pace. So Mackenzie is a lot taller than other classmates. Kids are friendly to her, but she doesn’t have friends. No one calls and talks to her. I’ll show up at her school and she will be playing alone.”

Mackenzie was sad that none of the kids she invited wanted to come to her party. Then her mom, Jenny Moretter, took to Facebook, asking her own friends to bring their daughters to the party. Mackenzie Moretter

Her Facebook post stated, “Hello moms. I’m writing because I have a beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is turning 10. I recently invited several girls to her birthday party this Saturday.    (Photo credit: USA Today)  I got cancellations or no calls at all saying whether they’re coming or not. My daughter has Soto’s Syndrome which means she has development delays such as speech and learning. At school she struggles and is often alone on the playground.”

“As a mother, it is heartbreaking being you want your children to be happy. I’m reaching out to moms who have daughters between the age of 9-11 that would love to come to a birthday party tomorrow from 11-1:30. You don’t have to bring gifts or stay long, just stop by and wish her a happy birthday. As of now, I have two girls coming which is family (sic). She would be so surprised to have other girls just show up. If you are interested please send me a pm and I’ll give you my address. Thank you all for reading a mother’s wish!”

This heartfelt Facebook plea went viral. Though none of Mackenzie’s classmates could be bothered to attend, the 300-person all-star guest list more than made up for it, with celeb attendees like Charles Johnson of the Minnesota Vikings and his family and Elsa from Frozen. Mayor Brad Tabke of Shakopee even declared April 18, 2015, to be “Mackenzie Moretter Day.” Not bad for an epic birthday bash that came together in just 12 hours.

Hearing a story like this is the happy ending most parents need when we think of our kids facing the cruel world out there. But there’s another important lesson we can take from this story: What about the kids who chose not to come? What about their parents?

I get that schedule conflicts and life get in the way, and kids can’t attend every birthday party. But there’s something seriously wrong with the fact that not one child RSVPed to Mackenzie’s birthday party. Parents, the next time your kid brings a birthday party invitation home from school, give it a closer look. Birthday parties are not a popularity contest. Every kid deserves to be celebrated on their special day. If your child goes to just one birthday party of a classmate who isn’t their “friend,” maybe a heartbreaking story like this could be prevented in the first place.

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5 Tips For Positive and Happy Daily Interactions

Be kind whenever possibleWe never get a second chance to make a first impression. Therefore, every interaction is an important one.

Remember these 5 tips as you encounter people on a daily basis:


1. Do not let personal or professional stressors affect your communication with others, especially in the work place.

2. Demonstrate a caring attitude by treating others as you wish to be treated.

3. Acknowledge people immediately even if you have to stop what you’re doing.

4. When you meet someone for the first time: Smile, make eye contact, and introduce yourself.  It is amazing the difference it makes when someone looks you in the eye when they are speaking to you.

5. Rudeness is never appropriate. Make an effort, at all times to treat others with courtesy and respect.

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Need Positive Vibes

So today, is Friday, the afternoon before  Passover (and Easter for some of you) and I am waiting at the doctor’s office.  If you know anything about me, you will know that I absolutely never go to the doctor unless I really feel terrible.  So, guess , what? I feel terrible.

Not even a month ago, I was there, (actually, it was at the end of February, when I came back from my trip to Virginia,) and was I diagnosed with bronchitis after having been in 4 degree weather!  I was prescribed antibiotics and had a chest x-ray done.

Now, I am going back because it appears that I have not gotten any better.  After taking the prescribed antibiotics for 10 days, I still did not feel better and called the doctor’s office to complain.  The doctor told me I had a slight inflammation of the pleura. Yeah, that’s what I said, “What the heck is the ‘pleura’?!” Pleura Just think of when you’re cooking and preparing a boneless chicken breast, that very thin lining around the breast of the chicken, well, we have that same lining in our lungs. Anyway, the doctor told me this lining was inflamed and that I should take steroids to reduce the inflammation, since I was finished with the antibiotics.

So, here I am almost two months later, and I am still not feeling well, plus the pain on the right side of my chest has not subsided, actually it has gotten much worse.  It seems the pleura is still very inflamed.  It only leads me to wonder, if my body is now immune to antibiotics or just has a lowered immune system, after my craniotomy, but that’s a whole other story/blog!

Of course, all these strange pains and my feeling bad for so long, only lead me to have a battle in my brain, between positive thinking and that “little voice” that leads me to negative thoughts.

So basically, I guess I’m writing to ask for positive vibes because in my experience every time I’ve go to the doctor with some kind of strange pain – it never turns well.
Yet,  I have been reading and learning a lot lately and trying to keep myself motivated.  I am Its Okaytrying to be very positive and think happy and so therefore, I need all your positive vibes.
Thank you and I will keep you all posted.
So my last doctor visit he insisted I still have pleurisy.   He said I should do the nebulizer 3-4 times a day.  Honestly, it has been almost 2 months and my chest still hurts every time I breathe in or out (not breathing is really not an option!) and none of the medications I have had (antibiotics , steroids, expectorant) have worked at all!  My best friend suggested I check myself into a hospital for extensive testing but seriously, not too thrilled with that recommendation!  Trying to be positive still.  I think my next move will be to request a CT Scan or MRI, since none of the prescribed medicines or homeopathic stuff has worked!
Pain subsided for a while so I did not go back to the doctor. The pain never really left but now that I am under a lot of stress again, my chest (ride side) by my lungs is killing me again!  I am going to go out on a limb here and diagnosis myself by saying that I think it is something related to my immune system.  I will, of course, go back to the doctor and request new blood work and chest x-ray and this time demand an MRI or scan!  Will keep you all posted!
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No Complaining Zone

Every time you BLAME, JUSTIFY or COMPLAIN, you are deterring happiness and wealth. Learn to create your own level of success and happiness.  Start today and make the promise to not complain, for one week.  It might be very difficult and you are sure to catch yourself many times, but at least you will be making a conscious effort to not complain and be more positive.

Recognize that every time you say or think something negative you are attracting just that, negativity.  Make your house or office a no complaining zone and see how it works out for you.

no_complaining_zone_stickerThis is going to be a tough one, but I am going to do it with you!  Let me know how it goes! #nocomplaining #thepowertobehappy

Remember, what you settle for, is what you get!  ~T.Harv Eker

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Daily Declarations

You have heard it and read it over and over. “What you think, you become.”  Take your thoughts, and turn them into something positive.  Re-train your brain to think of what you want!

Start today with daily declarations.  Make a statement out loud – (remember everything is energy & vibrations) so let the Universe know what you want! Powerful affirmations, declarations are key.

“I want to be happy.” “I want to have health.” “I want to have wealth.”



Daily Declarations

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