Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

Open Plan Office

If you’re used to your office or cubical, moving to an open plan office can be miserable and overwhelming. If you find Time Square (or your Facebook feed ) frantic, noisy and distracting (and maybe a little tacky), then you are probably going to struggle in an open plan office. There are ways to cope, […]

Discounts and Distractions

This is a story I shared with my email list a few days after Christmas last year. I received great feedback on it and wanted to share it as a blog post, but who wants to hear a Christmas story in January? I mean other than me. Not everyone is on board with Christmas, but […]

Gift Wrapping: Giving the Gift Within a Gift

gift wrapping

Last week’s post covered the infamous gift bag, the hurried person’s answer to gift wrapping. Today though, I’m extolling the greatness of gift wrapping, and I’m republishing this post for the holidays! A gift’s wrapping can be as much of a gift as the gift itself! Here’s everything you need to know about gift wrapping. […]

How to Have Perfect Holidays

Perfect Holidays

The holidays are upon us! We’re a good couple weeks into the joy and mayhem. In my neighborhood, some Halloween lights transformed into Christmas lights over night. As if by magic. As wonderful as holidays are–or could be–we tend to allow unwanted stress to find its way into them. What we all need is a […]

Gift Bags Vs. Gift-Wrapping

gift bags vs. gift-wrapping

It’s November, the beginning of the holidays! Gifts start taking a higher priority now. Perhaps you’ve participated in the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and now you’ve got piles of gifts that need wrapping. You either have received a gift bag or have realized at the last minute you need to buy a gift, […]