Independently Happy

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

Do Happiness


Do get plenty of sleep. …pay yourself first with your time … get up and move around for a few minutes every hour. … spend at least ten minutes per day focusing on slow, deliberate breaths preferably your own … become smoke-free … turn off distractions and focus on your work (then see second item […]

Better Bad Times

We can’t plan for everything, but we can plan for lots of things.  Dare I say most things?  If you consider the things you fear, most of them haven’t happened.  Yet while we worry ourselves fearing these bad things that will likely never happen, other less bad things happen.  These are things probably things we […]

Create Resistance on Purpose

A few weeks ago in Carry that Weight, I reminisced about the guy walking circles around the apartment gym carrying two 50-pound dumbbells. He found a creative way to use Resistance on purpose. While most creatives either succumb to Resistance or search endlessly for ways to avoid Resistance (I daresay one of Resistance’s favorite tactics), […]

Independently Happy, Part 2 (or A Book With One Arm)

Potato cup is what I think every time I hear the phrase “rotator cuff.”  What is a potato cup?  I don’t know.  A cup for potatoes?  What does potato cup have to do with anything?  Nothing, I just wanted to start with something different, and I bet few have ever heard the phrase “potato cup.” […]

The Story I Wanted to Tell and the Story I Get to Tell

You think your life is headed a certain way. You may or may not like the direction. You might even be working to move in a different direction. Depending on how intentional and diligently we’re working, we assume we’ll end up somewhere between where we want to go and where we think we’re going. (Assuming […]

Even the Happiness Dude Gets Down Sometimes

Sometimes all this positivity really gets me down.  I read the blogs and listen to the podcasts of those self-help and positivity pros, and sometimes they are really depressing.  I don’t know if they’re disguising the fact that life isn’t always great, or if they just want to make sure that they are constantly bombarding […]

Carry That Weight

I mentioned how much I loved our apartment.  Our apartment was on the pool, and directly across the pool from us was the weight room.  The weight room was so nice.  It had everything I needed:  pull up bars on the cable machine, leg machines and lots of dumbbells.  I saw lots of interesting exercise […]

Why Did I Procrastinate Writing?

I procrastinated for months.  Why?  I was going to have to power on a computer, opening some kind of word processing software, write stuff, save the file somewhere, edit it, post it, add links, edit it again, then start on the next topic. And don’t get me started on images! I bet the word processor […]

How Clutter Feels Like Extra Weight


Back when we were packing to move, two questions weighed on my mind.  [Pun intended.]  What are we going to eat this week? And how can we fit into a smaller house? Then the connection hit me.  Having too much stuff is just like carrying extra weight.  All that stuff and clutter is extra weight we […]

Slip Sliding Away

Slip Sliding Away

This post is a little longer than usual. It will be like an Avengers movie though, and before you know it, you’ll be sad it’s over. I recently read Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy‘s new book, “Living Forward,” in which they describe how easy it is to drift through life. They teach us how to […]