Independently Happy

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

Up Early [Bonus Post]

Writing about Procrastination is fun! In my case, it is usually a fun way to procrastinate writing about something harder. Since part of my plan here at the IH is to show you just how much alike we are, I to like confess my not-having-it-all-togetherness. Looking through some old files, I found this gem. Since […]

Podcasts Shayne Currently Loves, Part 1

How can anyone not love podcasts? They teach. They entertain. They make excellent use of time during long commutes.  This is the current list of podcasts I enjoy. I have several more interesting ones queued to check out soon, but this is the current list. Freakonomics Freakonomics has been my favorite for several years, ever […]

Numbers Don’t Lie

I’ve been fooled before.  I’ve listened to marketing, mistaking it for information.  I bought it because it was what I wanted to buy.  I was sold lies, and I bought them because it was what I wanted to hear.  We need to learn to differentiate between the truth, marketing and lies.  Even when the marketer […]

What’s It All About?


I’ve been recently writing so many posts for my blog that I got off track, so I’m circling back to remind you–and remind me–of this blog’s purpose.  I intended Independently Happy to be about a guy–me–who wasn’t famous or rich.  I wanted this blog to be from about as regular guy as regular guy can […]

About the Day Job

I feel I should talk more about the day job.  Admittedly, my emotions occasionally get the best of me.  I know that is the path to the Dark Side, so I try to maintain better grasps on my emotions, but it is difficult.  I’m only human after all.  Mostly human. Much drama has revolved around […]

A Wild Hair

Stardate 201606140528 One of the toughest decisions that has plagued me lately is what to do with my hair. The past 15 years or so, I’ve worn the tousled, spiky look. I think that look is dated though, right? By about ten years? The Current State of My Hairs…I Mean Affairs I have not had […]

Finally Moved

Stardate 201607020833 First, I hope you are all enjoying Independence Day.  Let’s be thankful to those that fought to earn our freedom and to those still fighting to keep our freedom! I’m moving some posts back to fit this one in.  Admittedly, there’s not much in the way of profound thinkingness in this post, just […]

Don’t Wait

The reason I’m stuck at this crossroads, the reason I feel trapped is that I waited.  I procrastinated.  I’m not saying I’d be rich if I’d kept up this blog since I started it, or any of the other blogs I’ve started.  I don’t know.  If I hadn’t waited, at least I would know.  If […]

Get Your Kicks

One of the biggest goals throughout my entire life has been taking Karate.  We couldn’t afford it when I was a kid.  I couldn’t find the time after college, or maybe I was a little pre-occupied with less productive activities.  I always dreamed of being a black belt though. About 20 months ago, a few […]

How a Blog is Like an Old Friend

A blog can be like an old friend. It is so easy for a few days to turn into a few months between visits with your friends and posts my blog. For example, my previous post was October 1, over a month ago. It has been a few weeks longer than that since I’ve seen […]