September Reflections:

I am embarking on a renewed endeavor to transform my work and life. What I desire most is to bring a new level of joy to my work, look forward to it each day, and make a positive difference. I want to live with more joy and love, and contribute more joy and love. In the words of Gandhi, I want to be the change I wish to see in the world.

Moving forward, this involves consistently listening to my intuition and having the courage to act upon it. Gaining clarity on when to say yes and when to say no, and setting boundaries with love. Making my own well-being a priority so that I enjoy my life and am able to contribute more fully and joyfully to others. And, in the language of systems thinking, creating a virtuous cycle that reinforces itself with increasing well-being, love and joy.

My key takeaways during the first month of the Happiness U scholarship program confirm my hunch… my biggest challenge has been my own mindset. The good news… this is something I can change!

The “Healthy Money Mindset” class reminded me to nurture new beliefs:
It is OK (and actually very important!) to enjoy my work.
I am worthy of having a voice; of people seeing my value and investing in my services.
It is honorable to be well-compensated for doing work I love.

The “Goodbye to Guilt” and “How to Say No” classes reinforced:
I have to value myself before other people value me. If I fill up my own gas tank, I am better equipped to serve others.
Setting boundaries is my responsibility. There are many perspectives, and I am the only person who knows what is right for me.
Before responding yes or no, it is important to give myself time to consider the short- and long-term benefits and consequences.
To do what is right for me, I must know my priorities and ask myself what I want to do. (Instead of asking what I should do.) And then take action accordingly.

In the “Energetic Jump Start” class, I learned simple feng shui quick fixes to shift energy in the environment. My commitment was to organize one drawer. I did this yesterday, and feel a sense of positive energy and accomplishment — from just this one small task.

I’m so grateful to be part of Happiness U’s scholarship cohort 5, and am inspired by the camaraderie and support of this amazing group. Thank you all, I’m looking forward to next month…

October Reflections: 

During this month, I noticed moments of pure joy, of feeling “Wow, I am so blessed.” Of synchronicities that couldn’t be planned, and happened with ease. Participating in Happiness U was again a rich experience, and I am grateful for this opportunity.

In the “Irritating Relationship Clarity” class I learned there is opportunity to look deeper and learn something about myself when this situation occurs. A key question I learned to ask myself is: “How does this person illuminate what I am not allowing myself to do or be that is important to me?” I notice I feel a new sense of calm when encountering a person with whom I had previously felt angst.

The “Life Planning Workshop” was a valuable experience. Going in, I felt a bit reluctant to spend the weekend working inside in front of my computer. When the class was over, I was sad to see it end, and could have spent several more days on my Life Book. I often do my best thinking when walking outside, and took breaks from time to time to ponder my answers to questions in the template. When I returned to my computer, the words seemed to flow. Dedicating this time led to defining my purpose, values and goals in a new and meaningful way. Since the workshop, I’ve reviewed my Life Book several times and feel the content is a strong foundation upon which to move forward. I can see why people attend year after year to update their content and prepare for next steps.

I also participated in the “Learn the Strategy of Prepaving” class. The topic was about enhancing opportunity for success by writing about about my desired outcome for a specific situation or challenge. Part of the exercise involved looking at the upside if things don’t work out as desired. I notice I feel a new level of enthusiasm and curiosity, and am more relaxed.

During this month’s scholarship meeting, I met more of my cohort members. What an amazing group! Each person is eloquent, unique, accomplished and so full of potential. The energy in the room really goes up when we are together. I feel like I have found my tribe, and am looking forward to getting to know each person.

It has been a wonderful month. Thank you Happiness U!

November Reflections: 

November was another fun and enlightening month at Happiness U. I learned new ways to care for my physical well-being through healthy and conscious movement. And, gained additional insights into my purpose, personality and strengths with astrology. I also realized that one reason I am sensitive to leadership abuse of power is because I want to more fully embrace my own power (in a positive and constructive way!). In addition, I learned that stress can have positive benefits such as motivation, social bonds and stronger priorities. That is a new way of looking at stress for me! And reminds me that there is positive and negative in every situation.

As I look back on the past few months since starting the Happiness U program, I realize I am indeed happier. My external circumstances are similar, so I know this has been more of an internal shift. I notice I’m more excited about life, grateful for today and look forward to the future. And, I feel prepared to embrace the future with growing empowerment and authenticity. The journey continues… 😀



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