World’s Toughest Job- Being a Mom

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Look Up

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Put down the phone and connect with one another! Life is happening, take part.

Our good friend Jessy is currently working on her Masters degree in social work. This of course does not surprise us a bit as we have grown and evolved together since our college days, and watched her awareness and compassion grow. Jessy is now constantly introducing us to new great ideas which she has discovered on this new adventure. One of these is http://www.trackyourhappiness.org/. Basically it is a data collection through text message that allows you to look at the correlation between your happiness and several factors throughout your day. The spoken word video shared above suggests that often our happiest moments are when we are connected to other people. Jamie had learned through using this tool that, quite shockingly to him, his most happy times are in fact at the coffee shop just spending time with friends and family. If you asked anyone (inclduing Jamie) they would have told you Jamie’s happiest moments were of course on his bike. The irony of this obviously is that to “Track Your Happiness” it does indeed involve a smart phone. . . . Perhaps one of next posts should include balance.

Less Equals More – Live Simply

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http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness

Having less stuff = more time to do the things you enjoy doing. Living small lowers your impact on the planet, while at the same time frees you of the responsibilities of maintaining all that stuff. The amount of material goods, beyond a minimum comfort, level is inversely proportional to happiness. Some of us have more stuff than we need, some have more responsibilities than are good for us, and some of us just have mental clutter. What could you unload to free up some time and space? Check it out!

Going against the grain

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This week we saw “12 Years a Slave” and were reminded of the incredible structure of oppression that existed and how difficult it was to promote anything else. These times in history have of course been numerous and I am struck by the courage of people who are able to go against the grain.

I his book “The TIpping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell asks, ” why is it that some ideas or behaviors art epidemics and others don’t?” He answers this with numerous case studies of well-placed ideas, products and even diseases that are able to go viral. The thesis of the book is encouraging though, that a few determined individuals can make great change.

This video shares an amazing story and ideals worth remembering and upholding.