Happy 2013!

Can you feel the NEWNESS in the air? I can! I’m very excited for 2013 and all that awaits us.  Remember YOU are the only one who can make it a great year – take responsibility for everything you think, say and do and watch your wishes come true.

Check this out:

I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple;

find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy and you’re set.

promise. ~Anonymous

What makes YOU happy?  Who makes you happy?  I’d love to know.  ~Blessings, Lisa


Happiness – Just Do IT!

One of my very dear friends just sent me an email with the following words of wisdom:

“This is your life.  Do what you love, and do it often.  If you don’t like something, change it.  If you don’t like your job, quit.  If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.  If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.  Stop over analyzing, life is simple.

All emotions are beautiful.  When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.  Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.  Tavel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.  Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.  Live your dream, and wear your passion.  Life is short.”  -Unknown Author

Thanks, Abbey, for sharing this email with me!  Also thanks to the original author of these words.  If you know who wrote this leave me their name in my comments so I can give them proper credit and personally thank them.

After losing my first husband at age 44 to cancer I know that LIFE IS SHORT. There were many things Ian never got to accomplish, so I urge you to START living YOUR life NOW! Follow your intuition and follow your dreams.  YOU won’t regret it, I guarantee it.

Since quitting my full-time corporate job and going full-time into consciousness last May I’ve come across several FABULOUS blogs and websites.  I just had to share Heather Allard’s recent posting from The Mogul MOM – for moms running a business, raising a family and rocking both!  Thanks, Heather, for allowing me to share your message.  ~Lisa

20 Simple Ways You Can Be Happy, Healthy & Wealthy in 2011

1. Look ahead

Every year, my friend Laura Roeder buys a big ol’ Year At A Glance calendar and maps out the year ahead for her business – promotions, marketing, launches, everything. My friend Alexis Neely takes it a step further and creates a 12-month “life and marketing plan” so she can achieve the success that she wants without her business and her family life colliding.

2. More kettlebell

Christopher Walken might need more cowbell, but I need more kettlebell. Because my butt is notwhere it used to be ten years ago. Somehow I’ve gone from J. Lo to Spongebob and it’s time I got my booty back. I’m doing the “Perfect Posterior” workout from Tim Ferriss’s new book The 4-Hour Body because it’s quick & effective, uses only a kettlebell (mine’s 35 pounds) and takes just 30 minutes per week. Bonus: this workout firms way more than your butt – it tightens & tones your stomach, legs, shoulders & back too.

3. Become a sixer

Save time, save money and for Pete’s sake, stop staring into your closet each morning wondering what to wear. Simplify your life by taking part in the Six Items or Less experiment. If you’ve known me for a bit, you know this won’t be a big stretch for me, but I’m really looking forward to the chance to streamline my wardrobe even further.

4. Avoid the Benjamin Blindside

Download Daily Worth’s 2011 Money Planner so you have a realistic – and predictable – budget plan for the entire year. While you’re there, sign up for their daily email and become financially savvier this year.

5. Be in the (tech) know

You know that drawer full of shiny new gadgets you just had to have but have no idea how to actually use? Well pull ‘em out and head over to Digitwirl, the weekly web show that makes tech work for you. Get on the list to receive their weekly 3-minute (who doesn’t have 3 minutes?!) video that shows you how to use technology to make your life better.

6. Business or hobby? Pick one.

While watching the awesome “How To Failproof Your Business” video series by Naomi Dunford and Dave Navarro, they cracked wise about something I’ve been talking about for years – the difference between a business and a hobby. If you answer one question this year, let it be this –do you have a business or a hobby? Your answer will dictate everything else you do over the next 12 months.

7. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should…

Stop trying to be a one mom band. Instead, outsource your weaknesses & time sucks so you can focus on your strengths. Whether it’s accounting, laundry, grocery shopping or shipping, if it slows you down, get it off your plate. Earn extra points for outsourcing to a mom.

8. Help me help you.

I’m Jerry Maguire, you’re Rod Tidwell. Do you have a question or need advice? Head here to let me know how I can help you.

9. See the human side of business.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Brogan’s for years now. Lately though, the man is on fire with his Human Business Works newsletter. He describes HBW as “part self-improvement, part business improvement, and part motivation and guidance” – I say it’s hot sauce for your entrepreneurial life.

10. That’s your schedule and you’re sticking to it.

No really, I mean it. We all know that creating a schedule helps us squeeze every bit of juice out of our workable time, so why aren’t you doing it? Need some guidance? Go here or here.

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What are you talking about?  How Come?  Why?

I am a certified public accountant for God’s sake! My employers’ have included Price Waterhouse in San Francisco, before there was a Coopers, and Ernst & Young in Washington D.C. – two of the biggest most respected accounting firms in the United States.  Most recently I worked for a hedge fund, not too far from Wall Street.  If you met me in person and observed my life, you would say that I’ve totally made it and living happy.  I live in a gorgeous house on a lake, I have three luxury cars, and my children are well behaved and get good grades.  Who could ask for more?  Yet, before I started on this road, I felt empty inside.  I wondered, “Is this it?  Is this all there is?  Really?”

Lisa Jones - Art of Living Happy

I have had many experiences in my life.  Some of them were amazing, like the birth of my two children.  Some of them were absolutely terrible, like the death of my husband when I was 37 leaving me alone with 2 children, ages 8 and 10.  The interesting part – and this is why I’ve asked you to join me – is that with each event in my life, positive or negative, there have been extraordinary circumstances surrounding the situation that have blown my mind wide open!  Unusual and astonishing outcomes, which are extremely good, have occurred and left me blissfully happy.  I can’t explain what has caused these amazing results.  Is it a coincidence, God, Angels, spirits, or just random events? Am I just super lucky?

I don’t really think I am just lucky, although that would be the easiest way to explain it.  It doesn’t feel like that.  It feels bigger.

Truly, being on the road less traveled has enhanced my life beyond belief.  I’m happier, healthier, and more content.  I truly enjoy life, and it keeps getting better.  Just when I think I can’t get any happier, I do!  It’s amazing.

As you walk with me, my hope is that something I say or a book that I recommend will actually enable you to step off my road and onto your own path.  It may be just a tiny trail at first, and you may feel weird or uncomfortable.  Eventually though, you will see the path becoming more open, and you’ll feel more secure with your thoughts and feelings.  Before you know it, you’ll be walking on your own road and you’ll be happier than you ever thought possible!

I believe that there is another dimension at work, and it’s so incredible to notice it and tap into it.  Again, I don’t have all the answers, but I do feel that there is something greater than us out there.  I also believe with all my heart that it available to help you at every turn.

On May 1, 2010 – five weeks ago as of this posting – I quit my hedge fund accounting job to be able to share my story with you.  I want to inspire you, even a tiny bit, to look for the flickers of coincidence in your life.  As you notice these flickers, they will start to become flashes, and then one day you will start to notice miracles in your life.  I guarantee this will happen for you if you stick with me – even for a short time.

I am Lisa Jones – join me on the road less traveled.  It only gets better – I guarantee it!