happiness

Quitting My Job Without Another One Lined Up Was the Best Risk I Ever Took

It was a risk. A huge risk. I knew that I should be grateful just to have a job, to be able to pay my bills, and keep food on the table. But there was something missing. No, it wasn’t just that. My current situation was actively making me miserable. I got a tight, anxious […]

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Life is Too Damn Short

Life is short, guys. We’re all aware of that, right? Life’s too short to be miserable.  I always rebelled against that sentiment, thinking, “I am allowed to feel the way I feel. Don’t try to change me.” And “When I’m depressed, I can’t change how I feel.” And “I’d rather feel the whole range of […]

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Quitting My Happiness Project to be Happier

Back in March, when I was still in Ireland and thus equal parts exhilerated with life and deeply depressed, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and immediately decided to embark on my own happiness project. I mapped out ten months of goals, starting in April 2013: everything from going to bed earlier, prioritizing […]

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Gratitude: The Back-in-Canada Edition

Bryan and I at the clinic after donating blood

As of tomorrow, I have been home for five weeks. The time has flown by so fast, I have barely had time to process it. It has been an interesting adjustment period. Things have been very strange, and also very not strange. Mostly strange that it isn’t strange. That I could slip so comfortably back into […]

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The Road to Happiness

While I was in Ireland, I read Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. The basic idea is that there are things that we can do in our every day lives to make ourselves happier. Though I have actually been the happiest I have ever been lately, it was very inspiring for me, and so I […]

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The Healthy, Happy Artist

I truly believe that in order to function at the top of your creative game, it is very important to be happy and healthy. I have often said, “Well, my writing is so much better when I’m depressed.” But frankly, that’s crap, and for several reasons. For one thing, my writing when I’m depressed is […]

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