WORDS TO LIVE BY

makingstuffanddoingthings Remember my Be Happy Commandments that went along with my happiness project?? I wrote them almost a year ago exactly. They still bring me so much inspiration... but I think it's time to add a few more to the list. These gems are definitely commandment-worthy.

01 Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. (when something unexpected happens, trust that it's for the very best of reasons...)

02 Say yes and you'll figure it out afterwards. (wise words from Tina Fey.  A reminder for me to follow my excitement and not over-think the hows)

03 There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (a quote by Anaïs Nin that will always encourage me to step out of my comfort zone and blossom like cray)

04 To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. (work like nobody's watching, right? Quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce)

05 If I embrace who I am it will open doors not shut them. (quote by Devon Franklin. Honoring your values and going for what you really want will only lead to more opportunities, not less)

Bonus quote: Let's get down to some serious partying. I LOVE that photo by Nicole Lavelle. Genius. Plus there's always room for more celebrations in this life...

Which quote resonates with you the most??

It’s Thursday and that means a whole gang of rad bloggers are talking about happiness! Join the movement below, on facebook, and on twitter with #BeHappylinkup!

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Image: Too Much by Nicole Lavelle.

BE HAPPY COMMANDMENTS

First off, I want to say THANK YOU again for all of your amazing comments and tweets and general bloggy love about last week's post and the beginning of the Be Happy linkup. Over the past week, I've had many moments of staring at my computer and smiling like a goof in disbelief of everyone's support, enthusiasm, and incredible wisdom. You guys are truly the BEST.

Before tomorrow's post, I wanted to officially invite all of you to join myself, Lisa of Joycreation, and Rita of TOMORROWtoday in writing about happiness tomorrow (and every Thursday!). It can be about the book The Happiness Project or it can be about happiness in general. Really if it relates to havin' a good feeling (love that Flo Rida/Etta James song), then it belongs with this linkup. Grab the banner (or code) from this page and then look for the easy peasy linkup in tomorrow's post so your link is on my blog and vice versa... we're gonna spread this happiness like wildfire, ya hear!

I also wanted to write my blog happiness project commandments before things kick off tomorrow. Gretchen developed some overarching principles (or commandments) that helped her stay on course during her year of happiness. Words that reminded her of why she was doing what she was doing, sayings that would offer a boost of confidence or reassurance during moments of self-doubt, things of that nature. Well if you follow me on Pinterest, you know how much I looove my text | image board full of inspirational sayings (520 to be exact... whoa-za). And with this incredibly exciting challenge I've created for myself, I think I'm gonna need some of those principle commandment thingies. Twelve seems to be the magic number with commandments, so I guess that's how many I'll do...

B E  H A P P Y  C O M M A N D M E N T S

1. There's more than enough. (perfect reminder when I get those jealous or envious feelings)

2. Pursue excellence, ignore success. (a Deepak Chopra gem)

3. I've already done it. (a state of mind that helps when I'm nervous about doing something. I see it as already accomplished)

4. Keep it real. (honesty and authenticity always)

5. Live with intention. Blog with intention. (damn right)

6. All roads lead to Rome. (wise words from miss Bethenny Frankel. All paths, no matter how cray they get, will lead you to your goal)

7. Let it be good. (dare to be happy, no what ifs)

8. Be bigger than your britches. (truth is, no one really knows how big your britches are. So why not go for it?)

9. Listen. (pay attention to what feels right and only do what's aligned with my brand and what makes my heart happy)

10. Today is the day. (no more waiting for the right moment, do it now)

11. Some things take time. (I can be incredibly impatient, I'll need this one)

12. Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. (I also tend to be hard on myself, I'll need this one too)

Alright. My first progress report post on my blog happiness project will be up tomorrow! September is collaboration month, there have already been some great opportunities and a little bump in the road too... and it's only September 5th!

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