happy ness Lately I've been thinking a lot about fear. I know, this is a happiness linkup, but hear me out... in this super awesome book I've been reading, one of the assignments was to witness my fears. Simply make note of every time I feel anxiety, doubt, or any of fear's other compadres. No judging, just observing.

It was surprisingly powerful. Simply checking in with myself throughout the day helped me take a step back and start to recognize my patterns. Email is a big anxiety trigger... and going to the grocery store. Kidding/not kidding.

Throughout the week, I've become more and more aware of each time I have some cray negative thought. Once I become aware of my fearful thoughts, then it's time to do something, make a change. I basically have two choices, continue to believe those cray thoughts OR choose better thoughts. Happy, more empowering thoughts.

I serendipitously came across this video + challenge by the incredibly amazing and inspiring Katherine of Through My Looking Glass. Did you watch the video? I'll wait.... Such a coincidence, right?? There's something in the air, guys. It's time to let go of our fears and conquer some thangs! I'm accepting Katherine's challenge... let's do it together, k? What fear do you have that you'd like to overcome?


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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up to you You know when you're thinking a lot about something and suddenly it seems like everything relates to your situation? Like the world is offering up advice left and right? Ok, it might be in my head and I'm just looking for these hints from the universe... but still, it's fun/comforting nonetheless.

I've had a few mini freak out moments about the coming year and Alt Summit and organizing my schedule so I still have time to workout and go grocery shopping (so I don't eat the entire tin of popcorn that's in my living room in one sitting).  Sighhh...

Then, within one week, I heard through various sources the same words of wisdom: fear is a choice. It's up to me whether or not I let my thoughts run wild, whether I let the fear and worry and doubt take over. Easier said than effing done. Of course. But just knowing that we have the option is incredibly empowering. We can choose how we feel about something, how we react, and how we enter into a new, scary situation... and these choices - to feel worried and fearful or calm and discerning - are what shape our lives.

I started having new "what if" thoughts this week. What if I choose to NOT be nervous at Alt? What if I choose to be excited and ignore my self-doubt? What if I effing rock 2013? What if I just don't. worry. about. anything? What if I stop being a people-pleaser and just do me? Now those what ifs will lead to MUCH better, more productive things...

What are some of your fearful what ifs?? Let's change them!!

Oh and guess what?? After yesterday's post, I'd say a facebook group for the Be Happy linkup crew is a GO!! Oh I'm excited. It'll launch in the new year, you better believe I'll keep you posted...


Join the movement, yo.

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