Happiness is an inside job

If only others could make me happy! For years I thought my happiness was someone else's job (my friends, boyfriends, parents - even my pets!). But none of them could "fix" me or make me feel better. Today I know that happiness is my responsibility and only within my power. Abraham Lincoln said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

Today, I choose to be happy.

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The power within you is greater than
the problem in front of you

Just a few years ago, my problems seemed insurmountable and I felt crushed by their weight. But I finally realized that there's a fire inside each of us. Even though self doubt tries very hard to extinguish this power, it's a force to be reckoned with. I've overcome and accomplished many things since I learned two things: (1) I won't ever have more than I can handle and (2) the solution to my problems lies in focusing on what I can change (myself) and in calling on the power within me to change it!

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Believe in yourself (others already do)

This was one of my first Pick Me UP! designs. In fact, I've used this expression more than any of the others in bringing my vision for my company - Pick Me UP! - to reality. "Believe in yourself" reminds me that even if I feel overwhelmed, others already have confidence in me. This gives me the self-assurance to carry on and "fake it until I make it!"

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Better days are on the way (promise)

My life used to be rotten - really rotten. I couldn't imagine things getting worse, but they seemed to each day. My relationship was fractured beyond repair, life felt unmanageable and I was faced with divorce. I was depressed and deep in despair. But I held on to the belief that "better days are on the way" - believing that the downward spiral had to end eventually. And it did - gradually the better days came around. Until that happened, this message gave me the hope to carry on.

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Serenity begins when you stop expecting
& start accepting

If only people lived their lives the way I think they should! This logic will keep me utterly crazy because the fact is - they don't. Besides, I don't know what is best for others. When I started allowing others be who they are and do what they do - without judgment - my life got a lot more serene! The added bonus is that I get to enjoy others instead of trying to change them.

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Happiness is not getting what you want
it's wanting what you get

I received a note once that said, "God wants the very best for you." Since I'd prayed for many things I didn't get, I wondered if that statement could really be true. Today I believe that I just didn't know what was best for me at that time. And since I still don't know today, I try to find happiness with what I'm given.

Happiness (5x7") $ 19.95


It's hard to be hateful when you're being grateful! Focus on what you have

Just try to be ugly with a smile on your face! When I keep the focus on the many things I have to be grateful for, it's really difficult to be mean spirited or negative. So when I find myself getting cranky and short with others, this message reminds me just how good my life truly is.

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You can't change yesterday but you can ruin today worrying about tomorrow

In my darkest times, I learned a lot from nature. I mean, how many birds do you see pacing about full of worry and stress? When I stay focused on the present I'm less likely to ruin today. In fact, I might even enjoy it! Besides, when I stop to think about it, I have everything I really need in this moment.

Yesterday/tomorrow (5x7") $ 19.95


Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go

I've heard it said that if you're afraid to change, you're afraid to grow. A few years ago I knew I needed to make a big change in my life - divorce - but I was paralyzed by the fear of making that decision. Now I know that fear is not my friend! In fact, it sometimes prevents me from making positive changes in my life. Today I look at pain as motivation to change what hurts me. And when it hurts bad enough, fear takes a back seat and I become more willing to take a risk.

Change happens (5x7") $ 19.95


Look at the past (but don't stare)

For many years, I spent so much time dwelling on what went wrong in my childhood that I wasn't really living in the present. I now understand that while the past holds some valuable information about who I am today, when I dwell on it I just don't grow. Today I use my past as a resource of information I refer to sometimes, instead of a force that dictates how I live.

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Breathe - it's your only obligation

Twisted like a pretzel in yoga class one day, my mind ticked away with all the things to do once class ended. And then it occurred to me: all I really have to do right now is breathe. Everything else is optional. Wow - that's liberating!

Breathe (5x7") $ 19.95


Pain is inevitable; misery is optional

When I was down-and-out and feeling sorry for myself, someone introduced me to the notion that misery is optional. With this simple statement, I realized, "I do have a choice in this." It was a major breakthrough! I've learned that pain happens to everyone, but today I don't have to be miserable. There are always many things I can do to feel better (call a friend, pet my dog, get a pedicure, have an ice cream cone, go to the park...) even if the problem doesn't immediately go away.

Pain is inevitable (5x7") $ 19.95

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