Happy No Matter What


You Really Can Be Your Own Best Friend

Belonging. It’s the recognition that we fit, that we’re a part of something. That we matter. As my mom used to say, “Amy, everybody just want’s to be part of.” It’s not a luxury, it’s not self-indulgent, or frivolous. It’s a biological drive. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, if we can’t get the drive [...]


How to Be True to Yourself

Guest Post by Theresa Trosky Robbins About 5 months ago, my husband and I decided to end our marriage. Actually it was more my decision than his. I had come to the realization that what I had wasn’t what I wanted nor had it been for a long time. But I was too scared to [...]


“I’m not good enough. I don’t have what it takes. I’m a fraud…” We all seem to be singing the same tune. If you boil it down, here is what we tell ourselves: “I am not enough.” We use our “flaws,” or “mistakes” as evidence to prove it true. Scarcity Thinking This is scarcity thinking [...]


Hi. My name is Amy and I am addicted to approval. I have been in recovery for about three years. But once an addict, always an addict as they say. I didn’t always think of myself as an approval addict. I lived most of my life in denial. I was the golden child. In high [...]


How I learned to love Little Miss Bossy

Do you know the children’s book series with those cute little characters called Mr. Happy, or Little Miss Giggles? A few years back Urban Outfitters was selling adult sized t-shirts of them. I asked my husband which character he would pick for me. I was convinced he’d say Little Miss Sunshine, of course. He replied [...]



“Words… can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into implicitly believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label.” – Eckhart [...]


On Forgiveness

I had the opportunity to review Walter E. Jacobson’s Forgive to Win for his book launch today. It’s a thought provoking little book that got me thinking a lot about the concept of forgiveness. Forgiveness  a Path to Self-love? Since self-love is often a huge challenge for many of my clients, I found Jacobson’s take [...]

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1. You think you can read minds. I believe telepathy exists. One time my husband touched my back and the word “courage” popped into my head. I asked him what he was thinking at the time and he said, “be brave.” But that’s about it for me when it comes to psychic experience. Yet back [...]


How to Handle Criticism

Last week I took my kids to a preschool event at Oaks Park where for $6 they got to ride the frog hopper and drive the kiddie cars to their hearts content. At the end of the event there was a massive story hour (picture 300 preschool kids, a swarm of guardians, one dairy princess [...]


The World Needs You

“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [...]