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Changes are coming

There are going to be some changes coming to the Chasing Happiness website over the next few weeks so blog posts might every few weeks until June rather than weekly.  I will of course keep you all updated on the changes and can't wait to see what you all think of how the site will be changing. 
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40 books.....It's been a rough month

 This month I've found it hard to focus enough to do a lot of reading. I know we are all struggling right now with the Covid-19 lockdowns and winter not to mention just how emotionally drained we are all starting to feel. This month I only have a couple books in my list of 40 because of all this so here is what I read.As the book for the ...
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40 Books Because I'm 40 This Year

This year, I've decided to take on the enormous task of reading 40 books over the next 12 months since I've now turned 40. These books will be a mix of everything. Business books, self-help books, personal growth books, romance novels and everything else I can get my hands on. I want this challenge to be fun for me and something I can learn from. B...
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Yes, I spent yesterday in tears

It wasn't because I was about to turn 40 (that happened today). I'm actually excited about that. It wasn't because I was sad or hurting in any way.It was because, like most of you, I had been holding my breath for the last 4 years. Waiting for the next horrible thing that could and would likely happen. I was praying every day that it wouldn't end i...
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Birthdays in this Covid world....

This month I will be turning 40. While I would love to travel to some far off place I've never been before and explore a part of the world that is magical and full of unicorns, Covid-19 has me living in a full lockdown/ stay at home order here in Canada. How can one properly celebrate a birthday, let alone a 'big' birthday, without being able to do...
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Vulnerability

 This word scares some people.  Frankly, it scares me a little, but that's the whole reason I picked it as my word this year. I'm not big on New Year's resolutions or setting pie-in-the-sky goals for myself at the start of a year. I like to aim each year towards getting more comfortable with myself, growing in some way that I haven't befo...
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Aces - What It Is and Why You Need To Know About It.

What is "Aces," and why do I think it matters? "Aces" is a study done in a joint effort by the Centre for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente in 1995. Yes, I said 1995. Even though this groundbreaking research is more than 20 years old, it is crucial for us to be aware of it because the continued research supports its findings and is expanding on...
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The Chasing Happiness 12 Days Of Giveaways

 It's that time of year again. The Chasing Happiness twelve days of giveaways for this holiday has season has begun. This year because of possible delays in the postal system with more of us ordering online, I've started the twelve days in mid-November so that hopefully, everyone who wins something will receive what they won before Christmas.&...
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Caffeine Free 30 Days (well sort of)

I tried to go caffeine-free for 30 days. As most of you know, in August, I started a 30 days caffeine-free experiment. I had no idea what I was getting myself into because so many things contain caffeine. I also underestimated my emotional attachment to drinks like coffee and green tea. As someone who has an education in addictions counselling, I k...
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I'm Still Filled With Child-Like Wonder

Do you ever stop while doing something to take a minute to appreciate what is going on around you? Have you ever found yourself looking at a sunrise or sunset with a beautiful sense of completeness? Do you look at things like Niagara Falls or The Grand Canyon with awe and wonder?I do!I find myself stopping to appreciate those remarkable things that...
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Your Weight Is Not Equal To Your Worth

I have never been what you would call a 'normal' sized adult. My weight started to go up when I was nine and kept going up as I went through puberty. I have never been what the world calls a 'thin' adult. For my whole adult life, I've been what society has seen as overweight or obese. I've had people call me names, give me dirty looks when I get on...
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Seventy-Five Episodes Of The Podcast

 Wow, I don't even have the words. When I started podcasting in November of 2016, I didn't think it would last more than a few episodes. Honestly, back then, I thought no one would want to hear what I had to say. Like many of you, I didn't think I had a story worth telling. I saw no reason why anyone would want to hear me talk about my experie...
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Disney's Inaugural Cruise Out Of New Orleans

This week on the blog I thought I would share with you all the fun, photos, and excitement from my Disney Cruise in February.  This trip would not have been possible without the help of my friend Amanda so a HUGE thank you to her for being my roomie and helping me enjoy this trip. Also a HUGE thank you to Lou Mongello of WDW Radio for having t...
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One Hundred and Fifty Days

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Friends

Yesterday was the International Day of Friendship. Of course, this got me thinking about my friends. How those friends have changed (in some cases) over the years, and why those changes happened. The truth is we all have friends. It doesn't matter if you are someone with two close friends or 20, we all have someone in our lives who we count on to a...
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I Am Going To Get This WRONG.........

 I am going to say the wrong thing. I am going to do the wrong thing. I am going to speak when I should listen. I am going to listen when I should be speaking up. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I own that. I know that I am learning and so I will make mistakes while I do so. I am okay with that. I will take ownership of those mistakes because they wi...
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60 Days - Really?

 It's been 60 days. 60 days of self-isolation in this new crazy world we live in. I don't even know how to process that. I'm not sure how I feel, how I'm supposed to feel about that?  Actually, as of today, it's been 66 days for me. 66 days worry, 63 days of learning, 66 days of stress and joy mixed into...
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Everything I'm Grateful For That Happened In 2018

2018 was such a crazy year for me that I really don't know how to put into words all the things that have happened. I started the year off living with friends of mine who had just found out there were going to have twins! For a couple who struggled with fertility treatments to have children, I was overwhelmed and excited for them. The year held a l...
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Sleep Cheap 2018

For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, you know that every year while I'm living in Niagara I love to take part in a charity event held in Niagara Falls. This "Sleep Cheap" event is a fundraiser held just for people who live locally (you have to prove your Niagara address to take part) and the funds all go to local charities...
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You Are What You Eat

It's something we heard all the time when we were kids. "You are what you eat". We also heard a lot of "eat more meat" and "eat more grains". There wasn't much of a mixed message when I was a kid. It was pretty simple. Follow the Canada food guide and you will be healthy. Of course, this wasn't true but I had no way of knowing that as a kid. Back t...
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