Healthy and Happy Strategies 2.0


Love your TempleRest

– A good night’s sleep
Just today, my dear colleague, Catherine Baldi from ARC Painting mentioned during our networking meeting that her secret to success is a good night sleep. People laughed in agreement. It goes unsaid, but, it is a fact of facts that sleep is beyond beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we are fully aware that going without sleep for too long makes us feel like poopie-poop, and that getting a joyful night’s sleep will surely make us feel ready like royalty!

And, while I tend to be a night owl, I revere a good night sleep. Get informed and sleep on

– A good mattress
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there’s no question — your mattress matters. But with so many choices — traditional coil, air, latex, and memory foam mattresses being some of the top contenders — buying a new one can be a nightmare… Get informed!

– A good pillow
Awww… Fluffy, firm, snuggly, safe… ?|Ugh… Who knew all these factors would come into play when choosing a pillow?

Well, they do. Learn a bit, and sleep cozy!

– Melatonin
This one might be a bit controversial and scandalous… However, it has done wonders for my sleep quality and for my dreams 🙂
Seriously, 3mg. slow-release melatonin has worked wonders for me (personally)
Learn more about it, decide for yourself.
And, remember, consult your physician. These are merely my thoughts and experiences. Be responsible. Do your own research.
If you are reading this, I love you. Hugs!
 And, if you are not reading this, I love you too. This Universe is in dire need of LOVE.
May we ride the positive waves…

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.3


Emotional Health:

– Love Thy Surroundings, Thy Place, Thy wardrobe.
Sumptuousness, luxury,  debaucherbleh…
What am I talking about? Hell if I know…
Hee, hee…
Wait, wait! I do know. I’m talking about loving our surroundings, our clothing, our visual environment.
This does not mean complete and total transformation of the above. It means: rehabilitation, resuscitation, purging, reincarnation, rebirth, discover and re-discover. Re-purpose… It means: Do, whatever you need to do, in order to transform, and fall in love with, your surroundings 🙂
Maybe a quick and cheap coat of paint? Sustainable, of course 😉
How about donating stuff you no longer need?
Maybe organizing… BIG or small time?
Or, re-designing, stat!
Or is it cleaning… deeply?
Let’s get personal… What if the outside is not in alignment with the inside? Does your appearance need refreshing? Is your wardrobe outdated?
Your outside should always be aligned with your spirit.  If you are shy and demure, shouldn’t your clothes hint so? If you are progressive and edgy, shouldn’t your appearance scream so?
Maybe a combination of it all?
This is the time to truly enjoy your environment, whatever it takes…
For your surroundings dictate your mood, and your mood dictates your day…
Am I wrong?
Hmmmnah! I didn’t think so!
If you are reading this, a big “Thank you!”
You, are cool 🙂

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.2


Emotional Health:

– Love What You Do for a Living
Did you know that most (Western) people spend more time at work than they do at their home/personal life (not counting sleep)?
Yup. It’s a fact.
Since that is true, then: how is one’s psyche affected when one loathes one’s environment and co-workers? Let us be less severe… What if we spend the core of our day doing things we dislike alongside people we do not care for?
Food for thought.
I’d rather earn little doing something I love, than earn lots doing something I hate.
Money is but energy.
Money means nothing if happiness is not present.
Happiness is everything.
Money follows.
If you do what fulfills you, what makes you happy and thrive; money is merely a byproduct.
A byproduct of happiness and talent.
A means, not a way.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Mark these words, for they will transform your life.

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.1


Emotional Health:

– Love the One(s) you live with
“And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with…”
–Crosby Stills Nash
I have a bit of trouble with these lyrics… They feel unsettling, while they are settling. Yes, they are positive, in a way. They also reek of: “Oh well…”
I truly and wholeheartedly believe that you should be with the one you love… And loves you back.
Reciprocity. Oh, reciprocity. The magic. That magical moment when you know that what you feel is accepted, received, and returned, full-force. AMAZING.
To say: “Oh, I can’t be with the one I love, so I will love the one that is here”, is a disservice to both parties. There are billions of people in the world, and the concept of the “One”, is way over and underrated all at once… There are -not one- but hundreds of potentially suitable partners for each and every one of us at any given time. It is important to remember that we are all constantly growing, evolving… changing. And in the midst of change, we might encounter a “One” that is diving into that very wave, that very second… Oh, the uncertainties, the fun, the mystery!
Fear… always latent and ominous… Fuck it!
If it ain’t wrong, A-okay.
If it ain’t right, fix it!
Don’t prolong a sure-death, and definitely, don’t live through a nightmare!
If you don’t love the one you’re with: GO! MOVE! FLY!
While it may be hard to start over, it will be exciting, and fulfilling!
It is better to be completely alone, than to feel lonely while surrounded by one, or many.
Mark my words, for they are real and true.

Healthy and Happy Strategies 1.0

Emotional Health:

– Love Thyself
The purpose of this passage, is to make the best of it. Life is not fulfilling without love. True, unabashed, boundless Love, is practically impossible; unless you love yourself. All people should readily agree with this statement; but, sadly, that is not the case. There is an illness that has slowly, but steadily contaminated the world…
A silent voice that promotes disarray and unhappiness. It says: “You are not smart/beautiful/slender/successful/(fill in the blank) enough”.
The truth is, that the silent voice is wrong. WRONG. Each of us has a choice.  A true and palpable choice to be whatever we want to be…
Regardless of our shortcomings. Regardless of our situation, our birthright -or lack thereof-. Regardless of our limitations, our set of inherited beliefs…
We: YOU and ME, have the innate capacity to make the best of ourselves! It is all about making that choice, and sticking to our guns all the way through.
It’s about our curiosity, and our capacity to remain curious. Our integrity, and our will to remain integer. Our tenacity, and our strength to become tenacious. It IS about our determination to S E E the best in ourselves, so we may allow us to see the best in others: our sisters and brothers, in this life…
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
For we will see each other again…
We will, mark these words, for they come from a Higher Place.
Love Thyself: For it is the only ME that you will EVER have.

The Slight Edge


I love bumping into good stuff. Don’t we all? I particularly love it when it is timely, and appropriate. As if I needed further proof that the Universe is always listening, always attentive, always in tune with my thoughts, my desires, my needs…

About three weeks ago, I was at my weekly networking meeting when our Chapter’s director suggested -in passing- a book by the name of “The Slight Edge”. Being that his suggestions are usually geared toward networking and the sort, and because I have been up to my knees and read (as of late) way too many books on networking, I made a quick note about the book and set it aside, with the intention of purchasing, and reading it after I read material on other subjects. I didn’t want to forget about it, so I scribbled the title on a piece of paper and taped it to my monitor at work. This system -the note taped to the monitor- has worked well for me thus far. The note is not removed until the book is purchased, the errand is ran, the phone call is made, etc. Since clutter bothers me, seeing the note in front of me prompts me to do whatever the note says as soon as I possibly can so I can remove it permanently. When a note is removed, I never think about it again. The absence of notes taped to my monitor, means I have one less thing to think (because I have made the conscious decision to ‘think’, I don’t ‘worry’) about.

Last Friday around noon, I heard a happy shriek coming from the front office. Fortunately, I work with wonderful people that find pleasure in the little things and make the whole workday experience quite pleasurable. This time, the yelps were in response to the daily UPS delivery. Soon after, my seester from another meester (AKA one of my closest friends) and -thank my lucky stars- my coworker; barged into my office carrying two books in hand:

“Mona! Your birthday gifts just arrived! I wanted to get you something that you really wanted, so I took the note from your monitor and here are your books!”

Seriously? My smile could not be bigger or brighter! Here she comes, bringing me the books that I planned on getting… Ah, the sweetness! Friendship is certainly a boundless treasure!

And that is how I came about my copy of “The Slight Edge”, by Jeff Olson.

I am not the ‘cynical’ kind, but, quite honestly, my immediate thoughts were: “Yup, here’s another self-help book…” But, curious as I am (and that, is a good thing!), and facing a 4-hour road trip, I dove into its pages… What a pleasant surprise! No, pleasant is not the right word. It is and it isn’t. It was pleasant, refreshing, honest… actually useful! And I found it useful within the first 20 pages. Jeff Olson’s words are honest, humble, and packed with kind wisdom. I found myself immersed in the content; continuously making mental notes, padding my own back while recognizing the principles that I’ve intuitively followed most of my adult life, and committing myself to small, but permanent disciplines that will transform my already fulfilled life.

I do not strive for fame, or luxury. I know and believe that happiness is the Art of appreciating every moment, whether it be joyful or sad. I do, however, welcome any and all knowledge that will allow me to share this concept with you.

Please, do yourself (and the world) a great big favor, and grab a copy of this book right now!

It might just transform your life for the better 🙂


As always, I want to clarify that I am in no way associated with Jeff Olson or “The Slight Edge”, or any other book or product that I might recommend in these pages. I am merely boasting about a lovely find that really has come through for me.