Your Struggle is Real, But You Are Never Alone

I apologize it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Life got to me. Kids got to me. Health got to me. I could bore you with excuses, but heck, I’d say you know what’s going on because you’re dealing with it too. The thing is we all are. We like to think sometimes, the enemy likes us to think, we’re alone in our suffering. That whatever we’re dealing with is all ours, all on our own. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. No matter what is going on in your life right now, you are not alone, because we’re all in this together. Continue reading “Your Struggle is Real, But You Are Never Alone”

Five Keys to Happiness, Key Two, Choices

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Hello! Katie Wheeler here, coming to you live with part two of my five week video series on keys to happiness. Thank you for tuning in today to key number two, choices. if you missed last week’s video, you can find it on my Facebook page under videos.

This week’s post is about choices and how tuning in and choosing your thoughts can affect your happiness. Something happens, and we feel a certain way about whatever happened. Feelings happen so automatically that we don’t often realize the internal choice we made that caused our feelings. We assume whatever happened caused our feelings. Someone said or did something, a news story set us off, etc. Continue reading “Five Keys to Happiness, Key Two, Choices”

Keys to Finding Happy Part One, Perspective

Keys to Finding Happy Video Series Part 1 of 5

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Good afternoon everyone. This is Katie Wheeler coming to you live today to talk about my keys to finding happy.

One of the questions I get asked is how am I always so happy. The answer is a combination of factors which can’t be summed up in one post, so I’m breaking this into a five part video series on my keys to finding happy in the midst of an ordinary life. This is part one containing the first key, perspective. Continue reading “Keys to Finding Happy Part One, Perspective”

What a Bad Customer Service Experience Reminded Me

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Last weekend, I had one of those awful customer service experiences. It was a 30 minute phone call to our cellular service provider that ended badly. It was clear we were not going to come to a resolution, so the customer service manager hung up on me. I was trembling mad when I told husband about it. I mean, she hung up on me! Not only was she not going to do anything about their mistake but she hung up on me. My feathers were ruffled. I chewed on it all day. By the end of the day, I had a plan for how I would live my life without a cell phone. I would get a landline and a tracfone, maybe something old-fashioned like a rotary phone. There. That’ll show them. HA! As if… Continue reading “What a Bad Customer Service Experience Reminded Me”

Are We There Yet?

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When I find a solution to a problem I’ve been chewing on, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I get all excited, grab my money bag and am ready to check out and get a tummy ache on gummy bears! How about those problems that can only be solved with patience and time. Ugh. I hate those kind. Don’t we all? We’d love a quick fix to everything, right? Call the doctor. Get a pill. Feel better. Have another … whiskey? Continue reading “Are We There Yet?”

Create Your Own Peace in a Noisy World

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Photo Credit: TP studio via Compfight cc

I’ve learned that being a parent is a noisy job. I’ve been a mom for nearly three years, and most days the noise doesn’t affect me. The toys, the banging, the laughing, the screaming, the crying. I’ve become immune to it to a certain degree. Then there are other days I feel like the Grinch complaining about the Whos and all the noise, noise, noise, noise, NOISE! I feel like I must put a stop to all the noise. The popcorn popper, the V-Tech toys, the tantrum screams, the thuds as thrown toys hit the walls, the dog barking, seemingly endless cries of “Mommy!” Continue reading “Create Your Own Peace in a Noisy World”

How to Keep Calm When Everyone is Screaming

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It’s one of those days. I sigh as I watch my toddler have her third knock-down-drag-out meltdown temper tantrum of the day, and it’s only 9:00 in the morning. ‘What is it this time?’ I wonder as I ask her what is wrong. Turns out she wanted the blue sippy cup not the red one. ‘Oh. My. Gosh. What the heck is wrong with this kid?!’ I think as I walk away. Before I can collect my thoughts the infant falls and busts her lip on a wooden block. Suddenly I’m trying to comfort her while listening to screaming in stereo as I get hit in the back with my toddler’s launched sippy cup. Continue reading “How to Keep Calm When Everyone is Screaming”

Will the Real Bully Please Sit Down

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Photo Credit: Sharon Gerald via Compfight cc

Right. We’ve all heard that before, but has anyone actually tried to put that into practice? When somebody says something mean, it hurts! The nerve, to say that it’s a choice whether other people hurt our feelings. How are we supposed to control how other people treat us? How exactly do you not feel hurt, especially when it’s someone you love who is mean? Continue reading “Will the Real Bully Please Sit Down”