Acceptance, Mindfulness and Vulnerability = Recipe for Optimal Happiness

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It’s hard to believe I haven’t written in over a year. I still love the idea behind Functionably Happy. Maximize happiness within responsibility, be efficient and productive while connecting with other fellow humans through humor. Anyway…yesterday a dear friend texted “I miss you, I’m struggling, can we have lunch soon!” and after a quick call [...]

Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio ROCKS!

Debbie Markham finishes Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon - May 5, 2012

Wildflower Triathlon has tempted me for 10 years, but this year a friend won an entry and gave it to me!  Since it’s $100 to enter, “free” was the push I needed to actually sign up.  Turns out they have a sprint distance Mountain Bike Tri – perfect since I hadn’t trained much and my [...]

Updated and Continually Re-Balancing!

Daily Deal written by Debbie Markham

Back in October I applied for a 2nd job as a copywriter to supplement my photography income. Updating my resume and submitting several writing samples, coupled with fearing not being experienced or creative enough for the job was really nerve-racking. When I apprehensively tapped the ‘enter’ key on my laptop – sending my cover letter [...]

Go out on a limb…thats where the fruit is!

Paddleboarding in South Carolina, trying something new

As I enter my 4th decade, I find it harder and harder to spend time with my dearest friends.  All our kids are involved in 2+ activities and being active parents we’re also overextended between work, parenting duties, volunteering and our own extra curricular activities.  Who KNEW how easy college made it to associate with [...]

[VIDEO] How to learn Freestyle Aerial Skiing in 3 hours!

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“Keep your eyes up!”  That’s what the freestyle aerial ski coach told me.   Last Fall I took an Intro Course to the sport at Olympic Village in Park City UT, where Olympic athletes do summer training. Whenever I look up (when running, shopping, or walking my dogs) I feel a rush of excitement and hope [...]

Boston Marathon 2011

Debbie Markham finishing the Boston Marathon

One year after qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I flew out to Massachusetts to run the event this past Monday.  At 6am race morning, I boarded a bus that took me 26.2 miles away from the race finish, to the starting line. I had 2 hours to wait with my energy bar breakfast. The thrill [...]

Present moment awareness, acceptance and appreciation

Moonstone Beach Offshore Wind

Look lovingly upon the present, for it holds the only things that are forever true. All healing lies within it. When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference to the past, either his or yours as you perceive it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. The present [...]

Running With Lunch boxes

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This morning, after driving my kids to school and being on an extremely tight time schedule, they announced “Mom, we forgot to grab our lunches.” I had exactly 1.25 hours before getting picked up (by a very timely friend) to take me to the airport.  In this small window, I needed to run 6 miles [...]

Everyone needs inspiration to succeed

affirmation written on note with tack

Yesterday I didn’t feel like editing another photo….and I LOVE my work as a photographer.  But I’m prepared for days with little motivation.  All I have to do is look up, and right there….taped to the top of my computer, is a note for me… “Your effort brings people joy.”  It reminds me that photography [...]

Life is like a game of pool

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I relate my “brain” to a computer having 15 windows open, simultaneously running different software programs.  So, re-racking my brain like pool balls is a necessary goal.  I like this allegory better than “having many balls in the air” because it aligns with playing and/or enjoying different strategies or outcomes in life as I play [...]